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From the Principal
Welcome back to school for Term 3!
Welcome back to Dutton Park Nicole Castro.  Nicole will be providing some additional support in the school on Thursday and Friday mornings.
This week on Assembly, I reminded students to be wearing our school uniform each day.  As the cooler months have hit us, I have noticed more students wearing non-school jumpers.  If you are unable to purchase a school jumper, would you please consider a royal blue jumper.
In the last week of term, I had a great time celebrating success with Tasman, Charlie, Lotus and Nobele.  Tasman and Charlie spent time as Student Principal, while Lotus and Nobele made Hawaiian pizzas and chocolate milkshakes. 

Congratulations to these students.  I’m looking forward in the coming weeks, to having Lyra, Gemma and Eliza spend time as Student Principals. 
District Athletics

At the end of last term, we held our school Athletics Carnival for senior students.  A number of students have been selected from our school to progress to the Mount Gravatt District.  These students were able to meet qualifying times or distances for their events.

Congratulations to:
Ellie (10 yrs)
100m, 800 m, high jump
Kevani (10 yrs)
Shot put
Armelle (10 yrs)
High jump
Apollo (10 yrs)
100 m, 200 m, high jump
Isaac (10 yrs)
800 m
Michael (10 yrs)
Shot put
Ida (10 yrs)
100 m
Indigo (11 yrs)
800 m
Amelie (11yrs)
800 m, high jump
Laura (11 yrs)
High jump
Yeongna (11 yrs)
100 m
Bipasana (11 yrs)
High jump
Petar (11 yrs)
100 m, 800 m, long jump, high jump
Vincent (11 yrs)
100 m
Remi (11 yrs)
Shot put
Mark (11 yrs)
Long jump
Charli (12 yrs)
800 m, high jump
Jenny (12 yrs)
Shot put
James (12 yrs)
800 m
Latrell (12 yrs)
Shot put
Reuben (12 yrs)
800 m 

Unfortunately, due to the weather, our Junior Carnival was cancelled last term.  Please mark in your calendars Wednesday 26 July for the new date of this carnival.  We will send a program out shortly.
Cross Country Update
On June 8 Indigo and Apollo represented Dutton Park State School and the Mount Gravatt District at the Regional Cross Country Championships.
This means that she was selected in the Metropolitan East Team (they take the first 6 runners) to run at the Cross Country State Championships.  This is an outstanding achievement in a highly competitive field.
The opening ceremony is on Saturday afternoon July 15.  Her 3k event is on Sunday July 16 and she will also run in a (4 X 1500m) relay on Monday July 17.
Apollo finished 7th in his 2000m event.  He was selected to Join the Mt Gravatt District Team. He placed 13th at the Regional carnival. Although he ran well, he was not in the top 6 so he did not progress.
Congratulations to both Indigo and Apollo.  We wish Indigo well on 16 and 17 July!
Before and After School
A reminder to families, that students should not be arriving early at school.  We provide supervision from 8.30 am.  Students arriving from 8.15 am are required to remain seated under the buildings.  If your child needs to be at school earlier than this, please consider the use of our before school care service.
The school does not provide supervision after school, apart from the pick up zone which is supervised until 3.20 pm.  Students who are not with their parents should be moving to pick up areas, after school care or making their way home.  Students who are using the school facilities after school are under the responsibility of their parents.  From time to time, parents become stuck in traffic and are late for pick ups.  I would encourage you to call the Office if this happens so that we can have your child waiting safely at the Office for you.  I appreciate your support of these procedures to ensure the safety of all children.
Thank you to all parents who are supporting the school in our new procedures for ensuring absences are recorded, or responding to our text messages promptly.  Occasionally, parents leave messages on the answering machine, but they are difficult to understand.  If leaving a message, would you please ensure that you speak slowly and clearly and leave your child’s full name, class and reason for their absence.
OSHC Tender
As per Departmental procedure, Dutton Park State School will be commencing a new tender process for our OSHC service.  This will occur over Term 3 and 4 and will be informed by the surveys of parents conducted by the P&C in 2016 and the YMCA recently.
Date Claimer
At this stage, Jackie Trad MP and Tanya Plibersek are planning an afternoon tea at Dutton Park State School on Thursday 31 August (3.30 – 4.30).  This is an opportunity for parents to ask questions about the new school announcement or the Federal Government’s changes to Gonski funding.  I will send on more information as it becomes available.
Nicole Goodwin
Dutton Park State School

Ph:  3010 8333