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Issue 9 - winter - 2013

Cannon Hill Anglican College magazine

CHAC celebrates its 25th year

west side story community project

alumni

business manager of the year

a head for business business faculty

also inside: science centre opens the shape of things to come networking with our village


Pax et Bonum

Issue 09 - Winter 13

Celebrating 25 years

Contents The shape of things to come

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The Village Project

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Thirst for knowledge

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Diakonos noticeboard

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West Side Story

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Collaborative support

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A head for business

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Sport

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Alumni

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Vintage Glamour Gala Ball

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Cover image – Laura Healy (Year 11) and Joshua Gillett-Spender (Year 12), the leads in West Side Story. Image by Justin Leegwater. Pax et Bonum supplements the fortnightly newsletter in maintaining links with parents, grandparents, friends and supporters of the College. The magazine keeps the CHAC community informed of current activities and achievements, and highlights Faculty and College initiatives throughout the year. Thank you to all staff, parents and students for your contributions. Anne Andrew Editor

A blessing for the 25th year badges Almighty God, this community has been called to be a beacon of courage and compassion in your world, and each member of it, past and present, carries with them the spirit of this College in the way they live their lives.

In 1989, Cannon Hill College opened its doors to 79 students and 15 staff. Now, as we celebrate the 25th year of the College, Cannon Hill Anglican College (which affiliated with the Anglican Church in 1994) is now home to 860 students and 125 staff. As we reach the mid-point of 2013, what celebrations we have seen already! On Foundation Day – 19 April – our staff and students, and some very special guests, gathered at various venues throughout the day for a range of festivities in recognition of this significant milestone. I was delighted to welcome Past Principal Ms Suzanne Bain (1992 to 1999), Past Principal’s Secretary Mrs Valerie Barnes, Past Bursar Mrs Wendy Jowett, and a 1989 Foundation Parent and first President of the Parents and Friends’ Association, Mr John Holland. The day began by giving thanks to God for His guidance and oversight, in the Foundation Day Celebration Assembly led by the newlyconsecrated Bishop of the Southern Region (Diocese of Brisbane), The Right Reverend Alison Taylor. In her first official appointment since her consecration, Bishop Alison led the College in prayers of thanksgiving, followed by the blessing and distribution of specially-struck 25th year commemorative pins, exclusive to the staff and student community of 2013. Perhaps

the most poignant part of the Celebration Assembly was a recorded video message from the College’s Founder and Foundation Principal, Mr Rod Wells. As students gathered in their House groups to enjoy celebratory ice-creams, the Official Party – special guests, representative staff and selected student leaders – was given a tour of the campus, bathed in warm autumn sunshine as it moved towards the new Science Centre. Bishop Alison performed a beautiful blessing and dedication, and each work area – inside and outside –received a special sprinkling with water as a sign of God’s blessing on the building and all who work in it. During this part of the ceremony, the Senior Vocal Group’s stirring rendition of Festival Sanctus filtered into each laboratory, preparation area, office and corridor – filling the Science Centre with prayer and praise, thanksgiving and dedication. That same evening, we welcomed Queensland’s Chief Scientist, Dr Geoff Garrett, AO, to officially open the Science Centre. On pages 8 and 9, readers may learn more about this extraordinary

Mrs Valerie Barnes, Ms Suzanne Bain, Mrs Robyn Bell, and Mrs Wendy Jowett.

building, its blessing and dedication, and, most importantly, what our students think about the new facility. From morning to evening, 19 April was a day of celebration. And, in Semester 2, we look forward to marking this significant milestone in the College’s history in other creative and engaging ways, not least of which is the Vintage Glamour Gala Ball on 17 August, and our Annual Awards Evening on 12 November.

We ask you to bless these special 25th year badges, symbols of this vibrant and growing community, and bless those who will wear them. May they be always reminded of the symbol of the Chrysalis: of the strength and stability of this caring community, the new possibilities of life which lie before us, and the renewal which is open to each one of us through your Spirit.

Students enjoy the contemporary, fully-equipped and high-tech laboratories.

In the name of God:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen. Science Lab Technician, Mrs Leanne Stephens, is delighted with the Science Centre’s spacious preparation rooms and storage facilities.

I thank you for the part that you have played, do play, or will play in our history, a part that helps to weave the rich tapestry that is Cannon Hill Anglican College, and hope that you will join me in a toast at the Gala Ball, to the next 25 years. The Gala Ball will be an occasion for parents and friends of CHAC, past, present and future; past students; past and present staff; and by special invitation, the 2013 students of Year 12.

Dr Geoff Garrett, AO, and Mr Aaron Dillaway, State Member for Bulimba, were shown around the Science Centre by 2013 Seniors Kathryn Robinson and Will Collard.

Robyn Bell Principal

Editorial Contact Details Communications Office Telephone: 07 3896 0439 Email: publications@chac.qld.edu.au Cannon Hill Anglican College Pty Ltd ACN 010 733 249 ABN 46 010 733 249 Cnr Junction and Krupp Roads, Cannon Hill QLD 4170

The Right Reverend Alison Taylor, Bishop of the Southern Region, Diocese of Brisbane.

Postal: PO Box 3366, Tingalpa DC QLD 4173 Telephone: 07 3896 0444 Fax: 07 3896 0448 Email: college@chac.qld.edu.au CRICOS PROVIDER NO. 00646F 2

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The shape of things to come Elizabeth ushers in new reign In January 2013, we welcomed our new Director of Primary, Mrs Elizabeth Chaplin. With a Bachelor of Education (James Cook University) and a Masters in Learning Innovation (Queensland University of Technology), Elizabeth is adept at analysing the practice of learning in the 21st Century. Her skills in anticipating and planning for the future of education – including the evolution of curriculum, classroom design, and the integration of technology – are a perfect match with CHAC’s Next Practice philosophy.

The saying ‘the patter of tiny feet’ has taken on a whole new meaning at CHAC, as we look forward to welcoming Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students to the CHAC family, in 2014. Already, we are enjoying the tales of pint-sized, colourful characters who marched confidently into the Research Centre, to be interviewed as part of the enrolment process. And we can’t wait for the precious moments that only littlies can deliver, in innocent, unexpected, yet delightful ways. As our family grows, our planning revolves around ensuring that CHAC maintains its special feel, its sense of community, and the comforting and confidence-building interaction between different age groups and year levels. It seems unimaginable that it will not be until 2026 that our 2014 Prep intake will graduate. What a celebration that will be.

“I am interested in this because of the massive changes that have taken place in society and, as educators, we need to keep pace with how we practice Teaching and Learning in a system that is essentially still working in Industrial Revolution mode – it has changed little. My student-focussed approach to curriculum and assessment examines how Teaching and Learning can be applied in a setting that looks to the future. “My philosophy is to ask myself where these students are going rather than where do I need to have them at this point in time. How do we structure the curriculum to have our Primary students ready to move into their next stage at CHAC? A seamless journey for our students needs to start right from Prep. “I am most excited about developing Primary’s organisation and culture, so that our Prep to Year 6 students make a unique contribution to the College, which melds into CHAC’s distinctive character and that special ‘feel’ that makes CHAC what it is.”

If they come, we will build it! This flip-side rendition of the famous line from the 1989 movie Field of Dreams – If you build it, they will come – describes accurately how enrolments have flooded in, before a stone was turned. And we are certainly “going the distance” - an extraordinary amount of work is being conducted behind-the-scenes, in readiness to welcome our new young students for the start of the 2014 school year. The Primary Expansion Strategic Working Party meets regularly to ensure that required tasks are on schedule, from major objectives such as: construction, enrolments, curriculum, and pastoral care; to the more detailed necessary actions required for communications, technology, after hours school care, utilities, maintenance and support services; to requirements for sport, music, the Canteen, playgrounds and transport. And the list goes on. Come July, this background work will take on a very visible presence on the Bent Street site as our new Prep to Year 2 Primary Precinct emerges. When all this hard work comes to fruition, life on campus will change. From a slow-metered, rhythmic “G o o d m o r n I n g M r s B e l l”, to oversized shorts, to accidentally naming a teacher “mum” – it will be a new era for our CHAC community.

Growing healthy minds Term 2 saw the introduction of the KidsMatter Primary program as the framework for the pastoral care program in Primary – one that is founded on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion. The flexible, wholeschool approach to improving children’s mental health and wellbeing, in collaboration with other major influencers, can yield positive social, academic and emotional learning outcomes. The four components of KidsMatter Primary are a positive school community; social and emotional learning for students; parenting support and education; and early intervention for students experiencing mental health difficulties.

KidsMatter Primary is the first national mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention initiative specifically developed for Primary schools. It involves the people who have a significant influence on children’s lives – parents, families, care-givers, teachers and community groups – in making a positive difference for children’s mental health during this important developmental period.

But the greatest joy, by far, will no doubt be sharing the journey of these ‘mini-me’ students as we watch them grow and develop into fine young adults, ready to take on the world. 4

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The Village Project

It takes a village to raise a child In 2012, Cannon Hill Anglican College launched The Village Project. The idea that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ is not a new one but it is a powerful one and one that we have adopted in order to gather the community, our village—the inner- eastern suburbs of Brisbane—to our ‘meeting house’. Our desire is to facilitate meaningful ways in which we can actively engage with our local community and, in turn, invite interaction with the College so that, together, our village raises our children; the children who will plough their gifts and talents back into the community. And if the Villagers—our parent body and local community—support one another, then our Village, and the ensuing sense of community, can only grow stronger. To that end, on 17 May, the CHAC Foundation hosted the second Corporate Networking Evening, to bring together those who wished to connect, and to help build trade and industry amongst our local corporate and parent community. Over 60 guests mixed and mingled, and enjoyed a lively round of Corporate Speed Dating! The Speed Dating approach helped to ensure that the less extroverted guests got plenty of opportunity to meet and greet fellow business people. Information was on hand for businesses wishing to learn more about supporting CHAC through sponsorship or the donation of funds, services or goods-in-kind. Opportunities highlighted included the Corporate Golf Day, Melbourne Cup Lunch, Vintage Glamour Gala Ball, Ghostgum Audio, the Spring Art Union, careers guidance, and the Wetlands Festival (the College’s biennial flagship event, organised by CHAC’s Parents and Friends’ Association).

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Did you know? “Thank you very much for organising the event! It was fun. I have already had my first meeting with a potential customer.” Mark - Phil Doring Insurance Brokers “It was a wonderful event.” Pauline - Canon Australia “Thank you so much for the invite. It was enjoyable and useful.” Michelle - Willis Group

“I had a lovely time, met some wonderful people and I very much look forward to the next event.” Dawn - Promim Australia “It was a fun, informative evening and I met many interesting people from different businesses.” Sarah - Crown Currency Exchange

The CHAC Foundation was established in 2000 and aims to support and assist the College in encouraging and fostering the interest and financial support of the business community, past students, parents and friends of the College to preserve, improve and develop its services, property and facilities. Tax-deductible donations may be allocated to the Building Fund, the Library Fund or the Scholarship Fund.

FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2013 The CHAC Foundation Corporate Golf Day Pacific Golf Club Fun and friendly four-ball Ambrose Individuals or teams welcome Register your interest in playing and sponsorship via events@chac.qld.edu.au

TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2013 Melbourne Cup Luncheon Gateway Room – Colmslie Hotel Individuals or tables of 10 welcome Register your interest in attending and sponsorship via events@chac.qld.edu.au

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Thirst for knowledge

What do our 2013 Science Ambassadors – Year 11 students Dean Kelk and Courtney Graymore – think about the new Science Centre?

Blessed are you, Lord our God, clothed with light and wisdom. We praise you for your glory. We thank you for giving us the thirst for knowledge and the urge to explore and understand your universe. Continue to stir our hearts to seek wisdom and lead us to greater understanding.  Creator of all, we gather to dedicate this new Science Centre for your glory and the service of this community. Enrich the minds and hearts of all who teach and learn here, with the wisdom and the beauty of the ages, and inspire in them the desire to look into the future to discern the new wonders not yet understood. Help us to grow in our understanding of your goodness and power and glory.

On 19 April, CHAC’s state-of-the-art Science Centre was blessed and dedicated by The Right Reverend Alison Taylor, Bishop of the Southern Region, and officially opened by Queensland’s Chief Scientist, Dr Geoff Garrett, AO.

One of the priorities for the design of the Science Centre, apart from providing the best of contemporary learning spaces, was the incorporation of green energy-efficient elements. PW Architecture exceeded the brief, creating an energy-efficient design which provides open, airy, flexible and attractive learning spaces with integrated high-end technologies. These include: A unique renewable energy generation system with three different arrays of photovoltaic modules and a wind turbine. Panel-by-panel and minute-by-minute data logging via a web portal allows students to monitor, track and respond to the energy generated by both solar and wind generation technologies. Viridian VFloat SuperGreen toughened glass provides reduced glare and UV, and very high daylight transmission, while solar hot water heaters cut energy use by up to 70 per cent. In the laboratories, electronically-operated louvres encourage the use of natural ventilation in lieu of air-conditioning. The light-colour of the roof reflects heat and sun-shading to windows minimises direct sunlight into the Centre.

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Low Volatile Organic Compound paints emit less air pollution, laminates used throughout Centre have low formaldehyde emission levels, and certified-environmentally-friendly flooring was used in in the laboratories and Staff Room. A Rocla ecoRain system controls the complete rainwater utilisation cycle by providing continuous filtration of all incoming roof water, underground storage of the captured water, and pumped supply of the captured water.

In the name of God Almighty: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Creator and Wisdom and Spirit of Life, we dedicate this new building and all that it contains to the glory and wonder of God. Amen. May God bless this place of learning and discovery: May it be blessed from roof to floor, from wall to wall, each laboratory, office and solar panel. May these walls resound with the joy of discovery and learning now and always. Amen.

On Foundation Day – 19 April – Bishop Alison, Bishop of the Southern Region, blessed and dedicated the Science Centre. Bible readings, sprinkling of water, blessings and a beautiful prayer (above) formed part of the ceremony.

“Studying Science is encouraged and nurtured” “The development of the modern Science facilities at CHAC is so exciting. It will give students a great platform into all Science has to offer. It means a lot to me, and Scientists the world over, that studying Science is encouraged and nurtured. I only wish I was still around so that I could enjoy the new Centre, too!” Susie Creagh Past College Captain – Class of 2009 Susie was the guest speaker at the Foundation Day Celebration Assembly on 19 April. While at CHAC, Susie achieved a place in the prestigious National Youth Science Forum, and is now studying Medicine at the University of Queensland.

Did you know? 2012 graduate, Elizabeth Deeb, was a Medallist in the 2013 TJ Ryan Memorial Medal, which included a $10,000 scholarship. Ellie was recognised for her academic excellence and outstanding leadership in both the school and the community.

2013 Science Ambassadors – Year 11 students Dean Kelk and Courtney Graymore (left) – were joined by Queensland’s Chief Scientist, Dr Geoff Garrett, AO, and 2012 Science Ambassadors, Kathryn Robinson and Will Collard, in cutting the Periodic-Table-themed celebration cake.

The Science Centre is bringing Science to life, making it even more engaging, interesting and stimulating, and aspirational for Primary students. The Extended Experimental Investigation rooms are a huge bonus. We can leave out our experiments without them being impacted by passing traffic, environmental influences, etc. We get more accurate results therefore the theory is better as we can see how it truly applies in practice. All our equipment is to hand as each workspace is individually equipped and ready for action. We can start our practical tasks straight away as we are not spending time collecting and

returning equipment; and the individual mobile benches are easier to clean too, which also saves time. The theory learning areas are fabulous and the interactive white boards are amazing, especially when studying something like displacement. We can more easily engage in the process by being more hands-on, making the concept easier to grasp. The Physics Lab is another bonus as we can now achieve total black-out for optical experiments. The automated blinds can be controlled from the teacher’s work space, which again means more time spent on learning and less time spent on preparation.

Ellie is studying Engineering at the University of Queensland, specialising in Mechatronics.

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Diakonos noticeboard Welcome to the Diakonos noticeboard. Diakonos, the Biblical Greek verb ‘to serve’, describes the mission of service at CHAC. Our College provides opportunities to serve our community and our environment by actively supporting and creating links with community groups and organisations to enable students to be connected and engaged with ‘real world’ activities. Five Committees are overseen by the Diakonos Coordinating Committee, led by the College Chaplain: Boys’ Education Committee, Environment Committee, Girls’ Education Committee, Social Justice Committee, and the UN Women Committee.

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Girl power In Term 1, the Girls’ Educati on Commit tee launched its Big Sister Little Sister progra m. The program focuses on developing positive relation ships bet ween the Years 8 and 11 girls and provides multi-y ear-level nur turing opportu nities. Olivia Lazarides (Year 8) and Jordan Crawford-Miller (Ye ar 11) met each other on the day that the Big Sister Little Sist er pairings were revealed. “I’m looking forward to the program this year as it will give the Year 8s a one -on-one chance to obtain insight and valuable advice on how to handle the transition into high sch ool ,” said Jordan.

CHAC Primary students got into the Silly Sock Day spir it, in suppor t of the Ronald McD onald Learning Program. Stu dents were encouraged to wea r silly socks to school and had the chance to model them in a ‘Silly Sock Parade’ at a Prim ary Assembly. Even the teache rs got into the spirit of the day! 10

In the week leadin g up to ANZAC Day, CHAC students showed their suppo rt for our Defence Fo rce by buying and wearing Legacy wristbands. Thanks to the commitment of CHAC’s House Capta ins and some very special voluntee rs from the Primary School, over $450 was raised for Legacy, in support of families of Australian Defence Force personnel wh o have made the supreme sacrifi ce.

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Olivia, too, was excited, and said, “I am really looking forward to being able to know a frie ndly face around the school and knowing someone who we can go to for advice. I am also excited about the fun act ivities we will be par ticipatin g in with our ‘big sisters’.”

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West Side Story

Issue 09 - Winter - 2013

Collaborative support Ensuring our curriculum, learning areas and teaching practices remain at the forefront of professional practice means that the day’s work for a teacher does not end when the home-time bell rings. Preparation, marking, tutorials, extra and co-curricular activities, parent-teacher interviews, mentoring, research, and many more tasks, are on a teacher’s ‘To Do’ list. But even more than this, collaborative projects within the wider educational community keep our staff connected to, and even determining, future practice through engagement in peer groups, professional development, committees and associations, networking, focus groups, and so on. “I think it is really important, as teachers, to not only be engaged in teaching CHAC students what is required but in shaping what is taught across Australia, and how it is assessed,” said Mrs Eve Hassall, Head of Faculty – English.

Bernstein and Sondheim would have been nothing short of ‘pleased as punch’, had they been privileged to witness CHAC’s 2013 College Musical – West Side Story. In the event’s program, Musical Director, and Coordinator of Drama and Visual Art at CHAC, Ms Carmel Mungavin, said: West Side Story has always been one of my favourite musicals as it combines drama, song and dance into a powerful production that hopefully will linger in the memory. The music is beautiful and the message of racial tolerance and acceptance is as relevant today as it was when it was written in the fifties. As always, the musical is about so much more than what you see on stage. It is about building trust and relationships, being challenged and maintaining dedication. Most of all, it is about learning about the rewards that can be reaped from committing passionately to a large community project. Certainly it is the sum of hours of work from students, teachers, staff and parents and as always, we are so grateful for the dedication of all who have worked so tirelessly. I am immensely proud of the way the students and staff have risen to the challenge of mounting this production.

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“This is why I have been personally involved – and have encouraged the Faculty’s engagement – in national projects since the announcement of moves to implement an Australian curriculum. Direct involvement in the development of a nation-wide curriculum, and subsequent projects, is a far more motivating and personally satisfying approach than just being told what to teach.” Last year, CHAC’s English Faculty supported the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s (ACARA) Student Work Samples project, a project aimed at compiling a portfolio of actual student work – with relevant annotations – that could act as a guide to teachers seeking meaningful examples of what constitutes below satisfactory, satisfactory, or above satisfactory work. The Faculty submitted units of work, assessment tasks and student responses, and CHAC’s Year 8 Imaginative Response to a short story task was selected for inclusion.

“It is very pleasing to know that when an English teacher, from anywhere in Australia, wants to view an exemplar of teaching and assessment for a short story task, it is CHAC’s work that will be viewed. And it is not only this fact that is satisfying. “The selection of our work affirms the College’s implementation of the Australian Curriculum as appropriate and successful. Other student work, e.g. for Year 8 an online journal or a letter to the editor, also resonated with ACARA’s portfolio, further confirming that the English Faculty’s work program, units, and assessment of standards and grades, are in-line with Australian expectations. In short, we are on task both in terms of how we teach as well as how students’ work is assessed.” In correspondence with the College, ACARA’s Senior Manager - Curriculum, Mr John Gougoulis said: “ACARA would like to thank you for the significant input you have given to the project by creating assessment tasks, delivering these to your students and completing the associated paper work so that these samples could be used by us. “I specifically wish to thank you for your collaborative support in the project during the year and particularly at times during the final months of 2012 when many of you had already full workloads.” It is pleasing to know that CHAC teachers are walking-the-talk when it comes to the College’s Next Practice philosophy – a future-focused approach to Teaching and Learning.

Did you know? The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is the independent authority responsible for the development of a national curriculum, a national assessment program and a national data collection and reporting program that supports 21st century learning for all Australian students.

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A head for business Are we harbouring the next Sir Richard Branson? Is there a Bill Gates lurking in our midst? Will a Dick Smith count amongst our graduates? The Business Faculty would like to think so!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Skill to do comes of doing”. And that is precisely why the Business Faculty lends itself to authentic learning and interfacing with the real world of business and the workplace. Indeed, the majority of teachers in this faculty have real-world business experience, having had careers in graphic design, marketing, publishing, and operations. They can provide first-hand experience for students who may choose to study Accounting, Economics, Business Management, Business Communication and Technologies, and/or Information Technology Systems.

To help ensure Teaching and Learning reflects the ever-changing world of business and commerce, the Business Faculty frequently welcomes visitors to the College and students often visit the workplace – Mr Emerson would be so proud!. Mrs Penny Cummins, Head of Faculty – Business, talks about the many examples of collaborative real-world learning.

Workplace Health and Safety (WHS)

Entrepreneurship

Year 11 Business Communication and Technologies students spent a day at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, to learn more about WHS. A lecture on the Sanctuary’s practices provided a fascinating insight into the complexities of managing health and safety in one of the state’s more risky workplaces.

Year 12 Business Management students had the privilege of learning about entrepreneurship and innovation from 2006 CHAC graduate, Andrew Barnes. While still in Year 11, Andrew and fellow CHAC student, Vu Tran co-founded the information technology company GO1. By the time the boys graduated, they had already completed more than 10 projects for clients around Brisbane. Since then, the company has grown to employ more than 50 staff across three countries. And all this was achieved while Andrew undertook degrees in Economics and Business Management, and commenced a PHD. Please see page 19 for exciting news on Andrew’s recent achievement.

Students learnt about the Sanctuary’s risk management processes and some of the hazards faced by staff, whether working in animal enclosures, gardens, the retail stores or in the range of kitchens and cafes. This helped prepare them for conducting their own health and safety audit of their chosen workplace.

Advertising The Faculties of Art and Business are collaborating to send six Year 12 students to the high school advertising challenge AdSpace, run by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations. Three students studying Information Technology Systems and three Senior Art students will combine their talents to create a campaign for a real-life client who is active in the youth marketplace. Students will be briefed by the client, work with university and industry mentors, and pitch to a panel of judges from the advertising world.

Operations Management

Networking The Financial Challenges Confronting Small Businesses was the topic for a South East Brisbane Chamber of Commerce breakfast attended by Jamie-Lee Gordon and Alex Waterson. The Year 12 students were joined in the photograph by (L to R): Head of Faculty - Business, Mrs Penny Cummins; the presenter, Mr Andrew Roberts from Westpac’s Davidson Institute; CHAC Foundation Board member, Mr Drewe Freeburn; and CHAC’s Assistant Principal, Mr David Pavish. Each month, the Business Faculty invites students to represent the College at meetings of the Chamber. It is an excellent opportunity for students to network with local business people and to learn more about the issues impacting on local businesses.

Sharemarket In Term 2, Year 10 Economics students commenced trading in the ASX Schools Sharemarket Game. The ASX game plays an important role in the Year 10 course by providing a real-world scenario for observing the operation of markets. While students learn about the sharemarket, they are able to put in to practice what they learn, as they are given a hypothetical $50,000 to trade – with over 100 ASX-listed companies – for a 10 week period. Students were able to benefit from the advice of RBS Morgans’ share market analyst and CHAC parent, Mr Scott Power. Scott discussed rising stocks, and shared his predictions for the share market and the economy in the months ahead.

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In the next semester, students studying Business Management will be exposed to some of the best operating systems, when they visit the Coca-Cola and Makin Mattresses factories. Students will view the production processes to learn more about manufacturing and quality management.

Did you know? Year 12 student, Jake Edwards, is participating in the University of Queensland’s Accounting in High Schools Program, which will see him gain credit towards a business degree as he completes an Accounting unit in Semester 1.

Congratulations to our 2012 Honours Students (students who achieved an OP5 or higher) who are undertaking a Business or Economics Degree Louise Andrew - QUT Bachelor of Business/Bachelor Laws Aleks Canard - UQ Business Management and Law William Findlay* - QUT Bachelor of Business/Bachelor Laws Ell Harrison*- QUT Bachelor of Business Morgan Healey - QUT Bachelor of Business/Bachelor Laws James Pratt - QUT Bachelor of Business/Bachelor Laws Joshua Rohl - QUT Bachelor of Business Chauncy Smith - UQ Dual Degree - Bachelor of Economics/ Bachelor of Science Hannah Walsh - UQ Dual Degree Economics/Commerce Emily Woodham* - QUT Bachelor of Business/Bachelor Laws Callum Zeuschner - QUT Bachelor of Business *These students each studied one, two or three subjects in the Business Faculty.

Each year, Years 9 and 10 students nominate to participate in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Computer Skills Competition, which assesses skills and knowledge in areas such as databases, graphics, multimedia and networks and computer hardware. Participants are drawn from the College’s Junior Secondary Information Technology subjects, which introduce students to a range of software programs to solve real-world business problems. This year’s entrants included (back L to R) Louis Lloyd-Besson and Danyon Richards, and (front L to R) Madeline Nurcombe, Elliott McGrath and Jack McPherson.

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Sport Trimester 1 wrap CHAC Volleyball has seen unprecedented success this year, claiming four Blue Division Premierships and confirming our status as the best volleyball school in TAS. Bradley Hodge Volleyball Captain After a tough start to the season, CHAC Girls’ Basketball finished the season in great form. The finals round was very successful with four of the six CHAC teams finishing on a wining note. Rebecca Allan Basketball Captain

Students play on hallowed turf

The Year 10 Girls’ Tennis team won their third premiership in a row, coming away with a welldeserved victory.

On Friday 1 March, a team of very excited CHAC rugby players ran on to the hallowed turf of Suncorp Stadium, nee Lang Park, the site of many a hard-fought battle for sporting dominance.

Lillie McSpadden Tennis Captain

The College’s inaugural opportunity to participate in a curtain raiser for the Queensland Reds saw plenty of support from the CHAC community, as the First XI took on Canterbury College, and won. The competitive game was played in good spirit and the experience – from using the locker rooms to running on to the turf, in front of family and friends – will be an experience long remembered.

The manner in which our Cricket teams played was of the highest quality. With the finals fast approaching it was really good to see everybody training hard in the final weeks, which explains our great results across the board that were achieved in the finals.

Oh, and the Reds won as well!

Matthew Rutter Cricket Captain Our Primary students worked hard in the pool to win the Red Division at the JTAS Swimming Carnival. Our Secondary students, in the TAS Swimming Carnival, placed third in the Blue Division and took out the Boys’ 14 Years and the Girls’ Overall groups. Mr Ben Dutton Swimming Coordinator Trimester 2 is well underway, with CHAC vying for Premierships in Netball, Rugby, Hockey and Tennis.

Potential Olympians Congratulations to Year 11 students David Morgan and Chelsea Moody who have been selected to join the Volleyball Australia: Queensland Elite Development Program (QEDP), a partnership between Volleyball Australia and the Queensland Academy of Sport. Athletes invited to be part of this program have been identified as having the potential to be able to play Volleyball, (Beach and Indoor) at the international level, with a longer-term view to Olympic representation. The program provides athletes with access to world class Volleyball coaching, technique and skill development, strength and conditioning, and athlete management.     “We would like to congratulate the School and its coaches for the work they have

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done in developing these young athletes and we look forward to continuing and extending that work,” said Mr Grant Robertson, Head Coach - Queensland Elite Development Program. David also recently travelled to Thailand with the Australian Youth Men’s Volleyball team. The College also congratulates Jamie Robinson (Year 9) who was recently selected as part of the Queensland squad, to compete in the upcoming nationals in August 2013, following her participation in the Queensland School Sport 15 Years Boys and Girls Volleyball State Championships, held on the Sunshine Coast. With players like these, it is no wonder that CHAC is such a strong competitor in volleyball competitions.

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Principal, Mrs Robyn Bell, Samuel Clark, Jacob Murphy, and Benjamin Bretag, were photographed with COL Jason Hedges, who is based at the Gallipoli Barracks in Enoggera, as part of the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters J5.

Earlier this year, Defence Force Recruiting – South Queensland hosted an Australian Defence Force Academy Appointment Ceremony at St John’s Cathedral, in Brisbane, to formally recognise the commencement of the military careers of past students, Jacob Murphy, Ben Bretag and Samuel Clark. “The Australian Defence Force Academy is Australia’s premier leadership and management institution where Officer Cadets and Midshipmen undertake military service and tertiary studies in conjunction with their Service and the University of New South Wales,” said Captain Jo Aherne, CSM, Senior Military Recruiting Officer for Defence Force Recruiting in South Queensland. “Upon graduation, Jacob, Ben and Samuel will be commissioned as Officers and will then go on to hold command appointments within the Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Regular Army, respectively.” The ceremony was attended by Mrs Robyn Bell, Principal, and we look forward to ongoing news of the boys’ careers in the Australian Defence Force.

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Choosing 2011 Vice-Captain and CHAC graduate, Owen Burton to be on the front cover of the Griffith University Undergraduate guide proved to be a good move by the University! Currently studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Griffith University, Owen has been recently accepted for a six month student exchange at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, for Semester 2 2013. He will walk the corridors of a University that has been home to some eminently notable predecessors, with the highly prestigious medical university boasting a phenomenal six Nobel Laureates, not to mention various founders, inventors and award winners – each of considerable note. Owen is one of the first two students who have been selected from Griffith University, an official partner of the Karolinska Institutet, and he will study Anatomy and Advanced Physiology and Immunology and Infectious Diseases. And, although all instruction will be in English, he has chosen to also participate in a Swedish language course, and will live on campus while in Stockholm.

Officer Cadet Benjamin Bretag

Did you know? Karolinska Institutet is one of the world´s leading medical universities, with a mission to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education. The University accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden and offers the country´s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences.

The Griffith Honours College – designed to provide enriching experiences for outstanding students and of which Owen is a member – supported Owen’s application and has provided him with a further scholarship (over and above his Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship) to help support his studies abroad.

2006 graduate announced 2012 Brisbane Young Manager of the Year We are delighted to announce that, in the Australian Institute of Management Excellence Awards, the 2012 Brisbane Young Manager of the Year category was won by 2006 CHAC graduate and Managing Director of GO1 Pty Ltd, Andrew Barnes. This category acknowledges rising stars and aspiring leaders from business, government and industry, who are making their mark in the industry in which they work, and recognises the most successful young entrepreneurs and business leaders up to the age of 30. Nominees were required to demonstrate: the ability to manage complex tasks, people,

processes and the macro-environment; recognition by others as showing excellence in management and leadership; effective communication of their organisation's goals and vision to all stakeholders or customers; a commitment to mentoring or other leadership activities; demonstrated financial management. Please see page 15 for news on how Andrew is supporting CHAC students through the sharing of his expertise. Andrew is also an active member of the College’s Foundation Board, and supports the Communications Office with advice on the use of technology in marketing.

STOP PRESS Congratulations to James Gunning (2011) who has been accepted for a student exchange to the University of Copenhagen, where he will study Human Anatomy and Systems Physiology, Theoretical Molecular Genetics, and Statistics for Molecular Biomedicine.

Calling all 1993 and 2003 graduates It is time to gather, to celebrate your 20 and 10 year reunions, respectively. Please place a date claimer in your diary for Friday 20 September, and stay tuned for further information. If you are unsure if we have your current details, please register your interest via psa@chac.qld.edu.au. Class of 1993

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