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From our Principal

14/11/2019

Hi Everyone,
Priority School Review
Yesterday, Deception Bay North State School completed the final 12 month check as part of the Priority School Review (PSR) process. The PSR is put in place for schools that are facing challenges or are having significant issues in certain areas. DBNSS has been a PSR school for a number of years now. However, I am pleased to say that we are no longer a PSR school. This year, we have made significant gains in English achievement (14% increase in student success), marked improvements in behaviour with our work around setting high expectations, consequences and positive reinforcement and concentrated effort on improving the teaching of reading. This hard work and success has been recognised by the School Improvement Unit in their written report that I will share openly when we receive it in the coming weeks. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff at the school for their commitment and dedication to their work and to our children. They have put in 110% and I know it has not been easy but they have soldiered on and reached the goals that were set. I would also like to thank all parents who have worked with the school this year to assist in making this school a great place to teach, learn and have fun. We still have plenty of work ahead of us but I know that when we all work together we achieve great things and will continue to do so into the future.
Air Conditioning
As summer starts to sink in, the heat in classrooms really starts to rise. We will begin air conditioning our school, next year to make our classrooms a much more welcoming environment, where students can concentrate more easily. We have received our first quotes that have been quite competitive but even at these prices it will cost us approximately $200, 000 to complete the school. However, there is no point focusing on what we can’t do. What we can do is start with a few classrooms and build from there.

We will be starting at Prep and then expanding.
School Captains
Firstly, I would like to say how impressed I was with the standard of nominees for school captain, this year. All of the students spoke well. I would be proud to have any of them as our captains for 2020 and I hope their parents are proud of their efforts. As my son is one of the nominees I have not had anything to do with the process including the speeches and will not have anything to do with the voting or vote counting. I have also decided not to vote, this year and not know who the captains are until they are publicly announced. I wish all of the nominees the best of luck and know that regardless of the outcome that they will all be valuable leaders in the school next year and in our community in the future.
Awards Morning
We will be holding an awards morning on Wednesday, 11th December. This will be in two parts – Prep to Year 2 will be from 9am to 9.45am, Year 3 to 6 will be from 10am to 10.45am. We are very conscious that there are a number of after school events at this time of year so the decision was made to hold this in school time. Parents are welcome to attend if they are able. Photographs will be taken of each student who receives an award and can be forwarded on to parents. The focus of this morning is to celebrate student achievement in academics, attendance and behaviour and to give all students something to aspire to at the end of each year. There are clear, explicit guidelines for each of the awards.
Not every student will receive an award. There will be excellent students who do not receive awards and that is okay. Sometimes not getting an award is more beneficial than receiving one. In facing adversity and challenge, we build character. To any students that don’t receive an award, I issue the challenge to set a goal to achieve that award next year and to not give up. Aspire and persist.


Have a Great Week Everybody,
Mr Barath