In recent times we have made an effort in a variety of ways to acknowledge the positive effort of so many students. At the beginning of each term we acknowledge the students who receive excellent ratings for application and effort towards their subjects (Application, Behaviour & Organisation on the Term 1 report). A list of those students appears in this week's newsletter.
Year 10 students are out on Expedition this week. The Expedition Program helps the College nurture resilience, team-work, initiative, problem-solving and leadership qualities in students. The program is aimed at developing self-reliance and team work beyond the school environment and involves every student in the school (as well as many members of staff) in a yearly expedition to remote and unique locations in Far North Queensland.
Special thanks must go to Mr Ryan Mawdsley and Mr Mike Tolley for their ongoing support of this program.
National Assessment Program Literacy & Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2018 will be occurring in all schools from 15th - 17th May. NAPLAN is designed to provide data on a student’s literacy and numeracy achievements. It complements school assess-ment and provides nationally comparable data that allow for objective discussions, for successes to be celebrated, additional support focussed where it is needed and to address areas requiring improvement. NAPLAN allows for an understanding of a child’s literacy and numeracy ability at a school, state and national level. It helps governments to know whether programs designed to improve student literacy and numeracy are effective. It assists parents to know how their child is tracking against students in the same year level across Australia. NAPLAN 2018 results will be provided to schools from mid-August to mid-September. More information about NAPLAN tests and the National Assessment Program can be found by visiting the NAP website (www.nap.edu.au).
Best wishes to those students who are competing in the 2018 Wheelbarrow Race. The Wheelbarrow Race is a 3 stage team relay event from Friday, 18 May to Sunday, 20 May where competitors push a wheelbarrow from Chillagoe to Mareeba along the Wheelbarrow Highway.
ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL
A group of seven talented students from MSB performed in the FNQ Amateur Theatre Association’s One-Act Play Festival over the long weekend. The actors produced excellent performances and our two plays were very well received by the audience and the adjudicator. The standard this year was particularly high, and our group held their own beside some of the best theatre companies from as far afield as Cairns, Townville and Mt Isa. Alex Broun, the adjudicator, was thrilled that we had chosen one of his plays, Twenty Dollars, to perform and enjoyed our casting choices. Kshama Moon, Blossom Turner, Jessica Clauss, Emmy Riber and Freya Mathews starred in this short drama about trust and loyalty, with Blossom Turner a runner-up for Best Actress in a Junior Play for her performance as the bully. Jack in the Box, our second play, starring Stacey Edwards, Tia Dewley-Vokes, Emmy Riber, Blossom Turner and Jessica Clauss, was an unsettling story about a mysterious box that can make your dreams come true… for a price. The audience was on the edge of their seats! Several of our students were also in plays produced by Atherton Performing Arts, with Emmy Riber receiving the award for Best Actress in a Junior Short Play for her performance in All-a-Twitter, which also won the award for Best Short Junior Play. MSB teacher Sarah Riber received a Best Director award for her production of Boys vs, Girls Armageddon, something that could not have been achieved without the work of MSB students Jessica Clauss, Kshama Moon and Emmy Riber, and former MSB student Bianca Price, changing sets and costumes at a frenetic pace throughout the show to create an epic production. Thanks to all the parents for their support throughout the rehearsal process.