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A letter from the Principal, Jayne Barnett

2/08/2019
Congratulations to our class Students of the Week and those students who were acknowledged at Assembly this week for their outstanding efforts, such as receiving Student of the Week, Sight Words Certificates, Completion of Multi-Lit support, Turtle Tickets or Mathletics Trophy. It is fantastic to see so many students demonstrating the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL), social skills keys for success.
Parent and Teacher Interviews
Thanks to all the parents/ carers who attended Parent Teacher Interviews across this week.
School Opinion Surveys
Each year, Education Queensland undertakes a survey of parents, students and teachers. This survey offers the opportunity to gauge your opinion on different aspects of school life as it presents in our school. Parent / Carer surveys and instructions have been sent home today. If you wish to complete your survey electronically and do not have access to your own computer, then please contact the school for assistance.
Students in Years 5 and 6 and school staff will also undertake the survey over the coming weeks.
Earn to Learn
RISS received 6060 points from the collection of reward stickers that families collected and sent into school. Those points enabled the purchase of a kit of outdoor games for Prep and extra Lego building boards for the library Lego box. Many thanks for your support.
Year 5 Gold Rush Excursion
Our year 5 students are attending this exciting excursion next Thursday at Beenleigh. Many thanks to the Russell Island RSL for assisting with the bus transport costs enabling the whole cost of this excursion to be reduced significantly. Year 5 students are encouraged to wear closed in shoes, long trousers, sun safe shirts and hats (can be country- western/ gold rush era, themed clothing). School uniform is not compulsory for this excursion. Please ensure you have read the excursion details which were sent home.
Year 6 VPSHS Orientation Day Thursday 29 August-forewarner
Each year our year six students attend a transition day at Victoria Point State School. All information will be sent home next week. Even if you are undecided as to where your year 6 child will be attending High School in 2020, this day will still be of benefit to your child.
 
Year 6 RISS and MISS Super Sports Day Thursday 12 September-forewarner
Macleay Island SS will host our year 6 students in week 9 of this term. Staff and Scripture Union Qld chaplains will be working with all year 6 students to develop strategies to assist them in transitioning to high school. More information will be sent home in the near future.
 
 Attendance: Whole School Year To Date % is 90.6%  Term 3 –separately- so far is 89.7%
Each class reaching 93% or above by the end of the term means a class pizza party!
Class Results for Term 3- up to Thursday 1 August
Class
Percentage
Prep
87.4%
Year 1
93.1%
Year 2
93.0%     
Year 3
90.2%
Year 4
85.9%
Year 5
88.6%
Year 6
89.8%
 
Regular attendance is an extremely influential factor in students achieving and being successful academically, socially and emotionally at school and in their working lives.
2020 Year 5 and 6 Camp-forewarner
In consultation with staff and P and C, I am excited to inform our families that RISS will have a school camp each year for years 5 and 6 students. This camping program will be at alternate campsites. Next year, students will experience Emu Gully Adventure Education Camp (Helidon Spa). Emu Gully is based on the core values of the ANZACs as well as building teamwork, overcoming obstacles, enhancing communication skills and developing leadership capabilities. The camp is scheduled for Term 1 2020 in March and is a three day camp. We would have preferred a full week but Term 1 is a premium time for all schools looking to book camps. The estimated cost is $ 260.00. I would encourage families to start thinking of budgeting towards this unique camp experience. An EOI letter will be sent home in the coming weeks to our year 4 and 5 students.
I would like to thank our P and C for looking to support our families with this camp cost with fundraising ideas.
 
A friendly reminder that If you are dropping off lunch, other items for your child or wanting to get a message to your child, it is vital that you report to the office. The office staff will assist you and this way class lessons are not interrupted.
 
Thank you for continued support and cooperation in making Russell Island State School a great school!
Warmest regards
Jayne