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Principal’s welcome

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Welcome to 2020! Is anyone old enough to remember a science fiction show (way last century) called Space 1999? I loved it- set in the distant future- now we are at 2020- mind blowing.

I was fortunate enough to be in Tokyo during the recent holidays and this expanded my view of the words mind blowing. It is enormous. Makes Sydney look like a sleepy country town. I loved being there with the family and it would have been easy to feel as if I was returning to a "small place" but that's not how I see it.

I already had an early 2019 Christmas present when the last OP scores ever came out. Oakey High said goodbye to this system in style. Two of our academic wizards got OP 2s. Only 500 students across the State were awarded OP 1 and we got 2x2. Clever students, clever teachers, clever supportive families.

While the OP is now consigned to history, we recorded the enviable statistics of OP 1-15 being 91% and OP 1-5 16%. These figures would be the envy of most State and independent schools. I salute the 80 odd staff who work here and lay the foundations for our success.

We have a number of new teachers and support staff in 2020 and they have all hit the ground running and will make wonderful contributions to the school.

We look like having about 530 students this year- a record in recent years. We look like having about 95 year 7s. Our year 12s will of course be the first cohort to get an ATAR. The year 11 end of 2019 results were very pleasing and we will build on these in 2020.

Engaged attendance is and will always be (in the near future) our # 1 Priority. I was embarrassed to see our whole school attendance for 2019 slip into the 88th percentile. That is not us. No way.

We cannot be successful if students are here 88% of the time.

ONE full day absent every 2 weeks puts you at 90%. We understand there is family hardship and sickness but when that is not the case-, kids need to be at school. Looking forward to a sensational 2020 working together.

 

Danny Keenan

Principal


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Last reviewed 26 February 2020
Last updated 26 February 2020