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From The Principal

Welcome back to Term Four. It is certainly shaping up to be a busy one that will no doubt fly by! I trust you had a restful break with your families and are recharged for the term ahead.

On Primary Parade this week I discussed the importance of returning to school settled, focused and being ready to learn. We discussed examples and non-examples of what it looks like and feels like to 'Be a Leaner'.  Through my observations I believe the students have returned to school with an eager attitude to learn.  A very big thank you to those parents who attended parent teacher interviews last term. If you were unable to attend, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher to arrange a suitable time.  As I have stressed before, the relationship between home and school is a vital one.  Teachers can be contacted on email and often this is an easier way to contact your child's teacher. A list of all of teaching staff email addresses is located on the front page of this newsletter.

Ski Trip Update

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Trudi Sullivan, Mrs Julie Dendle and the Home Economic students for their efforts with the Ski Trip Cake Stall last term.  We raised just over $600 profit for the ski trip families.  I am also grateful to Springsure Lions Club for kindly donating $1000 towards the trip. I would also like to extend a sincere thank you to Mrs Betty Taylor who has donated over $1000.00 from the proceeds of her recent garden day.  Early next year I plan to approach some other community groups and businesses to seek their financial assistance.  Our next major fundraiser for the ski trip is the public auction which will be held on 18th November. Please see the attached flyer for further information.  Closer to the event, we will be calling for parent volunteers on the day for assistance in the canteen or bar.



From the other Principal…

One of our focus areas this year is that of attendance.  Our aim is for the school attendance rate to be 94% for the whole year.  Obviously, due to such a large incidence of influenza last term, this target has taken a bit of a beating.  Nevertheless, we would encourage all students to do their best to be at school as much as possible.  If your child/ren are genuinely sick, they are certainly not expected to be at school.  If they’re not though, we expect them to be here.  Even at 98% attendance (which is one day off per term) a child’s learning can be affected.  Congratulations to the Year One class (for Term Two attendance) and the Year Two class for demonstrating the highest attendance rate during Term Three.  These classes will share in a pizza party next week.

Another focus area is that of feedback and moderation.  The feedback that is provided to students needs to be useful, easy to implement and provide a means by which they can reach a desired goal.  One method that can be used, especially by us as teachers, is to moderate with our teaching peers to ensure that, when marking assessment pieces, is that our judgement is valid. To this end, we are meeting with our fellow teachers from the cluster schools next Wednesday to moderate (shared judgement) students’ Writing tasks.  This is a very effective professional learning opportunity for us.

Congratulations to Mr Burns and the two teams from Years Five and Six who competed at the inaugural Maths tournament in Clermont during the last week of Term Three.  We had one team achieve second place, behind Gindie State School and the other team received a fourth place.  Fantastic achievement!