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2013 Year in Review

13/12/2013
As the school year comes to an end, it gives us great satisfaction to look back at the achievements of our students over the past year. We hope you enjoy reading our review of 2013 at Mount Archer State School.   
ACADEMIC
·       In NAPLAN our students are improving at a greater rate than the nation in 11 out of 15 areas. Writing and numeracy are areas for improvement in 2014.
·       Australian Mathematics Competition
-         Credits – Hayden Steer, Elizabeth Morrow, Ben Collis, Linh Nguyen, Thomas Douglas, Charlotte Higgins.
·       International Mathematics Competition
-         Credit – Alix Sorrensen, Elizabeth Morrow, Ben Collis, Thomas Douglas
·       International English Competition
-         Credits – Zahra Harris-Brooke, Hayden Steer, Alix Sorrensen, Linh Nguyen, Tracey Spooner
·       International Spelling Competition
-         Credits – Zahra Harris-Brooke, Hayden Steer, Zane Smith, Ben Collis, Linh Nguyen, Cody Sorrensen
·       International Science Competition
-         Credits – Hannah Clark, Alix Sorrensen, Linh Nguyen, Thomas Douglas
·       International Computer Skills Competition
-         Distinction – Hayden Steer
-         Credit – Linh Nguyen
·       Darumbal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Academic Awards – Clinton Wagg and Sarah-Kate Butler
·       Year 6 classes participated in the Junior Whale Whisperer education program resulting in the Whale wall mural on Teaching Block 3.
·       Eleven students were selected to participate in the Japanese Big Day.
·       Year 6 and 7 students participated in Extended Learning Program at North Rockhampton State High School.
·       Every student participated in the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
·       Fifty-four year 5 students participated in Project 600, a virtual learning experience to extend their numeracy ability.
·       Thirteen students participated in the Unify Project – an online learning experience to extend students writing ability.
·       Two Mount Archer students were awarded bursaries for North Rockhampton High School, Charlotte Higgins (Academic) and Tarnysha Costelloe (Cultural).
 
CITIZENSHIP
·       Year 7 camp was again a great success, extremely educational and a whole lot of fun. Highlights were a visit to Parliament House, the Police Museum and Dreamworld. Unsolicited praise for our student’s conduct was received from tour guides at every venue and comments from the general public at Dreamworld.
·       Darumbal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Citizenship Award – Emerson Godwell
·       The Student Council sold bandana’s to raise money for CanTeen, an Australian organisation for young people living with cancer.
·       Daffodil Day, on behalf of the Queensland Cancer Fund raised $450
·       The free dress day to support our Breakfast club raised $400.
·       The whole school participated in “1 to 10” campaign for food allergy week in May.
·       Weird Hair day raised $500 to support Konner Faulkner-Ruff’s “Shave for a Cure” for the Queensland Cancer Fund. Konner raised a total of $1250
·       A moving ceremony was held in MACC to commemorate ANZAC day.
·       A record number of over 130 students represented our school for the ANZAC march in Rockhampton.
·       Mount Archer students were commended on their participation in the Chaplaincy Junior Bike Challenge with phenomenal fundraising and distances cycled.
 
SPORTING
·       Rockhampton District Interschool Athletics
-          Overall Boys Champion Trophy
-          Overall Girls Champion Trophy
-          Overall Schools Champion Trophy
·       Mount Archer Inter-house Competitions
-          Wiseman House won the Athletics Carnival
-          Fitzroy House won the 2.5km Classic. Shyanne Morris broke the school record.
·       Rockhampton Schools Team Sports Competition
-         Runners up in Senior A Softball coached by Mrs Pope
-         Runners up in Senior Girls Soccer coached by Mr Swanson
-         Runners up in Year 5 Cricket coached by Iain Stewart
·       Rockhampton Representatives
-         Athletics – Caliah Saltner-Hill, Shyanne Morris, Taiah Ardley, Rebecca Barnes, Thanh Dang, Leah White, Zahn Rothery
-         Basketball – Breilla Weber
-         Touch Football – Sharni Hardy
-         Hockey – Rowlande Williams, Kosia Williams, Sharni Hardy
-         Netball – Tarnysha Costelloe
-         Swimming – Molly Burns
-         Cross Country – Shyanne Morris, Zahn Rothery
-         Softball – Kiara Diecke
-         Cricket – Sharni Hardy
-         Tennis – Isaac Burton
·       Capricornia Representatives
-         Hockey – Rowlande Williams, Kosia Williams, Sharni Hardy
-         Athletics – Caliah Saltner-Hill, Shyanne Morris, Zahn Rothery
-         Cross Country – Shyanne Morris
-         Cricket – Sharni Hardy
-         Netball – Makayla Hunt
·       EQ Regional Shield – the Netball team was undefeated in their pool and paced 4th overall. This is the highest place achieved by a Mount Archer Netball team.
·       Phillip Alberts was invited to trials with the Gold Coast Suns Junior AFL Academy
·       Darumbal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sporting Award – Kosia Williams and Shyanne Morris
·       Hosted rugby league stars Moses Mbye and James Graham as part of the NRL anti-bullying program.
·       Chappy’s Handball Competition was held during lunch breaks. Class champions and year level champions were presented with medallions and trophies.
 
CULTURAL
·       Outstanding success for our choirs at the Rockhampton Eisteddfod.
-          Awarded Jean Ramm trophy for 1st place Years 1 to 3 choir
-          Awarded Renee Conn trophy for 1st place Years 4 & 5 choir for the third consecutive year.
-          2nd place Year 6 & 7 choir by ½ a point.
-          Awarded Ivor Belz and Rob Knickel Memorial trophy for 1st place Boys Choir
-          Awarded the Dot Hamilton Memorial trophy for the highest aggregate points
-          Awarded the Margaret Harvey Memorial Trophy for most outstanding primary school choir of eisteddfod, selected by the adjudicator.
-          Mrs Anne Mitchell recognised as the most outstanding conductor, presented with the Barbara McGeever Trophy
·       The whole school participated in Music Count Us In by singing “Keep On” at that same times as thousands of students across Australia.
·       Selected year 5, 6 and 7 students participated in the Choral Festival singing with guest conductor, Mr Paul Jarman.
·       Instrumental music students from Years 4 to 7, participated in the Combined Schools Instrumental Music Concert, in the Strings Ensemble and Concert Band.
·       The school hosted four arts council performances, Deadly Australian’s, Old MacDonald’s Farm and the Life Education Van.
 
OTHER DEVELOPMENTS AROUND OUR SCHOOL
·       The pre-prep program was conducted during Term 4. 60 students with their parents have participated in the program this year. The school has a grant of $40 000 annually to facilitate this program for four years.
·       Numerous past Mount Archer State School students were recognised for their achievement at North Rockhampton State High School awards night.
·       Helping Hands Out of School Hours Care has been on campus for a year providing before and after school and vacation care. On average 23 students attend after school care.
·       Purchase of 30 Computers for class and student use in the Resource Centre.
·       The school and P&C committed $26 895 to install big fans in the Mount Archer Activity Centre.
·       The tuckshop kitchen area was renovated with funding from the P&C Association.
·       Air conditioning units across the school were replaced creating a quieter, more energy efficient environment of consistent temperatures.
·       Plumbing, concreting and new port racks have been installed outside learning block 3.