Welcome to Term 4! Students and staff have moved quickly into focused teaching and learning with no time to lose in a 9-week Term, even less for our Year 10 and 11's (8 weeks). Of course, there are also our Year 12's who finish their schooling journey on the 19th of November, a very special day which includes our Graduation ceremony.
There are a range of important events that take place over the next couple of months; Formal, Graduation, external exams, school-based assessments and JCE ceremony to name a few. Through this time the focus remains on supporting students to achieve the best possible learning outcomes with the celebrations a recognition of these achievements.
Farewell to Chappy!
For our first assembly after the break we recognised the amazing service of Les Penrose with a “Farewell to Chappy" event to say thanks and all the best for over 10 years of exemplary service to the school and wider community. The students created a wonderful video with some heartfelt thanks and an impressive rap by Archie McDonald, who certainly appeared to enjoy making this contribution!
My heartfelt thanks on behalf of the school and personally go to Les for the contributions he has made during his time at Charleville SHS, so very appreciated and will be very much missed. We wish Les and Teena all the best as they move into the next phase of their lives and hopefully enjoy some well-deserved “down-time" where they can focus a little more on themselves after so many years dedicated to community.
Semester 2 Interim Reports
Prior to the holidays students received their Semester 2 Interim reports via email or in some instances as a hard copy. Overall results are again pleasing with some significant gains in A-C%'s for Junior Secondary; since Semester 1 in 2020 Science is up by 14% points (88.3%) and English moved another 2 percentage points higher. Maths is also performing well, sitting around 78% which is above both State and Region, fantastic results!
Our Senior students continued their strong performance in English results, with 82% of students achieving in the A-C range. The Year 12's remain on track to successfully complete their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and we remain committed to all of our students achieving this outcome. A reminder that any Year 12's who do not receive their Block Exam Passport will be required to attend school during weeks 4, 5 and 6 to ensure they are eligible to receive their QCE and formally graduate.
I am exceptionally pleased to report that our behaviour data is also maintaining a positive trend. Suspensions, measured on a scaled score to provide comparability with changing numbers of students, are at the lowest level since 2016, a reflection of the hard work that staff and students have put into living the 4B's and 4V's through consistent expectations in and out of the class room.
In Term 3 Junior Secondary students continued to achieve noteworthy results for their behaviour and effort. The overall A-C results for students was approximately 92% for Behaviour and 83% for Effort, again very pleasing results. Senior students also maintained a high level of behaviour and effort, over 96% A-C for behaviour and 87.2% for effort, both a clear improvement from Semester 1, particularly with effort.
These results do not just happen, they reflect the efforts of the school community in creating a positive learning environment with Parents and Caregivers an integral component of this. Congratulations to all and the focus now is to finish strong!
As we move into the final Term of the school year the overall focus is around “finish strong". Each student would be very familiar (perhaps a little weary…) with my consistent message of “your best is absolutely good enough"! I thoroughly believe in this message that if we give our best then the results look after themselves and we can have a sense of pride in outcomes achieved. Each and every year 12 that graduates should feel a great sense of pride in their achievement as it is not always easy to stay the course and finish positively. Students who successfully transition to work or vocational study should also feel this sense of accomplishment and pride in their efforts to make their way into post-school life.
I look forward to celebrating along with parents, staff and the broader community the many successes of our students in the coming months. “Success is a state of mind. If you want success start thinking of yourself as a success". (Joyce Brothers)