Principal's blog 12 December 2018


Dear Families

What a superb way to finish 2018 with the Junior Gold ceremony inclusive of the wonderful speech from former graduate Dr Fariha Alam


Term 4 report cards will be emailed this week
Looking ahead to 2019:
  • Speaking of report cards, as mentioned at different times this year, report cards from 2019 on will be communicated through Q Parents as opposed to email. All families have had their invitations sent and the code, necessary for you to enlist to Q Parents, is in that invitation. Please do contact our main office should you require any further assistance. Q Parents is truly a one stop shop! You are able to access your child’s timetable, attendance records, your school fee account as well as make online payments and you are able to notify of absences
  • BYOD [Bring your own Device] – 2019 sees all of our year levels 7-12 bringing their own devices. If you are looking to purchase a laptop over Xmas please check our website (the BYOD Program and BOD Agreement can be accessed from Quicklinks on the Home Page) for the specifications recommended for the device – very important to do as the machine will need sufficient memory and capacity depending on the grade of your child. Remember also that you do not need to purchase any Office software as all is embodied in the BYOD agreement with schools saving families hundreds of dollars. Our Network Administrator advises that $700 will provide a quality machine so beware the temptation to purchase any seemingly attractive offer over and above such price
  • First day of school for years 7, 8 and 12 is Tuesday 29 January – and for years 9,10 and 11 – Wednesday 30 January. All students on this day are required to wear full formal uniform inclusive of lace up black leather shoes


Parent nights upcoming:

  • Thursday 21 February 6.30pm in  our CHSHS Hall – presenter Maree Crabbe with the topic ‘It’s time we talked’. Please view Maree’s profile on her website to see the esteem in which she is held Australia wide. This topic refers to strong evidence of the incidence of boys and girls accessing inappropriate sexual material online and its link to later domestic and family violence. Consistent research has the age for girls at 16 and boys at 13 with heightened access beginning in primary school. Maree will talk with parents about this research and how to track such access. She has been engaged by our Darling Downs Secondary Principals Association, a wonderfully collegial and proactive group which comprises Principals of all 21 secondary schools within and around Toowoomba and across all sectors, state, independent and catholic. As we discuss it is hard to have a conversation around ending future domestic and family violence without ending one of the main causes of it – boys and girls viewing inappropriate sexual material
  • Thursday 14 March – 6.00pm in our CHSHS Hallpresenter Rachel Downie, creator of the software program Stymie. Stymie is an online anonymous reporting tool that students may use when advising of harm done whether it be to a fellow student or facilities. In our school we have a deliberately orchestrated culture of encouraging students to report, in confidence, online bullying or bullying of any sort, knowledge of vandalism as well as letting us know if they become aware of difficulties experienced by their friends. This culture is fostered because we do not wish for our young people to grow up to ignore what is societally wrong – we are compelled to create a culture of ethical by-standing in the knowledge that ‘the standard we walk past is the standard we accept’. We wish for our young people to think that they can do something to help their friends or others in need. My intention is to retain and continue to foster such culture – it works so very well within our school. In adopting Stymie, which we will be doing to begin term 2 next year, it will allow our students to additionally report online to our staff if they are having trouble with face to face contact. On 14 March, Rachel will present to our students and after school same day, to our staff and then to our families at night. Rachel has already this year spoken with our staff and student leadership group who have all roundly endorsed our adoption of the program. Stymie is already used in multiple schools across Australia and is now making its way into New Zealand schools


Very best wishes for the Christmas and holiday period. Enjoy this time with your families.


Maryanne Walsh

Executive Principal
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