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Principal’s Conference

Last week, Maria and I had the valuable opportunity to attend the Central Queensland Principals’ Conference in Longreach. As Principals we were able to explore the unique challenges and opportunities that define our rural and remote communities. We were able to share our programs, facilities and practices that are in place to best serve the needs of our communities in each corner of this vast and diverse region. The focus of the conference was 'everyone deserves a champion'. By this, we mean that every child needs to have an adult role model in their lives who will not give up on them. It was a timely opportunity for me to reflect on my own practices and to think about the impact I have made on the many students who have come through our gates. At the staff meeting this week, I conducted a similar exercise with the teachers so they too could reflect on when they've been someone's champion. Human connection and relationships is at the core of teaching and I believe our teachers at Springsure State School work hard to maintain these solid partnerships.


I also spent some time in Longreach listening to the many changes on the horizon for our current Year 10 cohort and all the year levels of the future. I know Maria has touched on this in a previous newsletter but I feel it is important that all parents are aware of the changes to the QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education).  Senior Schooling in Queensland is changing to help give students the skills for success in work and life in the future. Under the new QCE system, students can still choose from many subjects and courses that suit their work and study goals, however the assessment requirements will change. One major change is that some subjects will have their assessment and examinations externally written and these exams will be conducted at a set time across the state.  There will also be a new way to rank students who wish to apply for university. The OP system is being replaced from 2020. It will now be called ATAR - Australian Teritary Admission Rank.  As the year progresses, we will be running some parent workshops to ensure you are equipped with the knowledge of what these changes mean for your child and their future subject choices. 

Inter-House Athletics Carnival

I wish all of our students the best of luck at our upcoming Athletics Carnival this Friday. As you can appreciate, a lot of work and organisation goes into making the day run smoothly. Students are to go directly to the showgrounds in the morning. The canteen will be running through out the day.  Thank you again to Mr Francey and Mrs Smith for your efforts in the lead up to this event.

District Athletics Carnival

Our primary students will attend the District Athletics Carnival in a fortnight. This year OLSH is convening the carnival and Orion State School is responsible for the canteen. It will be a normal school day for our secondary students but the Tuckshop won’t be operating. 

We have a lot of school events occurring over the next few weeks. Please ensure you check our key dates section of the newsletter and keep updated on our school facebook page. 

Have a great weekend!



From the other Principal…

I would like to sincerely commend and congratulate the 15 members of our school’s Cattle Club team who have competed at the Shows throughout the Central Highlands during the past three weeks.  Some of them have prepared their own cattle or the school’s cattle as well as competing in judging and parading events.  It has been an honour to witness your commitment, to provide feedback to you which you’ve taken on board to improve your performance or, most importantly, support each other as members of a team.  I would especially like to thank Mrs Robyna Killalea for her support and assistance with the team and the Geddes and Pierce families for the use of their cattle.  Please join us on Parade on Friday, 15th June when we celebrate the successes of this team.

At that Parade, we will also announce the overall results from our Athletics Carnival as well as the Age Champions.  This can’t be completed tomorrow as we have some outstanding events to be completed before and during school next week.