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​Congratulations to Julia Parker who has been selected as a finalist in Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Sinfonietta competition.

This is a national competition where students were asked to compose 24 bars for a string quartet, demonstrating how composers use motivic development in their work. 

Julia has spent the last six months studying various composer's string quartets in preparation for writing her own composition. She will now participate in a three day composer's workshop with renowned conductor/music educator Richard Gill and members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. This is an incredible opportunity for any young musician/composer.

Well done Julia on all your hard work!

  

The 2013 Pierre de Coubertin Awards were the seventeenth year the Pierre de Coubertin Awards have been conducted in Tasmania. All secondary schools in Tasmania were invited to nominate one senior student for the Award. 41 schools participated this year.
 
The Awards were organised by the Tasmanian Olympic Council and made possible by a Grant from the Tasmanian Government with the continued support from the Australian Olympic Committee and the Tasmanian Institute of Sport.
Over 80 People including 38 students and their teachers and parents attended the Academy Day at the Tasmanian Institute of Sport on Friday 20th September.
 
The special guest speakers were Anthony Edwards – Olympian and TOC President. Rowing 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012.
 
Emma Hall – Clarence High School/Rosny College. 2013 International PdC Youth Forum
 
Smithton High School’s Pierre De Coubertin Award Recipient for 2013 is HANNAH JACKSON.
Congratulations Hannah!

 

  

During Term 2 and 3 students in the humanities extension courses from Years 7-10 participated in preparing essays to be entered into the judging of the National History Challenge. This year's theme, 'Legends, Fact and History' gave students inspiration about the history topic/ individual they wanted to investigate. Congratulations to the following students for their involvement;

Year 7​

Racquel Ralston - 'Truganini'

Year 8

Connie erry - 'ANZAC Legend'

Hayley Fisher - 'Truganini'

Lewis Nicholls - 'ANZAC Legend'

Olivia Nibbs - 'ANZAC Legend'

Shaun Blake - 'ANZAC Legend'

Tom Mundy - 'ANZAC Legend'

Year 9

Tamara Hursey - 'George Augustus Robinson'

Year 10

Eloise Chatwin - 'Alec Campbell'

Hannah Jackson - 'Olympics'

Tiffany Wilton-Brooks - 'ANZAC Legend'

At the state judging Tamara, Hannah and Tiffany were awarded the 'Tasmanian History Teachers Association Commendation' presented by the Premier, Lara Giddings, on Friday 8th November in Hobart. Unfortunately, due to the short notice, the girls were not able to attend the awards ceremony but their efforts have been well recognized with this award. Tasmania is very competitive in this competition nationally; three of the state winners went on to be national winners in 2013. This demonstrates the high standards our students have achieved this year. It also demonstrates the hard work they undertook - all the students involved spent time in class and at home completing their research and essay writing, we congratulate you all on showing such perseverance! We look forward to having more Smithton High competitors in this competition in coming years, good luck!

Ms Parker

Humanities Extension Teacher

 

  

Ryan Grey, a young lad from a small Tasmanian town called Smithton, has proven that hard work really does pay off.
Ryan sat the Energise Oz Readiness Assessment 5 times, each time improving his score and chipped away to achieve the benchmark with a great deal of determination and commitment.
After each Readiness Assessment, Ryan was provided a report revealing where he needed to focus his attention next time. This report was transferred to the hands of Ryan’s support group, from the Energise Oz operations, to Ryan’s Mentor-Adviser, his mother and then his grandmother. Each Sunday morning, Ryan would spend time with his grandmother, covering the relevant online resources.
Without a driver’s license, Ryan made his way to Burnie TAFE (1.5 hours away) for 5 tutoring sessions, both one-on-one and small group. Then his sister would drive him to sit his Readiness Assessments.
Showing a remarkable improvement, Ryan’s initial numeracy score was 36% and his final score was just over 85%.
His employer, Darren Jaeger, from Jaeger Electrical and Refrigeration specifically wanted Ryan part of the Energise Oz pilot program and provided time off work to study for the Readiness Assessment. Darren was thrilled when Ryan achieved the national benchmark. Darren said “Ryan is such a great young man and we are here to support him all the way and give him every opportunity to get through. Now I feel confident that Ryan will be successful in his apprenticeship.”
Ryan has been an inspiration to his entire support group and the wider community. He has proven that the old saying “hard work pays off” is true. Ryan stated “Whatever it takes, I just want to be an electrician.”
Ryan’s Energise Oz Mentor-Adviser, John Oakley states “This is the reason why I got involved in the Pilot. It is a highlight of the job to work with students like Ryan. I really look forward to being part of Ryan’s apprenticeship journey and supporting him when needed.”
Ryan is now part of the Energise Oz pilot program and will reap the benefits of an apprenticeship model that is competency-based where he will progress when he shows competency both on and off the job. Our past experience working with Ryan will probably mean he will excel in this environment.
We wish Ryan all the best with his apprenticeship and look forward to tracking his journey and providing him support along the way.

 

  

​I would like to congratulate our Principal, Nikki Clark, on the safe arrival of her daughter Liv, and announce that I will continue in the role of Acting Principal for 2014, while Ms Clark takes leave for the year.

As we have witnessed in our final assembly we have celebrated student success in all the core subjects of English, History, Science, Mathematics, Health & Wellbeing.  Our Personal Interest subjects have provided other opportunities for students to excel in their areas of interest.  In our second last assembly students received recognition for their many sporting achievements and their participation in voluntary programs where they volunteered their time to help others in the community. It has been a pleasure to host another exchange student. Lucien Deremondduchelas has made a positive contribution in his short time at our school, not to mention the influence he has had on broadening student perceptions around travel and doing something that requires you to move out of your comfort zone.
I’m proud that our school continues to strengthen its links with community organisations. Our SEC has worked tirelessly with agencies such as Rural Health, Wyndarra Inc. and the Circular Head Council, with each providing many opportunities for our students to be involved in extra-curricular programs. I thank them for their continued support. These opportunities provide our students with skills and knowledge to increase their capacity to contribute as active, responsible citizens.
The Transition Programs run for Grades 5 and 6 have provided opportunities for Primary School students to gain confidence about coming to High School through familiarisation with students, staff and facilities.  The Orientation Day in early December was well supported with students able to work in three groups with the teachers most likely to be teaching them next year.  The atmosphere was very positive with students eager to return next year.
Our focus continues to be on providing high quality engaging programs for our students and next year we plan to continue our whole school approach to raising student achievement in Literacy and Numeracy. I acknowledge that we can always do better and we should never lose sight of improving our teaching practice.  Well done to all staff, students and community on your support, contributions and effort throughout 2013. They do not go unnoticed.
Probably the most exciting news for 2013 was the announcement that we have received funding to build a new gymnasium and refurbish our Performing Arts area in 2014.  An architect has been appointed and we have already viewed several concept drawings.  We are hopeful that plans will be completed early in February, so that a building tender is called in March, with construction to start in April.  Whilst the construction will cause some inconvenience during 2014, the potential benefits will far outweigh any minor inconvenience.
Staffing News
It is the time of the year to announce staff changes. We farewell and wish Lauren Bovill, Lesley Clarke, Phil Hawley, Tessa Lee and Nick Pearson all the best for the future as they leave Smithton High to pursue teaching careers in other schools.  We welcome Josh Smith, Luke Wescombe and Tobi Allan as well as Sarah Prior, Nicole Chettle and Lindsey Blake who will all be returning from maternity leave.
I’m looking forward to an exciting, successful and rewarding 2014. Enjoy a Merry Christmas, have a Happy New Year and a relaxing holiday break.
Keith Billing
PRINCIPAL

  

Callum's entry "Antarctic Diorama" in to the Bookend Trust - Antarctica Fly Over Competition won him the 4 day Antarctic Experience prize for 2014. This includes a tour of the Australian Antarctic Division facilities and meetings with researchers (and other students), as well as the 12hour flight over Antarctica itself (via Melbourne).

The judges were impressed with the multi-faceted approach Callum took to showcasing Antarctica in the diorama.

Well done Callum!

  


BOYS & GIRLS

Plain red or white polo shirts

Plain black trousers/trackpants/shorts
(Girls trousers/shorts to be purchased from retail outlets.)

School zip up jacket (water repellent)/puffer jacket...

Plain dark green rugby top

Plain dark green windcheater

Plain dark green woollen jumper

Black or white scarves – only black available from school

BLACK SHOES (no colours/white soles etc)
(School has cheap canvas black shoes available. Recommend that parents purchase sturdy black school shoes from a retail outlet.)

White blouse

Red and green school plaid skirt

Summer dress

Black tights

*Members of the SEC will wear a SHS blazer.
*Students are encouraged to wear hats when outside.
*Uniform items will be available from the school unless otherwise indicated. No orders are required.

  

Smithton High School students Callum Poke & Jarrod Elphinstone have been successful in securing $1,000 in Philmac products to commence work on their hydroponics project thanks to their entry in the Philmac Project.  This is a great achievement for these students and we will keep you updated on their hydroponics progress!.

  

Year 10 student, Tamara Hursey and classmates in the Year 9/10 humanities option group decided to write an entry for the ‘Travel, Live, Learn’ blog writing competition recently. The competition is aimed at 16-20 year olds who aspire to follow writing careers. Students had to use their imaginations and write to the theme ‘Inspire’. Tamara found out yesterday she was one of six winners nation-wide, her piece being the first published on the website (see below). Congratulations Tamara and Brielle Kay who showed perseverance in writing to the 500 word limit!

 

  

 Just to let parents know that the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program is now active at Smithton High School. This means that students can bring their laptop or tablet from home and connect to the school network in order to support their learning in class. Laptops and tablets can be securely stored in the library when not in use. Students are expected to abide by all regulations in the school’s ICT User Agreement. Any questions can be directed to Mr Dunham by email tim.dunham@education.tas.gov.au or Steve King by email steve.king@education.tas.gov.au.
Thanks, Tim Dunham

  

Welcome to first term from the chaplaincy front!
My name is Christine Blake and I have been chaplain at Smithton High since 2008. My role in the school is defined as follows, ‘to provide greater pastoral care, general reli...gious and personal advice and comfort to all within the school community.’ It’s a role I enjoy, and I count it a privilege to provide this service to the Smithton High community.
So far this term I have been reconnecting with past students and introducing myself to new students. I have also been busy organizing various programs within the school; of particular interest has been the roster to deliver meals on wheels, which has attracted a number of staff and students. This gives our students a great opportunity to connect with the local community and to be involved in service.
The week of March 23rd 30th is chaplaincy week, and I have included some information on ways we can be involved as a community to support the work chaplains who provide all around our state. Please take time to read through the options given and if you would like more information on how to be involved visit the website at www.sutas.org.au or contact me personally.
This year I am working Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and can be contacted at the school on those days, if I can be of any assistance to you or your student.

Thanks, Christine Blake
Acknowledgement
The National School Chaplaincy Programme is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Disclaimer
The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

CHAPLAINCY WEEK
March 23-30, 2014

As SU Tasmania is the service provider for chaplains in 101 Tasmanian schools, this year’s Chaplaincy Week theme is ‘101’. We will be facilitating a number of ‘101 Challenges’ detailed below. Funds raised from these challenges will go into a central fund to be made available later in the year to LCCs that are finding it hard to raise the required shortfall.

RAY’S OUTDOORS EVENTS
Ray’s Outdoors, at their 3 locations at Devonport, Launceston and Hobart, are hosting a special opening on Thursday 27th March 6.30-8pm. This is a ticketed event where money raised from the tickets goes straight to supporting chaplaincy. Tickets available online at www.sutas.org.au/rays Come along and enjoy a BBQ, exclusive specials, discounts, prizes and more.
101 RIDE NW, N, NE and S
These regional bike rides are sponsored events. Participants will pay a registration fee and also have the opportunity to raise further sponsorship for central chaplaincy support.
NW - Tuesday 25th March (39 km)
North - Monday 24th (42 km)
North East - Sunday 23rd (20km)
South - Saturday 29th (101 km)
101 SPIN
Teams of three participants will register to compete to finish 101km on a spin bike at Personal Best Gym in North Hobart on Saturday 29th May while also competing against the old man (Peter Swift) on the 101km road ride.
101 FAST
Supporters are encouraged to register and raise funds through sponsored fasts during the week – e.g. give up coffee, cake, chocolate, technology, a meal etc. and donate the money saved to chaplaincy.
‘CHAPLAINS ARE CHAMPIONS’ MEALS
Meal time events are to be held in Burnie, Launceston Scottsdale and Hobart with invited guests including politicians, principals, LCC members and chaplains.

 

  

When a student is feeling unwell, has been injured or is upset while attending school, they are to go to First Aid where Mrs Jackson or Mrs Kay can assess them and record details and make a phone call for a parent/guardian to collect them. We are legally required to document any student that falls ill or gets injured at school as part of our duty of care. This also helps office staff in locating them quickly when parent/guardian arrives to collect them.

 
LATE ARRIVALS
Arriving late to school for students can mean missing out on important information and notices being read our or distributed at the beginning of Block 1 each day. Our school start time is 8.50am.
 
LEAVING EARLY
A “reasonable explanation” must be provided by a parent/guardian in order for a student to leave the school during school time. 8.50am – 2.55pm.
 
ABSENCES
When students are absent or have been/going to an appointment, please notify the school by any one of the following methods and provided a “reasonable explanation”:
·         Phone: 6452 1376
·         Email: smithton.high@education.tas.gov.au
·         Note: either on a piece of paper or in student’s diary
·         Text: reply to a text message the school has sent you previously. If you are not receiving absence notifications by text message and wish to, please contact the school to give your mobile number
 
Thanks, Mr Billing

  

I have chosen to limit my addresses to one per term this year, but after writing this report, I may need to reconsider. Hopefully you won’t fall asleep before you get to the end!

 
I would like to make a belated welcome to all students and parents to the new school year.  I particularly welcome new students and families joining our school.
 
I must commend everyone on a very positive start due to the contribution and support of our entire school community. This year promises to be exciting and rewarding as we continue building on the hard work and commitment to excellence established as priorities in 2013.   In my new role, I have enjoyed my interactions with students about their learning and have had many conversations with teachers about their teaching practice.  I have observed students engaged in meaningful tasks that suggest teachers are striving to meet the challenge of differentiating in their classrooms, in order to cater for all.
 
Teachers have worked hard before students returned, both individually and in teams, to prepare learning areas and lessons. I thank teaching and non-teaching staff for their efforts, particularly for the preparations made to accommodate the building our new gymnasium.  We thank parents/guardians and students for your efforts in being prepared from day one.
 
I’d like to welcome our new teachers to Smithton High School.:  Mr Josh Smith, Mr Luke Wescombe and Mr Tobi Allan, as I also welcome the return to teaching after maternity leave of: Mrs Lindsey Blake, Mrs. Nicole Chettle and Mrs. Sarah Prior.
 
NEW SCHOOL GYMNASIUM
Last week, we met with the architect who was able to tell us that all plans had been approved and that the building had been let to tender on the weekend beginning April 5th.  These tenders will close shortly and the successful builder will start their contract on May 12th.  The project is due for completion by October 31st with a 4 week run-over period that means the handover date is to be December 1st 2014.
 
Anyone wishing to see a three dimensional panoramic display of the new building is encouraged to visit the school’s facebook page, where the architect’s impression has been uploaded, complete with views from all directions and landscaping.  The hot air balloon is not part of the package however!
 
 
UNIFORM
A reminder that all students are required to be in full school uniform.  This is the School Association endorsed policy.  Parents/guardians requiring assistance in purchasing clothing/shoes are encouraged to contact the school so that arrangements can be made.
 
It is impressive to see all our students in correct uniform every day.  Parent/guardian support is highly appreciated.  Our uniform looks great. It creates a good image and importantly helps students focus on their learning.  Thanks again to Mrs Rosanne Jackson for her efforts selling uniform during the first few weeks of the year. Please remember if you are wearing an undergarment it should be white under white and red under the red. Shorts and trousers should be plain black (no stripes) and shorts and skirts should be of an acceptable length.
 
BLACK SCHOOL SHOES IN 2014
In 2012 the Smithton High School Association implemented a transition year requiring students to wear enclosed, black shoes with a sturdy sole by the start of the 2013 school year. We now expect all students to be wearing black school shoes. The main reason behind the shoe policy is to encourage the wearing of supportive and protective footwear for all students. The colourful shoes we see some students wearing are very fashionable and expensive; by having a black shoe policy we find the pressure on parents to buy the latest trends is negated. I encourage you to support the school and organise your child to be in the correct footwear. Local shoe outlets have very reasonable school shoes in terms of price.
 
MAKING CONTACT
If you have any worries or concerns about your son/daughter now or at any time throughout the year please contact their core teacher by phoning 64521376 or emailing us at smithton.high@education.tas.gov.au  The office will ensure a message is passed on to the relevant teacher.  Grade Leaders for 2014 are:  Grade 7- Mrs Lisa Bryan; Grade 8 – Mr. Steve King; Grade 9 – Mrs. Lindsey Blake and Grade 10 – Mr Josh Smith.  Please don’t hesitate to contact the school.
 
We have had a great start to the year with Year 7 students displaying great enthusiasm and motivation toward their learning. Well done on a fine start. To those students who were recognised in our first assembly, we congratulate you on the effort to excel in your chosen field. We hope every student can be recognised in assembly by the end of the year. In the meantime, we encourage all students to try their best.
 
The leadership shown by the Student Executive Council (SEC) and the House Captains has been a feature this term. Their commitment to assisting at the Smithton Primary School and Circular Head Primary Schools Carnivals was outstanding.  Year 7-9 Student Representative Councillors (SRC) have been selected and they will get opportunities in the coming terms to display their leadership skills.
 
It is most pleasing to see the resumption of a Grade 11&12 SRC with students willing to take on this responsibility.  They are already actively fundraising to make improvements to Southside.
 
MENTORING AND CHAPLAINCY
Christine Blake continues as our Chaplain, for three days per week. Christine is a vital cog in our team as she provides support for many students. Parents are able to contact Christine via the school office.
 
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLANNING
The school leadership team are working hard to complete our school plan. The main focus areas are: literacy and numeracy improvement, differentiating the curriculum, building respectful relationships, attendance, and the Australian Curriculum for Maths, English, History, Geography and Science.
 
REPORTS:
PROGRESS REPORTS & PARENT CONTACT
By now you will have received Progress Reports (this is the first of the three reports). The reports aim to give you a brief overview of how your child has started the new school year. If you would like to discuss your child’s progress, please contact their teacher before or after the term break.
 
The second report is a detailed, fully written student report collected at parent/teacher/student meetings early in Term 3.  The final report summarising results with an overall comment by the core teacher will be posted home during the second last week of the school year. This will allow interviews to take place if requested. However please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher between these formalised times if there is a concern, or if you wish to share a positive observation.
 
EASTER & ANZAC DAY
 
This year both these events occur during the first term school holidays.  School Executive Co-Presidents, Callum Poke  and Carlton Heres will represent Smithton High on Anzac Day (April 25th) at the dawn service. They will speak and lay a wreath on behalf of the Smithton High School community. While the Anzac service falls in the holidays I hope we can all take some time to reflect on those people who have served in past wars and those are that currently deployed.
 
SCHOOL ASSOCIATION ELECTIONS
I would like to thank Jenny Poke for leading the school association last year and wish her success in the role of chairperson again for 2014. I would also like to thank all members of the school association for their contribution and commitment to our school.
 
Office bearers for this year:
Chairperson                    Jenny Poke
Deputy Chairperson     Stafford Heres
Secretary                        Ali Oates
Financial Officer            Ali Oates
Public Officer                 Keith Billing
 
As we approach the end of Term 1, I would like to thank the school community for your on-going support, and I wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday. Term 2 resumes on Monday the 5th of May.
 
Keith Billing
PRINCIPAL

  

With the winter months approaching, some students are starting some practises that are not in line with our school uniform policy:

·         Some girls are wearing long sleeve black tops under their dresses and white shirts. They need to put a jumper on to cover up or remove the black top.
·         Boys are reminded that if they are wearing t-shirts under their polo tops and they are visible, they need to be the same colour as the top they are wearing ie. White with white, red with red. (no pictures or writing on t-shirts)
·         If students are wearing jackets or jumpers/hoodies that are not part of the school uniform to school, the expectation is that they remove it immediately upon arriving at school.
The school uniform shop has jumpers and jackets that are very warm and at a reasonable cost and our uniform policy is well documented with plenty of notice given that correct school uniform, including black shoes, is essential.

 
Thanks, Keith

 

  

​The BPay reference number on departmental invoices are unique to each individual INVOICE only, it is therefore necessary to enter the exact reference number as indicated on the invoice when making a BPay payment. Failing to change the reference number means that payments can be made to the wrong school, especially if a student has changed schools.

  

​As mentioned in the last newsletter of Term 1, I promised to write more regularly. I have also managed to make a few changes to the newsletter format adding three new features for your information.  These include an SEC/SRC student profile, a staff profile and a past student profile entitled “Famous Faces”.  Mrs Parker’s Extension English class has taken on the role of researching the exploits of our past students and would appreciate any direction offered as to suitable past students you would recommend researching, along with any details you may have.

STAFF CHANGES
It is with regret I have to inform you that Mrs Rebecca Gould will be leaving Smithton High School as of Friday May 30th due to the transfer of her husband to work interstate.  Mrs Gould has held teaching positions at Smithton High since 2003 and has made Circular Head her home and become fully involved in our community.  I know she will be particularly missed in hockey circles.  We wish her and her family every success with this new chapter of their lives.

 

As a result, this has necessitated some staffing changes.  We are fortunate to have Miss Lauren (Boomerang) Bovill returning from leave and she has accepted a teaching position at the school for the remainder of the year.  She will assume responsibility for 8.2 as their Core Teacher, teaching History, Geography, English, Health & Physical Education.  Miss Jocelyn Hine, 8.2’s current English teacher will be required to cover the Grade 11 Foods & Nutrition class vacated by Mrs Gould.  Miss Bovill will also be taking on the role of Grade 9 Coordinator, vacated by Mrs Lindsey Blake when she took maternity leave. 

 

SCHOOL GYM UPDATE
We are currently experiencing delays with the tender process and as a result, work on the new gymnasium has been delayed by approximately one month.  We are anticipating the work site to be established sometime in the next fortnight.  This will pose problems in a reduction of space for students to play during breaks, but the long term gains should outweigh the temporary inconvenience.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE
Over the last two weeks our Year 10 students have been out on work placements within the community. This is a very valuable opportunity for our students as it provides them with first-hand experience in the work place. I would like to thank the employers who have taken students; without your support this program would not occur. Mr Tim Dunham and Ms Andrea Wilson have been instrumental in maintaining this program and I thank them for their efforts.

 

CROSS COUNTRY
The 2014 Cross Country was held on Friday the 16th of May. Well done to all who participated on the day and congratulations to the following students who placed in the top three for their year group. Grade 10 Girls – Brielle Kay, Tenisha McCleland, Alyce Wooldrage. Grade 10 Boys – Mathew Van Loon, Carlton Heres-Ives, Mitchell Heald. Grade 9 Girls – Kirsty Jamieson, Connie Perry, Olivia Nibbs. Grade 9 Boys –Tom Mundy, Kohan McBain, Tye Williams. Grade 8 Girls – Jessica Cooper, Zara Saward, Abbie Saward. Grade 8 Boys –Ethan Jackson, Brody Brown, Judd Stewart. Grade 7 Girls – Brooke Gorringe, Kaylah Keogh, Jordan Marthick. Grade 7 Boys – Ryan Nibbs, Mason Chatwin, Bailey Grey.

 

NAPLAN Testing
Grade 7 & 9 students (Australia wide) took part in testing from May 12th to May 16th. Student participation during the testing period was very high and results will be posted to parents and the school around September.

 

MIDYEAR REPORTING
Teachers are in the process of completing assessments and writing reports which will be distributed in the three way meetings between the student, parent and teacher, beginning in the first two weeks of Term 3 from Tuesday 22nd July 2014 to Friday 1st August 2014. Reports will be available to be collected at this meeting. Parents can make bookings with your child’s Core Teacher by ringing the school office on 64521376 or through a note in the student diary.

 

Keith Billing
PRINCIPAL

  

NAME: Callum Poke

GRADE: Grade 10, SEC co-president

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU LEAVE SCHOOL: When I leave Smithton High School I am planning on attending Hellyer College and then studying at the Australian Maritime C...ollege.

ROLE MODEL: My grandfather, Laurie Buckby.

FAVOURITE MUSIC: Modern country music

FAVOURITE SPOT IN CIRCULAR HEAD: My favourite spot in Circular Head would have to be the Smithton Hockey Turf or sitting out in my boat fishing near Stanley!

FAVOURITE SUBJECT: Well I don’t have one favourite subject but my top two would be Maths and Science.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: Nothing is impossible; the word itself says 'I'm possible'! –Audrey Hepburn

 

  

NAME: Mr Tim Dunham

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? I grew up in Circular Head until I left in 1992 when my father got a transfer to Launceston with his job. I attended Smithton Primary School and had one term in Grade 7 at Smith...ton High School. I then attended Riverside High School, Launceston College and UTAS and lived in Launceston until 2013, when I moved back to Circular Head!

WHAT SUBJECTS DO YOU TEACH? I teach Grade 10 History and English and am currently the Acting Assistant Principal.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TEACHING? I have been teaching for two years at Smithton High School but before that I was at Riverside High School for ten years. Prior to that I had worked at Exeter High School and Queechy High School. I started teaching in 2001.

ACHIEVEMENTS: In 2012 I was one of two teachers awarded the Frank McDonald Memorial Prize; I accompanied a group of six students to France and Belgium where we learned a great deal about the Western Front and the battles of World War 1. In that year I also took a group of 30 students to Costa Rica for a month where we built a playground in a developing community and trekked through the jungle; these would be the most memorable things that I have done in my teaching career but every day in the job is rewarding and interesting.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS? I enjoy playing and coaching basketball, travelling, cooking, spending time with my fiancé, family and friends and reading.

FAVOURITE MUSIC: Any of the great Rock Bands from the 1990’s, such as Radiohead, The Verve, Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana. I am not much of a fan of modern music.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

 

  

Matthew Knight attended Smithton High School in 1997 and 1998, before moving to Burnie.

A willing participant in school carnivals, he received merit certificates for his contribution to sport, was named house... swimming champion and represented Smithton at Inter-High carnivals.

Matthew also played inter-town basketball in both the under 13 and 15 age teams. He represented North West Tasmania in the U14 national championships, U16, where he was named captain of this team, under 18 and under 20.

After being awarded a basketball scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra in 2003, he was selected into the Australian Emu’s basketball team to play in the World U19 Championships in Greece, where they won the gold medal.

After receiving an athletic scholarship, Matthew played basketball at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, California from 2003-2007. During his four years there, he was named in the West Coast Conference All Star first team in 2006 and 2007 and was in the top ten for rebounds in LMU history.

He studied elementary school teaching at college and graduated with a degree in liberal studies.
Returning to Australia in 2008, he joined the West Sydney Razorbacks and Sydney Spirit in the National Basketball League (NBL). There he was awarded runner-up MVP and most improved in the league in 2009. He then took up a contract to play for Sopron in Hungary.

In 2009, Matthew made the Australian basketball team the Boomers, to play a tournament in China.

Matthew is currently living in Perth, Western Australia playing for the Perth Wildcats in the National Basketball League. He is continuing his studies to achieve his Diploma of Teaching.

In 2013, Matthew was named in the NBL All Star 1st Five Team. He was a member of the Perth Wildcats team that won the NBL Grand Final in 2014.

Matthew has a six month old daughter Mia with his partner, Sherelle, and plans to be married this September.

 

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NAME: Mr Keith Billing

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? I grew up in Smithton, but spent many holidays at my uncles’ farms at Alcomie. I attended St. Attracta’s Convent School (now St. Peter Chanel) for my primary education before g...oing away to boarding school at Marist in Burnie, for my secondary education. Upon completing Grade 12, I trained as a Health & Physical Education teacher at the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education in Launceston (now UTAS).

WHAT SUBJECTS DO YOU TEACH? Apart from HPE, I have gone on to teach Mathematics, Science, Work Readiness and Certificate I in Workplace Skills (VET).

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TEACHING? This is my 34th year of teaching. I started as the itinerant PE teacher for Circular Head
Primary Schools in 1981. In 1982, I was transferred to the
Wynyard/Boat Harbour/Preolenna itinerant PE position (my only year teaching outside of Circular Head). In 1988, I transferred to Smithton High for the next 11 years. In 1999 & 2000, I took on the Acting Assistant Principal role at Smithton Primary, before returning to Smithton High. I held several acting AP roles before being appointed as AP in Term 3 of 2012. When Ms. Clark opted to take maternity leave last year I was appointed Acting Principal until her return.

ACHIEVEMENTS/MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: My most memorable team achievement was being a member of the Smithton Saints first premiership side in 1983. I was also a member of the City Football Club’s (now TC Bulldogs) first premiership in 1993. My personal highlights were gaining the CHFA senior Best & Fairest award in 1991, as well as achieving the B&F award for City Football Club in 1987, 1990 & 1991. I’ve managed a few premierships locally in cricket, basketball & volleyball over the years too!

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS? It used to be sport in general, but particularly football, cricket, basketball, volleyball & table tennis. These days I am more of an armchair critic, but spend a lot of time in my vegetable garden and following the Horse Racing Carnivals. Although in retirement at present, I still enjoy opportunities to sing on stage!

FAVOURITE MUSIC: I have a wide range of musical tastes but I’m not very keen on Rapping or Country music. Rock & roll is my favourite genre with my all-time favourite band being The Doobie Brothers. I have acquired quite an appreciation for One Republic and The Black Keys recently.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: Definitely the Michael Jordan quote:

“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

 

  

NAME: Carlton Heres, Co-President SEC

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU LEAVE SCHOOL? When I leave Smithton High School I will be finishing year eleven and twelve and then going on to study accounting.

ROLE MODEL: Chris ...Judd

FAVOURITE MUSIC: Current music

FAVOURITE SPOT IN CIRCULAR HEAD: Marrawah Beach

FAVOURITE SUBJECT/S: Maths and Physical Education

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘The difference between what we do, and what we are capable of doing, would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.’ – Mahatma Gandhi

BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT: Being announced the Student Executive Council Co-President and Co-Captain of the AFL school football team.

 

  

Melanie will be at Youth, Family and Community Connections Inc in Burnie on these dates.
Thursday 26 June 2014
Thursday 31 July 2014
Thursday 28 August 2014...
Thursday 25 September 2014
Thursday 30 October 2014
Thursday 27 November 2014

Simply drop-in or make an appointment by calling – 6431 9552
Youth, Family and Community Connections Inc - 129 Wilson Street, Burnie

 

  


In grade 7 the focus has been on smoking and drugs. We were fortunate enough to have Kate Cross from Rural Health and Sarah Costelloe from the Salvation Army come and talk to us about drugs, smoking and the side effects they can have on you such as:
* Marijuana causing a feeling of relaxation and/or drowsiness

Then we got into groups of five and drew a life size person on paper and... wrote and illustrated the main side effects of smoking and other drugs e.g.
* Yellow/rotten teeth
* Makes you look older in a bad way
* Can effect unborn babies
* Yucky yellow fingers and toes
* Lose friends and family and not realise it

After we showed our people around, we watched a video on YouTube about getting naturally high. We then got back into our groups and made a poster on what makes us naturally high. Some ideas were:
* Achieving a goal
* Going to a concert of our favourite band
* Our football team winning a match
* Passing an exam

These posters are displayed in the Smithton Rural Health window.

Over all, this was a great block and I’m sure everyone learnt something about drugs and smoking.

In health we have been looking at smoking as well, we have been playing games and watching videos. The first game we played on the computer was where you had a pair of scissors and you could choose somewhere on the person’s body and cut it and it would tell you the damage that smoking and drugs does to that spot.

The second game we played was the straw game. Everyone got half a straw and we had to stick it in our mouth and only breath out the straw and not your nose whilst doing 10 push ups!

By Courtney Stokes

 

  

NAME: Tamara Hursey Co-Vice President

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU LEAVE SCHOOL? I’m not sure what career path I want to take yet, but next year I plan on attending Hellyer College and then going on to u...niversity if necessary.

ROLE MODEL: My role models include authors such as Veronica Roth, Richelle Mead and John Green.

FAVOURITE MUSIC: Anything that isn’t country.

FAVOURITE SPOT IN CIRCULAR HEAD: Anywhere, as long as I’m allowed to take a book.

FAVOURITE SUBJECT/S: I enjoy most of my subjects but my favourites would have to be English and History.

BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT: My biggest achievement would have to be winning the Travel, Live, Learn blog writing competition.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” - Cicero

 

 

  

NAME: Sarah Prior

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? I grew up in the coastal mountain ranges of northern California around a 3.5 hours' drive north of San Francisco. My father is a share farmer at a vineyard/winery so much of my childhood was spent racing ponies through the rows of grapes, working on the bottling line or tending the vines in the summer for pocket money. I had a long bus ride to a country school in the tiny logging town of Boonville, which was about half the size of Smithton.
After surviving high school, I began my tertiary education at College of the Redwoods, and that is when I fell in love with surfing. My passion for the ocean led me to complete a tertiary degree in Oceanography at Humboldt State University in California. Around the time I was finishing my degree, a surprising new invention called the internet became available, and I discovered a postgraduate program in South Africa. After 2 years working as a research assistant at the University of Cape Town I earned a Master's Degree in Ocean and Atmospheric Science. I also met my first Tasmanian while in South Africa, and unbeknownst to me, he was to become my future husband!

WHAT SUBJECTS DO YOU TEACH? I teach Science, Maths, Applied Science and Robotics.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TEACHEING?: I have only been teaching for 2 years. After I finished my Master's I took a job as a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Guam, USA. I spent 6 years forecasting tropical weather before the desire to become a mother, and give my children a country upbringing, brought us to Marrawah. My first job in Australia was in Docklands, Melbourne where I developed and delivered training material at the Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre. Needless to say, that was a long commute from Marrawah, and with a baby on the way I decided to pursue teaching. I received my Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of New England in New South Wales through correspondence, and was lucky enough to be hired at Smithton High School the following year.

ACHIEVEMENTS/MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: I am most proud of restarting our Robotics program at SHS and participating in the Northwest Regional Robocup. My past career highlights were publishing a research paper in the American Meteorological Society science journal and working the forecast desk during the Category 4 Super-Typhoon Pongsona which devastated Guam. I also managed to be the Open Woman's Champion at the West Coast Classic in Marrawah in 2008 and 2009.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS? I enjoy spending time with my growing family, surfing the pristine and powerful waves of the west coast and gardening.

FAVOURITE MUSIC: The sound tracks to the surf films: "One Track Mind" and "Bunyip Dreaming".

FAVOURITE QUOTE: "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." Albert Einstein.

  

Award-winning comedian Hannah Gadsby attended Smithton High School from 1990 to 1995.

In 2004 she received her Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship from the National University of Canberra.

In 2006 she was discovered at the Hobart Come...dy Festival and then went on to become the RAW Comedy winner at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Hannah also placed second in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival So You Think You’re Funny?

In 2007 she received the best emerging comedy award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

In 2008 Hannah received the Moosehead Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Director’s Choice Award at the Sydney Comedy Festival.

She has been invited to perform at Kilkenny Comedy Festival, Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival, and also appeared at Edinburgh Fringe and New Zealand Comedy Festivals.

Hannah has also performed throughout Australia and has a regular spot on the ABC’s Adam Hills Tonight.

She’s had guest appearances on Channel 10’s Good News Week, ABC’s Spicks and Specks, Agony Aunts and New Zealand TV 3’s 7 days.

Using her Art History degree, Hannah has written and presented two specials for ABC TV’s Artscape. She continues to present her ‘comedic art lectures’ around the world alongside her stand-up shows.

In 2010 she received the Festival Director’s Choice Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Hannah was also nominated for the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy performer.

In 2011 she released her first stand-up DVD, Kiss Me Quick I’m Full of Jubes and then Mrs Chuckles in 2012.

Also in 2011, she was nominated for the Barry Award for best show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

In 2013, her show Happiness is a Bedside Table was nominated for best show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Earlier this year Hannah’s three part art based documentary series Hannah Gadsby’s Oz, aired on the ABC. She is also currently writing her first book.

http://www.hannahgadsby.com.au/

 

  

I would like to start with a clarification of my personal profile in the last edition of this newsletter.  It is only my stage career that is in retirement, I intend to continue at Smithton High for some time yet!  I probably should apologise to my children for not listing them as my greatest achievements too!
We find ourselves half way through the year. It is amazing how quickly the time passes in a school. I would like to thank all students who have worked exceptionally hard in their classes and on other projects within the school this term. Many students are making a real effort to do their very best in a variety of ways at Smithton High. I would also like to thank staff for providing our students with a range of opportunities to experience something new and achieve successful outcomes.
Staff Changes:
Dione Parker is to be congratulated on her appointment to AST as one of the new Literacy Consultants for the North-West.  Unfortunately this will mean several internal changes for teachers at Smithton High and I apologise for any inconveniences to classes, which we have tried to keep to minimum.  As a result I have employed Laine Elliott for an extra day taking her teaching load to 0.8 and Ms Lesley Clark will be returning to SHS on a 0.6 load.  Miss Bovill will be assuming Mrs Parker’s Literacy  role and Mr. Josh Smith will be taking on some AST responsibilities.
Gymnasium Update:
Work has commenced!  You will notice a large section of the school fenced off and may be surprised at the enormity of this project.  Whilst everything is approximately 4 weeks behind the original schedule, work has progressed well and the gymnasium is due to be completed by the end of the year, ready for use in 2015.
Reports:
I am currently in the process of reading all reports and it is great to see so many students making the most of the learning opportunities in their classes. The reports will be distributed at parent-teacher-student interviews which will be conducted at school, starting on Tuesday July 22nd - Friday August 1st. Reports will not be posted home. Parents are asked to contact the office to arrange an appointment with their child’s Core Teacher so that reports can be discussed and given out in person. Please make appointments through the school office on 6452I376. I encourage all students and parents to read the comments written by each teacher and take on board the suggestions that have been made, as these will help students to make improvements to their grades by the end of the year. Remember the Australian Curriculum has been designed to be achievable (but challenging) for all Australian students. A ‘C’ rating is a significant achievement in this curriculum. Below is a breakdown of the ratings:
A – indicates the student is performing well above the standard expected
B - indicates the student is performing above the standard expected
C - indicates the student is performing at the standard expected 
D - indicates the student is approaching the standard expected 
E - indicates the student is performing below the standard expected
For many of us that have received an A-E assessment during our own schooling, you will find that the descriptors for each rating are different to the way you would have described them. We look forward to discussing your child’s progress in these interviews.
School Uniform:
Now that the winter months are upon us, several students are taking the opportunity to flout the school rules about wearing school uniform.  Whilst we appreciate that students need to stay warm, there are jumpers and coats available from the school and there is no excuse for students to be wearing plain black jumpers or hoodies.  I am reluctantly prepared to make an exception with the plain black Katmandu jackets as the logo is not prominent, but the school does have a similar jacket available at far less cost.  Students wearing them vouch for the warmth of the product and its durability.
Finally, have a restful holiday. We look forward to an exciting and productive Term 3.
Keith Billing
PRINCIPAL

  

Award-winning comedian Hannah Gadsby attended Smithton High School from 1990 to 1995.

In 2004 she received her Bachelor of Art History and Curatorship from the National University of Canberra.

In 2006 she was ...discovered at the Hobart Comedy Festival and then went on to become the RAW Comedy winner at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Hannah also placed second in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival So You Think You’re Funny?

In 2007 she received the best emerging comedy award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

In 2008 Hannah received the Moosehead Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Director’s Choice Award at the Sydney Comedy Festival.

She has been invited to perform at Kilkenny Comedy Festival, Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival, and also appeared at Edinburgh Fringe and New Zealand Comedy Festivals.

Hannah has also performed throughout Australia and has a regular spot on the ABC’s Adam Hills Tonight.

She’s had guest appearances on Channel 10’s Good News Week, ABC’s Spicks and Specks, Agony Aunts and New Zealand TV 3’s 7 days.

Using her Art History degree, Hannah has written and presented two specials for ABC TV’s Artscape. She continues to present her ‘comedic art lectures’ around the world alongside her stand-up shows.

In 2010 she received the Festival Director’s Choice Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Hannah was also nominated for the Helpmann Award for Best Comedy performer.

In 2011 she released her first stand-up DVD, Kiss Me Quick I’m Full of Jubes and then Mrs Chuckles in 2012.

Also in 2011, she was nominated for the Barry Award for best show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

In 2013, her show Happiness is a Bedside Table was nominated for best show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Earlier this year Hannah’s three part art based documentary series Hannah Gadsby’s Oz, aired on the ABC. She is also currently writing her first book.

http://www.hannahgadsby.com.au/

 

 

  

(Apologies for lateness of this report)

I would like to start with a clarification of my personal profile in the last edition of this newsletter. It is only my stage career that is in retirement, I intend to continue at Smithton High for some time yet! I probably should apologise to my children for not listing them as my greatest achievements to...o!
We find ourselves half way through the year. It is amazing how quickly the time passes in a school. I would like to thank all students who have worked exceptionally hard in their classes and on other projects within the school this term. Many students are making a real effort to do their very best in a variety of ways at Smithton High. I would also like to thank staff for providing our students with a range of opportunities to experience something new and achieve successful outcomes.

Staff Changes:
Dione Parker is to be congratulated on her appointment to AST as one of the new Literacy Consultants for the North-West. Unfortunately this will mean several internal changes for teachers at Smithton High and I apologise for any inconveniences to classes, which we have tried to keep to minimum. As a result I have employed Laine Elliott for an extra day taking her teaching load to 0.8 and Ms Lesley Clark will be returning to SHS on a 0.6 load. Miss Bovill will be assuming Mrs Parker’s Literacy role and Mr. Josh Smith will be taking on some AST responsibilities.

Gymnasium Update:
Work has commenced! You will notice a large section of the school fenced off and may be surprised at the enormity of this project. Whilst everything is approximately 4 weeks behind the original schedule, work has progressed well and the gymnasium is due to be completed by the end of the year, ready for use in 2015.

Reports:
I am currently in the process of reading all reports and it is great to see so many students making the most of the learning opportunities in their classes. The reports will be distributed at parent-teacher-student interviews which will be conducted at school, starting on Tuesday July 22nd - Friday August 1st. Reports will not be posted home. Parents are asked to contact the office to arrange an appointment with their child’s Core Teacher so that reports can be discussed and given out in person. Please make appointments through the school office on 6452I376. I encourage all students and parents to read the comments written by each teacher and take on board the suggestions that have been made, as these will help students to make improvements to their grades by the end of the year. Remember the Australian Curriculum has been designed to be achievable (but challenging) for all Australian students. A ‘C’ rating is a significant achievement in this curriculum. Below is a breakdown of the ratings:

A – indicates the student is performing well above the standard expected
B - indicates the student is performing above the standard expected
C - indicates the student is performing at the standard expected
D - indicates the student is approaching the standard expected
E - indicates the student is performing below the standard expected

For many of us that have received an A-E assessment during our own schooling, you will find that the descriptors for each rating are different to the way you would have described them. We look forward to discussing your child’s progress in these interviews.

School Uniform:
Now that the winter months are upon us, several students are taking the opportunity to flout the school rules about wearing school uniform. Whilst we appreciate that students need to stay warm, there are jumpers and coats available from the school and there is no excuse for students to be wearing plain black jumpers or hoodies. I am reluctantly prepared to make an exception with the plain black Katmandu jackets as the logo is not prominent, but the school does have a similar jacket available at far less cost. Students wearing them vouch for the warmth of the product and its durability.

Finally, have a restful holiday. We look forward to an exciting and productive Term 3.

Keith Billing
PRINCIPAL

 

  

Name: Brielle Kay (SEC Co-Vice President)

What do you want to do when you leave school?: I want to travel and see the world but also continue my education at University.
 
Role Model: I don’t have a single role model but a group of people who have traits and do things that I want to be able to do in the future.
 
Favourite spot in Circular Head: The basketball court.
 
Favourite subjects: Anything but Maths.
 
Biggest achievement: Receiving a scholarship to train in an intensive basketball program on the coast.
 
Favourite quote: “You only get out what you put in” – unknown author.
 
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