Prior to us celebrating a festive Christmas Dinner last night out students enjoyed a game of wheelchair basketball!
Tonight we held our GRC Christmas Party before our Year 11 students leave us. Our Head Students and their peers chose a traditional Christmas Roast Dinner with honey mustard glazed ham, roast pork, chicken, and a variety of roasted veggies. Finishing with chocolate lava cake and individual fruit meringues.
The night was filled with cracking bonbons, Christmas carols, and lots of festive fun. Thank you to our wonderful Supervisory & Kitchen Teams for organising, and a special thanks to Chef Joy who "cooks with love" every day for the students at GRC.
On Saturday evening our students enjoyed exploring the local dunes at South Gate and as always watching a spectacular sunset!
On Saturday Mr Driscoll and Miss Tia took a group of students to Kalbarri. We visited the iconic 'Nature's Window" and the amazing "Skywalk". We had a picnic by the beach, however, it was too cold to swim, and we visited the "Pink Lake" on our way home, we had the most wonderful day!
Last night we held the student-led Halloween Party - The students decorated the hall themselves and ran the event with the supervisor's help.
A lot of the students made the effort of dressing up and somehow they even convinced Mr P to dress up as the Ugly Stepsister!
Well done students!
GRC Orientation Day was a huge success with all students having a wonderful time together! Thanks to all the students and staff for making it a huge success!
Our students enjoyed a sunny and fun-filled day of activities - we played basketball which is a daily favourite, and a game of cricket, and enjoyed a delicious meal of gnocchi and summer salads, finished off with marshmallows around the fire.
Mr Shiosaki and students are in the final stages of finishing our yarning circle, which has been one of our major cultural projects this term.
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Our first outing for the Term to Separation Point was windy and cold, with lots of smelly seaweed, but it didn't stop our students from getting in the water.
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Who says big kids don’t like party food! Our students certainly do! Massive thanks to our lovely Chef Joy and Kitchen hand Lalittha for preparing GRC’s end of Term celebration platters – delicious!
Earlier this month we took a group of students to the Annual Chapman Valley Agricultural Show, all the students and Mr Shiosaki had a great time!
We celebrated with the students, families, staff, partner schools and community our 2022 Presentation Day.
We had many achievements by the students in different areas of college life including many prizes given to recognise good behaviour.
We also said goodbye to our Year 12 students as they get ready to leave at the end of the term and also welcomed the incoming Head Students for 2023.
Thanks to everyone who attended.
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Carers,
The College closes at 5:00 pm on Friday 23 September 2022 and reopens on Sunday 9 October 2022 at 3:00 pm.
Please confirm your children's travel plans with a supervisor ASAP if you haven’t already done so already …
We wish all our students and their families a wonderful holiday time together.
On Monday night four teachers from the HASS department at GSHS joined us for dinner and a college tour, the students really enjoyed showing them around and having a chat at dinner.
Thank you for joining us …. Ms Hansen, Ms Annison, Mr Keemink and Ms Evans.
Miss Tia and Mrs Broad adding some colours to our gardens this morning, as we prepare for presentation day on Friday, 9th Sept.
On Saturday we took a group of students to the Annual Mullewa Agricultural Show, the students had a great time exploring all there was to see and do! We are not sure who had the best time, the students or Mr Shiosaki! 😉🤣😎Bella's mum won the cake competition and we got to watch Ella and Sophie's great athletic skills too.
Today Mrs Micelle Shiosaki and Mrs Jasmine Baron and students from NCC/GRC completed this exceptional artwork.
It is difficult to express how very grateful we are! The project has been a culmination of planning and contribution from many staff and students, with Michael our gardener cleaning and preparing the wall, and Mr Shiosaki and GRC students painting the canvas ready for Mrs Shiosaki and Mrs Baron to paint this cultural masterpiece!
Sincere thanks to Mr Willimas, NCC Principal for supporting this project, which highlights the great partnership we have with the school.
The artwork depicts where our students come from (land and the sea), with the circle representing both cultures coming together in a shared story of celebration.
Our Aboriginal students bring with them the histories and culture of the oldest living culture in the world and we are truly privileged!
So from all of us at GRC, thank you so much Mr & Mrs Shiosaki, Mrs Baron, and all our beautiful students that contributed to creating this cultural masterpiece for all to enjoy!
Thank you to Mrs Broad our newest supervisor, who showed us how to make awesome craft with ordinary wire and a bit of imagination.
Save The Date! 2022 Presentation Day
Many thanks to Tymia Councillor, one of the students for designing the artwork for the poster!
This evening 28 students braved the cold and went down to Maitland Park to spend some time at the annual fairground, we also welcomed Mr Alan Evans to the Supervisory relief team. Alan is a PE teacher at CBSHS and we are thrilled to have him onboard!
After school today, Mr Shiosaki spent time with his pastoral group to work on GRC’s “Acknowledgement to Country” for our upcoming Presentation Day. We want it to reflect the voices of our Aboriginal students…
Whilst we couldn't rally all the troops at GRC today - some of the boys from Frewer House used the rainy moments to enjoy a gym session run by Mis Tia!
Meet Lalittha our very talented new Kitchen Hand, who cooked a sensational veggie noodle stir fry tonight - kids were like "more please Miss"
A big thank you to Beau, Finn and Liam for cooking up a delicious barbecue for lunch today.
Tonight, we had a Mexican themed dinner which was eaten with much enthusiasm although finished off with Italian Tiramisu - you could say that we like to mix things up at GRC - when it comes to serving great food! 😉👏🥰
Tonight Stephanie and Marion joined us from CEWA - they were taken on a tour of the college and spent time listening to the stories of our Aboriginal students. Stephanie and Marion will visit the college throughout the Term working on activities and projects that are student led. We are so excited about this partnership with CEWA and we look forward to meeting the cultural needs of ALL our Aboriginal students at GRC together 🥰
Yeh it's Friday ! So, let's making sushi ! Thanks, miss Tia for making this happen! We loved it -and it was fun and delicious!
On Thursday evening Mrs Wilson joined staff and students for dinner. Brooke our head Girl presented Mrs Wilson with a card that was signed by most of our students (GGS & GCC are still on holidays), the students were excited to see her and we all wished her every success in her new role at Moora Residential College as the College Manager. Thank you Mrs Wilson, we all love you and we will remember you fondly🥰
Fitting finish to the end of term two - 20 students decided to brave the cold and go for an evening dip! Far braver then Mr P who only got his toes wet 😂
Artist gives boots extra kick for Indigenous round
We are very proud of Tymia - she is boarding with us to attend Yr 12 at GSHS, congratulations Tymia, we are privileged to have you in our care and we look forward to you sharing your artist talent with us as we create our Aboriginal mural on the front wall in partnership with Mrs Micelle Shiosaki from NCC.
Artist gives boots extra kick for Indigenous round
A local high school student has lent her art skills for the GNFL’s Indigenous round
“When you play never mind who listens to you”
Dear parents and carers
The College closes at 5pm on Friday 01 July 2022 and reopens on Monday 18 July 2022 at 12:00pm.
Please confirm your travel plans with a supervisor ASAP if you haven’t already done so …
We wish all our students and their families a wonderful holiday time together.
Last week Ruth Davis, our College Manager, had the great privilege of attending the Indigenous Education Boarding Symposium in Newcastle. The Symposium was held at the Murrook Educational Centre on Worimi Land.
The Symposium began with a very moving Welcome to Country ceremony by Justin Ridgeway a Traditional Owner. Justin talked about understanding the past to know where we are going, and how important it is for all of us to walk together in a shared story of truth and reconciliation.
Ruth met with Heads of Boarding, Department of Education representatives, University Researchers and Industry Leaders from across the nation listening to "what works" in Indigenous Boarding to drive educational outcomes that aim to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The experience reinforces the need for us to create culturally safe Residential Colleges for our Indigenous students.
Ruth is looking forward to sharing the learnings and implementing some of the initiatives discussed at the Symposium at GRC.
Please find a notice below from the WA Government regarding the bandwidth provided at GRC. Hopefully, we will see a vast improvement in the internet services at the college.
Bandwidth boost for Geraldton Senior High School
Friday, 3 June 2022
Upgrades part of McGowan Government initiative to increase bandwidth in Western Australian public schools
Additional bandwidth enables students to learn using modern technology
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the bandwidth capacity at Geraldton Senior High School has been increased by 50 times as part of a McGowan Government initiative to improve access to modern learning opportunities.
In December 2020, the State Government announced that almost all Western Australian public schools, including Geraldton Senior High School, would receive significant bandwidth increases to meet the growing demand for students to access learning materials online.
The upgrades, which are now in use at Geraldton Senior High School, provide faster and more efficient access to online classroom tools and allow the school to use a full range of technologies including high-definition multimedia content.
The upgrades also allow for improved bandwidth performance during key education assessments, such as NAPLAN and OLNA.
In addition, it has allowed the school to invest in ICT infrastructure to provide additional opportunities for students.
As well as increasing the digital capacity for schools across WA, the bandwidth upgrades benefit surrounding communities with significant levels of spare bandwidth capacity that are able to be used by telecommunication service providers to deliver services to the community.
From a tired old front wall - to a spectacular Indigenous Australian Artwork - in partnership with NCC.
This project began with simply noticing our very tired old wall not long ago and reflects the college ongoing cultural journey.
In consultation with staff and in particular Mr Shiosaki and Mrs Shiosaki who works at NCC our design idea was born.
Mrs Shiosaki and Ms Jasmin Baron (NCC) sketched the design, and it portrays a story of a blue ocean on one side, which represents students coming to the college from coastal areas and the orange side reflects students from inland areas such as the Pilbara.
The symbol in the middle represents Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff and students at the Residential College all coming together. The Tree on the inland side represents family and being one, the roots of the tree represent the students’ families and ancestry.
The project is a wonderful story of the partnership between NCC and college staff and students, where Indigenous Australian peoples lead as we listen and learn. Michael our (Gardner) cleaned the wall and removed the old signage, Mr Shiosaki and students painted the backdrop on Saturday, the weather was perfect, and it certainly makes a statement from the road.
We look forward to sharing more posts with you as our Artwork unfolds.
It was lovely to see three of our Aboriginal students showing each other where they are all from. Our goal is for the College to learn from our Indigenous students & staff about their rich heritage and culture and this emanates from our cultural journey together where Indigenous people are leading and we are listening. This journey together is symbolised in the Artwork at reception, and through the Uluru Statement from the Heart, which is positioned proudly within the Artwork.
Joy just loves dishing up a hearty cooked breakfast to our students on Wednesday mornings! we have no problems getting students out of bed on Wednesdays...😍