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WENONA 130 EDITION 3 May 2016 News from the 2015 2016 Capital Appeal Giving girls the power of choice It is wonderful to be back on board and to realise how far we ve progressed with our Archimedes project. This dream began a number of years ago when analysis of HSC subject selections across all schools showed some glaring disparities along gender lines. The best examples were Engineering Studies where 95 per cent of the cohort was male and Physics where 79 per cent was male. At the same time the business and political worlds were beginning to acknowledge that STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) based subjects were the pathway for future employment and the combination of STEM subjects along with the Humanities and the Arts were the source of innovation and cross-disciplinary thinking. Despite outstanding women in these fields including Wenona alumnae women were largely absent in the debate as they just weren t participating in numbers necessary to influence the conversation. Fast forward five years and I m happy to say that while we still have much to do much has progressed. At Wenona we have partnered with universities on research about girls attitudes participation rates and performance in STEM studies. We have introduced Engineering Studies and developed our own STEM course exposing our girls to a greater diversity of options and enabling them to make more informed choices about what they do when they leave school. We don t expect them all to be engineers or mathematicians but we want them to have choices. Ultimately we do want them to be Renaissance women strong of heart full of adventure and equipped to draw on multiple disciplines as they explore discover create invest and contribute to society and humanity around the world. Dr Briony Scott PRINCIPAL APPEAL UPDATE YOUR SUPPORT IS ESSENTIAL A message from the Capital Appeal Chair Marie Soghomonian. Helen Keller once said Alone we can do so little together we can do so much. Our Wenona community is testimony to this thinking and on a daily basis I am reminded and inspired by the milestones we have and will continue to achieve together as part of the Wenona 130 Capital Appeal. As we approach the biggest fundraising event held in Wenona s history the Wenona Foundation Capital Appeal Ball we stand strong sure of our vision and confident thanks to the generous support of so many that we will reach our goal. The response of our community past present and future has been unparalleled and our goal of raising 5 million for the STEM Centre and Sporting Facility is on track. There is no question this development project positions Wenona as a pioneer in STEM education for women and will prepare our girls for 2020 careers. Thank you to those people who have already made generous pledges to the Appeal. There will be an opportunity for those who have not yet done so to do this at the Ball and we encourage you to give generously. There are many ways to support the project including a three-year commitment pledge which allows you to donate over a period of time rather than a one-off payment. Please see the How to Give section in this newsletter for more details. Thank you also to those people who have so generously donated prizes for the Ball. From tickets to shows wine to travel corporate boxes and work experience the response of our community has been over-whelming and in true Wenona style . Tickets to the Wenona Foundation Capital Appeal Ball have been a sell-out. The Westin Hotel is in countdown the band is tuning up a stunning menu prepared get set for a superb night of celebration and fun For those who are coming to the Ball everything you need to know from parking to prizes is featured in this newsletter. For those who aren t able to attend there are many ways you can support by bidding on auction items on GalaBid and buying raffle tickets online via Trybooking. I feel very grateful for the support of our Wenona community. Our Capital Appeal Committee has worked tirelessly over the past two years we are strong in our vision but it is only thanks to the backing of our students teachers parents and our alumnae that we are able to achieve our goals together we can do so much. Mrs Marie Soghomonian CAPITAL APPEAL COMMITTEE CHAIR 2 Capital Appeal Update Edition 3 May 2016 TAKE A LOOK INSIDE... us Join Deputy Principal Andrew Watt as he takes on an in-depth virtual tour of Wenona s world-class STEM Centre and Sporting Facility Capital Appeal Update Edition 3 May 2016 3 SPORTING FUTURE Future of sport at Wenona Lisa Bauer Head of PDHPE offers an insight into the new Sporting Facility and the impact it will have on all students. You must be excited about the new Sporting Facility We are really excited about the new facility and the opportunities it will bring for all students and our community as a whole. We have been heavily involved in the design process to ensure we create a leading-edge environment which can foster 21st century learning skills. Every member of the School will benefit from the new Sporting Facility as part of our PDHPE curriculum our sports teams the IGSSA sporting community our Wenona families and the North Sydney community. Tell us about the new swimming pool which is at the heart of the design. The 25m water polo pool has been designed to host S1 and J1 water polo matches in the IGSSA competition giving us for the first time a home venue for aquatic sports. This allows Wenona to contribute to the wider IGSSA community. The pool will also be used for small-style swim meets and by all students as part of the PDHPE program. The learn-to-swim pool is separated from the main pool by a glass wall so it can be treated as a stand-alone space to allow multiple groups to use the facility. The pool will be used for our K-2 swim classes and programs and allows Wenona to play a bigger part in the local community offering swim classes to younger siblings and people who live in North Sydney. What else will be offered in the new precinct The new facility provides flexible educational areas our general purpose learning space can be used as a dance studio or for circuit training or class learning. The sports hub has a cardio room which will be equipped with bikes treadmills and rowing machines. Not only can this be used for fitness training by our sports teams but our Year 11 and 12 PDHPE students as well as our Year 9 and 10 Physical Activity and Sports Structure students who are looking to do more comprehensive fitness testing and bio mechanics. The new facility allows them to do more accurate testing than they are doing in the field at the moment it enhances the experience for them and gives a better understanding of the curriculum. Will the new facility add a new dimension to sport at Wenona The new Sporting Facility has a strong link to STEM and will provide a deeper learning experience for our PDHPE curriculum as a result of the new facilities. Our focus as educators is to develop life long physical activity and to help students build their physical literacy. There is no question this new facility will help us to be on the cuttingedge of education in our field. 4 Capital Appeal Update Edition 3 May 2016 INTERVIEW Women in sport Nicki Vance one of Australia s leading anti-doping experts gives Wenona 130 an insight to her career in international sport. You are one of the world s leading experts in drugs in sport how did you get involved in Sports Science What started out as a five month contract has become a lifelong passion and provided incredible opportunities for me. I ve been involved in sport all my life as an athlete and even at a very early age I coached school and representative teams and did a lot of volunteering in sport. I initially did a Bachelor in Education specialising in Physical Education and Health at Wollongong Institute of Education and followed this up after seven years of teaching with my Bachelor in Sports Administration in Canberra. In 1989 I was offered a five month contract as a drug tester for the Australian Sports Commission s Drugs in Sport Campaign (which became ASDA now ASADA) This was in the late 80s the era of Ben Johnson and I became essentially the first full-time drug tester in Australia. It was a pioneering role for a woman and provided incredible national and international opportunities mixing with thought leaders in the industry and as my five month contract continued to be extended travel to Norway Canada and the UK in late 1989 was just the start of many international experiences. What have been the highlights of your career After setting up the initial Australian drug testing program I was the international program manager for the Australian Sports Drug Agency for almost nine years was the antidoping manager for the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games was one of the start up directors for the world antidoping agency WADA living in Lausanne and in 2002 I set up my own international anti-doping consultancy working for international sports organisations and other major Games (eg Athens 2004). I am now a member of the International Paralympic Committee s (IPC) anti-doping committee. I use my expertise to provide guidance to the IPC with testing and education. I am looking forward to Rio. NICKI VANCE What role does Science and Technology play in sport Science is well and truly entrenched due to the professionalism of sport today as athletes look to get an advantage. Bio mechanics nutrition exercise physiology and sports psychology are major impactors on the way athletes train and compete. Sport has such an impact in Australian and international society and we have a social responsibility to support our athletes in as many ways as we can. What about the fight against doping Science has enhanced the fight against doping and given us more tools to combat drugs in sport. If we don t find a substance in a sample today we are able to freeze it and store to test again in the future. Biological profiling of athletes has also had a significant influence in catching athletes who dope. Science is helping us stop drugs in sport but just like drugs in our society it has not yet solved the problem. What advice would you give to schoolgirls interested in careers in sport There are so many ways to have a career in sport you only need to look at my path from being a sports teacher coach administrator to my role with anti-doping to see you can take many different paths. Science has added a dimension to sport and the use of technology in sport will only continue to expand in the future. My experience in sport and taking on the initial five month contract which I must tell you was after missing out on another job in anti-doping changed my whole life. I ve never looked back. My advice is to be involved and be confident there are so many opportunities out there. and proud Wenona auntie. Capital Appeal Update Edition 3 May 2016 5 T H E W E N O N A F O U N DAT I O N C A P I TA L A P P E A L B A L L W E S T I N H O T E L 1 M A R T I N P L AC E S Y D N E Y S AT U R DAY 2 8 M AY 2 0 1 6 Arrival 6 30 pm Carriages 12 30am PROGRAM C O C K TA I L S A N D C A N A P E S E n t e r t a i n m e n t b y We n o n a s s t r i n g e n s e m b l e MC Award winning journalist Georgie Gardner ADDRESS Dr Briony Scott Principal THREE COURSE DINNER R A F F L E S & AU C T I O N S D a n c e t h e n i g h t a w a y t o o n e o f S y d n e y s best party bands Planet Groove S I L E N T A N D L I V E AU C T I O N S C LO S E AU C T I O N S & R A F F L E S AU C T I O N S Thanks to our incredibly generous community we have an impressive list of prizes up for auction. Bids can be made on GalaBid leading up to and on the night of the ball. If you would like to donate a prize for the auctions please contact the Director of Development Shelana Silver on ssilver or call 9409 4481 Here is just a sample of what will be on offer... MCG Fox Sports Corporate Suite for 18 people at the Hawthorn v Melbourne AFL game on August 6 2016. Includes four course meal alcohol and beverage service two car parking vouchers. Kindly donated by the Carnegie family and Fox Sports. AU C T I O N E E R Thanks to Simeon Manners Property for donating the auctioneer services for the night. REGISTER FOR GALABID Registration is essential to be part of the silent auction so register now at GalaBid. RAFFLES Check out our wonderful raffle prizes HERE Raffle tickets will be on sale throughout May to give the entire school community a chance to win A limted edition raffle for patrons only will be conducted at the Ball. Private Hoyts movie screening LUX movie screening for 30 friends at Hoyts Broadway complete with popcorn and a drink. Valued at 1 400. Kindly donated by the Carnegie family and Val Morgan. C A P I TA L A P P E A L P L E D G E S Pledges are integral to our fundraising efforts for the Capital Appeal and you will be able to make a pledge at the Ball by filling out one of the pledge cards on your table. If you would like to make a pledge before the Ball please CLICK HERE or contact Wenona s Director of Development Shelana Silver on ssilver or call 9409 4481 for a confidential discussion. Property sale without commission Simeon Manners Property will sell your residential property without commission . Sale is commission free but seller must pay for marketing must be utilised within 12 months can be passed to a direct family member ie parent dependant or sibling property to be sold must be a local residential property. AC C O M M O DAT I O N & T R A N S P O R T AC C O M M O DAT I O N The Westin Hotel is offering Ball guests 10% off the online Best Available Rate. Please book directly with the In-House Team on (02) 8223 1111 (not online) and mention your are attending the Wenona Foundation Capital Appeal Ball. BUSES There are still a few seats on the complimentary buses to and from the Ball donated by North Sydney Bus Charters on behalf of the Riley family. Two return routes are operating Castle Cove route and Collaroy route. Both buses will leave the Westin after the Ball for the return journeys. BOOK HERE PA R K I N G Book your parking prior to the event and save. Secure Parking 1 Martin Place (under the Westin Hotel). Cost is 35.00 or 25.99 if you PRE-BOOK HERE. Open 24 hours. Wilson Parking 123 Pitt Street (Angel Place). Cost is 24.00 or 16.00 if you PRE-BOOK HERE BOOK NOW How can I contribute For further information or to have a confidential discussion about contributing to the 2015 2016 Capital Appeal please contact Shelana Silver Director of Development on (02) 9409 4481 or email ssilver or visit the official Capital Appeal website pledging I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A PLEDGE NOW The Wenona Foundation is a registered Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) so all gifts made to the 2015 2016 Capital Appeal are tax deductible. Wenona School Ltd ABN 83 000 250 304 CRICOS 02275A 176 Walker Street North Sydney NSW 2060 T 02 9955 3000 F 02 9959 4460 E wenona