Saturday, 23 September 2017

Yr 10 Excursion to the Woodturners' Shed

Last Friday, Yr 10 Industrial Technology Timber students had the opportunity to visit the Southern Region Woodturners' Shed in Oyster Bay.

They put their knowledge of woodturning to the test, with each student having turned, seasoned and finished a bowl by the end of the day from blank Camphor Laurel stock.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Senior Stage Band Workshop with James Morrison!

Last Thursday our Senior Stage Band sat a workshop with Australian Jazz Legend James Morrison at Kirrawee High School.

The students also enjoyed a performance from his JMA Big Band – an incredibly inspiring and memorable experience.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Enduro Challenge for Year 9 PASS Students

A brilliant day was had by all in Year 9 PASS in the Annual Enduro Challenge. The Tops conference centre put on a great event and all 4 teams pushed themselves through a variety of physical challenges. Well done to all!!

2018 Year 9 Student Leaders

Congratulations to the following students who have been announced as Year 9 leaders for 2018.

Tenaya Antonich 
Charlotte Campbell 
Mia Francesconi
Ashlee Greene
Zielle Hinton
Clare Hollis
Katherine Khoury
Georgina Lovell
Kate Richard

Daniel Belcheff
Matthew Fouracre
James Locke
Finn Macdonald
Felix Middleton
Lachlan O’Leary
Pierson Paltoo
Jai Sier
Daniel Wakeford

Performance at the Heathcote Annual Premier’s Dinner

Inaburra's Senior Stage Band performed at the Heathcote Annual Premier’s Dinner at Club Central Menai last Friday night. Premier, Gladys Berejiklian along with members of the Heathcote electorate enjoyed their vibrant show.

Music Director Jen Geering said "The students played brilliantly and were highly praised for their musical skills and conduct throughout the night… and it was heaps of fun!"

2018 Prefects

Every year six boys and six girls serve as Prefects in the Inaburra School community. Following a process of leadership training, students in Year 11 2017 were invited to nominate for the role. The twenty-four who took the risk of applying delivered a speech to the Year 10 and Year 11 students, who subsequently voted for their prospective leaders. School staff also voted, based on their knowledge of the students over time. 

The following students, in alphabetical order, have been announced as Inaburra School Prefects:

Georgia Bowden
Harrison Cramb
Sophie Deavin
Holly Hackfath
Tim Jones
Ben Maze
Ashlee Nealon
Ben Shade
Heather Tetley
Nochi Wakeford
Matthew Winfred
Bethany Yee

Monday, 11 September 2017

Science Update

Congratulations to all our high achievers in the 2017 ICAS Science Competition.

Year 7


Josie King


Zoe Byrne
Lachlan Todd
Jonathan Woo

Year 8

High Distinction

Darcy Faulkes
Lachlan Walls


Zielle Hinton
James Locke


Callum Ferguson
Daniel Wakeford
Emily Ko

Year 9


Emily Caspersonn
Jared Goodall
Jake Liptak
Tetian Madfouni
Zachary Nealon


Alexis Argiropoulos
Sherry Chen
Madeline Harvey
Alexander Tyler
Amber Baillie
Joshua Curtis
Abigail Jones
Charlie Wilson
Julia Baxter
Jonah Eskander
Amelia Treffner
Nathan Woo

Year 10


Sophie Dynon


Kristina Argiropoulos
Shelley Young
Georgia Easton
Joshua Pople
Sarah Barras
Jack Hollis
Archie Sherring
Lachlan Cartwright
Caelum McNally
Daniel Tory

Congratulations, as well, to Ms Karis’ 7N Science class who answered over 1000 questions on Education Perfect to win a class pizza party. Here they are enjoying their prize.

7N Pizza Party!

7N Pizza Party!

Year 11 Biology has enjoyed an excursion to the Australian Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens for the Evolution of Australian Biota Study Day. This excursion provided some outstanding learning opportunities with both extinct and extant animals and plants. The Diprotodon, an example of extinct megafauna, was a popular study choice. Taronga Zoomobile brought some other favourites for a closer look, a Ring-tailed Possum and Children’s Python.
Yr 11 Biology excursion

Friday, 30 June 2017

Year 12 Study Camp

Year 12 have spent the last three days at a Study Camp at the Waterslea camp site near Nowra. While there are a number of social aspects to camp, the key learning intention has been to help students develop study techniques that can be replicated throughout the break as they prepare for the Trial HSC examinations. A great time was had by all.

The Reading Room

We are coming up to the end of the first term of ‘re-imagining’ our space from the Senior Library to the Reading Room. In a nutshell, we are a technology free area. Our vision was to have a space where students could step out of the school environment and feel like they were walking into an eclectic bookshop/ cafĂ©. We have started to collect eclectic pieces that make our space unique and expose students to pieces that they don’t see every day.

Our students (and staff) love the space, with around 50+ students utilising our space at breaks- all off the ‘digital leash’. We have students reading, in book clubs, playing cards and UNO games and tournaments sometimes. There are chess games, Scrabble and board games and then students just meeting here and spending time catching up. It is so lovely to see a group of about 15 Year 12 students that come in every recess and take time away from work and devices to chat and play cards while eating their recess. We trialled allowing students to eat in this space and this has worked out really well. The students that don’t feel comfortable in the playground were frequently going without food just to come in. This often meant they were then having meltdowns in class as they were understandably hungry. For other students, they can eat and read or even get bookwork done at the same time as eating. So far, all have been utilising bins and leaving their space litter free.
We are onto our 4th window display. These displays are designed to encourage people to come in and to evoke positive responses in the hall that the window is in. We have been thrilled with the responses that we receive about them.

Our first one was in our last post about the VIP launch- Welcoming everyone to the Reading Room. We then celebrated the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week with an original design piece by Machaela Smith (alumni class of 2016) and links to modern fashion designers alongside the origins of making fashion with vintage sewing equipment.

Our next display was “Challenge yourself- Adventure awaits!”

This was made up of exciting outdoor extreme adventure equipment lent to us by Mr. Paul Karis (Mrs. Karis’ husband) Within these items were a number of items that have been to Base camp and up Mt Everest. We are grateful to have community that are so willing to lend us items for these displays.

Our current display is “Come on in- it’s cold outside” This is all about winter and encouraging students to come in out of the cold and enjoy our blankets and warm environment. We even have snow and a special ‘Olaf inspired’ snowman made out of books to put a smile on the faces of those walking by.

Community collections

We have two jars that we are currently encouraging contributions for. One is a Community currency jar. It is for people to donate random coins (no notes) from places they have been overseas. We are hoping that we can have a full jar to show the places that our community visit outside of the Sutherland Shire. It has been very interesting to see what countries people are bringing coins from. Students frequently look to see the differences and similarities to our currency.

The other jar is a brand new one. It is to put boarding passes and boarding pass stubs in. Again, to show the places we visit and spark conversations. Both these jars sit on a bookshelf of travel guides that we have for our students and staff to borrow to learn about upcoming holiday destinations. These books love to travel with families to the destinations. If you would like to borrow a book for a specific holiday location or for your ‘wish list’ of destinations feel free to e-mail me and we can send the book home with your child (K-12).

Until the end of week two next term, if your child (or you) brings in donated overseas coins or boarding passes, please feel welcome to take a thank you chocolate from my chocolate jar.

On the day of the opening of the new building, feel free to come on in and say hello, and look around our new space. We are always looking for donations of eclectic pieces so if you think you have something that might be a conversation piece, I would be glad to chat to you about it then or via e-mail.

Happy Reading!

Mrs Kim Smith
The Reading Room- Inaburra School

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Rideability Visits Inaburra

The Junior School has been using the playground in the Senior School this week so they can experience Rideability. Rideability is Australia's leading education provider for cycle education, road safety and bike skills to schools, community groups, government and corporate organisations. Looks like they have had heaps of fun while learning some important lessons.