Wirreanda Secondary School
Week 5, Term 4 2020
Wed 11 - Fri 13 November
Year 10 Outdoor Ed camp
Mon 23 November
Last day of Year 10
Yr 10 into 11 Transition Day
Tues 24 November
Year 12 Formal
Term 4 Upcoming Events
From our Principal
Fri 6 November
Student Free Day
Our term calendars can be found on our website at this link
Thurs 26 November
Year 7 to 8 Transition Day
Fri 27 November
Year 6 to 7 Transition Day
Mon 16 November
Year 12 Graduation
Fri 20 November
Last day of Year 11
Yr 11 into 12 Transition Day
Dear Parents, Families, Staff and Students,
Welcome to Term 4 at Wirreanda Secondary School.
Term 4 is always an enjoyable but a busy term, focused on not only ending the year successfully but celebrating the success of a range of students and programs across our community.
Year 12 Farewell
We farewelled our Year 12 students at a full-school assembly in Week 2. Although they were farewelled officially, many Year 12 classes will continue for a while longer. All Year 12 students still have exams to complete and teachers will be continuing to provide support. This assembly is always an opportunity to acknowledge the time our Year 12 students have spent at Wirreanda Secondary School and to wish them all the best for the completion of their studies and their futures beyond school. The morning was a great time to not only reflect on the last 5 years of schooling but also connect with families and friends that have also been key within the development and growth of our Year 12 cohort.
Most students spend five years at high school and this time is influential in their development from adolescence to young adults. We are proud of our students, we thank them for their contribution to our school and we hope that their futures fulfil their aspirations and dreams. We wish our Year 12 students all the best in their final exams and completing work, and look forward to celebrating Graduation and Formal with them once exams are complete.
Year 6 into 7, 7 into 8 Transition
We recently welcomed our new 2021 Year 7 and Year 8 students and families to Wirreanda Secondary School with our new Learner Profile Interview Nights, which were held in Week 2. It is always wonderful to meet so many new faces and also continuing families. These nights are an important part of our Transition process for our new students, which is focused on knowing our students as well as possible before they commence with us. We look forward to having our 2020 Year 7 and Year 8 students returning later in the term for their respective Transition Days.
Term 4 is always busy with a range of events at school, and within the constraints of COVID 19 we have attempted to work within these to ensure these celebratory events can still occur. A number of events have been organised for Term 4, including the Year 8-11 Certificate Night, Year 12 Graduation, Year 12 Formal and Year 6 into 7 and 7 into 8 Transition Days. These events provide opportunities for us to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our students, recognize the hard work and support provided by our staff and successfully transition new members of our community into the school.
I look forward to seeing you at these events as we continue our work together. In addition to ensuring that all students are supported to complete their studies successfully this year, a great deal of planning is also going into ensuring that 2021 begins smoothly.
Remember ...Wirreanda Secondary School and “who we are” is a result of what we do, or don’t do, everyday.
PBL Exhibition of Learning Week
Tues 1 December
Yr 7-11 Presentation Evening
Fri 11 December
1:05pm Early Dismissal
During the term 3 holidays, Sara and I had the privilege of attending a year 12 Reception with the Governor of South Australia, Hieu Van Le, at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Walking into this event we were unsure of what to expect, but our expectations were far exceeded. It was an extremely formal event with year 12 leaders from schools all over South Australia. As we arrived there was a band from Adelaide High playing and this continued for the majority of the night. The formal aspect of the night was made up of a speech from the Governor and the Education Minister, both highlighting the struggles as well as highlights of the crazy year it has been.
It was an absolute pleasure to be acknowledged by the Governor for our efforts as not only year 12 students but also as School Captains. This night was surreal for us as it has felt that our position as School Captain had been less visible than in the past. However, to hear the speeches from the Governor and the Education Minister, John Gardner made us realise we have had an impact on our fellow peers and school community this year amidst the pandemic.
That said, a highlight of the night for us had to be the food, it was great!! As well as this it was great being with all the other year 12s who have had the same experiences as us and sharing our own personal experiences from the year.
Georgia Usher and Sara Williams
2020 School Captains
2020 has certainly been an interesting year for all. Throughout it all, our School and House Captains have modeled resilience and been innovative in their approach to student leadership. As a result, I commend each of them on their hard work. Across this year, student leaders and specifically House & School Captains have been involved in leading across a range of events, experiences and processes.
A range of these student leaders have engaged with opportunities to make a difference in the school including to achieve their legacies. Some of their actions have resulted in:
The creation of a WSS Year 12 Yearbook, the first in many years (Aurora)
Increased collaboration across Middle and Senior School Homegoups (Jesse & Tyler)
Resource creation aligned to our Home Learning Policy, specifically related to movement (Gypsy & Talia)
Student Takeovers on our social media accounts with students sharing their learning (Sara)
Increasing the profile of Reconciliation Week and the very fitting theme, 'We're in this together' (Marley)
Student-Led Virtual Effort Awards to acknowledge students' achievements (Georgia)
Reviewing the current house points system (Cody, Georgia and Makayla)
We look forward to seeing what the 2021 cohort of captains can achieve in their time together.
Mrs Melissa Smith
From our Captains
2020 House Cup
Wheeler House Pride
On Thursday 22 October our class of year 12 were celebrated at our final whole school assembly, which also gave an opportunity to award the 2020 house cup. It became evident by the beginning of term 4 that house culture was alive and well throughout the school with students often asking who was leading once the results had been removed from display to contain the surprise. Wheeler House were able to secure the 2020 house cup, making it their second house award this year (including sports day). It was a perfect send off for our graduating Wheeler House year 12’s and I felt incredibly fortunate to be able to oversee the Wheeler House Senior School students this year. They have consistently demonstrated the school values of respect, responsibility, honesty and achievement, and have deserved every success that has come their way. Both the continuing students and I are extremely excited for the opportunity to go back to back in 2021.
Mr Keegan Taylor
Senior School Yellow House Leader
From our Middle School
Throughout the week, students were bunkered down in the “war room” (above) working collaboratively to flesh out their problem, critically and creatively explore and refine possible solutions and experience the pressures and overcome some of the challenges entrepreneurs face in the business world day-to-day. The team certainly rose to the challenge. It was incredible to see them working collaboratively and cooperatively to meet daily deadlines, some with just seconds to spare.
“Purity” won the Best Marketing Strategy and the Student Choice award categories and placed second overall by the narrowest of margins. A huge and well deserved congratulations to Jude S, Bree J, Sean P, Indy W, Ella D, Nikole W, Talia V, Sinouvi P.
Keep a lookout for these budding entrepreneurs in the future, I have no doubt these moguls in the making will move onto bigger and better business-things!
Mr Chris Bracale
Orange Tribe Year 7
The Year 7 Orange PBL Tribe went on excursion to Wilfred Taylor Reserve to complete the orienteering course and make observations of the location for their ‘Create Your Own Adventure’ project. The excursion allowed students to build their understanding of orienteering, examine the recreational spaces available to the public, such as the newly built nature play area and obtain vital information for their case study. All students had a great day exploring an awesome community and recreational space, which is only a stone’s throw away from Wirreanda Secondary School.
Ms April Grava
PBL & Aboriginal Education Teacher
In Week 9 of Term 4 our Middle School cohort will cease regular curriculum based classes and instead be exposed to Wirreanda Secondary School’s unique WALO Week, or ‘Wicked Awesome Learning Opportunities’ Week. Where some schools may be winding down, in typical Wirreanda Secondary School fashion we finish the year with a bang! The purpose of WALO Week is to expose students to a range of exciting, challenging and valuable experiences aimed at eliciting a spark or passion, and leveraging that for greatness in the future.
WALO Week will incorporate school based sessions centred around Passion Projects and Dare Day challenges, whilst off site excursions will be offered on 2 out of the 5 days. These days have been designed to expose students to places and opportunities beyond what they may have experienced before. The school based sessions and excursions have been designed in consultation with students and in the coming weeks all Middle School students will be able to nominate for all the sessions they wish to take part.
Keep your eye out for upcoming newsletters and social media announcements regarding this exciting week and all it has to offer!
Ms Alicia Dean
Middle School Jonker/Red House Leader
2020 Illuminate NextGen Challenge
At the end of Term 3, five Year 9 students and three Year 10 students, all sharing a keen interest in business, were selected to participate in the 2020 Illuminate NextGen challenge. Hosted by Torrens University and in partnership with Chartered Accountants Australia, the five day challenge provides students with an authentic entrepreneurial experience. Working together as a team, students were challenged to come up with a new process, service, product or design to positively change the way we live and work in the future. Given the impact COVID-19 had on life and work in 2020, the team came up with the concept of “Purity”, a subscription-based service that provides sustainable and affordable hygiene care packages to their customers. Their mission: promote healthy hygiene habits amongst young people and change attitudes towards hygiene in the post-COVID-19 world. The team’s solution was innovative and ambitious. They believed that if young people could develop and maintain healthy hygiene habits they could change the attitude of future generations, and in turn, help protect those most vulnerable and at risk in our community.
Recently I have been working with two groups of students in planning and preparing for the Year 12 Formal and the 2021 Senior Jumper. I have been amazed at the level of maturity the students have for each other in debating, discussing and choosing specific details for each. Furthermore, the students have continued to show the specific school values of respect and honesty when making decisions that will benefit the entire cohort and not just themselves. Keep up the excellent work.
Over the last week we also farewelled our Year 12 students and celebrated our final Red Jonker House assembly for the year. I would like to especially thank our Red Jonker House representatives for their hard work this year especially their running of house assemblies and rallying the team at important events. Additionally, a big congratulations to Aurora C in producing the Year 12 Yearbook as part of her legacy item. The book is a testament to your hard work throughout the year and I am sure it will be valued by the students for many years.
Mr Brad Stubing
Senior School Red House Leader
Year 12 Graduation and Formal Tickets
Graduation and Formal tickets have arrived!
We are happy to advise that all requests for additional Graduation tickets received to date have been allocated. If you require additional guest tickets, but haven't yet requested them, please let us know as there are still some tickets available.
The important information Students need to know in order to collect their Graduation and Formal tickets:
All materials must be returned to the school (textbooks, calculators etc), and your green Leaver's Form must be completed before you can collect your tickets. There are spare Leaver's Forms available if required.
Formal tickets (including Formal Guest tickets) must be paid in full.
There is no charge for Graduation tickets.
You need to bring the names and contact details for all Graduation guests (for Covid tracing purposes).
You can collect your Graduation and Formal tickets from the Finance Office between 9:00am - 11:00am or 1:30pm - 3:30pm from Thursday 29 October.
Ms Natalie Maddern
Senior Leader, Senior School
From our Senior School
Year 12 Final Assembly
On Thursday 22 October, we came together for a whole-school assembly to celebrate the achievements of our Year 12 students. Whilst Covid restrictions prevented us from inviting parents to attend, we were able to record the assembly. You can access the video below, or on our school Youtube account.
Ms Natalie Maddern
Senior Leader, Senior School
I would like to personally thank Aurora Choat for her hard work and dedication to the creation of the Year 12 Yearbook as photographed above. Aurora is one of the 2020 House Captains and as part of her role, she focused her legacy project on reviving a historic tradition at the school. She was passionate about the topic and worked diligently throughout the year, convincing many of her peers, teachers and leaders that this idea was achievable during an already busy Year 12.
As a result, she created a Year 12 Yearbook, the first in a long time at Wirreanda Secondary School. This was gifted to each of the Year 12s at their final Whole School Farewell Assembly. Students were excited to explore the Yearbook and relive many fond memories casting right back to their first year of high school. At subsequent events, we noticed Year 12 students proudly collecting best wishes and messages for the future in their copy of the Yearbook.
Aurora and her Year 12 committee, should be proud of their efforts and of the final outcome.
On Friday Week 2 we hosted a celebration breakfast for all graduating Year 12 students and their teachers to acknowledge their efforts in 2020. This year, we selected the theme “The Future is Bright” requesting all attendees to dress as brightly as they could. Between the decorations, photo wall, bright outfits and the bubbly attitudes, it was certainly a bold and vibrant way to say farewell! During the morning, there was a flurry of excitement as students signed each other’s yearbooks, produced by Aurora C as her Captain Legacy. It has been such a successful year for the Year 12's, with many securing apprenticeships, early entrance university places, and full time employment. On behalf of the Senior School Team, we wish you all the best for your future endeavours, and hope that you remain a part of our extended school community over the coming years.
Ms Zoe Finch
Senior School Green House Leader
Year 12 Breakfast
The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter - Colt S as Gus, Declan M as Ben.
The Dumb Waiter is a famous two-character play written by British playwright Harold Pinter and set in the basement of an old rooming house connected to the rooms above by a dumbwaiter and an intercom. Ben and Gus make small talk and wait. It becomes obvious that they are hired killers who are waiting for their victim, whose identity they have not yet been told.
Lighting script and design: Kyle P, Joshua H
Scripts, direction and props: Colt S, Declan M, Shanaya M, V Mouzakitis
Prompts/understudies/backstage: Hannah B, Madison S, Joshua H, Declan M
10 minute challenge plays
You - Three angry teenagers John, Juan and Joe are waiting outside the principal's office. Tense interactions ensue. Lachlan M, Samuel P, Joshua H
Juice Box - Sophisticated, prim and proper Anastasia and Antionette share stories on a sweltering summer's night. Sara M, Madison S
Bottle Baby - Tense drama between two sisters - Beeb, a recovering alcoholic and Alice, a 17 year old student. Kathleen J, Shanaya M
Sunday Lunch - Two step brothers Devon and Rayden share a space during Sunday family lunch. Sam P, Lachlan M
It Matters - Conflict and surprises in a waiting room at the local police station between a young man and a middle class lady. Tayah H, Joshua J
On Thursday 22 October, Senior Secondary Drama and Creative Arts students in Years 11 and 12 impressed their audience of family and staff when they presented their assessment-based works - a collection of short plays in part A preceded Harold Pinter’s classic suspense drama, ‘The Dumb Waiter’ at the school’s Drama Space.
Students worked very hard in both on-stage and off-stage roles to collaborate, devise and rehearse their performance pieces. The dramatic styles explored included Physical Theatre, Absurdist styles, Social Drama and Postmodern Theatre. The intention was to not only entertain an audience, but also challenge their thinking by presenting different ways to share stories and explore themes. Through devised pieces and dramatic concepts, students created innovative work as they fused and developed hybrid styles of Drama. The students also implemented lighting and sound technology into their pieces. In doing so, they engaged with 21st Century Skills including working as a creative team, imagination, problem solving and critical thinking.
Feedback from the predominantly parent audience was very positive. (Covid-19 restrictions and audience distancing were applied). Huge thank you to the staff, both Arts faculty members and administration who attended and helped out on the night.
Thank you to staff supporting during the evening - Noeleen Curran, Melanie Duluk, Ralf Pirone, Priya Vijayan, Shane Cunningham
Mr Vasily Mouzakitis
Senior Drama Night
The Outdoor Education Program has had a busy and exciting few weeks. Students have had multiple opportunities to participate and lead in several camps. Our Year 11's National Parks - Walk and Climb have had a multiday trip to Deep Creek Conservation Park.
While our Year 10 students have been upskilling on the climbing wall and bike riding in preparation for their trips later this term, they also have enjoyed Aquatics sessions at Port Noarlunga upskilling in surfing and kayaking.
We also farewell our Year 12 Outdoor Education class, after they lead both their semi-self-reliant and self-reliant programs this year. The students have had the opportunity to hike through Mt Remarkable National Park and Deep Creek Conservation park.
Outdoor Education continues to be full of fun, activity, and learning!
Ms Naomi Gash
During term 2, I nominated two students for the South Australian state "Australian Olympic Change-Maker". The students nominated must show leadership in sport, use sport as a vehicle to improve health and wellbeing and drive social change in their school or local community. The two students I nominated showed all of the above whilst representing Wirreanda Secondary School and within the Specialist Sports program and also in their community in a variety of sports.
The student nominations were accepted for:
Year 10 Specialist Sports student Gemma - representing Cricket for Wirreanda Secondary School, SACA South Australian Under 15 girls team and Cricket Australia Under 18 Womens team. Also, for her leadership skills in coaching boys and girls at school for statewide knockout competitions before and during the games.
Year 12 student Gypsy - representing Football and Touch for Wirreanda Secondary School, SANFL Under 16 Crows program, SANFLW-South Adelaide team, AFL Women's All-Stars game representative. Also, for her community leadership skills within her football teams and at school with coaching, selections of teams with touch and football.
Gemma and Gypsy then had to submit a one-minute video which actively demonstrated how they are displaying leadership through sport in their school or local community and using sport as a vehicle to improve health and wellbeing. Both students were invited to attend the virtual Olympic Change-Maker State Forum in September. Gemma and Gypsy listened to a video message from Olympic gold and silver medallist, Brooke Hanson OAM (swimming) and had the opportunity to listen to 5 other Olympians who are currently training for the next Olympics about strategies and goals especially in the current COVID-19 lockdown situation for their trainings. Questions were then sent by the students and Brooke responded. Both girls were assisted by Year 12 Physical Education teacher Mrs Bryant and spent 2 hours with the virtual Olympic link up gaining valuable information and insite into the values of excellence, friendship, and respect, with an aim to build a better world through sport.
Gemma and Gypsy will receive an Australian Olympic Change-Maker certificate of recognition as emerging leaders who are making a difference in their respective communities and school in a myriad of ways by being a positive force at the end of year ceremony.
Following the State Forum, a National Olympic Change-Maker Summit will be held in December and up to 25 students from around Australia will be chosen to attend in Canberra or virtually. We wish to congratulate Gemma and Gypsy on representing Wirreanda Secondary School and South Australia in sport thus and into their future.
Mrs Heather Lee
Daily Organiser & Sports Officer
Congratulations to Year 12 Gypsy who has been selected as one 20 student leaders from around Australia by a panel of Olympians for her efforts in driving positive change within her school and community for the 2020 Change-Makers National Summit.
Due to the current situation with COVID-19 this year’s National Summit will be held virtually. It will involve leaders coming together virtually with Olympians, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in a series of 2 hour workshops on 3 different days.
The AOC are committed to giving the youth a voice and empowering young leaders just like Gypsy. Through the National Summit she has an amazing opportunity to shape the future of the Olympic movement in Australia. The Summit will provide a platform for her and fellow Change-Makers to share her unique backgrounds, experiences and ideas to come up with fresh new ideas that can benefit people in her own communities and across the country.
UPDATE The results are in .....
From Outdoor Education
‘Silver Linings’ by Tameka C
‘Seascape Triptych’ by Hailee D
‘Violet’ by Caitlyn G
‘Legacy’ by Kaitlyn M
‘The Powerful Three’ by Cheyenne B
‘Flourished Confinement’ by Tyler W
From Visual Arts
Year 12 Art & Design
With Year 12 lessons coming to an end, our Stage 2 Art and Design students put the finishing touches on their masterpieces early this term. Throughout 2020 students showed outstanding growth and resilience in a year full of disruptions and uncertainty, to create works which explore a diverse range of materials and techniques, styles and subject matter. We’re very proud of the artworks they created, and they should be too.
Mr David O’Callaghan
Year 12 Art & Design Teacher
‘T-Rex vs Spinosaurus’ by Christopher S
At the recent Onkaparinga North athletics day two of our Specialist Sports students competed and won through to the State athletics carnival which is being held in November. Alexandra for High Jump, Discus and Shotput and Tara for 200m and 800m. Congratulations to both of the girls for their successful day and we wish them well at the state carnival.
Following the SASI Talent Search where 11 of our elite Specialist Sports students were selected to attend Stage 2 testing for Sprint kayak, Volleyball and Rowing last term we have received the results. Jude, who was invited to Stage 2 rowing testing has made it through and now been selected into the Talent Search rowing program which he will start in October. Congratulations Jude, this is an amazing opportunity and will open many pathways for your future.
Congratulations to Specialist Sports student Benjamin who will be participating in the SAPSASA State Swimming championships on Wednesday 18 November in the 50m freestyle and relays. We wish Benjamin all the best for the day and look forward to receiving his results.
From our Aboriginal Education Team
On Friday 16 October, Maddy and Alex competed at the SSSSA Mountain Bike championships at O'Halloran Hill. They had some unseasonal weather but managed to have good rounds with Maddy finishing 4th in the U15 Female individual event and Alex finishing 14th with a large group in U15 Male Individual event. Fantastic results Maddy and Alex .
Kyiesha, Latysha and Jamal were involved in the SACE Board’s first ever Aboriginal Pathways Online Challenge. The challenge was a fun and informative online challenge for Aboriginal students in years 10 - 12. Through the challenge they were able to discover the accessibility of higher education and pathways to exciting careers as they travelled along a virtual trail of SACE, university and TAFE website. They each received a deadly shirt from the SACE board for their participation!
Ms April Grava
PBL & Aboriginal Education Teacher
Congratulations to the year 8/9 Boys basketball team who competed in the Statewide round 2 Pool B competition at Morphett Vale Basketball stadium on Monday 19 October with Mr David O'Callaghan as the coach. The team had a blinder of a day taking out all 5 games winning the overall day and going into the State Grand Finals on 11 November at Lightsview stadium. The team also took out the Southern Vales trophy for the day as overall winners at the competition.
Congratulations and all the best on the 11 November for Coby, Lachie, Lachlan, Oliver, Tayton, Nikolas, Quentin, Remy and Tom with Mr O'Callaghan as coach.
On 19 November Bailey will be competing in the SSSSA SA Diving Championships in Adelaide in the 14 years section of 3 dives. We would like to wish Bailey well and look forward to receiving some photos and results from him.
Congratulations to Specialist Sports student Freddy who competed with 2 Aberfoyle High School students to make a golf team for the SSSSA Golf Teams Stableford Championships on Monday 19 October. The team had great results finishing third overall - Scores Lachlan 29, Josh 31 and Freddy 35 with a total of 95. A great start to the season for Freddy and all the best for the future.
“This was the best team challenge!” - Amelia
“I suggested that we do a ‘haunted house’ team challenge next week” - Luke
Written by Luke, Hayls, Amelia, Leia and Hollie
From the Blue Room and White Room
“I learnt about survival skills” - Leia
“I liked this challenge because I learnt things I can use for camping” - Hayls
Recently students in the Green Room have completed the 'Desert Island Team Challenge'
In this challenge students are learning to:
develop our problem-solving and communication skills
express our opinions and ideas
What is the ‘Desert Island Team Challenge’?
We had to survive and escape a desert island by using teamwork and problem-solving skills.
We were only able to take 6 items with us, these items would affect our choices and point score. Teams chose what they were going to do to survive, like getting food, water, setting up a fire and setting up some form of shelter. To escape, teams used smoke signals, writing ‘help’ and ‘SOS’ in the sand, making a raft and using a flare. All the points were added up at the end from both teams and one was the winner.
What did our students think?
Term 4 has begun with us welcoming our new students: Marshy, Molly, Mason and Henry starting to visit our classes as part of their transition for 2021. We hope they enjoy their new adventures and learning at Wirreanda Secondary School.
During recent art lessons with Mr Pirone, students have completed a boomerang art task. The wooden boomerangs had to be sanded thoroughly before painting. Both White and Blue Room students produced some lovely designs. We did all end up covered in paint and sawdust but we had a lot of fun making our boomerangs.
Our next project involves making a paper Mache art piece, where students chose a popular character to base their creation on. Marshy and Declan concentrated hard and have started the project with enthusiasm and skill.
Mrs Fisher Mr Sean Kennedy
Blue Room teacher White Room teacher
From the Green Room
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Let's stay connected
Cut off for applying for School Card is on the 20 November 2020. If you believe that you may be entitled to School Card assistance, please contact the school for an application form. School Card Applications must be received by the date above. Alternatively, you can now submit your school card application form online via at www.sa.gov.au. Please note a school card application must be given to each school that your child attends.(e.g. a primary school student requires a separate form to a secondary school student). Please ensure all students within your care are listed on all forms. Further information and applications for financial hardship or for parents/guardians who are self-employed are available via this same link.
If you are unsure if your account is up to date, please contact the finance office on 8329 7258, if you require any further information or assistance with school fees.
Below is a guideline to the 2020 School Card eligibility.
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Number of dependent Children
Gross annual School Card Income limit
Gross weekly school card income limit
More than five children
Add $1,061 for each dependent child
Add $21 for each dependent child
The 2021 Stationery lists have been uploaded to our website and are available for viewing at the following link