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​World Challenge team at top of Mt Kinabalu (4095m above the world)
​On assembly last week, Mr Green

asked, "Which is the smartest house?"

He showed students a list of student results from last year that enables him to calculate student Grade Point Averages (GPS).  He declared the competition for Smartest House now open for Semester 1 this year. Mr Green encouraged students to get involved, help their house improve results and win the coveted trophy of smartest house.

He described the story of the barracuda, a fish who loves to swim fast; a tenacious fish which could swim but limited by the glass barrier of the fish tank. When the barrier was removed the barracuda could swim the length of tank but never did because he still thought the barrier was in place.

Mr Green urged, "Don't be like the fish.  Don't have a barrier you can't get past because the barrier is not there." He reminded students of our vision and how we have engaged and that now is the time to excel and get As and Bs.

The World Challenge team spoke about their journey to Borneo.

Ben described the initial events of their journey, tackling the budget and travel issues. Darcy described the project part of the journey.  The team went to a small village and helped the community by building a bridge that links the village to the soccer field. Rhys described the trekking phase through Kuba National park including the climb to summit and night caves journey.  Emma described the 4095 meter Mt Kinabalu climb  and encounters with inspirational people.  Tom spoke about the R&R stage: snorkelling on the reef in Borneo and market shopping.  Coran spoke about their time at the Orang-utan rehabilitation sanctuary and their sponsorship of the young orang-utan Gayan. The team also visited the Cheshire Home disability care organisation and donated supplies raised from the 2013 Arts Day fundraiser.

Arts captains, Ben and Chloe, spoke about the auditions occurring this week for the play building project that is this year's drama production.  As part of the work, students will interview members of the wider community on the topic: the games we play.  The words from the interviews will be shaped into the final production that will look at the impact childhood games have played over generations.

A reminder that school photos are Thursday and students are expected in formal uniform. Envelopes were distributed during form class.  Students should bring the envelope on Thursday as it will be used to produce ID cards even if you are not purchasing photos. Family photos information can be collected from the student counter.