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October 31
Week 4 Term 4

Vale Jude Fox
It was with deep sadness that we heard of the passing of Mrs Jude Fox, Principal of Flagstone State Community College last week. Our thoughts are with Jude’s husband and family at this time, and also with the students, staff and community of the college. I have been a colleague of Jude’s for over 8 years now, and always found her to be a most dedicated and committed principal, who loved her job, and who had a great fondness for her school and school community. She will be sadly missed.
South East Region Inclusive Practices Review
This Friday 2/11 and Monday 5/11 we will be having a review team visit the school from Education Queensland, and meet with the school leadership team, teachers, support staff, students, and some parents. They will undertake conversations in regards to the school’s inclusive practices. We pride ourselves in ensuring all students have access to high quality learning opportunities as this is the key to success for all students.
 “Preparing every student to move beyond the school gate and successfully transition to work or further study is everybody’s responsibility. Teachers, school leaders, students, parents and industry are partnering to make sure every student has a pathway to participation in the knowledge-based economy. A diverse curriculum, underpinned by literacy and numeracy is the key to setting students up for the changing world. We are supporting students to be digitally savvy, creative and critical thinkers, and active and informed citizens with intercultural competence.” (Department of Education Strategic plan 2018-2022).
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering. Mathematics)
In preparation for 21st century learning Flagstone State School will be providing specialist instruction in STEM tuition next year. Mrs Tammie Ward-Hawkins will be teaching STEM.  Regular classroom teachers will still teach science, math and technology however STEM lessons will compliment these with Digital Technologies. This will contribute to helping our students to keep up with this rapidly evolving and changing area of the curriculum. Mrs Amaya Ries (Ms Coit) will continue to teach ICT to all students in the school as per the Australian Curriculum.
NAPLAN results 2018
We achieved our best ever NAPLAN results in years 3 and 5 this year achieving a relative gain well above the nation. This means Flagstone State School’s average improvement rate was higher than the Nations average improvement rate. It is exciting to see this as we all know that what is important is that every child improves -and continue to improve- in their learning outcomes throughout their schooling. Tests like NAPLAN combined with our A to E school based results give us a picture of where our students are at, and where we need to improve in terms of achievement. The picture this year has been very positive and I trust will continue in this vein. This is a tribute to all students and staff who work so very hard at all times to get this result.
Prep Play Area
The newly turfed prep play area with a new sandpit will be ready for our prep students to play on in the next couple of weeks.  The shed has also been moved to ensure an unobstructed play area with better visibility for supervision.  Thank you for your patience in keeping students away from the roped off area since the turf was laid in the holidays. This, and the very welcome rain has ensured that it has got off to a very good start. 
White Ribbon Day Celebrations
The school will celebrate being a White Ribbon School on Friday 23 November. All staff and students are encouraged to wear white to school. We will begin with a brief assembly in the hall at 1pm where we will be entertained by some dancers and the choir. Following this the school (prep to 6 students and staff) will walk out of the hall onto Coachwood Drive, along Poinciana Drive, and into the school via the staff carpark where we will form the shape of the white ribbon symbol. A drone will take a photo and this will be used to show the community that Flagstone State School supports the White Ribbon ethos. Police will close the road for this short time and escort us on our march. The oath for White Ribbon supporters is “I will stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women. This is my oath.” You are invited to support the white ribbon cause and take the oath by signing the White Ribbon Book on the counter at the office.
Reminders
* Yearbooks can now be ordered $22 payable at office
* Halloween Disco Friday 2 November 5:00pm – 7:30pm in hall
* Flagstone State School Cookbooks on sale $15 from the canteen
* Graduation payments for year 6 due
* Arts Extravaganza Monday 26 November  6:00 – 7:30pm
* Volunteers Morning Tea Friday 30 November 9:30am in conference rooms (library)
* Transition (meet next year’s teacher) Tuesday 11:45am – 1:45pm
* Graduation Ceremony Wednesday 12 December 9:00am
* Christmas Concert prep to year 3 Thursday 13 December 9:00am
Yours in education
Roz Clay
Principa

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