As we reflect on this term it has been quite astonishing when we consider what we have done. It has certainly been very busy and there are no signs of next term being any quieter.
What an amazing school community we have! Grape picking started at 7am on Wednesday morning with two students riding their pushbikes in from Laura and arriving well before time, ready to start picking. A huge thank you to Levi, Lachlan and Luke, Jocelyn and Francis, David and Emmi, Andrew and Annie, Kathleen, Brenton, Tobey and Samuel and so many of the staff for the early start. We managed to pick all of the grapes in record time and we eagerly await the tonnage report.
Last week saw Kate Seidel take students to Adelaide to represent MNSEC for Adelaide Athletics. Congratulations Max Flowers on winning the Under 15 Boys High Jump with a height of 1.63m. To all of our students who represented GHS and MNSEC congratulations and well done.
Helen Gaunt and Tyler Norton also accompanied Year 11 and 12 students on one of their expeditions for Outdoor Education last week, kayaking on Ral Ral Creek. From all accounts the students had a fabulous time and exceeded their own expectations with the distances they paddled each day.
With reports going home last week I encourage any students or parents to contact their respective subject teachers to arrange a time to catch up and discuss any concerns that may have been raised and to look at ways to improve.
Have a wonderful break and a reminder school returns on Tuesday 27th April.
In week 10, the Stage 1 and 2 Outdoor Education classes were given the opportunity to participate in a three-day kayaking camp at Ral Ral Creek, near Renmark. With Mr Bartlett hurting his ankle on the weekend at football, Mr Norton stepped in the join the camp. Students were responsible for cooking, cleaning, setting up camps, and transporting their belongings throughout the trip. Students learned about the effects of human pollution and introduced species on the environment, as well as different strategies for maintaining a sustainable environment while camping. We were also given the opportunity to kayak at night, which allowed students to navigate the creeks and river by torchlight. All students showed the upmost respect for our instructors and the environment they were visiting.
A special thanks to Steve, Emily and Ashley for helping facilitate the camp and to Mr Norton and Mrs Gaunt for giving up their time to attend the camp. The students will now turn their attention to preparing for a 3-day bushwalk through Mambray Creek in Term 2.
On the Thursday and Friday of week 9 the year 10 Outdoor Education class travelled to Port Augusta for our sailing camp. On the way up the weather was very cold and wet but by the time we got there the sun was shining. One day we learnt how to set up and take apart the sailing boats, then we sailed for 3 sessions learning how to properly sail and capsize, which we all really enjoyed. We learnt how to do a beam reach, which is sailing across the wind then turning around before continuing to do this. Thursday night we cooked ourselves tea, the smell of Spaghetti Bolognese and burger patties filled the air. After tea we had a dessert cook off, Jaxon and Oscar took the win with fruity dessert toasties. Day two we talked about the weather, so everyone knew that there was a chance of a thunderstorm, and what we would do if the storm began. We only had one session on Friday since the weather wasn't the greatest. We packed up the boats and washed them off then had warm showers before the journey home. We completed some reflections before saying a big thank you to Emily, Steven and Simon from the Port Augusta Aquatic Centre.
The start of the year can sometimes seem a little slow in terms of creativity - it takes a while to sit with ideas before we know how they will manifest. I urge my students to be persistent in the face of challenge, and to find ways of being creative in everyday life. I recently read a quote from Don Dunstan: "Only the finest artists, it seems to me, retain that spontaneity and freshness of vision that illuminates the art of young people". The students at Gladstone High School are no exception, producing such diverse art, with different styles, subjects and meanings, and interpreting art in so many ways. Here is a little example of some of the exciting work our students have produced so far this year, ranging from painting and printmaking, to sculpture and illustration.
Jackie McAllister, Visual and Creative Art Teacher.
Students have been using 3D-modelling skills to design and print balloon powered cars. They had to gather ideas from the internet to use as inspiration and plan out a design which they could then start designing using Inventor software. The students then needed to use a variety of different tools to create each element of their car and make sure these would print and fit together effectively.
Pictured below are the creations of Francis Venning and Amelia Barberien
Thank you for supporting our Easter Raffle. We really appreciate the generosity of the community as we managed to raise a substantial amount that will certainly reduce the cost of the tickets for the Year 12 Formal at the end of the year.