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Another busy term has nearly finished with 2 weeks to go before we break for the winter holidays. 
For all the new students that have joined us in these last few weeks, I would like to welcome you all to our school and hope to get the chance to meet you all soon. We have an Indigenous Student room located at the bottom of F block stairwell.  I am there most lunch times, so come for a visit and say hi.  I am there to support students in and out of class with their literacy and numeracy skills and anything else the students may require help with.
Term 2 has been very busy with lots of activities. Our first event was the ARTIE tutor launch on 11 May.  Mark, from the ARTIE program, came to our school and explained the tutoring program we will be having next term.  Several Uni students will be matched to our students who need extra support in class to extend literacy or numeracy skills.  The tutors will be joining us early in Term 3.
Cultural Infusion was on 5 June.  The purpose of the day was to expose the Indigenous students to a variety of cultural learning activities, such as Talking Sticks, Gratitude Rocks, Symbols and their meanings, yarning with the Waminda Elders, learning about Gubbi Gubbi History and artefacts, playing Traditional Ball games and much more. The students enjoyed the day so much, they have asked for another one in the near future.
Several female students in Years 7–10 spent the day with the Indigenous Aunties at Nungeena on 9 June, learning about ‘Women’s Business.’  The girls were taught a dance, ate cultural food, told stories of the past and the Glasshouse Mountains Dreaming story, spoke about language groups and family connections, how the times have changed and were also encouraged to get a good education at school.  The girls asked lots of questions and learnt more about themselves and their culture.
Staff from QIECC spent some time with our junior students in Period 1 and our senior students in Period 3 on 12 June, finding out how time at school is spent.  Several important questions were asked and the students gave fantastic feedback.  In Period 4, all the students came together and painted shirts with ideas about themselves they had learnt throughout the day.
As we are having a lot of students absent from school, I would like to remind parents and carers that “every day counts”.s we are having a lot of students absent from school, I would like to remind parents and carers that “every day counts”.  Please encourage your students to attend school as attendance is a vital part of students’ learning.  Please contact Admin staff on 5498 0111 if your son/daughter is absent from school and give a brief explanation.
I look forward to catching up over the next few weeks and introducing myself.  Also, keep an eye out in the mail for upcoming events for Term 3.  We will be starting Term 3 off with celebrating NAIDOC in Week 2 and would like to invite family to join us to celebrate this special occasion.
Mrs Carter                                                                          Mr S Keehn
Indigenous Coordinator                                                   A/HOD Indigenous Program