The Friends' School

High School Information 20.10.2017

Outdoor Education
Next week Year 8 students will embark on the Year 8 Outdoor Education Camp. Over recent weeks they would have received gear lists and activity schedules and yesterday they participated in more comprehensive planning sessions. In preparation for this exciting outdoor experience, please ensure that your child is prepared with appropriate food and equipment. Students may feel a variety of emotions leading up to camp so your support is much appreciated.
This is an exciting time and we are sure there will be some great stories told on their return. Should you have any queries please contact Lauren Stranger – Camp Co-ordinator.

YourTutor (now renamed Studiosity) 
YourTutor/Studiosity is a homework, revision and general study support service offered by The School. All High School and Clemes students can access this service using their School email address and password, following activation of their account. The link can be accessed on the SEQTA ‘homepage’. With the start of the new term and with Clemes and Year 10 exams close, YourTutor offers students revision support across most subjects and levels when away from their teachers, including an asynchronous essay advice option. The Studiosity/YouTutor service operates from Sunday through to Friday from 3.00pm until 10.00pm. Please direct any queries to Beverley Carr.

German Celebration Day  
We are welcoming the warmer weather with the German tradition of a springtime maypole dance. German Celebration Day will be held on Wednesday 1 November during lunchtime at the High School. Students can join in the entertainment and listen to the visiting guest Bavarian choir performing German folk songs, try their skill at weaving ribbons around the maypole, or watch an episode of Inspector Rex in the lecture theatre. Tasty German food such as Bratwurst ($3), warm Waffles with Strawberries, Apple Strudel and Berliners (jam filled donuts) ($2) and drinks ($1) can be purchased during lunchtime in the under-cover area, next to the kitchen.
All High School students are encouraged to support the day with proceeds going to KOTO – Know One Teach One – a charity organisation in Vietnam, working to up-skill homeless youth.

Language Faculty Teacher Led Trips to Germany and France 2018
The Friends’ School continues to have a very healthy exchange relationship with our sister schools, Lycée Jacques Callot in Nancy, France and the Lessing Gymnasium in Uelzen, Germany.
We are now seeking expressions of interest for our Teacher Led School Trips to France and Germany in 2018. Please note that the trip to Germany is now in April, NOT in September as was mentioned previously in What’s On.
GERMANY
April 2018 – Teacher Led School Trip to Germany
Current Year 9 to Year 11 students of German who intend to study German again in 2018 are invited to express an interest in next year’s staff led trip to The Lessing Gymnasium, Uelzen, Germany. This trip will include homestays with families at our sister school as well as study time in the school. Students will also visit several places of interest in Berlin and in Hamburg during the tour. This trip will be approximately two and a half weeks in duration, departing just prior to the Term 1 school holidays 2018.
In order to field a staff accompanied trip of this nature we require a minimum of 10 students and will take a maximum of 14 students. Interested students are asked to contact Maria Vagunda or Britta Hartmann to collect an application form. Costs are estimated to be approximately $4000 all-inclusive, but we are unable to give an exact costing until all participants are confirmed. Specific details will be shared at an information evening for parents and students on Wednesday 25 October at 7pm (until approximately 7.30pm).
FRANCE
September 2018 – Teacher Led School Trip to France
Current Year 9 to Year 11 students of French who intend to study French again in 2018 are invited to express an interest in next year’s staff led trip to Lycée Jacques Callot in Nancy, France. This trip will include homestays with families at our sister school as well as study time in the school. Students will also visit places of interest in the region of Lorraine and in Paris during the tour. This trip will be approximately two and a half weeks in duration, departing just prior to the Term 3 school holidays 2018.
In order to field a staff accompanied trip of this nature we require a minimum of 10 students and will take a maximum of 14 students. Interested students are asked to contact Katharine Podmore to collect an application form. Costs are estimated to be approximately $4800 all-inclusive, but we are unable to give an exact costing until all participants are confirmed. Specific details will be shared at an information evening to be held early in Term 4, with final applications closing by Thursday 16 November 2017.

Please feel free to contact Maria Vagunda, Head of Languages should you have any general enquiries about the Language exchange opportunities.

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