These last two weeks have truly been some of the most memorable of my career with so many changes happening all of the time. I would like to acknowledge our amazing students, families and staff for coping with a constantly changing environment that has provided so many challenges.
In our latest staffing news we welcome Kate Seidel to our leadership team in 2021 as she takes up the position of Middle School Coordinator. Congratulations also to Kelly Pedler, Nicola Ettridge and Ali Gulin on all winning a variety of SSO positions commencing in 2021.
Behind the scenes we have been madly planning and reorganising the variety of end of year events that we usually have. With the current restrictions in place and the inability to look into a crystal ball and know what the next few weeks look like we have made some decisions that we will continue with even if the restrictions do ease so that we can have as much certainty as possible.
The Year 12 Formal will go ahead with limited numbers, which meet the restrictions of the venue.
The Presentation Night has required many more changes due to its size. We will have a Year 8-11 Presentation Assembly on Monday 7th December starting at 11.10am. Unfortunately no parents or family members will be able to attend. We intend to take lots of photographs to have a record of the event.
In the evening we will have the Year 12 Presentation Evening in the stadium. Each Year 12 student will be able to bring no more than two guests and we will need to have RSVP’s for contact tracing purposes. Matilda Zander will be the guest speaker on the night.
During the last week of school we are still planning our annual excursion to Port Broughton, activities and also the final day at the swimming pool. They are obviously subject to change and very much dependent on the weather conditions as well.
The good news is that transition will still go ahead for year 7 students next Thursday and Friday. We are looking forward to getting to know all of the students a little bit more during these two days.
In other exciting news this week I would like to congratulate our Student Leaders for 2021: Casey Cleggett and Max Crouch as Captains and Tanisha Wakefield and Isaac Willsmore Vice Captains.
Thank you in anticipation of your understanding of the changes we have made.
In Visual Arts the Year 8's who attempted more complex ceramic sculptures have been waiting patiently for their works to dry, be bisque fired (at approximately 1000 degrees Celcius), be glazed and then glaze fired (up to 1200 degrees Celcius), and in some cases glazed and fired twice as a form of problem solving. William Bullock's thin slab bowl was created delicately and faced challenges of shrinkage whilst drying - he problem solved this by glazing the cracks persistently and multiple times, resulting in a mostly waterproof vessel. Dougal Ashby persistently created his truck design with strong joining techniques and precise slab shapes, and meticulously glazed a design that was effective and eye catching. Meanwhile, Hailey Hodgson persisted at creating a large Owl utilising paper patterns to help in the designing process, a range of techniques including slab and pinch pots, and was resilient when certain pieces needed repairing or alternatives. Her sculpture acts as not only a decorative piece but also a container with the head as a lid! Well done to these students in particular for their extended interest and effort in this project.
Over the past few weeks in Agriculture we have been very busy with many different practices. At the beginning of week 6 we finished the hay baling. We would like to thank the Hansen family for all of their extra effort over the course of the hay making season. They leant machinery to cut, rake and bale the hay, they also volunteered their time on weekdays and weekends to come and help bale the hay between rainfall events. Without them we would not have had such a successful year with our hay so a big thankyou from the Agriculture Department. Here you can see students working together to move the small hay bales from the paddocks and into the sheds for storage, there were around 350bales to move so a big achievement on their behalf.
On Tuesday the 24th of November, the Stage 1 students were fortunate to participate in a first aid course held in the Learning Hub. The course was run by ActFasTraining and covered effective treatments for a range of injuries. Students needed to show competency by demonstrating two minutes of continuous CPR, different bandaging techniques, and completing a wide variety of assessments. All of the participants developed new essential skills that will serve them well in the future.
This week the Year 11's had the opportunity to up-skill their coffee making skills with a short barista course spanning over two days with Miss Edge and Miss Roberts. During the course, each participant learnt and demonstrated skills in short blacks, long black, cappuccinos, flat whites and lattes. The barista course is a great addition to the students resume and skill set and all participants had fun.
This Year Gladstone High School is collecting items of non-perishable food,toys or vouchers for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. We have attached the flyer that may assist with what would be suitable and needed the most. You can drop off your items unwrapped under the Christmas Tree at Gladstone High School Front Office and the goods will be collected prior to Christmas for those in need.
We would love to see our school community support us in helping those most in need.