Principal's Report - 27 May 2020


This week we welcomed back our Year 2 to Year 6 students who have now joined our Prep and Year 1's.  School is now open for all children.  Our school team were really pleased to welcome students back to school, and it was reassuring to see so many smiling faces on the children as they returned to school.   At Mareeba State School, we feel it is important that school is as normal as possible for our learners, and to ensure this can occur, our team will be working very hard behind the scenes to ensure equipment is clean, high touch areas regularly sanitised, and that the school is a clean and safe learning environment for our students and staff.  I would like to thank our school cleaners, and also Brad our School's Officer, for their ongoing commitment to ensuring our school is prepared, clean and tidy for our students and staff.   I would also like to thank our teaching team – the last five weeks have been incredibly challenging for schools, and also families, and our teachers, teacher aides and line managers have been outstanding in their approach, commitment and dedication to the students of our school. 

Regular school attendance is a focus of Mareeba State School, and our team will be following up on students who have not returned to school, or are absent for an unexplained reason.   We had nearly 700 students present at school this week which is positive, however there are some families that the school will be in contact with offer support and assistance to ensure all children return to school as soon as possible. 

Changes to stop-drop-go and stop-collect-go zones are still in place.  This is to minimise the number of adults we have on site to ensure the safety of our learners and staff during the COVID-19 health pandemic.  We ask, that whilst it may be a sensitive time, that families support their child, and our school team, and stop-drop-go each morning.  Rest assured, our team of wonderful staff will be there to offer support, encouragement and a smile to all of our learners.


  • Due to restrictions with parents not able to park in the bus zone on Constance Street, this will no longer be used as a stop-drop-go zone.  Instead, families are asked to park in a designated parking bay and walk children to the Constance Street gate near the big hall (first preference).  Please do not drop off or collect your children in the bus zones
  • If families are not able to park and walk their children to the gate, they can stop-drop-go at one of the following zones:
    • The oval gate via Constance Street
    • The Year 1 playground via Atherton Street
  • These areas will be supervised and after they are dropped off, students will be escorted to the netball court area by a staff member
  • Families are to remain outside of the school grounds where possible


  • All bus students will be collected by buses on Constance Street
  • Prep children will be collected via the Constance Street gate on the oval
  • Year 1 children will be collected via the Atherton Street gate near the Year 1 playground
  • Years 2-6 students are asked to be collected via the gate on Atherton Street or the oval gate on Constance Street (both locations will be supervised).
  • Again, we ask that families are to remain outside of the school grounds where possible.

As mentioned in the previous edition of the Sentinel, Mrs Simpson has accepted a position at the Cairns Regional Office, and has commenced duty from this week.  It is my honour to be appointed Acting Principal at Mareeba State School until the end of the school year.  Mareeba SS has a fabulous Management Team and a Leadership Team who will guide me to ensure the school continues to operate in an organised, settled manner.  I would like to acknowledge Mrs Simpson's outstanding leadership as she guided the school through the Covid-19 challenges.  

It is wonderful to see students returning to school, and resuming regular learning episodes in our classrooms.  As always, we ask families to contact the school if they have any concerns, or wish to discuss an item.  We are here to help and support families in any way possible.

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Last reviewed 27 May 2020
Last updated 27 May 2020