Monday 14th June 2021
Once again there have been a large number of events that staff and students have been involved in over the past two weeks, offering great opportunities for all members of the Atherton High community. As we enter our final two weeks of semester 1, I encourage all parents and students to stay focussed on final assessment pieces and finish the term strongly.
On Saturday we again welcomed one of Australia's best brass bands, Cairns Brass, to our instrumental music spectacular event. Even though we had to limit numbers due to COVID restrictions, a large audience turned up to listen to our very own awesome concert band, the cluster primary school bands, as well as Cairns Brass. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to making this event such a success and thank you again to Cairns Brass for supporting our instrumental music program!
If you love all things classic please join us for our annual Car and Bike swap meet and show this Saturday on the oval. After being cancelled due to Covid in 2020 we are looking forward to raising funds for chaplaincy by welcoming hundreds of vehicles to Atherton High. Check out the flyer for more details.
Parents please keep an eye out for the survey about our second teacher moderation day that was held on Wednesday June 2. We welcome your feedback about this event so that we can make improvements before our next scheduled moderation day, as well as continue to measure the impact of the trials. You can click on the link below to complete the survey.
In Term 3 I will be moving to be Principal of Trinity Bay SHS in Cairns whilst their leader is on leave. The ASHS Principal during this time is still being determined. I will advise the community of who this will be once I have been notified. I look forward to re-joining you all in Term 4.
Wishing you all the best for a fantastic fortnight ahead!
News in Brief
End of Semester 1:
As we enter the final weeks of the semester, please remember to stay focussed and engaged in all classes and finalising all assessment pieces. School finishes on Friday June 25 and all students return on Monday July 12. Report cards for Semester 1 will be distributed on Wednesday July 14 and parent- teacher interviews are scheduled for Tuesday July 20.
Interhouse and District Athletics:
The final two days of term will be used to complete our annual interhouse athletics carnival. Students will complete field events on Thursday June 24 by nomination only and then we have a whole school event on Friday June 25. Good luck to all competitors! We will then announce our district athletics team that will compete at the Tablelands carnival in week 3 - July 28-30
Bus Drop off zones:
In the interest of maintaining our school safety we ask all parents and visitors to the school to refrain from picking up or dropping off students in our Bus drop off zone in front of our reception area off Maunds Road and the TAFE car park, especially in the afternoons. There is a number of school pick up and drop off areas along First Ave and at the western carpark (opposite CSIRO). Thank you for your assistance in ensuring safe drops offs and pick ups!
Reporting absences for your child/ren:
We have recently implemented a new system for student attendance. We have a new mobile number for you to text through absences for your child/ren - 0426 305 138 - Please ensure that you update your contacts as the old number is not working any more.
Car and Bike Swap Meet and Show:
The Car Swap Meet is on this Saturday June 19. All students, parents and community members are invited to attend this wonderful event to raise funds for our local chaplaincy committee. For further information, please contact 40 954 470.
Well Women’s Clinics
(These clinics are available to Medicare eligible clients)
Service includes Cervical Screening Tests (Pap Smears), Sexual Health Screening, Breast Awareness, also info on Contraception, Continence, Menopause, Lifestyle Issues, Bowel Health, Domestic Violence, etc.
All services are provided by a specially trained Women’s Health Nurse.
Malanda Health Centre Wednesday 30th June Ph: 4096 5339
Postive Behaviour for Learning
This week’s focus for positive behaviour for learning (PBL) has been respecting diversity and rejecting discrimination. Diversity is everything that makes people different from each other. This includes many different factors: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious belief, political conviction. All these factors work together to inform how students and teachers (and everyone else) encounter the world. At Atherton High we foster acceptance of diversity and reject discrimination that judges people for being ‘different’ by treating them less favourably.
As part of PBL we continue to celebrate student high attendance and positive behaviour, as these two factors allow students to engage and be successful in their learning. In week 10 we will be hosting a pizza party to recognise students who have attended school 95% of days this term and have minimal behaviour reports. We will also be running a positive postcard design competition from the beginning of next term. Students are asked to design the face of our new postcards to reflect our key values: Be responsible, Be respectful and Be successful. More information will be coming over the next few weeks.
Finally, we congratulate our high flyers who will receive a $10 tuckshp voucher for their positive classroom behaviours:
Year 7 – Brooke D and Tanika N
Year 8 – Sky D and Natasha H
Year 9 – Regan B and Luke J
Year 10 – Hayley B and Miah C
Year 11 – Mary S and Billie C
Year 12 – Isaac W and Matthew G
Thank you for being responsible for your learning in class and for modelling these behaviours for your peers.
Welcome Tamara - Youth Support Coordinator
My name is Tamara and I am the Youth Support Officer from VPG, a local community organisation that is committed to improving youth transitions. I will be joining the Atherton State High School team on Tuesday afternoons from 12 md-3:00, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:30–3:00 in 2021. I am a Social Worker and have experience in schools, community organisations and hospitals in a variety of counselling and supportive roles:
- Prevention and early intervention services to support senior students at risk of leaving school early
- Provide individual assistance to students experiencing personal, social or educational issues that might impact on their school engagement
- Deliver group sessions to focus on specific areas of concerns impacting senior students
Students can self-refer to my service, families and teachers are also able to refer students for support (although engagement is always voluntary). There is a referral form available at my office (upstairs A block) alternatively an email is fine.
I am really looking forward to becoming a member of your school community and working with Atherton SHS students, families and teachers this year to support some great outcomes.
Youth Support Officer Tamara Dalla Costa
Mobile: 0438 072 817
The junior Readers’ Cup team of Piper, Zoey, Megan and Skyla placed 3rd out of 24 teams at the FNQ Readers’ Cup final at Cairns State High School. The girls had two months to read five very different set novels ahead of the competition. There were 10 quiz questions on each of the novels. Atherton’s team finished with a score of 63 points, behind Good Counsel College with 64 points and Cairns State High School 1 with 68.5 points. Well done team!
YEAR 10 CAREER SHOWCASE
On Tuesday 15th of June, Atherton High will be Hosting our 2021 Careers Showcase for Year 10 and Year 11 students. This year will be a lot bigger as Year 10/11 students from Ravenshoe, Mareeba, Herberton and Atherton State High Schools will be attending - around 400 students in total. The showcase will run during lesson 2 (9:50am to 11:00am). The purpose of the Career Showcase is to introduce students to local community career pathways, thereby assisting them to ultimately make better subject choices in Year 11. The Showcase will be running in the Community Hall, students will listen to a 1 minute speed career talk from each of our presenters and then will be able to visit the individual stalls to ask further questions. I would like to extend an invitation to all staff and parents who are free in lesson 2 (9.50-10.50am) to come along. Atherton State High School Year 10 student leaders will be co-ordinating the Speed Career talks, as well as assisting with the Herberton High transition program on the day.
Career Showcase Organiser & Senior Support Teacher for Atherton State High.
JCU Science and Engineering Challenge
The Atherton State High team recently participated in the JCU Science and Engineering Challenge at the university’s Smithfield campus and were overall winners for the day. Seventeen Year 10 students out-engineered their peers from a number of North Queensland secondary schools. They completed complex tasks as diverse as bridge design and construction, water turbine design and construction, planning transport networks and designing and making bionic hands. The participating students rated their experience highly, saying that the focus the competition provided on practical engineering tasks was very engaging and motivating.
JCU Titration Competition
On Wednesday 2nd June a group of Year 12 Chemistry students travelled to Cairns to participate in the Royal Society of Chemistry annual titration competition. Students had 2 hours to determine the concentration of an unknown sodium hydroxide solution, then use that standard to determine the concentration of an unknown acetic acid solution. Students could complete as many trials as they wanted in that time, but could only submit 1 final calculation. Congratulations to all students who participated. A special mention goes to Clare O’Sullivan for being awarded first place with a concentration correct to 4 decimal places!
Well done all team members for the hours of practice you put in at lunch times leading up to the competition. Three schools will be invited back to the finals later in the year…stay tuned!
Resilience is about being realistic, thinking rationally, looking on the bright side, finding the positives, expecting things to go well and moving forward, even when things seem bad.
When your child is upset, you can help them keep things in perspective by focusing on facts and reality. For example, you could try gently asking, on a scale from 1-10, how bad is it really?’
You can also help your child understand that a bad thing in one part of their life doesn’t mean everything is bad.
If your child is being hard on themselves, you could suggest more helpful self-talk instead. For example, s/he might say something like ‘I’m going to die of embarrassment speaking in front of my class’. You could suggest alternatives like ‘Public speaking isn’t my favourite thing, but I can cope’, or ‘Public speaking isn’t my strength, but it’s good to try new challenges’.
Your child is more likely to feel positive if they can see that difficult times are a part of life, and that things will get better. It might just take longer than your child would like. You can help them with this by talking about how you, or people you know, have gone through tough times.
Working with your child on solutions to problems can build resilience too. Having problem solving strategies can help them feel s/he has the power to deal with difficult situations and get through challenging times.
Simple strategies for turning low moods into better ones:
- Do things you enjoy or that help you relax.
- Spend time with friends or support people.
- Do something kind for someone else.
- Look for the positive or funny side of a difficult situation.
- Do some physical activity, like playing sport or going for a vigorous walk.
- Go over some good memories by looking through photographs.
Fantasy Grid Drawing in Year 7 Visual Art
Well done to Year 7F Art students who have worked hard to complete some fabulous artworks so far in term 2. The students explored grid drawing and rendering techniques, composition and narrative and in the development of their Fantasy Drawings. Come and check them out in the library.
Atherton SHS Agriculture department is in search of agistment land for its expanding stud cattle herd to provide opportunities for expansion of our agriculture program. It would need to be able to cater for a mixed age group of animals of around 20+ head. Preferably in proximity to Atherton. Please contact Cameron Harris on 0740305222.
The Latest from the Cosmic Kitchen
Intervention Science have topped their meal achievements with Solar System Savoury Mince. This easy-to-prepare meal ticks many boxes:
Cheap (buy generic brand products)
Fast (from fridge to fry pan to belly)
Includes all food groups
Lunch the next day
The meal went down the hatches of hungry students and teachers in no time.
Hot tip from Cosmic Kitchen – make double or triple and freeze for later in the week.
Gastronomical Grubbing from the Cosmic Kitchen Chefs
Solar System Savoury Mince
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 kg mince
2 tablespoons instant beef gravy powder
1 cup tomato puree
2 carrots, peeled, diced
1 cup frozen peas and corn
Steamed white rice or mashed potato, to serve
- Heat oil in a pan and add onion and mince. Cook still browned and broken up.
- Add gravy powder, tomato puree and 1 cup cold water. Stir to combine.
- Add carrot and potato, season with salt and pepper. Let simmer until potato and carrot is soft.
- Add peas and corn mixture and stir until heated through.
- Serve with rice or mashed potato.
Blind Date with a Book
The old saying, “Never judge a book by its cover” was The Library’s motivation to entice students into taking a book home to read.
Wrapping over 100 book titles in brown paper, and scribing on each package a few vague words and hints about the book’s contents within, intrigued the hearts and minds of many regular library goers, and most excitingly many new borrowers.
What a successful event it was! Highly anticipated with daily notices leading up to the event, along with the hype of homemade scones, shortbread and tea, Friday the 4th of July’s, ‘Blind Date with a Book’ launch was a total success. At Recess 1, swarms of students bursted through the doors, enthralled by the mystery of surprise and the company of others - not to forget yummy food also!
Students borrowed out brown packages of handpicked novels categorised by age groups, genders and genres. We had many students choosing their own picks and others choosing for their friends. It was fun for all! Of course we cannot predict personal opinions, but all feedback about the books so far have been unequivocally positive and pleasing.
Participants are invited to appraise their book by filling out the ‘Rate a Date’ feedback sheets (attached to each book package) and drop them into the feedback box at the Circulation Desk.
This could not have happened without the aid of so many wonderful people who made this dream a reality. The Library would like to thank the Year 12 Business team Lachlan O’Sullivan-Keough, Jermaine Anning, Angus King and Daniel Krasnoff, as well as Mrs. Quinn and Mr. Gray for helping wrap, decorate, cook and host the event.
Reconciliation Week Displays
This year Australians commemorated National Reconciliation Week, from 27th May to 3rd of June. As a nation it is a time to reflect on our past, cultures and achievements, particularly reflecting on the victory of the 1967 Referendum and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
On the 27th May 1967, Australia held a referendum which gave the Australian Government power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and be recognised in the Census.
On the 3rd June, 1992 the Australian High Court delivered the Mabo decision lead by Eddie Koiki Mabo’s challenge and winning the legal recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of lands, paving the way for Native Title.
The Library is celebrating these achievements with several displays in the Library and Student Services. Please make an effort to visit and peruse our Reconciliation collection.
Winter MOVIES are coming!
In the next coming weeks the Library will partly transform into a winter wonderland, offering much needed comfort and warmth over the coolest months. The Library will host three movies over term 2 and 3, with movie showings advertised in daily notices and pin boards in the Library.
Only forty tickets will be available per showing. Details on how to get your hands on a ticket will follow shortly. Movie snacks of popcorn and hot chocolates will be for sale for $1.00 each, raising much needed funds for our clubs in the school.
Thank you dearly and happy reading to you all!
Senior Mooting Team – Tableland Schools Moot Court Competition
Congratulations to the inaugural Senior Mooting Team for their participation in this year’s Tableland Schools Moot Court Competition. Our courageous team was comprised of Emma Standen (1st Barrister), Tahnee Digler (2nd Barrister), Chloe Robertson (Instructing Solicitor), Emmagen Litchfield (Defendant) and Marnie Dennis (Witness), with legal coach Tiffany Veschetti (Solicitor) and supporting teachers Ms Draper and Mrs Arbouin.
Despite having only a few short weeks to prepare and little familiarity with mooting, our senior team did Atherton State High School proud as they battled it out with an experienced St Stephens team. After a gruelling hour of expertly led evidence-in-chief, rigorous cross-examination and compelling legal argument, our team were unsuccessful in defending their client. However, they still emerged from the Magistrates Court with a flush of triumph as they savoured the learning such a challenging experience afforded to them. The team’s two Year 11 students (Chloe and Marnie) are already looking ahead and will be seeking suitably erudite and eloquent peers with which to form next year’s team. So, to any Junior or Senior school students who love the challenge of words and quick thinking, please see Ms Draper in the Library to express your interest in Atherton SHS’s new-found Mooting tradition.
Young Endeavour Youth Scheme
Join a crew of young Australians and embark on a life-changing 11-day journey – learning not only how to sail a square-rigged tall ship, but how to lead, support others and work together as a team.
Be prepared to face your fears, push yourself out of your comfort zone and discover how you rise to the challenges you face. By the end of the voyage you and your fellow youth crew will take command of the ship and put your newly developed skills to the test.
For more information visit https://youngendeavour.gov.au/apply-now-2021
Nominations are now open for athletics events and students should check the daily notices and see Ms Maryanne in C028 for more information.
This year our carnivals are scheduled as follows:
Field events day – Thursday 24th June (nominated athletes, Health staff and senior Recreation students ONLY)
Full School Athletics Carnival – Friday 25th June (ALL students and staff)
In preparation for the upcoming athletics carnival, we would like you to get to know your sporting house captains a little better!!
Barrine captain Michelle Cuda would like for there to more sporting opportunities and student involvement throughout 2021 and thinks that school sport is a fun and an enjoyable experience that also creates great team bonding. She would like to see Barrine win at least one of the carnivals and her idol is Pelè; whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. He is a retired Brazilian professional footballer. Working with Michelle is Taylah Leibel - who as a house captain would like to see an increase in sporting participation within the school so that everyone can enjoy some aspect of sport. She likes the opportunities that school sport provides to both the competitive sportsmen and women and those who play sport for fun and social interactions. She is hoping to have the "Barrine Barras" achieve 90% participation and for them to win at least one carnival. Courtney Bruce; an Australian Diamond’s and West Coast Fever netball defender and captain is the one famous sports person Taylah would like to meet. Barrine’s theme for the Interhouse Athletics Carnivals is Fantasy so pull out your fairies and wizard wands to be whizzing around the track on Friday of Week 10.
Conor Stevenson; aka 'Huffle Puff' (a nickname that has stuck since Year 8!) enjoys playing soccer and has done so competitively and socially for the last 10 years. Conor's goal is to reboot participation across all school sports through lunchtime fun activities and events. He likes the sense of comradery that sporting events provide and believes challenging the other house teams is a thrill for everyone who participates either on the field or in the grandstand. During 2021, he has high hopes for the "Eacham Emus" and believes that they have the team to win several of the major school sporting events throughout the year. Conor wishes to meet Steven Bradbury, the first Australian to win a gold medal for short track speed skating. He is an Australian icon and one of his childhood heroes. Luke Howard plays many sports but mostly focuses on Hockey. He enjoys fishing, boating, camping, cricket and the general outdoor lifestyle. Luke would like to see an increase in participation rates in sporting activities across the school, and looks forward to working with his house peers to achieve this. His desire is to win at least one of the carnivals this year. If Luke could meet one famous sports person, it would be Jon B - a fishing expert or Tim Howard - a non-related Australian Hockey Player. Conor and fellow captain Luke share the idea that they would like to make sport better than it ever has been in 2021! Wanting to inspire another win this Athletics Carnival, Eacham would like to see their team dress as Heroes & Villains.
New trio Holly Hastie, Storm Poggioli and Alex Bozsan want to lead the "Euramoo Eels" to a victorious 2021. Holly would like to see an increase in the availability of lunchtime sports to assist with the preparation for Interhouse Carnivals. She believes this will help build the confidence in students and therefore they will be more inclined to 'have-a-go' on the day. Her childhood role model and famous sports star she would like to meet is former captain of the Firebirds and Diamonds Netball team; Laura Geitz as she portrays good leadership and always supports her teammates while guiding them in the direction of success. While Storm is new to the Atherton High Family in the last few years, he is no stranger to the Tablelands where he has been involved in many different sporting pursuits such as Hockey and Tae Kwon-Do. Storm loves seeing and helping other people achieve their goals and reach milestones in their lives and feels that as a House Captain this is the perfect opportunity for him to fulfil this goal and increase his leadership skills. Storm would like to see more students getting involved in the sport events and fun days as part of the Euramoo house and encourages people to just have-a-go regardless of their level of athleticism - every point on the board is one point closer to a trophy! Dwayne Johnson has faced a lot of roadblocks along his journey but has never given up and always aspired to be better which is why Storm would one day like to meet him. Alex is sporty, isn't afraid to have a go and as a 2021 Euramoo House Captain, she hopes to see more sporting events offered in the Atherton State High School community. Throughout 2021, she is hopeful that Euramoo will achieve a few wins, whether it be sports carnival, or recess activities, and for participation numbers to skyrocket. If she could meet any famous sports person, it would be Caroline Buchanan; a five times BMX and Mountain Bike world champion who has been in a horrible car accident, which required 9 surgeries to save her life and yet, she still aims to ride in the Tokyo Olympics this year. Bring out your fluoro clothing with stripes and dots for the Interhouse Athletics for an 80’s theme.
Leading the Quincan Quolls will be Layla Cahill, Kaleb Nielsen and Kasey McCahon. Layla strives for more participation in any sporting events, (particularly the carnivals) as she thinks that there should be more importance placed on the inclusion of the students regardless of their ability. She believes that school sport is very beneficial as it provides valuable opportunities to all students. Layla believes that participation is everything, and as Quincan House Captain, she would love to see more engagement in carnivals, especially with the themes and fun events. If Layla could meet one famous sports person in the world it would be Laura Geitz. Kaleb also wants to see more participation throughout all ages when it comes to a sports carnivals, competitions or gala days. As a House Captain he would like to see Quincan win the trifecta - Track and Field, Swimming and Cross Country. Sam Willoughby, a 5-times world champion professional BMX racer and Australian Olympic rider is Kaleb's choice of famous sports person he would like to meet. Sam was chosen as during one training session he suffered a career-ending injury. This left him with permanent spinal injuries, and he has since worked on his own rehabilitation, and now he is his wife's coach. Kasey has also been involved in sport for her entire life. As a 2021 House Captain, Kasey would like to see more inclusion of all students in all sporting events and her way of achieving this is to bring back the 'fun' events at all Carnivals. She loves having the ability to lead her team to victory as well as watching the team progress from year to year. In 2021, Kasey would like Quincan to win one or two carnivals by having the highest participation rates at all carnivals in all events/races. If she could meet one famous sports person in the world Kasey would choose Cathy Freeman. Kasey admires her strength in defying the odds in order to reach her goals and no matter how much discrimination she faced, she continued to rise. Layla Kaleb and Kasey look forward to seeing their house dress in their Favourite Sports Attire for the Interhouse Atheletics.
Come join in the fun at Playgroup
Spirit of Youth
On Thursday, 27th of May, students from the Atherton State High School music program wowed audiences at the annual Spirit of Youth concert. Three hundred students, parents and community members came to support the performers as they showed off their talents. The audience heard incredible performances from the Music Academy, Vocal Group, class bands, small ensembles, duos and solos. Congratulations to all of the performers for their exceptional acts.
Mareeba Interschool Horse Sports
Samika rode Dottie at the Mareeba Inter School Horse Sports on Sunday, 23rd of May representing ASHS. Despite being the solo rider for her school, Samika has returned the shield to ASHS as the winning school and won herself a HORSEMANSHIP & SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD. Well done Samika!
Student Resource Scheme 2021 Payments Now Overdue
All 2021 Student Resource Scheme levies including subject fees were due to be paid at end of term 1 and if unpaid are now outstanding. Please ensure all fees are paid in full, or a payment agreement in place with the school in order for students to continue to receive resources. We are following up on outstanding payments and Dunning Payment Reminder Letters will be sent out for outstanding fees next Term. Parents experiencing financial hardship who are currently participating in or wish to participate in the SRS should contact the school to discuss options. Statements are sent out at the end of each month.
Thank you to all those who have paid and to those who have arranged payment plans.
2021 Year 12 Fees and Formal Invoice payment
Please ensure ALL school fees are paid before paying for and attending the Formal. All fees and Formal payments are to be made by end of Term 3 to ensure your place at the formal.
Ski Trip Payments
Please make ski trip payments to the schedule provided but also please ensure all school fees for the year are paid before students attend this optional activity.
For further information email email@example.com
Paying School Fees:
You can pay your child’s school fees in one of the following ways :
- BPOINT to pay by credit and debit card
- BPOINT IVR (Over the Phone Payment) Call - 1300 631 073
- Direct Deposit into the school Bank Account BSB: 064-800 Account: 00090137
- EFTPOS at L Block Reception.
- Arrange payment plans and centrepay payments at Reception
- Payment can also be accessed online via your QParents account.
We are currently transitioning to a Cashless School and would prefer payments be made by one of the above methods
Bull for sale
For Sale - Atherton High Barrine (Age- 27 Months)(Weight 900kg)
Registered Charbray Bull 64% Charolais 36% Brahman
$5000+GST . Please contact Cameron Harris at Atherton SHS 40305222
For further information or to arrange an inspection.
Expression of Interest - Relief Positions
Car, Bike and Swap Meet
YAC Colour Run Festival
ASD Parent Support Group June Meet
We are now producing our eNewsletters with Schoolzine. The move to this new format enables us to communicate with our school community across multiple channels. It promotes and enhances our engagement with parents, students and the wider community.
We hope you find the eNewsletters highly engaging, it provides an efficient and effective means of connecting with you. The new format allows the inclusion of video, photo galleries, online bookings, mobile apps, feedback forms, calendars and so much more.
The newsletter also has a sponsorship section which provides a great opportunity for local businesses to engage with our parent community. If you would like to be a part of this, please contact Schoolzine.
Phone Jude 07 5414 2363