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May - June Events at MSHS

6/06/2014
Some of the events that have occured at MSHS
 
EDUCATION WEEK:
State schools across Queensland celebrated State Education Week from Sunday 18 May to Saturday 24 May by opening their doors to the community.  We held our annual Education Week morning teas to celebrate those students who have consistently been Respectful, Responsible and Cooperative throughout this school year. Students were eligible for an invitation if they received three separate teacher nominations or received ONLY As and Bs for effort and behaviour on their latest report card. The parents/carers of these students were also invited to attend the morning tea celebrations.
 
Once again the morning teas were a huge success. This year we hosted a record number of parents and family members and we were pleased they could join us for morning tea to support their student’s fantastic achievements so far this school year.
 A huge thank you must be given to Jason McCormick and his Hospitality students for catering each of the morning teas. The spread of food was absolutely divine and much appreciated by all involved each day.
 
Finally, congratulations must be given to all of the students who received invitations and certificates during the Education Week celebrations. The formal recognition exemplifies the hard work, dedication and commitment students are showing to their studies, and we hope that Education Week allowed us as a school to show how much we truly appreciate the work you are doing as students.
 
Brendan Macaulay
Head of Department – Student Support
 
EXPLORE UNIVERSITY CAMP:
For three days in May, a group of Year 10 students from Morayfield State High School participated in the ‘Explore University’ camp hosted by Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  The students were joined by others from a range of schools (Clontarf State High School, Tullawong State High School and Pine Rivers State High School to name a few) and explored the possibilities presented to them by university study.
 
The camp included visiting both the Garden’s Point and Caboolture Campus of QUT, attending the Careers Expo at the Brisbane Convention Centre, a ‘Talent Quest’ (won by our own Aliccia Wasson and her amazing voice) and a range of confidence building activities.
Morayfield State High school students had their horizons widened by the experience and several have voiced their determination to achieving new –found career goals after the valuable experience provided for them by QUT.
 
Brad Smith
Teacher
 
RUGBY LEAGUE TEAM TOURS SYDNEY:
Our Open Boys Rugby League side concluded a highly successful tour of Sydney at the end of Term One. The Senior Tour has become an annual event with tours to Sydney and New Zealand in recent years.
 
This year the boys became the first side to finish a tour undefeated with two excellent results from our matches. The first match has become a regular tour fixture against Parramatta Juniors with a strong relationship being formed with the club. Our team were victorious 66-6 in a clinical performance with Trent Smith tallying 32 individual points. The second match pitted the boys against Wyndham College which has produced a number of NRL players, the most well know being Andrew Fifita. In a bruising encounter our team trailed late before scoring two tries to snatch a win 32-24.
 
Over the six day tour students were able to tour Sydney Harbour and Manly Beach, attend NRL matches at ANZ and Piritek Stadium (where Raymond wowed the crowd and Eels mascots with his dancing prowess) as well as Whitewater Rafting and showcasing their trampolining abilities at Flip Out.
 
The tour has become a major event for the senior boys in recent years and this year continued the tradition of offering experiences for our students both on and off the field that will stay with them long after they leave us. At the conclusion of the tour we are asked to nominate a student that we feel showcases the school values and epitomises what the tours are about.
 
This year Mr Harris and I nominated Mika Muggeridge as the player of the tour for displaying outstanding maturity, leadership and the school values of Respect, Responsibility and Cooperation.
 
Dmitri Faolua
Physical Education Teacher
 
QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY YOUNG AMBASSADOR PROGRAM:
The following students Kelly Quarman, Ellyse Burrows, Zoey Saunders, Kiara Crane, Jayda Kirri Bruce, Emily Griffin, Kaitlin Knight and Alec Scells are participating in the QUT Young Ambassador program.
 
The Young Ambassador Program will provide these students with an opportunity to engage with other high school students, current QUT students, lectures and career advisors.  These Young Ambassadors will play a significant role in the evaluation of the University’s current event program and marketing strategies targeted at secondary school students. As part of the Young Ambassadors Program they will be actively involved in workshops and will be able to have their say about what’s important to them.
 
As part of this program students will have access to:
           Leadership and development programs
           Career counselors
           Current students and lecturers
           Experience working with and attending a university
           Network with students from a variety of schools
 
Activities include:
-          Campus tour: QUT Student Ambassadors lead the Young Ambassadors on a tour around the Caboolture Campus highlighting facilities such as the Library, computer labs and lecture rooms.
-          High School Running Track: This group activity involves listing any decisions or hurdles that students had faced throughout their high school years.
-          Information Sourcing: Each group identifies all sources of information that they access regularly. The group as a whole identify the top 3 and each student assigns a monetary value based on how they valued the source. 
-          Open Day Guides: Students worked as a group to prioritize the different sessions from the 2013 Caboolture Open Day Program. Students were also encouraged to list any activities or sessions that they would like to be involved in on Open Day that were not already included.
-          Leadership and Exploration Development: This workshop involves a self-personality assessment from which students are required to work in a group to highlight their strengths.
 
Kara MacLennan
Guidance Officer
 
Emu Gully and QUT Camp:
 
The last two weeks have been very exciting for the senior year levels. The Year 10 students participated in a fun yet educational camp sponsored by QUT. They were taken to the QUT campuses at Caboolture and Gardens Point where they interacted with different faculties and staff. From all accounts the students who participated had a wonderful camp experience while also learning a lot about the different pathways available to them.
Year 10 and 11 students recently participated in the much anticipated Emu Gully Camp. There were five Year 10 Leaders who accompanied the 19 Year 11 Leaders, hoping to learn some new skills. Thankfully, the weather was beautiful with plenty of sunshine and no rain. The nights however, were really cold and students woke up each morning seeking the sun and some warmth from their fires.
There was certainly a lot of learning for all involved with activities that were all team based but an opportunity for leadership. They learnt how to build bridges (literally and figuratively), build camp fires, share resources, face fears and navigate. The students shone in their behaviour and efforts and each one brought back some very special memories and stories to share. Keep an eye out on assembly in Week 9!
 
Mr Smith and Mrs Singh
YLC
 
STEM CAMP:
 
In May, a group of Year 9 students attended the annual STEM Enrichment Camp at QCCC Mapleton. The focus this year was astronomy, projectile motion and engineering of bridges and solar energy.
 
The students worked hard while enjoying experience outside of the classroom.  As one student wrote:
“STEM camp was a wonderful, fun and invigorating experience. You go from the classroom, where you go from talking about how things happen, to camp, where you put everything you have learnt in class to work in a fun and exciting way. Some of the activities included, archery, QUT showing us how to build bridges, making rockets and a scavenger hunt. We also learnt how to work with other students by doing team building exercises and game play.
The food was delicious, interesting and never ending (but that did not stop me from trying to devour all the yoghurt).”
Shaun Kuhn
 
While others wrote:
“Camp was amazing. The cabins were very good and the beds were very comfortable. The food was brilliant. The camp site was awesome and the activities were very interesting. We would love to go again.”
Teagan Barnard and Michelle Wray
 
Sue Haslam
STEM Coordinator
 
STEM BIOLOGY:
 
Year 12 Biology students are practising the palaeontology skills by using acid to uncover the wonders of fossils collected on the Sunshine Coast beaches.  The fossils are from the geological ‘Cretaceous period’ and were formed about 110 million years ago.   These small fossil crabs are relatives to the small white crabs that run across the sand dunes on the beaches.  We used to call them ‘ghost crabs’ when we played on the beach.  The acid is used to remove the excess sandstone and cemented mud that is covering the fossilized crab shell.  After a few days the fossil is revealed, see photo below.
 
Warren Steel
Head of Department – Teaching and Learning
 
 
JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS CULINARY CHALLENGE:
 
The Junior Secondary Schools Culinary Championships are designed to establish and develop links between school and the Hospitality Industry.  The Junior Secondary Schools Culinary Championships will incorporate the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Brisbane North and Brisbane South Regions.  This competition is for Year 10 students studying Home Economics or Hospitality at high school.  Its objectives are to give culinary students an indication of the pleasures, challenges, excitement and gravity that can accompany a career as a cook or chef.   Last year we had great success with two teams representing our school.  Respectively, Silver and Bronze medals were obtained, with one team consisting of Jordyn Hirst and Zara Phillips nearly collecting a gold medal and moving into a State cook off berth.
 
This year, we have again two teams cooking off for a chance to represent Queensland at the National titles.  Both teams are cooking two very different dishes.  Shweta and Lachlans’ dish ‘Roast Massaman Curry of Chicken Maryland’ brings together old school flavours of traditional Thai cookery and fuses it with the depth of Indian cookery.  Zac and Kyle’s dish represents flavours of the South America’s and binds it with our Indigenous background.  Their dish ‘Lemon Myrtle Peri Peri Chicken’ is rather unique and has a beautiful fresh clean palate of flavours attached to it.  
Over the last  five weeks the students have been training hard and it will culminate when they battle it out against some of the most talented young cooks in Queensland. 

Jason McCormick
Senior Hospitality-Science-Home Economics
 
AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHY COMPETITION:
 
Every year Morayfield State High School sponsors many students to compete in the Australian Geography Competition.  Geography is a subject which enhances students’ literacy, numeracy and critical thinking skills.  It also leads on to a plethora of careers and job opportunities.
 
This year five students, (Xanthe Johnston, Luke Stewart, Mitchell Short, Tegan Barnard and Blair Downey) received High Distinctions.  In other words, there were in the top one percent in Australia, this is an outstanding achievement.
 
Lou Mackay-Payne
Head of Department Social Science
 
 
YEAR 12 OUTDOOR RECREATION – CAMPING UNIT:
 
The beginning of Term 2 has been a busy but exciting time for all Year 12 Outdoor Recreation students completing their Camping unit.  After several weeks of planning equipment lists and food menus as well as participating in practical class activities such as setting up tents, camp cooking and hiking, students were invited to attend the Year 12 SIS Bushwalking Camp held in Week 4 at the Charlie Moreland Camping Grounds in the Imbil State Forest. We had an early start arriving by 6.45am, packing the vehicles and head to Ewan Maddock Dam for canoeing and high rope activities. Though lots of fun, some found the high ropes very challenging and needed support from their peers and assistance from Mr Bradford at the finish (with the flying fox)  to help get them through the course. Students were also educated about common bush tucker with some even brave enough to try eating termites.
 
After a relaxing lunch and a bus trip in the rain, we arrived at Charlie Moreland Camping Grounds where we quickly set up our tents and gazebos before the rain set in. Some even went for a brisk swim in the nearby waterhole. With no electricity or parents to do the cooking, students held their own camping style cook-off in groups to produce dinner. Let’s just say that some groups ate better meals than others with Corey M being crowned “Master Chef”. Fortunately we were able to have a camp fire to help keep us warm and entertained at night.
 
Day two was all about hiking.  Everyone was warned to eat a hearty breakfast, wear comfy shoes and bring plenty of water for a big day of walking. What started off as a beautiful, relaxing stroll in the countryside quickly turned into a steep uphill climb to reach the Mt Allan Fire Tower. Once at the top it was quite rewarding but then we remembered we were only half way and still had to make the trip downhill to get back to our campsite. Needless to say some made it back to the tents quicker than others and got to enjoy a more pleasant afternoon.
 
Everyone slept well that night as we were too tired to whinge or complain. Day 3 involved packing up everything, orienteering activities and a short walk around the local picturesque “Fig Tree” boardwalk. Heading for home, everyone was comparing what take away we were all going to have for dinner that night and were very much looking forward to the comforts of home – not to mention a shower!
 
Our recent day trip to Kondalilla Falls to complete our bushwalking unit was a breeze compared to the long and challenging hike up Mt Allan. For a start, it was pleasant going downhill first most of the way and then getting to sit and have an enjoyable lunch at a glorious waterhole was very relaxing – even if it did mean swimming in freezing cold water.  Special thanks to Mr Bradford, Mr Faolua, Mrs Toohey, Miss Hendricksen and Mr Schneid for organising such wonderful Outdoor Recreation experiences for us all.
 
Bernie Toohey
HPE Teacher
 
OPEN GIRLS TOUCH REPRESENT AT ALL HALLOWS INVITATIONAL:
  
Sunday 25 May saw our Open Girls Touch team play their first competitive tournament this year. The girls arrived bright and early at St Gregory’s Terrace playing fields in Tennyson for an 8:30am tap-off against host school All Hallows. The quality of the competition was exceptional, and saw the girls lose narrowly to All Hallows (2-3), Aquinas (1-2) and Scots PGC from Warwick (1-4).
 
A comprehensive 5-2 win over Beaudesert saw the girls still qualify for the Silver division playoffs, where they won their semi-final against Noosa (5-1), but lost the grand final in yet another tight affair against Aquinas (2-3). The girls improved noticeably throughout the tournament, and will have a very successful year ahead if they can build on the lessons learned in this competition.
As always, the girls represented the school with pride and upheld the school values of Respect, Responsibility and Cooperation.
Marc Timmins
Physical Education Teacher/Coach
 
SPORT:
 
SUNSHINE COAST X-COUNTRY TRIALS
Recently we had six students attend the Sunshine Coast cross country trials at Maroochydore as representatives of this district. Those students were:
 
Niam Mayes
Ronan Mayes
Melia Larkin
Tanielle Larkin
Leah Griffin
Brayden Cook
 
A big congratulations to Year 11 student Brayden Cook who came second in the U16 Boys division which means he will now be competing in the State titles in July which is a fantastic effort.