Principal’s Update Term 2 Week 10

Kaya Everyone,

As Term 2 is nearly at an end I would like to thank you all for the wonderful welcome you have given in my first term at Quinns Beach Primary. I can clearly see that this is a caring and passionate school community that provides support in many ways, such as through our dedicated P & C and Child & Parent Hub. Thank you to our staff for the wonderful work that they do, not only educating our students, but caring for them also.

NAIDOC Week

This week Quinns Beach Primary have had NAIDOC celebrations to deepen our cultural awareness and celebrate the history, culture and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We started the week off with our opening ceremony presented by the Wadumbah Aboriginal Dance Group and NAIDOC Block Rotations. Throughout the week we have had many opportunities for students to engage in special events and tasks reflective of this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘For Our Elders’. A big thank you to our NAIDOC committee, staff, students, special visitors, parent helpers and community for their involvement in making NAIDOC Week at Quinns Beach so great in celebrating the rich culture of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Interschool Winter Carnival

Last Friday our Year 5 and 6 students participated in the Interschool Winter Carnival. Students displayed incredible determination and sportsmanship as they completed numerous games throughout the day. Despite the wet weather all teams did an amazing job and represented our school pride. Thank you to Mr Shallcross, staff and the many parents that supported the teams on the day. Congratulations to all the teams.

ALF – 1st Place

Netball A Team – 1st Place

Netball B Team – 3rd Place

Soccer Boys Team – 2nd Place

Soccer Girls Team – 4th Place

Staffing Update

We welcome Ms Alana Porter to Quinns Beach PS. Ms Porter will start at the beginning of Term 3 teaching music to our Year 1- Year 6 students. She will also teach D3, Pre- Primary, on Thursdays

The Northern Beaches Education Network has been selected to take part in the School of Special Education Needs – Disability (SSEND) Internship Program which will focus on supporting students with autism. Ms Ashleigh McCosh has been selected to take part in this internship, which will commence Term 3. Miss Chloe Gillespie will be teaching D4 next term.

Mrs Desiree Riley will be on leave next term. Ms Kerri Steer will be teaching K3 on Thursdays and Fridays with Mrs Mullet. Ms Steer will also be teaching D4, Kindy, on Wednesdays.

Unfortunately, It is with a heavy heart that we have been advised of the recent passing of Judy Rann who previously worked for us as a Special Needs Education Assistant. Judy made a huge impact on student learning whilst carrying out her duties in her time with us. We extend our sympathy to her family.

End of term STAR reward

In addition to our NAIDOC week activities, we have our end of term STAR reward organised today. Students who had received their STAR coins were able to attend a silent disco. Hope those students remembered to bring their dance moves!

Student Reports

Student reports were emailed home on Tuesday. Please take the time to read and discuss your child’s report with them. Celebrate their achievements and talk about possible areas for improvement for next semester. If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress I encourage you to get in contact with your child’s teacher to set up a meeting.

There are lots of events to look forward to next term including Book Week, Athletics Carnivals, incursions and Year 4-6 Swimming. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday break. I have been on leave this Thursday and Friday, however, I will see all of you next term on Tuesday the 18th of July.

Kind regards,

Ms Kathryn Meyer

Principal