The SGHS canteen now has EFTPOS available for customers, thanks to the P&C and SRC.
We are delighted that this term, our school, like many other public schools in the state, will participate in a Department of Education initiative: the Tell Them From Me student feedback survey. The survey measures factors that are known to affect academic achievement and other student outcomes. The focus of the NSW-wide survey is on student wellbeing, engagement and effective teaching practices.
More information about the survey is available at: http://surveys.cese.nsw.gov.au
The survey is a great opportunity for our students to provide us with valuable and quick feedback on what they think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. More than 6,300 schools in Australia and around the world have used Tell Them From Me to survey 5.4 million students. Capturing the voices of our students will help improve how we do things at our school.
I want to assure you that the survey is confidential. The survey is conducted online and will typically take less than 30 minutes to complete. It will be administered during school hours between 12 March and 13 April. Participating in the survey is entirely voluntary.
A consent form and FAQs for parents/carers about the survey is being sent home with students. If you do not want your child or children to participate, please return the form to school by 29/03/2018. Copies of the form and FAQs are available from: http://surveys.cese.nsw.gov.au/information-for-parents.
The consent form and FAQs are available in 23 languages.
All parents and carers are invited to attend the Term 1 teacher interviews to be held on Tuesday 10th April starting at 4:30-6:30 pm in the school hall.
Bookings can be made via Sentral or on the night at the door.
This year’s transition sports day will be held on Thursday 15 March from 10 am to 2 pm. All primary schools will have information and permission notes.
What to bring: Sports uniform, a hat, sunscreen, food and drink (canteen will be open). We look forward to meeting you all.
Parents, Carers and students in Year 6 2018 are invited to an Information night
When: Tuesday 13th March
Time: 5.30 – 7pm
Where: SGHS Hall
The aim of the evening is to provide students and their parents with an opportunity to learn about the transition process and develop an understanding about their child’s high school experience:
- meet the principal and the year adviser
- hear about:
- the curriculum,
- special school programs
- extra-curricular activities
- student scholarships
- Platinum class selection
- culture of the school
- and a short tour of the school
We hope to see you here
Two SGHS students, Caleb Barker and Scott Rose, were involved in a Rotary camp late last year called the Rotary Youth Transition Seminar. The one-week residential camp focuses on the development of skills needed to make the transition from school into post-secondary education and employment. RYTS provides activities related to renting, budgeting, goal setting, career choice and self-confidence. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded people aged 16-18 from areas outside of the Clarence Valley, and form a strong network of friends to communicate with. Anyone aged 16-18 can apply for the 2018 program at the end of this year, which is already being planned. More information about RYTS can be found on their Facebook page, RYTS Camp 9640, or their website.
Many thanks to Rotary and the SRC for their sponsorship of this opportunity.
On the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of February, SGHS rowers Caleb Barker, Lex Bagster, Patrick Reilly and Scott Rose competed in the Tweed Heads Rowing Club Regatta and the Northern Rivers Rowing Association Age Championships. All rowers performed well on the Saturday, with Lex and Scott achieving second place in the Men’s Masters Handicap Pair and third place in the Men’s Open Double Scull.
Caleb placed second in the Men’s Open Single Scull and all four boys raced together in the Men’s Open Quad Scull, also placing second. The effort continued on Sunday, seeing Caleb combine with a Coffs Harbour rower to place second in the Men’s Under 19 Double Scull. He also took out first place in the Men’s Under 19 Single Scull. Congratulations to all rowers and thank you to all the parents who helped make it possible. In late February our rowing team will head to Sydney for the CHS State regatta. The SRC has offered sponsorship toward this effort. We wish them every success.
During January, two SGHS students, Myra Cross and Scott Rose, attended The ConocoPhillips Science Experience in Brisbane. The event was hosted by the University of Queensland and Young Scientists of Australia, to promote interest in tertiary education and careers with STEM. The three-day program utilised university resources to present hands-on activities involving engineering, chemistry, neuroscience, soil science, forensics and innovation.
The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is also available in 2019 at the University of New England in Armidale for any students in Year 9 or 10 interested in science, technology, engineering or maths.
Many thanks to Grafton Rotary for their continued support of youth opportunities.
During the recent school holidays, SGHS student Scott Rose attended the National Computer Science Summer School at the University of Sydney.
The ten-day intensive course included university style lectures and project-based learning, where students learnt about computer programming, web design and other related skills. Students were also given guided tours of industry workplaces, such as Google, WiseTech Global and Atlassian.
Any student going in to years 11 or 12 are eligible to apply for the program, which is an excellent way learn more about occupations in STEM.