Transition year 6 - 2018 to year 7 - 2019


9 October 2018

Dear Year 6 parents and families

I trust this letter finds you all well and excited for your child as they prepare to enter high school with us in 2019.

We wish to stay in touch with you as closely as possible in the lead up to this exciting phase of your child’s educational journey – below are some important dates and information that will assist you throughout this time.

It is with great excitement that I will continue in the role of Deputy Principal for Year 7 in 2019. The middle years is a passion of mine, and so I am thrilled to continue working closely with this age bracket of children and you as their parents. Jo Kearney will continue as or Head of Department of Junior Secondary and we will welcome a new Head of Year for Year 7 – Ms Shannon Hill. Shannon is an experienced staff member of SBSHS and a valued community member familiar with many students and their families. She will be your first point of contact should you require any pastoral care, academic support or contact with multiple teachers. Shannon will be happy to assist you in ensuring a comfortable settling in phase for your child and be contacted on

Enrolment update: Thank you to those families who have returned their child’s enrolment forms. Please note that there will continue to be small fortnightly bulk enrolment sessions on a Tuesday at 3pm. If you are yet to return your child’s enrolment forms, please book an enrolment interview through SBSHS online booking system (see Quicklinks – Parent Bookings on our website). We are in the process of compiling classes for 2019, and this information confirming your child’s intention of commencing with us would be greatly appreciated. If you require a further enrolment package, your Year 6 teacher will have some spares or you are welcome to collect one from us in Administration. Please complete all student enrolment forms and bring along with you any required supporting documentation i.e. proof of residence. All enrolment forms are required by 5 November (Monday Week 5, Term 4).

Excellence programs in music and surfing: If you child wishes to gain entry into one of our programs of excellence, they need to contact Helen (Music) or Janine (Surfing) at your earliest convenience. There are minimal places left.

Transition program: All students have now completed their visit with us and have engaged in subject areas as Science, Maths, English, Humanities, Italian, Arts, PE, Food Studies, Digital Technologies and Design and Technology. This was a wonderful opportunity for the students to become familiar with our wonderful school, teachers and facilities. Can I take the opportunity to thank the administration and staff from your child’s school in supporting these important transition days. Our next transition event will be the Orientation day – more information is provided below.

CREST program: Congratulations to those students who have been selected as part of the CREST program for 2019. This program will see CREST students form a separate class in literacy and numeracy with teachers continuing to deliver an innovative and creative curriculum that promotes higher order thinking. It has been confirmed that our 2019 CREST teacher Mr Villiers will continue in his role next year. Most of our Young Crest Scholar children will already know Mr Villiers through attending the four days of excellence throughout this year. At the start of the year, there will be a CREST information session for parents on Wednesday 6 February at 3.15pm (J06). Mr Villiers will communicate with parents and teachers regarding these meetings. Should you require to contact Mr Villiers, his email is

Bring your own device (BYOD): Sunshine Beach State High School is at the forefront of education delivery through the use of technology. BYOD is our solution where students bring their own device to school in order to access the internet and/or school network through a managed Wi-Fi connection. Students will need a laptop with minimum specifications (see appendix 1) to join our BYOD Program.

Information for our BYOD Program is available on the school website – go to:

To participate in the Sunshine Beach State High School BYOD Program you will need to:

  1. Complete and submit a BYOD Connectivity Agreement Form
  2. BYOD invoice generated on 21/11/18 – refer to invoice for range of payment options.
  3. Students will then be contacted by our computer technicians at the commencement of the 2019 school year to connect their laptops to our school network.

Our preferred option is for all students to have their own laptop and join our BYOD Program. However, there will be a limited number of school laptops available for day use only to support students who do not have a laptop.

Lockers: A limited number of lockers will be available on a first in best dressed arrangement for students to store their laptop during school hours when they are not required. A padlock and key must be supplied by the student. The location of the locker will be determined by which sporting house the student belongs to. On the first day or week of school, students are invited to approach their house staffroom and request a locker.

Uniform shop: Our uniform shop is through The School Locker (TSL) at Maroochydore. To purchase uniforms you have two options:

  1. Visit the store in person - Homemaker Centre Maroochydore
  2. Order online

Please note that students are required to purchase correct formal shirt (with matching tie for girls), polo shirts, skirts/shorts and school hat. (Jumpers can also be purchased). School backpack, black school shoes and plain white socks can also be purchased through TSL or your preferred retailer.

Please note that the formal uniform is compulsory and must be worn on assembly day or school events. For our full uniform policy please refer to our school website or parent handbook (when issued on O-day).

Please note that in support of our school uniform policy, students in Junior Secondary grades are to wear the reversible school hat (navy with a reversible house colour). Students will be allocated to their sporting house based on their sibling/s placements (same house will be allocated) or their preferred surname (as on their enrolment forms).

A-D: BANZAI (red); E-L: MUNDAKA (purple);

M-R: ULUWATU (green); S-Z: WIAMEIA (blue).

Please note that the above procedure is implemented when all house have the same number of students. When this limit is reached, some students may be allocated in the house with the least students until they match the other houses.

Stationery: Stationery packs for Years 7-9 can be purchased through Edsco’s website as of the first week of Term 4 2018. If you wish to purchase your own individual items through your preferred retailer, you are welcome to by printing the lists from their website. Please note that cut off for ordering is Friday 16 November 2018 and free postage applies.

Resource charges: Student Resource Scheme (SRS) charges for 2019 will be $240 + $46 Health and Physical Education subject levy. For your convenience, you will be invoiced during the first few weeks of the school year. If you have any questions regarding finances or school fees, you are encouraged to contact Steve Pilkington (Business Manager) on

Learning support and learning centre: Our key staff members have been working closely with your child’s schools to ensure a smooth handover for those children who receive learning support or additional requirements. Those children who receive learning support or are attached to our Learning Centre may be exempt from studying a language. Further information will be distributed with those students within the first few weeks of high school and once assessments have been completed. Should you require any additional information, please contact Mr Ross Allen, Head of Department of our Learning Centre or Mrs Jo Kearney HOD Junior Secondary and Teaching and Learning

Orientation day: On Tuesday 11 December from 9.00 – 2.30pm, all Year 6 students attending SBSHS in 2019 will participate in our annual orientation day. Students are asked upon arrival at SBSHS to report to the Student Centre where they will be seated in their 2019 classes (lists will be displayed on the outside of the Student Centre on pin boards). The students will spend the day with their new class group, forming friendships to ensure their transition with us in 2019 is as smooth as possible. This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to meet their core teachers for the following year and increase their familiarity with our campus. Parents are very welcome to drop their child off to the PA building as of 8:40am (the program will commence at 9am) and stay with us for a coffee and morning tea kindly provided by our Parents’ Group. This is a wonderful way to meet and network with other parents whose child too is commencing high school. Your child’s school will communicate further details with you. Please note that parents are responsible for coordinating their child’s transport to and from SBSHS for the day. If you do not attend one of our three main feeder schools (SBSS, TSS, NSS) that attended our “visit high school for a day” program however are joining Year 7 in 2019 at SBSHS, you are invited to attend. It is imperative that your child is involved in this day and we encourage you to make contact with Mrs Jo Kearney ( who is coordinating the day to alert us to your child’s attendance. If you have any friends whose child attends a non-feeder school, please feel free to pass this information onto them as required. Please save this date and keep an eye out for further information.

The parent information letter and information flyer has details about the orientation day. (PDF 664 Kb)

2019 first day: Students are to wear their formal uniform on day 1 of 2019 (Tuesday 29 January). All students are to assemble in “House Group” (assigned on orientation day) in the Student Centre by 8.50am. Students are welcome to enter the Student Centre as of 8.30am. Students are to bring four A4 lined books, pencil case, school hat, morning tea, lunch and a water bottle on day 1. Our canteen will be operating though for those students who may like to purchase their meals on their first day of High School. Parents and families are most welcome to attend our Day 1 assembly and invited to remain behind afterwards for a special morning tea provided by our Student Services team. This will be held in Lexcens Restaurant in L Block at SBSHS. Students will attend assemblies on the first three mornings of the new school year (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) in the Student Centre to build relationships, rules and routines.

Parents groups: A special invitation is extended to all families of students commencing Year 7 in 2019. Please join existing parents along with key staff on Thursday 1 November (9am) at Sunshine Beach Surf Club.

2019: You are invited to join us on the first Thursday of every month at 9.00am for an informal coffee catch up at a local café or here at SBSHS. Location and dates will be emailed out in 2019 and posted on Facebook. Coffee and cake kindly provided by SBSHS. New and existing parents are encouraged and welcome to attend. For further information on our successful parents’ group, please contact Mrs Karey Goodall on

Facebook: SBSHS is highly active on Facebook. Please “like” us to stay informed regarding date claimers and other important information and events. Please invite your friends to like us as well to assist building a strong community of parents.

Grade 7 teambuilding day: On Thursday February 28 (Week 5), Year 7 students will participate in a one day (on site) team building day to form and strengthen relationships between peers and teachers. Students will have the opportunity to participate in such activities as rock climbing, bungy trampoline jumping, treasure hunts and resilience workshops around verbal combat. A BBQ lunch will be provided by our Student Services team. Students are required to bring their own morning tea (and water bottle / hat). There will be no cost for this day. Permission notes and further information will be sent home as the date approaches.

I trust that this letter has provided much valuable information. You are welcome at any time to contact us with any queries. Our aim is to ensure the smoothest of transitions for your child. We are very excited about 2019 and look forward to working closely with you throughout this next chapter of your child’s educational journey.

Best wishes,

Karey Goodall -
Deputy Principal - Junior Secondary

Queensland term dates - 2019




Term 1

Tuesday 29 January - Friday 5 April

10 weeks

Term 2

Tuesday 23 April - Friday 28 June

10 weeks

Term 3

Monday 15 July - Friday 20 September

10 weeks

Term 4

Tuesday 8 October - Friday 13 December

10 weeks

Last reviewed 29 May 2019
Last updated 29 May 2019