Principal impressed with a year of success
AS 320 students stepped on stage last week to accept awards for a year of diligence, Burnett State College principal Theo Bellas said he was filled with pride, and especially chuffed to hear students acknowledging the effort their teachers make for them.
"Of course teachers do this because they are caring professionals. One of our beliefs is that 'every child deserves a champion' and our teachers are the champions for our students,” he said.
"It is always great to get some positive feedback from students where they recognise the effort their teachers are making.”
Mr Bellas said the recognition of students' achievement annually and formally creates a culture of success.
"Our junior students look up to our senior students and are inspired to strive to achieve the same success as the senior students,” he said.
"This also allows the staff to show the students their appreciation for the student's efforts.”
Mr Bellas said the large number of inspiring stories behind awards meant it was too difficult for him to choose just one that stood out.
"I am proud of all our students achievements but our Agricultural students have had wonderful year,” he said.
"At the recent Hoof and Hook competition in Gympie, competing against many Wide Bay schools, our students achieved six judging ribbons and seven handling ribbons, Champion Steer 401 kilogram class and Competition Reserve Champion Steer.
"A Burnett State College student also won Herdsperson for a grade 12 student.
"This activity has it all, fierce competition, teamwork, social skills, fun and learning. What could be better for our students?”
Burnett state College has just completed it's Quadrennial School Review to plan the next 4 years of action.
"We have identified relationships, student achievement tracking and differentiated learning as our areas of action,” Mr Bellas said.
"We are always trying to improve relationships with our students and the community. Achievement and behaviour matrices have been used this year to help students set goals and determine what actions they will take to improve.
"Our teachers have set themselves the goal to help every student in every lesson on the their learning journey.”