14 December 2023
Here we are at the end of another school year. I am so very proud of what we have been able to achieve this year. Thank you to all our staff, without you we would not be able to provide the programs, events and opportunities offered to our students and their families. In the face of challenges, you always rise to the occasion and put our students at the center of everything you do. To our families and carers, thank you for supporting our young people and willingly working with our staff to achieve the goals we set out to at the beginning of the year. Together we celebrate the individual uniqueness of each student. Well done to each and every one of you. It was a pleasure reading each of your reports and seeing the progress you have made academically and personally.
We finished the year on a high making over 65k at the AREA 9 presents, Henbury Corporate Christmas Luncheon on the 1st December. A massive shout out to Raylee Parker and Lauren Hofmeyer chief organisers and their awesome team of helpers that went above and beyond to secure donations and sponsors. All in all, it was totally a Henbury team effort with staff contributing to the various pieces of the puzzle that make an event like this come together.
I would like to extend my congratulations to Flynn and all the staff and students who were part of the outdoor production of the Shakespeare play, “A Mid-Summer Nights Dream.” We certainly have some talent from both students and staff. Thank you to all those who attended the performance, you were a captive audience and laughed and applauded in all the right places.
Finally, congratulations to our graduating year 12’s. I have certainly shed a few tears of pride, and sadness knowing we won’t see you as much next year. I look forward to watching where your next path takes you.
Please join me in celebrating all our award winners for our 2023 presentation assembly and welcoming our new school captains for 2024.
Have a safe and joyful holiday season. I look forward to welcoming our current and new students back on Tuesday 30th January.
END OF YEAR AWARDS ASSEMBLY
Chief Ministers Literacy Awards
Board of Studies Awards
2024 School Captains
2024 Vice Captains
AMPOL All Rounder
Henbury All Rounder
Citizen of the year Australia Day Award
Henbury Sports Person of the Year Awards
Henbury Art Award
Transition From School
100% Attendance for the year Awards
Briseis represented the NT in the Australian Athletics Championships in Perth. She brought home the silver medal for shot put and long jump. Congratulations Briseis.
HENBURY YR12 GRADUATION
On Thursday 23rd November our “Class of 2023” Year 12 students celebrated the closing of their schooling chapter at the Hilton Darwin. Students were joined by 116 guests including their families, friends, staff, and special guests. Everyone enjoyed a night of celebratory speeches (many tears were shed), delicious food, certificate presentation, great laughs at that photo booth and fun dancing to top off a fantastic night. We are so proud of all of our Year 12s and will miss them greatly, however, look forward to seeing them out and about around the community!
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM PERFORMANCE
Well done to all the students involved in the performances held at the school the last couple of days.
Opening night saw nerves conquered and acting debuts all around, including some last minute casting changes. Thursday morning's performance was "hot"! But the audience laughed along and were awed by costume and confidence alike.
Thursday evening’s finale though was something else. The students performed with confidence, joy and passion. They were fully committed to their characters and did such an amazing job.
None of this would have been possible without the support of Shelley, Georgie, Aminah, Andy, Molly, Lucy S and Brittany.
Thanks too for everyone who managed to come along to a performance or who touched base with our performers with words of encouragement.
Students participating in live performances include Kristine, Heidi, Faye, Mia and Zacharias from Green 2, Morgan, Kinisha, Marilyn, Yianni, Josh, Lucie, Lawrence from Blue 1, Kiara, Aiko, Martika, Bonnie and Dixon from Blue 2 and Narvia from CSC.
Lastly, a huge shout out to Maddy. She did an awesome job supporting every student to go out and give it their all on show nights, as well as in rehearsals. Maddy was able to give so much support to the students, energy, motivation and keep spirits up throughout the semester.
COTA SENIORS STORY COMPETITION
Kaleb from P2 entered the COTA seniors competition with his story about his nana for NT Grandparents Day this year, and he won!! He is super pleased.
On Tuesday he went and collected his $100 voucher prize and had his photo taken for their newsletter and Facebook page announcement. His nana was very proud.
By Kaleb Collins, Grade 8 Henbury School 2023
When nana was young in the 70’s she used to play around with her kids taking them to the playgrounds.
In 1974 December 25, Cyclone Tracy destroyed Darwin. Darwin was gone. Lucky nana survived.
I decided to look after nana, I give her food and drink when she’s sick. Me and nana just laugh and laugh sometimes about a funny ad on tv where the car crashes and about farts.
Nana and I order breakfast hash browns at Maccas, nana has a big mac and I like quarter pounders.
Nana goes shopping at casuarina for her grandkids, it makes her happy. Nana likes me to do scratches on her back. I hope I’m good to my nana, happy grandparents day 73 year old woman.
AREA 9 PRESENTS HENBURY CORPORATE LUNCHEON
Thank you to all donators, sponsors and attendees for making our event so special.
TERM 4 ASSEMBLY
NEW HENBURY SHIRTS FOR 2024
For the students, by the students.
Henbury School is a proudly multicultural school, including 55% first nations students and myriad of other cultural groups the world over. Over the past 18 months, the students of Henbury School have been committed to closing the gap, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and supporting all students to be successful learners and members of the community.
The students of Henbury School worked towards embedding all cultures in everyday learning and activities, developing and creating a space for a Dreamtime Mosaic Circle, a wall of hands celebrating togetherness and unity, and now redesigning a new school uniform. Students worked together to express their ideas using designs, symbolism, and stories that were meaningful to them. The school’s Learning Commissioners presented these ideas to the student body, with all students participating in voting for their favorite designs.
We are looking forward to the t-shirts becoming a visible expression of cultural identity, allowing students to celebrate and share their heritage with others. This new t-shirt will promote a sense of unity among students, creating a feeling of belonging to a larger community and creating an inclusive environment that values and respects diverse backgrounds, fostering a positive school culture.
The design process itself was an educational opportunity, involving students in researching and understanding their own culture or the cultures of their peers. Students celebrated with pride and it contributed to the overall school spirit, providing tangible symbols to rally around and create a positive atmosphere within the school.
In summary, creating Indigenous school t-shirts for students was a multifaceted initiative that goes beyond just providing clothing. It's about fostering pride, building community, promoting cultural awareness, and creating an inclusive and respectful school environment for all students.
Thank you for leading this process Amanda Philp and Teacher Commissioner Amanda Thomas and Student commissioners who supported this collaborative process across the school.
CLASS CHRISTMAS PARTY FUN
In celebration of a busy and successful year, Henbury school partied out on the last day of school with a Xmas BBQ and Pavlova decorating competition. Green 2 won the competition with their gloriously fruity and minty pavlova.
From all the staff at Henbury we want to wish all families a safe and happy holiday.
HENBURY SCOOL HOLIDAY OPEN HOURS
Office Hours for school holidays from Friday 15th December 2023 to Thursday 25th January 2024 will be 8am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to 3pm on Friday – CLOSED Friday 22nd December 2023 until Friday 5th January 2024 inclusive of these days.
The Henbury school front office will reopen on January 8 2024. Office hours are 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. $150 Back to school vouchers are available to use towards the purchase of uniforms and stationary packs. These need to be signed for by Parents or Carers.
UPCOMING EVENTS – Term 1 2024
Monday 8th January
Henbury Front Office opens January 8 2024
Tuesday 30th January
Students return to school
Friday 26th January
Happy Birthday to the following students that celebrate their birthdays in December:
Francis – 5th
Aiko – 5th
Lebron – 7th
Yanni – 7th
Breanden – 10th
Shianne – 10th
Judy – 11th
Cooper – 15th
Ayden-Lee – 22nd
Mez – 22nd
Blake – 22nd
Kyan – 27th
Eddie – 28th
Hunter – 30th
Shakira – 30th
Timothy – 31st