It is hard to believe that the end of semester 1 is approaching however, there is still very important assessment to be completed for most students and a great deal of school activities remaining on the calendar.
It is important as parents and carers that you support the learning and assessment process for your children. Talking to them about their learning and their assessment, supporting their time management and seeking support from their teachers where necessary are all reasonable actions that you can take. If there is any time you feel as though you need support please contact the school.
As you will see below our students have been involved in a broad range of activities and events in recent weeks and as usual they have continued to make us proud. Our science and maths teams performed incredibly well in their respective competitions and our chess, rugby league, netball and futsal teams have been engaged in various competitions also recording outstanding performances.
I recently had the privilege of meeting and addressing our 1961 graduates as part of their school reunion. What a remarkable experience that was. They shared wonderful reflections of their time at Bundy High and were interested in the future plans for the school in 2022 and beyond.
Early next term the school will be undergoing a scheduled 'Whole School Review' as part of normal departmental processes. The review will involve seeking feedback from staff, students, parents and the broader community in nine specific focus areas. Importantly, the review will focus on our Explicit Improvement Agenda which is set out in our Annual Implementation Plan and is summarised below.
Students and Community working together
Bundaberg Regional Council has proposed the redevelopment of the draining system that runs from the airport past the northern end of our school and on to the Burnett River, known as Saltwater Creek.
Bundaberg State High year 12 biology students were asked to form part of a consultation group to work with the architects and environmental scientists that are drafting the masterplan for the redevelopment of Saltwater Creek. Our students proposed ideas for the different areas of the creek system including recreation and park areas, walking trails, playgrounds, dog parks, exercise circuits and rehabilitation zones for local flora and fauna. Discussions also extended to how the school’s proximity to the creek could be used as a curriculum support for science field studies, physical education and art projects.
The consortium of architects and environmental scientists were overwhelmed by the student responses and presentations. The draft masterplan is due to be completed and submitted for further consultation by mid-year with our students set to be involved in the next stage of feedback.
Gardiner Chess Interschool Tournament for Wide Bay North
Bundaberg State High School chess club students competed in the Term 2 Gardiner Chess Interschool Tournament for Wide Bay North on Tuesday 17 May at Walkervale State School. Congratulations to our students who represented the school very well and were rewarded with their efforts with the following results:
1st Place - Shaurya J., Riley N., Fletcher C. and Ewan K.
3rd Place - Swarith C., Dorrian C., Emily R. and Lachlan G.
1st Place - Riley N. and Shaurya J. both taking first place with a score of 7/7
3rd Place – Ewan K. with a score of 6/7
Science and Engineering Challenge
Thirty Bundaberg State High School Year 9 and 10 students competed on Friday 20 May in the Science and Engineering Challenge. This competition involves students using skills to solve a variety of engineering problems. Some activities on the day included; building a bionic hand using string and straws, constructing a tower to withstand simulated earthquakes, designing a water wheel to generate power, and build a bridge out of balsa wood and sticky tape to hold a heavy moving trolley. The team came away with second place.
Maths Team Challenge
Bundaberg State High School sent thirteen teams to the Maths Team Challenge, allowing students to tackle some challenging maths problems against other teams from Bundaberg and surrounding areas. Students performed extremely well in a competitive competition. Claiming 3rd place in the Junior Division were: Ewan K., Ayla R., Jarvis S., Rhiannon L. and Allira K.
Year 10 and Opens Dolphins Cup Challenge
Our students looked great in their new uniforms competing in the Dolphins Cup Challenge in Gladstone. Both games proved to be extremely fast and physical. Congratulations to all the team on their outcome and as always, a massive thank you to our many local businesses that sponsor and support Bundaberg State High School Rugby League: Craig Brough Plumbing, Finter Plastering, Higgins Coatings, Coral Coast Physiotherapy, Hallstone Constructions, Guzman Y Gomez Bundaberg, R J Tallon Meat Transport and Kuskey’s Butcher Shoppe.
Bundy High Netball
Not only do the new Bundy High Netball uniforms look and feel great, they are also environmentally friendly! The ECOTEK fabric from Dynasty Sport is light and each garment contains between 20 -48 recycled plastic bottles! The boys showed off the new kit in their game against the Bundy Flames. Thanks to our sponsors: Allstyle Kitchens and Bathrooms, BME Australia and Littabella Pines for the new training shirts.
Senior Class of 1961 Reunion
On Saturday 14 May 22, we were privileged to take a small group of ex-students from the senior year of 1961 cohort (60 years since their final year), to reminisce about their time at Bundaberg State High School.
In attendance were Ray Amos (1961 Dux of the School, Open Scholarship Winner), David Breusch (Mayor’s Medallist, School Captain), Peter Elford, Ray Baker, Wallie Cochrane, Peter Vandenberg and Doug. Unfortunately, quite a few were unable to attend due to roads being affected by the recent rains.
Ex-student, David Breusch, mentioned this tour brought back many fond memories of their senior year and it was unanimous the new library was the highlight of the tour. The Seniors of 1961 wanted to pass on their appreciation for setting up such an informative display of past memorabilia.