Principal’s Briefing

The Australian Department of Education and Training has issued Northpine with a notice advising us that the Department has requested that we provide a ‘statement of addresses’ in accordance with section 21 of the Australian Education Regulation (2013). We are required to distribute the ‘statement of addresses’ notice to all parents and guardians of eligible students enrolled at Northpine before we submit the information to the department. This notice (click here) will inform you about the purpose of the statement of addresses so that you have sufficient time to raise any concerns with the school or the Department.  We are required to submit this information before the end of May.

The Animal Care and Protection Act 2001 (Queensland) outlines expectations in relation to the responsible care and use of animals. The application of intent of this Act in Queensland Schools is governed by the Queensland Schools Animal Ethics Committee (QSAEC). The guiding principles outlined by this committee were used by Northpine Christian College in establishing Our Animal Policy (click here). The purpose of this policy is to ensure the safety and well-being of all members of the Northpine Christian College community within the school grounds by providing clear guidelines that comply with the Animal Care and Protection Act, and is intended to minimise the risk of accident or injury to people by animals as well as ensuring responsible care and use of animals.

2017 Next Step survey

The Queensland Government is conducting its annual statewide survey of all students who completed Year 12 in 2016. The Next Step survey is a brief, confidential survey that gains a comprehensive picture of the employment, study and life choices made by Queensland school completers in the year after they finish Year 12.

Between March and June, all our students who completed Year 12 last year can expect to receive instructions to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office to complete the survey. Please encourage them to take part. If their contact details have changed, please assist the interviewer with their updated details or forward the survey to their new address so they can participate.

Thank you for your support of the Next Step survey in 2017.

I want to acknowledge the Staff and Yr 9 students who participated in the Challenge –The Next Step camps last week. This is a valuable program that teachers have put together to help transition our adolescents into adults.

Just a reminder that the Disabled Carparks are reserved for those with registered disability tags and I would also like to remind parents that traffic is disrupted when we use road ways as pick up zones. Thank you for your patience during the busy pick-up time each afternoon.

We have an increasing number of students riding bicycles and skateboards to school. Parents, can I ask that you ensure that they wear appropriate safety gear and that they comply with road safety expectations at all times to ensure they are safe and that other members of the community also feel safe.

Just a reminder that Term 2 brings with it winter uniform requirements. Please ensure that your student/s arrive in the full and proper winter uniform on the first day of the term. Please note that classes for term two begin on Tuesday 18 April.

God bless

-Graham Baird, Principal