Tulip Street
Cooroy QLD 4563
Phone: (07) 5472 2222
Fax: (07) 5472 2200

Summit Road
Pomona QLD 4568
Phone: (07) 5480 8111
Fax: (07) 5485 2270

22 February 2013


Wet Weather Blues…

My thanks to all parents and students for their good use of common sense during the recent wet weather events – it is always difficult for us to react in an agile way when such events occur, as our intention is always to maintain a sense of normality about our business and hence we only actually close when there is really no other option, or when safety is a major factor.

Having said that, I know that learning has been disrupted this week and encourage all students to make earnest attempts to catch up on any missed work by seeking help from our teachers, or from their classmates.

Planning for Excellence

Looking forward to meeting many families on Tuesday next week, when we invite you all to come with your students to meet their Home Group teachers to discuss learning goals, strategies, and other information that will assist us to support your child during 2013. The individual success of each and every student is important to us, and this initiative helps to build the relationships that will assist good communication and understanding.

I hope that our new booking system (‘Parent Teacher Online, PTO’) has been helpful in assisting you to make a time for this interview – I would be interested in any feedback you might want to offer, so that we can continue to improve our accessibility and service to you.

Kindest regards


When: Tuesday February 26, 2013
Time: 12.30pm – 6.30pm

Planning for Excellence is to support students in their pursuit of Academic excellence by goal setting.

Parents / Carers and students are encouraged to meet the Home Group teacher for a 15 minute interview to:

  • celebrate success
  • support new goal setting
  • discuss other school concerns or issues

There are no regular classes that day. Interview bookings can be booked at:

PT Online (on school website) or
By calling the helpdesk: Cooroy 5472 2222 / Pomona 5480 8111

Interviews for Pomona Year 8 & 9 will be held in the Resource Centre, Pomona Campus

Interviews for Cooroy students:
Year 8 - H Block
Years 9, 10, 11 - School Hall Cooroy Campus
Year 12 - Library

We look forward to seeing you there to strengthen the partnership between students, parents & teachers.


Noosa District State High School, Year 12 2012 student, Ella Lutterell, was presented with the prestigious Cooroy Queen Alexandra Masonic Lodge Scholarship and plaque at the Year 12 parade last Friday.

This scholarship will be used to purchase texts required for Ella's Nursing and Midwifery course at the Sunshine Coast University this year.

Each year the Cooroy Queen Alexandra Masonic Lodge provide a scholarship for one exiting Year 12 student who is accepted into a university course.

Noosa District State High School staff and students are proud of Ella's academic achievements during her time at the school and wish her all the best with this exciting new chapter in her life.

Master of the Lodge, Chris Lima (behind the shield)
and Michael Hebron, Lodge Secretary (left in the photo)


Noosa District State High School Year 12 (2012) student John Noble was awarded a University of Queensland Academic Scholarship for 2013.

John was one of 1600 applications and 1200 students achieving an OP 1-3.

The scholarships went to students who studied at state and independent schools throughout Queensland and Australia in 2011 or 2012 and were awarded across all UQ faculties for study in a wide range of programs.

Noosa District State High School staff and students are proud of John' s academic achievements during his time at the school and wish him all the best with this exciting new chapter in his life.


Former Noosa District State High School student, John Noble can’t wipe the smile off his face this week.

He’s headed off to the University of Queensland with a scholarship in one hand and a suitcase in the other. John was one of several impressive applicants of the inaugural Cooroy Community Bank branch scholarship program and will now use the funds to put towards working his way through a dual degree.

John’s studies will include a Bachelor of Agribusiness and a Bachelor of Applied Science. The Bachelor of Applied Science will allow him to study specific areas such as agronomy and animal science with an interest in working in the beef industry.

Sunshine Coast Community Financial Services Limited (SCCFSL) manages the Cooroy Community Bank branch and its chairman, Rick Cooper, said providing support to John to further his tertiary education was part of the Community Bank branch’s commitment to building a stronger community.

“The idea behind the scholarship is to assist one regional or rural student per year from Noosa District High School who planned attending university for the first time in 2013,” Mr. Cooper said.

“Because of the high costs associated with living away, we knew many applicants would need financial assistance to help their dreams come true. John was the finest applicant in a fine field of finalists and he’s an impressive young man to boot. We’re proud to award him with this inaugural scholarship and wish him well in his first steps towards what looks like a really bright future,” Mr. Cooper added.

Noosa District State High School principal, Chris Roff, said he was delighted with the news that John will be financially supported to achieve his very best when he attends university this year, thanks to the generosity of the bank.

“This is the first year that this scholarship will be awarded and we’re delighted to be chosen as the school who will give a student the opportunity to have such financial support whilst taking their dreams to the next level. It will be such a great start for John, who was an excellent student at Noosa High and a very positive role model, especially in his high level of community involvement. We are proud to have had him as a student at our school, who has made the very best of his opportunities, especially in our Agriculture program. We’re also very happy to strengthen our relationship with the Cooroy Community Bank branch - it’s a great initiative,” Mr. Roff said.

The Cooroy Community Bank Scholarship will support John with study related costs for the next 2 years at $5,000 per year and he says he can’t wait to get started.

“It’s going to a great adventure and I’m excited about the year ahead. I’m so thankful to the Bendigo Bank and to our local Coory Community Bank branch for giving me this opportunity and for all this means to me, my family and my future. I’ve been actively involved in agriculture for four years, working with, showing and judging cattle so the chance to work hard and study what I love is a pretty amazing thing.

Cooroy Community Bank University scholarship winner John Noble celebrates his
great news with Fred Broomhall, Fiona Hutchings, Chris Roff and Rick Coope

John Noble (left) celebrates his Cooroy Community Bank
scholarship win with NDSHS principal Chris Roff



Each year we offer Year 11 & 12 students the opportunity to complete the Roadcraft Student Driver Course at the Roadcraft centre in Gympie. One course has been booked for the 20 & 21 May. Students will participate in practical and theoretical units covering driver attitude, vehicle dynamics and the environment. Further details, permission and medical forms will be available to students in March.


The senior leaders will be attending the Grip Leadership conference in Brisbane on the 1 March. While at this conference they will take part in interactive sessions designed to develop their leadership skills and assist them in organising activities at school.


Senior leaders have once again be invited to attend the Zonta International Women’s Day Breakfast on the 8 March. This is a great opportunity for the girls to listen to inspiring motivational speakers.


Four Year 11 students will be attending the Club Red Youth Ambassador Program on Friday 1 March. The program offers students the opportunity for growth and development in terms of leadership. They will get an insight into community leadership, social responsibility, marketing, project management and the important role of blood donors. After the completion of the program the students will raise awareness about the need for blood donors and coordinate blood drives.


Semester 1 assessment calendars for all year levels will be available on the school website next week.


Congratulations to the Year 8 cohort on a very positive start to their secondary years. Your attitude, behaviour and work ethic has been of a very high level. This reflection has come from the Junior Secondary staff that have been meeting and discussing our new high school students. Next week, parents will have a chance to talk to their child’s Home Group teacher at our annual Planning For Excellence day. During this day, students will set some goals for the year with the assistance of their parents and teachers. This is a good opportunity for our Year 8 parents to ask any questions about our school and procedures.

To also help build relationships with our new Year 8 parents, we would like to invite all Year 8 students and parents to our Year 8 Showcase afternoon on Tuesday, March 19. During this afternoon, your child (or a guided tour from our Year 10 leaders) can tour you around the school to their elective classrooms. Following this, we will have a brief presentation in the Performing Arts Centre to explain some important high school procedures, before heading up to the Year 8 Precinct (H Block) for a BBQ and a chance to go into the Year 8 classrooms to view some of their work. Whilst in H Block, parents will have a chance to chat to their child’s teachers. We will also be inviting some of the feeder Primary School teachers and Principals to also see the work produced by our new high school students. All Year 8 students will get an invitation during their parade this week.

The Year 9 cohort also has had a very good start to the year. Most notably, applications have been sort to participate in our Year 9 Young Leaders Program. These students have filled in their applications and the interview process is currently in process. The final candidate list will be announced at the Term 1 Formal Parade. If you would like your child to be considered for this program, please collect an application package from H Block.

If you have any questions about the Junior Secondary School, please feel free to contact me at the school.


Murray Gordon
HOD Junior Secondary School


Concert Band rehearsals and Instrumental Music lessons have begun this week, thanks Deb for all your efforts in getting the program back up and running in 2013.

"Like me" - The Instrumental Music Program has set up a Facebook Page to communicate event news, schedule changes and reminders to music families and students. Please visit facebook.com/NDIMP and 'like' the page for Instrumental Music news to appear in your newsfeed. Mums and Dads are encouraged to "like" us so we can get the messages across.

Mark and the vocal ensemble have received praise and many thanks from Unity Water officials for their engaging performance at the official opening - a great way to start the year for these students and a wonderful expression of community spirit. Thanks Mark.

Don't forget the opportunities available - guitar tuition with Gerard

Mapstone http://www.gerardmapstone.com.au/HOME.html .

If you play or want to learn Strings then you may like to meet with Kylie Hinde. Come down to the Performing Arts office and introduce yourself. Piano lessons are also available, Bonnie Jahnke has been tutoring students at NDSHS and at other schools for many years and is an excellent piano teacher . Please call 5472 2217 or email Mr Gorman pgorm2@eq.edu.au if you are interested in participating in any of these programs.

The Performing Arts Staff for 2013 are: Mark Winters, Claire Gurnett, Sharon Harris, Louize Llyle, Luke Lanham, Liz Garbacz, Jake Boulden, Pete Gorman, Vanessa Presling, Josh Curtis. We all look forward to working with you.


The Noosa District State High School Student Council raised over $200 on February 15 with a (belated) Valentine's Day fundraiser.

The Student Council sold homemade cupcakes, radio messages and locally grown roses from Jabula Roses at Palmwoods.

Some students paid $2.00 to have romantic messages read out across on the school's radio system, while others bought roses or cupcakes for their Valentines.

Some purchases were made anonymously to add mystery to the day.

The Student Council would like to thank the school community for their support.

The money raised will go towards events, promotions and projects run by the Student Council this year.

Queensland F1 Champions bound for Melbourne and the Avalon Air Show

On February 25, the current Queensland champions of the Development Class and Professional Junior Class will travel to Melbourne to compete in the National Championships of F1 in Schools. Noosa District is home to two of those champion teams.

First timers, Southern Cross Racing will make their National début with a newly designed car featuring an "unbreakable" composite Kevlar and ABS front wing. So confident of its durability were the team members that they fired one of their prototype cars into a brick at 80 kph. The integrated wing and nose structure survived intact however the balsa wood body of the car suffered what can only be described as a catastrophic failure. To be fair, the rules state that the body of the car must be made of balsa wood but if there are any stray bricks on the track the boys reckon that they won't need any replacement wings.

High Voltage Racing will take part in the three day event for the second time after a fourth place in Adelaide last year. The team have redesigned and re-manufactured their state championship car with a three colour paint scheme and more durable wheels. One of the highlights in the teams innovation and collaboration programme was the chance to work with the Sunshine Coast Universities’ Civil Engineering department. The university owns a 5 metre long water flume which is normally used to test water flows over weirs and through channels. However this device can also be used to visualise fluid flow over and around the surfaces of the model F1 car. Because of the higher density of water, the flow rate can be reduced from 20 metres per second to 25mm per second. By injecting dye traces into the flow it is possible to see how and where the water flows. The team were able to validate their car's body form which is quite different to current model F1 car designs.

The National finals will this year be held at the Avalon Air Show about 20 minutes out of Williamstown where the team will be staying. As well as two days of competition at the air show site, the team will be delivering their eight minutes of verbal presentation at the team hotel. Organisers, Re Engineering Australia, a not for profit company, have also organised an industry visit to BAE systems, one of Australia's leading defence suppliers and exclusive access to simulators and aircraft not available to the general public at the air show. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, February 28. Three teams will be selected to represent Australia at the World Championships which will this year be held in Austin, Texas to coincide with round 19 of the Formula One Grand Prix. Our last day will be full on aircraft watching before a late flight home to Brisbane on Friday, March 1.

Both High Voltage Racing and Southern Cross Racing wish to acknowledge the many individuals, community groups and local businesses who have helped out over the past 12 months in the development of these highly complex projects.

Front row: Charlie Wilkinson, Jarrod Thompson, Rebecca Harris, Floyd Wilcox, Adam Strohfeldt.
Back row: Brayden Waalkens, Max Sayers, Matthew O’Sullivan, Mitch Eden and Riley Phillips



With higher than average numbers (23 in Senior French and 24 in Year 9 French) and four classes of Year 8 French, we are experiencing a greater interest in French than in previous years!! The Year 8 classes study French for two periods a week across the whole year. The Year 8 program begins with a unit called "All About Me" which, as the title suggests, is all about personal introduction. Very shortly, Carnaval takes place in France and around the French- speaking world and our Year 8s will also be marking the occasion with some cooking and mask- making. Year 9s have commenced a unit entitled "Our World" which looks at weather and natural disasters, very timely given our recent extreme weather. The Senior class has started the year with "Family and Home Life", always a favourite amongst students. The unit begins with a discussion of festivals (they can’t wait to eat the Galette des rois!! Yum!!), and concludes with domestic routines and roles of males and females in the home, as well as the changing structure of the modern family. The term concludes with an excursion to the French Film Festival in Brisbane for the senior class.


Japanese at Cooroy in 2013 has got off to a flying start. We have 4 Year 8 classes, 27 students in Year 9, 16 in Year 10 [mainly a get-together class for students who have moved over from the Pomona campus] and, we are happy to announce, a Senior class has restarted which gives all our students of Japanese a real academic focus for the future of their studies. We have moved to a "new" room in the H Block which has more room than our old room. It has great potential - we may even set up a little kitchen for making green tea! Shortly we will host visitors from Hiyoshigaoka High School in Kyoto, Japan. Our students will be assigned "buddy" duties and will take on the responsibility of looking after our guests while they are on Cooroy campus. Finally, until the end of March, we have Risa sensei, our Japanese assistant teacher from Tokyo, helping with all our classes from Monday to Thursday. She is enjoying her time with us and our students can experience a native speaker in the classroom. Next week Risa sensei will give us a presentation about how Valentine's Day works in Japan - should be very interesting! Genki de ne!


All Year 8 students at the Pomona Campus study Japanese for one semester. This term, through an investigation of ourselves and cartoon characters, we will be introduced to and/or reinforce the foundational concepts of alphabet, grammar and vocabulary. We also have a class of enthusiastic Year 9 students who have continued their studies. We will be studying about families and relationships. Last week, all students made calligraphy scrolls using all three alphabets. They are being displayed in the Japanese room and look very impressive! Each Friday morning this term, our Japanese exchange teacher Risa Sensei will join us in our classes to help us with our class activities, giving us experience with ‘real’ Japanese language. Please make her feel welcome if you see her in the school grounds. Parents and teachers can get information about what we are doing in classes, assessment dates, and links to online games and activities at our class website at http://noosadistrictshs-pomona.eq.edu.au/home/smaso17/


Noosa District SHS has purchased a licence for Language Perfect, an online program for vocabulary practice. All Languages students at both campuses will receive login details shortly and this can be accessed from both home and school. Login at www.languageperfect.com


It is with great pleasure and satisfaction that I have been newly appointed to Noosa District State High School as Year 10 Co-ordinator while teaching Physical Education and English.

This is my 30th year with Education Queensland and I have experience in similar roles at previous secondary schools in my career. I have recently returned from teaching overseas in Vietnam where I was appointed as Principal for 2 years in Hanoi at Singapore International School – Ciputra Campus.

I relish the opportunity of meeting and greeting parents at the upcoming Planning for Excellence Day next week so do not hesitate in introducing yourself and asking any questions or providing any vital information about this formative year of Year 10.

Upcoming events this year will be a welcome challenge for both me and the students:

  • Work Experience – end of Semester One
  • Senior Subject Selection – Term 3 and Term 4

My main aim this year will be to keep you informed regarding your student’s progress in all areas so please feel welcome to do the same if your children has excelled or are having problems in their social, physical, mental or emotional wellbeing.

Chris Powell.


Welcome back for 2013 to all students and parents. My name is Bernard Weekes and I am the Year 11 Year Level Co-ordinator. The Year 11's have started off in excellent fashion, especially with their uniform and behaviour. Year 11 can be a stressing time for all students with questions on OP, QCE, mandatory hours etc. The Student Services team and I are always here to listen to any concerns that students and parents may face concerning these and any other school issue.

My hope is that the focus of our year will be on the successes of the students and the celebration of all NDSHS has to offer. One of the highlights of the year is the Australian Business Week which is rapidly approaching and allows the students to show off their skills in a real world situation.

Students should remember that ‘Industry Conquers All’ and with assessment beginning in the next few weeks, their efforts will be rewarded in their short and long term successes.

I hope to hear from and meet many of you over the year.

Bernard Weekes.


Hi, I’m Rob Gibbs the Year 12 Year Level Co-ordinator. This is a big year for Year 12 with them counting down their final year of formal schooling. I have approved the final design for Year 12 jackets and they will be able to be ordered online from week 5. Tentative bookings have been made for the graduation dinner and I am looking for a group of parents to help in the preparations. We are organising trips to universities during Vincent week as well. I look forward to working with all students and teachers to make this a year to remember.

Robert Gibbs


Welcome back everyone; hope the holidays were relaxing and fun.

You can contact me by ringing the main office on 54722258 to make an appointment.

My role is to work with young people and their families to promote health and wellbeing, to connect people with other support services and help create a supportive, healthy school environment.

I can provide health and wellbeing information about:

  • Growth and development
  • Relationships
  • Sexual health
  • Personal and family problems
  • Smoking, alcohol and other drugs
  • Feeling unhappy or stressed
  • Healthy eating and physical activity

Free vaccinations for Year 8 and 10 students

As part of Queensland Health’s School Based Vaccination Program, all Year 8 and Year 10 students will be offered free vaccinations at school. From 2013 the current program for Year 8 girls is being expanded to include Year 8 boys.

Year 8 students (boys and girls) are offered vaccines to protect against Hepatitis B, Varicella (chickenpox) and Human Papillomavirus (genital wart virus).

Year 10 students are offered vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough). Year 10 male students are being offered HPV vaccine (genital wart virus).

Why is it important to have my son vaccinated in Year 8 and Yr 10 rather than wait until he’s older?

While there may be a temptation to delay the vaccine until your son is a little older, research shows that the HPV vaccine is most effective when given in early adolescence, before most boys have become sexually active. This means that vaccination will provide protection for young men before they are exposed to HPV. Some parents worry that HPV vaccination will encourage their child to become sexually active, however university research has found no evidence that this occurs.

Parents can find out more about how the Program works and download resources from www.health.qld.gov.au/immunisation .

You will receive more detailed information closer to the vaccination date. Please note that no child will be vaccinated without parental consent.

For more information, call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

School Based Youth Health Nurse – Kay Thompson


The other weekend I switched the tv on after lunch just to sit and relax. As I flicked through the channels I discovered a show about freestyle rock climbing - an extreme sport of such dangerous pursuit that I thought “these guys are just crazy”. The climbs, overhangs, high altitude exposed climbs got my heart racing as I watched the climber’s superhuman ability of scaling the sheer walls. Spiderman- like they gripped dents and tiny cracks hundreds of metres above the rocky valley floor. My heart pumped, my BP shot up, and I began to fidget, get ‘antsy’ and felt like I needed to go for a run up Mount Coolum. This was all just in response to watching others “out on the edge”, but I guess throughout my life I’ve had pursuit of other ‘buzzes’ : Canyoning, Kayaking rapids, Snorkelling with sharks, and Hiking off trail through swamps, jungles, and deserts both here in Australia and in South East Asia. And that’s not all…. My passion seeking has taken me beyond simple adventure sports to life service helping homeless street kids, medical teams in Cambodia, development programs in slums, loving people in devastating family situations, and just generally living the adventure of our lives raising a family. I guess I like ‘living on the edge’ a little bit (or maybe a lot?). My mum actually said quite often as I was growing up and off on another adventure that “Shane you’re just an adrenaline junky”. This I sort of laughed off until I did a cold hard look at my lifestyle a while ago and found that well maybe I was ‘hooked’.

Doctor Arch Hart in his seminal work discovered several symptoms or signs that you may be experiencing adrenaline addiction:

  • Feelings of guilt when idle (workaholism)
  • Post adrenaline depression
  • Restlessness, pacing, nervous habits
  • Obsessed over things that are left undone
  • Strong compulsion to always be doing something

From time to time I have to confess, that I ticked all these boxes. Woops. What about you?

Adrenaline is released as a natural and very healthy necessity of daily lives. It keeps us alive in fact, and is the trigger for our ‘fight or flight’ instinct that helps us when we need it. The result gets our body ready to respond (our heart-rate increases, our muscles get ready, etc). However, adrenaline was never meant to be our master. Prolonged adrenaline overactivity can make our heart sick, creates emotional burnout, and a whole host of other negative physical, mental, and emotional effects. The problem is too that you’ll probably be giving those around you a hard time with your heightened alertness making you snappy, impatient, and overdriven. We need to learn how to regulate the flow of adrenaline at a manageable level that brings health, vitality, and wholeness.

An example of how adrenaline becomes an addiction is where you may experience the "success syndrome." Many people become workaholics to prove themselves to others or feel like success makes them feel significant. At this point, may I interject some appropriate advice: You can never impress people nor find acceptance from people through all the good deeds in the world alone.

In order to recover from this adrenaline addiction we have to learn to pay attention to what is going on in our body and make appropriate adjustments. This begins with recognising the "triggers" or "cues" or your motivation to engaging in high stimulation activities or living. Some other lifestyle changes we may need to make are with our diet, personality, anger management, and activities that promote peacefulness. One last treatment strategy has to do with a long forgotten practice in taking a ‘sabbath’ (rest time each week and seasonally) to stop, think, download, celebrate, recharge and relax.

I guess the next time I want to ‘veg out’ I better not turn that rock climbing show on. Maybe I’ll take some time to take a walk to my favourite spot and watch the tide come in, or perhaps I’ll sit and paint a canvass, or listen to my favourite music. Whatever it is for me, it is probably different for you, but the idea is the same. Take time to really relax, de-stress, and recharge this week. You deserve it, and so do the people who love you.

Go for it!

Shane Brigg (School Chaplain)

Chaplaincy provides a service to our school in providing support and care to students, families and staff of our school. Chaplaincy also provides valued connections to other services from the community. Chaplaincy facilitates several programs that are conducted in the school week as proactive helps and intervention support. “Chappy” Shane is here to chat if you feel you want to talk about what’s going on in your life.


Year 12 Noosa District SHS student, Jesse Gale, and his hip hop crew, Checkmate, became Australian champions when they won the Senior Hip Hop at the Showcase National Dance Championships at Jupiter’s on the Gold Coast during the holidays. The victory topped off a great year of competitive dancing for Jesse. Classes and rehearsals for 2013 have already started and he is looking forward to another year of fun and hard work.

Year 8 and Year 9 SOSE indigenous performer

Indigenous Didjeribone (electric dijeridoo) entertainer, Adrian Fabila Tjupurru will be entertaining Year 8 and Year 9 Noosa District State High School SOSE students during a lesson on Wednesday 13 March.

Tjupurru visits the school frequently and he is popular with the students due to his original and humorous approach.

His shows present a seamless entertaining and educational exploration of ancient tradition, modern technology and personal creative development.

Tjupurru is a descendant of the Djabera Djabera Tribe of the Western Australian Kimberlies and he is inspired by the music of Gondwanaland.

Tjupurru shares his inspiring, personal journey, the history of his culture and the Djabera Djabera Tribe and the expressions of Aboriginal art and music, enriching a deeper understanding of indigenous culture.

A vacuum cleaner hose was Tjupurru's first improvised dijeridoo when he was a child at school.

Tjupurru has toured extensively throughout Australia for performances and school workshops and the highlights of his career include performing for an audience of 120,000 people at the Sydney Festival's "Jazz in the Domain" concert at The Sydney Opera House; The Dreaming Festival and the Woodford Folk Festival to name just a few.

The Didjeribone, the instrument that Tjupurru plays, is Australian made and designed, fusing the elements of the didgeridoo and trombone.


25 of our Year 11 Ancient History students took on the role of amateur archaeologists with a trip to the Abbey Museum to take part in a mock ‘dig’. Students gained valuable insight into the practices of archaeology as well as some excellent background knowledge of funerary practices of the Ancient Egyptians when they uncovered a sarcophagus, canopic jars and other valuable artefacts.

Our visit to the museum had students marvelling at many ancient civilisations and the mysteries they leave behind for us to unravel. Ancient History certainly has our students curious. Thank you to all our students for their exceptional behaviour.

Miss Mack

Noosa District State High School celebrates arrival of new educational equipment

NDSHS will be celebrating the arrival of an array of new learning supplies thanks to the support of the local and school community the Woolworths Earn & Learn 2012 program.

The school library received bright, big cushions (and a spare cover) for students to lounge on, while they study or read in comfort.

The school also received a box of red pens and a metal ruler with residual points, which will be useful for the Maths Department.

NDSHS would like to thank the school families for collecting ‘Earn and Learn’ stickers from Woolworths last year.

More than 12,500 schools and early learning centres will be welcoming thousands of new supplies earned through the Woolworths Earn & Learn program.

Nationally, the top three subject areas that schools ordered equipment for were Mathematics, English and Arts and Crafts.

Schools were able to select the resources that they most need, giving them a major boost at no extra cost.

Woolworths Earn & Learn program was open to all primary and secondary schools and early childhood learning centres in Australia.

Between May and August last year, shoppers were encouraged to collect Earn & Learn stickers for schools to redeem against a wide range of more than 9,000 educational resources.

More than $26 million worth of new equipment and resources has been contributed to schools across Australia.


We are a Youth development organisation, which meets on a Monday evening 6.10pm – 9.30pm


This is just a brief hello from the Basketball academy. This semester we have 8 teams representing the school. This consists of two boys’ and girls’ teams in Year 8 and 9 for the Thursday competition and an under 18 and two under 16 boys teams as well as an under 14 girls team for the leisure centre club competition on the weekends. We are always looking for new players, especially girls, so if you want to try a fun, low contact sport, come and see Mr Mac in the HPE staff room. A really significant gain for our program is the addition of two new highly qualified coaches to our academy staff. Joining Mr Baker and I are Mr Jake Boulden and Mr Chris Powell. Both these staff members bring a wealth of playing and coaching experience to our program. We now have four teachers over both campuses to develop our students’ basketball skills.

Last week we had six of our teams open their season for six straight wins. What a great start to our season and what a long way we have come from our early beginnings a few years ago where we had only one team being beaten by 100 points in their opening game. Another really good result is the sign up for our Year 8 IGA lunch time competition where 28 boys and 28 girls were put into four teams each to participate in a competition to run into the first two weeks of Term 2. We are looking forward to our teams playing this week and the beginning of our Year eight competition on Friday. Until next time…

Yours in Sport
Mal McDonald (HOD HPE)


WOW! The school training restaurant is up and running again for 2013.

All members of the school community and the broader community are invited to come and enjoy a lovely three course meal prepared by the hospitality students under the supervision of Chef Liesl Doery.

The next restaurant date is 11 March. Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting Pam O’Sullivan posul7@eq.edu.au , or ringing the school on 54722222.

Bookings close on the Thursday prior to the restaurant night.

Tempt your taste buds with this upcoming menu.

So come and see what all the fuss is about.

The restaurant dates for Semester 1 are below:



Mad Mexican (bookings closed)



Modern Australian




Modern Australian



Italian Night



School 50th celebration cocktail party (meet and greet evening)



School 50th celebration



Qld Day celebration (Qld cuisine)

Some of the diners at the first restaurant night for 2013

Sam and Ben Pack a Punch at the National Championships

Noosa District State High School students Ben and Sam Cameron-Hands achieved great success at the National Boxing Competition in Adelaide last week.

Ben was awarded the gold medal and the prestigious title of Best Boxer in Australia for his age group. Sam won the silver medal.

NDSHS staff and students are very proud of Ben and Sam's sporting prowess.


The Noosa District State High School Student Council are hosting a series of teachers versus students cricket matches running at big lunch in Week 6 (Monday March 4 to Friday March 8).

Teacher and student teams will be 7 a side, with only three teams for both teachers and students. Students and teachers interested in playing are to register their names with Miss Muir in H Block staff room.

Registration costs a gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to the McGrath Foundation for breast cancer research. Registration will be closed once all teams are filled - so get in quick!

The final match on Friday March 8 big lunch will be held on the basketball courts, with live music.

Jarrad's off to the Surf Rescue Nationals

Year 11 NDSHS student Jarrad Greentree finished second in the Queensland Surf Rescue Championships held at Yeppoon last weekend.

Jarrad competed in the Champion Lifesaver event, which requires competitors to complete a theory paper, resuscitation and physical events including a surf race swim, board race, tube race and beach sprint. All aspects are scored giving a total for all disciplines, with Jarrad scoring second overall.

Jarrad won a silver medal and now qualifies to compete at the Australian Titles for this event in April. Only two from each state qualify for the Nationals. Jarrad competes for Sunshine Beach SLSC.

The Noosa District SHS community are very proud of Jarrad's fantastic efforts at the Queensland Championships and wish him all the best at the Nationals.


The next Student Council meeting is Wednesday 27 February at big lunch in H06.

All teachers and students participating in the Pink Stumps cricket series are to attend.

Please bring your diary, pen and lunch.

Snacks are provided.


In this newsletter I would like to focus on the range of support programs we offer. Noosa District SHS is lucky to have a range of support staff that are able to offer programs for students who need support. They include our Chaplain, Nurse and United Synergies staff. The programs are centred around developing self-esteem, building relationships and helping students work towards positive goals.

There are programs offered within the curriculum or as an additional program.

Within the school curriculum we have the Duke of Edinburgh Program running for Years 9, 10 and 11 students.

Our additional programs are mentoring for Years 8, 9 & 10, Gift for Years 8, 9 & 10 girls, Risk for Years 8 & 9 boys and Slam for Years 9,10 & 11 Boys.

This term we are also offering a self-development program for Year 10 girls sponsored by United Synergies.

A new programs introduced this year is landscaping and Building Construction. Mr Greg Conder has joined our staff and will work with predominately Year 10 students in developing landscaping and building skills. This program will hopefully lead into a senior building construction course.

I encourage parents to contact the school if they feel their child would benefit from taking part in any of these programs.

Liz Garbacz

Uniform Committee

Noosa District SHS is a Uniform school. Our P & C make decisions on uniform requirements and design. In order to get parent feedback we do run a uniform committee which consists of students, parents, the uniform convenor Sue Robertson and HOD Student Services. The committee meets once a term to review the uniform to feedback to P & C. If you are interested in being on the committee could you email Liz Garbacz your expression of interest. ( egarb2@eq.edu.au ). We value the input of parents in supporting the uniform standards at NDSHS.

Liz Garbacz

50th Celebrations

Planning is underway for our 50th Celebrations on 24/ 25 May. There is a small committee working on the planning of the event. If you would like to help with the planning of the day please contact Liz Garbacz.

The day will be a celebration of what is great about our school including F1 demonstration, performances, cooking demos, arts show, flight simulator and much, much more. Don’t forget we are looking for anyone who has memorabilia and if you would like to sponsor a page in our Jubilee Book you can do so by paying $30 at the office.

Make sure you keep this date free to celebrate with us.

M.A.D For Life

Noosa District State High School went M.A.D For Life on the January 31, 2013. The students witnessed a presentation on three giant screens made to inspire and encourage them to be M.A.D For Life.

The presentation included stories of people who had struggled throughout their life but learnt to be satisfied with what they had and tried to make a difference in other people’s lives as well.

The students who watched the presentation had varied reactions to the enthusiastic performance M.A.D had put on for them; some were inspired and some were too distracted by the heat to comprehend the meaning.

Students who enjoyed the show acknowledged how accurately M.A.D had studied their audience and found what music and movies they liked and tried to incorporate that into the piece; correctly aiming the presentation at the audience’s age group.

M.A.D For Life has an aim to help struggling students to, ‘make a dream for life, make a direction for life, make a difference for life, and make a difference in the lives of others’.

“There wasn’t any immediate difference, but if each student makes one simple difference, the school has just made over a thousand differences,” said Ms Garbacz.

Ms Garbacz organized the event and stated that it only cost $1.20 per student for both Pomona and Cooroy campus; she also said that M.A.D notified her about the production, promoting the idea of being M.A.D For Life.

Year 10 Events Management student, Ashleigh Foster



Due to an unexpected hold up with manufacturing, the girl’s blouses in the small sizes have still not arrived. Once we receive a new delivery date we will inform all customers. Sorry for any inconvenience. Please ring Sue on 5472 2249 if you have any questions.

RYLA 2013


We have recently launched the website Family Law Network Australia. The website is a free information resource and referral service for family law matters. The information provided on our website could be very useful and of great benefit to the families who attend your school.

We invite you to visit Family Law Network Australia at www.familylawmattersaustralia.com.au to assess the suitability of including our website on your links page. If you are happy to include a link to our website we would be most grateful if you do so by arranging for your webmaster to post the following code:

We thank you in anticipation of your assistance and look forward to hearing from you. If you have any queries I can be contacted on 044 814 8145.

Best regards
Julie Dye

T: 1300 664 968
PO Box 10, Claremont WA 6910


As Marcel Proust, a late 19th century novelist wrote: “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes”. Volunteer to host an international high school student in July 2013 through Southern Cross Cultural Exchange and prepare to be amazed at the way this unique and rewarding opportunity helps your family to become closer, to understand themselves better and to see the world in a new light.

Carefully selected students will arrive in July for one or two semesters from France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Japan, and Spain. They will attend a local secondary school, arrive with their own spending money and comprehensive insurance cover – all arranged by Southern Cross Cultural Exchange. Visit us at our website www.scce.com.au , email scceaust@scce.com.au or call us toll free on 1800 500 501, request our international student profiles, and capture the spirit of family and friendship.


The Lions Youth Exchange Program gives Australian youth the opportunity to live with Lions families overseas during the December 2013 - January 2014 school holidays. The Program does not involve tuition or school attendance but is rather a cultural holiday whereby students can immerse themselves in a new culture, enjoy supervised sightseeing and practice second language skills such as French, German, Japanese, Italian, etc.

If you wish to know more about the Lions Youth Exchange Program, details are available on the attached flyer or the national Lions Australia website: www.lionsclubs.org.au/ye


Are you concerned about your teen’s behaviour? Are you being ignored, disrespected, or abused? Don’t know what to do about it? You're not alone. A lot of parents are facing problems just like yours. Even the best parents need help sometimes. The effect of peer pressure, alcohol, drugs, family stress and other influences on young people, can result in behaviour that is seriously unacceptable, and catches many parents ill-prepared.

Since 1993, TOUGHLOVE Parent Support Groups (PSG) have helped hundreds of Queensland parents find solutions to family problems. The groups are run on a self-help model supported by mentors from TOUGHLOVE Qld – parents just like you, who have had many years of experience, successfully implementing the TL Program.

Are you interested in getting support for yourself and in finding solutions to the problems you face with your young person? A new TOUGHLOVE parent support group has opened in Nambour and is currently meeting at 6.45pm on Wednesday nights. This is the only TL parent support group on the Sunshine Coast.

Parents matter! Parents can make a positive difference in their kids’ lives - even though it may not feel that way at times. Become part of a group where you can share experiences with other parents facing similar problems; where you can access helpful information and develop realistic plans to address problems with greater confidence and effectiveness.

Many parents who attend TOUGHLOVE Groups say, “I only wish I’d come to your group a year ago.” If you are worried now, don’t wait a year!

To attend, phone 3856 3211 (please leave a message and we’ll get back to you), or visit www.qld.toughlove.org.au for more information.

Download Tough Love Flyer 1

Download Tough Love Flyer 2


The Darling Downs Zoo is a family owned zoo in the Darling Downs area of Queensland. It is privately owned by Steve and Stephanie Robinson who have devoted their lives to caring for all creatures, great and small. Situated between Warwick, Toowoomba and Gatton, this zoo is set in a rural area and has a wide variety of Australian, South East Asian, African and South American animals, birds and reptiles. The zoo is home to the only White African Lions in Queensland.

We at the Darling Downs Zoo encourage personal interaction with our school groups. We can cater to the needs of different ages and levels, with talks on specific areas of our zoo or talk about more focussed topics such as savannah and jungle, animal care and husbandry, adaptation or any other associated subject. Your school excursion can revolve around these special talks or your group can self-guide around the zoo and just participate in our scheduled talks.

We can offer a sausage sizzle for lunch at a cost of $2 per sausage on bread with choice of sauces. Alternatively we offer a $4 lunch which includes 2 sausage sizzles and a drink of juice. We also stock kiosk style meals such as pies and sausage rolls, real coffee, drinks and ice-creams.

School group prices are dramatically reduced compared with normal admission prices. Student admission is priced at $10 each. 1 teacher or adult is admitted free per every 10 students. Additional adults are $18 each.

Group visits must be pre booked and talks, tours and catering discussed at time of booking. Bookings can be made by phone or email.

Our opening days and hours are 9 am to 4pm every day except Tuesday during Queensland State school terms and every day during Queensland State school holidays. Last entry is at 3pm each and every day.

We hope that the foregoing is of interest to you and we look forward to discussing a booking with you.

Please contact us on 07 4696 4107 or email us at admin@darlingdownszoo.com.au .

PO Box 10 Clifton QLD 4361 Australia
Ph 07 4696 4107 Fax 07 4696 4112 Mobile 0427 106 592


Are you or someone you care for living well with asthma? If you:

  • wake up coughing, wheezing or breathless
  • struggle to keep up with normal activity
  • use your blue reliever puffer more than three times a week
  • are unsure about the way your medications can work best for you

These are all signs your asthma is not well controlled or signs you are not living well with asthma.

If your asthma is limiting your quality of life, Asthma Foundation Queensland invites you to join us for a free one hour Live Well with Asthma workshop. To register please call Asthma Assist on 1800 645 130 or visit http://www.asthmafoundation.org.au/QLD/Courses_for_the_community.aspx


Kawana Library - 30 Nanyima St, Buddina Qld 4575


Thursday 7th March 2013


10:30am – 11:30am


Give your child the opportunity to gain international experiences and language skills to kick-start a future career. Along with distinct language benefits, exchange students mature, gain confidence and develop a much more worldly approach upon their return to Australia.

World Education Program Australia (WEP), a not-for-profit student exchange organisation registered with the education departments, is now accepting applications for students to live overseas in 2013/14 as exchange students for a summer, semester or year.

WEP is offering two $3000 scholarships towards semester-long student exchange programs to Argentina and China commencing in 2014.

Find out more!

  • Visit www.wep.org.au
  • Attend one of WEP’s information evenings and open days
  • Call 1300 884 733

Upcoming Information Sessions

13 March 2013 / 7:30-9pm
Kew Court House
188 High Street

13 Feb, 13 Mar, 14 May 2013
Bowlers Club of NSW
Level 2 / 95-99 York Street

21 Feb, 14 Mar, 30 Apr 2013
/ 7:30-9pm
Garden City Library
Cnr Kessels & Logan

Sunshine Coast
28 February 2013 / 7:30-9pm
Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre
2 Fifth Avenue
Cotton Tree

19 March 2013 / 7:30-9pm
Cedar Centre
36 Baker Street


26 February

Restaurant Night ‘Mad Mexican’

26 February

‘Planning for Excellence’ 12.30 – 6.30pm

11 March

Restaurant Night ‘Modern Australian’

15 March

Action Against Bullying

20 March

Biathlon Carnival P3 & 4 (Nominations only)

27 March

Restaurant Night