GOLD: Samantha Montgomery won the Gold Cultural Award.
GOLD: Samantha Montgomery won the Gold Cultural Award.

James Nash students celebrate achievements at speech night

THE following are excerpts of James Nash State High School principal Darrin Edwards' Awards Night presentation on Tuesday.

At this, my eighth awards night as principal of James Nash State High School, I wish to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the students and staff of our school.

This year has seen two significant state awards bestowed on the school.

JNSHS was selected to become one of 80 independent public schools in Queensland and two days later won the State Showcase Award for Excellence in Education for its Junior Secondary-Pathways to Individual Excellence Program.

In the past year JNSHS was one of the highest performing secondary schools in the region with Year 12 Student Outcomes:

97% of Year 12 students received Queensland Certificate of Education, OP or Vocational Education Training qualifications; 92% of Year 12 students exited with Queensland Certificate of Education; 19% of OP eligible students received an OP between 1 and 5; 75% of OP eligible students received an OP score between 1 and 15; there were two Australian Vocational Award winners from 2012; 176 Cert I, Cert II and Cert III or above Vocational Qualifications awarded.

James Nash maintains accreditation as an International School and welcomes five more international students. NAPLAN results reflected improving relative gain for high performing students:

86% of all student grades at A, B or C standard for all students in all subjects; 95% of all student behaviour ratings at an A, B or C standard for all students in all grades with 55% receiving an A.

A University of the Sunshine Coast Bursary was offered to Lauren Kaloczy and Amy Sheaffe.

There was outstanding student performance in the English extension program this year with 55% of students achieving a VHA standard, 88% of students achieved either an A or B; 98 students in Years 8, 9 and 10 participated in the International ICAS English Competition. James Nash was awarded one high distinction, six distinctions and 37 credits.

Eight students represented James Nash at USC Science Research Awards, with Kathryn Becher and Cartiah McGrath awarded third place.

In the Regional World Skills Competition 2013, Belinda Peel was awarded the gold medal, Kodie Schuler the silver medal and Bridie-Ann Gaillard bronze medal.

Sixty students participated in Science ICAS competition, 14 students received Distinction awards

Fifteen students participated in the National Chemistry Quiz, Samuel Marsh received a High Distinction award, and four other students received Distinctions.

One hundred and thirty-four Year 10, 11 and 12 students participated in the Australian Mathematics Competition of which James Nash was awarded one High Distinction , 16 Distinctions , 53 x Credits; 53 Year 8 and 9 students participated in the International ICAS Mathematics Competition of which James Nash was awarded one High Distinction, 11 Distinctions and 42 Credits.

Shannon Reilly was awarded a Credit in the University of Queensland Economics Competition.

Eighty percent of all structured learning students received C or better in core subjects. Hudson Meads and Stephanie Barton achieved Distinctions in the National Geographic History Channel Australian Geography Competition. Kalum Warhurst, Sara Thorpe and Mia Mouland-Vail achieved Credits

Kathryn Becher was selected to attend the National Science Forum in Western Australia

James Nash prides itself on the cultural and artistic excellence opportunities provided to students. This year we saw the continual growth of our Academy of Creative Arts under the leadership of Renee Rackley and her tireless team. Three James Nash student German films were short-listed at National Film Festival. ACA art students also received 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Heritage Art Competition

Being a positive, active citizen is integral in a well-rounded education. James Nash aims to provide a full range of opportunities for our students and staff to be involved with the Gympie community.

This year the JNSHS environmental committee implemented Planet Ark cartridge recycling program and planted, cared for and harvested fresh organic produce in the Science Horticulture Centre.

It was awarded 2nd at the Gympie Garden Expo.

James Nash has a long standing reputation for sporting excellence and many students this year reached Wide Bay and Queensland team representation.

Eleven new age records were set at the school athletics carnival, and James Nash again retained the Cooloola Athletics Trophy.

This year has also seen a record number of students awarded Sporting Distinction Awards but it has been the sportsmanship and participation that has been the stand-out for me.

The following list will demonstrate the extensive opportunities students have accessed during the year and will showcase some of their achievements:

Pearl Cridland gold medallist at the Queensland athletics championships; Liam Blundell two silver and one bronze medals at the Queensland athletic championships; Stephanie Mills selected in the Queensland Under 15 girls cricket; Shaun Lee selected in the Queensland Cross Country.

James Nash Open Netball team was undefeated winner in Cooloola Inter-School competition; James Nash U15 Netball undefeated winner in Cooloola Inter-School competition; James Nash Netball team finished third in the Wide Bay Southern region of the Vicki Wilson Cup; James Nash Open Girls Hockey undefeated winners in Cooloola Inter-School competition; James Nash Open Boys Hockey joint winners in Cooloola Inter-School competition.

I would like to acknowledge the leadership of our school captains Hannah Roff, Angela Bahr, Oscar Tollner, Michael Whordley and student council president Amy Bruckner throughout the year.

James Nash now has some of the most modern and sophisticated teaching spaces you could find in a secondary school.

We have begun building our $5.2 million Gympie Trade Training Centre-Construction with work commencing only last week. Our work with the University of the Sunshine Coast helped secure a USC campus to be built in Gympie which opened its doors in July this year.

Major awards

Gold Citizenship: Hannah Roff

Gold Cultural: Samantha Montgomery

Gold Sport: Shaun Lee

Gold All Rounder Caltex: Angela Bahr

Gold Academic: Jasper Barr

Rotary All Rounder: Tia Dullard

Rotary All Rounder: Patrick Brennan

Vocational Education and Training: Ryan Sharman

School Based Trainee: Stacey McAuley

Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership: Jared Butcher

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