December 2005, Volume 9, Issue 4
FROM THE PRINCIPAL…
One of the wonderful young women, Zoe, who attends our school, recently came into
my office for a chat. We started to talk about the Christmas break and this is her
Inside this Issue
• Community Events Christmas, Birthdays, Easter, whatever the day maybe….
Pg 2 Most kids “In care” find these days especially hard, even depressing some days.
• School Happenings People can say that you can change the day,
Pg 3 even make it your own…
• Letters to the Editor But that’s not the case, it’s not as easy as that.
Pg 5 You may want your own family around but they don’t want you.
•Vocational Education This can be real annoying and depressing especially when you see other kids with
Pg 6 their family.
• Art News Sure people can say that you can make your own family,
Pg 7 maybe the perfect family, the kind you’ve always wanted,
• Science News but it’s still not the same.
Pg 8 No matter how much you try you still feel different from your step-in family*,
• ASSPA News you still feel the emptiness, still wishing, hoping, wondering if things could be different
Pg 8 just for one day with your real family,
• Poetry but then realising…. It won’t be the way you want it.
Pg 8 When really all you've got is your step-in family.
• Gager Street Campus Some people take things for granted, like having family gatherings
Pg 9 and think that these are only little things,
but for kids “in care” we treasure moments like these.
Dates to Remember * Zoe told me that a step-in family is a fake family
School Closes 23/12/05 In 2005, the young women of Southside have achieved so many significant academic
and personal goals, in spite of difficulties that they have faced. We are very proud of
School Re-opens 3/1/06 them. Their contribution to their community in so many ways has been remarkable.
Teachers return 24/1/06 Thank-you to all those in our community who have supported the students at
Southside during 2005. Together, we can continue to find better ways to ensure that
Students return 30/1/06 all young people have a fair go in this affluent country.
Again, our wish for 2006, is that we may find a way to provide safe, stable housing for
some of our students so that these young people feel valued by us and have the same
opportunity as other young Australians to gain education, training and a future.
And she brought forth her
“We need homes in the
first-born Son and laid Him in
heart of our school.”
a manger: because there was
Reconciliation Day, 2005) no room for Him in the inn.
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Teachers’ Day - 2005 … Dusseldorf Learning Choices Expo ctd.
On the 1st of November Southside Education,
Gladstone State High School and Elders from the local Students are busily preparing garden beds for their plant
community came together to celebrate Teacher’s Day. nursery, and planning yummy recipes for the cooking
school, such as Garlic Witchetty Grubs and Lilli Pilli in
The day began with some getting to know you activities Chocolate!
with the hilarious Lorraine who wore a funny Melbourne
Cup hat. Everyone participated in many fun activities We urgently require fresh witchetty grubs and native
including a Staff Baby Photo Competition, Boomerang edible berries for our project. Please call Adelaide on
Painting, Indigenous Dancing and Storytelling. Along with 3423 7499 if you can help.
all the fun we all had speeches from Uncle Albert, The Dusseldorf Committee
Aunty Debbie, Aunty Lois Gulash and Aunty Carol Currie. Children’s Commissioner Visit
I am positive that everyone involved had a great day We were lucky enough to have the Commissioner for
and would like to thank all those who made it work so Children and Young People, Elizabeth Fraser, come into
well. our school this term. She talked in Moot about how
Rachel Little young people have certain rights and what the
Commission for Children and Young People can do to
Students asked her some very important questions and
and Uncle she answered them gracefully. The Year 9 class gave
Raymond her some feedback about how to make a booklet that
the Commission had produced more youth friendly.
Southside would like to thank the Commissioner for all
the advice she gave us and we hope she will visits us
again in 2006. Tash B.
Fundraising for Pakistan Earthquake Victims
Everyone at Southside was very sad to hear about the
devastating earthquake that hit Pakistan and surrounding
areas on the 8th of October.
As a school we decided to hold a collection to help with the
fundraising efforts. The students at Southside are to be
congratulated for their generosity in donating change from
their tuckshop money to help other people in need.
In Moot on the 10th of November we were lucky enough to Elizabeth Fraser speaking at Moot
have Mohammed Hutt from the Kuraby Mosque come and
collect the donation. He spoke to us about the religion of
Islam as well as the devastating effects the earthquake
has had on the people of Pakistan.
Dusseldorf Learning Choices Expo
Last year, Southside Education was involved in the
Dusseldorf Learning Choices Expo. We applied for 2006,
and were once again selected from 85 applying schools.
Our project in 2006 focuses on a Bush Tucker garden and
production of a ‘Jamie Oliver’ style Cooking School. Tash asking the Commissioner a question
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MOVE, MOVE, MOVE Southside Farewells Seniors - 2005
This term at Southside everyone participated in a health The year twelve formal was like a dream that is still vivid
and fitness campaign. We started the term with an official in my mind, so much so that I am still able to go through
launch. At the launch, Laura and Michelle performed a the evening step by step. I was one of the first to arrive,
hilarious role play and staff and students alike got decked out in an interesting outfit that caused raised
MOVEing with the energetic Nutbush dance. We also eyebrows in the awaiting staff. This fashion however did
heard the MOVE song, which Louise and students from not continue as girl by girl flittered in, in their glamorous
Gager Street wrote and recorded themselves. attire, glowing with confidence and joy and having no
fear for the lens.
Throughout the term we used our MOVE diaries to record
all the exercise we did. We completed a fitness As I sat there and observed this unusual spectacle a
assessment so that we could set goals in our diaries and feeling that I had stepped into a parallel universe
improve throughout the term. washed over me. It seemed that time had stopped for
To help everyone to MOVE more, the teachers organised just that night and everybody’s fear of change and
a different sport activity each lunchtime. We revisited our unwanted goodbyes were forgotten. We sat, we talked,
childhoods when we played handball, hopscotch, skipping we ate and when it was time for speeches, Lorraine
and hacky sac. caused raucous laughter with her reflections on each
Jasmine B. student, all in rhyme, and then sadness for the absence
of our beautiful principal, Colleen.
Although the evening was said to be formal and
certainly appeared that way, the word fails to describe
the atmosphere, which seemed to be more like a family
dress up party, very suitable for such a school.
We are friends, we are family in our own unconventional
way and I’m sure that all the grade twelves will agree
when I say that the surreal happiness of that evening
will remain with us forever. Thanks to everyone that
organised such a dream.
Crystal, Rebekah, Jen, Clair, Jess, Skye, Rebecca, Tash and Amy at the
Seniors Farewell Dinner
Amy and Sarah
Jen, Rebekah and partners Crystal and Tash
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Singing Group Work Experience
On Tuesday afternoons, For the past few weeks, Jazmaine and If have been
Southside has been alive with doing work experience at the RSPCA in Fairfield. So far,
the sound of music. Led by we have helped out with the stray dogs, puppies and in
the extraordinary talent the cattery. We are hoping to get the opportunity to work
Louise, the walls buzz with the with farm animals too. The RSPCA is an organisation
sound of the students music. that cares for stray and mistreated animals that do not
We look forward to a debut have a loving family or a good home. We have had a
performance next year. fantastic time and are hoping to continue doing work
Thanks to all who take part in experience next year.
these unconventional jam Bonnie A.
sessions. What’s life without
Hep C Promotion
The Year 9 class had a great time making badges for a
Hepatitis C promotion. We had to draw a design and then Jazmaine at the RSPCA
we put it onto a badge template. The school ran a
competition to find the most creative one and the Elders
chose the winners. We also enjoyed a very interesting and
entertaining talk by Joey from the Queensland Hepatitis
This term, the girls have had the opportunity to taste a
number of different sports. We have been using the
facilities at Salisbury Super Sports, which has enabled the
girls to participate in beach volleyball, indoor netball,
indoor cricket and indoor soccer. With summer fast Bonnie at the RSPCA
approaching, the second half of the term has seen us
return to A-J’s sporting complex for swimming and the girls
have also been keen to access the gymnasium. A number
of these sports have been new to the girls and they should
be commended on their efforts to get up and have a go.
Healthy Tuckshop Initiative
To coincide with the MOVE program, Southside
implemented an overhaul of the tuckshop. The tuckshop
now has a variety of healthy foods. Every lunchtime
Aunty Joan prepares a delicious meal and serves it with
a huge tray of fruit. Also, there are no more soft drinks
on sale and there is a range of new healthy snacks for
students to buy.
Indoor Cricket at Salisbury Super Sports
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Each week a number of students play netball at
Salisbury Super Sports. We have just started our new
season and so far have had mixed results with 2 wins and 1
loss. With our girls improving every week, we are sure to be
successful. Our team players include Serina, Amy, Sharon,
Jasmine, Bec, Rebecca, Tash, Sonia and Michelle. All the
girls would like to thank Debbie and Sonia for picking us up
and dropping us home.
Australian Poetry Competition
This term in Moot we had an Australian Poetry
Competition. Students had to recite and present a poem by
an Australian poet. There were a number of participants. Members of our netball team: Tash, Rebecca, Skye, Serina,
Amy and Jasmine K. were the overall winners with an Sonja, Michelle, Bec and Sharon.
entertaining rap version of Highly Explosive by Banjo
Patterson. Iesha came 2nd and Jenny 3rd.
A Message from Frances (a school volunteer) I recently found out that Murri Elders who work
in the Courts to assist Magistrates do not get
Just now, I’m sitting in the school library and gazing out paid proper wages. This reminds me of the
the large window towards the pleasant little garden “stolen wages” of the past! These elders are
named for Jean. There is the gentle of hum of girls’ often old, frail and don't have much money.
talking – some about work, some not. The What can we do to help sort this out? It seems
air-conditioning is working beautifully and Southside is very unfair and unjust to me.
alive and well. Portia
Each Wednesday morning, I attend Staff Meetings
You could write to the Attorney General's
where reports are given so that each person
Department (GPO Box 149 Brisbane Qld 4001) or
understands the activities of the day and becomes
aware of the challenges some young people are facing write a Letter to the Editor of your local
that may impact on their school day. newspaper.
Congratulations on your good citizenship! The
As the Christmas break approaches, I want to good thing about living in a Democracy is that
congratulate the staff and students on the completion of active individuals like you can help rectify
yet another year – not just a completion but a injustices. Ed
bell-ringing, streamers flying, noisy, wonderful
Frances Kendall Aunty Jeanette Kirk, Uncle
Robert and Aunty Valda
Coolwell teaching at
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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING
WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING?
Sensations Success Sarah serving
On Thursday the 10th of November Hospitality students guests
ran their first ever restaurant- Sensations. The feedback
from customers was very positive and the floor staff were
pleased not to spill anything! We catered for 18
important people including the Lady Mayoress, Lisa
Newman and the Editor of Brisbane Circle, Di Watson.
The Year 12’s are disappointed their course has come to
an end, but would encourage all students to get involved
as Hospitality is a career for life!
Erica and Tash
preparing the food
During early September, I applied for a scholarship to Rebekah serving
study a Diploma of Hospitality Management with the guests
Hospitality Training Association (HTA) in 2006. The
Year 11 Vegetable Garden
application process involved an extended written This semester the Year 11 Mathematics class planned,
response to selection criteria and formal interview designed and created a vegetable garden, which played an
process. I was shortlisted as one of three finalists and integral role in their Mathematics studies and their
attended an awards night on the 8th November for the Workplace Practices Enterprise Task. The garden has been
an extremely successful venture and enterprise for the
big announcement. Fortunately, my name was students to use as a basis to study many different areas of
announced as recipient of the Dick McGuire Scholarship, mathematics and workplace practices, i.e. measurement,
valued at $15 000 and covering all costs associated with space, budgeting, costing and wages. The produce from the
the 12-month study degree. I would like to thank vegetable garden were sold as part of their Workplace
Practices Enterprising Task to the Hospitality students to use
everyone involved for their help and support and the in their restaurant and other cooking tasks.
McGuire family for providing me this opportunity.
Tash M. Next year we hope to expand the garden and have many
subjects such as Hospitality, Mathematics, Workplace
Practices and Business use the garden to gain real-life
knowledge on a broad range of skills. Well done to the Year
11 class for having such green thumbs!
Nicole at work in the garden
The first strawberry
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A RT N E W S
Traffic Signal Boxes Year 11 Report
This term Jess and I painted a traffic signal box on the We have been working towards completing our
corner of Lister Street and Mains Road near the traffic competencies in Certificate 1, Visual Arts. This term we
lights. Our Art teacher, Caroline, told us about the project have been making tables constructed from wood and
which is actually also a competition sponsored by the scrap metal. We had to design our own table top and
Brisbane City Council. You have to design and submit think of solutions to join the legs to the table. The results
the design you would like to paint. Then once it is have been great. Some students have decorated their
accepted you are provided with all the materials you tables with paint and others have burnt designs into the
need including paint, brushes, pallets and brightly surface with a hot iron.
coloured vests for safety. Our design was brightly col-
oured and featured sunflowers and a bee.
A great project, Brisbane City Council!
Year 8/9 Report
We have been learning
about Commercial Design in
Art. We have all designed
our own personal logos in
Serina working on her table top Erica working with the
bright colours that have
been scanned into the com-
puter and printed onto iron-
on transfer paper. We then
printed our designs onto
Lauren’s logo Clair at work
calico bags that we have in art
been around. To extend our ideas we also made a lino
cut of our logo design and experimented with
different printing methods.
Year 12 Report
Year 10 Report We have been finalising our Visual Art diaries and
Creative Clocks has been the documenting artists that have influenced our own
topic of our art-making this art-making. We then used those ideas to make our own
term. We have learnt to use major artwork. We used a range of mediums across the
the machinery in the Design group including lino printing, painting and sculpture.
and Technology room and
create imaginative designs
Gager Street Campus
Sian working on clock that are very bright. We have
We have been joining Caroline in the Art room once a
been talking about making the
week to make Creative clocks. We all planned our
clocks into an enterprise
design and constructed the shape of our clock face. We
activity next year as they have
learnt new skills in the Design and Technology room.
been so successful.
Now we can use a band-saw, disc sander and drill
Year 10 Class
bench. Some of us decorated our clocks with mosaic
glass and others used painted decorations. Our clocks
range from flowers and frog designs to Australian
Jenny’s clock Gager Street Class
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SCIENCE P O E T RY
Year 8/9 Report
In Year 9 Science we have been studying movement and
have made working cars made out of cardboard, straws,
bottle tops and balloons. Peta made the most
My world is crumbling beneath my feet,
successful car out of the whole class. We have just started
And I’m tryin’ to tread lightly.
looking at food webs in different areas of the world.
Losing my cool cos I’ve lost my mind,
Improvement isn’t very likely.
Year 10 Report
Emotions are pent up and thoughts are alive,
This term we have been looking at manufacturing
A cup full of rage is plenty.
processes and the effect on the environment by making
Just enough for me to break outta my cage,
paper. We have developed our skills and made some very
To make a massive re-entry.
good paper as well as researching the impact the paper
Outta this old world and into the new one,
industry and other industries have on the environment.
Where I can stand my ground rightly.
Bring on anything you wanna throw at me,
Peta with her car My soul’s strength stays mighty.
The old, silent man sat on the porch,
Rocking slowly, without a sound,
Thinking of the good old days,
Southside Drifters— Thinking of what the world has become.
our touch team
He remembers when the first car was released on the market,
He remembers when the trees were all around,
A tear seeps from his eye as he remembers the war,
And a smile stretches across his dusty, old face
ASSPA NEWS As he remembers how much fun they’d had,
Then he sighs as he remembers giving his daughter away at
This term we have continued with our BBQs at Kurilpa Park.
Although the rain came, we hope to continue them. He coughs as the dirt and dust from the desert enter his lungs
We had a very successful day at King George Square for the And sips water as he remembers the last visit of his family,
Indigenous Jobs Market Expo. Our students’ catering group, He frowns as he remembers his brother’s tricks
Southside Sensations, prepared and served a spectacular And chuckles about the payback upon him,
BBQ. They were complimented by many different He sobs as he remembers his wife’s passing,
organisations. A big congratulations and thank you to all who And feels relieved as he remembers how he met her.
But as he looks around
ASSPA has been linking with different organisations He notices how the world has changed over his lifetime.
including Brisbane Youth Service, Salvation Army (JPET) As a gentle desert breeze whispers by he takes his last breath
and First Contact. We have had two meetings resulting in us And closes his eyes for the last time.
entering a touch football team, the Southside Drifters, into
the First Contact Touch Carnival. The team played extremely Kristen
well, coming 3rd overall. We have also started a range of
other activities for young people during the holiday break
with Brisbane Youth Service.
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GAGER STREET CAMPUS
Bush Tucker Garden Coochie Mudlo Island Camp
Our last term saw us off to Coochie Mudlo Island for a
We are researching bush tucker little rest and relaxation. Jamie-Lee caught the most fish
plants. We are also using native and the biggest, and from her reaction you would have
plants in our bush tucker thought she’d caught a shark. Thankfully for us it was only
garden. We are growing plants a bream. The students also learnt how to catch their own
so we can use them in cooking bait using the dragnets and cast nets.
and eat them. We can sell the
plants to make money. People Myisha, Maylene, Kirsten and Davitha were quite good in
could also come in and look the kitchen learning how to prepare traditional Torres
around the garden and we could Strait Islander food for one of our meals. It was delicious.
charge an entry fee.
One of the plants we will grow Melanie W.
Theresa Andersen offered her time for some mentoring
with a sport both her and the students are very
passionate about, Touch Football. After some stretching
Indigenous Careers Expo and Childhood Unit
exercises and warm up activities the girls got into a game
In SOSE, we have been doing an early childhood unit.
of Touch Footy, which was then followed by a warm down
We have been thinking of when we were young like when
in the pool.
we played barbies or played games with our siblings -
even just certain memories that reminded us of our past.
At night, we made a camp fire, roasted some
In a task that we did for the unit, we all got given a toy
marshmallows and shared a few scary stories that led to
and had to write three things it reminded us of when we
an early night for all. Before winding down and heading
were young. I remembered being given a toy train and
home, some girls had the opportunity to some weaving
train track that reminded me of the show, Thomas the
and made windmills and balls, using palm leaves.
Tank Engine. We all got different toys so we put all our
I say, “so long and thanks for all the fish”.
thoughts together on a poster and showed it to everyone
at the Lister St campus.
On the 20th October, our new catering group, Southside
Sensations, cooked a sausage sizzle for the Indigenous
Careers Expo at Brisbane City Hall. We were being
assessed for our presentation and preparation of food.
We had to wear gloves because we were handling food
and a hat to keep our hair out of the way. It was very busy
and smoky but we had fun serving hundreds of
Some of Gager Street campus on Camp
Southside Education—where Caring and Learning go Hand in Hand
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Department of Child Safety, Department of Employment and Training and
Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training.
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