What Matters To Us

‘Excellence is never an accident; it is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skilful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.’

Now more than ever with unpredictable interruptions and lockdowns, the crucial role that teachers’ play in the lives of children – and parents, has been highlighted.  Last week across Australia we celebrated World Teachers Day. At City Beach Primary School I am proud to lead a team of dedicated individuals who strive for excellence in teaching and learning. Our staff are committed to:

What matters to us:

  • Knowing our people;
  • A balanced approach to learning and wellbeing;
  • Genuine partnerships with our families and community; and
  • Professional growth


Fittingly on World Teachers’ Day last Friday we found out that Amanda Sobkowiak had been successful in attaining Level 3 Classroom Teacher (L3CRT) status. This is a rigorous process and one that Amanda has pursued with sincere effort. The primary role of the Level 3 Classroom Teacher is of an instructional nature, modelling high standards of teaching in the classroom and continually improving professional teaching practice. As a school and school community we are exceptionally proud of Amanda’s commitment and dedication to teaching, our school, and the pursuit of excellence – congratulations Amanda on the well-deserved recognition of your teaching excellence.

This morning, together with a group of parents from the school community, P&C and School Board, I had the opportunity to attend the City Beach Primary School Solar Array Project presentation.  I was blown away by the level of inquiry and the pursuit of excellence demonstrated by the committed group of Year 5 and 6 students, supported by our incredibly talented and dedicated Ed Connect volunteer Hugh Currie. The presentation showcased their investigative and fact finding processes, the mathematical knowledge used to solve real life problems, and promoted the benefits of funding additional solar panels for the school.

The solar panel project would result in over $5 000 worth of saving on electricity costs for the school each year and would pay off initial outlay for panels in less than four years. It was a powerful (no pun intended) and convincing presentation. It was great to hear Hugh and parents at the presentation commenting on the power of questions when asked by children who have no expectations or boundaries to restrict their thinking – curiosity is a phenomenal quality for problem solving and teamwork! A video of the presentation will be uploaded to our website over the next couple of days.

It’s hard to believe we are already half way through Week 4 of Term 4, I’m looking forward to the Talk for Writing parent workshop next week on Wednesday afterschool – I hope to see many of you there.

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