Gympie High students awarded

GYMPIE State High School principal Murray Wegner outlined the school's achievements and its future plans during the school's 99th speech night.

He highlighted some achievements during 2010 around priorities of Naplan, the teaching and learning audit, virtues practices and the building and digital education revolutions.

“Our Naplan results continue to improve and we were above ‘like schools' in all five areas,” he said.

Mr Wegner said the Virtues Program had been extended and had incorporated Education Queensland's Social and Emotional learning initiatives.

He said Virtues had been embedded in the school philosophy since 2004 through the vision statement but the next step was to include it in the curriculum.

A brief outline of other curriculum initiatives and successes this year was also given including:

The Interactive Entertainment course has been accredited as a Certificate IV course in Computer Game Design and Development. ‘Game On' won the North Coast Showcase Award for Excellence in Senior Schooling.

Gympie State High School was chosen as Climate Smart Environmental ambassadors for the North Coast region.

Students attended a three-day International Kids Teaching Kids Conference in Caloundra which was amazing as was the plaudits and kudos they earned.

Year 9 and 10 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs filled all places at the Maryborough Technology Challenge Robotics Competition.

The stage band made the Regional Fanfare finals for the first time and the school was selected to be part of a national trial of a UK program Musical Futures.

A $1.6 million refurbishment of J Block was completed. A $1.9 million language centre is underway.

Award winners:

Junior sponsored:

Pearce Medal for Excellence in Maths & Science in the Middle School: Harmony Douwes

Xerox Boys in Education English Award: Reece Hutley and Sean King

Boys in Education Leadership Award: Ned Hosmer

J Smith & Sons Excellence in Industrial Technology & Design: Jake Fitzgerald

Award for Academic Excellence in Junior Japanese: Celine Watson

Junior LOTE Encouragement Award German: Kirra-Lee Cairns

Class of 1949-1952 Encouragement Awards Male and Female: Mikaela Calvert and Jake Whittaker

USQ Community Award: Meagan Wesener

Junior Special Encouragement Awards: Kieran Ralph

McDonalds Junior All Rounder Award: Annika Coyne

Senior sponsored:

Sven Condon Memorial Prize for Excellence in English & Humanities: Madeline Price

Baldwin Cartwright Excellence in Legal Studies & Business Education: Taleea Bartholomew

Phoenix Hotel Excellence in Hospitality Award: Curtis Plate

The George Hooyer Memorial Prize: Hayley McFarlane

Fell & Read Families' Prize for Excellence in Performing Arts: Clare Quinn

The Leslie Family Memorial Prize: Nathan Braganza

Class of 1950-1951 Top Citizenship Award: Madeline Price

TB Hamilton Memorial Prize for Excellence in Industrial Technology & Design for Engineering: Tyrone Green

Gold Town Driving School Agriculture Service Award: Wendy Ward

Nev Johannessen and Jim Walker Prize for Excellence in Mathematics and Science: Aaron O'Connell and Emily Simpson

Senior Award for Academic Excellence in Japanese: Jessica Handley and Angela Wade

Senior LOTE Encouragement Award German: Kellie Pagel

Toshiba School Based Trainee of the Year: Peter Bambling

Cornett IGA Work Experience Student of the Year: Amanda Elliott

Gympie High Drama Award: Vivianne Sawrey

Senior Special Encouragement Award: Kelsey Wilcox

Outstanding achievement awards:

Australian Defence Force Leadership and Teamwork Awards: Meagan Wesener

Caltex All Rounder Award Year 11: Hayley McFarlane

Jesse Witham Bursaries Year 11 Best Academic Male and Female: Sarah Young and Trent Martin

Rotary All Rounder Awards Year 12 Male and Female: Joshua Cumner and Kristy Reid

Apex Award for Year 12 Best Academic Other Gender: Aaron O'Connell

Apex Award for Dux of the School: Clare Quinn

2011 school captains and vice captains:

Captains: Tom Manthey, Hayley McFarlane;

Vice Captains: Daniel Haas, Jacob Allen, Cassie Woolley, Brooke Mercer.

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