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LPC Week at Home Hill High

15/09/2017

LPC week is coming to a close for another year. This jam-packed week celebrates the core principles of our school - Learning, Performance & Citizenship.

The year 7 and 8 students were involved in activities that enhance the curriculum and promote Home Hill State High School’s three key elements of Learning, Performance and Citizenship. These activities are not only extremely valuable educationally; they also encourage students to excel in what they do, while developing positive attitudes, and as a result these activities build on what is regularly taught in their subjects.

Some of the more notable activities for the week included the Year 6 Transition Day which had a STEM focus. Parents of both the current Year 7s and the incoming 2018 Year 7 were invited to share a BBQ lunch with the current year 7s helping to serve food to all. Both year 7s and 8s went off to Townsville for a day of drama and circus activities with La Luna Youth Arts, where they were introduced to aerial acrobatics. Learning the finer points of writing a film review was emphasised during the week with a trip to the Delta Cinema ensuring everyone had seen the same film and had it fresh in their memory.

The year 8s were also fortunate enough to experience an Agribusiness excursion to the Chapman’s farm to see one of Australia’s major suppliers to supermarkets in action. While the year 7s hosted the Home Hill State Primary year 6 students where they shared their skills in the robotics STEM program.

The year 9s have revelled in that “rite of passage” famous to our school, the Year 9 Terrible Creek Camp.  Five nights of sleeping in tents, cooking over an open fire and being without the creature comforts was a unique experience for most.  Everyone tried their hand at abseiling, archery, low ropes, orienteering and the infamous overnight hike!  The Year 9 Camp is always remembered fondly by past students and this year’s cohort will have their own stories to tell.

The majority of the year 10-12 cohort have participated in the Work Experience program. Students were given the opportunity to see first-hand what is involved in being a plumber, dental technician, shop assistant, teacher aide, mechanic, as well as a variety of other occupations. The entire work experience program plays a valuable role in preparing our students for the transition from school to the workplace and we acknowledge the support and generosity of our local businesses who make these opportunities possible.

The rest of the year 12 group travelled down to Canberra and Sydney for the Civics and Citizenship excursion. This lucky group of seniors were fortunate to be able to visit the snowfields near Canberra to experience some of the best snowfalls for this time of the year in over 20 years. They explored our nation’s capital icons including Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial and the Museum of Australian Democracy. After a last minute scramble for tickets they will also be lucky enough to attend a rugby league finals match in Sydney where they will see the North Queensland Cowboys take on the Parramatta Eels! While in Sydney they will also visit Taronga Zoo. This experience will certainly expand the minds of our year 12s as they learn more about their country, especially about what it is like to live somewhere much colder than North Queensland.

We thank the staff, parents/carers and the wider community who have all contributed to making this LPC week a memorable and educational experience for all of our students.