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From the Principal

We have continued a very positive start to the school year.  It’s been pleasing to see that our Monday morning assembly time has continued to be popular with parents.  Those who attended on Monday, were treated with our first class item for the year.  3/4 P presented a item with many interesting details about the origin of the Australian flag, as well as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.  Congratulations to Mrs Power and her class in their preparation and confidence on the day.  If you missed their class item, feel free to pop into the Office to see their display.


We will be endeavouring to include a class item approximately fortnightly throughout the year.


Congratulations also to our 2017 School Captains, Bastien, Alijah, Ellie and Laura. After two weeks at school, they have now all had the opportunity to lead the community at Assembly.  Our School Captains have shown confidence and have worked hard to overcome their initial fears.  I look forward to working closely with our Captains over the year to continue to develop their leadership skills.


I have been overwhelmed with the number of Year 6 students who have applied for our other leadership positions:  House Captain, Student Council, Media Crew, Music Captain, Band Captain and Cultural Captain.  While it may not be possible for each applicant to be awarded a position, it is encouraging to see that the students in this school have such a strong sense of wanting to ‘make a difference’ and being involved in various ways within our community.  These positions will be finalised in the coming week, with our Student Leader Induction Ceremony planned for Week 5.


Last year, our school partnered with Centacare to provide some valuable programs to families in our community.  This term, we are pleased to be able to offer the following programs:


·         123 Magic Parenting Education Program:  This program is an evidenced based program that provides parents with ideas and strategies which can help them to more effectively manage difficult behaviour in their children.  These methods required the parent to use less talk and helps children to manage their own emotions.  The program is provided in three sessions (once per week for three consecutive weeks).  There is a minimal cost of $10 which covers the cost of the workbook.  Sessions this term will be run at Dutton Park State School on Mondays 27 February, 6 March and 13 March from 9.30 – 11.30 am. 


·         I Can Program:  This program runs over 6 weeks from 22 February, and is aimed at students in Years 1 to 3 who lack confidence and find it difficult to make friends.


If you are interested in attending 123 Magic or including your child in the I Can program, please contact me either via the school Office (Ph: 3010 8333) or via email (


Many of your children may have been talking about receiving ‘train tickets’ recently.  These tickets are a part of our school-wide approach to encouraging positive behaviours, most specifically the expectations of Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be a Learner.  Students are able to redeem these tickets for prizes.  I would encourage you to ask your child regularly about the specific behaviours they are demonstrating at school to be rewarded with ‘tickets’.


Tonight, as you would all be aware, is our Parent Information Night.  I would encourage you to come along if possible, to meet your child’s new teacher and hear about what will be happening in their class throughout the year.  There will be two identical sessions for parents, with the first from 5.30 to 6 pm, and the second 6.15-6.45 pm.  Teachers will be offering individual Parent-Teacher Interviews throughout Weeks 5 and 6.

Nicole Goodwin