Rainbow Beach RSL Sub Branch members Bob Bliss, Trevor Ansell, John Molkentien, Pat Nayler OAM, Len Vickery, with (front) Rainbow Beach State School students Archie Gilmore, Charlie Kingsley, Ruby Falconer, Annie White and President Joe Casey after the 2016 Remembrance Day service
Elections were just held for the Rainbow Beach State School 2017 Leadership roles – congratulations incoming School Captains, Sophie and Nathan, and Vice Captains, Mikayla and Clive. Sports Captains will be elected early next year.
Students complete their annual swimming block on December 2. Our carnival will follow on Wednesday December 7. As with previous years, the P-2 students will swim novelty races in the morning, with 3-6 coming down from mid morning for the carnival proper.
Student reports are sent home on Monday December 5. Once again we will include a guide to reading your child’s report in the newsletter in week 8.
Attendance has improved in 2016. It is currently sitting at approximately 92%. In recent years it has been as low as 89% for our students.
The Fun Run/Holt Bolt was a huge success with a total of $4796.12 raised. From this, the school will receive approximately $2900 to contribute to supporting the new digital technologies curriculum.
Transition to High School
Chappy Ronnie has been running a transition to high school group this term for the 11 Grade 6 students.
To make sure they know a familiar face when they start, the chaplains from these schools recently spent time with them sharing what they can expect.
Chappy Joy from Gympie High, Chappy Josh from Victory College and Chappy Sarah from St Pats put the students at ease by reassuring them that all the staff are there to ensure their time at high school is a positive experience.
Other topics discussed in the group over the past few weeks have been attitudes, values, influences, setting goals and being organised, with a game called ‘Red Undies’ proving to be a great favourite.
Kitchen Garden news
Work is set to start on the unused part of the school garden before the end of Term 4, which will incorporate features from the Grade 3 /4 design competition held earlier in the year.
Local builder and parent, Nick Lattanzi, will start work on building new garden beds, with Paul Vick, another talented parent who builds play equipment, and Mick Gardiner, retired builder and husband of Deb our fantastic garden volunteer, helping to build a pergola, garden shopfront, giant chessboard and a birdhide.
Other ideas the students would like to incorporate are a water feature, windmill and a sundial, so if anyone has any experience with how to construct any of these, please contact the school.
Our wonderful anonymous benefactor has recently made another generous donation of $1,000 towards the garden, which will ensure that there is finance for all of these grand plans which we are hoping will be finished early next year.