In our constantly changing environment I would like to acknowledge the work of our staff and the students. It continues to be business as usual for our classes and the focus has been on providing an environment that is as safe as possible where the curriculum is flexible and accommodates any changes that are required.
Our staff have been increasingly using Sentral to upload documents and work is being undertaken to allow for students to meet using Microsoft teams. Many teachers have already been incorporating that technology in their classes to allow for student’s flexible timetables to allow for School Based Apprenticeships and VET courses.
The Department for Education has also released a new resource for teachers and families to access. If your children are at home there is a wealth of information that will continue to grow and develop over the coming weeks. The link is https://www.education.sa.gov.au/our-learning-sa
Parent teacher student interviews will continue on Tuesday 7th April. Please book your times on Sentral or call the school make a time. Teachers will then call you at the allocated time and have the interviews over the phone.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate one of our year 12’s Tia Waters. A few weeks ago Tia attended a Rural Ambassador Regional Final in the South East. At this dinner Tia was required to participate in an interview and also to respond to a question in front of the guests. It is with great pleasure that we can congratulate Tia on being a winner of the Regional Young Rural Ambassador Award for the South East Show Society and she now will go onto the State Final.
Immunisation Providers will be visiting Gladstone High School on Tuesday 7th April 2020 at11.00 am to administer the following vaccines-
Year 8 students
Dose 1 of human papillomavirus vaccine (Gardasil)
Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough vaccine (Boostrix)
Year 10 students
Dose 1 Meningococcal B (Bexsero)
Meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix)
Any queries contact Dymph, Gladstone Health Centre ph: 86622158
Please note that students not currently on site, can come to the school at 11.30am on the 7th April 2020
GRAPE PICKING DAY
Grape Harvest 12th March
This year’s grape harvest was the best we have had, and we delivered very close to 9 tonnes of hand-picked grapes to Stonebridge Wines. We started at a dark 7:00am with an excellent teacher turnout of 12 and 2 students. (Looking forward to seeing some parents next year).
We picked until 8:30 when we had bacon and eggs for breakfast. At 9:00 am the whole school picked and after a break for recess we continued until lunch. We diverted 300kg into our winery and started the fermentation process for some wine that the Year 10 Ag classes is making. After lunch volunteers and some Ag classes continued until the end of the day. On Friday there was still grapes to be harvested and so we continued with Ag classes and some volunteer teachers and students. At lunch we sent away a semi load of grapes to the winery. (Thankyou Levi Hansen for the loan of your semi) On Monday there was still more grapes to be harvested and the Ag classes and some volunteer teachers helped harvest close to a tonne.
This we sent off in a trailer to Stonebridge Wines. It was hard work this year, but it was excellent to see and hear the students and teachers working alongside each other. It is these times when everyone has a common purpose that a school spirit and sense of community is developed.
Thanks go to all those involved including the teachers who volunteered and started at 7:00am (and picked in their free lessons), the students who worked throughout the harvest and a very special thanks to our farm manager, Leon Hams; groundsman, Barry Martin; Levi and Lachlan Hansen (who picked for the good part of three days) and Ag teacher Nicola Wright who went above and beyond throughout this period.
In Agriculture the past few weeks we have been very busy with new additions and harvesting. We have recently received our layer chickens, with the delivery of 100 day old chicks, they are doing well and the year 8’s have been looking after them and watching them grow. We also received the delivery of the school merino wethers which the year 10’s have been looking after and maintaining.
We have also finally received the purchase of our new sprayer unit that will greatly benefit our cropping program. This will allow us to demonstrate real world applications of chemicals and fertilisers to paddocks, making sure students have a sound understanding of the operation and use of this equipment.
We are currently in the process of organising our show steers and goats and we hope to see the arrival of them onto our school farm at the start of Term 2.
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST BULLYING AND VIOLENCE
Well done to our Student Wellbeing Action Team for a successful Harmony Week and Bullying No Way! Day. Through our activities and fundraising events this week, we have managed to raise $290 to send to Dolly's Dream Foundation. Our big thanks to Gladstone IGA, Laura Meat Store, Golden North and Goldwind Australia for the donation of goods for our sausage sizzle and ice cream treats that we all enjoyed today. Also a very big thanks to Mr Martin for cooking the BBQ!
Taking care of yourself and each other is as important as ever right now. Please check out the link below for tips.