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  • 129 Ravenshaw Street, Gloucester NSW 2422 / P 02 6558 1605 / F 02 6558 1229 / [email protected]


    Quality education in a caring, innovative environment.

    School Calendar 2017TERM 2

    Monday 22 May - Friday 26 MayYear 11 Examinations

    Monday 22 MayYear 9 iSTEM at Taree

    Friday 26 May Year 12 HSC Study Day Singleton

    Monday 29 May - Friday 2 JuneYear 7 and 10 Examinations

    Monday 5 June - Friday 9 JuneYear 8 and 9 Examinations

    Wednesday 7 JuneYears 10-12 Australian Defence Force Seminar

    Wednesday 14 JuneYear 10 Information Evening on subject selection for Year 11

    Tuesday 20 June - Saturday 24 JuneGHS Musical - Into the Woods

    Thursday 22 JuneRYDA Driver Education at Taree

    CANTEEN - Phone 65589963

    Monday 22 MayElonaTuesday 23 MayMerrilynWednesday 24 MayKristieThursday 25 MayElonaFriday 26 MayChristinaMonday 29 MayElonaTuesday 30 MayKalenWednesday 31 MayTraceyThursday 1 JuneDebFriday 2 JuneChristina

    NEWSLETTER Friday, 19 May 2017

    Care Achievement Respect Effort Responsibilty

    STOP PRESS - RECORDS BROKEN AT ATHLETICS CARNIVALCongratulations to Charlotte Maslen and Tayla Predebon who both broke long standing records at the Athletics carnival.

    Charlotte broke the 15 years Girls Javelin record, throwing 25.30m. The old record of 23.85m was set by D Holstein back in 1985.

    Tayla broke the 17+ years Girls Shot Put record, setting the new record at 10.09m The old record of 9.55m had stood since 1973 and was held by A Godfrey.

    Well done girls!

    EXAMINATION DATES AND TIMETABLESYear 11 Week 5 Monday 22 May to Friday 26 MayYear 7 and 10 Week 6 Monday 29 May to Friday 2 JuneYear 8 and 9 Week 7 Monday 5 June to Friday 9 June

    Examination timetables can be found on our website under school years, their year, then Examination Timetable see following link

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    PRINCIPAL’S REPORTThe mid-term marks the time of the examination period for most of our students. Students in Years 7-10 have been issued their examination timetable and have been reminded that a copy can be found on the school website.

    It was pleasing to see parents, carers, family and friends of our students attend the Excellence Assembly on Thursday and join with us in acknowledging and celebrating their success through whole school commendations and teacher awards.

    A reminder to families that the Department of Education’s Attendance Policy states that it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure:• Their children up to the age of 17 years are enrolled at and attend school each day the school is open• They provide an explanation for any absence and work in partnership with the school to discuss any issues impacting

    on their child’s attendance or engagement.

    It should also be noted that all absences need to be justified within 5 days. If the family is planning an extended holiday, a Certificate of Exemption needs to be issued by the school. Please contact me to discuss any extended holidays prior to booking to determine the length of time your child will be absent from school, the impact it may have on their learning and any strategies to support your child with work whilst they are absent.

    Excerpt from my address at the Excellence AssemblyI too would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to elders past, present and the future.

    Welcome to our first Excellence Assembly for 2017 and thank you to all the families and friends of our students who are here to join us in celebrating and acknowledging the effort, commitment and achievement of our students at GHS and tointroduce you to our Year 7 SRC students.

    Together with the staff I am very proud of the success our students achieve. In the last 6 years I have been involved with a number of high schools within our broader region, in a variety of administrative roles. I can honestly say that the overwhelming majority of our students have created a school community environment built on respect for each other, staff and visitors, care for one another and the environment, advocate for those who need additional support and embrace many opportunities that are available to them.

    So what else makes GHS the best? We don’t have modern buildings surrounded by landscaped gardens and fields. But what we do have are parents, carers and friends who value education and support their child to achieve their personal best. We have teaching and non-teaching staff who love working here, who protect and care for the students (your children), are continually investing their own time to improve their teaching practice to provide the foundations for student success and staff who volunteer their time for extra curricular activities.

    Today you will be introduced to students who have excelled across the curriculum with whole school commendations and teacher awards.

    Before we do this I would like to let you know of the success some of our students have had beyond the classroom.

    Brianna Martin has had her paintings exhibited in England with one being chosen for the cover of a book and others to be used on merchandise and stamps.

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    Charlotte Maslen and Amy Shultz excelled in NSW State Campdrafting and Team Penning Championships as well as the Royal Easter Show.

    Students have achieved wonderful results from the Taree Eisteddfod in music and drama. This is as good a time as any to promote the upcoming GHS production: Into the Woods which starts on Tuesday 20 June until Saturday 24 June. You are welcome to purchase tickets from the office.

    In music Liam Chester has progressed to the next stage in the Talent Development Project in Sydney; Zeke Llewellyn has been accepted in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra workshop and the State Music Camp; Nina Samson is going to tour Iceland and the Baltic States with the Gondwanna Voices in July and Grace Forrester has attended a vocal camp in Sydney.

    In art, Molly Danton has been successful in being accepted into the National Art School Intensive Studio Practice Program and Natasha Murray, Shaelie Hamson and Jasmine Keen have received round 2 certificates in the Write 4 Fun Competition for short stories and poems.

    Three of our students are representing the Hunter Region in squash – Nathan Bird in the open boys team, Ethan Bird in the under 15 boys and Tanai O’Brien in the under 15 girls team.

    Teachers have given their time to support students in many knockout competitions such as mock trial ,chess , boys and girls soccer, netball, football, cricket and basket ball. And the list goes on…..

    Once again thank you to our families and friends for supporting your child at school and thank you to the staff for your dedication in providing additional opportunities and nurturing them to success.

    Congratulations to all.Mrs Trudi Edman, Relieving Principal

    SCHOOL CALENDAROur school calendar has been updated on our web page. All forthcoming events for the year are on the calendar. More details and excursion notes will be attached to the calendar in the near future.

    VOCAL PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP Students from Gloucester High have participated in a Vocal Workshop run by Di Hall and Rob McDougall from the Arts Unit. They have been in a "breathing Gym" and have all presented a song for critical analysis as part of the program.

    This was a great opportunity for our students to get information and tutoring from such experienced musicians. The students all had the chance to sing for the group and then to have their performances analysed by the tutors and their peers.

    Thanks to Rob and Di for coming, it has been a great experience for us.

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    Commendation Certificates Jenna Davis Year 11 Teacher Awards Savannah Ashby Year 7 Always Striving for Personal Best in Information and Creative TechnologiesCadel Beard Year 10 Always Striving for Personal Best in Industrial Technology - TimberElla Blamires Year 10 Displaying Enthusiasm and Interest in Learning in Food TechologyMadelaine Blanch Year 10 Always Striving for Personal Best in AgricultureMia Bowden Year 11 Excellent Academic Performance in EnglishSarah Crook Year 12 Displaying Leadership and Commitment in Junior AECGIsabella Erasmus Year 9 Displaying Enthusiasm and Interest in Learning in ScienceMia Giudice Year 9 Displaying Consistent Effort in MathematicsJakara Henley Year 11 Displaying Consistent Effort in HospitalityJasmin L'Green Year 11 Displaying Enthusiasm and Interest in Learning in General Maths 2Ezekiel Llewellyn Year 8 Displaying Enthusiasm and Interest in Learning in MusicBrianna Martin Year 10 Always Striving for Personal Best in CareersCharlotte Maslen Year 9 Excellent Academic Performance in History and Always Striving for Personal Best in Physical Activities and Sports StudiesJames McLeod Year 10 Displaying Enthusiasm and Interest in Learning in HistorySophie Middlebrook Year 11 Displaying Consistent Effort in French BeginnersHarrison Moore Year 8 Always Striving for Personal Best in Design & Technology - TimberJessica Moore Year 10 Consistent Effort and Commitment in Photographic and Digital MediaEmily Murray Year 10 Always Striving for Personal Best in ScienceThomas Murray Year 11 Always Striving for Personal Best in Metals and EngineeringTayla Predebon Year 11 Displaying Consistent Effort in MathsEsmee Rose Year 9 Displaying Enthusiasm and Interest in Learning in DramaPatrick Scarborough Year 10 Critical thinking with an impartial, unbiased open mind and always showing respect in EnglishCandice Taylor Year 12 Displaying enthusiasm, interest and improved effort in Community and Family Studies Year 7 SRC Member Induction Beau Blanch Julius Hollingsworth Haylee Mathew Sarah Redman Crawley

    NATHAN HINDMARSH (EX -RUGBY LEAGUE PLAYER) VISITS OUR SCHOOL Nathan delivered an inspirational talk to our Year 10, 11 and 12 students about his career as an elite athlete in rugby league on Wednesday 17 May in the school hall.

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    WINGHAM BEEF WEEK 201720 students from Gloucester High participated in Wingham Beef Week’s events with approximately 380 students from across the state. Wingham Beef Week has been running for 30 years.

    This is a great opportunity for our Agriculture and Primary Industry students to learn about the beef industry.

    The students return today, Friday, and we look forward to their report in the next newsletter.

    MATHSPACEExams are coming up in the next few weeks and this is a great oppoutunity for students to use Mathspace.Mathspace is an adaptive maths program that provides students with instant feedback. It is accessable on any device,it’s built for web and mobile and whether students have Mac or PC, tablet or Chromebook, Android or iPhone they canbe confident they will be able to access Mathspace anywhere. All students have logins and passwords. Please feel freeto contact your child’s Mathematics teacher if you would like more information. Or log on to with the student log on details and password.

    YEAR 11 SUBJECT SELECTION 2018 - INFORMATION NIGHTFOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS OF YEAR 10A parent information evening will be held on Wednesday 14 June in the school library, commencing at 6.30pm to explain course structures and the selection process for Year 11 subject selections in 2018. The evening will have speakers who will talk about HSC requirements, ATAR requirements, Board Developed, Board Endorsed and Content Endorsed Courses, Vocational Education Training Courses and TAFE Courses.

    Subject selection booklets will be sent home prior to the evening with the students for your information and perusal.

    Representatives from each of the Faculties within the school will also be available to discuss the courses they offer andanswer any questions you may have about the HSC and other courses.

    It is critical that all Year 10 students and their parents attend this meeting. Subject preferences to be returned by 22 June.

    SCHOOL PHOTOSIf students were unable to bring their photo orders to school with them on Monday, orders can be paid at the office.

    Alternatively, you can contact the photographers directly, Don Wood Photography, and organise payment over the phone with a credit card. Their contact details are phone: 02 9542 5370 or 02 9542 5369, email: [email protected] or web

    If orders are placed after the school photos have been processed, there may be extra set up fees payable.

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    ATHLETICS CARNIVAL RESULTSLast week the annual Athletics Carnival was held. Age champions and runners up for each division are listed below:

    Age Champions Runners Up

    U/12 Anita Jackson and Daphne Wilkes Anna-Rose Seale U/13 Joshua Norrie and Keely Yates Kayden Schumann and Tanai O’BrienU/14 Jack Blamires and Charlie Carruthers Bailey Whitby and Emma AshtonU/15 Cameron Dunlop and Charlotte Maslen Leon Mackintosh and Bronte WiselyU/16 Callum Howard and Courtney Whitby Seamus Burke and Ellie Schumann U/17+ Harrison Clarke and Jordan Snape Andrew Hughes and Tayla Predebon

    Champion of Champions

    Male - Harrison Clarke (champion of champions), Callum Howard (runner up)Female – Charlotte Maslen (champion of champions), Hayley Griffiths (runner up)

    House Points

    1st Tibbuc 675 points 2nd Belbora 658 points 3rd Kurricar 582 points 4th Mograni 572 points

    ZONE X-COUNTRYLast week the Zone X-Country was held in Wingham. Some excellent results were achieved with the following students qualifying for the Hunter carnival to be held at Cessnock on Friday 2nd June.

    Emma Ashton – 1st 14 GirlsTahnee Yates – 1st 16 GirlsJoseph Forrester – 4th 14 BoysKayden Schumann – 4th 13 BoysAndrew Hughes – 4th 17+ BoysClay Boorer – 5th 17+ BoysIsabella Erasmus – 6th 15 GirlsCourtney Webeck – 1st 14 Girls Multi Class

    Well done team!

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    2017 Musical Profile

    Who: Andrew Hughes

    Role: Cinderella’s Father

    Musical experience: I’ve been in 2 other school musicals: Hairspray and Seussical

    Favourite musical: Grease the musical

    What are your first impressions of the play? I think that it is going to be a great show for both the audience and the performers.

    What do you think will be the challenges in staging the show? I believe getting all the right costumes with be one of the biggest challenges.

    What are you looking forward to most? Performance week, of course!

    How are rehearsals going? I reckon rehearsals are going pretty good.


    Who: Sophie Dunn

    Role: Cinderella

    Musical Experience: I was in Seusical and a musicals in primary school called Save our School.

    Favourite Musical: We Will Rock You or Hairspray

    What are your first impressions of the play? I thought it was going to be quite a challenging production to put together, and whilst it’s certainly not the easiest musical we’ve done, the experience while putting it all together is always the most enjoyable part, as well as the buzz you get while performing it.

    What are you looking forward to most: I am looking forward to being able to perform in front of an audience and hearing the massive applause at the end of each show.

    How are rehearsals going? Rehearsals are going really well, everyone is looking and sounding great on stage, and it’s coming together really nicely.


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    THANK YOU TO STRATFORD COAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAMGloucester High School P & C Association received news of their successful application for financial assistance to the value of $2500.00. The application was for a cemented area at the agriculture farm which can be used as a washbay area for the cattle. The P & C hopes to commence this project soon.

    Stratford Coal is commited to supporting and contributing to the local community and has been providing support to local community based organisations since 1994. Through their current Community Support Program, which commenced in 2010, Stratford Coal has contributed more than $450,000.00 towards a range of community based initiatives associated with education, health, environment, infrastructure, arts, leisure and cultural heritage.

    Thank you Stratford Coal for your support.

    Narelle Bignell, P & C President

    P&C MEETINGOur next meeting will be on Thursday 25 May at 7.00pm in Room 11. Entry to the room is opposite the main entry of the hall and then the first right near the front office. Everyone is welcome.

    CHESS COMPETITIONOn Friday 12 May Gloucester High School students competed in the second round of the Chess Competition. Gloucester High School travelled to Wingham High School to compete in the second round of the Chess Competition. Four student representatives from Gloucester High took part. Shayne Harris, Gabe Hennessy-O’Reilly, Ryan Pilmore and Jacob Bird faced off against three Year 11 students and one Year 8 student from Wingham. Shanye, Gabe, and Jacob all won their chess games and played brilliantly. Ryan, however, was unfortunate in his very tight match but in the end lost by one move. The team has progressed into the next round and are looking forward to sharpening their skills for the next competition.

    ROTARY AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND STUDENT EXCHANGE2018 PROGRAM - EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST OPENThis program is designed for 14-15 year old students to experience a true ‘exchange’ with a family in New Zealand. Localstudents are matched with a New Zealand student and the Austrailan student will travel to New Zealand and meet their match and attend the New Zealand school with their match during Term 2, 2018. Students then travel to Australia and attend Term 3, 2018 here.

    This is an exciting way to experience another culture with the support of Rotary.

    For more information and expression of interest please contact Rotarian Sam de Witte on 0417 656201 or the website

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    CAREERS NEWSSingleton HSC SeminarYear 12 students are invited and strongly encouraged to attend the Singleton HSC Seminar Day on Friday 26 May. Students will be able to attend seminars covering more than 30 HSC courses, which will focus on preparation for the HSC exams later in the year. The seminars will be held in thirteen venues in Singleton from 9.50am to 5pm. The cost for the day is now $50 (including transport). GHS has subsidised the event $28 per pupil to encourage more students to attend and promote the importance of the day. Students need to return permission notes to the front office ASAP!

    Feedback from GHS students who’ve attended in previous years has been extremely positive. Although it will be a long day, it’s a valuable experience for students who are focused on achieving good outcomes and improving their ATAR. The seminars have resulted from the great efforts of Singleton High School Staff and Student Representative Council; support from the NSW Department of Education; the Singleton Community and both local and regional business sponsorship.

    The Singleton Educational Community has hosted the Seminar Day for over 16 years. Last year was highly successful with over 1000 students benefiting from the expert knowledge and advice given to them on the day.

    Newcastle University Open Day Thursday 29 June (Last week of this term)Year 11 and 12 students are invited to attend Newcastle University. This is a great opportunity to taste university life through campus tours and presentations. Students will have the chance to chat with academic staff and explore their study options at the University of Newcastle. Students are able to register their attendance, access the online program and plan their day. Michael De Angelis will transport students to Newcastle University on the Gloucester High Bus. There are only 24 positions available. Students should also provide their own lunch or money to purchase morning tea and lunch. Notes will be issued in Week 6. Contact Mr De Angelis at GHS for more details (6558 1605)

    Invitation for Year 12 students to attend RSA and RCG Courses. 2015 and 2016 GHS graduates are also invited to attend.RSA and RCG Courses will be delivered at the Gloucester Soldiers Club (downstairs) on Tuesday 4 July and Wednesday 5 July from 9.00am to approximately 3.30pm (1st week of Winter Break).Cost: RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) - $140.00RCG - (Responsible Conduct of Gambling) $100.00

    These are NOT Gloucester High School supervised events. The courses are being administered by North Coast TAFE and supervised by John Kell (0418927412). To assist TAFE and students in the organisation of these events we are collecting fees for the events at Gloucester High School and will transfer the money to North Coast TAFE prior to the events. 50% non-refundable deposits are due to the GHS Front Office by: Friday 16 JuneFull payments are due to the front office by: Monday 26 June

    Completion of the RSA course allows students, of at least 18 years of age, to legally serve alcohol. This qualification is a mandatory requirement to work in the liquor industry. Completion of the RCG course allows students, of at least 18 years of age, to legally work and serve customers in the gaming industry. Both qualifications are valid for 5 years. Because these courses are being administered during the school break, a Gloucester High staff member will not be present. Students will only be supervised by a qualified TAFE instructor. Lateness is not acceptable and may lead to a non-completion of the courses. Students must organise their own lunch and recess. Parents and students must also organise their own private transport arrangements to and from the event. Contact Mr De Angelis at GHS for more details (6558 1605)

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    Diagnostic Assessment for students who have: • Reading & Comprehension difficulties • Light sensitivity & headaches/migraines • ADHD & Autism

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    helloworld Gloucester60 Church Street, Gloucester, NSW 2422

    (02) 6558 1055 [email protected]


    WHEN Sunday, 25th June 2017 | 8:30am – 4pm

    WHERE Gloucester Recreation Centre

    PROGRAM Basketball clinic & scrimmage matches conducted by Damian & Greg

    Drinks & snacks available from the canteen, there will also be a BBQ provided by the Rotary Club of Gloucester’

    Gold coin donations & all profits go to Cure Brain Cancer Foundation – ‘Airlie’ Homestead Day for Derek

    PLUS Purchase your Raffle ticket to go into the draw to win a framed, mounted and autographed helloworld Boomers singlet - donated by Basketball Australia & helloworld Gloucester.




    All Blue Light events are drug and alcohol free and supervised by Police Officers



    26/5/17 @ 7.30PMJUNIOR BLUELIGHT - Yrs 3 to 7

    7.30pm till 9.30pmGloucester Soldiers ClubEntertainment: Video Disco


  • Relieving Principal Mrs Trudi Edman Relieving Deputy Principal Mr Mik WiselyAddress: 129 Ravenshaw Street, Gloucester NSW 2422Telephone: 6558 1605 Fax: 6558 1229Email: [email protected] Web:

    SCHOOL VISION STATEMENTGloucester High School aims to develop a supportive learning environment that engages all students,

    Teachers and community in the pursuit of excellence.

    Gloucester High School Presents

    Broadway’s Best Musical

    Into the Woods

    Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine

    Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre Internationals (Australasia)

    Someone’s been fooling with our fairytales!

    Tuesday 20 June @ 7pm Wednesday 21 June @ 12 Noon & 7pm

    Thursday 22 June @ 12Noon Friday 23 June @ 7pm

    Saturday 24 June @ 7pm

    Gloucester High School Hall Adult: $10

    Concession: $6 Family: $26

    Bookings: 6558 1605

    Starring: Ethan Bird, Liam Chester, Laura Dunlop, Sophie Dunn, Grace Forrester,

    Cael Hickman, Charlotte Maslen, Emmeline Moulds, Bridghid Parker and many more.

    The recommended age for INTO THE WOODS is 9+