At last! We have the amphitheatre planted and rain is falling on our plants. A very big thank you to the Hansen and Fudge families, Catherine Cowin, Kate Seidel, Eliza Heinrich and Nicola Wright for coming out to the Working Bee on Sunday, After such a great start with lots of planting done, the Year 9-12 boys then completed the work on Monday afternoon. Irrigation will go in shortly and we can look forward to watching it grow.
During this week Year 10 and 11’s have been involved in subject counselling as they provide us with some insight into what subjects they feel would best meet their career aspirations. The Year 9’s are eagerly preparing for the Ski Trip or Activities next week and the Year 10’s will be on Work Experience. Thank you very much to the local businesses who have accepted students for work experience. It is certainly a valuable time as students develop a greater understanding of the workplace and their interests.
This week we have also held our Term 3 Assembly to acknowledge the achievements of students and also hear about the different activities from students’ perspectives. Congratulations to all of the recipients of the certificates.
During week 10 of last term and week 1 of this term Stephen Bosch took on the additional role of Principal and I would like to acknowledge his work during this time. Thank you Stephen.
On Monday the 1st of August students across Year 10, 11 and 12 attended a Junior Education Day run for both cattle and sheep. Students who participated in the Cattle program which was run by Gumview and Gotta-Do-Well Charolais were able to take part in the following activities on the day. Washing, Final Fitting, Stall Prep & Feeding, Ringcraft & Leading, Judging Steer Hoof and Carcase, Blow Drying, Careers in Ag and Halter Making.
‘Being able to work with industry experts to help refine our skills and knowledge on preparing Cattle for showing was great in preparation for the upcoming Royal Adelaide Show.’ – Bella Zwar
Students who participated in the Sheep program were able to take part in the following activities on the day. Sheep classing, Wool Judging, Sheep Judging, Show Preparation and Handling, Sheep Technology, Young Judges, Elders Trainee Program and Careers in Agriculture.
‘I learnt all about different judging techniques used at shows and enjoyed judging the rams.’- Laura Rackham
‘It was a very valuable learning experience that provided me with lots of useful information about the sheep industry.’ – Caryn Yaba
Despite severe weather warnings, ten brave souls embarked on the journey of a lifetime on the 2nd – 4th of August. The three-day hike started like every other, with excitement and a sense of adventure. Halfway up Mt Remarkable, the rain set in quickly, followed by chilling strong winds snatching the sense of feeling from those who didn’t bring gloves. Shortly after reaching the summit, we continued our gradual descent toward Gray’s Hut. This would be our home for night one and shelter us from the elements. Students and staff endured through 8mls of rain and forecasted 90-100kmph winds. The school’s outdoor equipment certainly got a workout, and nothing blew away due to the student's efforts.
Day two began with a picturesque walk along a luscious green creek, eventually leading us to Goat Rock – a natural waterfall. With the advice of our fantastic bushwalking instructor Fraser Darcy, Mr Rutjens and Mr Darcy drank from the crystal-clear trickle. We are still trying to determine why it was called Goat Rock. Please feel free to contact the school if you have any information! This walk section became the trip’s highlight for many students due to the luscious surroundings, flat terrain and cool walking environment. After the waterfall, we began our first off-track section. This involved contouring and handrailing to re-join the Heysen Trail and continue to Sugar Gum Dam Camp, our intended campsite for night two. After arriving at the campsite in record time (1 pm), the group decided that there was no use in wasting daylight and decided to add on roughly eight kilometres and travel further to another campsite (Hidden Camp). However, these eight kilometres proved to be the most gruelling and testing trip kilometres. This leg included gradients of up to 30%, almost equivalent to the world’s steepest road (found in New Zealand)! After crushing these hills, only one off-track section remained to make it to camp. We were required to take a bearing and walk on this bearing from our last known location to the campsite. After pushing through the dense scrub, the students emerged with some scratches and grazes. This made the previous night in the National Park the most enjoyable. After cooking a delicious dinner on our Trangia, we settled around for a couple of games before bed.
Due to our eagerness on day two, day three was a breeze with a short walk to the Mambray Creek day visitor area. I want to thank Mr Rutjens, the other staff member who attended the camp, Mr Martin, Digger and Leon, who safely transported us to and from our adventure, and Fraser Darcy, our outdoor instructor, for the three days.
Chloe attended a three-day trial in the April School Holidays for the State under 12’s inaugural girl's football team to play in Adelaide in August. She was selected in the squad of 28 then continued to train in Golden Grove every Friday night and was then selected in the final squad of 23. Chloe has been travelling to Adelaide every Friday for training and feels very honoured to be representing the state at the week-long carnival starting Saturday 6th August. She has enjoyed the journey so far & is looking forward to the carnival.