Congratulations to all of our competitors at MNSEC Athletics last week. Again it was so pleasing to see students step up, to compete in events after there were some unavoidable withdrawals, to ensure we filled as many events as possible. The Year 6/7 students from all 4 of our feeder primary schools excelled to take out the Year 6/7 trophy with Lily Merkel breaking a record in the High Jump. Fantastic work.
We still have some vacancies on our Governing Council for the year and are encouraging any interested parents to join. The time commitment is two meetings per term and all executive roles have already been filled. Please consider if you may be able to volunteer on this group as this is where you get to know first-hand what is happening both at GHS and in education in general, as well as help to have an impact on your child’s education.
This week we have been fortunate to have Encounter Youth come and speak to each of the year levels about a range of issues but largely about keeping yourself and your friends safe, rights and responsibilities and communication.
Interviews and Reports
Reports will be coming home on Tuesday 6th April with parent/teacher/student interviews to be held on Wednesday 7th April. Please take this opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers to discuss their progress.
Tyler Hogan - Principal
In preparation for NAPLAN Online for our Year 9 Students participated in a Coordinated Practice Test (CPT) on Thursday 25th March at 11am. The purpose was to allow students to become familiar with the online platform and to ensure our IT capacity.
Parents and students can also check out the Public Demonstration Site at:
This site provides a simulated assessment format to further familiarise students with NAPLAN Online, and can also help parents to talk to their children about what to expect.
Our NAPLAN Online test schedule will be:
|Session 1||Preparation Day||
9A Writing, 203
9B Writing, 207
9A Spelling and GP, 203
9B Spelling and GP, 207
|Session 2||Preparation Day||
9A Reading, 203
9B Reading, 207
9A Numeracy, 203
9B Numeracy, 207
There are a number of adjustments that can be made to support students during NAPLAN. If you would like to discuss any of these, please contact me as soon as possible.
Kate Seidel – Middle School Coordinator
On 16th March, MNSEC Athletics Day was held at Jamestown Community School. There were multiple highlights of the day with a Gladstone High School finishing 1st in the Year 6/7 competition and 3rd in the overall shield. Lily Merkel from Crystal Brook Primary School performed exceptionally well and broke the U13 High Jump record of 1.34m by 2 centimetres. Our students' participation and the school community's support made the day enjoyable and successful. Hopefully this trend continues, and we are able to strive for more success over the year in other MNSEC events. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all staff, parents and students for their help to make the day happen.
YEAR 6/7 TROPHY
|3rd||Booleroo Centre DS||111|
|1st||Booleroo Centre DS||631|
Congratulations to students who have been selected to compete in the MNSEC Athletics team at SSSSA Athletics Carnival. This event will be held at Santos Stadium in Adelaide on Tuesday 30th March. Students who will be representing Gladstone High School include:
- Lillie Shepherdson
- Isabelle Batchelor
- Max Flowers
- Shay Yates
- Cooper Seidel
- Layla Willsmore
- Jayden Walker
- Ronald Nash
Luke Bartlett / Tyler Norton
Please be advised of the following early dismissals:
Easter Thursday, 1st April, 2.15pm and Last Day of Term 1, 9th April, 2.15pm. as per the letter sent out to you earlier in the year.
For students that did not return the consent to early dismiss form, they will be required to stay on site until 3:15 and make alternative arrangements if they catch buses.
To kick the new year off in Design and Technology all students have designed and made a “Gravity Car”. The cars have limitations such as their width and the materials used, and students try to see how far they can make their cars roll after accelerating down the ramp.
Some of the year 12 students assisted with the ramp and several students have taken a particular interest in this activity and have made some outstanding cars. While some of the cars are not as fast as others, many have focussed on the “Style” game and have really put some time into making their cars look fantastic.
In Design and Tech students are encouraged to design their product, build it, then evaluate it. When competing with other cars the students see that some characteristics make some cars go further, they can then improve on their own designs and so on. We have not yet decided who will win the challenge, but Austin has his eyes on the “Style” prize (a Mars Bar), with his impressive F1 car model.
Toby Cock - Design & Tech Teacher