The Minister met with the P&C President, School Board Chair, parents, staff and students. The Minister also visited some classrooms in action and noted "the classroom visits that followed augmented what I had heard and furnished me with a strong sense of the sound work you and your staff are doing."
Students enjoyed working with Poet Anne Pettit and themes of "Found". Anne is in Esperance as part of an "Act Belong Commit - Writing to Performance" program.
Anne is an experienced sustainability educator and creative writing workshop presenter. Students created short free form poetry and were encouraged to attend the presentation evening.
The Quiet Lion Tour is organised by volunteers, including surviving ex prisoners of war (POW) of the Japanese during World War II who worked on the Burma-Thailand railway, with the following objectives:
To perpetuate the memory of the privations and sacrifices of Australian and Allied prisoners of war and the selfless dedication of the medical personnel during the construction of the Burma Thailand Railway by informing current and future generations through all forms of education and particularly with the Annual Quiet Lion Tours to the Burma Thai Railway; the River Kwai; the Three Pagoda Pass; Anzac Day at "Hellfire Pass" and Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.
Students laid a wreath in honour of Ernie Redman OAM. Ex-POW,Ernie was an honorary staff member of Esperance SHS and accompanied many students on the tour.
Teacher Renee Passell writes: As part of the Year 9 Civics course students learn ways to be an active citizen. This involves first learning how our Legal and Political system operates and then how they play a vital role in that system. Part of this journey involved finding out who represents us in the Federal and State parliaments and then the ways we could contact them if we had concerns, wanted an issue raised or needed information. Students emailed Rick Wilson and invited him into our class so they could ask him questions about issues that concerned them.
Students researched a political or legal issue that they were interested in and researched what laws were in place in regards to their issue. The issues they researched included:
- Live export trade
- The Adani Coal mine
- Free university
- Same sex marriage
- Gender equity
There were other topics also such as manufacturing in Australia and Abortion laws.
The students prepared 3 questions about their issue and a topic that concerned youth in regional towns and typed them up before his visit. On the day he stayed for 45 minutes and answered a variety of questions from all of the class that were very good questions. After he left we analysed his answers and voted on how well he answered each question - based on the facts they had gathered. I was very proud of the class.
Esperance Girls Academy held an Induction Team Building Day at Twilight Beach last Thursday the 5th of April. A total of 33 students attended and participated in surfing lessons, team sand castle building and a beach walk for health and well –being. A great time was had by all and the solidarity between the girls is stronger than ever. A big thanks to Mossy from Twilight Surf school as well as Julie, Colleen, Billie and Mia for coming and supporting our girls.
The Consul General toured the school and met with some students. Rachel gave a general talk on her career path - the main message being don't be afraid to give yourself permission to change your mind and change career path. She then answered open questions - ranging from Australia's relationships with North Korea to gun control. Year 11 history students are currently studying USA 1907 to 1945 and were keen to see if their are any parallels to the USA today.
After a long, hot and sweaty last two days, we have finally concluded our annual Southern Challenge Carnival. We selected a group of boys based on their academic efforts and participation in school to from our Basketball and Football teams representing Esperance Clontarf Academy. The boys played exceptionally well and we went undefeated throughout the whole Carnival and for the first time WE WON the Southern Challenge Cup.
We had academies come from Albany, Kalgoorlie, Perth, Northam, Katanning, Norseman, Mandurah and Gilmore.
We also held a football Community game with members of the community, Wongutha CAPS, Clontarf and Girls Academy competing in a friendly match. Was a great turn out and a tremendous effort of help from everyone there. Rotary cooked a huge feed for everyone with plenty of left overs!!
Was a great couple of days and look forward to the next one.
19 players, 3 water girls and 2 teachers did a great job at the football carnival. The team played in a round robin competition against EACS, John Paul College and Kalgoorlie Boulder. The girls won all of their games and then won the grand final against JPC 40 - 15. It has been many years since ESHS has beaten JPC!
The whole team came together and played very well. Taya Neill was a great centre half forward, Caitlin Zanker and Ruby Hodges were awesome rovers, Kalira Docherty was a great full forward and Casey Rowe, Lily Henning and Summer Newton performed strongly in the midfield.
The Girls Academy is an initiative of Role Models and Leaders Australia, a not-for-profit charitable organisation founded in 2004 by Olympian and champion basketballer Ricky Grace. The Girls Academy develops and empowers Aboriginal girls through leadership training, mentoring, sport and extra-curricular programs. The Academy's goal is to create an environment within schools where the girls receive the support and programs needed to help them realise their full potential.
The Esperance Girls Academy was officially opened by Esperance Deputy Shire President Natalie Bowman and Ricky Grace. Also in attendance for the Academy launch were Gail Adamson Reynolds and Joanne McDonald, Independence Group (IGO) Company Secretary.
Esperance SHS is very excited about this new program and we look forward to sharing this journey with you.