News and Media Watch
Sydney Football Club Stars Visit THGS
Hills Grammar footballers were delighted to meet SFC star Brett Emerton, a two-time World Cup representative for Australia, who came to the School along with other SFC players to run a clinic in March. The 30 students thoroughly enjoyed the session, particularly the winners of the round robyn match, who took home SFC hats and posters signed by Emerton.
Sister School Agreement
On 6 February 2013, THGS and Tianjin Experimental High School (TEHS) entered a Sister School agreement, which will give the two schools wonderful opportunities to share knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Chinese and Australian history, culture and language. Pictured left are Mr Phipps and Madame Zhang Hong, Principal of Tianjin Experimental High School.
Mock Trial Team in State Grand Final
The Hills Grammar Team came Runners Up in the nail-bitting Grand Final at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, on 7 December 2012.
They were narrowly defeated by four-times finalists, Bega High School, in what the presiding Supreme Court Judge described as one of the best trials he had ever witnessed in the Mock Trial competition. The state wide competition involved nearly 200 schools from all over NSW throughout the year.
Julie Charlton's Bid for Rio 2016
Julie Charlton (Year 8, 2013) has been "discovered" by three of Australia's paralympians: Louise Sauvage, Angie Ballard and Rosemary Little. Julie started training at SOPAC with them every week, but didn't own a racing wheelchair. Wheelchair Sports NSW set up a fundraising page to help Julie achieve her dream of taking part in the Paralympic Games at Rio 2016. Julie reached her fundraising goal of $4,000 on Christmas Eve.
Flashmob for White Ribbon Day
Rogan House leaders led three flashmob performances to support the 'White Ribbon' campaign to 'Stop Violence Against Women'. The first performance was at Dural Mall, where diners pledged against violence to women and bought merchandise from the students. The second and third performances were on 25 November, White Ribbon Day, at Castle Hill RSL and Castle Towers Shopping Centre. Over 40 students from Years 7 to 12 took part on the day, receiving excellent feedback from the public.
Young Scientist Takes Two Prizes
What started as a compulsory Science project for Aoife Hogan, Year 9, has attracted state and possibly national interest. Aoife's project, 'Fuel of the Future' (focusing on alternative renewable sources of energy) received two prizes at the STANSW Young Scientist awards presentation in November. She received a special award for her entry in the Year 7 to 9 category and a STEP Award for the Best Environmental entry. Aoife is pictured with Jill Green, President of STEP (photo by Simon Walker).