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NEWS from the HEIGHTS Term 2 MAY 2021 Safety Respect Learning IN THIS ISSUE: ANZAC Day Ceremony Junior Secondary & Languages Update Sport Report Teaching & Learning Update Cross Country Results Toowoomba Big Bass Day
PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE Dear Families 1. The recent Parent/Student/Teacher interviews were a great success – 726 interviews. Many thanks to you as parents/carers and to our students for your participation and to Deputy Principal Mick Floyd and Office staff member Mrs Lill Smith for their excellent organisation of such a large event. 2. Uptake to the Department of Education’s communication platform, QParents has again this year been exceptional. We are at 95% of our families using this superb functionality to stay abreast of all information to do with your child’s enrolment. It is a 100% safe and secure platform in terms of privacy and holds all of your child’s report cards, attendance record, the status of your school fee payment, allows you the option of explaining an absence of your child from school and a number of other options. What our families absolutely love about this is the ease of use and the ‘one stop shop’ when it comes to accessing information. If you are seeking assistance to enrol to Q Parents, please contact any of our office staff on 46367500 or come in to them and they will assist you to enrol then and there. Speaking of Q Parents, our families will receive an email in the last week of this term advising that your child’s next report card is ready for you to download. 3. NAPLAN for Years 7 and 9 is over for another year – it always seems a long time coming and then, in a flash, it is done. Many thanks to Deputy Principal Kerri-Ann Frew and our teachers involved as their organisation and preparation for the event was just so smooth. What is crucial to us is to ensure that our students are comfortable in their participation and understand the purpose of the experience. 4. Parents/Carers of our Year 10 students – in the last week of this term our students understand their ongoing excellent attendance at school is essential as there is a special, and very structured, program being run with them. This program includes some required completions of training as our Year 10s prepare for the post compulsory phase of schooling ie Years 11 and 12. Included in the program are: • Completion of the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority [QCAA] Academic Integrity program – this is a requirement for every student seeking to enter Year 11. • Participating in Mock Interviews – this is where local employers are good enough to come in and give us their time to conduct a formal job interview with every one of our Year 10 students. The 10s have been prepared for this all the way through their pastoral care program and it is invaluable for our young people as they prepare for maybe their first part time job or fulltime employment or a school-based traineeship [SAT] • A Study Skills session – how to study effectively. • Participation in and completion of the Certificate 1 in Information Technology and Digital Media – this gives students a valuable 2 points towards the required 20 points required to attain the Queensland Certificate of Education by the end of Year 12 – again students are guided through the completion of this qualification. Such is the importance of all Year 10s in attendance, especially as this program runs through Monday to Thursday of this last week of term, a medical certificate is required to be submitted should a student be absent on any one day. 5. Parents/Carers of our Year 12 students – the first of two rounds of invitations to the Year 12 Formal are about to be issued. The second and final round of invitations, for any student who has missed out this round, will be issued after the next reporting period. Our students have long understood that participation in the Formal is a privilege earned through being the best person and learner in terms of attendance, behaviour and work rate across all of the learning program.
PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE 6. A few reminders re operational matters: • Students understand they are not permitted to have aerosol cans eg deodorant cans in their possession at school. We have many students whose health is at risk if exposed to such sprays. Roll-on deodorant of course is acceptable. • Students also understand they are not permitted to text their parents to collect them for any reason from school – whenever this is appropriate they know to approach our office staff and that will be actioned through them. • A suggestion for families to download your child’s Semester Assessment Planner from your Q Parents account and position on the fridge – great for families to see upcoming assessment dates and to ask children how they are going with preparation. 7. Recent major events in relation to our school have been so very enjoyable and so well done: • Our ANZAC Day service – there is an article in our imminent Newsletter that describes the event thoroughly and I wish to add my comment around the respect and understanding shown by our students in this event – the word, admirable is the one I wish to use. Pastoral Care teachers go to appropriate lengths to ensure all students have an understanding of what ANZAC means and our students respond, as I say, admirably. My sincere thanks to Heads of Department Bron Mowbray, Mary-Anne Searle-Tebbit and Rachael Mayers for their exemplary organisation. • Our Annual School Cross Country – it is hard to picture 1750 students walking or running, in complete order, across our 3 ovals yet there it was on a beautiful autumn afternoon, young people exercising and so enjoying themselves. To bring an event of that quantity together is no mean feat and takes months in the planning – gratitude goes to teachers Frank Dowling and Chrissie Bartlett who, with our colleague staff and student Sport Captains, year on year run the best of shows. Our students love it! • The Toowoomba Choir Eisteddfod – recently our Choirs, alongside a number of other Toowoomba secondary schools across the sectors of state, catholic and independent schools, performed in this event. Our students were – what is the word I am looking for here? – is it exceptional? Is it unbelievable? Is it beautiful? Or is it all of those things? Indeed, it is all of those things – Highly Commended, Winners and 2 placing by the adjudicator were our results and perhaps the greatest result was the delight of the large audience in their reaction to the performances of our students. Absolute acknowledgment to our teachers Heidi Law, Renae Stanley and Jess Johansen for their mentoring of our students and the high quality of performance they elicit from our young people. To see the joy on the faces of all of our students and their pride in themselves and their respective choir teams was just so amazing. 8. Facilities update: • as we pursue more shade and shelter areas for our students within our large campus we are just awaiting final quotes for the first of Colorbond shelters to be erected. Major acknowledgment to our wonderful P and C – yet again – for their funding of the first of these shelters, approximately $40000. Additional to this is the creation of more concrete pads on which to house picnic tables and seats being built by our Year 11 Building and Construction students and their teacher Mr Sam Davies – it is a real treat to watch their production line and their very fine attention to detail in this construction. • the air conditioning of all classrooms at our school will now occur in either the September school holidays or December/January school holidays. Originally the Department of Education plan was to have this done in the last January holidays but unexpected delays have occurred and so at least we have a replacement timeline now. • Almost complete is our brand-new Yarning Circle at the main campus and then soon after the equivalent at our Flexi School campus – fabulous additions to our school culture. Best regards Maryanne Walsh, Executive Principal
TOOWOOMBA BIG BASS DAY Centenary Heights State High School this year hosted the first Toowoomba Big Bass Day in our Caldwell Theatre. As Toowoomba doesn’t have a Double Bass specialist, our own strings teacher Jessica Johansen set about organising a spectacular event that invited a range of school students to participate in specialist tutorial-style workshops. The workshops included 16 students from Toowoomba, Brisbane, Charleville, Warwick and Stanthorpe under the tutorage of 4 special Double Bass tutors, including our very own Harrison Young. Students thoroughly enjoyed playing in small chamber groups and a large Double Bass Ensemble. The feedback of success CHSHS Music Department received indicates that The Toowoomba Big Bass Day will be marked annually on the Centenary Heights SHS calendar! Congratulations to Jess Johansen and team for coordinating this exceptional experience for students. Bron Mowbray, HOD Performing Arts JUNIOR SECONDARY & LANGUAGES The beginning of the World Language Championship was announced in our last newsletter and has since been finalised. Our results this year were outstanding, every year our achievements grow in stature. The competition works on a points system with one point earned for every successfully completed question. This year, in the one week allocated for the event, our school answered over 186 000 questions and finished first in Queensland for our size school. This placed us 3rd in Australia and 4th overall in the world out of over 200 schools our size. Individually our results were outstanding and these will be announced at our Annual Awards evening and in our Maelstrom. Stay tuned! Our School captains have continued their great initiative of working with Our School Captains workshopping their our Year 7 & 8 Class Captains, further developing the leadership skills of ideas on a ‘Day for Dolly’ with the Year 7 both groups. Currently they are working on a structure to provide more Class Captains. lunch time activities for our younger students – of great benefit to all! Tim O’Connell, HOD Junior Secondary & Languages DONATE YOUR PRE-LOVED YEAR 6 to 7 in 2022 LAPTOPS ENROLMENT INFORMATION Calling all those generous souls who may have a pre-loved laptop at home. CHSHS is keen to receive your preloved laptops as a donation to This important process has commenced in the school. If you are able to donate a laptop, please bring laptops to preparation for 2022. A comprehensive video the front office and we will deliver them to the IT Staff in the library. about our school and the steps required for enrolment can now be found on our school This will be a fantastic opportunity for some of our students to be able to website at: https://centheigshs.eq.edu.au/ access a laptop to use for their schoolwork. Our Principal, Miss Walsh, our enrolments IT staff and our Learning Hub staff all support this program. Enrolments for 2022 will be taken from If you have any questions regarding this project, please call Christy Monday, August 9 2021. Parker, Kirrily Scarff or Bec Hefron at the School on 4636 7500. As always, please feel free to make contact with We thank you in advance for your generosity as the caring CHSHS our main office should you have any questions. Community!
ANZAC DAY CEREMONY Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in own catafalque party of CHSHS students as part Australia and New Zealand that broadly of our ceremony from a local Cadet unit commemorates all Australians and New consisting of - Dominic Whittaker (in charge), Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, Jasper Kelleher (second in charge), Carrington conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and Schubert, Sebastian Eshman, Ethan “the contribution and suffering of all those who Richter, and Lochie Uren. Our guest speaker have served”. This year at Centenary Heights – CPO ATA Doug Tebbit gave a wonderful State High School we held our ANZAC Ceremony and informative speech acknowledging the on Friday the 23rd of April. The ceremony was early on involvement of the Australian Royal one of an excellent standard that was livestreamed to all of our classes while our Year Navy at Gallipoli. Our ceremony was 12 cohort were present in the Caldwell building accompanied by the exceptionally along with our special guests. Our special guests talented students from our School Choir were Mr David Janetzki Member of Parliament accompanied by Heidi Law and our Toowoomba South; Mr Bryce Rogers representing Concert Band conducted by Jeff Poole. A Legacy; Mr Wayne Heading P & C President wonderful ceremony that did justice to and CPO ATA Doug Tebbit Navy Liaison Support commemorating our Australian and New RAAF Base Wagga. We were proud to have our Zealand servicemen/women who have served and continue to serve our country. Mary-Anne Searle-Tebbit, HOD Humanities & Bron Mowbray, HOD Performing Arts TEACHING & LEARNING UPDATE Term 2 will be a busy one in the Teaching and Learning sphere as a core group of teachers undertake a project in relation to classroom teaching. They will be responsible for gathering data on teaching practices that are currently used to develop a whole school approach using the Explicit Instruction framework to strengthen our already great practices. Throughout the semester, our teachers and students have been exceptional at inviting 16 Pre-Service Teachers into their classrooms. Through the mentorship of our staff, Pre-Service teachers have been building knowledge and skills in content, pedagogy and classroom management. Feedback from the Pre-Service Teachers and Universities is always exceptional with “we were made to feel very welcome and part of the community” always one of the top responses. Emma Castles, HOD Teachig & Learning 2021 NEXT STEP SURVEY The Queensland Government is conducting its annual statewide survey of all students who completed Year 12 in 2020. The Next Step survey is a brief, confidential survey that gains a comprehensive picture of the employment, study and life choices made by Queensland school completers in the year after they finish Year 12. Between April and June, all our students who completed Year 12 last year can expect to receive instructions to complete a Ever considered what a career in the Australian Defence Force is web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland really like? Government Statistician’s Office. Please encourage them to Join us at the ADF Careers Expo and discover what life is like in the Navy, Army and Air Force. Come meet serving personnel and get your questions answered. The Careers Expo is take part. If their contact details have changed, please assist a great opportunity to check out some of our equipment and learn about all the careers the interviewer with their updated details or forward the survey available in the Australian Defence Force. ______________________________________________________ to their new address so they can participate. Date: Friday 25th June 2021 Time: 9:00am – 11:30am & 12:30pm – 3:00pm Thank you for your support of the Next Step survey in 2021. Location: Defence Force Recruiting Centre Toowoomba, O’Quinn Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350 Further information on Next Step, including results from previous Register: Registrations are essential, visit defencejobs.gov.au/events to secure your spot. years, is available online at www.qld.gov.au/nextstep or on toll On The Day: Come see our military helicopter, vehicles, equipment and more! free telephone 1800 068 587.
CROSS COUNTRY Beautiful conditions made the 2021 Cross Country and Fun Colour Run a pleasure for participants. It was such a great sight to see so many students laughing and smiling as they were participating in their physical activity around both courses. Thank you to staff for their excellent support and assistance as students moved around both tracks. All students were involved at both Cross Country and the Fun Run, with some fantastic times and distances being run. The addition of the colour stations this year proved to be popular. The obstacles around the course also showed that students are keen to test their physical prowess. Special mentions to all of our Age Champions on their efforts and new records set. Also special mention to Tsana Walker, Jarrah Vayro, Tim Wright, Tyler Nicholson and Kaley Richardson for their Fun Run efforts – they probably ended up doing more kilometres than our competitive runners. A wonderful afternoon enjoyed by all. COMPETITIVE EVENT RESULTS THOMPSON CURRAN SWARTZ KENNY 234 174 143 186 1st 3rd 4th 2nd FUN COLOUR RUN RESULTS THOMPSON CURRAN SWARTZ KENNY 1590 1766 1657 1745 4th 1st 3rd 2nd OVERALL COMBINED RESULTS 1824 1940 1800 1931 3rd 1st 4th 2nd AGE CHAMPIONS 2021 1st 2nd 3rd 12 Girls Pip Beveridge Millie Natalier Handre Botha 12 Boys Lachlan Daley Hassan Al Nasser Ramez Al Nasser 13 Girls Bronte Wade Mia Wilson Tahli Wilson 13 Boys Zac Harvey Sadeer Ali Tarkyn Benton 14 Girls Ryleigh Parsons Abigail Collins Laura Fry 14 Boys Beau Harvey Jeremy Griffiths Will Murtagh 15 Girls Jade Gaske Evangeline Wembri Ruby Vayro 15 Boys Jack Lyon Blair Fitzpatrick Lochie Uren 16 Girls Brianna Martin Isabelle Payne Krista Hughes 16 Boys Jack Ewing Max Andrew Reon Saal 19 Girls Natalie Bullpitt Kyrna Crump Hollie Wisley 19 Boys Nicholas Maxwell Dylan Hickey Rakez Al Nasser Cross Country Records: All first place getters as the new course at school was set. Chris Bartlett, Sports Coordinator
SPORT REPORT Welcome back to another busy term of sport information. for our CHSHS staff and students. We currently have much going on and we are happy to • If students have any questions about sport, share some of our great achievements. We they know to see Mrs Bartlett at F Block have also had some COVID restrictions lifted staffroom. for our events which will allow spectators back into more events throughout 2021. Please make note of a few reminders regarding sport CURRENT SCHOOL TEAMS TRIALS AND at CHSHS: INFORMATION • TSSS Trials are for 13 to 19 year old students. T20 Cricket Most of these trials have been held now for 2021. We do still have some to go and they - Our T20 Senior cricket team has recently had will be advertised in the usual manner. their Final on May 12. • Central Zone Trials are for 12 year old - Our Junior T20 cricket team has had the students. Again, most of these have now unfortunate misfortune of again having their been completed for 2021, with only a few of Gala day postponed due to rain. This event these remaining. is in current negotiations for reschedule. • Darling Downs Trials are for 12 to 19 year old Volleyball students. Current trials coming up include Cross Country. - Our Volleyball teams continue to play well in the Toowoomba Volleyball Competition • For all trials, students are required to be which is played every Tuesday night. Girls on Green or Gold level, have finances up are at HSHS and Boys are at Toowoomba to date and have no assessment clash. If Grammar School. students seek to move up a level, they know to collect a form from their Head of Year. - Our Junior Boys team, under the guidance of Mr Drew Copeland have nominated and are • Nomination information packages may preparing for the Qld Schools Cup Volleyball be downloaded from our school website competition to be played in late May. This or may be collected in person from F Block competition is being held locally so there will Noticeboard. be plenty of opportunity to support. • All trials require the return of relevant Rugby League nomination information and a Medical Consent Form. - Our Open and Under 13 Rugby League teams have begun their Inter-School Rugby • Some trials incur a fee – this will be stipulated League competition against other schools in on the trial information sheets. the Darling Downs Region. • Darling Downs trial always have a - These games are played on a Wednesday nomination fee that has to be paid online afternoon at various locations around the prior to nominating. If you go to the Darling region. From all accounts, the boys have had Downs School Sport website home page, a good start to this season and continue to you will find the online shop to register. improve each week. These payments need to be made prior to nominating to Ms Bartlett at F Block. Touch Football • NO LATE NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. - Trials have been completed now and teams There are plenty of reminders so that this announced. It was wonderful to see so many does not occur. of our students trialling for these teams and it certainly makes the task of selections very • All trials are advertised on Student Notices, difficult. We would have had some very Year Level Parades, Whole School Parade disappointed students who have missed out. and the current Sport Update that all students We have encouraged those students to receive via their school email. come and ask for feedback as a way of improving and coming back stronger next • If there are any circumstances where you year at trials. are unsure of Darling Downs trials going ahead due to the wet weather, you can - Next Term will see our teams involved in an always check the Darling Downs School Inter-School weekly competition, South West Sport website where they will have the latest All Schools Touch on August 8 and then some information available for easy access of trial games against other schools.
SPORT REPORT cont. - This term will involve preparing our students • Congratulations to Eva McCurley-Ault on her for these events. selection into the Darling Downs Hockey team. Vicki Wilson Netball • Congratulations to Jacob Sykes and Grant - Our Senior and Junior Vicki Wilson Netball Eldridge Hayes on their selection into the teams have been finalised and have begun Darling Downs Orienteering team. training. • These are wonderful achievements from our - The event this year is on June 4. students and we wish them well at their respective State Championships in the future. Golden Glove Softball • Congratulations to a number of our students - Our Golden Glove Softball teams have now who ran at the All Schools Cross Country last been selected and have begun training for weekend in Ipswich. Great runs, lots of their upcoming event in May. Girls are May personal best times and an overall impressive 25 and Boys are May 26. day. Congratulations to Kyrna Crump, Tomas Crump, Zac Harvey and Beau Harvey. AFL Gala Days • Congratulations to Jack Atwell, Lachlan - Our Senior and Junior boys and girls AFL Daley, Pip Beveridge, Handre Botha and Millie teams have played at their AFL Gala Days on Natalier who recently competed at the May 18th (Girls) and 19th (Boys). This event was held at the Highfields Sport Centre. A Central Zone Cross Country. Students ran well fantastic time was had by all. on the day despite a little shower as they raced. Pip, Millie and Lachlan have progressed through to the Darling Downs trials Bill Turner Cup Football on May 17. Special mention to Pip and - Congratulations to our Bill Turner Cup Lachlan who both won their Age Groups at Football team on their recent results at the Bill this event. Turner Cup competition. CONGRATULATIONS YEAR 12 SPORT AND - They were the unluckiest team – one point RECREATION CLASSES scored against them all day and one loss and they miss the final. Congratulations to our three Yr 12 Sport and Recreation classes on the exceptional job they - Outstanding effort from the boys and special did officiating at the recent Toowoomba Zone thanks to Director of Football, Mr John Cross Country. This excursion has become a Harman for his continued support of our tradition over the past few years. Students students playing football. in these classes are given the opportunity to put their skills to the test in real life work CONGRATULATIONS SCHOOL SPORT environments. Their competencies are tested REPRESENTATIVE SELECTIONS and signed off on from this event. These students represented our school so well with • Congratulations to Zavier Hancock on his many positive comments made from parents, selection into the Darling Downs Softball spectators, athletes and staff from other team. schools. Well done Yr 12 Sport and Recreation students on a job well done. Chris Bartlett, Sports Coordinator
One School - Two Campuses SCHOOL OFFICE OPENING HOURS - 4636 7500 The School Office is open Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.15 am and 3.45 pm. TEXTBOOK OFFICE OPENING HOURS - 4636 7576 The Textbook Office is open Monday to Friday - 8.15 am to 3.00 pm. UNIFORM SHOP OPENING HOURS - 4636 7514 The Uniform Shop is open during school terms on the following days: Monday 8:00am – 12:00pm Tuesday 8:00am – 12:00pm Wednesday 8:00am – 12:00pm Thursday 1:00pm – 4:30pm Friday CLOSED Please note: The shop is closed on pupil free days and the last Thursday of each term. UPCOMING EVENTS MAY 8 Year 11 RYDA Day 24 Full Formal Uniform day for Year 12 9 Year 7 & 8 German Zoo Excursion 25 Full Formal Uniform day for Year 10 15 International Cleaners Day 26 Full Formal Uniform day for Year 11 P&C Meeting at 6pm 27 Full Formal Uniform day for Year 7 USQ Science & Engineering Challenge 22 - 23 Year 10 Mock Interviews 31 Full Formal Uniform day for Year 8 Year 12 CPR JUNE 25 Crazy Hair Day & Shave for a Cure 2 Red Food Day & Free Dress Day Last day of Term 2 www.centheigshs.eq.edu.au
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