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OFFICE HOURS

8.30am – 3.30pm daily (please note change of opening times)

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 2018

TERM 1: Wednesday 7th February – Friday 13th April

Easter Break: Friday 30th March – Tuesday 3rd April
TERM 2: Monday 30th April – Friday 6th July
TERM 3: Monday 23rd July – Friday 28th September
TERM 4: Monday 15th October – Thursday 20th December

STUDENT FREE DAYS TO BE CONFIRMED

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 (Grade 7-10 only)
DATES TO REMEMBER...

NOVEMBER

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

Tuesday 21st: SEC Interviews
Wednesday 22nd: Grade 11/12 Final Assembly 9.50am, Grade 11/12 Dinner
Thursday 23rd: Grade 11/12 Final Day
Friday 24th: SHS Official Opening 11am, Newsletter

Monday 27th to Thursday 30th: Grade 10 Exams

DECEMBER
Friday 1st: Grade 6 Orientation Day, Grade 10 ONLY Student Free Day

Monday 4th: RYDA (Grade 10), Grade 9 Work Inspirations
Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th: Outdoor Ed Camp - East Coast Grade 10
Tuesday 5th: Grade 9 Work Inspirations
Wednesday 6th: Inter High Athletics
Thursday 7th: Hellyer College Orientation Day

Monday 11th: Grade 10 Exchange CHCS
Tuesday 12th: Grade 10 iParty
Wednesday 13th: Final Newsletter, Drugs Forum 11am - 12.30pm
Thursday 14th: Grade 10 Celebration Dinner
Friday 15th: Reports sent home

Tuesday 19th:Grade 10 Picnic
Thursday 21st: LAST DAY OF THE YEAR FOR STUDENTS

Have a great weekend! :)
CHANGE OF ADDRESS

At the end of each school year important letters and documents are sent out. If you have moved or changed postal address recently, please notify the school office by phoning 6452 9222, SMS 0427 016 460, email smithton.high@education.tas.gov.au or alternatively your child can collect a form from our school office.


Thanks, Admin
HOUSE CAPTAINS REPORT

On Friday 20th October the Smithton High School House Captains played a major role in assisting the Primary Schools’ Cricket Carnival day. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to not only demonstrate their leadership skills, but to build positive relationships with the students from all over the district.
The day consisted of the House and Vice captains walking to the Smithton Recreation Ground at 9.30am to help set up the equipment and also participate in a mini lesson on how to umpire the game of cricket. During the day the captains ran mini cricket games for approximately 200 primary school students. To finish the day the captains handed certificates out to the students and also enjoyed a cold Milo as a reward for their great efforts.
Well done to the captains on representing the school at such a high standard, we look forward to you leading us on Athletics Carnival day on November 16th-17th.
Ryland Coombe
HPE TEACHER
House Captains
Perkins:
(C) Ryan, Darcey 
(VC) Kaylah, Mason
Robbins:
(C) Charlotte C, Bailey 
(VC) Lochlan
Hunter:
(C) Jackson, Reegan 
(VC) Tegan
Walker:
(C) Tayla, Ellie 
(VC) Brittany R, Isobella
CLUSTER LOGO COMPETITION

As part of the Middle Years Literacy Project we have been running a competition in our schools to design a new logo for our Cluster and we have a winner.


Congratulations to Riley from Redpa Primary who has won the Asus 11.6” notebook donated by WT House Betta Home Living.

The competition was so tight that three runners up were awarded as well. Each of these students received a book voucher.

Xander – Stanley Primary
Ashton – Forest Primary
Paris – Smithton High

Well done to everyone who entered. With over 100 entries the judges found choosing the winners very difficult. We would like to thank our judges - Renee Smith, Jeff Power and Fran Joyce. Graphic designer, Renee Smith, is now working on a design for our new Cluster logo using the ideas from the competition.

Not only was this competition designed to get students creating and drawing and looking at current school logos but also to think about what it means to work across our Cluster and the benefits of this for us all.

We will be very excited to share our new Cluster logo with you very soon.

A big thank you to Leigh from WT House Betta Home Living for donating such an awesome prize.

Keith Billing
PRINCIPAL
COWS CREATE CAREERS AWARDS CEREMONY

​Smithton High School continues to excell in the Cows Create Careers program sponsored by Dairy Australia. This year, Team Legendairy: Cody, Oliver and Zak received 2nd Place for their entry. This team really deserved to do well as they spent many hours of their own time improving their submission and I’m sure learned a lot in the process.

Many of our other teams were a couple of points away from scoring in the top three and should be very proud of their work as well. Our school has managed to bring home a ribbon every year since 2014 when we started this journey at Smithton High School. A truly remoooookable achievement!
We would like to thank our Industry Advocates for enriching our program. They have given our students valuable insights into the dairy industry. Kannon Lockett from MG Trading came and spoke to the whole Grade 9 about his career path.
And Richie Wells from Roberts volunteered his time to teach students how to train our calf to walk on a tether.
These strong community links go a long way towards making our school successful and our staff and students really appreciate the support.
 
see our facebook page for photos
Sarah Prior
Science Teacher
SCHOOL BUS SERVICE CHANGES

It is anticipated that There will be bus service changes for some students in 2018. We have tried to identify those students affected and letters have been sent explaining the new routes. If you haven’t received a letter, it is anticipated that there will be no change to your bus service. If you are concerned that you haven’t received a letter and that there might be a change, please direct any route enquiries directly to Wells Waggons, who have a very clear picture of how the new routes will affect individual bus travellers. If you are dissatisfied, or have any concerns about the new routes, these enquiries should be directed to Andrew Kruup at the Department of State Growth on 6166 3296.


Under these proposed changes the students who will no longer have a service at their door are those students living on Grooms Cross Road Irishtown.
Students who had a service from Ransons Road down to Lileah (South Road) will need to travel to 1399 South Road (old Lileah hall).

Under the new Proposals, these are the routes:

TROWUTTA - Trowutta(transfer with Roger River Bus)/Edith Creek and Lower Scotchtown – stopping picking up at Duck River Bridge – Logan and Cooper Horton, last stop
LILEAH/IRISHTWON - Edith Creek/Nabageena/Lileah/Irishtown and Irishtown Road/Bacon Factory Road
UPPER SCOTCHTOWN/TOWN - Connells Cross Road/Nitida Dr/Rubida Dr/Mauds Rd/Upper Scotchtown Road/Giddens Rd/Town Service – Nelson Street/Kay Street/ Emmett St/Poke Street – This service will be open to SHS students now, but will be subject to fares.
TOGARI/MELLA - Togari/Bass Highway – Britton Swamp till 24334 Bass Highway/Mella
MARRAWAH - Marrawah – 25619 Bass Highway/23970 Bass Highway – Tall Timber Roud-a-bout (PM will include Kubanks Road) AM Kubanks Road will have to catch Upper Scotchtown/Town Bus at 14 Scotchtown Road
ALCOMIE – same as existing service, but will be picking up between Stanley Turnoff and Backline Rd/Bass Highway – Smithton end.
WILTSHIRE – Backline Road/Bass Highway (Burnie End)/Backline Road/forest shop/then collecting on Bass Highway (Backline road to Smithton)/Town Service – Sampsons Avenue/Massey Street/Tier Hill Drive/Leederry Street/Nut View Drive/Massey St – SHS - This service will be open to SHS students now, but will be subject to fares.
EDGCUMBE BEACH – All students in this area will catch the same bus – Forest Primary Students will transfer on/off Mawbanna bus at a safe location on the Highway and this bus will receive/drop off students needing to get in to Smithton from Mawbanna Bus.
MAWBANNA – All students from Mawbanna will now be on the one service. Students needing to get into Smithton will transfer onto the Edgcumbe Beach Bus at a safe location on the Bass Highway AM/PM. Forest Primary Students will transfer onto this service and proceed to Forest Primary.
STANLEY – No change at this time
WOOLNORTH – This includes Montagu Rd - No Change at this time
A WORD FROM THE PRINCIPAL...

Official Opening

The official opening of the school’s redevelopment will be conducted on Friday November 24th at 11am. Upon completion, we will conduct a light luncheon at Southside for invited guests and this will be followed by an Open Day afternoon for the general public. Our Student Executive Council members and Student Representative Council members will be conducting tours of the school all afternoon starting at 1.15 and having tours depart every 15 minutes until 2.15. Each tour will take approximately 45 minutes which will give the last tour time to be completed by the end of the school day at 3.00pm.

2018 Bus Services
There will be bus service changes for some students in 2018. We have tried to identify those students affected and letters have been sent home explaining the new routes. If you haven’t received a letter, it is anticipated that there will be no change to your bus service. If you are concerned that you haven’t received a letter and that there might be a change, please direct any route enquiries directly to Wells Waggons, who have a very clear picture of how the new routes will affect individual bus travellers. If you are dissatisfied, or have any concerns about the new routes, these enquiries should be directed to Andrew Kruup at the Department of State Growth on 6166 3296. I have included a more detailed article outlining all bus routes later in this newsletter.

CCC Program
The school has again achieved great success in the Cows Create Careers program. On Wednesday October 25th Grade 9 students attended the awards ceremony in Burnie, and our school placed second in our award category. Congratulations to Oliver, Zak and Beau who were members of that team. I would like to congratulate all students, and particularly Mrs Prior and Grade 9 teachers for their efforts in using agriculture as a means to create relevant and engaging learning for our students.

SEC Interviews
The application process for the 2018 Student Executive Council started last Friday with applications closing today. I wish all students striving to join the SEC the best of luck in this endeavour. Once again our current SEC have proven to be excellent role models for the incumbent councillors and they have played a key role in guiding our Grade 9 students. They will also be represented on the panel that chooses the 2018 SEC, with interviews due to be conducted on Tuesday November 21st.

Year 11/12
Year 11 & 12 students who are completing level 3 & 4 courses will commence their exams next week and they have therefore finished timetabled lessons. I wish them every success in this stressful time but I’m confident their teachers have prepared them well. All Year 11/12 students are scheduled to finish their year on Thursday November 23rd. They are holding their Celebration Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Southside on the evening of Wednesday November 22nd. On their last day they have planned a final excursion to the cinema in Burnie.

Bus Loop Construction
Work on the new bus loop commenced on Wednesday and is scheduled to be completed during the last week of Term 4. This will allow all buses to drop-off and collect students from a new single lane bus road that connects Mill Road with Fenton Street from the start of 2018. The current bus parking area will be converted into car parking for staff and parents for dropping off students at the start of the day and collecting them at the end of the day.

Tunnerminnerwait Project
I would like to warmly invite members of the school community to attend the unveiling of the Tunnerminnerwait documentary which will be held in the mini-theatre on Thursday, 23rd November at 5:30 pm. Students from the History and English Extension class have been working hard on this for several months now and I very much look forward to seeing the finished product. If you are planning on attending, please contact school administration by Friday, November 17th for catering purposes.

Athletics Carnival
I was hopeful of this carnival returning to school grounds this year, but the newly recovered areas have not had sufficient time to settle, dry out and regrow the new grass. As a result we will again be conducting the athletics carnival at the Smithton Recreation Ground Little Athletics Centre. Parents are invited to come and watch their children participate with events commencing at around 9.30am and finishing by 2.30pm on Thursday and Friday of next week. This is a good opportunity to give a reminder about wearing the appropriate clothing for all weather conditions as we often experience all four seasons during these two days. We will be drumming home the message to “Slip, slop & slap” but reinforcement of this message from home would be greatly appreciated.

Administration Block Renovations
Good progress is being made with our new administration area with all electrical wiring, internal walls, window & door frames and most dado work completed. Plastering and painting is scheduled for next week followed by carpet laying and electrical finishing the following week. Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.

Past Students in the News
Congratulations to Vicki O’Halloran (nee Cuttriss), an ex-student of Smithton High, who was recently appointed Administrator of the Northern Territory. This position is the equivalent to that of our Tasmanian Governor which means that her family will move into Government House. She will need to become accustomed to being chauffeured around in a government vehicle and having doors opened for her wherever she goes.

I also congratulate Matthew Knight after he announced during the week that he would be retiring from the National Basketball League (NBL) due to several concussions sustained throughout his career. Matthew was a member of the Perth Wildcats and he was a part of the side that secured three NBL titles during his time there.

Keith Billing
PRINCIPAL
OFFICE HOURS

8.30am – 3.30pm daily (please note change of opening times)

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

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 (Grade 7-10 only)

TERM DATES FOR 2018
TERM 1: Wednesday 7th February – Friday 13th April
Easter Break: Friday 30th March – Tuesday 3rd April
TERM 2: Monday 30th April – Friday 6th July
TERM 3: Monday 23rd July – Friday 28th September
TERM 4: Monday 15th October – Thursday 20th December

STUDENT FREE DAYS TO BE CONFIRMED
DATES TO REMEMBER...

NOVEMBER

Wednesday 1st: Grade 9 Work Inspirations
Thursday 2nd: Grade 9 Work Inspirations
Friday 3rd: STUDENT FREE DAY (GRADE 7-10 ONLY)

Monday 6th: PUBLIC HOLIDAY
Friday 10th: Newsletter

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

Wednesday 22nd: Grade 11/12 Final Assembly 9.50am, Grade 11/12 Dinner
Thursday 23rd: Grade 11/12 Final Day
Friday 24th: SHS Official Opening 11am, Newsletter

Monday 27th to Thursday 30th: Grade 10 Exams

DECEMBER
Friday 1st: Grade 6 Orientation Day

Monday 4th: RYDA (Grade 10)
Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th: Outdoor Ed Camp - East Coast Grade 10
Wednesday 6th: Inter High Athletics
Thursday 7th: Hellyer College Orientation Day

Tuesday 12th: Grade 10 iParty
Wednesday 13th: Final Newsletter, Drugs Forum 11am - 12.30pm
Thursday 14th: Grade 10 Celebration Dinner
Friday 15th: Reports sent home

Thursday 21st: LAST DAY OF THE YEAR FOR STUDENTS

Have a great weekend! :)
​CHAPLAINCY NEWS

Term 4 is off and running and as always is shaping up to be a very full term. Chaplaincy this term is continuing to focus on our core business of engaging in pastoral care for the school community, with an emphasis on supporting students emotionally and socially.


SHINE and CHIC groups will continue to run this term, facilitated by myself and community members. These groups offer students the opportunity to build connections with adults and peers in a safe, supportive and encouraging atmosphere, and to be better equipped to handle the challenges and joys, of life.

Meals on Wheels continues to be a worthwhile volunteer activity for our school community to be involved in, and the students at this stage of the year are well versed in how this service operates and competently participate in this program.

As this term unfolds, and the end of the year rushes towards us, can I encourage us all to make time for the things that are important? Our time is a precious gift, and my desire for myself and us all is that we would not waste this gift, but use it wisely.

Juliana and I are always available if we can to assist you or your student in any way, and can be contacted at the school.

Christine Blake

Tunnerminnerwait Project Update

The Tunnerminnerwait Project has been operating at Smithton High School throughout 2016 and 2017. The project has involved students from the Year 9/10 History/ English Extension class and other Year 9/10 volunteers. This project has involved learning of a little known Circular Head history which has both Tasmanian and Australian significance.


This history focuses on indigenous man Tunnerminnerwait, who was born on Robbins Island in 1811. Tunnerminnerwait means Waterbird, but he was also known by a number of other names: Peevay (Pevay), Napoleon, Thursday and Jack of Cape Grim. Tunnerminnewait is an important historical figure who lived a tumultuous life; his life story helps us understand the adaptation and resistance Aboriginal people displayed upon arrival of the Van Diemen’s Land Company in the 1820s.

Tunnerminnerwait was born at a time when two cultures confronted each other- that of the Tasmanian Aborigines and European settlers. Tunnerminnerwait was involved in witnessing many cruelties, including two brutal incidents at Cape Grim. Despite this Tunnerminnerwait adapted to European ways quickly, he learnt to speak English through contact with sealers on the Bass Strait and with the Van Diemen’s Land Company at Highfield House in Stanley.

In 1830 Tunnerminnerwait joined the ‘Friendly Mission’ with George Augustus Robinson. Robinson’s work was to move all the Tasmanian Aboriginal people to the Wybalenna Settlement on Flinders Island. Tunnerminnerwait was then taken to Port Phillip (to later become Melbourne, Victoria) with Robinson in 1839. It was here that Tunnerminnerwait became disillusioned with Robinson’s intentions and absconded. He moved across Victoria with his four collaborators, actively resisting colonial expansion through raiding settlers’ homes. On one of the raids Tunnerminnerwait and his collaborators stole money from the station and committed other crimes. Despite this he was seen as, ‘a leading man, a chief in his own country’.

In avenging earlier wrong doings to their people Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner committed murder, killing two whalers. The group were eventually captured and the two men were sentenced to hang. Tunnerminnerwait and his companion, Maulboyheenner, were executed on January 20th 1842 at the Old Melbourne Gaol- the only judicially approved public executions in Melbourne’s history.

As in life, Tunnerminnerwait’s approach to his death demonstrated resistance. Tunnerminnerwait did not show remorse, but was relaxed and jovial. He told his executioners that he was ‘unconcerned with his approaching fate’, saying, ‘that after his death he would join his father in Van Diemen’s Land and hunt kangaroo; he also said that he had three heads, one for the scaffold, one for the grave and one for V.D. Land’ (McFarlane, 2008, p. 208).

The 2016 project resulted in information signs being erected at Green Point, Marrawah. These signs detail Tunnerminnerwait’s life. The signs were researched and written by the 2016 project participants in consultation with the Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation (CHAC), Mr Robert Saltmarsh and Dr Ian McFarlane.

Throughout Term 3 this year a group of Year 9/10 students worked with film makers and producers from the ‘BighHart’ organisation. BigHart is based in Wynyard but works across Australia to promote the creative arts as a way of bringing communities and their stories together.

Based on the success of the Tunnerminnerwait Project in 2016 BigHart, Smithton High and CHAC have worked together to create a documentary which details the learning journey our students have undertaken throughout 2016 and 2017. Students from both the 2016 and 2017 projects worked together in Term 3 with BigHart producer Rachel Small and film maker Melanie Killingsworth, along with Camilla Woolley from CHAC. The students were involved in an intensive two week process of learning how to use cameras and sound equipment as well as how to storyboard and use effective dialogue. They also participated in two field trips; one to Highfield House, the other to Cape Grim. These two sites are historically significant to the Tunnerminnerwait story. Laura McIntosh from Woolnorth Tours guided students at the Cape Grim site and provided historical interpretation.

The documentary is currently being edited and will be launched at a community screening in the mini theatre at Smithton High School 5:30pm, Thursday 23rd November. It will also be shown at the official opening of the school the next day on Friday 24th November. We encourage families to attend one, or both, of these events as a way of celebrating the achievements of our students. This project has allowed students to learn a very significant history and to understand the role they play in explaining this history to the wider community, not just in Circular Head but Tasmania and Australia wide.

Ms Parker and Mr Dunham
A Word from the Principal…

​Production News
The cast and crew of “The SmithRock Cafe”, will be taking our production to the local Primary Schools again in early December. More information about the SmithRock Roadshow will follow as negotiations and dates are set with individual schools.

Extended English History
The Tunnerminnerwait Project has been operating at Smithton High School throughout 2016 and 2017. The project has involved students from the Year 9/10 History/ English Extension class and other Year 9/10 volunteers. This project has involved learning of a little known Circular Head history which has both Tasmanian and Australian significance. Based on the success of the Tunnerminnerwait Project in 2016, BigHart, Smithton High and CHAC have worked together to create a documentary which details the learning journey our students have undertaken throughout 2016 and 2017. I would suggest you read the full article included later in this newsletter which outlines the progress made and provides more detail about the documentary.
Official Opening
We now have a date for our Official Opening of our School Upgrade, Friday November 24th at 11am. It is anticipated that we will include an Open Day for the general public as part of this celebration. Invitations are being prepared this week for distribution next week. Now that we have almost full operation of the improved facility (minus the Admin block), I couldn’t be more pleased about the functionality of the new buildings. There are plenty of warm undercover spaces and access to all areas on Northside can be gained without having to take an external route and battle the elements. I can safely say that our students enjoyed the most comfortable Term 3 on record!
Administration Block
Construction of our new administration block is underway. Demolition commenced over the school holidays and builders are now preparing walls for plastering and lowering the ceilings to come in line with the rest of the upgrade. The Grade 7 toilets upstairs also received a complete overhaul during the holidays as part of our upgrade and they are already in use.
Bus Loop 
We have received the green light to proceed with creating a link road for buses only that connects Mill Road and Fenton Street. The road will only be used by buses before school and again at the end of the day. This means that all buses will make a right hand turn into Mill Road and the council is creating a slip road that will allow regular traffic to move around any buses waiting to make that turn. Buses will park on the new road and in the latter half of Mill road (the section after administration). As part of this project, the council will also be widening Fenton Street and allowing for the re-entry of buses onto Montagu Road. The current bus parking area will be converted into a staff and car park.
Whilst work on the bus loop will commence and possibly be completed by the end of this year, there won’t be any change to bus arrangements until the new school year in 2018.
Keith Billing
WHAT'S ON NEXT WEEK:

OCTOBER

Wednesday 25th: Grade 9 CCC Awards Day (Burnie)
Thursday 26th: Girls AFL Gala
Friday 27th: Grade 9 Pastoral Care Work Inspirations Presentation, Newsletter

Have a great weekend! :)
OFFICE HOURS

8.30am – 3.30pm daily (please note change of opening times)

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 (Grade 7-10 only)
​DATES TO REMEMBER...
TERM 4
Monday 16th October: First day of Term 4
Friday 20th October: Community Policing Grade 10 10am

Wednesday 25th October: CCC Presentation Day Grade 9’s (Burnie)
Thursday 26th October: Girls AFL Gala

Wednesday 1st November: Grade 9 Work Inspirations
Thursday 2nd November: Grade 9 Work Inspirations
Friday 3rd November: Student Free Day (Grade 7-10 only)

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 Final Assembly, Grade 11/12 Dinner
Thursday 23rd November: Grade 11/12 Final Day

Monday 27th to Thursday 30th November: Grade 10 Exams
Friday 1st December: Grade 6 Orientation Day

Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th December: Outdoor Ed Camp – East Coast Grade 10
Thursday 7th December: Hellyer College Orientation Day

Thursday 14th December: Grade 10 Celebration Dinner
Thursday 21st December: LAST DAY OF THE YEAR FOR STUDENTS

Have a safe and great holiday break! :)
Biggest Morning Tea

On Friday 8th September the Grade 10 Student Executive Council began their day at 6am in readiness to prepare and deliver over 260 morning teas to the Circular Head Community in support of the Cancer Council. The SEC did a brilliant job and managed to raise in excess of $1600 for the Cancer Council. I would like to thank all members of the SEC for their commitment to organising and cooking the morning teas as well as Jean Moore, Tania Grey, Margo Heres and Lisa Charles for their tireless work in assisting the SEC, along with students, staff and parents who cooked items or provided ingredients.


Tim Dunham
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
 
see our facebook page for photos
Chaplaincy Chat

I am currently reading a great little book called “The Gen Z Handbook” written by Rachel Doherty. It provides great insight about how to guide, help and support people within this category and really all kids in general. I extracted a small portion that I thought relevant for us people working in schools and parents/carers. Hope you will find it as helpful as I did.


Juliana De Angulo
CHAPLAIN

Our mindset is the way we see the world. Our philosophy of life. It's shaped by our experiences in life and what we see, hear and learn.

Having a positive outlook on life is an important part of our wellbeing. It helps us hang on in the tough times and work out how to create more of the good stuff.

There are five things kids need to have the right mindset :
1. A believe that they can be successful
2. A sense that their work has a purpose and is leading to something
3. An understanding that learning comes from effort not being smart
4. A willingness to take a risk and give something a go
5. And an openness to feedback

There are also five things we can do to help young people develop the right mindset:
1. Praise their efforts, not their ability
Praise kids for their effort, for persevering and working hard, then when they are faced with a challenge, they won't loose hope but on the contrary try harder. Praising kids for their efforts helps them become more resilient.

2. Adding “yet” to our vocabulary
Telling kids they might not be there ”yet”, but they are on the way, tells them that we know they will work it out. It develops perseverance and stops them giving up halfway through something.

3. Help them to focus on the future not failure
Kids need to learn to dust themselves off and look for the next opportunity rather than dwelling on the things that didn't go to plan.

4. Remove the shame of mistakes
Kids should be able to make mistakes that don't hang around with them forever. If they learn that mistakes are shameful, they will avoid making them at all cost. That means many great ideas will stay as just ideas. If a young person makes a mistake, talk about it in a calm voice. Help them work out how it went wrong and what they could do to fix it and then support them to do it.

5. Stop making comparisons
Young people need to learn to not compare themselves to others to feel better or worse. Instead, help kids to see life about as about getting a “personal best” like an athlete. Have they improved on where they were this time last year? Can they do something quicker than before? Does something come more natural now? This will help them to get their mindset right.

Doherty, R. (2017). The Gen Z Handbook.
Tweens2teen. Graceville, Quensland
A Word from the Principal…

At this time last year, I raised concern about the number of absences students were accumulating and whilst this still remains the case, I do acknowledge that we have had a particular dreadful run with influenza and with this particular strain it seems to keep recurring. Given this fact, I’d suggest our students have done well to improve the school attendance rate from 85% at this time last year to 86% as it currently stands. I would like to thank parents for making the awkward decision to keep students at home when they are unwell, giving them the time they need to recover and thus not spreading the epidemic further. If students are unable to attend school but well enough to complete study from home, please contact the school so we can make suitable arrangements for work to be sent home. Could I also please ask that if your son or daughter is unwell that you contact our office to explain their absence.


School Production
It is with great pride that I congratulate the cast, band and crew of “The SmithRock Café.” All shows were sold out and the grand finale last Tuesday night was terrific. Miss Samantha Bromfield and Mr David Buchanan are to be commended for their dedication and overtime to make the show such a success. I would also like to acknowledge the many hours of preparation parents and community members have committed to assisting with backdrops, costuming and make-up. I would particularly like to congratulate the students themselves for their enthusiasm, commitment and sheer talent that they displayed when on stage, as well as the backstage crew for their technical skills and seamless production of the sound, backdrops and lighting.

Post Year 10 Information Evening
It was great to have the best attendance I can ever recall at our Post Year 10 Information Evening last Wednesday. It was the perfect opportunity to show off our new Southside facilities and many of our current Grade 10 & 11 students attended on the night. The evening was very informal and it provided a chance for parents and students to meet with individual teachers to develop ideas about the pathways available for Grade 11 & 12 students at Smithton High School next year. Andrew van Rooyen was available from UTAS to give students an indication of what was available at university once they complete Grade 12. A big thankyou to Monique Kidman, from our Hospitality class, who made coffee and hot chocolates for over 60 patrons on the night as well as the Grade 11 and 12 team for organising the event.

Hellyer College Interviews
Students intending to enrol at Hellyer College in 2018 had their first opportunity to meet with counsellors between 3 and 6pm last Thursday in the school library. I’m sure many students are undecided about their options for next year, but whether they decide to move on to Hellyer, or 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.

Middle Years Literacy Project
This term has been a busy one for the Middle Years Literacy Project. Teachers have continued working in their professional learning teams. These teams give teachers a chance to work with others from all of the schools within the district. Across Circular Head schools there are two Kinder/Prep teams, two Grade 1-3 teams and four Grade 4-8 teams. There has been a lot of discussion, resource sharing and planning happening. It is a great chance to discover what is happening in other schools and classrooms and build some consistencies across our cluster, especially between the primary and the high school settings. We will be continuing to work in these teams during Term 4 and into 2018.

A student steering team was formed this term. This team consists of representatives from every school and adds student voice to our project. Students are able to share ideas and give feedback on literacy programs that are happening in schools at the moment. We are already planning on implementing some of the ideas from that meeting. The student team will meet twice a term.

A competition to develop a new cluster logo has been running in all the schools. All students have a chance to use their designing skills to come up with a logo that represents all our schools and us working together. Entries are due on 29th September and a panel of judges will choose the winner. The winning idea will then be used by a graphic artist. We would like to take this opportunity to thank W.T. House for Betta Home Living for sponsoring this competition and donating an Asus 11.6” Notebook valued at $400 as the prize. This is awesome!

Term 4 will see us continue to work in our teams and start to put plans in place for 2018. There are very exciting times ahead for our Cluster.

Staffing
In my last newsletter I mentioned that Miss Tei Popowski would be leaving SHS to complete her university studies. I would again like to acknowledge and thank her for her efforts this year and wish her well for the future. Miss Sarah Blake returns from her overseas travels and will resume a familiar role with Grade 7 in the school.

Official Opening of the new buildings & Open Day
I was hopeful of combining these two events during Term 3 but all three dates I suggested to the minister’s office have now passed and it looks like we will need to hold this during a very busy Term 4. I hope to have news about a rescheduled date for our next newsletter.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and restful holiday so that batteries can be recharged for what is likely to be a hectic, fast paced Term 4, with lots of milestones to be reached.

Keith Billing
PRINCIPAL
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