OUR SCHOOL VISION
"Every child is motivated to learn and improve"
READING COMPREHENSION = ACADEMIC SUCCESS = OPPORTUNITY
It is 97 years since North Mackay was opened with enrolments of 68 students on 23 March 1915. The school experienced a period of growth as the North Mackay area grew and, as further schools opened, the population has moved away, leaving a smaller community. Currently the school caters for Prep to Year 7 as well as a Special Education Program and has had an enrolment of just under 400 children for many years now.
Mackay North prides itself on the quality education that is offered through our strong academic focus. While we offer students a full range of learning experiences we don't deviate from the fact that our number one priority is student academic growth and improvement. All children are encouraged to do their very best in all academic pursuits. Teachers set high expectations for students and willingly assist them to meet these expectations.
During 2013 our school's focus will continue to be the development of the students reading comprehension ability and their spelling.
We have an extensive Literacy and Numeracy Program, with a modern ICT program. Every child has access to computers. While we offer widespread support programs for students who need extra assistance with their learning, we also offer extension programs for students who excel in academic areas. Our school offers what we call our FIT (Focused Intensive Teacher) program to student in Years 2, 4 and 6 in Term 4 and to students in Years 3, 5 and 7 in term 1. This program is designed to give teacher and students the opportunity for more intensive teaching tailored to the students ability level.
Also during 2013 our school will developing our school's Pedagogical Framework. This document will outline the pedagogical structures we believe are most suited to the students who attend our school. In preparation for this all of our school staff will be participating a professional development program focusing on Explicit Instruction which we believe will be of great assistance to our students improvement.
Sport has always played a large part in Mackay North and we are represented each year by a large number of children in hockey and basketball. Many of our children have gone on to regional and state competitions in a variety of sports. There have even been students who have represented national teams in the past.
A strong focus on music has produced one of the few primary school recorder marching bands in the district. Each year level has a choir and they are encouraged to participate each year in the local eisteddfods. The school focuses on performing arts and has a Drama group which performs in such events as Wakakirri. Our performance groups have amassed an wide trophy collection that is on display in the school foyer.
Tradition in our school is evident by the naming of the school as a Rats of Tobruk School. Students are encouraged to participate with the community in the regular Rats of Tobruk Ceremonies and student leaders are expected to assist in conducting these ceremonies. Our school presents a Spirit of Rats of Tobruk award to a Year 7 student each year.
Our Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students echoes our school motto, 'Learning, Caring, Sharing', in that we expect students to be responsible for their actions and to accept consequences for mistakes. We have developed a community accord which outlines the shared responsibility we all have for student behaviour and it also outlines student behaviours that will not be tolerated by our entire community. All of our behaviour management structures are designed to support children in making the right choice about behaviour.
We would gladly welcome your enquiry concerning enrolment at Mackay North State School. Once you’ve become involved with our school you’ll see its lives up to is banner of A Great Place To Be.
Stephen Bobby - Principal