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PaCE Matters

August, 2013
Volume 1, Issue 5
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Hard work brings great results

CHERBOURG State School students were set to be filmed this week as their results have caught the eye of the Queensland Government. Camera crews were scheduled to arrive on Thursday as the school is closing the gap through its holistic approach. This ensures its childrens health and wellbeing is addressed while teaching them culture and the curriculum. All parts of the equation are given equal weight and principal Peter Sansby was contacted by Education Queensland to say it wished to highlight the schools efforts on film. He was told there had been a significant improvement within its Year-3 students academic results in relation to like schools measured by NAPLAN. Its because of the dedication of our staff who put together the concept of health, wellbeing, teaching and culture within the schools workings, Mr Sansby said. Were all working hard to ensure the childrens results continue to improve as they get older in the upper part of the school.

You can do anything if youre prepared to work for it: Cherbourg State School students show how hard they worked to get great Year-3 NAPLAN results last year. They include l-r Quiytina Murray, Aquilla Malone, Ethan West, Colin Saltner and Jacody Saltner-Weazel. Year-3 teacher aide Lisa Hansen and teacher Peter Bakhash encourage children to use school to chase their dreams.

How it works
Mr Sansby said the school had consulted with the community and placed a high expectation on its students ability to do well. It also provides a high-level of education to the children about their Indigenous traditions, culture and history. Partnerships with community health workers and a sit-down dining caf that serves only healthy meals help to ensure the childrens wellbeing and readiness to learn. Mums and dads now need to ensure their children come to

school every day on time so their children can chase their dreams and be the best that they can be, Mr Sansby said. The community has told us the three things they clearly wanted the school to address was learning, culture and the childrens health and wellbeing. Weve now developed a model to make that a reality. The children are responding and this is the system Education Queensland has acknowledged as best practise and will promote to other like schools at future conferences.

Sports is fun at Cherbourg State School

Is it a bird? a plane? No, its Dion Walsh taking a flying leap in the long jump.

Girls just want to have fun: Shareece Murray, (back) Dameka Jacobs, Jaszeda Fisher, Trista Fisher, Janita Langton, Rae Sharna Colonel and Clarissa Chapman had a great day.

Sunshine yellow for a sunny smile: Cherbourg State School community liaison officer Sherri Hagan looked pretty in sunshine yellow.

A heave, a ho, a yeah, Im a winner! Clarissa Chapman took out the shot put by throwing the steel ball a whopping 5m.62cm.

Alice Bond and Minnie Isaacs came with their families to support their competing children.

Success is one per cent inspiration and 99 per cent concentration: Myrtelle Jerome wears the ingredients of success on her face.

First, second, third? No, these ladies are part of Cherbourg State Schools winning team and include teacher Michelle Bishop and teacher aides Maylene Saltner and Bronwyn White.

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Principal's community visit pays off

GREAT results were achieved when Murgon State High School principal Greg Smith visited Cherbourg to speak with parents about their childrens progress. They gave him feedback on how they thought their children were doing and how the school could provide greater support when he held one-on-one talks outside the Ration Shed Museum on August 6. Mr Smith thought the three hours of meetings, made by appointment through the Barambah PaCE team, gave him a lot to build on. He urged parents to become involved with their childrens school activities and encouraged them to attend sports carnivals or organise one-on-one tutoring for their children who needed added assistance. Im more than happy to come speak with parents about how we each feel theyre children are doing at school and how we can improve their learning outcomes, Mr Smith said. Its a great way to get feedback from parents about how we might be able to do things better. Its been a very positive day as we all want the best for their children. Mr Smith was invited to the town by the schools Cherbourg Parent Consultancy Group. This met monthly and suggested the Tuesday event. Mr Smith said parents wanting future meetings with

The future starts today: The building blocks for childrens better learning was established when Murgon State High School principal Greg Smith visited his Cherbourg students town on August 6. While there, he spoke to parents on a one-on-one basis. Mr Smith also travels to the town every Monday to speak on the UsMob radio about his schools happenings.

him, or his staff, could contact the school on 4169 9222 or ask the Barambah PaCE team of Marcus Priaulx and Jennifer Juderjahn to organise an appointment and transport if needed. Future Cherbourg visits are possible if demand warrants it.

Community support builds platform for future

The two Murgon State High School, Year-10 students were mentored by chef, Sheree Strauss, and four other co-workers, including the pictured Edward Aubrey (at far end). Ms Strauss had the teenagers making pie bases on their first morning and planned to get them on the coffee machine later that day. Were not just having them clean or sweep floors, she said. We want them to have a real experience that allows them an insight to what its like to be a chef. And you can forget Kyle Sandilands, John Laws or even Chrissy Bond. The next big thing to hit our radios could be Andy OChin or Shane Dynevor. Everybody starts somewhere and Andy and Shanes careers may have begun this week when they learned the ropes from UsMob Radio veterans in Cherbourg. Andy is pictured below on the left with Shane on the right, while Michael Monk taught them how to splice, dice, mix, match and project their voice in a manner to sell goods for an ad, or an idea to an audience. Its been great fun, they said together.

CHERBOURG community organisations have come to the fore to give teenagers their first step to a career. Pictured above is Sabastian Fisher and centre Jalam Aubrey who went to the Yurri Muntha Caf in Cherbourg on Tuesday.

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NAIDOC activities prepare community for better future

MOFFATDALE, Cloyna and Cherbourg state school students, parents and community members were urged to work together for a better future when they came together for NAIDOC celebrations last week. Moffatdale State School principal Sharon Ritchie asked students to think about ways people could live and work together better as they did a host of activities at its grounds on Friday. Youll get to experience activities from the oldest living culture in the world, Ms Ritchie said. Youre going to eat together, play together, learn together. Along with traditional dancing, art, storytelling, bark petitions, cooking and traditional games, Ye ar 4-7 s tude nt s watched the Domo Boys documentary on how Cherbourg children were raised within the former Missions dormitories. Its a tough story; a very tough story but we have to hear those stories so we can learn and make things better for the future, Ms Ritchie said.

Great to have you here Nan: Dameka Jacobs is a Hula Girls dancer and loved having Nan Martina come to support her.

Its not just a day about culture and pretty things. Its about learn-

ing; and learning so we can make things better for our future.

Thats my grannie: Lillian Hopkins was proud as punch to support her granddaughter Rowena who came to dance with the Hula Girls.

Superhero in the making: Desmond Chapman was in the midst of becoming Spiderman while mum Kerry-Anne and dad Brandon snr watched on.

Working together as one: Moffatdale mum Nicole Chapman, principal Sharon Ritchie, Moffatdale student Parker Alexander and Cherbourg student Dion Walsh had a great day.

Glad to have you here: Student Patrick Watson loves having adults like Keith Gadd and Kathleen Hopkins come to his school to support his activities. Hes pictured with them at the art table.

This is how you play the didge: Lewis Langton displayed the art of making different sounds to impersonate the bush.

Youre going to eat together, play together, learn together.

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Law provides ingredients for children to succeed

ERIC Law has advised Federal and State government education ministers and believes three groups have to work together to make a successful school. Thats the students, parents and staff, he said from his St Josephs primary school, Murgon, room. If one of those three isnt coming up to the mark it adds pressure on the other two. It makes it hard for our children to reach their potential. He, himself, has just retired after 40 years of service which had him become one of Queenslands first Indigenous teachers, a school principal, a TAFE faculty director and former advisor to Qld Indigenous education minister Bob Katter and Federal ministers Susan Ryan and John Dawkins. He has won awards and accolades and believes there are wonderful opportunities for young Indigenous people today. But he also believes Indigenous parents should be immensely proud if their children complete Year 12, no matter what their marks are. I know what sort of battles theyve had to get to that point, Mr Law said.

As Dr Seuss said: I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! St Josephs, Murgon teacher Eric Law overcame cancer this year to win the Spirit of Catholic Education award for his fantastic lifes work. He has now retired after a 40-year career in education and is pictured with his tower of support and wife Shirley and St Joeys children Torue Palm, Kyeisha Warner and Anquon Sandow.

I tell them they have learned a been able to do so without the start lot through life and have a lot to and support his parents gave him offer their children. and his siblings as they were growWith parent support, theres ing up. nothing our kids cant do. At the end of the day, we all owe Mr Law was raised in Cherbourg the great lives weve lived to them, with 11 brothers and sisters. he said. Eight of the children became They supported us in all that we teachers and went on to live pro- did and always told us going to ductive lives; as have his own chil- school was the building block to our Beating the Odds dren, nephews, nieces, grandchil- having a great future. Children from isolated communi- dren I believe, all parents can do the ties with English as a fourth lanBut none, he said, would have same. guage often have to leave home to board at a school where the culture and values are different. Education is the most powerful weapon which Mr Law believes Aboriginal and you can use to change the world. Islander parents want the same life Nelson Mandela ( South African freedom fighter outcomes for their children and and first black president) doesnt accept the idea of parents not supporting their childrens education if they had a hard time at Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is school themselves. cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. We need more parent support, Walter Cronkite (American broadcast journalist) Mr Law said. Parents have to be involved.
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Parents of the Month

Winners are prepared to fail

EDUCATOR Sir Ken Robinson was watching his son and four-year- old classmates doing a Christmas play for school. The three wise men strode to the manger to present the baby Jesus with his presents. One said, I bring you gold. The second said I bring you myrrh. The third said Frank sent this. The point, Sir Ken said, is kids are willing to take a chance. If they dont know something, theyre not afraid to be wrong. As they get older we instil that fear in them but if youre not prepared to be wrong, you wont achieve anything. The world is engulfed in revolution, Sir Ken said. More people worldwide are being educated than in all of history beforehand. We need to radicalise the way we think about intelligence. Intelligence is dynamic. Creativity and the creative process is highly valued. Theres a book called Epiphany about how great people found their talent. It talks about the musical Cats choreographer Gillian Lynne who couldnt sit still in class during the 1930s. She would fidget and squirm and her mother took her to a specialist because she thought Gillian may have had learning difficulties. Gillian sat on her hands until the doctor made an excuse to talk to her mother in private. As he left, he turned on the radio and got Gillians mother to peer through the door behind them. The young Gillian began to dance around the room. Your daughter doesnt have a learning difficulty, the specialist told her. The fact is, shes a dancer (not an academic). Every child has a talent and Gillian went on to become a Royal Ballet dancer and then world famous choreographer who worked in some of the biggest shows. She became filthy rich. We have to encourage our creative capabilities and see our children for the people they are, Mr Robinson said. And what they are, is our future. While school work may not be what they succeed at, it does give them the social and basic education skills to go on and achieve. So please remember, the decisions you make for them today, will lay the foundation for their future happiness and wellbeing. Please send them to school every day, on time, to give them the greatest chance.

IAN Bird is pictured with daughter Jakada after he and partner Fiona Gadd were named Cherbourg State School Parents of the Month for June-July. They get their three daughters including Kirsten and Chanelle up and to school every day on time in their uniforms, well rested and ready to learn. They are given a certificate and $100 IGA voucher but the real reward comes from happy children being prepared for a great future.

Your childrens future starts today. Make every day count. Please send them to school every day on time.

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Police Rangers give children future options

YOUNG Cherbourg Police Rangers struggled to walk a straight line last week. They lost their coordination and kept bumping into each other. But dont be alarmed. The nine to 12-year-olds rapid, physical decline was due to wearing goggles that allowed them to sense the impairment caused by sniffing and substance abuse. There were lots of laughs but the seriousness of the issue was not lost on the young brigade. They were talking about how hard it was to do simple things like walking or catching a football, Rangers spokeswoman Louise Thompson said. This is just one example of the activities 27 members from Cherbourg and Saint Josephs, Murgon, primary schools undertake on a weekly basis. In doing so they experience and take part in activities which build their knowledge, pride and selfesteem by centring on culture, community, education and the role of police in keeping people safe. Police officers give their time for free to coordinate the activities.

How it began
The program stemmed from a comment at a Cherbourg community meeting about the need for Indigenous children to get in touch with their culture. Cherbourg Police officer-incharge, sergeant Scott Prendergast took it on board. He travelled to Katherine in the Northern Territory to view its police rangers program and adapted activities to suit local needs. The first Cherbourg Junior Police Rangers began at St Joeys and expanded this year to include 10 Cherbourg State School girls after winning a Queensland Police Gold Award for crime prevention in 2012. The children love it, Ms Thompson said. Theyre here every week and very enthusiastic. She encouraged parents to view the activities and maybe help out.

We love our Amy! Cherbourg Police senior constable Amy Dalton is swamped with affection by St Josephs, Murgon, Police Rangers Heather and Stafford Sandow and Bridie Prendergast.

Its loads of fun and the children get so much out of it, Ms Thompson said. It builds skills they will be able to use throughout life and gives them the confidence to have a crack at anything. You need to have that strength in life and we believe the Cherbourg Junior Police Rangers is giving children the base from which they can build a great future.

Senior Constable Dan Coleman address the crew before a beep test to gauge their fitness and recovery times.

Front and centre for St Joeys Police Rangers was, l -r, Jenai Purcell, Kyeisha Warner, Solomon Button, Torue Palm, Floyd Aubrey

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Circles of healing give happiness

ways of healing. If youre not healthy how can you care for somebody else and help them to be happy. Ms Forster has had great success with Circles of Wellbeing in other locations. While working with people from the Stolen Generation for eight weeks she saw them transform. They started to come out of their shell, think about themselves and got a sense of purpose for life and what they wanted to do, Ms Forster said. One lady went to uni, another enrolled in an art class. Generally, they became happier and everyone around them benefited. It heals the heart and for our kids future, we need to do that. We need to stop the trauma and recreate ourselves. When and where: Circles of Wellbeing will be held from 10am 12noon at the Ration Shed Museum in Cherbourg on August 27 and at the Cherbourg Training Rooms on September 11, or a location of participants choice should it be available. Should women want to take part they can ring Barambah PaCE on 4168 2330 or flag down Jennifer Juderjahn as she does her Cherbourg Mobile Library on a Tuesday, or its coordinator Marcus Priaulx. People can also email or

Triple P Triangle leads to circles being formed: Positive Parenting Program graduate Erica Gyemore gets a big wrap from facilitators Michell Forster and Bronwyn Murray. Ms Forster would now like to form Circles of Wellbeing at Cherbourg should enough women wish to take part.

THROUGHOUT colonisation Indigenous people have had trauma after trauma heaped upon them. They were stripped of their land, language, customs, laws and entire culture and brought, often brutally, into the white mans system. Great progress has been made with Indigenous integration in recent years but many still suffer from compacted trauma handed down through the generations. Now Barambah PaCE is bringing its Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) facilitator Michell Forster to host her Circles of Wellbeing for women. Participants will be able to sit or do an activity of their choosing such as art, collage, weaving, cooking, bush walking etc while talking about their daily stresses. Issues are raised and it lets peo-

ple get things out by talking about them in a non-confronting, safe environment, Ms Forster said. By doing that we begin to counsel ourselves; feel as if were being listened to and valued. We brainstorm and think about things and make ourselves feel more fulfilled; we start to connect with ourselves and put things in perspective. Healing The Circles of Wellbeing allow people to find purpose, unload their burdens and feel lighter through their walk in life. Its about healing yourself, Ms Forster said. We have choices. We dont need to sit with stresses and burdens. We can come together, share, talk, laugh, cry and start to heal ourselves with more traditional

Often, its not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but dont know how to be. Heath L. Buckmaster, Box of Hair: A Fairy Tale
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