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Everton Park State High School End of Term 3 Report

19 September 2017

Everton Park State High School is now quiet after a busy third term and everyone is having a well-deserved two week break. Village Buzz visited the school shortly before term finished and met with Acting Principal Peter Turner and get an update on some of the highlights of the term.
The first item of news is that Ms Sue Wallace will return as Principal in Term 4 after taking long service and study leave to complete her Masters of Education (Leadership and Management). Mr Turner will return to his former post as Deputy Principal at Wavell State High School.

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Hard at work on the school’s new STEAM lab and art space.

During my tour of the school I saw that work on a brand-new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) lab and art space was well underway and expected to be completed in October. The facility includes a large area for pupils to build and program robots and another to complete and store art projects including a semi-enclosed area for painting and sculpture which will be easy to wash out if things get messy – as I am sure they will.

Also included is an area for filming video in front of a green screen which will allow pupils to add their own backgrounds to videos they make as part of their school work. One interesting provision in the new complex is an office for an artist in residence who will be on hand to mentor the pupils with their various art projects.

I also paid a brief visit to the STEM classrooms where pupils were busily engaged in learning coding and I was shown the storeroom where all components for the robotics projects are kept. There was even a radio-controlled drone which had been built by pupils. School certainly has got a lot more interesting since my time.

 

Other term highlights

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Grade 7 EPSHS students demonstrate robot technology to visitors from junior schools in the area.

In the lead-up to the holidays, EPSHS hosted pupils from junior schools in the area at a STEM day. Current year 7 students went out of their way to introduce the subjects to the younger students. I am sure the robots would have been among the visitors’ favourites on the day.

The school’s concrete games courts had been in an atrocious state of repair with grass growing through the many cracks but these have now been resurfaced in an attractive shade of blue Synpave and are ready for competition to resume.

Hayley Schafe, Year 12, won the Zonta Pine Rivers Young Women in Public Affairs Award for 2017 and is up for consideration for the Zonta International Award.

Shaun Litte, Year 10, competed in the Australian Schools Cross Country Championships in Hobart in August and came 15th in the country.

Three new flagpoles now grace the front of the school to fly the Australian, Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander flags. The poles were purchased and installed with funds raised by the Student Representative Council.

After years of campaigning the school finally has a 40kmh traffic calming zone implemented outside in Stafford Road which will add greatly to the safety of pupils, staff and visitors to the school.

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Newly resurfaced concrete playing courts at the school.

 

Story by Allan Jackson

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