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June 26
Term 2

Hello all. The term ends this Friday and we have a 2 week holiday ahead. You should have received your child’s report by now electronically, or if receiving a hard copy this will be sent today. Overall our students should be very proud of their achievements this semester. A lot of hard work and effort has been put in by staff to teach our core business of curriculum, and students have engaged well with their learning. This will be celebrated today and tomorrow with class celebration day events. Thanks to all parents/carers who attended Parent/Teacher interviews last night.

YuMi Deadly Maths Professional Development is a focal point for teachers at the moment and your child may be coming home telling you about the exciting ‘hands on’ maths activities that they are enjoying in the classroom as a result of this.  
 I would like to thank those of you who have volunteered this term either in the classroom, tuckshop, resource centre or elsewhere in the school. Your contribution to the school is appreciated and highly valued. There are some changes to the Blue Card legislation surrounding volunteers in the school. Parents/carers can volunteer without a blue card however grandparents and other friends/citizens will need to obtain a blue card to volunteer in the school. These are free of charge for volunteers. For more details please contact Business Services Manager Mrs Lynn Grima at the school office who ca assist you to apply.
I would like to wish the school community a very safe and relaxing break and look forward to another great term after the holidays. School resumes Monday 15 July.
Roz Clay
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.
* 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
August 29
Term 3 Week 7

From the Principal
As the school continues to grow in size the days seem to be getting busier and probably are. School numbers are now 735 and continuing to rise – we are having enrolment enquiries almost daily. I am currently in discussion with facilities about the inevitable construction of a new building. Just when this will eventuate is not yet determined but the school, now in its 20th year has grown to be almost at capacity in terms of buildings. I will keep the community informed of progress about this as it comes to hand.
Year 2D now have a new Friday teacher, Ms Brooke Gordon. Ms Gordon takes over from Mrs Buckley (who was on a 5 week contract) and is very committed to this position. She will work alongside Mrs Normington, the regular classroom teacher Monday to Thursday.
The school canteen refurbishment is on schedule for the September school holidays. This was partly funded by the P & C and I would like to thank Jen Noordzy our P & C president, and the rest of the committee, for their tireless commitment to fundraising, and working towards always making our school a better place. Thank you also to all of you who support our fundraising events. P & C meetings will now be held on the last Thursday of the month at 4:30pm in the sports hall. Please come along and meet others from our school community, hear the latest news about the school, and have a say in school matters. The next P & C event is The Spring Fair.
The Spring Fair and 20 Year Celebrations
Don’t forget our spring fair being held on Saturday 15 September from 2pm. Celebrating 20 years since the school was founded we will have rides, activities, entertainment, fireworks, food stalls and more. Organised by our P & C this is an event not to be missed. More information on our web page.
Our school dance group who learn under the tuition of Ms Dremel performed at the Beenleigh Eisteddfod this month. While not taking out a place they danced beautifully and were a credit to our school. Congratulations to all students and Ms Dremel.
Last weekend Flagstone State School had 5 teams entered in the Regional Optiminds Challenge. We did not win a place but a lot of fun was had by all teams leading up to and including the challenge. Mr Meier and several of our teachers gave up a lot of time to facilitate these teams who represented the school with pride. Congratulations and thank you to all facilitators.
Book Week was celebrated last week – Mrs Wilson and Mrs Salo organised and ran this. It was a huge success with many students dressed up as a book character. Lots of staff dressed up as well and also had a lot of fun. Competitions were run during the week also. The message that reading is not only very important but a lot of fun was certainly evident during the week.
I have unfortunately had to ban dogs on school grounds due to concerns about student safety with increasing numbers of dogs. I hope our school community will continue to walk to school with their students and if with dogs, can meet students at the fence. We have a very small and very friendly ‘school dog’ who is owned by a staff member and is here some days. Some students with disabilities and/or behavioural problems benefit by this dog being here.
We held a ‘Fiver for a Farmer Day’ a fortnight ago. Students and staff dressed up as farmers and donated $5 or more for the privilege. This was donated to the Draught Relief Fund and we raised over $2,600. This was an outstanding effort - thank you to the school and Flagstone Community for your generosity.
The term ends on Friday 21 September, 2018 and term 4 recommences on Monday 8 October, 2018.
August 03
Term 3

Welcome all to term 3. I would like to especially welcome all new students and families to our great school. I am sure you will find Flagstone State School both welcoming and inspiring. Our school mission is to make Flagstone State School a place of learning for all by
·         Providing an educational service
·         Working in partnerships
·         Focussing on the development and enrichment of each child through inclusive and engaging delivery of the curriculum within a learning community
Just over one week into a new term and we have already had our junior and senior school bands enter the Beenleigh Eisteddfod and receive 2nd and third places respectably; and today we have 40 students at the District Sports Carnival representing the school and doing their very best as always. Results to follow. Congratulations to Mrs Gordon and all our instrumental music students – well done. Also thank you to our parent helpers – you are very much appreciated.
Next week we will hold another whole school assembly on Tuesday afternoon at 2:15pm in the hall. At this assembly we will be presenting our 2018 ALPHA students with their badges. Please feel very welcome to come along to any of our assemblies. Unless it is a special occasion and we announce a whole school assembly the junior assembly is held on even weeks of term (weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) and the senior school assembly on odd weeks (weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9). At these assemblies student of the week awards are given out. If your child is receiving an award on assembly they will be given a wrist band with details to wear home to remind them to tell you in advance.
Last Tuesday we held a special NAIDOC assembly. The theme this year was Because of her, we can! Mrs Serrurier spoke about her personal traditions and aspirations and some of our students spoke about inspirational Aboriginal women in their lives. Our guest speaker Brooke Prentis spoke to the students about friendship and the importance of our cultures moving forward together in friendship to make a better world.
20th Year Celebrations
·         This year Flagstone State School is 20 years old. To celebrate, as you are no doubt aware, we will be having a spring fair on Saturday 15 September. Put this date aside and tell your family and friends. We are looking forward to a wonderful day of celebration.
·         MSP Photography (who take our school photos) will be taking a whole school photo at 10:00am on Thursday 9 August using a drone. MSP will be making it possible for you to also purchase a photo – envelopes will be available at the office from next week. Price and details will be posted on the web next week. Credit card preferred payment.
P & C News
The next P & C meeting will be held on Tuesday at 6pm in the resource room. Please come along and join us. New members welcome.
Last year the P & C was successful in obtaining a grant for a refurbishment of the school canteen. Quotes are now in for this and work should commence in the September holidays.
EKKA Show Holiday
The show holiday this year is on Monday 13 August.  School will be closed on this day.
Science week is being celebrated this week. Mrs Bev Mortensen has again supplied her extensive and impressive array of gems, artefacts, fossils, microscopic photos, and historical treasures, - and displayed them in our conference room them for all classes to view and enjoy and discuss. I would like to thank Bev for her time and generosity in providing this wonderful experience for our students this week and indeed each year.
Street Science has also visited the school this week providing highly engaging and creative hands on science activities that combine with scientific concepts and knowledge. If there is ever an example of how learning can be fun this would be it!
Have a great week.
Roz Clay
June 21
Week 10

From the Principal
As the term draws to an end – the last day of term being Friday 29 June – I would like to wish all students and their families a very happy and relaxing mid-year break. School resumes for term 3 on Monday 16 April.
Thank you to those of you who have supported the school this term. I would like to especially thank everyone who came along to support students on Under 8’s Day, YAF Day, and at the junior and senior sports days. Special thanks also to Trish our canteen convenor, and her supporters, including the Flagstone P & C Association, for catering on these days. Thank you too to all of our volunteers this term – you are very much valued and appreciated. We hope to see you back next term.
Book week was held this term and raised funds to purchase new resources for the school library. Thanks to everyone who purchased books.
We had NAPLAN testing for years 3 and 5 and look forward to our results next term. Individual results are sent home with all students who participated once received.
As some of you will be aware there have been some unavoidable staffing issues this term. It is never ideal for classes to have a change in teacher during the year but unfortunately this is a reality we sometimes must deal with. Some positive news for term 3 includes the appointment of Mrs Leah Normington on 2D as we farewell Mrs Keegan Fysh who is going on leave.  We wish Mrs Fysh the very best for the future and thank her for her contribution to our school. We also welcome Mrs Elissa Skerry to 5D. Mrs Skerry is looking forward to working with this class and will bring some stability for the rest of the year after a semester of change. Our Japanese teacher Mrs Natalija Denis-Picton is also going on leave and will be replaced by Ms Gillian Bell. We wish Mrs Denis-Picton an exciting adventure in Japan as one of the things she will be doing while on leave. Currently we are also looking for another special education teacher and hope to have this position filled by the beginning of term 3.
The term is not over yet however and parent/teacher interviews are scheduled for next week. Those meetings on Tuesday (26 June) will be held in the school hall. Please make your way directly to the hall if you have an appointment on this day. Other appointments will be in the student’s classroom unless otherwise directed. Please note these interviews are for no longer than 15 minutes each in order to get through the volume. If you require an interview longer than this you will need to arrange this with your child’s classroom teacher.
Celebration Day is Wednesday 27 June starting at 9:00am with prep ribbon awards presented first, and working through the year levels to finish at approximately 11:00am with year 6. Please come along and see you child be recognised for positive behaviour and maybe 100% attendance.
20 Year celebrations.  This year our school is 20 years old. Celebrations are being organised by the P & C Association and will be held on Saturday 15 September. Thank you to P & C President Jen Noordzy, Vice President Kareen Duncan and all the P & C members for your time and effort. On the celebration day there will be displays and performances by students; food and drink sales; entertainment; fireworks; fun rides; and more. Don’t forget my ‘Principal’s Kookaburra Competition’. Competitors are invited to construct or create a kookaburra in any creative and innovative way. This could include painting, modelling, construction, art or craft of any kind, sewing, etc. Entries must be portable so not too large, and you can be as imaginative as you like. There will be age divisions including an open category so anyone can enter. The celebrations are only 12 weeks away so get that thinking cap on.
A whole school photo will be taken by MSP photography as part of the 20 year celebrations. This will be taken on 9 August at 10:00am. Please ensure your child wears full school uniform including black shoes and white socks if possible on this day.
NAIDOC Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 24 July – more details early next term.
Roz Clay
May 21
Week 6

Last week saw our year 3 and year 5 students sitting the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests. Students were focussed and generally very relaxed about the testing. Our teachers did a great job of preparing students as was clearly demonstrated in the way it was approached. Well done to all participating students as well as teachers. I will share our school’s results with you when we receive them, and parents/carers will receive their child’s individual report.
Term 2 is our busiest term of the year in terms of events and activities. Coming up this Friday (25 May) we will be celebrating Under Eight’s Week and YAF. All welcome. These events start at 12pm. The following Friday (1 June) is the junior school sports day – prep to year 3. On the following Friday (8 June) we will hold the senior school sports day – year 4 to year 6).  Trials were held for this last Friday. Thanks to Ms Caitlin Thompson our HPE teacher for organising and running this day so efficiently. Please come along and cheer your child on at the sports days. The canteen will be serving food and drinks.
Don’t forget our 20 year celebrations later this year. A school fete is being held on 15 September. This is being organised by our wonderful P & C Association. If you would like to contribute to ideas please come along to our next P & C meeting to be held in the school conference room at 6pm on Tuesday 29 May.  I am running the ‘Principal’s Kookaburra Competition’ where entrants design a kookaburra – this could be in the form of a sculpture, painting, poster, statue, craft, or any other creative idea that you can come up with. Open to all age groups. More information about this and the P & C is available on the Flagstone State School P & C Facebook page.
Please note that our school newsletter no longer exists. In keeping up with the times we will be posting all updated news on this website. Topical notices are also on our electronic noticeboard outside the school, and urgent notices will be communicated by way of a note home or text message.
May 21
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