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​Welcome to the July edition of Lockyerlife for 2017.  Thank you for taking the time to read this edition, as we believe that our newsletter forms an important part of home/school communication. 

Students will soon receive their Semester 1 Report Cards. The package contains important information for students and for parents. These documents are some of the most powerful pieces of feedback that your student will receive this year. Please discuss the report card with your students and help them to create an action plan for improvement. These action plans should be completed in your student’s diary and should be supported by your student’s teachers. Please pay particular attention to the teacher’s comments as these are typically the most relevant to improve your student’s results. We firmly believe that if the feedback is adhered to, if students plan to improve their results and if they focus their attention and efforts towards improvement, better results and a more satisfying school experience will come. 

Our Semester 1 report cards have divulged some pleasing whole-school results. The average pass rate is now 89%, the highest this decade. Impressively, 12.1% of Year 12 results were an A, 14% of year 11 results and 13.6% of year 8 results were also an A. Similarly, since 2010, our B-rate has grown from 28% to current rate of 36%. This indicates that it is typical to pass subjects and achieve academic success AND common to receive B and A results on report cards. These pleasing results come from working hard, preparation and planning, time management, improved attendance and excellent teachers.

Welcome to our friends from Japan, arriving 21 July! Lockyer has a strong commitment to our partnership with Ageo-City in Japan. Our annual cultural exchange where Japanese students spend 6 days in our school is a fantastic experience for students and also for Lockyer families. Japanese students live with Lockyer families for more than a week. Life-long friendships are forged and the exchange is an experience not to be missed. Thanks must go to the families who have accepted a Japanese student into their homes, but particularly to Mrs Denise Harris for again organising the event. 

Lockyer District High School continues to provide wonderful academic, cultural, sporting and community-based learning experiences within a caring and supportive school environment. We are very thankful to our students, parents, school staff members and school community for their continued support and passion towards the improvement of Gatton’s youth and the youth of the Lockyer Valley. 

School Council: As an Independent Public School, Lockyer District High School must form a School Council by the end of 2017. The Official Members of the School Council have decided to have 1 (one) parent/carer representative on the inaugural council. There is a chance to nominate to be on the school council by reading then completing the nomination form, then returning the form to the school. Instructions are in the Newsletter, which serves as Notice of Intent to hold an election. 

I remain very proud of the students and staff at Lockyer.  Together, we have a good school, the school of choice in the Lockyer Valley.  Let’s all work together to continue to improve in everything we do. 

If our school can assist you in any way, please contact us. To keep up with school events and see details of student success, you can follow us on Twitter @LDSHS



Darren Cook