Nursing educa-on coming soon to ISC Mr Simon Whatling is leading an exci&ng project at ISC which will see the introduc&on of Nursing Educa&on in 2016. In partnership with TAFE North and James Cook University, ISC will oﬀer training for health care workers, nurses and in the longer term, dental assistants. A new building comprising two classrooms and a six-bed teaching ward, medical recep&on area and u&lity spaces will be constructed, commencing in April, using $1.5 million in federal government funding. Pictured right are the architect, project manager, EQ central and regional oﬃce facili&es staﬀ and our Business Services Manager, Mrs Alana Robertson. Edition 1—3 February 2015 From the Principal Cassowary Coast Australia Day Awards recognise past and present ISC students Welcome to all our new and returning Innisfail State College families! It appears that we closed one chapter in the life of our wonderful college last year, with the ﬁrst gradua&ng group of students to have undertaken all of their schooling from years 8 to 12 at the new campus, and we immediately begin an exci&ng new chapter, with the arrival on campus of the ﬁrst group of year 7s to commence six years of secondary schooling at Innisfail State College. Graduate news: You may have seen in the newspaper some of the results earned by our 2014 graduates. We are tremendously proud of our graduates, who conﬁrmed once again that ISC is an excellent school, by securing: Highest academic result in Cassowary Coast: Tamasyn Carman, OP1, and Sir Samuel Griﬃths Scholarship winner Award for best school based appren-ce in FNQ: Kellen Briggs, carpenter with Corica Construc&ons Award for best school based trainee in FNQ: Tim Ambrum, rugby league development oﬃcer with Qld Rugby League Regardless of the pathway your son or daughter wishes to follow, every opportunity to excel is available at ISC. We congratulate every one of our 2014 graduates and we will con&nue to watch with pride as they embark on the journey into life-aKer-school. 2015 enrolments: Our student numbers have grown steadily over the past three years, and 2015 sees a sharp boost due to the new year group. We an&cipate a ﬁnal enrolment of about 850 students in the 7—12 campus, an addi&onal 23 in the Diverse Learning Centre and with seven TAFE classes running each Wednesday, a TAFE enrolment of about 100 students. 2015 staﬃng: To cater for this enrolment increase, Deputy Principal Mr Richard Graham has scoured the State and beyond to secure 22 excellent new teachers for the 7—12 campus. Associate Principal DLC Mrs Lois Laidlaw has also welcomed outstanding new staﬀ in the form of a new teacher and a new speech therapist. We are presently working to appoint addi&onal Teacher Aides, a Guidance Oﬃcer and a Scien&ﬁc Opera&ons Oﬃcer to complete our 2015 staﬀ team. In closing, I’d like to pass on to parents and family the same advice I gave students last week. High school is a very exci&ng place to be. There is always something to do. Students and families who get the most out of the high school experience are those who are involved in all the opportuni&es that are presented. Please con&nue to support your high school students, talk to them daily about their high school life, and become involved yourself in the life of the college. Kindest regards, All parents and carers are invited to join the Innisfail State College Parents & Ci&zens Associa&on. A small, friendly group of interested parents, the P&C meets generally on the second Monday of each month at 7pm in the College oﬃce. The mee&ngs are noted on the P&C-sponsored fridge magnet calendar to be posted home soon to each family. Next week’s mee&ng, on Monday 9 February, is the AGM. Whether you are interested in joining the execu&ve or just coming along to learn more about our great school you are very welcome. Coming events Thursday 12 Feb Grant to upgrade auditorium ligh-ng for school musical An applica&on by P&C President Mr Les Moule to the Queensland Government Gambling Community Beneﬁt Fund in August 2014 has secured $20 683.18 for an upgrade to the auditorium ligh&ng. This will result in the best possible ligh&ng eﬀects being used to highlight this year’s school musical “Back to the 80s”. Audi&ons are almost complete for the musical, which features some great 80s music and dance moves. Rehearsals will take place throughout semester one, with performances scheduled in term three. See Mr Crear in C block for more informa&on. 2015 student leaders P&C AGM Monday 9 February Friday 6 Feb Monday 9 Feb Tuesday 10 Feb Wed 11-Fri 13 Feb Wed 11 February FOUR present and past Innisfail State College students were honoured in the Cassowary Coast Regional Council Australia Day Awards this year. 2014 College Captain and Dux Tamasyn Carman was named Cassowary Coast Junior Ci&zen of the Year. This same honour was bestowed upon 2013 College Captain Jason Strano last year. This year Jason was recognised as the region’s Senior Tamasyn Carman, Jason Strano, Hayley Strano, Zoe Coubrough Sportsperson of the Year. 2014 graduate Zoe Coubrough was awarded the Junior Cultural Award this year and Hayley Strano, 2015 College Vice Captain, was presented with an Excellence Award in recogni&on of her academic and spor&ng achievements and ci&zenship. ISC Swimming Carnival ALL STUDENTS AGM of P&C 7pm College Oﬃce Leadership Workshop for Captains Year 7 camp at Echo Creek QCS prac&ce and workshop for OP eligible Yr 12s & all 11s DLC Parent Chat Night Uniforms 16 Feb - 20 Feb Wednesday 18 Feb Thursday 19 Feb Friday 20 Feb Mon 23-Tue 24 Feb Wednesday 25 Feb Friday 27 Feb Year 7 Jet Plans with parents Year 8 Geography excursion A&TSI Cons&tu&onal Conven&on FNQ Cons&tu&onal Conven&on Instrumental Music Repertoire Camp Year 11 Marine snorkelling School photos for ALL STUDENTS Uniform shop is open Tue, Wed & Thu before & aKer school. In a special ceremony at school last Friday, the College Captains and Vice Captains, Student Leaders from years 11 and 12, House Captains and Peer Mentors oﬃcially took up their responsibili&es. In the presence of special guests Mr Cur&s PiH, Member for Mulgrave, Mr Bill Shannon, Mayor Cassowary Regional Council and Mr Les Moule, President ISC P&C, the 2015 Seniors and Leaders took their oaths and received their badges. We wish these students all the best in their various roles this year. Our college student leadership structure also includes four student leaders from each year level. The year 7, 8, 9 and 10 student leaders will be elected in coming weeks and we look forward to these students joining the leadership team. Innisfail State College acknowledges the Mamu People, Tradional Custodians of the country in which this College is located, and pays respect to their Elders past and present. Years 7 & 8 students learn about being successful at ISC In the most signiﬁcant change to secondary schooling in Queensland since year 8 moved from primary to secondary school in 1964, this year sees year 7 students par&cipa&ng in high school throughout Queensland. ISC is very excited to have welcomed 154 year 7s and 105 year 8s last week. Following a very thorough transi&on program last year, our newest students par&cipated in four orienta&on lessons last week. These focused on: classroom rou&nes and par&cipa&on strategies, standards of classroom and playground behaviours, how to set and achieve aspira&onal learning goals, and how to eﬀec&vely manage &me to improve study and grades. Parents and carers were invited to also aHend the lessons and it was wonderful to see them in our classrooms. Lessons were led by the principal, deputy principal and heads of departments. ISC swimming carnival Friday 6 February will see all ISC staﬀ and students at the Innisfail town pool for the annual swimming carnival. Our day begins and ends at the pool, with Transnorth buses dropping oﬀ and picking up at the pool. Students who travel by car, bicycle or who walk to school, should make their way to the pool, also, as there is no transport from ISC to the pool or back. Entry to the pool on the day is paid by the College. Students may bring their own lunch or purchase it from the pool canteen. It is a red food day. Students should wear a hat, sunscreen, togs and a sunshirt. Shoes and socks are not required. Sunscreen is available throughout the day free of charge. In fact, house points are allocated to students each &me they “slop” on some sunscreen! Parents are most welcome to come along and cheer on the swimmers. Students are encouraged to dress in House colours or themes, but body paint and colour hair sprays are not allowed as they can adversely aﬀect the pool water. Themes for the day are: Hinchinbrook Hippies (green) Oceanic Orpheus (purple) Fitzroy Fireﬁghters (orange) Boxing Bedarra (blue) Textbooks and study planners Students in years 7 to 12 have been issued with textbooks and study planners. Year 7 and 8 students also received a writeon, wipe-oﬀ wall planner, to assist them to organise their school work and free &me. We are s&ll seeking the return of some textbooks hired last year. Please search for these at home and return them as soon as possible as they are required by other students this year. It is very important that students clearly write their names in the table printed inside each text book, so that ownership can be tracked. Please ask to see your children’s text books and check that they are labelled. By the end of the week, all students had seHled into classes and were focused on learning the new work. Parents and carers of years 7, 8 and 9 students are reminded that if they have any ques&ons at all, the mentors can be contacted as follows: Students with surnames A—G Mr Sharrock email@example.com Students with surnames H—Q Mr Whatling firstname.lastname@example.org Students with surnames R—Z Mr Graham email@example.com The junior secondary contact in the college oﬃce is Mrs Roselyn Cecchi. Mrs Cecchi can be contacted on 4078 0222. Year 7 camp will take place at Echo Creek from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 February. All students are expected to par&cipate in this important ac&vity, with a program designed to help students interact and work with other students and staﬀ members in a non-school sePng to enhance their ability in making produc&ve rela&onships. If your family is under ﬁnancial strain, please contact business services manager Mrs Alana Robertson on 4078 0222 to explore ﬂexible op&ons. Clockwise from top right: Teacher aide Mrs Sue Rees assists students; Year 7 boys learn how to set SMART learning goals, supervised by Mr Hooper; principal Mrs Kate MacDonald teaches rounes to Year 7 boys, including minimum expectaons for wri,en responses; head of English Mrs Deb Thomas shows Year 7 girls what’s similar and what’s diﬀerent about how high school operates; junior secondary deputy principal Mr Richard Graham explains behavioural expectaons; Year 7 students learn me management and study planning skills, including how to use their new wall planners, assisted by teacher aide Mrs Colle,e Ross and teacher Mr Dan Carman. ISC graduates gain traineeships Congratula&ons to 2014 graduates Jonah Barley, Flora Gamia, Joshua Mooka, and Alana Purcell (leK to right), who have been selected to take up full-&me health worker cer&ﬁcate III traineeships with Mamu Health this year. More excellent results for Innisfail State College’s great graduates! Diverse learning The Diverse Learning Centre welcomes three new students this year—Ellie Golding, Cody Hansen and Alicia Solien. We have an enrolment for 23 students from 7 yrs—17 yrs. In addi&on, we welcome an addi&onal teacher, Kathy Lizzio who is responsible for mathema&cs across all students. An emphasis in the early days of the year has been to remind students of being safe, being responsible and being respecBul and prac&sing what this means. Being a Learner is the most important and all students have begun their studies in English, (Mrs Page), mathema&cs, history (Mrs Lait). This year, we have a special subject for communica&on taught by Mrs Marturia who will be working with the students to develop appropriate communica&on skills in all sePngs—at school, in the community and at home with families. Several of our students use devices to aid their communica&on and we will develop their skills further with these. Scien&ﬁc opportuni&es will be inves&gated in Terms 2 and 3 with geography in Term 4. Swimming/hydrotherapy has begun with the ﬁrst group star&ng last week with Mrs Page, Val and Debra with the assistance of our physiotherapist, Lorraine Robson. All students will have the opportunity to par&cipate in this programme across Terms 1, 2 and 4. As a major funded project, we are developing teachers’ and teacher aides’ skills in the area of Intensive Interac-on for our early communicators under the guidance of visi&ng specialist, Janee Williamson who is training Debbie BlennerhasseH and Speech Pathologist, Leanne Herbert to mentor our teachers. This will provide an opportunity for our students who do not communicate independently to further develop their ability to have their say. We will be visi&ng three larger Special Schools in Brisbane this week as part of the programme and to aHend workshops by an expert from the UK.
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