Home' The Loxton News : August 27th 2014 Contents 6 -- The Loxton News, Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I continue to be amazed at the wealth of
talent at Loxton High School.
In nearly every edition of The Loxton
News over the years there has featured a
story on our region's star students.
Whether it be the work experience stu-
dents we have hosted over the years,
the athletes, academics, community volun-
teers, singers, musicians, scientists, agri-
culturalists, fashionistas, artists, designers,
engineers -- there's too much to name.
One of the moments where this talent is
showcased is at the performances of the
high school musicals.
Not only did last week's showing of
Footloose highlight the skilled singers,
dancers, actors and musicians, it showed
There were many who had worked tire-
lessly behind the scenes helping with the
lighting and sound, hair and make-up, cos-
tumes, set design, construction and scene
changes, serving cool drinks at interval or
selling programs and ushering ticketholders
to their seats.
So to all the students at LHS, take a bow
-- you are all leading stars.
That Loxton Waikerie councillor Trevor
Norton's passion resulted in the so-
called "bullying" case (The Loxton News,
August 20) is very unfortunate.
It is my view that councillor Norton is an
extremely capable and valuable councillor.
Gardening tips missed
Since Mitre 10 Loxton has closed I am
missing their newsletter, Bev's Corner.
I really liked that it was local information
and a reminder of tasks needing to be done
during the month.
I was wondering if such an article could
be included in The Loxton News each
I am sure there are others who would
appreciate the monthly gardening tips.
Thanks for the cuppa
On behalf of Cancer Council SA I would
like to say a big thank you to the
thousands of hosts, volunteers, guests and
supporters of this year's Australia's Biggest
Cancer is the leading cause of death
in Australia; about eight regional South
Australians are diagnosed with cancer
every day. But every day your support is
making a difference for someone affected
This year, more than 195 generous hosts
gathered their friends and held morning
teas in the Murray and Mallee region.
By raising your cups to help beat cancer,
you helped us raise an incredible $48,000
locally and more than $1 million across
This money will help Cancer Council SA
to continue funding vital cancer research
being conducted as part of Cancer Council's
Beat Cancer Project.
Today we have more than 50 research
teams receiving funding, who are working
directly to beat cancer.
It is thanks to your generosity and ongo-
ing support that research has revealed a 30
per cent reduction in cancer-related deaths
since the late 1980s.
This equates to about 61,000 lives saved.
Your fundraising also provides a range
of support services that ensure regional
South Australians don't miss out on critical
support during or after their cancer experi-
Our nurse counsellors speak with more
than 1000 regional callers each year who
seek information and support through call-
ing Cancer Council on 13 11 20.
Many of you will be familiar with Cancer
Council Lodge which provide a 'home away
from home' for regional cancer patients
when they are in Adelaide for treatment.
Last year we were able to provide accom-
modation for more than 14,000 guests and
carers from across the state at our lodges.
Every day there is hope, because every
day we're a step closer to beating cancer.
Thank you again for your amazing efforts
and we look forward to raising our cups
with you again next year. Thank you for
making your cup count in 2014.
Professor Brenda Wilson
Cancer Council SA
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, August 27, 1964
The recently completed CWA Hall at Nangari was
officially opened by the Upper Murray Handicraft
secretary, Mrs Wishart.
40 years ago
Wednesday, August 28, 1974
A total of 56 children from Loxton and other
Riverland centres are attending the Arts Council
sponsored Music Camp being held at Loxton
Primary School this week.
30 years ago
Wednesday, August 29, 1984
Loxton High School's Margaret Law, Peter
Snodgrass and Andrew Thomas won the district
final of a statewide Apex debating competition,
defeating Pinnaroo Area School.
20 years ago
Wednesday, August 31, 1994
A recent ferry survey has been a successful
exercise and will add weight to the region's push
for a bridge at Berri.
10 years ago
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Plans for the first stage of a redevelopment of
the Loxton Hospital Complex have been frozen
until the impact of a study into the operations
Riverland hospitals is known.
FROM THE BIBLE...
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of
all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submis-
sive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and
sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a
harvest of righteousness.
-- James 3:17-18 (NIV Bible)
the years go by...
by Peter and Carla Magarey
The original bucket from
Schell's Well, dug to
135 feet (41m) in 1880.
Water supplies in the
Mallee were precious.
Expansion of pastoral
holdings in the late-19th
century and division for
farming in the early-20th
century, prompted a
series of wells and bores
for a permanent water
supply. Nildottie Well in
1859, was the first. In the
next years as pastoralists
moved inland across
the Western Mallee,
new wells were dug.
Eastward at intervals of
roughly one day's travel
were Bakara, Eastern,
Knight's and Harry's
Wells. Among others In
the region were Nott's
Well, New Well, Veitch's
Well and Shepherd's Well.
Schell's Well is south of
Alawoona. Each had a
tank and troughs. Water
was raised, initially by
windlass and bucket, then
steam-pump, and later
by windmill. In the early-
1910s, the government
sank bores to provide
much needed water
for the new railway, for
farmer-settlers and for
the new towns being
the water was salty.
Brown's Well Centenary
celebrations in October
will acknowledge these
wells and other important
developments that helped
shape the region.
-- Annette Paull photo
Loxton Community Centre Inc
The chairperson welcomed those present
and discussion took place on the applications
from various organisations that had requested
financial assistance for projects.
The Loxton Community Men’s Shed,
Loxton Pioneer Playground, Loxton Historical
Village, Christmas Wonderland, Church of the
Resurrection, Loxton Christmas Lights and the
Riverland Rest Home all received allocations
It was mentioned that since 2002 when
the Community Centre Inc stood alone the
centre has contributed $183,000 to various
community organisations within the Loxton
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LOXTON HIGH SCHOOL NOTICEBOARD
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
The Musical is an important
'lighthouse' in the educational
landscape of the school.
It benefits students, staff and
local community members as
they work together over many
weeks to produce a high quality
School musicals offer a chance
for students to develop their
talents, build self-confidence and
organisational abilities and
communication skills are fostered
Our musical program is a
showcase opportunity for those
involved to refine behaviours and
attitudes that reflect our core
values -- respect, trust, optimism,
commitment and support.
A performance of this
magnitude is a result of many
people working long hours in
planning, preparing and rehearsing
over many months. I would like
to thank students, staff and
community members who have
given of their time to invest in
this much loved opportunity to
Footloose is truly an outstanding
destination for the performers
and production crew. However, in
terms of educational outcomes,
the journey that all have travelled
in preparing for this event is far
above something a classroom
could emulate. It is crucial that
we continue to support this highly
valued and respected aspect of our
The continued implementation
of the Australian curriculum has
prompted us to consider how we
could comply with the national
requirements, whilst taking into
consideration the context of
our school and local community
To address the insufficient time
in year 8 to cover the science
curriculum we have been involved
in a lengthy process to reshape our
year 8 subject offerings.
After considering various
options it has been decided to
move the year 8 compulsory
agriculture subject to year 9.
This would allow 2015 year 8
students to study science for a
full year, whilst still allowing those
who want to choose agriculture to
have a pathway to year 12 (next
year students who have completed
the compulsory agriculture subject
would not have to do it again).
Finally, we farewell six of our
exchange students on Friday,
August 29 -- Virginie Deswartes,
Carla Angelkoetter, Toni Diederich,
Benjamin Fink, Felix Schmidt and
Carina Theobalt.John Tiver, principal
WHAT IS A TIMETABLE?
Simply put, a timetable is a
framework enabling us to deliver
the curriculum in order to optimise
opportunities for successful
learning for students. It must
promote fairness and equity for all.
In a high school, a timetable
must balance complex and
competing demands: student
choices; required curriculum;
teacher availability; enterprise
bargaining agreements; legislation
are just some.
This year, as we have begun our
move into Australian curriculum,
we have reviewed our timetable
structure and devised a model
which offers the following benefits:
• 1600 minutes of instruction
per week (as in 2014), with 200
minutes per subject at years 8-11
and 250 minutes (20 per cent over
recommendation) per subject at
• The opportunity to spread
stage one subjects over seven lines
and thus increase the chance of
students accessing their preferred
• 200 minutes of pastoral
care at all year levels, providing
time to focus on study skills at
year 11 and 'moving onwards'
at year 12, as well as the child
protection curriculum and career
development at all year levels.
• The opportunity for year 12
students to develop independent
study habits in a supportive,
accessible environment. We
anticipate this will reduce the
'drop-out' rate at tertiary level. It
will also assist students to balance
work and school commitments.
• An elimination of lessons
missed for VET students, making
VET courses more appealing as
background studies for both
academic and trades courses
(60 per cent of our students in
2013 used VET credits for SACE
• A start to the week where
every teacher sees every student
they teach and can thus outline
the week's expectations.
• Time for staff to access
professional development aimed
at improving student learning
outcomes without the need to take
time out from lessons to travel for
this opportunity. This also assists
staff to accumulate the training
hours required for re-registration.
• The opportunity to meet
enterprise bargaining agreements
which govern teachers' workloads
and stipulate required time off for
Earlier this term we surveyed
parents of years 8-11 students to
determine the impact early closure
on Thursdays would have upon
DATES FOR AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
• 27: Poetry in Action.
• 29: Assembly in lesson one;
Walk and Ride for CF and Heart
Research in lessons three and four.
• 1: Year 12 maths studies trial
exam 9am; year 12 PE trial exam
• 2: Year 12 biology trial exam
9am; year 12 specialist maths trial
Monarto Zoo; year 12 English
studies trial exam 9am; year 12
English communications trial exam
Monarto Zoo; year 12 chemistry
trial exam 9am; year 12 modern
history trial exam 9am.
• 5: Year 9A trip to Monarto
Zoo; year 12 physics trial exam
9am; year 12 musicianship trial
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