From 10am to 3pm Sunday 27th May, Manly State School played host to a colourful Carnivale of rides, entertainment and prizes galore. The annual school fete began with a demonstration by Fitness and Dance which was followed by the Wynnum State High School band who struck a chord with audiences. Manly State School dance shook up the program with their lively routines and the primary school bands played a repertoire of enticing tunes. Highland Dance and the Fiesta Tropicale also provided entertainment on the day.
Sharyn Macaulay of Remax was present handing out helium balloons while a variety of games, a jumping castle and giant spinning teacups kept the children smiling.
A sausage sizzle, pizza, snow cones and crepes were available to satisfy the taste buds of a considerable crowd and in true ‘fete’ tradition the line of cake and sweet stalls proved popular. The day’s success was the direct result of all the hard work put in by parents, students and teachers alike, a wonderful day!
The sound of music could be heard streets away, Monday 11th December, as Manly State School held their end of year Christmas concert. A laid back affair, families gathered onto the parade ground loaded with rugs and collapsible chairs ready to enjoy a cosy night of Christmas carolling.
The end of year concert takes place each year as a means of winding down and celebrating the holiday season. It is also a time to acknowledge the hard work of students, parents and teachers. Children’s laughter mingled with traditional Christmas tunes as the school’s Conductor Inez Buchan led the stage band through a spirited repertoire of age-old favourites. The band was later joined by the school choir.
The stage band is made up of students from year’s six and seven and includes a wide range of instruments from flutes, clarinets and saxophones to percussion, trumpets and more. The Christmas concert is one of many school events in which students of the instrumental program are able to showcase their progress amongst friends and family.
There were smiles all round Sunday 10th December as the Lions Club of Moreton Bay treated the children of our local district special schools to an early Christmas celebration.
The ‘Children’s Christmas Funday’ which ran from midday to 4pm at the Darling Point Special School was a Moreton Bay Lion’s Club initiative that aimed to help share the Christmas joy with the community.
A first time venture, the day was organized as a substitute to the club’s usual community Christmas carols that have been running for the past five years at the Bandstand Park. With their main organizer of the carols event overseas, the club decided to try something just that little bit different this year.
Christmas carols rung out over the heads of chattering children as they feasted on free sausages, ice blocks, and lollies. Brightly painted faces stretched into broad grins at the antics of local entertainer Smartie Pants, the L.J Hooker bear and Pineapple Pete from Golden Circle. The highlight of the day however was the much anticipated arrival of Santa Claus who handed out sample bags filled with sweet treats.
Margaret, member of the Lion’s Club and coordinator of the event, was very pleased with the day’s success.
“Lot’s of hard work went into organizing today but it’s been enjoyable. It’s great to see all the kids having so much fun” she said.
A huge thank you goes out to all sponsors of the event, including Councilor Peter Cumming and K.M. Smith.
Manly West State School teachers, preschooler’s and their families came together Saturday 18th November to celebrate over 30 years of preschool and to bid farewell to an era as a chapter closes in the history of Queensland education.
As of 2007 Queensland schools will offer a full-time preparatory year that will replace the current part-time preschool system. The new Preparatory program owes much to the work of Queensland's preschool teachers and teacher aides and draws on the experiences of early education and preschool with the hopes of further strengthening the transition into primary education.
The day was organised as a school initiative to say farewell to preschool and to recognise the contribution the program has made to thousands of families. In light of this, families were encouraged to paint themselves a commemorative board to be placed on walls throughout the school.
The atmosphere was cheery as children enjoyed traditional preschool activities including storytelling, art and craft, painting and dress ups and MacDonald’s Farm was a particular favourite of the young crowd.
“Preschool was ahead of its time, a brand new and innovative program that focused on early learning and providing a transitionary between home and school environments” said Manly West State School Principal Stephen McGoldrick “today we’d like to recognise the huge contribution of staff members who with their experience, countless hours of planning and wealth of knowledge, have touched the lives of many children”
Teachers Dale Brennan and Helen McGoldrick alongside teacher aides, Jean Duffy, Christine Morris and Innes Tomasi were a few of those recognised on the day for their hard work and immense contributions to the Manly West Preschool program.
Jean Duffy began her involvement with the school years ago as a volunteer for the school’s Support a Reader program later moving on to the role of teacher aide. Jean loves working in the preschool and states that “the best part is probably seeing the kids become more independent.” With many years of experience behind her Jean plans to continue her work in the preparatory program next year.
Preschool teacher Dale Brennan will also be moving on to the Preparatory program and is excited about the transition.
“Preschool is all about exploration and play and learning through communication and Prep will be an extension on this” she said, “the main differences between preschool and prep will be that it’s full time, each teacher will be assigned to 1 class instead of two, and kids must be 5 by the end of June instead of December.”
Mr. McGoldrick also adds that Prep will be universal throughout Queensland as each school in the state will be required to have one.
“Prep is an exciting development within our system that will progress our programs further” he states.
It may be the end of preschool, but it appears it is not the end of playtime. Just like its forerunner, the new early learning Preparatory curriculum will be play-based focusing on communication, problem solving and early numeracy and literacy skills in an interactive learning environment.
“It’s the end of an era, but like everything, it will be replaced by something bigger, better and brighter” stated Mr. McGoldrick.
The Wynnum State High School Big Band entertained passer bys at the Manly Markets last weekend, Sunday 12th November in a bid to raise the profile of the local ensemble.
Many people stopped in their tracks to enjoy the 45 minute set that boasted catchy Jazz tunes such as “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t got that Swing)” by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills and “Fly Me to the Moon” by Bart Howard.
It was the band’s first performance at the Sunday Markets but not their first appearance at the Manly foreshore. For many years the student members have volunteered their time on a rotational program to hold monthly sausage sizzle stalls at the markets.
The regular sausage sizzles aim to raise funds for the ambitious Instrumental Music Program which biannually takes instrumental students around Queensland and New South Wales to expand their experience in competitions and performance in varying environments.
The fantastic quality and skill displayed by the Wynnum State High School band saw them scoring some extra donations for their troubles. The band will most likely be playing again at future market days and would like to thank all those who have supported them in the past.
The Wynnum State High School Symphonic and Big Bands have recently returned from their 2006 Band Tour, ‘Bay to Bridge.’ This year the bi-annual event took the students to Sydney for six days of rigorous performance and the occasional sightseeing. 43 students, 5 staff and 3 parents flew down on planes full of enthusiasm and excitement and ready to take on Sydney as an extension to the school’s impressive instrumental program.
For sisters, Danika and Sinead, the plane trip and Sydney experience was one they had been looking forward to for months. Grade 10 Saxophone player, Danika has been playing in school bands for the past six years. Her second trip as a part of the Wynnum High ensembles was once again an amazing experience.
“I feel we played really well in both the Symphonic and Big Band performances; we all tried very hard and were pleased with the outcome.”
Both the girls agreed that the Tour provided a great balance of performance and sightseeing, offering good opportunities to hang out with friends while developing their performance skills.
The Wynnum High State School Symphonic Band and Big Band were the only bands from QLD to compete in the Performing Arts Challenge, and they represented the state well. The Symphonic Band, while not gaining a place, came two points off third.
“In a large category with many community and adult bands also competing, this was an excellent result,” says Mrs. McCarthy, head of the schools Arts department
“Both bands performed extremely well with many compliments from audience members who congratulated them on producing the most energized and entertaining performance of the night. “
Big Band played a range of energetic pieces including popular tune, “Car Wash” from the Disney movie, ‘Shark Tale,’ while the Symphonic Band provided an excellent contrast of classical melodies.
Both bands drew a crowd at the Chatswood Mall where the bands played two separate one hour sets and some students were lucky enough to have relatives in Sydney forming part of the audience. The performance at Darling Harbour was a similar success, the soothing melodies of the band complimenting a beautiful setting.
Wynnum High students were also offered the opportunity to collaborate with Sydney School, Turramurra HS. Working alongside the Sydney band and conductor, the volume of nearly 100 instruments was incredible.
A definite highlight of the tour was a visit to Sydney’s Taronga Park Zoo. The group was also allowed time to explore other sites such as Paddy’s Markets, the Maritime Museum, Aquarium and Powerhouse Museum.
Mrs. McCarthy was very pleased with the standard set by the band. “They did the very best they could. They should be very proud.”
For the rest of 2006 and going on into 2007, the school bands will be focusing on raising their profile in the Wynnum Manly community.
“We hope to perform at the Manly Markets, as well as work more with our local primary schools and other community groups” stated Mrs. McCarthy. So keep an eye out for future performances coming your way!
Last Sunday the 28th of August Guardian Angel’s held their fund raising fete. Thousands of people turned out and Bay Terrace was closed off for “a fun day on the bay” as it was promoted. There were lots of rides for the kids with tea and coffee served on the elegant verandas of the old Convent building. Pictured left is Father Gerard manning the prize wheel. From the amount of people on Sunday I’m sure the day must have been a huge success.
Schools: QTU - Labor's education funding plan a major step forward
The Labor Party's education policy represents a major step towards delivering fairer school funding for students, the Queensland Teacher's Union said today.
QTU President Julie-Ann McCullough said Labor's policy helped to rectify major imbalances in school funding introduced by the Howard Government.
"Teachers welcome Labor's plan which is a significant improvement on the Howard Government's current education scheme which favours rich interstate private schools.
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Schools: Binder needed Urgent!
St. John Vianney’s is self-publishing a cook book. Stack Masula is sponsoring the printing (approx $500). We are school parents. The binding has been quoted at $700, so this is out of the realms of possibility. We need to do our own wire binding of 200 books. The books will be sold for $12 at the fete. The proceeds go to St. John Vianneys School. The fete is the major fundraiser for the school. We just need to borrow a binder that will wire bind. The book is written and ready to print. Phone Susie Stack on (07) 3396 6622 if you can help out, we can pick up and return and guarantee its safety. Thanks
"The Outsiders," a tale of teen alienation and loyalty, violence and adventure, has been a perennial best-selling novel for young people since it was published in 1967. In 1983 it was a Francis Ford Coppola movie starring the boy hotties of the day: Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez and Tom Cruise.
This Wynnum High musical production will feature 50 Wynnum State High School students. The musical is based on the novel written by S.E. Hinton a girl who was only 16 when published and is directed by one of the schools drama teachers Di Fletcher.
The dates for the musical are May 28, 30, and the 31st so make sure you get your tickets as it will be a show to remember.
Tickets can be purchased from the school library: Primary Students $5,
High School / Concession $7,
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) $25.
Wynnum High Phone No. 3906 7333
Our preschool is dedicated to providing a soft transition from home to school life with our sensitive staff and preschooler interaction with the upper school. Our preschool students prepare for school with the usual cutting pasting and puzzle building plus they are introduced to computers by using educational games especially designed for preschool use.
Manly West State Preschool has placements available for preschool children for 2003, phone 3396 9357 to give your child a great start to school life.
Manly West State School had the honor of receiving a 82 to 65 million year old Titanosaurus egg last week.
The Titanosaurus egg left France in December 2000 for a trip around Australia, the egg is accompanied by its travel buddy, a soft toy names Aiggsaur that travels with the dinosaur egg as a representative of French school children. Aiggsaur's long tour is expected to end back in France December 2002. French children will discover Australia as Aiggsaur travels in each state through log books added to by each school.
Pictured below is the hon. Mr Con Sciacca, Federal Member , Madame Siboulet, French Language Advisor (Ed. Qld) and Madame Cassimatis, French Teacher with students holding the egg, Aiggsaur and the 1st of the 3 travel logs accompanying this expedition. More pictures on the Manly West web site.
Wynnum State High School celebrated its 61 st annual speech night on Wednesday the 13 th of November 2002. The school symphonic band opened the night with a fine rendition of Advance Australia Fair. The night was hosted by school captains, Stephanie Highden-Smith and Vincent Fabriek. It was an informative night with Janette Sadler giving the Parents and Citizens Association annual Report, Mr Keith Werder giving the principal's report and students giving various committee reports.
The guest speaker for the night was Mr Keith Halford, Manager - Comalco Aluminium Ltd, who gave an interesting tale of his school days at Wynnum High and a life long pursuit of knowledge. Many academic awards were presented to students demonstrating what a great educational environment Wynnum High has to offer with the school senior Dux going to Grace Simpkins and Junior Dux going to Candice Rose (read more for bigger picture). Wynnum State High School also won the prestigious 2002 Excellence Award for Vocational Training earlier on this year.
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Schools: BAYSIDE SCHOOLS GET ALMOST $175K FOR ICT
Every state school in the seat of Lytton will receive a share of more than $18 million in State Government funding to boost their computer and telecommunication resources.
The State Member for Lytton, Paul Lucas, said the Bayside would receive a total of $174,501 in funding for 13 local state schools.
“This is great news for our Bayside schools, as these funds will help improve the computer skills of our children, as well as teachers,” Mr Lucas said.
Wynnum State High School won the 2002 Excellence Award for Vocational Training in all Queensland Secondary Schools. This prestigious award is due recognition for the school's extensive vocational program enjoyed by students in Years 10-12.
The Schools Excellence Award was presented to the school by the Employment, Training and Youth Minister, Matt Foley at a gala function in the Brisbane Convention Centre. McDonald's Australia sponsored this award.
Principal Keith Werder said the school was delighted to receive such recognition for its extensive vocational program. He said the program complemented the school's wonderful history of academic achievement. The vocational program has been developed over many years and continues to expand.
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