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Principal's Blog Week 9 Term 4

4/12/2018
From the Principal
Farewells
 Mrs Meagan Moses
Mrs Meagan Moses was a founding member of staff, and Head of Special Education Services at Flagstone State School until taking leave pending retirement earlier this year. Mrs Moses has now officially retired and on behalf of the Flagstone State School Community I would like to publically thank her for her dedication and commitment to students and staff at this school. Mrs Moses particularly has a passion for students with disabilities and has assisted many students and their families along their school journey in many ways and in many instances. Thank you Mrs Moses- we wish you a well-deserved, exciting, and rewarding retirement. 
Mrs Kerrie Smith
Mrs Kerrie Smith was also a founding member of Flagstone State School. We farewelled Mrs Smith last Friday as she has accepted a transfer to another school to be closer to family. Thank you Kerrie from all of us and we wish you well in your new school. This school always stands out in terms of cleanliness and it is because of the wonderful work done by Kerrie and the other cleaners. Thanks for your dedication and commitment to our school Kerrie.
White Ribbon March 23 November 2018
On Friday 23 November school staff and students held an assembly to honour the White Ribbon Movement. Our dancers performed True Colours; our choir sang; and Mr Kiel’s year 6 class sang a song addressing bullying that they had written themselves. Our school Adopt – A – Cop Senior Constable Hayden Wilson spoke to students, and some of our male staff members and boys took the oath. It reads as follows: I will stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women. This is my oath. Following the assembly and wearing white we all marched under police escort along Coachwood Drive into Poinciana Drive, and onto the school oval, where we formed the white ribbon symbol that symbolises White Ribbon Day. White Ribbon Australia is in support of Australia’s cam paign to stop men’s violence against women. A drone then took an aerial photo.
Arts Extravaganza
Congratulations to all of our talented students who performed at the Arts Extravaganza last Monday evening. It was a wonderful evening with performances from our choir, dance groups and instrumental students. Students performed a variety of items and demonstrated how much they have achieved during the year to a large audience. Thank you to those of you who came along to watch, and thank you to those of you who continue to support your children to participate in our extracurricular activities such as these. They are highly beneficial to students learning as we know both music and activity enhances learning. I would also like to sincerely thank our teachers who put so much effort into producing these results – many hours of which are in their own time. Thank you Mr Colling, Mrs Gordon, Ms Dremel and Mrs Siepen. Looking forward to next year!
Celebration Day
The celebration day ribbon and attendance assembly will be on Monday 10 December starting with our prep students at 9:00am and concluding with year 6 at 11:00am. Please feel welcome to come along and see your child receive an acknowledgment award for positive behaviour and/or an attendance award for 100% attendance in term 4. Special awards will be presented to students who have had 100% attendance all year.
Class Lists and Transition 2019
These will be available for you to peruse from Monday 11:00am behind the administration block. As you might appreciate there is a lot of care, effort and consideration taken when compiling classes for the following year. Generally we try not to change classes too much although some minor changes will occur for various reasons. The exception to this for 2019 has been year 1 students going into year 2. This is because we have reduced from 5 classes to 4 based on student numbers. Requests from parents/carers have been taken into consideration and while most have been honoured it is not always possible to do so for all requests. Should you have a concern please make an appointment to speak to a deputy principal or myself.
Students will get the opportunity to meet their new teacher in middle session Tuesday and spend a session with them in their 2019 classroom.
Graduation
Our graduation ceremony is on Wednesday at 9:00am in the school hall. Please come along and join us as we farewell our year 6 students. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all graduating students, and also any other students leaving, all the best for the future. We have certainly enjoyed teaching you and being a part of your primary schooling years. To graduating students families thank you to you also for supporting this great school.
Christmas Concert
 This will be held at 9:00am sharp in the school hall on Thursday 13 December for years prep to 3. Come along and join the fun. We will have a special visitor and all classes will be participating in Christmas performances for you to enjoy.
P & C 2018 and Volunteers
A volunteer’s morning tea was held last Friday morning to celebrate the priceless work that our volunteer community do in the school. Volunteers make our school so much richer. Volunteers help inside the classrooms and out, with sports and music, with ICT and with discos, fairs, in the resource room and library, and in the school grounds. We thank you all and want you to know that your contribution to Flagstone State School is invaluable. It cannot be measured. The P & C which is run by volunteers runs our tuckshop and uniform shop, and contributes to raising funds for many of the things our students take for granted. This year alone we have seen an upgrade to the prep playground and refurbishment of the tuckshop supported by the P & C.  I look forward to working with you all again next year and invite others in the Flagstone State School Community to join us.
Newsletter
Earlier this year we ceased emailing the newsletter and replaced it with information and articles straight to the web page. This was due to an ever decreasing number of families opening the newsletter. Some parents have indicated that the web is not the most convenient method of communicating so in keeping with the times and popular opinion, and after consulting our parent representative group we will be creating a Facebook page from early 2019. Look out for this and I trust communication will be more timely and better received. Thank you for your past patience as we explored new options.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you in this wonderful community – wishing all students and families not returning next year the very best for the future. To the rest of you I look forward to another productive and rewarding 2019.
Yours in Education
Roz Clay