What stormy Week 6 it’s been in Hallett Cove School! As well as everywhere else!

Our Year 10 Outdoor Ed class started this week by heading down to Deep Creek for a couple of days of camping and bush walking.

The first day was spent putting tents up, exploring the surrounding bush, getting to know the hoppy neighbours and settling in to camp life before lighting the fire and cooking dinner over a Trangia.

Tuesday morning, the tents were packed away and they got ready for their first walk. The path to the Deep Creek waterfall was steep and rocky but provided some amazing views on the way down of the National Park. On the way back up, no one was focussed on the views, just keeping one foot in front of the other!

The tents were then put back up at a new campsite ready for the walk down to Blow Hole Beach. Another downhill trek provided plenty of views of the ocean, Kangaroo Island and the odd seal, while the beach at the bottom was a perfect sport to refuel in the sun ready for the 300m elevation walk back up to the campsite! There were plenty of stops along the way back up to take in the views and catch their breaths!

The group’s tent construction skills were put to the test after another night spent by the campfire was rudely interrupted by lightening on the horizon. Bedtime was called early and by the time everyone was nice and cosy in their tents, the wind was howling, the rain was driving and the thunder was booming!

They made it through the night without getting soggy but unfortunately had to miss out on another walk and make an early return to school with more thunder rolling in the distance.

Friendships were formed and plenty of roasted marshmallows were had. Overall, another amazing camp.

Last Friday, 9 boys were selected to represent Hallett Cove School in the Year 8 Boys Statewide Knockout FUTSAL Competition, held at Seaford Secondary School. 

The team had mixed results on the day winning 2 games against Reynella East College (3-2) and Wirreanda (4-1) and losing 2 games against Tatachilla (3-1) and Seaford (5-4). Despite a slow start to the day, the boys represented Hallett Cove School and the Soccer Focus Class in the highest possible fashion with excellent sportsmanship, teamwork, and behaviour and displayed an excellent brand of FUTSAL throughout the day.

Well done to all that participated in this great day!

Our Year 9 and 10 Hair and Beauty students have also had a busy week putting their skills on show with a couple of themed photo shoots.

The year 9’s worked in groups to take us on a journey through time with makeup looks inspired by different decades while the year 10’s looked at creating looks that brought awareness to a global issue.

Our Year 10 boys ut on an impressive display in today’s School Sport SA Statewide competition matches, showcasing their skills and determination against Seaford High and Woodcroft College. Their hard work and taining paid off as they emerged victorious and progressed to the next round of the tournament.

Our girls were also playing today but faced a touch challenge and unfortunately suffered a loss. They did however, show great potential with several developing players showing promise for the future. Despite their defeat, their performance serves as a stepping stone for further growth and success. 

Final scores were:
HCS Boys defeated Seaford High 3-0
HCS Boys defeated Woodcroft College 1-0
Seaford High defeated HCS Girls 5-1

Our Year 12’s got their first taste of university this week with a visit to the University of Adelaide and UniSA. They had a full tour of each city campus and learnt all about education after high school and uni life.

They had the opportunity to hear from current students about the facilities, supports and unique features each uni has to offer and got to check out the environmental chamber and biomechanics assessment lab at UniSA and emerse themselves in student life in the University of Adelaide’s Hub space that is packed with food vendors, chill out spaces, study pods and even arcade games for some down time. 

It was a great opportunity for them to see what life could be like this time next year!

Our Junior School this week said goodbye to the Pre-Service Teachers we have had the pleasure of hosting over the last 8 weeks. Osadi Jayawardena, Sarah Harrap, Chloe Sterzl and Luke Saunders have been in classrooms across years 3-6 and are today completing their final placement for their teaching studies.

It has been a pleasure to have worked with the Flinders University students and they have all made a valuable contribution to our Junior School. Students and teachers alike have benefitted greatly from the experience and we wish them all the best in their future careers!

Next week is a short week with the King’s Birthday on Monday but we’ll still manage to squeeze in plenty of sport and the Year 9 Choreographic Awards on Wednesday.

This week I leave you getting to know one of our high school teachers, who, bonus fun fact, is the person behind all the amazing videos that get posted to our socials!