Our Year 12s enjoyed a pancake breakfast and an opportunity to show how stylish the NASHS staff is on our annual Dress As a Teacher Day.
We had the Glenn Simpsons well-represented and the Ruffells made sure their best angles were facing the camera. Some of Mrs Myers beautiful girls expressed their appreciation by dressing as her and Chad channelled his Mum with glasses and her signature spotty basket.
As always, the Phys Eders were emulated with Sophie's Dan Smith bringing attention to detail with her lip balm and post-it notes. Xavier did a very stylish Hannah Curtis and Ella, Noah, Jess and Ellie all showed me up with better hair and make-up than I could ever do.
It was a wonderful opportunity for our Year 12s to have a laugh with staff and show their care for those who have supported them on their journey - well done to all on making it a very enjoyable day.
The day was predicted to be an absolute pearler, and in unusual Albany fashion, didn’t disappoint with ideal conditions with west nor west offshore winds and an easing 2m southwest swell.
Although some teams didn’t feel they performed the best they could, they still went through to the next round because of their determination and commitment, only one team did not progress to the next round.
Keilarni Lloyd had an unfortunate incident where her fin was broken moments before her heat. She kept her head high, went out and surfed the best she could with her team member, Georgia Franey. Keilarni was surfing so hard that she managed to inflict a minor blood nose.
Much to her and Georgia’s surprise, they progressed through to the next round, even after leaving the water feeling deflated. A new fin was found and they competed in the second round, unfortunately, they were knocked out of the heat. The team showed great resilience and determination, which is commendable.
Some of the junior teams struggled a little bit with the conditions. To their credit, they continued surfing managing the best that they could, highly praiseworthy.
Some of the juniors were on unfamiliar crafts to suit the team configurations. Their flexibility and willingness to adapt to evolving conditions was admirable.
A last-minute senior Boys bodyboarding tactical team change proved beneficial as the fellas progressed through the rounds. Riley Pearce and Hamish Wilkes were in one team with Elijah Medling and Jack Day in another team. Unfortunately, Hamish and Riley encountered some tough competition in round 1 being knocked out by the team which would compete in the final.
Elijah and Jack progressed to the second round convincingly, whitewashing the opponents. The second round was a bit tighter but the number of waves caught and maneuvers executed by both Jack and Elijah, secured them a place in the final. The final was tight, very tight. There was no clear winner from watching the heat.
There was a back and forth exchange of waves and tricks, the standard of Bodyboarding was exciting to watch. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay for the presentations due to bus times, but the boys in the final were able to stay behind with a parent.
Much to their delight and surprise, they won the final! Both Elijah Medling and Jack Day will be competing in the State Titles held at Trigg Beach, Perth, on August 28. This a phenomenal effort!!
The effort and behavior by all those who attended were applauded for their respect, willingness and flexibility. The day was a huge success and I’m looking forward to continuing the competitive success next year!
Mr Joel Ireland
In week 4, as part of Year 9 Physics, all students had the opportunity to dissect an eyeball. This relates to our Light component within Physics. The reception from the students ranged from excitement to disgust.
The feedback from all the year 9 teachers in regards to student behaviour, was that the students were professional and respectful in their conduct, which was fantastic to see and hear considering the nature of the dissection.
The majority of students were highly engaged and were thrilled to have the opportunity to dissect the eyeball. Well done to all the year 9’s who took part in the dissection.
Mr Joel Ireland
Dear Parents, It has come to my attention that a lot of students are consuming energy drinks during school time. We ask for your support to discourage your child/children from drinking these types of drinks.
Sugary drinks are not a good substitute for hydration. Water is always the best. Even commercial flavoured water often contains sugar. If your child doesn’t like plain tap water, may I suggest only adding natural juice such as lemon?
Please see the infographic that highlights the amount of sugar in “every day” drinks. I’m sure you are all aware that there is a rise in obesity among teenagers in Australia and consuming these sorts of drinks regularly contributes to weight gain.
So please encourage your child/children to bring their water bottle to school and fill it with water.
How Much Sugar Is In That Drink?
Triple P Parenting Program
The school psychologist and I are trained in triple p presentations for parents of teenagers and would like to promote some of their messages.
Here is one of their top ten tips for parents of teenagers.
Be the kind of adult you want your kids to become. Actively decide to lead by example. Really think about what you say and (and how you say it) every day.
If you have questions about triple p you can check out their website www.triplep-parenting.net
Cathy Watson. School Nurse 98920622, Monday, Tuesday and Fridays
Over the holidays, we had five potted plants installed in the library to enhance the space and clean the air. They have proved to be very popular with staff and students. We also had our Noongar language ‘ welcome to our learning space’ sign printed and put up for all to see. This will be on permanent display in the library.
We have welcomed three groups of Year 6 students from Yakamia PS, Little Grove PS and Parklands PS for transition and look forward to seeing five more groups before the end of this term. They have learned their way around the library with the help of some of our current Year 7 students, and then enjoyed a Science lesson on viscosity.
We are also celebrating all things to do with books during this month, despite changes to some events due to COVID-19. The TARDIS has arrived to display the finalists in the Children's’ Book Council of Australia (CBCA) awards, which we will also be voting on.
There is an extensive display of Book Case Art, unique creations by students using recycled books to represent books they have read and enjoyed. Students will be voting for the best artwork, and also identifying the Top 20 Books for NASHS 2020.
This week we have a scavenger hunt for students each day during Break 1, and next Friday 28 August the students can dress as their favourite book character and join the Parade in the PAT. This is always a popular event to celebrate the culmination of the CBCA Book Week, with lots of fun and prizes. August is a very exciting time at NASHS!
Head of Library Services