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Pax et Bonum Cannon Hill Anglican College magazine

Issue 18 ¡ Summer 2017







Nourish Connect thrive

Our 2018 College Captains – Tom Howroyd, Mahelie Goonaratne, Sophia Brown and Declan Vann-Wildman – look forward to pioneering new frontiers in student leadership.




contents 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

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Students have been nourished through strong pastoral, spiritual and service-oriented programs; they have connected locally and internationally with different cultures, universities, the corporate world and our own alumni; and they have most certainly thrived, with outstanding growth and achievements among our students. Development has also come through promoting the value of embracing challenges and problems, to better negotiate the future with skills for dealing with bumps in the road. And now we look forward, with much anticipation, to the completion of the new centre for enterprise and collaboration. Drawing on inspiration from Tony Ryan's The Next Generation, I said to our students in my Annual Awards Evening Address: ‘It is certain that you will benefit from an enterprising spirit and optimistic belief in the power of your own minds, assisted by the escalating emergence of artificial intelligence, to shape a future that further develops human potential.’

Our 2017 Sports Captains (left), Flynn Holley and Francesca SymmonsBuchanan, pass the baton of success, with confidence, into the hands of 2018 Sports Captains Elise Greenup and Flynn Schamburg.



n this issue of Pax et Bonum, we reflect on 2017’s theme – Nourish, Connect, Thrive – and its resonance from Prep to Year 12.

The new frontiers for 2018 are indeed tantalising. Robyn Bell Principal

The best schools are not defined by OP scores or NAPLAN results. Rather, they are committed to innovation, inside and outside the classroom, to give young people the skills to succeed in a shifting labour market and global economy…[CHAC’s] flagship Enterprise Centre, opening in February 2018, the second phase of the Science Centre, and the new flexible learning spaces will further encourage problem solving and business initiative.' Kylie Lang, Associate Editor ‘Most Innovative Schools’ – The Courier-Mail 13 November 2017 – online


As we go to press, the completion of the Science Centre Stage 2 and Enterprise Centre project is tantalisingly close. We look forward with much anticipation to the stories of innovation that will be inspired within this creative space across the STEAMED agenda – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Entrepreneurialism and Design.

Young Entrepreneur Award John Hatfield (Year 12) was presented with a South-East Brisbane Chamber of Commerce 2017 Young Entrepreneur Award for his non-profit start-up called the Young Entrepreneurs Network, which will launch early in 2018. ‘The mission of the Young Entrepreneurs Network (YEN) is to build the most effective ecosystem of initiatives, mentors and contacts possible to propel young people into the world of entrepreneurship,’ said John. ‘The central aspect of YEN is a prestigious online community that allows and encourages members to share instantly their ideas, thoughts and problems with the entire network, allowing a hive mind effect of inspiration, discussion and refinement. The Young Entrepreneurs Network will help our youth change our world for the better.’

Year 9 Young Entrepreneurs In the Year 9 subject Young Entrepreneurs, students study an entrepreneur and their business, focusing on the application of business theory, attributes of entrepreneurs, factors that have contributed to success and the impact of new technologies on business. Through a feasibility study, students consider ideation and the thought processes involved in developing business ideas, and experience the highs and lows of running their own enterprise. In the IT Innovators course, students consider design processes and visual coding in order to create concepts for their own app. They also develop a marketing campaign for an authentic College-based project such as promoting the cashless Canteen.

Chief Entrepreneur Queensland's previous Chief Entrepreneur for the Advance Queensland Progam, Mark Sowerby, was quoted recently in The Courier-Mail (5 October 2017) as saying, ‘We’ve seen the number of co-working spaces and entrepreneurial programs double over the past 18 months in Queensland, supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs to back themselves and have a go.’ The CHAC microcosm aims to do just that. CHAC’s Buildings and Grounds Committee is given a progress update by PW Architecture’s Jason Walters.

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connect Connecting

one with another

Part of the central focus of Teaching and Learning at CHAC is the nurturing of dispositions – serving, giving, sharing, leading and gratitude. These are just a few of the many activities that took place across the campus, to build community and care for those around us.

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‘This year, Girls Matter has thrived by working together as a team and contributing creative ideas to create great afternoons for young girls. Everyone enjoyed planning and attending this particular afternoon, and it was an excellent success! The Girls Matter committee made this year's activities awesome, and we hope that next year’s leaders do the same.’ Zoe Kanaan and Zali Woodford


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Aeroplanes and zigzags

The Primary girls enjoyed an energetic aftern oon led by the Year 6 Girls Matter leaders. They form ed teams made up of girls from Years 3 to 6 to take part in an A-Z Scavenger Hunt. There were a multitude of creative responses, from A for aeroplanes to Z for zigza g lines! The Year 6 leaders were keen to interact with the students from lower year levels. ‘We had such a good time getting to know the younger girls. It was really fun. We have learned a lot about how to lead this year,’ the Year 6s reported.

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Bags and BBQ

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NOURISHMENT ‘Nourish’ led the College’s annual theme – Nourish, Connect, Thrive. Thanks to strong pastoral care programs in Primary and Secondary, and staff and student leadership, there were opportunities a plenty for nourishment in 2017.


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tarting high school can be daunting for Year 7 students so CHAC has a friendly and assuring program in place to welcome these young students into their six years of Secondary education. Before the start of the new academic year, current Year 6s are invited to the College for orientation – a time to see their funky classrooms, meet their teachers, make new friends, and enjoy activities including a barbeque lunch. Then, within the first fortnight of the new school year, the Year 7s head off to the Kindilan Outdoor Recreation Centre at Redland Bay for three fun-filled and challenging days. ‘With so many new students joining the College, the camp presented the perfect opportunity to challenge one another and forge new friendships, and the Year 7s rose to the occasion,’ said Chris Nastrom-Smith, Director of Junior Secondary. Activities ranged from the Giant Swing and abseiling, to camp-oven cooking and raft building. The Year 7s embraced the range of


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experiences as they started to work together as teams and build trust in one another. They also got to spend time with the College Captains and Junior Secondary Mentors – Year 12s that have a heart for nurturing these young students and making them feel at ease in their new environment. Zac Martin reported that ‘all of the Junior Secondary Mentors developed long-lasting bonds with the Year 7s’.

‘This camp experience really helped every one of us to get to know each other and face our worries and fears,’ Alec Wills and Lily Chippendale reported. ‘It helped turn a rag-tag group of worried kids into the caring, happy, engaged and achieving year group that we will continue to be.’ Director of Junior Secondary, Chris Nastrom-Smith, welcomed Year 6s to their orientation day ahead of starting Secondary in 2018.

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community service

The Outback Tour saw a group of staff and students give up part of their September holiday in favour of connecting with outback communities, to build community and give back, with gratitude, to our primary producers and inland services. The group visited many iconic locations like cattle yards, outback properties and the Royal Flying Doctor Service where the students donated the $2500 they had raised prior to the visit. From Roma to Charleville, the students engaged in the local communities, meeting local police and SES volunteers, and offering tangible assistance at a local aged care facility and Anglican church. Hearing from other students about combining study and life on the land was a particular eye-opener. The students were able to reflect on how fortunate they are to have access to the resources and luxuries taken for granted in Brisbane.


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‘The bark garden in the centre of the College is an area remembered with great affection by our alumni, and enjoyed by current students. The installation of the Corymbia Boardwalk has added a delightful dimension to this area. The pace of our busy campus seems to slow down as I steal a moment to walk through this tranquil area of tall eucalypts and river-pebbled beds.’ Robyn Bell, Principal Chrysalis 2017

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New The theme for the 2017 Annual Awards Evening was New Frontiers, and with good reason. As a futurefocused Next Practice College, resting on laurels and the tried and tested is not an option. There’s new knowledge in them thar hills; new territory to be discovered; new pedagogy to be pioneered; in other words – New Frontiers.


he following extracts from the Principal’s speech highlight Mrs Robyn Bell’s personal passion for equipping young people for their future.

‘While we may not be able to predict the future, we believe we can actively create it together. As an educator, I always have an eye to the future. I continue my relentless pursuit of encouragement to all students, to see your future as a positive, abundant place, brimming with opportunity, in which you can, and should, play a prominent role. ‘The authentic scientific research experience of our Biologists’ expedition to Fiji is one new example, along with the integrated units of study in Year 9 – such as ‘Changing Tomorrow’ with its focus on solution finding for real and present problems; ‘Flight’ – a collaboration across the Science and Visual Arts faculties; Robotics and Coding and Business Start-Up units to name just a few. The success of your competitive engagement locally, nationally and internationally shows a great appetite for learning differently, and creating real solutions for current problems.’ ‘Your world of work will inevitably be reshaped by the new frontier of extraordinary innovation. Your new frontiers are all around you – just as they have been throughout time for every past generation. It is certain that you will benefit from an enterprising spirit and optimistic belief in the power of your own minds, assisted by the escalating emergence of artificial intelligence, to shape a future that further develops human potential.’


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‘Our mission and culture of servant leadership, and ethos of courage and compassion at CHAC, provide rich foundations for the nurturing of social enterprises, focused on making a real difference in the world no matter what new frontier you choose to work in.’ Mrs Robyn Bell Principal 2017 Annual Awards Evening Address

Changing Tomorrow One of the units highlighted in the 2017 Annual Awards Evening Address was Changing Tomorrow.

The Tech ‘n’ Tea initiative focused the dual issues of elderly isolation and technological disconnectedness. The initiative aims to foster mutually beneficial relationships between teenagers and technologically illiterate older people, including the development of a website and app.

‘The projects developed during this semester in the Year 9 Changing Tomorrow unit and showcased recently at a presentation evening,’ said Robyn, ‘showed the collaborative capacity of students to identify real issues at the local level and create viable solutions.’ Changing Tomorrow is a collaborative problem solving subject that aims to develop students’ understanding of themselves, their capacity to work with others and their ability to employ moral reasoning and critical thinking in developing solutions to problems. It is aimed at students who like a challenge and who want to use their abilities to understand and help to creatively and ethically solve real problems, now and into the future. The unit emphasises the development and application of skills rather than the acquisition of knowledge. It requires students to work collaboratively in small teams to research a complex real-world problem and to then make contact with community experts and stakeholders engaged in the issue. Innovative and multifaceted solutions are then presented at a special Changing Tomorrow Showcase Evening.

The Primary Protect project was based on extensive research and the processes successfully in place at CHAC. The group developed a flagship anti-bullying program for primary schools and proposed a combination of initiatives to create an inclusive and happy school environment.

The examples shown have supported students in their further development of skills in critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration and teamwork, and in personal, social and ICT interactions.

‘Far from being bystanders in life, CHAC students take social responsibility seriously. Anxiety in teenagers, isolation among the elderly and neighbourhood disunity are among the issues they tackle in Changing Tomorrow workshops.’ Kylie Lang, Associate Editor ‘Most Innovative Schools’ – The Courier-Mail 13 November 2017 – online

The Anxiety Project was developed to investigate and address the phenomenon of rising student anxiety. Through research with students, pastoral care staff and psychologists, a multi-pronged solution targeting students, staff and parents was proposed, to raise awareness and educate the school community.

‘We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.’ Albert Einstein The Community Connect Project was developed by a group passionate about the need to re-connect metropolitan citizens with their neighbours and reestablish a sense of community in suburbs. A series of initiatives were developed including social media through Facebook and a website.

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F a l ij u

This year, CHAC’s first-ever Biology Expedition saw students deeply immersed – in some cases literally – in real-world learning through participation in authentic scientific research and connection with Fijian culture.

‘The inaugural CHAC Biology Expedition to Fiji was a resounding success,’ said Biology teacher and tour leader Paul Jennison. ‘After a village homestay to assist Vusa Ratu village initiate ecotourism in a remote area, 24 students and three staff eagerly explored the untouched Natewa Peninsula in Fiji to try and catalogue the species of insects, birds, plants and reptiles. This meant trekking through forest and investigating traps. ‘Lectures in the evening allowed students to learn far more about ecology and evolution in the South Pacific. We were fortunate to trap and release many exciting bird species as well as capture many insects for further identification.’

Amazing and breathtaking dives

The highlight of the trip for me was scuba diving in Natewa Bay. I already had my PADI Diving Certificate, so I was lucky enough to do the Reef Ecology Course during which I would dive twice per day. The Dive Master and I would explore pristine, untouched reefs that had never before been explored by people who were not local. During this course, I attended lectures about the different species of coral, reef and invertebrates that can be found on the reef. Then, the next day I would go diving and identify these species around me. I did a total of 11 amazing and breathtaking dives and saw everything from Reef Sharks to Lionfish, Eels, Barracuda and countless more colourful species. On the last day of diving, everyone doing the Reef Ecology Course did a scavenger hunt where you had to dive out on the reef and take photos of 25 different species of coral, invertebrates and fish. I was at a bit of an advantage in this competition because I was the only one able to dive 20 metres below sea level. It was very exciting and rewarding to have taken part in the research that is aiming to have Natewa Bay declared and protected as a Marine Protected Area. It was a life-long memorable experience during which I could truly observe the beautiful wonders of the ocean. Jasmin Somers

A fountain of knowledge

Twice a day, we would swim out, or ride the boat out to a different reef, where we would discover fascinating new corals and species under the Fijian sun. We were also educated by field experts on what we were seeing, and all came away with a fountain of knowledge on the reef ecology. Highlights included swimming 50m away from a pod of dolphins. Hannah Ford


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Strong sense of community

The people, the culture and the landscape are beautiful in every way. Walking around the village – Vusa Ratu – everyone has a ready smile and a warm ‘Bula!’ for you. With the village being so remote, everyone has a strong sense of community and family, and were very accepting of strangers. Ara Buddle

Skills were reflected and expanded

During the second week of the tour we were given the opportunity to either snorkel or learn to dive through the Open Water Diving Course. This course enabled us to dive up to a maximum depth of 18 metres, as long as we passed all our theory tests and completed the water courses. Each of the five theory sections had a confined water dive that taught us the essential skills when underwater. We had four open water dives where these skills were reflected and expanded in a deeper setting. In these sessions we were able to see the diverse range of marine life including Lionfish, Sailor's Eyes, Nudibranchs, Triggerfish, Butterflyfish, Damselfish and many more. We were truly exposed to the wonders of diving at depth and experienced a whole new world underwater. Meghan Cummins

Such an authentic experience

The talks and activities given by the lecturers was a great learning environment as we had the opportunity to experience the biological issues being dealt with first hand. The ability to see the native terrestrial and marine species, as well as the Fijian people, contributed to the trip being such an authentic experience. Sophie Easton

Culturally enriching experiences

Not only was it packed with all types of Science ranging from Entomology to Marine Biology, it was full of culturally enriching experiences. From a homestay in Vusa Ratu Village, to eating Fijian food, Fiji was packed with the smiling faces of kind people welcoming us into their culture. The next two days were filled with Fijian dinners, traditional basket and mat weaving, tapa printing, coconut shelling and the peeling of vegetables such as cassava for the Lovo (earth oven). I learnt all about the area and that its known for its high trade in coconuts and taro as well as how to prepare taro leaves for meals so that they aren’t furry (it’s a secret!).

Full of culturally enriching experiences

Felicia Hansen

Initial reports indicate that CHAC students were directly responsible for: Capturing a new species of butterfly Capturing and identifying a lizard new to the island of Vanua Levu

Finding a plant species that has only ever been found in one other location in the world

Capturing and tagging 12 endemic species of bird including the iconic Silk Tail and Orange Fruit Dove

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Entente cordiale When it comes to entente cordiale, 2017 has been a busy year for connecting on the global stage, from a Biology trip to Fiji and an out of this world experience at the International Space Settlement Design Competition in Florida, to welcoming international visitors from a host of nations. But the pièce de résistance has to be our Languages Faculty as the students taste, hear, see, smell and speak their way through French or Japanese language and culture. Students of French and Japanese have enviable opportunities to enrich the learning of their chosen second language, to: visit the country in question; connect with the locals; sample the different cuisines of each nation in local restaurants or using the cooking facilities in the Languages Centre; spend time immersed in conversation with native speakers on or off site; and read books and watch films in their chosen language.

Here is just a taste of how our Languages students have connected in 2017.

C’est délicieux

Year 9 students of French dined like royalty at their October immersion weekend. The menu they prepared included croque monsieur, boeuf bourguignon and ratatouille.

G’Day! Thirteen boys from a school in Beijing spent a few days at CHAC to experience an Australian school. Part of a larger visiting group, the boys – all students of English – were placed with buddies across Years 8 to10. Their ages ranged from 13 to17 years.


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French Cooking

Parlez-vous Français?

Yōkoso ようこそ

Earlier this year, CHAC welcomed Secondary students from its sister school, Seiryo High School in the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan. The two schools first connected in 1995 and strong links have been maintained ever since. We also hosted Takara Yui, our long-term exchange student from Seiryo. ‘She soon found a place in everyone’s heart with her positive attitude and determination to make the most of every opportunity,’ said Coordinator of Japanese, Peta Nakamura. Each year, two Year 11 students of Japanese are awarded a bursary to spend four weeks of the Christmas holiday with Seiryo families in Fujinomiya. Congratulations to Ciarán Komarakul-Greene and Emily Somerfield, recipients of the 2017 bursary.

Primary Languages Program Jane Everett, teacher of Primary Japanese, reported in Chrysalis – CHAC’s yearbook – some exciting news from the specialist Japanese program in Primary: ‘This year in Upper Primary, we have been experimenting with a different approach to learning languages. This methodology known as TPRS – Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling – involves co-creating quirky, unique stories with the students, allowing them to have ownership while increasing the amount of Comprehensible Input that they receive. The target sentence patterns and vocabulary are repeated through questioning techniques. It is a pleasure to see the excitement and

anticipation from the students as we create our stories together. ‘One of the many highlights of our Primary Languages Program each year is the incoming tour with Mino-Jiyu Gakuen – a Prep to Year 12 co-educational independent school in Osaka, Japan. Running for the third year in a row, the program is going from strength to strength. Many Japanese students are returning in consecutive years and requesting to stay with previous host families which is a huge compliment to our CHAC community. It is exciting and rewarding to see the children interacting and doing their best to communicate using language and gestures.

Anything you can do…

‘This exchange program is an important and valuable opportunity for our students to nourish their language learning, increase their intercultural understanding and make deep and lasting connections with new friends.’

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Earlier this year, Year 12s entertained Year 7 French students with an hilarious play about Bastille Day and its history. Always up for a challenge, the Year 7s returned suit in Term 4 with a screening of their own film project. The students filmed group performances of a play, entirely in French. The young students invited their senior counterparts to the screening, preceded by some French cuisine enjoyed in the Wetlands. ‘This was a wonderful opportunity for our junior and senior students of French to connect with one another, and to improve their vocabulary in a fun and relaxed atmosphere,’ said Madeleine Wallas, teacher of French.

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This year, Year 9s have tackled the elective subject Big History. The headline on the Big History Project website (above) says it all.


he Big History Project (BHP), supported by Bill Gates, aims to inspire a greater love of learning and to help students better understand how they got here, where they’re going, and how they fit in. BHP describes itself as ‘a social studies course that runs on jet fuel’, with the goal of providing a ‘world class, ready-for-the-classroom resource available to everyone, everywhere. For free’. For their multimodal assessment, students were required to prepare a speech and an infographic – drawing upon the skills of investigative inquiry – to answer the question: How many people could Earth support now and 100 years from now? ‘This assessment was the culmination of Unit 7 of the Big History Project and is classed as Project Based Learning,’ said Social Science’s teacher, Genevieve Gray. ‘The Big History Project promotes this kind of investigative process. It’s akin to the inquiry learning models that many subjects here at CHAC often use.’

If you think BHP sounds interesting, you are in luck! With several of our subjects, like Flight for Year 9s, parents frequently comment ‘I wish I could attend this class’. Well, if Big History interests you, you can. The BHP website offers an option for Lifelong Learners so, dust off your pencil case or keyboard and head to com/bhplive for a self-guided, six-hour version of Big History.

Let’s see what the Year 9s discovered.

Student commentary Overall, there are issues including conflict, water misuse, rapid population growth, food wastage, unsustainable agriculture, growing life expectancy, uneducated children and limited space that all impact on how many people the Earth can support. But all of these obstacles have solutions that can be implemented and be overcome by combining our constantly increasing knowledge, collective learning and will to survive. Erika Lawry

First and foremost, for the Earth and its humans to live in harmony, the Earth must support the people and the people must support the survival of the Earth. For the Earth to support humans, it must meet their biological needs (water, food, shelter) in such a way, that this then allows for their social, civil and cultural life to prosper. Basically, for the Earth to support humans, it needs to give them a good quality of life. You could have 10 billion people wiping away every resource and other species while living a crowded, limited life. Or, five billion people living a civil, full, cultural experience. We are emotional creatures who need more than just a bowl of rice and a cup of water to survive. Edie Biasibetti and Kaitlyn Banks


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There have been many different opinions, in the form of movies and books, on how the earth will look in 100 years. A couple of examples of this are The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Selection. Although they are great reads, they don’t really provide a very accurate representation of our future Earth. Through our research, we factored in the planet’s needs and have calculated how much agricultural land and food will be available to support our estimated population. We have determined our population through population growth and fertility rates trends as well as the resources available to support it. Brooke Smith

A cosmonaut economy is essential for our future. If we decrease waste by reusing most of our resources, combined with slowing population growth, we won’t outgrow the food production and water available. This project opened my eyes to how much we are struggling to support ourselves and the speed at which we are running out of resources. Many will run out in our lifetimes. Ella Blacker

In today's environment and with our current way of life, Earth, our home, is able to support only 10 billion people where food and water supplies are concerned. Our research indicates that due to current food trends, 10 billion people is the maximum unless people are willing to live in absolute poverty; however, even with this figure, over one third of this population will still be living in extreme poverty and in water-scarce areas. Codie Mellor

Are we limiting our children's lives by wasting resources? Are we damaging our only home, our Earth? Let me remind you all that, as Barack Obama said, there is no plan B, there are no second chances for our Earth. If we ruin this precious planet, we ruin our own race: humanity. Maxi Mossman

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CHAC students regularly embrace challenges, try new things, develop 21st Century Skills and apply curricular knowledge and innate problem-solving skills in unique situations. The positive results are evident from Primary to Secondary, and beyond.

‘It was inspiring to see students go beyond the classroom to encourage others to think about different perspectives on history, such as the Industrial Revolution and Australian settlement,’ said Anita Spencer, Acting Deputy Director of Primary. ‘The students went beyond their comfort zones and worked collaboratively to integrate Media, Arts, Dance and Drama (MADD) into their studies in Humanities and Social Sciences.’

Artistic Excellence

Primary’s specialist Performance Arts teacher, Dr Rowena Riek, reported that ideas are already flowing for the next performance. She said, ‘Hope you come along for the ride … MADD if you do, MADD if you don’t!’

Baylee Uren (Year 12) and Hannah Hedberg (Year 9) received Excellence Awards, and Yasmin Ward (Year 9) was awarded Highly Commended in the IEU Awards for Excellence in Art Design competition. Ruby MacGregor, Ruby Smit, Hannah Bijker and Baylee Uren’s artworks were shown at the Creative Generations Excellence Awards in Visual Art, where Hannah received a Commendation Award.

Move Over Leonardo


Thriving on

Every single student in Years 3 to 6 participated in this year’s Primary Performance Arts celebration evening – MADD.

(L to R): Hermione Knowles-Green, Emma Cooney, Griffin Vann-Wildman, Ryan King, Chris O’Brien, Annelies Alcorn, Anna Coldham-Fussell and Ella Greenaway.

Year 9 students represented the College in Sydney at the 2017 National da Vinci Decathlon finals. The team won two disciplines (Science and Ideation) and placed third in two others (Creative Production/Drama and Code-Breaking).


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Spaghetti Bridge

During Science Week, 34 Secondary students entered the Spaghetti Bridge Competition. The competition required students to apply engineering and problemsolving skills to build a bridge – as close as possible to 300g and a span of 35cm – with nothing but spaghetti and glue. Sixty teams from schools across Queensland tested their bridges. The winning bridge took a load of 197.4kg. Second place was won by CHAC's Year 7 students Ben Hamilton and Alex Shea, who built a bridge which withstood a load of 52kg. A Year 8 CHAC team comprising Matthew Sloman, Rebecca Leonard, Daniel Carton and James Gardiner came seventh with a load of 10kg.

Elite Scientists

During Science Week, Kaleb Watson (Year 12) and Matthew Sloman (Year 8) entered the online Education Perfect Science Championship. Both boys placed in the top 0.2% of 50,000 competitors from around the world, earning prestigious Elite Awards. Rebecca Leonard and Penelope Spears, both in Year 8, received Gold Awards and a place in the top 2% of global participants. Congratulations also to Jude Armstrong, Paige Smith and Sierra Mossman for their Bronze Awards, and Anna Coldham-Fussell, Thomas Russell and Hannah Cameron for achieving Credits.

Optimal Champs!

Over a packed weekend of creativity and teamwork, socialising and brain-strain, a record three CHAC teams represented the College with distinction in the finals of Opti-MINDS. Our Years 7 and 8 team, Magnitude,, emerged State and National Champions in the Junior Secondary Science and Engineering Division. Congratulations to Magnitude.

No block for our writers!

Rebecca Swift was awarded a Bronze Certificate in the Commonwealth Essay Competition, the only Queenslander to win a prize out of 12,400 entries worldwide. Meanwhile, budding writers in Primary were put to the test in the Write a Book in a Day Challenge. While there was non-entry practice for teams from Years 1 to 4, the Years 5 and 6 team participated in the national event. They spent 10 hours at school writing and illustrating a 2500-word book. Well done to Toby Chippendale, Sarah Leonard, Amelie Borman and Ben Masnjak (standing); Ryan Glennon, Thomas Wood and Jack Simpson (seated); and Audrey Davidson (absent from image).

Speak Up Year 8 student Juliet Munro (left) won the junior division of the English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition after presenting a polished speech on the topic ‘Making a Difference’. Juliet’s impassioned plea for global girls’ education and confident impromptu speech delivery impressed the judges. Alisia Abdelrazek (right) also participated in the final with her peer, while Hannah Dagwell (Year 9) was selected for the final of the UN Youth Voice, a public speaking competition operated by the United Nations’ Youth movement. We especially commend our Primary students who participated in the MLTAQ Brisbane Japanese Speaking Competition, speaking and answering questions in a foreign language. Eleven CHAC students were selected through audition and all performed admirably on the day. Congratulations to Audrey Davidson (Year 6) and Alexis Tyson (Year 5) who were awarded first places; Tobyn Chippendale (Year 5) for his second placing; and Luke Sivyer (Year 6) and Brydee McClure (Years 3/4) for their thirds. Highly Commended achievements were awarded to Carter Mangan (Year 5) and Years 3/4 students Noah Davis, Sayumi De Silva, Elodie Lee and Eric Lonergan.

Robotics Club

Ben Myatt (Year 9), Naveen Hingorani (Year 8), Oliver Corcoran (Year 9), Luke Pearce (Year 9) and Ethan Gough (Year 10) took their robotics and coding skills to the national finals of RoboCup Junior Australia and were awarded third place in the Rescue Maze Division.

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and ‘a really fun time’ There was much to celebrate about CHAC Sport in 2017, with many major trophies going ‘straight to the pool room’! CHAC was announced the Champion School in no less than four categories, namely Cross Country, Girls’ Volleyball, Boys’ Football (shared) and overall Trimester 3 Champions. Equally note-worthy were third positions on the ladders notched up for Girls’ Touch Football and Boys’ Basketball. In addition, CHAC teams won seven Premiership titles and the Year 7 Girls’ Volleyball team won Gold at the Junior Schools Volleyball Cup. The Sports Captains for

2017 – Flynn Holley and Francesca Symmons-Buchanan attribute the success in part to the One College, One Campus, One Community philosophy. ‘Many of the younger grades enjoyed the lunchtime games that were organised in order to bring year levels and fellow peers together. There was also an extremely large turnout to teachers versus students’ games, which created an enjoyable and humorous atmosphere among students and staff. ‘We saw an increase in supporters at weekend games and our 1st teams on the side lines encouraging the younger teams. The support shown from the older students

was something we were excited to see grow as it had an extremely positive impact on sporting results throughout the year.’ According to Mark Spindler, Director of Sport, ‘CHAC’s success this year was not achieved through ability alone; the attitude, commitment and sportsmanship exhibited by our students throughout the sporting calendar allowed us to maintain our competitive edge and achieve the results we have. Due to this determination, CHAC has become a leading sporting College in TAS’.

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The attitude, commitment and sportsmanship exhibited by our students throughout the sporting calendar allowed us to maintain our competitive edge.’


‘Sport at CHAC had a fantastic Trimester 3, with Football leading the way as joint champions with JPC. This is an amazing achievement and all players are congratulated on the hard work and determination shown throughout the season. Four out of our six TAS teams finished 3rd, with our Year 10 team performing exceptionally well to win the premiership. The 8B team must also be congratulated for winning the GBC premiership.’ Joshua Glass Boys’ Football Captain


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‘The enthusiasm and effort of every team member was unrivalled by any other school, and our depth of ability is what drove us to victory. The pride that CHAC students displayed was evident in every student’s physical and mental endurance during the day. Even when the aching became overwhelming, there were always CHAC students standing on the sidelines offering their encouragement. It should be noted that not only did CHAC win the overall Co-educational Championship, but we also won the Overall Boys and the Overall Girls for the first time.’ Holly Ellis and Cooper Redhead Cross Country Captains

Junior Touch Football ‘In Term 4, Primary teams competed in the Junior TAS Touch Football carnival. All teams played superbly and had a great time, with several teams finishing undefeated!’ Ms Nicole Grima Primary Sport Coordinator

Junior Cricket ‘All teams played exceptionally well and showed great amounts of teamwork and enthusiasm. The sportsmanship that both teams displayed throughout the season was exceptional and CHAC remained enthusiastic at every game, no matter if we won or lost.’ Cameron Butt and Macklin O’Callaghan Junior TAS Cricket


‘All girls put in a great effort, fighting every week for a win and showing their determination in both home and away games. This season, like every other season, was tough and it took a lot of commitment from all teams to fight to the end and take out Overall Champions.’ Erin Dennis Girls’ Volleyball Captain

Junior TAS Football Even if we weren’t winning, every one of us was having a really fun time.’ Charlotte Theil and Lachlan Timms Junior TAS Football

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From being nourished at CHAC, to connecting with the school community through the Past Students’ Association (PSA), to thriving in their chosen fields, our alumni are the personification of the 2017 College theme – Nourish, Connect, Thrive. • Sam Walpole (2010) was awarded a University Medal. An aspiring barrister, Sam Walpole was named one of 10 University Medallists from the UQ Business School, School of Economics and TC Beirne School of Law, having completed his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) with a GPA of 6.929. Sam is currently working as a Judge’s Associate in the Federal Court. • Dr Andrew Barnes (2006) received one of the four UQ Distinguished Young Alumni Awards bestowed this year. Carl Hartmann (2000) was also a recipient which means, strictly speaking, CHAC scooped fifty per cent of the awards! Chris Eigeland (2007) won an alumni award from Griffith University. • Ruby O’Kelly (2011) thrived on stage, as a professional actor, in the Australian Theatre for Young People’s

2017 production of Moth in Sydney. Meanwhile, Isobel Wyatt (2014) is performing at Disneyland Tokyo and Mark Hill (2002) has graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). • Shelby Tillett (2016) has been awarded a Pilot Cadetship with Virgin Australia. ‘As a principal, I could not be happier than to be updated with news of the wonderful career journey that our graduates have embarked upon. We certainly now have an abundance of really committed and fine adult citizens, who are making their mark all around the world. The stellar character of our graduates’ careers is nothing short of inspirational; and it’s so exciting to anticipate the “what next”.’ Robyn Bell Principal

CHAC alumni popped along to the Year 12 uni information evening, to share their stories with students considering similar pathways.

CHAC trivia was amongst the questions posed at the PSA’s inaugural Old School Trivia Evening. The event was a huge success, ensuring its spot on the 2018 events calendar for alumni.

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President of the PSA, Sarah Reedman (2009), conducted a twilight tour of the campus as an appetiser for the Class of 1997’s 20-year reunion the same evening.

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