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18 Tuesday, August 22, 2017



HELEN MACKAY – Siena Catholic Primary School The past eighteen months as Principal of Siena Catholic Primary School has been extremely rewarding. Established in 2002, Siena is a relatively new and very well-resourced school. It is a privilege to be leading the school community and to be part of the wider Sunshine Coast community. As a Catholic Archdiocesan school, Siena offers a comprehensive curriculum within a caring and nurturing environment. The Catholic faith is at the core of our teaching ministry and Catholic values expressed through our vision and mission statement are evident in the daily life of the school. Siena focusses on the pillars of Prayer, Care and Learning. The growth and development of each child is at the heart of all we strive to achieve and these pillars provide the framework to develop the full potential of students. Compassionate and just relationships are nurtured and valued and the learning and achievement of each student is a daily priority. Siena is a Catholic school community where students, staff and parents work together to achieve success.

58 Sippy Downs Dr, Sippy Downs | P 5445 3399 |

DR MICHAEL MCCARTHY – Siena Catholic College Dr Michael McCarthy commenced teaching in Brisbane at St Francis College, Crestmead. From there, he was appointed to Assistant Principal at St Mary’s College, Dalby and continued to work in rural locations in leadership positions. After 7 years in Charters Towers and 5 ½ years as Principal in Stanthorpe, his appointment to Siena Catholic College was a literal sea change. Dr McCarthy completed a PhD with ACU which focused on the ways parents select a secondary school for their children, which has been the topic of presentations at national and international conferences and a forthcoming co-authored book. His current educational interests include developing authentic Catholic school identity, building teacher capacity through evidence-based practice, and harmonising excellence, high expectations and school culture. Dr McCarthy joins the Sunshine Coast with his wife (also a teacher) and his two children and looks forward to being enriched during his time as Principal of Siena Catholic College.

60 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs | P 5476 6100 |

DES GRIBBIN – Buddina State School While not wanting to resort to clichés, when it comes to describing what we do at Buddina State School, we actually do ‘cater for the whole child’. The non-negotiables of the Australian Curriculum are front and centre from Prep to Year 6 and we retain a focus on ensuring that every student is learning every day through a supportive inclusive program. Place this learning into the context of how we teach at Buddina and our ever-expanding focus on STE(A)M and you will understand that we are developing students who can ‘think and learn deeply’.

Add to this, the opportunity to build skills and confidence in a smorgasbord of extra-curricular and personal endeavours and you begin to appreciate what the students at Buddina enjoy - Artist in Residence, a biennial musical, dance, a rock band, Skate and Surf Academy, recreational sports, robotics, chess, academic acceleration and a weekly pre-prep program all contribute to the Buddina story.

Corner Iluka Avenue and Tumut Street, Buddina | 07 5477 8888 |

DR MICHAEL STEWART – Our Lady of the Rosary School Dr Michael Stewart has recently moved from Mackay to be principal at OLR School. He loves watching the whales swim by as he greets the children in the morning. He recently completed his thesis, titled: Cultivating a Positive School Culture. He has a Master of Educational Administration and Master of Gifted Education. Michael is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and was awarded the inaugural Not for Profit Manager of the Year. Michael has a positive approach to management and makes it a habit to be happy. To maximise the learning that is taking place in the classroom, he recommends that staff celebrate what is right with the world and acknowledge the efforts of the students. Michael said, “I expect the best from myself and others around me. We must never lose sight that the parents have trusted us with the education and wellbeing of their children.”

Crn Edmund & Alfred Streets Shelly Beach, Caloundra | P 5491 4522 |


Tuesday, August 22, 2017



GREG MYERS – Unity College Unity College is a unique school situated in Caloundra West, one of the fastest growing areas of the Sunshine Coast. As Principal of this College, I am proud to lead a team of dynamic professional educators who strive to ensure that our students continually exceed their expectations and contribute positively to the community. As an ecumenical College, we work closely with our local Uniting and Catholic Church communities to nourish the spiritual life of every student through regular opportunities to experience their faith in action. We have a strong focus on social justice and work hard to assist the last, least and lost in our community, our country and the world. We offer a diverse and rich curriculum from Prep through to Year 12 with College enrolment numbers exceeding 1400 students. We have a strong focus on literacy as the core of learning and our students are encouraged to maximise their learning growth in all areas. As they develop, students have many and varied opportunities to access the courses and facilities to meet their needs. Our academic and vocational pathways allow our young people to confidently leave the College, well equipped for the next phase of their lives. A myriad of sporting, cultural and co-curricular opportunities allow students to participate to the highest level they can achieve. A strong culture of success drives all we do. I invite families to contact the College and arrange a tour of our state of the art facilities and find out what Unity College offers your family. Unity College is a place where every student has the opportunity to Unite, Inspire and Succeed.

47 Lomond Crescent, Caloundra West | 5490 5777 |

MARIA WOODS – Sunshine Coast Grammar School Introducing Maria Woods, Principal of Sunshine Coast Grammar School, an experienced educator with a comprehensive knowledge of both the independent and state sectors. Grammar’s vision for learning – Where Passion Meets Purpose – is at the heart of our teaching and learning philosophy where we encourage, challenge and support our students to give their best in order to be their best. At Sunshine Coast Grammar School, student learning is underpinned by positive relationships and recognise that community connections are vital to the wellbeing of families at Grammar. Working in partnership with our community allows us to share real world experiences with our students, enriching the curriculum by drawing a direct link between learning and preparing for the future. Continuing to grow, we welcome the completion of our Aquatic Centre in October, allowing students to enjoy this state of the art facility in 2017 and beyond. With a strong emphasis on excellence we set high expectations for all members of our community.

372 Mons Road, Forest Glen | 5445 4444 |

MARK HODGES – Caloundra Christian College Caloundra Christian College is a remarkable school with an empowering, tight-knit community at its centre. The vision of our College is to be the Sunshine Coast’s leading provider of quality Christian education, where staff and students flourish. I truly believe that this vision is within our grasp, and that every child who enters our care has the potential to achieve great things. This year, we welcomed a new Head of Middle School, Mrs Ceridwyn Bloxham; an exciting addition to our staff, and central to establishing strong foundations in our Year 7 – 9 cohorts. Transitioning from Primary to Secondary School can be a uniquely challenging time for children who are already going through changes, and becoming teenagers too. We have seen a need in this age group, and believe that Mrs Bloxham and the Middle School staff, are equipped to assist children and their families to succeed through these years and beyond. Register your child for our Middle School Step Up Days on Tuesday, 29 and Wednesday, 30 August - for those transitioning to Year 7 in 2018. Your child will get to experience the thrills of Secondary School whilst being equipped to make the transition successfully.

7 Gregson Place, Caloundra | P 5436 6777 | E |

COLIN MINKE – Immanuel Lutheran College Principal Colin Minke is an experienced educator who feels privileged to be overseeing a period of renewal and innovation at Immanuel. A focus on the individual remains at the heart of Immanuel’s purpose; nurturing the physical, educational and spiritual dimensions of students. Together with this central focus, the College is committed to a vigorous building program to create 21st century teaching and learning spaces, along with a state-of-the-art Environmental Centre situated adjacent to the 20-acre rainforest. Construction of the Centre will commence later this year and create wet labs and ‘living’ classrooms where students from Immanuel and other schools will conduct field studies to learn about the region’s flora and fauna. $9 million dollars has been committed to rebuild the primary campus with the first phase due for completion in October; This innovative approach to learning spaces has been complemented by a blended learning approach, where technology is integrated to support and enhance outcomes for students. To find out more, register for Immanuel’s next Open Morning at

126-142 Wises Road, Buderim | P 5477 3444 |

20 Tuesday, August 22, 2017



CHRIS GOLD – St John’s College Chris Gold is a passionate advocate of young people and their need for a holistic education, and his leadership of St John’s College focuses on his core principles of positive relationships, compassion and acquiring skills for the future. He has been leading St John’s College since 2009. He is privileged to lead a College that has been established since 1940 by the Good Samaritan Sisters as this tradition and spirituality are very important to him. As a highly experienced educator, Chris has 40 years of strongly committed teaching and learning. With an academic background in Humanities and Theology, he is keenly aware of how much education must adapt to the future’s needs without losing perspective of Christian values and the importance of individual faith journeys. Chris has brought a balanced academic approach and a focus on Literacy and ICT integration. His enthusiastic support of the Arts reinforces his belief that the Arts are fundamental to a well-rounded education. Chris enjoys rugby and is an avid golfer. St John’s College - Unbind and Set Free

Perwillowen Road, Nambour | P 5441 5666 |

REVEREND CHRIS IVEY – St Andrew’s Anglican College When people ask what do I do, my simple answer is ‘enable others’! With such a dynamic and engaging community, committed to our purpose of enabling students to move confidently into their future, I can’t think of a more rewarding role. It’s a delight to welcome the students each morning, to interact with staff as we share ideas about the future of our College and collaborate with parents to ensure a consistent approach to all we undertake.

I have been Principal at St Andrew’s for over 10 years. I trained as an English and Drama teacher before becoming a College Chaplain both in Queensland and NSW. We have four children, the oldest now in her second year at UQ and the youngest three still at St Andrew’s. Being both a Principal and parent gives me a wonderful insight. It is an absolute privilege to serve this vibrant community.

40 Peregian Springs Drive, Peregian Springs | P 5471 5555 |

BRUCE CAMPBELL – Nambour Christian College Bruce Campbell celebrates 26 Years as Principal of NCC in 2017. Bruce is also the CEO of Gulf Christian College in Normanton, a predominantly Indigenous school and of six early learning centres situated throughout Queensland - NCC early learners. Bruce’s vision and leadership over the many years has seen NCC well-established as one of the leading Sunshine Coast independent schools. Bruce’s background is in Teaching, Farming and Business, giving him the skills and experience required to lead schools in the 21st Century. Bruce is passionate about students and their learning, equipping them as people of knowledge and character with a desire to serve others. Bruce has held many leadership positions at both State and National levels. He is currently a Director of Associated Christian Schools and a Member of AHISA. At NCC we are committed to providing, within a Christian Educational framework, an innovative learning environment that promotes personal best, the fulfilment of individual potential and academic excellence as well as developing students’ cultural and sporting pursuits. Nambour Christian College - Sow to Harvest

2 McKenzie Road, Woombye | P 5451 3333 | E |

MARGIE BURRELL – Pacific Paradise State School Margie moved to Pacific Paradise State School after eight years in Central Queensland, as principal of a Prep-Year 10 school and then of a large primary school. Her passion is education, believing that after family, life-long learning is the most important factor in everyone’s lives. Pacific Paradise State School is a ‘beautiful’ school, in every sense of the word. Its physical setting is glorious, the students are friendly and welcoming and the staff are focused on the well-being of every student, building upon their natural abilities to ensure opportunities for all. The school is developing a curriculum framework to reflect the community identity: the coastal location, digital world, life-style, health and well-being and local histories. The school vision, Engaging Minds, Empowering Futures is evident across the school. The shift to more innovative, flexible learning environments has started, preparing students for their 21st century futures – a future you’re invited to share.

14-24 Menzies Drive, Pacific Paradise | P 5457 2333 |


Tuesday, August 22, 2017



Kawana Waters State College Colin Allen-Waters (College Principal) with Elly Gerbo (Secondary) and Ruth Murray (Primary) make up the ‘Principal Team’ at Kawana Waters State College. We believe that your children will be lifelong learners ready to excel in a globalised world. Our College is a place where students and staff can experience quality learning in an environment that values enjoyment and celebration. At Kawana Waters State College we work with students, listen to parents and forge strong relationships with early childhood providers, employers, industries and universities. Our priority is ensuring that every student will be prepared for ‘their’ future through innovation and challenge. Our College provides modern education experiences designed to give every student a technology rich and future focused education. We deliver a comprehensively designed curriculum, where students build confidence to prepare themselves for their future world. Kawana Waters State College, is indeed ‘Kawana’s School’; shaping bright and creative pathways for our community’s future leaders. Your children are in good hands at Kawana Waters State College. L-R: Ruth Murray (Primary Principal), Colin Allen-Waters (College Principal) & Elly Gerbo (Secondary Principal)

Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina | P 5436 9388 |

BARRY DITTMAN – Maroochydore State High School As Principal of the vibrant Maroochydore SHS learning community, Barry Dittman focuses on ensuring that the young people within the Maroochydore catchment have access to world class learning opportunities. He brings more than 25 years of experience to a team of exceptional teaching professionals who are focussed on excellence in education for all. This vision for individualising the educational process sits at the centre of all that happens at the school and is reflected in the actions of a dedicated staff who strive to empower high performance, foster positive relationships and collaboratively nurture well-being. The school enjoys strong community partnerships with families, service clubs, local industry, business, universities and training organisations to support students in the planning and progress along their individual pathways to success. These pathways encourage individuals to develop a growth mindset; and engage and energise students through powerful 21st century learning. When preparing for their personal best, every student is supported, encouraged and challenged to graduate as the best version of themselves that they can be. With continued 100% QCE attainment, the students at Maroochydore High are achieving their personal bests!

160 Maroochydore Rd, Maroochydore | P 5409 7333 |

From robotics to orchestras, sporting champions to innovative reading programs, budding scientists to technology wizards, each school has a story to tell and great photos to share. Every primary school advertising can send us the details so we can share them with parents, supporters, sponsors, local businesses and prospective pupils through our special ‘School News’ feature. Published in the Sunshine Coast Daily on Monday 20th November, 2017. Secure your spot today, contact Jess Watson on 5430 1029.

Monday, June 12, 2017


24 Monday, June 12, 2017


OUR 21ST CENTURY LEAR LEARNERS SHINE UNLIKE any tim time in history, the rapid expansion of technology tech into the world of our young peop people has resulted in a new generation quite apart from previous ones. The identifica identification of this group of people as being different from other generations stems from their unique exposure to digital technologies. This is a generation gene that is growing up in a communit community immersed in technology. Our young students know the internet, comput computers, tablets and other digital devic devices like no other generation. For them, technology techno is an integral part of their life. Now, with the new release of the National Digital Technologies curriculum, ever every student at Mooloolaba Stat State School will have greater opportunit opportunities to engage, explore and develop the essential skills and knowledge tha that they will take with them through the rest of their schooling and into tomorrow tomorrow’s workforce. Jobs today wi will look very different from the ones in 10 years’ time, with a dramatic shift in the increased use of technologies. Our students need to be prepared for this change and at Mooloolaba State School, we have

embraced this challenge. Our teachers and students now have access to a large range of robotics equipment that is utilised throughout the school from Prep to Year 6. Our students engage with a large variety of software and applications that help them on their digital technologies journey. They are exploring programming and algorithms that enhance their problem-solving skills while also developing the ability to sequence ideas, collaborate with peers and communicate their ideas digitally. They are exploring data and how to analyse it in real-world situations while learning to act to ensure their personal safety when engaging online. At Mooloolaba State School, our students will not only continue to develop high-level literacy and numeracy skills, but also their digital literacies so they can become critical consumers of information, innovative creators of digital solutions, and highly effective users of digital systems. Our dedicated team of teachers has the capabilities and the tools to prepare the students of today for their digital future and for the workforce of tomorrow.

Year 3s Indiana, Nina, Alison and Reeve use GO to program their Dash


TECH WIZARDS: Prep students Jensen and Zane program a Dash robot using Kodable. PHOTOS: CONTRIBUTED

Oliver in Year 5 is learning a new coding app to program his Edison robot.

Michael and Mia learn to program a Lego Robotics EV3 robot.

Mooloolaba State School provides a supportive and nurturing learning environment, with proven results from our innovative Early Years programs. The school has a proud history of excellence in the arts, sport, and Early Years education. We build outstanding relationships with our local Early Learning Centres thereby ensuring successful transitions for students entering their first year of primary school. Contemporary information communication technologies also support the needs and expectations of our 21st century learners. PRINT | ONLINE | MOBILE | SOCIAL



15 Meta Street, Mooloolaba

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