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A Farewell Note from the Principal

Dear Parents/Carers
In January 2012 I arrived at Bribie Island School with much enthusiasm and intent to do a great job for the students of Bribie School and to move it forward so it could be recognised as a great school. As I sit writing this message to say farewell I have reflected upon the past four and a half years and feel some pride in what has been achieved. In particular I am very pleased that so many members of our school have embraced the direction we are heading and taken on the delivery and lead of the jigsaw of programs and projects which make our school so unique and flourishing. Our enrolment growth of over 24% in the past three years is testament alone to the respect being afforded our school as a school of choice.
We have unashamedly established a culture of high expectations for we believe everyone can achieve. From behaviour, uniform compliance, manners, attendance and in the academic areas we expect everyone to do their best. For those who have challenges we have established systems of support to ensure that all have the best chances to succeed.
Our work has been recognised via many awards including regional awards for inclusive education and for the Parents and Citizens Association. As well as state recognition as finalists for our Soar into Bribie program and as leadership team of the year.
Students now have many avenues to express their talents and abilities including curriculum and extra curriculum areas. Our Enrichment days are a flagship of a deep commitment we have to students.
I considered including a thank you to key members of our school but with so many people responsible for important and valuable roles in the school I would be listing our whole school staff. It is the work of each and every member of our school who makes our complex site so successful.
With everyone’s continuing commitment the school can progress even further, for there are some very strong foundations for the future. I look forward to hearing of the successes at the school in the coming years and how everyone has reaped the rewards of all that has been established. Let’s never let that passion for Bribie expire.
With so much to celebrate it was a very tough decision to take the promotion to Moreton Downs State School. I will be saying farewell to so many friends. However, as we all do, such decisions include a multitude of considerations and most definitely consider my family’s future as well.
My last day at Bribie Island State School will be this Friday 24th June for I commence my new position on the first day of term three. Ideally any change would have occurred over a longer period but this was not possible. I apologise for the short timelines but this was beyond my control.
I have been advised that Mr Peter Keen – Deputy Principal from Morayfield State High School - will fill the acting Principal role for term three. The department will go through a recruitment process during term three.
Thank you for your support over the past four and a half years.
Kindest Regards
Paul Pickering