Eastern Fleurieu R-12 Newsletter Week 6 Term 4 2023
Some facts about the Vaping scourge sweeping Australia.
A recent University study showed 32% of students between 13-17 had tried Vaping across Australia.
Teenagers have urged the Australian government to help them break their nicotine addiction, submissions to a major consultation on vaping reforms reveal.
A submission to drug regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration from South Australia’s Commissioner for Children and Young people, Helen Connolly, included comments from some of the 950 teenagers aged 13-to-19 surveyed by her office about vaping. Many have reported how easy it is to purchase Vapes, but the most alarming data is that they are addicted to nicotine and need help beating that addiction.
I have put together several significant reasons why school students should avoid Vaping, especially due to the high nicotine content in many Vape products:
- Addiction: Nicotine is a highly addictive substance. Young people are particularly susceptible to addiction, and early exposure to nicotine can lead to long-term dependence. Many students are already addicted and can be after the first Vape. Unfortunately, they and their parents do not know this until it is too late.
- Brain Development/Health Risks: The brain continues to develop until about age 25. Nicotine exposure can harm the developing brain, affecting learning, memory, attention, and impulse control. Nicotine use in adolescence is linked to increased risk of future mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Vaping can cause other serious health issues, including lung damage and respiratory problems. The long-term health effects of vaping are still being studied, but early evidence suggests significant risks.
- Peer Pressure/Academic Performance: Nicotine addiction can affect concentration and academic performance. Students may be more focused on when they can vape next rather than on their studies. Peer pressure can play a big role in why students start vaping and the misconceptions that vaping is harmless, and one won’t hurt you.
- Cost: Vaping can be an expensive habit, especially for students who might rely on limited personal or family funds. This also leads to students becoming dealers and selling to others to support their addiction. And as with any addiction the need to feed the addiction more often than not leads to crime and or other substance abuse/addiction.
In South Australia, it's illegal for minors to purchase and use vaping products. Additionally, schools across the state have policies against vaping, and students caught vaping may face disciplinary action. However, we know that this is not the long-term answer especially when students are addicted. EFS will be going down the path of using high impact teaching and learning strategies to support students in making ‘safe’ choices through being very aware of all the personal risks and consequences attributed to Vaping. The school will also be investigating how we may be able secure the services of a Drugs, Alcohol and Vaping Counsellor to come on site and support our students who may be addicted to Nicotine.
A series of parent awareness resources and strategies for working with your children/young people will be developed to support you. Understanding and communicating the risks of Vaping is crucial in discouraging school students from starting or continuing to Vape. The school is committed to fulfilling our responsibility to provide education and support to our students. However, we know that working in partnership with parents will have the biggest effect on anything we do.
We ask for your commitment to this partnership through fulfilling your parental responsibilities in relation to this topic. You can support your child by:
- becoming aware of the dangers of Vaping
- starting conversations with your children about the topic/risks,
- setting very clear expectations around behaviour and those of the school/community we live in
- seeking support for you and your family if needed
Information about where you can get support will be sent to you soon. In the meantime, if you suspect or are worried about your child Vaping, please contact the school and we will provide you with some advice on how to seek support.
Eastern Fleurieu R-12 School
Term Dates 2023
30 Jan – 14 Apr
1 May – 7 Jul
24 Jul – 29 Sep
16 Oct – 15 Dec
Eastern Fleurieu School R-12 Important dates
Governing Council Meeting
Step Up Day
Transition Information Night - Year 6 to 7-12 Campus
Last day Term 4
Early dismissal 2:15pm
Thursday, 16th November saw our second Music Showcase for 2023 take place in the Performing Arts Centre. The audience enjoyed a packed program featuring a variety of performances by students in Years 6 to 12. Amongst the regulars were several first-timers, of whom Mr Tarling made special mention in his closing comments. Congratulations to all of the students who performed and thank you to those who assisted in the planning and on the night!
Please enjoy these photos from the night.
Music Teacher / Instrumental Music Coordinator
Are you experiencing school refusal, anxiety or challenging behaviour? Alexandrina Council and ConnectCare are offering our community access to a Parent Information Session based on your responses!
Beth Stringer and Bianca Hawkins, the Clinical Lead at Connect Care will be presenting the session. But first, we need to hear from YOU!
We ask that you please take a few minutes to fill out this form (link below) by the end of Saturday 25th of November, 2023. This is your chance to share, ask questions and let it be known what services you’d like to see here locally, to help our young people.
BYOD – Bring Your Own Device to 7-12 Campus
At the 7-12 Campus all students are required to have their own BYOD laptop.
Purchase your laptop here
We have a strong focus on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) literacies that will enable students to be successful global citizens in the 21st century. EFS have implemented the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) system to meet the increasing demand of ICT in the classroom as we believe that it is a sustainable way to allow students to have one-to-one access to technology.
We recommend you purchase your device through our online portal – for new or students or those needing to upgrade..
Would you like to host an international student?
Please be sure to check the School Calendar for dates of events. The calendar is available through our SZapp, Website and Newsletter and is colour coded for you to select which campus is relevant to you.
Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)
Your provider of OSHC is YMCA SA.
YMCA South Australia OSHC provides a Before and After School Care along with Vacation Care for school aged children 5-12 years on a casual and permanent basis.
OSHC provides a safe, fun and stimulating place for children to engage in structured, unstructured and educational activities that are specifically tailored to the child’s interests and needs. Our friendly and experienced staff work hard to ensure your children are cared for in a welcoming, supportive and stimulating environment. We value the uniqueness and diversity of every child, and seek to support and empower them to reach their full potential. Our programs are structured in accordance with the National Quality Framework and are led by our highly trained educators.
At YMCA SA we consider the safety and wellbeing of children and other vulnerable people to be our highest priority.
To register your child in our OSHC or Vacation Care programs, view program information or catch up with the latest news visit:
R-12 School Uniform
EFS School Uniform Shop
WE HAVE MOVED
9a Callington Road, Strathalbyn SA 5255
Term Time Open Hours
Tuesdays 8:30 – 10:45am
Thursdays 3:45 – 5:45pm
For uniform enquiries outside of our open hours, contact Ms Julie Martin.
Phone: 0417 771 944 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
If our open hours don’t suit you, we can take email and phone orders and we can arrange remote purchases for your convenience.
14 Ashbourne Road, Ashbourne SA 5157 Ph: 8536 6135
Head of Campus Report
We have had a busy few weeks at Ashbourne Campus, including new learning on Bush School day about rainforests around the world, our new receptions transition visits, the Public Speaking Competition at Langhorne Creek Campus and our excursion to Belair with Nature Play SA. We as a staff have been impressed by the student’s high level engagement in their learning and their exceptional behaviour. I can’t believe that we have four weeks to the end of the school year. It will fly by as there is so much happening, the Talent Show, the Year 6 Graduation, the Milk Bottle Regatta and to wrap up the year, a whole school sleepover on Thursday Week 9, followed by Friday Fun Day.
Head of Campus
Public Speaking Competition
It was a very hot day at Langhorne Creek Campus on Friday but the students managed the heat well. The morning saw the students participate in three activities focussing on communication, it is always fun to have students R-6 from all three campuses working together and connecting socially. After recess all the staff and students showed their respect during the Remembrance Day ceremony, including 1 minute of silence. Ten Year 3-6 students took the stage to share their prepared speeches, demonstrating their public speaking skills and knowledge of their chosen topics. All the students were outstanding and made it hard for the judges to choose one winner, we felt like all our students were a winner up on that stage. The students enjoyed a sausage in bread, followed by an ice block to cool them down.
On Tuesday, 14th November we went to Belair National Park for an excursion, Cubby Building by Nature Play SA. It was a brilliant day, the students loved all activities and Mike the educator from Nature Play was impressed with their engagement, team work and behaviour. The students first had to build a shelter for the Southern Brown Bandicoot to provide it protection and shelter from any predators. The students then worked in small teams to build their own cubbies (shelter) using the materials supplied, including the natural wood, ropes, hessian bags, tarpaulins, long wooden dowel and connectors. The team work was excellent, the students demonstrated their character, communication, cooperation and critical thinking skills. They were then able to have their lunch inside their shelters. The creativity was outstanding with so many different designs and ideas.
The Hakea class ran our Week 5 assembly, they did a wonderful job speaking and presenting. We had so many parents join us today which was lovely to see. The children shared about raft building, cubby making and welcomed our new receptions. It was fabulous to hear our older students read their public speaking competition speeches. At the assembly the following students received a certificate for Character, Eli, Seth, Luca and Laura.
In Term 3 we had four students participate in the ICAS tests, Spelling, Mathematics and Science, the four boys all received their participation certificates today, Caleb, Seth, Eli and Tyron, well done boys.
This is the kindy kids 3rd visit, they are Sophie, Lucas and Walter. - Laura B
The kindy kids have been having fun playing with sand, finding rocks, playdough, drawing and lots more. - Luca
Dates to Remember
Kindy Transition 8:50am – 12:00pm
Talent Show and Year 6 Graduation
Assembly 9:00am and Sleepover
Milang Regatta at Milang Foreshore
Step Up Day and Kindy Transition
Fun Day Friday, Last day of Term 4 and Early Dismissal 2:15pm
LANGHORNE CREEK CAMPUS
Bridge Road, Langhorne Creek SA 5255 Ph: 8537 3145
Head of Campus Report
Over the past few weeks our students have been busy with their learning focussed on oceans. We enjoyed our visit to Horseshoe Bay in Port Elliot last week. With the recent announcement of students not entering the sea, we continued to ensure students could participate in a positive beach experience. As we were unable to swim, students engaged in beach activities, history of the area along with enjoying hot chips on the beach. A wonderful day enjoyed by all.
On Friday, 10th November all small campus classes came together for Year 3-6 Public Speaking Competition and Reception – Year 2 Juniors Activity Day at Langhorne Creek. Congratulations to Darcy who was the overall winner with her excellent speaking skills sharing her musical passions. All speakers prepared and shared their speaking presentations to a high standard. Our judges were very pleased with the standard of speakers and the interesting topics students chose to speak about. Despite the heat we enjoyed the day and were extremely grateful to our SSO team who prepared and served our lunch meal deal for all.
This week we come to the end of Maths Extension Groups for students who travelled in to Strathalbyn R-6 Campus weekly. It was great to hear of the challenges they were posed with and how they took this on board extending their problem-solving skills. Thankyou Mrs Diepgrond for challenging and extending our students learning.
Earlier this year students created an I-den-ti-ty Tree for Reconciliation week. We loved their work so much, this is being transferred into our garden area into the cement tank. Students are creating a clay leaf with their name and year engraved on it. These will be fired and glued to the tank. Our I-den-ti-ty Tree will continue to grow each year as new students join us at Langhorne Creek Campus.
We are all in full swing preparing for the end of year concert. Students are practicing their dances and rehearsing their parts for our main event. Students and staff are preparing items for sale at our End of Year Fete. Our Campus Advisory Committee are busy organising a raffle and delicious meal deal for families. Looking forward to see our families join in our end of year celebrations.
Head of Campus
Out and About at Langhorne Creek
Mozzie Creek - Week 3 Visit
All of the students once again visited Mozzie Creek to finish off the projects they had started earlier in the term. The Bee Hotel is ready for occupants and bird bath will be a welcome addition for birds looking for a drink.
Mozzie Creek Visit
Public Speaking Day
Ashbourne, Milang and Langhorne Creek students enjoyed a very hot day together at Langhorne Creek on Friday, 10th November for our annual Public Speaking Day. This year the Reception – Year 2 students joined for an Activity Day.
At 11:00am everyone gathered at the Langhorne Creek Soldiers Memorial to commemorate Remembrance Day.
Small Campus Public Speaking Day
Port Elliot Beach Day
On Thursday, 16th November our students enjoyed a visit to Horseshoe Bay at Port Elliot. There was no swimming on this day, however, lots of fun was had with sandcastle building, beach activities, playground a walk to Freeman Lookout and hot chips.
Port Elliot Beach Day
This term the children are enjoying listening to storytelling using puppets and props. We have retold a range of favourite fairy tales including The Gingerbread Man, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs.
Water play was popular during the recent hot weather. Additional sensory experiences including sticky sand and musical instruments were engaging for the children. Children and parents/carers have enjoyed playing and learning together whilst exploring the opportunities available at playgroup.
Dates to Remember
Assembly - 2:45pm
Milk Bottle Regatta at Milang
New Reception Transition 8:50am – 1:30pm
Step Up Day
Assembly - 2:45pm
HUB Morning Tea
End of Year Concert
Year 6 EXTRA Transition
Year 6 Graduation
Sea Shepperd Presentation
Casual Day - Last Day of Term 4
SMG Christmas Presentation
2024 School Year Commences
Cnr Cox and Rivers Street, Milang SA 5256 Ph: 8537 0223
Head of Campus Report
As we near the end of the year students are starting to think about moving into the next year level and how it will look for them. The benefits of a smaller site mean that these changes are minimal as most students will stay in the same class rooms with the same students.
We will have four new reception students in 2024 and only one Year 6 moving to high school so the classes will stay the same. This will mean the Junior Primary class will be an R-3 class and the Upper Primary class year 4-6. This will provide stability and a more even spread of student numbers. Christine Rollins will continue as our Junior Primary teacher in 2024 and has in fact been made a permanent employee of the department so will be able to stay at Milang for the future.
Marc Nash has decided to work closer to home in 2024, so will not be working at Milang. He has built some excellent relationships with the students who will be sad to see him leave but fortunate they had him for two years.
Our Upper Primary teacher for 2024 will be Amy Pulleine who is very excited to be joining us at Milang from Port Elliot Primary School this year. We are hoping she will be able to come and meet the students for Step Up day on Friday, 8th December.
If you have any questions about the classes for 2024 please don't hesitate to reach out to me.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Milk Bottle Regatta!
Head of Campus
This term we have been retelling many favourite stories using puppets and props. The children have listened and joined in as we retold several well known fairy tales including Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs.
Children continue to enjoy playful learning in the outdoor environment. Mud and nature play has been engaging for the children. Nature play helps children acquire gross motor skills and develop hand-eye co-ordination. It also improves social and emotional skills, and reduces stress levels.
On Thursday, 9th November Langhorne Creek Campus hosted the students from Ashbourne and Milang Campuses for the annual Public Speaking Day for the Upper Primary students. All the students who spoke did a great job. The Junior Primary students joined with Miss Anna’s class for group activities. They spent some times in groups creating their perfect school out of blocks, constructing amazing creations with boxes and making beautiful cards.
The students also laid their poppies at the Langhorne Creek memorial that they had made the day before.
Magic Show and Workshop
This term in our Performing Arts classes in the Upper Primary we have been learning the performance art of magic. Students have be learning lots of different ‘tricks’ and how to perform them to an audience. We have been very lucky to find a real magician, Mickster the Trickster, to perform for the students and run a workshop with them. The children really loved the show and had lots of laughs.
Seth will be selling mini ice cream tubs for $2 at recess and lunch, until sold out, raising money for a charity. Seth came up with this idea as part of his Year 6 citizenship.
We will be running 2 more coffee mornings this term, stay tuned for dates to follow.
Junior Primary shared their creative design from “The most magnificent thing” project.
Well done to our Award winners, Marley and Ziva.
This term in Health with Mrs Cook students have been learning about water safety in preparation for the Milk Bottle Regatta. This week they made mini models of a beach with their safety features such as life guard flags, do not swim signs, umbrellas and swimming with an adult.
Reminders from Donna
Save the date, we would love for you to join us down at the lake Thursday, 7th December.
Consent forms and meal deal notes went home this week
Hats are required now at all play times and PE lessons as is our sun safe policy. Donna has some new hats available for $10.
Please always contact the school if your child is late, call or come in and sign a yellow slip. Also if your child is away or someone else is picking them up. If we don’t hear from you your child’s absence is marked as unexplained. A message from another student is not enough, we need to hear from a parent. If you are picking your child up early please come into the office and complete a green slip.
Please continue to follow the guidelines for keeping us all safe. If you need to come on site, please ensure you are sanitising when entering any buildings. Keep your visits brief and social distance at all times.
The oldest child in each family is responsible for handing in their note folder each day to Donna and taking it home each night with any new notes. Can you please make sure you are checking these each day and sending back any notes or consents that need to be brought back. Also any book club money and order forms need to be returned in the folder. Last issue before Christmas is due back on Friday, 1st December.
Dates to Remember
Year 5 and 6 Pool day
Christmas presentation by Life Matters
Milk Bottle Regatta
Step Up Day
Graduation Assembly 2:00pm
Last day of term
Early dismissal 2:15pm
STRATHALBYN R-6 CAMPUS
34 East Terrace, Strathalbyn SA 5255 Ph: 8536 2344
Heads of Campus Report
Badges for the Better
I am so excited to announce the launch of our ‘Badges for the Better’ leadership program! Led by our school captains, in collaboration with students and staff, Badges for the Better is an exciting new program through which students can gain acknowledgement for representation, contribution or service to our school and community. Using a passport record book, students can earn and accumulate points to work towards a badge. Bronze is for representation. Silver, contribution. And Gold is for Service. Once a number of points are achieved, leadership badges are rewarded that can be sewn/pinned onto the school uniform. Our captains (who have worked tirelessly on this program) pitched it to our Middle and Upper Primary student body a few weeks ago, who met it with excitement and anticipation. It is hoped that the program will instil and develop a culture of service and gratitude within our school. The program will begin next week.
Staffing for 2024
This year we are well ahead with our staffing placements for 2024 with only a few vacancies remaining. We do have some staff retiring and we will formally farewell them at our final assembly in Week 10.
Thank you to the following staff for your support of our students and families
- Chris Pelle
- Kaye Boxer
- Paul Steele
Happily, Marissa Baker, Maddy Sheehan, Caitlin Koutsikas and Donna Clark have been rolled in permanency and our contract staff – Lynley Driver, Danni Campagnaro, Kevin O’Connor and Merrilee Wallis will all return. Laura Shields will return from maternity leave and we are just finalising our last few positions for the year.
Class Placement Update
Our placement process is nearly completed ready for Step Up day. Please see timeline and feedback process below:
Step Up Day
Students will receive their placement slip with class listed ready for Step Up day on Friday, 8th December on Thursday, 7th December. Students will remain in their 2024 class until lunchtime, and then return to their current class to debrief with current class teacher. Incoming kindy students will be leaving at 1:00pm to support this process. Current Year 6 students will have a full day over at the 7-12 campus. No class changes will be made on Step Up day unless leadership has determined extreme circumstance.
Feedback regarding placement is by phone only, a message will be taken, and a leader will respond over the last week of school. Any changes made will be in full consultation with teaching staff. We will be encouraging all students to ‘have a go’ in 2024 classes and every endeavour needs to be made to make placement successful.
The class placement process at Strath R-6 is complex and time consuming. Teachers began the process in Week 2. Teachers and leaders have factored in their knowledge of each child, how they engage with their learning and how they interact with others to make balanced decisions. For reasons of privacy and confidentiality, we are not able to share the reasons behind some placement decisions. Staff members will not disclose the compositions of classes prior to placement slip going home the night before Step Up Day unless extra transition visits are required to meet a student need.
Please see the attached article to support your child’s placement in 2023 written by Behaviour Consultant, Madhavi Nawana Parker from Positive Minds Australia:
Worried about your child’s class placement in 2022? It’s perfectly natural to have a preference for a particular teacher and normal to feel worried or disappointed if they don’t get them. A child’s emotional adjustment to leaving this year’s teacher and preparing for next year’s teacher is interconnected with your feelings about it.
Here are loads of ways you can help make the transition smoother for your child if you or they didn’t get the news you were hoping for.
- Hear out your child’s feelings but try and avoid fixing their feelings by adding your own feelings, judgements and solutions. Feelings need to come out, be present and move through. They don’t have to be excited about the teacher they got, to learn from that teacher in the long run. The feelings you see in that initial moment aren’t necessarily reflective of how they will feel long term - especially if you don’t react with them. Humans need time to process change. When news is fresh, we can go through many feelings of resistance and uncertainty. That doesn’t mean that what’s coming is necessarily bad. You can gently say something like, ‘you really wanted X , so of course you’re disappointed. I understand. We can talk more after a cuddle/ play/ hot chocolate. (Basically, you want to avoid talking while their logical brain is switched off and emotions are high). Listening calmly and quietly is golden.
- Avoid looking upset about the placement in front of your child. If they are upset, they will naturally look to you to help them feel better. This doesn’t mean you have to fake being excited if you’re not (they’ll see through that) but it does mean you do your very best to be calm, confident and if you can’t be hopeful, try and be neutral. Children need us as an emotional compass when they experience uncomfortable feelings.
- Before you go in to pick them up on the day they receive their placement, remind yourself to try and trust the process. There are multiple layers to how class placements are allocated that couldn’t possibly be explained completely. School leaders and staff put in huge amounts of thought into student personalities, learning styles, teaching styles, class size, who asked to have who in their class and much more that is happening behind the scenes we’re not aware of.
- Schools genuinely do their best with this decision. If you’re upset, it’s possible they are too but when weighing everything up, had no other direction to turn. Supporting your child’s teachers and school is a crucial part of your child’s psychological and academic success there.
- Your reaction to next year’s teacher news is hugely important to your child. Your confidence, hopefulness and regulated emotion is crucial. If you’re not happy, try and keep these feelings in the back ground and discuss them privately with another adult. Children are too young to take on their parent’s worries. If there is a genuine problem, take logical action without involving your child in the stress associated with it.
- Your child’s emotional connection to and respect for their teacher and school is deeply connected with your connection to and respect for their teacher and school.
- Children learn, grow and strengthen in resilience by being with a broad range of personalities and communication styles. When things are unrealistically perfect and easy, they can get stuck in their comfort zone. To build confidence for later on in life, you need to experience a broad range of peers and situations and discover that through talking about feelings, asking for help, establishing boundaries and building your social emotional skills, you can handle a lot of what life has in store. Be there to hear their thoughts and feelings out, but above all show you have confidence in your child to get through. If situations are dangerous, toxic or damaging your child’s learning and psychological health, always talk to school staff and if necessary, other experts to ask for and seek help. Seek out the support of a health professional too if necessary. On the surface, do your best as your child’s most important adult and leader to show your confidence that your child will be safe and cared for, always.
- Do something heart-warming and compassionate for yourself. If you’re upset and stressed it’s not because you’re weak or incapable. It’s because our children hold our hearts and when they hurt, we hurt. You need to look after yourself first and foremost.
The advice above is general and based on general child development, resilience and confidence research. It is written with the very best intention to help you. Without knowing your individual circumstances it’s not intended to replace your expertise as a parent or the expertise of educators and health professionals. Always seek tailored expert advice if you feel your child’s physical or psychological health is at risk in any way.
Heads of Campus
Students in the Spotlight
Every newsletter will see a number of students, across all EFS primary sites, recognised for their learning related to the 6 Global Learning Competencies.
Erica – Citizenship
What does this competency mean to you?
Citizenship is being able to treat everyone the same way with empathy and compassion.
How have been learning about it in class?
We have been learning about everyday life of Indonesian people and compared it to our way of life. We need to be respectful of other people’s culture and values.
What is your next goal with Citizenship?
My next goal is to use different ways to help people who are in need and by being a break mate at school.
How can you use this competency in everyday life?
I donate things which I do not need to charity. I also help my family with everyday tasks and talk to people about any problems and help them.
Hayden – Collaboration
What does this competency mean to you?
I need to use Collaboration every day. I use it in team sports, when we collaboration in a team sport we can share the ball, work together and get a win. I use it in school activities, such as building, games and learning.
How have you been learning about it in class?
I am building a raft out of milk cartoons, wood planks, tape and rope, we had to collaborate what the raft would look like and then make a plan for who would make what part of the boat. We have worked together to make sure our boat will float. We also had to work out who will race the boat in the regatta.
How can you use this competency in everyday life?
In sports and at home with my family.
What is your next goal in Collaboration?
To work out how I can use collaboration to help others, not just sharing things but supporting and helping others.
Innovative Pedagogies Coordinator
For the majority of our students Term 4 in Technology has meant one thing... Lego! There's no better piece of equipment that encourages hands-on tinkering and creativity than Lego and that's exactly what students from Reception to Year 6 have been up to this term with our Lego Robotics kits.
Our Junior Primary classes have taken on the theme of 'Amazing Amusement Parks' building Ferris wheels, teacup rides and carousels while our Middle Primary classes have explored 'Crazy Carnival Games' creating their own mini golf, 10 pin bowling and pinball machine designs. The Lego Spike kits allow students follow a set of instructions to complete the build and give just enough code to make the design work. It's then up to the students to improve the code and build using their critical thinking and creativity. I still find it amazing looking around at the end of a lesson and seeing how many different builds can come from the same set of instructions.
Upper Primary students have been using our EV3 kits to code and engineer their own Sumo-bots, using ultra-sonic and colour sensors, along with their own engineering creativity, to try and push another robot out of the ring. The wonderful thing about this task is that there is no perfect design which allows students to continually work through the ideate - prototype - test process without thinking there's an end point.
Our Room 29 students have started Christmas early, exploring 3D design and creating their own 3D printed ornaments. Some students took on the challenge of creating their ornament from scratch while others modified templates, learning how to add text and shapes as well as cutting holes to be able to hang their designs.
Parent Club Update
Room 20’s Nature Play Festival at the 7-12 Campus
Recently, Room 20 attend the 7-12 Campus. We worked with the Year 11 Child Studies Students with a Mini Nature Play Festival. It was a great opportunity for the children to work with older students. The high school students planned an outstanding festival for our children. The children were able to make and create, potions, flower crowns, mud pies, nature painting, clay, playdough play, magic wands, water play, raft making and much more.
The children absolutely loved this experience.
Dates to Remember
Room 26 Bird Box Excursion
Christian Options Presentation
Room 30/31 PJ Day
Junior Primary Concert
Expect Respect Workshops
Step Up Day
Room 3 Woodhouse Excursion
Mon 11/12 – Thur 14/12
Junior Primary Swimming
Room 23, 24, 27 Wallis Excursion
Year 6 Celebration Day
Room 28 Bird Box Excursion
Year 6 Graduation
Room 26/28 Nature Play Day and Sleepover
Colour Run RESCHEDULED
Junior Primary Concert Rehearsal
Assembly at 10:00am
Junior Primary Concert
Last Day of Term 4
STRATHALBYN 7-12 CAMPUS
11 Callington Road, Strathalbyn SA 5255 Ph: 8536 2455
Head of Campus Report
It’s hard to believe that we are over halfway through Term 4 already and we will soon be heading into the summer holidays. Our Year 12s have completed all assessment and will be attending graduation tonight. We are looking forward to acknowledging the amazing achievements of the Class of 2023.
Term 4, like every other, has been busy with a wealth of exciting learning experiences including: high class performances, learning showcases, sports finals, excursions and aquatics. We still have our Rite Journey celebrations, Step-Up days, Week 9 activities and awards assemblies to look forward to.
LOOKING FORWARD TO 2024
Our 2024 timetable is now complete and will be published to students (subject to change) over the coming weeks. As always, due the highly complex nature of the timetable, it may become necessary to make tweaks to staffing and rooms up until Week 1 2024. For senior students who have gaps, course counselling will occur over the next week to ensure all students are placed in their preferred courses before the end of term. Class placements for students in Years 7-9 are being finalised over the transition period; requests for changes after the placement process is completed will not be approved.
We are in the fortunate position to have secured and retained teachers into 2024 and, aside from a small number of departing teachers and new arrivals, things will be consistent.
Our student leaders have had another wonderful term working with leadership to co-design our school values following an extensive consultation with stakeholders. We are looking forward to revealing these at the start of Term 1 and working with students to help them understand these qualities in action. Thank you to everyone, and especially our Governing Council members, who contributed to this consultation.
Student leaders have also engaged with workshops led by Chief Executive Prof. Martin Westwell and Prof. Guy Claxton, exploring ideas and giving feedback around learner agency with reference to the new Strategy for Public Education. We are always so proud of the way they represent EFS and their fellow students.
READY TO LEARN
We appreciate your support with helping students prepare for learning each day. To be able to participate effectively in learning activities, students are expected to be organised in the following ways:
- Bringing books and stationery for their timetabled lessons
- Have a fully charged device at the start of each day
- Phones are switched off and in bags by 8.45am (including earphones and airpods)
- Wearing the correct uniform and removing hats before entering class
To ensure there is a fair and transparent process around uniform compliance, expectations will be clarified and publicised in the coming weeks. Students are expected to wear correct uniform every day; increasingly we are seeing hoodies and bright colours being worn at school. We appreciate your support in this matter. Students wearing incorrect uniform will be expected to remove these items before starting lessons for the day.
If you need support with providing uniform for your child, please contact the school. The Uniform Shop is located at 9A Callington Road, Strathalbyn. Julie’s contact numbers are 8536 2648 or 0417 771 944 or you can email her at email@example.com.
The Uniform Shop is located at 9A Callington Road, Strathalbyn. Julie’s contact numbers are 8536 2648 or 0417 771 944 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you have any issues you would like to raise, or would like to share constructive feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the 7-12 Campus on (08) 8536 2455.
Director of Secondary Education
Important Dates to Remember
Year 12 Activity Day
Year 11s Last Day
Year 12 Graduation
Governing Council Meeting
Thurs 23/11 Fri 24/11
Year 8 Aquatics
Family Information Evening; Transition to 7-12 Campus
Solos and Symphonies (selected students)
Year 10 Last Day
Year 9 The Rite Journey Graduation
Year 9 The Rite Journey Culmination Trip
Year 7 Aquatics
Last Day Term 4 – early dismissal 2:15pm
Monarto Student Leadership Camp
Nineteen of our wonderful student leaders spent two days and one night at Monarto Safari Park, participating in team-building activities, learning about the role of conservation in protecting both ecosystems and communities around the world, and contributing to conservation through helping the zookeepers with necessary tasks in the park. Throughout all the activities undertaken, students developed skills in communication, collaboration and team-work, and learnt how important mutual trust and support is in effective leadership. Spending a night in the bush camp ‘Indaba’, through which kangaroos, emus and possums roamed freely, students also experienced the awesome sounds of the lion pride and hyenas at night. It was a wonderful experience through which some amazing, life-long memories were created.
Teacher (Chemistry, Nutrition, Science)
Nature Play Festival
Stage 1 Child Studies and Receptions
On Thursday Week 3 Ms Mead and Ms Falland/Eastwood’s Reception classes walked over to the 7-12 Campus to enjoy the outdoors through a Nature play Festival, organised by Mrs Gale’s Stage 1 Child Studies class.
The receptions enjoyed their time creating flower crowns, magic wands, rafts, mud pies, clay animals, paintings, play dough and memories. The Year 11 students also prepared a take-home bag for the reception students to take home with them to encourage more nature play which included, a cloud finder, playdough recipe, cookie, and scavenger hunt.
The Year 11 students were highly organised and thoughtful in their planning, which allowed this event to run smoothly and for the receptions to happily immerse themselves in the experiences provided.
Well done to the Stage 1 Students and thank you to the reception classes and their teachers for coming to visit.
YEAR 7-9 GIRLS T20 KNOCKOUT CRICKET
On Monday, 6th of November our somewhat inexperienced team travelled to Callington Ovals, together with Bordertown, Cornerstone and St Francis teams, to play in round 1 and 2 of the School Sport T20 Knockout competition. Our first game was against Bordertown, who went on to be the overall winners. We were very competitive only going down by 8 runs. Our large number of extras was the difference. We then came up against the loser of the other game which was Cornerstone. We improved in all areas in this game to come away with a well-deserved win. Kayla, Emily, and Ruby were our main contributors with both the bat and ball in both games. Marley also showed all-round potential and Tallera and Mackenzie did a good job wicket keeping. Thanks also to Emily M. for scoring.
Sports Coordinator, H.P.E. Teacher
YEAR 10 OUTDOOR ED SURFING
Outdoor Ed is a fun subject- we promise! It may not look like it from the wet and woolly weather that we experienced on our second day surfing down at Goolwa Beach, but everyone participated well and advanced their skills significantly. Over the past two Mondays, Year 10 Stage 1 Outdoor Education students braved the elements and demonstrated their perseverance, resilience, and determination to succeed. At the conclusion of the first day, most students had at least one face-plant, but had been successful in managing a wobbly stand up on their surfboard, some looking very shaky and unsure. Many managed to master the art of the paddle and caught waves into the shore, getting the feel for the power of the ocean. When we arrived for our second day, the weather was not in our favour- windy, rainy, and cold as ice. Without much complaining, students headed out to further improve their skills. Students did well to improve their balance and encouraged each other to keep trying. Miss Humphries, Mr Doody, and Miss Rothwell were on the beach, encouraging the students and constantly exclaiming when students gleefully caught waves and cheered everyone on.
Teacher- Outdoor Education, Rite Journey and Science
VET Automotive and Power Technology
As we come to the end of a very successful and satisfying year in VET Automotive and Power Technology, we would like to acknowledge the accomplishments of the students in these subjects.
Congratulations to our Second-Year students who have all successfully completed their full Certificate II training and leave us with qualifications they can use anywhere in Australia. We have to offer special thanks to our brilliant TAFE Lecturer, John, who has been putting in extra days to help students be able to make up for time lost during our first year. Students have been very effectively working through units around Safety, Environmental Responsibility, Workplace Tools and Equipment, Vehicle Parts and Systems, Inspecting and Servicing Engines, Cooling and Battery Systems. In addition to these course-specific tasks, students have applied themselves to a range of projects involving engine assembly, wiring, fuel system and electrical fault-finding, extending and improving the range and quality of facilities available in our workshop while they apply and extend their skills and understanding. We congratulate several of these first-year students, who have already moved over to School-Based Apprenticeships after successful Work Placements.
In 2024, 12 of the 14 places in the Certificate 2 course will be filled by EFS students, with an even mix of male and female students, showing an ongoing passion for the subject in our student population that matches a hunger for apprentices in the employment space.
MOTORSPORT IMMERSION EXPERIENCE
Congratulations to Lochlan and Nav, who converted their visit to JAM Motorsports at The Bend to work experience at this amazing facility and at the racetrack! We thank Courtney and Aaron for their support of these students.
YEAR 10 POWER TECHNOLOGY
From starting the year with basic workshop safety and tools, and working through assembling a single cylinder engine, the students in Power Technology B have tested and disassembled a total of 6 car engines! They are now working to reassemble three four-cylinder and three six-cylinder engines – using manuals they developed themselves! These students are developing communication, planning safety and organisational abilities as well as the technical skills and understanding they demonstrate.
OLD SCHOLAR SUCCESS
We also offer our enthusiastic congratulations to Jasmine, who stopped by to let us know that she has successfully qualified as a Mechanical Tradesperson. Jasmine was a hardworking and dedicated student in her time studying in our workshop and we are delighted to see her achieving her goal of completing her full qualification!
Mr Kent has us working on a new project, which we hope to deliver early next year, which should add some extra interest and noise to the workshop – keep an ear out.
If anyone in the school community has a set of 253 / 308 exhaust manifolds that they would like to donate, they would be gratefully received.
VET Auto / Systems and Engineering Teacher
Year 11 Biology and Agriculture Excursion
In what was an amazing day out for the Stage 1 Biology and Agriculture classes, students were learning about Ecosystem Dynamics and Ethics in Animal Welfare observed at the Adelaide Zoo.
Whilst exploring some of the world’s most fascinating animals in action, our Year 11’s were tasked with observing a chosen animal and its enclosure, in order to make judgements on whether the enclosure was fit for purpose and provided enough of a realistic environment that could mimic a natural habitat.
The group were extremely excited to cruise the grounds and watch all the interesting behavioural dynamics of groups of animals… which was not highly unlike some of the interesting behaviours we get to see our students display on a daily basis.
Overall, it was a great opportunity for our staff and students to connect learning to life, and one which was a highly valued by the group.
Senior Leader Middle Years
Curriculum Leader Science and Mathematics
Aurora Space Mission
On Wednesday, 16th of August my class and I went on an excursion to the Australian Space Discovery Centre in Adelaide. We were so excited and couldn’t wait to see what it was all about.
A space commander invited us to come in and they sat us down in the Mission Control Theatrette. They asked us a few questions to find out what we knew about space. We were nervous at first, but then we gained our confidence and started asking more questions. Then we talked about Andy Thomas who none of us knew. It was fun learning about who Andy Thomas was. They told us his story about how he snuck a sandwich into space.
At the end of the presentation, we were given a mission. We had to make something to help us get to space and something to use when we were in space.
Then we had a look around in the Space Gallery. It was cool! It had some different games and machines you could play on. There was a space board to show you when the next spaceship was leaving, including the date, the time, and the month. It told you why the rocket was leaving. I personally found that really different because I’ve never seen that machine ever before.
Next, we walked over to the Endeavour Room. I felt calm and relaxed there. They had some interesting facts about plants and how to look after them in space. They had real life plants growing in the room! They had been learning about how to grow plants in space. I found the information interesting because I never thought growing plants in space could be possible.
A few weeks after the excursion, Makers Empire sent us a 3D printer. Then the team came to our school and taught us how to use their app. We all found the app exciting, and it was fun playing around with all the different tools and skills. Over the next few weeks, we planned and designed our models. Then we printed them and sent them to the ASDC for their Aurora Mission exhibition.
Overall, the Aurora Space Mission was fantastic. It was really interesting, and I learnt a lot.
Rock of Ages
At the start of Term 4 Miss Carnell’s Year 10 and 11 (with the help of some Year 9s and 12s) put on their performance of Rock of Ages! The show explored L.A in the 80s as Rock and Roll was in its prime. After 6 months of intense rehearsals, it seems crazy that it’s all over in 3 short performances. The whole cast did a fantastic job and owned their characters. This performance was a perfect example of ‘there are no small roles’, each character was so important to the performance, and everyone was a truly valuable member of ensemble. A special mention also goes out to Matt Taylor, who took time out of his busy schedule to help whenever possible.
These students are something else, the next show will be even bigger and better!
Jake’s Rodeo Success
Jake (Year 7), along with brother Darcy (Year 8), are partway through a very busy rodeo season, which includes trips to Kapunda, Carrieton, Wilmington and Great Western. Despite only being 12, Jake has been competing in rodeos for quite some time, competing in the team roping as a “header”. He has recently started riding in the junior steer ride!
At Kapunda Rodeo, Jake received the “Best Mate Award”, which is awarded to a junior who shows up, tries hard, and helps others. We wish Jake and Darcy all the very best for the remainder of the rodeo season.
Jackson represents the C.A.S (Combined Affiliated States) in the National Rugby League Carnival.
Earlier this year Jackson was selected to represent a team made up of players from the non-traditional Rugby States of SA, Victoria, Tasmania, and WA. This was a major achievement, and after performing well at the National Carnival, Jackson is now in line for other State Carnivals and possible junior, and then senior pathways, with Melbourne Storm. Congratulations and good luck Jackson. EFS are with you all the way.
Sports Coordinator, H.P.E. Teacher
Pawz-a-While Program 2023
Over the past few years Eastern Fleurieu School have provided many alternate programs for students and their well-being.
One such program is Pawz-a-While (formally Labs for life).
Certain students are invited to participate in this program for various reasons. Some students are also invited to fill in when an attendee is away for a session.
Currently we have two sessions in this last term of school. One session is for some Year 6 students who will be attending the school next year. The other session has been running all year with mostly year 7 students.
Most people know the value of any animal therapy which provides comfort which then generates people to be more relaxed and less stressed. Our program also encourages new friendships to form and the students are less anxious when coming to school.
Today we asked the students some questions about the program and these were some of the responses given to the questions.
Q What are the best thing about being involved in this program?
A You get to play with the dogs.
Seeing my friends
Learning about the dogs and training them.
Helps me when I feel sad. Makes me happy again.
I like brushing the dogs as I find it soothing.
Q Do you look forward to these sessions?
A Every student said a big “YES”
It makes me want to come to school and for the rest of the week.
Q Would you recommend other students do this program if they were chosen to participate?
A Again every student said a big “YES”
Q Is there anything you don’t like about the program?
A Sometimes the dogs slobber on your clothes when giving us a hug.
This has been a positive program which has shown exceptional results over the years.
Year 10 South Coast Field Trip
On Monday, 20th of November the entire Year 10 cohort visited the South Coast regions of Goolwa Beach and Victor Harbor. As a part of their Geography subject, students completed a range of fieldwork activities to determine the effectiveness of management strategies around Goolwa, visit a local Indigenous Midden and consider the important role that dunes play on the beach. From there, we travelled to Victor where students analysed current management strategies such as sand bags and groynes and their effectiveness in slowing down the process of coastal erosion. Lastly, students walked around Granite Island to analyse the current tourism attractions, with the aim of creating a proposal to boost tourism in the area as their final assessment for the year. All year ten students are to be commended on their behaviour and work ethic during the day.
Year 8 Knock Out Volleyball State Finals
Congratulations to the Year 8 Volleyball Team who competed in the knock-out volleyball state finals on Friday, 17th of November. Competing against challenging competition including Seymour College, Our Lady Sacred Heart, Clare High School, and Investigator College. EFS made it to the grand final undefeated, winning the semi-final by 1 point. EFS played in a highly competitive grand final and came away with a silver medal. The skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship displayed were amazing by all players. Once again, congratulations to the Year 8 Volleyball Team for their outstanding performance in the state finals.
Instrumental Music Concert Band Workshop
On Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th November, seven EFS students participated in the Instrumental Music Concert Band workshop at the Ridley Centre. 73 students from 42 public schools attended the workshop that culminated in an hour-long performance in which they performed the 10 pieces they learned in just two days!
Mr Tarling asked some of the students about the experience of playing in a large ensemble under different conductors:
“There were many conductors who each had a couple of pieces they were really good at.” – Amy
“You learned other ways that different teachers conduct.” – Kate
“When I messed up no one could hear it because there were like 20 other saxophones.” – Theo
And what they learned from learning a lot of music in a short period of time:
“Better understanding of some notes, like we did a three-pager which was difficult but it was good to learn.” – Theo
“Improved flute playing and fear of performing.” – Kate
EFS students are pictured post-concert with IM brass & woodwind teacher, Mr Doherty, and EFS music teacher, Mr Tarling.
To learn more about the Instrumental Music program at EFS, please contact Mr Tarling – email@example.com.
Music Teacher / Instrumental Music Coordinator
The donated jigsaws continue to be very popular. Thank you to our donors.
Year 12s should have returned everything by now. Year 11s need to return everything by the end of November. The remaining students will need to return everything by the first week of December.