Yesterday, a Thanksgiving Celebration was held to commemorate and celebrate the life of our friend and colleague, Mrs Chris Woolley. Many staff and students attended, with many of our students also having a role serving food during the gathering afterwards. Alternative arrangements were put in place at school for the students who remained and several staff from Claremont College came down to add support.
I would like to thank all families for your understanding and support during this time. It is always difficult to deal with someone passing but it is the New Norfolk Way to be there for each other and it has been very heartening to see this in action throughout the whole school community.
Last assembly, I spoke about our School Value of Aspiration. It is a time of year for looking ahead and considering goals. Our Year 10 students have completed their transition plans, many students are engaged in work experience and our Year 11 & 12 students have finished classes for the year.
At our assembly we were able to celebrate the Aspiration and Growth demonstrated by our first group of students to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. As well as being a rich experience, the Award is also a significant achievement, a great addition to those students resumes and earns them additional TCE points on top of their other studies.
At the Assembly we were also able to announce next year’s Prefects. It is always encouraging to see students who are prepared to get out of their comfort zones and have a go. It is also wonderful to be able to reward them for doing so. I look forward to working with them and seeing all they contribute as student leaders next year.
Friday 24th November
- Bingo night: Doors open 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Wednesday 29th November
- Transition day including:
- Grade 6-7 Orientation Day
- Grade 7 Excursion
- Grade 10 Welcome to Claremont College day
Thursday 30th November
- Drug Education Network (DEN) program for Grade 8 students
Friday 1st December
- Grade 9 Claremont College Towards 2024 Day
Monday 16th October - Thursday 21st December
In these articles I often talk about our focus values and how great it is to see our students and school community living our values. This has been especially apparent over the last fortnight. Following the loss of our friend Chris Woolley it has been heartwarming to see how well our school community has come together to support each other. Students and staff have been displaying all of our values, especially courage and growth, in all their interactions and it has again highlighted how amazing our school community is. Thankyou to all for the support and care you have shown in this difficult time.
After conversations with students, staff and families we have decided to have a special event on the 8th of December to celebrate the lives of Chris and Lisa Cantrell. This day will be known as “Rainbow Day” and as well as remembering and honouring Chris and Lisa will also be a chance for us to raise money for Walk 4 Brain Cancer. On this day we will be having a 12 hour walking relay around a 1KM track here on school site. The relay will begin at 6AM and across the course of the day students and staff will be invited to complete laps to ensure 2 batons, one each for Lisa and Chris, are able to keep moving continuously around the track. During the day students will also be able to participate in a range of fun activities. After school we invite families to join us from 3.30-6 as we continue the relay and also have a free barbecue. Students are invited to wear rainbow free dress for a gold coin donation. We will share more information about this event over the coming weeks as well as a link for any families who may wish to donate.
This fortnight our focus value is on celebrating and supporting each other, which is incredibly appropriate at the moment and has certainly been on display throughout our school. I look forward to celebrating our values champions at our next assembly which will also be a chance for us to welcome our 2024 Year 7 cohort to New Norfolk High School.
Ali Walker, Assistant Principal
Last week we farewelled our students in years 11/12/13. 2023 has been jam packed year with activities to support student learnings. Alongside our traditional classroom activities, students have had the opportunity to participate in;
- The Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze)
- Ready for the Road
- The Fearless Festival
- Provide First Aid
- The Boots On Program
- Jobs + Careers Expo
- Visit to Government House
- Visit to Dress for Success
- Virtual Learning classes
- Provide responsible service of alcohol
- Provide responsible gambling services
- Putters Adventure Golf
- Visit to MONA
- Numerous games of UNO, Cluedo, Monopoly, Skip-Bo, Anomia
Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications were introduced this year and have proven to be very successful with students gaining statements of attainment in both Certificate II in Hospitality and in the Road Safety Skill Set. The Road Safety Skill Set is specifically for individuals who are new to driving on roads. The skill set is a basic introduction to road safety for those interacting with other road users. Certificate II in Hospitality provides a pathway to work in various hospitality settings, such as restaurants, hotels, motels, catering operations, clubs, pubs, cafés, and coffee shops. Students have learned valuable skills and knowledge and have gained valuable points towards their Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE). Students were also given the opportunity to gain qualifications in first aid, and in providing responsible service of alcohol and gambling.
As a reward for the hard work and commitment students displayed towards their studies, we celebrated with an excursion to Putters Adventure Golf and MONA. Students also worked as a team to buy a shared lunch which we enjoyed as a picnic on the grounds of MONA. Congratulations to Jayden and Baiden who ended up with the lowest golf scores, and to Deb and Jayden who both scored a hole in one.
Aislin and Abbey were both successful in gaining the bronze award in the Duke of Edinburgh International Award. They developed their leadership skills and independence during this time. The highlight of the award was the adventurous journey to Devonport where they participated in the Fearless Festival and industry visits to Anvers Confectionery, Ashgrove Cheese, and Elphinstone. Prior to this, they attended a styling session with the team at Dress for Success in Hobart. This excursion introduced students to the world of styling for job interviews and life events. It provided an opportunity for students to be styled in clothing types of their choice and offered the chance to explore relationships with trust, self-confidence, and teamwork. The students received clothing suitable to wear to the Fearless Festival Gala Dinner. Abbey and Aislin were presented with their awards in assembly by the State Manager of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Steve Halloran.
The year 11 students visited the Jobs + Careers Expo at the Derwent Valley Community House, hosted by Maxima. It was an opportunity for our students to find out what job opportunities and career pathways are in our local area. Students enjoyed chatting with stall holders, filling their show bags and a sausage sizzle.
Our years 11-13 students were given an awesome opportunity to visit Government House. Students participated in the kitchen garden program where they worked with two of the chefs from Government House to prepare Okonomiyaki and Lemon Cordial. They visited the gardens of Government House where they grow flowers, vegetables, fruit, and microgreens for use in their kitchen and to supply the school lunch program. We toured sections of Government House including the kitchen, pantry, dining room, dry moat, and were privileged to see the silver room. Students thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience and were great ambassadors for the school.
An RACT initiative, “Ready for the Road” was presented to our year 11 and 12 students. The aim of the program is to help prepare our students for their driving journey. They discussed topics such as getting their license and the graduating licensing scheme, safe driving tips, vehicle safety and maintenance, insurance, liability. The students also experienced the use of vision impaired goggles with the intention of trying to walk a straight line.
Jacob and Jordynn were fortunate to participate in the Boots On – Building Work Experience program. They spent the first week of the three-week program at the Southern Central Trade Training Centre at Bridgewater. During this week, they were delivered accredited training on general units within the construction industry. Through sponsorship, they were provided with workwear and personal protective equipment which they wore throughout the program. During weeks two and three of the program, Jacob and Jordynn were work experience with Fairbrother.
Games became a prominent part of our “free” time. Numerous games of UNO, Cluedo, Monopoly, Skip-Bo, Anomia were played inside, and Frisbee and basketball outside. Jade was our star Frisbee thrower and Jane ended on top of the leader board in UNO. Baiden proved too good for us at Cluedo and Monopoly and Jacob’s memory in card games was extraordinary.
Our celebration dinner for our 11/12/13 students was held at the York Hotel and students thoroughly enjoyed themselves with many staff attending to help congratulate our students. 2023 has proven attending students can achieve outstanding results. Abbey, Aislin, Baiden, and Jacob have all achieved above the recommended requirements for year 11 students by gaining additional TCE point allocation towards the participation and achievement standard and the everyday adult standard of the TCE. Congratulations!
There has been varioius school sports events taking place over the last few weeks. Last week our boys and girls teams participated in the Reclink Community Basketball Series where the girls team were looking to secure their fourth title in a row. Across the day the teams were pitted against some strong competition and matched it with all them. As the day concluded, both teams finished third in their respective pools which, unfortunately didn’t progress them to the finals. Well done to all students involved.
The latest game in our staff vs students competitions occurred last Friday in a game of netball. Despite the major height advantage to the teachers, the students overcame this with a win in a tightly contested game. A big thanks to all who played and to Flo for umpiring the game.
Last week a group of students headed to the Aquatic Centre for the Inter High Swimming Carnival. The students did a great job across the day coming away with several top three finishes. We are all very proud of their efforts on the day. Congratulations to all who participated.