From the Principal

From the Principal
Staffing Update 
We have a number of changes to staffing over the coming weeks:

John Alsop is on LSL until the end of Week 2, Term 3.  Replaced by Karen Bodger.
We welcome Mark O’Brien as our new Schools Officer in the second week of the school holidays.
We will farewell Nicole Oziganow at the end of the term.  We thank her for her work in Music, and welcome back Cherie Patton in Term 3.
Annette de Vries, our Business Manager will take Long Service Leave for 6 months at the end of this term. We welcome Lynne Phillips as her replacement.
Leigh Hawthorne, teacher aide, will be taking Long Service Leave for 5 weeks at the start of Term 3.
Deborah Cairns will also take Long Service Leave in Week 1, Term 3.
Crazy Hair Day
Congratulations to the Student Council on a very successful drive for stationary items for schools in PNG.  These items will be taken to Regional Office on Friday… we have boxes and boxes!   Thank you to all families who supported this event.  I am sure that the families receiving these supplies will be very appreciative.

Congratulations to Holly and Charlie for developing my wonderful hairstyle. 
All students who came to school with crazy hair today were awarded with a purple train ticket. Student Council also awarded first, second and third prizes in each class:  ice-cream voucher, 30 minutes free time, 30 minutes with favourite teacher.
Sports Day
Today was the Junior Sports Carnival.  It was lovely to see so many parents down on the oval with their children.  There were many smiles on faces throughout the morning.  Thank you Mrs Collins for coordinating this event.  We look forward to the Senior Carnival on Friday.
Thank you also to Churchie and Coorparoo Secondary College who are providing a combined 12 students to assist across the two days.
Report Cards
Report Cards will be distributed to all families next Wednesday.  For the first time, our reports will include comments on Philosophy.  Students will not receive an achievement or effort, but you will see a comment which reflects the work that they have done or skills to be developed, and a personalized comment about how they have participated.
Parent Teacher interviews will follow in early Term 3 as an opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s progress.  If you haven’t received an invitation to attend parent-teacher interviews early in Term 3, please contact your child’s teacher.  Mr Alsop will conduct interviews on his return.
Complaints Policy
A Complaints Management process has been endorsed by the school and P&C.  You can find a copy of this here:
Will commence as our new Outside Hours Care provider on 2 July with Vacation Care.  If you have not yet enrolled your child, please contact them on 3269 0044 or email:
Time Out – protecting students from spreading infectious diseases
Help reduce the spread of infectious diseases. Urge parents to keep their children at home when they are ill. Keep surfaces and equipment clean and encourage students to wash their hands often, even when they feel well.
Learn more about symptoms and exclusion rules and share these with parents. 
I would also encourage all families to follow up with some other basic hygiene reminders at home, such as coughing into elbows, not hands, and washing hands regularly, to help reduce the spread of infection.
Queensland parents to have their say on NAPLAN
An evaluation of NAPLAN and its role in meeting the needs of Queensland students, parents and schools, is underway. Feedback is being sought from parents and caregivers via an online survey. In Term 3, the review will focus on gathering feedback from school leaders, communities and stakeholders.
PBL success is highlighted with the large numbers of students who ‘cash in’ for prizes each week.  We now have:
13 students attending ‘Movie and Popcorn’ in Week 11 (250 points)
2 students attending an excursion to Southbank in Week 11 (500 points)
Regular ‘Lunch with the Principal’.  Some students are saving up in groups.  (Today, I had a lunch ‘dance party’ to TayTay with Pauline, Violet, Angel and Trisha. There was plenty of ‘flossing’ going on too!)
Regular ‘Student Principal’ (200 points)
Week 8
52 x 20 points
50 x 30 points
14 x 100 points
1 x 120
1 x 180 – Sarah 30 mins with my favourite teacher
1 x 250 points – Justyce movie and popcorn
1 x 220 points – Jack 3/4O lunch with P
2 x 500 points – trip to Southbank
Week 9
80 x 20 points
50 x 30 points
7 x 100 points
1 x 80 points
4 x 220 points
2 x 250 points
Year 6 Camp
We wish our Year 6 campers good weather as they head off next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Our Year 5 students and Year 6 non-campers will be supervised in other classes.
Budgie Cup 
Well done to all our touch football players who played at Coorparoo Secondary College last Friday.  Unfortunately, we didn’t win the Budgie Cup, but we were great sports and had fun.
Thank you Mr Gracey for coordinating and to other staff who assisted with training.
Nicole Goodwin


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Last reviewed 06 February 2020
Last updated 06 February 2020