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From the Principal 
This week, we farewell our Groundsman, Goran Radmanovic.  It is important to recognise that Goran has been a great supporter of school events, particularly events outside of school hours. 
Goran is moving on to bigger and better things and has accepted a position at Volvo where he will be able to utilise his many skills.  We wish him all the best in his new role.
In the same week, we welcome Leesa-Maree Jedras as our Acting Deputy Principal.  This will remain a temporary role until Carol-Lynne Osborne receives an official relocation.  Leesa-Maree brings with her a range of skills and experience which align with our school’s priorities.  I have included Leesa-Maree’s welcome letter below:
Dear Dutton Park Staff, Students and Families,
I am writing to you to introduce myself as your Acting Deputy Principal for the rest of this term. My name is Leesa-Maree Jedras and I am excited to be joining the Dutton Park community. I am a passionate leader of learning with a range of experiences working in education - as classroom teacher, behaviour management teacher, teacher librarian and PE teacher. For the last ten years I have been Head Of Curriculum at a variety of schools and most recently I have been Head of Teaching and Learning at Brisbane Central State School. I am also passionate about the teaching of Philosophy, having led this agenda while at East Brisbane State School.
My philosophy as a leader is ‘it takes a village to educate a child’. Each and everyday
students interact with a myriad of people all responsible for nurturing, teaching and guiding them to reach their learning goals. I believe the partnership between home and school is vital in planning, sharing, monitoring and celebrating progress towards and achievement of these goals. By working together, we are creating the best possible environment to achieve the very best for our students.
I look forward to getting to know and work with you this term.
Kind Regards,
Leesa-Maree Jedras 
 Thank you!
Thank you again to our wonderful volunteer parents who have recently supported the sausage sizzle at Cross Country and the Mother’s Day Stall.  It makes such a difference to the culture of the school to have so much parental and community support.
Heavy Rainfall Predicted
Early this morning, all schools received a communication advising of more heavy rainfall in areas across the state over the next 2 days.  We will be monitoring the weather and if necessary, communicate with families any emergency information via text message, bulletins (email) and the P&C Facebook site.  If you have not yet updated your contact details, please contact the school Office to ensure you receive these updates.
I would also like to extend thanks to the fabulous teaching team at Dutton Park and Clarissa Clennett, for the preparation in the lead up to last week’s NAPLAN, and their professionalism in implementing these tests.
These tests are a measure of our student achievement against all schools at a point in time.  Parents of students in Years 3 and 5 will receive their reports in August/September.
Under 8s Day
Our junior school teachers have been working hard to plan a fabulous Under 8s celebration next Friday for Prep to Year 3 classes.  We welcome parents and grandparents to spend time with their children/grandchildren between 9 and 11 am.  Invitations have been sent to childcare centres and kindergartens in our local area.  We look forward to seeing many families here next week to join the celebrations.
At this stage, we are planning to have a coffee van for the convenience of parents/adults only at the event.  No students will be permitted in the area of the coffee van, nor will they be permitted to purchase from the coffee van.
National Simultaneous Storytime
Next week, Deborah Cairns our Teacher Librarian, will lead our school in participating in National Simultaneous Storytime.  This is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.  It is now in its 17th year.  Each year, a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, preschools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places in the country. 
The book for 2017 is The Cow Tripped Over the Moon and our school will celebrate by starting with a play on assembly this Monday, followed by simultaneous reading on Wednesday.
We are very pleased to be joined by Jodie Watts, Director of the Reading Centre, and her team for this event.
Tennis Courts
In case anyone missed the great news, I was successful in securing a grant through our Facilities, for an upgrade to our tennis court.  It will become more ‘multi-purpose’ by including a ‘hotshots’ court and a netball court.  Works will commence about the 20th May and continue for about 6 weeks.
Year 6 Camp
Year 6 students are having a great time at Stanley River Environmental Centre this week. 
I am heading up to visit them today, so hopefully I can send some happy snaps back in time for inclusion in the newsletter.
Year 5 students will head to camp in the last week of term.
Budgie Cup – This round of Budgie Cup will be held on Friday 9 June.
P&C News- Don’t forget to read further on in the newsletter for information from the P&C.
Nicole Goodwin