DUX of 2023

In a remarkable achievement, Fern has been recognised as the Dux of Eastern Fleurieu School for 2023. She achieved an outstanding adjusted ATAR of 97.85, securing a coveted spot in the Bachelor of Medical Science program at Flinders University this year.

Fern's journey to success has been filled with resilience, passion, and an unwavering commitment to her studies, despite facing personal challenges. Her exceptional accomplishments not only highlight her perseverance but also reflect her unwavering dedication to achieving excellence.

On Wednesday, 28th February we gathered at a special celebratory assembly to celebrate Fern's outstanding achievement. Fern shared insights with the 7-12 Campus students and staff about her 13 years of schooling at EFS, from her early love of reading to navigating friendships in middle school, and finally, the rewarding experience of her senior year at Eastern Fleurieu School. During her address, she reflected on areas of personal growth and development and emphasised feeling comfortable with the notion that 'we are all in this together,' referring to the shared challenges of meeting due dates and the pressures of performing in the final year of schooling.

The journey ahead for Fern is filled with countless possibilities and opportunities for growth and discovery. Congratulations Fern, on this well-deserved accomplishment.

Regards,
Stephen Rofe
Assistant Principal

Uniform

Wearing a school uniform promotes a sense of unity and equality among students.

Uniforms also instil a sense of pride and belonging to the school community, fostering a positive school spirit.

Additionally, uniforms can enhance safety by making it easier to identify students on campus and ensuring they are dressed appropriately for the school environment. 

Thanks all for your support with ensuring that your children are in school uniform.

Just a few reminders in line with our Uniform policy

  • White or blue long sleeves under tops
  • No hoodies (we are doing really well with this)
  • Blue or grey bottoms, no black

Moving into the winter months, if you are making new purchases, please work with above guidelines. 

We have a good range of second hand available and school can support if needed.

Regards,
Jo Garwood, Sophie Frost and Mel Pitt
Heads of Campus

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Premier’s reading Challenge is on again this year. It is back to the normal 12 books. In Years 7-9 4 of the 12 must be from the challenge booklist, but 8 are of students’ choice. In Years 10-12 all books are of students’ choosing.

Forms are available online or in our library. Entries close Friday, 6th September 2024.

Jigsaws

The donated jigsaws are again popular this year. The two jigsaws completed since the last newsletter are one of Paris and another of Holland’s bridges. A very big thank you to our jigsaw donors.

Regards,
Adrienne Carter
Teacher Librarian

The Rite Journey- Challenge Day

During Week 6 this term, our Year 9 students went to Mount Lofty Adventure Hub to participate in their Challenge Day excursion as part of The Rite Journey. This experience provided students an opportunity to take on several challenges, which would test them both physically and mentally. The theme of the day was ‘challenge by choice’ as students pushed themselves out of their own individual comfort zone to conquer their fear of heights. Challenges included a variety of high ropes courses, rock climbing, ziplining and teamwork challenges. It was clear that students all had an enjoyable and positive learning experience and they should all be very proud of their efforts on the day.

Regards,
Curtis Perrey
The Rite Journey Coordinator
Health and Physical Education and Research Project Teacher

9/10 T20 CRICKET

Unfortunately, our Year 9/10 Boys were outpointed by Heathfield High in our opening T20 Knockout game. Our game preparation wasn't helped by being stuck on the freeway for 45 minutes and rushing out to field. However, credit must go to the two Heathfield openers batted very well, in what became a match winning partnership. We tried 7 bowlers with Harry and Austin being the best. The target of 128 was challenging and we couldn't get any real partnerships going, and at the end of our 20 overs we were 8/74. Bailey was our best with a score of 19 and Declan made a quick 13. Jeremy was the only other batter to make double figures remaining not out 10. Thanks to Ms Nielsen for helping with transport on the day.

Regards,
Jerry Blair
Health and Physical Education Teacher

OPEN BOYS T20 CRICKET

Unfortunately, our Open Boys narrowly lost their opening T20 game yesterday against Investigator College. Our bowlers kept them to a challenging, but gettable 107, with an even bowling performance. After a few early wickets it looked like we were on target after a good partnership between Lachie and Declan however Investigator bowled disciplined lines, which made runs hard to come by. This and a couple of unlucky dismissals at the wrong time saw us fall 11 runs short. Top scorers Lachie 30 not out, and Declan also 30. Thanks to Seth for helping on the day.

Year 7 Visual History Excursion – Art Gallery of South Australia and South Australian Museum

On Friday, 8th March the classes of 7A, 7B and 7C (those studying Visual History this semester), travelled to Adelaide to visit the Art Gallery and Museum.

Students participated in a guided drawing workshop and tour at the Gallery, which focused on shape, form and light, as well as First Nations Australians art.

We then headed to the Museum to look at the different artefacts on display and collect some information on their uses and what they can tell us about the past.

Due to time constraints, time at the Museum was limited and students felt they needed more time to explore. So please consider a family trip to the Museum and let students’ curiosity and wonder be piqued and satisfied.

We look forward to a similar excursion next semester with classes 7D, 7E and 7F.

Regards,
Megan Janse van Rensburg
English and HaSS Teacher

Year 8 Food for The Future

The Year 8 students have had a good start to the year recapping and developing their cooking skills and techniques. To date, our classes have been making a range of dishes, using what is in season. We have had the opportunity to make zucchini muffins, stir-fried chicken with rice and seasonal vegetables, tomato chutney, avocado and artichoke open-toasted sandwiches.

The classes have been working on developing an understanding of seasonal vegetables, and how to use food we have available or grow to create meals and we have purchased 3 chickens for the Year 8 cohort to look after. We have learned about the breed of chickens we have, how to look after them, and how to reuse the food scraps we generate at the school to add nutrition to their diet and make compost for the garden. The students work together on a roster to check the chickens, collect eggs, tidy up the pen, collect the scrap bins and feed the chickens.

In Weeks 5 and 6 the Year 8 classes learned how to read and create food labels. They had the opportunity to use technology to make a tomato chutney label where they needed to create and include a nutrition table, ingredients, allergy alerts and general design. In the following lesson cooked tomato chutney and preserved it that was then used in the following lesson to create the avocado, artichoke, and chutney on lightly toasted bread.

For the remainder of the term, we will have an egg and chicken focus with students about to start a breakfast task where they will design and present a breakfast to another person.

Regards,
Tracey Rosser, Laura Brooksby, Kelly Bahr
Food and Hospitality Teachers

YEAR 10 FIT TO LEAD

On Thursday, 29th February some of the Year 10 Fit to Lead students went over to the Strathalbyn Swimming Pool to help and assist with the running of the Southern Fleurieu Swimming Carnival. These students had various roles on the day consisting of timing for each lane, working with Jerry to enter data/times, and marshalling the primary school students to make sure they are at the right event and the right lanes for each event. Each student did their role correctly and showed great respect, determination and teamwork on the day and was highly praised by the SAPSASA convenor.

Great job to all!

Regards,
Kristen Rothwell
Health and Physical Education Teacher

The Rite Journey - Calling and Departure

On Thursday in Week 5, our Year 9 students participated in The Calling and Departure ceremonies as part of their Rite Journey program. The Calling ceremony took place during the day where students silently walked to a location by the Angas River in Strathalbyn. Each student had a pebble which they had written a pre-identified behaviour on. This behaviour was something that each student had agreed to ‘let go’ of this year as they believed it was something that will limit their growth as they move closer to adulthood. Students symbolically threw this behaviour into the river, showing their commitment to this.

Later that evening, students, along with their parents/carers, attended The Departure ceremony at our 7-12 Campus. Highlights of the night included Keely’s singing performance, and Felicia and Liam’s reading of their gratitude letter that they had each written to their loved ones, which they shared with the entire audience. Caitlin, Rhiannon, and Liam did a fantastic job hosting the event, whilst Connor, Levi, Ash, and Ashton also presented very well on the night. Following this, families shared a picnic dinner together as they shared their own gratitude letters that they had prepared for each other. Thank you and congratulations to all who attended the ceremony.

Regards,
Curtis Perrey
The Rite Journey Coordinator
Health and Physical Education and Research Project Teacher

Research Practices and Research Project

Last year, Year 11 students completed the subject ‘Research Practices’ in Term 1 before moving onto the Year 12 subject ‘Research Project’ with the same teacher. This was very successful. The first subject prepares students for the second by getting them to plan a question they wish to investigate and the processes they hope to use to find information to help answer this question. They are then required to find and analyse a secondary source, such as an educational or governmental website, before writing and conducting a primary source such as an interview or survey. They then analyse whether this primary source was written and conducted properly. Many students then use this as a starting point to conduct much better primary sources in the ‘Research Project’.

The understanding developed in ‘Research Practices’ is then built on, to complete the Folio in ‘Research Project’. The Folio (30%) consists of planning their question, planning processes to find information, analysing the best of each process used, a reflection on a Capability developed and reflection of skills and knowledge developed. Students then present their findings in an Outcome (40%). Lastly, students produce an Evaluation/Review (30%) which is a reflection on how the Folio & Outcome went.

Here are some questions other students have researched:

  • How does the illusory truth effect on social media alter western society’s minds?
  • How does translation effect Children’s Literature?
  • To what extent does GAD negatively affect the function of the brain and body of an individual and what are the long-term impacts?
  • How does the underrepresentation of female leaders affect women’s ability to obtain political leadership positions, confidence, and fight for what they believe in?
  • To what extent does Genetically Modified Organisms support farmers and consumers?
  • To what extent does the lifestyle of a professional athlete affect their physical and mental health?
  • How is midwifery different to how it’s portrayed in TV and movies?
  • To what extent does tourism impact the coastal environment on the Eyre Peninsula?
  • To what extent is sport important to communities?

Regards,
Adrienne Carter, Gabi Kirk and Leanne Martin

Get Ready to Rock 'n' Roll: 'Grease' Announced as 2024 High School Production

Attention all T-Birds and Pink Ladies, mark your calendars because Rydell High is about to come alive once again! We're thrilled to announce that the iconic musical "Grease" will be hitting the stage as our 2024 high school production staring Year 10s, 11s and 12s.

Brace yourselves for a trip back to the fabulous '50s as the beloved story of Danny, Sandy, and the rest of the gang unfolds under the neon lights of Rydell High. Set against the backdrop of leather jackets, poodle skirts, and slicked-back hair, "Grease" promises to captivate audiences with its irresistible blend of electrifying music, unforgettable characters, and timeless romance.

Whether you're a die-hard fan who knows every word to "Summer Nights" or a newcomer eager to experience the magic for the first time, this production of "Grease" guarantees an evening of toe-tapping tunes and infectious energy that will leave you singing and dancing all the way home.

Join us as we journey back to a simpler time filled with teenage angst, friendship, and young love. Dust off your dancing shoes, slick back your hair, and get ready to hand jive the night away because "Grease" is the word for 2024! Stay tuned for audition details and show dates – you won't want to miss this electrifying production!

Regards,
India Carnell
Performing Arts Teacher

Year 9/10 Beach Volleyball Carnival

On Wednesday, 21st February we took 9 Year 9/10 Girls to Victor Harbor Beach Volleyball courts, to compete against other schools from the Fleurieu area. It was a very hot day, and all the girls did a great job battling the heat. Only dropping one game against Investigator College which was a very close contest. In the end it came down to points as there were two other teams that dropped one game, making it very close to play in the final against the other girl’s pool. Our girls finished first in their pool playing against Hallett Cove in the grand final, but it was way too hot on the sand to play so both teams took an equal first placing.

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Regards,
Kristen Rothwell
Health and Physical Education Teacher

Sports Day 2024

Sports Day was successfully held on Friday of Week 5 and we were treated to beautiful weather, great attendance numbers and an enjoyable day of activities.

The house parade was a fantastic way to start off the day, with tractors, sports cars, cheerleading moves, and an impromptu slip and slide some of the highlights! House pride and camaraderie were on full display!

Throughout the day students and staff enjoyed participating in a range of activities; track and field events, novelty events including corner spry and football relays, tug of war, cricket, Mario Kart, cornhole and more. It was really pleasing to see so many students enjoying themselves and collaborating with each other.

A new event was introduced this year, the Eastern Fleurieu Gift, a 100m handicap running race with the winners of each age group 100m qualifying into the final race. Runners all started with a staggered start based on their speed and the winner of the event was presented a brand new, gigantic trophy and will have their name added to the record books. Lacey was the inaugural winner of this new award, congratulations!

We had some athletic records broken on the day with Ryan convincingly breaking the U16 Boys 1500m and 800m boys records! Ned also recorded a new record in the U13 Boys 1500m!

Riley, who has excelled in Sports Day over many years, enthralled the crowd and jumped an outstanding 1.91m in the high jump to break the school record which has been held since 2001!!

Congratulations to all of the record breakers this year!

Age Group

Champion

Runner Up

U13 Girls

Addison– 43 points

Lily– 37 points

U13 Boys

Jake– 34 points

Campbell– 33 points

U14 Girls

Lacey– 46 points

Ariah– 37 points

U14 Boys

Joshua– 41 points

Jacob– 32 points

U15 Girls

Kayla– 68 points

Marley– 52 points

U15 Boys

Max– 52 points

Brendan– 46 points

U16 Girls

Ruby– 54 points

Alannah– 42 points

U16 Boys

Ryan– 40 points

Jayden– 32 points

Open Girls

Alyssa– 44 points

Brooklyn– 27 points

Open Boys

Ben– 59 points

Sam– 38 points

The following students were also awarded Age Group Champion medals for their individual success on the day. Congratulations to all of the age group champions.

Across the day house points had been awarded for participation, success and positive culture and the overall house champions at the end of the day were Sturt! Congratulations to all competitors!

1st           Sturt                     1461 points
2nd          Flinders                1166 points
3rd          Stirling                  1137 points
4th          Angas                   1076 points

Our top performing track and field athletes will now turn their attention to the Interschool Track and Field event being held in Adelaide on Wednesday, 3rd April Week 10.

Age Group

Champion

Runner Up

U13 Girls

Addison– 43 points

Lily– 37 points

U13 Boys

Jake– 34 points

Campbell– 33 points

U14 Girls

Lacey– 46 points

Ariah– 37 points

U14 Boys

Joshua– 41 points

Jacob– 32 points

U15 Girls

Kayla– 68 points

Marley– 52 points

U15 Boys

Max– 52 points

Brendan– 46 points

U16 Girls

Ruby– 54 points

Alannah– 42 points

U16 Boys

Ryan– 40 points

Jayden– 32 points

Open Girls

Alyssa– 44 points

Brooklyn– 27 points

Open Boys

Ben– 59 points

Sam– 38 points

Regards,
Mark Nielsen 
Health and Physical Education/Mathematics Teacher 
Sports Coordinator 

Year 7/8 Zone Basketball Carnival

On Thursday, 22nd February Week 4 we had four teams participate in the zone basketball carnival down at Morphett Vale. We had a very successful day with all teams showing great determination, participating cooperatively with their peers and opponents and demonstrating great teamwork.

Congratulations to the Year 8 Girls team who were undefeated and finished 1st.

Year 7 Girls won 3 out of their 4 matches and finished 3rd in the same division. Year 8 Boys worked hard against some bigger opponents but did not register a win, and the Year 7 Boys were successful winning 3 out of their 4 matches and finishing in 3rd place.

Thank you to the senior girls who assisted with coaching throughout the day and the staff for organising and managing the day.

Regards,
Mark Nielsen 
Health and Physical Education/Mathematics Teacher 
Sports Coordinator 

WODB – Which One Doesn’t Belong?

Look at the four options in the image and give yourself 10 seconds to determine which one doesn’t belong. Did you choose the 9, because it was the only single-digit number? Or maybe the 16, as it is the only even number? Maybe 43 doesn’t belong, as it isn’t a square number? (3x3=9, 4x4=16, 5x5=25). Maybe you noticed that 25 is the only number that can be made from two other numbers (9+16=25)

In many mathematics classrooms at 7-12, students are greeted by an “Arrival Task” or “Warm-up”. An example of this is WODB – Which One Doesn’t Belong? where students must quickly select which of the four options doesn’t belong, with a reason why. It’s this reason that we are really looking to encourage out of our students when we have them share back with the class. The beauty (and annoyance to some) of a WODB is that any option could be chosen, but not every reason is the same. Our goal here is to reward and celebrate mathematical thinking – what students notice and, what do they wonder?

Regards,
Jack Rowe
Mathematics Teacher

Important Dates to Remember

Tues 19/03 - Wed 20/03

Year 10 Adelaide Holocaust Museum Excursion

Mon 29/04

First day of Term 2

Fri 29/03

Good Friday Public Holiday

Mon 06/05 – Fri 10/05

Year 10 PLP Work Experience

Mon 1/04

Easter Monday Public Holiday

Mon 13/05

Year 10 Outdoor Edu – Environment Day

Wed 10/04

Year 12 Formal

Thurs 23/05

Year 10 Immunisation

Fri 12/04

Last Day Term 1 Early dismissal 2:15pm

Head of Campus Report

WHAT WENT WELL SINCE THE LAST NEWSLETTER?

Part of our daily EFS routine is to consider What Went Well? during each learning block. It seems fitting to summarise What Went Well since the last newsletter as there is so much to celebrate!  For me, the highlights were enhanced by the support and presence of many families who took time out to support their children with some significant achievements at the 7-12 Campus.

We were honoured to present our 2023 Dux, Fern, with her certificate in the presence of her parents in a whole school assembly; this was also an opportunity to announce our new House Captains and Student Leaders. It was wonderful to see other families in attendance.

Our Rite Journey events were also made very special by the large number of families present.  The Departure ceremony, which was hosted by students, was a significant and emotional event. The year 9s have been busy with their Challenge Days last week and, so far, seem to be taking things in their stride.

Our annual 7-12 Campus Sports Day was a fantastic event highlighted by the number of families who came out to support their children. Our newly appointed House Captains pulled out all the stops to ensure team spirit was at an ultimate high! The whole day was an energetic display of Determination and Teamwork.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to families who partner with us to celebrate the educational and extra-curricular achievements of our wonderful students.

STUDENT LEADERS

Student Leaders had their first meeting this week and have a huge agenda. Their thoughtful enthusiasm and excellent ideas around the topics raised were appreciated. We have formed several committees who will work with, and on behalf of, the student body on issues such as uniform (of course), positive recognition for students, publicity, the school environment and a review of house point allocations.

We will be introducing a new School Values Award for students; this will see more families hearing more frequently about their child’s demonstration of our core values through their actions in the school community.

Student Leaders also made suggestions about making data-informed decisions regarding the Mobile Devices Policy which could promote learner agency and accountability.

COMING SOON

After their success last year, we will be running more Open Days in 2024. Student Leaders will lead tours for families on two dates in both Term 1 and Term 2. We extend a warm welcome to new and current families who wish to attend to see what “a day in the life” of EFS students is like.

Learning conversations will happen in Week 1 of Term 2 and we encourage all families to book appointments with their child’s teachers when they become available. Term 1 reports will be available for students to reflect on and set goals against.

You may have noticed the new digital signage at the front of the school. Key events and dates will be advertised here along with our usual communication channels.

UNIFORM

It is at this point in the newsletter that I usually take the opportunity to remind families about school uniform expectations. I am delighted to say that, due to your considered efforts in supporting our goal around uniform compliance, and your willingness to work with us on this important issue, we have been able to resolve most challenges around uniform. On behalf of staff and students, thank you.

I look forward to seeing many of you in the coming weeks. 

Regards
Vanessa Coker
Director of Secondary Education

Dates to Remember

Thu 21/3

Harmony Day

Wed 10/4

Year 5/6 Boys Football Carnival

Tues 26/3 – Wed 27/3

School Photos

Fri 12/4

Last Day of Term 1

Early Dismissal 2:15pm

Fri 27/3

Good Friday

Mon 29/4

Start of Term 2

Mon 1/4

Easter Monday

Mon 29/4 – Wed 1/5

Room 1, 3, 7 Arbury Park Camp

Tues 2/4 – Thu 4/4

Learning Conversations

Wed 1/5 – Fri 3/5

Room 2, 4, 6 Arbury Park Camp

Fri 5/4

Parent Club Meeting 10:00am

Autism Inclusion at EFS

Our names are Emma Harris and Deb Woolford and we are the Autism Inclusion Teachers (AIT) at the Eastern Fleurieu School R-6 Campuses.

We are given one day a week in our AIT role to focus on strengthening our school community’s inclusion of students on the autism spectrum.

The Department for Education provides an Autism Inclusion Multidisciplinary (AIM) team to support us in the AIT role. The team includes, senior advisor educators, developmental educator, psychologist, occupational therapist, speech pathologist and an Aboriginal cultural project officer. The information from the AIM team is evidence-based and informed by the autistic and autism community.

Our role as an AIT is to pass on information, resources and training we receive from the AIM team to our colleagues. This term our focus is looking at the protective factor of school connectedness and the role positive peer relationships play in this.  As the term continues, we will be seeking student and caregiver voice around autism and neuro-divergence at school. 

If you have any questions or want to chat, we can be contacted through the office or via email. emma.harris653@schools.sa.edu.au and deb.woolford979@schools.sa.edu.au

Regards,
Emma Harris and Deb Woolford
AIT Teachers

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