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​Welcome to the May 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.

Life at Lockyer is always exciting. May 24 will see our third Careers Expo launch, bigger and better than ever before, with more stalls and more to see and do, including the Defence Force Flight Simulator available for students to try. The Expo is organised by Senior Business students and is not only a real-life learning experience and assessment item for our students, but also provides information about career choices and providing access to a wide range of industries and employers to the whole school. Well done to the student organisers and the teachers who guide their efforts.


In a similar way, our hospitality students continue to impress with their restaurants. The progression of high-quality dining experiences produced by our students, guided by our dedicated teachers is a real credit to all involved. Again, real-life learning experiences that build skills essential in the workplace. A great effort by teachers and students who give up their time to maximise the learning for our students.


Lockyer District High School has partnered with Vanderfields and Scripture Union to hold a Vanderfields Trade Day and Farmers Breakfast 31 May. This agricultural trade-based function brings the agricultural business community into our school for the first time ever this year, highlighting the fantastic facilities and programs in our Trade Training Centre and Agricultural Department. The breakfast will involve up to 100 Lockyer students speaking with members of the local agricultural industry. This is a first for our school. Funds raised go to Lockyer Chaplaincy.


Lockyer District High School has successfully advocated to receive funding to re-design our Multipurpose Shelter into a fully enclosed, all-weather sports hall. This funding is part of the Queensland Government’s Advancing Queensland State Schools program. Design drawings are almost complete and tenders will soon be called for. Construction will begin in Semester 2, with completion scheduled before the start of the 2018 school year. This is a great result for our school as it will allow for a broad range of court sports to be played during and after the school day in purpose built space that the school community can be very proud of.


Being a Queensland Independent Public School has some advantages. One is to streamline processes to engage the school community. Lockyer District High School is starting to reap the rewards of this by engaging with local businesses to sponsor aspects of the school. Next time you see some of our sporting teams in their awesome travel uniforms and playing jerseys, the situation exists because we are an IPS and through the willingness of the school and local businesses to be involved in the school to the advantage of our students and the profile of the school in the community. Thanks to our business partners who support our teams.  


Schools do not run without the willing support of our volunteers. Our wonderful P&C meet every month and provide great support for our school. Our canteen provides healthy food and tasty treats for our hungry students. All profits from the canteen are channelled back into the school to fund projects that benefit students and the community. Volunteers sometimes work with grounds staff, in our SEP and on other school programs. We are always desperate for volunteers in the canteen. If you can help, even for 1 day a term, please contact the school.


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 me on Twitter @LDSHS