This week we held our first virtual assembly and recognised the achievements of our students academically, for attendance and sporting achievements last term. Each of these awards requires extra effort by students and they are to be commended.
This week we have seen classes resume a face-to-face model and it is fantastic to see the students all catching up with each other in person.
Daniel Seidel has been around the school this week in preparation for his return as Deputy Principal next week. I would like to acknowledge the work of Stephen Bosch and Jordan Smith who both took on leadership roles this year as Deputy Principal and Middle School Coordinator. It has been a very unusual year so far to say the least and I am sure they never expected this when they took on these roles. Thank you.
Kate Cameron and Helen Gaunt will resume their part time positions as of next week after being full time and Josh Palmer will be with us for the remainder of the year.
It is great to see one of the murals from the students being put up this week and so many things happening in the agriculture area and around the school.
In Agriculture over the past couple of weeks we have had a few new additions. These include our new fibreglass beds that were generously donated to the school by Richard Burgess from Fibreglass Pipe Products. The Year 8 students have been very busy getting them ready to plant vegetables and are all very excited to have more garden beds. They have finished moving the new soil into the beds and are currently applying fertilisers to prepare the soil for planting.
We have also seen the arrival of three steers that we are preparing for a possible "modified for schools" Crystal Brook Show. We have a Poll Hereford from Marshall Gare ‘Dillowie’, a Shorthorn from Matt Ashby ‘Bundaleer’, and a Black Angus from the Mumford family. We thank these people for their generous support of Ag Studies at Gladstone High School.
Nicola Wright (Ag Studies Teacher)
In Term 3 and 4 of 2019, the Year 9 students (now Year 10) worked collaboratively on a mural for the school grounds as part of their visual art lessons. They needed to engage with the project patiently and communicate constantly to ensure consistency across the three panels. Concrete sheeting and outdoor mural paint was used, so the final product should withstand the hot Australian sun and sometimes wet winters! The vibrant and positive artwork is hopefully the first of many.
Special thanks to Leon and Digger for putting up the Mural
In Year 8, students have been learning the drypoint printmaking technique and experimented with a variety of coloured inks and surfaces to print on. They aimed to include symbolism within their portraits.
Jackie McAllister (Visual and Creative Art Teacher)
PE Tips - At Home Training Program
When participating in all sessions ensure you have completed an appropriate warm-up and have a safe space to carry out the exercises. Ensure you drink plenty of water before and after you exercise. If you are unsure of how to complete any of the exercises safely please feel free to ask for advice or complete research using google.
Session 1 - Running Complete a run for 15 minutes. Take a 5-minute break and attempt to beat your time home. You now have a time trial distance to attempt to beat. I future session try to beat your distance for over 15 minutes.
Session 2 - Running 2 Set up a 50-metre track at your local oval, park or backyard. You are to complete 10 x run throughs at 95-100% intensity. Once you have completed your run through walk to the 25m mark and then jog through to the start.
Jump Squats – Ensure your knees are aligned directly above your ankles.
Session 3 – Circuit
To complete this circuit, you won’t require any equipment other than a yoga mat. Complete each of the exercise below for 30 seconds then rest for 30 seconds before starting the next exercise.
Sit-ups – Complete a controlled movement to just raise your shoulders and back off the ground. Push ups – Ensure you keep your back straight and lower your chest to the ground.
Lunges – Pretend your feet are stuck on railway lines. Keep your back straight and lower your back knee to just above the ground.
Plank – Keep your back straight and hold your core tight
Push ups – Ensure you keep your back straight and lower your chest to the ground.
Session 4 - AMRAP
AMRAP, which stands for “As Many Reps As Possible”. Using a time limit of 10 minutes complete as many laps of the below circuit as possible. Completing 10 push ups, 10 sits and 10 lunges counts as 1 lap.
10 x Push Ups
10 x Sit Ups
10 x Lunges
Session 5 - EMOM
Every minute on the minute. Set a timer, then on each scheduled minute, perform the exercises. You then rest for the remainder of each minute. When the second minute starts you do the exercise(s) again. Repeat this process for 10 minutes
5 x Jump squats
8 x V-up
10 x Overhead raises (Use two water bottles and raise them above your head)
Session 6 - Tabata
To complete a Tabata workout, search Tabata songs on Youtube or Spotify. These songs have a voiceover that indicates to perform 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest. After completing the star jumps move onto the mountain climbers, etc.
Strategies to increase difficulty
Increase the number of repetitions
Decrease rest time
Increase or add weight (ensure weight increase is minimal and when weight is used proper technique is used)
Increase length of sessions.
Luke Bartlett (HPE Teacher)
Year 8 PE- Yoga
In Term 2, as a part of the Year 8 Physical Education Curriculum, the students are partaking in yoga. Yoga provides various health and well-being benefits outside of enhancing fitness. These benefits include anxiety and stress relief, improves concentration and focus and improves sleep quality. The students will also be testing their balance, strength and flexibility; and pushing themselves to new limits. I am very impressed with the student’s techniques and willingness to try new skills. The students have demonstrated a fantastic attitude towards yoga so far and I am excited to see how they can further improve their techniques and skills in the upcoming weeks.
Eden Caputo (HPE Teacher)
Year 8 and Year 9 - Whats been happening in class this week........
Our Year 8 english class this week.... The students are preparing a recount and paying particular attention to the structure.
Year 9 HASS class who are looking at perception of place and interconnections. They have been developing an advertising campaign for a place.
In Year 8 HASS we have been looking at developing an Historical Skills Toolbox. Students have been creating posters to display in our class that show that 7 historical concepts. Here is Caryn Yaba’s awesome poster.
Kate Cameron (English HASS Teacher)
School Immunisation Program 2020
Immunisation providers will be visiting Gladstone High School on Wednesday June 3rd 2020 at 0900am to administer the following vaccines-
Year 8 students
Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough vaccine (Boostrix)
Dose 1 of human papillomavirus vaccine, (Gardasil) for students absent at term 1 visit
Year 10 students
Dose 2 Meningococcal B (Bexsero)
Meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix)
Dose 1 Meningococcal B (Bexsero) for students absent at term 1 visit
Any queries contact Dymph, Gladstone Health Centre ph: 86622158
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Makes a busy life that much easier.
Boost Your Juice with Mixed Berries to build your immune system
Today we tried Angela’s new Berry Smoothie. It was a taste sensation and we definitely recommend it to anyone wanting something yummy and nutritious!
Gladstone High School Wine and Olive Oil
Shiraz $10 per bottle or $100 a dozen
What better way to finish the day by partaking with a glass of red!
Olive Oil $10 per bottle
Contact Front Office for purchase