Welcome back to Term 3

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Dear parents/carers,

Welcome back for Term 3. I hope that each of our Riverside students was able to enjoy a refreshing and relaxing holiday spent with family and friends and is back at school today and ready for a great term.

As we enter the second half of our school year, there are many events planned this term which will allow our students to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These types of activities, whether included in the core curriculum or in addition to it, provide our students with the ability to become well rounded individuals. Current research supports this approach, with students engaged in a range of extra-curricular activities found to:

·         Lead a healthy and active lifestyle;

·         Show higher academic results;

·         Develop stronger relationships;

·         Feel a strong sense of belonging within the school community; and

·         Have higher self-esteem.

The term started early for a some of our Riverside students with a number of extra-curricular activities being held in the final week of the school holiday period. All of our Year 10 students were able to participate in week-long work experience placements, a group of Year 12 students had the opportunity to attend a university expo and our Dance students performed in the college’s annual Riverside Dance Showcase at the Brolga Theatre.

In coming weeks, students will compete in the Wakakiri Dance competition, the school will hold Science Week activities and HPV training and competitions will continue. Our Year 4 and Year 5 students will be heading off on school camps and Year 11/12 Outdoor Recreation camps will also be held.

At the end of August, Riverside will host the annual Fraser Coast Interschool Equestrian Event at the local Maryborough Showgrounds. This event which has been hosted by Riverside for a number of years, is looking to be the most successful one yet, with our competitor quotas being met six weeks in advance of the event.

It is wonderful that at each school extra-curricular event I have attended this year, the parent support and attendance has been strong and very positive.  I encourage all our community members to come along and support our students at the many events planned for this term. Your active involvement in our college demonstrates a wonderful commitment to the college-parent partnership and sends your child a positive message that school and education is extremely important.

I thank you for entrusting your children to our College and wish you the best for another wonderful term.

Melanie Warren