After a very disrupted start to the term it has been lovely to welcome students back to school and lessons. With camps, excursions and sporting events now permitted again the calendar is fast filling up with all of the extra activities being squeezed into the next few weeks.
Our sincere thanks to all of the families and their students for your support and flexibility over the last few weeks. Jacqui Edge has created videos for all year 10, 11 and 12 students and families to view to replace our regular SACE and SATAC Information Evening. Subject Counselling sessions for all Year 10 and 11 students start next Tuesday and parents are asked to book a time through SENTRAL.
We are very excited to announce some staffing news for next year: Josh Palmer, Toby Cocks and Nathan Gillard will all be at Gladstone High School in 2022 and beyond, having won ongoing teacher positions. We hope to be able to announce the Middle School Coordinator in the next couple of weeks.
Unfortunately this week we farewell Susie Higgins who has been an amazing canteen manager this year. We wish her all a speedy recovery as she undergoes surgery on Monday.
Principal - Tyler Hogan
It has been a busy time of year in the senior school, with the Year 10 students completing work experience late last term and really benefiting from this valuable experience. Unfortunately, the recent restrictions have meant we have needed to cancel the Year 11 placement scheduled for Week 4, however, we would like to stress that any students still wishing to undertake a placement will be supported to do so at a later date in consultation with Miss Edge. Next week we will commence our 2022 subject counselling process with our Year 10 and 11 student and we look forward to meeting with students and parents to discuss the options. Finally, the Year 12's are in for their biggest term yet with external assessment tasks in most subjects coming into focus. The workload will be substantial so the best way to get through will be excellent time management, effective use of study lines and homework time and making sure that students balance out the work with time to themselves to distress. A big Term 3 will see students well placed to complete the 'finishing touches' in Term 4 - the end will be here before we know it!
Jacqui Edge - Senior School Coordinator
In the last week of Term 2 our Year 8 and 9 students showcased the reflection and goal setting they had been working on throughout the term in Home Group. They completed a detailed process of reflecting on their Term 1 reports and identifying areas of strength and areas for improvement. Students then used these to set goals for Term 3 and will review their strategies and progress throughout this term.
We would like to thank all of the parents and carers who were able to attend their child’s Learning Conference, either on the night or at an alternative time. The communication skills and confidence developed by sharing their goals with both parents/carers and their teachers is an important part of the process.
Personally, I would also like to thank the GHS staff for their time after school to ensure we had panels for all students to share their presentations. Staff noticed some real strengths in student’s ability to honestly evaluate their attention/focus/effort as it related to their learning, as well as the areas of literacy and numeracy they would like to improve. There was a noticeable improvement in the detail and effort in the digital presentations, along with the number of students completing the task.
I look forward to discussing their progress in achieving their learning goals throughout the term.
Kate Seidel – Middle School Coordinator
Year 8 students participated in masterpiece recreation for their visual art distance learning. They sourced a famous artwork and considered space, lighting and textures to match the subjects and recreate the works. They also completed a short reflection about the work.
Art Teacher - Jackie McAllister
For the first time at Gladstone High School the Year 12’s participated in a retreat travelling to Woodhouse Activity Centre from the 30th June to the 2nd of July.
The year 12 retreat was designed to help the students break away from the stress or pressures of school and step back to revaluate their schooling and make a plan for the remainder of the year. Students had the opportunity to show growth in areas such as self-confidence, independence, resilience and social awareness, whilst exploring and learning new skills. Activities included Reflection and Team Building, Challenge Hill, Tube Slides, Laser Skirmish, The Labyrinth (Maze), Disc Golf, Nature Walks/ Hiking Trails and Crafts.
Student were able to leave this retreat refreshed and ready to conquer their final term of school! It is hoped the retreat will support student success in Year 12.
We are still in the process of appointing a Canteen Manager. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for the hours of operation as there may be some disruption in the following weeks. We always welcome volunteers in our canteen if you feel like you can help out on the odd occasion please call the front office.
Ashley Hodgson is hosting a SALA Exhibition. Please follow the link to book tickets.