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TERM 3, 2019

I have talked about term 3 being the “bogey term” before. Tradies don’t talk about week 9, term 3 being tough. Neither do hairdressers or chemists. There are real rhythms in schools, don’t get me wrong. Kids feel them and so do staff. At Oakey High this term, we have worked hard and smart to not let term three get us down. I want to thank everyone who has refused to buy into this and continued to put the kids first.

SUSPENSIONS

Speaking of things that are down-Suspension are down- 15%. That is great news and in no small part thanks to the HUB and the staff who work there. Internal suspensions are up but most parents appreciate these. That said, we won’t have foul language directed at teachers, fighting or simply refusing to follow polite directions to interfere with the learning of others.

FORMAL

Very exciting event this. Hoping everyone who wants to go, can. That said, there are conditions around attendance that have been in the newsletter recently and contained in a letter being given to 40 odd students in year 12, as I type. If you need to let me know of a compassionate reason behind your child not meeting any of these clearly outlined standards-, please make a time to see me ASAP. I will not be at the formal this year as my son is graduating from HSC and while I love Oakey-, I love him more.

STAFFING

Lots happening. Jake McGrath has given wonderful service as the Senior Schooling HOD but moves on to a new opportunity in term 4. Lachlan O’Connell moves into his place and long serving teacher Mark Ashley becomes the new member of the HOD team. Marg Vlietstra has served the school for many decades. She is moving towards retirement and we wish her the absolute best. Anne Ehrich is an experienced Business Manager and joins us in term 4.

BYOX

Rob Cantle and the staff have done a brilliant job introducing BYOX to the school. It looks effortless but of course, it isn’t. Please make sure you attend next term’s info night for 2020. A yellow flyer went home in the last week of term 3.

Danny Keenan

Principal