Wirreanda Secondary School
Week 10, Term 3 2021
From our Principal
Darcy Cathro Maths/ Science
Will Morphett Maths/ Science
Ebony Cooper English/HASS
Taylor Greeves English/HASS
Chris Bracale English/HASS
Jordan Freshney Tech Studies New
Gemma Battista Special Class/ Disability Unit
Ainslie Rivett Smith Science/ Maths New
Lisa Crmlec Disability Unit/ Special Class
Henry Carey PE/SSC New
David Cole Home Economics New
Daniel Moos Tech Studies New
Sophie Bociulis English/HASS/Psychology New
We welcome the following new Senior Leaders into our Admin Leadership Team for 2022:
Senior Leader Band 2: ENTREPRENEURSHIP, INNOVATION & PATHWAYS Stacey Bartlett
Senior Leader Band 2 HIGH IMPACT EQUITY, EQUALITY & COMPLEXITY STRATEGIES Amy Broham
We welcome the following new Leader Band 1’s/Coordinators into our Executive Leadership Team for 2022:
Leader Band 1 Middle School & Transition (House Leader)
Congratulations to Toby Medlin. Toby joins us from Parafield Gardens Primary School as the Senior Leader Wellbeing and School Operations. Toby brings in a range of leadership skills, a deep passion for Middle School, Trauma informed practices and skills/experience/passions aligned to WSS being a Specialist Sports School 7-12.
Leader Band 1 Middle School & Transition (House Leader)
Congratulations to Cat Stone who has won this leadership position to commence with us at the start of 2022. This is great news for the school - Cat brings an array of experiences and skills, and is currently at the Australian Science and Mathematics School.
Leader Band 1 High Impact Strategies Learning & Culture Middle School 7-9
Congratulations to Isabella Kotlar. This is a newly structured position in the Whole School Learner Wellbeing team and Middle School team.. Isabella joins us with considerable skills in leadership, special needs (both primary and secondary), differentiation and complex behaviours).
Building and Infrastructure Development
11.5 Million Capital Works ReDevelopment Official Opening
Our Official Opening was held on Wednesday September 1st. Our Official Opening was not only a chance to officially recognise the opening of our new space, but also a time to thank and recognise a range of key people involved with our Year 7 to HS journey. We had the pleasure of hosting Premier Steven Marshall and also Minister John Gardner in the morning for a tour of our new building works and press conference. A range of dignitaries attended the Official Opening, including Minister for Education John Gardner, the Honourable Dean Brown and a range of Directors/Leaders involved with both Capital Works/Asset Services and the Year 7 to High School pilot.
Dear Parents, Families, Staff and Students,
What a fantastic Term 3 we have had at Wirreanda Secondary School, with a range of events and opportunities across the term. Since the last newsletter we have held a Staff Professional Development day, continued to plan for Transition processes and activities with Primary Schools, Outdoor Ed camps along with other excursions and events. Providing valuable and meaningful learning opportunities for all our students is a priority here at Wirreanda Secondary School and our focus is deliberately on how we can as individuals and teams continue to improve and challenge ourselves and our students.
External School Review
Congratulations to our community on a very successful External School Review. The Review Team were impressed, and very complimentary, about the improvement journey we are on and the positive professional and collaborative culture evident across the staff. The External Review process is complete, and the final report consisting of observations and evidence from the three days is now available on our school website.
Course Selection Process and Learning Conversations
Course Selection Day was held on Wednesday 18 August, and is always a wonderful opportunity to engage with our school community. I thank all the families who took the time to complete our parent survey at this evening. This information is always useful to inform our future priorities as we move forward. The Course Selection Day is only a small part of the Course Process as we plan for the new year. Over the coming weeks and into next term, our school leadership team will be working to ensure we are providing students with a range of opportunities through their course choices and allocating staffing and human resources appropriately for 2022.
This term we welcomed the following new staff to our Wirreanda Secondary School Community:
Kate Wormald Teacher HASS/PBL
Melissa Evans Teacher HASS/ART/Photography
Olivia Gilbert Teacher Maths/Science
Brodie Miller Teacher HASS & English
Morgan Gomer Teacher Science/Maths
Kayla Jericho Teacher Science/ Maths
Sam Massacci Teacher Unit
This term we have announced the following new teachers to join our school community permanently, or remain with us permanently, from the start of 2022:
Michelle Gloyn Science/Maths
Bella Davies Music/Second Teaching Area New
Jordan Freshney Design & Technology New
Zoe Greer PE/SSC New
Melissa Evans Art/ Aboriginal Education
Zac Heynan English/HASS
Olivia Gilbert Maths/ Science
Eric Juanta Maths/ Science
Laura Mosel Maths/ Science
Don't forget our Term Calendars can be found on our website
Work Experience Week
19, 20, 21 October
Learner Profile Interviews
Mon 1 November
Year 7 & 8 2022 Parent
At Wirreanda Secondary School sanitary products for students are available free of charge, in an emergency or to reduce the barriers which some students experience to their learning.
After consultation with our students, these products are available through the Learner Wellbeing Centre, as well as in The Atrium bathroom for year 11 and 12 students.
If further support and information about this is needed, please contact the Learner Wellbeing Leaders, Mrs Buswell and Mrs Brodzicki.
Mon 11 October
Term 4 begins
11- 15 October
Dental Van Visit
Upcoming Term 4 Events
Fri 5 November
Whole School PD Day
Student Free Day
From the Learner Wellbeing Leaders
Thurs 21 October
Year 12 last day farewell assembly
Fri 22 October
Year 12 breakfast
Mon 25 October
Governing Council Meeting
This major redevelopment has created amazing opportunities for our community, and in particular our Year 7-12 students. As a result of this major redevelopment we now have:
A new classroom block with 12 classrooms, replacing old transportables
New Learning areas replacing a space occupied by old changerooms
New Change Rooms and toilet facilities adjoining the theatre and gym
An updated classroom for use of our new Special Class
New performance sport courts, our larger northern ones including tiered seating and use for a range of sports (replacing old bitumen courts shut down a few years ago)
New Art Learning Areas, and the improvement of Tech and Home Ec areas
An updated Admin and reception office area
New Wirreanda Secondary School Theatre, and our updated Performing Arts block adjoining the Theatre, which includes new classrooms, backstage preparation areas, music practice rooms, a green room and a multi versatile studio (which includes a dance area and drama facilities)
Building Work Principles
Our building works are underpinned by consistent guiding principles linked to Teaching and Learning at Wirreanda Secondary School, which underpin any major work that we do:
The use of glass to allow Natural Light
Development of Open Spaces - to encourage Flexibility & Collaboration
Seamless Integrated Technology
Removal of traditional teacher desk as a focal point
Acoustics - enabling group collaboration, large multi groups to come together and/or quiet work
Positive Behaviour for Learning
I have continued to communicate that I expect nothing but high expectations from all staff and students in regards to learning behaviours. This includes constant support and challenge for all parents and families play a critical role in ensuring that students are prepared and ready for learning, including supporting healthy food habits and healthy digital use which may mean setting reasonable expectations regarding social media use, work loads and sleep which all contribute to readiness to learn.
Remember….Wirreanda Secondary School and “who we are” is a result of what we do, or don’t do, everyday.
“Living tiny has many benefits including financial, lifestyle and economical. For example, tiny homes are cheaper to build and buy because they use less materials and less development than a traditional home. When living in a tiny home you are most likely to be living off the grid, living off the grid means that you create your own electricity (using solar panels that create power from the sun). Living tiny helps you to reduce your carbon footprint and it lowers the amount of fossil fuels in the air and environment. Tiny homes are ideal for young people and even older people to buy because they are way cheaper than a traditional house (especially with the market at the moment). Living tiny is beneficial for everyone in the long run, it may be a little costly when starting it up but once it is running it is pretty much free, you can generate your own power, grow your own food and recycle rain water to use to drink and shower. Obviously there are going to be some costs but it will be 10x cheaper than a traditional house. The people we have heard from that live tiny have all mentioned that living tiny has brought the family together and made all of their well-being (mental health) way better, you also have the freedom to move when you want (if you have a mobile home).”
Our village will be compiling our research inquiry and recommendations into magazine articles for our Tiny Living Magazine which will be showcased at the Exhibition of Learning later in Term 4.
Chris Bracale & Taylor Greeves - Year 8 PBL Blue Teachers
From Little Things…
This term Year 8 PBL Blue have been studying tiny houses to explore the theme of sustainable futures. The students have been looking at the environmental, social, and economic factors as to why people choose to live tiny and how this helps the planet and future generations to come!
Students have participated in a range of activities to learn about renewable and nonrenewable resources, energy consumption, their ecological footprint, off-grid living, climate, food, unsustainable waste and other environmental issues such as pollution, global warming and urbanisation. Students have been encouraged to conduct research to find sustainable solutions for these problems while discovering tips and tricks for living a more sustainable lifestyle themselves! Blue Village have thoroughly enjoyed learning about tiny living and the motivations behind living an alternative lifestyle. It’s been great to see them working together to discuss some tough questions about the state of our planet and what we as individuals can do to help!
Check out some of the thoughtful student responses to our inquiry assessment:
“Humans impact the environment in many ways, but contributing to global warming is one of the most harmful. Humans contribute to global warming in four key ways: burning fossil fuels, deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions and farming livestock. Humans burn fossil fuels to produce energy and coal, oil and natural gas are all examples of this. Farming livestock is bad because it encourages deforestation for land to rear animals and the process requires many materials and water.”
“The reason the tiny house trend has skyrocketed in the past few years in Australia is because of the benefits it provides! Most of the people that have built and moved into tiny houses instead of traditional sized homes because of lifestyle, environmental and economical benefits. People are often motivated by their want for financial freedom due to higher housing prices that have been rising over the years. The environment is another factor due to people’s reliance on more renewable resources and less greenhouse gases being produced. Tiny houses are better for the environment because they often use recycled materials meaning they cost less and focus on reusing and repurposing. Lifestyle changes can be difficult at first but once people get used to them, they can’t imagine living another way!”
“In Australia the best place to store your own water is in Darwin, this is because they have the highest rainfall in Australia. In January, Darwin had 441.0 mm of rainfall, whereas Perth had 126.2 mm, Sydney had 138.1 mm and Adelaide only had 71.4 mm. With all this information we can conclude that Darwin is the best place to store and collect your own water because it has the most annual rainfall.”
Year 7 Staples from Scratch
Year 8 Health & Physical Education
From the Middle School
During term 3 of HPE at Wirreanda Secondary School the year 8’s have undertaken a variety of sporting activities. Throughout the first four weeks of term, students explored various movement patterns in the net/court sport of badminton. The following 4 weeks consisted of ultimate frisbee, an invasion game, and participating in a coaching clinic, run by Mr Gale’s year 12 PE class. The clinics consisted of either basketball or indoor soccer which the students really enjoyed participating in. The students are currently engaging in the striking/fielding of tee/softball with great success. Paired with the practical, students have been learning all about the four different aspects of health (physical, social, emotional and spiritual) and to positively influence them to maintain and improve their wellbeing.
Jason Baker - HPE Teacher
This term students have created their individual projects using scrap wood. This plant hanger shelf and tool box are two of the creations!
Christine Roberts - Teacher
English/HASS Project Based Learning Blue Village
Twenty three years to the day since the fall of Australia, I gather mushrooms on the outer edge of my compound. All of the compounds had been irrigated the day before and it was the best time to pick them as the soil was still moist.
I looked down at my basket of mushrooms, they looked disgusting but anything would help during the food shortage the community was going through - even horrible mushrooms.
Orange Village student
Sirens racing, heart beating out of my chest, children crying and screaming, thoughts running through my head. I am racing around getting prepared for the games and ready to leave my home to fight for my freedom. I get sent outside by these big, strong people that grab me and throw me into a big truck with a couple of other people they already grabbed for the games.
Orange Village student
Every year on the twelfth of August two children from every state aged between fourteen and sixteen. One girl and one boy are selected to be a part of the survival games. The survival game is one hundred days in an horrific arena built with droughts, floods and even bush fires. The winners of the survival games are given enough food for a year and enough money to live comfortably for three months.
The introduction of year 7’s to the WSS community as part of the Year 7 into High School Pilot Program has allowed us to provide unique learning opportunities to our students. Students in year 7 over the last two years have been offered 1 line of ‘enrichment‘ across both semesters, one of these subjects being Stop, Breathe, Think.
At the core of Stop, Breathe, Think is the development of social and emotional intelligence. Through the implementation of research based programs, students who have undertaken Stop, Breathe, Think have developed an understanding about emotions, why all emotions are valid, what the purpose of particular emotions are and strategies on how to manage our ‘big’ emotions. We have looked at empathy, kindness and gratitude, and how these contribute to respectful relationships whilst currently the class is undertaking a unit on Values; what each individual values, who they value and what they can do each day that allows them to make conscious choices that aligns with their values.
The current cohort has been nothing short of an absolute pleasure to work with and I have been proud and impressed with the respect and engagement of the students with what at times, can be challenging content.
I look forward to seeing how each of our Stop, Breathe, Think students use their experiences in our class, over the rest of their High School journey.
Below are samples of students identifying their values, understanding how these values impact their lives and some goal setting aligned to their values
Alicia Dean - Teacher
Stop, Breathe, Think
English/HASS Project Based Learning Orange Village
The focus for PBL in Term 3 is Futures. The students in Year 8 Orange PBL have spent this term unpacking and understanding Narratives and the concept of Dystopian Futures. Students have read and analysed the text, ‘The Hunger Games’ to better understand narrative structure and the Dystopian genre and are now working to create their own narratives based on the scenario provided.
‘In a dystopian future set in the ruins of a place once known as Australia, lies a new and cruel Government determined to create a superior race.
A televised event known as ‘The Survival Games’ is hosted by the Capital for all children who reach the age of 14. These children must survive 100 days in the wild and formidable arena where they will be tested on their survival skills.
Only the strongest, smartest and fittest will survive and take their place in society.’
Over the term we have focused on building skills around first person writing, interesting story starters, expressive writing and the four key structures of a narrative. Once complete the students in Orange Village will create a book that will be printed ready to launch at the Exhibition of Learning in Term 4. Below are some examples of the students' narratives so far.
Examples of student work:
Sarah Kay & Kate Wormald - Year 8 PBL Orange Teachers
Year 9 English - Stories of Asian Worlds
To learn more about Asian perspectives and deepen our knowledge of Asian culture in Stories of Asian Worlds we asked...
How do the experiences of people from Asian countries compare to my own?
This required students to explore an Asian country in a category of their choosing and then identify the differences and similarities between their research and Australian culture.
This gave students the opportunity to investigate a topic of their interest with students choosing a range of topics, including but not limited to; sport, music, food, law, clothing, housing, currency and population.
When research was complete, we began to develop hunches about the differences between cultures. Our research generated a lot of class discussion and saw us identify our perceptions and question how perceptions and stereotypes are created. We were able to problem solve and use evidence such as data and images to critically think about the factors that influence these differences and similarities.
To consolidate the assessment, students showcased their research through a visual interpretation and participated in a gallery walk where they read and responded to research based on the same country or topic as their own.
Our gallery also had special guests from Miss C’s special class join to discuss the visually appealing elements of the presentations and identify the techniques used to capture audience attention and provoke thought and discussion.
Ashleigh Golding - Year 9 English Teacher
Students from across Years 7-11 participated in the annual Write a Book in a Day event held on site from 8am all the way until 8pm on Friday 20 August.
This year, three teams of up to ten students worked together to create a book from start to finish - including the front cover, blurb, story and illustrations. To add to the challenge, each team had unique parameters that they needed to include and base their story around.
All teams completed their book, with even half an hour to spare! The completed books include Fame of The Boomerang, The Adventurous Llama and Scarlett Jones and the Clockmaker, and all show some serious skills in creative writing and illustrations. These books will now be donated to sick children in hospitals all around Australia.
Well done to all students involved and committing your time to helping children in need.
Briony Steele - English, HaSS/LOTE/Literacy Leader
Write a Book in a Day
Students have again been hard at work in Term 3 assembling and painting bird nesting boxes as part of the WAVE Volunteer Program. 10 nesting boxes were donated to The McLaren Vale Biodiversity Project. These nesting boxes will provide much needed habitats for the native wildlife in the region. Special thanks to Eizabeth House Positive Ageing Centre Volunteers, WAVE staff and The McLaren Vale Biodiversity Project for being involved in this opportunity. Well done to everyone involved, your commitment and action to conserve our environment and wildlife is inspiring!
WAVE Volunteer Program
This term the WAVE Volunteer Group made blankets for Guide Dogs Australia puppies in training. These blankets will not only provide warmth for these special pups, but also provide comfort and a sense of security. Students challenged themselves by learning something new, how to measure, cut, sew and also demonstrated initiative by choosing their own colours, shapes and designs. A big thank you to the staff who supported students and the generous lend of the sewing machine from a community member for this exercise. 20 blankets were made in total; another activity in paying it forward. Well done to everyone involved, they look fantastic!
Operation Flinders 2021
From Thursday 19 August to Thursday 26 August, six students from the WAVE Program were given the opportunity to participate in the Operation Flinders exercise in the northern Flinders Ranges at Yankaninna Station. The program aims to develop personal attitudes of positive self-esteem, leadership, motivation, teamwork and responsibility. Students also learn basic bush survival skills, are taught to abseil and learn the rich history of the Flinders Ranges.
The students from the WAVE Program tackled the program with a growth mindset and walked over 100km, completing all set tasks throughout the eight days. Tasks included abseiling and challenging themselves both physically and mentally to meet the goals set by both the Team Leader and the students themselves.
A big thankyou to Team Leader Sarah, Assistant Team Leader Kat, Peer Group Mentor Chloe and Support Staff Kerry. The next phase of the program for many participants is to self-nominate and become Peer Group Mentors where they can gain accredited qualifications and have another opportunity to support other students recommended to undertake the Operation Flinders Program.
Paul Sherman - Senior Leader WAVE Program
R U OK DAY in WAVE
R U OK is a charity whose mission is to inspire and empower everyone to connect with the people around them and support them.
On Thursday 9th September WAVE staff and students brought awareness to the day by listening to a presentation and helping to build the confidence and skills of the young people to have a meaningful conversation that can help people through difficult times in their lives. Students also connected through a shared lunch and a series of planned activities including making connection cards, knitting and games.
A big thankyou and acknowledgement to the students that attend the Bake It program on Wednesday by baking and decorating fabulous cupcakes to share on the day.
In Term 3 WAVE coordinated a donation drive for Share the Dignity and Happy Boxes. The WAVE Volunteer Group and Staff cleaned and inspected basic toiletry items and handbags, then sorted and packed them ready for distribution. Half of the bags were distributed at a collection point for Happy Boxes and will be distributed in the remote Aboriginal community Wilcannia to support the COVID crisis. The other half will be donated through Share the Dignity ‘It’s In the Bag’ drive in November. This act of generosity will support the genuine need to provide vulnerable women within our community with essential sanitary and self care products. Well done to everyone involved.
WAVE Volunteer Students continued the partnership with Treasure Boxes by sorting and cleaning donated items onsite. Students and staff are humbled to have been able to support the needs of our newest South Australian arrivals from Afghanistan and also provide essentials to other SA families in need. Well done to everyone involved and staff who have coordinated and supported this activity. You are making a difference!
Congratulations to Abby O, recipient of the 2021 Premier’s Anzac Spirit School’s Prize
Wirreanda Secondary School congratulates our Year 10 Green House student Abby, whose biographical essay was selected as a winning entry within the prestigious Prize. Hear from Abby on her award:
“Earlier this year I entered into the Premier’s ANZAC School Spirit Prize. This had required me to write an essay on a South Australian serviceperson that served in World War I and/or World War II. I chose to research Joseph Alfred Willam Morgan, my 3x Great Grandfather, who fought in World War I at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. Entering this competition has taught me a lot, including finding out more about family history, improving my grammar, and finding my confidence.
Learning about my family history was truly an incredible experience. The most significant thing I encountered was reading a letter from Joseph to his daughter saying: “it has been so long since you last saw me, I suppose you have forgotten my face but always remember me. Your loving father.” This made me realize why my family is so close.
Out of the entire competition, 1000 students across the state entered with 20 being successful. On the 3rd of September, I had my award ceremony where I met the other winners with whom I will be spending 10 days on a study tour in Darwin during April 2022. This was a massive opportunity that I will never forget and recommend to anyone who is given this opportunity.”
From the Senior School
On Friday of week 6 (27 August), 8 boys from year 8-10 played in the Southern Vales/Fleurieu zone round of the year 10 knockout basketball competition. Wirreanda Secondary School were 1 of the 7 teams that competed in the competition, with the boys going undefeated against all 6 other schools, meaning they will progress into the next round of the statewide knockout competition. Great work to the boys and their hard work in SSC training with Mr Dillon Taylor, the skills on show throughout the day were very impressive!
Sam Abadia - SSC & School Sport Officer
Stage 1 Business Enterprise: Shark Tank
During this term, students completing Stage 1 Business Enterprise: Shark Tank had the exciting opportunity to virtually meet and discuss the business journey of social entrepreneur Isobel Marshall. Isobel was named 2021 Young Australian of the Year for her work helping women around the world break down stigmas surrounding menstruation and period poverty. At age 18, Isobel co-founded the social enterprise business TABOO which sells ethically sourced menstrual products, with 100 percent of net profits going to One Girls – a charity providing education programs for girls and women in Uganda. WSS Shark Tank students were able to ask Isobel a range of questions regarding her start-up challenges, social enterprise business structure, and future growth plans. Students actively deliberated on the importance of mentors, strategies to overcome financial challenges and the complexities of work-life balance. By the end of the experience students walked away with not only a greater awareness of the need to eliminate period poverty and menstruation stigmas, but a deep understanding of how a social enterprise functions and operates in an Australian context.
This experience has inspired and motivated WSS Shark Tank students who are currently building the foundations of their unique business ventures by identifying customer segments, creating prototypes and collaboratively refining ideas. Watch this space - because our Shark Tank students are sinking their teeth into the world of business innovation.
Kate Wormald - Teacher of English, HASS & PBL
A Royal Luncheon
A selection of the Greensburn Parliamentary system was invited to the Kings Royal luncheon in week 3 of Term 3. As part of his Year 12 Food and Hospitality assessment, The King of Greensburn organised and then facilitated the luncheon, through preparing the personalised invites and table place cards, designed the menu and then prepared the food items ready for the feast. It was great to see the meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of the session, with skills demonstrated not only in food preparation, but also in creative design.
Keegan Taylor - Senior School Yellow House (Wheeler) Leader
Year 12 Outdoor Education Camp
The Year 12 Outdoor Education class recently completed their final camp experience. For many this was their final camp experience as a student at Wirreanda Secondary School.
The Self Reliant Experience allows for the groups to plan, cater and trek a route through the Deep Creek Conservation Park over three days drawing on past experiences they'd undertaken earlier this year and in past years.
The groups work together and traverse the Heysen trail from the top of Tunkilla Beach moving westerly to Cape Jervis or Cape Jervis moving Easterly to the top of Tunkilla Beach.
It's the first part of the Heysen trail which follows the rugged coastline, beaches, and open farm land over approximately 45 km.
Along the way groups carry all of their gear - food, water, tents, navigation, first aid and cooking essentials. They communicate via UHF radio and mobile devices.
They have access to a number of specific campsites which they aim to get to before night fall, bunking down for a well earnt rest, then rising the next day to proceed further along the route.
This year one group managed to traverse the complete East to West route. In order to do so, they needed to begin their third day of the walk at 6:50 am and cover the 15km over a very challenging section of the trail to arrive at Cape Jervis some 5 hours later.
Students are constantly engaged in their environment, making decisions about direction, relevant stop/rest points, walking speeds, all while observing and being mindful of the impacts they were having on the the environment and the delicate ecosystems that thrive in the area.
Living harmoniously within nature allows the group to take away the importance and the key roles they have in allowing others to enjoy and experience these areas in the years ahead.
Mr G - Senior School - Outdoor Education Teacher
From The Special Class
On Mondays in Weeks 3-5, Mr Gale’s Year 12 HPE students invited Green Room students to learn how to play volleyball. Kyiesha, Leah and Jacob ran three sessions, teaching Green Room students how to warm up and how to dig, spike, set and serve the ball. Students’ confidence and skills developed over the three weeks, it was fantastic to see students teaching and learning from each other. Jacob, Leah and Kyiesha demonstrated excellent leadership skills.
The top 3 things Green Room students enjoyed about the volleyball sessions:
Using the beach balls to develop their skills
Learning from Kyiesha, Leah and Jacob
Playing games of volleyball in session 3
Gemma Battista - Special Class Teacher
Year 11 English - This is Not a High School Musical
Year 11 students in the ‘This is NOT a High School Musical’ English course have been analysing the techniques that musicals use to convey key ideas and themes. Throughout this course, students have viewed and examined the film “Chicago”, a text that highlights the corruption of the judicial system in the 1920s Jazz Age. Students then had to create a multimodal presentation to outline the stylistic features that the director uses to convey the themes of manipulation, corruption and powerful women.
Students showcased an in-depth understanding of how these texts position the audience to view the characters in a particular way, and have achieved very highly during this course. Congratulations to all!
Chelsea Freeman - English Teacher
I wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the development of our workshop.
I am delighted to report that our workshop received high praise and positive feedback from student participants, teachers and Congress organisers.
We asked students and teachers to give us feedback using the PMI formate (Plus, Minus & Interesting) here are some sample comments;
“Everything!! Amazing and I learned so much. Student presenters were just perfect”
“Very hands on. Trying new flavours and foods”
“Friendly presenters who spoke well”
“Different origins of different plants and foods”
Congratulations to our student leaders and all who assisted with our workshop planning.
Ralf Pirone AET (Aboriginal Education Teacher)
Milly Sumner ASETO (Aboriginal Secondary Education Transition Officer)
2021 STEM Aboriginal Student Congress
Theme for this year is “Living Two Worlds”
The STEM Aboriginal Student Congress held last Thursday and Friday (16 & 17 September, 2021) is the biggest STEM event for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in Australia.
Our school was involved in this Congress led by our four Young Aboriginal STEM Thinkers of South Australia (YASTSA). The students were Lachlan V, Marley E, Thorn G and Talia V.
The aim of the Congress is to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with science, technology, engineering and maths learning and industry experience to inspire them to realise there aspirations and take on challenging subjects at school and in future learning.
The topic that our students chose to research and present was - Using traditional Aboriginal knowledge in medicine and cooking. The photographs represent a snap shot of the learning and experiences that we would like to share with our Wirreanda Secondary School community.
It took 3 terms of research and planning to develop our workshop and this included excursions and planning days to Flinders University, ANTAC (The Aṉangu Ngangkaṟi Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation centre), Adelaide Oval Conference rooms, the Education Development Centre and the Adelaide Convention Centre.
The students and teachers who assisted with the presentation of our workshop are Lachlan V, Marley E, Thorn G, Talia V, Milly Sumner and Ralf Pirone.
Contributing to the research and planning of our topic includes other teachers and ASETO’s. They were Wayne Olifent, Katharine Watson, Kellie Blucher, Colin Grace, April Grava, Matt Siviour and Caroline Dean.
From The Aboriginal Education Team
Advice on buying a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for Wirreanda Secondary School
Laptop 2 in 1 Surface with detachable
At Wirreanda Secondary School, we believe that learning with technology is an essential component of education. As we approach the end of 2021 and the successful completion of our second year with Year 7 students joining the school, parents may be thinking about the need to purchase a laptop for their child or children and may not be sure what to choose or how much to spend.
Devices within the budget range are becoming more affordable, sometimes available for around the $400 mark and for Wirreanda Secondary School, no additional software such as anti-virus software or the Microsoft Office suite needs to be purchased as we work from the Google Suite of applications.
However, we would recommend that you consider a laptop, 2 in 1 device (laptop and tablet combined), Macbook or Microsoft Surface when shopping around. We advise against purchasing tablet devices such as Apple iPads, and Android devices such as Samsung Galaxy Tab, Lenovo Tab etc. as they can have issues with screen size as well as memory and storage which over time may not suit the growing dependency on technology as your child progresses through their school years.
Experience tells us that it is best to protect the laptop/device and the screen by purchasing a “hard-shell case”. It is a small additional investment (from about $50) to ensure the laptop survives the day to day treatment it may undergo during its school life.
In regard to the specifications to look at, for use at school, the school website has a BYOD link: https://wirreandasecondary.sa.edu.au/itdigtech/ which provides a guide to the minimum and recommended specifications that we would suggest when looking to purchase a device. Included on the web page is a link to information that will assist with making a decision. Click VIEW THE 2021 BYOD SPECIFICATION GUIDE to view this information as well as links to several vendor sites.
An important question to ask when looking for a device is “How are issues dealt with?”
Sometimes devices are sent off to another city (taking a long time) for technical issues to be looked at and resolved while other organisations have an in-house repair service. As an example, Harvey Norman Noarlunga typically deals with most issues directly in store resulting in approximately 5 business days turnaround.
Some companies also offer different Interest Free Finance and flexible rental options and this may be a question to ask when talking with the salesperson if it may be of benefit to you.
What if you already have a device?
If you already have a device that you intend your child to have sole use of and to bring to school, then come and try it out on our network to ensure it is compatible. You can talk with the ICT Team at the school when trying out the device and they will be happy to provide advice and assistance.
Need any additional advice, information or help with the BYOD program?
We recognise that this can be a confusing issue to deal with for some parents and caregivers. Hence, we urge you to contact us if you are unsure of anything in relation to BYOD. We also realise that some families may struggle financially to equip their son/daughter with a device. Please feel free to contact the school at your earliest convenience and without hesitation, to discuss this with us and we can try to assist resolving this issue with you.
Further information is available on the school website on the BYOD link: https://wirreandasecondary.sa.edu.au/itdigtech/ All communication regarding the BYOD program should be directed to Ms Stacey Bartlett, Senior Leader - Future Focussed Learning, by email or by phoning the school on 08 8329 7200.
Technology has become an integral part of everyday life and it is critical for the future learning and development of all students and educational outcomes. For the staff and students at Wirreanda Secondary School, this continues to be an exciting time for developing flexible learning programs that will no longer restrict children to just the classroom learning environment and broaden their creativity and passion for learning within and outside of the school environs.
Until Next Time...
Front Office: (08) 8329 7200
For Absences text 0427 016 253
From the Finance Office
Dear Parents & Caregivers & Independent students,
As the school year comes to an end it is time to formalise the Materials & Services Charges (School Fees) & subject fees for 2022. In line with the Materials & Services Charges Administrative Guidelines we invite all parents to the next Governing Council meeting where the charges will be approved. The meeting will be held on Monday 25 October 2021 at 6.30pm in the board room of the Learning Hub. Attached to this newsletter is the link of our 2022 Materials & Services and subject levy Watermarks. The ‘standard sum’ for 2022 (known as the legally recoverable amount) is $334 for Secondary School students and $253 for Primary School students. If you are unable to attend this meeting, but would like to express your views please send a letter to the school addressed to the Governing Council chairperson, Colin Jevons, or contact any other Governing Council Member, before the Governing Council meeting.
Attendance at Wirreanda Secondary School
A reminder to families that if your child is absent please send a text message to the absence line. It is important that you include your student’s name, year level, date of absence and reason for absence.
Absence Line text number: 0427 016 253
Attending school regularly has a number of benefits for a young person’s development. These include:
It helps them to learn, grow and meet their potential
It impacts on the choices that will be available to them later in life.
The Department for Education SA requires that all children of compulsory age are enrolled and attending school or an approved learning program. The compulsory attendance ages are 6 to 16 years old.
Parents and guardians have an obligation to contact the school when their student is absent and provide the reason for this absence.
If you have any questions regarding this or need support to improve your student’s attendance you are encouraged to call your student's Homegroup Teacher on 8329 7200.
Parents are also reminded that if you are working with a member of school staff in regards your child’s attendance, you are still required to reply to all messages regarding unexplained absence.
Mrs Sue Bogumil - Attendance Officer
Isabella, Wilbur, Chris and KLP working on ‘Stuck Between’
Keenan, Alex, Hayden and KLP workshopping ‘Belonging’
click here for 2022 Materials & Services and subject levy Watermarks