Caution on My School test results

CONGRATULATIONS to the staff and students of Rainbow Beach State School who produced outstanding results in the Naplan testing.

Whether or not you agree with the publication of these types of results, at least it shows parents in Rainbow Beach that being in a small school does not necessarily disadvantage a child and may in fact have some benefit.

Principal Chris Allom said in the school newsletter that “although these tests provide valuable information regarding students' academic achievement and the quality of the educational programs provided by a school and the teaching staff – they are not the only measure of school and student success.

“Unfortunately, the published results cannot show student improvement from year to year; rather the only data is an achievement score for a particular test at a certain time for a specific group of students.

“The wider community already knows about the quality education provided at Rainbow Beach and we should not get solely focused on national testing data.

“The teachers will continue to provide meaningful learning opportunities that will help students reach their potential.

“We will continue to work hard to deliver a quality education for your students, but we will not focus solely on the test.”

The new school phone number is 5486 9333.

Clean Up Australia

2010 marks the 20th anniversary of Clean Up Australia Day. Australians are encouraged to take to their local park, beach, bushland and streets and really help make a difference to their environment.

If you would like to be involved and would like more information you can contact Rene at QPWS Rainbow Beach on 5486 9101 or call in at the QPWS Office and complete the registration form or just turn up to Rainbow Beach Centre Block on Sunday, March 7 at 8am.


Day of prayer

For many years, people in Rainbow Beach celebrated their faith in the same church.

Now they are together again planning for the Annual World Day of Prayer, which is held alternatively in Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach.

On March 5 at 10am it is Rainbow's turn, and for the first time it will be celebrated in the newly erected St Peter the Fisherman, located in Manooka Drive.

This year, the women of Cameroon, South Africa, have prepared the service.



Several Rainbow Beach women are members of the Gympie Diamond Redhatters and travel into Gympie each month and celebrate birthdays and themed lunches ranging from rock and roll, country, Christmas and Friday the 13th dress-ups.

“We enjoy the fellowship and friendship of like-minded women having fun; we wear purple clothes with red hats and lots of bling but most of all there is plenty of laughter,” said member Wendy Chammen.

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WHEN Ted and Janet Heath moved to Rainbow Beach, the plan was to stay forever.

But with number 15 grandchild Mackenzie Lily born in Brisbane on February 15 and two great-grandchildren now, the couple is moving south to be closer to their ever-expanding family.

To the friends they leave behind they said this week they were “really going to miss the fun times we have had with the Rainbow Beach Over Sixties, Gympie Diamond Redhatters, Mah Jong, Craft, Cooloola Vietnam Vets and the Bowls Club”.

“I have also really enjoyed my five years with The Gympie Times writing the Rainbow Beach social column, as well as producing a couple of exciting front page stories.

“I will remember forever the beaching of the Indonesian Navy vessel KRI Arung Samudera and the way Rainbow Beach residents came together to help the boys on board.”

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