As we draw closer to the end of another busy term, we take a look back on the term that was and celebrate our staff and students hard work to achieve a strong start, strong finish! This term we have heard amazing stories of our students representing our school both within and outside of our school grounds. Kicking off with our fun filled Year 6 High Tea and TEEC camp, our students set the bar high demonstrating our MSS expectations and this was equally matched at both the recent Year 2 Mareeba Heritage Museum and Year 5 Hartley's Creek Crocodile Farm excursions. Our 2020 school leaders validated outstanding duty welcoming His Excellency, the Qld Governor to MSS as did Year 5 students Molly and Salvatore, who accompanied me to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial day in August, stepping into a leadership role while the seniors were on camp.
Our amazingly talented and creative students were also very busy this term with many opportunities to demonstrate their unique skills. Starting with the 2020 Creative Generations performance, airing on a
Network 10 Special Broadcast, 12pm Saturday 19th September, our students shone while signing 'Climb Every Mountain' and concluded with our whole school annual visual Art Show, certainly a feast for the eyes. A special thank you to Mayor Toppin for officially opening the show on Monday.
This week our families were able to participate in Parent-Teacher-Student interviews, recognising the 'achievement and effort' our students have put into their learning this term. Our target for MSS is to have 80% students achieve C or above on the Australian Curriculum and whist we are always working on different ways to engage and develop our learners, we were pleased to hear of the amazing student successes at our recent moderation afternoons. Our students desire to strive and excel was again evident this term with over 40 students opting to participate in the voluntary ICAS testing opportunities as well as our Year 4 Solid Pathways students who have actively engaged in extra-curricular on-line learning each week.
With so much already achieved it's hard to believe we still have our sports gala days (today for Years 4-6 and tomorrow for P-Yr3), under 8's day as well as the 95% attendance wet party on Friday. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates on these great events as unfortunately no spectators are permitted due to COVID. To continue to maintain our strong finish, our student focus for this week is:
Make Good Choices – Think before You Act.
Looking forward to term 4, we will continue to promote our high expectations for all staff and students as we begin our swimming program in weeks 2-8 inclusive and begin to prepare for end of year events including our transition day, senior awards night and year 6 graduation.
As with most things 2020, we have had some staff changes (as follows) that will take effect next term. Whilst we endeavour for consistency, 2020 has taught us that things can change quiet quickly and with support and guidance, change can be manageable for all of our students.
- Ms Hakana Williams will be teaching Digital Technologies replacing Mr Yhin Tan
- Ms Jaki Pope-Sitters will job share with Mrs Robynne Anderson teaching Drama
- Ms Jaki Pope-Sitters will also be teaching Year 6 Inclusive Practices
- Ms Ros Bolton will be teaching in Inclusive Practices replacing Ms Ornella Squillari
Just a reminder that next term we will continue our focus on correct school uniform for all students and remain our rigid stance on the importance of attending school every day as we know "Everyday Counts".
Finally, I wish our families a happy and safe spring break. Take some time to enjoy the warmer weather. Don't forget Monday 5th October is a Public Holiday so
school will resume Tuesday 6th October.