We are thrilled this week to be able to move back into the Home Economics Centre and cooking will resume after the renovations finished this week. It looks amazing and will certainly be a lovely space to work in.
Over the last few weeks a number of parents and community members have made a real contribution to our school. Thank you Gavin Hodgson for working on moving dirt in the amphitheatre area and to Levi Hansen and Chad Cowin for their help with one of our steers. The help these guys have provided has been invaluable and much appreciated. Thank you
On Tuesday night our staff combined with some staff from John Pirie Secondary School and Jamestown Community School to participate in a workshop with Rosie Kerin. With a focus on vocabulary in writing as part of our Site Improvement Plan the session helped us to look at ways to encourage students to write and also increase their subject specific vocabulary.
Whilst it feels like old news, congratulations to our show team on their results at the Kadina Show. Tanisha Wakefield took out 1st and Max Crouch 3rd with the cattle and Francis Venning was 2nd in the goat as well as being the most consistent handler. To seal it all the team took out first in the Grand Parade. Thank you to Jodie, Zwar, Gavin Hodgson and the Crawford family for transporting students and supporting Nicola Wright and Leon Hams on the day.
Last week we welcomed the year 7 students for an initial transition day where they had a chance to make some ice-cream in Science and get involved in some goat handling. As a whole group they all got competitive in a soccer game.
We are able to announce Kate Seidel has been appointed the Middle School Coordinator the next 3 years. This is exciting for Kate as now she will be able to continue the work she has started this year, especially in relation to the incoming year 6 and 7 students.
Tyler Hogan - Principal
On Wednesday the 18th of August, SAASTA students travelled to Port Pirie to take part in a workshop aimed at preparing them for SAASTA Shield, which will take place in Term 4. The students participated in two sessions, Soccer & Badminton. They were lucky enough to have ex-Adelaide United Captains Travis Dodd & Marcos Flores conducting the soccer workshop and it was a great opportunity for students from many of the regional sites to meet and get to know each other.
In Pastoral Care, all Year 9 students will be participating in an online program developed by the Australian Road Safety Foundation. Linked with the Health Curriculum, this program is designed to prepare students to be safe and responsible road users – as pedestrians, cyclists and (eventually!) as drivers. Broken up into 10 Modules, students will work through the program over a number of weeks, with some classroom-based activities to complement the program. It would be great for parents and carers to have a chat with their Year 9 student about road safety during this time!
Kate Seidel - Middle School Coordinator
This week we continued our Transition visits for the 2022 Year 8s with students from Laura PS, Gladstone PS, Crystal Brook PS and St Joseph's Parish School. We enjoyed some lovely sunshine while down in the Ag block and the students did an amazing job of brushing the goats. They had a go at leading the goats which was a bit trickier!
In Science students did some chemical investigation to create footy colours (the Roosters red and white worked better than the Tigers colours...) but the highlight for all students was making their own ice cream and getting to eat it. The whole group joined together for some PE and another big soccer match which was a hit with both students and teachers.
Once again, thank you to the Primary School teachers who accompanied the students and the bus drivers for their help with transport. The biggest thanks from me goes to the GHS staff who once again made a huge effort to organise and run the fun activities on the day.
Miss Wright, Miss Kerr, Mrs Gaunt, Mr Bartlett and Mr Norton.
Thursday the 19th of August, the year 11 and 12 students travelled to MARS Sports Stadium for the knockout volleyball tournament. We have been training for this tournament during lunchtimes and lessons. After getting there just in time, the boys and girls teams stepped foot on the court and played to the best of their abilities without a chance to warm up. The boys had a successful run of winning 4/6 games and one draw, whereas the girls had an unfortunate and hard-fought run without quite winning a contest.
It was an excellent opportunity to test our skills against schools with well-established volleyball programs and see the level of play we are capable of as a group.
A massive thank you to Mr Bartlett, Nicola Ettridge and Brenton Hogan for transporting us to Adelaide for the event.
On the 24th of August a group of Year 9-12 students from Gladstone High School travelled to Balaklava to participate in the School Sports Open Boys Basketball Knockout Carnival. The students had been participating in regular lunchtime practices throughout the last two terms to improve their skills. Although they were unable to secure a win on the day, they showed excellent offensive skills and great sportsmanship. The closest score was against Clare High School, where Gladstone lost 32-33. The students were commended on their individual skills by multiple officials and were encouraged to improve their team defence.
Overall, the day was successful, and the students enjoyed being able to develop their skills and expand their social network. A massive thanks to Barry Martin for taking the time to drive us to and from the competition and Ali Gulin for umpiring the whole day.
Tyler Norton - Secondary Physical Education Teacher
Meredith, Mrs Davis and I have had the privilege of working through a wellbeing program with Ella and Tahlia over the last term. We have had a really great time learning together about how we react to tricky situations and how we can tackle future challenges. On Thursday, we had a picnic in the park with family and friends to celebrate completing the program. I have enjoyed every minute of working in this team and am so incredibly proud of this awesome little group!
Kate Cameron - Wellbeing Leader
Nominations are open for the Rowan Ramsey School Community Award to a staff, parent or community member who has "gone the EXTRA mile" dedicating and volunteering their time and skills for our school. If you have a nomination to put forward please send it through to Kathryn Hansen on email@example.com
The staff and students would like to offer their congratulations to Oscar Pedler and Jayden Walker – Equal Runners up Senior Colts Colin Schulz Memorial Trophy 2021.
They are pictured below with winner Jed Dignan (Orroroo) and Senior Colts Patron Kevin Duffy.