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From The Principal

28/07/2017
I cannot believe we are about to enter week four, what an exciting few weeks it has been! cannot believe we are about to enter week four, what an exciting few weeks it has been!  Over the past two days Maria and I have been meeting with each teacher individually to discuss their classroom learning environment, student achievements, goals and curriculum planning.  I would like all of you to know as parents that we are so privileged to have the expertise, dedication and high calibre of teachers in this school. This was very evident in these meetings. I was impressed with their ability to discuss each child's learning needs and how they plan to differentiate for each child in their classroom.  With this in mind, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher if you have any queries or concerns.  Our teaching staff is very approachable and welcome all families into their classrooms.  The relationship between home and school is a crucial one and the best starting point is building that relationship with your child's classroom teacher.

 

On Tuesday we had a fantastic opportunity to listen to Allana Ferguson (Captain of the Jillaroo's Rugby League Team) speak to our students and staff about her early years of playing rugby league and how this passion continued to grow. This passion, of course, was coupled with dedication, sacrifice and sheer hard work as she had to overcome three knee reconstructions to get to the level she is at now!  After her discussion with the students, Chris and Allana conducted skills and drills on the oval with our primary school students. The children thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and we are  grateful to ESS for providing our school community with this opportunity.

 

I would like to finish my report this week with some helpful tips to share with your child at home. I will be talking about these important skills on parade on Monday with the primary students.

 

To be a successful learner we need :

# Persistence- even if a task is hard or they don't like it, give it your best effort anyway.

# Organisation-be prepared and take care of your belongings.

# Resilience- if they've got a problem, problem solve and know it's going to be ok.

# Confidence- have a positive mindset, 'I can do it!'

Have a lovely weekend.

Renee

 

The other Principal…

 

As always it’s been a delight to accompany our students to the CH Athletics Trials over these past two days.  They have worked so hard to reach this level and really applied themselves to each track or field event with the most positive of intentions.  Congratulations to all of you – you have done yourselves, your families and your school proud!  A huge congratulations and thanks to Mr Francey who has prepared these students so well, ably supported by Mrs Roberts and Mrs Charleston.

Mr Francey and Mrs Watson recently submitted an application for funding to Rolleston Coal in order to purschase some more musical instruments, mainly electric guitars, as well as a more sophisticated PA system.  Sincere thanks to Glencore Rolleston Coal for your funding of this submission.  Our music program continues to grow in leaps and bounds.

Another fantastic announcement from Rolleston Coal that concerns our school community is their offer to provide a $2000.00 scholarship to a student in Year Ten who is progressing on to further education in Years 11 and 12.  This student will be named and presented with the scholarship at our annual Speech Night.  Thank you, Glencore Rolleston Coal – we are extremely grateful for this very generous recognition and support for our students.

We are looking forward to welcoming seven 14 year-old students and two teachers from thd Ichinoseki District in Japan to our school on Tuesday, 1st August.  The students will sample some ‘Aussie cuisine’ by way of a sausage sizzle before they engage in a short presentation and then join the Year 7/8 Media class.  These visitors have been brought to Australia through the sister city arrangement shared through the Central Highlands Regional Council who have generously contributed towards some of the sausage sizzle costs.  More details about that are provided elsewhere in the newsletter.

Great to see our school represented in the CQ News last week!  Lots of happy faces and exciting happenings.

Maria