The start to this term has been quite different to what we had expected, however, it has been wonderful to have such a smooth return and to have so many eager students. For those students learning at home we have been quite impressed with the enthusiasm with which students have joined their lessons and actively participated. The staff have been amazingly resilient and flexible in balancing the demands of quite a large class of face to face students with a group of online students at the same time. I would like to acknowledge the amount of work they have all put in to ensure students are able to continue their learning no matter what the circumstances are.
At the end of last term all Year 12 teachers attended online seminars with the SACE Board to discuss possible changes to subject requirements. Many of the subjects will now have some modifications made as a result of the changes.
We are continually monitoring our school calendar and the upcoming activities. A letter regarding Ski Trip has gone home this week and we are currently reorganising the Year 10 Careers Camp and Work Experience for later in the year.
Thank you for all of your responses and support throughout the last 2 months to the many surveys and requests we have sent out, we really do appreciate it.
Daniel Seidel will be returning to Gladstone High School in the role of Deputy Principal in a few weeks. We are very fortunate that Josh Palmer will remain with us for the rest of the year as there have been a number of changes in teaching time for some staff.
We are looking forward to another busy and productive term and encourage you all to stay safe.
Year 11 Outdoor Education
Last term, Luke Bartlett’s class recently learnt the impacts that social media has had on the environment. Specifically, how Instagram geotags have promoted an increase in visitors to certain locations, and in turn have had negative impacts on those locations via foot traffic, road access and carparks being created, as examples.
The Year 11’s then completed a small exercise taking an Instagram style photo on school grounds and the impacts that might follow if it went Insta-famous.
We ran an anonymous ballot on the images to see who would get the most ‘likes’ and go Gladsta-famous. Who gets your vote?
#year11outdoored #gladstoneHS #gladstafamous
Miss Caputo checking in with students online
Miss Edge’s Year 11 Work Place Practices developing their evidence of Work Experience
Work Experience at GHS
Miss Johnson’s Year 11 Psychology students developing the concept of human memory
Mr Bartlett contacting some students online
Mr Palmer’s Year 8 PE class studying Alcohol and Drugs and beginning the Fitness topic
Mrs Cameron’s Year 11 English class planning a text response to The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. They are also planning some instructional presentations where they have to teach other students a new concept
Mrs Cameron interacting with a couple of students online
Ms Johnson using Microsoft Teams to help students to learn how to write a Narrative on a Historical Australian Event
Miss Robert’s Year 9 Home Ec. class where students are researching Home made versus Take Away food.
Year 8 Physical Education
Within Term 2, as a part of the Year 8 Physical Education Curriculum, the students are learning the sport of badminton. Badminton is an individual or team sport which requires many diverse techniques, shots and skills. Throughout the 5-week badminton course, the students are practising their skills, in which we have already seen immense development among all students. Their communication and teamwork skills are being tested, as they have to work very closely and collaboratively with their team members. All students are demonstrating great respect for the game and are enjoying themselves thoroughly. Both Miss Caputo and Mr Palmer are impressed with the student’s attitude and progress so far, and we are excited to see how the students can further improve within the upcoming weeks. As a Year 8 cohort, we are very lucky and grateful to be able to learn and play these diverse sports that we typically may not play outside of schooling.
Miss Caputo and Mr Palmer
“I am enjoying badminton very much, as it is a fun game and everyone gets a go. It is good to see that everyone is having fun and trying new skills.” - Layla
“I love playing badminton and the games Miss Caputo creates because I was able to improve my skills and techniques properly. I won the game ‘Around the World’ and got to be the Queen in ‘King of the Court’.”- Laura
“I like playing badminton because it is easy to learn the rules. Badminton is also good because everyone has fun and no one is being too competitive.”- Cooper
Brrrrrrr feeling the cold?? Here's a yummy recipe below which is bound to warm your heart! But you dont have to look very far for the produce as we have an abundance here in the Ag block!
- 0:10 Prep
- 0:40 Cook
- 6 Servings
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 leek, white part only, finely sliced
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1kg peeled pumpkin, diced
- 1 large potato, peeled, diced
- 1L Chicken style liquid stock or vegetable liquid stock
- 1/2 cup (125ml) thin cream
- Step 1
Heat oil in a large saucepan over low heat, add onion and leek and cook for 2-3 minutes, until softened but not coloured. Add garlic and spices and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add pumpkin, potato and stock and bring to the boil. Turn heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then blend in batches.
- Step 2
Return soup to pan, stir through cream and reheat gently. Season and add a little more nutmeg if desired.
Bullying No Way Day
At the end of Term 2, you may remember that we held some activities for Bullying No Way! Day and Harmony Week. All of the hard work by our Student Wellbeing Action Team and the generosity of local businesses enabledin a donation to the Dolly’s Dream Foundation. The following is the response from Dolly’s Dream to thank us:
Thank you for your generous donation of $202.40 to Dolly’s Dream.
Dolly’s Dream was established by the family and friends of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett in remembrance of Dolly who ended her life at just 14 years of age.
Money raised for Dolly’s Dream will go towards programs and services to achieve Dolly’s Dream’s mission and purpose.
Dolly’s Dream is proudly brought to you by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation (ABN: 96 514 115 810) in conjunction with Kate and Tick Everett. The Foundation is one of Australia’s most respected charities and has supported more than 2.3 million children and their families over the past 21 years.
With many of the local sports and community activities not being held for the foreseeable future we thought we would share some amazing apps, webpages and ideas that can be used to help keep you mentally and physically active. It is important to look after both our physical and mental health. Please ensure that all activities you participate in are aligned with the government social distancing policies.
- Darebee.com contains images and instructions on many different at home workouts that can be completed. The website breaks these workouts into body parts and offers a variety of challenges that you may choose to take on!
- Go for a bike ride or walk
Around the local area there are many great bike tracks and gravel roads just waiting to be explored. Grab a friend and go for a ride. If you want to track the distance of your ride you can use an app called Strava that tracks the distance, speed and duration of your ride. This will be explored later in the document.
Strava is an app for mobile devices that tracks runs, bike rides, swims etc. so that you can be constantly trying to beat your best. Through this app you can connect with your friends so that they can see just how active you have been! It is great for motivation and challenging friends. For more information check out;
Mindfulness and meditation can have numerous benefits which include everything from decreased stress and sadness to increased levels of focus and happiness, according to general mindfulness research. Headspace is an app that provides short videos to take you through a guided meditation.
- Smiling Mind
Smiling mind is another great resource to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is proven to lead to better attention, memory, regulation of emotions and self-awareness. In turn, improvements in these areas can lead to reduced stress, anxiety and depression, better academic skills, social skills and self esteem
- YouTube – Running Drills for Football & Netball https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJX49lIDpfw&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR0-YR6blsYYq_Y31pK3bI1GbMlXxNAjmU_EmrpnySRy0Ls4vDhzQpG5S2g
The above link contains running drills and activities that can be set up in a small space designed specifically to help with fitness components important to football and netball. There are many great resources being developed on YouTube currently so do some exploring!
7. Each other!
During this time make sure you are continually checking in with your friends, family and classmates, whether this is a message, email or letter. In addition to this you may come across some great resources or activities that can be shared with your friends!