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OFFICE HOURS

 
 
8.30am – 3.30pm daily
School Starts: 8.50am
School Finishes: 3.00pm

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

SMS: 0427 016 460
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

OFFICE HOURS 2019

Office Hours

8.30am – 3.30pm daily
School Starts: 8.50am
School Finishes: 3.00pm
 
School Office Ph: 6452 9222
Trade Training Centre Ph: 6452 9288
 
SMS: 0427 016 460
TERM DATES FOR 2019

TERM 1: Wednesday 6th February – Friday 12th April
(Easter Break: Friday 19th April – Tuesday 23rd April)
TERM 2: Monday 29th April – Friday 5th July
TERM 3: Monday 22nd July – Friday 27th September
TERM 4: Monday 14th October – Thursday 19th December

STUDENT FREE DAYS FOR 2019
Year 7-10
Tuesday 5th February
Friday 12th April
Monday 22nd July
Friday 1st November

Year 11/12
Tuesday 12th March
Friday 6th September
DATES TO REMEMBER...

AUGUST

Thursday 8th: Girls Gala Football

Monday 12th: Year 11/12 Reports sent home
Tuesday 13th: Year 11/12 Info Evening
Friday 16th: Newsletter

Tuesday 20th: Master Builders Association visit Year 9/10
Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd: Outdoor Ed Camp

Monday 26th: Cyber Safety Parent Info Session (TBC)
Tuesday 27th: Cyber Safety Sessions Year 7-12
Friday 30th: Newsletter, Year 9 Pool Day

SEPTEMBER
Wednesday 4th: Year 7 Info Evening, Year 9/10 Electives Evening, UTas Science Awards
Friday 6th: Year 11/12 (only) Student Free Day

Thursday 12th: Hellyer College Meetings with Parents/Students 2-5pm
Friday 13th: Newsletter

Tuesday 17th: Music Evening
Wednesday 18th: Drama Evening

Friday 27th: Newsletter, LAST DAY OF TERM 3

Have a great weekend! :)
TICKET TO PLAY

 
 
The Ticket to Play initiative provides students whose parents/guardians/carers have a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Card, with a voucher of up to $100 to pay for registration/membership of an approved activity provider/sports club.

For more info go to:
https://www.communities.tas.gov.au/ticket-to-play/about-ticket-to-play
SCHOOL ZINE APP

DO YOU HAVE A SMART PHONE? HELP US ON OUR WAR ON WASTE
SHS is aiming to go paperless for the distribution of our school newsletter. We understand this is not possible for some but ask for those that are able, please either download the Schoolzine App or request the newsletter to be sent via an email address. Printed out Newsletters will be in black and white print only and don’t have all the photos published. For full content of Newsletter download the App below.

By downloading the SZapp you will receive our Newsletter straight to your phone.

For instructions on downloading the app please go to:
https://smithtonhs.schoolzineplus.com/szapp

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN NOTIFY US OF ABSENCES BY THE SZAPP?
Simply download the app (above link) then click on ‘Absentee’ and fill in the online form. It’s quick and easy and sent to the school via an email.

If you wish to receive our school newsletter via email, please email your students name to smithton.high@education.tas.gov.au
BENDIGO BANK

Smithton High School thanks Bendigo Bank Smithton for supporting our I Am Project and Art Exposure programs.

APPLYING FOR A TAX FILE NUMBER

 
 
Students can apply for a TFN online at the following link:
https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/tax-file-number/apply-for-a-tfn/australian-residents---tfn-application/

Fill in the online form, print application out then take to Smithton Post Office with appropriate documents. No need to book an apt.
WHAT IS FOODSWITCH?

 
 
FoodSwitch gives you immediate, easy-to-understand information about packaged food products, as well as a list of similar foods that are healthier choices. You can access this through the app by scanning the product barcode using your smartphone camera.

Each nutrient in a product in FoodSwitch has been rated and by using the colour-coded Traffic-Light Labels, it makes it easy to see how healthy a food is based on nutrients like total fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt. For more information, visit: https://www.georgeinstitute.org/projects/foodswitch/

For more information about healthy eating, recipes and lunch box ideas, please go to http://www.movewelleatwell.tas.gov.au/families
DENTAL HEALTH WEEK

 
 
At Northwest Dental, we’re celebrating Dental Health Week, 5-11th August 2019!

Dental Health Week acts as a reminder to Australians about the importance of oral health and how they can easily incorporate healthy habits into their daily life!
GIRLS CAN CODE

 
 
Coded and built using a Micro:bit and Grove sensors by Charli and Iris with contributions from Paige and Dakota (8.3). Check It out at the front desk of Smithton High School and get up close so it can see you!
https://photos.app.goo.gl/yvZuX96f27q2S1LY6
​STAFF vs STUDENTS BASKETBALL GAME

 

On the last day of Term 2 we once again held a Staff vs Student Basketball game, with the students defeating the staff by 20 points!

CROSS COUNTRY

SHS CROSS COUNTRY
On Friday 14th June the school held the Cross Country carnival for 2019. The weather gods shined on us for most of the day meaning all years were able to run in clear skies with little rain. There were plenty of puddles for the students to run through thanks to a heavy downpour (which made Mr Dunham very nervous) half an hour before the first race. Everyone who participated gave their best during the races. We would like to thank Ashley Ker for the use of his property.

INTER HIGH CROSS COUNTRY
On Wednesday 19th June the school sent a group of eager students to Penguin for the 2019 NWHSSA Inter High Cross Country carnival. It was a chilly but clear day perfect for running. All of our students gave their very best in their event. In particular we had some top finishes with Jacob coming 3rd overall for Year 7 Boys and Lily who came 6th overall for Year 10 Girls. Thanks to Mr Poulter, Mrs Wade and Mr Barber for accompanying the group.
THINKUKNOW WHAT YOUNG PEOPLE SEE, SAY AND DO ONLINE?

​Smithton High School will be hosting a ThinkUKnow presentation on Monday August 26th from 6.30pm to 8pm and all parents, carers and teachers are encouraged to attend.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a cyber safety education program that educates parents, carers and teachers of how people are using technology, the challenges they may face online, and how to help them overcome these in a safe and ethical way.
ThinkUKnow Australia is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank. The program is delivered in collaboration with policing partners New South Wales Police Force, Northern Territory Police, Queensland Police, South Australia Police, Tasmania Police, Western Australia Police, as well as Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.
The presentation will be delivered by a local law enforcement member and an industry volunteer. The presentation covers issues relating to children and young peoples’ privacy and security online, their relationships with other users and their online reputation. It provides insight into the devices young people are using, as well as the popular websites, apps and social networking sites they’re accessing.
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about young people and the online environment, and how you can help them to be safe and responsible users of technology.
For more information, you can visit www.thinkuknow.org.au or contact Lauren Burgess.
​CELEBRATING NAIDOC

 

n the last week of Term 2, students, CHAC Staff and Board and Nikki from Aboriginal Ed went on an all day Aboriginal Cultural Tour of West Point and Greens Beach.n the last week of Term 2, students, CHAC Staff and Board and Nikki from Aboriginal Ed went on an all day Aboriginal Cultural Tour of West Point and Greens Beach.

Facilitated by Camilla and Selina, and with some great knowledge by local Rob Saltmarsh we explored and learnt about the importance of both sites and had a great time exploring the West Point midden site and learning just how important the site is for our Aboriginal history. We found ochre, flints, animal remains and crushing stones. We finished the day with a delicious feed of Mutton Birds from the Marrawah Tavern.

At the end of this term we will be exploring the sites at Sundown.

Big thanks to CHAC – Camilla and Jake and Nikki for being a part of the day.
 
 
Selina Maguire
 
photos on facebook page
100% ATTENDANCE

 
 

7.2 have once again taken out first position in the Year 7 attendance competition! They were the core class with the most days of 100% attendance last term. They also took out the title for Term 1... can they get the hat trick and take out Term 3? Here they are with their stationery prizes.
LIFE SKILLS GROUP NEWS

 
 

On Monday afternoons, approximately nine Year 7/8 students get together as a group with our Chaplain Christine, and Nurse Lyndsay. The aim of the ‘Life Skills’ is a fun and educational setting, which enables us to grow within our personal life and help set us up for our future.

At Easter time, we went to Emmerton Park where we gave out chocolates and little presents, which consisted of teddy bears (kindly donated by Heather) and activity books to the residents. This was because some people were allowed to eat chocolate and others not due to allergies, illness or other medical issues. This excursion brought several mixed emotions such as nervousness and excitement but overall was enjoyed by both residents and students.

We have also been building up some relationships with the community, by visiting their businesses. So far, we have had a trip to Woolworths, where we had to balance money, budget and figure out which product was best to buy for our group, and our financial limitations. After this, we made wraps and milkshakes for lunch, and then after we enjoyed eating them we had to clean up as a group as well which was not fun. However, the ability to purchase items and have financial assistance to do things with this group would not have been possible without the kind donations by Mrs Trish and Mr Keith Saward and the team at Treasure Chest.

In other weeks, we made toasted sandwiches. We paired up and had to make a sandwich for each other. This sounds easy, however our directions from Christine were that we could not speak or offer any verbal directions on what we wanted. This was difficult for some of us, but also a funny experience. Unfortunately, we also realised that some people live like this, and have to rely on sign language as a form of communication. We got frustrated after a few minutes, so we can’t imagine what life is like for those who have to rely on it.

Some other things we have had to learn is about puberty, hygiene and social norms and cues associated with certain situations. We really enjoyed cooking with other people and learning new recipes. Nutrition and hydration have been an important element of our learning. Did you know that coke is used as an industrial cleaner to clean roads and jewellery and that it can erode your stomach lining? This has also been an important thing to learn, as preventing future health issues are important. As part of our health, we have also meditated, though not many of us enjoyed this. We made some stress balls – we had to do this outside as rice went everywhere. This took lots of concentration and dexterity as rice and balloons are a tricky mix!

The group has been an eye-opening experience and has allowed us to develop new friendships and support within our student cohort. We enjoy the ‘Life Skills’ program and look forward to what Lyndsay and Christine organise for Term 3.

Written by Year 7/8 Skills Group.
STAFF PROFILE

 
Name: Jasmin Quilliam
Where did you grow up?: Queensland and Tasmania
What is your role at SHS?: Social Worker
What are your interests?: Travel, food, culture and nature.
Favourite Music: Depends on my mood.
Favourite Quote: “If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” – Fred Rogers
A WORD FROM THE PRINCIPAL...

 
 

The end to the term was celebrated with the ever popular student vs staff basketball match. This year the students dominated the second half, winning quite convincingly. No doubt the defeat will fuel the staff team to even the ledger next year. Whilst the last few weeks of term saw quite a bit of sickness which affected students and staff, I'm sure the recent holiday period provided an opportunity to rest, slow down and enjoy a well-deserved break. With that said I look forward to a productive and positive Term 3.

STAFFING NEWS
At the end of the term we farewelled Peter Lander. We thank him for his contribution to our school in the short time he was with us and wish him all the best with his health. David Foster will take over from Peter and will pick up his teaching load. David comes to Circular Head from the mainland and has been working at Smithton High in a relief capacity for most of last term. We look forward to having David as part of the team for the next two terms.

WRITERS' CAMP
Congratulations to Jaimee, Georgia, Kelsey, Iris, Nara and Chelsea who have been selected to attend the 2019 Writers’ Camp. We look forward to reading some of your writing and listening to your stories when you return to school. Well done and have a great camp!

CONGRATULATIONS!
Congratulations to Jarred who has been nominated for the Australian School Based Apprentice of the Year Award. Jarred’s experience has been documented in a video which shows the opportunities he has had working at Edith Creek Primary in a School Based Apprenticeship and his achievements. Jarred is a great example of the different pathways available to students in Year 11/12. His pathway enables him to complete his schooling and work at the same time which also contributes to him attaining his TCE.

KINMEN ISLAND STUDENTS
The Kinmen students have been with us for over a week now and they are settling into school and home life well. So far they have been on a tour of the region as part of their school program, as well as touring the west coast with their homestay families. The rest of the time has been spent in normal classes. The students are trying out their English by practising more regularly and interacting more in the classroom. We also had a visit from the Commissioner for Education to see how the students were settling in. It was a pleasure to show the delegation around our school.

Our students have been accommodating and respectful with our guests and the experience so far has been positive and rewarding on a number of levels. I’m grateful to the wonderful families and community members who have opened up their homes and shown tremendous hospitality and care for the Kinmen students. We couldn’t have hosted the students at SHS if you didn’t put up your hands to have them in your homes. The interview process for the outbound trip to Kinmen has taken place and the successful applicants will be announced in the next newsletter.

REPORTS
Reports were posted out at the end of the term and Parent, Student and Teacher interviews have concluded this week. We know working together has positive effects for students and their outcomes at school. Therefore we encourage all parents to connect and regularly participate in school events which includes engaging with your child’s teachers to have those important conversations around their learning. Thanks to all parents who have been in to talk about their child's report with our staff.

Here are some points to consider from the reporting process.

Successful students:

*Have expectations.
*Display a strong work ethic.
*Are independent learners who can solve problems.
*Ask questions to delve deeper into their work, whilst also being prepared to seek assistance when they need it.
*Exhibit good communication skills, sound organisation and perseverance around task completion when things get tough or tricky.
*Are creative, care about people and are willing to help others.
*Have levels of participation.
*Have consistent attendance.
*Have well established support networks.
*Have to take risks with their learning.
*Have strong, positive working relationships with their peers and teachers.

For those student who have room to improve, it’s not too late. I hope you take up the challenge and set a goal to do better and achieve your best by the end of the year. You can do it, if you set your mind to it!

ATTENDANCE
Attending school every day is a factor that can help improve your learning outcomes. If you miss school, you are decreasing your chances of reaching your full potential. Every day counts! To our parents we rely on your support to ensure your child attends school every day. If you support them by allowing them to stay home, your child’s chances of successfully completing their education is greatly comprised. Please contact us if you need support to help with attendance issues.


Nikki Clark
Principal
Attendance

Our average daily attendance rate so far this year is
87%
 
OFFICE HOURS 2019

Office Hours

8.30am – 3.30pm daily
School Starts: 8.50am
School Finishes: 3.00pm
 
School Office Ph: 6452 9222
Trade Training Centre Ph: 6452 9288
 
SMS: 0427 016 460
Term Dates for 2019

 
 

TERM 1: Wednesday 6th February – Friday 12th April
(Easter Break: Friday 19th April – Tuesday 23rd April)
TERM 2: Monday 29th April – Friday 5th July
TERM 3: Monday 22nd July – Friday 27th September
TERM 4: Monday 14th October – Thursday 19th December

STUDENT FREE DAYS FOR 2019
Year 7-10
Tuesday 5th February
Friday 12th April
Monday 22nd July
Friday 1st November

Year 11/12
Tuesday 12th March
Friday 6th September
DATES TO REMEMBER...

TERM 2

JULY
Monday 1st to Friday 5th: Year 11/12 Exams
Thursday 4th: Year 9/10 High School Netball Cup Launceston
Friday 5th: LAST DAY OF TERM 2, Newsletter, Year 7-10 Reports sent home.

TERM 3
JULY
Monday 22nd: Term 3 Commences, Year 11/12 Students start, Year 7-10 Student Free Day
Tuesday 23rd: Year 7-10 Students start

Tuesday 30th July & Thursday 1st August: Parent Teacher Meetings 3.30pm - 7.00pm

AUGUST
Friday 2nd: Newsletter

Monday 12th: Year 11/12 Reports sent home
Friday 16th: Newsletter

Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd: Outdoor Ed Camp

Friday 30th: Newsletter

SEPTEMBER
Wednesday 4th: Year 7 Info Evening, Year 9/10 Elective Evening
Friday 6th: Year 11/12 Student Free Day

Friday 13th: Newsletter

Tuesday 17th: Music Evening
Wednesday 18th: Drama Evening

Friday 27th: Newsletter, LAST DAY OF TERM 3

Have a great weekend! :)
Ticket to Play

The Ticket to Play initiative provides students whose parents/guardians/carers have a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Card, with a voucher of up to $100 to pay for registration/membership of an approved activity provider/sports club.


For more info go to:
https://www.communities.tas.gov.au/ticket-to-play/about-ticket-to-play
Do you have a Smart Phone?

 
 

Help us on our War on Waste SHS is aiming to go paperless for the distribution of our school newsletter. We understand this is not possible for some but ask for those that are able, please either download the Schoolzine App or request the newsletter to be sent via an email address. Printed out Newsletters will be in black and white print only and don’t have all the photos published. For full content of Newsletter download the App below.

By downloading the SZapp you will receive our Newsletter straight to your phone.

For instructions on downloading the app please go to:
https://smithtonhs.schoolzineplus.com/szapp
Did you know you can notify us of absences by the SZapp?
Simply download the app (above link) then click on ‘Absentee’ and fill in the online form. It’s quick and easy and sent to the school via an email.

If you wish to receive our school newsletter via email, please email your students name to smithton.high@education.tas.gov.au
Applying for a Tax File Number

Students can apply for a TFN online at the following link:

https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/tax-file-number/apply-for-a-tfn/australian-residents---tfn-application/

Fill in the online form, print application out then take to Smithton Post Office with appropriate documents. No need to book an apt.
Year 9 Poetry – Haiku

 
 

Soy dueno de un caballo
Blanco, hemosa, majestusa
Terco como puede ser

(English Translation)
I own a horse
White, beautiful, majestic
Stubborn as can be

By Teleah

Tiga ruba batu
Triggal bersama dua keluargo
Perjalanan suata han nanti

(English Translation)
Three thousand miles
Living with two families
Travelling someday

By Shayarna
Tasmanian Youth Forum

 
 

On Friday 7th June, the Year 7 SRC and the Year 10 SEC took a bus to Launceston to be part of the Tasmanian Youth Forum for students between the ages of 12 and 25 to discuss an issue around ‘Our Online Environment’. The Minister of Education Jeremy Rockliff asked for our opinions and ideas around the current social environment in Tasmania. As a group we talked about a range of different topics including mental health, news, media, self-esteem and life balance. We discussed what we wanted to keep and change within each of these areas around the advantages and disadvantages of technology in 2019. Overall, it was a very beneficial day discussing these ideas with other student leaders from a variety of schools in Tasmania.

Harna
Staff Profile

 
 
 
 
Name: Ellyce Anderson

Where did you grow up?: Adelaide, South Australia

What is your role at SHS?: Maths, Science and English teacher.

What are your interests?: Netball, hiking and spending time with friends.

Favourite Music: Alternative and rock, or anything on Triple J.

Favourite Quote: “When life puts you in touchy situations, don’t say ‘Why me?’, just say ‘Try me!’ – Dwayne Johnson ‎
A Word from the Principal…

Kinmen Island Exchange 2:

We are very excited to be hosting ten students and two escorts from the Kinmen Islands Taiwan as part of a study tour on the NW of Tasmania for the second year. The students arrive on Saturday the 20th of July. They will be at SHS for three weeks, staying with our students and some members of the community. As part of their program they will attend normal classes whilst also exploring our region on some day excursions. The students will also have some English language sessions. The other important point to mention is four students from SHS will have the opportunity to attend the Kinmen Islands later in the year.

Thanks to the host families for being prepared to have students stay with their families. It will be a great experience!

Arrival: Saturday - July 20, 2019 (time TBC)
Smithton - The Kinmen students will fly into Devonport Airport and will be transported by bus to our school.

Departure: Thursday - August 8, 2019 (time TBC)
All Kinmen students to depart by the Spirit of Tasmania at 7:30pm – transport details TBC
Homestay Briefings

A briefing session at Smithton High School has been added below:
Briefing for SHS:
Location: Smithton High School meeting room
Date: Wednesday 3rd of July
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Attendees: Smithton High School host families

Mid-year Reports Years 7-10:
Teachers have nearly completed their mid-year reports which will be sent out on the last day of Term 2. The parent/teacher/student meetings are set for Tuesday 30th of July and Thursday 1st of August from 3.30pm-7:00pm. The meetings fall in the second week of Term 3. Parents are reminded we will post reports home this year after taking on feedback from the parent survey completed in 2018. However, it is our preference to engage in a three-way parent/teacher/student conference to discuss progress on both evenings. This means bringing your child along to the meetings. We see education as a three-way partnership and it is important that all parties have input into making that partnership as successful as possible. More information about booking appointments to see your child’s teachers will be made available in the next newsletter.


Nikki Clark
Principal