State High School
30 October 2009 1020 Waterworks Road
The Gap, Queensland Australia
Principal’s Column Phone: 07 3511 3888
The 2009 Speech Night was held on Wednesday evening 28 October. The
night was very enjoyable with excellent support from our students and Fax: 073511 3800
their families. Thank you to our guest speaker, Ms Lyndal Reid – an original
Gap High student.
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2009 Dux, Alexander Dekkers. We now send the newsletter
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Congratulations also to the School Captains and Vice Captains for 2010.
• Captains: Erin Gourlay and Brett Parﬁtt
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To the students who assisted and performed on the evening - thank you. Our Instrumental
Music students’ contribution to the night was exceptional. Thank you to our guest conductor;
parent, Mr Paul Dean, who conducted the students to perform uplifting orchestral pieces.
The students thoroughly enjoyed working with Paul for the many weeks of rehearsal and on This Newsletter is provided
the evening. A special thanks to the Film & Television students and the Tech Crew for the FREE to The Gap State
preparation of and presentation of the sound, lighting and vision. High School with the great
support of the local business
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Listed below are the Special Award winners at our 50th Annual Speech Night which was held
on Wednesday 28 October 2009.
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Worklinks School-based Traineeship Award – Nathan Craner Contact Schoolzine
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The Ross Wright Memorial Humanities Prize – Ailsa Fairclough
David Stephenson Memorial Art Prize – Bronte Davy Advertise Here!
P & C Fellowship Awards
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• Year 12 – Danni Cameron
• Year 11 – Jack Conkey Advertise Here!
• Year 10 – Hayley Maybury Contact Schoolzine
• Year 9 – Lachlan Schuhkraft
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• Year 8 – Taylor Gibbs
RSL Bursary – Madison Ainsworth Advertise Here!
The Gap/Ashgrove Rotary Club Junior All Rounder Award – Kaela Armitage Contact Schoolzine
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Highest Cultural Award (Sponsored by the State Member, Ashgrove) – Jon Smeathers
Highest Citizenship Award (Sponsored by the State Member, Ashgrove) – Chris Perez- Advertise Here!
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Outstanding Young Leader’s Award (Sponsored by the Federal Member, Ryan) – Victoria P: 1300 795 503
Outstanding Academic Achievement Award (Sponsored by the Federal Member, Ryan) – Leon Contact Schoolzine
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ADF Leadership and Teamwork Awards
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• Year 10 – Monique Filet
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• Year 11 – Erin Gourlay
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• Year 12 – Chris Perez-Compton
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Outstanding Academic Excellence 2005-2009 – Leon Bell, Emma Clarke, Alexander Dekkers,
Ailsa Fairclough, Aisling Scott
The Caltex All Rounder Award – Aisling Scott Pierre de Coubertin Award
Dux of the School – Alexander Dekkers
Service to Sport Award
Cultural Awards Victoria Stephenson
Jon Smeathers Sportsperson of the Year
Leon Bell, Chaire Bennett, Emma Clark, Yanni Dubler, Louise England, Erin
Gourlay, Samuel Hamilton, Bobbie McIntyre, Jessica Prasad, Aisling Scott, BJ
Hamilton, Lauren Porter
Reelies Awards 2009
The Reelies Awards was held on Wednesday 21 October 2009.
Kaela Armitage, Miki Clarke, Hamish Davie, Monique ﬁlet, Brendan Fugate, Here are the main winners from the night.
Harrison Fugate, Nell Hamilton, Nathan Vaishnavi, Zoe Penman, Chris Perez-
Compton, Sophie Tuttici. Outstanding Documentary
THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT made by Tomas Holtham, Callum Orr
Citizenship Awards and William Shelley
Gold Achievement in Direction
SWITCH made by William Shelley
Silver Highly Commended: Tripped Out made by Miki Clarke
Leon Bell, Caitlin Booth, Cameron Caddaye, Miki Clarke, Madeleine Cooper, Highly Commended: Arthur & Delilah made by Maddie Daly
Madeleine Daly, Yanni Dubler, Bobbie McIntyre, Victoria Stephenson, Sohhie
Tuttici. Achievement in Cinematography
Bronze EVERYDAY SUPER HERO made by Jon Smeathers
Kaela Armitage, Hayley Callaghan, Hamish Davie, Louise England, Monique Highly Commended: Tripped Out made by Mikki Clarke
Filet, Brendan Fugate, Erin Gourlay, BJ Hamilton, Nell Hamilton, Nathan
Vaishnavi, Brett Parﬁtt, Peter Park, Zoe Penman, Jessica Prasad, Nahila Achievement in Editing
Rahman, Namira Rahman, Aisling Scott, Jon Smeathers, Callum Tear, Catherine TRIPPED OUT made by Miki Clarke
Highly Commended: Arthur & Delilah made by Maddie Daly
Congratulations to all students who received a prize on the Achievement in Sound
night. SWITCH made by William Shelley
Achievement in Visual Effects
Sports Awards 2009 SWITCH made by William Shelley
The Gap High Annual Sports Awards Dinner was held on
The Reelie Out There Award
Thursday 22 October 2009 at the Arana Leagues Club. We
~ For the use of a narrative, visual or genre-defying device
were able to celebrate some fantastic achievements by many
that’s somewhat outside of the box ~
students throughout the year, and a great night was had by all.
HIGH SCHOOL LOVE STORY made by Callum Orr
Congratulations to all award winners. A list of the major awards
Highly Commended: Suki made by Shannon Whiley
Highly Commended: The Forest made by Lisa Robertson
Highly Commended: Tile M For Murder made by Bobbie McIntyre
Swimming Cross Country Athletics Year 12 Exam Block – 12 November
Open Girls – Aisling
Open Girls– Victoria
Open Girls – Laura
to 19 November 2009
Open Boys –Harrison Open Boys – Timothy Open Boys – Mark During the exam block, students are only required to be at school
Clarke Gibson Dobson
16 Girls – Stephanie 16 Girls – Ella Gobbart- 16 Girls – Ella Gobbart- when they have an exam. For their spare sessions, students are
Lane Wood Wood required to stay at home either studying for exams or working on
16 Boys – Benjamin 16 Boys – Alexander 16 Boys – Lachlan assignments.
Ellwood Dalzell Stewart
15 Girls - Lisa Foreman 15 Girls – Kate Giles 15 Girls – Madeleine Students who have a morning and an afternoon session on the
15 Boys – Nathaniel 15 Boys – Eamonn Cox Clarke same day are not permitted to leave the school grounds during
Fitzgerald 14 Girls – Kaela 15 Boys – Eamonn Cox
14 Girls – Alisha Armitage 14 Girls - Kaela
their break. Students are requested not to congregate at the
Ellwood 14 Boys – Scott Niven Armitage shops before or after their exam session.
14 Boys – Benjamin 13 girls – Kristy 14 Boys – Sebastian
Fitzgerald Armitage Jeffries Students are required to wear full school uniform when
13 Girls – Ella Heather 13 Boys - Conor O’Neill 13 Girls - Kristy they are at school at any time, for all reasons during the
13 Boys – Oliver Shann Armitage exam period. Students not in school uniform are required to
13 Boys - Daniel
report to the ofﬁce on their arrival at school.
A copy of the exam timetable is attached.
Harrison Clarke, Madeleine Clarke, Alisha Ellwood, Susanne
McKeen, Aisling Scott, Victoria Stephenson, Mitchell Swetman Selection of Year 10 (2010) Social
Sporting Excellence Medallions Science Subject
Rowan Cook, Madeleine Clarke, Mark Dobson, Alisha Ellwood,
Scarlett Hankins, Susanne McKeen, Conor O’Neill, Aisling Scott, On Thursday 15 October, Year 9 students were given information
Harry Watson about the social science subjects on offer to them for next year.
Students must select to study Geography or History or Study of
The Peter Nobbs Memorial Trophy for Open Athletics Society during Semester One. As a social science subject remains
Harrison Clarke part of Core it is vital that all students indicate their preferences
The Scott Gastrell Trophy for Best and Fairest Rugby on the selection form and return this to the Ofﬁce no later than
Union Player Friday 30 October. Every effort will be made to give students
Elliot Bender their ﬁrst preference but this cannot be guaranteed, particularly
to students who fail to return the selection form by the due date.
Tom McGovern Trophy for Soccer Player of the Year Students who have not received the information sheets must pick
Susanne McKeen and Conor O’Neill them up from the Ofﬁce.
Volleyball Player of the Year J Cameron
Madeleine Clarke and Rowan Cook HOD Humanities and Learning Enhancement
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Email advice for students leaving Year 12 References
school at the end of Term 4 Year 12 students have the opportunity to apply for a school
reference. Reference application forms are available at the ofﬁce,
At the end of Term 4, all school-provided email accounts will close attached to this newsletter and on the schools website. Completed
for Year 12 students and other students who are leaving the state application forms are to be submitted via email by 3.00 pm Friday
school system. 6 November 2009.
Please ensure your child is aware that their school-provided email
account will not work beyond the end of the school year and that World Teachers Day
they should ensure that they provide a personal email address to
prospective employers or educational institutions. World Teachers’ Day a time to say thanks This Friday 30 October
is World Teachers’ Day. Celebrated in more than 100 countries,
This is especially important for students enrolling in further World Teachers’ Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an
education or training using the QTAC, TAFE or other online increasingly complex society. Every day teachers are building
system. skills that translate into future careers. They are shaping our
future workforce and creating the next generation of leaders
Emails will bounce if sent to a student’s school-provided account and innovators. Students, parents and community members are
after the end of term and students may miss out on conﬁrming invited to help demonstrate their appreciation by joining in the
their enrolment into their chosen course of study. school’s activities hosting an event or activity. Our school will be
hosting [insert event here]. The Department of Education and
Urgent Message for all Year 12s Training also recognises the outstanding work of its teachers
through the Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools, Teacher
who are going to Uni next year Excellence Career Milestones and 25-year Service Medallions,
presented each year on World Teachers’ Day.
By now you’ve put in your QTAC form (if not, you can still apply
– you’ll just need to pay a late fee. Visit www.qtac.edu.au for
details). Opportunity to support Schoolies
BUT, if you think ﬁnancial hardship may affect you getting the OP Week Chaplaincy
you need or make it difﬁcult for you at uni, you should also ﬁll out
the QUT Equity Scholarships Scheme and Q-Step Program If you would like to support Schoolies Week Chaplaincy,
application. On-time applications are due 6 November (affectionately known as the Red Frogs), you can send bottles of
2009. pancake mix to the school ofﬁce until Friday 6 November 2009.
It’s quick and easy AND you will be considered for an OP bonus “The Red Frog Crew assist school-leavers by walking young people
of up to 3 points along with a guaranteed bursary of $1000 home, cooking pancakes, cleaning rooms, handing out Allen’s Red
(if you have QUT as a preference). Frogs and most importantly, offering emotional support through
what can often be a challenging week”.
The Federal Government is also making improvements to Youth
Allowance. This means more students will be eligible and have More info can be found at http://www.redfrogs.com.au/
access to Commonwealth Scholarships. Talk to Centrelink on hotelchaplaincy/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id
For more information and a copy of the form call the QUT Equity
Scholarships Team on 07 3138 5582 or visit www.equity.qut. Sports News
Track & Field State Championships
Year 11 Exam Block – 20 November Last week the Track & Field State Championships were held at
Queensland Sports and Athletic Centre, and 9 students from The
to 27 November 2009 Gap High competed as representatives of Met North School Sport.
Two of our students qualiﬁed for the Queensland Track & Field
During the exam block, students are only required to be at school team to compete at Nationals in Hobart in early December. Mitchell
when they have an exam. For their spare sessions, students are Swetman qualiﬁed again for the 100m, after running a time of
required to stay at home either studying for exams or working on 11.47s, and Harrison Clarke will also return to the Queensland
assignments. team for high jump, after winning Gold at the meet with a jump
Students who have a morning and an afternoon session on the of 2.01m.
same day are not permitted to leave the school grounds during Well done to Mitch and Harrison, as well as all the other athletes
their break. Students are requested not to congregate at the who competed. Individual results are listed below.
shops before or after their exam session.
Kaela Armitage: 4th in heats of 400m, 4th in heats of 800m, and
Students are required to wear full school uniform when 6th in the ﬁnal of 1500m.
they are at school at any time, for all reasons during the Laura Saunders: 6th in heats of 100m, Bronze in 4x100m relay.
exam period. Students not in school uniform are required to Conor O’Neill: 9th in heats of 100m
report to the ofﬁce on their arrival at school. Sophie O’Callaghan: 8th in heats of 400m, 8th in ﬁnal of 1500m.
A copy of the exam timetable is attached. Dan Isserow: 14th in Triple Jump
Harrison Clarke: Gold in High Jump
Eamonn Cox: 10th in heats of 1500m, 17th in ﬁnal of 3000m.
Leadership Training Centre News Mitchell Swetman: 6th in Semi of 200m, 6th in ﬁnal of 100m,
Silver in 4x100m relay.
Each year the LTC is inspected by professional structural engineers
Isaac Smith: 4th in ﬁnal of Javelin
to ensure that all elements in the centre are safe to use. I am
pleased to report to all that this year’s inspect report conﬁrms
that all elements in the LTC are safe to use.”
Australian Volleyball Schools Cup
We have now ﬁnalised our nominations for AVSC in Melbourne.
SHAPE Meeting This year The Gap High will be sending 3 teams to the competition:
Open Boys Honours, 15 and under Girls Div 2, and 14 and
The last SHAPE Meeting is to be held at The Gap Tavern on Monday under Boys Div 2. We are in the process of booking ﬂights for
2 November at 7.00 pm. All welcome, please RSVP to Laurel on the students, and further information will be sent home at the
3300 9182 or 0413 903 972. beginning of next week with regards to payments.
There are also a range of fundraising ventures happening to be
on the look out for.
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As part of out preparation for the event, team trainings and practice Community Notices
matches will be happening. Training times are as follows:
Open Boys: Monday 5.00 -7.00 pm, Thursday 5.00 -7.00 pm Free program supports families following
15 Girls: Thursday 3.00 -5.00 pm divorce
14 Boys: Monday 3.00 -5.00 pm, Wednesday 7.00 - 8.30am,
Thursday Lunchtimes The University of Queensland in is offering a free 12-week
parenting program designed to improve outcomes for children
Tuesday Night Volleyball will be starting up again next week and following divorce. The program targets separated and divorced
continuing for the rest of the term. We will be running matches parents who have children aged 2-14 years, who have separated
to assist the Melbourne teams in their preparation. They will be or divorced within the past 24 months, and who are having
playing Mixed teams – which is Open to any student nor going to difﬁculty managing conﬂict with their ex-partner, coping with
Melbourne to come along and play. The draw will be: feelings, or managing child behaviour problems. For details,
contact Family Transitions Triple P on 07 3365 7303 or email
4.00pm: Melbourne Girls team vs Mixed Girls Duty: Melbourne
5.00pm: Melbourne Junior Boys vs Mixed Boys Duty: Melbourne
6.00pm: Open Boys vs Old Boys
We would also like to thank Ben Whitehouse, of b. b. Whitehouse
Group, who is sponsoring our trip by purchasing Hoodies for the
players. The students and staff appreciate this support. We also
appreciate the support of Steve Miller from The Gap Health &
Racquet for his support through our purchase of team shirts and
SHAPE Committee Break up
The ﬁnal SHAPE meeting for the year will be the break up dinner
on 2 November (next Monday), and will be at The Gap Tavern
at 7.00 pm. All are welcome to attend, whether you’ve been
involved in SHAPE or would like to be. Please email Laurel Scott
to RSVP for reservations on email@example.com
Sportsperson of the Year
POPARTS Committee News
Congratulations to Lauren Porter and Big Band and Chamber Choir
on their performance at the Payne Road Q150 event last Friday
night. POPARTS has received a letter from the Payne Road Music
Supporter Group thanking our High School.
The orchestra will be performing at Speech Night on 28 October
under the baton of Mr Dean. Performing students please come in
neat school uniform.
• Chamber Choir End of Year Performance Wednesday 4
• Krispie Cremes Thursday 5 November 2009
• Indooroopilly Performance 6 November 2009 – Concert Band,
Stage Band, String Orchestra
In three weeks time on the 21 November the World Challenge
team consisting of 11 Year 10 and 6 Year 11 students, Ms Cash
(Teacher) and Guy (Chaplain) will be departing for their trip to
Laos and Vietnam.
The team have spent 18 months working, saving and fundraising
for this journey with tremendous support from their parents, of
The team will be contributing to the building of a school in Laos,
jungle hikes in Vietnam and a eye opening, world view widening
cultural experience over 28 days. The team will return on the 19
World Teachers Day
“A teacher affects eternity; they can never
tell where their inﬂuence stops”
Today, 30 October is the celebration of World Teachers’ Day.
To show the appreciation for their commitment to our school
community the teachers were treated to Breakfast, massages,
real coffee, chocolates and an assembly in their honour. Thank
you to all our wonderful teachers here at The Gap.
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