Student Spotlight
Logan Pugsley
Congratulations to Logan Pugsley in Year 10, who recently completed a 100 km cycling event for Rotary Newcastle. Logan rode from Newcastle Harbour to Dungog which had many hill climbs and descents.  He was the youngest rider and completed the 100 km event in just over 3 hours 15 minutes. A great effort Logan
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Nicolas Willey
Congratulations to Nicolas Willey in Year 7, who recently represented NSW in the Under 14's Ice Hockey Team for the 2018 National Phil Ginsberg Tournament.  In an extremely close battle, NSW defeated VIC in a penalty shootout, winning Gold.  Nicolas will now travel to Japan in 2019 to represent Australia in the 2019 Friendship Games.  A great accomplishment Nicolas.
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Scott Donnet
Congratulations to Scott Donnet in Year 8, who recently won the Central Coast/Hunter Junior AFL Umpire of the Year Award, the Golden Whistle.  Scott was presented with the award at Wyong Leagues Club last week.  A great achievement Scott.
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Small Moment Writing
Congratulations to Tyrone Dorrell, Sam McCudden, Daniel Lavery and James Vassallo on your excellent Small Moment Writing pieces completed at the recent year 7 Immersion Day.  Outstanding work boys. Tyrone Dorrell Everyone turned their eyes onto us. Dylan was about to sit on our throne which took about half an hour to make. With a nervous glance he slowly sat, we knew what was about to happen. My dreams of it staying Grand crumbled just like the throne. The feeling of disappointment imbedded into my chest because I didn’t think we were going to go out like this. A sudden sense of pride swooped through me  because what we made did actually look like a throne; Even though it didn’t act like one. If I had to take one thing from that moment I would take even though we did fail, we did achieve more than we could have  hope for because we worked together to do the best we could. Daniel Lavery We scramble to put our cardboard chair together whilst Mrs. Murdoch is mid-way through her sentence of saying "5 minutes left". My group is working to get those chocolates that were promised to the winners. "3 minutes left", we panic and do our best to finish the chair on time. Every chair has failed so far on the sitting test and then comes our opportunity to win the challenge, but as soon as I sat on the chair, I noticed something. One of the support legs had folded and before I could blink the chair crumbled and our chance of winning the chocolates were crushed. Even though our chances were crushed, I learnt how important teamwork is when trying to achieve goals. Sam McCudden "TIME!" called the teacher. The pressure to get the throne finished was instantly lifted by that one word… but only for a few seconds as I realized it still had to be judged. When the judges came to our throne we realized it was too tall. I knew our design was strong, but I didn’t know if it was strong enough for Tom, the heaviest person in our group, who was the only one tall enough to sit on our throne. Slowly Tom put his weight on to the throne. I felt a sigh of release as the throne held Toms weight but not for long as right before my eyes, crumpled the throne and our chances of winning. The judges moved on without saying a word. James Vassallo Everyone turned their eyes onto us. Dylan was about to sit on our throne which took about half an hour to make. With a nervous glance he slowly sat, we knew what was about to happen. My dreams of it staying Grand crumbled just like the throne. The feeling of disappointment imbedded into my chest because I didn’t think we were going to go out like this. A sudden sense of pride swooped through me  because what we made did actually look like a throne; Even though it didn’t act like one. If I had to take one thing from that moment I would take even though we did fail, we did achieve more than we could have  hope for because we worked together to do the best we could.
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Callum Sutton
Congratulations to Callum Sutton in Year 11, who has recently competed in the 2018 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships for the second year in a row, achieving an incredible 7th in the world. Callum (17 years of age) paddled the 32 Miles (54 Kilometres) in 7 hours and 22 minutes in the Men’s 18-29 years SOLO Stock Prone Board division. The event was held in the worse conditions in race history, competitors paddled between the island of Molokai and the island of Oahu, Hawaii through the Kaiwi Channel (The Channel of Bones). Callum competed against the world’s best including the current World Surfing Champion John John Florence. (See Callum's interview with NBN below) [embed]https://www.nbnnews.com.au/2018/08/03/sutton-seventh-in-paddleboard-world-championship/[/embed]  
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Anthony Sparacino
Congratulations to Anthony Sparacino in Year 12 on his selection in the Under 18 Australian Schoolboys Football team.  Anthony will travel with the team to the UK and Republic of Ireland in January 2019.  We wish Anthony great success for 2019 and his football career.
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Leo Hong
We wish Leo Hong, in Year 7, good luck in the upcoming Football tournament in South Korea.  Leo has been named in the Under 12 Australian Korean Football side and will travel overseas next month to compete.  Congratulations Leo we look forward to hearing the results.
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Harrison Brame and Xavier Nisbett
Congratulations to Harrison Brame and Xavier Nisbett, both in Ms Nowalinski's Year 8 English class, for outstanding work in a recent creative writing task.  Students had to focus on descriptive and sensory writing and include the words 'deride', 'absentmindedly' and 'bottle green'.     Harrison Brame - Paradise   Xavier Nisbett - I Cant Remember  
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Parker Robinson
We wish Parker Robinson in Year 8 luck in the upcoming Under 15's World Cup Baseball Competition.  Parker will represent Australia in Panama in August 2018.  Congratulations and good luck.
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Callum Sutton
We wish Callum Sutton, in Year 11, good luck in the upcoming Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships on 30 July.  Callum is the youngest registered competitor for the 51 km race which he automatically qualified for after his effort last year in completing the race in 6 h 32 min. Click on the image below to watch Callum's interview with NBN News. http://www.nbnnews.com.au/2018/07/04/callum-sutton-ready-for-worlds-toughest-paddleboarding-race/  
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