Newsletter 16th September 2020

Issue 19

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Principal Report

16th September Celebrating the end of Term 3 and further updates about the return to onsite learning for all students in Term 4.

Dear Students, Parents and Carers,

Congratulations on making it through to the final days of what has been a long and challenging Term 3.  As the term has progressed it has been wonderful to see many success stories and evidence of some students thriving during Flexible and Remote Learning.  As a school we have seen both ends of the scale, with those students thriving and those who have struggled, often through no fault of their own, to maintain their learning.  As we head into Term 4 our focus now shifts to four key areas for the final eleven school weeks of 2020.  These four focus areas are:

  • Beginning the process of catch-up learning and continuing to extend those who progressed well during flexible and remote learning
  • Supporting students to re-establish friendships and class groups when back on site, and provide additional support where needed
  • Helping every student prepare for 2021 with a sense of purpose and optimism
  • Ensuring students continue to develop their literacy and numeracy knowledge and skills, build their personal and social capability and are physically active.

As we commence Term 4 we will be calling on each and every member of our school community to support us with this work and ensuring that all students have the opportunity to shine and show us their best.  Stay tuned over the weeks ahead as we will continue to update you with our work and focus on students for Term 4.

Whilst we are resuming onsite learning in Term 4 it will by no means be a normal start to the term.  Our arrangements for the start of Term 4 are guided by Department of Education & Training Operational Guidelines and include:

Week 1

5th – 9th October 2020

Week 2

12th – 16th October 2020

All students to continue learning via Flexible & Remote Learning.

Students who are eligible for onsite attendance may attend onsite for supervision and support, please see COMPASS for further details.

VCE Unit 3/4 students will sit the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday 7th October.

VCE, VCAL and VET students may be invited onsite for Essential Assessments during this week.

On Monday 12th October onsite learning resumes for Year 11 & 12 students only.

On Tuesday 13th October students in Years 9 & 10 will join with Year 11/12 students for onsite learning.

On Wednesday 14th October students in Years 7 & 8 will resume onsite learning, with all students in Years 7-12 now onsite.

All students will be temperature checked on arrival to school.  Details to follow in Week 1 of Term 4.

Please keep your eye on COMPASS and our Facebook page for further updates about Term 4.

Year 12 students

At this business end of their final year of schooling we would like to encourage all of our Year 12 students to continue the hard work, effort and endeavour that they have invested over the last 8 months. The finish line is in sight and with the support of your parents, carers and teachers we have every confidence that with continued effort and endeavour that you will successfully complete your final year of schooling and what a final year it has been! Over the holiday break, find time to pursue those things that you enjoy, particularly with the easing of restrictions. However, all play and no work does not bode well for great results. So, you are also encouraged to fine tune those notes, complete any outstanding work tasks and to invest some time in the supports that we are offering you. This might include access the NEVR Revision Lectures or the revision lectures organised through the school to support your work in a range of subjects. No matter what the future brings, you all have lots to be proud of as we approach the end of 2020 and we want you to head into 2021 following your desired pathways and with a sense of optimism.

Thank you

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our students across all Year levels for their efforts to continue learning during these unusual times.  We have seen through this experience that you are capable, resilient and most of all prepared to adapt, be agile and try new things. Be proud of what you have achieved and remember that Term 4 is your chance to shine as we return onsite.

Thank you to the many parents and carers who have actively supported student learning, sometimes whilst also trying to juggle your own workload.  Your support has been invaluable and we look forward to that continuing in Term 4 as we navigate the challenges of returning onsite.

Finally, to our staff team. A team that has had to learn and adapt throughout flexible and remote learning. Thank you for your commitment to our students, including the endless hours of communicating with our students and parents and the huge amount of screen time to ensure students are learning and connecting. Your work often happens quietly in the background but over FRL 2.0 you have achieved amazing things, thank you.

Students, parents, carers and staff, may you all find some down time over the break. Stay safe, stay healthy and we look forward to seeing all of our students back on site by Wednesday 14th October.

Kind regards,

Brad Moyle

Executive Principal

 

At WHS we L.E.A.R.N

Our LEARN Instructional Model is a tool used to create a whole school approach to excellence in teaching and learning.

This is the cycle that our lessons move through, with each stage of the learning experience accompanied by key actions and questions to develop thinking and independence. Over the next few weeks, we’ll post some tips on how families can use the LEARN Model during FRL. 

Tip #1
When chatting with your children while they’re working you might like to use the questions for each stage to support their learning.

  • What are you learning?
  • Are you engaging?
  • How are you using this?
  • How did you go?
  • What is next for your learning?

Student Work

Year 9 English

Ebony Albertson from Year 9 English recently completed a task writing about a survival topic (e.g. war, natural disasters, shark attacks etc.) and she wrote about World War 2 including information about her family members who fought in the war. 

Instead of turning in a Word or Google Doc she submitted a website with her information. I was completely blown away! So I would to acknowledge her work as she went ‘above and beyond’ the expectations.

Check it out https://9cenglish2.weebly.com/

Sarah Adams 
English Teacher/VCAL Literacy Teacher


Year 8 Science

Throughout remote learning 2.0, Science students in Year 8 have been studying reproduction. The students have been investigating the difference between sexual and asexual reproduction, studying the wonders of how flowering plants get funky and developing an appreciation of how hard parenting is. The students were asked to roam the neighbourhood collecting flowers to dissect and then photograph and identify the female and male parts.

The students also had fun looking after an egg baby for a week and completing a diary about the pros & cons of becoming a responsible egg parent. There were several deaths as it was against the rules to secretly hard boil your egg, but many students took on the responsibility with enthusiasm, naming, making egg carrying capsules and even arranging babysitters for their newborns.

  


Cory Stewart 
Science Teacher

What's Out My Window Wednesday

We are collecting photos for the yearbook to capture flexible and remote learning - this week was 'what's out the window Wednesday'. Alannah and Zoe Baguley sent in this wonderful photo of their view during flexible and remote learning.


Sue's view in the office was a bit different!


Submit your photos to wangaratta.hs@education.vic.gov.au to feature in the Yearbook!

Bike Jumps

The Rural City of Wangaratta would like to give you the latest update on bike jumps in Wangaratta.




As you can see from this photo Wangaratta High School students have been mucking around on bikes by rivers forever!

School holidays are a great time to get out and about on your bike, just make sure you follow the rules of the local bike jump sites while you have fun.

Council staff have recently inspected current jump sites and found four sites they believe would be suited to being supported bike jump sites:

  • West End – in an open area around 200m north of the existing St Bernard’s site along One Mile Creek
  • Arlington Park – south of the existing site dubbed “the Zoo”. This is a more open piece of land fronting Three Mile Creek, which Council would lease from the owners of St John’s Village
  • Yarrunga – along One Mile Creek near the Homestead Life building
  • Sydney Beach – where jumps are currently in place near the rail bridge

You can see maps showing these sites here

Before these jump sites are in place, we’d ask bike jumps users to continue to keep to the agreed rules.

In the coming weeks Council will also be removing any wooden pallets, logs, carpet or other rubbish that has been brought onto sites as these materials are unsafe for bike jump users and the environment.

Here is a quick reminder of the rules for bike jump sites that will be featured on the signage to go up at each site (note: rule number 5 will come into play when we have provided the stockpiles of dirt).

  1. No fires
  2. No damage to trees and the surrounds (don’t place soil/jumps within 1m of a tree trunk)
  3. No rubbish to be left
  4. No bringing in dangerous material for jump/path construction
  5. No holes to be dug on walk ways (use soil from stockpiles provided, rather than digging existing soil)
  6. No graffiti or vandalism
  7. No ‘ownership’ over sites – they are for everyone to use
  8. No expansion of tracks outside designated areas

If you have any further questions, please email our Manager Community and Recreation Ben Thomas at b.thomas@wangaratta.vic.gov.au.

Mitchell Avenue Pump Track
A brand new bike pump track is being installed near Mitchell Avenue, for more information see here 

Happy riding!

Jobs

Looking for a job in 2021? A summer cadetship or maybe a gap year job?

Northeast Health Wangaratta

Northeast Health Wangaratta has some great opportunities for school leavers.
Summer Cadetships
▪️Radiography administration – must be studying radiography University degree
▪️Education & research administration – must be studying a health related University degree

Gap Year 2021 Program – must have deferred University study till 2022
▪️Hospitality & Support Services
▪️Education & Research Administration
▪️Supply & Logistics

More information here.

Aadventure Camping, Fishing and Firearms

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Vacancies in Wangaratta

  1. Full Time 1st year Light Vehicle Mechanic
  2. Full Time Trainee (Concreting)
Contact Craig Sharrock at jobs@kestrelrecruitment.com.au 
More information here.

  1. Full Time 1st Year Cabinet Making Apprenticeship
  2. Full Time 1st Year Butchering Apprenticeship 
  3. 2 x Full Time – Carpet Laying Apprenticeships 
  4. Full Business Traineeship (Bright) - This employer is prepared to wait for a Year 12 student to finish exams and commence later in the year.
Contact Michelle Spence at Michelle.Spence@masexperience.com.au 
More information here.

Tyre Fitting Traineeship - Wodonga MEGT
As a Trainee Tyre Fitter your duties will include;
* Using car lifter and jacking vehicles
* Demounting existing tyres and mounting replacements
* Diagnosing and assessing tyre damage
* Diagnosing wheel balance problems and balancing wheels
* Repairing or replacing tubed and tubeless tyres
* Locating and assessing punctures
* Working on light and/or heavy vehicles, dependent on location.

For more information here.

Sport & Recreation Trainee Full-Time Apprenticeship - Wodonga

A local school in Albury / Wodonga, is seeking a person with a genuine passion and interest in Sport and Recreation to undertake a 12 month Gap Year Traineeship.

This is a junior role and junior wages will apply.

Your responsibilities will include;

  • Planning and coordinating a variety of lunchtime sporting activities
  • Preparing and organising resources for lessons
  • Attending school excursions
  • Attending and organising sporting carnivals and outdoor education camps
  • Administration tasks
  • Conducting resource audits and purchasing equipment
More information here.

Apprentice Butcher - Wodonga

Are you a hard worker, keen to learn and prepared to commit to an Apprenticeship?

It’s a great way to gain a nationally recognised qualification while earning a wage!

Earn and learn - you'll get on-the-job training whilst completing your Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher). 

Our client is looking for someone who is energetic, responsible and committed to join their team. 

More information here.

Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership

Outdoor School (15 Mile Creek Campus) is seeking a young, enthusiastic person who has an interest in pursuing Outdoor Education as a career to apply for the 2021 position.

The 15 Mile Creek campus is situated in North East Victoria (Greta South).   Outdoor School provides students from schools around Victoria with outdoor learning experiences in a range of environments using activities like bushwalking, canoeing, rock climbing, rafting and bike riding.

The Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership is a 12 month course and students will gain knowledge in all aspects of the activities offered.  Students will be required to attend training at the Outer Eastern Training Institute (TAFE) and various venues around the state.

If you are interested in applying for the position could you please attach the documentation as set out below (items 1 to 4) and send to Outdoor School, 15 Mile Creek, 692 Benalla – Whitfield Road Greta South 3675, by Friday 18th of September 2020 or via the email address below.

  1. Current resume highlighting experience relevant to the Certificate IV Outdoor Rec position.
  2. List of 3 referees with their contact details. At least one of these referees should refer to a personal context and one a professional context.
  3. A succinct one page document outlining what it is that you hope to achieve whist at Outdoor School and how you intend to use your experiences into the future.
  4. Campus preference, if you have any.

For more information please call 03 57666247 or email evans.rhys.o@edumail.vic.gov.au

http://www.boec.vic.edu.au/


Don't forget to take a look at our Pathways page for information about TAFE, jobs, apprenticeships and our fortnightly careers newsletter.

Events

Check out these upcoming events and activities.
Find out more @indigoshireyouth on Instagram


Register here and join the Online-STEM Camp from the dropdown.
For further enquiries email WhittleseaTS@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au 



Get tickets here.

Competitions

Take part in theses great competitions and win!
See here for more information.


Email Sam.Perna@gatewayhealth.org.au for more information.


Origin Energy is again running the Little Big Idea Competition.

Little Big Idea is a competition to find the big, innovative ideas that shape the future – from the little, creative kids who’ll be living through it. The competition calls for kids from grades 3 to 8 to come up with a great idea, big or small.  

The top 12 finalists will receive one-on-one mentoring developed by Engineers Without Borders Australia, and they’ll each receive $1,000 to help get their idea off the ground. Three national winners will each receive $10,000 towards their education or further developing their idea. Entry is simple. Students just need to head to the littleBIGidea website and describe their idea in 200 or words or less – they can even submit a short video, drawing or diagram to help bring their idea to life.

Entries close Friday, 18 September 2020. 

Parenting Podcast

Help your child learn and thrive at school and at home with the Raising Learners podcast. Each episode features experts sharing practical advice and ideas for supporting children’s health, wellbeing and engagement in different areas of life and learning.

The podcast is presented by raisingchildren.net.au with support from the Department of Education and Training Victoria.

Find out more here.

Join the Rovers Cricket Club!

RUBCC are powering up for an awesome season of cricket and they would love to have you with them. Rovers United Bruck Cricket Club: All Junior Players Welcome!

RUBCC are powering up for an awesome season of cricket and we’d love to have you with us.

All ages are welcome to our successful and friendly club. Our aim is to help you develop your playing skills, build your cricket knowledge, enjoy the social side of being in a team and after the year we’ve had, how good will it be to be outside playing sport with your teammates?

More information about the club can be found on our website https://www.rubcc.com.au/ 

To lodge an expression of interest please email info@rubcc.com.au 

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Wangaratta West PS Paver Fundraiser

To coincide with Wangaratta West Primary School’s 70th anniversary in 2020, a path of engraved pavers will be created to celebrate the history of Wangaratta West Primary School and those that have contributed to it.

Mystery Word Competition Winner

Congratulations to our Term 3 Mystery Word Competition winner!