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Thursday, May 31, 2018



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Bounty Day 2018

Thursday, May 31, 2018


To those families who are participating in the Bounty Day re-enactment of the 1856 landing on Norfolk Island on Friday the 8th of June, a welcoming invitation is extended to visit Government House gardens on returning from the Cemetery to All Saints Church. Light refreshments will be available, as was the case last year.

It was a former Administrator over 50 years ago who invited the community to utilise the grounds of Government House for judging of the costumes. As the current Administrator, I warmly extend the same invitation to the community for next year’s event.

I am most grateful to have been invited to join the local community for lunch in the Compound and look forward to celebrating this most significant day for many people of Pitcairn descent on Norfolk Island again this year.

Eric Hutchinson

Administrator

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NORFOLK ISLAND FLORA & FAUNA SOCIETY

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


The monthly meeting of the NORFOLK ISLAND FLORA & FAUNA SOCIETY will be held at 6pm on Monday 4th June  2018 at the A & H Hall.

New members and visitors are welcome to attend.

Enquires to Marg Christian on 50901 / 22800 or Betty Matthews 57093

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BOUNTY BALL - Next Saturday night 2nd June 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018


In the true sense of our Anniversary Day Celebration’s, the Bounty Ball is a coming together for everyone who love to dance, sing, have fun and enjoy a great night out with family and friends young and old.


The musicians have been tuning up along with some extra budding lead singers to add to the Band’s repertoire of dance music. . The School children Ensemble will also be presenting a special musical item to welcome everyone on the night.  Arki and Anson have prepared special items for the night and the Soul Brothers Quartet combined with the Yuukalieli Band singing one of Norfolk’s beautiful hymns, adding to the Norfolk/Pitcairn meaning of Norfolk’s Anniversary (Bounty) Day.


The Bounty Ball is open to everyone. Visitors to the Island are welcome to join in and enjoy the culture of our Island Ball. Dress code is Smart Casual. Waltzes, Fox-trots, Disco Samba and adding to the fun of the evening there will be a “Monte Carlo” and “Spot” prizes during the Barn Dances. Also enjoy the wonderful dancers participating in the various competition dances for both Adults and Children


Once again we are favoured to have as our M.C’s, brother & sister duo, Kath King & Joel Christian making the Ball very entertaining with a well-planned Programme and with their wonderful witty sense of humour(s) this will be a night to remember. Doors open 6:30pm with live music. The Ball commences 7:00pm. Be prepared to carry on into the night.

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Large Southerly Swells for Norfolk Island

Friday, May 25, 2018


The ocean swells can be powerful, and this week, Norfolk Island the weather alert has been released giving coastal warnings, “Not suitable for rock fishing or coastal activates”.  This ocean swell is expected to reach five to seven metres by Saturday morning, and the force has been growing over the last few days.

On Thursday the sunshine was glistening on the waves as they rolled into Kingston.  The coral reef gives protection to the foreshore, as the waves bash up against the reef, then the waves wash into the stone walls and along the water frontage and the Kingston Pier.


On Thursday evening I was shown some photographs of the Emily Bay raft washing up on the sandy beach.  It had broken the moorings, and luckily come into shore, rather than washed out to sea.  This was a reminder that the conditions in the bay have been very rough today, especially at high tide in the afternoon.

On Thursday 24th May this weather warning was published

IDN28503

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology 
New South Wales

Severe Weather Warning

Issued at 10:30 PM EST on Thursday 24 May 2018.

Weather Situation

HEADLINE: LARGE SOUTHERLY SWELL

An intense low-pressure system near New Zealand is generating large south/south-westerly swell across the Tasman Sea.

Damaging surf conditions, with waves exceeding 5 metres in the surf zone, are expected to develop during Friday evening. These waves may produce significant beach erosion on the south and southwestern shores.

For emergency help in storms, ring the Norfolk Island Police on 977

The Norfolk Island Police advise you:

  • * Stay out of the water and stay well away from surf-exposed areas.

I managed to take a couple of photos at the Kingston Pier after work on Thursday and the ocean was looking very impressive.  The fishing boats were not venturing out from Kingston that afternoon, a local fisherman was securing the launch cables at the pier, to keep the equipment safe during the ocean storm.

Take care everyone over the weekend as the Southern Swells crash into our shores.  High tide over the weekend is around sunset and sunrise.  It will be interesting to see what is washed up along our shores.  Hopefully any ships or yachts in our area have a safe place to shutter until the stormy waves settle again.


Betty Matthews

May 2018

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Fishing with Greenwoods Fishing Adventures

Friday, May 25, 2018


It’s Country Music week on Norfolk Island and usually it’s pouring with rain but this year it’s been mostly fine sunny days. 


he ocean on the other hand has been wild with huge south westerly swells smashing into the coast. Just before it picked up though there was a couple of magic days on the water and from what I’ve heard everyone had a good catch. 


Sweetlip were the main target and were an easy target. Kingfish were also biting well on baits and hitting metal jigs making for some great sport. With all the scraps getting thrown back into the ocean at the Piers from Saturday’s catches by Sunday there were some big Tiger Sharks right up in the shallows getting a feed.


Apparently there were 3 at Cascade Pier doing there thing but the one at Kingston Pier was huge! 


Around 5 meters long and very fat. The week ahead isn’t that inviting for Fishing but I’m sure we will get out at least once. 


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Friday, May 25, 2018


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Friday, May 25, 2018


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Life on the West Island Our tradition of torture

Friday, May 25, 2018



Do the West Island community and government support the use of torture? I do not just mean that we turn a blind eye to the use of torture by our allies and great and powerful friends – but are we active participants in perpetrating torture?

These worrying questions were brought to mind by an incisive article this month on the Harvard University Press website concerning a recent book written by award-winning historian W Fitzhugh Brundage: Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition.


Brundage demonstrates that alongside the long American lineage of denouncing torture there’s an equally enduring culture of both embracing and excusing barbarism. He revisits a series of moments and practices - from the initial contact of Europeans with North America, to the early American republic, to slavery, to the American imperial project, to local law enforcement’s embrace of “the third degree,” through the Cold War, and up to the present - to demonstrate that behaviour considered to have been torturous in its own time has been far more prevalent in U.S. history than Americans acknowledge. 


This extract from the book encapsulates Brundage’s argument:


In April 1858 Harper’s Weekly, one of the most popular American magazines of the day, published a gruesome article entitled “Torture and Homicide in an American State Prison.” Accompanied by graphic illustrations, the article dwelled on the so-called “water cure,” a punishment during which an inmate was stripped and seated in a stall with his feet and arms fastened in stocks and his head extended up into a tank that fit snugly around his neck. The prisoner’s head was drenched with freezing cold water that cascaded down from a height of a foot or more for several minutes at a time. The tank that encircled the prisoner’s neck emptied slowly, inducing a sensation of drowning while the prisoner struggled to keep his mouth and nose above the pool of draining water.


Thirty years later an investigation of practices at Elmira Reformatory, the most acclaimed American penal institution of the day, revealed that staff there continued to douse prisoners with cold water, in addition to confining them in darkened cells for weeks on end, shackling and hoisting them until their toes barely touched the floor, and “paddling” them with specially made boards.


Much later, the outlines of the “enhanced interrogation” methods adopted by the Central Intelligence Agency and military interrogators during the “War on Terror” became public. Americans learned that between 2003 and 2006 at least eighty-nine Middle Eastern detainees in CIA custody had been slapped, slammed against walls, deprived of sleep, stuffed into coffins, and threatened with violent death. The most severe method was “waterboarding,” a modern-day variant of the technique applied a century and a half earlier in American prisons. Waterboarding entailed pouring water over a cloth covering the face and breathing passages of an immobilized detainee, which produced an acute sensation of drowning. One detainee endured more than 180 waterboarding sessions.


Torture in the United States has been in plain sight, at least for those who have looked for it.


This caused me to consider whether Brundage’s searing analysis could apply to the West Island. The answer is clear – as nation we have systematically and callously closed our eyes to the torture on which our “civilised” nation was built and which continues to be perpetrated today.


While the West Island may not have had the odious slavery upon which much American wealth was (and is) based, European settlement was largely built on the unpaid labour of unwilling convict emigrants, who suffered horrific punishments for real or assumed minor misdemeanours. You need look no further than the records of 1,000 lashes administered to convict labourers in Norfolk Island, spread out over many weeks to ensure maximum suffering. Then there were the 60,000 or more Aboriginals murdered in the Frontier Wars, often suffering horrific deaths from poisoned food or water or driven over cliffs by pack of dogs.


But the West Island’s use of torture did not end in the nineteenth century. Recent Royal Commission findings about the treatment of youths in detention include behaviour which can only be described as torture, while our indefinite imprisonment without trial of asylum seekers on island hellholes has been condemned by the United Nations as both illegal and a form of torture.


Like Americans, we like to hold ourselves out to the world out as paragons of democratic liberty and to sneer at and condemn other countries for their applications of inhumane torture against their citizens. Perhaps, instead, we should bear in mind the words of Jesus Christ: …let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone (John 8:7).


West Island economic wealth has been built on torture and dispossession since European settlement in 1788. Regrettably, we continue to turn a blind eye to the use of torture and inhumane policies by our government and our powerful allies. It’s long since time to own up to our inexcusable practices and to take action to become a genuinely civilised society.

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Principals Report

Friday, May 25, 2018


Week 4 has been a very big week for NICS, with the community highlight certainly being the Athletics Carnival held on Wednesday 23rd May.  Further on in this school report are more details from Mrs Pulsford our Sports Organiser.

Congratulations again goes out to Norfolk House for winning the march and taking carnival honours by recording the greatest amount of house points.  When you look closely at the results, many winners and age champions came from Philip and Nepean, demonstrating that Norfolk’s wide-spread participation was the foundation for their collective success.  Winning many all-important relays at the end of the day, also went a long way in securing their final victory.

Thanks again to everyone in the community for supporting, volunteering and cheering throughout the day.  This has been yet another significantly memorable moment in my career, in my short time as Principal of Norfolk Island Central School.  We will endeavour to get our many photos up on our website for the community to see.  Parents and community members are also encouraged to link in with the school’s Facebook page, as this is a place where we regularly share and celebrate the great things that take place at our school.

Are you our next Commonwealth Games medallist?

We also had a fantastic Sports Assembly on Tuesday 22nd May to acknowledge the outstanding athletes we have at our school and to recognise our impressive achievements to date.  As part of this assembly, we were treated by a visit and inspirational talk by our Bronze Medal Bowls Team; Ryan Dixon, Teddy Evans and Phil Jones. 

These athletes shared their stories and experiences from the games.  As part of their talk, they communicated a strong message to our students stating that their achievements were only the start of future successes to come, inviting students to join them by taking up the highly technical and enjoyable game of bowls.

As part of their legacy to Norfolk Island and the game of bowls, in partnership by sponsors Culla & Co, Ryan, Teddy and Phil are running a competition open to all secondary students.  Their competition will include coaching and training, culminating in a structured bowls competition, with students vying for their share in $500 prize money.  At the end of their competition, the overall winners will then take on a crackerjack teacher team, in a grudge match for some all-important bragging rights. 

Information about this competition will be distributed to students via a letter home for interested students and also publicised on our Facebook page.  All interested students are asked to see Ms Susie Hale for more details.

Outrigging Champions:

Last week we had two students, Ada Nebauer and Cameron Christian, competing at national level in outrigging on the Sunshine Coast.  The following is an excerpt from an email that came through to the school from Louise Donald; ‘Cameron won the 12U Boys Aussie Aito, and Ada won the 16U Girls Aussie Aito (Ada was the defending champion for that).  Cameron won by about 300m from his nearest competitor and Ada won by about 800m from her nearest  competitor.  Ada's time over 6km was the fastest time paddled from all the women's and girls’ age divisions that raced over that distance.  As you can imagine, I'm a very proud Coach!’


Congratulations, on behalf of myself and the school.  It’s great to hear about our students doing fantastic things, particularly in traditional pursuits.

Ready, Set, Go – Playground will open on Monday 28th May:


Work commenced this week on the soft fall installation.  I’m happy to confirm that the works have been completed and the students will have access to the playground facility from Monday lunch!

Things coming up Week 5:

•             Year 9 Camp – Monday 28th May to Wednesday 30th May

•             Science ICAS- Tuesday 29th May

•             P&C AGM – Wednesday 30th May

•             Round 1 Year9/10 Debating- Friday 1st June

•             Bounty Ball – Saturday 2nd June

Things coming up Week 6:

•             Year 11 Mid-Course Reports Issued - Tuesday 5th June

•             Bounty Day – Friday 8th June


Thanks for us:

To Melissa Pulsford, thanks again for coordinating a fantastic carnival.  As a former PDHPE teacher who has done the job of running carnivals, I know the massive effort that goes on behind the scenes; special hat tips to you.


My thanks again extends to all of our community helpers and NIRC for supplying the big tent…a valued resource that come in handy when the weather came in!  Our carnivals run with precision and tradition because of the collective effort we share.


And to the staff and students…thanks so much for making the day so memorable.  Everyone was exhausted the following Thursday and Friday, but together, we rounded out a fantastic week.

Regards,

Brett Carr

Principal


The 2018 Athletics Carnival was held on Wednesday 23rd May, 2018 at The Malcolm Champion Oval (school oval). It was generally a perfect day for the carnival except for a spot of rain in the morning and then a memorable March past in the rain!! The track this year seemed a little slower than previous years, which made it more difficult for students to break as many records compared to last year.  It was fantastic to see all the parents come and support their children/grandchildren and cheer them on throughout the day.  It was a great community day and thank you to all students who participated with great sportsmanship and dedication to do their best for their houses. 


I would like to acknowledge and thank the following people this year for their contributions to making the day run so smoothly. They are:

  • Thank you to Mr Kevin Randall, Mr Tim Thompson, Mr Tim Rogers and Mr Geoff Gardner for volunteering your time and for your dedication to the students at NICS; we very much appreciate your efforts.    
  • Thank you to the St John’s First Aid who volunteered their services on the day. It was great to see that you were not as busy as the swimming carnival.
  • Thank you to the Norfolk Island Regional Council for the large tent they put up which came in handy this year for the wet weather at times throughout the day.
  • Thank you to Mr Don Reynolds for the use of your amazing and loud sound system so that everyone could hear the wonderful job Mr Tony Wilkinson does with calling all the races!!!
  • And finally, thanks must also go to the Norfolk Island Athletics Association for volunteering their time to mark out the running track, long jump, discus, shot put and javelin areas for the carnival to take place.  Without your assistance, the carnival would not have been possible. 

RESULTS

This year the Kindergarten Cup was won by Teo Magri from Nepean house, in a very close finish.  Thank you to Leon (Bookie) McCowan for taking the time to come and present Teo the trophy.


K-2 all competed in the 100m and 70m (Kindergarten) races.  There was some very close competition; however, the first place results were as follows:

Kindergarten Girls race winner – Ella-Kaye Ellis

Kindergarten Boys race winner – Teo Magri

Year 1 Girls race winner – Memphis Leigh

Year 1 Boys race winner – Elijah Ratulevu

Year 2 Girls race winner – Zya Quintal

Year 2 Boys race winner – Alickson Kalsrap


The tradition of the house march at the end of the carnival was very close this year, but there can only be one winning house which was NORFOLK!!! Well done Norfolk on another great year of marching.


There were only three records broken this year. The 400m Boys record has been held since 2008. The results were as follows:

Junior Boys – Shot Put –Brandon Borg throwing 9.36m

Junior Boys – 400m – Brandon Borg, running 71.80 sec

Senior Boys – Javelin – Tairok Morgan, throwing 40.51m

The overall age champions for the Athletics Carnival 2017 were:

AGE GROUP

BOYS

GIRLS

Sub Junior

George Peay

Sophie Pulsford

Junior

Brandon Borg

Emma Kalangis

Intermediate

Koszta Deszecsar

Tahlia Evans

Senior

William Elliott

Carolynn Morgan

Open

Tairok Morgan

Charlie Carr

It was a very close carnival this year and Philip was in front for most of the day until the relay races, where Norfolk seemed to dominate. The overall house points:

1st – Norfolk - 2281 points

2nd – Philip – 2204 points

3rd – Nepean – 1879 points.

Congratulations Norfolk house on winning your second carnival for 2018. It was a fantastic house win and one of which you should all be proud. 

I would like to finally congratulate all the students who attended on the day and everyone who participated or supported their peers or house mates.  It was another magical carnival and I can’t wait to see if Norfolk can take out the Cross Country to give them the trifecta!!!!

Yours in Sport,

Melissa Pulsford

Sports Organiser


Third Round Victory to Senior Debaters

The Year 11/12 team of Mason Wilkinson, Jemima Quintal, Ella Langusch and Brancker South had a controversial victory over Toormina High School in the third round of the zone. The topic was "That we should ban foreign countries from owning land in Australia" and our team took on the Negative case.


While waiting for the adjudication, the students expressed disappointment with their performances, believing their speeches were too short and their rebuttal pertinent but brief. However, the adjudicator believed that despite this, their arguments were more convincing than the very polished presentations from the highly experienced and successful Toormina High School side.


Congratulations team. Another wonderful, albeit unexpected, victory.


Year 9/10 commence their debating season on June 1st.


Regards

Susie Dixon

Secondary English

Secondary Students of the fortnight

Year 7 Wilkes Creek for his excellent History brochure

Year 8 Cassie Shone initiative towards her learning and diligence in the English classroom.

Year 9 Makayla Sharkey for excellent Food Technology assessment that examined dietary disorders. She researched data, created an infograph and show bag, then prepared a meal to encourage healthy eating habits for their target group.

Year 10 Mirabelle Creek for excellent Food Technology assessment that examined dietary disorders. She researched data, created an infograph and show bag, then prepared a meal to encourage healthy eating habits for their target group.

Year 11 Holly Bigg for consistent and enthusiastic effort in Society and Culture

Year 12 James Bigg outstanding effort in English Standard


competitor.  Ada's time over 6km was the fastest time paddled from all the women's and girls’ age divisions that raced over that distance.  As you can imagine, I'm a very proud Coach!’

Congratulations, on behalf of myself and the school.  It’s great to hear about our students doing fantastic things, particularly in traditional pursuits.

Ready, Set, Go – Playground will open on Monday 28th May:

Work commenced this week on the soft fall installation.  I’m happy to confirm that the works have been completed and the students will have access to the playground facility from Monday lunch!

Things coming up Week 5:

•             Year 9 Camp – Monday 28th May to Wednesday 30th May

•             Science ICAS- Tuesday 29th May

•             P&C AGM – Wednesday 30th May

•             Round 1 Year9/10 Debating- Friday 1st June

•             Bounty Ball – Saturday 2nd June

Things coming up Week 6:

•             Year 11 Mid-Course Reports Issued - Tuesday 5th June

•             Bounty Day – Friday 8th June

Thanks for us:

To Melissa Pulsford, thanks again for coordinating a fantastic carnival.  As a former PDHPE teacher who has done the job of running carnivals, I know the massive effort that goes on behind the scenes; special hat tips to you.

My thanks again extends to all of our community helpers and NIRC for supplying the big tent…a valued resource that come in handy when the weather came in!  Our carnivals run with precision and tradition because of the collective effort we share.

And to the staff and students…thanks so much for making the day so memorable.  Everyone was exhausted the following Thursday and Friday, but together, we rounded out a fantastic week.

Regards,

Brett Carr

Principal

The 2018 Athletics Carnival was held on Wednesday 23rd May, 2018 at The Malcolm Champion Oval (school oval). It was generally a perfect day for the carnival except for a spot of rain in the morning and then a memorable March past in the rain!! The track this year seemed a little slower than previous years, which made it more difficult for students to break as many records compared to last year.  It was fantastic to see all the parents come and support their children/grandchildren and cheer them on throughout the day.  It was a great community day and thank you to all students who participated with great sportsmanship and dedication to do their best for their houses. 

I would like to acknowledge and thank the following people this year for their contributions to making the day run so smoothly. They are:

  • Thank you to Mr Kevin Randall, Mr Tim Thompson, Mr Tim Rogers and Mr Geoff Gardner for volunteering your time and for your dedication to the students at NICS; we very much appreciate your efforts.    
  • Thank you to the St John’s First Aid who volunteered their services on the day. It was great to see that you were not as busy as the swimming carnival.
  • Thank you to the Norfolk Island Regional Council for the large tent they put up which came in handy this year for the wet weather at times throughout the day.
  • Thank you to Mr Don Reynolds for the use of your amazing and loud sound system so that everyone could hear the wonderful job Mr Tony Wilkinson does with calling all the races!!!
  • And finally, thanks must also go to the Norfolk Island Athletics Association for volunteering their time to mark out the running track, long jump, discus, shot put and javelin areas for the carnival to take place.  Without your assistance, the carnival would not have been possible. 

RESULTS

This year the Kindergarten Cup was won by Teo Magri from Nepean house, in a very close finish.  Thank you to Leon (Bookie) McCowan for taking the time to come and present Teo the trophy.

K-2 all competed in the 100m and 70m (Kindergarten) races.  There was some very close competition; however, the first place results were as follows:

Kindergarten Girls race winner – Ella-Kaye Ellis

Kindergarten Boys race winner – Teo Magri

Year 1 Girls race winner – Memphis Leigh

Year 1 Boys race winner – Elijah Ratulevu

Year 2 Girls race winner – Zya Quintal

Year 2 Boys race winner – Alickson Kalsrap

The tradition of the house march at the end of the carnival was very close this year, but there can only be one winning house which was NORFOLK!!! Well done Norfolk on another great year of marching.

There were only three records broken this year. The 400m Boys record has been held since 2008. The results were as follows:

Junior Boys – Shot Put –Brandon Borg throwing 9.36m

Junior Boys – 400m – Brandon Borg, running 71.80 sec

Senior Boys – Javelin – Tairok Morgan, throwing 40.51m

The overall age champions for the Athletics Carnival 2017 were:

AGE GROUP

BOYS

GIRLS

Sub Junior

George Peay

Sophie Pulsford

Junior

Brandon Borg

Emma Kalangis

Intermediate

Koszta Deszecsar

Tahlia Evans

Senior

William Elliott

Carolynn Morgan

Open

Tairok Morgan

Charlie Carr

It was a very close carnival this year and Philip was in front for most of the day until the relay races, where Norfolk seemed to dominate. The overall house points:

1st – Norfolk - 2281 points

2nd – Philip – 2204 points

3rd – Nepean – 1879 points.

Congratulations Norfolk house on winning your second carnival for 2018. It was a fantastic house win and one of which you should all be proud. 

I would like to finally congratulate all the students who attended on the day and everyone who participated or supported their peers or house mates.  It was another magical carnival and I can’t wait to see if Norfolk can take out the Cross Country to give them the trifecta!!!!

Yours in Sport,

Melissa Pulsford

Sports Organiser

Third Round Victory to Senior Debaters

The Year 11/12 team of Mason Wilkinson, Jemima Quintal, Ella Langusch and Brancker South had a controversial victory over Toormina High School in the third round of the zone. The topic was "That we should ban foreign countries from owning land in Australia" and our team took on the Negative case.

While waiting for the adjudication, the students expressed disappointment with their performances, believing their speeches were too short and their rebuttal pertinent but brief. However, the adjudicator believed that despite this, their arguments were more convincing than the very polished presentations from the highly experienced and successful Toormina High School side.

Congratulations team. Another wonderful, albeit unexpected, victory.

Year 9/10 commence their debating season on June 1st.

Regards

Susie Dixon

Secondary English

Secondary Students of the fortnight

Year 7 Wilkes Creek for his excellent History brochure

Year 8 Cassie Shone initiative towards her learning and diligence in the English classroom.

Year 9 Makayla Sharkey for excellent Food Technology assessment that examined dietary disorders. She researched data, created an infograph and show bag, then prepared a meal to encourage healthy eating habits for their target group.

Year 10 Mirabelle Creek for excellent Food Technology assessment that examined dietary disorders. She researched data, created an infograph and show bag, then prepared a meal to encourage healthy eating habits for their target group.

Year 11 Holly Bigg for consistent and enthusiastic effort in Society and Culture

Year 12 James Bigg outstanding effort in English Standard

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