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Edition No.8 | December 2019


In this Edition From the Principal


Calendar Dates


Year 8/9 Knockout Cricket


Premier’s be active Challenge


Zahra Foundation Fundraising


2020 Prefects


Rowing News


SAPOL Mural Unveiling


Alliance Francaise Competition


English News


French Excursions


Art Club


Student Pathways


It has been an extremely busy and very rewarding last few weeks. Our senior students, in partnership with their teachers, have been busy finalising assignments and exams. At the time of writing this article, several cricket students, accompanied by Mr Phil Hopton and Mr Jeremy Appleton, have flown to Brisbane to participate in the Five Highs Cricket Carnival. Two teams have departed for their World Challenge to Borneo under the leadership of Ms Dimitra Rozaklis, Mr Peter Hatcliffe, Ms Jess James and Mr Michael Gurr. Ms Kerry Skinner, Ms Michaela Moors and Mr Tim Moors, in partnership with approximately 90 students, are undertaking the final rehearsals for Grease the musical, which will be performed this week. We also welcomed our 300 Year 7 students and their families at Year 7 Transition Day on Monday. If that’s not enough, Mr Glen Little, Mr Alex Garlick and Ms Hannah Wallace Yarrow are in Melbourne for Volleyball and our ISEC students, under the leadership of Ms Chris Goularas and Mr Jim Dounas, are preparing for their annual camp on Thursday. It is impossible to capture all of the things that occur in just a few weeks at Adelaide High, and there are many highlights. I would like to mention just a few: •

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A media launch celebrating Sami’s ‘Song Writer of the Year’ Award, coordinated by Ms Kerry Skinner, Mr Tim Moors and the Performing Arts team in partnership with the Prefects was excellent and showcased our new Performing Arts centre beautifully.

Our inaugural Year 12 Graduation, held last month, provided the opportunity for our students and parents to celebrate their time at Adelaide High.

We have officially signed off on our PA Centre and will take the time to set it up over the next few weeks. An official opening will be scheduled for Term 1 2020.

Mr Taly Trayans received a welldeserved ACHPER Award celebrating his commitment to PE as part of the PE Week celebrations.

Our Year 10 students began Research Practices as an important segue to Research Project. Thank you to Ms Cass Mewett for her leadership and coordination in partnership with staff.

The Premier’s Be Active Challenge reception provided the opportunity to celebrate the successful engagement of Adelaide High students.

At the time of writing this article, we are still finalising staffing details and I would like to thank all staff who complete their tenure at Adelaide High this year. I wish to thank our Year 12 students and families leaving the Adelaide High community at the end of this year. Thank you so much to our families who have supported and guided the Year 12 students, whilst working in partnership with us over the years. To our 2019 Year 12 students, there is an invisible tie that will bind you together for the rest of your life. That tie is that you are an Adelaide High School student and now a 2019 Adelaide High Old Scholar, and nothing will ever change that. I wish you all the very best. Kind regards, Ms Cez Green | Principal


YEAR 8/9 KNOCKOUT CRICKET Congratulations to the Adelaide High Year 8/9 Cricket team who are the T20 Knockout Winners of the Callum Ferguson Shield.

November Wed 4 - Fri 6

Year 10 Research Project Introduction

Wed 4

Governing Council Meeting

Fri 6

Middle School Speech Day Assembly

Adelaide High 8/136 (20) Felix Scrimgeour 36 (31) & Tejas Gill 31 (22) defeated Brighton HS 8/89 (20) Sam Neave 4/10 (4).

After comfortably defeating Mount Gambier HS in the semi-final, Adelaide High successfully retained the Callum Ferguson Shield with a well-rounded team performance across the competition. Our Year 9 group has some great depth and we are looking forward to seeing them continue to develop. Well done.

Mon 9 - Wed 11

Year 8 STEAM Program

Year 9 Round Table Presentations

Mon 9 - Fri 13

Rowing Camp

Thurs 12 Student Free Day Fri 13

Year 11-12 Work and Vitae Collection

End Term 4

January 2020 Tues 28 Year 8 and Year 12 students commence Term 1 Wed 29 Year 9, 10 and 11 students commence Term 1 For a comprehensive list of upcoming events, log onto the searchable Calendar and Events database on the website ( About/Calendar-and-Events).

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Congratulations to the 399 Middle School students (196 Year 8s and 203 Year 9s) who participated in the Premier’s be active Challenge this year and who helped make Adelaide High School one of the Top 50 schools in the Challenge - and the only secondary school in the Top 50!

Thank you to the Middle School Leaders who assisted at the PbaC Reception in Week 6 and who helped mentor the AHS students during the Premier’s be active Challenge and the Turn Your Health Around program.


On Friday, November 22, the AHS community came together to say ‘NO’ to men’s violence against women and children. This year, the ‘Respect Me’ fundraising event supported the Zahra Foundation Australia. The aim of the fundraiser was to raise awareness among AHS staff, students and their families of the importance of showing each other respect and understanding to generate a safer and fairer place for all members of our community.

This event proudly supported the Zahra Foundation which provides support services and advocacy to enable women and their children experiencing domestic and family violence to claim their right to live free from

violence within respectful relationships and in safe communities.

A series of activities were organised at AHS during the week for both students and staff. The whole school community sent out a powerful message that there is no place for men’s violence against women, no place for any forms of abuse. During Pastoral Care sessions leading up to the fundraiser on the Friday, students had the opportunity to discuss the issue, to make women’s safety a man’s issue too. We need to encourage a culture of respect and equality for all: we also need to empower women and girls ‘not only for school but for life’.

the event and collect donations by selling ribbons and biscuits and by running a casual day. We are proud to announce that the amount raised of $1,038.93 has been donated to Zahra Foundation Australia who will continue to provide assistance to support the immediate crisis needs of South Australian women and children experiencing domestic violence. Thank you for your support. Thank you for caring. Mireille Le Doledec

To support this worthy cause, a number of students dedicated their time to promote

2020 PREFECTS Congratulations to the following students who have been elected Prefects for 2020.

Jaxon Pearson, George Rutty, Riya Shiju, Charlie Walsh, Daveeda Ward, Nina Wijnands, Maaike Williams

Mann Barot, Jack Barton, Tayha Christison, Gianni Cirocco, Jason Do, Michelle Do, Charlotte Fleming, Amy Frisby-Smith, Yuna Kim, Jessica Le, Jack McArdle, Preshna Nakrami, Savio Nguyen, Jade Nie,

Special congratulations to Maaike and Jack – Head Prefects, and Jessica and Jaxon – Deputy Head Prefects.

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ROWING – PORT ADELAIDE REGATTA The Adelaide High School Rowing season is well under way, with crews contesting their 3rd regatta for the season, hosted by the Port Adelaide Rowing Club, on Saturday, November 23. It was successful day for AHS Rowing, winning 7 races from the 15 crews nominated over the course of the regatta.

Friends of Rowing Parents Association are continuing to foster an inclusive community for all rowers and their families. If you are interested in rowing with Adelaide High School, please contact Mr Dylan Harvey via email: Dylan.harvey@adelaidehs.

Importantly we had a large turnout of parents and family members at the regatta supporting our rowers on and off the water. The AHS

Dylan Harvey: Rowing Manager

SG4+ with Alex Canty (Coach) Port Adelaide Life Member Beverly James and Pip Canty

SB4+ with Port Adelaide Life Member PARC Life Member Beverly James and Ivan


Milutinovic (Coach)

SG9.10A 4x+ with Flo Figueroa (Coach)

SB8.9A 4x+

SAPOL CLASS MURALS The Year 10 SAPOL leadership class were asked by the Department of Transport to design and paint murals on the topic of Reconciliation. The students designed and painted the murals with the assistance of local artist John Whitney during last term and the murals were

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then placed on the train corridor opposite the new Hospital alongside our previous murals from 2017 and 2018. The official ‘unveiling’ of the SAPOL class murals took place in Week 5. Congratulations to the students involved on their wonderful murals on the theme of reconciliation.

5 ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE COMPETITION Congratulations to the Year 10, 11 and 12 French students who took part in the competition organised by the Alliance Française last month. The students had the fantastic opportunity to practise their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills during a 45 minute ‘Concours’. All participants received a certificate of participation from the Alliance Française. The top students in each year level were invited, as well as their families, to attend the annual ‘Distribution des Prix’

and ceremony organised by the Alliance Française on October 30. They were awarded a prize to acknowledge their achievement. Félicitations! Year 10 Chiranga Aluthwala, Amanda Dao, SueYi Lee, Dhaanya Murugan, Vaishnavi Thakare, Priyasha Sharma, Daveeda Ward, Yang Wu – 2nd Prize

Year 11 Maddie Berryman, Axel Fusil – Special Award, Aurelie Guidez, Tiana Loechel, Haysan Morris, Ajeendra Panicker, Anna Rainoldi – 3rd Prize, Riya Shiju, Nina Wijnands - 2nd Prize Year 12 Julian Barbosa Ramirez, Bianca Chu, Selina Donohoe, Lauren Ivancic, Emily McGrath, Michelle Neumann – 1st Prize Mireille Le Doledec: Teacher of French

TALK THE TALK Building our understanding of the significance of oral language in the classroom is a major focus within the English learning area. Creating an environment where teachers ‘vacate the floor’ and encourage students to engage in academic conversations, allows students to become more confident meaning-makers. Research shows that teachers who provide opportunities for students to consider, ask questions, clarify and reflect on their understanding in a structured conversation, improves literacy and the ability to tackle more complex ideas at a high level.

Furthermore, some Year 9 classes created their own board games based on an independent novel they had studied. Part of this process was for students to articulate and share their ideas verbally, allowing

students the chance to talk about their texts in a new, transformed manner. It is so fantastic to see our students sharing their perspectives and building student agency. We look forward to continuing our practise in developing metalanguage and more structured conversations in our classrooms. Sandra Greenan: English/EALD Leader

The English team are working hard to provide more opportunities for students to discuss texts, share ideas and question one another in a supportive and engaging environment. For example, some staff are trialing Socratic Seminars, which is a student-led discussion aimed at improving comprehension and the use of metalanguage (language about language).

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YEAR 8 FRENCH EXCURSIONS ‘Petanque, Croissants, Crepes….Some memorable experiences!! A term full of fun activities where the Year 8s were first of all invited to take part in a ‘Pétanque class’. Pétanque is a popular French sport and cultural experience for people of all ages and also quite fun and competitive. Two experienced teachers and current Eastern Suburbs ‘Pétanque’ players brought their equipment to AHS and, after an information session in class and a short demonstration, the students had the opportunity to play the game in teams with hands-on coaching. While playing, their French teacher and the Pétanque coaches moved around to offer guidance and encouragement to all students who thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

One morning, the Year 8s also shared a traditional French breakfast with ‘croissants’ and ‘pains au chocolat’ with their classmates. Later this term, they had the opportunity to develop cultural understanding and oral communication skills in French by reinforcing the vocabulary learnt in the classroom when they visited the French café -creperie in the city. They all enjoyed ‘crepes and galettes’, delicacies from the Brittany region in Northern France, where our sister school is from. This was a worthwhile experience from a linguistic, cultural and social point of view as students had to use French language to order food and interact with French speaking restaurant staff. Au revoir, bonnes vacances ! Mireille Le Dolédec : Teacher of French


The Arts Team would like to thank the Art Club for their hard work painting the Grease Sets. Pictured are most of the members who worked tirelessly on these and other pieces for the Musical. The Arts Team

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2020 VET enrolments


I have secured VET enrolments for current Year 9 – 11 students in these 2020 courses: At Certificate III level: Business, Fitness, Screen and Media (Games Design), Screen and Media (Visual Effects), Sport and Recreation, Information Technology, Animal Studies, Visual Arts (Painting and Drawing) and Food Processing. Successful students will generate SACE Stage 2 credits and be able to use their qualification to help them secure an ATAR. The new Multi-Trade Construction course, partial Certificate III courses, such as Digital Photography and Lighting (from Certificate III Visual Arts (Photo-imaging)) and Plumbing Plus (from Certificate III Roof Plumbing) and only selected Certificate II courses (such as Automotive Servicing Technology) allow students to generate Stage 2 credits. Most Certificate II courses allow students to gain Stage 1 credits. Our students have chosen: • • • • • • • • • • • •

Certificate II Information Technology Certificate II Electro-technology (Career Start) Certificate II Construction Pathways Certificate II Engineering Pathways Certificate II Horticulture Certificate II Salon Assistant Certificate I Construction (Plumbing) Certificate I Construction Certificate II Animal Studies Certificate I Animal Studies Certificate I Automotive Vocational Preparation The Basics to Retail Cosmetics (a tenweek course)

In addition to securing SACE credits, there are lots of other benefits to VET students, as they are able to experience at first-hand what an industry area is like and start to develop the associated skills, in addition to employability skills. As soon as their VET enrolment in the course is confirmed, the students concerned will be able to negotiate to drop a non-compulsory Year 10 or SACE subject, in consultation with parents / carers and their House Manager. This is best done at the start of 2020, once timetables are released.

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What to do if your son / daughter has enrolled in a purchased VET course for 2020? •

Look out for a confirmation or acknowledgement letter or email from the RTO delivering the training so that start date and time, uniform and other details are clarified.

Unless specified otherwise by the RTO, school uniform is to be worn to each class.

Some RTOs ask the students to complete an online literacy and numeracy test and / or to complete more forms as soon as possible after the enrolment takes place.

Ask your son / daughter to prepare an electronic folder on their computer in which they can store all relevant information. I also ask students to store hard copies of forms and other information in a folder or binder.

In the event of your son / daughter needing to miss a VET class for illness or some other purpose, it is vital that the trainer and I are notified, preferably in advance.

Students are required to attend each week, arrive punctually and stay for the duration of the class.

For full year courses, due to the practical nature of many of the courses, no more than three absences are permitted during the training program. It is best for students to liaise with their trainer, in the event of known absences or lateness, to see what work can be done in advance or as a catch up later, so they do not fall behind.

It is an expectation that VET must take precedence over all other events.

Whilst at VET, as per what happens at Adelaide High School, students are to keep mobile phones (on silent or switched off) and airpods in their bags. Students can check their messages during their allocated break times.

twice a day, as this is the main means of communication from the RTO, their trainer and me. The given email should be the student’s school email. •

If Structured Work Placement is a compulsory requirement of the VET course, you can help them investigate or even secure industry placements. Most 2020 VET students would be ready to start completing some of the required hours / shifts in the April school holidays. Those dates are: Week 1: Tuesday 15 to Friday 17 April. (4 days) Week 2: Monday 20 to Friday 24 April (5 days)

There will be other opportunities during the July and October school holidays and during Student Free Days and weekends for undertaking work placement. Students can obtain all relevant documentation from me.

Short courses Short courses have again been popular this year amongst our Year 10 – 12 students They are offered annually, are affordable and can benefit students who are looking for part time work. I promote mainly the following: Barista, Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA: for students who are almost 18 years or who have turned 18 years of age) and First Aid. Depending on the course, should your child be considering doing a VET course, some of this training forms part of that certificate. For example, •

Barista is included in Certificate III Hospitality training

First Aid is included in Certificate III Fitness training

Feel free to contact me if you have any queries or ask your son / daughter to make a time to see me to discuss further. Thank you all for your support this year. I wish you a restful and safe festive season and relaxing holiday. Ms Livia D’Aloia | Student Pathways Coordinator

Another important expectation of VET students is that they need to check their email regularly, perhaps once or

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