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  • Cook-off with a twist - Teachers went head-to-head in a Masterchef-style cook-off in the undercroft this week, testing their skills on simple blokey fare: schnitzel and salad.
  • In her grandmother’s footsteps … - After finishing HSC trials at Wenona where she boards, Yolngu girl Shakeira Mununggurr went to the GARMA festival held at spiritual site Gulkula near Nhulunbuy in northeast Arnhem Land, to receive an award on behalf of her late grandmother.
  • A Conversation with Fathers: Raising daughters - Almost 200 fathers enjoyed conversations over drinks and canapés before joining a ‘fireside chat’ with Dr Justin Coulson in our Independent Theatre.
  • Accentuate the negative - Once again, Year 9 Archdale Debating team argued in the negative, and once again they won. It was the grand final versus MLC last Tuesday and Wenona’s Year 9 team – Natalie, Lulu, Chiara, and Hayden - are now the delighted and proud Archdale champions for the second year in a row!
  • All-day health boost for Year 8 - A full day of practical and theoretical workshops covering vital health, personal development and physical education issues, was undertaken by Year 8 PDHPE this week.
  • An encore must go on - A feat of musical and theatrical talent and logistics, Mary Poppins performed to rave reviews last weekend but had to finish on Sunday. Yet the cast could not stop themselves ….
  • Awesome Archdale foursome - At the toss of a coin on Tuesday night, our Year 9 Archdale Debating team, Natalie, Hayden, Lucinda and Chiara were allocated the negative side of the proposition that ‘the government should fund graphic advertisements to discourage meat consumption’.
  • Champion athletes of all ages - Results for the top three places for Senior CIS Athletics Championships at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday are through - including places won by Mia in Year 9, and Sophie and Brooke in Year 11. Results for their Senior CIS team-mates will be available next week.
  • Conversation with the Commissioner on Pride Day - You could’ve heard a rainbow-coloured ribbon drop on Pride Day at Wenona as senior girls listened intently to an address yesterday by Disability and Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin.
  • Crowd-pleasing Spring Fair - A huge turn-out and top attractions made the biennial Wenona Spring Fair a happy and happening event.
  • Cyber safety for juniors - Senior Constable Natalie Maher – also a Wenona Alumna – visited at Hooke House Tuesday
  • Don’t argue with Year 9 - After winning half-a-dozen consecutive rounds in the Schools Debating Network competition, our Year 9 SDN debaters bypassed the semi-finals and went straight through to the finals - which they won against Abbottsleigh last Friday night.
  • Engineering secrets out - Engineering secrets were unravelled by Junior School last Friday as they tackled Engineering Day challenges.
  • Escape to everywhere - Identity, imagination, and perseverance were the tenets of author talks at Wenona for Book Week 2017 based on the theme ‘Escape to everywhere’
  • Fantastic skills – and music, too - After leading the MusicTherapy Group in a concert given at Giant Steps’ Gladesville school for children and families managing autism, Music and Drama Teacher Dr Dianne Langan and her musicians opened a beautiful letter of thanks.
  • Girls’ alternative powers - Eight solar and battery-run model cars built by 14 girls in Years 7-10, took part in the Solar Sprint Challenge, part of the University of New South Wales’ open day last weekend.
  • Great minds - Creative problem-solvers from Years 4 to 9 competed at last weekend’s Regional Tournament of Minds at Roseville College. Wenona’s four teams had a great day presenting their solutions to highly complex problems to a panel of judges.
  • Hearing it from the source - Having discussed the theories of economics for a couple of years, two Year 12 Economics classes were very impressed to hear how these principles are applied from an insider: an RBA analyst who visited last week.
  • Javelin champion Brooke wins for Australia - After selection for the Australian team following her magnificent performance at the Australian Junior Championships earlier this year, Year 11’s Brooke competed at the Oceania Championships held in Fiji during the July school holidays.
  • Language leads to friendship - Wenona this week welcomed Japanese schoolgirls from several schools in Nagoya who were touring its sister-city, Sydney.
  • Learning ways with liquid colour - Inspired by liquid paints created for fabrics, Year 9 Textiles Technology class carefully released droplets of marbling paint onto trays of gel then swirled and raked them before soaking up the pattern with fabric.
  • Survivors tell their stories - Meeting people who experienced the Shoah (Holocaust) and hearing stories of survival and about the challenges of memorialisation and preserving genocide histories were somber highlights of Year 10’s visit to Sydney Jewish Museum (SJM) in Darlinghurst.
  • Lights, camera, shoot! - An insight into the lives of professional photographers, directors, writers and other creative types was granted to Year 10 Photography and Digital Media students who spent a day at Sun Studios in Alexandria on Wednesday.
  • Meetings of scientific minds - Science Week this week wrapped fun around scientific principles and learning.
  • Moved to verse - A Visual Arts Year 8 trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art Thursday morning for insights into artists’ conceptual frameworks impressed students.
  • Police perspective - Preliminary Legal Studies students enjoyed real-life stories about criminal law and the challenges and rewards of policing when Detective Senior Constable Darren Cairns, North Shore Police School Liaison Officer, visited to discuss criminal investigations. Insights into the role of the police not only shed light on the legal system but also on different aspects of police work and police efforts to protect the community.
  • Reporting from Hooke House - The latest audio-visual technology had Years 3 and 4 more engaged than ever in their History, Geography and Service Learning subjects on Thursday when StarTime visited Hooke House.
  • Return of the cultural tourists - Infused with the best of European and American art, design, architecture and fashion after visiting Copenhagen, Paris and New York in July, Years 10 and 11
  • Skiing up a storm - Three dozen girls skiing in 16 teams whizzed through the State Interschools Snowsports Championships at Perisher late August, skiing across all categories – Alpine, Moguls, Skier Cross, Snowboard Grand Slalom and Snowboard Cross.
  • Smooth talkers - Comfortable on the negative side once again, Wenona’s Year 9 Archdale Debating team won convincingly against Kincoppal last Tuesday at St Catherine’s. Wenona’s argument against the topic, ‘Overseas adoption should be banned’, won in a unanimous decision by three adjudicators. With Chiara as first speaker, Hayden as second, Lulu third and Nat as the hard-working fourth speaker, Kincoppal’s argument in favour did not stand up to Wenona’s ferocious rebuttal.
  • Souped-up art - Delicious binary themes were debated over soup on a chilly but creative evening in the Judith Dey Gallery, 18 July
  • Spinning wheels and life stories - On wheels is not always easier, as Year 9 found out when Wheelchair Sports NSW Roadshow demonstrated the tricks and challenges of playing basketball in wheelchairs before letting the girls have a turn.
  • Stretch of the imagination - Every term, three girls from each of the Years 1-6 are invited to attend the Eureka program run by G.A.T.E. WAYS with specialists’ workshops – usually on science, mathematics or literature.
  • Strong is the new pretty - Last week Kindergarten loved hearing Dr Scott read from a new book she gave them, “Strong is the new Pretty”.
  • Taking both track and field - They have been training since the beginning of term on both Wednesday and Friday mornings. And it certainly paid off for twenty-three Wenona athletes from Years 3 to 6 who competed in 49 events at the IPSHA Athletics Carnival at Sydney Olympic Park. Some were competing for the first time, others competed in their fourth successive IPSHA Carnival, all made a huge effort all term and enjoyed the day.
  • The choices that make us - The power to choose how to react to anything - even tragedy - and the power of love, were the take-out messages from the extraordinary Dr Gill Hicks MBE, survivor of the 2005 London Underground bombing when she spoke at the Jessie Street Women’s Library annual fundraising lunch this week.
  • They paved paradise … - An impromptu version of Joni Mitchell’s lyric, “you don’t know what you got till it’s gone”, was sung by Wenona girls at St Leonards Park on Thursday in peaceful protest against the impact of the Northern Beaches B-Line Bus service.
  • Think tank by Year 9 - Hard questions were asked - Shark Tank-style - when Year 9 presented their proposals to alleviate problems experienced by homeless people.
  • Tinsel time for boarders - Christmas tree decorations became fashion accessories to many red-and-green outfits when our boarders’ Monday night formal dinner turned into a festive Christmas in winter – this Term’s themed dinner.
  • We were the champions! - Champions of the Day, last Monday at the Regional Science and Engineering Challenge at Homebush, were a tight team of 20 Year 9 and 10 students.
  • Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link – Wenona responds - Cabinet-in-confidence information released by media today regarding ventilation for the proposed Western Sydney Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link is of great concern to Wenona and other North Sydney communities.
  • You always wanted to know - Scientifically answering a question about something you’ve always wanted to know - but are not allowed to Google - was the challenge for Year 9 students who competed in a Science Showcase this week.