How good is Rainbow Beach State School?

Congratulations to Delilah named Cooloola Sporting House Captain for 2020, and Tabitha and Luke the new School Captains for 2020 (Absent: Daisy, Fraser sporting house captain, Jordan Cooloola Sporting House Captain, Jahli Fraser sporting house captain)

Congratulations to Delilah named Cooloola Sporting House Captain for 2020, and Tabitha and Luke the new School Captains for 2020 (Absent: Daisy, Fraser sporting house captain, Jordan Cooloola Sporting House Captain, Jahli Fraser sporting house captain)

Having only recently returned to Rainbow Beach State School, I have had to pinch myself on a nearly daily basis. I think about it almost every day as to how very fortunate I am to have the opportunity to work in such a wonderful school. I could not think of anywhere better to raise my own children.

So when provided the opportunity to contribute to the Community News, I decided that I would attempt to articulate the many great positives I believe make Rainbow Beach State School the best school.

First and foremost, it is our students and their families. Already I have witnessed on many occasions the many great qualities that our students possess.

Whilst evidence of this does include talents in the Arts, sporting and academic areas of school life, it must also be noted with the other elements such as empathy, persistence, resilience and effort.

Often it is while walking through our school you can see these traits on display. The children do not even realise this is even something to be recognised, and do it merely because it is the right thing to do. This is a credit to themselves and their families. We are lucky to have them represent our school!

Our staff have always been invested personally, emotionally and professionally in striving to do whatever it takes to help our students to be successful. We have been privileged at Rainbow Beach State School with a fairly stable workforce who all complement the many functions of our school.

On entry to our school you would have the opportunity to meet our always smiling, amazing Mrs Cate White who is often the first person you will meet. Cate is usually the one who will take the call when you need to relay a message, send the thoughtful reminder when things are misplaced or never made it home! She is the accomplished multi-tasker, whether it be administering Band-Aids for the scraped knee to finalising the budget! I don’t know what we would do without her.

Our environment is expertly maintained by both Michael White and Darrel Lidbetter (Tangles). All of us are able to feel such pride for our school, largely on the back of the sustained combined efforts of these two gentlemen. They maintain our spaces for us all to enjoy.

Our supremely talented and knowledgeable teacher aides- Mrs Theresa Dargusch, Mrs Jill Lane, Mrs Sarah Brantz and Mrs Nicole Lunney. These tireless individuals support all of our students and teachers to be at their best. These ladies contribute immensely to the many positive outcomes of every child. Their personal contributions are never to be underestimated.

Our teachers; Mrs Lynne Chamberlain; Mr Peter Mileson; Mrs Janine Lawler; Ms Tina McColl; Ms Libby Margetts; Sensei Lewis Bishop and Mrs Michelle Walker are always challenging themselves to do more and better. This is something I know they all do on a regular basis in their commitment to planning, preparing, delivering and reporting about the goals for your child’s personal development. It is an honour to work with these highly professional individuals.

Lastly, it is the ongoing support that our community continues to provide. I have never seen anywhere else the volume of support that our school is afforded.

We have a small army of highly qualified volunteers that are always willing to provide assistance and expertise. This enables our children many opportunities for individual support.

Many of our local businesses are always willing to assist with many of our requests that allow us to acknowledge and reward our students and provide additional opportunities to enrich their learning.

A major contributor to this is our wonderful P&C who, as a group of like-minded volunteers, task themselves with supporting our school. If you are not yet a member and would like to assist, call Cate at the school for more information: 5486 9333.

Thank you all for your efforts and I look forward to working with you all this year!

Steve