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Quiet Lion Tour 2018

Quiet Lion Tour 2018
14 May 2018

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.

Rick Wilson MP visits Esperance SHS

11 April 2018

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
  • Euthanasia
  • 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.

Girls Academy Induction Day

11 April 2018

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.

US Consul General Visits

US Consul General visits
9 March 2018

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.

Clontarf - Southern Challenge Carnival

Southern Challenge Carnival
9 March 2018

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.

Freo Dockers Lightning Carnival

Girls footy - Kalgoorlie
23 October 2017

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.

Girls Academy Official Opening

Girls Academy Opening
20 October 2017

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.

Infinity Awards 2017

Award Winner
21 September 2017

The students cleverly transformed pallets into recycled planter boxes as their waste wise production idea, which certainly impressed the judges. They pallets were sourced from around town. The students then had to design their own 'pallet buster' to break apart the pallets. The students then made planter boxes with a plastic insert, which was sourced from a local icecream shop. The end product was given away at the local 'Festival of the Wind'.

Tournament of Minds

Tournament of Minds
3 September 2017

The Language Literature team have won the State Final. They will now compete in the Australia-Pacific Finals in Adelaide!

Girls Academy Camp - Perth

Girls Academy Camp
22 August 2017

The camp began on Sunday night with cultural activities that included indigenous dance, rock painting, indigenous singing, artefact designs and mural painting. On Monday the girls started the morning with "A Walk Together" with all Academies and Staff visiting Kings Park Lookout. The Walk Together was to raise awareness about the gaps in educational outcomes for Aboriginal Women. ABC Radio and Channel Nine interviewed some of our girls.  The rest of the day was spent at  the Ern Halliday Recreation Camp participating in adventure and team building activities. A delightful lunch was had at a nearby Chinese restaurant. That night the girls went to Morley bowl for dinner and bowling. Tuesday was a full day of basketball competition at Curtin University. Our girls were fierce competitors and made it into the semi finals. The girls also indulged in free massages and strapping provided by the University students!  Wednesday was back to the university for a tour and cultural and employment activities with university representatives. The girls then watched the showcase grand final between Kalgoorlie and Clontarf. Presentations  were held and the All Star team was named - Zaleema Bourne from ESHS made the All Star team. Ricky Grace, the Girls Academy CEO, and various corporate sponsors presented awards. Dr Robert Isaacs conducted the Welcome to Country and a gave a speech that included some Girls Academy history. 

It was a tremendous camp and we look forward to the continued growth of our new Girls Academy.