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Helensvale News and Highlights

16/10/2015

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Need to Know:

19/10 - Student Free Day

20/10 - Opening Night Visions Art Exhibition

20/10 - Year 9 Drama Excellence Workshop

21/10 - Year 9/10 Music Excellence Workshop

21/10 - Year 11 Geography Excursion

23/10 - Year 11 Managing Coastal Environments Excursion

 

Helensvale Highlights:

In term 3 our year 7 & 8 leaders participated in running a mini market stall day to raise funds for Project Samoa.
There was a variety of food, drinks and activity stalls on the day for all students to participate in.
The most popular stalls were the cupcake decorating and the photo booth.
As a thank you for our Yr. 7 & 8 leader’s participation in running the event Game Over Gold Coast generously donated a Laser Tag and Clip n Climb sessions for the students, with Premier Bus Services also donating the use of their bus.
The students had an amazing time at Game Over putting their skills to the test with a clip and climb session even racing Mr Corr-Clements and Mrs Patterson to the top.
The Students then participated in groups for a Laser Tag session, having to work together as a team.
Annabel Crane a Yr8 student leaders said ‘It was such a fun and sporty day with great challenges. The climbing task really pushed me out of m comfort zone but was a fantast challenge to complete”.
“It was great way to bond and to spend time with the other leaders and the Deans.”
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2015 Tony Lynch USA Memorial Tour
Written by Anna Dwyer Year 11 Student
 Wow, what a fantastic, fun filled, learning experience we had in the USA! It started with 13 hour flight from Brisbane to LA, where we had an overnight stopover.  Of course, we didn’t sleep the entire flight as we could not wait to see what the next two weeks had in store for us. After the 5 hour trip from LA to Orlando, it was time to settle in because that was our home for the next 7 days. Our busy schedule began on the first jam-packed day in Orlando. In the morning we visited Disney World Animal Kingdom, then in the afternoon we went to Hollywood studios where they had the scariest, funniest rides I had ever been on. We all had to get lots of rest that evening as the next day we were heading to Disney Worlds, Magic Kingdom, and wow, it really was magical! At Magic Kingdom we started before the park was open with a 3 hour education program. We were there at 7am and some of us even stayed until 10pm to watch the fireworks at the Disney Castle plus the infamous Disney’s light parade. This was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. The next day we were up and out early again at 7am ready to learn some physics at Disney’s EPCOT. Here we created estimations about rides, then tested the rides and collected results. A fun way to learn physics though!
The following day was the first trip to NASA Space Station. This was by far my favourite part of the USA trip. We had lunch with astronaut Jerry Carr. He was so interesting and told us about his experience as an astronaut. We also learnt what it’s like in space and the science around how orbiters and shuttles work. We returned to NASA a couple days later and took part in astronaut space training, where we learnt how to fly to space (well sort of!) and completed a trip to Mars in an Orbiter.  The scary part was that we were the ones controlling it!  Another day in Orlando and another different location, this time to head to Universal Studios with the fastest and greatest rides! After seven non-stop days in Orlando, we were all really devastated to leave as we had so much fun and learnt so many new things.
Washington DC was our next destination where we visited The White House and took many photos. We also visited three of the Smithsonian Institutes which were fascinating and so big! There was so many interesting things to see and learn from e.g. the Holocaust museum, which was very surreal!
After three nights in Washington DC it was time to fly back to LA. We were excited to visit Calabasas High School and noticing how different they learn in comparison to us.  It was a great experience and hopefully we can use those learning opportunities back at Helensvale High.
Our final tourist experience was visiting Hollywood Boulevard where we walked the ‘walk of fame’ with the famous names along the floor, we had a sightseeing tour of the rich and famous houses and drove down the famous Rodeo Drive.
Then after 2 fabulous weeks it was time to leave. This was for most of us, ‘the best 2 weeks of our lives’ and I would definitely recommend this tour as a ‘trip of a lifetime’.  Of course this would not have been possible without Mr Nicholson, Mr Moore, Ms Jones and Ms Miller, who were fantastic with us all. Thank you so much from all of us.
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