Again we have had a hectic week and next week is set to be the same. Hopefully the holidays will provide a good chance for everybody to recharge and return next term, fit and healthy. School will be dismissed at 2.15pm next Friday and buses will all run 1 hour earlier.
This week the year 12 students have ventured to Port Hughes for retreat. This is a good chance for them to review their current progress, revise their goals and take some time out to relax with each other.
In some advance notice, on Monday morning, we will be hosting students from Jamestown to view a mock crash organised by SAPOL with the involvement of multiple Emergency Services. It will involve only year 10 -12 students, but there will be sirens and a crash scene near to the school, so other students will no doubt be aware of the attendance of these services.
We have noticed an increasing number of jumpers being left on the courts and in the stadium. They are stored in the front office as lost property, so if you are missing one of these, please send your students to the front office to look for them. A name on the jumpers certainly helps us to reunite them with their rightful owner. Governing Council will be reviewing the uniform dress code at the next meeting, so I encourage you to talk to one of the Governing Council members or ask your child to talk to one of the student leaders if they have any suggestions for changes.
Tyler Hogan - Principal
On the 17th of June 2022, 9 Year 12 students attended MNSEC formal at Maple and Pine in Bundaleer Forest. The venue was stunning with fairy lights and a photo wall that we overused. It was an enjoyable night to get to together with other students from our region to dance and socialise. We were supplied with an amazing supper and fantastic music. At most stages throughout the night, everyone, including teachers, took to the dance floor to show off their moves. Thank you to Miss Kerr for driving the bus and Miss McAllister for attending the night with us.
Lara Zanker - Yr 12
On Wednesday of week 8, the year 10 – 12, Outdoor Education students set off from the Mambray Creek carpark for an overnight adventure. Students had been preparing for and planning this trip as a part of their studies. The year twelve students took the lead role for the camp and were responsible for navigation and ensuring that the group maintained an appropriate pace. The walk began with an extensive uphill section to the top of the battery (5KMs!), which tested our fitness and mental strength! At the top of the battery, we were rewarded for our hard work with stunning views of the Spencer Gulf and surrounding areas (check out the pictures!).
Throughout the walk, students challenged each other with riddles and games to help take our minds off the number of kilometres still left in the day (See if you can solve one of the riddles below). The most picturesque section of the walk was the descent through Hidden Gorge, with views of the stunning quartzite cliffs. Due to some recent rain, this section of the trail was also extremely slippery, which resulted in a couple of falls and the group maintaining a slow and steady pace. Once we were on the ‘open trail’ again, the group’s pace picked up immensely as the smell of the campsite long drop became noticeable!
Once we arrived at the campsite, students set up their tents and began cooking their evening meals. Some masterpieces were created, including pesto pasta, burgers, spaghetti and lots more! My favourite section of the walk was sitting around sharing stories and laughing with the students cooking dinner.
After a restful night, we arose from our tents at 7 am to ensure we had plenty of time to make it back to the carpark for Barry to take us home. Students were eager to get into the walking and set a blistering speed to start the day. With an estimated 14kms between them and a warm shower, who could blame them? With a few blisters forming and fatigue setting in, we continued setting small achievable goals and staying as a close-knit group.
I want to thank Renee for coming to the camp as an extra staff member and Barry and Leon, who ensured that we were transported safely to and from the camp.
Riddle: Leave me once, I’ll come back stronger, lose me twice, I’ll leave forever, what am I?
If anyone would like to take on the trail, follow the below link:
Luke Bartlett - Outdoor Ed Teacher
Earlier this month the Minister and Premier announced the $100 discount initiative, which provides a $100 rebate or discount to eligible parents, caregivers, and independent students that have paid their Materials and Services Charge. The $100 discount will apply for each of the 2022 and 2023 school years.
Parents are eligible for the discount or rebate where they have paid or are responsible to pay their child’s Materials and Services Charge.
For those families who have already paid their 2022 Materials and Services Charge, parents can;
- request a refund
request for the rebate to be applied to other outstanding prior year Materials and Services Charges or against other charges such as for excursions and school camps.
Please contact Sue Foulis (Finance Officer) with your request - 86622171.
For those families who have not yet paid their 2022 Materials and Services Charge, the school will deduct the $100 discount from the amount owing.
The initiative is not applicable to those families approved for School Card assistance, noting that these parents are not required to pay the Materials and Services Charge.
Sue Foulis - Finance Officer