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From The Principal

What is a community?  In a dictionary, it is defined as ‘people being in close touch’.  That is certainly what we have here – in ‘bucketsful’ – at Springsure State School.  I would like to commend and thank the whole school community for their efforts in preparing for our inaugural Paddock to Plate dinner which is being held tonight.  I’m sure it will be a wonderful night and demonstrate just how much we as a school can not only offer to our students and parents but to the wider community as a whole.  We look forward to welcoming Mr Nowlan back for the night.  He is bringing our special guest, Murray Hartin, with him.  Murray is a bush poet and storyteller of some renown with titles such as ‘Turbulence’ and ‘Rain from Nowhere’ to his name along with a host of books, CDs and DVDs.  His stories epitomise mateship. No doubt, Murray will remind us tonight how lucky we are to be Australian.  We are very grateful to Murray for working with our verse speaking students today as well.  His insightful assistance was invaluable.

It is my pleasure to inform you that I have been appointed to the position of Principal for two days per week for the remainder of the year.  Mrs Renee Howard will return to the position from 10th July for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of each week. This will be a shared Principal position where we will each be responsible for different areas of the school. I will also return to my Head of Curriculum position and a lesser teaching fraction.  Therefore that has necessitated some staff changes.  Mrs Rebecca O’Grady will now teach Year Three for the remainder of the year.  I would like to sincerely thank Mrs Kathleen Charleston for her dedication and commitment to that class since the start of the year.  She has worked tirelessly to ensure that her students have experienced success, not only academically, but socially and emotionally as well.  Kathleen will remain on in the school working in our SWD area and assisting students on speech intervention programs.  Mrs Tina Briggs will be on leave next term and Mrs Trudi Sullivan will return to teach Home Ec. to our Years Seven to Ten students.  I am awaiting the appointment of a person to teach the Year Seven and Eight English classes.

Report cards will be emailed to all families next Friday.  As I’ve been looking through teachers’ report card comments, I’ve been reminded yet again of the enormous role that teachers play in a child’s life and how sincerely they value that role.  Each teacher has ensured that your child has not only been taught well but they have also ensured that you are fully aware of your child’s progress and what steps can be taken to assist them to grow and learn.  Well done, SSS teachers – you are remarkable!  Of course, if you have any concerns about your child’s learning, please don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, grow trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. 

                                                                                        Chinese proverb.