OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO SCHOOL COMMUNITY
Deputy Principal Kylie Barrett has created signature programs at Capalaba State College (CSC) that have grown school pride, won regional awards and armed students with the ability to learn – a trait that will help them deal with anything.
The college introduced a ‘Closing the Gap’ ceremony, indicating to the community a commitment to have every Indigenous student achieve their potential.
Following on from this in 2017, the Indigenous Careers Academy was launched with the aim of encouraging students to ‘dream big’ for life after school. Students have participated in workshops across a range of areas, including the legal profession, lend leasing, engineering, banking, coding and presenting to Microsoft’s Brisbane offices.
This program won a South-East Region Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Schools (EATSIPS) Award.
Another signature program is the Health Academy, providing opportunities for students to secure traineeships in a fast-growing industry.
The Scholars Program challenges students academically to target new goals and skills, to aspire to achieve more.
The ‘High Performing’ Sport Program has connections to Volleyball Australia, Brisbane Bullets and Logan Thunder QBL players who engage in workshops with the students. All the Health and Physical Education teachers in the program worked with Kylie to get their coaching certificates and are now Metropolitan East coaches. A logo was designed for the program and staff have taken to wearing branded ‘High Performing’ shirts, increasing community spirit in the program.
Engagement by all students has increased with these programs, with academic outcomes having risen considerably (in Year 7 from 89.2 per cent in 2014 to 96.1 per cent in 2019; in Year 8 from 80.2 per cent in 2014 to 91.4 per cent in 2019; and in Year 9 from 74.4 per cent in 2014 to 94 per cent in 2019).
Sporting success has also increased significantly, with two basketball teams becoming Bayside District champions and Metropolitan Runners-Up. In volleyball four teams were District Champions and two became Metropolitan Champions. Five teams entered the Volleyball Schools Cup, receiving two gold medals, one silver and two bronze.
These programs have seen a rise in enrolments from 782 students in 2017 to 922 in 2020. More importantly, they have raised the profile of Capalaba State College and grown a sense of community spirit and school pride.
Fundamentally, Kylie believes in developing the whole child and she forges strong bonds between teachers, parents and community. The Deputy Principal attends school camps, coaches debating teams and introduced a Friendship Day. The Day is aimed at having all Year 7 students form connections with others on their first day.
She undertakes home visits and financially assists disadvantaged families through a partnership with The Smith Family.
Congratulations Kylie on being shortlisted for the TEACHX Outstanding Contribution to School Community Award.