Issue 15 | 15 October 2019

Mr Graham Baird, Prinicpal

Principal’s Briefing

Welcome back to Term 4, 2019. The rain we have been receiving is really very welcome, although I believe that things are not much better for our rural neighbours west of the range. No doubt you are praying for them as we are.

Our Year 12s have a couple of weeks of school left before they hand in their final assessments and are able enjoy the celebrations associated with completing their schooling. No doubt they will be will looking forward to an enjoyable and relaxing time together on their camp beginning 3 November.

While this is a significant time for our Year 12 students, it is important that all our students remain focused on their studies right through to the end of the year so that they can attain the best possible results on their final report.

By all accounts, ‘Big Camp’ 2019 was a great success. I understand that there were some engaging speakers and the programs were well attended. I trust those of you who were able to attend ‘Big Camp’ enjoyed it and were blessed by the experience.

Just a reminder that Monday 21 October is a pupil free day. Several of our senior staff will be involved in panel meetings where Year 12 assessment tasks are moderated. We will also have our 2020 Preps and their parent/s visiting for an Orientation Day Program, while the remainder of our staff attend in-service programs and planning meetings.

Our Year 6 students will be away on their camp from Wednesday 23 October through to Friday 25 October. This is a great event for them, and I know they will enjoy the activities planned for them.

This Friday we will be officially opening the new building. The program will be held in the Amphitheatre with our Year 11 and 12 students attending. Because of space restrictions, we will be live streaming the program to the classrooms so our teachers and students will be able to see the formal part of the opening, which will begin at 10am and finish by 10:30am. We will be welcoming a number of dignitaries representing state and local governments, as well as other groups that have played a part in making it possible for Northpine to have such a great facility.

Thanks for taking the time to read our Newsletter.

God bless

-Mr Graham Baird, Principal

Merit Awards

Merit Awards

Congratulations to our weekly Infant and Junior School award winners! Our students continue to excel in so many areas. Here are the names of our most recent Merit Award winners:

 Class Week 1
Prep A Neason Hoole
Layla Kells
Prep B Benjamin O’Brien
Georgie Mcdonagh
Prep C Tendekai Chendume
Breannah Knowles
1A Frankie Cossart
Stephen Ndlovu
1B Jack Reid
Ava Hawken
1C William Koolik
Sia Park
2A Nicholas Dunne
Joseph Clifton
2B Tom Magin
Lucas Keilar
3A Tasiretta Fesolai-Toalua
Kyla O’Connell
3B Sophie Eaton
Mitchell McCall
3C Sarah Walker
Hannah Bichard
4A Leith Nowitzki
Brooklyn Polley
4B Kyla Fishburn
Ewan Mega
4C Liana Elkington
Joshua Redman
5A Xander Llewellyn
Oliver Stone
5B Joshua Kluczkowski
Reuben Skinner
5C Taane Joseph
Jared Fernandez
6A Joshua Bichard
Winfriede Manutulila
6B Nathan Dalman
Blaine O’Dougherty
6C Aaron Kickbush
Antonia Dunne
Music (P-2) Jack Reid
Music (3-6) Pierson Castle
PE (P-2) Sian Eberbach
Jack Reid
PE (3-6)
Digital Tech (P-3) Noah Dodds
Digital Tech (4-6) Finn Roose
Tidy Room Award

Week                            P-2                                                            3-6

1 Prep B 4A


Week 1 Infants

Week 1 Juniors

Showjumping Champions

During the first week of school holidays, Jasmine Jensen, Year 9, and Ava Jensen, Year 5, competed for the PCQ State Show Jumping title. Both competed over four days against the best riders in their age group in Queensland. Both also won! The sisters now are state title holders in their respective age groups. Ava also won a spot on the Queensland team and tied for the highest point earners in the state. Congratulations to Jasmine and Ava for their impressive accomplishments!

Primary Sports News

Term 4 Carnivals
Our Northpine Primary Athletics Team had a terrific day at the recent ASSA Inter-School Athletics Carnival held at QSAC. Our team was equal first in the gold medals tally with 23 but was placed second overall on countback of silver medals. The students who competed at the event did amazingly well and should be proud of their efforts. Thank you to the staff and family members who attended on the day. We look forward to doing it again next year!

On Wednesday 13 November (Term 4, Week 6) the Junior Inter-house Swimming Carnival will take place at a new venue. We will use the Burpengary Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre at 1 Aquatic Centre Drive, Burpengary to facilitate our carnival instead of Redcliffe. We hope the new venue will spark added excitement to what already is a highly anticipated event on the calendar. See you there!

The Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 Swimming Gala day will take place on Wednesday 27 November (Term 4, Week 8). The Year 1 Gala will run from 9:15 – 10:30am; Preps from 11:15am – 12:30pm and the Year 2 Gala will take place during the afternoon session from 1:30 – 2:45pm. We look forward to seeing you there for a fun day of swimming.

Lunch Hotshots Tennis
Coach John will continue to run lunchtimes tennis coaching for the remainder of the year. Please call John on 0422940132 to register your child/ren. Year 2-6 sessions will be on Tuesday lunchtimes and Prep-Year 1 sessions on Friday lunchtimes every term.

District Sport Team Trials
The following sport is yet to have District or Regional Trial selections for 2019. If you have prior experience in this sport, please see Mr Wood-Johnson for details nearer the time of this Pine Rivers District Team trial.

Sport Age Level Day PRD District Date
Aquathlon 11 – 12 yrs B & G Direct to MN 28-Oct



Senior Sports

Congratulations, Georgia!

Year 12 student and Sport Prefect, Georgia Waugh has again been selected for the Under 17’s Football Federation Australia’s Futsal Team to represent Queensland. The competition will take place in Canberra during January 2020.

Georgia has also accepted the position of U15 Women’s National Premier League Coach for her home club at Mitchelton Football Club. This position is on top of her current role where she continues to coach the U13’s South East Queensland Futsal Premier League. Georgia also competes in the Open Women’s Team in the same competition. Wishing you all the best, Georgia!


Well done, Semika!

Avondale College recently hosted an annual open basketball competition. Semika Evans, one of our Sports Prefects competed in the women’s draw. There were four teams that entered this event. Semika’s team finished as runners-up. Semika has been competing in this competition for several years. Keep it up, Semika! We wish you all the very best.


A big congratulations to Andrew Schnell and his wife, Cushla, on the birth of their beautiful daughter, Elovie, on Friday 11 October. We wish Andrew and Cushla much of God’s blessing as they begin the incredibly rewarding journey of parenthood!

Important Notice – Road Closure

Please note that on Monday 21 October, the road leading from the Watson Park entry gate to the Indoor Sports Centre will be closed to enable a pedestrian crossing to be painted on the road. This will be on the Pupil Free Day. Access to the Sports Centre, pool area and OSHC will be through Gate 1, and traffic can then loop around the Sports Centre and exit back at Gate 1. All other gates will be open as usual.

Library News

Welcome back to Term 4 in the Library!

We are happy to see our Reading Space being used by students and parents before school and at lunchtime.  If you would like to have some quiet reading time with your child in the morning, please feel free to utilise this space.

The Library Party for Term 3 goes to 4C. Thank you for showing lovely manners in the Library, for borrowing each week and returning your books on time. We look forward to having you in the Library for your party when Ms Rebbeck returns from her holiday.

Our Reading Rangers After School Book Club has resumed for Term 4, with students from Prep to Year 6 sharing the stories they’ve been reading and writing themselves. We have also been enjoying book themed craft and activities, and learning more about the Library. If your child is interested in joining our Book Club, please see Library staff.

On Thursday 7 November and Friday 8 November, Premier’s Reading Challenge certificates and prizes will be presented at Parade. Well done to all students who participated and especially those who completed their Challenge. Thank you to teachers and parents for encouraging them.

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Bookings – January 2020

Uniform Fitting Appointments for back to school requirements are now open


  • 2 & 3 December – 9.00am – 11.00am
  • 20, 21, 22 & 23 January – 8.30am – 3.30pm
  • Registration/Meet and Greet Day 28 January
    8.30 – 11.00am by appointment only
    1.00 – 3.00pm no appointment necessary

Book Online:

Booking code: 6bhe2

There are 4 places available for each time slot, so please book siblings together in the one time slot where possible.


If you wish to escape the back to school rush, online ordering is available at

Orders will be processed after closing each day from January 20th to 28th and available for pick up the next day.  Sizing guides are available on the website.


Donations of second hand uniforms are welcome and sold in the shop.

Enquiries: 3204 5972 or

Upcoming Events Photo

Upcoming Events

16 October:  Middle/Senior Adventure Race

21 October : Pupil Free Day / Prep 2020 Orientation 

22 October: P & F Meeting

23-25 October: Year 6 Camp

25 October: Year 12 Exams begin

For more info please visit our School Calendar

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