The Link Newsletter 110219

Welcome.

Welcome to the 2019 school year. In particular, we welcome all our new students, especially the Year 7’s as they enter high school for the first time. We have had a very smooth and exciting start to the year as Geraldton Senior High School and we have staff at full capacity to deliver the diverse number of programs on offer this year at the school.

Looking Fantastic
Students look absolutely fantastic in their new uniforms. There have been many positive comments as to how the students look. A focus of the school is to ensure students wear their uniform with great pride as they represent the school community.

Traffic Around the School
With the increase in student numbers comes an increase in the amount of traffic around the school. We ask anyone dropping off students in the morning or collecting them in the afternoon to take extra care when in close proximity to the school. We are currently working with School Bus Services and the Public Transport Authority to make sure we are able to provide the safest possible location for everyone when buses are also active around the school. We will keep you informed of progress being made in this area. The school is also revisiting its guidelines around students bringing vehicles to school as this adds to the amount of traffic around the school at the start and end of the school day.

2018 Year 12 Results
There were some outstanding results achieved by our 2018 Year 12 students in the university entry Australian Tertiary Admittance Rank (ATAR) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs. The school achieved a significant result in VET with nearly all students completing a Certificate II or higher.

Four (4) students completing an ATAR program achieved a score greater than 90. This placed these students in the top 10% of students across the state wishing to pursue entry into a university. A further eight (8) students achieved an ATAR between 80 and 90. These are outstanding outcomes for the college. Congratulations to Thomas Grice who achieved the highest ATAR of 95.85. A great achievement by Tom due to his commitment to his studies.

Charges and Contributions
We make every effort to provide as diverse a range of curriculum choices for all students attending GSHS as is possible. In order to support this, the Charges and Contributions to be paid are taken into consideration when planning occurs. Letters outlining Charges and Contributions for 2019 have been sent. We ask that parents and caregivers read this information and make the necessary arrangements to pay costs associated with your child’s education. This is necessary for us to fulfill our commitment with curriculum offerings this year.

What is your child eating and drinking before school?
We have a school cafeteria that provides excellent healthy food and quality customer service before school, at recess and at lunchtime. It still surprises me that so many students go to take away outlets to purchase food and sugar drinks prior to school. This is not a healthy start to the day. It would be appreciated if parents and caregivers could have a conversation with their children to find out what they eat or drink prior to coming onto school grounds. You might be surprised.

Greg Kelly
Principal
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2019 School Leaders.

Congratulations to all our School Leaders and Councillors who were inducted
during our first assembly for 2019.
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Head Boy | Kyle Martin Head Girl | Olivia McCarthy
Deputy Head Boy | Jacob Warhurst Deputy Head Girl | Jasmine Anderson

School Captains
Atlas: Bobby Gibson & Ella Hoefhamer | Mimosa: Caius Whitley & Meg Baker
Sirius: Jaxen Meharry & Kayla Stubbs | Vega: Liam Bennett & Finlay Clarke

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Save The Date.

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What's On.

Creative Writing Club
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Canteen.

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OLNA - Year 10, 11 & 12.

Students will begin OLNA Assessments on 5 March 2019 (Week 5 - Term 1).
The OLNA is an online literacy and numeracy assessment. It is designed to enable students to successfully meet the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) requirement of demonstrating the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy. These standards cover the range of skills regarded as essential to meet the demands of everyday life and work. Resources to help prepare students for these assessments can be found on the GSHS Literacy and Numeracy Connect page or here.
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Girls Academy.

We are excited to welcome the Girls Academy to Geraldton Senior High School.
The Girls Academy program was founded in 2004 by Olympian and champion basketball player Ricky Grace and works within the school system to drive community-led solutions aimed at overcoming the obstacles that prevent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls from attending and achieving at school.

The Girls Academy focuses on the 'Big 4' objectives to:
1. Increase school attendance
2. Advance academic and personal achievement
3. Improve Year 12 graduation rates
4. Facilitate post-school transition planning

In order to achieve these objectives, the Girls Academy use a wide variety of tools and activities centered around Well-being, Sport & Physical Activity, Health & Nutrition, Cultural Knowledge & Understanding, Community Engagement & Leadership and Post-school Pathways and Opportunities.

Develop a girl, change a community.
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FOCUS - Central Regional TAFE Partnership.

We have a very strong and healthy relationship with Central Regional TAFE that has been building for over 30 years. Students in Year 11 and 12 have the opportunity to pursue their chosen career path and combine their schooling with a nationally recognised qualification. Via application, students are accessing 16 different qualifications ranging from Business, Automotive, Engineering, Plumbing, Nursing, Hairdressing and Information Technology to name a few.

Vocational Education and Training continues to grow at Geraldton Senior High School and our partnership with Central Regional TAFE is just one of many ways that students access VET whilst studying at our school.

We currently have 74 students offsite one day each week working towards a certification.

In the classroom.

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HASS.

Our new year 7's have begun their exploration of Humanities and Social Sciences this term by focusing on Ancient history. The year 7s will be learning about the early civilisation of Ancient Egypt, by analysing real archaeological findings, as well as completing their own detective work on the Ancient Egyptian civilisation (who they were, where they lived and why, and what their beliefs were). As part of the History curriculum, the students will also be practicing their historical skills such as source analyse and research as well as their literacy and numeracy skills.

The students can be seen below participating in an activity determining whether something is a Primary or Secondary source. This term will consist of many different learning techniques that are not just educational but also enjoyable for all students
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Science.

The Gigaman Gawala Boys have been working hard to construct a Boomerang with a Twist. The project consists of bringing together centuries of technological change to design and construct a boomerang which has three distinctive segments each with its own specific use of technology. One draws upon traditional construction methods including timber selection, the next has students using 20th century mechanical tooling to rapidly shape saw cut timber for one of the wings, while the centre third of the boomerang utilises the relatively new technology of 3D printing. While Mr Sellar has been teaching the 20-21th construction techniques the boys have been doing a great job of educating him on the finer points of traditional boomerang design and construction, well done guys.

The project has been used to broaden the skill sets of the students and allow them to gain exposure into the STEM skills that are being demanded by industry and employers globally which are resilience, creativity and problem solving to name just a few.

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Student Services.

It is a legal requirement of the Department of Education that all absences are explained within 3 days of the absence and a medical certificate supplied for 3 or more days. Not doing this may affect eligibility for events at the College and some Centrelink payments.
Parents/Guardians can let the school know of student absences, explaining the valid reason by:
Parents/Guardians with prior knowledge of an absence (such as a pre-arranged medical procedure) are encouraged to advise the school in advance.
If a student is absent for an unknown reason, parents will be notified by text message. The school must have current mobile phone contacts for this to occur. This system also enables parents/guardians to reply by text.
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2019 Charges & Contributions.

Geraldton Senior High School has a vision that is based around providing students with great opportunities through the wide range of curriculum offerings available at the School. This has previously been made possible through parents/caregivers supporting the School by paying their annual Charges and Contributions.

If you would like to make arrangements to pay your Charges and Contributions for 2019, it would be appreciated if you could contact the School Finance Officer, Anita Fitzsimons on 9965 8407.

In Term 1 parents who hold a Centrelink Health Care Card or currently receive Abstudy payments, may be entitled to either the Secondary Assistance Scheme or the Abstudy Supplement Allowance, details follow on these two allowances.

Secondary Assistance Scheme
The Western Australian Department of Education provides an allowance to assist eligible families with secondary schooling costs.

Parents/guardians must apply for the Secondary Assistance Scheme each school year (annually) – applications do not carry forward to future years.

To be eligible for the allowance the parent/guardian must hold a Department of Human Services (Centrelink) or Veterans’ Affairs card that represents a statement of income for the family.

The allowance consists of two components:
  • $115 Clothing Allowance paid directly to the parent/guardian or the school.
  • $235 Educational Program Allowance paid directly to the school.
Application is made by the parent or guardian for student/s enrolled in Years 7–12 studying a full time secondary course at a Western Australian public school.

Further information and/or the eligibility criteria for this allowance is available from the school office.

Abstudy Supplement Allowance
The Western Australian Department of Education provides an allowance to assist eligible families with secondary schooling costs. The ABSTUDY Supplement Allowance is available to valid Department of Human Services (Centrelink) card holders, this funding supplements the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) ABSTUDY Fees Allowance payment.

Parents/guardians must apply for the Secondary Assistance Scheme each school year (annually) – applications do not carry forward to future years.

To be eligible for the supplement allowance, the parent/guardian must hold a Department of Human Services (Centrelink) or Veterans’ Affairs card that represents a statement of income for the family.

Furthermore, the school or parent must have received the School Fee Allowance of $78 or $156 from the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) as part of the student’s ABSTUDY School Fees Allowance.

The Department of Education ABSTUDY Supplement Allowance consists of $79 Education Program Allowance paid directly to the school.

Please note that the Secondary Assistance Scheme cannot be claimed as well as this allowance.

Application is made by the parent or guardian for student(s) enrolled in Years 7–12, studying a full time secondary course at a Western Australian public school.

Further information and/or the eligibility criteria for this allowance is available from the school office

While the final date of application for these two allowances are at the end of Term 1, it is advisable to beat the rush and visit the main reception area with your card at your earliest convenience.

Centrepay
Geraldton Senior High School now offers parents Centrepay for Centrelink Clients to pay their Charges and Contributions.

Geraldton Senior High Schools’ Centrepay Reference Number is: 555 129 037L

Use Centrepay to make regular deductions from your Centrelink payment. Centrepay is a voluntary and easy payment option available to Centrelink customers.

Further information and brochures are available from the front reception of the school.

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