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HIGHFIELDS STATE

HIGHFIELDS STATE SECONDARY COLLEGE OPEN DAY Highfields State Secondary College held its fourth annual open day on Wednesday, March 28. Principal Sharon Barker said it was a major date in the school calendar and something they looked forward to every year. “We are inviting prospective students and parents in to have a first hand look at what happens in our school. “They get to visit the facilities, meet the staff and just get to know a bit more about what’s on offer if they’re considering enrolment,” she said. “We always get at least 200 people and this is the first time we have had one on a weekday evening but we decided to try something different.” “It’s very exciting because in 2019 we will see our first lot of graduates through so next year is a bit of a milestone for us,” she said. College holds open day at night Campbell Adam at work in the robotics lab Eligh Dungey tests his new device. Ipswich gala doll fair The Ipswich Gala Doll Fair, one of the biggest in Queensland, will celebrate 40 years of doll shows at the Ipswich Civic Centre this Sunday, April 15. The fair runs from 9am to 2.30pm with free antique doll and bear valuations at 11am. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 Dance students Charlotte Earley, Terrynce Smith, Georgia Faulks and Emelia Wingrave in the Performing Arts Centre. concession and $2 for school children. A raffle supporting Ipswich Hospice Care will be conducted and everything related to the doll and bear industry will be available for sale to the public. For more information contact Val 0408 722 417. Night of Scottish dancing The Toowoomba Caledonian Society and Pipe Band Inc. is holding their first Ceilidh for the year in the Drayton Hall on Saturday, May 26, starting at 7pm with the pipe band. Enjoy a night of Scottish entertainment like bush dancing but different music, displays of talented highland dancers, solo band pipers and drummers, and listen to Scottish singing. There is no need for experience as all dances are called, just wear comfortable shoes suitable for dancing. Cost is $10 adults, $5 school children over 13, and under 13 is free. • Contact Marg 0429 700 217 for larger group bookings but not necessary. Students take advantage of university head start Two Year 12 students from Oakey State High School were recognised during an awards ceremony at USQ Toowoomba on March 26, after successfully completing university subjects while still in school. The university’s Head Start program allows students in years 10, 11 and 12 to start their degree early and begin studying subjects while they are still completing their school studies. Ashtyn Knauth received a Distinction in Accounting for Decision-Making and Jolie Williamson passed Introduction to Law. Ms Knauth said she would recommend other students who will be going into university after school to enrol in the Head Start course. “I decided to enrol in Head Start when I found that it would guarantee me placement in a USQ course when I leave school,” she said. Ms Williamson, like most year 12 students, wasn’t sure of what she wanted to do after school and said the opportunity to undertake a university subject helped make her decision easier. “I decided to take on a uni subject while I was at school because I wasn’t 100 per cent sure what career path I wanted to pursue,” she said. “Completing an introductory course and getting the feel for university life really put things into perspective and helped me decide what I wanted to do with my future.” The first Head Start course is free of charge and if completed, students can enrol in a related degree through USQ. The course also contributes two points towards a Queensland Certificate of Education if it is passed. - Jack Waters CHRISTIAN COMMENT Restoring broken relationships By JENNIFER WOODLEY - Highfields Church of Christ Printer problems. We know what that means. Frustration and exasperation. Time is wasted in searching for what is broken while the job comes to an abrupt standstill. Happily, it may simply be a loose connection. With a bit of patience and perseverance the cable is reconnected and the job is under way. We, too, are made for connection and operate at our best when we have a healthy connection with each other. Often trivialities can be the cause of long standing suffering and sadness. 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BIRDS with DIANA BEAL This is a male zebra finch. He differs in costume from the female with his orange-tan cheek patches and the white-spotted orange-tan edges to his waistcoat. In addition, his throat and chest are finely barred in black on a whitish base. She has to make do with dull greyish white in these areas. The young of both sexes have black bills and are mostly grey-white in colour. Zebras are not uncommon on the Downs but there are far fewer of them than their cousins, the Double-barred Finches. Zebras are common in the drier parts of Australia, with the largest populations to be found in a rough rectangle running west to the WA west coast from a line running between Hughenden-Longreach-Quilpie. Zebra finches are common in drier areas GEMLIFE editorial Outside this rectangle, smaller populations live in most of Queensland, NSW, Victoria and SA. However, there have been few if any sightings of the species in wetter parts such as the Sneak Peek Week at GemLife Highfields is just days away, with the official launch and furnished display homes open from April 12 - 17. We are now offering new oversized blocks that allow owners to have the luxurious, low maintenance back garden they have always dreamt of. This will be ideal for those who are perhaps retiring off the land, but can’t bear to part with their green thumbs. What you do with all this extra space is up to you, but with GemLife homes’ seamless blend between indoor and outdoor spaces, Kimberleys, Arnhem Land, Cape York, Tasmania and south-west WA. The species prefers drier areas, but still selects areas near water, presumably because it can’t afford the energy to fly long distances routinely to water sources. Indeed, the species is so dependent on water that it often drinks hourly rather than daily. This habit was exploited by travelling Aborigines and early inland explorers. Following the flights of the birds normally led very quickly to surface water supplies. As a finch, the species is a seed-eater with insects taken on occasion, presumably more so during breeding to introduce more protein into the production of young. Hence, zebras are commonly seen on grasslands, pastures, spinifex plains, mulga, gidgee and saltbush woodlands. Zebras breed during all months of the year, and have been observed doing so throughout the whole of their range. The nest is an untidy dome of grass, small twigs and rootlets lined with soft material such GemLife Highfields Sneak Peek Week there is so much opportunity and room to do it well and in just your style. To learn more about our big, beautiful blocks, make sure to arrange an appointment and session time with our friendly Sales Team for your personal tour in Sneak Peek Week. If you can’t wait for Sneak Peek Week, do give us a ring or drop us an email and we’d be happy to arrange a meeting with you for another time at your convenience. We have a wide range of display homes for you to view and you can meet some of the current residents that are already calling GemLife Highfields home. as small feathers, plant fluff, animal fur or wool in sheep country, with a side entrance tunnel. One of the sights never to be forgotten in the inland deserts of Australia is a gidgee tree or prickly acacia, perhaps only 4 metres high, accommodating 20-30 zebra nests, with 40-50 zebras sitting around in it discussing your approach. Female zebras lay an egg a day for four to five days and start their incubation on the fourth day. The eggs are white or blue-white, about 15mm x 11mm. The parents share the incubation and feeding the young. The eggs hatch in about 12 days, and the young fledge about 3 weeks later. The young are nurtured by the parents for less than 2 weeks, then they are on their own. By about a month later, the young have developed adult plumage (and presumably adult physiology) and are capable of breeding. Flocks of thousands of birds have been observed in areas with adequate water. Zebras have been seen courting and building nests when the first rains start to fall after a dry spell in the deserts. This instant breeding response is one of the fastest in the world, and no doubt is the reason such large THURSDAY: FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY: Footy Tipping Competition RESULTS - ROUND 5 Raiders 26 d Bulldogs 10 Roosters 28 d Sharks 10 Dragons 16 d Rabbitohs 12 Tigers 11 d Storm 10 Warriors 22 d Cowboys 12 Knights 15 d Broncos 10 Titans 32 d Sea Eagles 20 Panthers 12 d Eels 6 ROUND 4 - Tigers 30 d Eels 20 Roosters Storm Dragons Warriors Cowboys Raiders Panthers Tigers Amy Randall THE GRAND OLD CROW Roosters Storm Dragons Warriors 2018 - ROUND 6 - APRIL 12 to 15 Michael Zuyderwyk Highfields Discount Drugs Roosters Storm Dragons Warriors Cowboys Raiders Panthers Tigers Round 4-5 score: 4 Progressive score: 19 Roosters Storm Dragons Warriors Mick Fry HIGHFIELDS TAVERN Round 4-5 score: 4 Progressive score: 17 • Roosters v Rabbitohs • Storm v Knights • Dragons v Sharks • Warriors v Broncos • Cowboys v Bulldogs • Raiders v Eels • Panthers v Titans • Sea Eagles v Tigers Cowboys Raiders Panthers Tigers Round 4-5 score: 5 Progressive score: 20 Gilly Highfields Landscape Supplies Cowboys Raiders Panthers Tigers Round 4-5 score: 3 Progressive score: 16 flocks of birds are seen after prolonged rain. The zebra finch is one of our smaller grass finches, if not the smallest. The species has been extensively studied, and is one of the world’s most studied birds. It comes in a small package, but the species has a large personality. - Diana Beal. • Produced with assistance from Max and Pam Bacon. 1. Dragons 10 2. Warriors 10 3. Panthers 8 4. Tigers 8 5. Roosters 6 6. Titans 6 7. Knights 6 8. Sea Eagles 4 Jess Jones Roosters Storm Dragons Warriors Cowboys Raiders Panthers Sea Eagles Round 4-5 score: 5 Progressive score: 19 Barry Robinson Crows Nest NEWS Roosters Storm Warriors Dragons Bulldogs Raiders Titans Panthers Round 4-5 score: 3 Progressive score: 16 Gary Small Professional Golf Centre Roosters Storm Dragons Warriors Cowboys Bulldogs Tigers Panthers Round 4-5 score: 4 Progressive score: 19 Chris Brameld Highfields Police Roosters Storm Dragons Broncos Cowboys Raiders Titans Tigers On Wednesday, March 28, retired Sergeant Ian Reimers ran a leg of the Queens Baton Relay in Toowoomba. He participated in the final leg of the Toowoomba relay on Long Street, where he handed the baton over to a local businessman. This was a proud moment for the former police officer, who diligently served his community until retirement, along with being involved in Neighbourhood Watch. Round 4-5 score: 3 Progressive score: 16 Former police officer in Queen’s baton relay LADDER 9. Storm 4 10. Rabbitohs 4 11. Sharks 4 12. Broncos 4 13. Raiders 2 14. Cowboys 2 15. Bulldogs 2 16. Eels 0 * This week's scores include points for the Tigers v Eels game in round 5. Matthew Bartkowski Highfields Garden Centre Roosters Knights Dragons Warriors Cowboys Raiders Panthers Tigers Round 4-5 score: 4 Progressive score: 21 Tim Wicks Black Toyota Roosters Storm Dragons Warriors Cowboys Raiders Panthers Sea Eagles Round 4-5 score: 6 Progressive score: 22 Geoff Murphy Roosters Storm Sharks Broncos Cowboys Raiders Panthers Sea Eagles Round 4-5 score: 4 Progressive score: 16 Phantom Freddy NON-COMPETITIVE Roosters Knights Dragons Broncos Cowboys Raiders Titans Tigers Round 4-5 score: 6 Progressive score: 21 To advertise phone 4615 4416 HIGH COUNTRY HERALD - APRIL 10, 2018 - 11

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