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Principal's Report


​It's no wonder the weeks are flying by at the moment!  Every week seems to be jam-packed with fantastic events to involve all our students in cultural, sporting and academic activities.  This fortnight, students were involved in:

  • Writers and Illustrators Camp
  • Mareeba State High School Variety Concert
  • Book Week activities
  • Mareeba Seniors Week choirs performance
  • Science week activities
  • Peninsula activities
  • ICAS testing

Establishing a calm and settled before school routine is a focus for Mareeba State School at present.  From this week students are required to sit in the Hall before school until 8.40am with school Administration staff on duty to assist.  Parents and guardians are welcome to sit with their child outside their classroom until welcomed by their teacher.  Classrooms open from 8.30am as normal with the first lesson commencing at 8.55am.  At 8.40am, students are released from the Hall to move to their classrooms.  During this time they can also place their tuckshop orders, have a drink, visit the toilet, and prepare themselves for their school day.  The school will be trialling the above structures for the remainder of the school term and will review at the beginning of Term 4.  Our goal is for students to commence their schooling day in a calm and settled manner and be ready for learning without the distractions of before school play or activities.  While it is pleasing that many students are arriving at school on time, there is a significant number of students who are arriving very early, some before 8am.  School officially opens for students from 8.30am onwards therefore parents/guardians, if possible, please refrain from sending your children to school before 8.30am.

NAPLAN results were released this week, and our school celebrates a number of strong achievements which amongst others include:

  • The 89% of Year 3 students achieving the National Minimum Standard (NMS) for our focus area of Reading.
  • 91% of students achieved NMS in Numeracy, which is comparable to both the State and the Nation.
  • An increase of 12% of Indigenous students achieving NMS for Writing in Year 5, which is a significant improvement in one school year.
  • The percentage of Year 5 Indigenous students achieving NMS in Reading has improved 10% since 2018.
  • Students at Mareeba State School have shown greater improvement (relative gain) from Year 3 to Year 5 in both Reading and Numeracy than students across the State and Nation.

These results are achieved as a consequence of our school's focus on explicit teaching and warm ups in Literacy and Numeracy and consistent adherance to the requirements of the Australian Curriculum.  They also reflect the high quality teaching practicies and dedication of our teaching staff.  Well done, everyone!

Having up to date contact details for all families is critical for our school.  There are times when we may need to get in touch with you.  Do we have your most up to date details?  If not, please contact the school on 4092 8100 so we can update our records.  These details include your name, address, phone numbers, email address and emergency contact details.  Please remember to let the school know if any of these details change.  It is critical the school has your most up to date phone numbers and addresses for emergency purposes.

As you know, we value good communication with you, so if you need to speak to a staff member please make an appointment to do so.  Before and after school are very busy periods for staff and it is often difficult for us to have productive discussions at these times.  Making an appointment will ensure that we give you the time and attention that you require.  Parent/Teacher/Student interviews will be held shortly and I encourage all families to make a time to meet with their child's teacher to discuss their academic progress and how the school can further support their academic and social needs.

As we start to move towards the summer months, sun safety is a very important message to give our children.  We are a "No hat, no play" school and in the interests of safety we will be consistent with this expectation this term.  Please assist your child to be able to play with their friends at break times by ensuring that they have a hat at school every day.  Hats that are clearly labelled with a child's name are also easier to locate and return if lost.  Uniform hats are available for sale at the uniform shop which is open from 8:15 - 9:00 each day.

Have a great week.