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From the Principal
Congratulations to our student leaders who were presented to our school community on Monday’s parade:
School Captains: Alijah, Bastien, Ellie and Laura
Cultural Captains: Sophia, Evie, Grace C and Remi
Herbert House Captains:  Chloe and Petar
Bowen House Captains:  Mia and Reuben M
Media Crew:  William, Lucia, George, Grace K, Huon, James K and Lachie
Student Council:  Tatum, Katlin, Molly, Nirushi, Lucy, Anahita, Sienna, Charli and Sarah
Music Captains:  Summer and Minnie
Band Captains:  Hugo and Jenny
I look forward to working with these students in their new roles for 2017. 
Our School Captains have been awarded the opportunity to attend the Eastern Alliance Cluster Primary Leadership Program, held over three days.
It is an opportunity to gather leaders from primary schools to participate in a rich, authentic Young Leaders Program facilitated through a partnership between Whites Hill State College, and Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre.
The program is designed for newly elected leaders to provide them with insights, experiences and confined building activities to excel in leading our school through 2017 and beyond.
Throughout this program, our School Captains will design a project to commit to for the year. 
Over the past fortnight, we have held both the AGM and February meeting for the P&C.  I would like to welcome: our Executive Team for 2017:
Rae Plush as our new P&C President
Dave Copeman and Rowan Misso as our continuing Vice Presidents
Ralda Ruberry and Shellie Ward as co-Secretaries and
Stuart Fyfe as Treasurer.
Curriculum Update
Over the coming weeks, all of our classroom teachers will be collaborating with our English Planning Cluster (East Brisbane SS, Mt Gravatt SS and Lota SS), to engage with the Australian Curriculum, Achievement Standards and aligning our assessment with our curriculum.  This sessions are facilitated by our school’s curriculum leaders, and I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the work that goes into preparing for these.
2017 Principal’s Conference 1-3 March
Next week, all Queensland State School Principals are required to attend the 2017 Principal’s Conference.  While this is a great opportunity to network, particularly for Principals working in isolated or regional communities, the theme for this year’s conference is Every student, every school: lighting the path for innovation, equity and impact.  The focus will be on how we lead the way together, into a future of sustained continuous improvement, equitable opportunities and innovation. 
Our conference program includes a number of both national and international speakers including:  Professor Douglas Fisher, Professor of Educational Leadership, San Diego State University; Corporal Mark Donaldson, Australian Army and Victoria Cross recipient; Professor John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute, University of Melbourne and Dr Adam Fraser, Author of the Third Space.
This week, unfortunately, we say farewell to one of our teachers on 1 AB, Mrs Ree Birgan.  Mrs Birgan needs to undertake treatment for a medical condition, and it will be unlikely that she will return in the capacity of a classroom teacher in 2017.  We wish Mrs Birgan well as she undergoes her treatment and recovery.
We welcome Ms Louise Miles as Mrs Birgan’s replacement.
I have mentioned in previous newsletters about our mandatory requirements regarding ‘same day notification’.  These new requirements are for the school to contact parents on the same day to identify the reason for their child’s absence, if the school has not already been notified.
Thank you to parents who have made an effort to contact us in these circumstances.  It can take many hours in the Office to follow up if we haven’t received a notification.
We have recently moved to a text messaging system to notify parents.  Please ensure your contact numbers are up to date, otherwise these messages will bounce back.  Parents are able to respond to these text messages once they have been received.
The Department provides a list of reasonable excuses for student absences in alignment with their Every Day Counts policy.  These include:
Illness, Natural Disaster, Holiday, Sorry Business, Sport – both representative and non-representative.
If your child will be absent for 11 or more days, you are able to apply for an exemption for this period.  An application for Exemption is available from the Office.  If your application is for Holidays, an itinerary is required for approval to be granted.
Nicole Goodwin