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Principal - Ms Cheryl Dossetto
Welcome to our new look e-newsletter. We hope you enjoy the expanded capabilities that are provided by the online format. More articles of interest and celebration. More colour. More photographs. More enjoyable reading. You will find articles from each faculty or program area, the administration team, student services team and the Student Council. Enjoy!
This week I want to address the topic of student wellbeing. Learning and wellbeing are inextricably linked – students learn best when their wellbeing is optimised, and they develop a strong sense of wellbeing when they experience success in learning. Students themselves identify schooling as a key influence on their wellbeing. Whether it is the positive impact of a great teacher, an inspirational and engaging classroom lesson or that extra support when it is needed, there is no doubt that a student’s experience at school has a significant impact. Wellbeing is both central to learning and an outcome of learning. It is multidimensional and characterised by feeling well and functioning well. We support wellbeing by building a positive learning culture – providing challenging, interactive and engaging learning experiences and by nurturing relationships with families and the wider community. Students support their own wellbeing by being actively involved in their school and community – and research on resilience shows a sense of belonging is critical for young people. This all contributes to the development of a rich school culture and positive ethos that creates a sense of belonging and self-responsibility, leading to positive behaviour, improved student attendance and achievement.
Deputy Principal - Mrs Janelle Robb
Many thanks to all parents who ensure their students are in full school uniform. We are at present blitzing this as some students are again wearing inappropriate footwear, especially canvas shoes, jewellery and multicoloured jumpers. It is important for students safety that all students have correct footwear and uniform.
Our new formal blouse is now available from the canteen. As the result of the dress code review, the Student Council are now working on a revised design for our polo. The polo review will be ongoing with further consultation being undertaken before a decision is made.
Deputy Principal - Mr Wayne Hoger (Acting)
Subject Information Evening
It is that time of year already where we start preparing for 2013. Our annual Subject Information Evening is to be held in our assembly hall on Wednesday 8thAugust, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. This evening will provide opportunities for students in Years 8, 9 and 10 to talk to Teachers and Heads of Departments about our subject offerings for 2013. Students in Years 8, 9 and 10 have already been asked to complete a subject preferences survey. This survey does not constitute subject selections for 2013, but rather gives us important information about areas of need. This information will be used to help us create a timetable structure that caters for as many students as possible. You can ask your student to log onto their OneSchool profile to show you their preferences. We will use the same OneSchool profile to make formal subject selections for 2013 – more information to come at a later date.
Year 10 students considering a TAFE subject for 2013 should be aware of the dates for the expression of interest process, and subsequent interview, confirmation and payment process. SQIT Warwick will have representatives at our Subject Information Evening to provide details of the courses on offer, and the timelines for enrolment.
This year we are working towards reducing our carbon footprint by making our Subject Information Booklets available on-line. You can find them in PDF format on our website at www.warwickshs.eq.edu.au, or alternatively they are available through each student’s OneSchool profile. We will have a limited number of hard copies available at our Subject Information Evening, along with some burned onto CD/DVD for those who cannot access them on-line. Please join with us in reducing our carbon footprint, and print only the pages of interest – every little bit helps.
Assistant Principal (Acting)
Cybersafety and cyberbullying guide for parents and caregivers
Recently the school received a great new booklet “Cybersafety and Cyberbullying – A Guide for Parents and Caregivers”. The booklet provides tips on cybersafety, including suggestions about what to do if a child is a target or responsible for inappropriate behaviour. Print-friendly versions of the guide can be found online, alternatively, you can click on the link above for more information.
Year 11 and 12 Take Home Laptop Program
Some students are finding that the battery in their laptop is not lasting all day after being fully charged at home. If this is happening with your student's laptop, they are encouraged to go and see Mr Ulrich or Mr Eder in the IT Room and request a new battery under warranty.
Parents, please remember that you can request the access settings on your student's take-home laptop to be changed at any time. If desired, you can restrict all access to social media sites or restrict installation of any software on their machine. Please contact Mr Eder or Mr Ulrich at school if you wish to find out more.
Some interesting facts about the school's IT network
Head of Department - Miss J Schimke
Certificate I in Retail Training
Warwick TAFE is offering a 4 day Certificate I in Retail Training course from 24-27 September 2012. Any high school students enrolling via their VET Coorindator on a SET plan will revceive 2 credit points toward the QCE on successful completion. For more information please refer to the attached flyer 120620Cert1Retail-final.pdf or contact Majella Sollars here at school.
The focus for Year 10 students in the next few weeks is on Subject Selection. If students are interested in a TAFE subject, Expressions of interest have opened. These close on 31st August. Expression of Interest forms can be picked up from TAFE or the school office.
Planning has already started for our Year 11 Leadership Camp, but we need to know how many students are coming with us. Expression of interest letters were sent home with students on 18th July. These forms need to be returned to Mrs Caterson as soon as possible so that we can work out final costing for students and organise payment plans for families. The due date for these forms is Monday, 6th August.
The QCS test is coming up quickly on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th September. On both mornings students will be provided with breakfast. Mrs Woodford is organising this and the P&C is supplying the food. Also, USQ will be offering a Stress Buster lunch on one of the QCS test days. This is designed to provide support and a release from stress for Year 12 students sitting the QCS. USQ School Liaison staff and student ambassadors will be present offering lunch to those students sitting the QCS test. More details about both of these events in future editions.
Payment and sizes should be finalised by Friday 3rd August.
This is a reminder to students driving cars. It is a privilege to drive cars to school. All road rules MUST be followed in the car parks. Students are not to drive to school or carry another student in their cars to and from school unless the appropriate paperwork has been completed.
Head of Department - Mrs M Ferdinand
Principal Awards – Junior Secondary
The proud families of Year 8 and 9 level 1, 2 and 3 students attended a ceremony on Friday 20 July to help celebrate the excellent effort and behaviour of their students receiving Principal Awards. The audience had the pleasure of entertainment from Eliza McNicol with a beautiful song. Thank you to all these students who received these awards as they contribute positively to the culture of Warwick State High School.
Year 8 Award Recipients
Year 9 Award Recipients
For the first time students who obtained at least 50% A for their Academic Achievements were presented with encouragement certificates. In addition Excellence Awards were present to the students who achieved straight A’s for academic studies for semester 1 2012. In Year eight we congratulated Emily Follett, Aleisha Hamilton and Hannah Donges and in Year 9 Carter Bilbrough.
Reward Trip - Queen Street Mall and Broncos Rugby League
One hundred and eighty students and 12 teachers boarded the buses and headed off to Brisbane for their Semester 1 reward trip. The students had a wonderful time experiencing the culture of the Queen Street Mall on a busy Friday evening. Fortunately the pouring rain did not dampen the cheering and excitement at the rugby league. It was a pleasure for the teachers to be associated with such a fine group of young people who displayed excellent manners and attitude.
Guidance Officer - Ms B Fairweather
Warwick Careers Market
The Warwick Careers Market was held at WIRAC on Monday night. It was well attended and the exhibitors and local employers provided feedback on the quality of the enquiries. They appreciated the presence of the parents at this event while students are contemplating some big decisions. My thanks are extended to the students who attended from Warwick SHS, Assumption College, Scots PGC, SOTE, Allora SS and Killarney SS. Many members of the wider community also attended. Look out for the date for next year’s event. It will be advertised in late term 4 once the state-wide circuit of careers markets has been developed. Enjoy some pictures of the evening.
Careers in Defence
The local Australian Defence Recruiting Team are based at the Milne Bay Training Depot in O’Quinn Street, Toowoomba (near Clifford Gardens ). They will be holding an information session at their office on Thursday 9th August 2012. The focus of the presentation will be on intensive officer training through the Royal Military College (RMC) at Duntroon. Bookings are essential to confirm attendance at the event as places are limited. RMC_Information_Night.pdf
Open Days coming up
University of Sunshine Coast is also holding its Open Day on 12th August between 10am-3pm. Full program details are available by clicking on the link. http://www.usc.edu.au/NR/rdonlyres/62BDF73E-B6AD-4E8D-ADCE-D8E9DB2A9F15/0/USC_Open_Day_2012web.pdf
Griffith University is holding its open day on 12th August at Nathan, Southbank and Gold Coast campuses between 9am & 2pm. Details are available by clicking on the following link http://www.griffith.edu.au/open-day
UQ Yr 10 Young Achievers Program
The University of Qld is looking for motivated Year 10 students who have every intention of going onto university after Year 12 and intend to be OP eligible in Years 11/12. You can apply to become a young achiever. The rewards for completing an application include financial assistance throughout Years 11 &12, attendance at a range of university functions, link- in with students who have similar interests. It is a great experience. Contact Ms Fairweather for further information or look online at www.uq.edu.au/youngachievers. Applications close Friday 17th August. The application process is not that difficult.
UQ Yr 11 Young Scholars Program
The University of Qld is looking for high achieving Year 11 students to participate in a program called Young Scholars. You engage in activities at the university through participation in 2 camps. You will gain insight into university life, fields of study and pathways within various fields, and hear from some of the country’s leading thinkers. There are social and cultural activities as part of the camps. You must be intending to go to university after Year 12 and be OP eligible. Cost is $595 for the two camps and covers accommodation, meals and activities. Application details are available online at www.uq.edu.au/youngscholars or see Ms Fairweather. Again applications are not that difficult. Applications close on Friday 10th August, 2012.
Information for Year 12 students and their parents
QTAC application lines opened as of Wednesday 1st August and close for on-time applications on 28th September. Applications can be made after that date but are charged at a higher rate. To review how to apply and to review how to order preferences you can go to the QTAC website qtac.edu.au; then go to their online services tab, then scroll down and find the relevant clip to view.
Note - the actual completion of the QTAC application process is easy. It is the thinking behind the application that is the difficult part – that is deciding your courses in an appropriate order. I am more than happy to meet with you and help in this part of the process.
Scholarships for USQ all close by the end of October, which is the same day as QTAC on- time applications. Other universities have separate closing dates with some by the end of October and others by the end of November. I am available for appointments to help you and your student complete scholarship applications.
Head of Department - Ms J Boland (Acting)
Year 12 English
The year 12s are currently studying a Shakespearean play (Macbeth or Othello) and all students should be spending their 2-3 hours of homework time reading the play and making notes on post- notes and attaching them for later reference. Shakespeare’s tragedies can be very complex, but they were designed to be read aloud and with the addition of some simple vocal expression, all students can benefit from regular reading aloud of the play. Please assist your student in maximising his/ her potential by asking them to read the play aloud for you. Hopefully both parents and students can immerse themselves in a literary world of Elizabethan calamity and drama.
Year 11 English
‘It is a truth, universally acknowledged’ (…) that the year 11 cohort is exploring Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice. Many family members are familiar with this perennial favourite so please share your thoughts on the dashing Mr Darcy and have a chat about the charming Charles Bingley. Elizabeth Bennet is one of the most revered female figures of English literature. Please help your students bring these characters alive for their monologue task by having some literary conversations over the dinner table this week.
Readers' Challenge 2012
This year saw the 6th year of Warwick State High School hosting the Readers' Challenge competition for primary school students in Year 6 and 7 from surrounding schools. This year saw our biggest and best competition yet. We had a record number of 21 teams from East, West, Central, Glennie Heights, Allora, Wheatvale, Yangan, Scots and St Mary’s primary schools enter this year.
The night was a huge success and the atmosphere was electric with so many students and supportive parents. A group of Year 9 student volunteers (Brendan Austin, Joe Greenaway, Jarom Clark and Aisling Pryor) are to be congratulated on taking ownership for the event by organising it from the start to the finish with the assistance and guidance of Mrs Williams and Mrs Caterson. Allora Team 1 were the winners for 2012 and were presented with the winning perpetual Readers' Challenge trophy at the end of the night.
Readers' Cup 2012
This year Warwick State High School entered the Darling Downs Readers Cup competition held on Thursday, 14th June. A team of three Year 8 students; Emily Follett, Joy Stammers, Mackenzie Dwan, and two Year 9 students; Brendan Austin and Joe Greenaway travelled to Toowoomba to compete. The competition was a team quiz based on questions from five set books. The aim of the competition was to get kids reading and to let the readers in our schools have an opportunity to shine.
The team gave up a huge amount of their own time in preparing for this competition, with the assistance of Mrs Williams and Mrs Caterson. The team came up against some tough competition and fought hard through to the last round.
Head of Department - Mr M Freudigmann
Wednesday 8 August – Year 8 Maths Quiz (4:30pm to 6:30pm) S block Auditorium – Hosted by Warwick State High, students from around the district will compete at the annual competition. Observers are welcome.
Students will soon be completing assessment. Please encourage them to be diligent and seek assistance early. Extension requests should be forwarded to the Head of Department, Michael Freudigmann.
Assessment due in the next fortnight:
Don’t forget: free Maths tutorials in Q103 on Tuesdays 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Do homework, assignments, get help, or just study.
Head of Department - Mr D Coates
Warwick State High School students experienced the Cosmodome, tackled the global energy crisis and attempted to cure the highly contagious “Zen Virus” at The University of Queensland’s (UQ) annual Experience Science program on Friday, 13th July.
The Experience Science program in 2012 offered students the opportunity to experience university life by participating in innovative science workshops in diverse disciplines from cosmology to entomology.
At the St Lucia campus, the students made slime from cross-linked polymers, explored their brain’s reaction times to visual stimuli, investigated the efficiency of solar panels made out of blueberries and determined if soil can really eat concrete and dissolve metals.
Associate Dean (Academic), Associate Professor Kim Bryceson, said the event was an excellent opportunity for high school students to experience the wide variety of sciences on offer at the campus.
“At St Lucia, students were shown how to apply modern mathematics to everyday life activities including how to best tie a neck tie using knot theory and how to record and discover new juggling patterns.”
“Students also experienced a journey through the solar system, surrounded by stunning images of planets and satellites in the Cosmodome, an immersive dome theatre and planetarium.”
Warwick High School students were able to get a firsthand look at some of the facilities available at the University of Queensland and thoroughly enjoyed their experience. Comments heard throughout the day ranged from “I’d like to go to this Uni” to “I’m coming to this Uni”, indicating that, indeed, many were impressed by what they saw.
Experience Science is held in July each year at the St Lucia and Gatton campuses of The University of Queensland.
UQ Physics Olympiad
During the June/July holidays Emily Plant, Holly Manwill and Tristan Van Hoof packed their bags and attended university for one week where they studied the wonders of physics. They found out how to calculate velocity, acceleration, force, momentum and many other interesting things that are used and applied in our world. They were also invited to put forward questions to some of the greatest minds in Queensland. The students had a great time learning about what they could do in university and what physics entails. One of the many highlights for our students was the chance to talk to current university students and find out exactly what is expected of a university student. All three students said that they really enjoyed the opportunity and are now looking forward to the day when they get to go to university.
Head of Department - Mrs L Betts (Acting)
As many of you are already aware, Mr Wilson has taken well-earned Long-Service Leave for the remainder of 2012 and I will be Acting HoD of Social Science during his absence. Please feel free to contact me on the school number if you have any queries or problems in relation to your student’s Social Science studies.
A great way to finish Semester One …
Semester One finished on a fantastic note for our senior Ancient and Modern Historians, as they journeyed back to the ancient world. Ms Kiernan, Ms Hickey and I escorted forty-seven excited and adventurous students to an Ancient Egyptian exhibit at the Queensland Museum titled Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb. This spectacular exhibition from the British Museum reveals the life and death of an Egyptian priest and tells his story through an extraordinary 3D film. It also showcases four human mummies and more than 100 objects, including amulets, canopic jars used for preserving the liver, lungs, stomach, and intestines of the deceased, massive sarcophagi and sections from the Book of the Dead. Many of the students were spellbound by the thought of viewing mummies and artifacts that are almost three thousand years old and it was a wonderful learning experience for us all. We then had lunch and a quick shop before returning back to the land of reality.
We have begun to implement the Australian Curriculum: History into the Year 8 SOSE program. Medieval Times is the major focus for Year 8 this term. Students will learn about feudal society, castles, knights, jousts, monks and so much more as they investigate the social structure, buildings, artifacts and lifestyle of this rather interesting time in history. Their assessment for this unit includes the creation of a model to show an element of Medieval life. In the last week of this term, on Wednesday the 19th September, the students will be able to showcase their models to parents at an evening titled Night at the Medieval Museum. We hope to see as many of you as possible at this wonderful event.
Some of our Year 9 classes are also dipping their feet into the Australian Curriculum: History this term. They are delving into Australia’s involvement in World War One and the impact that this war had on our Home Front. The remaining classes are currently exploring Australia’s place in the Asia-Pacific region and our responsibilities in relation to neighbouring countries that may need our assistance. The classes will swap units near the end of Term Three.
Year 10 classes have experienced a change of scenery, as they began the term with a rotation of teachers in order to experience two new Social Science subjects, either History and Geography or Economics and Legal Studies. Please be aware that these are nine-week units and so we will be starting new units at the beginning of Week Ten this term. Therefore, it is vital that students attend school right through to the very last day of term, or they will miss important lessons for the new unit.
With some serious subject selection choices coming up very soon, Year 10 students really need to think carefully about what Social Science subject/s they may wish to study in Senior. In the last week, three Year 12 Social Science students and I have provided the Year 10 students with some initial information about the wide variety of Social Science subjects available in Years 11 and 12. However, students and their parents really need to come to the Subject Selection Night to find out more detailed information in order to make informed decisions about future studies at Warwick High. Look out for the next newsletter, as we will showcase senior Social Science subjects in that edition.
Years 11 and 12
Senior Social Science subjects have started strongly, with units well underway and assessment tasks in the process of being handed out to classes. It is time for Year 11 and 12 students to focus very heavily on their studies in order to finish the year with the results that they truly want and deserve. Again, be aware that new units will begin in the last week or two of this term, so it is essential that students attend right up until the last day of term and continue to be motivated and interested in their academic studies.
I look forward to working with you all during the last half of 2012.
Head of Department - Mr S Thompson
Certificate III Class - Community Fitness Program
The year 11 Certificate III in Fitness class is currently completing a 4 week block under this program with Mr Roger’s year 10 HPE class as the subjects. This is the first time the students have planned, organised, and implemented a fitness program for a class group. It has involved the year 10 students completing a number of fitness testing procedures, then a series of group – specific fitness activities.
The goal of the program is to demonstrate practical measures that can be used to put physiology and fitness theory into practice. The year 10 class is currently completing classroom work related to this theory. They have really appreciated the program the year 11 class is conducting, even though some of the fitness circuits have proven to be quite gruelling.
The year 11 students have gained valuable experience in planning and delivering a fitness program, including risk assessment procedures and the whole process of conducting a class program. The next step in the year 11’s program involves delivering personal fitness training to “clients”, who will be members of staff who wish to improve and maintain their own fitness through individual sessions, outside of normal school hours.
Both years 11 and 12 Physical Education classes are studying Track and Field this term, integrating practical training and performance with their classroom content. Year 11 involves all students completing a battery of fitness tests to measure their own physical capacities, before researching the physical attributes needed for the various athletic events. They then select the event which they will specialise in for the rest of the term, implementing, evaluating, and modifying supplied training programs.
The year 12 classes are studying the process of designing training programs, involving the application of learned topics such as principles of training, goal setting, energy supply systems and program design. They then follow their own personalised training program to develop their physical conditioning, technique and time/distance in their specialty event.
A number of our senior Physical Education students have begun to show the results of their training, as they compete in the first of several competitive Track and Field carnivals, and we look forward to seeing the results of their efforts, in the form of placings and personal best performances.
Head of Department - Mr C Wren (Acting)
The year 12 Industrial Technology class has started the manufacturing of this year’s Cubby House. Before production could commence, students have had to study and pass (‘A’ standard required) two tests in order to obtain their Pneumatic Nailer Licence. As this went to print we have four students who have achieved this milestone. This year’s Cubby House is going to Warwick East State School for their Prep area. We would once again like to sincerely thank Bunnings Warehouse in Warwick for their continued support of this wonderful concept. Also Bradnam’s Windows in Toowoomba for their ongoing generous donation of toughened glass sliding windows.
The picture shows the students attaching the Yellow Tongue flooring to the floor joists.
Head of Department - Mr I Follett
Jumpers & Jazz Festival – Jazz Bands
Warwick SHS Instrumental Music Ensembles had a busy performance schedule last week end as part of the Warwick Annual Jumpers & Jazz Festival. The Stage Band and Big Band both performed outside the Town Hall on Wednesday 25 July. On Saturday morning, members of the Small Group ‘Cool School’ Jazz Ensemble performed outside local business ‘Bryson’s Place.’ On Sunday 29 July both Stage Band and the ‘Cool School’ Jazz Ensemble featured in the ‘Picnic in the Park’ free concert at Leslie Park performing between 2.00pm and 3.30pm to a very large and enthusiastic audience. The students' performances impressed many of the visiting Jazz ensembles that were in Warwick for the festival. It is a fantastic achievement for the High School Instrumental music program to feature so prominently in this exciting community event and we would like to thank the event organizers for giving our music students the opportunity to perform.
The Warwick SHS Big Band
The Warwick SHS Stage Band
Jumpers & Jazz Festival – Visual Art
Warwick State High School Year 11 Art Students had the opportunity to show off their creative side with four separate displays on the corner of Grafton and Palmerin Streets. The students have decorated four garden beds using the Festival theme ’Spice’. Each garden bed was dedicated to a different spice: cumin, nutmeg, star anise and chilly. This year’s festival presented the extra challenge of producing artwork for a tree decorating festival, without access to a tree and a height restriction of 50 cm. The works were made from recycled plastic from art book front covers, spray paint and wire. The garden installation decorations formed part of the students sculpture unit, which was designed to use a specific space. Students worked on the project during school classes, in lunch times and afterschool. The end result is a mixture of 2D elements to create a 3D effect, simple design and decoration in a specific space.
Year 11 Art work for Jumpers & Jazz
Warwick District Showcase
On the same day as the Jumper & Jazz performances outside the Town Hall, The Warwick SHS String Ensemble were preforming in ‘The Rose City Shopping Centre’ as part of the ‘District Showcase’, The String Ensemble performed a bracket of pieces for about 20 minutes and drew a large crowd that gathered to listen.
The Warwick SHS String Ensemble
This is a very busy term with many performances scheduled for the various Instrumental Music Groups:
For more information regarding the Instrumental Music program at Warwick SHS contact I Follett – HOD The Arts .
Head of Special Education Services - Ms A Walker (Acting)
Earlier this year twenty-four excited students, involved in the Special Education Program at Warwick State High School, travelled to Brisbane to participate in a three-day camp. The students enjoyed an adventure packed stay at Camp Warrawee in Petrie, accompanied by eight enthusiastic and dedicated staff members. Day one of the camp saw the students involved in a Blue Gum Challenge, which required them to undertake an ambitious climb up an extremely tall gum tree. Several students achieved the ultimate goal of reaching the top of the tree. Students also undertook some indoor rock climbing and basketball. A cool off in the campsite swimming pool was the part of the afternoon activities. A competitive game of ten-pin bowling at Strathpine Hyperbowl was enjoyed by all in the evening.
Day two of the camp saw the students board the bus and travel to Redcliffe, where they enjoyed a beach swim. The students also tested their fishing skills and managed to catch one “huge” fish, which added much excitement to the morning. A walk along the jetty and a long, relaxing swim in the lagoon was the highlight of a fun-filled day. The students also enjoyed a treasure hunt along the beachfront. The afternoon concluded with an action packed water fight at the lagoon. A disco in the evening rounded off the second day’s activities.
The final day of the camp involved packing up the campsite and our intrepid campers heading to the Fire Safe Home at Petrie. The students were actively involved in a very informative and interactive session on fire safety – including crawling out of a simulated smoke filled house. It was then on to Queens Park in Ipswich where students appreciated the sights of the zoo and expended some energy in the park. The flying fox was a particularly popular activity with staff and students alike! Twenty-four very tired students then boarded the bus bound for home, having experienced a very rewarding action packed and fun-filled three days.
On behalf of the students who attended the camp, we thank the many generous individuals and business houses who kindly donated money to allow the students to experience such a wonderful range of activities.
Health Week – hosted by Denise Dixon, School Based Nurse
Late last term, we were treated with a visit from Vegie Man –the mascot from the “Go for 2 & 5” campaign. The students were offered platters of cut up fruits to coincide with his presence. All week the students have a choice of fruit as part of the Breakfast Club as well.
On the Wednesday of Health Week, local Zumba instructor Gina Noble donated her time to run a class during break time in the quadrangle. The sun shone as many students participated in this fun physical activity. On the Thursday, the students made stress balls – a fun practical way to deal with daily stresses.
It is a busy time of year with students just finishing the Inter House carnival on Friday.
Leslie walked away with the Overall Trophy – Matron Thrupp cup and the Relay Tophy - Paul Hutton Trophy. Well done to all athletes whocompeted in any of the events within the carnival. It was commendable that so many students tried their best and showed great sportsmanship. The results can be seen at the students' home page the Learning Place. Student need to check the sports notice board or the Learning Place for results. Students in the school team will than participate at the 5 Way Athletic Carnival on Wednesday 1 August, Border District Carnival on 8 August and All Schools Athletic Carnival on 16 August. Darling Downs nominations need to be in to Mr Stewart by the 22 August..
For more results, click any of the links below:
On Sunday, 2 girls Touch Football teams competed at the Scots Invitational carnival. Even though the girls did not come away with the win, all students tried to the best of their ability. Brooke O’Neill and Madeline Charles received the Player' Player award.
This week we see our girls Tennis Team, Helen Mullis Yr 11, Michaela Keogh Yr 11, Anastacia Keogh Yr 10, Michelle Sevo Yr 10 and Becky Menand Yr 8 take on the Glennie School on Monday 30 July and the Boys Tennis team, Nick Austin Yr 10, Brendan Austin Yr 9, Lachlan Kraak Yr11, Jack Daley, Jonathon Mulliss Yr 9 take on Dalby Christian College. Good luck to these students.
Upcoming events include the Soccer, AFL and Netball where some teams have had selections and have commenced training.
If any student would like to be a part of these teams or any other sports please see Mr Stewart in the PE Staffroom
State Orienteering Championships
On the weekend of 28 and 29 July, four Warwick High students competed as part of the Darling Downs Orienteering team at the Queensland Orienteering Championships. Robert Wagner, Tim Walker, Simeon Burrill, and Alison Burrill competed in a sprint relay event at Emmaus College, Jimboomba on the Saturday, and an individual cross – country event on the Sunday at Mundoolun, near Jimboomba.
Robert competed in his first State titles, Tim and Simeon in their second, and Alison in her fifth, as part of the 32 – strong Darling Downs squad. Both Simeon and Alison were successful in gaining selection in the Queensland team which will compete in the National Titles in Tasmania in September. Congratulations, especially to Alison who is finishing her senior year on a high, with her third state selection, as well as being the 2012 Warwick State High School recipient of the Pierre de Coubertin award. This award is presented by the Queensland Olympic Council, and recognises athletes who excel across a number of sports, and demonstrate the qualities of leadership and fair play, consistent with the aims of the Olympic Games.
A highlight of the 2012 Championships was a presentation made to Mr Doug Wilson, who has been the convenor of the Darling Downs Orienteering Team since 1985. As Doug is on long service leave, his peers presented him with a gift in case this year’s championships are his last as the head of the team! Doug was recognised for his 28 years of tireless service and contagious enthusiasm for the sport. His perseverance and dedication finally paid dividends in 2005, when Darling Downs region first won the teams’ competition at the State Championships. In comparison with the first 20 years, Darling Downs region has since become the dominant force in the competition, due in no small part to Doug’s efforts.
We hope you enjoy the new format of our electronic newsletter. We have been looking forward to this new concept and the opportunity it offers for us to be able to communicate with parents/caregivers about the sometimes unexciting, but nevertheless important matters that are part of school life. Our office is open to the public from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm during school terms. Payments are processed up until 2.15 pm each day. EFTPOS facilities are available, however, for audit purposes we are unable to take credit card payments over the phone.
Keeping parent and emergency contact details up-to-date is very important so that we can contact you if your student is unwell or requires urgent medical attention. We also post out student report cards three times a year so address details need to be accurate. Attached is a “Change of Details” form for your convenience so that, if necessary, this can be completed and returned to the school. Change_Details.pdf
We also have a dedicated student absence line (4666 9266) where parents/caregivers can report their student’s absence and this service is available 24 hours on any day of the week.
The office staff are happy to help you with any questions that you might have or direct you to the most appropriate person who can assist you with your enquiries.
The Student Council met last week to discuss the latest and up and coming events on their calendar. The first event discussed was the ‘Spirit Competition’ that will allow students to participate in extra activities to gain points for their house. These points will be collaborated at the end of the semester and the winning house will be rewarded with a surprise.
‘Cook Off’ is another exciting activity that will run over the term for both students and teachers to participate in. The aim is create the most tasteful, creative, visual appealing pancake possible. The basic ingredients will be supplied and any extra ingredients will need to be bought by participants.
Lunch time games will also be starting. These games aim to include all students in each year level and get the whole school interacting with each other. The points won by both these activities will go towards the spirit competition.
Seniors are starting to put their thoughts together about the senior project for 2012.
This term's social will be held on the 22 August and the theme is ‘Cartoons Come Alive.’
Courtney Mikkelsen - Year 12 Student Council Representative
WSHS CONDAMINIAN – CENTENARY EDITION COMING TO LIFE!
The Magazine Committee members, under the guidance of senior leader, Jane Bourke, have worked enthusiastically since the very beginning of 2012 to guarantee a Condaminian worthy of this, our Centenary year.
We have been busily snapping magnificent photographs and gathering together sensational stories from both staff and students. Now the pages of our magazine are coming to life. This year, we have made term-by-term events our focus. As readers turn the pages, they will discover the wide, and sometimes wacky, world of Warwick High. From cool curriculum projects to stunning sporting highlights to lazy lunch-time pursuits, the Condaminian records it all! This whole-school publication features students from all year levels, therefore, it is a memory-must for every student.
There is something for everyone in this new-look WSHS Condaminian, so make sure you purchase your copy. This magazine of memories will cost $25.00 and will be available for purchase from the School Office in early November.
If you missed out purchasing any memorabilia during our Centenary celebrations, don't worry, we still have some items for sale. Please contact Janet Williams in the school library.
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