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July 18
SCHOOL PRIORITY UPDATE

This week our A/Master Teacher, Mrs Fiona Hoskings, has been working collaboratively with staff around providing feedback.  Feedback can take place in many forms - feedback to students on their work and feedback to staff on how to engage students and improve student learning.  To build staff expertise we are currently doing this through the use of a Collegial Feedback Tool.  The leadership team have also been visiting classes and through these learning visits we are seeking feedback from students on 'What are you learning?'  'How are you going?' 'What are the next steps?'  This interaction helps students to understand and become owners of their learning.
I would like to welcome Mrs Margaret Taylor back to our school in the role as Head of Curriculum. Mrs Taylor will be working with the school to lead Maths Improvement.  This work that Mrs Taylor does will enable us to gain valuable insight in how our students are travelling and what the next steps are for the school community to ensure we continue high quality numeracy teaching.
Curiosity and Powerful Learning is a whole school improvement program that underpins our whole school curriculum. Inquiry Based Teaching and Learning and Higher Order Thinking is our focus in this space. We are part of a cluster of schools working together in this space.  One of our initiatives for this term is to invite parents to find out more about what is 'Curiosity and Powerful Learning' by hosting a parent information evening.  We will have more details on this in the newsletter next week. 

Until next time,
Be Kind to yourself and to each other (and wear yellow on Wednesday).

July 18
STRIVE TO BE KIND DAY

Dear Parents and Friends

Thank you to the students, staff and parents for the very warm welcome to Moggill State School.

This term, we have many great events on the calendar starting with 'Strive To Be Kind" Day next Wednesday, 25 July. Chappy Niki is coordinating this event and will be using this day as an opportunity to launch her theme for Term 3 on 'Kindness'. 'Speak Kindly' is one of our Peace Codes and it will be a wonderful focus for the term ahead. Students and staff can purchase a yellow ribbon from the office to show their support for kindness.
On Wednesday we invite students to wear an item of yellow. This could be a ribbon in their hair, yellow shirt or yellow socks for example. Kindness is infectious and if I can ensure that each day I am showing kindness to others then I know I am going home with my bucket full (if you haven't read the book 'Be a Bucket Filler', I highly recommend it!).

June 21
Time out – Protect students from spreading infectious diseases

When your child is ill, look after them at home to help reduce the spread of germs and prevent other children becoming ill. Keep surfaces, toys and equipment clean and encourage your child to wash their hands often, even when they feel well.
If your child is suffering from a virus, gastroenteritis or another illness, there are rules about when they can return to school. Learn more about symptoms and exclusion rules in Queensland and take your child to the doctor if you are concerned. 

Thank you for your time and support in advance.

June 21
Congratulations Mr Ross Hill

I would also like to congratulate Mr Ross Hill on his appointment as Acting Deputy Principal at Bundamba State School until the end of 2018. Ross's role starts day one of Term 3 2018. During my time here, Ross has shown great flexibility between his multiple roles. He is a fabulous team player, supporting in the office when needed, coming in and out of the Deputy Principal role when requested, leading the writing review and professional development aspects of our staff meetings, working with multiple people throughout the school and ensuring that key agendas are implemented with integrity and quality.

I wish him well in his new role and responsibilities and thank him for his support, hard work, flexibility and ongoing professional discussions. WELL DONE MR HILL!

June 21
Welcome Mrs Amanda Turnbull

I have been advised that Mr Darren Marsh has been extended in his School Improvement Unit work for Term 3. When I have spoken with Darren, he mentioned what an honour it has been working with schools across the state to support administration teams and schools to improve student outcomes. 

Ms Amanda Turnbull has been successfully appointed to Moggill SS for Term 3 as Acting Principal. I have contacted her today and congratulated her on this wonderful opportunity. I will be working with her over the next week to ensure that she has a smooth transition into Moggill SS and has good understanding of the current priority areas and student focus discussions.

June 21
Thank you and best wishes from Mrs Moore

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all the students, teachers and families of Moggill State School. What an amazing school community. So much care, kindness and hard work done here every day by everyone. 

As you are all aware I have been appointed as permanent Principal for a new school at Springfield West, starting day one of Term 3. I informed Mr Darren Marsh, the P&C President and School Council Chair on Friday afternoon. This will be my last newsletter item as I am on Long Service Leave from Monday, 25 June to Wednesday, 27 June and I will return for the last 2 days of Term 2.

I wish you all the very best for the remainder of 2018 and thank you for your warm welcome, the opportunity to work in such a lovely school community and hope that I have added value to your school in my short time here.

June 14
Queensland parents to have their say on NAPLAN

Parents, caregivers and community members are invited to provide their feedback on NAPLAN and its role in meeting the needs of Queensland students and schools. Led by independent reviewer Dr Gabrielle Matters, the evaluation will involve state, Catholic and independent schools to ensure a broad view of parent opinions are captured.


An online survey is currently available to give as many people as possible the opportunity to have their say.
In Term 3, 2018, the evaluation will focus on gathering the feedback of school leaders, communities and stakeholders.

June 14
NDIS supported school transport discussion paper out now

As the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolled out across Australia, stakeholder feedback is being sought to inform how supported school transport could work in the NDIS or whether current arrangements should be retained. Visit Engage DSS and click on the NDIS Supported School Transport tab to have your say.To allow time for governments to consider the outcomes of the consultation process, the Queensland Government will continue to deliver school transport assistance for students with disability until at least 31 December 2019.

Thank you for your time and support in advance.

June 14
Time Out – Protect Students from Spreading Infectious Diseases

When your child is ill, look after them at home to help reduce the spread of germs and prevent other children becoming ill. Keep surfaces, toys and equipment clean and encourage your child to wash their hands often, even when they feel well. If your child is suffering from a virus, gastroenteritis or another illness, there are rules about when they can return to school. Learn more about symptoms and exclusion rules in Queensland and take your child to the doctor if you are concerned.

June 06
Follow up behaviours

It is important that students are telling teachers on duty or class teachers (depending on where the incident occurs) straight away. That way we can deal with the incident, talk to all people involved and provide feedback immediately.

When students tell you and not teachers, we are then chasing up information and students after the event. This makes discussions, conversations with parents and investigations more difficult as students forget details, names and at times information that may be important.

Also, schools are required to get all information about the incident and not just one person's perspective – this allows a full picture with multiple check points about the incident.  So the value of the student telling us immediately gives us the BEST CHANCE to sort it out and let parents know.

Please encourage your child to:

  1. Use the Palm of Peace
  2. Let a teacher know if this does not work and ask for help from duty teacher or class teacher
  3. Ask for help from another teacher if they could not find a duty teacher

Also, I have had a few conversations with parents and students about – when consequences occur to the other student – they may not be aware that this has occurred as we do not discuss other child's consequences or meeting with other parents/students. So your student may be unaware of follow up – but it may have occurred.

Thank you for your time and support in advance.

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