Term 1 2019
At the beginning of this year, we welcomed seven new students, three from Japan, one from Brazil, two from China, one from Hong Kong.
All our students have immersed themselves in school life here at Centenary Heights State High School. They have made a lot of friends and have become an integral part of the school community. Our Japanese students have also volunteered to be buddies for our Term 1 visiting Japanese Study Tour groups. Most recently, they have been actively involved in Harmony Day Celebrations. The girls were asked to sing and dance a traditional Japanese song in traditional costumes for our school for Harmony Day Celebrations. They were also invited to perform at one of the local primary schools and at the Toowoomba Regional Council’s Harmony Day Celebrations held in the town’s Civic Square. The crowd at Civic Square thoroughly enjoyed their performance. The students were a popular attraction with photographers wanting to take their photos. One in particular was the photographer for the local newspaper, the Toowoomba Chronicle. Moe and Kurumi’s beaming smiles on Page 31 of the paper rejoicing in the theme of Harmony Day – ‘everyone belongs’.
In the last week of term 1, we took the students down to the Gold Coast for our annual Beach Safety excursion. The surf at our regular location at Burleigh Heads was a little too rough so it was relocated to Tallebudgera Creek. Queensland Surf Life Saving once again did a wonderful job of teaching the students about beach safety and the importance of knowing what the different flags flown at the beach mean. After a short safety briefing, the students got to participate in a number of beach games and practice their life saving techniques. The students got to finish off their time at the beach with a quick lesson on how to use the surf rescue paddle board as well as some free time for a dip in Tallebudgera Creek.