BHS Newsletter – Term 2, Week 9
Dear students, teachers and parents
School staff and the board have recently reviewed our school values and in this newsletter issue I would like to briefly talk about 5 core values of Amity College by giving some dictionary definitions and quotations from variety of resources.
The very first of these values is respect
“Respect is a positive feeling or action shown towards someone or something considered important, or held in high esteem or regard; it conveys a sense of admiration for good or valuable qualities; and it is also the process of honoring someone by exhibiting care, concern, or consideration for their needs or feelings.”
Everything we do, say, and provide to others makes a statement about our regard for them.
Demonstrating concern and support for individual difference sets the stage for communicating our respect for others.
Our personal definitions of respect are influenced by our personality, emotions, preferences, and cultural context. Therefore, some people may earn the respect of individuals by assisting others or by playing important social roles. However as a school value we refer to “respect in every way and everywhere”, respect which is embraced by many cultures.
Respect, that includes but not limited to respect other people around us and their opinions, believes emotions and even properties/belongings, respect to society, respect to environment, respect to harmony and most importantly respect to ourselves.
Our second value is responsibility,
Even though responsibility can be generally considered as state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone. It is a broad term which means many different things, including and what we are referring to:
being dependable so people know they can count on us,
keeping our word and agreements,
meeting our commitments,
doing our best,
being accountable for our behavior,
accepting credit when we do things right and acknowledging mistakes,
being a contributing member of our family, community, and school.
Being responsible is key to our success both in school and in the larger world.
Our third value is integrity.
“Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions.”
“Integrity is our ability to act in ways consistent with the values, beliefs, and moral principles we claim to hold. Beyond a single ability, integrity is a collection of virtues, including honesty, courage, honor, respect, responsibility, restraint, and authenticity.”
Someone with true integrity is only interested in doing the right thing, someone with true integrity will be found helping those in need. Integrity means being honest, and someone with true integrity will live this quality every day. A person with integrity will be proud of their accomplishments, but they will at the same time be humble. In other words, they know the difference between confidence and arrogance. But a person with true integrity has no problem admitting when they’re wrong, or when they made a mistake. People with integrity are kind
We are not born with integrity or the behaviors we associate with it, like honesty, honor, social responsibility, and the courage to stand up for what we believe is right.
We acquire these values and behaviors from adult role models and peers. When students learn integrity in school settings, it helps them to apply similar principles to other aspects of their lives. That’s what our aim is at Amity College.
Our fourth value is compassion.
“Compassion is often regarded as having sensitivity, an emotional aspect to suffering, though when based on cerebral notions such as fairness, justice, and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature and its application understood as an activity also based on sound judgment.“
Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help the physical, mental, or emotional pains of another and themselves. Compassion involves “feeling for another” and is a precursor to empathy, the “feeling as another” capacity for better person-centered acts of active compassion; in common parlance active compassion is the desire to alleviate another’s suffering.
In every religion or belief, you will find compassion is highly regarded as one of the most important virtues which human beings must have.
In particular, in the Muslim tradition, foremost among God’s attributes are mercy and compassion
Our fifth value is excellence.
“Excellence is a talent or quality which is unusually good and so surpasses ordinary standards.”
Either way, the goal is excellence. … Excellence, on the other hand, is the confident pursuit of highest quality when you believe in what you are doing and that its value warrants your persistent commitment.
Studies have shown that the most important way to achieve excellent performance in variety of fields is to practice. Achievement of excellence may require days, months or even years
Amity College is a place where excellence is expected from everyone of us, regardless of what we do. Students, teachers, and visitors are greeted by a quote from Aristotle. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” This idea is central to creating a culture of excellence at every level at our school.
As a result, these values allowed Amity College to become a brand over the years and make people choose Amity College. Therefore demonstrating these values not only on school grounds but also in public or on social media is an obligation for all of us.
I wish you all a safe and restful break.
Year 10 Geo Excursion
Year 10 Boys visited Mt Keira in Illawarra during Week 5 as a part of their study of Environmental change and Management. They investigated the forest system of Mt Keira and carried out numerous investigations within the open forest and rainforest. Students worked in small groups carrying out soil ph. tests, soil moisture tests, foliage cover, and soil analysis amongst other things in both forests. They analysed how the forests had changed over time and how it is being managed. Students had the opportunity to explore the fauna and flora of both forests.
Careers: Civil Engineering
We had the privilege of meeting a special guest from Menai Civil Contractors and had an information session with the Civil Engineer, Haseeb Rehman, who was an ex-student of Amity College. This was kindly organised by careers adviser Mrs Hatice Aydogan.
In this session, Haseeb went over the role of a Civil Engineer and a wide range of other very important information such as the advantages and disadvantages of the job, where civil engineers work and much more.
As a Year 12 student, I am undertaking certain HSC courses that, as Haseeb said, will benefit me in the future if I peruse the role of a Civil Engineer. These courses include: physics and extension 1 mathematics. This session truly enhanced my thoughts on the course and further influenced me on taking this journey.
On behalf of the boys that attended this session, I would like to thank Haseeb Rehman for visiting Amity College and taking his time to present this informative seminar.
Refaat Agha – 12B
Choosing Senior Subjects
Earlier this term was a very important week for us year 10’s. We were being informed on what subjects would be available for our HSC and how to take the correct path to help us on the way to the goals that we want to achieve. The presentations were long, however, it was important that we took in as much information as we could to choose the appropriate subjects that will allow to express ourselves and use our skills to the best we can.
We not only learnt about the subjects being offered but also how we would choose the ones that would best suit us. It is important that we took into account the following points:
- The first step to choose our subjects is to understand yourself and who you are. Being able to answer the questions such as “what am i good at?” and “what am i passionate about?”. Being able to differentiate your strong and weak areas is important.
- You are not choosing your subjects for anyone except yourself. Not for your parents, friends or teachers but only for yourself. You shouldn’t choose a subject because your friends are doing it or because your parents are pressuring you to. You need to choose the subjects that are best for you and not let anyone else’s opinions influence you. Yes, it’s good to hear different opinions and advice but at the end of the day the final decision is yours.
- Setting long and short term goals is also very important. Your long term goal can be the final goal that you want to achieve or maybe career that you want to pursue however, to get there you need short term goals along the way. Your mindset shouldn’t only be set on one massive goal as it takes time to achieve and you are more likely to give up. You should be thinking “This is my goal and to get there I need to…”
- No subject is going to be easy and you shouldn’t be choosing a subject just because it “scales high”. All HSC courses are going to be a challenge and there is no guarantee that you will get scaled up. Therefore, you need to choose subjects you are passionate about and are confident you are going to do well in. Just because something like maths extension 2 scales high it does not mean you should choose it if math is your weak point.
- You need to start thinking about where you want to be after school and how the subjects you choose will benefit you. Maybe you don’t want an atar and instead want to do and apprenticeship, that is something you will have to take into account.
In the end, subject selections are important and it may take time for you to finally decide what you want to choose.
Don’t be afraid to ask for different opinions or explore all of the options being offered. Hopefully these points can get you thinking and help you get started.
Yasar Tahir Uyguntemur 10BA
Year 10 English
Getting Your Child Organised
‘Getting organised’ is easier said than done. It often does not come naturally and it can take a lot of time and effort to be a skilled organiser. However, with a willingness to learn and practice, your child can learn healthy planning habits that will help structure their learning at school. As your child moves through high school, they will study multiple subjects, have increasingly stressful deadlines and have to balance school activities and personal interests. Without effective organisational skills, the increasing demands of high school can cause needless pressure and stress. Here are four strategies that can ease the pressure and get your child organised!
- Use an effective planner. Not all planners or diaries are created equal. When purchasing a planner or diary for your child ensure that it has a weekly view and a column for each day so your child can make daily and weekly plans with ease. A planner or diary with an added monthly view is also a bonus, as it helps your child set long term goals and break down larger activities and school tasks. Remember, a planner is only useful if it is used effectively. If your child has a planner, make sure they use it!
- Go digital! There are many free and easy to use digital planners that are just a click away. Online planners, such as those that are linked to emails, are a great way to keep organised. They are easy to colour code and the view can be changed to daily, weekly or monthly depending on your child’s needs and preferences.
- The power board! A whiteboard or pin board in your child’s study area is a great way for them collect important papers and information, write down valuable information and keep checklists.
- A locker system. Speak to your child about how they are keeping their school locker clean and organised. Too often school lockers house crumbled paper, forgotten homework and uneaten sandwiches. A locker can be a great tool for your child, allowing them to keep all of their school materials neatly filed, organised and easily accessible.
VA/STEM Vivid Excursion
On Tuesday 28 of May, 20 students from Years 9 and 10 VA and STEM classes went to ICC, Darling Harbour to listen to the people responsible for the creation of the “Vivid Lights” show and share the journey of how they got to where they are today.
In the first session, Lucy Kealer (the curator for 2019 Vivid), Simon Greives (architect) and Daniel Thomas (Industrial Designer and Fabricator) discussed the importance of working in collaboratively on large-scale projects. They discussed their lives, experiences and process to applying to get works into the international event.
Questions from the audience were allowed at the end of both sessions. Questions such as “Do you find more males applying for a job in Vivid than females?” or “Are you inspired by certain things when designing things for the show?”. It was interesting to hear the responses and get an insight into the application process.
After lunch, a different set of people were seated and once again spoke about their practices in Stage Design for Festivals and Sound design for movies. The panel gave advice in terms of getting a job in the creative industry and how the jobs of the future, mostly likely do not exist now.
Written by Zakarayi Hawie
Edited by Ms Alcantara
Skills & Thrills Show
On 22nd May, some students in year 10 visited Event cinemas at Macarthur Square to view the 2019 Skills and Thrills showcase.
Presented by SkillsOne Television in partnership with the NSW Department of Industry, the popular Skills and Thrills Showcase takes career advice out of the classroom and onto the big screen!.
Students have learnt about the latest on;
- jobs of the future
- skill shortages
- industry trends
- vocational pathways and training options
- connecting your passion to a career
- in school VET options
Ambassadors and Industry representatives also joined us including, NSW Training Awards, TAFE NSW and NRL Ambassadors and local RIEP and SBAT officers. The sharing of personal stories and industry connections was invaluable.
There are also parent shows currently screening at the following locations:
2019 PARENT SHOWCASES – REGISTER HERE!
- Homebush Boys High School – 18th June –
- Elderslie High School – 19th June –
- Casula High School – 26th June –
- Cecil Hills High School – 27th June –
- Katoomba High School – 3rd July –
- The Forest High School – 4th July –
- Hawesbury High School – 23rd July –
- Georges River College Peakhurst – 24th July –
- Chifley College Senior Campus – 25th July –
- Tuggerah College: The Entrance Campus – 30th July –
The NSW Department of Education working with SkillsOne will also be offering a pilot program focused on educating parents about vocational education and training (VET). It has been identified that there is a need to help parents better understand vocational pathways, the opportunities for their children and showcase where a VET pathway can lead.
Parents are a driving force in their child’s life and are often looked to for both guidance and career advice. With a vast amount of information out there, the Skills and Thrills Careers Showcases are designed to provide parents with the knowledge and understanding they need to assist their children to make informed choices.
Through the showcase, parents will learn about the following;
- Apprenticeships and Traineeships
- TAFE/ Private Training Providers
- Funding options available (Smart and Skilled)
- In school options (SBAT’s)
- Where to find information
- Who can assist/ resources available
- Opportunity to speak with parents and students who have chosen/ who’s child has chosen a VET pathway (Q&A)