Wirreanda Secondary School
Week 9, Term 4 2020
From our Principal
Dear Parents, Families and Students,
Wow ………. what a year 2020 will go down in history as! None of us expected when we moved through Term 1 earlier this year that we would be thrown into the midst of a worldwide pandemic. The year has certainly not commenced or ended as we planned however the response from our community has been incredible. Our staff, students, parents, families and caregivers have been amazing, and I want to thank you all wholeheartedly for this. Staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that learning, and our Wirreanda Secondary School high expectations, can and will occur throughout this year and I commend them for this.
I have been extremely proud of our community as a whole; staff, students and parents/families. The year has no doubt tested us, but has also been an incredible opportunity to bring our community together further, as it has.
Certificate Night for Years 7 to 11
Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions we were unable to welcome guests in as we normally do to recognise the year that was. Students have still received awards for their academic performance, sporting and community involvement at Wirreanda Secondary School during 2020. Acknowledgement of student achievement is important and students beyond these final awards are also recognised throughout the year at whole school and cohort assemblies, when this has been possible. I would like to congratulate all of these students for their resilience and continued achievements in what has been a very challenging year.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the following staff to Wirreanda Secondary School for 2021 in leadership roles:
Amy Broham Leader Band 1 Middle School
Serge Minot Leader Band 1 Middle School
Lauren Smith Leader Band 1 Senior School
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the following staff to Wirreanda Secondary School for 2021 in permanent teaching roles:
We will farewell a number of staff at the end of 2020 due to retirements, contracts ending for the year or moving to other schools.
We farewell Christine after 51 years of service with the Department for Education. We have been fortunate to have had Christine at Wirreanda Secondary School since commencing with us in 1998. Previous to her time with us she also taught at Willunga High School, Gepps Cross High School and Morphett Vale High School.
Christine’s retirement is a great loss to our school and profession, and many a Wirreanda Secondary School graduate will attest to this. Many Year 12 students talk fondly of Christine when Graduation comes around each year, and often talk of the deep respect they have for her and how lucky they have been to be in her maths class or Home Group. Christine will no doubt move into retirement looking forward to time with her family and pottering around in her garden.
We farewell Heather after 20 years of service with the Department for Education. Heather has been at Wirreanda Secondary School for the last 19 years, and also did some work at Morphett Vale East Primary School. Heather has spent her time working across a small range of areas in the school but with a large focus on supporting the PE/SSC program. In recent years we have utilised her skills in the Daily Organisation/Relief role over her last few years with us. During her time Heather has developed close working relationships with a range of staff, students, families and primary schools. Although her retirement is a great loss to our school, we are pleased to hear that Heather will take time for herself and join her husband in retirement to enjoy family time.
Unfortunately we will be farewelling a number of contract teaching staff on the last day, even though some may possibly return once contracts are appointed for the start of the 2021 school year.
A very warm thank you and farewell to the following staff who will be joining new schools in 2021. Thank you and farewell to these staff who have made a fantastic contribution to our school community:
We farewell the following staff for 12 months to undertake roles beyond Wirreanda Secondary School.
Much of what happens at Wirreanda Secondary School is due to the work of our teaching and non-teaching staff and I would like to acknowledge their contribution. We are very fortunate to have staff who are very committed to our students.
Wirreanda Secondary School and “who we are” is a result of what we, staff, students and families, do everyday and with this I have been extremely proud of our students and staff this year and the contribution they have made to focus on improvement both for themselves and across our community.
2020 has been a fantastic year at Wirreanda Secondary School. I would like to thank the community for their continued support and I look forward to seeing you all when we return in 2021. We really look forward to returning in 2021 and seeing staff and students moving into and utilising a range of new learning spaces.
Best wishes to you all and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
Hello Wirreanda Secondary School Community
This is our first newsletter article as the 2021 School Captains. Firstly, we would like to say that we are excited and looking forward to our leadership journey and are looking forward to sharing our experiences with you as we move into 2021.
Our first leadership responsibility was leading the Year 12 Farewell assembly and acting as MC’s. It was bittersweet saying goodbye to our peers, with whom we have built great relationships with. However, it was also great to wish them well and say goodbye as they depart on their new journey as graduates. This was also the first time we led and MC’d a whole school assembly, and the nerves were very high at the beginning. But, we got up there and officially began our Captaincy tenure. The next assembly we led was the Year 7 and 8 Family Information night, and we felt much more comfortable doing so. Another highlight so far was our Captain Induction Day in Week 4 where we were able to collaborate with our fellow Student Leaders and begin to build those relationships.
I personally am looking forward to having the opportunity of further developing my leadership skills. I would also like to collaborate with staff and students to continuously build positive relationships, ensuring all students and staff feel comfortable seeking our support and communicating with the Student Leaders. By being a voice for those who might not have the confidence to express their ideas I intend to help all students in a variety of ways. - Jesse.
As a School Captain I want to ensure that I'm able to be a positive and inspirational role model for all students, especially someone who is extremely approachable and that leads by example. As part of my time as a School Captain my goal is to improve House Culture at Wirreanda Secondary School in order for all students to feel connected to their House and feel a sense of unity, just like Hogwarts houses in Harry Potter! - Avalon.
We are both excited to collaborate with one another to continue the legacy of recent Jonker House Captain, Aurora. We are eager to work together to develop the upcoming 2021 Year 12 Yearbook and to improve it. As Year 12 students next year, this is something which is really important to us! The yearbook is something we will all have as a special takeaway representing 5 years of memories from our time at Wirreanda Secondary School.
Avalon & Jesse
My name is Hollie and I am the Unit and Special Class Captain for 2021
At the start of the year I wrote a letter to Ms Smith and Ms Brodzicki proposing to have a Captain representing the Unit. This was very important to me because a Student Leader would represent The Unit and Special Class, be a positive role model and lead by example for other students. This would also allow the Student Leaders from The Unit and Special Class to collaborate with Student Leaders from the mainstream, further building connections, and positive relationships. It was important to me because a Captain would take action and shape and lead change at Wirreanda Secondary School in a positive way. After I met with Ms Brodzicki and I created a proposal and a Student Leader was added to the 2021 Student Leadership Structure.
Later in the year when Captain applications became open I wrote an application and was successful. I then participated in an interview. At first I was really nervous but I felt proud as I got out of my comfort zone and did well during the interview.
My legacy at Wirreanda Secondary School is having a Student Leader representing the Unit and Special Class. I feel really confident and happy that I’ve come out of my comfort zone and shared an idea that will continue on in the future. Knowing that my legacy will be special not just for myself, but for future students makes me even more happy. I want future students to feel confident in themselves and to improve their skills in leadership by applying for Student Leadership roles.
I would also like to make the school more eco-friendly by encouraging staff and students to use less plastic. I would like to organise for students to earn House Points for picking up rubbish and for students to pick up extra rubbish if they are found littering. I’m excited to share these ideas with my teachers and peers.
Although I’m feeling a little nervous I’m excited to be a role model for other students in The Unit and someone they can look up to. And also bringing changes in The Unit and Special class, including awarding House Points, book week and seeing more opportunities for The Unit & Special Class and mainstream collaborating and working together. I will also have the change to work in a new role which I haven’t experienced before and work with new people.
I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with the community as a Captain as well as the experiences of my peers and their successes.
From our Captains
That are a lot of opportunities to become a leader and even if you are not named a leader you can still be a leader and act like one.
Wirreanda Secondary School 2021 Student Leaders were invited to take part in a School Captains Induction Day on Wednesday 4 November, Week 4.
We began the day with a team-building exercise ‘How can we build connections and get to know one another?’. Students took in turns sharing two truths and one lie about themselves, and the rest of the Student Leaders had to guess which were the two truths and which one was the lie. This exercise challenged and developed students’ communication and teamwork skills, by working as a collective to build connections and relationships with one another.
Our Principal, Ms Caroline Fishpool joined us for a Keynote: ‘How do you see Student Leadership at Wirreanda Secondary School?’. Ms Fishpool highlighted the crucial and privileged positions our School Captains have at Wirreanda Secondary School emphasizing how their ideas and contribution will drive change within teaching and learning in 2021 and beyond. She spoke about the role of our School Captains to lead by example and continue raising the aspirations of all. Ms Fishpool discussed the key qualities of leaders, which include honesty, confidence, communication, inspiring others and always learning. The key message Ms Fishpool communicated was that leaders are made and not born. This Keynote was truly inspiring, from both student and staff perspectives. Ultimately, challenging all leaders to be a leader that we would like to follow. On behalf of our Captains and myself we would like to thank Ms Fishpool for taking the time to speak to our School Captains and we look forward to welcoming Ms Fishpool back for future collaboration.
Later, Captains collaborated in small teams to brainstorm 101 leadership qualities, dispositions and skills. Our Captains shared their top leadership qualities and collated their thoughts and ideas and came to the conclusion that the most important leadership qualities include collaboration, confidence, encouragement, leading by example, resilience, being empathetic, passionate and respectful. Our Captains then individually completed a Golden Circle, a model which helps individuals understand how leaders inspire action and lead change. This model has been developed by Simon Sinek, a motivational speaker and focuses on the WHY. Captains shared why they want to be a Student Leader at Wirreanda Secondary School, how they will become an inspiring Student Leader and how they will enact positive change at Wirreanda Secondary School and finally what change do you want to see occur at Wirreanda Secondary School. It was inspiring to see our Captains share their thoughts and why. The common theme on why students want to be a Student Leader is to ensure Wirreanda Secondary School is a positive and supportive environment for all students, they want to provide a voice to all students, build connections and encourage students to be involved in decision making within our community.
The main focus of the day was for students to design a legacy that they are passionate about and something which will become a part of Wirreanda Secondary School culture. The first step was the planning phase which involved students participating in a range of mini-workshops to develop and refine their ideas. Firstly, students brainstormed a range of bad legacies by completing a creative thinking strategy called, The Bad Idea Factory. Students flipped those bad ideas into something they would like to focus on and lead, which is strategic and achievable.
The final phase of legacy planning included implementing the feedback they received. Many of our Captains had similar passions and ideas, therefore they made the decision to collaborate on their legacies with one another. Students felt they would be able to achieve more if they collaborated with one another and to further strengthen their relationships. This opportunity will also allow our Senior School Captains legacies to continue beyond their captaincy. Without giving too much away, legacies included refining the House Point System, House Challenges, Inter House competitions, embedding Showcases of Learning across different year levels, promoting Student Voice and Leadership, improving ATSI Transition, strengthening connections between mainstream and The Unit and Special class and leading extracurricular activities. Stay tuned for more information about these creative legacies as they continue to evolve.
The schedule for Student Captain Day was no doubt full, and as a result, our School Captains were able to have the opportunity to further develop their leadership dispositions and skills to positively influence change in the school and wider community. I am looking forward to continuing to collaborate with our School Captains and many other student leaders throughout 2021
Ms Jessica Brodzicki
Student Voice Lead Teacher
Being yourself, being confident, open minded and leading by example.
Our Captaincy role in
People expect a lot from leaders and its important to uphold your responsibilities.
It's not easy being a leader, but its worth it!
It requires a lot of teamwork. And for you to be confident and inspirational for others.
Being a leader isn't just about yourself, its about building connections we can achieve great things by collaborating.
To always stand up for what you think is right.
Initiative, ambition, bravery, gratitude and teamwork are five of my most important words revolving around leadership.
Joao Lucas Alves
What did you learn about being a
You aren't born a leader, it depends on the actions and choices you make. That you are made a leader by who you want to be.
The standard you walk past is the standard you accept!
Captain Induction Day
To be a good leader you need to be the leader you would want.
Tara Vivar Hayes
"Playing two truths one lie. I got to find out more about people I don't know."
"Meeting everyone else and starting to plan my legacy and going into depth about what it will involve."
"Getting to know all the other Captains!"
"Working on my legacy as its something i think will be fun for everyone."
"Having the opportunity to meet the other Student Leaders and working with them. I now feel more comfortable and confident in being able to work with the team."
"Doing the activities in a small group to get to know one another and just having fun in general. Why? I think doing small activities like that is a good way to get to know one another."
"Ms Fishpool speaking to us about her journey."
"Working with all different year levels, and seeing all the good ideas people have had. It's been really good seeing everyone work together."
"Getting to know the other Captains which I haven't had the opportunity to do so before."
"Being able to learn about my team and to be able think and develop my legacy."
Joao Lucas Alves
"Figuring out my legacy as I want to make a change within the school based on something I'm passionate about, which is sports.
"Meeting everyone and beginning to develop my legacy."
Tara Vivar Hayes
Year 7 & 8 Transition Days
A Day in the Life of a Wirreanda Secondary School Student
Wirreanda Secondary School hosted two transition days in Week 7 of this term. These transition days were planned to support the new cohort of Year 7’s as part of the Pilot Program and also our new cohort of Year 8’s. The Year 8 cohort attended Wirreanda Secondary School on Thursday 27 November and the Year 7 cohort attended Wirreanda Secondary School on Friday 28 November.
The days both commenced with a welcome assembly where students were addressed by our Principal Ms Caroline Fishpool and our Head of Middle School Ms Katrina Axford. Students were also introduced to key Middle School staff including the House Leaders and Wellbeing Leader, these introductions coincided with some fantastic photos of our staff when they were starting high school.
Both cohorts also experienced a PBL session where they debated if you should choose form over function when building a chair out of cardboard. The students experienced design sprints and prototypes until they decided on their design. The final designs were then tested by Senior Leader, Mr Wayne Olifent at the end of the day and there were some very clear winners.
These full days offer our new students another opportunity to experience Wirreanda Secondary School and our teaching and learning practices. It also allows students to connect with their peers which we know has a big affect on how they feel about transitioning to high school.
We are looking forward to working with all our new students and families in 2021 and in the years to come.
Ms Amy Newbound
Middle School Osborne/Green House Leader
Year 9 PE
This Term Miss B's Year 9 PE students have been exploring Fitness Factors and Training Principles. From this, they have applied this knowledge and understanding to designing their own training sessions with a specific fitness related goal. Students have been working in small groups, in the SHED (gym), undertaking these training sessions.
Ms Naomi Gash
Following their strong showing at the Southern Vales/Fleurieu Zone competition on 19 October, Wirreanda Secondary School’s Year 8/9 Boys Basketball team advanced to the finals of the Statewide Schools Competition, held at the Lights Community and Sports Centre on Wednesday 11 November.
After an early start and a long drive, their first game was against Balaklava High School. Despite being undersized against some much taller opponents the team battled fiercely. Strong defense by Oliver V and Lachie B lead to some fast transition opportunities, and a late 3 pointer from Tayton H sealed a 30 to 16 win in a strong first performance.
Their next game was against Whyalla High School, and once again the boys used their speed to their advantage in a very physical encounter. Some excellent 3 point shooting from Remy C and great composure late in the game sealed a 27 to 21 victory.
The final game of the pool stage was against Kadina High School, who used their far superior height to build a 7 point lead early in the game. Wirreanda Secondary School fought back strongly and had a chance to win with a three point shot on the final buzzer, but sadly it came up short resulting in the team's first loss for day. Nevertheless, they’d done enough to move through the semi-finals.
The semi-final matchup was against an undefeated St Paul’s College team, whose superior height and ball movement enabled them to shoot out to a 10 point lead in the first half. Wirreanda Secondary School started strongly in the second half and four consecutive three-point shots from Remy C drew the scores level, but St Paul’s steadied and held on for a narrow victory to knock Wirreanda Secondary School out and advance to the grand final.
Congratulations to everyone on the team who showed great teamwork and competitive spirit!
Year 8/9 Boys Basketball Coach
Year 8/9 Knock Out Basketball
From our Middle School
Year 12 PE
Senior School: Attitude of Gratitude Assembly
Celebrating all of the fantastic achievements of our Senior School Students in Term 4.
Mrs Bryant's Year 12 students have held a series of coaching sessions to Year 2/3 students at Woodcroft Primary School.
The Wirreanda Secondary students collaboratively studied, planned, and delivered their sessions to the Woodcroft Primary School students as part of their Community Connections task.
Each coaching group selected their chosen sport to deliver to the students which ranged from T-Ball, AFL, Tennis, Soccer, Basketball.
The Wirreanda Secondary School students did an incredible job of facilitating and managing their sessions, providing the students with appropriate skills for development and feedback where appropriate.
The Primary school students thoroughly enjoyed all their coaching sessions and participated well. Thank you to Woodcroft Primary School for your continued support of our Stage 2 students.
Ms Naomi Gash
From our Senior School
Year 10 English: Inspired by History
After studying the novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz, students wrote a creative piece from the viewpoint of one of the characters in the novel.
My view of Auschwitz as Lale from the novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Auschwitz is a hollow heart of those who desire the power they have once lost. It's owned by those who feed their personal hunger of hatred and self-doubt. It gives them a purpose, a reason to live, ending the life of others helps them live on. I can see the fear hiding within them all. The guilt slowly eating away at those with even the slightest sense of morals.
Those who see Auschwitz in any circumstance will never be the same. I take my time to appreciate the fallen who came here blissfully unaware of their impending doom that lies ahead. The families that will never reunite, the numbers that can never be erased, the shadow it casts on history, reminding us of the capability that lies within all of us, whether good or bad, it's still there.
My experience is not unique, there are so many others just like me. Those who survived Auschwitz are deemed “lucky.” I believe the use of ‘lucky,’ is insulting. The daily abuse and hardships faced, I am far from lucky. I am alive to tell my story, our story.
All I wish is that people become kinder with their words, they consider others, this could help prevent another catastrophe. All it takes is to push someone too far, to hurt them too much, that's the only catalyst needed to make somebody want revenge. People often refer to Auschwitz as something so incomprehensible as if it couldn't happen again. This is extremely concerning. Appreciate life, treat everyone with respect.
It took Cayden days to understand why I wouldn’t take it. The guilt he was battling was evident in his features each night he was forced out of the hospital. If I don’t make it he may never forgive himself. I don’t regret it though. It was the right thing to do, he wouldn’t last nearly as long as I have.
I’d never tell him over the next two years how bad I would become, the temporary drugs during his visits were the only reason my condition stabilized. I’d let him read all my favourite books to me, we’d listen to our favourite songs together and he’d play his guitar. Taking this day by day. I told him to distance himself, reduce the pain in the end. He believed that I was going to make it, certainly a glass half full kinda guy. Just a few days shy of my 21st, the temporary relief no longer worked, I became completely bed-bound, and I couldn’t stomach anything but water.
I could hear the sounds of the heart monitor slowing, Cayden’s face formed complete panic yelling for a doctor. “Just hold on, a few more days. Please, Adeline!” This was the last I heard of Cayden’s cries before I was engulfed in darkness. I wanted to scream and cry like I was the one losing him, but I wasn’t. It was selfish to think like that.
This darkness was like a painkiller, numbing my whole body. My heart ached one more time before it could no longer love. Then the beeping stopped. Flatlined.
I guess you’d call me lovesick.
Year 10 English: What If?...
After exploring and analysing a range of Dystopian fiction, students developed their own creative writing within the genre by responding to a selected prompt.
PROMPT: What if love was a curable disease?
Ms Briony Steele
Bedridden & Lovesick
“If someone told me a year ago this is how I’d be feeling I would not have met you under the bridge that day,” Cayden said hunched over out of breath.
“So you would have stood me up? The whole picnic I planned to waste huh?”
“Nah I would have taken the food and left.” He turned to me with a smirk, his eyes sparkling so bright and he embraced me like it was the last time. In all honesty, it might be. Cayden and I live in a world where love is a torturous disease. At the age of 21, you are given the cure whether you’ve suffered or not. The disease is barely real, it’s an artificial creation to control us. But no one remembers a time before this.
I properly met Cayden Knight at a school camp. He had been the new kid that year but I’d never introduced myself prior to the camp. His emerald eyes give such a cold stare, but to me, they provide endless comfort. I used to be determined to wait, so I wouldn’t feel the pain I do now. This was until I began to understand Cay and who he was. Eventually, I had no choice but to love him. So now at the age of 19 I, Adeline Fox, have fallen victim to the disease.
If you do fall in love before you can get the cure, the disease is like a rose. You see the beauty before you discover the pain of its thorns. It tricks you into believing there is no disease. As soon as you begin to feel invincible your heart begins to ache, next your hands shake and this barely scrapes the surface. Until you’re so frail your heart gives out, no longer able to love.
“Cayden Knight, Adeline Fox, present yourselves to door 3,” a voice said, breaking me out of a trance.
“It’s going to be okay Addy. I love you.” Letting out a shaky breath, he pressed his lips to mine savouring whatever time is left, this disease is unpredictable.
“I love you too Cayden,” I said with as much happiness I could muster.
We’d started experiencing the effects a few weeks ago, we’ve been to endless appointments to track the symptoms. Law is, only one of us could have a cure early. Allowing the government to continue studying both the disease and cure that they created. They’ll leave us to rot if we don’t make the decision to comply with being lab rats in time.
The thought of living without Cayden was more painful than loving him. So he is taking the cure. He doesn’t know this though. Cayden would insist I be the one to take it, and though he has too much pride to admit it, his condition is worsening so much quicker than mine. I have a higher chance of making it, so I’m telling the doctor, Cayden is taking it.
“So made a decision?’’ The doctor asked expectantly. I nodded.
“He is taking it, he is worsening by the day. I am more likely to make it to my 21st.” Cayden turned to me in shock.
“No. No! I thought we hadn’t decided.” My heart twinged at the pain in his expression.
“Cayden if we don’t do this now we will both be dead in another month. At least this way I can stay and be monitored and you’ll be better in a couple of days.” I tried reasoning the best I could.
English - creative writing
Stage 1 Visual Arts & Design
This semester Stage 1 Visual Arts & Design students have worked diligently to compile a 15-page Folio and Major Practical artwork to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of a personally selected theme. Students exhibited their artwork in the Learning Hub in week 6 to showcase their work.
The Visual Arts A students studied an art movement of their choice to explore the diversity of styles and techniques of artists working in that movement. They then planned and created their own artwork inspired by that art movement for the Major Practical.
Miki K Brock U
The Visual Arts B students studied issue-based art and developed a personal statement piece based on their independent research of their selected issue and artmaking techniques.
Aya S Melissa N
From Visual Arts
Ms Noeleen Curran & Mr David O'Callaghan
Visual Arts & Design Teachers
Aya S Melissa N
This semester Stage 1 Design students created logos and a suite of graphic design elements for their own brands. Projects ranged from video games to automotive brands and gift shops.
We are in the process of developing and expanding our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student map. This map is an interactive and visual representation of all where all our Aboriginal students are from and / or have connections. The map allows students to connect themselves via a coloured string to locations on the map in relation to their mob/s, home or place. Students can either use all colours or just the ones they feel comfortable with sharing. The installation is a great way for students to see themselves in the space and is a way for them to be proud of their culture and connect with the Nunga Room space.
This year NAIDOC Week was celebrated nationally on 8 – 15 November (Week 5). NAIDOC Week is a time for all Australians to reflect and celebrate the rich histories and cultures of our First Nations people. It recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and celebrates their ongoing contribution and knowledge of our country and society. This year’s NAIDOC Week theme ‘Always was, always will be’, recognises that Aboriginal people have occupied this land for over 65,000 years and have an ongoing connection with Country.
In celebration of NAIDOC Week we held a Deadly Lunch during the extended Wednesday lunch break. It was a great opportunity for staff and students to come together in an informal way and enjoy a shared lunch. We had a number for mindfulness activities such as puzzles and colouring in and a playlist of Aboriginal artists and musicians. We were also very lucky to have a special Yidaki / Didgeridoo performance from one of our Aboriginal students, Mekhi.
We look forward to holding more Deadly Lunches throughout next year to continue developing and strengthening relationships and learn more about Aboriginal histories and cultures.
Ms April Grava
Aboriginal Education Teacher
From our Aboriginal Education Team
Life in the Uni Lane
A small number of our Year 8 and 9 students had the opportunity to visit Flinders University to participate in the Life in the Uni Lane program. This program allows students to have a taste of what the university offers and make connections for future learning. We moved around the university throughout the day and got to experience three different discipline areas. The first session was focused on sport and physical education where students were able to play small team games and work on their fitness. Session two saw students move to the science area where they got to learn about cooling gases and even participate in some practicals with liquid nitrogen. The last session took place after lunch, and students got to visit the Aboriginal Art Museum and also create their own art piece which focused on the idea of ‘connection’. Overall it was a rewarding experience for all students and was a great opportunity to explore university as a possible future pathway.
Friday 15 January 2021 - 7:00am to 4:00pm
Monday 18 January 2021 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Dear Parents & Caregivers
The outcome of the polling for the 2021 materials and services fees were 10 for the prescribed sum of $399 and 09 votes against.
The materials and services fees have been set at $399 for 2021, plus any additional subject charges.
Invoices will be issued in January 2021, along with information regarding payment options and uniform purchases for the New Year.
All families who either pay their school fees in full, submit school card applications or set up a payment plan by direct debit on one of these two days will be entered into a prize draw to win first prize $200 Westfield gift card, second prize $100 Westfield gift card or third prize $50 Westfield gift card.
Additionally, this year we will be continuing with the $39 discount per student (excludes FLO students) for prompt payment. To take advantage of the discount, all you need to do is make sure school fees are paid in full before or on Friday 26 February 2021.
There will be TWO fee-paying days for families to pay school fees, set up instalment plans, fill in & submit school card forms for the 2021 calendar year and purchase school uniforms before school returns in 2021.
The two days for you to put into your calendar are;
We have updated the 2021 stationery lists for subjects by year level on our website under the Finance & Uniform tab.
MATERIALS AND SERVICES FEES UPDATE
From Ice Factor
WOW! What a year it has been for the Ice Factor Team and their resilience against COVID19. The Team of six; Lachlan, Joshua, Elijah, Braydn, Ryan and since Term 2, Ashley who persevered with moving out of their comfort zone to skating on ice and being involved in a contact sport. Such resilience was shown to overcome their anxiety to communicate with each other and their coaches while building team morale amongst each other individually.
Sadly with everything that has happened this year unexpectedly, the Ice Factor Team didn’t get to play in a tournament, but have taken away with them great connections with their fellow team mates, mentors and coaches, who organised a footy kicking competition, where players had to mark the ball whilst still standing on the ice. Ryan won the competition. This program allowed students to have a voice they didn’t have at the beginning of this year.
The Ice Arena coaches should be praised for their dedication and support they gave us by visiting Wirreanda Secondary School to keep the momentum of the sport alive throughout this unprecedented time.
Ms Vicky Smith
Congratulations to the Specialist sports students who have been selected from their South Australian Sports Institute fitness testing results and been invited to the next stage of the 2020 SASI Talent Search campaign for Track Cycling. The students are invited to attend the Stage 2 Testing which involves sport specific assessment and also offer them the opportunity to meet with the coaching staff of Cycling.
Formally invited Specialist sports students from year 7-10 are Paige G, Lilly-arna F, Patricia K, Quentin R-B, Brooke B, Chiara-Lee B, Brook-Lyn C, Maddison C, Brock D, Charlotte F, Dionn H, Alex H, Coby M, Zoe M, Andrew M, Logan M, Jude S, Esther S, Noah T, Zac T, Liana T, Tara V, Talia V, Charlotte W, Desiree W, and Riley W. We wish them well with this opportunity to extend themselves in track cycling.
Mrs Heather Lee
Thank you to the following local businesses for their support in 2021:
Rory’s School Lunches will be finishing up with us at the end of the 2020 school year. We would like to thank Rory and his team for supplying the Canteen service for the last 3 years.
We would like to welcome Metropolitan Canteens. The Canteen will return on Thursday 29 January 2021.
Please find attached the link to our new menu which is available for viewing on our website. Lunches can still be ordered on the QKR app.
Students will have the opportunity to apply for a position in the Canteen to help out at recess and lunch, more information on how to apply will be available next year when school returns.
From the Canteen
Woolworths - Morphett Vale, Aberfoyle Park & Woodcroft
Woodcroft Chargrill Chicken & Seafood
Subway - Woodcroft
Bakers Delight - Southgate Plaza
Adelaide Fresh Fruiterers
Little Viet Foodie
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Until Next Time...