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Year 08 Coordinator

 
Hello, my name is Matthew Moorcroft and I am the Year 8 Coordinator for 2019. I have had the privilege of working with the majority of Year 8 students last year as a Year 7 Mathematics and Science teacher; as a coach in the CVA; and through events such as school camp and sports carnivals. Consequently, I have been able to develop positive relationships with the entire cohort, therefore making the Year 8 Coordinator role one which I will enthusiastically fulfil. My goal is to guide Year 8 students academically, socially and emotionally to ensure they reach their full potential in a positive school environment.
 
I’m also very excited to announce that Craigslea State High School will be partnering with Healthy Minds once again this year. The Healthy Minds Program is the world's first positive psychology and psychological skills program demonstrated to prevent the onset of symptoms of depression and anxiety while also reducing risk for eating disorders. It teaches students the specific skills associated with emotional wellness and resilience. The Health Minds Program will be undertaken by Year 8 students as a part of an intensive 8 week learning experience in Term 1 of 2019. Registered psychologists will speak to the group once a week with Year 8 Form Teachers playing a supporting role in this process. For more information please feel free to visit
 
In addition to the Healthy Minds program and their regular scheduled classes, Year 8 students will continue to take part in the weekly CAB (Craigslea and Beyond) program. The focus of this program has been on developing the student’s social and emotional wellbeing through planned activities covering topics such as goal setting, positive self-talk, healthy friendships, cyber safety and leadership. External presenters, the school health nurse and guidance officer and also form teachers will all help to present these issues in a way which has proven to be a holistic approach to student wellness.
 
One other notable change this year is a structured uniform non-compliance process. Year 8 students are given a maximum of three incidences throughout the year for unexplained dress code non-compliance. Following three incidences, students have a lunchtime detention with me and I will contact home. If further non-compliance occurs, I contact home again to arrange a time for an after school detention and a parent meeting. The aim of this process is to ensure all students continually dress in a manner that shows respect for both themselves and the school.
 
If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time. The best way to do so initially is by email, mmoor180@eq.edu.au, and from there I am happy to arrange a time to meet in person if you wish.
 
Matthew Moorcroft

Year 8 Coordinator