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ISSUE 2 2014
ISSUE 2 2014
From the Head of College
From the Chaplain
Whole School News
Senior School News
From the Head of Junior School
Junior School News
Boarding News
Old Bathurstians’ News
Calendar of Events
From the Head of Senior School
Cover photo: Mia Reynolds and Lachlan Roach
(Year 2) are all dressed up for the Junior School
Beach Disco.
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>>> Principal’s update
Dr Peter Miller
“It is
to be
and part
of a
really great
Sometimes things can be even clearer from
a distance. This was certainly my experience
while undertaking a sabbatical in the United
Kingdom last month.
In my Term 1 2014 article for VIM, I
outlined my understanding of the features of
a “good school”. I described a good school as
one which enables a sense of belonging and a
strong connection to “place”. A good school
also provides a range of positive experiences
to students and staff (as well as the wider
community) that shape their development.
This was very much at the front of my mind
while visiting UK schools.
The schools I visited had many things in
common. They also differed in many ways.
All the schools had boarding students, one
was a government school, one was a boys’
school (the others were co-educational), three
were in rural surrounds, two were in regional
centres (or near a large city) and one was in
metropolitan London. The history of some
schools extended over 600 years with the
newest one commencing in the 1850s. It was
interesting to note that even though schools
may have a long history, their expansion and
social standing has been relatively recent and
often a product of the Industrial Revolution
and changes in Victorian England.
Through my visits I was reminded of the
importance of individuality of schools and
how each has its own character. The Head,
with staff and a governing board, work
together to create and maintain a particular
character. This is reinforced and sometimes
driven by parents and students, as well as
past students. It is fair to say that each of
the schools I visited are good schools. They
varied but they had a shared imperative.
Each school is serving its community and
providing opportunities for their students in
life beyond that school.
Also, visiting other schools provided a
very privileged insight into their operations,
problems, approaches to solutions and the
personalities and policies behind all this. I
greatly appreciate the opportunity to visit
these schools, talk with staff and students
as well as to attend lessons where I sat with
students on a number of occasions.
As a result of my visits and time away, I
am even clearer in my understanding of why
All Saints’ College is a good school. The level
of connection and community is a distinctive
feature of our school and one we are always
looking to advance.
Finally, I am grateful to the support of many
people who enabled my time away to be a
success. The work of Mr Stewart Ross as the
Acting Head of College is greatly appreciated.
He stepped into the role and kept things
running seamlessly. Similarly, thanks to all my
colleagues who filled the inevitable gaps. The
support of the College Council as well as the
whole school community has been generous
and gracious. It is wonderful to be back and
part of a really great school.
United Kingdom Sabbatical
Year 11 PDHPE visit to d2f
On Tuesday, 3rd June, the Year 11 PDHPE class visited Dedicated to Fitness
(d2f) to participate in a RPM class to understand and feel the difference in aerobic
and anaerobic energy systems with the body.
Mr Bradley Allen
Knowing God
It is hard to believe that half of the 2014
school year is past. So many positive things
have happened as our College community
has grown in understanding and faith.
We have focused our efforts this year on
knowing God through knowing Jesus.
This year brought about a new way of
us gathering to remember key times in the
Christian calendar as we held whole school
chapel services in the Bickerdike Centre to
remember Ash Wednesday, Good Friday,
and Pentecost. I have been particularly
encouraged by the way in which our
students have participated in these services
through coming forward to receive ashes on
their foreheads, laying their prayer concerns
at the foot of the cross, and receiving the
Holy Spirit through the anointing of oil. Our
Year 10 drama students did a fantastic job
at the Good Friday service as they acted out
the last hours of Jesus’ life. It was a moving
experience for all. I have also been thankful
for the support of The Very Reverend Anne
Wentzel, Dean of All Saints’ Cathedral, and
The Reverend Tim Fogo (Kelso) with these
These whole school chapels and the
students’ involvement in them have
complemented our regular weekly chapel
programme. During Term 1 we examined the
‘I am’ statements of Jesus as we learnt more
about who Jesus said he was. This term we
have been considering the appearances of
Jesus to his disciples after his resurrection in
an effort to understand that Jesus is alive and
that his promise of eternal life can therefore
be trusted.
Knowing God can be a tricky thing. In his
timeless classic Mere Christianity, author
C.S. Lewis states:
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“When you come to knowing God, the
initiative lies on His side. If He does not
show Himself, nothing you can do will
enable you to find Him. And, in fact, He
shows much more of Himself to some
people than to others - not because He has
favourites, but because it is impossible
for Him to show Himself to a man whose
whole mind and character are in the wrong
condition. Just as sunlight, though it has
no favourites, cannot be reflected in a dusty
mirror as clearly as in a clean one.”
So, whilst we can examine Jesus’ claims
about himself and consider the evidence for
his resurrection, we are not guaranteed that
this will bring us closer to knowing God.
One crucial element remains - our attitude
towards wanting to know him. Lewis points
out that the initiative is on God’s side. God
always wants to get to know us but it is up to
us to receive him.
A famous painting by Holman Hunt
shows Jesus knocking at an ivy-covered
door with a lantern in His hand. Hunt was
criticised because there was no latch on the
outside of the door. His answer was, “Of
course not. The latch is on the inside. We
alone can open it.”
C.S.Lewis uses the image of the dusty
mirror not reflecting light as well as a clean
one. It is up to us to dust off the mirror
of our heart and let the image of God be
reflected in it.
“Listen! I am standing at the door,
knocking; if you hear my voice and open the
door, I will come in to you and eat with you,
and you with me.” - Jesus (Revelation 3:20,
With all the blessings of Christ.
The Reverend
Tony Card
God can be a
tricky thing.”
Junior School Chapel
At our Junior School chapels
on Wednesday, 4th June, students
learnt that we can only achieve our
best when we have Jesus on our
Infants School students helped
Father Tony Card to tell the story of
Jesus making a breakfast of grilled
fish and bread for his disciples on
the shores of the lake after He had
performed another miracle with
the catch of 153 fish by acting it
out. You can find the story in John
To help remember the story,
students were treated to a
‘breakfast’ of sausages and bread,
ably cooked by Mr Christopher
Jackman, Mr Phillip Cant, Mrs
Lisette Hoskins and Mrs Johanne
The Reverend Tony Card
>>> Principal’s update
of Art
The Opening Night of the
Festival of Art on Friday, 30th
May, attracted a number of
school families, artists and
community members.
The Festival was opened
by Mrs Fudeko Reekie and
throughout the evening those
in attendance were entertained
with performances by drama
(beforehand in the Drama
Room) and music students.
The evening was very
successful in that it brought
together artists and people with
an interest in art.
Mr Robert Poole
Olympic gold medallist gives equestrian clinic
A month of equestrian events
continued at All Saints’ College on
Wednesday and Thursday, 21st and
22nd May, when the All Saints’ College
Equestrian Team hosted a two day training
clinic given by Australian Olympic
Equestrian Gold Medallist, Stuart Tinney
OAM. Assisting Stuart in the two day
programme of master classes was NCAS
Level 2 Dressage Specialist, Megan Joerg.
All Saints’ Equestrian President
and parent Ian Redpath noted:“Stuart
is a well-known Australian equestrian
identity, a Gold Medallist at the Sydney
2000 Olympics with representative
honours at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
He has also represented Australia at
the World Equestrian Games since
1988. In 2003 Stuart was inducted into
the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and
has received an Order of Australia for
his contributions to equestrian sport.
Megan provides weekly lessons at All
Saints’ College as part of the flourishing
equestrian programme. Our young riders
are very lucky to receive the benefit of
instruction by these inspiring equestrian
At the two day training clinic, Megan
put the students through their Dressage
paces whilst Stuart gave the young riders
his wealth of understanding in coaching
the All Saints’ team in the finer points of
Mr Michael Hissey
>>> Principal’s update
Showjumping Day
Bathurst turned on glorious
weather on Sunday, 11th May, for
the Equestrian Group to host the
fifth annual All Saints’ College
Showjumping Day.
Over 70 riders from schools
throughout the Central West and
further afield contested three
events over varying heights
vying for Champion and Reserve
Champion Rider.
Competition started at 45cm
for younger and beginner riders
and made its way to the feature
event, the 1.15m classes where
the competition was of the highest
All Saints’ College featured
heavily in the final presentations
with Claudia Cunningham taking
out the Reserve Champion title
in the 45cm competition, Megan
Redpath was the Champion 60cm
rider, Ruby Woodlock took out
the Reserve Champion Rider for
both the 75cm and 90cm classes
while Catherine Crampton and
Teagan Miller were Champions
for the 75cm and 90cm classes
respectively. Not to be outdone,
Maddison Harley was awarded
Reserve Champion for the 1.05m
class and Madeline Sinderberry
was the 1.15m Reserve
Another fantastic event
enjoyed by not only the riders but
volunteers and spectators alike.
The Equestrian Group would
like to thank everyone who helped
on the day and a special note of
thanks to our sponsors: Bedwell’s
Feed Barn, Saddleworld,
Cunningham’s the Law Practice,
Glanmire Boarding Kennels
and Cattery, Moogenilla Angus,
OzWide Asset Management and
Shawman Transport Services.
Mrs Nicole Stockman
>>> Principal’s update
Extreme wintry weather of biting
winds, rain and sleet, a passing parade
of resolute Bathurstians putting on
a brave face, not quite the usual
hordes of excited children, baby
carriages through puddles, endless
loud spruiking on a recorded loop,
red and blue balloons escaping in
gale-force winds, fabulous student
musicians performing in the soggy
twilight, dagwood dogs, endless ring
announcements, cattle competition
winners, students in horsehead masks,
colour, noise, and damp spectacle.
These are my principal memories
of the All Saints’ College three day
presence at the 2014 Royal Bathurst
With disappointing crowds
attending the ‘Royal’ this year
numbers were naturally down also at
the All Saints’ display. Still, we were
as always, excited to welcome the
many college graduates who popped
in for a cuppa and to escape the
weather for a few minutes’ chat and
reminiscence; as well as a number
of current families and interested
prospective parents.
Highlights occurred for the College
at the livestock judging ring across
the weekend, on Friday morning
with the College bands and vocalists
performing on the community stage
and in the early evening of Saturday
when a number of our senior College
musicians, the talented Year 11
vocalist and guitarist Bronte Gosper
Braving the cold at the Royal Bathurst Show
and violinist Kirsten Jones as well as
keyboard player Marcus Milton (Year
10) serenaded the All Saints’ College
‘Happy Hour’ with excellent solo
Too numerous to name
individually, my thanks go to the
many generous All Saints’ staff,
students and parents who, despite
the weather, contributed so much
to ensure the notable success of the
All Saints’ College exhibit. Special
mention must be made of Mrs
Kathryn Parnell who braved the
elements assisting on the display for
the weekend. All eyes are now turned
to the ‘Royal’ in 2015 with prayers
for better weather.
Mr Michael Hissey
>>> Principal’s update
Equestrian Complex Development Opened
Equestrian facilities at All Saints’ College
have undergone a major upgrade during
the Easter school holidays. The school is
extremely proud of the magnificent new
fully fenced riding arena, round yard and
landscaped grounds of the equestrian
area. The huge effort involved is a direct
reflection of the growing popularity of
equestrian activities at All Saints’.
The new arena was officially opened on
Saturday, 10th May, by the Head of College,
Dr Peter Miller, to the delight of a large
crowd of All Saints’ equestrian supporters. Mr Ian Redpath (All Saints’ College
Equestrian Team President)
As we closed on our eighth
annual Literature Festival it
was timely to look back at the
development of this programme and
the effect it has had on our students.
Our aim has always been to develop
a love of reading in our students
and to develop their critical and
visual literacy skills.
This year in the lead-up to the
Festival all Junior School students
spent much of their library time
reading and analysing picture
books, particularly the illustrators’
we had booked for the festival.
In the Senior School the teacher/
librarians and the English teachers
prepared their students for the
The work of the students and
staff was acknowledged in the
feedback we received from all the
illustrators. They were universally
impressed by our students and
A picture tells a thousand words
their engagement. They made
special reference to the insightful
questions posed by so many of the
students. These words in an email
from Nicki Greenberg encapsulate
their feelings: “Thank you again
for having me at the Literature
Festival. I had a great time, and was
just so impressed by the enthusiasm
of staff and students alike. It was
wonderful to see how engaged and
thoughtful the students were. They
asked some of the best questions
I’ve had at school talks. And they
were super polite and friendly!”
Our students are privileged to
get annual exposure to so many of
our top authors and illustrators and
their developing critical and visual
literacy skills are testament to these
Mrs Michelle O’Brien and
Mrs Lucinda Wells
Twilight Paraders
The 2014 Twilight Cattle Parade
was a sea of “Kids, Colour and Cows”
on Tuesday night, 1st April, at the All
Saints’ College school farm.
With over 250 people in attendance
and over 80 registered paraders,
the night represented a fun-filled
conclusion to the term-long cattle
breaking programme at the school.
With participation from both the Junior
School and Senior School, it was truly a
whole school function.
The night included six events
involving leading cattle into the show
ring as well as a fancy dress parade.
Many students had been working on
their cattle since the start of term and
will no doubt be sad to see them leave
our grounds for greener pastures.
A big congratulation goes out to
the Year 11 Agriculture class who
planned and executed the night with
professional precision. There were also
a host of volunteers who helped judge,
cook and help students prepare the
cows. A special thanks to Father Paul
Woodhart and Mrs Margaret Gaal, old
friends of the school farm, who assisted
with judging the event. Prizes were
made available by a host of generous
folks from around town including Town
and Country Rural Supplies, Perthville
Rural Supplies, Landmark Bathurst,
Fish and Sons Rural Supplies and
Saddleworld Bathurst. Mr Gary Hamer
and his family have also been generous
in facilitating the supply of hay through
the past few months. We thank you all
very much for your support.
Sights were then set on participating
in the Bathurst Show on the first
weekend of May. About 30 Senior
School students prepared and displayed
a swag of steers, heifers and cows in
the local event. Some students also
performed official stewarding duties
following their successful participation
in the local stewarding training
programme. The preparation of these
animals and paraders has been going on
since the start of the term and continued
throughout the holidays. It is a big
commitment, but there is plenty to
learn and gain through being involved.
Anyone interested in being a part of the
team or participating in the future is
encouraged to contact the Agriculture
Department through Reception.
Mr Mark Whitfeld
Mr Stewart Ross
In many countries the level of childhood
obesity is rising. Statistics indicate that
one-third of children in Australia are
classified as overweight or obese. Rates of
childhood obesity are now increasing with
each generation. There has been much talk
in the press of late about this issue. Children
today not only will, on average, be heavier
than their parents but also, for the first time
in recorded medical history, will potentially
face a reduction in average life span, meaning
they will live shorter lives than their parents’
generation. Did you know that obesity
increases the risk of death far greater than
does smoking? Perhaps we need to look at
plain paper packaging for some of our junk
I also read recently that inadequate sleep
for children is directly linked to obesity. In
children each one-hour reduction in sleep
was associated with a 40 percent increase in
the risk for obesity. Although average sleep
varies by age, approximately ten and a half
hours sleep a night is required by primary
school-aged children; around nine hours for a
There is a myriad of causes for childhood
obesity ranging from cultural influences,
socio-economic status, genetics, nutritional
knowledge and parental disengagement to
the lack of physical activity. Many people
would argue that the lack of physical activity
is the most significant factor - the growth
of couch potatoes. In an article titled Diet,
Physical Activity, and Sedentary Behaviours
as Risk factors for Overweight Adolescence
they indicated that overweight boys reported
watching more minutes of television than
Let’s get Physical,
Physical ...
normal weight boys. This is probably too
simplistic an overall cause but an obvious
contributing factor.
For young people, being physically active
and limiting sedentary behaviour every
day is not easy but is important, so what
should they be doing? The Department of
Health recommends that teenagers should be
undertaking at least 60 minutes of moderate
to vigorous activity each day. And this should
include a variety of aerobic activities. On at
least three days of the week, teenagers should
engage in activities that strengthen muscles
and bones. They must also minimise the time
they spend being sedentary - limit their use of
electronic media for entertainment (television,
electronic games, computer use) to no more
than two hours a day (I would suggest even less
than this).
At All Saints’ we are trying to do our best to
engage students in physical activity. Physical
Education (PE) is part of the weekly curriculum
as is Health. Sport is compulsory and training
for each activity runs two afternoons a
week. It is somewhat disappointing that a
few students try to avoid sport often with
the assistance of their parents. Our Outdoor
Education programmes (camps) are also a
source of physical activity. Then there are the
sporting carnivals where active participation is
As far as the food side is concerned, fruit
is on the menu for recess three times a week
and is also available at lunch. Our caterers,
Alliance, also have their menus approved by a
To conclude, I think I must practise what I
have just been preaching - so it is off to the gym
I go.
Students study career options at FACTS Day
Rebecca Morgan from Charles Sturt University and
Thomas Kay from All Saints’ College at the Careers
Photo: Phil Murray
Around 1000 Year 12
students from across the Central
West gathered at Charles Sturt
University for the annual Facts
About Careers and Tertiary
Study Day.
FACTS Day is organised
by the Central West Careers
Advisers Association to
assist students explore their
future career and employment
Students spent half their visit
with more than 60 organisations,
including universities, private
providers, TAFE, Centrelink,
police and other government
Thomas Kay (Year 12) was
one of the students exploring his
options at the expo.
“I am hoping to do something
in agricultural science at
university,” Thomas said and
he thought the expo was very
helpful for students who were
deciding what they wanted to do
for a career.
“It gives students the
opportunity to look at the
courses and careers they could
get into,” he said. “Among my
friends there is probably a 50:50
split, some know what they want
to do, others aren’t sure, and
a lot of them are planning on
taking a Gap year.”
Story (adapted) and Photo courtesy of
the Western Advocate
Troubadour Theatre visit
On Tuesday, 3rd June, Year 9 and
Year 10 History students enjoyed
two powerful performances from a
one man company, the Troubadour
The first performance to the
Year 9 students related to the issues
surrounding Australia’s involvement
in the Great War.
The performance and the
music were both entertaining and
educational and the students came
away with a clearer understanding
of why Australia went to war
in 1914 and the results of that
The performance for the Year
10 students was very different and
was a piece of “real history” as the
Redgum song I Was Only 19 was
explained, narrated and played
by Brett Hunt who was the son of
Francis Hunt who was ‘Frankie” as
in “Frankie kicked a land mine the
day that mankind kicked the moon”.
This was a very moving experience
for the students and especially for
the teachers.
It was an amazing experience to
hear Frankie’s son sing the iconic
Aussie Vietnam healing song in
the Kemmis Building. A truly
memorable experience for everyone
Congratulations to the students
for their rapt attention and to
performer Brett Hunt for his
outstanding theatre.
Mr Wayne Feebrey
(Head of HSIE/History)
MASTERPIECES: When Art Comes to Life
Years 9 to 11 Drama students
staged a performance entitled
Comes to Life in the Drama Room
on the night of the Opening of
the All Saints’ Festival of Art on
Friday, 30th May. The students
had been studying the performance
style of ‘Non-Realism’ as a way
of creating abstract and dreamlike performance pieces. Each
performance group chose an
abstract expressionist painting to
work from and created short surreal
performance art pieces in response
to them.
All Saints’ College was lucky
enough to obtain the services of
CSIRO Education on Tuesday,
27th May. What a fabulous day!
Not only was it entertaining, but it
was extremely informative for our
students in Years 7 and 8.
Year 7 attended the States
of Matter show. This correlated
well with current class work. It
explored the properties of matter
and demonstrated the change in
states of matter. This, of course,
includes solids, liquids and gases
but also that often forgotten state
of plasmas. Experiments involving
liquid nitrogen and dry ice were
amongst the favourites.
The Forensic Frenzy was a
‘hands-on’ workshop for Year 8
in which the students assumed
the role of forensic scientists to
CSIRO Touring Education Programme
solve the blackmail and robbery at
Nomel Estate. They were instructed
in the use of common forensic
techniques to examine evidence,
including chromatography
of inks, blood stains, facial
identification, comparison of hair
fibres, comparing soil samples,
fingerprinting, ballistic scoring
marks and comparing fluorescent
oils under UV ‘black’ light.
I would like to thank my
colleagues, Mrs Elizabeth Casey,
Ms Megan Moppett and Mrs
Sarah O’Neill, for giving up their
time to help ensure that the day
ran smoothly. Thank you also to
Mr Robert Poole for taking the
wonderful photos that feature here
and on the website.
Mr Peter O’Neill
(Head of Science)
Year 11 solar cooker designs
Year 11 recently completed the
testing of their final solar cooker
design. Some designs relied on the sun
and a magnifying sheet to start a fire
in an enclosed fire bucket to generate
the heat to cook the food on a hotplate.
Spencer Morgan successfully
cooked sausages and eggs using this
Others used magnifying sheets,
reflective vinyl and aluminium
together in a design that used
geometry to capture and trap heat
within an enclosed shape.
The intensity of the heat was able
to melt chocolate within minutes.
All students discovered the
significance of the sun and how it
can be used as a natural resource for
product design.
Mrs Natalle Sutton
Suit Day
You could be forgiven for thinking that
on Friday, 30th May, All Saints’ Senior
School had changed into a place of work in
the city. Students and staff came dressed in
smart suits, dress shirts and ties. Some girls
chose suits, others came in more formal
Inspired by James Keech (Prefect and
Barton House Captain), this ‘Suit Day’
was organised by the Prefects and Year 12
to raise money for two water coolants for
the school (a suggestion from the Student
Representative Council) and also a well for
an underdeveloped country to have pure,
clean water.
This has become a whole school
initiative. As a result of our Senior School
Captains’ (Alanna Milton and Angus
McClelland) presentation and proposal to a
meeting, we have donations from both the
boarding and whole school P&F totalling
Hot pies and cakes made by Year 12 were
also sold on the day. This alone raised over
$400. The donations from the students and
staff will total close to $500. The aim is for
$4,000 for the coolants and then another
$1,000 contribution to the well overseas.
Many thanks go to the whole school and
staff who were behind this and to Mr Robert
Poole for taking photos. It was described as
one of the best non school uniform days for
a while - a very successful initiative!
Mrs Tessa Jones
(Prefects /SRC Co-ordinator)
Students take part in United Nations debating competition
Evatt NSW is a Model United Nations
Security Council diplomacy competition
for students in Years 9 to 12. More than
2,000 students compete in the Evatt
Competition each year.
It aims to educate young people
about Australia’s place in the world and
empower them as active citizens by
developing public speaking, negotiation,
teamwork, research, and diplomatic
skills. All Saints’ College hosted the
regional round of the competition
on Friday, 30th May, and entered six
teams, comprising of Thomas Craft
and Marshall Fox (Year 10), Hannah
Armstrong and Lily McClelland (Year
10), Neive Roebuck and Sophie Jones
(Year 10), Katie Horne and Johanna
Krebs (Year 10), Rebecca Cole (Year 10)
and Amelia Moran (Year 11), Tom Nobes
and Maddison Crowe (Year 11).
The competition takes the form of
a mock session of the UN Security
Council. Teams of two students debate,
amend and vote on a prepared resolution
from the perspective of their assigned
nation. The students judged the most
effective diplomats proceed to the next
The teams from All Saints’ College
were all allocated a United Nations
country to represent. The aim of a team in
an Evatt Competition is simple: achieve
your nation’s goals through diplomacy.
The arena is the UN Security
Council, convened to consider two draft
resolutions; Domestic Military and Organ
Trafficking. Teams must use all the tools
of the Security Council to mould the
resolutions to advance their assigned
country’s interests: formal speeches,
amendments, parliamentary procedure,
and, of course, lots of back-room
wheeling and dealing.
I would like to sincerely thank Mr
Mark Whitfeld for his support, Mr
Robert King for his efforts in helping
prepare the teams for the competition,
and their invaluable wealth of knowledge
and experience. The students really
enjoyed the day and have developed
important diplomatic skills and gained
an awareness of other countries in the
United Nations from participating in such
a worthwhile competition.
Mrs Sarah O’Neill
(Independent Learning Centre)
Friday, 23rd May, was the night of
the All Saints’ College Presentation
Ball. Amidst all the talk of the
beautiful dresses and handsome men
was a memorable night. For many of
the presentees it was a nerve-racking
wait behind the curtains, but as soon
as the Presentation Waltz had begun
the nerves vanished. It transitioned
smoothly into an entertaining night
Presentation Ball
(photos courtesy of Frank Colzato)
for everyone and even the Head of
Senior School, Mr Stewart Ross, and
the Head of College, Dr Peter Miller,
got on the dance floor!
Thanks to Piper Catering for
the delicious three-course meal,
Nuthin-2-Serious for the energetic
music, Alannah Milton and Angus
McClelland for the announcements
and extra partnering, Mrs Margaret
Gaal (P&F President) and Dr Miller
for presenting the students and
an extra special thank you to Mrs
Memory Sanders, Mrs Elizabeth
Moller and Mrs Toni Thompson for
the incredible organisational skills
and patience in transforming a rowdy
bunch of Year 11s into young ladies
and gentlemen.
Lucille Vance (Year 11)
French Pop for Years 7 and 8
Pierre Alain from
TheatreLOTE put on a
French mini-concert for
Year 7 and Year 8 French
students on Wednesday, 21st
Students sang and even
joined in the performance
as Pierre delivered a range
of French pop, rock and rap
music from the 1950s to
As they joined in the
singing, students put French,
that they had already learnt,
into practice as well as
learning a wide range of
new expressions and words
and learning about the huge
world of French music.
Mr David Pike
Year 8 Camp
Year 8 travelled to the Hawkesbury River for a fun week of
canoeing. The students were put into three groups. Group 1 was
dropped off at Windsor to start their canoe trip to Wisemans Ferry;
Groups 2 and 3 were taken to Wisemans Ferry and were to canoe
the opposite way.
Over the week the students canoed over 60 kilometres! One
student commented: “Little did we know we were going to have
biceps at the end of the camp.”
By all reports it was a fun camp and everyone enjoyed it.
While most of her peers are busy
learning how to drive a car, Gabrielle
Elias (Year 11) has been keeping busy
learning how to fly a plane.
Gabrielle, who comes from Nyngan,
recently flew solo over Bathurst in a
Cessna aircraft and has become one of
the youngest flying students to achieve
solo flying status.
Gabrielle started learning to fly last
year and had only done nine hours
worth of lessons before she took to the
skies on her own.
“It was pretty scary to go up by
myself, but a really good feeling,” she
said. “I was very nervous, but I eased
into it okay.”
“I felt the pressure when Rex
(Regional Express) called in while I
was flying and said they were going to
land. I had to tell Rex to wait and they
had to circle the airport.”
Gabrielle said it was funny that she
could fly a plane by herself before she
was able to drive by herself.
She has inherited her love of flying
from her father, who is a recreational
The car can
wait for
high flying
Gabrielle said she enjoyed the
challenge of learning to fly and loved
that it was such a unique experience.
“It’s really different; not many
people can do it. It’s a bit of an escape.
“I like being able to see everything
when you’re up there and no one can
see you.”
She will continue to work towards
getting her private licence, and said
she would love to see more girls and
women get involved in aviation.
Central West Flying chief flying
instructor Chris Stott is impressed by
the budding pilot.
“She has got so much selfconfidence and she surprised everyone,
including herself, being able to fly on
her own so early on,” he said.
Mr Stott said Gabrielle would
almost hold the record Australia-wide
for the youngest person to complete a
solo flight.
“She has just taken one of the
shortest times to be ready for a solo
flight,” he said.
Mr Stott, who is seeing more
women show an interest in flying, said
they were easier to teach than men.
“Girls generally don’t assume that
they’re better than they are,” he said.
Story (adapted) and
photo courtesy of
the Western Advocate
Prefects at work
The Year 12 Prefects, with a bit of help from some of their
peers, are giving the tables on the senior lawn a facelift. Over
the years these tables have suffered from general weathering and
students making their mark on them.
The aim is that the newer look and consequences for anyone
found writing on them will deter students from defacing them any
Please respect these efforts and keep the tables free from
Mrs Tessa Jones
>>> Principal’s update
History Channel
Time Capsule
On Sunday, 27th April, Sir Tony
Robinson from Time Team and
Black Adder fame was in Bathurst
with the History Channel for the
filming of his new TV series, Tour
of Duty which commemorates the
centenary of World War I.
As part of the day, All Saints’
College was the lucky Bathurst
school invited to attend the filming
and to receive from the History
Channel a Time Capsule for the
Students representing the
school on the day included
Gordon Thompson and Bradley
Gardiner (Year 7), Johanna Krebs
and Katie Horne (Year 10),
David Mackender, Melanie Lo,
Madeleine King and Madeleine
Cox (Year 11). These students
were privileged to meet with
Tony Robinson and to be publicly
presented with the Time Capsule.
It is planned to have a student
competition to source materials for
the capsule. Being the school’s
140th anniversary, this capsule
provides a great opportunity to
re-tell the All Saints’ story to
future generations. It is planned to
place in the capsule the World War
I dossiers on the All Saints’ Óld
Boys who served and died in that
war. These materials are presently
being prepared by distinguished
Old Boy, Tony Cable.
Photographs of last year’s
school tour to the Western Front
will also be placed into the capsule
along with memorabilia of the
school’s 140th year.
The time capsule is scheduled
to be opened in 2064. Many thanks
to the students and to Mr Spencer
Goddard, all who gave up their
Sunday afternoon to proudly
represent the Çollege in this
special ‘moment in time’. The Tour
of Duty TV series airs next year on
The History Channel.
Mr Wayne Feebrey
(Head of HSIE/History and
‘Time Team’ Fanatic)
Year 12 General Maths are exploring Geometry of the Earth
Year 12 General Maths are exploring Geometry of the
Earth. They are learning about Longitude and Latitude, and
will soon be able to calculate the difference in local time
zones from Vietnam to Hawaii based on knowing how fast a
ship was travelling and how long it took to cross the Pacific. Mr Robert McLean
Senior Drama Night 2014
On Thursday, 10th April, the
Year 11 Drama students performed
at the annual Senior Drama Night.
Tegan Taylor, Amelia Moran, Kirsten
Jones, Julia Morgan, Tom Galvin,
Conrad Meulman, Alexander Jolliffe
and Maddison Crowe each chose a
dramatic monologue to study and
perform in front of an audience.
As an extension of their studies
of the History of Acting from the
Classical Greek period through to
Russian Realism, students engage
in a study of Stanislavski and his
‘system of acting’, more commonly
known as ‘The Method’. They learn
about Stanislavski’s life and his work
in the context of the social, cultural,
historical and political influences,
as well as principles and acting
techniques. In particular, students
learn about ‘Naturalism’ as a specific
performance style and are taken
through the Stanislavski process of
performance development.
Students engage, practically
and experientially, in exercises,
improvisations and text analysis,
based on the ‘method’ of
performance production. This style
was a first for many of the students,
which saw Conrad, Alexander
and Maddison moving away from
comedy for the first time. These three
students deserve special mention
for their captivating dramatic
performances on the night. Conrad
performed an eulogy from the
TV series Suits, Alexander played
‘Forrest Gump’ talking to his dead
wife and Maddison played an intense
scene from Schindler’s List.
I am very proud of all of the
students. It takes great courage to
stand up in front of your family and
peers on your own and attempt to
become someone else. They all did
remarkably well in this and it has
put them in great stead for their HSC
performance preparations next year. Mrs Zoë McGirr
Inter-House Cross Country Carnival
Congratulations to all students who
successfully participated in the Senior School
Inter-House Cross Country Carnival.
It was a glorious day (and the rain held off
until much later in the evening) giving the
runners the chance to display their stamina
and talent. The course, once again, took the
students around Edgell Oval, past Britten
House, through the back paddocks and then
down to Watson Oval. It was an afternoon of
strong competition and House spirit.
The students should be commended on
their enthusiasm and efforts and thanks must
go to the staff who had various roles to play
around the course.
Congratulations to Barton House on
winning this year’s Inter-House Cross
Country Carnival.
Mr Scott Gardner
2014 Senior School Cross Country Champions
Back Row: Gabrielle Elias, Angus McClelland, Charles O’Neill
Tom Galvin, Phoebe Reynolds, Lucy Hobson, Jack Schumacher.
Front Row: Isaac Hope, Jakiya Whitfeld, Neive Roebuck,
Teagan Miller, Cameron Redpath, Isabella Siegert, Harold Humphries.
Year 7
Desk Tidies
This year Technology students in
Year 7 will rotate between units of
work that focus on the fields of study in
Agriculture, Food and Plastics. In each
unit students are given a Design Brief
related to the field of study. Students
studying Food developed basic skills in
food preparation and were then required
to design an innovative snack food.
Those studying plastics learnt how to
develop and construct models of shapes
from a Net Layout so they could apply
it to their own design of a Desk Tidy
made from acrylic. Many students were
keen to incorporate methods for storing
or stabilising iPads, other technology
and traditional forms of stationery.
Mrs Natalle Sutton
Australia and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge
2,300 students competed in the
first round of the Australia and New
Zealand Brain Bee Challenge in NSW.
Alexandra Corbett-Jones (Year 10)
scored so highly that she was one of
just 138 students selected to compete in
the NSW finals of the competition.
The NSW finalists attended a full
day of activities at the Campbelltown
Campus of the University of Western
Sydney on June 4th. Alexandra was
tested on her anatomical knowledge
of the structures and functions of the
brain. Alexandra missed out, but the
top 10 students from that round then
participated in two rounds of live
questioning to determine who became
the state champion.
Teachers and parents were given
a guided tour of the medical school,
which offers innovative and dynamic
programmes in the medical sciences.
The school has a strong research
focus and is heavily involved in
advancements in treating diseases such
as Alzheimer’s, as well as creating a
bionic eye.
tours, demonstrations, lectures,
experiments and the opportunity
to speak to researchers. It was an
incredible feat to be selected to
progress to the second round of the
competition and a great experience
for Alexandra.
Mrs Sarah O’Neill
(Independent Learning Centre)
Alexandra also had the
opportunity to be involved in a range
of activities to educate her about
neuroscience and neuroscience
researchers. This included laboratory
Year 8 D&T students
make their own clocks
Year 8 Technology students have
enjoyed the first unit which involved
the design and manufacture of a
clock. This exciting new project
incorporated the use of the new 3D
printers, which enabled students to
show their creativity and produce
superb results. Components or
design features were produced
using the 3D printers to combine
with resistant materials such as
acrylic and timber. The clocks these
students produced are some of the
best I have seen in my teaching
career. Congratulations Year 8!
Mrs Natalle Sutton
NYSF offers international opportunity for Charlotte Brew
In January this year Charlotte
Brew (Year 12) was one of 450 young
Australians who attended the National
Youth Science Forum (NYSF). NYSF
is a 12 day residential programme
held on campus at the Australian
National University in Canberra or
the University of Western Australia in
Building on that opportunity,
which exposes the students to study
and career options through studying
science, technology and engineering,
she has applied and been successfully
selected for one of the 37 places that
NYSF has available for Australian
students in international STEM
programmes in places such as
London, Pretoria and Heidelberg.
At the January session, Charlotte
displayed a passion for science,
as well as strong interpersonal,
teamwork, inquiry, communication
and potential leadership skills.
Her application for the NYSF
International Programme was of
a very high quality, illustrating
advanced thinking skills, good
planning and analytical processes,
as well as an understanding of the
nature of the opportunity being
made available in participating in the
overseas programmes.
“The NYSF International
Programme offers our students
some unique opportunities,” says
NYSF Director, Mr Damien Pearce.
“For example, the Stockholm
International Youth Science Seminar
includes an invitation to attend the
Nobel Prize for Science Ball, and
the National Youth Science Week
in South Africa offers a chance to
go on safari. These are negotiated
through the NYSF, and are therefore
a significant recognition of the
work the student has put in to date.
Charlotte is to be congratulated on
her achievement of being selected.”
The Head of Science, Mr Peter
O’Neill, is not really surprised that
Charlotte has made it this far. “She
is a strong student who believes in
Science and its importance in our
society. We are thrilled for her and
we are very proud of this very rare
Charlotte must now raise the
necessary funds to cover the $10,500
costs associated with the trip. Any
sponsorship funding or donations
from local businesses and Rotary
Clubs would be welcomed by
Charlotte and her family.
Mr Michael Hissey
All Saint’s College prides itself on being
able to offer a wide variety of activities to
cater for students’ different strengths and
interests. As well as the many academic
and cultural pursuits available to the
Junior School students, there are numerous
co-curricular and representative sporting
opportunities offered that are always well
supported. Over the past 12 months the
success of the Junior School sporting teams
has gone from strength to strength. The
current high level of participation across
all co-curricular sports at school provides
a clear indication of the success of the
programme. Participating in sport helps
young people develop healthy attitudes
about the importance of physical exercise
which will stay with them for life.
Having a lot of enthusiastic participants
has many positive effects, one of them
being success on the scoreboard. This
year the Junior School won the Aggregate
Points Shield in Division 2 at the HICES
Swimming Carnival. This is something
that the school has never achieved before
and it demonstrates not only that we have
some elite swimmers but also shows great
strength across all the age groups. Another
fantastic achievement we have had on
the sporting field of late was that of the
Premiership winning Under 12 cricket
team. Once again, it was the first time
the school has ever won this competition.
There have been many other significant
achievements worth mentioning as well.
In the winter sport season of 2013 our
Under 12s netball, Under 12s soccer and
Under 11s hockey teams were runnersup in their respective competitions. Such
results demonstrate the depth of talent we
have across the Junior School in all sports.
It is wonderful to see the hard training and
efforts of the children pay off.
Winning should not be the priority in
junior sport but encouraging children to
try their best and be a good sport is what
is important. I congratulate not only the
students who have been successful by
winning competitions but all of the students
who enjoy playing a sport for the school.
Sporting Success in the
Junior School
Mr Christopher
to try
their best
and be a
good sport
is what is
Outstanding results at NSWPSSA Swimming
Congratulations to swimming
sensation Collette Lyons who competed
in the NSWPSSA swimming carnival
late last term. Collette has had a terrific
season this year.
Collette’s success included breaking
numerous records at the Junior School
Inter-House Swimming Carnival,
winning comfortably in the majority
of events at the WAS Carnival, placing
in the top three at HICES in freestyle,
breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly.
Her success at HICES made her
eligible to compete at the NSWCIS
carnival in all of these events. This in
itself is an outstanding achievement
as Collette is a 9 year-old swimmer
participating in junior events (8-10
years). Whilst Collette dominated
in all strokes she decided that she
would focus solely on the 9 Years 50
m freestyle event at NSWCIS. In this
event she finished third in the finals
taking her to NSWPSSA.
Collette, in the company of her
family and in the thoughts of many
back here in Bathurst, swam her heart
out in her freestyle heat finishing fourth
fastest overall and a certainty for the
final. The final was swum in blistering
speed with Collette right amongst it.
She hit the wall in sixth position and
can now say she is the sixth fastest 9
Year old freestyler in NSW!!!
Congratulations Collette. This is a
sensational achievement and we are all
very proud of you.
Mrs Kay Nelson
>>> Principal’s update
Athletics Carnival
Congratulations to all of the Junior School students who
participated in the Inter-House Athletics Carnival on Friday, 6th
June. It was fantastic to see the students put all of their practice into
competition. All students from Year 2 to Year 6 had the opportunity to
compete in the 800m, 100m, turbo javelin and long jump. Finals were
in place for the 200m, discus, shot put and high jump.
After a full day of running, jumping and throwing it became
evident that 10 records were broken. A huge congratulations to the
record breakers, the Age Champions, Runners-Up and the winning
House, Esrom.
Mrs Kay Nelson (Junior School Sports Co-ordinator)
National Simultaneous Storytime
Every year a picture book, written
and illustrated by an Australian author
and illustrator is read simultaneously
in libraries, schools, pre-schools,
childcare centres, family homes,
bookshops and many other places
around the country. The aim is to
encourage more young Australians
to read and enjoy books. This year
National Simultaneous Storytime
(NSS) took place on Wednesday, 21st
May, at 11.00am and thousands of
students shared the story, Too Many
Elephants in This House written by
Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by
Andrew Joyner.
Kinder Red were lucky enough
to have our very own storyteller
(Christine Sweeney - Leo’s Mum) to
share this with us. We made elephant
masks and puzzles in preparation for
the day. The students were then able
to use their masks to act out the story.
We also enjoyed some ‘Elephant Food’
(popcorn) as a bit of a treat after the
We would like to thank Christine
very much for coming in to read
with us, and we look forward to her
future storytelling visits.
Miss Sophie Hanigan
Food Revolution Day
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day
is an annual global day of action that
celebrates good, fresh, real food. It aims
to educate children about the importance
of cooking using healthy and nutritious
ingredients as a vital part of a balanced
On Friday, 16th May, the Year 4 class
participated in this worldwide event by
cooking delicious and nutritious Rainbow
Salad Wraps (find recipe at http://www. The students were excited to have
the opportunity to cook in the Hospitality
Thank you to Mrs Sarah Willis and Mrs
Elizabeth Moller for their involvement in
the event.
Miss Jodie Shurmer
>>> Principal’s update
Junior School Beach Disco
The students from Pre-Kindergarten
to Year 6 enjoyed a night of fun and
dancing at the annual Junior School
Disco which was held on Friday, 9th
The disco had a ‘Beach’ theme and
was attended by many snorkelers, hoola
dancers and general beachgoers.
There was even a seagull at the disco!
I would like to thank the Student
Representative Council members,
the staff and the Senior School Tech
students for assisting with the disco.
Mr Christopher Jackman
Year 6
Day Stall
Year 6 held their annual Mother’s
Day Stall on Wednesday, 7th May.
Everything was sold and there were
some very happy students who bought
some lovely gifts for their mothers.
The class made over $1,000 on the
day which will go towards the Year 6
Valedictory Dinner and a present for the
Junior School.
A huge thank you to all the parents
who donated gifts and some people
that were not parents who also made a
contribution. Thank you to the parents,
and some students, who were able to
wrap all the presents in the holidays.
Parental support is always
appreciated when fundraising events
are held.
Mrs Kay Murray
Pre-Kindergarten Mother’s Day Morning Tea
>>> Principal’s update
Inter-House Cross Country Carnival
The Junior School Cross
Country Carnival was
squeezed in during a lucky
break in the weather, well
almost. With heavy rain falling
through the previous night
and rain forecast during the
morning, our runners were
sent off with the hope that they
would return dry. This was not
always the case.
Fortunately for the Infants
School children the weather
behaved itself and they
managed to scoot around the
track just dodging puddles
from the previous evening’s
downpour. Tremendous
courage and determination
were displayed by some of
our youngest participants.
These traits are not always
dominant in our Infants School
participants, it is evident that
some run without a care in the
world and for pure enjoyment.
Both types of runners must be
As the 8/9 Years runners
took to the starting line, the
weather looked as though it
was about to turn. Of course
there was no turning back,
the track was marked out,
checkpoint marshals in place
and the gun loaded. The
serious racing was about to
begin and so it did.
At the completion of their
run, the 8/9s and 10s were
exhausted but dry. It was a
whole new situation for the
11s and 12s who ran in true
cross country conditions. On
their return, there were stories
of wading through knee deep
water, sliding down slippery
mud slopes and swimming
through the gully. Tall stories
but an indication that it was
very, very wet out there.
Well done to all participants
from Pre-Kindergarten to
Year 6 who participated
in a fabulous morning
of competitive running.
Congratulations to the Age
Champions and Runner-Up
Mrs Kay Nelson
2014 Junior School Cross Country Champions
Back Row: Nicholas O’Neill, Jack Tribolet,
William Purvis, Lauren Lyons.
Front Row: Noah Siede, Katherine Dowd,
Indiana Whitfeld, Hannah Stanmore.
Boarders’ Bogan Night
On Saturday night, 24th May, the
boarders enjoyed a “Bogan Night” of
games, a quiz, charades, lollies, music,
dancing, party pies and sausage rolls.
This was the brainchild of Mrs
Gemma Clipsham, who was on duty
over the weekend.
The girls got right into the spirit of
the night and all dressed accordingly
in their “bogan outfits!”
After a fashion parade, first prize
was awarded to Chelsea McMichaelO’Brien for her swagman’s outfit;
second prize went to Lily FischerBrown and third prize to Tasha
Hurley. All others got an honourable
mention for their efforts.
The girls had a great night.
Mrs Gillian McAllister
(Head of Marsden House/
Girls’ Boarding)
Mother’s Day Chapel
On Sunday, 11th May, Reverend Tony Card held the
Boarders’ Chapel Service at 10.00am. Thank you to
Reverend Tony for a lovely service.
Thanks to the mums and dads who attended - Mrs Carina
Card, Dr Peter Miller, Mrs Naomi Miller, Mrs Tamara and
Mr Mark Willcox, Mrs Susan and Mr Martin Milton, Mrs
Marie and Mr Brian Plummer, Mr Bradley Allen and other
boarding staff who were on duty.
It was a great celebration to honour the students’ Mums!.
Mrs Gillian McAllister
>>> Principal’s update
Marsden Girls at
Showjumping Day
On Mother’s Day, Sunday
11th May, the All Saints’
Showjumping Day was again held
on Edgell Oval.
After a few early grey clouds
and the threat of rain, it turned out
to be a beautiful warm and sunny
There were many competitors
from various schools competing,
including 10 of our boarders.
Congratulations to all the
Marsden girls for their efforts at
the various heights they jumped
throughout the day.
Maddison Harley and
Madeline Sinderberry both had
two horses competing, along
with Lyndsay Menzies, Chelsea
McMichael-O’Brien, Caitlin
Shirlaw, Heidi Stokes, Lucille
Morrison, Jazmin Johnston, Ella
Shearing and Georgia Butt.
Many girls received ribbons
for being placed in their event
and Maddison Harley and
Madeline Sinderberry both were
awarded Reserve Champion in
the 1.05 and 1.15 metre events
Mrs Gillian McAllister
Niemah wows audiences
with her dream role
Former All Saints’ College
student Niemah Hope has
captured the hearts of the
people of Bathurst with her
portrayal of Belle in the
Carillon Theatrical Society’s
production of Beauty and the
Niemah, 20, returned to
Bathurst from Sydney, where
she has been studying at
the Brent Street School of
Performing Arts for the past
12 months.
She said it was a very
intensive course - dancing,
singing and acting from
morning ’til night, five days
a week.
Niemah said that was a bit
of a shock to the system, but
something she needed.
“My dancing leaves a bit
to be desired,” she said.
In fact, this is one of the
reasons she chose to attend
Bathurst’s Niemah
Hope delighted
audiences in the role
of Belle in the Carillon
Theatrical Society’s
production of Beauty
and the Beast.
>>> Principal’s update
Photo: Zenio Lapka.
this performing arts school
- it had a strong focus on
Niemah said there is so
much that can be learned
Back to Saints’ Weekend
We would like to invite you and your peers back to Saints’ for the
weekend of the 13th and 14th September 2014
We especially invite those who left in the fours, being
1954, 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994, 2004 or the years’ between
The 1964 cohort may like to contact: Bob Sullivan email [email protected] or phone
026369 6256 or Jenny Furney email: [email protected] or phone 026882 3342
The 1994s may like to contact: Gemma Green (Norrie) at email [email protected] or
phone 0427 103 747
Events over the weekend are the Old Bathurstians’ Annual General Meeting, the
Old Bathurstians’ dinner and the Spring Fair. There is also time to wander around
the school, reminisce and inspect the new buildings.
If you are able to come back for this weekend and wish to attend the dinner
please make a booking with reception here at school. The dinner will be held in
the school dining room and catered for by Alliance Catering.
Time: 7pm for 7.30. Saturday, 13th September 2014
in the School Dining Room
Cost: $60.00 a head. (3 courses with alcohol and drinks included)
(Cash, Cheque or credit card)
Bookings to be made with Reception on 02 6331 3911.
Please give details of the year Group.
Old Bathurstians’ Annual General Meeting is on at 3.30 pm on
Saturday, 13th September in the School Library. All Old Bathurstians’ are most
welcome to attend as we would like to see some new faces on the committee.
Friday, from
2nd 10am
Spring Fair is on
to to
3pm. This is a family
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please let them know about this invitation. Looking forward to seeing you here
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about performing arts just
by living in Sydney. Add
to that the knowledge and
experience of the instructors
at the school, and it was an
excellent training ground for
a career in the theatre.
She was still living in
Sydney when she auditioned
for Beauty and the Beast,
returning home just before
rehearsals started.
Niemah’s first Carillon
musical was the 2004
production of Annie, where
she played one of the
orphans. She was just 10
years old.
“It was an amazing
experience. I loved it. I was
so sad when it was over,” she
“As a kid I was always
performing in things like the
eisteddfod. Being in a show
seemed like the next step.”
Niemah studied speech,
drama and communication
with Val Malone from the
time she was six until Mrs
Malone died when Niemah
was 15.
“It had a huge impact on
me. I think my life would
have been very different if
I hadn’t done speech and
drama from a young age,”
she said.
With few roles for
children after Annie, Niemah
waited until 2009 when she
undertook a role as Eponine’s
understudy in Les Miserables.
The following year she
performed in The Producers.
She said what she loves about
musical theatre are the stories.
She also loves the interaction
with the audience.
“When there is a good crowd,
everybody lifts,” she said.
She said Beauty and the Beast
is one show she has always
wanted to do.
Niemah said Belle was her
dream role and one she didn’t
think she would have the
opportunity to play.
“It was the right place and the
right time,” she said. “I wanted
to be involved in any way I
“Belle grows up so much in
the story. I’ve always hoped to
be like her.
“She is smart and beautiful
and always saw the best in
“People see characters like
this in such a way that they look
up to them – and I get to be that
character,” she said.
Niemah said she would be sad
when the season of Beauty and
the Beast was over because she
has had the opportunity to work
with such lovely people.
“You build your own
community,” she said.
Photo and story courtesy of
the Western Advocate
Term 3 - 2014
July 14
Staff PD Day
Boarders return
Zoo Snooze Year 12 Biology
Year 10 Parent Teacher Interviews
Years 8 & 9 Boarding Parent Interviews
July 15
August 5
Year 12 Assessment and Excursion Free Period
HICES Music Festival
August 6
Year 12 Assessment and Excursion Free Period
HICES Music Festival
August 7
Classes commence
Zoo Snooze Year 12 Biology
Year 12 Assessment and Excursion Free Period
Australian Mathematics Competition
P&F Executive Meeting
Year 12 Music Evening
Year 12 Assessment and Excursion Free Period
ISA Rugby v Redfield (A)
ISA Rugby v Chevalier (A)
July 18
July 19
July 20
Boarders to Cathedral
August 8
July 25
Year 8 & 9 Day Parents Teacher Interviews
July 26
ISA Rugby v Redlands (H)
Boarding P&F Meeting - Library 3pm
July 27
JS Parent Teacher Interviews
July 28
JS Parent Teacher Interviews
Meet and Greet Afternoon Tea Mudgee
September 5
School Council Meeting
July 24
September 4
Pre-Kindergarten 2-Day Father’s Day Breakfast
Netball Dinner
P&F Executive Meeting
August 11
Year 12 Trial HSC
P&F Meeting - Art
Year 8 French Excursion (TBC)
Junior School Soloist Night
Year 10 CS Excursion (TBC)
August 30
Bathurst Eisteddfod until September 13
August 9
Year 7 & 9 Vaccinations
July 22
Meet and Greet Condobolin
Young Australia Workshop
Watson House Dinner
Pre-Kindergarten 3/5-Day Father’s Day Breakfast
NCSS Challenge ends
Year 12 Teacher Consultation & Study Day
Brainstorm Productions Years 7-9 “The Hurting
July 21
August 29
August 12
August 13
September 7
September 9
ISA Athletics (TBC)
P&F Meeting - Watson
September 10
Year 11 Preliminary Exams
September 11
Year 12 Trial HSC
Year 11 Preliminary Exams
Year 12 Trial HSC
Year 10 Canberra Excursion
Meet and Greet Afternoon Tea Young
JS WAS Athetlics (ASC)
Year 11 Preliminary Exams
Rugby Dinner
August 14
August 15
Year 12 Trial HSC
Year 10 Canberra Excursion
August 16
ISA Rugby Semi Finals (Oakhill)
August 18
September 12
September 13
Back to Saints’ OBU Dinner
September 14
Spring Fair
September 15
Year 12 Trial HSC
Year 11 Preliminary Exams
JS Parent Teacher Interviews
Year 12 Trial HSC
School Council Meeting
Councils Assembly
School Council Meeting
SS Athletics Carnival
Senior School Soloist Night
Year 12 Trial HSC
SS NSWCIS Athletics
FamFest Year 9/10 & 11 Drama
Nyngan Agriculture Expo
ISA Rugby v SACS (H)
Year 12 Trial HSC
Careers Market
Year 3 Music Performance
HICES Music Festival
Year 12 Trial HSC
Year 12 Assessment and Excursion Free Period
HICES Music Festival
NCSS Challenge begins
ISA Rugby Finals (Oakhill)
Staff Day
Boarders depart
Year 12 Excursion Free Period until August 29
Bathurst Eisteddfod until August 29
Peru and Bolivia Tour until October 13
July 29
July 30
August 2
August 3
August 4
August 19
August 20
August 21
August 22
August 23
August 25
September 16
September 17
September 18
Term 3 ends
Benefactors’ & Prefects’ Induction and Farewell
to Year 12 9:30am - 11:00am
Valedictory Dinner
September 19
September 20