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Senior Schooling News

To begin…
A huge congratulations to all of the Senior Leaders for 2014. The Senior Investiture ceremony was attended by special guests, parents, and Years 8, 11, and 12 students. Senior leaders now begin their busy roles in the service of the school community.
Queensland Training Awards
This year’s Queensland Training Awards are now open.  Nominations close 21 March 2014.
The Queensland Training Awards reward outstanding achievement by people and organisations involved in training. The awards are the state’s highest training accolade and are an excellent opportunity to recognise individual training success.
Nominations are open to apprentices, trainees and graduates of vocational education and training courses across a range of categories including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year.
After competing at a regional level, the top individuals compete for the state titles.  For further information on how to apply, see Mrs Thompson.
Peer Power—Year 12 Leaders
Year 12 student leaders took part in the Peer Power Leadership day on Friday, 14 February 2014. 
All Year 12 student leaders were invited to take part in the Peer Power day at Caboolture Show Grounds, for a day of fun while developing their leadership skills.  The organisers of Peer Power found it to be a “privilege to work with students”.  Students also found the day to be informative, fun, and motivating. Here are some quotes from students about the day:
Ø  "I learnt that with the actions I already undertake, I am on my way to being a positive leader. I learnt that by adding value to my peers, I will help the community become a better place."
Ø  "I honestly believe today's seminar was full of useful advice and made me seriously take a look at my life and how I live it, as well as the influence I have on my peers. Learning & being reminded that everyone has value and learning how to talk to people was also extremely useful. Lastly, the presenters were amazing & very welcoming."
Ø  "The group of leaders this year are a good kind of group. We all blend/mix well together & normally I don't really like participating, I just sit & watch, but the seminar helped me to feel more comfortable with others & it was fun."
Work Placement
Year 11 & 12 students in vocational courses are to take part in structured work placement this semester.
In Term 1, all Year 12 students in vocational courses will be out on structured work placement in the last week of term (31 March 2014 - 4 April 2014). Please ensure “Application for Structured Workplace Learning” forms are returned to Mrs Kerr or Mrs Thompson ASAP to ensure the greatest chance for students to receive their preferred placements.
Year 11 and 12 students will be out on structured work placement again Week 10 of Term 2.
BRAKE Program
Year 12 non-OP students are taking part in the BRAKE program, designed to enhance students’ road safety knowledge and skills.
BRAKE is a driver awareness program which will be conducted during ACCESS and is free to all students.  Upon successful completion of this course, it will be added to the students’ learning accounts and will give them 1 point towards their QCE.
            BRAKE: Behaviour, Risk, Attitude, Knowledge, Education.
This program is designed to make students more aware and give practical skills which can be applied on the road.
To begin the program, students must have a QLD Learners permit or have completed the RACQ Free-to-go program.
QCS Preparation
Year 12 OP eligible students are starting early with preparations for the 2014 Queensland Core Skills test.
All Year 12 OP eligible students will be starting the QCS preparation program in Week 4 of Term 1.  Each Thursday morning, during ACCESS, QCS students will be involved in a structured preparation program including workshops run by Mighty Minds, literacy workshops, numeracy workshops, practice tests and master classes.
QCS detailed programs with will be distributed to students in Week 4 and will also be on display around the school. Please be advised that QCS students will need to be at school ready to begin these activities at 8:30am beginning Week 7 Thursday, 13 March 2014.
For more information about the QCS preparation program, and student requirements, please see Mrs Thompson.
Amy Thompson, Head of Senior Schooling