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Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPAs) or Drones

Friday, August 24, 2018

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Liquor Bond Price Increase

Friday, August 24, 2018

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Norfolk Island Set To Jazz It Up In 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018

December’s Norfolk Island Jazzes It Up! really looks like the Island is set to once again host a brilliant week of jazz. New Zealand’s Andrew London Quartet, Noosa’s The Jazz Factory, Brisbane’s Jazz 4 You and Melbourne’s Stephenson’s Rockets are among the line-up.

If you’ve previously travelled for Norfolk’s jazz festival then you’ll be well aware of the fabulous concert locations, dinners and lunch that are included in the Jazz Pack. We highly recommend purchasing a Jazz Pack as it guarantees reserved seating at all concerts including: the Official Opening Concert; a dinner performance Under the Banyan Tree; at Emily Bay’s lunch performance; and the final Evening Party with the Stars Concert.  You’ll also go home with a souvenir programme and gift bag.

Norfolk Island Travel Centre have a great selection of accommodation choices that are detailed in our Information Pack, however if you have a favourite place to stay please that’s not listed let us know and we’ll make sure you don’t miss out by making your reservation. Our Holiday Packages wrap up your return airfares, accommodation, car hire and more. Please contact Christan Davies to receive an Information Pack with full Holiday Package inclusions and accommodation choices at christan@travelcentre.nfor on 1800 1400 66. 

Norfolk Island is really set to Jazz It Up! this December and we’d love you to be here for the fun.

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Principal Report

Friday, August 24, 2018

Book Week Celebrations

Book Week was celebrated in great style, punctuated with excursions, SRC Disco, enriched learning activities around reading and the fantastic Book Parade.  It gives me such joy to see young people excited about books and reading.  Reading is a fundamental skill that opens a world of opportunity and I’d like to thank parents and family members for helping us support Book Week.  Efforts at home to encourage reading, reading aloud at home and being seen to read often, are a powerfully influential model for student learning that cannot be underestimated.  Thanks for us for helping the work we do at school in the space of reading and comprehension with positive messages at home.  For the record, coming from a high school trained background, I was a little anxious about dressing up as a crayon in support of our book parade.  Thanks to Madeleine Challender and our ancillary staff for coming through with their crayon costumes…I was a little nervous I was going to arrive at school as the only staff member dressed up!  Great concept, great fun all round.

HSC Trials

Year 12 students have started their Trial Exams with dedication and commitment.  Supervising teachers have reported that students are focused and making use of exam time effectively.  Students are reminded that they are encouraged to do their personal best and that these assessments are only a ‘point in time’ reflection of performance.  Trial HSC Exams give teachers a ‘snap-shot’ on where students are now and what we can work on together, staff and students leading, up to the final HSC Exams in October.  I’ve seen many Year 12 students working hard and consistently throughout the year, and I’m confident that this ‘back-story of effort’ will be rewarded with valuable feedback.  We are collectively proud of our Year 12 students and wish them well with remaining school-based assessment.

Shout Out To Norfolk

On assembly this week I was witness to yet another hair-raising inspirational moment.  During my weekly address at assembly, I congratulated Norfolk House on their historical clean sweep of all three carnivals (and the march), by taking out the Cross Country.  As part of my address, I asked students of Norfolk House to stand in recognition of this great achievement.  They stood in unison and James Bigg took the opportunity to lead Norfolk House in their house chant.  This was very powerful and very moving, reminiscent of the war cries students sang in the rain at the Athletics Carnival.  This was again a great demonstration of tradition and pride.  We are very fortunate to have such influential and committed leaders in our school, and I must acknowledge the encouragement and exceptional role modelling all of our House Captains demonstrate.  Our school spirit comes from the energy and expectation that our leaders bring through their actions and observable behaviour.

Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning

To be the best teachers we can be, we must always be learners ourselves.  During Week 4, Assistant Principal Tanya Delaney and I engaged in professional learning around evidence-based teaching and learning.  As part of our time away we visited schools who were recognised as ‘excelling’ in their practice, as well as attending a two day conference learning about how schools use data and analysis to inform and monitor progressive and purposeful work.  I was disappointed that I didn’t put on weight during the trip, because I honestly thought the substantial learning and ideas that filled my head had to make me heavier!  While I don’t like being away from school, the trip was more than worthwhile, with plenty of positive discussions and anticipated outcomes to result over the next 12 months.  Thanks goes out to Sally Thompson, Lance Miller, Jess Miller and Gill Brown for providing cover in the leadership roles that were vacated for the week.  It’s great to know we have such depth of leadership that allows our school to operate effectively, despite temporary organisational change.

Secondary Student of the Fortnight

Year 7:
Matilda Hayes: for commitment to Tournament of Minds, staying after school and coming in on weekends to complete the challenge;  Wilkes Creek: for commitment to Tournament of Minds, staying after school and coming in on weekends to complete the challenge.

Year 8:

Chayla Williams: excellence in History;  Jack McCowan: for commitment to Tournament of Minds, staying after school and coming in on weekends to complete the challenge;  Mitchell Douran: for consistent focus in Science and Maths;  Alani Snell: for always being active and engaged in her learning;  Sarah Johnson: for outstanding performance in Maths assessment task;  Tahlia Evans: for outstanding performance in Maths assessment task;  Olivia John: for outstanding performance in Maths assessment task; and excellence in History.

Year 9:
Maycee Deszecsar: for commitment to Tournament of Minds, staying after school and coming in on weekends to complete the challenge;  Ashkey Kytola: for excellence in debating and making it to the quarter finals of Hunter Region.

Year 10:

Mirabelle Creek: for commitment to Tournament of Minds, staying after school and coming in on weekends to complete the challenge; and, excellence in debating and making it to the quarter finals of Hunter Region;  Harrison Hayes: for commitment to Tournament of Minds, staying after school and coming in on weekends to complete the challenge; and, excellence in debating and making it to the quarter finals of Hunter Region,  Cameron Rogers: for excellence in debating and making it to the quarter finals of Hunter Region;  Joni King: for excellence in debating and making it to the quarter finals of Hunter Region;  Kya Snell: for excellence in debating and making it to the quarter finals of Hunter Region.

Year 11:

Saxon Snell: for his support with the SRC Disco;  Jasmin-Grace Coombes:  for her support with the SRC disco.

Year 12:

James Bigg: for commitment and effort completing their Major Design Projects;  Mason Wilkinson: for commitment and effort completing their Major Design Projects.

Things coming up Week 6:

  • Trial HSC Exams continue
  • Year 10 to 11 Parent and Student Information Evening – Tuesday 28th August

Things coming up Week 7:

  • Year 12 Visual Arts Major Works due – Monday 3rd September
  • Careers Market – Wednesday 5th September
  • K-6 Assembly – Wednesday 5th September
  • P&C Meeting – Wednesday 5th September


Brett Carr

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Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service – Update

Friday, August 24, 2018

Breast Screening Clinic
Sydney Breast Clinic is coming to NIHRACS with clinics operating each day between Monday 3 and Thursday 6 September. 

If you have made an appointment please arrive 10 minutes earlier to complete paperwork for the Sydney Breast Screen Staff.  Please bring your Medicare Card with you.

For women aged over 40, who hold a Medicare card the screening is free of charge. For women aged under 40, men of all ages and individuals who do not hold a valid Medicare Card the fee is $126.10 – there is no rebate from Medicare.

Visiting Specialists
Professor Ian McCluskey (Ophthalmologist) is visiting from 7- 10 September.  Professor McCluskey is working with NIHRACS and SESLHD to scope out a visiting eye service for Norfolk Island.  He will not be consulting with patients during this visit however will be meeting with the GPs regarding patient needs. 

Dr Casimir Liber (Psychiatrist) is visiting from 21- 24 September. Dr Liber visits Norfolk Island every 3 months.  For further information please contact Margy Meagher (Psychologist) on 56400.

GP Clinic 
Hours of Operation
The GP Clinic is open from 8.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4.30pm Monday to Friday.  Please note the clinic is closed for lunch from 12.30 – 1.30pm.  Please call for appointments only during opening hours.

Patient Health and History Update Form
The GP Clinic has commenced a project to review and update all our patient health and history information. The aim is to ensure that all patient records are complete which then assists the GP with your consultation.

When you next visit the Clinic you will be asked to complete this form which should only take a few minutes.  Please arrive a few minutes prior to your appointment time so that you can complete the form.  

All patient information will be treated as confidential.

How long should you book your appointment for?
Most appointments with your GP only require 15 minutes.  If you have multiple issues or you think they are complex and will require extensive discussion, please let our receptionist know that you would like a long appointment. This will ensure you have the time needed with your GP and will assist us in managing the GPs time and patient flow.

Appointments with the Nurse
On arrival at the clinic do not go directly to see the Nurse (to what was known as Outpatients), please make yourself known to our receptionist.   Appointments are required for all non-urgent visits to the Nurse.  In most cases you will also need an appointment with the GP.  This includes ear syringing, blood pressure readings and immunisations.

All emergencies will be reviewed by a Nurse prior to being seen by a GP.

Please notify us as soon as you can if you are unable to make your appointment time.  This allows us to offer the time to another patient.   A quick phone call if you are running late also allows for better management of our patient times.

Diabetes Clinic
These will now be held monthly.  Please call 24134 to book an appointment.

Women’s Wellness Clinic
The Women’s Wellness program continues. Interested women of all ages are encouraged to book an appointment (lasting forty minutes) with Dr Jenny Sexton on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.  Please mention ‘Women’s Wellness’ when making the appointment – phone 24134.

Men’s Health Checks (Spanner in the Works)
Men interested in a follow-up with a GP for a more extensive health check or a skin check are encouraged to book an appointment (lasting 30 mins) with Dr John.  Please mention ‘skin check’ or ‘men’s health’ when making an appointment phone – 24134. 

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Audit Guide for ANAO

Friday, August 24, 2018

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Golf Report

Friday, August 24, 2018

It has been encouraging to see our playing numbers on the increase recently and with the winter weather being exceptional and Golf Course in such good condition all looks good going forward. With the 2018 Hardys Wines Pro Am Golf Classic beginning this weekend the Golf Club is going to be a very busy place for the next week and the course will not be open for social play until Friday 31st.

With the "Araucaria Building Contractors & N I Pest Control” Trophy, Rd 2,  played last Saturday also produced a very good roll up of players. We thank our sponsors Mal & Rae Tarrant and Duncan & Terry Gray for their generous and ongoing sponsorship.

Beginning with the Pro-Am tomorrow, Sunday, followed by the BC Excavations Professional Knockout, with 1st Rd of the tournament Monday morning through to the 4th and final Rd Thursday there will be a lot of golf to view from or Clubhouse veranda.

Competition Results:

The "Araucaria Building Contractors & N I Pest Control " Trophy, Rd 2, an Individual Stableford, started the morning with a very dismal wet weather scene with only a very few arriving to play, but by midday it was a totally different picture and eventually a very strong field played out the afternoon in fine sunny conditions.

Winning the day with solid return to form was Richie Cottle with an excellent 47pt's from the ever improving Dave Jeffreys on 46pt's and visitor, Marc Collyer with 45pt's.  Honi Wilson, another showing continual improvement and always amongst the place getters of late had the best of the Ladies with 35pt's from Tane Cottle 34pt's.

The Pro-Pin 4th went to Cameron Feldman [200cm], the All-In 9/18th Honi Wilson [76cm], the Ladies 2nd shot to 6/15th Michelle Collyer [426cm] and  the Men's 2nd shot to 1/10th Shane Evans [205cm].

The "Island Plumbing & Gas" Putt Off continues on its way upwards and today will be worth $345.

“Dino’s Day " returned to our golfing calendar with a 2 Person Aggregate Stableford, and another very good field supporting the event and our sponsors, Dean & Helen Bosley and many thanks for your generous and ongoing sponsorship. Richie Cottle, after an excellent result on Saturday made comment that maybe his normal playing partners, absent on that day, could be holding him back from better golf but teaming up with Paul [Shorty] Kiernan won the day with 74 pt's? 2nd place went to Kim Davies & Barry [Marbles] Soley on 74pt's on a c/b from Steve Foster & Dave McCowan in 3rd place. The Pro-Pin 4th went to Gary McConnell [245cm].

Social Golf News:

Veteran’s Golf attracted another very good field to enjoy an afternoon on the golf course with like minded golf tragics.  Tony Scicluna won the day with 16pt's from visitor Marc Collyer 15pt's and wife Michelle on 14pt's. There will be no Veteran's Golf next Tuesday due to the ‘The Classic’.

Friday afternoon saw another big Norfolk Island Mechanical Chook Run and Junior Choc Run with big fields in both sections making for a great afternoon.  Unfortunately results weren’t available at the time of publication, but we will post the winners in next week’s golf report.

What's on this Week:

Today's Golf is a 4BBB stableford with choice of partner and choice of group.  Tee of times are 8.30am & 12.30pm and players are asked to have their cards into the match committee no later than 15 mins prior to tee off.  With the beginning of the "Hardys Wines Pro-Am Golf Classic” upon us there is expected to be a large field for today and all players to be ready to play and consider at all times the speed of play. Any visiting golfers with an official club handicap are welcome to come down and play on Saturday.

Sunday             -           12.30pm Sponsors Pro-Am (for nominated sponsors and Pros)

-           2.45pm The NIGC Great Ball Drop and the "BC Excavations" Professional Knockout, Amatuer Long Drive & Putting Comps – EVERYONE WELCOME TO WATCH

Monday           -           Hardys Wines Pro-Am Golf Classic Rnd1 - tee off – 6.45am & 11.45am

Tuesday           -           Hardys Wines Pro-Am Golf Classic Rnd 2 - tee off – 6.45am & 11.45am

Wednesday     -           Hardys Wines Pro-Am Golf Classic Rnd 3 - tee off – 6.45am & 11.45am Thursday  -            Hardys Wines Pro-Am Golf Classic Rnd 4 - tee off – 6.45am & 11.45am

Friday              -           NO NI MECHANICAL CHOOK RUN OR JUNIOR CHOC RUN. 

Golf Course and Clubhouse open as usual

Saturday          -           "Olive Cafe" Monthly Medal & Lisner Trophy -  8.30am & 12.30pm.

The Olive Branch Café at the golf club will be operating extended hours for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks during ‘The Classic’ as follows:

Sun 26 August | 11am - 3pm

Mon 27 August | 6am - 6pm

Tue 28 August | 6am - 6pm

Wed 29 August | 6am - 7pm

Thu 30 August | 6am - 4pm

Fri 31 August | 11am - 4pm

The menu will feature 'grab and go' options along with more substantial meals.

Dinner will be available on Tuesday night with selections including seafood, beef and chicken, and a special BBQ lunch will be held on Wednesday.

Following 'The Classic' the Olive Branch will return to their normal opening hours 11am - 5pm from Monday to Saturday.

Finally........                            ‘A Thought for the Day’

          “An Investment in Knowledge pays the best Interest”

Good golfing everyone,


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Norfuk Ito Kalcha Salan Inc

Friday, August 24, 2018

The next meeting of the Norfuk Ito Kalcha Salan Inc.will be held Wednesday 29th August 5:30 pm at “Tampali” Bumboras Road Bumboras.

Salan interested in maintaining and promoting Norfolk’s unique culture are warmly invited to attend.

Thaenks Yorlyi

Maree Reynolds –


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Police Report 25th August 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018

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Bowls Report by Ballzup.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Next week the Club will resume its Club competitions with the Mixed Pairs closing today with play next Saturday.  The lists for the Open, Singles, Pairs & Triples will also close on the 1st September, with play to commence after that date.

The Bowling Club Wora Bistro has now open for both lunch and dinner, with lunch from 11am – 2pm, and dinner from 5:30pm. Great value meals to be had together with the coldest beers in town.

See you all on the greens soon.

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