Preparations for the start of Year 7’s at Gladstone High School are well on the way with many plans occurring between our Primary Schools. Next Monday we have our Open Day/Night with tours at 9.30am and 6pm. All Year 5, 6 and 7 students and their families are invited to attend, as well as any current families who might like to have a look around the school and see what is happening in classrooms and the plans for the school. A number of staff have asked students to come back in at 6pm to help with demonstrations in the classrooms. If anybody would like to see the Ag area in the evening feel free to come at 5.30pm, before it gets dark and have a quick tour.
The Crystal Brook Country Market is this Sunday and Gladstone High School will have a stall there selling produce from the Agriculture faculty including wine. Governing Council are also selling biscuits as a fundraiser in the absence of the Folk Fair.
On the last day of term we were extremely fortunate to have Dusty Feet Mob perform and also to have students invited to the stage to join in. The participation of so many students was a testament to the engagement of our students and was a wonderful end to the term.
Over the holidays our school was represented at a number of community events. As a result of the efforts of Jackie McAllister, student art work was on display at the Laura Art Exhibition. Congratulations to all of the students for sharing their work and especially to Tealia Spencer on her winning entry. Commendations were also made to a number of our students.
For ANZAC Day some of our Year 12’s attended ceremonies in Crystal Brook and Gladstone to lay wreaths. Thank you to these students for recognising the significance of this day and for representing our school.
Already the term ahead looks very hectic with many camps, excursions and events coming up. We look forward to seeing as many students as possible taking up the opportunities that are available to them.
On ANZAC Day, dawn services were held in both Crystal Brook and Gladstone. Both ceremonies were attended by student representatives who were required to lay a wreath in respect to passing soldiers. Gladstone High school was represented by Casey Cleggett and Alex Reynolds at the Gladstone service and Max Crouch and Tanisha Wakefield at Crystal Brook. Laying a wreath for the school is a traditional symbol of honour and respect to those who served and died in all wars as well as the suffering of all those who have served. The service included a combination of military, symbolic and religious traditions that were presented to many participants that attended.
As part of sharing Aboriginal culture at Gladstone High School, staff and students were entertained by Dusty Feet Mob from Port Augusta. The group consists of young Aboriginal children who share Aboriginal stories through song and dance. Our students were able to be interactive and join in which was met with smiles and laughter.
A BBQ tasting of kangaroo sausages and patties was shared by all – BIG thanks to Leon and Josh for cooking it for us.
Isabelle – It was cool!
Matilda – I loved ‘took the children away” dance
Hanna – Interesting moves.
Chloe - it was emotional and confronting
Skye – they were amazing!
Elisabeth – They were fun.
Jackie McAllister – It was transformative, students were drawn in and DFM and GHS children were responsive to each other.
Aborigional Community Education Officer - Judith Crosby
Well folks here we are Term 2 already. I would like to start by thanking all the mum’s who gave up their time to help out in the canteen in Term 1, your efforts were amazing, and I appreciate the volunteers who came repeatedly, and for the extra help while I was away for my family leave – you are rock stars!
So again I am asking to get some help for Term 2. Fridays are a must to fill with at least one person – two would be amazing. Tuesday is always a good day to help, I get most of my week’s stock on a Tuesday and it is a good day to get a lot of prep done for the week. But any day you can help is appreciated.
I have filled a few spots already, so give me a call at the school or alternatively my mobile 0458554053.
We have a lot of fun in our lovely canteen, come and have a play and a laugh. It would be nice to meet some new parents this term, come and give it a go.
Also any Laura mums that are volunteering to do Friday lunch pickups for the Primary school if you have the time and could come at 11.30am to help bag lunches that would be awesome.