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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Four teachers and 12 students attended the 2016 Quiet Lion Tour to Thailand. The tour is named in honour of Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop. The students visited cultural icons of Thailand. The students on the tour were accompanied by former Prisoners of War of the Thai-Burma Railway. Students honoured the war dead by attending the dawn service at Hellfire Pass on ANZAC Day. Students also attended the morning service at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery where they laid a wreath on behalf of Esperance SHS and the Esperance RSL in honour of Ernie Redman OAM. Ernie was an honorary Esperance SHS staff member. Ernie was a former Prisoner of War. He accompanied numerous students on the Quiet Lion Tour and is remembered with great fondness.
Students had a great day at the pool competing in both competitive swimming races and fun novelty events.
Full results for the day:
YEAR 7 BOYS
EQUAL CHAMPIONS: OSCAR GRIFFITHS & FLYNN HALLIDAY
YEAR 7 GIRLS
CHAMPION: FELICITY SLEE
R/UP CHAMPION: PAIGE SCALARO
YEAR 8 BOYS
EQUAL CHAMPIONS: MAX CAMPBELL & BRYCE MCDONALD
YEAR 8 GIRLS
EQUAL CHAMPIONS: INDHI MCDONALD & HAYLEY KARGER
What a glamorous night! Student arrivals at the ball in an amazing variety of cars were enjoyed by the public. Emma Bailye arrived on her horse! The theme of this year's ball was "The Great Gatsby". The school ball committee worked hard to provide an elegant backdrop for the ball. Students were treated to beautiful singing performances by fellow students Leila Ben and Rachel Vibart. Many thanks to the committee and staff for their hard work to make the ball a great night. Students who attended the ball can now access copies of their photos from the school.
Office 365 ProPlus is available for free to students. The software includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. It is licenced for up to 5 PCs or Macs and 5 tablets or smartphones. Students will need to use their school log in details to access the software. Instructions for the download are available on the Student Information page of this website. Copies of the Instructions are also available from the Front Office. Please note that students will NOT be able to download the software at school.
Athletics Carnival 2016 Results:
1st: Flinders, 1912 points
2nd: Eyre, 1791 points
3rd: Dempster, 1670 points
4th: Rossiter, 1324 points
|Year 7 Boys||Ryan Quinlivan||Flinders||74||Kaden Brown||Dempster||57|
|Year 7 Girls||Jordan Major||Eyre||55||Tina Barz||Dempster||51|
|Year 8 Boys||Cameron Brown||Dempster||40||Taiepa King||Eyre||38|
|Year 8 Girls||Layla Johnson||Eyre||76||Willow Spicer||Rossiter||66|
|Year 9 Boys||Ryley Krul||Eyre||78||Matt Rogers||Rossiter||56|
|Year 9 Girls||Ruby Hodges||Eyre||52||Nataeia Smith-Reynolds||Dempster||43|
|Year 10 Boys||Lachlan McLeod||Flinders||72||Dean Bonnet||Dempster||60|
|Year 10 Girls||Monique Nicoll||Flinders||70||Ashlee Parker||Rossiter||69|
|Upper School Boys||Vinnie Graham||Flinders||55||Jaymon Butterworth||Flinders||48|
|Upper School Girls||Sofie Hawke||Eyre||68||Ashley Blyth||Dempster||33|