A highlight this week has been the lovely letter we received from a member of the community, congratulating our staff and students on raising such wonderful layer chickens with the details of how many eggs she has collected over the past year. It was a wonderful reminder of how we can brighten someone’s day in so many ways.
Last week I had the pleasure of accompanying our Farm Manager and one of our year 12 students to a local cattle stud to collect one of the school steers which now completes our collection for 2020. We appreciate the support of the local enterprises for allowing us to provide such valuable learning opportunities for our students.
On Tuesday we recognised Sorry Day with a flag raising ceremony and emotional recital of a poem (read by Zephie Neil). We again put technology to the test and made this a virtual assembly, with each class viewing the assembly from the home rooms. I would like to acknowledge the work of our Aboriginal Community Engagement Officer, Judy Crosby and Aboriginal Education Teachers: Tyler Norton and Helen Gaunt for the planning they have put into the various activities they have planned for students to improve their understanding and acknowledge Reconciliation Week, Sorry Day and Mabo Day.
In recent years we have conducted an Open Day early in term 2 to allow our current parents and also prospective parents to tour the school and visit classrooms. Given the current restrictions we are following advice to reduce the number of visitors into our school. As soon as the advice changes we look forward to having current and future parents visiting.
The 21st Of May was Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
Global Accessibility Day aims to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different barriers and needs.
To celebrate our inclusivity and community at Gladstone High School we have included the Braille alphabet and Auslan alphabet for this week’s newsletter, enjoy the learning opportunity
In Year 8 Art on Friday of Week 4, students participated in an activity that had them in fits of laughter. Students lined up in groups (before a few attempts as a whole class) with paper stuck to each students’ back. The person at the end of the line draws, piece by piece, something on the back of the person in front of them. Slowly but surely the ‘Chinese Whispers’ style game sees the image be translated to the front of the line. This activity helps in extending student creativity, communication, willingness to be wrong, and to embrace mistakes – a particularly useful skill.
The Year 8 Science cohort have been studying the topic of Cells & Body Systems. Students have been introduced to microscopes, including the vocabulary of the specific components and how to carry and use them safely. We were able to comprehend that cells are classified as the building blocks of life, the differences between animal cells and plant cells, the smaller internal components of cells called organelles (little organs), and how our knowledge of cells has developed over the previous five centuries. The next stage included specialised cells and addressed the relationship between structure and function of cells. The final focus has covered the concepts of developing tissues, organs and organ systems within complex multicellular organisms.
NATIONAL SORRY DAY 26th May 2020
At its heart, reconciliation is about strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all Australians.
The 26th May acknowledges the Stolen Generation with National SORRY day, which leads into National Reconciliation Week on the 27th May - 3rd June when the High Court ruled in favor of Eddie Mabo and Land rights.
These significant events in history are being acknowledged by our students and staff through activities and resources in our curriculum. Yesterday we began by acknowledging the Nukunu land we are on with a flag raising ceremony and poem about the Stolen Generation. Today the students each made a Sorry Day flower which will be displayed around our school.
Watch this space for more wonderful stories of our shared learning.
Isa Brown laying hens - $22.00
Will be ready for pick up week beginning 29th June until 2nd July
To place your orders contact Sue Foulis 86622171
National Volunteers week is a time to celebrate the hard work of all our community Volunteers.
SA Ambulance recently celebrated those who have been with part of this vital service for more than 25 years. Congratulations to our hardworking Groundsman, Barry Martin for his 30 years of service to this organisation. Well deserved.
Thank you for your commitment, your generosity and your community spirit. You make #SAAS what it is.
OVERDUE MATERIALS AND SERVICES CHARGE 2020
Payment of Compulsory Materials & Services Charge was due on 9th April 2020.
It is appreciated that it is often difficult to pay fees in a lump sum; therefore payment by instalments is welcome. If you are eligible for School Card you can now apply online or alternatively obtain an application form from our Front Office.
If you have any issues or questions re payment options please do not hesitate to contact our Finance Officer Sue Foulis.
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