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Principal's Report - 13th October 2020

 
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We've had a tremendous start to term 4 with students settling into routine quickly with calm classrooms and engaging teaching, learning and achieving on display.  This term is a time for celebration and recognition as we prepare to farewell our Year 6 students embarking on their journey to high school, transition our newest learners in our 2021 Prep students and take time to acknowledge the learning and progress each and every student has made this year.

 

Some of key term 4 events include:

  • 2021 Prep interviews occurring Monday, Wednesday and Friday in weeks 1-4
  • Prep 4 Prep for our 2021 Prep families 9:00-10:00am each Thursday starting this week
  • Swimming on a Wednesday & Friday starts this week
  • Whole School Transition day for students in Prep-Year 5 Wednesday 2nd December
  • Yrs 4-6 Swimming fun day Friday 4th December
  • Prep-Year 3 award ceremonies dates to be advised
  • Yrs 4-6 Awards night – 9-11am Tuesday 8th December
  • Yr 6 Graduation – 12-1:30pm Tuesday 8th December
  • Yr 6 Fun Day – Wednesday 9th December for all year 6 students
  • Semester 2 report cards will go home Tuesday 8th December

 

For the remainder of the year, our school wide expectations will continue to ensure a strong finish to 2020 school year. Term 4 parades will continue as virtual parades and will be available for families to view via Facebook each Monday.  Whilst we held a whole school parade in week 1, and will do so again in week 10, as per the State School COVID operating guidelines we are required to minimise whole school events such as parades for large schools.  With the current COVID situation, we hope to invite families to our end of year events based on our COVID safe preparations (more information about these events will be published soon).  

 

During the beginning of the school holidays it was very unfortunate that our school sustained some significant window breakages and graffiti during a spate of break-ins.  Full time security at night, and over the weekend periods, for the remainder of the holidays were in place with no additional damage noted.  All breakages and damages have been repaired and graffiti painted over. Thank you to our amazing staff and students for their patience during this period of time as well as our local Mareeba Police for their quick response and support.  

I would like to extend a big thank you to our staff, students and families who took the time to complete our 2020 school opinion survey last term.  We have receive this data and will use this to help guide our future planning.  After analysing the data with teaching staff, it was pleasing to celebrate our successes, some of which include 100% Parent/Caregivers agree the school looks for ways to improve which is confirmed by 98.3% of staff, 98.7% Parent/Caregivers agree teachers at this school expect their child to do their best which is confirmed by 98% of students, 96.7% Students agree teachers motivate them to learn which is confirmed by 97.4% of parents who agree their child is making good progress at our school.  This data was also very useful in identifying some next steps to consider with a focus on managing behaviour management thus ensuring our school is a safe location for all staff and students.

Finally, this week we recognise the importance to ‘Take time for Mental Health’ in-line with the Queensland Mental Health week (10 to 18 October), by focusing on six simple actions we can take to improve our moods, build resilience and boost wellbeing.  More information on ways to ‘take time for mental health’ can be found on the website: www.qldmentalhealthweek.org.au


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Last reviewed 13 October 2020
Last updated 13 October 2020