Thanks from the P&C

A big thanks from the P&C to the entire school community for your support during the year.

Last Wednesday was International Volunteer Day, and we wanted to give a shout out to all their parents, and their families, who help organise events, clean up, pack up, build garden furniture, plant seedlings, clean toilets after events, make posters, sell raffle tickets, come to P&C meetings and do a myriad other things.

We really appreciate everything you do to make your child’s school a great place to learn. We realise not everyone can come to meetings, but you’re always welcome, and you can email us with feedback at any time.

An extra special thanks from me to the P&C executive, Sybille Goss, Matthew Rintoul, Nicole Rayner, Fi Cameron, and to Julie Sarkozi, for your energy, enthusiasm and wisdom. Have a wonderful, safe holiday everyone.

Sally Dillon, P&C President


Inner City South State Secondary College - Proposed catchment map

Message from Building Future Schools:

Thank you for your feedback to the Department of Education (the Department) during the community consultation period for the proposed catchment and enrolment approach for the new Inner City South State Secondary College (SSC).

Following the closure of the consultation period, the Department considered all of the feedback received on the proposed catchment map.

An analysis of the feedback identified that the following considerations were important to the local community:

  • residential streets should not be split between two catchments;

  • the established methodology of determining catchment boundaries using trafficable roads does not always account for active travel routes in urban areas; and

  • the communities of Dutton Park, Yeronga and Woolloongabba are very supportive of the school and many residents are keen to be located within the ICSSSC catchment.

In response to this feedback, the department has made amendments to the Inner City South SSC catchment including expansion to the north-east to include a section of Woolloongabba, slight expansion to the east near Stones Corner; expansion to the south-east to follow Logan Road to Denham Street, following park boundaries and main streets to the river at Yeronga; and a slight reduction of the north-west boundary to minimise street splitting as well as adopting a main road approach for the boundary. 

The final catchment boundary for Inner City South SSC can be viewed on the Building Future Schools Fund website here.

Transitional enrolment arrangements will form part of the Enrolment Management Plan, which will be finalised following the appointment of the founding Principal during early 2019.  

We sincerely appreciate the time and consideration you have given to this process and thank you for your valued feedback. We look forward to your ongoing support and contributions as we progress towards the opening of this exciting new school for the South Brisbane community in 2021.

Warm regards

The Building Future Schools program team

E: BuildingFutureSchools@qed.qld.gov.au

TRIVIA NIGHT 2018

Thankyou for being quizzical. It was no trivial matter, grey or otherwise. Saturday night's Trivia Comp was a race to the finish. 

Champions of the night were: Wilder Trivia - with the massive score of 47

In 2nd place right on their tail was: A Fine Vintage - 46

Followed by:

TT's - the longest running school rep team in the comp

The Witches of East Brissie and a couple of blokes 

Anti Einsteins - The longest running team in the School - 39

Quizlamic State - 39

The Tropical Subtropicals - 39

Three fine teams trawling the bottom for wooden spoon honours.

A special mention goes to Quizlamic State for the Highest score in a round

Thanks to Bryn, Cath, Tracey and Danni for their Trivial efforts over the last 5 years. The baton has been passed so stay tuned for next year, but for now it's time to thank everyone for the all the fun and excitement that was Trivia 2018.

We'd like to thank everyone who helped on the evening, particularly Anthea and Tracy in the kitchen doing the amazing job they usually do, along with Charlee, Carys, Angharad and Charlie. A special nod to Eugene and Roo in particular who has been a constant throughout our Trivia nights for the last five years as well as Clytie B. our refuse queen. Thanks for the tunes fellas. 

Thanks to the P and C and anyone else who we have failed to mention. You are all important and we can't do this business without you.

Speaking of business - thankyou so much to all our sponsors and donators - especially school families. 

Travel Associates

Georgina Dunn Jewelry

Adina Watches

Creative Dance Industries

Tracy Dumpling Queen

Grow Organic Fertiliser

SPONSORS

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Draft Strategic Plan

This plan is meant to be read in conjunction with the DRAFT Major Projects & Budget Forecast document, which can be downloaded here

The P&C executive has been working with the school on a draft Strategic Plan to guide us for the next three years. It sets out what the key responsibilities of the P&C are, and the kinds of things we’d like to fundraise for and achieve for the school community.

It’s a draft at the moment and we’d love your feedback. Take a look and please email comments to burandapandc@gmail.com by Friday 30 November so we can discuss it at December’s P&C meeting (Wednesday 5 December, 6 for 6.15pm).

Roll out a 40km/h zone along Old Cleveland Road in Stones Corner!


Following is a message from Jonathan Sri, Councillor for the Gabba Ward:

Dear residents,

I’ll start with some good news. After pressure from my office and a range of community groups, we’ve had clear confirmation that council is going to roll out a 40km/h zone along Old Cleveland Road in Stones Corner!

This won’t completely address all the pedestrian safety issues in this area, but it’s certainly a positive step. I’m also continuing to push for a major redesign of the O’Keefe St roundabout intersection and other pedestrian safety solutions (e.g. an underpass). Council says their deadline for rolling this out is 31 March next year, but if they’re receiving strong positive feedback from residents, they’ll probably get it done sooner than that.

They’re currently focussed on the stretch between Montague St and the O’Keefe St roundabout (blue shaded area in above picture), but my strong advice has been that the 40km/h zone should be larger, taking in the pedestrian crossing on Logan Rd just north of Cowley St (a key crossing for pedestrians accessing Buranda train station and Buranda State School) as well as the pedestrian crossing on O’Keefe St to the west of Carl St (a major route for the bicentennial bikeway that also carries very high volumes of foot traffic). (Blue extdended line in above image).

In council’s recent ‘Move Safe’ online consultation, residents identified that this whole area is dangerous and inhospitable for pedestrians, and so it makes sense to have the broader precinct rezoned for 40km/h rather than just one short stretch.

To make sure this happens, I need your help. If you support a 40km/h zone for the entire area surrounding Buranda train station, the Woolloongabba busway and the Stones Corner shops on Old Cleveland Road, please send an email to: tpo_contact@brisbane.qld.gov.au CCing chair.infrastructure@brisbane.qld.gov.au.

Tell them you’re very strongly supportive of the 40km/h trial, but that you think it should take in a larger area.

Lowering speed limits in congested inner-city areas does not have a discernible impact on motorist travel times. The congestion around the O’Keefe St roundabout has a lot more to do with the intersection itself than the maximum speed limit. However, dropping the speed should help make the area safer and more comfortable for pedestrians, which will in turn encourage more people to choose walking and public transport over driving. Please send an email saying you support this!





P&C AGM - March 2019

Although the P&C AGM meeting is scheduled for March 2019, it isn't too soon to consider whether you wish to stand for the P&C Executive.  All positions will be spilled - that is, President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Vice Treasurer, Secretary, Minutes Secretary . 

We are sure you will agree that 2019 signals an exciting time for Buranda State School, and you are encouraged to consider running for these important roles.  If you have any questions, please come along to the meeting on Wednesday night and discuss.

Swim-a-thon

Our annual Swim-a-thon will be held during normal PE lessons on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 November for all children in years 1-6.

Swim-a-thon forms have been given to students last week or you can download them on the link below. The forms are to be returned by Friday 23 November. All forms and money are to be returned to the locked boxed outside the office and/or money to be deposited via Qkr! 

Julie Wain – PE teacher

Inner City School Update and Next P&C meeting Wednesday 7 November

The Department of Education is holding ‘community sessions’ to facilitate community input into design of the new Inner City South State Secondary College.

One session was held on Saturday 27 October and another is to be held on Thursday, 1 November from 6pm to 8pm at Dutton Park State School. Check the Building Future Schools website for details.

Several members of the Buranda State School community attended the session on Saturday and have indicated attendance was quite worthwhile.

It is the P&C’s understanding that the final catchment will be announced within the next four weeks. We will keep you posted with developments.

Come to next week’s P&C meeting to hear more and have your say. The meeting will be at 6pm in the library on Wednesday 7 November.

This Friday is Prep 2019 orientation morning

We are looking forward to meeting new families at the Prep Orientation this Friday. Our Uniform Shop will be open, ready for you to purchase your Prep's new uniforms!  

To make P&C payments a lot easier and stress-free for you, the P&C uses an app called Qkr!(You may have received an information sheet in your enrolment pack on how to download). 

Qkr! is available through Google Play and iTunes and it would be awesome if you could download and set it up with your debit/credit card before Friday morning. Note that your card details aren't stored on your phone and, if you prefer, you can choose to enter your card details for every transaction.

The P&C uses Qkr! for tuck shop, uniform shop, fundraising and P&C events and our parents love how easy it is to use. We send reminders about tuck shop and order deadlines; there's no more searching for loose change or cash; and you can place uniform orders at midnight! 

Of course we will have volunteers to help you on Friday, so bring your smart phone with you and we can help you through the process! 

The Qkr! app is the preferred method of payment for our uniform shop, although we do accept direct bank transfer payments too. 

Uniforms will be available to check sizing if needed, but if you know the sizes you will need for your child, you can order through the Qkr! app before Friday and the uniforms will be ready for pick up Friday morning...stress free! 

Trivia Night on 23 November — put it in your diary now!

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FORGET your worries for an evening and then some. Come and join the party in the school hall with the antics and supreme FUN that is BURANDA'S 2018 TRIVIA NIGHT.

FABULOUS FOOD and BRILLIANT LIVE MUSIC starts at 6pm. Questions start at 6.40pm. 

So come along, mingle, and wash the week away. We have a new QUIZZmistress...NEW Questions...NEW fun. 

We are proud to announce yet another sustainably-driven P&C Buranda Event, with no disposable cups. So, bring your Buranda tumbler (or non-glass alternative) or pick up a new BSS Centenary stainless-steel tumbler at the reduced inclusive price in your entry.

$15 BYO tumbler (no glass please)

$20 including $8 memorial tumbler

You can also pick up a tumbler on the night for $10, which includes your first drink.

So gather your mates, pals and peeps and start organising your team. 

Don't know anyone...yet….no worries: we can team you up. See the signup sheets outside each classroom. 

Come on and let your hair down and support our kids by coming to Buranda's FIRST and LAST EVER trivia night hosted by QuizMistressFitz.                                                                                                                                                                                        

Don’t just believe us….Read what others had to say about previous years trivia nights:

Ted: I had so much fun, just watching everyone else have fun.

Sarah: I'd forgotten what it was like to get out with everyone again - without the kids.

Anna: Such joyful, witty banter at our table, a complete evening out..oh, and did I mention the great food?

Kellie: I didn't know you guys had such a great turnout and spirit for such a small school. We're coming again next year.

Mark: Loved the heads and tails section, the hilarious Burns or Trump section and the local trivia.

Geoff:  The usual cool live music Buranda Events have been come to be known for. A real highlight.

Tracey: AWESOME!!!.............PS It's my 4th year in a row.

Danni: My highlight is the table drawing. Framable works of Art.

Cathy Fitzgerald, Quiz Mistress