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From the Principal
Last Friday, I was invited to attend a meeting at Brisbane State High School with Rowan, Michelle and Sian from the P&C.  I would like to thank them for taking the time to attend this meeting and in providing their insights for the following summary:  This will be discussed at the next P&C meeting, Tuesday 20 June.  Please come along if you would like to be a part of this discussion.
The purpose of the meeting was to celebrate the announcement from Jackie Trap and Kate Jones regarding the $500 million investment in schools in the inner city of Brisbane.  This is to help ease the burden from the population increase in these areas and it is expected that it will continue to increase by a predicted 400 in the next 5 years. 
Some key details of the announcement were:
-          A new high school partnered with the University of Queensland to be built in the West End district.  This will give the high school a point of difference to encourage families to attend.  There are 3 sites currently being considered, but these have not yet been disclosed due to current negotiations.  This new high school is earmarked to open in 2021.

-          Key considerations will be given to:
o    the learning's from John Monash Science School which partnered with the University of Melbourne
o   Vertical schools due to land restrictions
o   Catchments for the current and new high schools

-          A refurbishment of the old Fortitude Valley State School for a second high school site in partnership with QUT

-          A second site for West End State School on Horan Street
There is also an overall Master Plan for local primary schools, the details of which have not yet be discussed with me.  I will keep you informed as I learn more.
Next semester, our school will start to roll out the use of QParents.
QParents is a secure, online portal that has been created by the Department of Education and Training to provide parents of Queensland state school students with twenty-four hour access to their child's information.  The portal allows you to securely access information about your child and communicate directly with your child's school.
QParents provides secure, online access to student information such as:
·         Attendance details
·         Report cards
·         Upcoming events
·         Invoices
·         Payment history
·         Student photo
You are also able to update your child's details including address and medical conditions, submit reasons for unexplained absences, notify the school of future absences, and make online payments against school invoices.
QParents is not intended to replace the traditional ways you and your child's school communicate — it simply provides another option.
How will I get access?
QParents portal is located online. Once registered, parents can login to the portal using their secure account details.
You will only be able to register for a QParents account once our school goes live. Once this has happened, parents or caregivers will then be nominated by the school as QParents Account Owners (QPAOs) for access to student information. The nominated Account Owners will then need to register with QParents to access this information.
The school will also supply you with the registration requirements for QParents. You will need to undertake online identity verification and provide personal information such as your name and mobile phone number. During the registration process, you may view the Privacy Statement and Terms and Conditions in QParents for further details about information collection and use. For more detailed information or assistance with the QParents registration process, please refer to the
QParents online help guide.
Please look out for further information as we begin this process.
Athletics Carnivals
It seems that Dutton Park State School can accurately predict the weather by the dates that we choose for our Athletics Carnivals!  At this stage, our full day of Senior Athletics will go ahead next Thursday 22 June.
Year 5 Camp
Next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, our Year 5 students along with Mr Alsop, Mrs McArdle and Mrs Zhang will be heading to Maranatha Recreation and Education Camp, Yandina.  We wish them a great time and fabulous weather!
A big congratulations this week to some students who have been recognised following the school expectations of Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be a Learner. 
Kaytlin saved 160 points and has cashed in for ‘Lunch with the Principal’.
Lotus and Oskar also saved 160 points and cashed in for ‘A Cooking Class’.
Charlie, saved 200 points and has cashed in for ‘Principal for the Afternoon’.
Staffing Updates
We have a number of staff on long service leave in the upcoming weeks:
Jamie Jones 3 J- Week 10 and Week 1 – replaced by Clare Naughton
John Alsop 5 A – Week 1 and 2 – replaced by Parul Gadhoke
Judith Power ¾ P – Week 1 – replaced by John Bellas
Leigh Hawthorne (teacher aide) – Week 1 – replaced by Jackie Thomas
Bill Barker (Instrumental) - Week 1 - 3 - TBA
Report Cards
Student report cards will be sent home next Tuesday afternoon.  Please liaise with your child’s teacher if you require a second copy of this.  Year 5 students will receive their report cards on Wednesday afternoon on return from camp.
Nicole Goodwin