In many ways, Athletics Day was a tremendous example of the strength of a team and the achievements that are possible.
Helping the Under 14 Sullivan girls to fill their events highlighted the commitment of Sullivan team members to fill all of their events, and have reserves in place wherever possible. The willingness of the students to fill the team games and support each other certainly helped Sullivan to victory. Staff put in extra hours in the lead up to the day, ensuring the oval was prepared and lanes and events were marked out. A 7.30am start on Friday morning to get the shades put up at each event and for the final preparations was representative of the team work of all staff in supporting this whole school event. Thank you to the parents and students who helped during the day on events, with timing and in the canteen to make the day such a success.
We now look ahead to next Tuesday for MNSEC Athletics day at Jamestown, with a great team spirit from the whole school.
Next Tuesday evening we have a Governing Council meeting and we are still looking for some parents to join. If you are interested please feel free to contact the school or Kathryn Hansen on 0438 363 123.
Within the next few weeks we are expecting to start grape picking, another whole school activity. Parent volunteers are always welcome, needed and very much appreciated. Keep an eye out for a flyer once we know when the Baume (sugar content) of the grapes is at its optimum.
Friday 5th March was the 2021 Gladstone High School Athletics Carnival. We were very lucky to have perfect weather for the event and the day was a lot of fun. It is always great to see our students pushing themselves to achieve their potential and support their houses – not to mention some of colourful the outfits! Participation across all houses and the Primary Schools was fantastic, with many students stepping in to fill events when needed.
Days like the Athletics Carnival can’t run without lots of help. I would like to offer a huge thank you to the GHS staff as well as the teachers and SSOs from the primary schools who attended. We also had parents helping out with raking and measuring, setting up hurdles and in the canteen which Suzy very much appreciated!
There were many highlights of the day from students:
Running the whole race!
Achieving a Personal Best or reaching a goal
Remembering to go to all of their events!
Having a nap
The inclusion of Corner Spry as an additional team game added to the excitement of the day. With our school context changing slightly next year as we welcome Year 7 students to the GHS student body, there will also be some changes to our carnivals. We are looking forward to getting some feedback from students, staff and families to use this as an opportunity to improve the event for everyone.
While we didn’t have any records broken this year, there were some great results:
On Wednesday 3rd of March, the Stage 1 & 2 Outdoor Education students travelled to the Wirrabara forest to complete an investigation for their “About Natural Environments” task. Throughout the day students were responsible for route selection, packing equipment and navigation. The students walked a total of 8kms on the forest circuit trail and analysed the sustainability practices that had been put in place in the reserve. Each student demonstrated their leadership skills throughout the walk and was required to assign roles to each of the group members. Thank you to Barry for ensuring that we all made it there safely and to all the students for making the day so enjoyable!
Determination, athleticism, stamina, comradeship, and fitness took centre stage on the cool crisp morning of Tuesday 2nd of March for the Gladstone High School 1500 metre race. The golden rays of sunshine illuminated the freshly lined tracks, hinting at the promise of sporting glory awaiting the students of GHS.
First to hit the track were the under 14 girls, their enthusiasm mixed with nerves at the new and unknown event. Haylee Magnay took out the event with an impressive time of 8.16mins, running the entire distance with measured strides before sprinting to the finish. Sataya Spencer and Nikki Zanker took out second and third with a hairs breadth of 0.01 seconds separating them. Miss Wright and Mrs Hogan encouraged the girls by completing the event with them.
With the track warmed up, the under 14 boys took to the field. This race was defined by an exciting head-to-head battle between Liam Coe and Isaac Smart, with Liam taking the lead only in the last lap, finishing with a fast 6.18mins, Isaac finishing a strong second with 6.33mins. James Martin came in third, with a consistent effort throughout the race.
The under 16 girls was a tour de force, with Lillie Shepherdson dominating the event with a seemingly effortless 7.06mins. Layla Willsmore ran the race with her own game plan, finishing second with a solid 9.22mins, and Chloe Crawford finished her solid effort with a good 3rd place.
The under 16 boys presented an impressive display of participation, with 17 competitors taking the field. This pack was led by Mr Bartlett, who had been challenged to race by some of our up and coming athletes. Oscar Pedler finished 1st with a fast 5.33mins, with Max Flowers in 2nd at 5.37mins and Cooper Siedel coming in 3rd at 5.53mins. A close finish given the distance of the event. Bodi Freer and Jensen Soergel showed a great sense of team spirit in their run, keeping each other going and earning participation points for their houses.
Mr Norton, Miss Wright and Mrs Hogan, who had been on and off the field helping the student’s keep their spirits up by running with them, all then took field with the Open Girls. With the entire Year 12 girl’s cohort bar one student participating, it presented a great show of school spirit, with other runners from previous races coming up and running with the ladies to help motivate them. Chelsea Hombsch took first place with 7.23mins, Matilda Heinrich 2nd at 7.24mins, and Casey Cleggett 3rd with 10.52mins.
The Open Boys concluded the morning. Samuel Shepherdson provided an instructive performance of athleticism, taking first place with a convincing 5.08mins. Isaac Willsmore and Callum Brennan both put in good performances, coming 2nd and 3rd respectively with 5.57mins and 6.00mins, with Kayden Magnay behind Callum by just under two seconds. There were some great displays of school spirit, with many students who had already raced taking the field to help their friends stay motivated, and encouraging them to push hard and do their best.
Overall the day was a great success, and showed our students embodying our school value of “doing your best".
The knockout cricket match was held at Clare on 25th of February. The day started off with our captain Baiden Wilsdon winning the toss and choosing to bowl. The Clare opening batters got off to a flying start, with tough catches dropped by us and the two openers managing to get over 100 runs each. Their opening partnership produced over 200 runs complementing their total of 291 runs. There were a couple of highlights for us throughout the bowling with Max Crouch taking his first ever wicket in cricket and Luke Hombsch taking another exciting wicket. The batsman had a mammoth task to complete where the fielding fell short. We had a steady start with the openers getting a 14 run partnership. The highlight of the batting was Callum scoring 71 runs not out with sixes heading in every direction and Jaxon nudging his way to 23 runs.
A massive thanks to Leon and Ben Crawford for driving us to and from our game. Also a big thank you to my team mates, we played our best and had a lot of fun, which is what it is all about. Also special thanks to Mr Bartlett for coaching, umpiring, driving and getting the team together so we could play.
Students in our school have been invited to take part in a survey that will be conducted in Week 8. The purpose of the survey is to seek students' views about their well-being and their engagement with school. Students in year levels 4 to 12 across the state will be involved in the collection. The information collected will help the education system and broader community to support young people's health and well-being. The survey asks students about their social and emotional well-being; school relationships and engagement and learning in school; and physical health and well-being and after school activities. Students' answers will be kept confidential - no one (including school staff) will use the results to identify individual students.