We certainly hope you all enjoyed the three day long weekend and had a chance to relax and recharge. This week we have had a number of students who have attended school despite feeling unwell. Whilst we have high expectations for attendance and are actively encouraging students to attend school regularly, it is important to keep students at home if they are unwell.
On Friday Mr Bartlett has organised for interested students to be part of a Virtual Cross Country. It will be great opportunity for students to engage in some organised physical activity. Their times will be recorded and compared to students around the state. We look forward to seeing as many participants as possible. This event is also a chance for students to show off their crazy socks as the Student Leaders raise money for the mural they have planned at the entrance to the school.
Last week we sent a letter of "Expression of Interest" home for all current Year 8 and 9 students regarding the Ski Trip for 2021. We plan to take Year 9 and 10 students in 2021 to ensure that the current Year 9 students still have the chance to attend this memorable camp. Please return the forms as soon as possible stating your intentions.
Congratulations to our wonderful SSO’s who once again held a very successful Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Wednesday afternoon. With take away boxes available for our local primary school staff it was a very successful fundraiser for the Cancer Council.
In Creative Arts students have a high level of choice and negotiation in their topics and creative arts disciplines. In both Visual and Creative arts part of the criteria is finding and using a personal aesthetic, as well as developing skills and techniques. Ashley Hodgson (Year 11) is a great example of this. She has been exploring using graphic markers for drawings, and digital illustrations (using Procreate on her personal iPad). She has investigated other artists to help inspire her and has also developed artworks from her imagination. As part of the artistic process she also framed and hung her work for displaying to her peers. The mini exhibition can be seen in the quadrangle.
Throughout Term 2 of Health, the Year 8 and 9 cohorts have thought about the positive things they have within their lives and what they’re grateful for. Each week, the students write down 4 things they’re grateful for during that week, these were then noted and attached to the pin board in our classroom. Keeping a regular gratitude journal is known to increase positivity in your life, decrease stress, enhance focus and build self-esteem. The students have enjoyed acknowledging and discussing what they’re thankful for, which has in return inspired them to continue to do so on a daily basis. Although times are tougher at the moment, we as a cohort recognise our life blessings and are extremely thankful each and every day, even when some days are harder than others.
“I am grateful for the sporting opportunities we have” Jaxon Brand.
“I am grateful for South Australia’s handling of Covid – 19 and for being kept safe” Luke Hansen.
“I am grateful for my working lungs” Francis Venning.
“I am grateful for my home and the food I eat” Cooper Seidel.
“I am grateful for my wonderful students who inspire me each day” Miss Caputo.
STAGE 1 ESSENTIAL ENGLISH
We have been finishing off our Instructional Presentations where we have been making resources to teach other people how to do something. Eg. How to make Turkish Delight balls, Chicken soup, Damper, Yummy Cookies, how to do a fish braid, how to care for a pet.
Now we are working on our last task for the semester which involves watching and analysing a documentary. Some documentaries that students have chosen include expository, performative, observational and informative documentaries.
CANCER COUNCIL BIGGEST MORNING TEA
The SSO Team of Gladstone High hosted their annual Biggest Morning Tea on Wednesday afternoon. It is a great chance for us to get together and enjoy some social time. The SSO’s are very thankful for the wonderful support shown by our staff who willing donate to such a worthwhile fundraiser.
This year for the first time we invited staff of Gladstone Primary School and St. Joseph’s Primary School to participate via takeaway delivery service – due to COVID19 restrictions. We too, thank them for their generous support.
We are happy to report we raised $350.00.
How to help kids who are hooked on online gaming
Tips on how to help teens with a gaming addiction
1. Parent tag team: it is important that both parents take the addiction seriously and back each other up. They must approach their child together so that the child knows they cannot divide and conquer their parents by playing one off against the other in an effort cover up their addiction, appealing to the weaker parent for support only enables the child to continue and to some extent hide their game playing from the other parent.
- Encourage educational games: there are plenty of games that have an education base, encourage a child to play these instead of violent online games. There are also websites that engage players with other players from around the world to see who can complete educational tasks, like maths problems, the quickest. The participants are given points and can progress to different levels. It can give the player the same sense of empowerment, satisfaction and achievement as online commercial games.
- Set time limits: parents need to establish clear time limits with a child. Enter into a contract if necessary. Sit down with the child and discuss what is a reasonable amount of time to play a game, by involving the teenager in the decision making process, they are more likely to adhere to the boundaries set.
- Look for the school conntection: is a child turning to online games because they are not doing well at school? It is hard to tell what comes first: the poor marks or the online games. Not performing well at school impacts a child’s self-esteem. They may retreat more into the game to cope with negative feelings about themselves. At least in the virtual world they can control things. Try to encourage their studies and find out if they are finding any areas difficult.
*Pew Internet & American Life Project. USA
Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.
Source: News.com. The American Journal of Family Therapy. Understanding Online Gaming Addiction and Treatment Issues for Adolescents by Kimberely Young.
NATIONALY CONSISTENT COLLECTION OF DATA ON SCHOOL STUDETNS WITH DISABILITIES (NCCD)
All schools are required to collect information about the numbers of students that they provide adjustments to under the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and Disability Standards of Education. This data is used as the basis for national funding.
The NCCD involves the collection of:
- The number of students receiving adjustments to enable them to participate in education on the same basis as other students
- The level of adjustment provided to students
- Student’s type of disability if known
Under the model, the definition of disability is broad and includes learning difficulties, health and mental health conditions. If your child is identified for inclusion in the Collection, the required information will be included in this year’s data collection. Please see the attached fact sheet for more explanations, or contact the school 86622171.
Something different every Tuesday
June 16.....Sausage, Bread & Sauce
June 23.....Toasted, Buttered Fruit Loaf (2 slices) $1.00
June 30.....Cup of hot pumpkin soup + slice of buttered bread
*Every Tuesday Nippy’s (250ml) Juices & (250ml) Nippy’s Flavoured milks $2.00*
*ALL Hot Food by lunch order only, thank you
Please note that vegetatrian options are now available
Also new is -
Ham & Cheese $3.50
Ham, Cheese & Tomato $4.00
*By lunch order only, thank you