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Welcome Back for 2014

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Welcome back to the 2014 school year! We hope that all our families had a relaxing and safe summer break.  Over the holidays our school grew by approximately 30 students, with the addition of an extra class.  We  extend a very special welcome to our new families from overseas and interstate, as well as our families who have joined us from Fortitude Valley State School. We are  thrilled to have you join our school community, and hope you enjoy your time at Brisbane Central. 

A HUGE welcome to our new staff to Brisbane Central State School:

  • Gemma Zielke: Year 3 teacher

  • Jonathan Gagen : Year 3/4 teacher

  • Caitlin Ashcroft: Year 4/5 teacher

  • Jill Samuels: English as an Additional Language / Dialect Specialist Teacher

  • Jenny Battersby: Music  Specialist Teacher

  • Dave Johnson: Physical Education Specialist Teacher

  • Colin McIntyre: Instrumental Music teacher

  • Vicky Jevson: Guidance Officer

  • Tamara Hearne:  Teacher Aide. Tamara joins us from Fortitude Valley State School.

  • Ozlem Asan, Karlee Heslip and Kathryn Mlikota : QUT students

If you see one of our new staff, please go out of your way to introduce yourself- I know they are all keen to get to know you. I know our school community will go out of their way to make our new staff feel very welcome. A special welcome back to Shona Arneil  (English as an Additional Language / Dialect Specialist Teacher) from maternity leave! It is great to have Shona back at Brisbane Central State School!

Facilities update:

Prior to the end of the school year, we had a shuffle of rooms to accommodate our additional class. The “old”  library is now occupied by our Year 6/7 class, and the “new” library, has been accommodated in the back end of the hall.  Our Year 6/7 room was also repainted and re-carpeted in time for the commencement of the school year.  A HUGE thanks to our Regional Facilities team for their support in helping the school to make the transition as smooth as possible.  C Block  (Year 4/5 and Year 5/6) also  received a new coat of paint inside and out over the summer break . 

Staff Professional Learning:

While students were enjoying the last golden days of their school holidays, staff were back at work and engaging in a range of professional development activities. The three days together also allowed the staff to work together to review and refine our direction as a school, and provided valuable opportunities to discuss teaching and learning.
Our learning activities included:
  • Reviewing our progress against our 2013  school priorities and reviewing our 2014 priorities (I look forward to sharing these priorities with you in next week’s newsletter);
  • Reviewing and giving input to the school’s Explicit Improvement Plan
  • Completion of 2 modules of the “Teaching ESL students in Mainstream Classrooms “  course (a 50 hour course that all teachers will be completing over the next three terms)
  • Essential Skills for Classroom Management  2 hour workshop
  • Mindfulness workshop