Unbelievably we have reached the end of week eight, term one and the Easter holidays are just around the corner.
Its been a very settled term interspersed with some great whole school events throughout. Since our last newsletter we have had the House picnic, our Athletics carnival, Inter-school athletics, STEM competitions, Elizabeth College awards night, Grade 7 team building at Fusion Kingston, two outdoor education camps to Freycinet, Questacon visits, Run the Bridge, GRIP Student Leadership conference, Harmony Day, National Action Day Against Bullying and our Rowing teams have had amazing success in their regattas up at Lake Barrington.
As I write this our Under 16 Quad team who won the Tasmanian Championships are nervously awaiting their semi-final at the National Championships at Lake Barrington which starts at 1pm.
Pictured below The U16 Quad Tasmanian Schools Champions Lucy, Cassie, Sarah, Ruby and Hannah (Cox).
Hobart City Schools Project
Yesterday myself, David Kilpatrick, Principal from New Town High school and Di Purnell, Principal from Elizabeth College met with the Minister for Education Jeremy Rockcliff as well the Department Secretaries to put forward the four models for co-education delivery created by the joint school association group from all three schools. We expect an announcement from the minister over the next week as to which model will be adopted.
Over the last twelve months our schools have been working closely with our staff, students and combined School Association Reference Group to develop a preferred co-educational delivery model.
The work of the combined School Association Reference Group, staff, students as well as all other stakeholders then will be to prepare for a transition year in 2022. Our first big job will be working together to decide upon a name, logo, and uniform for the new school as we start the process of branding the model moving forward.
Whilst these will be exciting times, they will also be challenging times as change is always a process that takes time and all voices need the opportunity to be heard. This was also most definitely the opinion expressed by the combined School Association Reference Group who strongly suggested a transitional year in 2022 to enable the schools time to consult and work with reference groups in all of the varied aspects of creating a common school culture. The minister will announce the model shortly.
Our Easter holiday break is a bit longer this year than normal as it coincides with the end of term. Students finish next Wednesday 31 March with staff working on the Thursday in moderation meetings and preparation for 2022 with both New Town High School and Elizabeth College staff.
Wishing you a fantastic Easter break and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to term two which starts on Wednesday 21 of April.
Congratulations to Ms McDonald, one of our fantastic HPE teachers! Representing Tassie at the National Touch Football championships in Coffs Harbour.
Congratulations to our 2021 OHS Rowing team on their performances on the weekends including winning the U16 Quad Tasmanian Schools Champions. Big congrats to Lucy, Cassie, Sarah, Ruby and Hannah. Heading off to nationals next weekend.
A few familiar faces at the Elizabeth College Prize night. Congratulations to all past scholars who received awards.
FUSION - Adventure Based Learning
Grade 7 Students went to Fusion - Adventure Based Learning over three days which consisted of a low ropes challenge course, aimed at team building, and a high ropes course, aimed at each student challenging themselves individually. In the high ropes course, all elements are 3 – 6 meters above the ground which heightens the level of perceived risk.
For more information visit: https://fusion.org.au/fusion-southern-tasmania
Day 1 - Monday 1 March - 7B and 7E
Day 2 - Tuesday 2 March - 7C and 7D
Day 3 - Wednesday 3 March - 7A and 7F
Year 7 reflections on our excursion to fusion:
It was all about getting out of our comfort zone…
With the high ropes, I was quite nervous at first and froze for a while, but gradually I became more confident.
I made new friends.
I learnt that I need to listen to other people’s ideas more.
I had countless supportive teammates.
It’s really fun to be flung into the air
It was good to trust people.
I learnt that if we all listen to each other’s ideas, one will work.
I learnt that I can do things if I put my mind to it.
Teamwork is about communicating and talking to each other without being bossy and telling people what they can and can’t do.
I learnt to share my ideas. At the end it will pay off.
Everyone had each other’s backs
I think that my mindset was the biggest challenge for me. It pushed me to my, what I thought were my limits, but in the end I had a lot of fun.
I definitely challenged myself to use my physical and mental health on the day of the excursion.
It was kind of scary at first but I got used to it and had fun.
YEAR 7 STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
Congratulations to our Year 7 2021 SRC members who were recently elected by their classmates.
As An, one of the 7B SRC members said in her speech to her class:
“What can leaders do for others? They show others what to do by doing it themselves, staying positive, never giving up, when encountering challenges - facing them…Basically, someone you can count on when needing support.”
Wise words indeed from one of our young leaders.
7A: Ella W and Allie P
7B: An L and Chloe B
7C: Caitlin P and Rihanna R
7D: Bella L and Khushi K
7E: Chloe R and Lacey I
7F: Marchelle L and Grace M
GRADE 8 ACTIVITIES
On Tuesday March 23 we were visited by Todd Sculthorpe from Aboriginal Education Services who helped run a day of science and Aboriginal knowledge activities for Year 8s.
Todd talked about the design of Tasmanian Aboriginal dome huts, originally found on the west coast of Tasmania. The experience combined well with the Year 8 Science area of study for this term, which is Energy, especially with the transfer of heat and the properties of insulators. It was also a great way to teach the students about the enduring history of Aboriginal culture and science in Australia, especially lutruwita (Tasmania).
The students worked in teams to build model huts over two or three lessons, which led to a wide range of fantastic designs. We thank Todd for bringing his knowledge and passion and sharing with us.
The Grade 10s have had several busy weeks since the last Newsletter. There have been excursions, the House Picnic Day, Athletics Carnival and competitions.
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CHALLENGE
A number of Gr 10 students participated in The Challenge held on 16 March 2021 at City Hall. This is an outreach program aimed at changing student's perceptions of science and engineering.
Through the Challenge, students experience aspects of these disciplines which they would not usually see in their school environment.
By participating in the Challenge students see that science and engineering involves creativity, innovation, problem solving and teamwork. The Challenge aimed to inspire students to consider a future career in science and engineering by choosing to study subjects such as maths, physics and chemistry in Years 11 and 12.
Thank you to Ms P Ackroyd for her organisation and coordination of the Ogilvie High participants. This year’s team competed against a number of the Independent and Catholic Schools and after fierce competition all day, came in sixth place overall, just one point behind The Hutchins School and one place up the scale than our 2020 team. All girls who participated are congratulated for their teamwork and innovative work on the day.
Outdoor Education students have recently had the opportunity to visit Freycinet National park on a 3 day camp. They completed a number of bushwalks, experienced a sunrise at Cape Tourville and had the opportunity to explore Sleepy Bay. They explored the ocean participating in snorkelling and kayaking activities. They tried extremely hard to catch fish, with some being a lot more successfully than others. Students appreciated a sunset from our beautiful campsite at Honeymoon Bay and did plenty of swimming and rock jumping. A huge thank you to all the students and staff who made both camps such an enjoyable experience.
As part of the Outdoor Education curriculum this term students participated in Surf Lifesaving sessions at Long Beach and Stand up paddling at Sandy Bay with Blue Lagoon SUP and Surf.
RUN THE BRIDGE
Congratulations again to our Run the Bridge runners for 2021. Thanks to our Sports Co-ordinator Ms McDonald for supporting their participation.
HOUSE SPORTS DAY
Congratulations to Steane House. Winners of House Picnic 2021.
NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST BULLYING AND VIOLENCE
Thank you to the Big Sisters today for showing support to the National Day of Action against Bullying and ViolenceStudents from Grade 7-10 visited the Lower Student Centre at recess and lunch where the Big Sisters held a number of activities and support stations to help take action against bullying.
As part of Harmony Week celebrations, we had a harmony day at Ogilvie last week. A number of activities occurred at lunch and students were encouraged to wear orange/ cultural dress as part of their free dress and to celebrate our rich multicultural heritage at Ogilvie and in Tasmania. Money raised will go to UNHCR who do powerful work to support young people around the world. In preparing for the cultural food stall Mrs Legg and some of our girls made dumplings and Bolanis. Our EAL students felt highly visible and incredibly valuabled by our community. Students enjoyed a number of cultural dishes and activities.
Harmony Day - $935.95
Hydration Station – $545.80
HPE BBQ – $254.10
We raised a total of $1,735.85
ATHLETICS CARNIVAL 2021
The Ogilvie High School athletics carnival was held last Thursday and Friday in beautiful autumn weather. Participation from all students was fantastic and there were a number of standout performances across all grades.
The following students set new Ogilvie grounds records –
|Grade||Event||Student - House||Time / Length|
|Grade 7||200m||Evie B||29.34sec|
|Grade 7||400m||Evie B||1min 6sec|
|Grade 7||Long Jump||Evie B||4.51m|
|Grade 7||Triple Jump||Evie B||9.57m|
|Grade 9||100m||Kayedel S||12.60sec|
|Grade 9||200m||Kayedel S||28.78sec|
|Grade 10||High Jump||Mackenzie S||1.53m|
|Grade 7||Relay team||Steane||1min 1sec|
|Grade 9||Relay team||Miller||57.31sec|
Venn were the victorious house largely due to their outstanding participation. Congratulations to all students who participated and a big well done to students who broke records and were crowned track or field champions. Please see final results below.
I really enjoyed Questacon because you got to make your own prototypes to see if they’d work in the test tube. We got to do our own thing without many rules, as the people were so nice, helpful and kind during the workshop. This experience was a very different one on what we’d do on a normal science lesson, we got to work with things that we weren’t going to work with again. So being able to work with those machines was a cool experience. Carissa C - 8E
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
EXTRA CURRICULAR MUSIC PROGRAM @ OGILVIE
Please see below for the times currently allocated for ensembles and the directors of each. For further enquiries about the program please contact Mrs Janelle Stowe via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ogilvie Concert Band 8am - 8:50am. H25 (Ms Sara Mason)
Percussion Ensemble @ lunchtime. H25 (Ms Tracey Patten)
Combined Ogilvie and New Town Concert Band after school at New Town High 3:15pm - 4:30pm (Mr Alex Brown and Mr Simon Reade)
Stage Band lunch time. H25 (Mr Simon Reade)
Show Choir 8.15 -9am (alternate weeks) (Mrs Janelle Stowe)
Ogilvie Choir 8.15 -9am (alternate weeks) (Mrs Janelle Stowe)
Grade 7 Choir 8.15-9am. H25 (Mrs Janelle Stowe)
PATHWAYS INTO THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
On the 17 March, the team from Master Builders came to present a talk to encourage young women to participate in the building and construction industry and trades areas. The presentation was aimed at a wide cross-section of the industry covering sub-trades through to tertiary qualified professionals. All girls from Grades 7-10 who were interested in undertaking a trade right through to architectural and engineering professionals attended the session.
Student Leaders were invited to attend the Grip Leadership Conference at the Hobart Grand Chancellor for the day on Monday 1 March 2021.
This provides an excellent opportunity for our students as the conference concentrates specifically on training student leaders for their role as school leaders. The style, topics, and content of this conference all focus on what the students can do right now.
Students who attended came away with new skills, new perspectives and new ideas for making a positive contribution as a leader. Students choose elective workshops on the day to tailor their experience to their own leadership role. Students who attended included the Prefects, House Captains and the Grade 10 SRC.
At the end of the event Student Leaders left the conference with a clear vision, a solid understanding and dozens of ideas for their time as a leader.
Students Report of the event - By Tess and Isabelle
Some of what we learned about included how to manage time, how to involve more students in school events, creative ideas for our school that are not events and many more valuable things. We also played some games with other schools to practice quick thinking and working as a team. We listened to a guest speaker from the University of Tasmania who spoke about believing in yourself. Throughout the conference there were many opportunities to talk to students from other schools about their ideas.
Overall, it was a great day and the leadership team are so grateful to have had this opportunity.
A team of gutsy and brave athletes represented Ogilvie at the Interhigh Athletics competition on Wednesday 24 March. Wet weather dampened the track but our athletes continued to compete well in each event they entered. High Jump and the throwing events were cancelled due to safety concerns, which shifted the focus to track events, triple jump and long jump.
We had some stand out performances from Kayedel S and Evie B, winning all their events. We were extremely impressed with the willingness of people to step up when events needed filling, especially Kate F and Georgia C from Year 9 who filled in for Year 10 events. Well done to all athletes who attended and thank you for bringing such a supportive and encouraging culture to the day!
In Sustainability class we are partnering with Biosecurity insect laboratories to investigate insect diversity and invasive species. These are the insect sticky traps we are using for our vegetable garden.
We were dreaming about this a year ago..... Harvesting Peaches
AMAZING OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS!
Light Up The Lane is back on for 2021 and we need new works from your students – here’s how you can get involved!
City Of Hobart’s Youth Programs are currently seeking new works from young people aged 12 – 25 to project onto buildings as a part of Light Up The Lane 2021.
Works can include; digital art, short videos, film, animation, artworks and photography.
Check it out on facebook! - www.facebook.com/lightupthelane
Would your school like to submit a collection of works on behalf of your students?
This is a call out to art, digital media, photography and other creative teachers that would like to enter a selection of works on behalf of your students.
If you are interested assisting your students to enter their works please email: email@example.com or call 0438 079 588
For more information visit www.youthartsandrec.org
We hope to see you all there! It’s a FREE family friendly event
Contact us for more information: 0438 079 588