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OFFICE HOURS

8.00am – 4.00pm daily

School Starts: 8.50am
School Finishes: 3.00pm

School Office Ph: 6452 9222
Trade Training Centre Ph: 6452 9288

Email: smithton.high@education.tas.gov.au
Web: http://education.tas.edu.au/smithtonhigh/Pages/Home.aspx
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Smithton-High-School/219062138251149
​TERM DATES FOR 2017

TERM 1: Wednesday 8th February – Thursday 13th April

Easter Break: Friday 14th April – Tuesday 18th April
TERM 2: Monday 1st May – Friday 7th July
TERM 3: Monday 24th July – Friday 29th September
TERM 4: Monday 16th October – Thursday 21st December

STUDENT FREE DAYS
Tuesday 7th February
Thursday 13th April (Grade 7-10 only)
Monday 24th July
Friday 3rd November
DATES TO REMEMBER...

TERM 3

Monday 18th September: School Production Show 2
Tuesday 19th September: School Production Show 3
Thursday 21st September: Hellyer College Interviews with Grade 10 Students (3pm – 6pm), SPC Transition

Sunday 24th September: School Production Show 4
Monday 25th September : School Production Show 5, Grade 7 Immunisations
Tuesday 26th September: School Production Final Night
Wednesday 27th September: Dairy Industry Careers Expo
Thursday 28th September: Grade 6 Transition
Friday 29th September: LAST DAY OF TERM 3, Newsletter, Whole School Assembly

TERM 4
Monday 16th October: First day of Term 4

Thursday 26th October: Girls AFL Gala

Wednesday 1st November: Grade 9 Work Inspirations
Thursday 2nd November: Grade 9 Work Inspirations
Friday 3rd November: Grade 9 Work Inspirations

Monday 6th November: PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Monday 13th to Thursday 23rd November: Grade 11/12 Exams
Thursday 16th & Friday 17th November: Athletics Carnival

Wednesday 22nd November: Grade 11/12 Dinner
Thursday 23rd November: Grade 11/12 Final Day

Monday 27th November to Friday 1st December: Grade 10 Exams

Thursday 14th December: Grade 10 Celebration Dinner

Thursday 21st December: LAST DAY OF THE YEAR FOR STUDENTS

Have a great weekend! :)
School Satisfaction Surveys

This year, School Satisfaction Surveys for students, parents and staff will be conducted during September.


This survey provides an opportunity for students, parents and staff to provide important feedback on what the school does well and where we can improve. Questions will cover a range of topics about our school.

Your responses will be secure and anonymous.

Students (from Year 5 and above), parents and staff will be invited to participate.

Participating students will be able to complete the survey during school time.

Parents selected to participate in the parent survey will receive a letter in coming days.

We encourage you to participate and complete the survey to give our school a clear direction for planning for future programs and services for students.
School Health Nurse Programme

As part of the State Government’s long term vision to lift education in Tasmania and invest in essential services, a commitment was made to introduce child health and youth health nurses across Tasmanian Government schools. This programme aims to support schools to create a physical and social environment that promotes health and wellbeing, and assists to improve the health and education outcomes for children and young people in Tasmania. As the first stage of a long-term plan, this investment will see nurses:

- Working across both primary and secondary schools, liaising collaboratively with current support staff;
- Based in schools that have need for community health assistance;
- Deliver improved health outcomes for Tasmanian school students; and
- Link with the teaching and learning provisions of the Australian Curriculum.

Secondary School Nurses will focus on:
- Health Promotion to run in line with local, state and national initiatives (including sun smart, family violence, nutrition, physical activity);
- Positive parenting for teenagers with babies;
- Health education to run in line with the Australian Curriculum (including sexual health and healthy relationships, addictions and risk behaviours including drugs and alcohol, menthal health and resilience, body esteem);
- Addressing medical issues that may be impacting learning including targeted screening.

Smithton High School has had a School Health Nurse since the beginning of the program in July 2015, however Ann Bingham has now moved into another position within the School Health Nurses program. The new nurse at Smithton High School is Jenny Garnsey and she will be working each Monday. Please feel free to make contact during this time with any concerns you may have about your child.

JENNY GARNSEY
NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK

​National Science Week has come and gone but we haven’t forgotten the achievements made both near and far by our inspired and hard-working students. Students entered the local Science Gig competition and received the following accolades.

Lachlan and Isaac claimed first place at the local Science Gig in the Invention Challenge Senior Division for their Robotic Hand. This prototype was designed and programmed by these creative students and it was able to grab and lift an aluminium can as well as perform many popular hand gestures 
Elyse and Tayla claimed second place at the local Science Gig in the Invention Challenge Senior Division for their invention on Biodegradable Materials. This entry demonstrated strong scientific thinking and writing skills.
Students helped out and participated at the Recreation Centre in Smithton helping to inspire the next generation of scientists as well as taking out the MacGyver challenge in their age division.
Jordon and Shanay placed third at the local Science Gig in the Invention Challenge Division for their invention Generating Wind Energy. This prototype was fitted with a multimeter that displayed the amps, watts and volts produced while being blown by the wind (fan).
Students travelled to the University of Tasmania in Launceston on Saturday 19th August to compete at Robocup and were the only students west of Launceston to do so!
Team Joystick began the treacherous maze as the judge kept score. With only six months of experience Christopher took the lead on this project and competed on the day. Also well done to Jayden who also contributed. They earned a seventh place in the Secondary Division and had a superbly built robot with elegant turning capabilities.
A Word from the Principal…

School Production

I extend the best of luck to the entire cast and crew of “The SmithRock Cafe” for their opening VIP night tonight. They have rehearsed vigorously over the last few weeks and are again congratulated for their dedication and enthusiasm. If you wish to see them there are five performances over the next fortnight.

Biggest Morning Tea
The SEC have conducted their major fundraising event of the year by making and delivering over 260 morning teas last Friday. These were well received by many businesses and people around Circular Head and I would like to sincerely thank all students, staff and parents involved in this enterprise, which requires a great deal of preparation and organisation. Ultimately, the SEC raised over $1500 to support The Cancer Council and they should be commended for their excellent effort and preparation in making this event such a success.

Post Year 10 Information Evening
We will be conducting a Post Year 10 Information Evening at Southside next Wednesday September 20th, commencing at 6pm. The night will include information about TASC subjects and VET courses, and specifically what SHS is likely to offer in 2018. Staff on the night will provide advice about the requirements to gain the TCE, how VET courses can contribute, and how the ATAR is calculated. There will be representation from UTAS. Regardless of where you have decided to continue your education next year, it will be an opportunity for students and parents to experience the new look Southside and Trade Training Centre.

Students intending to enrol at Hellyer College in 2018 will have their first opportunity to meet with counsellors between 3 & 6pm on Thursday September 21st in the school library. Last Friday I attended a meeting of all the Hellyer College feeder schools who have agreed to work as a collective to offer improved pathways for students in Grades 11 & 12. I’m sure many students are undecided about their options for next year, but whether they decide to move on to Hellyer, or prefer to continue their senior secondary studies in Smithton, I can assure you that the courses offered here will provide the same rigour and authenticity required in all Tasmanian colleges and extension schools.

School Satisfaction Survey
By now, parents selected to be part of the school satisfaction survey will have received an email with the survey attached. Any parents who have missed out and would still like to fill out the survey are asked to contact the office where a printed version can be made available for you. These surveys contain questions on a range of matters about our school. This survey provides an opportunity for students, parents and staff to provide important feedback. This feedback is valued by our school as a means of identifying what the school does well and opportunities for the school to make improvements. Students, parents and staff have been invited to participate and those students who are selected to undertake the survey will do so during school time. All responses will be secure and anonymous. I encourage you to participate and complete the survey so that the school has a clear direction when planning for future programs and services for students. Please contact the office if you wish to use a school computer to complete the survey. The closing date for the survey is Friday September 22nd.

Staffing News
In the last newsletter I mentioned some staffing changes as a result of Josh Smith’s departure to Smithton Primary School and I am pleased to announce that Ryland Coombe will be assuming the Grade 9 Coordinator role for the rest of the year. Sarah Prior will be taking responsibility for leading the Science team while Steve Poulter has taken over Mr Smith’s Grade 10 Maths class and Paul White, who joined our staff at the start of Term 3, will take the Paddock to Plate class. My apologies to Paul for not recognising his arrival in an earlier newsletter. Paul joins us with a wealth of experience from teaching at Wynyard High School, Yolla District School and Boat Harbour Primary School.

While making staffing announcements, I would also like to farewell Tei Popowski who will finish her fixed term contract at the end of Term 3. I wish Tei well as she finalises her teaching degree through her university studies in Term 4 and thank her for the role she has performed with our Grade 7 students this year. The recent staffing changes will see the return of two former SHS teachers. Lisa Bryan returns from maternity leave and will have a varied teaching timetable including time in a support role. Sarah Blake returns from overseas travel and will resume her Grade 7 teaching role, teaching Humanities subjects to all three classes.

For the last two Mondays, students and staff will have noticed Ms Nikki Clark in our corridors as she begins to prepare to return to the principal role in 2018. It has been no secret that it is my intention to retire at the end of the year and all year I have been working toward making Nikki’s return as seamless as possible. Whilst Nikki has encountered a few issues navigating her way around her old school, she has been most impressed by the new surroundings and the engaged students she has been able to observe.

Keith Billing
PRINCIPAL

WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK:

​SEPTEMBER
Thursday 14th: Grade 6 Transition
Friday 15th: Production VIP Night, Newsletter

Have a great weekend
Office Hours

8.00am – 4.00pm daily

School Starts: 8.50am
School Finishes: 3.00pm

School Office Ph: 6452 9222
Trade Training Centre Ph: 6452 9288

Email: smithton.high@education.tas.gov.au
Web: http://education.tas.edu.au/smithtonhigh/Pages/Home.aspx
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Smithton-High-School/219062138251149
Term Dates for 2017

TERM 1: Wednesday 8th February – Thursday 13th April

Easter Break: Friday 14th April – Tuesday 18th April
TERM 2: Monday 1st May – Friday 7th July
TERM 3: Monday 24th July – Friday 29th September
TERM 4: Monday 16th October – Thursday 21st December

STUDENT FREE DAYS
Tuesday 7th February
Thursday 13th April (Grade 7-10 only)
Monday 24th July
Friday 3rd November
Dates to Remember...

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday 6th: MasterBuilders Presentation Grade 10 (11.30am - 12.30pm)
Thursday 7th: Grade 6 Transition
Friday 8th: School Production Rehearsal

Thursday 14th: Grade 6 Transition
Friday 15th: School Production VIP Night, Newsletter

Monday 18th: School Production Show 2
Tuesday 19th: School Production Show 3
Thursday 21st: Hellyer College Interviews with Grade 10 Students (3pm - 6pm), SPC Transition

Sunday 24th: School Production Show 4
Monday 25th: School Production Show 5, Grade 7 Immunisations
Tuesday 26th: School Production Final Night
Thursday 28th: Grade 6 Transition
Friday 29th: LAST DAY OF TERM 3, Newsletter

Have a great weekend! :)
AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST MORNING TEA

​This year Smithton High School is once again holding Australia's Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds for the Cancer Council and we need your help! In order to make up to 300 Morning Tea's we would really appreciate your donations.

Here is a list of ingredients we would appreciate assistance with please:
- Packets of plain biscuits
- Condensed milk
- Butter
- Self-raising flour
- Cocoa
- White/milk/dark chocolate bits
- Cooking chocolate
- Shredded coconut
- Icing sugar
- Sugar
- Mixed fruit
- Onion
- Puff pastry
- Eggs
Could all donations please be dropped off at the Smithton High School office before TUESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER.
Thank you for your help and generosity which is much appreciated by the Student Executive Council.
Grade 9/10 Applied Science Students Work on the Duck River Rice Grass Project

Rice Grass is a weed that grows in many estuaries and has been located on the banks of the Duck River for some time. It inhibits the growth of the natural saltmarsh and this in turn creates awful ecological issues for the area. Cradle Coast NRM and Landcare have been working for some time to eradicate the weeds. Some of our Applied Science students are currently working on a project in conjunction with Landcare and Cradle Coast NRM to tell the story of Rice Grass eradication. Towards the end of this year, after several site visits and hours of editing drone footage, the students will be able to communicate an area of applied science that is occurring on our doorstep.

Outdoor Education - Ben Lomond Snow Trip

On Monday the 7th of August the Grade 9 Outdoor Education group participated on a three day camp to Ben Lomond’s snow fields. The group, consisting of 31 students and 4 staff members, all stayed at the Tasmania Rovers Ski Club on the mountain.


During the snow camp students participated in tobogganing and hiking through dense snow to a number of locations around the national park which included the summit of Ben Lomond. Students represented the school well and did a fantastic job at cooking and cleaning.

The Outdoor Education Crew would like to thank Ayesha Welch for coming along and making this trip happen. Please enjoy our photos from the trip.

Thanks
Ryland Coombe, Zak Barber, Steve Poulter
OUTDOOR EDUCATION TEAM
 
see our facebook page for details
 
 
Smithton High School Production – Smith Rock Café

​Who invented Rock ‘N’ Roll?
Was it Elvis Presley? Was it Chuck Berry?
You might have thought so until…
Come back to a prehistoric time,
When the Smith Rock Café was the most hippinin’, hoppinin’, happenin’ place in town, to learn the ‘unwheel’ story behind Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Tickets are on sale now
$15 Adult
$10 Children up to 16
$40 for families up to 5, Max 2 Adults
6.30pm for a 7pm start, Smithton High Mini Theatre
Monday 18th September
Tuesday 19th September
Sunday 24th September
Monday 25th September
Tuesday 26th September
A Word from the Principal…

Science Gig

On Monday August 13th it was great to see so many Smithton High School entries in the Science Gig. This event has usually been associated with creating interest in Science at Primary School level, but after last year’s success, we again had several students who took part in competitions, or were responsible for displays, at the Circular Head Community & Recreation Centre. Congratulations to Isaac Brooks and Lachlan Pritchard who won the Discovery Team Challenge for Grades 9 & 10. Tayla and Elyse were also runners-up in that competition and Jordan and Shanay received honourable mentions. A big thankyou to Erica and Abbie from Mr Smith’s Grade 11 & 12 Physical Science class, who coordinated an interactive display on the night showcasing many types of scientific equipment.

Robocup State Finals
Continuing our success in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Smithton High School made it to the Robocup State Finals on Saturday August 19th. The event was held in Launceston with Jarred & Isaac coming 5th and Christopher finishing 7th. Mrs Prior reported that the students coped with the pressure and some hardware difficulties on the day with great composure and resilience. A big thankyou to Mrs Prior for her continued efforts in organising students to participate in this event

Information Evening
Last week we held our annual Grade 8/9 Options Evening in conjunction with our Grade 5/6 Parent Evening with outstanding success. We very nearly packed out our mini-theatre with parents and students from Grades 5 & 6 at 6.45. Last year this event clashed with Country Gold Carnivals and as a result numbers were down, but the date change proved to be a popular move. Grade 5 & 6 students were treated to some performances by our Grade 7 students and a school tour which finished with a viewing of all the displays prepared for the night.

When that group moved to their school tours the mini-theatre was filled to overflowing for the Grade 8 & 9 initial welcome at 7.30. We counted over 160 students and parents attending both events, which was almost double the numbers that attended last year. Thank you to Mrs Jean Moore for her overall organisation of the events, Grade 7 coordinators and teachers for the displays which outlined the type of work students have been completing in Grade 7 and all our option teachers who provided informative displays for the evening.


First Aid
With the continued bouts of sickness we have encountered this term, I think it is timely to praise the efforts of our first aid officers, Mrs Kay and Mrs Jackson for the their efforts in comforting and organising the many sick students we have had in the school. Considering how many students we have had absent in the past weeks with fevers and other illnesses, I must also congratulate staff on their resilience during this time, as many of them have been juggling sick children and spouses to make it to work most days.

School Production
Speaking of fevers, our annual school production is rapidly reaching fever pitch. Rehearsals are in full swing with a dress rehearsal going to be held next Friday September 8th. Sets, props, lighting, make-up and costuming are coming together and there is plenty of anticipation for the opening VIP night on Friday September 15th. The entire cast and crew of “The Smith Rock Cafe” are to be congratulated for their dedication and enthusiasm and we wish them all the best for the coming weeks. They have the opportunity to share their talents with the wider community in five more performances over the next fortnight. Thank you to students, Ms Bromfield, Mr Buchanan and the crew of parent/staff helpers for all your hard work and persistence.

NAPLAN ONLINE
You may have heard that NAPLAN online is being introduced across Australia over three years from 2017. Tasmanian Government schools will be administering NAPLAN online from 2019. NAPLAN online will provide better assessment, more precise results and a faster turnaround of information. Our school has opted to trial the new assessment platform (the computer system the test will be taken on) and assess our readiness to participate in NAPLAN Online from 2019.

This trial is called the School Readiness Test (SRT). The SRT is not a test of student achievement and results will not form part of a student’s overall assessment. The SRT has not been constructed to assess curriculum knowledge, but rather to provide students an opportunity to experience the types of questions that will be included in the new online assessment. On September 11th 2017, our Grade 8 students will participate in the trial of the assessment platform, by undertaking one online test that includes examples of the new NAPLAN online questions. This test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. Participation in this trial is a key step to ensuring a successful NAPLAN online experience. If you have further questions, please contact either me, Mrs Grey or Mr Dunham at the school.

School Upgrade Update
The latest stage of the school redevelopment has meant that our existing office area is currently being renovated. Throughout the remainder of the year the main office is now located next to the library. Parents and visitors can access this area by walking though the black fenced area outside the front of the new Science Lab, where signs will direct you to the new office. I would like to again thank Mr John ‘Jacko’ Jackson and Mr Jeff Dell for their continued and tireless efforts in helping staff move and relocate to different areas of the school.

Staffing News
There have been a couple of staffing announcements recently that you may have heard about and I would like to explain these to our school community. Mrs Laine Tuxworth is currently on leave from the Department of Education and has accepted an acting position as Head of Senior School at Circular Head Christian School. This is a wonderful opportunity for Laine to develop her leadership skills and can only benefit her teaching expertise when she returns to Smithton High School from leave.

It is with sadness also that I announce that we will also be losing the services of Mr Josh Smith for a period of time, although he will still be working officially at SHS for 1 day a week until Grade 11 & 12 finish their lessons in mid Term 4. Josh will be moving into an Assistant Principal role at Smithton Primary School, which will start next week and continue until the end of the year. Whilst we are able to cover Josh’s classes it is going to be a huge challenge to cover the countless initiatives that he has brought to SHS, particularly with the development of the school garden, farm and Paddock to Plate program. Josh will be greatly missed by all staff and students and I know that he will bring enthusiasm and initiative into his new role and also provide opportunities to extend our partnerships with SPS. Josh has already indicated that he is also keen to continue having some responsibility for our farm and garden which will allow for some continuity throughout the rest of the year.

Whilst losing Josh from our leadership team is going to leave a void it will provide an opportunity for our younger teachers to take on responsibility in a leadership role. An expression of interest has been registered within the school for these roles and I look forward to announcing the successful candidate/s in our next newsletter.

Keith Billing
PRINCIPAL
​AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST MORNING TEA

This year Smithton High School is once again holding Australia's Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds for the Cancer Council and we need your help! In order to make up to 300 Morning Tea's we would really appreciate your donations.


Here is a list of ingredients we would appreciate assistance with please:
- Packets of plain biscuits
- Condensed milk
- Butter
- Self-raising flour
- Cocoa
- White/milk/dark chocolate bits
- Cooking chocolate
- Shredded coconut
- Icing sugar
- Sugar
- Mixed fruit
- Onion
- Puff pastry
- Eggs

Could all donations please be dropped off at the Smithton High School office before TUESDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER.

Thank you for your help and generosity which is much appreciated by the Student Executive Council.
OFFICE HOURS

8.00am – 4.00pm daily

School Starts: 8.50am
School Finishes: 3.00pm

School Office Ph: 6452 9222
Trade Training Centre Ph: 6452 9288

Email: smithton.high@education.tas.gov.au
Web: http://education.tas.edu.au/smithtonhigh/Pages/Home.aspx
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Smithton-High-School/219062138251149
TERM DATES FOR 2017

TERM 1: Wednesday 8th February – Thursday 13th April

Easter Break: Friday 14th April – Tuesday 18th April
TERM 2: Monday 1st May – Friday 7th July
TERM 3: Monday 24th July – Friday 29th September
TERM 4: Monday 16th October – Thursday 21st December

STUDENT FREE DAYS
Tuesday 7th February
Thursday 13th April (Grade 7-10 only)
Monday 24th July
Friday 3rd November

DATES TO REMEMBER...

AUGUST

Wednesday 23rd: Parent Info Evening for 2018
Thursday 24th: Grade 5 Transition, Grade 9 Peer Support Training
Friday 25th: Grade 9 Peer Support Training,

Wednesday 30th: Grade 9 Health Careers Day
Thursday 31st: Grade 5 Transition

SEPTEMBER
Friday 1st: Newsletter, Jeans 4 Genes Day

Wednesday 6th: MasterBuilders Presentation Grade 10 (11.30am - 12.30pm)
Thursday 7th: Grade 6 Transition
Friday 8th: School Production Rehearsal

Thursday 14th: Grade 6 Transition
Friday 15th: School Production VIP Night, Newsletter

Monday 18th: School Production Show 2
Tuesday 19th: School Production Show 3
Thursday 21st: Hellyer College Interviews with Grade 10 students (3pm - 6pm)

Sunday 24th: School Production Show 4
Monday 25th: School Production Show 5, Grade 7 Immunisations
Tuesday 26th: School Production Final Night
Thursday 28th: Grade 6 Transition
Friday 29th: Newsletter, LAST DAY OF TERM 3

Have a great weekend! :)
Parent Information Evening

Grade 7 for 2018

6.45pm Wednesday 23rd August 2017

SHS Gymnasium

 

Grade 8 and 9 Options Information for 2018

7.30pm Wednesday 23rd August 2017

SHS Gymnasium​

ART RAGE EXHIBITION
On Monday 31st of July the Grade 9-12 Art students went on an excursion to see Art Rage exhibition at the Burnie Gallery and then travelled on to the Makers Workshop.
At the gallery the students viewed the impressive display from the 2016 Grade 11/12 students. It was good to see how amazing the art students were from around the state last year and the standard of work that can be achieved in Grade 11 and 12.
At the Burnie Makers Workshop the students learned about Burnie’s history of paper making and the various ingredients used now to make the current artisan paper. Roo Poo and Wombat Poo paper had the biggest interest from the students. After the talk the students made some of their own handmade paper. It was great to see everyone having a go and taking interest in all aspects of the tour.
Michelle Walker
Art Teacher
 
see our facebook page for photos
CHAPLAINCY NEWS

We have had a busy start to Term 3, with lots of groups being formed to support, encourage and educate our students.


One new program we are running this term is a group called SHINE, which encourages girls to be all they are intended to be, to value themselves and all they have to offer the world. This group is being facilitated by two local volunteers, and we at Smithton High School are very thankful for their willingness to come and support our students.

CHIC groups continue to grow and develop, with a number of girls having the opportunity to be involved in a group which encourages them to see their worth and build solid connections with other adults and students.

Juliana and I have also had a few busy months visiting local churches and groups within the community to share the work of chaplaincy. Our last meeting was to attend the Soroptimists afternoon which was focused on friendship. We had a great time sharing with this group of women, and to be blessed by their genuine encouragement and interest in chaplaincy, the schools and young people. We also got to enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea together, and were given a monetary donation which we will use to gift our students.

As always, if we can assist you or your student in anyway, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the school.

Christine Blake
Chaplain
​A Word from the Principal...

CANTEEN NEWS
I would like to congratulate all parties involved with our revised canteen operation. Our new healthy menus have boosted sales dramatically both here and at Smithton Primary School. Some may be unaware that we cater for primary students as well. I thank the School Business Managers in both schools, Ali Dennison and Meredith Gracie, for their roles in coordinating this process; Rose Dell in her shift from proprietor to canteen supervisor, Gloria Ollington, our menu consultant and Jenni Billing, our canteen assistant. It is hoped that more students will gradually take advantage of the healthy choices on offer.

Relating to this, I feel it is worth alerting parents that we have students at the opposite end of the spectrum. Some of our students are often seen by staff utilising the local supermarket on their way to school to make purchases. One such incident had a student buy two large packets of lollies and two packets of chips on at least two occasions in the one week. Another student purchased two large bottles of soft drink, while another bought four small bottles of soft drink and two large packets of lollies. I would like to alert parents who may be unaware of how some students are spending what may be intended to be their lunch money and that students in Grade 7 to 10 should not be bringing soft drinks to school. As you can appreciate, this type of sugar overload is highly unlikely to improve student’s attention and engagement in their learning.
OUTDOOR ED CAMP
Last week our Grade 9 Outdoor Education students had their Snow Camp at Ben Lomond. 31 students accompanied Mr Coombe, Mr Barber, Mr Poulter and Ms Welch on the trip and they were rewarded with bountiful snowfall and great conditions. Despite one student experiencing a fall that required medical attention, everything else went according to plan and our students received praise from their accommodation hosts for their behaviour and courtesy. I would like to thank the Outdoor Education team for their organisation of this camp and their commitment to providing students with interesting learning experiences outside of the classroom.
GRADE 5 & 6 TRANSITION
Preparations are being made for the next round of transition visits to the high school by Grade 5 & 6 students from all the Circular Head Primary Schools. The first group of Grade 5 students started yesterday with two more G5 groups to follow each Thursday. This will be followed by three groups of Grade 6 students and an invitation has been extended to Grade 5 & 6 students from St Peter Chanel. Mrs Laine Tuxworth will be returning from maternity leave to work with these groups.
VIETNAM VETERANS SERVICE
Today our Grade 9 SRC and Grade 10 SEC students went to ANZAC Park for the Vietnam Veterans Service. The RSL World War One Centenary Committee invited us to participate and witness the unveiling of the Vietnam Memorial. A tree was planted in honour of local soldier, Geoffrey Coombs, who lost his life in the conflict. The guest speaker for the day was Patricia Thompson, better known as Little Patti and Mr Robert Dick, the President of the National RSL, was also in attendance. Smithton High School places high importance on commemorating and acknowledging Australia’s role in war and military conflict, and attending this service allows students to continue to pay their respects to those who fought and died during the Vietnam War.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Last week our students and staff volunteers helped out with another week of delivering Meals on Wheels. I once again thank our chaplain Christine Blake, who undertakes organising this valuable experience. I always enjoy the opportunity to get out into the community and engage with the clients and observing the friendly banter between them and our students is an added bonus. I’m certain it has benefits for both the giving and receiving parties.
PARENT INFO EVENING
Could I remind everyone about the importance of the Grade 8 & 9 Options Evening to be held this coming Wednesday. The details are included in this newsletter but it is an opportunity to make informed decisions about subject choices that will enhance your child’s career pathways. This event is run concurrently with the Grade 5 & 6 information evening with further details also included in this newsletter. It is a great opportunity for our future Grade 7s to witness the great work being done in the school and the future opportunities they will have.
Keith Billing
PRINCIPAL
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK:

 
 

Monday 14th August: Science Gig
Tuesday 15th August: ICAS Maths
Thursday 17th August: Grade 5 Transition, NotEvenOnce, Grade 11/12 reports posted home
Friday 18th August: NotEvenOnce, Newsletter, Grade 10/11/12 Meningococcal Immunisations 9am, Forest Primary School Singers 11.45am

Have a great weekend! :)
OFFICE HOURS

​8.00am – 4.00pm daily
School Starts: 8.50am
School Finishes: 3.00pm

School Office Ph: 6452 9222
Trade Training Centre Ph: 6452 9288
​TERM DATES FOR 2017

TERM 1: Wednesday 8th February – Thursday 13th April

Easter Break: Friday 14th April – Tuesday 18th April
TERM 2: Monday 1st May – Friday 7th July
TERM 3: Monday 24th July – Friday 29th September
TERM 4: Monday 16th October – Thursday 21st December

STUDENT FREE DAYS
Tuesday 7th February
Thursday 13th April (Grade 7-10 only)
Monday 24th July
Friday 3rd November
DATES TO REMEMBER...

AUGUST

Monday 7th to Wednesday 9th: Outdoor Ed Snow Trip

Monday 14th: Science Gig
Tuesday 15th: ICAS Maths Competition
Thursday 17th: Grade 5 Transition, NotEvenOnce Program
Friday 18th: Newsletter, Grade 10/11/12 Meningococcal Immunisations 9am, Forest Primary School Singers 11.45am, NotEvenOnce Program

Wednesday 23rd: Parent Information Evening for 2018
Thursday 24th: Grade 5 Transition

Wednesday 30th: Grade 9 Health Careers Day
Thursday 31st: Grade 5 Transition

SEPTEMBER
Friday 1st: Newsletter

Wednesday 6th: MasterBuilders Presentation Grade 10 (11.30am - 12.30pm)
Thursday 7th: Grade 6 Transition
Friday 8th: School Production Rehearsal

Thursday 14th: Grade 6 Transition
Friday15th: School Production VIP Night, Newsletter

Monday 18th: School Production Show 2
Tuesday 19th: School Production Show 3
Thursday 21st: Grade 6 Transition
Sunday 24th: School Production Show 4

Monday 25th: School Production Show 5, Grade 7 Immunisations
Tuesday 26th: School Production Final Night
Friday 29th: Newsletter, LAST DAY OF TERM 3

Have a great weekend :)
A WORD FROM THE PRINCIPAL...

STUDENT REPORTS

Mid-year reports for Grades 7-10 students have been completed and at the risk of sounding like a cracked record, I must say that whilst it is an onerous task reading all students’ reports, it is an incredibly rewarding experience. Last year I stated that less than 5 students out of our 240 students between Grades 7-10 were performing below expectation. This year that number has continued to fall. With so many students trying their best to achieve, I consider it a privilege to be reading about their efforts. I also congratulate staff not only for the time they have spent preparing the reports, but with such great results it is evident that they are doing a great job creating positive learning environments and engaging students in meaningful tasks.

I would like to thank parents and students for the overwhelming response we had during our last fortnight of meetings. This is a time where we can reflect on students’ efforts in the classroom and share many positive experiences. If students are encountering difficulties, it is also a great time to explore alternative avenues so that they can experience success at school. I thank teachers, particularly core teachers, who have been instrumental in following up appointments for parents who have found it difficult to meet at the allocated times.

INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADE COMPLETE
All the building renovations, new classrooms and demolition of the original infrastructure upgrade have been completed and the good news is that it has been under the allocated $7 million budget. The remaining funds are going to be used to upgrade our administration area in order to bring it up to the same standard as the adjacent classrooms. We are uncertain about a starting date for this work but are hopeful for it to be started sometime in August. This will require us to temporarily relocate our administration area, but I should have further details of this in our next newsletter.

HOMEWORK CLUB
Homework Club has had a hiatus while our parent/teacher/student interviews have been taking place. This will resume after school next Thursday between 3 and 4pm. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the tutoring available through our partnership with CHAC. CHAC have tutors who can assist students with their studies in most subjects, but particularly with literacy and numeracy tasks. The staff liaison for Homework Club is Mr Poulter and students need to register their interest with library staff in the days leading up to Thursday so that Mr Poulter has an indication of how many students he will be supervising.

NOTEVENONCE
You will notice that this event has been scheduled on the school calendar for August 17th and 18th. This is a drug education program conducted by Teen Challenge Tasmania and is part of our Student Health Initiative that we received funding for earlier in the year. Teen Challenge was originally founded in New York in 1958 but began in Australia in 1971 and has facilities in every state. To date it has helped literally thousands transform their lives from addiction and restored families right across Australia. It is the mission of Teen Challenge centres to provide youth, adults and children an effective and comprehensive faith-based solution to drug and alcohol addiction as well as other life-controlling problems. Teen Challenge is committed to enabling and equipping those we serve to find freedom from addictive behaviour, to become socially and emotionally healthy, physically well and spiritually alive. Teen Challenge reaches out to people from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Keith Billing
PRINCIPAL
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK:

Monday 31st July: Grade 9-12 Performance LUCKY COUNTRY 9am, Grade 7/8 Performance ROME 11am

Tuesday 1st August: ICAS English, ArtRage Trip
Friday 4th August: Newsletter

Have a great weekend :)