Cherbourg State School 12th December, 2008 Message Stick Principal’s Report: 2008—A great year for Cherbourg State School STRONG AND SMART, Cher- potential. Send your child to school every day professionals as they designed the new Early bourg State School’s motto ready to learn from the great learning opportuni- Years curriculum. Visiting teachers from has been demonstrated many ties prepared for them and see them achieve great around the state have spent time working with times throughout the year. things. the team and observing the good things that help our young students learn. Thanks to Martina ACADEMIC :Yr 2 Net Testing School Achievements Jacobs, Sophia Jacobs and Myra Duncan for The Lower School team’s hard Our school has achieved many great things this their hard work and to Cecily Fry for her assis- work has resulted in the best year. I am able to coordinate many of these pro- tance in her role as Pre Prep support teacher. results for the last 5 years . Our goal for 2009 is to have jects because I have Bevan Costello doing a fantas- no Yr 2 student identified as needing extra support. We tic job in the role of Deputy Principal. Bevan is also Winifred Fisher Indigenous Knowledge Centre aim to have every student achieving the key indicators in responsible for Workplace Health and Safety and Our IKC has continued to grow as we expand the Reading, Writing and Number. Facilities Maintenance. I would like to sincerely programs offered there. Bevan Costello repre- YR 3/5/7 Australia Wide Testing thank him for his support, hard work, guidance and sented us in Brisbane to accept the Library Students and staff worked hard to practise and prepare for care throughout the year. Board of Queensland Award –2008- which rec- the tests, achieving results similar to or above like schools I am also guided and supported by our Executive ognises the contribution of an institution to the and similar or above the state in many areas as well. Nu- Director of Schools Cecily Andersen and I would achievement of excellence in the work or sup- meracy scores were above like schools in every year level. like to acknowledge and thank her for the ongoing port of libraries. We were very proud of this and Some of our students in Yr 5 and 7 scored in the top 20% high level of support and encouragement for Cher- I would like to thank Marilyn Huddleston and of the state. In 2009, our goal is focussed on improving Bronwyn White for the hard work they do keep- bourg State School. Literacy- particularly writing, across the school. ing our IKC running smoothly. I’d also like to Elders thank Marilyn for the great job she has done Every child, every day, learning and achieving supporting our RATEP students while Jeff has Our Elders Advisory group has met regularly this We aim to continue to offer quality programs taught in year and been involved in a range of activities at been on leave. ways that suit the wide range of learning styles of our school. They have given us advice each term on students. Our classroom staff work hard to continually RATEP how we can embed Indigenous Perspectives into upgrade their skills and I’d like to thank them all for their our classroom units of work. This had made our Our RATEP students continue to make good untiring work in 2008. Teachers, Teacher Aides and Class- units much richer and more relevant for our stu- progress through their studies. Tricia Alberts is room Volunteers have all worked extremely hard in every dents. I’d like to thank Zona Hussey Smith for the very close to graduating and will be followed classroom and I thank them for this. Students have pro- soon by Chrissy Kaden-Gröhn, Farron Crawford great job that she has done organising the Elders duced some amazing work. Student work is showcased on meetings, and thank the Elders for so freely giving and Leica Ahern. We wish them all the best- we our website at www.cherbourss.eq.edu.au. We are com- me lots of advice, guidance, support and encour- are very proud of the hard work they put in. mitted to ensuring that every student is learning and Congratulations to Chrissy and Farron who have agement. reaching their potential. Families can help us to achieve both been short listed for a Pearl Duncan schol- this by ensuring students come to school every day. Pre-Prep arship. Best wishes and thank you to Jeff Ander- Our new Pre Prep building opened this year and son, our RATEP coordinator, for his hard work Every day counts what a great facility it is. It is fantastic in that it over the years he has worked here as Teacher There is a clear link between school attendance and helps Martina, Sophia and Myra to be able to run an Coordinator supporting our students. Jeff is achieving at school. Every single day counts! Students who outstanding Early Years program. The Pre Prep retiring and will be keeping busy finishing lots of miss even a little school soon fall behind because there are team have travelled to Cairns to share their knowl- uncompleted projects.. Cont. back page) gaps in their learning. If students come every day to school edge of Early Years Education with other Pre Prep ready to learn then they are well positioned to reach their Guluin the Pelican Cherbourg State School Message Stick Page 2 Guluin—Pre-Prep—Kindy 2008 has been an exciting year for Pre-Prep as they planned for a new building, then saw Our values have been: it delivered, and is now in use. The Respect, Responsibility opening for the new building was 5th November, 2008. Visitors on the and Manners day included the original staff, Ms Denise Chambers-Proud and Penny Malone, Terry Kearney and Penny Creamer. The Pre-Prep Class focused on three values through the year, Respect, Responsibility and Manners. Pictures, Above: New Pre-Prep building, Uncle Vinnie’s artwork on end wall, Below: Ms Jo Ross, Mr Sam Murray, Myra Duncan, Sophia Jacobs, Martina Jacobs, Denise Chambers-Proud and Penny Malone. Foundation for Success Cecily Fry has been appointed as a support teacher to Pre-Prep through 2008 and 2009. She is assisting with the new program, “Foundation for Success”, providing a strong founda- tion for children to succeed as life- long learners. Kindy staff would like to thank Pre-Prep boys enjoy doing traditional all parents for their support dance every day. Above: Learning from throughout the year and wish the big boys, Right: In the new building. everyone a happy and safe Christmas. The Body Book Pre-Prep children were very excited to partici- pate in making the Body Book. Once they saw the books, they were very excited to see themselves in the beau- tiful book. The Pre-Prep Body Book has pictures of the children pointing to different Pre-Prep Children enjoying the mo- parts of their bodies and text saying, ment as they received a copy of their for example, ‘This is my eye.” new book. Cherbourg State School Message Stick Page 3 Friendship Budburra the Echidna Budburra The road to a friend's house is never long. Danish Proverb Budburra class enjoy Indoor Play. Bell Times for Prep We have a home corner, Mobilo, blocks, construction, craft, painting, Commencement Bell: 9:00am books, puzzles, play dough and Lego. Morning Tea: 11:00am – 11:30am They can also play outdoors. They Lunch: 1.00pm – 1.30pm have obstacle courses, swings, School Ends: 2:30pm hoops, trucks, sandpit, trampoline and skipping. Children learn to hold scissors, and manage hand eye coordination in Prep class through Indoor Play “I like to move it, move it” New T shirts. Prep children have developed group work skills in rotation activities. These include; sounds, handwriting, counting, and story writing. All of this work has been saved in portfolios for parents to keep. The children looked fantastic in their new Prep 2008 shirts when they danced, “I like to move it” at Awards Day. Milbi the Turtle Cherbourg State School Message Stick Page 4 Loyalty Is being true to your friends Milbi Literacy and Numeracy Milbi children have worked hard on many interesting tasks and activities this year. Milbi classroom is filled with alpha- bet letters, counting pictures, science, and language for maths: position, behind, on up, down, beside, and for measurement weights, heav- ier than/lighter/ volume. Visit Milbi classroom and see the alpha- bet and Maths art filling the room. Left side: Cherbourg Walk, Centre: alphabet pictures, Far right: Position: going up, going down. Aboriginal Studies: Community Walk Children visited Cherbourg Community Agencies to learn about the people who help. They saw a helicopter land. Milbi class went on a community walk to visit the different agencies around Cherbourg Community to learn what they were there for, who worked there and what work they did. Starting at the school, they went to the Ration Shed, Police Children made volcanoes to learn the Station, Centrelink, the Arts Council and Ny Ku Byun. letter and sound for Vv Children painting and fishing on their Beach Picnic at school beach day. The Lower School students and staff were on the lookout for jellyfish. joined together for a Beach Picnic at They finished their Sun, Water and school. Safety unit with a trip to Underwater World. Students went ‘fishing’, made sand castles, swam between the flags and Page 5 Cherbourg State School Message Stick Gooroonu the Possum Enthusiasm Zest and enthusiasm, attracts zest and enthusiasm. Gooroonu Life gives back in kind. Norman Vincent Peale Gooroonu Class is a multi–age class with students aged seven Dance to ten years of age. Gooroonu has had a great year with excel- Dance teachers came from Brisbane during first term lent attendance and all students in uniform. We love every week to give us dance lessons. Everyone joined in and stories and painting and have created murals depicting we had lots of fun. We made a book about dance. our unit work for “The Little Red Hen” and “Sun, Sea and Safety”. We wrote our own book about helping, based on “The Little Red Hen” story. It is called “Making Jelly” and you can read it on our power point on the school web site. Barambah Camp—A Flat We went with Miss Zela’s class to Barambah for three days. We slept in bunk beds, went orienteering, bushwalking, made traditional shelters, played traditional games and ate a lot. Underwater World Gooroonu class did lots of fun things through the year. The culmination of our Sun, Sea and Safety Unit was a trip to Mooloolaba to visit Under- water World where we saw the seal show, lots of interesting fish and sea animals and had fish and chips for lunch. This term we have learned about the States of Australia and the flower and animal em- blems as well as the sporting colours for each state. I have been very proud of our strong and smart class. Miss Judy We visited Underwater World and saw lots of fish and other sea animals. Cherbourg State School Message Stick Page 6 Budjar: The Eagle All year we have been improving our reading writing and numeracy, and in term 2 we completed the Year 2 Net Test. During term 1 year 2 participated in a dance class. Here you can see Jakeem and Gregory practising the Hokey Pokey Budjar the Eagle Water Safety, and trip to Underwater World After learning all about the ocean and beach safety in term 3, a big Perseverence highlight for the year was out Underwater World trip The three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are; first, hard work, second, stick-to-it-iveness, and third, common sense. Thomas Edison Above: Budjar Class enjoyed their visit to Under- water World. Below: Children read from their new books. Possum Magic and Walking Through Cherbourg In term 4 we were exploring the book Possum Magic and learning about Australia. We are also looking forward to our Christmas party at the end of the term! On Wednesday, 3rd December, we saw our finished class book , ‘Walking Through Cherbourg’, for the first time. Some of us read it out at the Book Celebration Cherbourg State School Message Stick Page 7 Karbul: Caring for the Earth: Trolley Gardens: Gardening under Challenge Karbul the Carpet Snake Literacy in action: Karbul students wrote letters to Murgon IGA. Leighann Wessling, the store manager was happy to donate some old trolleys for the mobile garden project. Karbul students worked in 3 teams to plant foam boxes to put in the trolleys. Here Natina Aubrey, Lajiah Hopkins, Glen Hopkins and Lashondah Watcho from the Cool Koala team show their plants. Leighann is pic- tured giving the trolleys to Karbul students Glen Hopkins, Tyreece Simpson and Caring for the Earth Arnold Saltner. Every day the plants were put The sun does not shine upon this outside for sunshine. Even though fair earth to meet frowning eyes, they were sometimes damaged, depend upon it. Karbul children always fixed them Charles Dickens up again. Deadly Dinner Karbul became friends with Mr Pete at the old Cherbourg Market gar- dens. Most weeks we took scraps for Mr Pete’s chooks. He gave us food for the Deadly Dinner we put on for parents in July. We got eggs, a pumpkin and sweet potatoes from Mr Pete. We At the Deadly Dinner: also had chicken curry and Tanya Brown, Sharee Speedy, Lashondah, Raylene some delicious chocolate and Bella Watcho and Tabah Alberts enjoy the desserts. Deadly Dinner Karbul visits Wondai School Gardens During term 4, Karbul class went for a Friday visit to the permaculture gardens at Wondai State School. Karbul students made Dreamtime Story books then went and read them to the Barry, Donella and Glen helped Auntie Carol with cooking. people at Ny-Ku Byun. They also went to Renata, Ethan and Noel helped mix sand, clay and straw USMOB Radio Station and read them to build the cob oven. Arnold, Lashondah and Kayla onto a tape. Aunty Chrissie came to planted seedlings and watered the garden. Everyone got school for a visit. to hold their very tame black hens and Noel even found two eggs in the henhouse. If you would like to see these books, they are in the IKC. After playing on their playground, we had quiches for lunch made from vegetables all grown in the school Caption describing picture or garden and eggs from the school chooks. It was an graphic. excellent day. Wuhjee the Dingo Message Stick December 2008 Page 8 Wuhjee Class Year 4 & 5 Refl ectio Year four and five Wuhjee class “Foll ow e n Currimundi Camp with ffec has had an exciting, busy year jam quie tive We had our second trip away to t ref actio packed full of learning and adven- From lecti n the q on . Currumundi recreational camp. Our will c uiet ture. Here is how our year unfolded: ome refle camp was full of wonderful and excit- tive even ct actio more ion, Term 1 – Me and my community: n.”Pe effe ing activities like body boarding, ter D c- r uc k er Students learnt mapping and report- surfing, kite making, and swimming. ing skills as they mapped their local Children also participated in dancing and wider communities. and other various sports. The stu- dents of Wuhjee class are excep- Year five students completed the tional surfers just like their teacher National Assessment Plan Literacy Mrs. Sinclair and Numeracy test (NAPLAN). This was a very long and difficult test. Year four students completed the Queensland comparable assessment test (QCATS). This was a difficult, Students have been working hard to time consuming science test which finish their end of year exams the students found exciting and performed very well in. Currimundi Camp was lots of fun. Dreamtime Stories Term 2 – Dreamtime: Many creative stories were written as the students learnt about the significance of dreaming and the dreamtime to their culture. Students turned their sto- ries into small books which they These pictures are pages out of chil- created on the computer. dren’s books made this year. Above left:, Jada Duncan, right, Selina Dynevor , lower, Shania. Cobbo Above: Richo, Below, Jalam, performing with the Wakka Wakka Junior Dancers Olympic Games Term 3 – Olympics: Ready, Set, Athletics Day was a fun day and we did very well. Go – Students learnt about the many different Olympic sports, Chinese culture and various geographical features of China. Term 4 – Seasons: Students have learnt about each of the four seasons, learning about the wet and dry seasons for the tropical regions of Australia where many Aboriginal people Wuhjee girls love to lend a helping live today. hand at community events Volume 1, Issue 1 Page 9 Kugu Year 4 & 5 South Burnett and finally the dreamtime stories. The students South Burnett’s place in then wrote their own stories and Queensland. drew pictures to accompany their stories. The children did a lot of geo- Kugu the Owl graphical work in each of these areas locating various major attractions and historical 2008 was the second year that I was places in these regions. teacher for the same group of stu- Res dents, and I was looking forward to We had swimming on Fridays of term pon sibil ity. broadening their learning throughout one and we also tried dancing for the “ We the year. This term we studied the first time with Josh and Andy from a need to t topic “Me & My Community”. In this dance company in Brisbane. own ake thin care topic we looked at the students’ gs a of o fo r nd b ur In term two we learnt about dream- ou r e re place in the Cherbourg community, wor spon time stories. Aunty Venus came into ds a sible and then Cherbourg’s place in the nd a our classroom and talked to us about ctio n s .” Currimundi camp In term two we also went on the dents tried extremely hard and had a plex. This was a great day where all camp to Currimundi. This was an great time. of the students that competed had a excellent camp where the children great time. Term three saw the As the Olympics were in August we who attended had to show good School Athletics Carnival take place. did an Olympic Themed Unit for term behaviour to be allowed to come on All of the students competed coura- three. The students had a great time the camp. Everyone had an awesome geously on the day and had lots of keeping track of the medal tally and time and couldn’t wait to go again. fun. William Langton, Jennifer Bond competing in lots of games in the and Stormylee Fisher did exception- The Cherbourg State School Cross classroom where they had to keep ally well winning the age champion Country Carnival was held and Jenni- track of their own scores. The con- trophy for their respective age fer Bond, Stormylee Fisher and Errol cluding event for the unit was our groups Simpson won their races. All stu- own “Mini Olympics” held in the Com- Tabitha and Willy surfing at Currimundi Filmmaking and other rewards Beach Term four started out as a very busy will be working on Christmas activi- term. In the first week, year four ties and winding down from such a socially and also in their schooling. I her. Well done to the film students. wish them all the best and I hope that students had to complete a Science busy and exciting year. test. This was the basis for our term This year has been very busy with 2009 can be just as good as 2008 Throughout the year students who was for them. topic about the weather and the lots of different things happening showed “Strong & Smart” behaviour seasons. The children also had an- throughout the year. We had good were allowed to attend film classes other camp to Currimundi in which readers and maths students going to with Miss Tanya. The students who they all had a great time. Swimming Mr Hartley every week for some participated in this always had a started again and the students are extension work and they enjoyed great time and whenever I talked to enjoying learning how to swim. Their learning new things. It has been a Tanya about how the children in the strokes are progressing nicely. hectic year where I have enjoyed class were going she always said watching the students progress In the last two weeks the children that they worked extremely well for Cherbourg State School Message Stick Page 10 Friendship Be a friend to thyself, and others will be so too. Gouguhou the Kookaburra Gouguhou Thomas Fuller Term one we got straight into the We were also lucky enough to attend that they were difficult to swing of things in the Googuhou the first school camp of the year to see. This was a very classroom. This terms unit was ‘All Mudjimba. Students drew pictures enjoyable activity and the book about me’ and we focused on occu- and created a book about their camp. looks great! For ANZAC day, pations and jobs that the students students made medals out of Term two our unit was based wanted to learn more about. Stu- paddle pop sticks and choco- around ‘I spy’. Students were im- dents were able to inform people of late éclairs, and we went to the mersed in texts that required looking the different jobs that we had brain- memorial and ate ANZAC bis- hard and finding objects like Where’s stormed in the school and in the cuits as we remembered those Wally and I spy books. Students were community. who fought for us in the war. fortunate enough to work with the End of term 2 saw our semes- Aunty Fiona and Miss Deb were very Ratartat artists and create a ‘Can ter reports being taken home helpful in our classroom, and helped you find’ book of their very own. and shared with our families. all of the students with their re- Students needed to brainstorm search about their job, and with their places in the community and school school work. where they could hide, and then the artists painted the students up so Googuhou children enjoying their very full year learning about the Goldrush, Sun Surf and Safety, and Currimundi Camp. Sun, Surf and Safety Term three was one of the busiest by visiting the different activities that area. Week 3 was our camp at Curri- terms. Not only were we focusing on classes had planned, and in week 3 we mundi and all students enjoyed swim- Sun Surf and Safety, but we also ran, jumped and cheered as our annual ming, surfing and making kites. Stu- learnt more about the Olympics. sports day was held. Tirzah from our dents worked hard on their testing and Students were able to talk about class was fortunate enough to claim age then had some Christmas activities. In safety at the beach and champion for her age week 8 students performed the ‘Hungry then they were able to tally group. Well done Tirzah! Caterpillar’ at Awards Morning, and in up the Olympic medals won week 9 enjoyed an excursion to the To finish the term, stu- by different countries. We cinema and lunch at McDonalds. 2008 dents had a popcorn and wrote to Australian Olympi- has been a very busy year for the stu- DVD party and went to ans wishing them luck, and dents of Googuhou! rest up for our final term worked on Olympic Power- of the year. points in our computer sessions with Miss Madonna. Term four has already been an ex- tremely busy term. Our unit this term is In week 2 we celebrated NAIDOC day Cherbourg State School Message Stick Page 11 Gnooyee Over the course of year the seven year 5-7 boys in Gnooyee have par- ticipated in the Back on Track pro- gram that has aimed to reengage the students with education by using strong parental/carer consultation in the development of the modified curriculum. The boys are proud of their achieve- ments and have a picture wall to Gnooyee the Emu remind them of some of the fun things they have done through the year. Indigenous Studies HOPE The boys have worked with Pop Les Stewart with their Indigenous Stud- FOR ies and have made two rafts from the bark of a Blue Gum, identified a series of plants for food and medical THE purposes, developed their painting skills, and learnt more about the FUTURE history of Cherbourg. The boys have spent a lot of time out doors, helping Pop John prepare the oval for the Athletics Day sports, camping and making rafts. Calendar for 2009 Back on Track School Resumes – Term 1 27 January – 9 April During this program the boys have The boys starred in the film, Easter 10 – 13 April learnt how to use money effectively “Cherbourg Seasons”. They have School Resumes –Term 2 20 April – 26 June in a variety of commercial settings some impressive skills on the cricket 25 April: Public Holiday for Anzac Day such as at IGA. pitch and footy oval. 4 May: Public Holiday for Labour Day They have also developed their cook- Well done boys! ing as well as their cleaning up skills 8 June- Public Holiday for Queen’s Birthday through their twice weekly lunches. These skills were showcased on the School Resumes –Term 3 13 July – 18 September Deadly Dinner night. Student Free Day: School Resumes- Term 4 5 October – 11 December Cherbourg State School Message Stick Page 12 Gilgil the Perch Gilgil: Silver Lining: Cherbourg Futures On the 9/10/2008, Gilgil class went to Silver Lining to talk about Cher- bourg of the future. Ms Angela or- ganised the day. We saw film clips about people making models of Cher- bourg community We thought about what would be needed in the commu- nity to make it a great place and safe for its children of the future. Then we made posters to show what we had thought of. Some of the beautiful girls at the Year 7 Cherbourg children making posters of Cherbourg in the Future at Silver Lining. Graduation night. Mr King said that there are 4 rules to Transition: from Primary to High School Graduation Night follow to do well; Respect, Responsibil- ity Safety and Participation. On the 4th of December, Year Sev- In an art class, we did a picture of a On the same day, Year 7 students Bruce Simpson said we needed to be ens enjoyed a day visit to Murgon house, a road, with trees and hills. In celebrated at the Nurunderi TAFE. healthy and get a good Education. Bruce State High School to prepare for next cooking, we made yum yum balls Everyone was dressed in their best told us about when he was small and too year. Us Cherbourg kids had to go which tasted great. clothes and looked fantastic. They shy to speak but now he is the boss at were wearing white, purple, black, Barambah Health. into different class to see what it brown and blue dresses. Some would be like next year. boys were wearing jeans and Ms Jo Ross said to be strong and smart, Some year 7s from Murgon, St white t-shirts. Mums, Dads, be a great person and not let anyone put Aunties, and Uncles came and you down. Joesph’s and Gympie year sevens watched and all enjoyed them- came too. We all had fun; the food selves. It was a great night out. Aunty Tricia said she had experienced was very nice. We had sand- There were speeches by Mr Brian lots of difficulties, and there were times wiches, drinks and sausages for King, the Murgon High School when she didn’t think she could go on, lunch. They gave us a map of the Principal, Ms Jo Ross, Uncle Bruce but now has completed her RATEP school so none of us would get lost Year 7 boys celebrating the comple- Simpson, and Aunty Tricia. course, and is looking forward to teach- but we all knew where the office was. tion of Primary School. ing her own class. Ms Madonna said she will miss us, and gave all of the year 7s presents. Reporters Ms Joan Alberts, Ms Sally Cobbo The Graduation class and their teachers of 2008 on ssiws pa C om ho kno and to l e w ow wil “On to sh dness r than how ept kin d bette acc frien ssion” a be posse s any hocle So p Cherbourg State School Message Stick Page 13 Bulumbeer: Getting ready for High School Bulumbeer the Butterfly Bulumbeer class has worked ex- tremely hard this year to prepare students for Year 7 and High School. We have completed units on Our Body, the Environment, and Austra- lian History. Students have com- pleted PowerPoint presentations on various parts of the body, various diseases, and how they affect our bodies. Students preparing for High School need skills in literacy, numeracy, computing, and social skills for communicating with and relating to others, teachers, peers, and the general community. It takes a community to raise a child, and in these students, we see a culmination of the effort, enthusiasm, and input of many people, many activities, many learning opportunities. We wish these students well for their future. Australian History: 800 Word Narrative Students said they couldn’t do it, but Please look on the website in the end, we were proud to say, they did complete an 800 word nar- at rative taking on a character from www.cherbourss.eq.edu.au Early Australia. Students have com- pleted PowerPoint presentations on to see more pictures and an Australian explorer, and have stories. learnt lots of interesting facts about botanists, sailors, governors, con- victs and the Aboriginal people of the e e to area where the explorers travelled. tienicgs com Paood th n wait” o “G e wh s Values Board tho Bulumbeer class made a Values with them as they move onto High Board this semester. Each student School, or into the Senior group next made ‘Excellence Certificates’ for year. These students need to be role another student and said how the models for younger ones, demon- other student demonstrated strating the truth of the values, and ‘Excellence’. how they work in life. Every student is very happy to see that they are excellent in some ar- eas, and it helps them to see it in Uncle Frank teaching Values, and the Bulumbeer Values Board with an others also. Excellence Certificate for each These are values for students to take student made by their peers. Cherbourg State School Message Stick Page 14 DEDICATION Grounds and Buildings Maintenance, Breakfast Program & Tuckshop There are many people who make a difference for Cherbourg State School. These people and agencies work tirelessly for improvement for others, and to make the world a better place. We appreciate the support given by Silver Lining; breakfast, uniforms, barbeques, lunches and all sorts of encouragement. Pop John and the Cleaners do a wonderful job, cleaning, mentoring students and staff, making the school a better place. We thank you all, and recognise others also. Please see the Principal’s report. Children enjoy cereal, fruit and milk for breakfast, starting the day on a healthy note, and can buy healthy food for Lunch from the tuckshop. We said Goodbye and a huge thanks to Colleen, and thanks to Barbara for continuing the work. Physical Education It has been great to see improved skills. Soccer has been introduced soccer for the lower behaviour and enthusiasm from the grades to improve their agility skills, and it has also helped children in the programs we have with team work. This last semester softball has been intro- offered this year. They really enjoyed duced as a summer sport along with cricket. Most children the camps @ Currimundi and A Flat. Our enjoyed the swimming program with some learning to swim interschool football and netball compe- which is most important. I wish to thank all the children for a titions were well supported. The boys good year and also those parents who have helped on sport who went to Brisbane with me to play days. Jim Hartley, P.E teacher. AFL won their game and learnt new Pop John not only cares for the grounds, but he also helps prepare the oval for special events. Left: 2008 medal winners, below, high jump competition. Music Music students have been working on Special mention should be made of: Here is another career opportunity for students who enjoy music. three new values songs – Excellence, Josh Warner for his enthusiasm and perseverance Bulumbeer composed their own Values Song, and recorded it with Enthusiasm and Peacefulness. Michael Aubrey as most improved student Music Teacher, Maynard Heap’s help. Students enjoyed these new songs on the block, especially Enthusiasm , with its mad little beat and bass line. fg h jk l ;zx c ui v Another music adventure was "Bass Creations - Hit The Road Cats". Stu- dents loved joining in on the chorus. Our free rap song "Respect Others – Music Rules" gave everyone a chance to reflect upon the things that were happening at school and beyond, before coming together in song on the chorus. Cherbourg State School Message Stick Page 15 IKC & ICTs Books, Books, Books Project Tuesday and Wednesday were very exciting days when Cher- A Better World’ film competition. Congratulations bourg State School celebrated the completion of a set of beauti- also to our Film teacher, Miss Tanya, who was ful new books made at school by students, teachers and friends, named Film Teacher of the Year in Melbourne at the and sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation, Microsoft and Australian Teachers of Media ( ATOM) awards. ZigZag. These books have been created, designed, and now Filmmaking Students created a number of films published in order to provide books made in the Cherbourg using different genres. The winning film, “Nails” was community for Cherbourg children. Ratartat artists, Peter and a story that taught Values about taking responsibil- Geoff have worked with Cherbourg children over several years, ity for our words and actions and recognising that teaching valuable art techniques that have been used through all when we hurt others, it leaves marks on their lives. of the books. Original works are hanging in the IKC, painted on the buildings, and as covers for the books. Another films gave information about what happens during Cherbourg’s Seasons, now and in the past, Some of the books made were also created as films. Students one is about the families of students in one class. Sally and Joan filmed the Pre-Prep Open- are learning very valuable skills in filmmaking, editing and acting One very creative film has you guessing where the ing. They have had excellent experience from their Film Teacher Miss Tanya Schneider. and have been part of teams who have children are hidden and provides a story that will be won filmmaking awards over three suc- We are very proud of our young film makers for creating a film enjoyed by Cherbourg people and students for many cessive years. Well done! which won a prize in the Senior Filmmaking section of the ‘Dream years. ICT skills and Futures Computer Teacher, Ms Madonna on The Body and Explorers in Power- for them and for their futures. travels to Cherbourg 2 days per Point, and weather charts, and Olym- Ms Zona Hussey-Smith has been week and teaches children valuable pic Games results in chart form. working with the Elders to create and computing skills. Students are de- The skills here will enhance student’s embed their vision for the future, veloping skills in PowerPoint, Word work, its presentation, and their and to embed Indigenous Perspec- Processing, Excel charts, some competency in general computer tives in the Curriculum. A compre- digital image manipulation, keyboard- use . Almost every employment hensive school plan will include all of ing and presentation. Students are possibility demands computing skills. these elements and beyond to ensure becoming more confident to put their Cherbourg students will have a range a school that prepares Cherbourg thoughts to paper, and have now of skills that will be very important students for successful futures. completed an 800 word essay, work Books, Books, Books Project Every class made books during the The sponsorship by Smith Family, ZigZag books, and the children and staff who year. Some different genres used and Microsoft was invaluable, but also worked on them also gained valuable were; narrative, mystery, recount, provided impetus to get the job done to knowledge to be used in future pro- historical and present day informa- a timeline in order to see a result by the jects and workplaces. The books are a tion. end of the year. Robyn Hofmeyr worked precious, unique start to a collection tirelessly to help the school achieve a which can only add value to the school The process created great teaching wonderful result, books and films that as classes continue to create books opportunities. Students learnt dif- are relevant, planned, interesting, and into the future. ferent skills in different classes, for exciting for the children of Cherbourg. example; storyboarding, planning, editing, illustrating, printing tech- Educational opportunities abound for niques, filming, acting and some developing resources to use with these facets of publishing and marketing. Above: Year 2 students with their book, ‘Walking through Cherbourg’, with representatives from Microsoft and Smith Family who sponsored the ‘Books, Books, Books Project. Below: Principal Ms Jo Ross shows ’ Cherbourg Seasons’ book and tells how it will be used in classrooms. Cherbourg State School PO Box 158, Murgon, Q. 4605, Australia Phone: 07 4169 9333, Fax: 07 4169 9300 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.cherbourss.eq.edu.au ‘Cherbourg Jarjums: Strong & Safe—Child Sexual Embedding Indigenous Perspectives in the Curriculum Facilities Abuse Prevention Program’ A resource package has been developed to help We have made many improvements to our school Staff in our school have been researching and devel- schools ensure that Indigenous Perspectives are this year and have many more planned in 2009. We oping a child sexual abuse prevention program to embedded in their curriculum and taught in their are proud of how clean and tidy our school looks deliver in our school to all classes next year. This classrooms in a planned and organised way. The and visitors regularly comment about this. program is supported by the Dept of Communities and package includes units of work, information sheets, the CMC as a result of community and agency requests posters, books, DVDs and an extensive list of useful A big thank you on behalf of our students and staff through the Negotiation Table over the past four years. websites. Thank you to Samantha Berlin for re- to our Groundsman, John Stanley and cleaners searching and writing the units and to Zona Hussey- Dori Bird, Karen Jacobs, Lainey Fisher and Leisha The effectiveness of the program will be evaluated by Button. This team won a 2008 Regional Clean Smith and Robert Clancy for their advice and guid- researchers from the CMC. Thank you to our Head of Schools award for their hard work keeping our ance. Special Education Services, Vanessa Boal, for the school clean and safe. extensive work that she has done coordinating the ‘Cherbourg Time: Young, Black & Deadly Art:03-07’ development of the program. A wonderful collection of Cherbourg State School Tuckshop student artwork gathered over the last 6 years was Our tuckshop runs every day and provides healthy Filmmaking displayed in a beautiful exhibition at QUT. It was food to students and staff so that they can con- Cherbourg students won the ‘Dream a Better World’ highly acclaimed and was a fantastic way to cele- tinue to learn and teach well. I’d like to acknowl- film festival Senior Film maker award for the third brate our students’ talent. I’d like to thank our edge Colleen Reinke, who has moved on from Cher- year in a row!! This is a great achievement against the RATARTAT artists, Peter Widmar and Jeff Bonney for bourg school after managing it for the last 8 years. best in Australia. The students have created, acted, their ongoing work with our students. A big thanks Thanks to Barbara Walsh and Kerry Gordon for filmed and edited a range of films this year and these also to our local artists who regularly work with our continuing to keep our tuckshop running smoothly. were enjoyed by our students and community mem- students. We have continued to integrate our art into bers at our recent Film Festival held in the IKC. Support for our school the curriculum with our book publishing project Throughout the year our school is supported by Tanya Schneider won best film teacher in the Austra- throughout the year. many agencies and groups in Cherbourg and the lian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards. This is an Aus- surrounding areas. We value these partnerships Corroboree Team tralia wide competition and Tanya was recognised for Our boys have performed on a number of occasions and want to thank the people involved for their her exemplary teaching skills that she uses regularly ongoing support for our school. throughout the year. They have cooperated with to guide our students to produce films of a high stan- each other and danced with pride. They are all great dard- I believe the best in any Queensland primary Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council ambassadors when representing our school. Thank school. Health Teams- Community Health, Barambah Re- you to Frank Malone and Kenny Day for training and gional Medical Service, Cherbourg Hospital Books, Books, Books Project encouraging the boys. A large number of our All classes were involved in planning, writing and illus- younger boys aspire to be members of the corrobo- • CTC- Connections trating a range of books through the year. Eight new ree team. To be accepted they have to come to • Silver Lining Foundation books have been produced and were launched at our school regularly, try their hardest in class and show • Kids for Life respect in the school, playground and community. • Smith Family and Microsoft recent Book Celebration. A big thank you to Robyn • Us Mob Radio Station Hofmeyr who coordinated this project and to the Smith School support • Barambah Men’s Group Family and Microsoft Australia for their support and Cherbourg Critical Incident Women’s Our school runs efficiently and effectively due to the • sponsorship. Terry Kearney our Education Queensland Group hard work from our Administration Team. Sheri Assistant Director General is assisting us to develop a • Safe Haven Hagan handles any inquiries from parents, students business plan to market our books effectively to pro- • Jumbunna and staff as well as coordinating our First Aid and duce funds to keep the project going. • Jundah health team visits and a range of other school • Dept of Child Safety and BACCA This project incorporates the use of ICTs- the new events. Helen Weller, our Business Services Manager • Cherbourg Police literacy of the world today, through the use of com- takes care of Finance, Human Resources and some • Sport and Rec QLD puters, cameras and various editing software. Our Facilities areas. Our Audit report this year was at a • DEEWR students have gained many valuable computer skills very high standard, the best in 12 years. Our stan- • and we thank Madonna Cullinan for her enthusiastic ICT dard of accountability is very high. Thanks to Helen We are truly blessed by the ongoing support from teaching. Our Year 7 students take an excellent set of and Sheri for their tireless work supporting students staff, parents and the community. We thank you all for helping our students to stay ICT skills to equip them through High School . and setting up processes so our school runs well. STRONG and SMART.