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30/10/2015

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Need to know Dates - Week 5: 
 
Year 12 Block Exams
2/11 - Year 11 Physics Concrete Testing Griffith University
4/11 - Immunisation Day 3 - Year 8 & 10
4-6/11 - Girls Touch All Schools State Championships
6/11 - Year 7 & 8 Drama Excellence Workshop
 
Helensvale Highlights:
 
Degustation Dinner
 
Tuesday night the Home Economics Department showcased the amazing talents of our Hospitality students in
the annual Degustation Excellence Evening. The delicious and highly innovative menu was developed entirely by our high achieving Year 12 students who have trailed, tested and tasted for weeks/months to ensure the finest quality was served on the night. The seven courses were then matched by a wine/champagne to expertly compliment the flavours presented on the plate the Home Economics Department showcased the amazing talents of our Hospitality students in the annual Degustation Excellence Evening. The delicious and highly innovative menu was developed entirely by our high achieving Year 12 students who have trialled, tested and tasted for weeks/months to ensure the finest quality was served on the night. The seven courses were then matched by a wine/champagne to expertly compliment the flavours presented on the plate.
I would like to congratulate my wonderful teaching staff – Peter Whitehouse (Main Kitchen), Stephanie Wright (Dessert Queen) and Melyssa Atwood (Appetisers) – for their dedication to the training and inspiration of year 11 and year 12 students which resulted in such an amazing showcase of talent.
 
The event was well attended with many parents shedding a tear as they witnessed for the last time their Yr 12 students put on such a magnificent event. To staff and their partners, family and friends who attended – THANK YOU. This is an extremely busy time of year and we really appreciate you taking the time to attend yet another night away from home.
 
Judy Macaulay
HOD Home Economics
 
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2016 One2One Laptop Program

!! 2016 !!
YEAR LEVEL
OPTIONS (LISTED PREFERENTIALLY)
ASSOCIATED COST  AND OTHER DETAILS
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1.        BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
$  50 p.a. – licencing for connection to Ed Qld BYOx network infrastructure
2.        School owned hire used laptops
$100 p.a. – existing 3 to 4 year old Acer & HP laptops – best used up first
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1.       Continue with existing contract (school owned but parents paying off over 3 years)
These are the HP210 G1 laptops that parents contracted to at start of 2014
Compulsory contract – parents pay off balance over 2016 & 2017
Appr
ox 256 current Yr 7 students under this contract
2.        BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
$  50 p.a. – licencing for connection to Ed Qld BYOx network infrastructure
3.        School owned hire used laptops
$100 p.a. – existing 3 to 4 year old Acer & HP laptops – best used up first
9
1.        BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
$  50 p.a. – licencing for connection to Ed Qld BYOx network infrastructure
2.        School owned hire used laptops
$100 p.a. – existing 3 to 4 year old Acer & HP laptops – best used up first
10
1.        BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
$  50 p.a. – licencing for connection to Ed Qld BYOx network infrastructure
2.        School owned hire used laptops
$100 p.a. – existing 3 to 4 year old Acer & HP laptops – best used up first
11
1.       Continue with existing contract (school owned but parents paying off over 3 years)
These are the HP210 G1 laptops that parents contracted to at start of 2014
Compulsory contract – parents pay off balance over 2016 & 2017
App
rox 154 students under this contract
2.        BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
$  50 p.a. – licencing for connection to Ed Qld BYOx network infrastructure
3.        School owned hire used laptops
$100 p.a. – existing 3 to 4 year old Acer & HP laptops – best used up first
12
1.        BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
$  50 p.a. – licencing for connection to Ed Qld BYOx network infrastructure
2.        School owned hire used laptops
$100 p.a. – existing 3 to 4 year old Acer & HP laptops – best used up first

OTHER INFORMATION:

 
·         Students not taking up any of these options will of course have access to day hire, which is not recommended due to lack of continuity from school to home for home studies and assessment.
 
·         Price for school hire has gone down from $150 to $100 p.a. due to age of the devices.
 
·         Students who currently have a school hire laptop in 2015 (with the exception of the contracted years 7 & 10 students) have the choice of opting out for BYOD (preferable for us) or continuing with school hire, in which case they would roll-over into 2016 with the same device.
 
·         The school will not ever (in the foreseeable future) be purchasing student laptops.
 
·         In addition to other support advice, parents have all been emailed the minimum hardware specifications required for BYOD laptops. Here is the same list, in case students ask for your advice.
 
MINIMUM hardware requirements for BYOD device selection:
 
o   Tactile keyboard (not just on-screen touch keyboard)
 
o   Display screen of acceptable size and angle for class use (minimum 10 inch)
 
o   On advice from the EQ, the wireless adaptor (network interface card) in all devices must support 5Ghz 802.11n as a minimum.
 
o   4 GB RAM (memory) – more is always better
 
o   320 GB hard drive (storage)
 
o   Preferably 2 USB ports
 
o   Hard and/or well-padded protective case for the device
 
o   Consider the weight and size factor for students carrying them all day and fitting them into their existing school bags
 
 Sheryl Carr
Information Technology Services


SWELL Report
 
SWELL has been hosting a number of activities for Mental Health Week, which we extended to Mental Health Month, just so we could have that much more fun.
Students have enjoyed a range of activities through the last month including colouring competitions, Lego building competitions, making paracord keychains, origami and finally our Fruit Ninja fruit arranging competition. These activities have been well attended and enjoyed by all participants. We thank youth support worker, Hayley Cantellano, our school nurse, Joy Xavier, and Chaplain, Long Bradley for their organisation.
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