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From the Principal Edition 7

23/08/2017

​We are now over the half way mark for Term 3 and the fast pace of the school calendar continues with several important events coming up on the back of some very busy weeks recently.

Last month we celebrated Wynnum State High School’s 75th Anniversary. It was a fantastic day which saw many past, present and future staff and students visit. We welcomed back one of the original 1942 students. Ralph was a former captain of the rugby union team and made his way from Toowoomba to share our day. He was not alone and the visitors’ book reflects this. We heard many an old tale, looked through hordes of memorabilia and acknowledged our long standing Wynnum State High School community. Thank you to all the staff and students who gave up their own time to support the school on this day, it is sincerely valued and shows the depth of appreciation we have for each other and wonderful Wynnum.



This week we celebrated Daffodil Day. Students wore yellow, donated a gold coin, purchased baked goods and participated in activities, all in the name of raising money to support cancer research and families affected. Thank you for your support.
 
Over the past week, our Year 10 students, their parents and selected staff members have engaged in the SET Plan process (Student Education and Training Plan). These are vital interviews to determine possible future pathways for students and to confirm subject selection for the senior years. This group of Year 10 students will be the last group to go through the current senior accreditation (i.e. OP) process. The new Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance (SATE) process begins with our current Year 9s when they enter Year 11 in 2019.
 
DATE CLAIMER - Year 9 into 10 Evening
On Thursday 12th October the school will be holding a Year 9 into 10 information evening in the Star Theatre. This is an especially important information evening as Year 9 students will be the first to go through the new senior system. This evening will provide important information around the new process and external exams as well as information about the range of subjects that students in Year 9 can select for Year 10. This is also a change from previous years.
 
Although this week has been somewhat disrupted with Ski trip and Ekka holiday, I want to acknowledge the ongoing commitment of our students; your children’s attendance. We are seeing changes in some student’s attendance which we anticipate will reflect in their outcomes. We encourage our families to continue to communicate with us when/if there are issues that arise that can affect attendance. We have many solutions and suggestions.
 
Everyday counts!