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9/08/2018
 
 
 
PRINCIPAL’S REPORT              
 
The preparation for the new senior schooling processes and the new ATAR system continues to move forward within the school. Parents, students and teachers have been presented information about the new system. Almost all of the teachers within the school have now travelled to Toowoomba or Brisbane to be involved in professional development around the new syllabus documents for the new subjects in 2019.
The planning for these documents, programs and assessment items is also now in full swing, with teachers meeting every Wednesday afternoon this term to commence the development of plans for each of the new subjects. This is a huge task on top of the regular planning for their subjects this year, and all staff are putting in an amazing effort to prepare for the changes occurring next year.
I would like to publicly thank all of the teachers for their engagement in this work to ensure that everything is organised and prepared for our students entering this new age of senior schooling. I would also like to thank Sebastian Kohli, our Head of Department Senior Schooling, and Vanessa Moller, our Deputy Senior Schooling for their leadership in this area. If parents have any questions or concerns regarding the upcoming changes, please contact one of these two for assistance.
STAFFING NEWS
Last Friday was the final day at Charleville State High for a while at least for one of our amazing student support staff. Mrs Jenny Peacock, our energetic Youth Support Co-ordinator, has accepted a 3 month contract with the HOPE foundation. Jenny will still be working to support the school and our students through the foundation, but in a very different way to how she has previously. We wish Jenny all the best in her new role, and know she will do an amazing job.
STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
Last week, a group of students travelled to the Gold Coast to compete in the Open Girls All Schools Volleyball Championships. The girls did an amazing job, playing some sensational volleyball, and beating several teams that had beaten them in the previous competition in Toowoomba.
The improvement of the team was impressive and made their coach, Lauren Butler very proud. Congratulations to all of the girls for their outstanding efforts, and to Ms Butler and Ms O’Brien for taking the students away. Thanks also to all of the parents who travelled down to support the team at the Coast for the competition.
Last weekend, a group of students travelled to Toowoomba to compete in the inaugural Toowoomba HPV (Human Powered Vehicle) 3 hour race. The senior team did an exceptional job, finishing second overall, while our junior team also did a great job, learning a lot about racing HPV’s during their first ever race.
Both teams have used this event for the upcoming 24 hour race that will take place in Bundaberg in September. Thanks to Barry Wastie, Jenna Andreatta and our school Chaplain, Les Penrose, for giving up their time to take away these students.
We also had another group of students travel to Toowoomba on the weekend for a Touch Football competition. This competition acts as a grading competition for the All School Touch Football competition which is held in Brisbane later in the year, but is also an important opportunity for the students to get some much needed match practice in before they head off to the All Schools in October. Thank you to Mrs Eileen Lindsay for all of her time and organisation for this event.
A very lucky group of students were given the opportunity to travel to Cunnamulla last week to be involved in a very special presentation by Cosentino, the very famous Australian Magician. Cosentino did some amazing tricks while on stage for the students, but it was his message to the students around reading that was the truly magical part of his presentation.
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tino explained that it was reading that enabled him to become the amazing magician that he is, and that by reading magic books constantly, he became better at reading so he could read and understand the instructions of tricks he was trying to learn.
The students involved enjoyed the show immensely and have hopefully come away with a new understanding of the power of reading. Thanks to our Reading support teacher, Mrs Ange Stirton, for organising this opportunity for the students. 
 PARENT INFORMTION EVENING
Last Wednesday, a parent information night was held at the school for the parents of our future Year 7s in 2019. It was great to see so many parents in attendance and taking an interest in their child’s future and education. The information presented will help parents answer their child’s questions about High School and is an important beginning of the crucial relationship between the school and parents in fostering student success.
This week will see the Year 6s from our local schools coming up to the high school for a day to be involved in a day at high school. They will be immersed in a variety of activities on the day that will help them prepare for their transition to High School next year.
Thanks to Mrs Sabrina Goodingham for all of her work in organizing both the information night and the transition day. If you have any questions regarding transition activities or enrolment of students for 2019, please contact either Sabrina Goodingham, our Junior Secondary Head of Department, or Mrs Narelle Webb, our Deputy Principal Junior School.
SCHOOL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
The school athletics carnival on Friday 1 August was a wonderful day. The students and staff did a great job in dressing up as a character starting with the first letter of their house name. The war cries, the cheering and the efforts put in by the athletes was inspiring. There were also some very memorable examples of sportsmanship and thinking of others shown on the day which reinforced what a tremendous group of students we have at Charleville State High School. All teams tried hard and competed well, but it was again Tobruk who triumphed on the day for the fourth year in a row.
From this, we had several students qualify and participate in the district 10-12 year athletic carnival on last Friday. Five of these students have now qualified for the Regional carnival in Chinchilla. Congratulations to Norman Smith, Marni Briggs, Bubsie Mpofu, Sam Brooks and Lucy Watts. These students will need to return their permission forms to the school by this Friday for the upcoming Regional event.
P&C NEWS
The P&C will be putting out to tender shortly a number of items including an industrial gas cook top/ electric stove that is in perfect working order but was replaced during the tuckshop upgrade. This will soon go out to tender on our Facebook page so keep an eye out if interested.
The P&C are also looking for preferably 3 businesses to sponsor the perpetual awards for highest achiever awards for the schools awards night. If there are any businesses interested, they can ring John Bursle on 0447578168 for more info.
The P&C is also looking for a new Treasurer, if anybody has the time and ability to help, please ring the school to offer your assistance.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
·        CULTURE TRAIN MUSIC PERFORMANCE – TUESDAY 21 AUGUST
·        BANGARRA DANCES BRISBANE VISIT – WEDNESDAY 22 – FRIDAY 24 AUG
·        YEAR 7 2019 TRANSITION DAY – THURSDAY 23 AUGUST
·        HUMANITIES WEEK – WEEK 7 (AUGUST 27)
 
Take care,  
 
 
Matt Samson
Principal