Wow! What a wonderful fortnight we have had! This fortnight has showcased the many and varied opportunities students have to engage in a variety of experiences at our school.
This week we officially launched our newest mural with Mayor Toppin and Counsellor Wyatt coming along to officiate the event. As a result of a successful Regional Arts Development Fund Community Grant, we were able to employ Local artist, Loretta Scamolla to showcase Mareeba State School as having a place in the heart of the Mareeba community: a place that is inclusive of all community members and groups and a place that gives all Mareeba children a great start in life and education. The rolling mural includes sporting, STEM, cultural, indigenous, academic and social representations and fosters pride in both the Mareeba State School community as well as the wider Mareeba community. Using her creative flare, Loretta was able to combine suggestions from students, staff, families and the wider community that were captured via an online survey, to create the eye-catching piece. Students also assisted offering their hand prints and suggestions for the mural. Be sure to drive down Constance street soon to view the mural – you won't be able to miss it!
Be sure to save the date for the Mareeba SS Fancy Dress Ball on Friday 12th August. This wonderful event is coordinated by our Mareeba SS P&C who are working hard to source donations for our monster raffle and prizes. The ball will be held in our school hall with food and drinks available on the night. Families, students and staff are encouraged to dress up for the event with fantastic prizes up for best dressed individuals and families as well as creative costume prizes. Keep up to date with information on our Facebook page or come along to a P&C meeting, our next meeting is Wednesday 15th June at 5pm in the staffroom.
As we wind-down towards the end of Term 2, families are reminded that we still have a number of events for students to participate in. Starting this Friday our MSS Athletics Carnival kicks off with the 800m heats (preliminary event) in preparation for our 3-day action-packed athletics carnival on Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th June. Families are welcome to come along and cheer on athletics events, only if they are COVID negative of course. In week 10, for students who have nominated a team, our 'Round of Maths Destruction' is set to run. This event is similar to the Term 1 spelling bee but is based on maths questions. Families are also welcome to watch these great competitions with the timetable available on our Facebook page.
Don't forget on Monday our M toilet block refurbishment begins. On the weekend Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June the school will be closed to everyone for asbestos removal. Once the project starts on Monday 13th, work will commence from 6:30am each day with loud tools to be used before or after school hours only. Fencing will go up around M block however access to G & H blocks will still be available. This will ensure the safety of our students, staff and families. Note there will be some car parks that may be impacted by this however there will be no impact to access to the Kindy or U Block, just the H Block end of Sutherland St. During this period M block is out of use for the entire period of time. During the span of the project the following changes to student toilet use will be in place. Our Prep and Year 1 students will have a buddy during toilet times with Prep, Yr 1 / 2 / 3 students to use the Z block toilets both up and down stairs (Prep block) and the Years 4 / 5 / 6 students will use N block toilets. Signage will go up on N block to ensure boys and girls use the correct toilets allocated.