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OFFICE HOURS

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
 
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
(Year 7-10)
Friday 13th April
Monday 23rd July
Friday 2nd November

(Year 11/12)
Tuesday 13th March
Friday 13th April
Friday 7th September
​DATES TO REMEMBER...

 
 
FEBRUARY

Tues 20th, Wed 21st, Thurs 22nd: House of Assembly Year 8
Thursday 22nd: School Photos
Friday 23rd: Surf Carnival
Wed 28th Feb to Fri 2nd Mar: Year 7 Camp

MARCH
Friday 2nd: Newsletter
Tuesday 6th: Year 10/11/12 Immunisations 9am
Wed 7th to Fri 9th: Outdoor Ed Camp
Monday 12th: PUBLIC HOLIDAY - Eight Hour Day
Tuesday 13th: Year 7 Immunisations 9am, YEAR 11/12 STUDENT FREE DAY ONLY
Friday 16th: Newsletter
Mon 26th to Thurs 29th: Year 9/10 NEXT GEN
Thursday 29th: Newsletter

Fri 30th Mar to Tues 3rd April: EASTER BREAK
 
 
APRIL
Wednesday 4th: Students return to school after Easter
Thursday 12th: Newsletter
Friday 13th: STUDENT FREE DAY YEAR 7-12, END OF TERM 1

Have a great weekend :)
​CRYSTAL THEATRE FILM SOCIETY
Stanley Town Hall
Friday 23rd February – 7.30pm
Strictly Ballroom (1192) (PG)

Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Barry Otto
An Australian Championship ballroom dancer (Paul Mercurio) breaks all the rules by performing an unusual routine with his new dancing partner (Tara Morice).

Runtime (107mins). (low level course language)
CHFUA

Circular Head Football Umpires Association are RECRUITING! Training commences Tuesday 20th February at Smithton Recreation Ground 5.30pm. Looking for anyone over the age of 13, male or female. Positions available are boundary, goal and central umpiring in the local competition. This is an awesome opportunity to start or continue your career as an Umpire, a great way to keep fit while earning some extra money! CHFUA would love to hear from you.


Please contact Shane Jago on 0429 197 920 for information.

SCHOOL PRODUCTION AUDITIONS

Monday 26th March 2018​

SHS SCHOOL PHOTOS

Thursday 22nd February 2018​

School Health Nurse Programme

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 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, mental 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.
The School Health Nurse at Smithton High School is Jenny Garnsey and she will be working each Monday.

Please feel free to make contact on 6452 9222 with Jenny Garnsey during this time with any concerns you may have about your child.
HOMESTAY - FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN 2018

In July 2018, Smithton High School will host a group of 10 students from Taiwan.


We need to find 10 host families from our school to host visiting students for 3 weeks and provide meals and transport to/from school. Allowance is provided to the host families.

Watch the video, as current host families share their personal hosting experience.
Go to https://study.tas.gov.au/homestay/ to hear more from hosts.

To register to host one or even two students, please call Mike Sly on 6165 5726 or email homestay@geti.tas.gov.au.

Could you also let Tim Dunham know that you have registered by leaving a message at the Smithton High School office on 6452 9222.
A WORD FROM THE PRINCIPAL...

It was great to welcome our students back to school, particularly the Year 7 students and other students that have joined us for the first time. It was a very smooth start to 2018, and a timely reminder, that with a new school year comes a fresh start.

LARF
I’d like to congratulate all students and parents on ensuring our uniform code is followed. Uniform is a big deal for us at Smithton High. It shows respect and pride in our school and we appreciate the effort you have made to uphold these values. I’d like to remind our school community about LARF which stands for:
LEARN ACHIEVE RESPECT FAIRNESS

These values underpin everything we do and we aim to exhibit them on a daily basis, in and out of classes. Teachers and students have been working together with LARF in classes, and I look forward to celebrating many successes with each year group as they actively engage with our school values.

STAFFING
Whilst we have had very few changes in staffing for the start of 2018, I’m pleased to welcome Mr Nick Hill, Mrs Prue Nichols, Mrs Carol Force and Mr Dudley Billing – Youth Worker. They come to SHS with a wealth of experience and knowledge and we are excited to have them here.

Your child’s teacher will make contact with you in the next few weeks to provide feedback about how your child has settled into the new school year. These conversations also provide you with an opportunity to discuss any queries or concerns. The following information outlines our year group structures. You can also make contact with these people should you have any queries on 6452 9222 or email smithton.high@education.tas.gov.au

Year 7 Co-ordinator Mrs Lindsey Blake
Year 7.1 Miss Sarah Blake
Year 7.2 Miss Lauren Robertson
Year 7.3 Mr Lee Eiseman
Year 8 Co-ordinator Mrs Prue Nichols
Year 8.1 Mr Zak Barber
Year 8.2 Mr Keith Bragg
Year 8.3 Mr Sam Gleeson
Year 9 Co-ordinator Miss Andrea Wilson
Year 9.1 Mr Paul White
Year 9.2 Mr David Buchanan
Year 9.3 Ms Susan Jones
Year 10 Co-ordinator Mrs Lauren Burgess
Year 10.1 Mr Ryland Coombe
Year 10.2 Mr Steve Poulter
Year 10.3 Miss Sam Bromfield
Year 11/12 Co-ordinator Mr Tobi Allan
Year 11.1 Mr Tobi Allan
Year 12.1 Mr Jotham Krom


I look forward to a productive year at SHS. Thanks for your contribution to a successful start; we realise positive relationships, including open communication with our school community is a key driver to the overall success of our school.

Nikki Clark
PRINCIPAL
GRADE 7 CAMP/SCHOOL PHOTO DATE CHANGES:

Please note there has since been date changes made to the following:


School Photos - Thursday 22nd February

Grade 7 Camp - Wednesday 28th February to Friday 2nd March

Thanks, Admin
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 2017/2018

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
Tuesday 6th February (Professional Learning Day for Teachers)
Friday 13th April
Monday 23rd July
Friday 2nd November
DATES TO REMEMBER...

DECEMBER

Thursday 14th: Grade 10 Celebration Dinner
Friday 15th: Reports sent home

Tuesday 19th: Grade 10 Picnic
Wednesday 20th: Grade 9 BBQ 12pm
Thursday 21st: Final Assembly 10am, LAST DAY OF THE YEAR FOR STUDENTS

TERM 1 2018
FEBRUARY
Wednesday 7th: STUDENTS COMMENCE SCHOOL

Thursday 22nd: School Photos
Friday 23rd: Surf Carnival

Wednesday 28th Feb to Friday 2nd March: Grade 7 Camp

MARCH
Monday 12th: PUBLIC HOLIDAY - Eight Hour Day

Friday 30th March to Tuesday 3rd April: EASTER BREAK

APRIL
Thursday 12th: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL TERM 1
Friday 13th: Student Free Day (Grade 7-10)

2018 Levies Days

Levies days for 2018 will be the following:


Grade 7/8 – Monday 29th January 2018
Grade 9-12 – Tuesday 30th January 2018

Uniforms can be purchased at the same time on these days.
Please REMEMBER to bring in all of your forms.
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
WELLS WAGGONS BUS SERVICES IN 2018

Upper ScotchtownTown (1)

Connells Cross Road/Nitida Dr/Rubida Dr/Mauds Rd/Upper Scotchtown Road/Giddens Rd/Scotchtown Road. Town Service – Nelson Street/Kay Street/Emmett Street/Poke Street – This part of the service is subject to a fare.

Wiltshire (2)
Backline Road/Bass Highway (Burnie End)/Backline Road/Forest Shop/then collecting on Bass Highway (Backline Road to Smithton). Town Service – Brittons Road/Sampsons Avenue/Massey Street/Tier Hill Drive/Leederry Street/Nut view Drive/Massey Street - This part of the service is subject to a fare.

Togari/Mella (3)
Togar/Bass Highway – Britton Swamp till 24334 Bass Highway/Mella – 56 Montagu Road/Smithton High School - This part of the service is subject to a fare.

Stanley (4)
No Change

Mawbanna/Hellyer (5)
Hellyer Beach – All students in this area will catch the same bus – Students who attend a school in Smithton will transfer onto the Mawbanna Bus at Wiltshire. This bus will be called Mawbanna/Hellyer in Smtihton.
Mawbanna – All students from Mawbanna will now be on the one service. Students needing to get into Smithton will not have to transfer, this bus will go all the way into Smithton. This service will pick up at Monaterick.

Woolnorth (6)
This includes Montagu Road – No change.

Lileah/Irishtown (7)
Edith Creek/Nabageena/Lileah/Irishtown and Irishtown Road/Bacon Factory.

Marrawah (8)
Marrawah – 25619 Bass Highway (Togari) then from Dunns Road, Bass Highway – Tall Timber round-a-bout (PM will include Kubanks Road) AM Kubanks Road will have to catch Upper Scotchtwon/Town Bus at 14 Scotchtown Road.

Trowutta (9)
Trowutta (transfer with Roger River Bus)/Edith Creek and Lower Sctochtown, Last stop is 20 Trowutta Road.

Alcomie (10)
Same as existing service, but will be picking up between Stanley Turnoff and Backline Road/Bass Highway – Smithton end.


Smithton High School Students are now able to use the Town Services, but will need to pay a fare.
Students who live live on Grooms Cross Road Irishtown will no longer have a service.
Students who had a service from Ransons Road down to Lileah (South Road) will need to travel to 1399 South Road (old Lileah hall)
“Welcome to Hellyer College” Days

Wednesday 31st January: 9am – 5pm

Thursday 1st February: 9am – 5pm

All books/levies and purchases are online.

For more information…
Phone: (03) 6435 5200

Email: hellyer.college@education.tas.gov.au

Website: https://hellyercollege.education.tas.edu.au/Pages/Home.aspx

Schoolzine: http://hellyerc.schoolzineplus.com
Farewell from the Chaplain

Another year comes to an end, and here we are again rushing to be organised for the Christmas celebrations. In retrospective, 2017 has been a time of great positive changes (physically) for the school; of challenges in many areas; of losses and gains of amazing staff; but especially as one more year to prove that no matter what obstacles life brings, we continue as one strong team for the students and the community.


I have been blessed to be part of such an amazing team of people at SHS. This is my third year as one of the Chaplains here and since the beginning I have felt welcomed, encouraged, valued and heard in all matters. The atmosphere for all members of this wonderful school is one of support, positivism, mutual help and respect. I feel that as part of this team I have not only assisted and comforted members of the school community but I have been supported and encouraged myself.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the support, encouragement, guidance and smiles throughout these years and to encourage you all to continue with this great attitude in 2018.

Juliana De Angulo
CHAPLAIN
From the Chaplain

The end of the term is almost upon us, bringing to close yet another year in the life of Smithton High School. This year has been a very full one in chaplaincy, and has resulted in some great conversations, connections and opportunities with and for our young people, staff, and wider school community.


I would like to once again thank Keith, Tim and all the staff for their encouragement and assistance in enabling the chaplaincy program at SHS to be as effective as it is. I would also like to wish Keith well as he moves into the next phase of life. I have appreciated his genuine interest and encouragement in the work of chaplaincy over these past ten years, and will miss his presence here.

As we end this year I am also saddened to say goodbye to Juliana who has been a real asset to the chaplaincy role at SHS. Her joy of life and genuine care for people will be missed by many. I personally want to wish her and her family all the best as they move to Hobart and settle into their new life, and look forward to a return visit at some stage.

For everyone in our school community I trust the holiday season will be one of love, joy, meaning and refreshment, and I look forward to reconnecting with you in 2018.

Christine Blake
School Chaplain
Invisible Stories: Cape Grim and the Waterbird

​“Everybody has a story. Every town has a story. But what if some of those stories go untold?”

“Students from Smithton High School, on the remote North West coast of Tasmania have been exploring the hidden stories of the Circular Head region as part of a digital media project supported by Big hART and Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation. These are their stories.”
(TM + © 2017 Vimeo, Inc. All rights reserved.)
https://vimeo.com/243821939
A word from the Principal…

This is our final newsletter for 2017 and my final principal’s message. After four years at the helm, 28 years at Smithton High School and 37 years of teaching, it is time for me to retire. I could not have asked for better places to spend my teaching career than at Smithton High School and Circular Head schools in general. Whilst there will certainly be a tinge of sadness in leaving, I can rest easy in the knowledge that SHS is in good hands, with an expert teaching team, terrific new facilities and great students.

I would like to acknowledge the efforts of this year’s Student Executive Council. This year they have again provided a focal point for inter-school activities and have been very busy finding ideas that are in the best interests of student and staff. I would like to also congratulate the 2018 Student Executive Council, who are ready to embark on a similar journey next year. As I announced in Friday’s assembly, the following students will form the 2018 SEC: Tayla B, Joshua C, Marshall M-E, Joel G, Farrah H, Cody H, Billy I, Austen P, Elyse P and Ella S. The roles that these students will occupy will be announced at our final assembly next Thursday.
Our students have also achieved success in sport and their participation in voluntary programs in the community has been significant. Between the SEC and our House Captains we have had several opportunities to assist the local primary schools with sports carnivals and the feedback received from local Principals indicated their efforts were outstanding.
 
 
I thank Mrs Lindsey Blake for her efforts in organising the Transition Programs for Grades 5 and 6 students this year. The Orientation Day on December 1st was particularly successful due to the involvement of our Grade 9 Peer Support Leaders. All teachers involved in the day commented on how these students were supportive of the Grade 6 students and how prepared they were to join in and be great role models. The atmosphere was very positive with students eager to return next year.
At this stage we are on target to have over 70 students joining Grade 7 next year.

Next year we have been allocated a part time resource in the Raising the Bar Initiative, with Mrs Tania Grey appointed as Literacy & Numeracy coach taking over from Mrs Dione Parker who will be relocating to teach in Melbourne next year. Mrs Grey will continue to work in her Literacy Specialist role for the other half of her time and Mrs Carol Force will join us to make the Literacy Specialist a full time role.

In 2018 our Grade 11 & 12 students will continue to be supplied with an ICT device to assist them in gaining their TCE by providing the option to engage in online delivery. Additional staffing allowed us to increase the subjects offered this year and resulted in stable enrolments. At this stage we look like having a similar number of students in Grade 11 & 12 next year and we are likely to have in excess of 40 enrolments. The most pleasing factor about this is that at this stage 25 students in Grade 11 have indicated they wish to return to complete Grade 12 which will obviously increase our completion rates. This means that we will once again be offering pre-tertiary classes.

With the initial school redevelopment officially opened and the upgrade to the administration area likely to be completed before the end of the year, all will be ready for 2018. This includes the new bus loop. This means that there will be a major change with dropping off and collecting students from the start of 2018. Instead of dropping students off in the bus parking area on Montagu Road, all buses will turn right into Mill Road. There will be a designated bus drop-off zone just past the new administration block. Buses will be able to continue on our new bus loop that connects
parents dropping off students by car are requested not to use Mill Road of a morning unless they have a reason to go to the administration area. There will be plenty of parking spaces for dropping off students on Montagu Road. The Circular Head Council is constructing a car parking area that extends from our tennis courts all the way down to the Hydro-Substation (the grey building closest to our library.) Town students will be able to enter the school at the main entrance which is designated by an avenue of Mop Top trees.

In 2018, we will be reverting to three Grade 10 classes from the four Grade 9 classes we had this year. The main reason for this is that from our experience this year, Grade 10 classes cope with larger numbers better than the lower grades. Unfortunately there is also higher absenteeism in Grade 10 and for the latter half of this year, our Grade 9 absences have rarely been less than 15 students per day. The plan is to keep 9.1, 9.2 and 9.3 the same for Grade 10 and redistribute 9.4 across the three classes. Realistically with the number of Grade 10 students on alternative programs, school based traineeships and participating in VET courses, classes will have less than 24 students on most days. This information will be shared with the grade this week.

Staffing News
As is often the case at this time of year, we have several staff departing and new staff arriving. This year we will be farewelling five staff members. Heading the list of departures is yours truly and Mrs Dione Parker who have both been mentioned already. Joining them will be Mrs Tash Marshall, Ms Nicole Chettle, Mrs Juliana De Angulo and Mr Peter Benson. We thank them for all their work and effort in their time at Smithton High School and wish them all the best for the future.

Next year we will have Mr Paul White transferring to us full time and Mrs Prue Armstrong transfers from Parklands High School. I’m sure anyone who knew Mr Nick Hill when he previously taught here will be thrilled to find out that he is also returning in 2018.

Finally, I would like to extend my congratulations to the students who will complete their Grade 10 studies next Thursday. We wish them all the best in their further education, training or employment into 2018 and beyond.

I also congratulate the entire Smithton High School staff on a wonderful effort under extraordinary conditions for most of the year and on their behalf I hope you all enjoy a Merry Christmas, have a Happy New Year and a relaxing holiday break. I look forward to hearing about the continued successes at Smithton High School in the future.

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
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)

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
DATES TO REMEMBER...

NOVEMBER

Monday 27th to 30th November: Grade 10 Exams
Monday 27th: Grade 7 Science Excursion

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

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

Monday 11th: Grade 10 Exchange CHCS
Tuesday 12th: Grade 10 iParty
Wednesday 13th: Final Newsletter
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 week! :)
​STAS 2018

 
 
Levies days for 2018 will be the following:


Grade 7/8 – Monday 29th January 2018
Grade 9-12 – Tuesday 30th January 2018

Uniforms can be purchased at the same time on these days.
Please REMEMBER to bring in all of your forms.

​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
Smithton High Art

At the Burnie Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) in the foyer is a programme exhibiting art works from High Schools in the area. From 24th November until 8th December there will be a display from Smithton High School’s very own Grade 8.1 and 7.1 classes. Extra specially, some of the art work has been short listed to continue to be exhibited over the summer period.


If you are in the area please feel free to pop in and have a look at our amazing budding artists. The gallery is open most days and is free to enter.

Michelle Walker
ART TEACHER
​A WORD FROM THE PRINCIPAL...
NAPLAN Awards
Unfortunately the plans I had made for someone to be my proxy at the NAPLAN awards event held at Penguin District High School fell through. I would have loved to be there to help celebrate Cooper success in 2017 with him and his parents. Congratulations Cooper for your success in achieving the best NAPLAN result for Smithton High School in 2017.
NAPLAN.jpeg
 
Athletics Carnival
I congratulate students for their efforts at the Athletics Carnival last week. Their enthusiasm was contagious and their endeavour relentless. I also congratulate our HPE staff, particularly Miss Lauren Robertson and Mr Sam Gleeson for organising the carnival for the first time. After stating in the last newsletter that we would be conducting the carnival at the Recreation Ground, fate stepped in and there was a mix-up with days for our booking. With the ground unavailable for Friday, we were left with no other choice than bring the carnival back to the school grounds. Once again Jeff & Jacko are to be congratulated for getting everything prepared with such short notice, and they had our oval looking resplendent. The whole HPE team did a terrific job preparing the track for each day and ensuring everything was ready by the time students arrived.

Despite the unfavourable conditions predicted earlier in the week, our weather guru, Mrs Sarah Prior, was confident that conditions for Thursday & Friday would not be as bad as what was forecast. Who was I to argue with someone with a Degree in Meteorology! Conditions for the carnival were near perfect and the participation level was great. Competition was particularly fierce between Perkins and Walker houses who had a ding-dong battle for the entire two days with several lead changes. The return of the carnival to school grounds will allow us in the future to expand on what is currently offered to make the carnival even more inclusive. It also allows for flexibility should windy or wet conditions arise, for with our redevelopment there is ample cover and shade.

End of Year Information
Term 4 is proving to be a productive, rewarding and busy time at Smithton High. As is usually the case towards the end of the year, there is regularly correspondence from the school to parents/guardians to assist with the organisation of end of year activities. Could I please encourage parents to respond promptly to any notices, permission slips or letters from the school, as this greatly assists our office staff with organisation and preparation for the last four weeks of the school year. Information about upcoming school events is always provided on the school Facebook page, but if you are unsure of any end of year arrangements please don’t hesitate to contact the main office on 64529222.

Grade 10 Exams
Our Grade 10 students will start their exams next week for Science, English, History and Mathematics. The following week they begin to undertake an alternative program which includes RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) on Monday December 4th. With our relegation to Division B in the Inter High Athletics Carnival, this has meant a clash for some students this year. Over the following four days some Grade 10 students will also attend an Outdoor Education trip to the East Coast, which clashes with the Hellyer College Orientation Day held on Thursday December 7th. If there are any concerns about this clash, please don’t hesitate to contact either myself or Mr Dunham.
 
 

2018 SEC
Our Grade 9 students were interviewed for the 2018 Student Executive Council on Tuesday and I will be announcing the successful candidates in our next newsletter. Congratulations to the 15 students who nominated for a position on the Council this year. Unfortunately some will miss out on selection but the unsuccessful candidates can be applauded for having the courage to apply and giving it their best shot.

Grade 6 Orientation Day
The main event in the Grade 6 Transition Program, Orientation Day, will be conducted next Friday. We will be joined by students from all the feeder primary schools in Circular Head, as well as some students from outside of the area. Early indications are that we will have a larger intake of students for Grade 7 in 2018. Anything over 70 will send the total school population past 300 students.

Orientation Day - Hellyer College & Southside/Trade Training Centre
On Thursday December 7th it will be Orientation Day at both Hellyer College and Southside/Trade Training Centre for students intending to enrol at either campus in 2018. Smithton High School has a very productive atmosphere that is conducive to great results for students in Year 11 & 12. This year we offered pre-tertiary subjects and foundation subjects that prepared students for pre-tertiary studies the following year. We also offer VET subjects that prepare students for the world of work. Having lower numbers means smaller classes with greater access to teachers and more opportunities to receive feedback and guidance. We also provide all students enrolling in Years 11 & 12 with an ICT device for the duration of their enrolment.

Year 11 EOY and Exams
Congratulations to our Year 11 & 12 students who have just completed their exams. With all the hard work you have put in preparing for exams I have no doubt that your teachers have prepared you well and that you will be suitably rewarded with deserving marks when they arrive in December. To the whole Year 11 & 12 cohort, once again your end of year celebration dinner and assembly was a great success and how wonderful it was to be able to conduct this in your new location at Southside. I always enjoy celebrating your successes and this year was no exception. I am very appreciative of the dedication displayed by our Year 11 & 12 teachers to make Southside such a productive and respectful place to work. A special thankyou to Mrs Tash Marshall and Mrs Kim Muller for sharing the leadership responsibilities at Southside.

Official Opening and Open Day
Thank you to everyone who attended today’s combined event. It was great to be able to share and show off our new facilities to so many interested parties. Whilst many would have missed the trips down memory lane the old school provided, no-one can argue that today’s students aren’t being treated to first class facilities that provide warmth and comfort all year round. The school has a natural flow from one area to the next and makes an ideal environment for 21st century learning.

Keith Billing
PRINCIPAL