Mourilyan State School students strive to ‘seek, discover and learn’

Acting Principal, Anne Walsh, and Year 6 Teacher, Edmond Starkey, with Mourilyan State School’s leadership team

MOURILYAN State School had a full and busy Term 1, starting the year with 162 students enrolled, including 27 new Preps.

The school welcomed new Acting Principal, Anne Walsh, who had previously been in Pormpuraaw for three years, together with new teaching staff, Laura Duffy (Year 5), Clancy Connolly (Prep), Giovanna Starkey (Year 1), Samantha Cook (Prep teacher aide), and Ms Alison and Ms Marley (Year 4 Teacher Aides).

This year’s priorities are writing and improving students’ writing outcomes, as well as integrating technology into the curriculum.  STEM will also be a focus area including having a STEM Champion.

Students can access an Instrumental Music program and the School provides a highly inclusive environment and leadership opportunities for students.

Mourilyan State School is a Reef Guardian School and is now part of the Solar Schools Program, with many solar panels having been installed, and teachers can access lessons which will be incorporated in classroom activities.

ANZAC Day continues to be an important event with an annual service held at the school’s memorial area.

Staff would like every student to be a disciplined learner, thoughtful contributor, problem solver and team player, and they work hard to assist each student to achieve success by adjusting curriculum, pedagogies, and environments.

For the first time, MSS has Virtues Officers, Lucy, Declan, and Amity, who will be supported by Chaplain, Sharon Marks, to identify a virtue each week and then focus students’ attention on virtues such as friendliness and respect.

‘Seek, Discover and Learn for Individual Success’ is the school motto and students, and staff, strive to demonstrate the four values of Respect for Self, Respect for Others, Respect for Property/Environment and Respect for Learning.

The P & C Association members hold a tuckshop every Wednesday and are planning fundraising activities including the High Tea later in the year. 

The Obstathon run by the P & C Association held last term raised $4,500, with these funds going back into the school for the cost of school camps and the purchase of student resources.

At a special assembly, the school’s leadership team were officially inducted and received their badges. Sophie and Denan are School Captains and Hannah and Kynan are the Vice Captains.

Dolphin Sports Captains: Amity and Elijah; Rainey, Chloe, and Hunter (Vice Captains) and Shark Captains: Mykah and Declan; Lucy, and James (Vice Captains).

Student Council are Aiden (President), Declan (Vice President), Kaydyn (Secretary), and Jack and Kayden (Treasurer).

During term one, students took part in a cross country, and cluster schools’ events such as rugby league, soccer, and netball gala days, as well as Crazy Hair/Sock Day and a Parent Information Night was held. 

This term, an inter-house athletics carnival and a district cross country will take place and there will be school camps for Years 3 – 6 in Term 3.

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