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Thank you so much
Wow. The generosity of this communi-
ty is amazing.
On behalf of our friend Keran I would
like to thank all the farmers (approximate-
ly 35) who donated a lamb (or two) or
money to our fundraiser, which was very
You are all fantastic.
A special thank you to Curly Golding
who was willing, obliging and helpful at
every suggestion regarding the fundraiser
and made it happen.
Also thank you to Roger Johnston, Ken
Jaeschke and David Cass for pick up and
delivery of the animals.
Thank you Vicki Ackland for the decora-
tions and your support.
We would also like to thank the butchers
the price per lamb definitely went above
Farmers are awesome.
Well deserved award win
Congratulations to Brenton and Debbie
Holmes on receiving top honours for
their hardware store in Loxton.
We enjoy shopping there and always find
the staff most helpful.
Jeff and Kay Westbrook
Harry’s Australian tour
The Australian Monarchist League is de-
lighted that Prince Henry of Wales will
be in Australia in a couple of weeks’ time
and will be embedded with the Australian
army in Darwin, Perth and Sydney during
a four-week tour.
In a statement issued by Kensington
Palace, Prince Harry will be attached to
various units to gain an appreciation of
the Australian Army’s domestic operat-
ing environment and capabilities and is
expected to spend time at army barracks
in Darwin, Perth and Sydney where he
will take part in a range of unit-based
activities, training exercises and domestic
We are also honoured that His Royal
Highness will be in Gallipoli alongside his
father, the Prince of Wales, to honour those
who fought so valiantly a century ago.
The Australian Monarchist League will
have a special website covering the Prince’s
time in Australia.
Australian Monarchist League
LOXTON HIGH SCHOOL NOTICEBOARD
FROM OUR FILES
Thursday, March 25, 1965
The Loxton Trailer-Boat Club is the organising
body of an aquatic sports and picnic day to be
held at Habel’s Bend on Easter Monday. As well
as speedboat races and skiing events, there will
be a swim-through-Loxton, fishing competition,
sand castle competition, a ‘Popeye’ river cruise
to Pyap, speedboat trips, hurdy gurdy, pony rides,
trick skiing, barbecue and a buffet luncheon.
Wednesday, March 26, 1975
Andrew DeLaine, was chosen to represent
Mildura in the regional final of the Loxton Club’s
Youth of the Year award. Andrew, second son of
Mr and Mrs B. DeLaine, is an agricultural student
at the Irymple Technical College, specialising in
vines and citrus.
Wednesday, March 20, 1985
The Loxton Winery seems likely to set a record
for the amount of grapes processed in the current
vintage. Mr Graeme Lind, the company’s manag-
ing director, said yesterday it was probable that
the winery would take in between 32,000 and
33,000 tonnes of grapes this vintage.
Wednesday, March 22, 1995
Young Loxton swimming star Travis Voigt has
qualified for the national age group champion-
ships. Voigt, 13, won the boys 12/13 division 100m
freestyle and butterfly titles at the state age cham-
pionships in Adelaide last weekend.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Up to 300 competitors are expected to take part
in the 2005 Loxton Hotel Triathlon, to be held next
month. The fifth Loxton Hotel Triathlon will be held
on Saturday, April 23, which is the middle week-
end of the South Australian school holidays.
FROM THE BIBLE...
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind
word cheers him up.
– Proverbs 12:25 (NIV Bible)
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by Peter and
An HV McKay AL Sunshine harvester bound for Loxton, after nearly 60 years out of
the district. On September 28, 1956, in the year of the flood, Ralph May of Pata sold
this harvester second-hand to Dennis Frahn (pictured) of Paringa for £450 ($900).
This rugged and innovative type of harvester designed and built by the McKay family
in Sunshine Victoria, served the Mays, the Frahns and many other Mallee farmers well
from the 1920-60s. The AL (Australian Light) harvester was designed to strip the wheat
heads from the stalk, thresh the grain from the ears, and winnow the wheat from the
chaff, readying the grain to be off loaded in bags. This sequence of harvesting had not
been achieved before in a single machine. Later, many farmers later modified ‘their
beloved old AL’ by using a tractor-driven power-take-off or, in the 1960s, installing a
bigger grain box just behind the driver, for bulk-handling the grain. This machine was
recently returned to Loxton, donated by Denis and his family to the Loxton Museum of
Agricultural Technology for conservation and display.
– PA Magarey photo
BECAUSE WE CARE
It’s been said time and again, but Loxton
is truly a wonderfully giving and supportive
Local businesses and individuals will reg-
ularly dip into their own pockets and donate
cash, goods and services to numerous fund-
raisers throughout the year.
They often do this without question; without
even personally knowing the family/organisa-
tion/person it will ultimately benefit.
So news that Loxton residents have backed
the Villis family appeal is not surprising.
It’s what we do best. When the chips are
down, Loxton comes into its own.
It can be a co-ordinated effort to help an
entire family, someone braving the shave or an
event to raise much-needed funds for a club,
chances are these will be supported by ‘local
strangers’. We’ve seen it before, where the
whole town has worked together to support a
cause – to help.
And, the sad reality is, it probably won’t be
the last time. But knowing that this community
is so giving, we’re in safe hands.
Letters to the editor should be brief, preferably no more than 200 words, must be
signed and include name and address for publication. A telephone number must
be included for verification. The deadline for letters is 5pm on Monday.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Loxton High School has a good
reputation, achieving good results.
Our challenge is to not just accept
being good, but to strive to make
Loxton High School one of the
best in the state, if not the nation,
and in doing so, improve the
opportunities and outcomes for our
Key to our success will be
the relationships we foster with
students, families and staff. The
governing council is a forum for
sharing ideas and a sounding
board on proposals. As a partner
in education, the council also
challenges thinking, asks questions,
seeks information, improves
proposals and strives to arrive at
the best solution for all concerned
in the school community. The
following people make up our
2015 governing council: Margaret
Wormald (chairperson), Jason
O’Malley, Ernest van Niekerk,
Hannelie van Niekerk, Billie Jo
Goodhew, Ian Cass, Julieann
Phillips, Kerry Albrecht, Loryn
Taylor, Mel Morena, Robyn
Collins, Sue Lahainer, Judi Warrick,
Leanne Priest (staff), Billie Jean
Sumner (staff) and Jonah Hansen
(Prefect). Please seek out your
representatives on governing
council to learn more about what
is happening at our school and as
a way of tabling your ideas and
thoughts that will help make Loxton
High a better school.
The recent Loxton High School
Sports Day was an outstanding
success with a vast majority
of students competing in
athletic events or ball games.
The commitment and support
demonstrated not just on the day,
but also at the many trainings in
preparation, is an excellent example
of what makes Loxton High such a
unique school. Congratulations to
all students on the quality of their
participation and the manner in
which they conducted themselves.
Thank you to the many staff that
supported students at trainings,
in organising the event and for
incorporating this important event
in the holistic learning of students.
At Loxton High we not only
focus on the pursuit of academic
excellence, but also on the
cultivation of lifelong learners who
can become great ambassadors
of their school, town and families.
Recently students have had the
opportunity to participate in a
debating competition, the first of
many this year, and later this term
our music students will attend a
barbershop and choir excursion.
We aim to prepare students to
become productive members of
their community and acquire the
skills, knowledge and attitudes to
achieve goals they create.
John Tiver, principal
Year 9 students participate in
the NAPLAN tests during term
two each year. The questions in
these tests are designed to test
the national minimum standards in
numeracy by putting them into real
life context. Whilst we generally
have over 95 per cent of students
attaining the national minimum
standards, analysis of the results of
the past few years show that there
are some areas where our students
are behind the rest of Australia
(the national average). A few of the
areas identified are noted below:
• Calculate first day’s wage from
the pattern of daily earnings.
• Solves a rate problem involving
• Calculate the difference
between a positive and a negative
• Calculate time differences in
minutes and seconds
• Determine normal rate of pay
given the total pay, including time
and a half.
• Identify finish time given the
start time and duration.
• Calculate the amount saved
from the total savings.
The lack of these basic skills in
many of our students is concerning.
This has prompted a school-wide
action to actively include numeracy
in context in all subjects. Friday
week, all staff spent time improving
and perfecting their own personal
numeracy skills by attending speed-
skills sessions run by the maths
The aim of these sessions was
to improve staff confidence in
using maths, and also to unify
our teaching approach across
the school. After looking through
a NAPLAN test in more detail,
faculties then worked on including
specific numeracy items into their
assessment tasks and teaching
programs, focussing particularly on
years 8 and 9 units of work.
One of the best ways you can
help to support the numeracy in
context approach is by talking with
your child about the everyday
numeracy you use with confidence
– calculating change, budgeting,
and time planning a meal, are all
examples you can use to speak
positively and increase your child’s
confidence and attitude in maths.
If you would like further
information on the national
minimum Standards, please go to
the website (nap.edu.au/naplan/
--n u me ra cy.html) or contact the
school for more information.
Sheree Arnold, maths co-ordinator
EVENTS IN MARCH/APRIL
• 25: Interschool athletics and
ball games practice; sim babies
assignment; year 11 and 12 art
• 26: Interschool athletics and
ball games practice; sim babies
• 27: Interschool athletics and
ball games practice; sim babies
assignment; Barbershop Boys
• 1: Interschool Sports Day at
• 7: Adelaide athletics lunchtime
practice; pole vault training.
• 9: Adelaide athletics.
• 10: Report distribution; whole
school assembly in lesson one;
early dismissal 2.15pm.
Taking a break from competing in the various athletic events at Loxton High School’s Sports Day
last week were students Brant Jones (left), Callum Wood, Shavonne Bronish, all 15, Lochlan
Champion, 14, and James Dean, 16.
LHS SPORTS DAY WRAP: PAGE 17
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