Secondary News

National Testing
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) program continues in 2019 with all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 being assessed using common national tests in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy.  Our students receive focussed preparation lessons in their English and Mathematics classes as part of the programs for these subjects.

When will the tests be held?
The tests are scheduled for the mornings of Tuesday 14 May to Thursday 16 May. All schools across Australia complete the tests on the same days. The times shown on the timetable are student working times. Students will be given suitable rest breaks between tests.

The permitted items are:

  • pencils HB or 2HB or pens
  • pencil sharpener
  • eraser
  • one blank piece of paper in the language conventions test, which is to be collected by a test administrator at the end of the test
  • one blank piece of paper for planning in the writing test, which is to be collected by a test administrator at the end of the test
  • one blank piece of paper for working in the numeracy test, which is to be collected by a test administrator at the end of the test
  • calculators for the Year 7 and 9 numeracy calculator-allowed part

If you require any further information on NAPLAN please feel free to contact me or visit the NAPLAN Website at:

Will Weeks
Acting Deputy Principal – Curriculum 

Middle School

In the final week of Term One, members of the Middle School Council participated in a half-day leadership incursion focusing on developing collaboration and leadership skills. The students explored who they are as leaders, what they want to achieve this year and where they see themselves in the future.

We began the incursion with a few ice-breaker activities to instil confidence within the group and foster an open-minded approach to the day’s events. From here, we looked at unlocking individual passions without limits in a quick group simulation activity. After these opening games and activities, we really examined the concept of leadership and what it means to the students. They wrote their own definitions and collaborated on the whiteboard to complete the phrase – “Leadership is…”. Following this, we explored what the role of the Middle School Council actually is within the school, providing students with a strong focus for the year ahead.

After a morning tea break, we came back into the space and viewed a short video clip that left students with an important question for reflection – How do I plan on making a difference and being a leader in the school and community? Students broke off into their year level groups to explore this and plan for the upcoming term.

Overall, the incursion was a great success with students coming out reflective, energised and ready to lead many events of the upcoming term. We look forward with anticipation to seeing the Middle School leaders in action throughout Term Two.

Braydon Giles
Middle School Coordinator


Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Community Achiever Program for students who regularly volunteer in their community may be eligible to receive an early offer into a degree at ACU. Applications close on 30 July –

Australian Defence Force (ADF)
Gap Year, applications are open for roles across Navy, Army and Air Force –

 Griffith University
A Guide For High School Parents – Musical Theatre and Acting Audition Workshops, 1 to 6 July –

Acting Audition workshop –

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Parent Information Seminar, 8 May –

The University of Queensland (UQ)
InspireU residential camps for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, Health Sciences for Year 11 and 12 students on 30 June to 5 July. Education for Year 10, 11 and 12 students on 22 to 27 September. Law for Year 11 and 12 students on 29 September to 4 October –

University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
Careers Day for Year 9 and 10 students, Ipswich campus on 27 June –

Annabelle Lam
Careers Advisor