9 March 2018

This week


Grandparents and Conquering Fears

by Mr Tony Kent

​Yesterday, our Kindy classes hosted Grandparents Day, a day when we invite our wonderful grandparents to come and spend some time at school. Grandparents enjoyed helping with activities in the classroom and had a yummy afternoon tea with the students. It was an awesome day – the Kindy children loved having their special visitors, and for the older members of our school community it was a great insight into how much schools have changed since they were at school (a long, long time ago). Thanks to everyone who was able to come along and made the day the success it was. Please know that you are important and valued members of our school community.

Our Year 9 students arrive back today from a week of challenges and adventure in the Snowy Mountains, tired but with some amazing memories. Imagine spending three days riding a horse in the high country, hiking to the highest peak on the Australian continent, Mt Kosciusko, or riding mountain bikes down the side of a mountain. Well done Year 9’s for conquering your fears and being the amazing individuals that you are.


School Opal Card – Enforcing Opal use on school bus services

This term will see Busways Inspectors checking to ensure students are using their Opal cards when boarding the school bus. Students that do not present a valid Opal card will be asked to pay a fare. Failure to produce a valid Opal card or bus fare will result in the Inspector recording the student’s name.

Below is an example of the form our Inspectors will use.

Route Service/School Bus No.


Students Name



Eg School bus 4620


John Smith


Invalid School Opal card

After the school inspection the names that were recorded will be emailed to the school, with a request for the school to follow-up with the students and parents/guardians concerned.

All students need to produce a:

  • School Opal card
  • Child/Youth Opal card
  • Or pay a fare to travel on buses

Please explain to the students that an Opal card is important because it is used to determine demand for bus services. If students don’t have an Opal card to tap on and off the service will appear underutilised and may be considered for cancellation based on low passenger numbers.

For students that currently do not have an Opal card please visit the Opal website: www.opal.com.au/en/about-opal/opal-for-school-students/



Science and Hermit Crabs

Kindy students have been learning about hermit crabs in Science this week. The students have enjoyed observing the crabs and even had a chance to hold them.


Basketball Gold

​Congratulations to Oliver Hedger, Daniel Titus and Seth Chapman for representing HRIS at ACIES Basketball.

The team won the gold medal at the ACIES Championship which is an outstanding effort.

Year 11 Camp

by Mrs Vladka Henley

​Last week Year 11 had the amazing opportunity to spend a few days camping at Glenworth Valley. The weather was perfect, sunny and warm which made camping so much more enjoyable. The camp is an opportunity for students to step out of the flow of everyday activities and invest time in their own personal development. Students were blessed by Pr Leighton's worships. Students were also privileged to hear Mr Robartson's presentations. Through a series of different activities and coaching models adapted from corporate experience, students were challenged to take greater responsibility for their lives and empowered to make more effective and meaningful choices.

Activities during the day included quad biking, laser tag and team challenges. It was wonderful to see students overcome some of their fears and also work as a team to successfully complete the challenges.

Comments from students:

"I learnt so much about myself and getting along with others outside of school. It really brought the year together. 10/10 would go again". Zali Seisun

"Mr Robartson was very inspiring with his words. He provided us with an eye-opening speech. I'm glad we learnt so much from him." James Moore

"Year 11 Camp was my first time camping and I couldn't have wished for a better opportunity. I officially love camping!." Andria Symington

"Year 11 Camp was such an amazing experience, just to be out in nature with everyone and working together in the activities. Mr Robartson's talks were such an eye-opener in terms of how we choose to live our lives and how our choices affect us. Wish we could go back already!." Anon.

Year 11 Camp was really enjoyable and it was fun to interact with everyone." Tamara Nicholas


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