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The Push-Up Challenge


The Belonging and Connection SIP team have decided to help students build a connection to each other through the push up challenge. We have created a teachers team but there will also be teams connected to student Learning and Wellbeing coaches. The more staff we can get involved the better. A little more about the Push-Up Challenge:

This year, participants in The Push-Up Challenge will complete 3,144 push-ups over 23 days to raise awareness and funds for mental health. Why 3,144? Sadly this is the number of Australians who committed suicide in 2021.

Sound like too many push-ups? No probs, alternatives to push-ups are allowed – think squats, lunges or sit-ups and many people opt to take on half the target instead (that’s 1,572 over 23 days).

It all kicks off on 1 June and is free to take part. We’ll log our push-ups via the app, where you can check on how others in our team are going too.

Keen to get involved, or just check out our team?

Donate or register here

Check out the video below:

Mini School: A Week of Fun & Learning

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Mini School kicked off last week with a culinary adventure as students learned the art of making pizza. Under the guidance of Food Tech teachers Kaylene and Janelle, they kneaded dough and experimented with an array of toppings. Rob was kept busy at the wood-fired oven cooking the creations that became a delicious lunch for students and staff. In the afternoon, the students embarked on an excursion to the Australian Institute of Sport with the PDHPE faculty. They immersed themselves in the world of sports and tried their hand at different sporting endeavours with interactive activities and simulators. In the evening the students engaged in a friendly competition during a night of 10-pin bowling.

Thursday brought the students closer to nature with a biodiversity field day. They enjoyed the outdoors, exploring local ecosystems and learning about the importance of biodiversity in maintaining a healthy planet. A local indigenous artist assisted the students in the creation of a collaborative art display. Friday was a day of diverse activities. Reconciliation Week was celebrated, highlighting indigenous culture and acknowledging the significance of National Sorry Day. After recess, craft workshops, led by the student leadership group, encouraged creativity and collaboration in making bookmarks and origami cats. The day concluded with valuable one-on-one time with teachers, providing students with personalized guidance and support.

Overall, Mini School last week was a whirlwind of fun and learning, but also a time for connection as it provided a unique chance for our students to gather in person and allow for new friendships to form. We are looking forward to seeing you all again in Term 3.

Queanbeyan-Palerang Reconciliation Walk 2023

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Leanne Russell is leading a team in the ‘walk for reconciliation' to take place on Tuesday 30 May.

Meet at Trinculo Place (under the Queen’s bridge) at 9:30am – ready for a 10:15am start. The walk will end at Reconciliation Place near the sunken gardens in Queanbeyan Park.

Following the walk, the official ceremony will begin, followed by an Aboriginal cultural performance and flag raising ceremony.

Have Your Say

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The Australian Government is asking teachers, parents and students to complete a survey that will help shape the future of education in Australia.

The survey asks for your views regarding supporting student mental health and wellbeing, teacher recruitment and retention, funding transparency and accountability.

The survey is open now and closes Sunday 25 June 2023.

Complete the National School Review Survey

Upcoming events




Kings Birthday Public Holiday


12 June


All day

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Kings birthday public holiday




Mini School Term 3 2023


21-23 August


All day

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Term 3 Mini School




Languages Day

Mini School