NAPLAN student reports have been sent out this week for all year 9 students. Whilst we acknowledge they are a point in time measure of students’ ability and there can be a variety of factors that impact on a student’s results please take the time to look at them. If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teachers to discuss their results.
Next Friday is our annual School Fun Run, which will be held at Bundaleer this year. We will then return to school for a BBQ followed by the Colour Run. The Colour Run is a fundraiser for the school and we encourage students and families to support this as much as possible.
School Reports will be going home next Tuesday. These reports include written comments and often recommendations for improvement. Again we encourage you to discuss these with your students and contact subject teachers for further discussion if desired. Where teachers have requested an interview please contact the school to organise a time to have a conversation with the appropriate teacher.
Mobile Phone policy
At the recent Governing Council meeting the “Secondary student use of mobile phones and personal devices” policy was ratified. It can be found at https://gladstonehs.sa.edu.au/_file/media/1600/ghs_mobile_phone_policy_2021.pdf
The Amphitheatre garden area is starting to take shape with a huge thank you to Gavin Hodgson, Levi and Lachie Hansen for levelling the area and taking away the topsoil ready for composting the area.
Principal - Tyler Hogan
The Year 10’s in study skills have been looking at growth mindset. The idea of growth mindset was developed by Carol S. Dweck Ph.D. Her research is focused on why people succeed and how to foster success. A growth mindset comes from the belief that your abilities and intelligence are things that can develop and grow with effort. A person who has a growth mindset thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of lack of intelligence, but as a springboard for growth and for stretching their own abilities. According to Dweck’s research, people who have a growth mindset reach much higher levels of achievement and success.
The Year 10’s each received their own individual piece of the puzzle with a prompt to complete, ‘I will work longer when I am trying to figure something out. I will not give up quickly. Strategies or things that I might do to help reach my goal:…’. This is displayed in the Year 10 Home-group as a constant reminder to the students to not give up and that they can achieve anything they put their minds too.
Over the past few weeks the Agricultural Department have been preparing and presenting animals in the Kadina and Royal Adelaide Show competitions. Although the actual show didn’t run there were still competitions held for the students to participate in.
The Kadina Show was held on the 22nd August at the Kadina Showgrounds, here students competed against other schools in a handlers competitions. The Cattle Team had four students attend the show including Max Crouch, Bella Zwar, Tanisha Wakefield and Ella Witty. With three out of four students making it into the final. These students were very successful during the competition with Tanisha Wakefield taking out 1st place, Max Crouch 3rd and Bella Zwar 4th.
The Goat Team who attended were year 9’s Chloe Crawford, Ben Whitehorn, Francis Venning and Hailey Hodgson. These students were also very successful in their handler’s competition with three out of the four students making it into the final. Here students had to demonstrate their handling skills and connection with the goats. Francis Venning placed 2nd overall in this competition, also winning most consistent presenter for the day.
They also presented in a Grand Parade, coming 1st, demonstrating their teamwork.
An online competition for the cattle also ran, here students had to show groom and present their steers, taking pictures and videos of their final results. Unfortunately, the steers did not place in the top 5 for the virtual competition for their class but it was a great learning experience for the students.
We enjoyed the preparation and showing of the steers for the show, although we couldn’t attend the Royal Show we still got to show our skills and knowledge. – Max Crouch & Tanisha Wakefield.
Agriculture Teacher - Nicola Wright
The Home Economics room has been a hype of activity lately, with major changes happening.
As part of the state budget 2020-21 we received a grant of $100,000 to engage local tradespeople to deliver priority maintenance to improve the school site.
The Gladstone High School Home Economics room has needed an upgrade for many years with many parents of current students commenting the facilities were the same as when they were at high school. The kitchen upgrade involved the room being gutted and replaced with new appliances, fresh white cupboards with more storage, higher bench tops and a fresh floor. The room is now very spacious and is now a fresh modern space for students to cook in. All that awaits is a fresh coat of paint to finish the room off. A laundry has been created and the pantry space is now much more usable.
Thank you to Clare Joinery for making the whole process from designing and installation so simple.
There have been some very enthusiastic students taking part in Food and Hospitality lessons in the last 2 weeks.
Home Economics Teacher - Tamisha Roberts
In week 6 our Year 8 and 9 Students, along with students involved in the SAASTA Program participated in a full day workshop “Generations of Change”. This is an Anti-Racism program that was founded by Reconciliation South Australia and ActNow Theatre in 2014 which sees students and teachers come together to learn about racism and discuss anti-racism strategies for their school.
The program is divided into three stages of learning for students to understand and stop racism: “Learn, Respond and Prevent”.
“Learn” focused on identifying the problem of racism and its impact on the individuals who experience it. Students were asked to define racism from a personal perspective and invited to share first or second-hand instances of racism and how it affected them. A performance was delivered by a musician with first-hand experiences of racism which shared with the audience through song and spoken word.
The “Respond” section of the program combined peer discussions and activities with the chance to explore different approaches to counter instances of racism as they appear. Students led a discussion about race, culture and discrimination supported by ActNow Theatre. The centrepiece of this section was the interactive theatre performance, ‘Responding to Racism’, highlighting the impact of persistent racism in the daily lives of First Nations’ peoples, migrants, and refugees. It showed a scene with a young Aboriginal footballer, his non-Aboriginal team captain, and a young Muslim woman riding the bus home from school at the end of the school day. The performance had a beginning, middle but no end or resolution. Students were then invited on stage to trial the many ways in which they can react and respond to racism.
The third and final section of the program, “Prevent”, was arguably the most important aspect of the day’s activities and paves the way for ongoing and sustainable change. The day concluded with a planning session, where students worked together in small groups to consider how they might take action against racism in our school community. Students were provided with the motivation and belief in their own capacity as agents for social change. Teachers and students were supported to consider a plan of action moving forward at GHS.
Staff were very impressed with the quality of the program and our students’ engagement in the day. We thank the Generations of Change team for coming to GHS and inspiring and empowering our students. Thanks also to our Aboriginal Education Team at GHS for facilitating this powerful event.
Middle School Coordinator - Kate Seidel
The Crazy Colour Day is all about Fun! It will be a huge colourful mess and is undoubtedly one of the most exciting days on our school’s calendar. With everyone’s participation the aim of the event, so please make sure they attend on the day and cheer the other kids on!
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Low to Mid Secondary
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Third book of The Tribe series Age 14+
A delightfully witty page-turner, brilliantly observed, with a sophisticated point to make about gender stereotypes
Delicious, yearning romance with a twist for fans of Lauren Kate, Allie Condie, and Cassandra Clare from the author behind Forgotten and Revived.
Jack has always wanted to follow in his father's footsteps, but when his dad suddenly dies, Jack's carefully thought out plans start to unravel. Longing for closure before he leaves for college, Jack decides to go to San Francisco and find his estranged brother, Alex. If he can heal things with Alex, he might be able to truly move forward.
Cars, Trains, Ships and Planes displays exciting vehicles that float, fly or speed across the land, including the record breakers - the fastest, largest, longest and costliest modes of transportation ever to zoom, sail or soar. Explore over 1,000 different vehicles and discover fun facts and figures.
Why would a wombat be registered for war?
Xander Maze loves lists, and his grandmother is #1 on his list of People I Love Most in the World. But now that Nanna has stage 4 cancer, can a new list of 100 Remarkable Feats really save her? Particularly when his list contains difficult things like #2 Make a Friend and #3 Make a Best Freind plus #10Kiss a Girl (preferably Ally Collins, the girl of Xander's dreams).
Scarlett was gifted with beauty. But beauty can be taken in a day, in a single moment, by one car fire.
Imagine a world where dinosaurs have survived and evolved as...SUPERSAURS. This is the world that Bea Kingsley lives in, a world where humans live side by side with supersaurs, sometimes in peace but often in conflict.
When did dinosaurs die out? What does a Pachycephalosaurus look like and how thick is its skull? How many pounds of meat could a Tyrannosaurus rex swallow at once? Find out the answers to these questions and more in DKfindout! Dinosaurs, which features photographs of dinosaur fossils alongside computer-generated images of what each species might have looked like when it was alive.
Henry Hamlet doesn’t know what he wants after school ends. It’s his last semester of year twelve and all he’s sure of is his uncanny ability to make situations awkward. Luckily, he can always hide behind his enigmatic best friend, Len. They’ve been friends since forever, but where Len is mysterious, Henry is clumsy; where Len is a heart-throb, Henry is a neurotic mess. Somehow it’s always worked.
That is, until Henry falls. Hard. For the last person he imagined.
From an exciting debut author comes this passionate story of growing up, letting go, and learning how to love.
Mid to Upper Secondary