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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.
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.
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.