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College Newsletter Issue 15 / Friday 21 October 2016

Love  Integrity  Faith  Empowerment

My last Term ever!

Well at Charlton at least. Who knows what God has in store for me? While I’m so sad to be leaving my school home after so many years, I am delighted with the new Principal, Mark Ash, who spent some time with us at the end of last term. He is a good man and a capable one. Please pray for him as he discovers more about Charlton and all of the good things it represents. Please pray also for him to find a suitable home in the local area. House hunting is hard enough as it is, but even more difficult when you are trying to manage it from distant Queensland. We were glad that Mark was able to be with us when we interviewed for the new Head of Senior School. We are currently in negotiations with suitable applicants for this key role. We will let you know as soon as the person is appointed.

being made which reflect your observations. But as I keep saying: if we don’t know, we can’t fix it! Be good communicators. Our new LMS (Learning Management System) is called HQ. This is replacing My Big Campus. This term, Senior School teachers will begin implementation in their classrooms, particularly with HSC classes. Other teachers will begin to use it from 2017 onwards. HQ will allow for better communication between all members of the College community. As parents, you will be provided with more and more information about what Assessments are due and when they are due. You will have access to emails to staff and receive updates from the teachers as well. Marketing will also develop HQ as a conduit for Newsletters and other information to help to keep you well informed. Teachers are receiving training in its use on a regular basis.

Term Four is always a big term. HSC Exams commenced last Thursday which is a time of Thank you too for completing the Surveys which stress and strain for students and their parents. were sent out. They were totally independent of One of the great benefits of the Focused HSC the College and none of the comments could be connected to a particular person. We will be using which we use at Charlton is that our students only sit for three exams in any one year, rather the data and the annotations to inform the new than the regular five or six exams which Strategic Plan which Mr Ash will develop with traditional HSC requires. That is a significantly the College Board. I’m sure you will see changes

lower stress threshold for all concerned. Our students are also well prepared for life at Uni and TAFE where learning is semesterised or one subject is studied over one year. Breaking the year up into five or six subjects over two years is not considered to be good learning practice. Term Four is also reporting term, so students and teachers are busy completing and marking assessments and assignments as well as final exams. It’s a heavy load all round. Please ensure your older students are well organised in advance for learning and are putting in the appropriate hours to ensure successful learning outcomes. You don’t achieve 90% with an hour a night’s study. You don’t get to improve on your Personal Best if you don’t put in the required hours of study and practice. And then comes Christmas! It will rush up on us. Make sure that you make the most of every day with your children, your partner and your extended family and friends. Love them extravagantly and generously. “Let your attitude be that of Jesus Christ.” He was a humble and generous man/God who loved us extravagantly even unto death. Let’s have another great term.

Sue Skuthorpe

Philippians 2:3-5 From our Chaplain Matt Stackhouse!

A thought for the week

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. (NLT)

Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. One of the reasons that it is important to understand that we have been made by God is that it is the only way we fully understand our identity as human beings. For most people, the motive to succeed in life comes with a deep desire to “prove” oneself to the world. Success so often becomes the thing that gives them value. The problem is that this illusive definition of success changes so often! As we explore the cornerstone of empowerment this term we will ask the question of what are we empowered to do? The Bible shows us that the answer to this comes from the knowledge that human beings have intrinsic value because we are made in the image of God; we are image bearers. No matter how broken or hurting, debauched or evil a human becomes we still bear the image of a good God. God’s intended design for all humanity was to live in the knowledge of his love and character. We are made to know our maker and He is indeed worth knowing.

From our


Year 12 Formal

On the evening of Thursday 22 September, Year 12 attended their Formal. This event marked the completion of their time with us. This year’s Formal was at Fort Scratchley, with stunning views out over the Pacific Ocean. Students began arriving from 5pm onwards, many making quite an entrance in a variety of prestige vehicles, such as stretch limo’s, V8 muscle cars, Ferrari and beautifully maintained vintage Holdens. Every one of our students looked stunning, beautiful gowns and accessories, stylish suits and the boy’s often matched their tie’s colour to their Formal partner’s gown colour. Much thanks and appreciation needs to be extended to Rose Dekeyzer and Julie Hayworth, who assisted with the table arrangements and chair sashes for the evening. The Formal is a great opportunity for Senior Teacher’s to wish the students of 2016 every success for the future. It’s been a pleasure Year 12 and we wish you every success during your HSC exams.

JUNIOR SCHOOL Wed 26/10  Pl@yschool at Toronto Park Thurs 27/10  Grandparents Day PRIMARY SPORT Fri 28/10  Year 3 & 4 Milo Cricket

Darwin Mission Trip!

MIDDLE SCHOOL Fri 4/10  FUEL Wed 9/11  Year 7 immunisations SENIOR SCHOOL Fri 4/11  HSC Exams Finish Tue 8 - Fri 11/11  Year 11/12 Camp Mon 5-Fri 9/12  Year 9 Work Experience

Our Middle Sschool Mission Team spent seven days of their holidays in Darwin where they served the local churches, the indigenous community and learnt a whole lot about the diverse cultures which make up the nation of Australia. They also took in some of the amazing sights located within the NT and swam in many beautiful natural settings.

SECONDARY SPORT 27/10  Softball Gala Day 2017 SCHOOL TERM DATES TERM 1  1 February - 7 April 2017 TERM 2  26 April - 30 June 2017 TERM 3  24 July - 22 September 2017 TERM 4  9 October - 12 December 2017

Congratulations! Terangimarie Moanaroa recently competed in the National School Sport Swimming Championships in Darwin. Her results were outstanding! 5th in 50m fly, 6th in 100m breaststroke, 7th in 200m Medley and 8th in100m fly. We are super proud of you Terangimarie!

Opal Card RENEWAL! All students in Yr 2 and Yr 6 this year (2016), who travel by train or bus, now need to reapply for their 2017 OPAL card. Please go to to re-apply then bring the printed application to the Student Services office to be endorsed and mailed to Transport NSW.

JS Mission Trip

Our Mission Team arrived home from the Philippines last weekend, exhausted but incredibly thankful for the life changing experiences they had. Students, staff and parents thoroughly enjoyed their time working with the Safe Haven Children’s Home, visiting the Charlton Feeding Program in the Payatas Rubbish Tip and experiencing the world in ways they never imagined. Many on the trip commented that although they had heard stories and seen pictures of the poverty in the Philippines, it was so very different when they actually experienced it first hand, smelt the smell, felt the heat, met the people and embraced the Filipino children. Such beautiful friendships were formed between our students in Year 4 and Year 5 and the children from Safe Haven. Our young students realised that despite ‘your story’- regardless of skin colour, whether rich or poor, or where you were born all children are made in the image of God and crave love, family and friendship. It was beautiful to watch our Charlton students playing with, and loving upon the precious Safe Haven children who come from backgrounds of severe poverty, neglect and abandonment. It was also a blessing for us to bless those living in the rubbish tip, with bags of rice and groceries. Thank you to those in our College community who assisted us with our fundraising efforts and prayed for us while we were gone. While we will never be able to solve the issue of world poverty we certainly can (and did) make a difference in the life of some people, and forever changed the worldview of those on our Charlton team.


CAREERS INFO With employers looking for well-rounded employees who can demonstrate a range of soft skills, we have developed three School Leaver FEE FREE taster courses in: • CAREER GUIDANCE: Job seeking, resume, interview and career skills • MS WORD AND EXCEL: Word and Excel computer skills • FRONTLINE CUSTOMER SERVICE: Customer service skills Two enrolment sessions: Thursday, 27/10/16 AND/ OR 8/12/16, from 4-5pm at Newcastle Campus, Tighes Hill. With email registration required to receive room location details for each session, sent to

School Leaver FEE FREE Tasters

Choose from one or all School Leaver FEE FREE Taster short courses starting in November or December 2016, but only for a limited time! The FEE FREE School Leaver Tasters are 2 day accredited workshops, with two start dates to choose from in November or December 2016. For eligibility you need to have finished school by the enrolment date.

Enrolment Details

Course Dates:

Friday 4 and 18 November, 2016 - 9.30am to 3.30pm OR Friday 16 December 2016 and 20 January 2017 - 9.30am to 3.30pm

MS Word and Excel Fundamentals • Develop skills in creating simple word documents - layout of your resume and cover letter • Learn how to use Excel spreadsheets including formulas and charting Course Dates:

Thursday 10 and 24 November 2016 - 9.30am to 3.30pm OR Thursday 15 December 2016 and 19 January 2017 - 9.30am to 3.30pm

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12 step checklist for amazing customer service Understand how to communicate clearly and deal with a range of customers

Course Dates:

YOU MUST REGISTER, to attend Option 1 or 2 session, via email to YOU MUST THEN ATTEND, a Compulsory Information and Enrolment Session at Newcastle Campus, Tighes Hill, to secure your place. • Option 1: Thursday 27 October 2016, at 4-5pm for November short courses. • Option 2: Thursday 8 December 2016, at 4-5pm for December/January short courses.

Contact Details For further information please contact:

Leanne Cherry

Frontline Customer Service

Tuesday 8 and 22 November 2016 - 9.30am to 3.30pm OR Tuesday 13 December 2016 and 24 January 2017 - 9.30am to 3.30pm

4923 7755 leanne.cherry1 BR16207-V1-290816

Google Hunter TAFE

Call 131 225

A huge thank you to everyone who supported Scholastic Book Club this year. Through your purchases we earned over $1600 in reward points which will enable us to purchase new library resources and teaching materials for the classroom!

I walk on stilts!

Staff Spotlight What is your role at Charlton Christian College? I work on the front desk at our Student Reception

*This training is fully subsidised by the NSW Government. You must meet eligibility criteria for training subsidised by the NSW Government. Fee-free courses are based on qualifications listed on the 2016 NSW Skills List, and have been developed to provide employment outcomes or lead to further study. Provider 90002 TAFE NSW Hunter Institute. See website for full program details.

• Create your own resume and cover letter skills and master your interview skills • Develop your own personal job search action plan

Completed forms along with payment must be handed in to the College office by Thursday 27October.

Mrs Sonia Charlton

Administration, Business, Library & Real Estate

Have you finished or just about to complete school? Looking to enhance or learn essential soft skills for work or study?

Career Guidance

The last Scholastic Book Club catalogue for 2016 has arrived and was handed out to all Junior and Middle school students last week. Catalogues are also available from the College library and Reception.

Connect with us

What are your qualifications? Certificate 3 in Business Administration Current interests and passions? Snorkelling, Kayaking, swimming, walking on the beach and looking at the ocean. What do you love about working at Charlton? I love being with lots of people all day and I love getting to know the students and having a joke with them What do you do to unwind? Walking, reading, go to the beach Favourtie Food? Toffee Apples What’s something people may not know about you? I can walk on stilts!

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College Newsletter Issue 15 / Friday 21 October