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and Early Learning Centre Newsletter 9 — Thursday 18 July 2013

Wisdom & Discipline for Tomorrow’s Leaders









Welcome back to Ter 3 Enrol now for 2014 Prep Year

Email: 2-12 Melbourne St, Ayr QLD 4807 Phone (07) 4783 5552 Fax (07) 47835926

From the Principal’s Desk Dear Parents, Welcome back to term three. I hope all parents had a great break with their children. It is always beneficial to spend quality me building relaonships with our sons and daughters. This week I thought I would talk about Holding our Focus. I was reading a scripture out of (Thessalonians 4 v 11) To make it your ambion to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you. Every week I receive numerous emails and le)ers asking for our school to be involved in a whole range of acvies. Many of these are very worthwhile causes, while others fit more into the so-so category. The problem is that if our school became involved in even half of these acvies, our students would spend very li)le me in the classroom and our teachers would not be able to carry out their core ministry, ie teaching. One of the things that I take out of this verse is “mind your own business”. This can be seen as a command not to be a ‘scky-beak’. I feel that it means more than that. I believe that it is about holding our focus. We live in a me where we are bombarded by so much informaon that it is almost impossible to process all of it. According to Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, every two days we produce the same amount of informaon that had been created since the birth of history and the year 2003. No wonder we feel overloaded! One of the issues we need to learn is how to filter out what are the important gems “I” need among all of the rest of the background noise? The lack of this skill is seen in our young people and FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). They feel that they must have their electronic devices on 24/7 or they are missing out on hearing news and gossip. This can lead to problems with sleep and anxiety. We need to hold our focus. We need to focus our a)enon on the things that are important. We need to learn how to discern the informaon that is important and what is not. I encourage all our parents to assist their children in making the right choices on what is the most important things they should be focusing on. Ulmately when our focus is on Christ Jesus our Saviour we move in a more posive focused direcon. Yours in Christ

Andrew Evetts Principal

Dates for your Calendar Queensland state term dates - 2013 (College Term tba) Queensland term dates - 2013 Term



Term 3

Tuesday 9 July - Friday 20 September

11 weeks

Term 4

Tuesday 8 October - Friday 6 December

10 weeks

Term 3: BCC Craft Club – 3.00pm to 4.00pm Year 2 to 4 every Tuesday afternoon starting 16th July Sports Training – 3.00pm to 4.00pm Year 4 to 7 every Thursday afternoon starting 18th July

July Monday 22nd July ELC Photos Tuesday 23rd July School Photos Tuesday 23rd July IGA Goals4Kids Friday 26th July Interschool Sports—Yrs. 5-7 Monday 29th July Year 2 Burdekin Theatre live play ‘Cinderella at the Disco’ Wednesday 31st July NQ CSIRO visit Yr 6 Wednesday 31st July & 1st Aug UNSW ICAS English Test

August Friday 2nd August Interschool Sports—Yrs. 5-7 Tuesday 6th August IGA Goals4Kids Friday 9th August Interschool Sports—Yrs. 5-7 Tuesday 13th August UNSW ICAS Mathematics Test Wednesday 14th August Child Injury Prevention Day (Burdekin Centre for Rural Health) Thursday 15th August Inter House Athletics Carnival Friday 16th August Interschool Sports—Yrs. 5-7 Tuesday 20th August B & C Schools Athletics Friday 23rd August A Schools Athletics Carnival Friday 30th August District Athletic Carnival

September Friday 6th September Interschool Sports—Yrs. 5-7 Saturday 7th September Water Festival Street Parade—BCC Entrant Anne Piva Friday 13th September Interschool Sports—Yrs. 5-7

Thank you to Mr Bonanno For making the Soccer posts on our school oval. The students greatly appreciate your generosity.

2013 Child Injury Preven!on Day Year 1,2 and 3 students have been invited to a)end the 2013 Child Injury Prevenon Day on Wednesday aBernoon, 14th August. This aBernoon is an iniave of the Burdekin Centre for Rural Health which aims to reduce the incident and severity of farm injuries to children by conducng a demonstraon day, with praccal safety displays dealing with cane trains, electrical appliances, workshop equipment, farm machinery, four wheeler and water safety. Time: 12:30pm—2:30pm. Venue: Burdekin Centre for Rural Health “The Homestead” 12 A Chippendale Street, Ayr The students will be transported to and from the venue by bus.

READING Keep up the good reading for the Premier’s Reading Challenge which all our classes are participating in….Please make sure that all the books you read at home you pass on to your classroom teacher for them to record.

BCC WATER FESTIVAL AMBASSADOR Please remember to support our Burdekin Chrisan College Junior Water Fesval Ambassador, Anne Piva. Tastes of the Burdekin is an event that is part of the Water Fesval Celebraons. This is a culinary event held on 20 July along Queen Street. The Water Fesval culminates with a Street Parade and Mardi Gras on the 7th September. The Burdekin Chrisan College will enter a oat, all students are invited to ride on our school oat in the parade. A fun aBernoon for all!

Burdekin Chrisan College would also like to congratulate Steven Mayor, a year six student at our school, on his selecon and parcipaon in the Burdekin Water Fesval. Steven is represenng the Burdekin Football Juniors. Steven has been playing in the BFJ for at least two years and mostly plays leB wing. He is registered for Crusaders and plays in the under 12/13 team. Please support Steven and we wish him all the best as a Junior Ambassador. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Go Queensland ! Unfortunately Mr Walsh, who is from NSW and supports the NSW team in the State of Origin, lost an agreement with his year 4/5 students. If QLD won the State of Origin Mr Walsh was to wear QLD face paint to school the next day!

New Telescope for the School Thank you to Mr Rob Black for presenng our school with a new telescope. We won this telescope through Joshua Kaminski. His queson “Could going through space effect your DNA?” impressed Mr Black so much that he donated a telescope to the school and one to Joshua. Once again a big thank you to Mr Black NQ Astronomy

Prep Recita!on Our delighNul Prep students delivered the school their four memory verses on parade last Monday . They learnt the verses from our BCC care policy. Ma)hew 7:12, Philippians 4:13, Deuteronomy 31:6, Colossians 3:23. Thank you Preppies, Great Work!

IGA Sports Program Football Queensland has launched Goals4kids. This is a school football program designed as a free of charge, in curriculum program available for all primary school age from Prep to Year 7. The Goals4Kids program is accredited by the games governing body in Australia, the Football Federaon of Australia. All coaches are qualiďŹ ed and will deliver a program with a clear focus on fun and parcipaon in a safe and secure environment. Goals4kids will be vising our school on three occasions, the 9th July, 23rd July and 6th August to instruct our students on the game of football.

Semester 2 Fees Reminder Families who would like to pay school fees upfront for Semester 2 will receive a 5% discount. To be eligible for this discount the fees need to be paid by 31st July. Monthly school fees are due at the end of each month. The preferred method of payment is by direct debit. Our bank details are: Name: Burdekin Chris!an College Bank Name: Commonwealth Bank BSB: 064801 / Account Number: 00904155

Volunteer blue card application form If you are a regular volunteer at the Burdekin Christian College I would encourage you to go through the simple process of obtaining a ‘Working with Children’ Blue Card. Applications for volunteers are processed free of charge and are current for 3 years. The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000 requires anyone over 18 seeking to work with children under 18 years of age in certain categories to obtain a blue card. Some examples of people who need a blue card are: Volunteers assisting children in classroom activities, Volunteer cleaners or groundskeepers at a school, Volunteer tuckshop or canteen staff. These forms are available in our school office.

Complete Learning Initiative Complete Learning Initiative - Huge savings on EdAlive software bundles EdAlive has announced the new Complete Learning Initiative (CLI) to give families the opportunity to use the same software at home that we have licences for use at school.

46 titles up to 95% off Incredible value bundles from $19.95 Complete, consolidate or update your collection Fun learning for your child Free 3 month ZooWhiz Premium subscription for each child We have distributed the CLI lea.lets to school families. Please return your orders to the school by 26/07/2013.

Advertising in our school newsletter We invite you to advertise in the Burdekin Christian College school newsletter. If you own a business the Burdekin Christian College Newsletter is a very cost-effective way to reach local families. The Newsletter is distributed to the families of around 146 students plus 60 Early Learning Centre children every fortnight. We are hoping families who live in the area as well as those who are new to the area will find the Newsletter a convenient source of information and services. There are several costing options available, please check the pricelist to see how we can accommodate you. Advertising cost and time length. 1 Term— $ 75 2 Terms— $150 3 Terms— $200 Full Year—$225 Bookings can be made by emailing Please include size and duration of advertisement, preferred start date and artwork.


Kindy/Pre Prep

Wadamalli (Aboriginal greeting). As part of NAIDOC celebrations we did some art work. The children painted a snake (Gabull-Munda), a turtle (Bungaroo) and a kangaroo (Goodibun). We did our hand prints in Aboriginal colours. The colours have a special meaning for the Aboriginal people, Red is for the earth, yellow is for the sun and black is for the colour of the skin of the people. We learnt some Aboriginal names for these special animals. Tyson’s mum made us some lovely traditional Torres Strait Islander food, Vermicelli Chicken. It was delicious.

Some of our children are very good drawers here is a train that Jordan Eisel did. Pretty good don’t you think?

Please remember to check your child’s hair each week for head lice. With everybody’s vigilance we can reduce this problem. Parent Input If you have any skills or cultural activities you would like to share with the children we would love it if you could come and share it with the group. The children love different experiences and activities. Yours Truly

Jayne Orchard, Director & Kindy/Pre Prep Group Leader



We have had a wonderful last couple of weeks. We celebrated NAIDOC Week last week with some special events. Ms Delandelles (Dante’s Mum) came in on a couple of days and painted the children’s hands in the colours of the Aboriginal flag. She also explained the meaning of each colour, which is black for the people, red for the land and yellow for the sun. Thank you Ms Delandelles for giving us your me it is very much appreciated. Ms Terrare (Tyson’s Mum) cooked some special food from her culture of Torres Strait Island. It was called Vermicilli Chicken and Coconut Rice. The chicken was steamed in soy sauce and then the vermicilli was added. The rice was cooked in coconut milk and also had onion and pumpkin in it. This food was delicious and most of the children came back for seconds and thirds. Thank you Ms Terrare. We have been staying outside longer than usual these last few weeks as the weather has been lovely and cool. The children enjoy going over to the other playground and playing on it. When we come inside, we have the choice to play with the toys or to do some arts and craBs. Most of children do both. The children enjoy doing lots of dancing to many songs including some nursery rhymes that the children requested, however the Robot is sll the most requested song to dance to by the children.

Toni Smallman, Group Leader, Toddlers

Reminders Please remember, when picking children up from school aBer 3:00pm, do not park in the school grounds. The new school Pick Up Zone is in Chippendale Street. This is a Health and Safety issue.

Enrol now for 2014 Prep Year (Date of Birth between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009) Friendly and supportive school

MiniLit and MultiLit Literacy Program

Caring and dedicated teachers

Excellent resources and up to date technology including Ipads

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Computers and Interactive Smart Board in every class room Instrumental music and sports activities

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Active behaviour management policy Fully air conditioned

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New library & computer lab ∗ ∗

Large hall Christian Ethos

Pick up an enrolment pack and arrange a tour of the school

Vacancies for all year levels

Meet the Team Andrew Evetts—Principal Brooke Vucetic—Prep Teacher Fleur Vigerzi—Year 1 Teacher Sarah Watson—Year 2 Teacher Heather Mackay—Year 3 Teacher Daniel Walsh —Year 4/5 Teacher Chris Knight —Year 7 Teacher Judy Kedar—Year 6 & Year 1 Teacher Sandra Fowler—Year 6 Teacher Ray Caine— IT & HPE Teacher Wally Ford—Music Teacher Kim Smith—Teachers Aide & Library Assistant Leeza Goon-Chew—Teachers Aide Lesley MacManus—Teachers Aide Ronda Downs—Prep Teachers Aide Audrey Heppell—Teachers Aide Joanna Ford—Teachers Aide Paul Haller—Year 4/5 Teachers Aide Jayne Orchard—Director and Team Leader—ELC Toni Smallman—Team Leader—ELC Gessie Wilson—ELC Natasha Patterson—ELC Raywin Mayor—ELC Jill Sutcliffe—ELC Cheryl Taylor—ELC Rob Harper—Groundskeeper Jackie Gudge—Cleaner Zilya Bunakova—Cleaner Rose Giardina—Financials (Church and School) Fiona Christie/Sandra Saunders—Reception/Principals Assistant

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