We wish everyone a warm welcome to Term 3. Already it is looking very busy, with lots of exciting events planned for the Term.
Around the school you can expect to see some building works starting next week as our long awaited change room and toilet upgrade begins. A new school sign will be erected to replace exsisting sign on the highway in the next couple of weeks and the development of the amphitheatre area is very much in the planning and design phase.
Camps, excursions and sporting competitions are back on the calendar so students will face the challenges of balancing the requirements of their subjects with the days they may be out of the school for these activities. We will monitor this for students but also ask that you let us know if you are concerned for your individual student.
Subject counselling will begin in two weeks for all Year 10 and 11 students. We encourage all parents to please book a session time to meet with subject counselling team to discuss subject and career choices for students.
With regards to COVID-19, extra cleaning is still occurring across the school and hand sanitiser is still available. We encourage students to maintain good hygiene and be sensible in their interactions with each other at school.
Volunteers are now welcome back in the canteen so please feel free to contact the school if you have got some time to spare.
In Year 8 Geography we are learning about mapping skills, the students were practising these by measuring and drawing a map of our classroom to scale.
The Year 8 students participated in an all-day bushwalking excursion, on Thursday 2nd of July.
In previous classes leading up to the excursion, the students learnt about the health and safety aspects of bushwalking, as part of the Health Curriculum. They gained understanding of the specific foods required to eat on a bushwalk and why these were beneficial to their diet and energy levels. They also built knowledge on first aid and safety that may be necessary when undertaking a bushwalk.
On the day, the students partook in a 10km walk return, to the Sugar Gum Lookout, where they were able to explore the view of the hills and learn about the history of the Flinders Ranges. This was a moderate, inclined hike that challenged the students. Their walk ended at the Mambray Creek, where they spent time exploring the beautiful nature, wild life and running water.
The students made the day enjoyable, hanging out with their friends and getting to know students and teachers that they may not typically interact with. The walk allowed all students to venture out of their comfort zones and share their previously learnt knowledge.
Eden Caputo Health and Physical Education Teacher
Open Netball Carnival
Open girls (Year 10, 11, 12) competed in a netball carnival at Gladstone Stadium on Wednesday 22nd of July. Teams involved included Booleroo, Jamestown, Mid North Christian College and our two teams at Gladstone. The teams played 4 games with 15 minute halves.
Jamestown were undefeated for the day, coming through with the win overall. Gladstone Team 1 won 3 games, however losing their 4th game to Jamestown. All girls played extremely well on the day, showing great enthusiasm, teamwork and respect for not only their own team members, but also the opposition.
Thank you to all the girls for giving it a go, trying your hardest and making the day such an enjoyable one. Thank you to Tia Waters for doing a fantastic job at umpiring and thank you to Tealia Spencer and Elyse Malycha who helped score.
Thank you to both Miss Tamisha Roberts and Mrs Deb Davis for assisting with supervision and support on the day.
Eager to do it all again next year.
Eden Caputo Physical Education Teacher
BOOST YOUR LEARNING
If you have a Year 11 or 12 in the house, this is a great little infographic on utilising all the brain’s super-powers for learning.
As part of our Reconciliation journey at Gladstone High School we have shared information surrounding significant events in History. Students participated in flower making for the Stolen Generation, short clips in Home Group about generational trauma, listened to music from Aboriginal artists. Week 10 saw students and staff walk together as part of the 20th Anniversary of the People’s Walk and ended the term with a BBQ. We hope with the easing of restrictions we can extend on more cultural activities for Term 3, so watch this space!
MNSEC formal has been rescheduled for the Year 12’s and will be held on Friday the 21st August. Gladstone High School are fortunate to be hosting this year.
We are looking for any donations of black and white themed decorations with Gold and Silver also welcome. Decorations can be returned if desired.
If you have any decorations you are willing to donate/ lend, could you please drop these into the Front Office by the end of week 4 (Friday 14th August).
NYSTAR APPRENTICESHIPS FOR 2021
At St Ann’s College we pride ourselves on transforming school leavers into young professionals and supporting students as they complete their tertiary studies. We provide a place of living and learning for students whose home is a long way from their place of study.
As well as providing a ‘home away from home’, St Ann’s prepares young adults for the future. Their College friends become friends for life. They learn to be independent within a safe, caring environment. And they thrive academically, with access to extra tuition from experts in their study fields, linked to mentors and given the tools to develop invaluable career networks.
Please click the button below to download poster for display in your school that outlines some of the great benefits of College residential life at St Ann’s.We would love the opportunity to discuss further the value of St Ann’s College residency with your students. Let us know if you would be interested in me or a student representative visiting the school, at your convenience, with information about the application process, life at St Ann’s College and the benefits of our programs which support and nurture young people through their academic years. Alternatively, I am able to conduct Zoom sessions, should you prefer.