FNQ Region

A-Z guide for students

Students at Far North Queensland state schools can access some great services and facilities - read about some of them here.

We love frogs they fascinate us, but friend the green frog is a little more difficult to see these days.  They have become so scarce that in some parts of the Cairns there are children who have never seen a live frog. 

 Frogs are greatly affected by human activities so it’s important for young people to learn about conservation.  Therefore the local frog rescue group Frog Safe, Inc. has teamed up with educator Lisa MacDonald and illustrator Yolie Swinkels to create a poster which doubles as a board-game to bring frog-friendly thinking to you, our future leaders aged 7 to 12.

‘Why we love Queensland’

In September Cairns will host the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting.  More than 1,000 people from around the globe, including some of the world’s most influential economic decision-makers, will visit the city for the event.

As G20 host, Australia wants delegates to fall in love with Cairns and its unique natural attractions. To showcase the region, Cairns and Far North Queensland students from prep to Year 12 are encouraged to get their pencils and paintbrushes out to create works of art that show their favourite things about Queensland.

These artworks will be used to produce a 50 metre by two metre mural to feature at the G20 meeting in the Cairns Convention Centre.

As well as the opportunity to have their artworks on display, students will be in the running for a prize for their school of an iPad and a $100 iTunes gift card. There are 13 prize packs up for grabs.

Competition entries will be accepted until Monday 21 July, with winners to be announced in September.

Competition posters and a G20 fact sheet for students are available online.

For more information see www.g20.org/community_information/schools

Providing counselling and advice services in schools

To give every learner the best chance of success, we provide a comprehensive guidance and counselling service to students and their families in all our schools.

Powersavvy is a community-wide approach to saving energy which includes homes, schools and businesses. Since Powersavvy was introduced through Ergon Energy and the Education Department its Solar Schools project has produced an 11 per cent reduction in power use across all schools. That’s good news for the environment and for school budgets.

An exciting new focus on Year 7-9 learners

An exciting change is happening in Queensland State Schools and it’s called Junior SecondaryFrom the start of 2013 all secondary schools have been implementing structures which support adolescent learners’ social, academic and wellbeing needs.  

Over 75 state school leaders from Tully to Thursday Island came together 21 and 22 May for the Junior Secondary Leading Change Program hosted by Professor Donna Pendergast from Griffith University.

Creating an orderly environment for learning

Students learn best when the school they attend is safe and supportive. Many schools in Far North Queensland use Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) to create positive learning environments. In Far North Queensland this is called Positive Behaviour for Learning.

Peninsula School Sport

Far North Queensland Region supports a healthy lifestyle for students. Besides in-school physical education as part of the curriculum students have opportunities to represent their school, district, region and state through a broad range of school sporting activities. These activities are managed by the Peninsula School Sports Board which is one of twelve regional sports boards across Queensland.

Queensland school students will learn skills to stay safe online with the launch ofa new cyber-safety website which uses a quiz to highlight potential dangers.

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the new website will use characters including Bully Girl and Shifty Shane to help educate students of the dangers of cyber bullying. 

“The internet is an excellent resource, offering a world of information at our finger tips, but unfortunately it also has its dangers,” Mr Langbroek said.

“That’s why the Queensland Government has partnered with Telstra to develop a project that incorporates an online quiz designed to show students how to have fun online while keeping safe.

“This government is absolutely committed to ensuring that Queensland is the safest place to raise a child and this is just another way we are delivering on that promise.”

Mr Langbroek said the Meet the Creeps quiz was specifically geared to students aged from 11 to 13 and teaches them to be able to recognise potential dangers. 

Check out the Meet the Creeps quiz at www.creepquiz.eq.edu.au 

Robotics, cooking, team sports, camp and music; these are all things Year 7 students from Gordonvale State High School like about their new school.

One Year 7 student leader, Damien Pearce, even went so far to say, “Coming to high school has been like a magical journey because you meet so many new people.”

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