With the end of the term fast approaching it is time to reflect on what we have achieved. If you are on Facebook you may well have already read about our exceptional results with our steers, wethers and goats. Despite the disappointment of the Royal Adelaide Show being cancelled, there have still been a variety of competitions we were able to enter. Technology has been used for the Virtual Led Steer competitions through the Stock Journal. The Royal Show still had a carcase competition for our steers and the schools were able to participate in the merino wether competition.
I would like to thank all of the students for putting in the effort towards the animals, ensuring they were thoroughly prepared for all of the competitions. Nicola Wright and Leon Hams have joined forces this year for the first time to create a formidable team with extensive knowledge of livestock and a passion for giving our students these incredible opportunities and chances for success. Thank you. A huge thank you to all of the livestock providers who supported our school by providing sheep, goats and steers.
Next week we will be having our annual Fun Run, however, this year we will have the added excitement of a Colour Run and fundraiser. Students are asked to wear a white shirt if they would like to be coloured. Fundraising has been going quite well ($2500) but now is the time to make a last dash and see if we can hit the $4000 as a school. Students are asked to share their profile to collect donations. With very little fundraising opportunities this year we are hoping that our families will be able to support our efforts in this event.
Our Year 12 students have only 3 weeks of formal lessons left before the final assessments are completed and they begin the next chapter of their lives. We strongly encourage them all to make the best use of the time they have left to complete tasks to the best of their ability and leave nothing to chance in these final preparations.
The past few weeks have been a very busy time for the Agriculture department, we have had the School Wether Merino Competition at the Adelaide Showgrounds and the Beef Carcase Competition Judging and Presentations.
The School Merino Wether Competition took place on the 8th and 9th of September, 6 students combined from year 9 and 10, 2 staff members and 6 merino wethers attended the show. On the 8th we travelled down to Adelaide and unloaded the sheep into their pens where they would spend the night and the following day. The following day we had an early start, needing to be at the Showgrounds at 7:30am. When we arrived at the showgrounds students presented their sheep and themselves to the judges on numerous occasions. Tasks they needed to complete throughout the day included lining the sheep up for judging, shearing, sorting wool, feeding and watering and answering questions relating to the sheep industry. It was a long and tiresome day for the students with little opportunity for breaks as there was always something that needed to be done with the animals.
However, all their hard work and persistence paid off as we came away from the day with numerous ribbons. All up for the day we placed;
7th in the Best Pen of Three Wethers
2nd in the Highest Weight Gain by a Team
3rd in the Three Most Valuable Fleeces.
In addition to all the team events, we also had 2 students make it to the Final Round for the Handlers Competition. Lara Zanker and Oscar Pedler had to demonstrate their handling techniques to judges, these judges were looking for handlers that had the best connection with their animal and greatest control.
The two days at the Royal Adelaide Show was fun and educational. The learning how the industry works was a really great experience
Connor Hoskin Year 9
For me the show was a great experience and fun too! I learnt a lot about sheep and the agricultural industry throughout the two days and I can’t wait to go again next year if I have the chance. The show included a lot of activities which were very interesting and what was even better we won awards for our sheep.
Oscar Pedler Year 9
The show was pretty good, the sheep we bought to the show won a few awards. Our school came 7th in best pen, 3rd in most profitable fleece and 2nd in weight gain. We learnt many skills this year while working with the sheep. I enjoyed the show a lot. I am happy for the experience
Angus Gilby Year 10
On the 8th of September four year 10’2 and two year 9’s travelled to Adelaide for the Merino Wether Competition (the Royal Show). When we got to the show grounds we weighed them and set them up for the next day. On the 9th Sept we got up bright and early and made our way to Wayville Showgrounds to show our sheep. We had a lot of fun and we learnt a lot about our sheep as well as life skills, such as ironing shirts and tying ties.
Lara Zanker Year 10
On September the 8th four-year 10's and two year 9’s headed down to Adelaide Showgrounds to unload and prepare the sheep for the coming day. We stayed at Warradale Urban Camp and got to know the other schools staying with us. We spent the night preparing our clothes whilst getting to know each other better. The next morning, we woke at 6am and headed back to the showgrounds, we cleaned the sheep and prepared for the long day ahead. By the end of the day we had won 3 ribbons. The girls successfully won 7th for the best pen for our 3 wethers out of 70 schools and the 3rd highest for fleece value. The boys also won 2nd for the highest weight gain.
I enjoyed the experience and made new friends over the 2 days. I learnt a lot about the AG industry and can’t wait to go again next year.
Bella Zwar Year 10
On Sunday the 13th I represented Gladstone High School at the Beef Carcase Competitions in Adelaide. Here 2 representatives from each school were invited to attend and watch the presentation of ribbons. Once again the school was very successful in this competition winning numerous awards including;
Please find attached the verified Materials and Services Charge 2021 notice. We invite all parents and caregivers to attend the Governing Council meeting on TUESDAY 22/09/20 (Week 10) at 6:30pm. The charge will be discussed prior to GC final approval being sought.
In lieu of attendance at the meeting, parents and caregivers may express their views in writing to the Chairperson of the Governing Council – Kathryn Hansen, prior to the meeting.
Do you know of someone who contributes to the school and has gone the extra mile to make Gladstone High School better?
We are looking for a parent/caregiver, staff member or community member who volunteers time and skills for the improvement of the school to receive the Rowan Ramsey MP School Community Award for 2020. This is a prestigious award and is only given after careful deliberation. Previous winners include Scott Crawford, Barry Martin and Lyn Russell.
If you know of someone who meets this criteria, please contact Tyler Hogan at the school on 86622171 or myself on 0438363123.