At Mareeba SS we strive to build the capacity of, and enable and empower students as leaders. We recognise that all students are, and have the ability to be leaders and are encouraged to use their personal qualities to take on various roles to maximise their potential. Whilst we recognise that leadership roles are not defined by or limited to badge holder positions, we do recognise and celebrate our formal school leaders. In 2021, I look forward to working closely with our student leaders.
School Captains: Allegra Sciani and Lachlan Lovey; Vice School Captains: Rheanna Tokahari and Harlem Tokahari; Indigenous Leaders: Cher'Koya Watcho and Sijarne Miles; Indigenous Ambassadors: Taehani Harries and Colin Walsh; Granite Sports Captains: Teagan Keal and Kobe Whiteside; Barron Sports Captains: Gemma Read and Jonty Taylor; Mitchell Sports Captains: Leksi Mukadi and Heath Maher; Instrumental Music Captain: Lacey Barbagallo and Auslan Captain: Zach Marinelli.
Congratulations to our extended student leaders, our 2020 student council representatives. They successfully raised $871 for National Bandanna Day, donating funds to Canteen to help young people affected by cancer to access programs, counselling and peer support. Their whole school recycling program has also recently banked $179.20, not only providing funds for the student council to use at our school, but continuing to minimise landfill waste.
This fortnight I have been humbled by the display of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and pride both at community and school events. This included the community NAIDOC event on Wednesday 11th November, the launch of the MSS and MSHS community Reconciliation Action Plan on Thursday 12th and our school NAIDOC event on Friday 13th November where invited guests described it as 'the best NAIDOC event due to the immense pride from the students and staff'.
This time every year we farewell and welcome new staff to our school. Whilst formal staff farewells will happen in week 10, I would like to take this opportunity to thank those staff leaving us this year for their dedication and commitment in supporting our students learning and success, and wish them every achievement in their future endeavours. This year we say farewell to Mr Luke Cifuentes, Ms Belinda Waters, Mrs Sabrina Fink, Mrs Jenna Alba-Aue, Ms Michelle Conway, Mrs Linda Ballantyne, Mr Ben Watson, Ms Jemma Wibaux, Ms Fallon Patolo and Ms Marcia Koolatah. Farewell also to Mrs Ashleigh Carucci who will begin maternity leave awaiting the arrival of her littlest bundle of joy.
We would also like to welcome to our team Mrs Erin Kendall, Mrs Vanessa Doyle, Ms Sarah Poggioli, Ms Emma Sandilant, Ms Shannon Berge and Mrs Roslyn Bolton. With this, I would like to congratulate Ms Sharon Love, Ms Teresita Nastasi, Ms Joelle Di Carlo, Mrs Erin Raso and Ms Jodie Lea who successfully secured permanency for 2021 and Mrs Nadine Apps who was the successful applicant for our second Mareeba SS Head of Department – Curriculum position. I have also been advised that Mrs Mandy Whybird has been extended in her current role as Lead Principal until the end of Semester 1, 2021. As a result, I too have been extended as Acting Principal and Ms Brooke Carmody as Acting Deputy Principal for this period of time. I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity and look forward to continuing our work next year.
As we draw close to the end of term and school year, we have a number of significant events. These begin with our 2020 Step up Day, formally known as our Transition day, on Wednesday 2nd December. This event will give our students the opportunity to meet their new class teacher and class mates in their 2021 classroom, providing the chance to calm any concerns or fears and ask any questions they may have in preparation for their next school year. Our Years 4-6 Swimming Fun Day is next Friday 4th December with our Prep-year 3 award ceremonies scheduled for week 9. In week 10 we will recognise our students' academic, sporting and cultural achievements during our Years 4-6 Senior Awards ceremony and celebrate the end of a chapter for our Year 6's with the Grade 6 Graduation on the same day. A reminder that Semester 2 student progress report cards will be emailed out on Tuesday 8th December. Ensure your we have your most current email address on file and keep up to date with our latest information via our school website and Facebook page.