to the new school year at Caboolture State High, to all of our new and
returning students and parents!
I am delighted to commence Term 1, 2019 as the permanent Principal
of Caboolture State High School. I am
looking forward to continuing to meet everyone in our school community and
leading the school into the future. I
really value personal interactions and believe that forming supportive
relationships is one of the keys to a successful school. Please make an appointment with me via our
administration office staff, if you would like to be in contact and share your
views and/or perceptions of the school with me.
In this newsletter, I am repeating the messages I sent out last
term so that both new and existing Parents and Guardians can help us to give
clear and consistent messages to their students about how our school works and
why we need certain policies and procedures in place to maintain the good order
and management of the school. Together
we can ensure bright and exciting future pathways for our students!
Motto, Vision and
I am committed to building on the rich history of the school
and seeing the motto “May I be
worthy” come to life for our staff and students. We can demonstrate and measure our worth as a
school based on:
- a narrow and sharp focus on our core business –
teaching and learning;
- a rich, viable and guaranteed curriculum;
- engaging pedagogical practices; and
- the consistent application of the Responsible
At Caboolture State High School, our vision is “Making the difference today…for tomorrow”.
I set the bar high in terms of my expectations on
attendance, participation, uniform, effort and behaviour, so that our vision
can become a reality for all members of our school community. I believe in a growth mindset and through
this, we will encourage and challenge every one of our students to:
- move into the first term of 2019 with pride,
enthusiasm and commitment to learning;
- take on student leadership, coaching and/or
mentor roles within our student body;
- make the best contribution they possibly can to
our school community;
- explore all the educational possibilities,
career and curriculum options available to them; and embrace difficult
challenges as opportunities to grow and develop resilience and self-regulation.
I invite you all to join us in our work at Caboolture State High
School, to help us bring our school values
to life in our school community:
never give up
respect yourself, others and the environment
be honest and trustworthy
Diligence – give
everything a go
be the best you can be
My aim as the Principal is to:
- foster a genuine sense of belonging for the young people in our
care based on our values;
- persistently explore strategies and ideas on how our teachers,
students, parents and guardians can address individual student's learning needs
as identified in their academic, effort and behaviour results that link in with
our strategic priorities; and
- continue to excite and inspire our school community about learning
and enact our motto and vision.
Direction in 2019
I am looking forward to leading the school with the support of our
staff, leadership teams, P & C and the School Council and, as we work on
our strategic priority areas from our Annual Improvement Plan.
Our Annual Improvement Plan
for 2019 focuses on:
- 1.0 Learning
PBL – Positive Behaviour for Learning
ESCM – Essential Skills for Classroom Management
- 2.0 Curriculum
Whole school curriculum plan
New Senior School curriculum (New QCE / SATE)
- 3.0 Pedagogy
ASoT – new Art and Science of Teaching
Coaching and mentoring
Inclusion – Co Teaching
Through these priorities we will be creating some fabulous outcomes
for our students and staff!
Uniform and the dress
Please continue to help us to set the right tone and
maintain pride in our school through our uniform dress code. Already we have had a lovely start to the
year, with so many of our students presenting to school each day in the full
school uniform. A big thank you to all
of our Parents and Guardians for your efforts so far to make sure your students
follow the dress code! Your support at
home definitely helps us at school. The
majority of our students are on board and looked sensational in the first
week. My staff have asked that I again
mention shoes and the importance of shoes that are either leather or
vinyl. We do not want your students to
miss experiments in Science, cooking in Home Ec, practical lessons in Manual
Arts, activities on the Farm in Agriculture,
hands on lessons in Visual Arts or fun in the playground because they
have the wrong shoes on. We think our
students look great and we want them to be safe and be able to participate in
all of our lessons.
truancy from class
Many of you have already heard my message around attendance,
and on assemblies in the first week, I spoke to all of our students about
attending school every day. Your student cannot learn to their full potential
if they are not here, in class,
on time and stay for the entire
day. The majority of our students understand this and attend
every day. If that sounds
like your student, then a
big ‘thank you’ goes out to you from my
staff because we cannot teach them if they are not in our
classrooms! In 2019, we have put in
place a number of new systems and processes to support everyone to improve
attendance and participation. We have
invested resources in this as a direct result of feedback from our parents and
students on our School Opinion Survey, relating to the way we manage student
behaviours. If you need help getting
your student to school, please contact their Year Level Coordinator, HOD or DP
listed at the end of this letter.
students during school hours
In secondary schools, students change rooms and learning
environments every lesson. Sometimes
even within a 70 minute lesson, students can move from inside to outside, or to
and from break out spaces within the same building,
or to other areas of the school. This
is a normal practice and a common thing that occurs.
Also not all of our rooms have individualised phones, nor do we have the staff
allocations to support staff leaving their duties without notice or a school
based purpose. During breaks, students
roam around freely and whilst often congregate in the same areas, not always
can they be found in the same spot in the playground.
This means that it can be time consuming to locate a class
and or student quickly. During an
emergency we have an evacuation process that allows us to account for the where
a bouts of all staff and students.
Rather than ringing administration with the expectation, someone can
spare the time to personally find your child, I would ask that you follow the
procedures outlined below when possible.
If you student needs to leave school during the day for a
legitimate reason, then they are required to bring a note to the student
counter in the morning, before school starts.
The student will be issued with a printed pass that they can show their
teacher at the time in the day that they need to be released. The teacher will let them exit the class and
leave the school via the administration office.
Alternately, you can ring the administration office on 5498 0111 before
8.45am and a pass will be printed for your student to collect from the student
counter before they go to house group.
Legitimate reasons do not include:
- I don’t like the class, subject, teacher or other students in the
- I don’t want to go to sport, access, Reboot, etc.
- I haven’t completed assessment or a task and I am trying to avoid
the teacher / class
These are all things that need to be resolved, not avoided. Our entire curriculum is important and that
includes classes or subjects your students might not like. We need your help to build resilient young
people, who will be ready to enter the world of work where a note from home
won’t get you want you want.
student has a mobile phone, then during the day, it is appropriate to contact
your student directly on their mobile phones
via text if you need to pass on information. Whilst they may not be able to answer during lesson time, they can respond to
you in the break times to confirm they have received the information.
is between 10.15am and 10.40am. Second break is between 1.00pm and 1.45pm.
Early departure from
that, from time to time, students will need to leave school early to attend
essential appointments only. Break time is the appropriate, least disruptive time to collect
students for early
departure, not lesson time. If you send a note to the office before
school (stating the student’s name and house-group, the time of departure and
the reason for early departure), a confirmation text is sent to you, the
student will be given a pass and will exit through the front gate, outside of
the administration centre. Alternatively, you can choose to park out the front
of the administration centre and come in to meet the student at the parent
counter to sign them out. We are not able to release the student without
contact from the parent/carer, via a signed note or direct phone call. Students
won’t be released after 1.45pm, or during Lesson 4. Please use the
school number when you want to talk to us, rather than ring your child’s mobile
phone. We have no way of knowing who we
are talking to when a student tries to show us a text or hand over their
phone. Your call needs to come via the
school phone number please.
strongly in our Every Day Counts strategies and want all students to attend
every day. We are required by the Department of Education to implement a same
day absence notification to parents. A big thank you to all of our parents who are notifying
us on the day about why their student is away. At Caboolture
State High School you may advise us of an absence by:
0160 (this is the direct absentee line)
562 283, prior to 8.50am.
are late to school miss vital information and roll marking in their house
group. This creates extra work for our hard working office staff and causes problems
as the data used to text parents
of a student absence comes from the marking of house group rolls.
Please help us by ensuring your child is at school on time and in their house
group each day. House group teachers and our Year Coordinators are using lots
of their valuable time chasing after students who are late, without a valid
reason. We really need your support to get your student to understand why it is
so important for them to be at school, on time.
Thank you for
taking the time to read this letter and the contributions you make to ensure
the good order and management of our school. A strong partnership between staff
and parents is a great way to improve student attendance patterns. Please
contact your student’s year level DP if you would like to meet to discuss
In 2019 the Year level DPs are:
In 2019 we have added
a new extra layer of support for student behaviour management and wellbeing:
In 2019 we have a renewed
focus on student
behaviour management to ensure all students and staff have a calm, non-disruptive learning
environment to work in. We are working with students, who disrupt the learning
of others, differently and I expect this to be challenging for some families.
Please support us in our endeavours to ensure we maximize learning in every
lesson, every day. More details of our new behaviour management systems and
processes will be shared in the next few weeks.
Thank you for
your valued support in maintaining the standards of dress and behaviour about
which our school community can all be proud. I invite you to contact me or one
of the Deputy Principals if you would like to discuss any of the issues raised
in this letter. I wish everyone the best
for an exciting, engaging and productive Term 1!
Mrs Fiona Free, Principal