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Principal's Report

​Dear Parents,

Welcome back to Term 3. It will be fun filled with lots of activities and engaging classroom time for your students.

Report Cards
This week you will receive your child’s report card and an invitation to attend a parent, teacher interview with a variety of times over July 26, 27 and 28.  Please take advantage of your teacher’s time to gain clarification around results and future goals.

National Excellence in Teaching Awards
Take the time to thank a teacher by nominating them for a National Award. Log on to NEiTA website and take the time to say thank you to a teacher that has made a difference to the life and learning of your child.

For more than 22 years, the ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) has given communities the opportunity to formally recognise and thank outstanding teachers

ASG NEiTA objectives:
Recognise teachers and leaders who represent excellence within their teaching profession through their contribution to the advancement of education at a local, regional or national levels
Promote recognition of education and its significant contribution to the development of confident lifelong learners.
Encourage interaction between schools, early childhood education services and their local communities
Encourage and support increased professional development of early childhood, primary, intermediate and secondary teachers and leaders.
Facilitate networking of teachings and leaders and the interchange of information about successful methods and strategies
Provide grants and award prizes to teachers and leaders who have demonstrated a particularly high level of dedication and professional excellence
Advocate, on behalf of teachers and the community, government recognition of excellence in teaching and leadership.
Australian International Music Festival
The following is the result from The Sydney International Festival. We were the only primary school to play in the competition from across the countries which participated including USA, China, Taiwan, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. Our students performed brilliantly both on and off the stage with many accolades including:

"I have had the pleasure of seeing many musical groups of different ages from all around the world perform. Having watched the Banksia Beach State School perform this week, I feel it necessary to express how joyful it was to see such a young group of musicians perform so well. Performing at the Opera House on Wednesday evening, your ensemble consisting of primary students played alongside a university level Wind Band from the USA and held themselves admirably. They are a fantastic group and you should all be very proud of how well the group handled themselves in what was a very high stress situation.

My congratulations to Martin the director and the school community."

Chris Gibbs
Managing Director of the Australian International Music Festival

The children received Silver alongside a Senior Ensemble from Ambrose Treacy College from Queensland.  Their ensemble featured students from Yrs 9-12 and Pendiville Catholic College again featuring Senior Secondary Students, Jiangsu Wuxi RuiYin Youth String Orchestra and Los Altos High School. We were also the only State School from across Australia, China, Taiwan, New Zealand and Japan.  The only Orchestras to achieve Gold were Zhong - Zheng High School String Orchestra who have previously won in Vienna, Christian College Geelong Senior Wind Ensemble (Year 11/12 students) and Cincinatti Youth Orchestra which are selected from 24 Secondary Colleges in Cincinnati.

To receive a Silver award you have to be judged by the three international adjudicators that you are playing a certain level of music and that you play it to a high standard.  There were four awards on offer - Gold, Silver Bronze and Participation.

It was a wonderful display and I am so fortunate to be the Principal of this amazing school.  The standard of performance led by our Manager of Performing Arts Mr Martin O'Callaghan was truly amazing.  Our students were also accompanied by twelve staff members, as you would appreciate taking 45 students aged 7- 11 for 3 days and nights and have them presented to the highest standard is a little over whelming!

The community raised over $40 000 to send the children to Sydney!  We are having a thank you concert on July 21 commencing at 6:00pm.  All of the Bribie Island Community are welcome.  We will celebrate all of our Sydney trip.

State Showcase Awards for Excellence
The Showcase Awards for Excellence in Schools recognise and reward Queensland state schools that are significantly improving student learning outcomes through excellent teaching practice.

The Showcase Awards are acknowledged as the Queensland Government's most prestigious educational awards and give Queensland state schools the chance to share in more than $580,000 in development grants.

The program aims to:
recognise, celebrate and reward excellent teaching practice in state schools 
foster a learning culture that supports sharing excellent practices 
create professional development opportunities and 
promote public education.

This Year I am very proud to announce that Banksia Beach State School has been named as the Showcase 2016 Regional Winner of

"Teachers Mutual Bank Showcase Award for
State School of the Year"
"Showcase Award for Excellence
in Community Engagement."

We will find out if we have made the State Final in early August.

Let’s Have a Great Week!

Mrs Jacqui King