athletics carnival 2014 - Beaudesert State High School



athletics carnival 2014 - Beaudesert State High School
Volume 19
This year’s athletics carnival at Beaudesert
State High School was a huge success, with record
numbers of competitors across both days.
Between students dressing up as everything
from Transformers to Barbie dolls and recordbreaking athletes, there was a wonderful
atmosphere around the carnival.
Cunningham House was overall champions,
327 points ahead of Leichhardt House. Fraser and
Kennedy finished 3rd and 4th respectively.
Just as dominant, was James Lohmann’s
performance in the Beaudesert Gift.
A massive thank you is extended to all of the
incredible BSHS staff and students who made this
year’s carnival happen!
Beaudesert State High School then sent 91 of
its best athletes to compete at the Pacific District
Championships. We finished 2nd behind
Windaroo Valley SHS by the narrowest of margins
– only 3.29 points. So close!
Then, 43 students represented the school at
South Coast trials. Proudly, a number of these
students have been selected to attend the State
Championships which will be held early next
term. We wish all of these athletes well as they
progress to the highest level of competition.
Age Champions were:
13 Boys – Mathew Stockham
13 Girls – Kierston Cuskelly
14 Boys – Ryan Hanser
14 Girls – Riley Day
15 Boys – Eamon Parkins
15 Girls – Caitlyn Hester
16 Boys – Elijah Allan
16 Girls – Shanyn Andersen
Open Boys – Raymond Cordingley
Open Girls – Natasha Kirchner
Beaudesert State High School • Mount Lindesay Highway, Beaudesert
• PO Box 104 Beaudesert Q 4285
Telephone: (07) 5542 9111 • Facsimile: (07) 5542 9100
Wow! What a term it has been at Beaudesert State High School…
• 13 of our very talented students performed in this year’s “Creative
Generation: State Schools On-Stage” at the Brisbane Exhibition
and Convention Centre.
• The Show Team competed in a number of cattle leading
competitions. In addition, one of our animals received Reserve
Champion in the carcass competition at the Ekka.
• The first intake of students began studying Certificate 2 in
Automotive Vocational Preparation in our brand new, $750k,
Trade Training Centre.
• Our Debating Teams finished 1st in the Senior Division, and 2nd
in the Junior Division of the 2014 Enable Debating Competition.
• Our Ski Trip (to Thredbo), Extension Science Trip (to Heron
Island), and our biennial trip to Japan were all hugely popular and
extremely successful.
• Year 10 Business Studies classes effectively organised our school’s
second World X Day Activities.
• Our school placed second in the Pacific District Athletics
Carnival, finishing only three points behind the winners.
• The finals of Beauy’s Got Talent were held, with prizes given in
both the Senior and Junior Divisions as well as a People’s Choice
As a part of their studies
this term, students were
required to visit playgrounds
and assess the suitability of the
equipment for certain age
groups and the levels of safety.
• Our HPV [human powered vehicle] Team was formed.
• 2 students were named as winners in their respective categories at
the Regional School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship
Awards, while 2 others were finalists. In addition, our school was
runner-up in the SAT School of the Year.
• Our school set a world record for the most number of students
simultaneously popping bubble wrap.
• Most importantly, our students demonstrated their commitment
to classroom learning:
% of students gaining C or higher on Semester 1 Reporting 2014
These are just a snippet of the many wonderful activities,
opportunities and achievements at Beaudesert State High School.
Every day, and in many ways, we emphasise and promote in all
students the notion of “Personal Best” – in learning, in engagement,
and in relationships.
Until next time,
Alan Smith
Brisbane Law
Dressed to impressed, Year 11
Legal Studies students visited the
Brisbane Law Courts recently. The
purpose of this excursion was to
provide the students, who have been
studying a unit of work on Criminal
Law, with a snapshot of the
processes involved when justice is
being restored so that society can
function effectively.
Students had the option of visiting the District or Supreme Courts and view cases ranging from drug
possession and trafficking to sexual assault and murder. A group of students were also fortunate enough to have a
question and answer session with a Crown Prosecutor which provided the students with a valuable insight into
work “behind the scenes” for a trial.
Many students were fortunate enough to witness how the “long arm of the law” is enforced when sentencing is
handed down by a Judge. This then allowed the students to put themselves in the shoes of the Judge and also the
victim’s family by discussing the facts and evidence of the cases to provide their own justified verdict.
All students walked away from the excursion with an appreciation of the processes, personnel, traditions and
complexity of our legal system in action.
Hitting the Slopes at Thredbo
After a long bus ride to the snow, we had a week of absolutely
perfect conditions. Beautiful blue skies, no wind, and great snow
cover. The skiers and boarders had a blast in the fantastic
conditions, conquering any fears, hitting the jumps, and mastering
the slopes. A fun time was had by all during our awesome week at
the snow. It even snowed for us in Jindabyne!
Creative Generation
State Schools Onstage celebrated its 10th
Anniversary this year, with four arena-style shows
staged at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition
Centre, South Bank in July. This year, some of the
most talented dancers, singers and musicians from
Queensland state schools came together to stage one of
the state's largest performing arts events including
Beaudesert State High School dancers Sharnae Aming,
Skylah Hardke and musicians Damon Robinson and Rebecca Cahill. Creative Generation
aims to mentor and foster the next generation of performers and provides opportunities for
them to work with and learn from professional artists. Well done to our performers!
Gold Coast Eisteddfod
In August, the Beaudesert State High School Dance Team competed at the Gold Coast Dance
Eisteddfod. Students danced in the Contemporary, Hip-Hop and Jazz sections against over 20
other schools from the region. Whilst all the whole
team danced exceptionally well, the Mover’s
Contemporary group, ‘What the Water Gave Me’
succeeded in placing with a
Highly Commended in their
section. Well done to Dance
Team for your commitment
to rehearsals and
representing the school
with pride.
Early Childhood Work Experience
Year 11 and 12 Early Childhood students recently completed a
three-day work experience block. The students thoroughly enjoyed
their interaction with the children and the fantastic assistance and
guidance received
from their
The students
and teachers
would like to
thank all centres,
and schools
involved for the
support and
provided during
the program.
Vicky Wilson Cup
Beaudesert State High School
participated in the 2014 Vicky
Wilson Cup, recently held at the
Runaway Bay Indoor Sports
The competition was
extremely tough but the girls took
to the courts and played their
hearts out. A big thank you to all
of the team for their fantastic
efforts on the day!
Congratulations to Taylor
Cole, who was voted Most
Valuable Player on the day by the
team. Congratulations also to
Emma Mahoney, who was voted
Most Improved Player.
Around the Grounds
This year, over 20 students dazzled the audience and
judges during auditions for Beauy’s Got Talent. Students
from across all year levels showcased their talents in front of
capacity crowds. The list was painstakingly whittled down to
10 and then separated into Junior and Senior sections for the
Finals, held on Friday 22nd August. With such amazing
talent, it wasn’t an easy task to narrow the 10 finalists to 3
however; The Judge’s Choice Awards went to:
Junior: Avelyn Morgan (Year 9) who performed “Read All
About It” by Emeli Sande
Senior: Tiffany Kuiper (Year 11) who lifted
the roof belting out “Rise of the Phoenix” by
Clearly a crowd favourite, The People’s
Choice Award went to: Kyle “K-Fent” Fenton
(Year 12) who rapped his way into the crowd’s
hearts with “What Is
It?” by Baby Bash &
Sean Kingston.
Money raised from the auditions and finals will be used
by the school’s Student Representative Council. Special
mention must go to our judges, Ms Bradbury and Ms Jensen,
and our “roadies” Mr Hyam and Mr Cusworth.
Home Stay!
Our school excitedly
hosted 15 Japanese
students for a Homestay
Program. Eager families
volunteered to look after,
befriend, teach and care
for their English-studying
Japanese student who
decided to take part in
this exchange program
during their summer holidays in Japan to learn
more English and learn about our culture. Many
new friendships were forged and a great time was
had by all! The Japanese students were particularly
impressed by the countryside and enjoyed being
able to see our way of life here in Beaudesert. A big
thank you to the families, students and teachers
who helped to make this visit a truly memorable
experience for our Japanese visitors!
A Taste of High School
In preparing for high school in 2015, a number of lovely
year 7 students recently spent some time sampling classes at
Beaudesert State High School.
Home Economics was just one of the classes they visited.
They received some very good instruction and help from our
Year 11 students on how to make cookies.
Around the Grounds
Important Life Skills
Our SEP students have been learning basic life skills from washing
cars to painting and repairing equipment. They have been working
extremely hard and should be congratulated on their achievements.
Each semester the students at Beaudesert State
High are acknowledged and rewarded for their
efforts both inside and outside of the classroom.
Whether it be for academic achievement, effort
and/or behaviour, our Student Awards Scheme
has, for many years, proven to be a very successful
in acknowledging students who consistently give
their personal best.
Gold Passes (Movie World & Wet’n’Wild):
Graham George, Daniel Alford, Sophie Laegel,
Jewel Dennis & Tahlia Summerville
Formal Ticket: Sophie Newton & Nareel Snapper
IPOD Touch: Amy-Leigh Brand
IPAD Mini: Clarissa McIntosh
Guiness World Record Attempt
Beaudesert State High School students made an attempt at
having the most people continuously popping bubble wrap for
two minutes. This record attempt was researched and
organised by our fantastic school captains, Lachie Hyam and
Chloe Henare, who wanted to create an event that got the
whole school involved. They successfully achieved this with
1119 students and staff participating in the attempt, popping
200m2 of bubble wrap. In attendance as our expert witnesses,
we would like to thank Mayor John Brent, Councillor Jennifer
Saunders, Constable Noel Kerger and Constable Mark Gamer.
Inside the Classroom
Year 10 Art Scavenger Hunt
Year 10
Home Ec
It’s a Bake Off!
Students have been cooking
like crazy, preparing
delicious cupcakes and
decorating them for their
“Specialty Cakes for
Entertaining” unit.
Year 10 Science
Cleaner Fuel for the
Year 10 Science students have been
working hard trying to find a
cleaner fuel for the environment. Experimenting
with a variety a fuel types, these fuels were burned to
see which were major pollutants.
Year 11 Visual Art Studies
Year 11 Visual Art Studies students have
discovered the wonderful world of
They have
spent hours
carving away
at lino to
produce some
prints for
their Mixed
Media unit.
Ready to Roll
Congratulations to the Year 11 Visual Art Studies students for their efforts in spray
painting two cars for the 2014 Beaudesert Show. The Marvel Comics car was entered into
the Smash ‘em’ Derby and the other, Sponge Bob Square Pants, unfortunately became a
centre piece to go up in flames.
New School Uniform
Following consultation with parents, students, staff and community,
variations to the current school uniform have been announced by our
school’s P&C Association. These will take effect at the start of the 2015
school year.
The major change is introduction of a new polo shirt. This will be worn
by students in Years 10, 11 and 12.
The current polo shirt will be worn by students in Years 7, 8 and 9.
A transition period of 12 months for the phasing-in of new uniform
items for senior school students will apply.
Other minor changes have also been made. These are outlined in the
School Prospectus, available at
Items of school uniform are available for purchase at the BSHS Uniform
Shop. Opening hours are 8.30 am to 2.30 pm daily. Second-hand items also
available. Phone 5542 9116 (direct line) for more details.
Year 8 News
Year 8 students were actively been involved in
an inter-house Dodgeball competition held
during lunchtimes each Thursday. Over many
weeks students have participated and had heaps
of fun. The final victor for this year was
Leichhardt, who were undefeated throughout
the whole competition.
Year 8
Congratulations to all
the year 8 students who
were nominated by their
teachers for always being
ready for class, on task
and trying their hardest,
being responsible and
respectful to everyone.
As a reward for these
outstanding students,
they were treated to a
BBQ lunch and a ‘red
carpet superstar photoshoot’. Well done to all
students on their
What’s Happening
in Year 9
Year 9 form classes recently battled it out
to be the winners of the “Guess the form
teacher” baby photo competition. Winners
were announced at the end of the term and
the winning form class won a pizza party!
Can you guess who these babies are?
Term 4
Monday 13/10/14 – P&C Meeting (7.00 pm)
Monday 20/1014 – Student Free Day
Wednesday 29/10/14 – Awards Night (6.30 pm)
Friday 31/10/14 – Due date for 2015 Enrolment
Monday 10/11/14 – P&C Meeting (7.00 pm)
Friday 14/11/14 – Arts Night
Thursday 20/11/14 – Graduation Ceremony
(9.00 am)
Thursday 20/11/14 – Seniors’ Farewell
(3.30 pm)
Thursday 20/11/14 – Senior Formal (evening)
Friday 28/11/14 – Last day for Year 10 & 11
Monday 1/12/14 – Orientation Day for
Year 6 & 7 students
Monday 8/12/14 – Year 8 Camp (3 days)
Friday 12/12/14 – Last day for Year 8 & 9 students
Proudly assisting students achieve their personal
best since 1963
Visual & Performing Arts
Literacy & Numeracy
Quality Teaching
Student Leadership
Scholarships available
Take-home Laptop program for all Year 7 students
Brisbane Street , BEAUDESERT 4285
[email protected]
Beaudesert State High
School will welcome Year 7
students for the first time in
2015, with approximately
250 students expected to walk
through the school gates on
Tuesday 27th January next
This school will provide a
unique, and age-specific,
learning environment for
these young people.
Year 7 students will
engage with a challenging
curriculum through
evidence-based approaches to
teaching and learning, while
consolidating their literacy
and numeracy skills.
There will also be a strong
emphasis on pastoral care for
During 2015, all Year 7
students have the opportunity
to study:
Social Science
Physical Education
Visual & Performing Arts
Food Studies
Industrial Technology
Positive relationships and
quality teaching, through the
principles of Visible Learning,
will ensure that these young
adolescents successfully
transition to high school.
E-Learning will be a
distinctive aspect of Year 7 at
Beaudesert State High School
in 2015.
Each student in Year 7 will
be issued with a 3G-enabled,
take-home, laptop computer
replete with digital texts and
Beaudesert State High
School is committed to
improving the achievement of
every student.
To do this, we set high
expectations, monitor
student progress and provide
quality teaching.
In this way, all students are
actively supported to achieve
their personal best.
For more information
about what our school can
offer your child in 2015,
check our website
or talk to our Enrolment
Officer (phone 5542 9111).