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​National Science Week 12-20 August 2017

The school theme for this year is ‘Future Earth’ . The aim is to raise awareness of sustainability science and all of the sciences – social, natural and applied – and encourage positive actions that make a direct contribution to the Earth becoming more sustainable. Gumdale will be celebrating with a week of workshops, demonstrations, shows and more.

Itinerary so far:

Monday 14 August – Robotics Club demonstration and activities.

Tuesday 15 August – Rethink Refuel Recover stage show for years 1-6. Permission slips and payment due Friday 4 August.

Thursday 17 August – As you may be aware the single use plastic bag will be banned in Queensland from July 2018 and Coles and Woolworths have announced they will begin phasing them out sooner. But do not worry as our Year 4 STEAM club have designed a sustainable solution! Students of Gumdale State School have the opportunity to purchase a designer upcycled bag for just $2. Limited numbers available. Bring your $2 on Thursday August 17!​

Friday 18 August 11:30am – An interactive virtual classroom forum with a panel of Australian SPACE experts that will discuss all things space - think mission control, lasers, telescopes and space junk. Aimed for years 4-6 with limited seats available. Students need to register their interest with Mrs Sheppard by Friday 11 August.


There will be a variety of hands on activities, workshops and demonstrations during first break throughout the week.

For more information regarding National Science week and events visit 

Year 4 STEAM Club

Dragster race - The model dragster designs are almost complete and teams are very excited to start building. Which design will finish the 8 metre drag fastest!

STEAM Club members visit Brisbane Bayside State College to participate in 3D printing workshops on a Tuesday afternoon. So far they have built and tested paper rockets using compressed air and started designing their rocket to be printed. Their visit to BBSC in week 6 (15/8) has been postponed to week 8 (29/8) so they can watch the Rethink Refuel Recover stage show at Gumdale SS. The club meets on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8-8.45am and new members are always welcome!

Year 5 and 6 STEAM Club

Teams have started investigating and defining their chosen challenges. They are looking at the impact of shark nets on marine animals; hypothermia and household waste.

The club meets on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8-8:45am and new members are always welcome!

Year 4 Science

This week students have created annotated diagrams of a eucalypt flower to support their learning of life cycles.​


Year 6 Science

We are looking at how the concentration of salt in the water used to water lettucesteamnews2-04-08-2017.jpg

plants affects their growth and health. Karn P 6M 

Exciting events:



Wynnum Manly Leagues Club Community Grant

On Tuesday evening Gumdale State School was awarded a grant to the value of $5500 to go towards equipment for our STEAM program.

Thank you WMLC! Go the Seagulls!