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6/02/2019
 
 
 
PRINCIPAL’S REPORT              
 
 
WELCOME 
Welcome back to all the families, students and staff to Charleville State High School for 2019. A special welcome to our 47 new year 7s who have joined us this year and who have got off to a great start over the past two weeks. I would also like to welcome new students to other year levels and their families to the Charleville State High School community. I look forward to working with all of you for the best educational outcomes for each of your children.  
To welcome you all, we will be holding a very casual “meet and greet” at the school on Thursday 7 February at 3.00pm. We hold it at this time so that parents picking up students from school can drop in. There will be a sausage sizzle provided for all new students and their families, so please drop in to meet your student’s teachers for 2019. This will be held in the junior area, just up from the school hall.
All students are off to a great start this year, being organised and ready for their first day of school. This only happens through the support of their families, so I thank you all for your preparation of your students. Through parents working with the school, together we will enable students to achieve the best educational outcomes that they can.
In the parent agreement signed when parents enrol their student, it outlines the ways parents can help the school to achieve this for each student.
Parents agreed to:
·        Send my child to school every day, unless he/she is unwell
·        Make sure my child arrives at school on time (school starts at 8.45am)
·        Encourage and support my child’s learning at home
·        Help my child to establish a good study routine so that he/she can complete school work on time
·        Talk with teachers about any problem that may affect my child’s learning
·        Be open and responsive to communication from my child’s teacher or other school staff
·        Encourage my child to do his/her homework and to ask for help at school if needed
·        Reinforce the importance of education and that school is a place for learning
Students have been challenged to take responsibility for their education and to value the opportunity they have to learn at school every day. They have also been reminded that they are not the same person they were last year – they are older, wiser, more able, and they must continue to strive to get better in all of their subjects.
They have also been asked to set goals for themselves in each of their subjects and to have a look at the awards presented at the end of the year and target some of these achievements for the year. A conversation with your child about these goals will certainly be a great way to reinforce these with them, and help them focus on what they need to do to achieve these goals.
STAFF NEWS
We welcome five new teachers to the school this year, all of them bringing with them experience and knowledge that will undoubtedly assist all of our Charleville State High School students in achieving the best results they can.
New teachers this year are Ms Candice Luff (Physical Education), Mr Nathan Bailey (Maths/Humanities), Mrs Monica Bailey (Science/Agriculture), Mrs Nicole Capper (English/Humanities/Japanese), and Mr David Pullen (Instrumental Music). As well as these teachers, we also welcome Mrs Sue Swords, who will be working in the office, and also welcome back Ms Amanda Dighton to our Teacher aide ranks after some time off.  
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS
Our 2018 Year 12s achieved some outstanding results, with a number of students receiving fantastic OP scores, enabling them to receive offers for the University courses of their choice. Blair Shearwin, our DUX of 2018, received an OP 3, which has helped him receive an offer to study medicine at James Cook University in Townsville – an incredible achievement, and one that the school is very proud of him for. Other students who achieved excellent results included:
Elijah Hinz – OP 7, Makayla Smith – OP 7, Sophia Caricato – OP 9, Shiloh Bursle – OP 10.
Of the 33 students who graduated from Charleville State High School last year, 100% received their QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education), 31 also completed 1 or more Certificate 1 level courses, 19 completed a Certificate 2 level course, and 8 completed a Certificate 3 level course. As well as this, 17 students completed a school based apprenticeship or scholarship. Fantastic results and proof that no matter what pathway students wish to take, it can be achieved at Charleville State High School!
Four of our outstanding Year 11 students, spent last week at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, as they participated in a camp for the commencement of the UQ Young Achievers Program. They will be involved in this prestigious program for the next two years, while completing their senior program here at school, to help prepare for their tertiary education choices after school. Congratulations to Amber Hinz, Nicole Rivera, Matthew Hinz and Erin Landsburg, who I am sure have gained so much from this experience, and are now even more motivated to achieve great things this year and in year 12.
 ATTENDANCE
Our target goal for attendance is a minimum of 92% for every single student in the school. Every day missed by a student is information, skills and knowledge that is missed, making it harder for that student to reach their full potential.
The P&C is continuing its support of attendance awards this year, with the best attending form classes awarded a certificate for the Form and students presented with a free slushy voucher each week if as a class they reach our attendance goal of 92%.
  
EXPECTATIONS
Throughout the first week of school, students have been continually reminded about the expectations of the school. These expectations are based around our expectations (4B’s) of Be Safe, Be a Learner, Be Respectful, Be Responsible and our values (4V’s) of Co-operation, Resilience, Integrity and Organisation.
Charleville State High School is a Positive Behaviour for Learning school (PBL) and so students are awarded “Starbucks” by teachers when they are “caught” doing the right thing. Starbucks points are collated and students are awarded certificates, tuckshop vouchers and other vouchers around town for reaching certain point amounts over the Semester. Starbucks points also help students qualify for an invitation to rewards trips and activities at the end of Semesters. Such trips in the past have included Broncos games, Wet and Wild, Dreamworld and Laser Skirmish.
Student have also been reminded to have their Student Planners in class every lesson so that homework and other important information can be written into this. All students are given a planner at the start of the school year and are expected to be responsible and look after this. It is to be kept tidy and free of graffiti. If planners are lost or defaced, it must be replaced at the student’s expense.  
Another expectation of each student is that they complete homework or home study on a regular basis. This work engages students in independent learning to complement and enhance work undertaken in class. Students should plan to spend a minimum of:
15 to 20 minutes per subject per day in years 7, 8 and 9.
30 minutes to 1 hour per subject per day in years 10, 11 and 12.
It would be appreciated if parents and caregivers help encourage their children to engage in these routines. An important part of this is setting up a study space at home where work can be completed.
UPCOMING EVENTS
·        Thursday 7 February – Year 8 and 9 parent information evening- JCE 5PM
·        Swimming Carnival – Friday 8 February, Charleville Swimming Pool
·        Tuesday 12 February - Leaders Investiture: School Hall 10AM
·        Wednesday 13 Feb – P&C Meeting 5.30pm
·        Thursday 14 February- Indigenous Education Community Meeting
·        Thursday 14 February - Year 7 Parents “Meet and Greet” 3PM
All the best for 2019 everyone,
 
 
 
Matt Samson
Principal