This week the highlight of the week has been the news that “Nigel” won 2nd place in the Light Domestic Steer class of the Stock Journal Virtual Led Steer competition. Next week our wethers will head to Adelaide with a small show team and we wish them all the best. Together with the achievements 2 weeks ago with the steers and goats at Kadina, I would like to acknowledge Nicola, Leon and all of the students involved. Congratulations.
Last Friday night we had the launch of our 2019 vintage and also the opening of our SALA exhibition. If you haven’t yet been in to view the exhibition of student work it is well worth the effort. The exhibition is on the school hall so please come to the front office to sign in and view the amazing art works before the exhibition is removed. It is a very diverse range of artworks that showcases the achievements of our students. Jackie McAllister and the senior art students are to be commended on the exhibition.
We were very excited last week to see our new sign installed at the front of the school. We have received very positive feedback about it and encourage you to drive past one day and have a look.
In staffing news congratulations to Daniel Seidel on winning the Principal’s position at Airdale Primary School Port Pirie for 5 years starting in 2021. Whilst we are very disappointed he is leaving us we do wish him all the very best in his new role.
Please find attached the verified Materials and Services Charge 2021 notice. We invite all parents and caregivers to attend the Governing Council meeting on TUESDAY 22/09/20 (Week 10) at 6:30pm. The charge will be discussed prior to GC final approval being sought.
In lieu of attendance at the meeting, parents and caregivers may express their views in writing to the Chairperson of the Governing Council – Kathryn Hansen, prior to the meeting.
On Friday the 21st of August the school took both the steers and goats to Kadina for a handlers competition where we had a few successes during the day. First up were the steers, with handlers Tia Waters, Max Crouch, Charlie Heinrich and Tanisha Wakefield who all placed in each of their heats. Tia Waters, Max Crouch and Charlie Heinrich made it to the final round. During this competition they were looking for the best relationship between handler and steer, Tia Waters won the handlers competition with her steer 'Nigel'. In the goat handlers competition we had one student, Chad Flavel place in one of his heats and make it into the final round with his goat 'WD-40'.
We also competed in a Grand Parade with Rowan Ramsay as the judge for this event, there were 8 schools who competed and we placed second overall.
Due to the Adelaide Show being cancelled we entered 2 steers into the Stock Journal Virtual Competition. We had to submit pictures and videos of our steers for online judging. Results from this event are still being posted and videos can be found on the Stock Journal website. We were very successful in this event receiving second place in the Light Domestic Class with our Black Angus 'Nigel'.
Home Economics has been a buzz of energy with the Year 9's focus on Creative Cupcakes. The Year 9's took a closer look into the art of baking cupcakes and the products and techniques used to decorate them. We made a variety of cupcakes styles as well as investigated and practiced a range of frosting methods. Cupcakes can be visually stunning and are popular choice in the creative cake market. We investigated presentation skills, flavour combinations and colours as well as talking about the importance of first impressions.
During week 5 the Stage 1 & 2 Outdoor Education students packed up their rucksacks and travelled to the Mt Remarkable National Park for a 3-day bushwalking journey. The students have been using their class time to plan their route, food, equipment and risk assessments. We set off on Tuesday the 18th of August and returned on Thursday the 20th. Over the 3 days the students faced many challenges which included walking to the summit of Mt Remarkable with a heavy pack, wet and windy weather conditions and navigating their way to campsites.
During the camp we covered 40kms on some very challenging terrain. It was great to see the teamwork and resilience of students shown over the duration of the trip. A couple of the highlights for me were seeing the amazing meals the students were able to produce using the Trangia fuel stoves and the waterfall at Goat Rock.
A massive thank you to Mrs Gaunt for helping lead the trip, Barry and Digger for driving the buses and all the students for their positive attitudes.
On Thursday 27th August, the 2020 SAASTA class along with students interested in participating in the SAASTA program next year travelled to John Pirie Secondary School (JPSS) to participate in the 2020 Power Cup Cultural workshop. The students were introduced to other SAASTA students from JPSS, the SAASTA coordinator Rigby Barnes and guest speaker Braeden Talbot. The students were tested on their knowledge of Indigenous Australian history and shared personal information about their own cultural groups, representations, and languages. One of the main learning objectives of the session was the importance of gaining an education of their cultural group so that this information can be transferred to future generations to come.
The students were given the opportunity to participate in a 20-minute football coaching session, which concluded with a goal kicking challenge. The students who participated in this excursion enjoyed the experience and have gained a better understanding of their culture.
“It was a good learning experience for the Year 9 students, as they were able to be involved and learn what SAASTA is all about” – Tyrell Crosby-Woods
On behalf of Gladstone High School, I would like to thank Braeden Talbot and Rigby Barnes for coordinating the workshop and being positive role models for our Indigenous students. I would also like to thank Barry Martin for making sure that we travelled safely during this excursion.
ROWAN RAMSEY MP AWARD
We are looking for a parent/caregiver, staff member or community member who volunteers time and skills for the improvement of the school to receive the Rowan Ramsey MP School Community Award for 2020. This is a prestigious award and is only given after careful deliberation. Previous winners include Scott Crawford, Barry Martin and Lyn Russell.
If you know of someone who meets this criteria, please contact Tyler Hogan at the school on 86622171 or myself on 0438363123.
Governing Council Chairperson 2020
After the success of last month’s family dirt bike ride day (155 riders), Bundaleer Motorcycle Club is holding another family juniors/ senior’s come and ride fun day on,
Sunday 27th September 2020.
Venue: Bundaleer oval.
3 natural terrain enduro tracks.
- 50 cc track.
- 80/90/125 cc junior track.
- Larger bikes and seniors on the senior track.
BBQ Lunch and soft drinks available.
Other drinks, BYO.
NOTE: Ag bike/ Postie bike challenge on 50 cc track at 1:30 pm.
Remember, this is a family fun ride day so everyone is welcome.
Parents and kids can ride together!
Further details; -
Bundaleer Motorcycle Club Facebook page.
- Nick Fetherstonhaugh 0429 658 917
- Andrew Keller 0427 802 053.
C U there!!
Regards, Andrew Keller.