Moorooka State School
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Sherley Street
Moorooka QLD 4105

Phone: 07 3426 5333

14 December 2018

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Principal and Deputy Report

Thank you for an amazing year. I have loved my first year at Moorooka SS and have been made to feel extremely welcome. I can’t believe that 12 months has already passed. As they say “Time flies when you’re having fun”.

Thank you to all of you for your support and inspiration. Many of the great things happening in our school started from a conversation with one of you.

Below I have included some wise words on how to build mentally strong kids, I hope it resonates with you.

If you live near our beautiful school can you please keep vigilant over the holidays. The number to call if you are concerned is SCHOOL WATCH number 13 17 88. It will also be on our skyboard over the holiday period.

I wish you all a very happy holiday whatever your religious background.

Keep safe, enjoy your family time and relax.
2019 will be upon us before you know it!

Ms Vicki Hyne


By Amy Morin

Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean your child won't cry when he/she is sad or that they won't fail sometimes. Mental strength won't make your child immune to hardship—but it also won't cause him/her to suppress their emotions.

In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It gives them the strength to keep going, even when they're plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.

But raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common yet unhealthy parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid equipped to tackle life's toughest challenges:

  1. Condoning a victim mentality
  2. Parenting out of guilt
  3. Making kids the centre of the universe
  4. Allowing fear to dictate choices
  5. Giving their kids power over them
  6. Expecting perfection
  7. Letting kids avoid responsibility
  8. Shielding kids from pain
  9. Feeling responsible for their kids' emotions
  10. Preventing kids from making mistakes
  11. Confusing discipline with punishment
  12. Taking shortcuts to avoid discomfort
  13. Losing sight of their values

For expanded information on the points above, please follow the link below

Prep in 2019

It has been wonderful to meet students and families joining our school for the Prep Year in 2019 as part of our “Peek into Prep” transition program – designed to ensure every student has the best and most successful start to their time at primary school. We look forward to greeting all our new Prep families on Tuesday 29th January at M Block Classroom.

Prep Tea and Tissues

To assist our wonderful parents with transitioning into the first day of school, please come and join us for some light refreshments (and a tissue or two) in the school hall at 9am.

Semester 2 Student Report Cards

2018 Semester 2 Student Report Cards were distributed by email to families on Wednesday 12 December. Please check your Junk box if you did not receive one by email.

2019 Roll Classes

On Tuesday 11th from 2-3pm, all our current students from Prep to Year 5 did a step-up day, to meet their new teachers for 2019. Parents/Carers should have also received a take home letter with their child’s teacher/s photo and a map of where their classroom is next year.

2019 Moorooka State School

As we approach the end of 2018 and another fantastic year at Moorooka, attention turns to 2019 and the new school year ahead. To assist in planning your holidays, please check Schoolzine 2019 School Calendar – with the first day for students to attend next year being Tuesday 29 January.

Uniform Shop Opening Hours 2019

Friday 18 Jan

3pm - 6pm……….

All year groups

Saturday 19 Jan

8am - 11am..…….

2019 Prep Students Only ***

3pm - 6pm….…….

All year groups

Monday 21 Jan

3pm - 6pm………..

All year groups

Tuesday 29 Jan

7:30am - 9:30am....

All year groups (first day of school 2019)

Curriculum News

Art Room

Please collect what you can over the holidays as next year we are going to be making some fantastic sculptures in art and we need as many of the below items that you can collect.

Clear plastic water bottles
Clean white milk bottles
Plastic bottle caps
Old CD’s
Wiring (Thin strands, colourful strands)
Wine bottle lids
Other interesting plastic leftovers

We want your recycling so we can make great art.


Thank in anticipation
Cathy Godwin (Arts Teacher)

Behaviour Report

Positive Behaviour for Learning

Moorooka State School is a PBL school. We actively encourage positive behaviours in and out of our classrooms. These behaviours create a happy, safe and caring learning environment. The staff at Moorooka State School believe that by supporting students to acquire these life-long skills, they are preparing them for success. Each week we have a focus that stems from one of our core values. They are to:

  • Be Respectful
  • Be a Learner
  • Be Safe

At Moorooka we believe that being safe and happy at school impacts academic success. Each classroom will explore this focus in a variety of ways with the objective of upskilling our students with lifelong, transferable skills.

This week’s rule focused on Be a Learner - Celebrate Success

From the Office

Blue Cards

Please be aware of the following information regarding Blue Cards, especially if family members other than parents wish to volunteer in our school.

The Christmas break is a good time to apply for a Blue Card if grandparents etc wish to volunteer at school next year.

Who needs a Blue Card?

Anybody who is not a parent of a child or children participating in an activity for which they are volunteering, must have a valid blue card unless they are a registered teacher or police officer.

This means grandparents, family members over the age of 18yrs, neighbours and community members.

Volunteer parents are exempt when providing service or conducting activities that relate to their own children.

High school students also require a STUDENT blue card if they are volunteering in a school.

Please note, volunteers must not commence regulated child related work until they hold a valid blue card. Having submitted an application is no longer sufficient.

If you know someone who would like to participate in any of our school activities by volunteering their time, please encourage them to submit a blue card application well in advance.

We always value volunteers in the library and Prep-year 2 classrooms for guided reading time.

As a guide, you should allow at least to 28 working days for the application to be processed. Please check carefully that each section is completed fully, including noting the date signed as incomplete or incorrect information will slow the processing.

Renewal forms should be submitted at least 30 days before the blue card expires.

Blue cards are valid for 3 years and there is no application fee unless the applicant is a paid employee.


As of January 2019 we will only be accepting payments by Bpoint, Cash, Cheque and Eftpos payments made at the front office. We are unable to accept Eftpos by phone.

BPoint is the easiest way to pay as it allows payments to be made with an invoice number and eliminates any confusion when payments are made.

Payments will only be accepted on Mon/Wed/Fri at the finance window outside the Admin Office from 8.30am to 9.30am. Payments outside these times and days will not be accepted. Thank you for your understanding with this matter.

Student Achievements

Academic Awards for 2018







Year One


Year Two






Year Three





Year Four


Year Five





Year Six



Year Six Graduation Awards

Jenny Lukowski Speaking Award


Jessica Allen Sportsperson of the Year



Music/Dance Award


Myrl Ludgater Citizenship Award


Visual Art/Media Award






Rita Charlton Arts Award


Academic Endeavour



Principal Award


Extra Curricular Activities

Code Camp

Save the date

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Code Camp these school holidays. Code Camp will be teaching your child to build their own mobile phone app.

Code Camp will be at Moorooka State School for three days from 7-9 January 2019 to run the coding workshops. This camp will be open to all primary aged students (Y2-6) in the area, so please feel free to invite friends, neighbours and family too. Come and see why more than 30,000 Australian kids have loved Code Camp.

If you are interested in having your child continue on their coding journey or having them take their first steps, please mark your diaries and go to the link below to register your interest in being informed of upcoming camps.

Early bird pricing, gives you a $20 discount and is available from Wednesday 23rd May until Sunday 27th May with zipPay also available (book now, pay later) A three day camp costs $349. Each child gets –

  • A totally fun and unique camp experience where students learn to be creators of technology - not just consumers!
  • A Code Camp shirt, cap, wristband and pin.
  • A medal for completion at the end-of-camp HI-5 ceremony! Plus a digital certificate to commemorate their achievement.
  • Code Camp App - An app the students can play the games they created.
  • Code Camp World - Our online coding platform allowing students to learn drag and drop coding plus pure line coding with JavaScript.
  • After the camp students are sent weekly coding activities for a month to keep them engaged and to encourage them to continue to code.

We look forward to hearing from you soon

Warm regards
City Director Queensland

P&C Report

Rotary Raffle – get your ticket stubs and money back to the office

All the tickets have been distributed and hopefully you have managed to sell them all! The prize is a fabulous trailer full of stuff!! Please bring the ticket stubs and money to the office as soon as possible. Half of the money raised goes to the P&C and air conditioning!


Tuckshop will be closed on the final Friday for a deep clean, so don’t forget to get your orders in on Wednesday and Thursday this week. There are specials available as we sell out some old – check out at the link below for details.

In 2019, the tuckshop will be open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. First opening day of term will be the Wednesday as the first Monday is a public holiday.

If you have any comments, suggestions or concerns regarding the tuckshop, we would love to hear from you.

Containers for Change

This is a brilliant initiative where you can get refunds for your eligible containers. It’s money for jam (jars)!

The P&C are exploring options to become a deposit point either through partnering with a local provider or going it alone.

In the meantime, if you can drop your containers off at one of many deposit sites and include the scheme ID C10006819 any refunds will go towards air conditioning the school.

More information can be found here:

Moorooka Marlins Swim Club

You can still join Swim Club at a pro-rata rate. Come along on a Friday evening to see for yourself! Full details on this great family friendly fun check out the website below.

Finally… thanks for your support this year and have a great holiday!!

P&C Information

Next P&C meeting:

6.30pm, 2nd Tuesday of the month
in the Library



Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Order at school or online:
Click here to place orders online

School id for signing up is 25306963 

Uniform Shop

Open Fridays

Some items on sale

OSHC (SchoolPlus)

Hello Moorooka!

My goodness, here we are, at the end of the year – 20 newsletters later! If you are still reading, thank you for your diligence and patience. We normally focus on including photos of everything and anything the children have been up to – but for this final newsletter I thought I’d include photos of all our passionate staff getting involved and having fun!

I’d like to reflect our gratitude to all the parents, families, carers, school staff, community members and everyone else who has had a hand in helping us make this child care service, better every day. So many parents, family members, community members, staff, and of course, children, have helped us with activity ideas, suggestions for vacation care and incursions (such as yoga), donated resources for the kids to use, given us gardening tips and even seeds, and have put in the time and effort to assist us in caring for children.

From everyone here at School Plus Moorooka we wish you happy holidays, Merry Christmas and a great new year!

Kind regards,

Rebecca Turner
Administration Assistant
School Plus

Laugh out loud – learn through play!

Support Office: 07 3395 8099 Fax: 07 3041 6473 Add: PO Box 540 Bulimba, Queensland 4171, Australia


Upcoming Events

Calendar Jan – Feb 2019

Tue 29 January

Return to School

Tue 29 January

Tea and Tissue for new Prep families

Mon 11 February

Parent Information Session 3 - 4.15pm

Fri 15 February

Captains/ Leaders Induction 9 – 10am

Fri 1st March

Prep Teddy Bear Picnic 9-10am

Fri 15th March

National “Bullying No Way” Day

Mon 18th March

School Photos Prep to 6

Fri 22nd March

Parade of Nations 9-10am

Tue 26th March

2020 Prep Parent Information Session (3.30-5pm)


The Smith Family – Learning for Life Scholarship


26 Mar 2019 - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

22 May 2019 - 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM