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Esperance Farm Training Centre

Dylan Molloy with sheep
17 October 2016

Students attended the Perth Royal Show and the Esperance Show. The students prepare throughout the year, practising building fences, learning how to judge wool and sheep and learning how to lead cattle.

The first part of the Royal Show for students is farm skills held on the Thursday before the show opens. It is like the Olympics for farming! The students draft and drench sheep, weld, build a fence, use a GPS, identify and weeds and more. The students took part in the Grand Parade every day.

Students were judged in Junior Parading competitions and our cattle and sheep were judged in a variety of categories. We were awarded Champion Ewe for the British Breeds at the Perth Royal Show.

Many thanks to the staff and students who made this all possible.

Tournament of Minds

Engineering Maths Team
16 September 2016

TOM is a problem solving competition. This year we had four teams: Language Literature, Social Sciences, Maths Engineering and Science Technology. There are seven students per team. The teams are given a problem six weeks before the regional finals. Teams have 10 minutes to present their solution for the problem to a team of judges.

The judges mark the solution based on:

  • Answering the question (this is broken down into different components and different points are allocated for each section)
  • Presentation skills – a choice of two from a long list including sound-scapes, rhyme, creative movement
  • Two forms that are submitted outlining their solution and a costing list.

Teams are only allowed to use hand-made props created from a list of allowable materials and recycled products for their presentation.

Teams are also given a “Spontaneous” problem and have between three and five minutes to solve  the problem and usually only one minute to present. For the spontaneous section teams are judged on:

  • Solving the problem; and
  • Working together as a team (everyone must contribute)

This year the Social Sciences and Language Literature teams went through to State finals. The Language Literature team were awarded honours (runner-up).

The Social Sciences team won and are now funding-raising for the Australian Pacific Finals on the Gold Coast! 

50th Birthday Celebrations

50th Birthday Celebrations
12 September 2016

Visitors began by registering at the Library. Previous Jumbunnas (the annual school magazine) were on display and drew a lot of attention. A special 50th Birthday Jumbunna edition was produced for the occasion. Copies are still available for $20 from the high school front office. The high school jazz band entertained visitors in the main quadrangle of the school. It was great to see so many people enjoying catching up with each other. The Bush Ranger Cadets put on a sausage sizzle and the Tournament of Minds teams organised Devonshire teas. Visitors were able to visit many open classrooms and were taken on a tour of the whole school campus so they could see the many changes that have occurred over the past 50 years. A special assembly was held at 1.30pm and a commemorative plaque was unveiled to mark the occasion. Engraved bricks are still available for purchase from the front office for $45. The bricks can be engraved with an individual or family name and they'll be placed in the brick paving in the main quadrangle.

A Sundowner was held at the Yacht Club in the evening for friends to continue reminiscing.

Special thanks to the organising committee who made the day so successful!

Science Fair 2016

Science Fair
18 August 2016

The student experiments were displayed in the high school gym on Tuesday 18th August. Parents, guardians and primary schools were invited to view the displays in the gym. Primary school students completed a Science Quest during their time here, where they had to find specific answers from certain displays.

Some examples of experiments included:

  • Tsunami defence walls
  • Balloon rocket travel distance
  • Which brand popcorn gives the best value for money
  • Which type of chocolate melts the fastest.

Three cash prizes per year group for the best investigation, which includes the report and display, were on offer - winners announced soon.

Some comments from parents and staff: “Fantastic”,  “Awesome job”,  “Love the concept”,  “Wonderful celebration of student achievements” and “Thanks to all the Science staff for an excellent job done with the students”

Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards 2016

AATFA  2016
17 August 2016

Seven months of industrious work has paid off for the students who entered creations in the Casual, Formal, Wearable Art and Society and Environment categories at the Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards on Saturday 13th August. The night was a fabulous showcase of some amazing talent. Students had to sew and model their outfits. Students looked the part with hair and makeup done via the generation donations of our local businesses. The following students won through to the state finals to be held in Perth:

Jolandi Maree - Casual
Ella Coxall: Formal and Casual (modelled by Willow Pollard)
Kia Mack: Casual
Ryley Major and Kasey Corry: Wearable Art
Charlie Cope, Kia Mack and Kaiya Bishop: Society and Environment

Thank you to Apex for their support of this great event. Special thanks to Esperance SHS teacher, Mrs Ann Chambers, who worked before school, recess, lunchtime and after school to help students finish their garments!
 

Write a Book in a Day Competition

Write a book in a day
5 August 2016

Four teams of students had 12 hours to write, edit, illustrate and submit an original story for the competition. The competition is run by the Kids Cancer Project. Teams pay an entry fee and this money, as well as any additional funds raised by the teams, is donated to the Cancer Project for research into beating childhood cancers. Students are given some parameters at the start of the day to guide their writing. It is a great challenge for the students to work as a team to achieve their goal. Award winners are announced in October.

Visiting author Dianne Wolfer

Author Dianne Wolfer
1 August 2016

Australian author Dianne Wolfer visited with Year 8 English students on Monday 1st August. Dianne's list of books includes Lighthouse Girl, Light Horse Boy and the newly released The Shark Caller. Dianne discussed the process of publishing a book from the development of an idea through to publishing. The Shark Caller was 10 years in the making! Esperance SHS was delighted to host Dianne's visit and encourage students to read her tremendous books.

Country Week

Country Week Netball Team
21 July 2016

Months of planning and training culminated in the annual Country Week competition in  Perth. Joel Waters and Ali McArthur were the student captains of the Country Week contingent. It is fitting that they were joint winners of the Ron Taylor Award for the "spirit of Country Week". Ali, Joel, Leila Ben and Simon Poole were nominated by the school as "Active Achievers". This award recognizes the contribution that students make in the school and wider community for sport.

Special thanks to community members Dave Green and Justine McDonald who again VOLUNTEERED their time to coach the boys and girls hockey teams!

Fairest and Best for each sport are as follows:

Girls Basketball – Ali McArthur
Boys Basketball – Lucas Cary
AFL – Owen Halliday
Boys Volleyball – Kurtis Andrews
Girls Vollleyball – Kate Witham
Boys Soccer – Tye Harland
Girls Soccer – Shyanne Thomas
Girls Hockey – Rachael Mcdonald
Netball- Taylor Blackham
Touch – Jessica Cassidy
Dance – Charlie Cope
Boys Hockey – Sam Johnston

Overall results:

Girls soccer 5th B Grade
Boys soccer 4th B Grade
Girls hockey 7th A Grade
Girls Basketball 5th B Grade
Boys Volleyball 1st B Grade
Boys basketball 3rd B Grade
Netball 3rd B Grade
AFL 3rd C Grade
Touch 2nd A Grade
Dance 3rd A Grade
Boys Hockey 2nd B Grade
Girls Volleyball 2nd B Grade

New Zealand Tour

19 July 2016

Students from years 7 to 11 went on the cultural tour of New Zealand. Students experienced two days of skiing on the Cardrona ski fields! Other activities included a traditional Maori Hangi, walking in the Mt Cook National Park, walking to the snout of the Fox Glacier and gold panning in Greymouth.  A particular highlight for students was the helicopter flight with a landing on the Fox Glacier - fresh, untouched snow!! Thanks to Craig Snow for organising the tour and thanks to teachers Sarah Pitchers, Paul Jefferies and Magdeline Lum who also made the tour possible. 

Library Grand Re-Opening

Cutting the ribbon
10 June 2016

We recently celebrated the completion of our Library upgrade with a “Grand Re-Opening”, that even included a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Library entrance. The Library has been re-vamped to remain relevant to our staff and students. Our focus remains on creating a welcoming space for staff and students. We have reconfigured our computer area to create a computer lab area that is easier for teachers to operate in. The students are particularly fond of our new lounge reading area that includes lots of bright ottomans for students to put their feet up on. We will continue to promote reading as the foundational skill for all other disciplines and to identifying texts that help students read more often, more complex texts and more variety. You can follow the Library’s new Instagram account. We will post pictures of Library events, Library photos and Library news. Search for Esperance SHS Library.

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