Corner Broadwater and Ham Roads
Mansfield QLD 4122
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 3452 5333
Fax: 07 3452 5300
16 February 2016
From the Principal
Dear Parents/Caregivers, Staff and Students
It is hard to believe that we are already in our fourth week of the
term. Mansfield State High School is such a busy but exciting
place to be, that at times, it is hard to keep up. However,
as every student and staff member works hard every day, we
know that everything will run smoothly and we have success at
the end of every day.
Strategic Plan 2016-2019
Our Strategic Plan 2016-2019 has been endorsed. Our
priorities include: Learning and Teaching; Literacy and
Numeracy; Student Development; and Performance and Data.
In the next four years these priorities will take our school in the
direction of going from Great to Superb!
OP 1 and 2 Assembly
Last week our Year 10, 11 and 12 students attended a special
assembly at which we had the pleasure of welcoming back
our very successful 2015 Year 12 OP1 and OP2 students to
celebrate their achievements. We had the opportunity to hear
about their achievements and what their future plans are. It
was wonderful to see them back and we certainly enjoyed their
stories. Well done to all of our 2015 Seniors.
Back Row L-R: Utkarsh Kiri, Peter Truong, Alexandra Radke,
Sarah Mackenzie, Tooru Nishido, Georgia Nierfeld, Hayden
Moffat, Abby Ngai, Dilara Ulkutas, Isabelle Peart, Sally Cree,
Zoe Ross, Priya Balnaves
Middle Row L-R: Darren Fu, Venkata Tathicherla, Atrey Gajjar,
Andrew Chang, Amy Tripp, Elijah Rousseau, Kruthi Bachu,
Madusha Ranatunga, Rosa Li
Front Row L-R: Pasindu Abeywardena Gunasekara, Rayson
OP1 Students: Utkarsh Kiri, Rayson Wang, Alexandra Radke,
Pasindu Abeywardena Gunasekara, Darren Fu, Amy Tripp,
Sreekruthi Bachu, Tooru Nishido, Ruoxin Li, Atrey Gajjar,
Isabelle Peart, Georgia Nierfeld, Hayden Moffat and Peter
OP2 Students: Sui Yin Ngai, Elijah Rousseau, Madusha
Ranatunga, Venkata Tathicherla, Dilara Ulkutas, Priya Balnaves,
Andrew Chang, Zoe Ross, Sarah Mackenzie, Sally Cree.
We congratulate all students on their success.
Many of these students were the recipients of scholarships,
as were a few other students in this cohort, totalling almost
$200,000. The lessons to our present students were: do your
best; seek assistance to keep improving; do your research
about future pathways and scholarships; take positive action
and if you stumble, pick yourself up and keep going; and
believe in yourself.
Many thanks go to all our students and staff for a wonderful
day. It was a day enjoyed by all. We congratulate all students
who competed as well as the students who participated. I was
very impressed with the Spirit shown by all of our Houses. A
big thank you to Mr Nick Kalpakidis for his organisation of the
carnival, but most of all, for ensuring that all students had fun!
Thank you also to our House Captains and their supporters for
Year 7 Welcome Dance
Applications for enrolment will only be accepted for:
Students within the
• after attendance
at an Open Day and
• after presentation
of all necessary
• after attendance
at a scheduled
Conference with the
Students outside of the
• after attendance at
an Open Day and
• after an application
package with the
application fee is
• after an interview
with the Principal and
• after a letter of
success is received
by the end of the
For your information, our catchment area map is located on our
Our annual Welcome Dance was enjoyed by our Year 7
students as well as our Student Leaders. It was wonderful
to hear all the dancing stories afterwards. Parents had the
opportunity to attend an informative evening, as well as to meet
with their child’s teachers and other people who will have an
impact on their school life. Many thanks to all the parents who
attended and also to our teachers and Prefects who helped
make the night a success.
Year 11 Evening
Our Year 11 Evening was also a successful night at which
parents of our Year 11 students attended a night of information
to help understand the next two years of Senior education.
Our teachers certainly appreciated that so many of our parents
attended in order to support their children. Once again, many
thanks to our teachers who gave their time to make the evening
a successful one.
Open Day No 1
Thursday 25 February for Year 7 2017 (out of
9am-12noon for the WHOLE SESSION beginning
in the Hall
All prospective students and parents are invited to attend our
first Open Day for 2016 as listed below. However because of
numbers, we encourage only students from outside of the
catchment area to attend this time including Mansfield Primary
out of catchment students. You will receive a guided tour of
our school, as well as an informative talk. Come early and enjoy
listening to one of our magnificent Mansfield music ensembles.
All relevant enrolment forms and information will be available on
Our other Open Days for students enrolling in Yr 7 2017 (or
other year levels) will be Thursday 10 March for catchment
students and Monday 18 July for late enrolments.
Please DO NOT DRIVE INTO THE SCHOOL
GROUNDS OR SCHOOL DRIVEWAYS at
any time other than to collect a sick student
from the Administration Block or for evening
functions. There are many safe areas along
Broadwater Road west of Ham Road for
drop-off and pick-up. It would be
appreciated if you would arrange to collect your student from a
designated meeting place some one hundred metres away
from the school.
Please do not set down, collect or park in any of the restricted
zones near the entrances of the school, particularly the
Broadwater Road Entrances near the Administration Building
and the Ham Road Entrance near the Music Block. Please note
that outside the Administration Building is a ‘NO STANDING’
zone that is frequently patrolled by the police or Council officers
and the fines are heavy. Wherever there is a YELLOW LINE,
vehicles are not to stop. Thank you for trying to make our
school environment safer. It is so important!
We have two regulation size disability parking bays in the Ham
Road car park, just next to the Music Block. This parking is
available for motorists who require parking access with either
RED or BLUE permits only. Please note these bays are clearly
marked and are not for general parking use. We currently have
students who require access to these parking bays at morning
drop off, afternoon pick up and during the day. We ask parents
to please refrain from accessing these spaces to ensure
parents of students with disabilities can ensure safe and
efficient access to the school. There is also a disability parking
bay in the administration car park. Thank you for your
understanding and cooperation.
Parents/Guardians are requested to phone the school with a
message for a student in an EMERGENCY situation only. This
will ensure the efficient running of our school of more than 2200
students. Day to day matters such as where to collect students
need to be discussed prior to students arriving at the school in
the morning. Parents bringing items left at home to school for
students such as lunches, hats, forms or sports items, MUST
be a rare occurrence. Messages for students may only be
passed on from parents or guardians.
Please note that the school does not have telephones in class
rooms or a public address system. Our office or teaching staff
are therefore required to go to the classroom of the student
to deliver the message or the item. In a spread out school
with over 2200 students this can be quite time consuming for
administration staff and teachers and disruptive to the learning
of the student and their class mates.
Student Absence / Late Procedures
A note from a parent or guardian in explanation of a student’s
absence must be presented to the SDP Teacher (Student
Development Program and roll marking teacher) within two
days of the student returning to school. Except in special
circumstances, failure to do so will result in an after school
detention being issued to the student and parents will be
advised of the date. Obviously it is in the best interest of
everyone that the detention does not occur.
Parents are also advised that instead of a note, you may phone
the ABSENCE line 3452 5306 and press 9 and leave a
message stating: Parent’s name, Relationship to student,
Student’s name, SDP class, When absent, Reason (eg Matt
Smith, Father of Gail Jones in 10D, absent today and tomorrow,
as she has bronchitis.) An email may also be sent to the
student’s SDP teacher. In the near future a reply SMS should
be a possibility.
If a student is to be absent for more than a couple of days,
the parent needs to contact the relevant Deputy Principal to
discuss the absence.
If a student will be knowingly absent for assessment, it is school
policy not to administer the test earlier.
Your assistance with these processes above is appreciated.
Students Wanting to Leave Early During a
Students MUST have a note, to take to the Lower Office before
school. They will be issued with a pass to then have signed
by the teacher, from whose class they are leaving early. Just
prior to the designated time of pick up, students then leave
the class after showing their pass to the teacher, go to the
Lower Office/Upper Office with the signed pass to leave and
swipe out. No students are to leave classes, unless they have
a pass issued to them. In a school of over 2200 students and
the complexities that go with that, it is not possible unless in
extreme emergencies, for students to be called from a class
when a parent arrives at the school office.
Tuesday afternoon (Years 7,8,9) and Wednesday afternoons
(Years 10,11,12) are for MAP (a compulsory aspect of our
curriculum), not for appointments, unless it is absolutely
Parents coming to the school
Parents entering the school grounds are to go immediately
to the Upper Office. If a parent wishes to meet with a staff
member, the staff member will be asked to come to the office
area, if he/she is available. An appointment will usually need to
At no stage are parents to go directly to a staff room or
an administrator’s office. So that our students and staff have
confidence in knowing that only authorised adults are in our
school grounds and in our staffroom and offices, parents asked
to ensure that this process is followed. The safety of all of our
students and staff is paramount.
In the first couple of weeks of this year, some Year 7 parents
with the permission of the school, have collected their students
from the hall area in order to ensure that their students
transitioned well to high school. However, in the interests of all
of our community, parents are now required to make alternative
Thank you for your understanding in these matters.
I hope you have a lovely week with your families.
Mrs Karen Tanks, Executive Principal
Deputy Principal News
Year 9 and Year 10
Students have been advised that there will be no more subject
changes in Year 9 and Year 10 after Friday 19 February. Early
in Term 2 both year levels will be given a Semester 2 Subject
Form, where they may change their electives.
There should be no more subject changes from Friday 19
February until the end of Term 1. If students have serious
concerns after that date about a subject they are studying, it
would be advisable to make an appointment with our Guidance
Officers, Mrs Karen Agnew or Mrs Kamal Mistry, as semesters
of credit towards the OP and the QCE could be risked.
There should be no more subject changes from Friday 12
February. If students have serious concerns after that date
about a subject they are studying, it would be advisable to
make an appointment with our Guidance Officers, Mrs Karen
Agnew or Mrs Kamal Mistry, as semesters of credit towards the
OP and the QCE could be risked.
Ms Elaine Hamilton, Deputy Principal (Year 9)
Business Services Manager
It is expected that unless you have a prior arrangement to pay
fees by instalment, all 2015 school and subject fees should
have now been paid. Failure to do so may result in students
being excluded from extra-curricular excursions such as Music
Camp, Senior Formal, ski trip and Leadership Camp.
We are experiencing high volumes of payments to the lower
office and payment processing times are made a little difficult
if incorrect details are supplied. A number of payments were
received where credit cards details were incorrect or the card
expiry date was missing. A more effective way to counter this
issue is for parents to make an online payment by B Point
where we do not receive any of your credit card details.
If there is any paperwork to be returned to the school, please
record the B Point receipt number so that it is easy to match
payments. This way all payments go directly to your students
Ms Carissa Bladin, HOD (English)
Health and Physical Education
Congratulations to Mitchell Bradbrook (Year 11), Jessica
Ashworth (Year 11) and Travee’ Transom (Year 7) for selection
in the Metropolitan East Triathlon team which will compete in
the State Championships.
Well done to Ben Booth (Year 9) who was selected to represent
Queensland in the Under 15 Beach Volleyball Australian
Great work to Year 8 students Patrick Smeulders and Damian
Rapisardi who recently represented Queensland in Indoor
Subject fees and levies will be charged to your student’s
account shortly generating an invoice for each of these.
Statements for the term will be sent out in March.
Please feel free to contact me on 3452 5310 if there is anything
you need to clarify.
Mrs Sandy Ebert, Business Services Manager
Lions Youth of the Year
Patrick Smeulders, Damian Rapisardi, Travee’ Transom,
Mitchell Bradbrook, Jessica Ashworth and Ben Booth.
You are all Mansfield sport stars!
We have 28 Junior Interschool teams (290 students) and 16
Senior Interschool teams (160 students) involved in the South
District weekly competition.
• Round 2 Fixtures - Tuesday 16 February and
Wednesday 17 February –v- Citipointe Christian
• Round 3 Fixtures - Tuesday 23 February and
Wednesday 24 February –v- Rochedale High.
Swimming Carnival 2016
I was extremely proud of three of our students who competed
in the Club round of the Griffith Lions Youth of the Year
Competition recently. While they did not go through to the
next round, Michaela Gyasi-Agyei, Courtney Fooks and Lauren
Mears all spoke beautifully and represented our school
International Poetry Competition
Budding poets, 11 – 21 years of age, are invited to enter this
competition. All subjects and all forms of poetry are welcome.
The contest closes at midnight on Thursday 31 March (Pacific
Time). For more information and to access the online entry
On Friday 5 February, Mansfield High held its swimming
carnival. The day was made extremely successful by the
impressive efforts that both staff and students put in! As usual,
the fight for the top prize was fierce, with congratulations going
to all the students who participated, as every point counted in
the end. The winner at the end of the day was Schweitzer, with
U Thant coming in a very close second.
Excellent work by U Thant house for winning the Pink Elephant
Award for cheering during the day.
Well done to all HOUSES for their demonstrations of great
HOUSE SPIRIT! The Year 7s wore their HOUSE SHIRTS and
they were outstanding!
There were some inspiring individual results also, with the
following students taking out the runner-up and overall
positions in the age championship competition:
Travee’ Transom/Ana Ilic
Congratulations to the following students who have broken
• Ana Ilic - 100m Junior Butterfly
• Dylan Wilson - 100m Junior Butterfly, 100m Junior
• Yasmina White - 12 yrs 50m Butterfly, 12 yrs 50m
Freestyle, 12 yrs 50m Backstroke
Australian Volleyball Schools Cup 2015 (AVSC)
In the last week of the 2015 school year, nine Year 10 and
Year 11 students – Ned Talay, James Chong, Tyler Bennie,
Ryan Winters, Tsai Taylor, Christopher Negus, Sammy Huang,
Shahak Kuba and Alexander Niesler, HPE teacher Mr Waugh
and parent Mr Dean Bielanowski travelled to Melbourne to
represent Mansfield High School for the first time in the AVSC.
The players are to be congratulated on their effort and
dedication to prepare for the challenge. Mansfield is very proud
of their performances against teams from all over Australia.
Finishing in a creditable 8th place, they played five full days
of Volleyball at Melbourne city, Parkville and Dandenong. The
students shared the duties in cooking and cleaning and visited
iconic landmarks such as the MCG and Flinders Street Station;
they even saw The Block! Thank you very much parents for your
support over many weeks, and especially, Mr Bielanowski. Well
This year Mansfield is looking at taking more than one team to
the AVSC in the last week of school - Saturday 3 December to
Friday 9 December. (Stay tuned!)
Mr Nick Kalpakidis, Sports Coordinator
Mr Craig Healey, HOD (HPE)
• Damian Ong - 100m Junior Freestyle, 100m Junior
• Ashleigh Magee - 100m Junior Freestyle, 100m
• Sean Gilder - 12 yrs 50m Breastroke
• Hammarskjold 17 yrs - 4 x 50m freestyle relay
Again, congratulations to all competitors and a huge thank
you to all the staff and students who made the day run so
effortlessly. Overall, a fantastic day was had by all!
Cross Country training is on every Monday and Thursday
morning starting at 7.30am. Students are to meet under K
Block and must wear sports uniform to participate. Students
must collect permission forms from Mr Kalpakidis/Mr Williams.
Ms Kerri Hixon/Mr Ian Price, HODs (IT)
Swiss Exchange 2016
Applications are now available on the Year
11 Student Common Drive or by email from
your class teacher. This exchange is
organised by the Department of Education
and Training - International for Year 11
students only. If you have any questions please speak with the
Year 11 French teachers.
France Trip 2017
Places are still available for the France Trip
in 2017. This is a long-standing exchange
with our sister school in Rouen. For more
information, please contact the Languages
Department. The deposit is due now to
secure a place. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience the
culture and language of France by seeing amazing sites and
meeting new friends.
Mr Kerin Gordon, HOD (Languages)
Introduction to High School Maths – Year 7
Wednesday 2 March 2016, 1–3pm or 7-9pm
The Introduction to High School Maths sessions give parents
of Year 7 students an opportunity to familiarise themselves with
the Mathematics curriculum and how it is being taught in 2016.
The main aim is to help parents understand the assessment
process, to look at the text book and how it is being used and
to teach parents some maths so that they feel competent and
confident when they are helping their students. Mr Broome,
Head of Department - Mathematics, will lead one session in
the afternoon (1-3pm) and one in the evening (7-9pm). Both
sessions will be held in C1 and C2. C Block is the new building
located on Broadwater Road. Year 7 parents are encouraged
to attend one of these sessions. Please note that each session
is limited to 70 participants. To secure your place, we ask
that you pre-book your preferred session by completing the
Introduction to High School Maths tear-off slip attached and
returning it to the UPPER OFFICE no later than Monday 29
February. Please make a note of the date and time in your
calendar and arrive for your chosen session.
Quest for Answers and Explanations (QAX)
QAX is available to all students of Mansfield
High from the Tuesday February. QAX is a
software package that teachers, students
and parents may obtain to assist in further developing
mathematical skills. The programme has over 50,000
questions, all of which have worked solutions from foundation
level maths to senior level Maths C. Other built-in benefits
include a graphic calculator for drawing all graphs and
introductory notes and hints for all topics.
Access to the package from home is through the internet so
students must purchase the licensing rights to have access
to the program (PC computers only). At school every student
has free access to this program. This software package will
be additional to the maths textbook for each year level. We
truly believe this software package can greatly assist every
student in our school. Every question has a fully worked solution
showing clear and expected communications. The package
also includes the ability to summarise the success of your
student’s ability in mathematics.
Each Year 7, 8 and 9 TIC (Technologically Integrated
Curriculum) class will be using this program in addition to their
maths textbook. We believe that this package has great
advantages for all of our students and we take pleasure in
offering this additional resource to all families. (TIC students
have already paid for the program.)
The cost of this program is $15 per year, which is very
reasonable in comparison with other Maths programmes
available. To obtain this programme pay $15 to the lower office,
and then see Mr Broome to obtain the registration details.
Please contact your teacher or Maths Head of Department (Mr
Broome) to find out more about this programme.
Every year the Maths Department teachers provide additional
free tutoring to all students from every grade. The days and
times are on the noticeboard outside the C Block staffroom.
Listed below are the scheduled times.
• Tuesday – Year 11 Maths A - 3.10-4pm
• Wednesday – Year 7, 8 and 9 and Year 12 Maths A 3.10- 4pm
• Thursday - Junior Modelling and Problem solving and
Year 10 Maths Advanced and Core, Senior Maths B
and C – 3.10-4pm
• Friday - Senior Maths B - Morning 7.50-8.30am.
We hope that your children take up this opportunity to improve
their mathematical understanding.
Mr Peter Broome, HOD (Mathematics)
Pedagogy and Engagement
Student Development Program
Our Student Development Program (SDP) for 2016 has begun!
SDP lessons take place on Tuesday mornings (Years 10-12) or
Wednesday mornings (Years 7-9) and are designed to support
the holistic growth of our students, with the goal that each
student finishes high school as a confident, informed,
well-balanced Mansfield High School graduate.
SDP teachers deliver lessons that cover a wide range of topics
including learning styles and strategies, time management, first
aid, applying for a job, button sewing, gardening and
horticulture, relaxation and assertiveness.
Thank you to parents/caregivers for supporting your child in this
exciting and new opportunity upon which they are embarking.
Mansfield State High School will offer Work Experience in 2016
to Year 10 - 12 students. Work Experience familiarises students
with working conditions and employer expectations. In addition,
it offers students the opportunity to sample a specific type of
work, and also promotes personal and social development.
This week, Years 7, 8 and 9 students were fortunate to attend a
presentation by Nadia Haralampou, a past student and School
Captain of our school. Nadia addressed students about the
importance of setting goals in order to maintain motivation
when striving to reach our targets. Nadia is well-placed to share
her approach to goal setting given her personal success as
an accomplished Speech and Drama Teacher and Media and
Following Nadia’s presentation, students then had the
opportunity to set their own goals for the semester. We look
forward to revisiting and reviewing these goals at the beginning
of Semester 2!
The conditions of Work Experience for Mansfield SHS students
are based on The Education (Work Experience) Act 1996. The
Education Act stipulates students:
• are 14 years and over;
• receive no payment in money or kind;
• work 5 days during normal working hours for the
• are covered by Workers Compensation; and
• employers are covered by an indemnity policy taken
out by Education Queensland (refer to information
Mrs Jo Hardie, HOD (Pedagogy and Engagement)
External Senior Exams
Year 12 students wishing to apply to sit External Senior
Examinations, particularly in the area of languages other than
English, need to see Ms Wenzel in F13 this week to collect
information packs. Students who sit for these exams usually
have the results credited towards their OP. Students are eligible
to sit a maximum of two examinations if they cannot study the
subject/s at school. Students must be able to demonstrate they
are receiving an appropriate level of tuition in the examination
subject. All examinations occur in October and November.
Registration and payment is due to Ms Wenzel by Monday 18
TAFE Queensland and TAFE Skills Tech and a number of other
TAFE institutions have now finalised their orientation process
with most courses having already started.
If your child is absent from his/her TAFE course, please contact
the relevant TAFE to advise of your child’s absenteeism on
the day, as you would here at school. The school will also
be contacted by the TAFE if a student is absent from his/her
For those students who have taken up a placement in a course
then decide that it is not their preferred pathway, please see
Ms Wenzel prior to withdrawing. It is extremely important that
the school is notified once the student has withdrawn by email:
[email protected] or phone: 07-3452-5333 as this may
impact on your child’s ability to receive a Queensland Certificate
of Education (QCE) at the end of Year 12.
Monday 4 April to
Friday 8 April
Friday 11 March
Monday 27 June
to Friday 1 July
Friday 27 May
Friday 19 August
Friday 4 November
If you would like to participate in the Mansfield SHS work
experience program, please collect a Work Experience
Information Pack from Mrs Burns (Student Engagement Officer)
in F block.
School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Each week I receive listings of available apprenticeships and
traineeships. If your son / daughter is interested in a SAT,
please encourage them to check the SAT noticeboard in F
block each week and to regularly check their emails. For more
information, packages are available for parents and students
from the school website or Ms Wenzel in F13.
For students who have missed a place this year, the 2017
process will begin in September.
Student Engagement Officer
I would like to welcome Mrs Jayne Burns as our new Student
Engagement Officer. This position is designed to support senior
student engagement. Mrs Burns will be assisting students with
To be eligible to apply for the Education Award, you must
currently be studying Year 11 subjects that meet both the
educational qualifications for admission to the University of New
South Wales (UNSW) and single Service requirements. (See
Entry Requirements for details). You need to submit an
application prior to Sunday 28 February in the year you
undertake Year 12.
• Work experience placements
• Monitoring students on School Based
Apprenticeships / Traineeships
• Monitoring students enrolled in VET courses through
TAFE and other external registered training
• Work Readiness Program i.e. preparing for an
interview by writing resumes, application letters,
preparing portfolios and discussing what to wear and
• External courses such as Try-A-Trade Days,
Construction White Card Construction courses etc.
• Blue Card (Working Children Check) – assist with
Mrs Burns is located in F block in the office opposite FOA.
She can be contacted on 0418987800 and her email is
Ms Peta Wenzel, HOD (Senior Schooling)
Australian Defence Force (ADF)
However, you are encouraged to apply in Year 11. You may
apply for awards to all three services, however, you will only be
assessed for the Education Award against your first preference.
If you are successful, you will only receive the award if you are
enrolled in Year 12 at the time of the award presentation and
meet the age requirements for ADFA entry.
The following information sessions will be held in Queensland
• Monday 16 February - Trade Careers Info Session in
• Tuesday 17 February - Gap Year Info Session in
• Tuesday 24 February - Australian Defence Force
Academy Info Session in Brisbane
• Wednesday 25 February - Health Careers Info
Session in Brisbane
Visit the link for details about these sessions.
NIDA courses in Brisbane
Want a gap year with a difference? Consider joining the
Australian Defence Force (Army, Navy or Air Force) for a year.
This is an excellent way of trying out a Defence job. The ADF
Gap Year program applications for 2017 will open in March.
You can register your interest in the program on the website at
Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)
The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
will hold acting/drama courses on weekends
in 2016 at TAFE Brisbane (Southbank). The courses are for
specific age groups. Visit the following link for details
Free Assessment and Treatment for
Children with Depression, Sadness, Fear
and/or Anxiety at Griffith University
Visit this link for details and to apply. Applications close on
Sunday 28 February.
Parents, are you concerned about
depression or anxiety problems for your
child? At the Griffith University Childhood
Anxiety Disorders Research Program, we are
conducting a large-scale study that includes
a thorough depression/anxiety assessment and a new
tri-component intervention that aims to improve mood and
reduce anxiety by helping children overcome unhelpful thinking
patterns, increase use of positive imagery and encourage
engagement in enjoyable activities. These services are provided
at no cost to families. If your child is between 7 and 13 years of
age, please contact our research team on 3735 3349.
Mrs Karen Agnew/Ms Kamal Mistry, Guidance
This award is presented annually to Year 12 students in
recognition of leadership potential and academic and sporting
achievements displayed during Year 11. The award includes a
tablet device (or similar) and certificate for you, along with a
plaque for your school. There are up to 50 awards available on
behalf of the Navy, Army and Air Force which will be presented
to suitable applicants who have applied for entry to ADFA.
Youth Health Nurse
My name is Regina Tyson and I am your
Mansfield High School Based Youth Health
Nurse (SBYHN). This is my third year at
Mansfield. I have worked as a School
Based Youth Health Nurse since 2008
covering high schools throughout Logan
Beaudesert and Brisbane South areas. I
have a primary school teaching, nursing,
nursing research, health promotion and
child protection background with a strong interest in youth
I am at Mansfield High School every Tuesday, Thursday and
alternate Wednesday. Please check with school Reception or
refer to the calendar on my office door for exact dates of
availability. You can find me on the top floor of A Block in room
A31, phone extension 321
All parents, guardians and friends of our school are cordially
invited to become members of our Parents and Citizens’
Association. Our active P&C works closely with the school
to achieve common goals and to build a stronger school
community in which all students benefit. We need people from
all walks of life and with a range of talents who are committed
to delivering great outcomes for their children and school. P&C
meetings are generally held on the 4th Thursday of the month
at 7.00pm in F-block, next to the assembly hall. Membership
does not mean you have to attend meetings; however it does
entitle you to vote on matters pertaining to our school. At the
end of this Newsletter is a P & C Membership Application
which you are invited to complete and return to the UPPER
OFFICE. Please note that membership must be renewed on
an annual basis. All memberships received before the date of
the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 25 February will be
automatically accepted at that meeting.
Annual General Meeting
I am here to support the health and wellbeing of the Mansfield
High student community through confidential health
consultations and referrals, co-facilitating health education, and
health promotion activities. My role focusses on supporting
youth mental health, alcohol tobacco and other drug related
issues, nutrition and physical activity, Sunsafety, personal
development and relationships. I can also provide various
health and wellbeing related resources and information to
support school based assessments.
Thursday 25 February, 7.00pm F Block (next to the
A student can refer directly to me or see the school office for
an appointment. Students will be issued with an appointment
slip. I respect a person’s right to confidentiality; however there
may be situations that I must refer or act upon. Integral to my
role and being able to best support our young people is good
communication and effective relationships with you, our families
and school staff community.
Teal Ticket Art Union
I am employed by Children’s Health QLD Hospital and Health
Service (formally QLD Health) and work in close partnership
with Education QLD and other community support services.
I am employed on a part-time basis within a primary prevention
service delivery model and therefore not able to administer first
aid treatment such as giving medication or provide ongoing
I am very keen to take a proactive approach to my role and
look forward to meeting you and working towards promoting
and supporting the health and wellbeing of the Mansfield High
Everyone is invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of
the P&C. Memberships must be renewed every year as per
the P&C Constitution and all new memberships and renewals
received PRIOR to the AGM will automatically be accepted. The
first meeting of the P&C for this year will immediately follow the
The Teal Ticket Art Union is back in 2016.
This year you can choose between a
Mazda2 Neo supplied by South City Mazda
OR $12,000 cash as the major prize.
Beginning on Wednesday 13 April, there will be 18 weekly
prizes draws of a $100 Woolworths gift card before the major
prize is drawn on Wednesday 14 September. Tickets cost $20
and only 2,000 tickets will be sold. Anyone who buys 5 or more
tickets will automatically go into the draw for the Book Buyers
prize of an iPad Mini donated by Member for Mansfield, Ian
Walker. To purchase your tickets, please complete the ticket
order form (link below) return it to the upper office or to Mrs Sue
Holley in Admin. All profits from the Teal Ticket Art Union will be
put towards a facilities project which will be identified in the next
couple of weeks. Thank you for your support of the P&C and
Yours in good health and wellbeing
A31: Ext 321 every Tuesday, Thursday and alternate
The Service Clubs
Pancake Day is coming!
In the past 25 years, Australians have devoted more than 27.2
million hours towards the environment through Clean Up
Australia Day and collected over 288,650 tonnes of rubbish.
Last year the Clean Up Australia Day organisation celebrated 25
years of volunteer action across Australia. In 2015 an estimated
572,406 volunteers cleaned up 15,708 tonnes of rubbish at
7,140 sites across Australia. In the past 25 years, Australians
have devoted more than 27.2 million hours towards the
environment through Clean Up Australia Day and collected over
288,650 tonnes of rubbish. In 2016, the students of Mansfield
High School will have the opportunity to clean up our school
environment when we participate in Clean Up Australia Day
for Schools on Friday 4 March. Don’t forget your hats and
sunscreen and get involved and make a difference!
On Thursday 3 March the Hall will be filled with the sounds
of excited students clamouring to get their hands on fresh
pancakes, syrup and ice-cream, as the Rauchle Service Club
serves up its first major fundraiser for 2016 – Pancake Day. All
profits from this first venture are used to sponsor our student
Lauren from Tanzania and to support Guide Dogs Queensland.
In our first joint project for the year, the students of the
Environmental Council will be encouraging students to recycle
their soft drink cans.
• Pancake with syrup $2
Not sure what to do with the old phones
cluttering up your kitchen drawer? We can
help! Just drop your old phone and
accessories into the Mobile Muster
collection box in the Resource Centre.
Mobile Muster is able to recycle 90% of the
materials in mobile phones, batteries and
chargers. This is such an easy way to help
our environment. Thank you for your
Pancake Day - a Mansfield tradition, not to be missed!
We love to hear all about the wonderful achievements of our
students, whether they be sporting, musical, cultural, or service.
We also like to share this news with our community and the
wider public. If you have a story to tell us, about present or past
students, please contact Mrs Sue Holley on 3452 5337 or email
[email protected] We just love to share the good news!
Mrs Sue Holley, Community Liaison Officer
• Pancake with syrup & ice cream $2.50
• Cold drinks $2
• Meal deal with the lot $4
Year 9 and 10 students are invited to become buddies in
the Smith Family student2student program. The program
involves matching students from Years 3 to 8 who have reading
difficulties with older students (buddies) from a different school
who have high literacy skills in order to develop the reading
skills of the younger students. The buddies are expected to
telephone their young readers once or twice a week and listen
to them read for 20 minutes. The program operates during
terms 2 and 3 and is very rewarding for ALL involved. Any
students interested in becoming buddies should see Mrs Holley
in upper admin or email her [email protected]
Clean Up Australia Day - Friday 4 March
Open for Breakfast
Did you know that our Canteen is open for breakfast every
day from 8am? The menu options include egg and bacon
burgers, fruit salad (with or without yogurt) and muesli and
sandwiches toasted or fresh. New menu items are currently
under consideration. If your student is here early for a tutorial or
training session and they need to refuel before classes begin,
please encourage them to visit the canteen and try some of the
healthy, reasonably priced options.
Calling all Volunteers
Volunteers are essential to the successful running of our
canteen. If you are able to commit to one half day a month from
approximately 9am until 2pm, or even just a few hours please
complete the tear-off Canteen Roster slip and return it to the
Upper Office asap. For workplace health and safety reasons,
volunteers are required to wear closed-in shoes while working
in the canteen and, if possible, provide their own aprons.
PLEASE telephone the canteen directly on 3452 5323
if you are unable to attend on your rostered day.
MUSICAL MEETING AT LUNCH TO SIGN
ON & AUDITION PACKAGES IN HALL
YR 7 G, H, I, J, K, L- SDP CLASS SPORTS
LUNCH TIME – TIP LEADERS TO HELP
YR 9 A, B, C, D, E - SDP CLASS CHESS
GAMES – LUNCH TIME
11 HOSPITALITY STUDIES EXC 8.50 –
12 FILM TASK 1 SCRIPT DRAFT
Mrs Judy Holland, Canteen Convenor
Canteen Telephone: 3452 5323
FRENCH IMMERSION PICNIC
RAUCHLE SERVICE CLUB MEETING –
JUNIOR MAP BLOCK 1/SD SUMMER
WEDNESDAY YEAR 8 RELIGION – PER 1
Calendar of Events
NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE
YEAR 7, 8 HPV1 IMMUNISATIONS –
SPORT DISTRICT SPORT TRIALS –
PREFECT MEETING – 1.10PM
P&C MEETING – 7PM
YEAR 10 ART EXCURSION –
YEAR 12 HOSPITALITY STUDIES AND
CATERING EXCURSION (AFTER SCHOOL)
YEAR 12 LUNCH TIME SAUSAGE SIZZLE
MUSICAL AUDITIONS – 3.30PM-8.30PM
JUNIOR MAP BLOCK 1/SD SUMMER
MUSIC PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
MEETING – 7PM
WEDNESDAY YEAR 10, 11, 12 DANCE EXCURSION –
QPAC – 9AM-2PM
YEAR 12 DRAMA QTC WORKSHOP –
OPEN DAY NO.1 FOR OUT OF
CATCHMENT YEAR 7 2017 –
9AM-12NOON IN HALL
YEAR 11 ART AND VAP EXCURSION –
YEAR 10 GUEST SPEAKER IN HALL (ERIC
BAILEY) – PER 1
DISTRICT SWIMMING CARNIVAL FOR
YEAR 11 EARLY CHILDHOOD EXCURSION
SENIOR MAP BLOCK 1/SD SUMMER
SOUTH DISTRICT SPORT TRIALS –
YEAR 8 LUNCH TIME SAUSAGE SIZZLE
YEAR 9 ART EXCURSION – 10.15AM-3PM
SOUTH DISTRICT SPORT TRIALS –
FUTSAL STATE TITLES (STARTS THIS
HOUSE CAPTAINS’ MEETING – 1.10PM
MUSICAL CALL BACK AUDITIONS –
YEAR 10 LEGAL BOGGO ROAD
EXCURSION – 8AM-11.15AM
SENIOR MAP BLOCK 1/SD SUMMER
YEAR 11 HOSPITALITY STUDIES
EXCURSION – 8.50AM-1PM
FIRST STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING –
SPECIAL ASSEMBLY YRS 7,8,11 & 12 –
PRESENT TIP BADGES