The Gap State School Principal’s Points


​​It is with great pleasure that I celebrate student success at the recent Regional Cross Country competition. Four students from our school competed with, Fay C finishing 13th and Seb G finishing 27th. We are very proud of their efforts in their first regional meet. Congratulations to Josie and Ellie M who both finished in the top 5 of their events and were selected in the Metropolitan North team to compete at the state championships in July.

In further sporting success, Year 6 student, Sharni B was selected in the North West District Tennis team to compete at the Metropolitan North Trials in June. Well done Sharni!

We have two debating teams coached by teachers, Mrs de Beer and Miss Forrest. The teams are made up of Year 5 and 6 students who train with their coaches during lunch breaks each week. Preparation time at home is also required and our students regularly demonstrate the qualities of persistence and perseverance to present their debate. Quality preparation gives our students the confidence to do their best while resilience gives them the courage to lose with grace and congratulate their competitors. Our Year 6 team participated in their first debate on Thursday, 9 June with the topic, That we should ban school uniforms. Taking the negative side against another school, our team had their first win by two points. Congratulations Shani B, Ava C, Laura H and Anika JA.

Our P&C's annual Soiree was held in the MPB on Saturday evening, 4 June. Thank you to our Music Supporters' Group of parent volunteers who organised a fabulous night of music which included performances by professional local talents. The event was a great success and was enjoyed by many.

Congratulations to our instrumental students and their teachers, who participated in the biannual Instrumental Fanfare competition on 7 June. Our Senior Strings, Senior Band and Junior Band each earned a Gold award in their sections at the event. All instrumental ensembles, including Year 3 Strings, performed beautifully at our Mid-Year Instrumental concert on 14 June in our MPB, providing an opportunity for students to showcase their talent and learning to their families.

Our Mid-Year Choral Concert was held in our MPB on 8 June, with Sopraninos (Years 1-2), Junior (Years 3-4), Senior (Years 5-6) and Girls' (auditioned Years 4-6) Choirs all performing the pieces they have been rehearsing this year. It was a pleasure to see and listen to the students not only performing in their groups, but also together in their massed piece to start the concert.

On Friday 10 June, The Gap State School Senior Choir participated in The Queensland in Song Concert Series. Organised by the Voices of Birralee this concert was a tribute to all things Queensland, including Queensland composers. One of our pieces sung by the Senior Choir was Umbrella, written by our talented choral conductor, Katherine Ruhle. The Birralee Singers were joined by choirs from seven Brisbane schools, who each performed two pieces and then two massed finale pieces. Over 300 singers sang The Holiday Jam by Ally Dunk, which was commissioned for the event, and This Golden Land. We sang a Welcome to Country along with Indooroopilly State School, which was also special. What a fabulous evening! The Gap students not only performed beautifully, their behaviour was exemplary.

I am incredibly proud of all students involved in these music programs, in awe of our committed music staff and grateful for the Music Supporters' Group who tirelessly co-ordinate these events with the school team.

Thursday afternoon saw the MPB abuzz with the excitement and participation of students and families enjoying the STEM related hands on activities, experiments, stage show demonstrations and individual exhibits. Both the student lead presentations and adult facilitated sessions were engaging and popular. Many thanks to all families who attended, our community judges, presenters, staff organisers and activity facilitators Mrs Peters and Mrs Witheyman and event sponsors Ashgrove / The Gap Lions Club and The Gap State School Student Council.

Joanne Nicholls

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Last reviewed 25 July 2022
Last updated 25 July 2022