Once again, it was a privilege to host the Principal’s Assembly for Term 4 2013. The assembly is not only a great way to recognise students for Term 4, but to reflect on the 2013 academic year.
The theme for the term was about being brilliant together. What a great demonstration of this theme in the collaboration and highest quality, in the form of the musical Currawong Creek. (Dr) Harden and team (with a slight Currawong Creek Aussie twang): “you’ve done us proud!”
Of course, the main purpose of the Assembly is to acknowledge students who have pushed their learning across the school, and of course to recognize our graduating Year 7 group. In my address, I reflected on the wonderful outcomes achieved in 2013. During this year, we achieved:
• Eduquest Winners again!
• Opti-Minds success: State Finalists (Honours)
• Instrumental Band at Eisteddfod (Highly Commended)
• NAPLAN – great results across the school
• Plethora of great results from students representing us (arts and sports) and outside the school with external competitions and tournaments
Year 7 Graduation
Congratulations to Angela Ross, Year 7 teachers and other members of the organising committee for a terrific Year 7 Graduation, as well as a huge list of helpers and contributors to make the event a special night for students – thank you.
The driving success of St Bernard SS is always due to the dedicated talents of our teachers and support staff that have contributed to this success. They are the best bunch of people any Principal would love to have! The strength of any school comes down to the distinct relationships that staff have with students and the value adding to making St Bernard State School a distinct learning community.
We will continue to nurture the notion of a strong 3 way partnership to do even better in the future. I thank the leadership shown of the P&C in supporting our school with not only the financial support, but for supporting our high performing improvement agenda and for building the strength of our partnership. My sincere thanks go to our President: Damon Taylor and the executive team, and for all members of the P&C for their attendance throughout the year.
I would like to thank our departing teachers for their dedicated service, and extend a warm welcome to our new staff members for 2014. This includes Mr Adam Brandt, who has successfully been selected to replace me as Principal for Semester 1 2014. He has held a Principal’s position in the south east region and is currently Principal of Hamilton State School. Adam is an enthusiastic leader, eager to lead this fantastic school. I’m sure everyone we welcome him to our school.
Our Student Leaders 2013
A huge thank you to all our student leaders for 2013. You have all done a marvellous job enhancing our school and advocating for the student body. A special mention to our mature captains and vice captains: Laura, Issac, Abbey and chandler. This group absolutely “live and breathe” our values as well as being just really great young people. I will miss these leaders of the future.
Thanks to Admin Team
I must congratulate and give special thanks to my leadership team: my right arm: Mrs. Trish Wilmott and Mrs. Sheryl Franklin, our Business Services Manager, Ngaire Alexander, and Tony Reed for their ongoing and dedicated service to making our school the best it can be. A huge thank you to our cleaning staff (Leigh, Scott and Jason) for keeping us neat and tidy everyday – cheers guys!
Finally, thank you to students and families in our school. I wish all departing families all the best and look forward to catching up with returning families and welcoming new students for next year. 2014, our centenary year, will be a tremendous year, full of celebration, great school spirit and first class education.
On behalf of the St B team, I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Christmas break.