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1/05/2019
 
 
 
PRINCIPAL’S REPORT              
 
 
Welcome back to the start of term 2 2019. Week 1 was certainly a different start to the term, with Easter Monday and Anzac Day holidays making it a very short first week. At our first school parade of the term, it was explained to the students that public holidays make every other school day even more important, as teachers have the same amount of work to teach them and they have the same amount of learning to achieve. Thank you to every parent that ensured that their student was at school on the first day, with their equipment, in full school uniform, ready to learn.
REPORTING
Students will have received their mid-term report cards home over the holidays. There were certainly some very pleasing results across the school, with a number of students showing a marked improvement across a number of their subjects.
The challenge for all students is to now reflect upon these results and set new goals for the end of the semester.
Teachers will be providing feedback to students and suggestions as to what students can do to reach these goals.
Parents will have also been given information with report cards regarding the parent teacher interviews on Thursday 2 May and how to book for these. These are excellent opportunities for parents and teachers to discuss and work together to ensure positive outcomes moving forward for each student. Unfortunately, if you have not booked with a teacher for the evening then you will not be able to speak with that teacher that evening and will have to book an alternative time to discuss your student’s results. This is to allow staff to have the relevant information and assessment examples available to effectively and fully discuss your student’s progress.
STAFF NEWS
We welcome two new teachers to the school this term, Mr Mullen, who will be joining us as the acting Head of Department of Maths/Science and Ms Donovan who will be teaching this term in the area of English and Humanities. We wish you all the best for your time here at Charleville State High School.
As of Tuesday 7 May, Mrs Narelle Webb will be setting off on three weeks of well-deserved long service leave. In her absence, Mrs Cassandra Kohli will be filling in as Acting Deputy Principal, while Ms Sue McDermott will be taking over as Acting Head of Department of English, Humanities and LOTE.
ANZAC DAY CEREMONY
On Wednesday 24 April, the school recognised ANZAC Day through our memorial ceremony. The ceremony was a very emotional event with many vivid visual and musical tributes to the ANZACS. Our special guest for the event was Corporal Tyler Washington, a past student of Charleville State High School, who now serves with the Australian armed services. Tyler gave an amazing speech about his life and what being part of the armed services means to him. The students were certainly captivated by what he had to say to them and I am sure that he will have inspired many of the students who listened to his words.
We were also joined by members of the 28th squadron, who acted as the members of the catafalque party and they made an excellent impression decked out in their military uniforms, marching as the guard of honour for the ceremony.
Thank also to the members of the community including members of the local police and RSL members for their attendance at the event.
Students and staff of Charleville State High School were also involved in the community march on ANZAC day. Thank you to all of the parents who encouraged their students to be involved in this event – it is certainly a privilege to be able to march in honour of those that have served to protect us.
Several of our students were also involved in the official community ceremony on the day. Thank you to Harry Springall, Caitie Baker, Ella Bartulis, Lucy Frousheger, Sam Frousheger and Indie Everitt for assisting at the ceremony on the day.
A number of our year 9 students also assisted the Charleville Lions Club in serving at the official lunch at the RSL after the ceremony. These students did an amazing job at the event, while also being able to witness the emotion that was felt by so many of the attendees, particularly the returned service vets. I believe that through this, each of the eight students present, would have attained a greater understanding of just how important ANZAC day is to both past and current members of our armed services.  
NAPLAN
This term, students in years 7 and 9 will be involved in NAPLAN testing. This year for the first time, students of Charleville State High School will be completing these tests Online. Students have had practice tests online and all are prepared and ready to go for these tests.
To enable all students to have access to computers for the tests, NAPLAN Online is spread out over two weeks, when previously this had only been over one week.
The dates for NAPLAN Online are Monday 13 May until Friday 24 May. Our show holiday also falls on Friday 17 May, at the end of the first NAPLAN week. Currently, our proposed program for running the tests at this time will be:
Tuesday 14 May – Year 7 writing test and Year 9 writing test
Wednesday 15 May – Year 7 reading test and Year 9 Reading test
Thursday 16 May – Year 7 Language test and Year 7 Numeracy test
Monday 20 May – Catch up tests (for students who have been absent)
Tuesday 21 May – Year 9 Language test and Year 9 Numeracy test
Wednesday 22 May – Catch up tests (for students who have been absent)
Thursday 23 May - Catch up tests (for students who have been absent)
Letters with information regarding the tests did go out with report cards over the last holidays, but if you require any further information or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
UPCOMING EVENTS
·        Friday 3 May – School Colour Run
·        Wednesday 8 May – P&C Meeting 5.30pm
·        Thursday 9 May - Indigenous Education Community Meeting
·        Monday 13 May to Friday 24 May – NAPLAN Online
·        Friday 17 May – Show holiday
 
 
 
 
Matt Samson
Principal