Western stu­dents im­press

Western Times - - ALL SCHOOL NEWS 2018 -

CHARLEVILLE STATE HIGH SCHOOL: The school year of 2018 at Charleville State High School has once again been in­cred­i­ble, filled with amaz­ing ef­forts and achieve­ments of so many of the stu­dents and staff of this ex­tra­or­di­nary school.

The school year com­menced with the in­cred­i­ble news that Zoe Aspinall, one of our Year 12 stu­dents from 2017, achieved the amaz­ing out­come of an OP1, the high­est re­sult achiev­able in the cur­rent OP sys­tem.

A num­ber of other stu­dents also re­ceived ex­cel­lent sin­gle-digit OP re­sults, pro­vid­ing them with a mul­ti­tude of ter­tiary study op­tions in their fu­ture.

This was a fan­tas­tic out­come and a great re­minder that stu­dents at Charleville State High School can achieve at the high­est level. Soon af­ter this, an ar­ti­cle in

recog­nised the fact Charleville State High School was the num­ber 1 school in the state for stu­dents achiev­ing re­sults above their so­cio-eco­nomic ex­pec­ta­tions.

The school was also ac­knowl­edged for be­ing the school with the high­est per­cent­age of Year 12 stu­dents com­plet­ing an OP path­way in the state.

This was much-de­served ac­cla­ma­tion for the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of the staff at our school, our high ex­pec­ta­tions, and for en­cour­ag­ing our stu­dents that the “sky is the limit”.

This year saw the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the MESH pro­gram, a pro­gram that ex­tends and chal­lenges the higher per­form­ing stu­dents in Years 7–10.

The stu­dents have shown a will­ing­ness to ac­cept the chal­lenges given to them and have ex­celled in de­vel­op­ing their think­ing skills.

These skills will be es­sen­tial for suc­cess in the new se­nior SATE sys­tem com­menc­ing in 2019. SATE stands for Se­nior As­sess­ment and Ter­tiary En­trance and is the new sys­tem Year 11 stu­dents will be­gin Charleville SHS stu­dents at the Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice.

in 2019.

All stu­dents in Years 8–9 also found them­selves striv­ing to at­tain their JCE, the Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion. This is an­other ini­tia­tive started in the school to re­ward and ac­knowl­edge stu­dents for aca­demic suc­cess, as well as pre­par­ing stu­dents for as­pects of the se­nior QCE ex­pec­ta­tions and re­quire­ments.

Pos­i­tive part­ner­ships are one of core fo­cus ar­eas of the school im­prove­ment agenda. Two ex­cep­tional ex­am­ples of these part­ner­ships in ac­tion this year for the ben­e­fit of our stu­dents are the Year 10 work ex­pe­ri­ence pro­gram and the Ban­garra dance pro­gram.

Both ini­tia­tives greatly as­sisted and sup­ported our stu­dents’ growth, and were only made pos­si­ble by the in­cred­i­ble sup­port of the town busi­ness com­mu­nity, which took our stu­dents in for a week of work ex­pe­ri­ence, the Mer­weh Shire Coun­cil, Cwaat­sich and the HOPE foun­da­tion.

Stu­dents are also en­cour­aged to en­gage with our com­mu­nity and have con­trib­uted to the com­mu­nity

in many ways through­out the year. Stu­dents con­trib­uted to An­zac Day com­mem­o­ra­tions, NAIDOC cel­e­bra­tions, and the Queens Ba­ton Re­lay.

Stu­dents have been in­volved in the com­mu­nity through ac­tiv­i­ties with Healthy Age­ing, and through the Charleville Mates pro­grams where stu­dents visit and work with pri­mary stu­dents weekly.

One of our in­cred­i­ble se­nior stu­dents, Ms Brea Frouseger, trav­elled to Bris­bane this year to be in­volved in a min­is­te­rial coun­cil into bul­ly­ing, work­ing closely with the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion and other stu­dent lead­ers from across the state on this very im­por­tant is­sue.

At Charleville State High School, we pride our­selves on pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence as many ed­u­ca­tional and life ex­pe­ri­ences as we can.

This is achieved through the com­mit­ment and time given by our ded­i­cated teach­ers and staff.

The num­ber of ex­pe­ri­ences of­fered to the stu­dents is ex­ten­sive, with year level camp­ing ex­pe­ri­ences this year in­clud­ing the Year 7 camp to Emu Gully, the Year 11 camp to Ma­roon Dam and an un­for­get­table Year 9 camp to the Noosa North Shore.

The school has or­gan­ised many vis­i­tors to the school as well to help mo­ti­vate and in­spire our stu­dents. Stu­dents have had the op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with sport­ing heroes Scott Prince, Romelda Aiken, Petro Civon­iceva, Vicki Wil­son, Brian Kerle, Dar­ryl White, Ali­son McKel­lar, Chris Walker, lo­cal hero Kurt Capewell, as well as the great Dar­ren Lock­yer.

Some stu­dents had an op­por­tu­nity to lis­ten to the fa­mous ma­gi­cian, Cosentino, who daz­zled them with his magic, but more im­por­tantly, pas­sion­ately spoke to them about the power of read­ing.

Stu­dents also had the op­por­tu­nity to work with and star in a Josh Arnold mu­sic video, a project com­pleted in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the lo­cal pri­mary schools.

Our school stu­dent lead­ers also had an op­por­tu­nity to meet and speak to then-Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull at the time of his visit to Charleville.

The school con­tin­ues to de­velop sport­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with teams trav­el­ling to the All Schools Touch foot­ball cham­pi­onships in Bris­bane and the All Schools Vol­ley­ball cham­pi­onships in Toowoomba, where our boys’ team won bronze for their divi­sion.

The girls’ vol­ley­ball team also trav­elled to the Gold Coast for an open com­pe­ti­tion where they per­formed ex­tremely well.

Other op­por­tu­ni­ties of­fered this year in­clude the Deadly Re­cruits camp, Be­yond Year 10 camp, the HPV 24 Hour Tech­nol­ogy chal­lenge race, and our re­wards trip to Movie World.

Our par­ent and com­mu­nity mem­bers have con­tin­ued to sup­port the school, in­clud­ing as­sist­ing with the trivia night fundraiser, the in­au­gu­ral Fa­ther’s Day break­fast, a num­ber of other fundrais­ing events, as well as school ac­tiv­i­ties such as break­fast for the Year 12 stu­dents prior to the QCS tests.

It has truly been a busy and re­mark­able 2018 and we are all look­ing for­ward to an­other fan­tas­tic year at Charleville State high School in 2019.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

HIGH FLY­ERS: Charleville State High School Year 12 stu­dents packed a lot in dur­ing their last year at school.

Charleville SHS stu­dents at An­zac Day march.

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