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Principal's Update - Term One

4/03/2015

We have had a great start to the year with students and staff settling into routine and applying themselves to safe, respectful and responsible learning. We welcomed more than 40 new students this year in addition to more than 170 Prep children beginning their learning journey at our school.  We hope these children and their families are getting used to the school environment and expectations, forming friendships and enjoying learning.
We certainly have much to look forward to in the year ahead. Of course we will maintain our focus on learning, supporting and challenging students to achieve at their best. We will continue to utilise tools like QAR and Spelling Mastery to support academic success.  Importantly, Edge Hill students will be offered a range of experiences and opportunities so they may find and develop their own strengths and interests.
We are pleased to have extended our Language Other Than English (LOTE) program this year to engage our youngest learners. Japanese is now taught from Prep to Year 6. Plans are already underway for our annual Japan Trip which offers students from Year 6 the chance to experience the culture of Japan first hand.
We recently hosted the Cairns and District Chinese Association Inc. Lion Dancers in celebration of Chinese New Year. Our school focus on Studies of Asia across curriculum make annual events such as this both memorable and meaningful. We will continue to explore and engage in cultural activities that encourage tolerance and respect for diversity.
Or first visiting International Study Tour group arrived in February and we were excited to be hosting a group from Hong Kong for the first time. Later in the year students from schools in Japan will spend time at Edge Hill getting to know our students and developing language skills. 
We are anticipating additional enrolments through the Education Queensland International – International Student Program and are pleased to see many of our existing ISP students return to study this year. Our school continues to reflect cultural diversity with more than 20% of students speaking a language other than English and having family origins overseas.
Parents of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can also participate in learning at Edge Hill. The successful Easy English program initiated last year will be made available again in 2015. We can take the details of interested persons at the office and pass them along to the program’s convenor.
Once again we anticipate a stellar sporting year at Edge Hill State School. The pool is being well used already by students from Year 1 – 6. Senior students have begun inter-school sports and are enjoying AFL, Basketball, Soccer and Hockey on Friday afternoons. We are confident we will have students representing our school at peninsula competitions later in the year. We also have group training occurring on Thursday afternoons in preparation for Cross Country which is scheduled for the last day of Term One.
We look forward to offering  exciting adventures and external learning opportunities for all of our students in 2015. Excursions and Camps are always a highlight of the schooling year. Year 6 students are already preparing for their 3 day/ 2 night class camps at Holloways Beach Environmental Education Centre between March 16 and April 1. Year 5 students will take their whole year level adventure at Mungalli Falls in June.
Developing musicians have commenced their instrumental lessons, ensemble and choir rehearsals. After last year’s success at Fanfare and Eisteddfod we are hoping to see some wonderful performances from these groups as the year continues. Year 2 students have begun rehearsing The Noble Gnarble, a musical for junior students scheduled for Term Two. This year we will also be producing a Senior Musical with students from Years 4 – 6.
The delightful Butterfly Wings Parent/ Child program has also begun again for the year and is as popular as ever. This activity is held weekly on Wednesday mornings in the Environment Centre. The program is designed for children aged between 2 and 5 and their parents and can support early literacy and build confidence. 
As always we look forward to the annual events hosted by our wonderful P&C. The Big Family Breakfast is to be held on May 20 and is a great opportunity to share a meal with the school community and enjoy entertainment from our music ensembles. The Fete is set to be another big event on the social calendar and the P&C is already busy planning. They are always happy to accept support from parents and value any contribution that can be made.
Finally, this year is Edge Hill State School’s 75th Birthday. We are looking forward to celebrations to mark this milestone in October. We are planning activities involving former and current students and staff and we are certain there will be much to remember and share. If you are interested in being included in news and information about our 75th Anniversary – From Ink Pots to Ipads celebrations you can visit our 75th Anniversary facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/75yrsEHSS  or email: 75years@edgehillss.eq.edu.au
We look forward to linking and learning together in 2015.