OUR SCHOOL VALUES We work hard to learn We respect ourselves and each other We value acts of generosity
IN THIS ISSUE Student Achievement Asia Week Round Table Assessment
(Please note additional Dates for Term 4 calendar)
DIARY DATES 1/11 Governing Council 7pm 31/10 R-5 Swimming all week 11/11 Whole School Casual Day 11/11 Middle School SRC Social 14/11 Yr 6/7 Crossing Training 15/11 Volunteer Training 6pm 17/11 Yr 12 Valediction Sferas
GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETING 1st NOVEMBER 2011 Materials & Services Fees for 2012 to be discussed followed by formal meeting.
YEAR 12 FORMAL SUNDAY th 26 NOVEMBER 6:30pm
Brunel Drive Modbury Heights South Australia, 5092 Ph: (08) 8263 6244 Fax: (08) 8263 6072 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org WWW: http://www.theheights.sa.edu.au
The unrelenting drive of our Stage 2 SACE Research Project teachers to never give up on any student, even when they may have given up on themselves, has resulted in 100% of our students completing this compulsory component of the SACE. I would like to acknowledge their dedication, the many hours of extra time they have given and the ongoing encouragement, reassurance and nurturing of our students as they have worked through this aspect of learning over the year. Sharon Tibbits and Bob Powell in particular were still working alongside students on their last day of formal lessons to complete the Research Project requirements; Kris Nielsen drove to Munno Parra to collect the final work left at home by a student! Similarly I thank the many teachers who came into school during the holidays to provide extra lessons and support for Year 12 students, in a range of subjects, another effort to ensure that their students are well prepared to achieve their best. We look forward to a high standard of achievement from our Stage 2 students and wish them good luck and well deserved results in their exams as they complete their last week of secondary schooling and move on to the next stage of their lives in the workforce or further education. We bid them farewell after, for many, 14 years at The Heights.
NEWSLETTER No. 13 28 October 2011
Tuesday 22 November Year 6/7 – Year 11 School Gym Please come along and join in this student achievement event More information later
Please keep this date free to join us for a concert, stalls, sausage sizzle and much, much more…. 6th DECEMBER 2011 6pm – 9pm
14/11/11 – 18/11/11 Lots of activities for our students have been planned for this week, including Origami, Chalk Art & Cooking Year 12 Dress Up Day
The outstanding contribution of Jim Seidel, a volunteer for many years in our Automotive program, has been recognised in the award he received at the Tea Tree Gully Council Youth & School Industry Awards. An article about Jim and his nomination from Kris Nielsen and Paul Bennett appears later in this newsletter. Congratulations Jim and thank you. Helen Calvert ,Principal
7/11/11 – 10/11/11
To assist with our planning for 2012, please let the school know if you will not be returning to the school next year.
Congratulations to the following students who achieved outstanding results in the ICAS Maths Competition Congratulations to Fergus Dall (Year 11) who achieved a High Distinction
Congratulations also to Andy Park (Year 8) who achieved a High Distinction Well done to all students Year 3
Distinction Euan Coles Lianna Retnaraja Jack Tanton Samuel Wallis
Scott Carnie-Bronca Dylan Grivell
Angelina Modra Alice Dall Eric Zhou Marc Maslov Isabella Tsimeris
Year 7 Year 8
Tim Geytenbeek Nikil Kathiravan Anatoly Lerner Jason Nikhomvan Shubhkarman Sawhney Kunwar Talwar Eriq Van Der Veer
Hajer Al-Farraji Hannah Best Kynan Herbert Vinh Hoa Ho Erica Howarth Uyen Nguyen Bhuvanesh Ravichandran Amy Shirlock Chelsea Shirlock Simran Singh Smriti Singh Boone Sterck
Participation Jessica Johnson Aiden Lake Jaimee Lake
Erin Carnie-Bronca Yogeshwar Senthilkumar Emily Green Liam Stephens Emily Westmoreland Kaitlin Withers
CONGRATULATIONS and well done to the following students who received Junior School PE awards recently. Olivia Schmitz, Aiden Rouse, Frank Krinis and Brennan Finch These people show excellent leadership skills, good sportsmanship and great physical talent. Mrs Rothery CONGRATULATIONS to all the House Captains who were selected for their respective Sports Day Teams. Sharks – Joonghoon Park, Kiara Boyd, Dylan Darley and Jennifer Lymberopoulos Crocs – Malachi Williams, Monique Earle, Kyle Watkins and Ashlee Board Redbacks – Liam Rouse, Ashley Briscoe, Jordan Roberts and Nadia Mattock Dingoes – Dylan Grivell, Demi Murray, Marc Maslov and Natalie McKellar
JUNIOR SCHOOL AWARDS Congratulations to the following students…..
Lucy Graham – always trying her very best and participating fully in all class activities and discussions Stirling Hearn – improved concentration in writing activities Ms Gurner Aaron Driver – on task and trying hard in all areas Layla Love – great job with reading Mc McLeod Phoenix Holland – working hard on learning her sounds Dylan Richer – being a responsible and kind class member Ms Stowers Jayda Tonkin – being a caring and friendly member of the class Joshua Beck – great listening Ms Overstreet/ Juanita Donlan – trying hard for reading Ms Wilson Samuel Werner-Jenner – improving his reading Ms Rothery/ Abbie Stribling – always trying her best and a fantastic Powerpoint Ms Meatheringham Bethany Brookes – Conscientious attitude and always doing her best work Mr Markou Emilie McPherson – for being a great class member and helping – keep it up Declan Hearn – working hard in all learning areas Mr Gray Tiahne Marriott – caring for school equipment Jaimee lake – wonderful research skills and effort on information reports Ms Goerner/ Jaxon Green – working hard on spelling Ms Izzet Chelsea Mayne – working hard on her Maths Ms Weniton Nadia Maddock – a good work ethic Jordan Roberts – an improved attitude to his learning Ms Phillips - Drama Awards: CF11 (Mrs Goerner/Ms Izzet) – improved self control and great alien voices CF10 (Mr Gray) – great self control and amusing ideas CG2 (Ms Gurner) – great alien voices in Space Drama
MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARDS Congratulations to the following students who achieved Outstanding Academic Achievement Year 6 Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Nikki Curl, Chymz Angeles Thien-An Nguyen Anne Hatchard, Jasmin Tanton, Alex Tran, Hayley Willey, Caitlin Kramer, Bianca Schmitz, Zoe Hodgetts, Bhuvanesh Ravichandran, Smitri Singh Dominic Macura, Aiden Chrisanthakopoulos, Rebecca Regn, Dylan Sorti
More Middle School Awards will appear in the next newsletter.
ASIA WEEK – 14 – 18th NOVEMBER 2011 Selamat pagi (good morning), Vanakham (hello), ohaiyou gozaimasu (good morning), ni hao (hello), xin chau (hello), sawadee cup / sawadee ka (good afternoon). These are common greetings that can be heard around the school amongst the diverse community we have. We are pleased to announce that we have organised an Asia Week for week 5 this term to acknowledge and embrace the diversity of the students we have at our school and to progress towards the Australian Curriculum Priority of Engaging with Asia. This is a whole school event and should include something for everyone. Summary of events: Throughout the week: The Heights 1000 Origami Crane Challenge and Gallery Walk in the Resource Centre Monday: JS and MS Kanji Pavement Chalk Art + Chopsticks Challenge Tuesday: JS and MS Interactive Asian Quiz + JS Indonesian Cooking Wednesday: Yr 6/7 Excursion to SA Migration Museum, SA Museum, Parliament House and Botanic Gardens + JS Indonesian Cooking Thursday: Di Pasar (At the Market) JS event 11- 12:30 Friday: Fun Asian Fusion- MS Games in the Courtyard I would like to draw particular attention to the Market Day on Thursday between 11am and 12:30pm and extend a warm invitation to all family and friends. This event will be held on the Junior School oval and involve a range of interactive displays representing different Asian countries. Students in each Junior School class will be exploring work from the other classes, experiencing different languages and culture. This is a great opportunity for you to see what students are learning in classes this term. We welcome the contribution of family and friends to all activities. If you wish to support Asia Week around the school in any way, please feel free to contact Lyn Albury, Parent Community Liaison Officer at school. ROUND TABLE ASSESSMENT th
On Thursday 8 December 2011, all of our Year 9 students will participate in Round Table Assessment. This involves them doing a 15 minute presentation on some aspect of their work this year. We require Community Members to be part of panels of three – together with a teacher and family member of the student. If you would like to be part of this valuable experience for our students, please contact me at The Heights School on 8263 6244, and I will be pleased to organise a time convenient for you on the day. Anne Ryan Middle School Senior Leader
Junior School students - Thursdays only Hot Dogs + Flavoured Milk $5 – available from the Canteen
JIM SEIDEL – VOLUNTEER AT THE HEIGHTS SCHOOL AUTOMOTIVE PROGRAM WINS AN AWARD! The following nomination to the Tea Tree Gully Council for a Community Service Award was written by Kris Nielsen and Paul Bennett. The nomination was successful and we congratulate Jim. L-R: Kris Nielsen, Paul Bennett, Jim Seidel, Helen Calvert “Jim
Seidel has volunteered in the Automotive program at The Heights School for the past 7 years. When he began he was working in a small shed located at the side of the Technology building. Jim is an experienced, retired mechanic. His role was to support the Automotive teacher to set up the machinery and provide technical support.
Since those early beginnings the school now has an Automotive Skills Centre which provides TAFE accredited courses to students from a wide range of schools. Jim’s input has been invaluable in the success of the program and all done as a volunteer. Jim works as both a technical adviser and lecturer. He is at the school three days a week, every week during term time and has done this willingly for 7 years. As well as lecturing and maintaining the equipment Jim has also built training aids for the students. After stripping down a Ford Laser, he built a space frame into which he placed the mechanical components taken from the stripped down Ford. This is an invaluable teaching tool as it allows students to easily see how the components work together. Jim also does all the maintenance and OHS checks on the machinery. This needs to be done, daily, weekly monthly, end of term and end of year depending on the machinery being used. It would be very difficult for the school to run the program it does without this input from Jim. Jim works with a wide range of young people in the program. We have students with visual impairments, those on Negotiated Education Plans, students with low literacy/numeracy levels and those at risk of not completing their schooling due to family or social difficulties. We also provide programs for students from the Private School sector. Jim works successfully with them all. He also encourages the students to maintain contact with the Centre after they have finished their course so that he knows how they are going. Many of the students who have completed the Certificate 1 in Automotive have gone on to work in the industry. To work with the range of students who pass through the centre requires enormous patience and Jim has that in abundance. He will take the time needed to explain, one on one if necessary, how to do something so that the student is successful. He builds positive relationships with students so that they seek him out and look to him for leadership. Jim is totally reliable. He is always there, only missing a session when he was in hospital! Once when his car was broken down in Mount Gambier he borrowed a car to come back for the week and then went back to the Mount the next weekend to pick up his car! Jim is now looking to cut back the hours he puts into the Centre. He is not “retiring” all together but his role will be to provide maintenance of the equipment and no longer teach the program. We would like the community to recognise the fantastic contribution that Jim has made in the lives of the young people not only in our school but from around the district and beyond. He has given his time freely and willingly and we would like these qualities to be acknowledged in the wider community.”
Thank you to everyone who has given us Woolworths Earn & Learn dockets .
We have over 12,000 points and we will select some great educational resources to be used at school. In the next newsletter, we will advertise what we have been able to obtain for the school. Special thanks to Karen, Pauline and Corrie from Parents & Friends Club for helping to input the data. I couldn’t have done it without their help! Lyn Albury, Parent Community Liaison Officer.
Would you like to listen to reading, go on an excursion or help in your child’s class in 2012? Everyone wanting to work or volunteer with children and young people at the school must first undertake training and fill in the necessary paperwork which will be valid for three years. Let’s get the ball rolling for next year! Our next training and induction for Volunteers will be: Tuesday November 15th 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Resource Centre Thursday 1st December 9:15 – 10:45am in the Lecture Theatre Please RSVP to Lyn Albury email@example.com or 8263 6244 so you can be informed of any changes and receive any necessary paperwork before the session.
The Heights Out of School Hours Care
CAR BOOT SALE FUNDRAISER ‘HELP US FUNDRAISE TO BUY OUR CHILDREN A NEW TELEVISION FOR OSHC’ ON SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2011 (OSHC Car Park) FROM 9am – 12pm (8AM START FOR FAMILIES SELLING GOODS) $25 FOR 1 CAR SPACE OR 2 FOR $40 Please donate your unwanted goods to us to sell at our stall! Volunteers needed to help with our BBQ and garage sale! SAUSAGE SIZZLE!! SELL YOUR GOODS!! Call us on 8395 6879 to secure your car spot or for further information regarding this day. Teacher Professional Learning Program Monday 2.45-3.30pm Week 1: Yard Clean up Week 2: NAPLaN Results analysis In response to feedback about the length of sessions enabled by the 2.30pm closure on Mondays, the ½ hour Professional Learning session was extended to 45 minutes. Teachers continue after 3.30 until 4.15 to extend this professional learning opportunity and from 3.30-4.30 on Wednesday in faculty and cluster learning teams.
(Mrs Rothery’s Walking School Bus)
Parents and their children can join me (Mrs Rothery) and my children on the ‘Walking School Bus’ as it travels around the streets of Modbury Heights on Friday mornings. If you live anywhere near the bus route, take a walk to the bus stop and wait for the walking bus to arrive then hop in and join the rest of the passengers as we work our way to school. If you do not live near the bus route, get your parents to drive to a bus stop and they can walk with you from there. Students must be accompanied by a parent! This is because the walk is outside of school hours so the students are not covered by school insurance. Parents and children meet at the stops below at the designated time, or join the bus as it travels along the bus route (see map for bus route). The bus will not wait for late arrivals. **If it is raining or you are unsure if the walking bus is in service one morning, don’t hesitate to text me on 0438 084 187 to check if the walking bus is on route that day.** Stop 3 Stop 4 Stop 5 Stop 6 Stop 7 Stop 8 Stop 9 Stop 10 Stop 11 Stop 12 Stop 13 Stop 14
Corner Vulcan Avenue and Leda Street (parents can park car here for those that live far away) Corner Vulcan Avenue and Ladywood Road Corner Ladywood Road and Brolga Street Corner Brolga Street and Kestral Way Corner Kestral Way and Nankeen Street Corner Nankeen Street and Mopoke Street Corner Mopoke Street and Rosella Street Corner Rosella Street and Plover Street Corner Plover Street and Noritake Road Corner Noritake and Bluebell Street Corner Eaglehawk Road and laneway Ladywood Road at pedestrian crossing near shops
Time: 8.05am Time: 8.08am Time: 8.10am Time: 8.12am Time: 8.15am Time: 8.20am Time: 8.22am Time: 8.24am Time: 8.27am Time: 8.30am Time: 8.32am Time: 8.35am
Finally walk to school crossing on Brunel Drive to arrive at school by 8.40am NOTE: For families who have to drive to school, why not drive early, park in Leda Street which is located at the back of the school, and then walk the bus route with us.
THE HEIGHTS SCHOOL OBSERVATORY Below are images of our recent local earthquake. We sincerely thank Mr Blair Lade (Instrument Officer, ASSA) for providing these images to us for publication. Mr Lade provides information to us entirely as a volunteer.