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March 21
Teaching and Learning up until the last day of term

In the lead up to the school holidays, I remind all families that teaching and learning will continue until the last day of term (Thursday, 29 March). Our learning programs are very full of content, meaning that students and teachers will be engaged in learning right up until the end of the Term.
Congratulations to students and parents for ensuring that being at school every day (right up until our last day of term), on-time has and will be a priority.

March 21
Cross Country Success

On Monday, students from Year 4 - 6 participated in our Senior Cross Country. The atmosphere was electric, with students participating enthusiastically. Congratulations to all students who participated throughout the morning. I know that many students have been training hard for the Cross Country, participating in Sports & Fitness Club.

Thank you to Mr Tim Gall and school staff who helped to ensure the program ran smoothly, as well as parents and families who attended the morning, cheering and supporting our kids.

March 21
STEM is a Priority at MSS

At MSS we have prioritised STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) as an important learning area for our students. There are a number of innovative opportunities and initiatives offered at MSS for students to participate in. Some of these include:

  • STEM Club
  • Year 6 Robotics course

Another after school co-curricular activity offered at Moggill SS, is the Young Engineers 'Coding and Robotics for Young Kids' program. The program offers students the ability to learn about the foundations of coding to design and build computer games, apps, websites and more. Commencing in Term 2 on Tuesday, 24 April (3.15pm to 4pm) the program will run for 10 weeks. For more information and to register, please visit

March 21
Saying NO to Bullying

On Friday our school community joined together to say NO to bullying in the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. Students proudly wore orange to symbolise a commitment to stamp out bullying.

Dr Simon Petrie (author of the Pathways to Peace Program) started our day by conducting professional development with school staff. This was followed by a parent session (in the morning and afternoon) as well as working with each Year Level during the day. Students were supported in understanding 'what bullying is,' 'how we know it is bullying' and 'what we can do about bullying'.

Together, as a school, working together we can stamp bullying out.
Please discuss any concerns you have with your child's class teacher or arrange a time to meet with myself or one of the Deputy Principals.   

March 14
Visiting Japanese School

Over the past week we have had the pleasure of hosting students from Shimonoseki Jr. High School, Japan.

This visit has provided our students and families with the opportunity to share rich cultural experiences.

Thank you to Sensei Ryoko as well as our host families for your support and for welcoming the students into our community.

March 14
Reading = Succeeding

We often talk to students and parents about the importance of reading. Professor John Hattie (from the University of Melbourne) talks about how reading provides us with the gateway to life-long learning. It helps to ensure that we are functioning members of the community. At MSS we provide a range of programs to support students in the quest to be the best readers they can be, moving from learning to read to reading to learn. Research clearly highlights the importance of supporting children to read every day, at school and at home. The research is below:

If a child reads………

For 20 minutes a day, a total of 1 800 000 words are read in a year.

The child will achieve a 90th percentile on a standardised reading test.

If a child reads……….

For 5 minutes a day, a total of 28200 words are read in a year.

They will achieve a 50th percentile ranking on a standardised reading test.

If a child reads……….

For 1 minute a day, a total of 8000 words are read in a year.

They will achieve a 10th percentile ranking on a standardised reading test.

This is compelling evidence for us to significantly value the importance of reading in the lives of our students.

March 14
ICAS Medal Winner

During Assembly on Monday, we recognised Joshua Plunkett (Year 5) for receiving an ICAS Medal for English.

This was for his efforts last year. Receiving an ICAS Medal acknowledges that Joshua received the highest score for English for his age group.

This is a remarkable effort, with the ICAS Competition run across over 20 countries around the world. Well done Joshua!

March 14
Wear Orange on Friday as MSS Says NO to Bullying!

As part of our National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on Friday, 16 March, we will be re-launching The PALM of PEACE. Dr Simon Petrie (author of Pathways to Peace) will address Year levels on Friday, speaking to students about what bullying is and how we can overcome it.
Dr Petrie will discuss The Palm of Peace with students.

The Palm of Peace gives the power to students to be PEACE MAKERS. Dr Petrie will explain to students that if someone is upsetting them, bullying them, being mean to them, then…hold up your palm and say "PEACE". Students will be encouraged to let their fingers remind them of the Peace Code to turn things around.
Posters of the The Palm of Peace are located around the school. Students will be able to use The Palm of Peace in the playground and in the classroom when confronted with difficult situations. It would be appreciated if you take a moment at home to discuss the power of The Palm of Peace when dealing with bullying or antisocial behaviour.

We will also have a visit from our Adopt-A-Cop, Senior Constable Dan Egan. Dan will be talking to our Year 5 and 6 students around Cyber Bullying and Cyber Safety.

If you have any concerns about your child and bullying, please ensure you discuss this with your child's class teacher in the first instance and with the Administration Team if required.

March 07
Bringing Toys to School

It is important to remind students and families that toys are not permitted at school. Experience tells us that toys get lost, stolen or broken and end with unhappy children. Please discuss this with your children, reminding them that this is our school rule. We have enough equipment at school for students to use at break times. Thank you for your support of this.

March 07
Parent/Teacher Interview Online Booking

With Term 1 Parent/Teacher Interviews commencing from Monday, 19 March, information has been sent home regarding the process for booking interviews with class teachers. Bookings can be made via our electronic booking system (Parent Teacher Online) that is located on our school website. This will provide parents/carers with the flexibility of going online to select a suitable time and day for interviews.

The closing date for making a booking is Thursday, 15 March 2018. Please ensure you have accessed the online booking system by this day

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