Aurora College

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From the Principals desk

Do you know a secondary student or students in your local community who would benefit by connecting locally and learning globally with Aurora College? If so, please pass on the following information.

Students who did not qualify and/or did not apply for entry in Year 7 have the opportunity to apply for the selective stream in Years 8, 9 and 10, providing there are vacancies available. Applications for placement in 2023 opened 21 June 2022 and close on 22 July 2022.

A submitted application must include:

  • a completed application form
  • copies of school reports (Semester 1 from the current year and Semester 2 from the previous year)
  • results in academic competitions (eg Australian Mathematics Competition)
  • evidence of performance in literacy and numeracy (eg NAPLAN results).

Applications should be forwarded to the Principal, Aurora College (100 Eton Road, Lindfield NSW 2070) or sent via email to auroracoll-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Applications will be reviewed and a selection of students will be invited to complete an online assessment test. A shortlist of the top twenty applications will then be established. When a place becomes available, candidates on the shortlist will be offered placement in 2023. For further information, please visit here.

Enrolments are also open to all Years 11 and 12 students in rural and remote government high schools. Students may apply to study one or more Stage 6 subjects with Aurora College.

  • Applications for Year 11 (2023) open Monday 18 July 2022 and close on Friday 21 October 2022.
  • Applications for Year 12 (commencing Term 4, 2022) open on Monday 18 July 2022 and close on Friday 9 September 2022.

To view the full list of Stage 6 subjects offered at Aurora College in 2023, click here. For further information, please visit here.

In the March edition of The Auracle, I shared with you the outstanding HSC results achieved by the class of 2021. This should be of particular interest to our current Year 10 students, as they consider their Stage 6 subject choices.

Everything there is to know about studying Year 11 subjects with Aurora College in 2023 will be explained to all current Year 10 students and their families, at the Stage 6 subject information livestream to be held on Wednesday 3 August from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (AEST). I strongly advise our Year 10 students to attend the livestream with at least one parent/carer. Connection details will be emailed in the first week of next term. See you there!

Of course, Aurora College’s Stage 6 provision exists to provide students in rural and remote NSW Department of Education schools with access to a broader range of curriculum opportunities than would otherwise be possible. For most Aurora students in Years 11 and 12, their pattern of study is a combination of subjects with the home school and Aurora College. When schools work with Aurora College in Stage 6, the benefits for our 'shared' students are manifest.

To better understand how advantageous this can be for rural and remote students, I urge you to view the video in the Bright lights section below, in which Bailey Harrod explains how his senior high school education and tertiary study options are enhanced by being a shared enrolment with Aurora College.

Bailey was speaking at the Public Education Foundation Awards event in Sydney on behalf of himself and the other recipients of the Acacia Program Scholarship. The program provides financial assistance and mentoring/career advice to high potential students, attending schools in specific school regions in NSW, ACT, Victoria and WA. At the same event, Mackayla Ward-Hodges was awarded a Connected Communities Scholarship. Congratulations, Bailey and Mackayla.

The very sad news of the recent passing of one our former students would have reached many of you in the Aurora community. Jackson Winter passed away on 11 June in a tragic car accident in the Southern Highlands. Jackson attended Aurora College from Year 7 (2016) to Year 10 (2019) from his home school, Nowra High School. Jackson had gifts and talents across numerous domains, and was a wonderful friend to his peers across all cohorts.

I was joined by Carolyn McMurtrie, and former Aurora teachers, Kathy Howard and Christiana Elliott, at the celebration of Jackson's life on Saturday 25 June at HMAS Creswell. A phrase that was used repeatedly to describe Jackson at his celebration was "larger than life". Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Jackson would remember his penchant for 'seizing the day'. To Jackson's parents, Natalie and Geoffrey, and brother, Charlie, I wish you strength and comfort in the difficult times ahead.

Vale, Jackson.

Chris Robertson | Principal

Deputy Principals report

As we reach the halfway point of 2022, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff who completed reports and conducted parent interviews. If parents have not seen their child's Semester 1 report, please contact the coordinating office. Similarly, if parents have missed out on the opportunity to have an interview with your child’s teachers, please feel free to arrange an interview by contacting the coordinating office by phone on 1300 287 629 or email auroracoll-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

2023 Stage 6 Subject selection information session

This informative session will take place online on Wednesday 3 August 2022 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (AEST).  At this session we will look at the NSW Department of Education and NESA requirements for students enrolling into Stage 6 and will also allow students and parents to review the wonderful selection of courses that can be studied with Aurora.  Click here for further details and to register your interest.

School discipline code

It is an expectation that Aurora College students will behave in a manner that reflects well on Aurora College and their home school, at all times. Below are the core rules that all students in NSW are expected to follow. Aurora College’s School Discipline Code incorporates these core rules.

Core rules

All students in NSW Government schools are expected to:

  • attend every school day, unless they are legally excused, and be in class on time and prepared to learn
  • maintain a neat appearance, including adhering to the requirements of the school’s uniform or dress code policy
  • behave safely, considerately and responsibly, including when travelling to and from school
  • show respect at all times for teachers, other school staff and helpers, including following class rules, speaking courteously and cooperating with instructions and learning activities
  • treat one another with dignity and respect
  • care for property belonging to themselves, the school and others.

Behaviour that infringes on the safety of others, such as harassment, bullying and illegal or anti-social behaviour of any kind, will not be tolerated. Source: Core Rules – Student discipline in NSW Government Schools

School rules

When a student enrols with Aurora College, they become a shared enrolment of two schools. It is an expectation that our students will behave in a manner that reflects well on Aurora College and their home school at all times.

Students should:

  • Be prepared to engage in learning, by:
    • showing a positive attitude
    • having the correct equipment for every lesson
    • doing their best at all times
    • arriving to class on time
  • Respect themselves and others, by:
    • accepting responsibility for the choices they make
    • treating all people with respect
    • using appropriate language and actions
    • following teachers’ instructions at all times
    • being responsible for looking after their own property and school property
    • respecting the property of others
  • Behave safely, by:
    • following class rules
    • caring for themselves and others
    • behaving in a way that does not put themselves or others at risk
    • negotiating and resolving conflicts

Appropriate and acceptable use of internet and online communication services

As heavy users of the internet and online communication services provided by the NSW Department of Education, all Aurora College students must abide by the Department’s conditions of acceptable usage.

Online Communication Services: Acceptable Usage for School Students lists three key areas of responsibility for students when working in the college’s virtual learning environment. These relate to:

  • Access and security
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Intellectual property and copyright.

What’s coming up next term?

  • Term 3 Aurora classes commence on Tuesday 19 July 2022.
  • Stage 6 Subject Information livestream on Wednesday 3 August 2022 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (AEST).
  • Outcome advice for Year 7 (2023) applicants will be sent early Term 3 by the Department of Education’s High Performing Students Unit.
  • Applications for enrolment in Years 8 to 10 (2023) opened 21 June 2022 and close on 22 July 2022.
  • Applications for Year 11 (2023) open Monday 18 July 2022 and close on Friday 21 October 2022.
  • Applications for Year 12 (commencing Term 4, 2022) open on Monday 18 July 2022 and close on Friday 9 September 2022.

Serena McLean | A/Deputy Principal Primary

Co-curricular

School Bytes

We have commenced using School Bytes as a platform to send emails to students and parents. This platform will be used to send important information pertaining to residential and other events occurring at Aurora. To ensure that you do not miss any important information, please ensure that the email address is not being sent to your junk or spam folders.

Online learning platforms

Did you know that Aurora College provides access to a variety of online learning platforms for students to access, both during class and outside school hours? These platforms help to ensure lessons and revision tasks are engaged in, and are a great place to visit when preparing or completing assessment tasks or revising for an upcoming test.

Please encourage students to access these platforms. If they encounter any issues, please contact our IT Support at support@aurora.nsw.edu.au

Virginia Cluff | Instructional Leader

Events

Premier's Debating Challenge

Recently, Aurora College students were offered the opportunity to try out for the Aurora College Debating Team after our Masterclass with the Performing Arts Unit on debating and public speaking.

We had an amazing group of students apply for the team and after a half-day of workshopping, we selected a debating team to compete in the Year 7 and 8 Premier’s Debating Challenge.

Our team, comprised of Ella Davies, Elizabeth Evers, Soham Ghosh, Emma King, Laura McNeil, Darcy Palmer, Ana Risteska, Seth Toohill-Sargent and Sophie Webb, have been attending debating coaching sessions during lunch times with our coach, James Smith from Consensus Education, who also works with the Performing Arts Unit as an adjudicator and coach in debating.

We completed two rounds of the Premier’s Debating Challenge last Friday 19 June. Our team, Ella, Ana, Darcy and Seth, faced Byron Bay High School and debated the topic “That the school day should be longer”. Our team won the toss for the affirmative. There were strong arguments on both sides and while it was a challenging debate to argue, Aurora College won on the model they presented.

The second round was against Banora Point High School and Aurora College lost the toss to argue the negative for the topic “That people over 60 should have lessons in technology”. Sophie Webb joined us to ably chair the debate.

The team argued strongly against the model offered by Banora Point, arguing that the imposition of technology lessons was unfair. Aurora won this debate as well, and the adjudicator offered the team some great tips on how to improve their arguments and structures for our third round of debating.

The third round, against the Kingscliff High School A side, will take place early in Term 3, so watch this space for results in the future!

I would like to thank the work and help of Conor Boyko, Justine Clarke, Lisa Lieschke and James Smith in developing and coordinating the team. I am immensely proud of the students’ work and impressed by how readily they implement feedback to improve their debating skills.

Congratulations, team! Looking forward to seeing you at the next debate!

Marnie Etheridge | Rlg Head Teacher Teaching and Learning

Bright lights

Public Education Foundation Awards

Congratulations to Bailey Harrod and Mackayla Ward-Hodges who both received scholarships at the 2022 Proudly Public! awards event, presented by the Public Education Foundation.

Bailey received the Acacia Program Scholarship and Mackayla received the Connected Communities Scholarship.

Bailey also delivered the Student Speech on the night, which you can view below.

Writer's workshop

We would like to congratulate Year 8 student, Jack Maynard, for his successful application for a scholarship to GERRIC writer's workshop "Wired Writing". With his Aurora report in hand, a letter of recommendation from the author running his writer’s class, and a passion for clever writing, he will be joining the course in July.

First established by Emeritus Professor Miraca Gross in 1991, GERRIC is one of the only substantial centres devoted to gifted education research, professional development of educators, programs for gifted students, courses for parents, gifted program evaluations in schools/school systems, and gifted education resources/information in the Asia Pacific region and the southern hemisphere. It is also one of only about ten such centres worldwide.

Located within the School of Education in the faculty of UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture at the University of New South Wales, GERRIC contributes to many aspects of the education and development of gifted students.

Congratulations, Jack. We hope you enjoy this three day workshop!

World-class gamer

Recently, I had the pleasure of competing in a tournament in Dallas USA called Dreamhack Dallas https://dreamhack.com/dallas/, playing  a game called Counter Strike. My team is Mindfreak and we qualified for the competition through a small tournament in Australia. Travel and accommodation was covered by ESL, the organiser, and we ended up arriving early to play in another qualifier, this time for a tournament in Spain, which we also won! My team will be playing in that tournament in early July, I won't be joining them for personal reasons though.

I got into gaming when I was 6 or 7, as I used to sit next to my dad and watch him play and it wasn't long before I wanted to try it myself. I played strategy games and Minecraft until during a visit to my cousins place, he got me to try Counter Strike on his computer. When we got home, I bought the game straight away and I've been playing it on and off ever since. It was surreal to actually play at an in person tournament after playing the game for many years. For the tournament itself, we were given backstage areas to practise in and relax with the other players. It was really nice to meet everyone and they were all really friendly.

Here is a photo of the stage. As for where to next, this tournament made me realise that competitive play isn't really for me. It was a great experience and I'm glad I did it, but I don't have the competitive drive like my teammates do.

Laura Taylor, Year 11

Sydney Opera House performance

Harrison Eglon (Year 6) has been selected to represent his school and region at state level, as a member of the 2022 NSW Public Schools Junior Wind Band (Years 5 to 8). The State Wind Band provides an opportunity for talented music students in NSW public schools to perform in a state ensemble, under the direction of professional conductors. The band will perform a repertoire chosen to challenge and extend students' musical skills.

Harrison will perform at the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Town Hall as part of the 2022 Instrumental Festival. Congratulations on this amazing achievement. Harrison!

Staff spotlight

Meet Andrew Keighran

Where was your previous teaching appointment?

Randwick Girls High School.

What is your local community like?

Low key, but lively in a family orientated sense.

What do you like about teaching at Aurora College?

I love the school's ethos and the passion and enthusiasm of the people I work with.

What are your other interests?

Basketball, soccer, music, philosophy, and getting out in nature as much as possible!

Any other cool things we should know about you?

I love writing poetry :)

Connect locally, learn globally

Hi! My name is Sophie and I am in Year 7. My home school is Dunedoo Central School.

Dunedoo is a quiet and calm place; it is not a very big town and I know just about everyone that lives here.

My favourite subjects are Sport, PE, Agriculture, English, and Maths. As I learn English, Maths, and Science with Aurora, I really like that if I have any homework or work to catch up on I can use my free periods to catch up on that work.

In the survey it asked what was my least favourite thing about Aurora? I have to say it is the fact I am not with my class face to face, and sometimes I get sore ears!

My other interests include Gymnastics, Cooking, Squash, Art, Dancing, Singing, Photography and I am off to State for gymnastics this year, which will be very exciting. I am also quite excited to be heading to the snow with my family for a week.

I have thought a little about my career aspirations and right now I think I would like to be an actor, singer, photographer or own my own business or shop.

Student Support - Library

Student-led library development

We are enjoying the benefits of an increasingly student-led approach to library collection development at Aurora College.

Students are encouraged to submit requests for books that they would like to see added to the Aurora library. These requests are then reviewed and sourced by our teacher librarian, Mrs Lieschke. Requesters are emailed once their requested book is available for loan, so they can be the first to borrow and read it. A selection of recent requests that are now available in our library are featured here:

Requests can be made in the Oliver Library link in the student portal or through the AC Student team by tagging @lisa.lieschke.

To Be Read book club

This semester we have taken a new approach to the To Be Read (TBR) Book Club. Each fortnight, a new book genre was chosen, and members chose a title to read from that genre. Students then reported back to the TBR members on the title and commented on whether or not they would recommend it. Written book reviews were encouraged and Astras were awarded to TBR members who wrote comprehensive reviews, suitable for publication in our school library catalogue.

This year, stories from the adventure, school, crime, science fiction and humour genres have been read. Through this approach, students have been expanding their reading palette and experiencing books that they may not have chosen ordinarily. Next semester, the TBR Book Club will be focussing on a tailor-made reading challenge, designed to keep them engaged with the fabulous resources in the Aurora library.

Lisa Lieschke | Teacher Librarian

Student Support - Technology

Stocktake

During the first two weeks of Term 3, we will be holding our stocktake for all equipment belonging to Aurora College. Stocktake is a Department of Education requirement of all schools, and involves every "asset" or piece of equipment to be sighted, confirmed in good order, and marked off on the stocktake register. The register is then filed with the financial records of the school for future reference.

Each student will need to present their laptop to their ACC briefly so it can be checked and marked off for our records. Webcams and headsets are not included, but if you have anything else provided by Aurora, please check with your ACC to see if it needs to be marked off as well.

Any equipment that is not marked off during the stocktake window will need to be found and possibly returned to the Aurora College office for includsion in the stocktake records.

If you have any questions, please let us know as soon as possible.

Issues with your laptop

If you have any issues with your equipment, please make sure you email them through to support@aurora.nsw.edu.au. While you may not think it's a big issue, we can't fix something we don't know is broken. The first step should always be to inform us of the problem so we can help guide you in the best and fastest way to get it solved.

Ben Hillsley | Learning Technologies Support Officer

Student Support - Careers

Our school careers website

We have a dedicated school careers website which contains a huge amount of information and should be your first stop when you looking for anything job, careers, university and TAFE related.

You can find our site at https://careers.aurora.nsw.edu.au/

'Future of travel' youth design challenge

The Future of Travel Youth Design Challenge is a free online design thinking challenge that empowers youth to consider how they can impact travel, tourism, and cultural experiences. Participants will need to identify problems, reframe them as opportunities, develop a solution, and create a prototype. Enter the challenge and be in the draw to win prizes to help develop your ideas further.

Our challenge for you is "How might we create innovative solutions to design the Future of Travel?"

  1. Sustainability
  2. Inclusion and accessibility
  3. Culture and identity
  4. Regional and rural development
  5. Technology

Winners will receive the following:

  • A virtual mentoring package
  • Exclusive chat with judges where you will get advice, guidance, and support
  • The opportunity to be featured on the competition website
  • A prize pack from the challenge sponsors and partners

Anyone aged 10 to 21 years old can enter and participate in this challenge. All entries must be submitted by the challenge close date on Friday 4th November 2022.

For more information, check out the challenge website here.

UAC - Educational Access Schemes

The Educational Access Scheme (EAS) aims to help students who have experienced significant educational disadvantage receive an offer to university.

To apply for EAS you must be able to demonstrate that:

  • as a result of circumstances beyond your control or choosing, your studies were negatively affected (usually for at least six months) during Year 11 and/or Year 12
  • you are a UAC undergraduate applicant
  • you are an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia (including a holder of an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa)

For more information, visit the UAC website for Educational Access Schemes here.

Other opportunities

Kim Morris | Careers Advisor

Faculty - OC

Year 5 - The Jiggler Challenge

‘The Jiggler Challenge’ is the second project undertaken by Year 5 students. In this project, students learn about the design process and build an online design portfolio that includes documentation of their prototyping and iterating stages. The innovation, originality and ingenuity were clear as Year 5 students rose to the challenge.

Year 6 - Game Changers 2022

This semester, our Year 6 students are participating in the 2022 Game Changer Challenge.

This challenge provided a unique opportunity for Year 6 OC students at Aurora College. Teams worked cooperatively to critically analyse and develop a deep understanding of the ‘Wicked Problem’. Through this process, students developed empathy for each other’s communities and the different health issues that regional towns face.

In small teams, students have created, produced and advocated their solutions to the 2022 wicked problem ‘We have a global challenge of ensuring healthy lives for all, at all ages’.

Year 6 have had deep discussions and researched the impact of this wicked problem in their own communities. They brainstormed possible solutions, then created a 90 second video pitch and 300 word statement explaining their ideas. Have a look at some of the teamwork and ideas developing in the slides below. Students worked together on collaborative documents to understand this complex problem and starting to build their ideas.

These pitches were entered in the Game Changers Competition earlier this term, competing against hundreds of teams across NSW. Selected teams will continue into Round 2: Creating the solution, and hopefully through several rounds into the Term 3 Finals. We are awaiting the results to find out whether any of the Aurora inter-NSW teams have made it to the next round.

Beth Hodson | Rlg. Assistant Principal

Faculty - English, Languages, and HSIE

This term, Year 7 have been studying a novel to see how fictional worlds can be created through language. They examined the big ideas authors use in their texts and the way those ideas are constructed. In learning to structure logical argument as a precursor to essay writing, the students were given this scenario:

The Education Department has just announced that books will no longer be taught in schools because they are useless words on a page. You happen to get into an elevator with a very important persion in the Education Department. You have from the ground floor until the top floor (2 minutes) to convince them that "Composers use storytelling to explore big ideas".

Students then constructed an "elevator pitch" and recorded it using flipgrid. Here is a very small sample of what they came up with.

Jowen Hillyer | Head Teacher English, Languages, and HSIE

Faculty - Mathematics and Software Design & Development

Australian Mathematics Competition

Students will have the opportunity in Week 3, Term 3 (3 - 5 August) to compete in the Australian Mathematics Competition. There is an excellent video on the experience at https://youtu.be/MPJDaFG2B2Q.

The costs will be covered by Aurora College, though students will need to opt-in to participate. Registrations close 29 July, and parental consent forms will go out to all students wanting to particiapte. For more information visit https://www.amt.edu.au/amc

Each participant will receive a certificate from the Australian Maths Trust, with certificates and prizes also awarded for outstanding results.

More information will go out to students and parents early Term 3.

Problemo Student is a free problem-solving platform that allows students to test their skill in mathematics and informatics and practise in the lead-up to the AMC. It’s packed with problems covering a range of topics and year levels. They can jump in anytime and try one question, or work their way through a series based on a topic.

Mathspace homework and numeracy

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 continue to have access to optional weekly homework in Mathspace that is tracked by teachers and comprises a small number of mixed revision questions.

Students in Year 7 will join Year 8 next term in completing numeracy activities twice a week during class time, and once a week on Mathspace. These activities are aimed at revising and improving students' non-calculator skills, problem solving, and mathematical reasoning, communication and justification.

Completion of work

Every Mathematics student has access to a list in their OneNote of exactly what classwork needs to be done and their individual progress towards completing that. It is expected that students are regularly checking and updating their Completion of Work (COW) trackers and catching up on any missed classwork.

Students who have missed work or were absent are expected to complete that work outside class time. Recordings of their lessons can be found in their Term Planner, which is also in every student’s OneNote. Students also all have access to their textbook via box of books, or the direct exercise link at the top of each OneNote exercise. These textbooks have written explanations and worked examples to assist students practising a concept.

Most exercises also have video links at the top, and Mathspace links which contain practice questions with videos of worked solutions.

Staff training

The mathematics faculty met up last week for planning and training, focusing on updating programs and introducing more content-specific open-ended questions. It was a great chance for staff to meet face-to-face and prepare for next semester. We look forward to classes starting back in Term 3!

Karen Bellamy | Rlg. Head Teacher Mathematics and Sofware Design & Development

Faculty - Science

Congratulations to all our students who have achieved excellent results this term. This is clearly reflected in their reports. The comments from the teachers were very positive, encouraging students to keep working towards their best and reaching their true potential.

I want to congratulate all our science teachers for the wonderful job they did this term. To the right are some stats for this term about the science faculty.

I give them a big round of applause for their dedication and resilience in a profession that has changed so much over the year. A big thank you!

Practicals in home schools

Practicals are a mandatory component of the science course, and all students must attend, participate in and complete the Stile tasks related to their practicals. Aurora College teachers will discuss the practicals in class and relate them to the content of the lessons.

Thank you to all our science practical teachers (SPT) in our partner schools for the amazing job that all of you do in delivering the practicals.

It is important that the roll is marked at the end of the practical on our Constellations platform. This must be done on a Department site because otherwise, the system will not work.

Around the classroom

Who said that science can’t have poetry? Here is a clear example from Year 7.

Silvia Rudmann | Rlg. Head Teacher Science

From the engine room

We have had another busy term with a plethora of awards being sent out, reports being finalised, and Year 5 receiving their Aurora ‘show bags’.

If you have changed any of your details – email, address, contact telephone numbers, emergency contacts – please contact the Administration Office so that we can update our student database.

Our office hours are 8.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday.  You can contact us on 1300 287 629 or auroracoll-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au.

Thara, Georgia, and I wish all our students and families a happy holiday and we look forward to serving you in Term 3.  Staff Development Day is Monday 18 July 2022 and students return on Tuesday 19 July 2022.

Denise Deaves | School Administrative Manager