- DEPUTY PRINCIPAL REPORT
- AWARDS ASSEMBLEY
- MNSEC FORMAL
- PHILLIP GWYNNE VISIT
- STAGE 1 & 2 BUSHWALK
- STAGE 1 PHYSICS
- 9A ENGLISH
- SKI TRIP
- AGRICULTURE NEWS
- MNSEC FOOTBALL
- SORRY DAY & RECONCILIATION WEEK
- INDUSTRY & EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP FORUM
- WORKING BEE
- BISCUIT DONATIONS
- ISA BROWN LAYER HENS
- COMMUNITY NEWS
Staff have been focusing on our progress for the Site Improvement Plan (SIP) this week. Our two major goals have been to improve our students’ ability in numeracy and in particular integers, fractions and decimals. Our literacy goal of improving students’ writing ability by focusing on subject specific vocabulary.
Staff have shared how they have used; Thinking Maths strategies (A Education Department initiative) to help improve how all staff approach mathematics and think in a logical mathematical manner. Art has used fractions in analysing facial proportions, Science has used fractions when representing images seen through microscopes, Agriculture has used fractions and decimals in planning and costing their vegetable patch, and Digital Technology have used scale designs to create three dimensional printing.
Teachers have been ensuring that vocabulary is included on their task sheets and incorporating this into the marking rubric. Word walls have been seen across the school to reinforce vocabulary and students have been given more low stakes writing, where they are able to practice writing using more complex vocabulary without being penalised for mistakes.
Deputy Principal - Stephen Bosch
|Isaac Smart||8||Liam Coe||8|
|Asia Brand||9||Chloe Crawford||9|
|Laura Rackham||9||Cooper Seidel||9|
|Francis Venning||9||Caryn Yaba||9|
|Jaxon Brand||10||Luke Hansen||10|
|Lillie Shepherdson||10||Luke Hombsch||11|
|Mackenzie Myers||11||Samantha Brice||12|
|Casey Cleggett||12||Chelsea Hombsch||12|
|Alex Reynolds||12||Tanisha Wakefeild||12|
Outstanding Academic Awards – Subjects Year 8
|Elisabeth Court-Demell||Liam Coe||Eliza Heinrich|
|Haylee Magnay||Isabella McCoy||Max Pedler|
|Chloe Raffen||Isaac Smart||Sataya Spencer|
|Hanna Woodlands||Nicki Zanker|
Outstanding Academic Awards – Subjects Year 9
|Bridie Anderson||Amelia Barberien||Asia Brand|
|Chloe Crawford||Lily Emms||Max Flowers|
|Ryan Fountain||Will Griffin||Crispin Harness|
|Hailey Hodgson||Callum Hunt||Tate Nettle|
|Danika Olsen||Laura Rackham||Cooper Seidel|
|Francis Venning||Jayden Walker||Layla Wilsmore|
Outstanding Academic Awards – Subjects Year 10
|Jaxon Brand||Ammelia Chapman||Connor Cowin|
|Chloe Dickin||Chad Flavel||Bodie Gilby|
|Luke Hansen||Matilda Heinrich||Connor Hoskin|
|Reuben Hughes||Oscar Pedler||Mark Richards|
|Lillie Shepherdson||Max Smart||Samuel Steele|
Outstanding Academic Awards – Subjects Year 11
|Will Crawford||Bodi Freer||Angus Gilby|
|Luke Hombsch||Mackenzie Myers||Samuel Shepherdson|
|Tealia Spencer||Eliza Stubbs||Lara Zanker|
Outstanding Academic Awards – Subjects Year 12
|Jackson Barberien||Samantha Brice||Casey Cleggett|
|Jessie Harslett||Charlie Heinrich||Ethan Hogan|
|Chelsea Hombsch||Kaden Magnay||Alex Reynolds|
|Emily Samuel||Tanisha Wakefield||Baiden Wilsdon|
100% Attendance - Term 1
|James Martin||Chloe Raffen|
|Max Pedler||Nicki Zanker|
|Jed Witty||Hailey Hodgson|
|John Brock||Will Crawford|
|Max Smart||Lara Zanker|
|Bodi Freer||Ethan Hogan|
|Casey Cleggett||Tanisha Wakefield|
Congratulaitions to the winners of our canteen vouchers:
- Year 12 - Jackson Barberian
- Year 11 - Tealia Spencer
- Year 10 - Bodie Gilby
- Year 9 - Francis Venning
- Year 8 - Isaac Smart
Middle School Coordinator - Kate Seidel
On Friday May 14th, 8 of our Year 12s attended the MNSEC formal, hosted by Orroroo Area School this year. All of the students certainly looked stunning and had a wonderful time celebrating with the other senior school students from our area. The school has a copy of the photos taken during the evening from Meridee Groves Photography.
Printed photographs can be ordered through Meridee on https://merideegrovesphotography.shootproof.com/gallery/15049523
Thanks to Miss Kerr for driving the bus and Mrs Hogan, Miss Roberts and Nicola Ettridge for their attendance.
On the 20th of May, we got to see an author called Phillip Gwynne. He had a talk with us about his life story and how he became an author. It was very fun to do and very entertaining. Firstly, he started off by telling us some interesting stuff about his life, like how his town was racist, his dad wasn’t very nice, how he liked football, how his teacher when he was nine said “you could become a writer one day”, how he grew up with no books in his house and things like that.
From my perspective I believe that this little talk with Phillip was very fun to listen to and very entertaining to watch. My class and I are very grateful we had got to experience something like this and are keen to find out more about his new book called “The Break’.
After lunch, students were given the option to attend a writing workshop with Phillip.
When we arrived at the workshop, Phillip was standing at the front with a giant whiteboard, he told us to take a seat. After we all stopped talking he started talking about how you can grab a sentence and put your own little twist on it. For example, one of the ones we did was, my sister is so selfish and he asked us to put a twist on that sentence. After a while he asked us to share our ideas, one of them was she’s an actual shellfish and another one was she hiding something and she’s being selfish to hide it.
After that he asked us to write three things that happened to us in the past year. He gave us five minutes to write some things and then after he told us to switch with someone else and they have to put a twist on it. Near the end of the lesson, he told us we can write our own story, and everyone got to work. Everyone had great ideas like two people wrote the same story but from someone else’s perspective, and some people got ideas for their story from the previous activity. At the end everyone said goodbye to him and thanked him for the great time they had with him and wished they can do this again.
The Stage 1 and 2 Outdoor Education students went on a 3-day trip to Mambray Creek during week 4. Students had to organise their supplies, food, route, and campsites during the planning process. In pairs, the students took turns leading the trip and were in charge of assigning group responsibilities including navigator, front and back markers, and route selection. Throughout the journey, it was encouraging to see a variety of leadership styles and students' confidence in each position grow.
We held a debrief session after each pair led the group, where students addressed each leader's strengths and areas for improvement. The professionalism with which the students handled these sessions and offered positive input was very pleasing.
We walked approximately 40 kilometres over the three days over extremely rocky terrain. On the final day, we completed our off-track navigation session and used a creek as a handrail to reach our intended goal, which was a particular highlight for me.
The group's next task is to prepare for and undertake a three-day self-reliant trip with no feedback from teachers or leaders.
A massive thank you to Helen Gaunt and Steven Carter for their assistance in making the camp possible and to Barry Martin and Leon Hams for transporting the students on the buses.
Outdoor Education Teacher - Luke Bartlett
As we are completing Stage 1 Physics through Mount Compass High School, last Friday we travelled there to complete some practical activities. We made parachutes out of nylon material using a laser cutter and then launched our parachutes from various heights using a drone. One group varied the weight of the payload and one group changed the size of the hole in the parachute. We enjoyed our day and thank Mr Bosch for driving us there.
Angus Gilby and George Klemm
Year 9A is studying the novel A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness in English. In the novel, the protagonist is haunted by a shadowy nightmare. To begin exploring the symbolism of the nightmare in the novel the class undertook a short 5-10 minute activity where the students were asked to create an “I am” poem from the perspective of the nightmare. I was amazed with the work of the students, here are a few of the wonderful poems created by 9A:
I am the string of dread that hangs around your neck, I pull and pull my victims until they break.
I am the strong wind that pushes you back to the start and does not let you move forward.
I am the shadow covering your light, never letting you see how bright it can be.
I am the cloud that drools grief down on you.
I am the storm that never leaves.
I will never let you sleep, all you will see is me.
I stalk you through the night, you will never leave my sight.
I am the menace that would get under your skin
I am the fear that is in your head
I am the illness that can conjure up death
I am the darkness in the back of your mind
I am the mask that hides its face, because death will always take place
I am the howling in the wind.
I am the villain, I will win.
I will take everything you know.
It’ll make you sad, seeing things go.
I am the nightmare; the one you have again and again
I am a whirlwind of terror
I am what you least desire, what you wish would never appear
I am the nightmare; the one that stops you from sleeping
I am non-existent, but I’ll swallow you whole
I am everything that makes you scream
I am the nightmare; the one you cannot escape
I am inevitable
I am always going to visit you
I am the nightmare; the one that you’ll see tonight
English Teacher - Alison Johnson
Over the last week we have been very busy, we have seen the arrival of our show goats and some of our show cattle. Our missing ram has been found and returned, so we would like to thank everyone who kept an eye out for him while he was missing and passing any information onto us. We have also been very busy with our olive harvest picking a total of 37 buckets, with Year 8’s and 9’s picking the most of these in one day. These will be sent down Wednesday the 26th to the Balaklava olive Press and returned as our olive oil.
As we have now got our show animals into the Ag Block we are currently on the lookout for any grain that we require for our feed mix. We are looking for anyone who has any barley, wheat or lupins, if you have anything you would like to sell or donate to the school please give Leon Hams a call on 0488547249 during school hours.
Agriculture Teacher - Nicola Wright
8/9 & Open Boys MNSEC Football
Seven Gladstone High School students participated in the State-wide Knockout Football tournament on May 25th. Max Crouch and Baiden Wilsdon were selected for the boys open team, and Max Flowers, Hugh Marshall, Tate Nettle, Will Griffin, and Jayden Walker were selected for the 8/9 boy's competition.
The open boys had one game against St Marks College, which was close until the fourth quarter. For the MNSEC team, Max was able to score a goal, and Baiden applied great defensive pressure throughout the game. The game's result is below:
Mid North were defeated by St. Marks 53 to 28.
They played two games in the 8/9 boy's competition, the first of which was against St Marks. The game began as a tussle between defenders from both sides, with neither side allowing easy scoring opportunities. With goals from Jayden Walker and Hugh Marshall, MNSEC started to pull away as the game progressed. Tate Nettle was constantly finding himself in open space on the wing, which he took advantage of to help the MNSEC team score. Will Griffin was a stone wall at fullback all day, making life difficult for his opponent. Max Flowers dominated the centre of the field clearances and took the game away from St Marks.
Max Flowers dominated the centre of the field clearances and took the game away from St Marks.
Game 1: BOYS 8/9 Mid North defeated St. Marks 36-59 in the first game.
The boys faced the York Peninsula in their second game. The game was played on the main oval at Pt Pirie's Memorial Oval. Since the oval was already wet from the morning rain, the first quarter was played with a slick football. With a goal in the game at halftime, neither side was able to take advantage of the breeze in the first half. In their second game of the day, it appeared that fatigue was setting in for the MNSEC team. The MNSEC team kicked away in the final quarter, kicking with the breeze to advance to the next round!
Game 2: 8/9 BOYS Mid North 45, Yorke Peninsula 25
Below are some highlights of the day:
Jayden Walker's five goals in game one.
Hugh Marshall’s four goals in the second game.
Will Griffin’s 15 pressure acts.
Tate Nettle’s 6 score assists.
Physical Education Teacher - Luke Bartlett
National Sorry Day acknowledges and raises awareness of the history and continued effect of the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from their families, communities and culture.
We acknowledged and recognised Sorry Day with a small cermony and flag raising from our Senior ATSI Students.
National Reconciliation Week
27 May to 3 June.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
As part of learning about our shared histories, a trivial question will be in the newsletter to strengthen our knowledge about Reconciliation.
Pastor Sir Douglas Nicolls was made Governor of South Australia in 1976, in recognition of which of the following...
a) He spent a lot of his life working for and assisting Indigenous Australians
b) He was a talented sportsman, who was a sprinter, footballer(Fitzroy and Victorian State side) and boxer.
c) He was knighted for his service to Australian Indigenous peoples.
The answers will be in the next Newsletter.
Aborigional Community Education Officer - Judy Crosby