Wirreanda Secondary School
Week 10, Term 3 2020
Mon 19 - Wed 21 October
Year 7 & 8 2021 Learner Profile Interviews
Unit/Special Class 2021 Learner Profile & Pathway Interviews
Mon 2 November
Year 7 & 8 2021 Parent
Fri 6 November
Student Free Day
Term 4 Upcoming Events
From our Principal
Building and Infrastructure Development
11 million build
The build continues to progress well, and is on track. In regard to handover and opening timelines for each area of the new build project around the school, we are delighted to announce that Year 7-12 students attending Wirreanda Secondary School in 2021 will be able to utilise all of our new facilities at least by the middle of Term 1 2021. This includes a new Wirreanda Secondary School Theatre (seating capacity matching Hopgood Theatre), new courts on the northern side of the school with small outdoor grandstand seating, refurbished basketball courts outside the gym, brand new block of classrooms and refurbished Art/Tech block which will look very similar to our overarching principles in the recent STEM build. Please check out our social media and page 4 for some recent progress pictures of these different areas. We are really excited to continue to provide our community with such fantastic new facilities.
Classroom and Learning Spaces
We have also continued to undertake minor works around the site to improve classroom areas, whilst the major build was commencing. The guiding principles around the work we are doing (as you can see reflected in any of the new builds we have done) include the use of natural light, open clutter free flexible spaces and removing central focus points.
Remember ...Wirreanda Secondary School and “who we are” is a result of what we do, or don’t do, everyday.
Our term calendars can be found on our website at this link
Mon 12 October
Term 4 begins
Mon 16 November
Year 12 Graduation
Thurs 22 October
Year 12 last classes & farewell assembly
Friday 23 October Year 12 breakfast
Dear Parents, Families, Staff and Students,
What a fantastic Term 3 we have had at Wirreanda Secondary School, with a range of events and opportunities across the term. Since the last newsletter we have held a Staff Professional Development day, continued to plan for Transition processes and activities with multiple Primary Schools and families, Outdoor Ed camps along with other excursions and events on and off site. Providing valuable and meaningful learning opportunities for all our students is a priority here at Wirreanda Secondary School and our focus is deliberately on how we can as individuals and teams continue to improve and challenge ourselves and our students.
Course Selection Process and Learning Conversations
Course Selection Day was held on Wednesday 19 August and is always a wonderful opportunity to engage with our school community. I thank all the families who took the time to complete our parent survey at this evening. This information is always useful to inform our future priorities as we move forward. The Selection Day is only a small part of the Course Process as we plan for the new year. Over the coming weeks and into next term, our school leadership team will be working to ensure we are providing students with a range of opportunities through their course choices and allocating staffing and human resources appropriately for 2021.
Staff Professional Development Day Monday September 14th
Our recent Whole School Professional Development Day, on Monday 14 September 2020, was one of our allocated days dedicated to Australian Curriculum planning. Staff spent time engaged in planning units of work, continuing to strengthen literacy and numeracy in our courses and embedding feedback for learning opportunities while others engaged in moderation.
We welcome the following teachers who are currently with us in contracts, whom have been appointed into permanent teaching positions with us from the start of 2021:
Chelsea Freeman Maeve Cashel
We welcome the following new staff who have been appointed into permanent teaching positions and will commence with us in 2021:
Tim Graham joining us from Brighton Secondary School
Louise Cohen joining us from Warriappendi School
We welcome the following new Senior Leader into our Admin Leadership Team for 2021:
Senior Leader Band 3 Future Focused Learning/ Innovation Stacey Bartlett
We welcome the following new Coordinator into our Executive Leadership Team for 2021:
Leader Band 1 Middle School 7-9 Amy Broham
The Art area (D block) has been cleared ready for refurbishment
$11 million build progress
Slabs and framework for the new classrooms
Our journey as the 2020 School Captains is coming to a close. We wanted to take this as an opportunity to write one last message to the Wirreanda Secondary School community. Without a doubt this year has been one of the most challenging years either of us has experienced. However, there have been many highlights and positive experiences for students and leaders within our school community.
During our schooling journey, Wirreanda Secondary School has provided us with many unique and valuable opportunities as students and particularly as School Captains. Some of these have included being a leader and attending Year 8 Camp this year, collaborating with other students, staff and leaders within the school on a range of different things, hosting whole school assemblies and participating in school events such as Open Night, the annual Family Barbeque and the Performing Arts Showcases. While this year has been quite a challenge, it has brought us closer as a community and allowed us to further develop our relationships with peers and teachers into long lasting ones.
A highlight of my time as School Captain was being able to develop and build on the connections I already had with my peers, while working with leaders within the school who I typically wouldn’t get the chance to work alongside. I also developed my leadership skills through engaging in school events, especially leading school assemblies or hosting other events. - Georgia
In addition, a highlight of my year as School Captain was making new connections amongst the school community, especially with my Year 12 teachers who I have made lasting positive relationships with. I would not have made it as far as I have without the support of my teachers, therefore, thank you! - Sara
As we look back, this is a year that we will no doubt, remember. Although it was challenging it has reminded us how lucky we are and how important it is to stay connected and support one another. As we move onto the next chapter, we wish the best of luck to those who are finishing year 12 with us, as well as those who are continuing their learning journey at Wirreanda Secondary School. We encourage you to engage in all opportunities that arise. It has been a privilege to be your 2020 School Captains. We cannot wait to see what the future holds once our schooling journey comes to an end.
Our time here at Wirreanda Secondary School has been amazing, and we have made long lasting friendships and memories we will cherish for years to come.
Georgia Usher and Sara Williams
2020 School Captains
From our Captains
The old gym changeroom area is being transformed into SSC classrooms
From our Middle School
Meet our 2020-2021 Peer Mentors
In week 6, 28 students from year 7, 8, and 9 took part in a training day to become the new WSS Peer Mentors for 2020-2021. The intentions of the day were for the students to develop as a team and build the skills to become confident, and successful peer mentors.
Throughout the sessions students developed their understanding of personal character strengths and how these could be used to support in their roles. They also took part in activities to develop leadership skills, teamwork, communication, decision making, and confidence. Students worked hard during the team building sessions particularly, as students who had not met until the day.
The role of our Peer Mentors is to transition students included into the Wirreanda Secondary School community. They play a vital role in transition events and will continue to support the transition of new students through the year. The Peer Mentors are part of the schools student leadership team and will be identifiable through wearing badges in their house colours.
Mrs Fenoughty & Mrs Buswell - Wellbeing Leaders
Osbone House Mentors
Jonker House Mentors
Wheeler House Mentors
Year 9 Digital Leaders – Operation Game
Year 9 student Tyson can be seen here rising to the challenge of combining Arduino programming skills, circuit design skills and design skills to create his interpretation of the popular Operation game. He showed his abilities in problem solving and his resilience leading the way in the class to complete the challenge with very little assistance.
Mr Nick Jackson - Senior Leader, Transforming the Learning
Students from across Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 participated in the annual Write a Book in a Day event held on site from 8am all the way until 8pm!
This year, three teams of ten students worked together to create a book from start to finish- including the front cover, blurb, story and illustrations. To add to the challenge, each team had unique parameters that they needed to include and base their story around.
All teams completed their book, with even half an hour to spare! The completed books include Paper Portal, Kyle’s Crazy Quest and A New Start, and all show some serious skills in creative writing and illustration. These books will be donated to sick children in hospitals all around Australia and will hopefully brighten the lives of some young people if only for a short
Well done to all students involved and committing your time to helping children in need.
Ms Briony Steele - English/Literacy Coordinator
Year 7 PBL Blue Village
Write a Book in a Day
Archaeological Excavation at Hahndorf Academy
On Friday 18 September, Year 7 Blue Village participated in an archaeological excavation currently underway at Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf. Blessed with sunshine, Wirreanda Secondary School students were completely in their element sieving, excavating and cleaning artefacts recovered from the excavation to date. Some of the fabulous finds recovered by our Year 7 students include: a green handblown glass bottle rim, flat white glass, blue print ceramic sherd, nails and screws, rodent bone, charcoal, mortar, tile and brick. These finds will certainly be important in the final interpretation of the site.
As the morning progressed, students learnt how important it is to measure and document everything happening during the excavation, from level readings across the site to labelling conventions on the artefact tags. Whilst they were not responsible for these tasks, students were certainly aware of what was happening around them as they worked the soil. Our Year 7 archaeologists were attentive to every artefact in the soil profile and communicated closely with the Trench Supervisors as they made a find. Fantastic efforts Year 7!!
Ms Noelene Curran - Learning Area Leader (The Arts)
End of Year Arrangements for Year 12 Students
We are fast approaching the end of the academic year for our Year 12 students, arguably the busiest time of the Senior School calendar. Many courses will be coming to a conclusion, whilst others will be focusing on revision for end of year examinations. For our young people, it is a time to consolidate friendships and connections with the school, whilst also looking forward and considering their post-school pathways.
It is fair to say that this has been a year of unique challenges and our Class of 2020 has responded to this year’s uncertainties with resilience and grit; achievements which we want to acknowledge whilst also practicing Covid-safe behaviours.
As a school, we remain optimistic that our key end of year events (final assembly, celebration breakfast, Graduation and Formal) will occur with some adaptations to meet South Australia’s Covid-requirements. As we know that event restrictions can change at short notice, we will update students and families regarding specific details closer to the time of each event. Please make sure that you continue to check your email for correspondence from the school following your young person’s final lessons.
Natalie Maddern - Senior Leader, Senior School
Year 12 Examination Timetable
All exams will be held at Wirreanda Secondary School, upstairs B Block unless otherwise advised. Students must arrive in the Atrium at least 15 minutes prior to the exam and check in with the supervising teacher. Please note, students must attend their exams in full school uniform and bring their registration slips (to be provided closer to exams) with them.
Stage 2 Subject
Friday 6 November @ 9:00am
Tuesday 10 November @ 9:00am
Monday 2 November @ 1:30pm
Wednesday 4 November @ 1:30pm
Monday 2 November @ 9:00am
Thursday 5 November @ 1:30pm
Thursday 5 November @ 9:00am
Thursday 12 November @ 9:00am
Wednesday 11 November @ 9:00am
Flinders University Assessment Centre
On Friday of week 7, we hosted a number of Flinders University staff at Wirreanda Secondary School. The purpose of their visit was to conduct assessments and conversations with some of our Year 11 and 12 students, and the results could allow them a guaranteed entry into a number of Flinders University degrees. Normally this opportunity is only offered to Year 11 students, but in light of the current pandemic, and universities aware of the disruption to Year 12 students, they have extended the offer to them this year. In total, 41 students completed the Assessment Centre training and will know the outcome of potential offers early Term 4.
Ms Lauren Buswell - Learner Wellbeing Leader Senior School/ Community Connections
From our Senior School
This term, I was privileged to be a panel judge for Ms Murphy’s Year 10 Food Cultures class as they underwent a series of Masterchef challenges. It was fantastic to see our Year 10 students developing their Critical and Creative Thinking Capability, whilst also demonstrating many of our core school values relating to Achievement, Honesty and Responsibility. I was particularly impressed by the ability of our Year 10 students to reflect upon their dishes, critically respond to questions from the panel, and propose adaptations to improve their dishes, whilst exercising their resilience in ensuring they had a dish to present each week even if they had struggled the week before. #WSSProud
Natalie Maddern - Senior Leader, Senior School
“The most useful thing I learnt was how the mentors had to adapt to change in the workplace and how they stayed mentally healthy”
Green House Celebrating Term 3!
Term 3 has been a term for growth in the Green House, with lots of students embracing their Semester 2 subjects and starting to consider what next year looks like for them:
Mischa, one of the Year 10 Green House students found that “choosing my subjects for next year was a highlight; there are a lot of interesting subjects in Year 11 which I could choose from.”
Our Year 11s have been focusing on developing the skills needed to be successful in Year 12, with Matt feeling that he has really learnt how to “use his study lines effectively” this term.
For our Year 12s, it has been an interesting time, as they are coming to terms with only having a few weeks left. Applications to University and TAFE are high, and plans for the future are being discussed daily. For Daeshana, she has found these final few weeks have “been motivating, that I want to finish my last few assignments the best I possibly can.”
Green House students, with only one term left for 2020, now is the time to invest as much as you can into school to make sure you finish this year to the absolute best of your ability.
Zoe Finch - Senior School Osborne Green House Leader
Achieving SACE and SACE Credits
Recently I have had several Year 11 students asking about their SACE credits, and in particular, how they can achieve more credits. WSS students who complete, and pass, a full-time enrolment in Year 10, 11 and 12 will achieve their SACE with the 200 credits required. Students may achieve additional SACE credits if they complete a VET course, Community Learning (a process of acknowledging and formalising the learning a young person achieves through community activities such as coaching or volunteering) or short courses (such as a barista course through an approved trainer).
Achieving more points does not mean students will achieve a higher ATAR or a ‘better’ SACE, however, it could mean they have ‘backup’ credits in the event something occurs that changes their SACE journey. If you would like to know more about SACE credits please access the SACE website or speak with your Senior School House Leader.
Brad Stubing - Senior School Jonker Red House Leader
On Wednesday 2 September, 10 of our Year 11 students took part in an eye-opening experience run by the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN). This mentoring session allowed students to meet (virtually) and connect with business partners from NBN Australia, Visionstream, KPMG and Lendlease. During this time, students were able to hear professionals discuss how they have needed to be resilient when both starting and running a business, particularly during the unforeseen circumstances of COVID-19. This was particularly evident when connect with these mentors via Zoom and them being at home and not in a conference room.
After the mentoring session, students were surprised to hear of the number of failures that were had before success, and were excited to implement some new strategies when faced with their own barriers in the future.
Mr Matt Siviour - Mathematics & Science Lead Teacher
Quotes from students after the session:
“I think it was a great experience to learn from others and see their struggles and how they overcame them, but also, in year 11 we start to stress about future career pathways and I think this will help calm my nerves knowing it’s not always going to work according to plan every time”
“I need to not limit to one career pathway, if it doesn’t work, use it as a learning opportunity. I need to treat every fail as a learning/teaching point”
Year 11 ABCN Mentoring Session
Year 10 Power Of STEM
During week 6, our Year 10 students were able to gain exposure to future career pathways in STEM fields through the Power of STEM Workshops. During this time, the Year 10s explored the field of sports performance measurement, considered potential careers with SAAB and the Naval Group, and learnt about the STEM programs on offer at Adelaide University. Opportunities such as these are great for supporting students to make informed decisions about their future career pathways, which hopefully, lie within the growing STEM industry!
Keegan Taylor - Senior School Wheeler Yellow House Leader
In term 1 2020 our Specialist Sports Course students attending the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) Talent Search Program and had a very fulfilling experience. We have just been notified that over 2,700 students have been profiled by SASI Talent Search and 7 of our elite Specialist Sports students have been invited by SASI coaches to advance to the next stage of testing, Stage 2 Sport Specific Testing. We would like to congratulate our students and wish them well in the next stage of testing in September:
Logan - Year 10 Brooke - Year 10 Jude - Year 10 Coby - Year 10
Sprint Kayak Sprint Kayak Rowing Volleyball
Quentin - Year 9 Andrew - Year 9 Lachie - Year 8 Esther - Year 8
Sprint Kayak & Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball
From the Specialist
We would like to acknowledge the selection and participation of some students in upcoming events and wish them all the best:
Specialist Sports Course Year 8 student Fred is participating in the following Golf events:
On the weekend of 19 September Fred, who is a golfer to watch, competed in the SA Aboriginal Junior Golf Championships and received the Kenny Buckskin Medal. Fred then competed in the Mens Division 2 competition finishing 2nd with a score of 95. Over the holidays and throughout Term 4 Fred will be competing in Individual, Teams and other golf competitions and I'm sure there will be more good results for us to share. We wish Fred all the best throughout all the competitions.
Golf SA Under 15 State championships on 24 and 25 September
McCormack's Junior Golf Spring Cup on Wednesday 30 September in the school holidays
School Sport SA Golf teams Stableford championships on 19 October
School Sport SA Individual championships on 16 November
Congratulations to the students listed below who gained selection to represent Wirreanda Secondary School and SAPSASA Onkaparinga North in the State Carnivals in their respective sports as listed:
Soccer 26 to 28 August- Kylan and Brock
Football 9 to 11 September- Jaxon, Jordi, Tabyss, Jacob, Saxon and Jaxon
Netball 9 to 11 September- Paige and Madison
District Athletics Day 100m 24 September - Jordi
Friday 16 October Mady and Alex will be participating in the SA Mountain Bike Championship Individual event at O'Halloran Hill.
In term 4 we have students participating in U16 boys and girls Rugby 7s carnival, Statewide 8/9/10 boys and girls basketball competitions and Year 10 T20 cricket.
Congratulations to all students selected in individual and team events.
Any students who have been selected to represent South Australia or Australia this year please come and collect acknowledgement letters from the sports office.
Mrs Heather Lee - Sports Officer
This next Stage of the 2020 SASI Talent Search will include further testing and will provide the students the opportunity to meet the Coaches and find out more about our development program within the sport of Sprint Kayak. Those students who are successful at the Sport Specific Testing Stage will be invited to join one of our Talent Development programs.
Mrs Heather Lee - Sports Officer
Alexandra - Year 7 Tara - Year 7 Mackenzie - Year 7
Sprint Kayak & Volleyball Sprint Kayak & Volleyball Sprint Kayak
R U OK? Day
Thursday 10 September marked national R U OK? DAY. A day dedicated to reminding us to check in on each other and ask the question. This year the emphasis of the day was ‘There is more to say after are you ok?’ aiming to upskill others about how to keep the conversation going and who can help.
To mark the national day this year Wirreanda Secondary School hosted a Walk and Talkathon. The idea behind the day was to encourage students and staff to get out in the fresh air and catch up while participating in physical activity. It was a fantastic turnout with over 100 students and staff walking a collective 386 registered laps. Students took the opportunity to catch up with friends and earn house points for every lap they walked. House points earnt were:
Osborne House - 114 Wheeler House - 135 Jonker House - 96
Special mentions for the event were Adam L who completed multiple laps on crutches. Oscar H, Kiana M, Sam M, Esther S and Tara V who all completed in excess of 10 laps. Congratulations to the winners of our door prize - Logan, Isabella & Kiana.
It is important we all step up to the plate and make sure we are noticing, taking care of, and supporting the people around us. Also it’s important to remember that you may not be the person to help if things aren’t ok. Be ready to suggest where friends can get help. Speaking with a trusted adult is a good start. A teacher, parent, family friend can often support with the next step. If this isn’t an option organisations including Kids Helpline, Lifeline, Headspace, or Beyond Blue can offer professional support. If you are worried and you don’t think the other person will seek support it is also ok for you to do this on their behalf.
Organisations that can help
Kids Helpline: www.kidshelpline.com.au
Beyond Blue: www.beyondblue.org.au
Ms Harmony Fenoughty & Lauren Buswell
Learner Wellbeing Leaders
From Learner Wellbeing
Easy to implement strategies for functional literacy development
International Literacy Day 2020
On Tuesday 8 September, International Literacy Day was acknowledged across the world. International Literacy day was founded by UNESCO in 1966 to highlight the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies.
What is literacy?
Literacy (in this context) can be described as the ability to be able to read
and write, and then apply it in various contexts to make meaning.
Why is literacy development important to my teenager?
Literacy is required to complete day to day tasks. Having literacy skills means that teenagers are able to develop independence, seek opportunities and manage their own needs.
Some examples where literacy skills are required include;
Reading instructions to take medicine
Ordering off a menu
Following a recipe and cooking a meal
Following directions on a map/google maps to an appointment
Filling in a form to apply for a job
Sitting a test to gain learners permit
How can I support my young person to develop their literacy skills at home?
Practical ways to support your child’s literacy development include:
Engage your child in discussions about their school work and what they are currently learning - guide them and offer support.
Include your child when you are reading and following instructions around the house e.g. assembling a tv unit
Get your child to choose a recipe that they would like to eat and help them to cook it
Create a shopping list together or place an online order
Ask your child to navigate routes using maps (paper or digital!)
And lastly, support their access to the myON literacy platform. This platform has been provided by the school for students to practise their reading and develop their comprehension by reading a range of texts based on their interests. myON has a huge range of categories for students to choose from.
From Inclusive Learning
Mrs Ashleigh Golding - Inclusive Learning Leader
Anxiety in Adolescents - Starting the conversation
In Year 12 Health, Gypsy S has been working on identifying a health issue affecting the community. Through her research and collation of results, Gypsy identified community and caregiver support as being one of the most important factors in helping adolescents with anxiety. Gypsy has developed this valuable resource to support families with conversations and support for anxiety.
Ms Lauren Buswell - Learner Wellbeing Leader Senior School
Ms Roberts’ Year 7 Staples to Scratch class had the opportunity to learn how to weave using raffia during their lessons in Week 8. The class learnt about the different techniques and significance of weaving in Aboriginal culture and the uses in both historical and contemporary settings. The students had a new appreciation for the techniques as many found it quite difficult to start, but they all perservered and were able to create a starter to continue with during their lessons for the remainder of the term.
Ms April Grava - Aboriginal Education Teacher
Tikanthi Murimurinya - Year 6/7 Aboriginal Students Half Day Transition
We were very excited to host Tirkanthi Murimurinya for the second year in a row during Week 9, term 3. This is our Half Day Transition Program for Year 6/7 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students attending Wirreanda Secondary School in 2021. The purpose of this program is to allow additional opportunities for our Aboriginal students to experience culture and Design Thinking at WSS and begin building connections with other Aboriginal students and our Aboriginal Education Team.
This year our students created a puzzle piece which reflects their ‘Tirkanthi Murimurinya’ (Learning Journey). This puzzle piece is a personal reflection of each student, yet part of a bigger installation which shows how all students are connected through culture. We hope to build on to this puzzle with each additional transition program. The students were also able to take part in a boxing / fitness session with Rikki Wilson from Tribes United Fitness, which was full of both physical and mental challenges. Rikki also shared her personal story about being part of the Indigenous Running Project, which was inspiring for the students to hear.
The program also saw Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from different primary schools build relationships and connections with their peers and Wirreanda staff. We had seven amazing current Wirreanda students act as mentors on the day - they did an excellent job at modeling Wirreanda Secondary School’s core values of Respect, Honesty, Responsibility, and Achievement. All students enjoyed the day and are excited to come to WSS next year.
‘The best thing about the day was meeting new people’ - Jaydyn
Ms April Grava - Aboriginal Education Teacher
Our IT team Peter, Brad and Chris with Nick Jackson, Senior Leader
From our Aboriginal Education Team
From the Arts
Credit Union SA Schools Award - Winners
SALA Art Exhibition 2020
The Arts team are pleased to announce that Wirreanda Secondary School isin the Winners category of the Credit Union SA Schools Award in this year’s South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Art Exhibition. Our theme this year was Classic Blue.
We congratulate our young people on this wonderful achievement. The SALA exhibition representative who visited our site on Wednesday 12 August said that she “was impressed with the range of genres and mediums, the style of artists and art movements, and original artworks that reflect our students’ individual styles." She loved the vibe of the evening with the live background music and people viewing and talking about the art works on display.
Congratulations on a fabulous effort from the teachers and young people of Wirreanda Secondary School. We are so proud of this award.
Ms Noeleen Curran - Learning Area Leader (The Arts)
Art & Anatomy
In term 3, Year 10 art students have been working on a visual study in Art & Anatomy. The purpose of the visual study has been to experiment with a range of drawing skills and techniques that will enable students to create accurate figurative drawings. Their driving question was 'How can understanding anatomy make us better artists?'
Artist investigations began with research and analysis of the intricate observational drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, followed by the works of contemporary artists Damien Hirst and Danny Quirk. students were able to appreciate that a detailed knowledge of anatomy inspires complex and thought-provoking artworks and commissions for talented commercial artists.
Practical sessions of the visual study involved observational drawings of skeletal and muscular samples, supplied by the Science department, thereby providing students with real-life opportunities to look closely at the surfaces of bones, heart, brain and lungs. They were intrigued with the real samples - how they looked up close and the many details they were able to capture in their drawings.
Students concluded with summaries of their learnings and key findings, plus evaluations of their work throughout the visual study. Brilliant effort Year 10!!
Ms Noeleen Curran - Learning Area Leader (The Arts)
In the White Room we have set up a Goals Board. On this Goals Board, are each student’s literacy and numeracy learning goals displayed using visuals to promote student comprehension. As you can see, the students have had a lot of success in achieving their learning goals since the inception of the Goals Board. I have been very proud of how the students have strived to achieve their learning goals. Students have been speaking about their goals with staff, asking about their transition goals and discussing how their goals are connected to their lives outside of school. This active involvement in their learning has been outstanding. Additionally, seeing the joy on their faces as they move a visual from the “I am learning to...” side to the “I can…!“ side is amazing. It is not hard to see these students leaving school as lifelong learners.
Mr Sean Kennedy - White Room teacher
From The Unit
click here for 2021 Materials & Services and subject levy Watermarks
Sammy D Presentation
Dear Parents & Caregivers & Independent students,
As the school year comes to an end it is time to formalise the Materials & Services Charges (School
Fees) & subject fees for 2021.
In line with the Materials & Services Charges Administrative Guidelines we invite all parents to the
next Governing Council meeting where the charges will be approved.
The meeting will be held on Monday 26 October 2020 at 6.30pm in the board room of the Learning Hub.
Attached to this Newsletter is the link of our 2021 Materials & Services and subject levy Watermarks.
The ‘standard sum’ for 2021 (known as the legally recoverable amount) is $325 for Secondary School students and $246 for Primary School students.
If you are unable to attend this meeting, but would like to express your views please send a letter to the school addressed to the Governing Council chairperson, Colin Jevons, or contact any other
Governing Council Member, before the Governing Council meeting.
Sammy D - Year 11 Being an Upstander and Drug/Alcohol Awareness Presentation
Neil, Jessie and the Sammy D team presented to the Year 11 cohort on Monday of week 8. The presentation focussed on Sam's story (Sam tragically passed away after a coward punch at a private party) and provided students with an example of the risks associated with substance misuse and the consequences that it has on victims, perpetrators, families, friends and the broader community. After this impact presentation, the Year 11s participated in an interactive alcohol and other drugs education presentation that explored the effects of alcohol and other drug use and the associated risks.
Lauren Buswell - Learner Wellbeing Leader Senior School/ Community Connections
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