theEAGLE NEWSLETTER EDITION 2, 24 MARCH 2017
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COLLEGE CALENDAR - FULL VERSION ON WEBSITE Mon 27 MARCH Mon 20-Fri 24
Leader groups and catch up school photos
Thu 23-Tue 28
Year 11 and12 Exam Block
Tue 28-Wed 29 Thu 30
Primary parent teacher interviews Tue: 3:30pm to 7:30pm; Wed: 3:30pm to 7pm Primary and Secondary Cross Crountry
Whole of College Easter Service
Last Day of Term 1
Year 10 Work Experience
Prep Sensational Day p7
Term 2 (9 weeks) APRIL Mon 17
Easter Monday public holiday
First Day Term 2
P and F meeting 7 pm
ANZAC Day College Service
ANZAC Day March (public holiday)
Wed 26-Fri 28
Year 11 Camp
Prep to Year 2 Cross Country 9am to 12pm
Primary Disco 5:30-7 and 7-8:30pm
Year 7 & 8 Term Wrap Ups p9
MAY Mon 1
Labour Day public holiday
P and F Meeting 7pm
Tue 2-Wed 3
Middle School Student Led Conferences
Tue 2-Wed 3
Senior School Parent Teacher Interviews
Prep Mothers' Night 6:30-8:00 pm
Romeo and Juliet at GCC p11
B Boys Softball Winners p17
COVER PHOTO Anna Rivett’s friends feels her new ‘do’. L-R: Faith Angus, Brianna Botterill, Nicole Theunissen, Anna Rivett, and Cerys Richardson (who shaved for a cure in 2016).
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Waxing and Shaving for a cure photo gallery p20
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PRINCIPAL’S ADDRESS P and F Pavers Now that Term 1 is drawing to a close, I hope you have noticed the area in front of our flagpole. This is where all the P and F ‘Buy a Brick’ pavers have been laid and it looks quite exceptional. There was a lot of behind the scenes work to make this happen so I want to thank everyone for their patience and a special thanks to Patti McNulty who was the point person for this project and the P and F for their support. Patti and I were both able to find our family pavers and I invite you to come and take a photo with your bricks next time you are on campus.The pavers have formed a monument that has taken on a special significance on our campus. I have a vision of students a hundred years from now who will gaze upon these pavers and be reminded of the families who supported the College when it was only 16 years old. There are some exciting plans for the money that has been raised by the paver and other initiatives conducted by the P and F in recent times including the purchase of extra oval seating and some really fun playground equipment. Watch this space for more details over the coming months. Primary Leaders’ Induction The Primary Leaders’ Induction was held on Friday 24 February and you can read more about it in Cheryl’s article but I just wanted to mention how proud I am of our Primary students and especially their leaders. There is nothing tokenism about this event; the Primary leaders work very hard and make a huge commitment to their duties as leaders. Over the course of a year, thousands of hours are donated helping younger students and contributing hugely to the family feel of our school. Well done Primary Leaders. Photo gallery here.
School Photos Many of you will remember the email I sent out about the unfortunate hacking of our newly appointed official school photographer – Queensland School Photography. Unfortunately we have since learned that several of our parents were negatively impacted by this fraud. If you paid for school photos with your credit card check your statements and contact your bank if there are any unauthorised transactions. We will be discussing QSP’s security protocols in more detail as soon as possible. Legacy Cup Clean Up Each year we evaluate the activities for Legacy Cup and this was no different. I found myself asking, ‘How meaningful is the Legacy Cup Clean Up?’ and I was given a firm, ‘VERY’ as an answer. Our Primary students take great pride in cleaning the campus and some of them were finding small pieces of litter that I couldn’t even see. Primary Clean Up photos here. Unfortunately (or fortunately) they did such a good job that the some of our Middle School students had a hard time finding much to clean when it was their turn so we will be looking into making some changes for this next year. Middle School photos here. Our Senior students went into the community and did a wonderful job. Our the students take it seriously and do some very yucky jobs out of the limelight. There was a lot of rubbish and even some bikes and trolleys that needed rescuing from various ditches and puddles. I would like to congratulate our wonderful students for their civic mindedness, their servant heartedness and for making this event a success once again. Shaving and Waxing for a Cure The Student Voice did a brilliant job organising this year’s Leukaemia Foundation’s Shave for a Cure. Five brave students raised money to have their head shaved and lined up with various degrees of anticipation. Anna Rivett was the only girl and she gave theEAGLE | 3
up her long golden locks for her grandmother who is a leukaemia survivor.
begin in the Coochin Creek Co-op carpark and everyone needs to be assembled by 9:15am at the latest.
Ewan McPherson delighted in having his hair cut and you couldn’t wipe the smile of his face. Jesse and Casey Woods weren’t too sure what they were in for but stuck it out until the end and Jonathan Eddie was stoic throughout.
The march will exit the Co-op heading down Peachester Road, turn left into Turner Street and then right into Turner Park. The service will begin promptly at 10am. It is often hot so please ensure your children wear sunscreen on the day and have their hats and water with them.
Seven less than brave male staff members were dobbed in to have their legs waxed and I was one of the men with the short straw. We rolled up our trousers in aid of a good cause and some (Bert Kasselman) seemed to relish in the pain while others (David Heyworth, Jarred Pienaar and Brad Hampson) had agony written all over their faces. Well done also to John Vreeling, Gary Havenga, Brad Hampson and Steven Libby who put their best leg forward for a good cause.
This is the last newsletter before ANZAC Day so please put these details in a handy place or type in ANZAC Day in the search bar of our website to call them up when you want to refer to them again.
My only concern was the glee and the excitement on some of the female staff as they prepared to wax the volunteers. Not to name names (Colleen Crase, Michelle Boroughs and Valerie Beattie) but are you sure it is healthy to want to inflict pain on someone? I’ve very proud of our students and their efforts and also want to thank the volunteer hair dressers. From left to right in the back row we have Sandy Ferguson who is Anna’s grandma and the reason why Anna decided to shave, Steph Alksne, Donna Ritchie, and Emma McManus. More photos here. ANZAC Day March We have a proud tradition of supporting the local ANZAC March as a whole College. This tradition is born out of a deep respect and gratitude for our Australian soldiers and what they have done to protect our freedom. I would like to strongly encourage you all to keep this tradition alive by participating in the Beerwah ANZAC Day March. The organisers have worked hard to have everything ready in time for Monday 25 April and are worried that numbers will be down. Let’s not disappoint them. The details are the same as last year in that the march will 4 | theEAGLE
Saturday 20 May seems a long way off but it is only a few weeks after the school holidays. Please put this date in your calendar now as it is vitally important we have as many student leaders and helpers as possible on the day. Our students are the stars of the day and the best advertisement for the College there is. They do a great job as tour guides, participate in Dance, Drama, and Music performances, demonstrate Science experiments, help raise funds for the Fiji mission trip and produce delicious food in Hospitality. All of our current families are most welcome to attend. It is a great family fun day with lots of free activities. Primary families have the opportunity to explore Secondary facilities and classrooms and even participate in experiments and curriculum examples. Secondary students can show their family and friends around the campus and their participation in activities is greatly valued. Easter Last year Easter was right at the beginning of the school holidays and this year it is right at the end. We will be holding our whole of College Easter Service on Friday 31 March from 8:40 to 9:40am. You are all welcome to attend but please be aware that seating is extremely limited so you may have to stand for the whole service. Even though there is another full week of school to go, this is the last newsletter for the term and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe holiday. Whether GCC is a ministry of Glasshouse Country Baptist Church
you are travelling or having a ‘staycation’, I encourage you to take some time out over Easter to celebrate its true meaning with your family. Consider going to your local church or one near where you are holidaying to learn more about why this event is such an important one in the Christian calendar. If you are having trouble explaining the connection between chocolate bunnies and Jesus Christ dying on the cross, there are lots of sites which can help in a child-friendly way. This one is American but it has some good content: https://www.familiesmagazine.com.au/meaning-of-easter/ Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.” John 11:25-26 Mike Curtis, Principal
P AND F NEWS
Mothers’ Day Stall The P and F will again run a Mother’s Day stall, Thursday 11 May. If you can spare a few hours to assist on the day with set up, manning the stall, or pack up at end of the day, please email the P and F. Your help will be greatly appreciated. OR Maybe you would like to help in another way. Do you have any new items you would like to donate that could be used as gifts? Donations can be dropped off at Primary Admin or email the P and F. More ways to help here. Open Day Our College Open Day is Saturday 20 May, 10am-2pm. The P and F will be doing a barbecue and also using our newly purchased coffee trailer. Any help you can give on the day for either the barbecue or coffee trailer, please email the P and F. If you have any questions, ideas, feedback etc. for the P and F, we would love to hear from you. Just send us an email. The next P and F meeting is Wednesday 19 April at 7pm in the College library. Everyone is welcome, so please come along and join us.
AGM As a result of the AGM held last month, the following positions have been filled: • Secretary – Sue Schafer • Treasurer – Patti McNulty
Happy Easter and have a safe break. P and F Executive Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Sue and Patti for taking these positions on for another year. Thank you to our outgoing President, Kate Adam, for her dedication to the P and F and the College community over the last 12 months. The P and F are still looking for a President as this position was not filled at the AGM. If you are interested, or wanting more information on the role of President, you can email: email@example.com What is P and F The P and F (Parents and Friends) facilitates social activities, arranges fundraising to provide additional support for College needs, and assists in the building of the College community. The P and F also support College teachers, staff, children and parents/caregivers. Everyone is welcome to monthly meetings. Dates can be found on the College calendar. Upcoming Events Primary Disco The first disco for Prep to Year 6 students will be Friday 28 April. Save the date. More information will be sent out to our College families in the coming weeks.
The weeks leading up to Easter often cause us to reflect on the events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus’ followers likely felt very lost and alone when their teacher and Lord died on the cross. After the miracle of His resurrection, He spent some time with them before going back to be with the Father in heaven. As they were saying their goodbyes to Him, they were probably wondering, “what happens next?” After being witness to an incredible miracle, were they just to go about their lives like nothing happened? Of course not! Jesus left them with both an encouragement and a mission: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the Earth” (Acts 1:8). His mission was for them to continue the work that Jesus had started, firstly in their city of Jerusalem, then further to the theEAGLE | 5
region of Judea, neighbouring Samaria and to eventually bring the good news to the ends of the earth. And indeed the same words are an encouragement and a mission to believers today. The encouragement; that we are never without God’s presence. The mission; to be a witness to the love and grace of Jesus Christ, that through the work of the Holy Spirit we are empowered to reach out to our own “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth”. That is the inspiration for this years’ fundraising efforts. The funds raised from the pancake breakfast this term was to meet a need in the local community, namely the chaplaincy work at Beerwah State High School. Continuing from Term 2 onwards, we will be looking to expand beyond to a need further and further afield, until we are impacting the world for Christ. With all of your donations we managed to raise an impressive $780. Thank-you to everybody who supported us at the Pancake Breakfast this term and to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped out for a very worthy cause. More photos here. Blessings from Pastors Joc, Fi, Rob and Donna
PRIMARY NEWS Primary Leaders’ Induction Our recent Primary Leaders’ Induction assembly was a wonderful celebration of the personal successes of the students collectively and the challenge to rise up and continue to develop their God given skills and lead in a way that brings honour to themselves, their family and their school. The highlight of this special assembly is always the moment when parents, grandparents or a significant adult pins the leadership badge on each student. It is a very special time when the sense of pride from both students and visitors is almost tangible. Photo shoots, hugs and kisses and broad smiles create such a joyous atmosphere. Our Performing Arts Captains blessed us with musical items and Mr Renat Yusupov held the student body and visitors captivated as he played a number of musical pieces on the cello. We are very proud of our group of leaders for 2017 and we are confident that they will lead the student body admirable throughout the year. Photos from the day can be found here. Legacy Cup Results
UNIFORM NEWS Winter Wear: With the cooler weather just around the corner, winter wear is now selling fast. If you haven’t yet been in to purchase or layby your winter items, please come in SOON. This will help us ensure we have the correct size available for your child/ren. We stock GCC jackets, jumpers, knitted vests, track pants, trousers and tights. Logo Alterations: If you have a maroon knitted jumper or primary jacket which still has the old logo, we can get the new logo embroidered on for you. Please visit the Uniform Shop page on our website and download the Uniform Alteration Request Form at the bottom of the page then drop it into Main Admin BEFORE the end of Term 1. Stephanie McCredie, Uniform Shop Coordinator 6 | theEAGLE
After all the excitement of war cries, sorting out the cleaning equipment gloves, brooms, dustpans, brushes, sponges etc. the school was a hive of industry as students bustled around in small groups cleaning gardens, verandahs, sinks, aluminium tables and chairs and any other items they could find. At the end of the hour the 3 judges brought their scoring sheets back and the results were as follows: GCC is a ministry of Glasshouse Country Baptist Church
• Lower Primary (Prep – Year 2) 1st Ararat; 2nd Sinai; 3rd Zion • Upper Primary (Years 3 – 6) 1st Ararat; 2nd Sinai; 3rd Zion
programmes like Literacy Pro.
There were only a few points between First and Third.
A text will be sent next Monday to remind parents to check their appointment time as these two days at the end of Term 1 are the opportunity to find out how your children are progressing this year.
The students worked so well in their house teams and have a new respect for the cleanliness of their school. One little person in lower primary was overheard saying “We need to keep the school clean all the time now”. Photos from the day here. Harmony Day 21 March 2017 During this week classes have been doing activities to encourage an appreciation and tolerance of people from other cultures. Our own GCC demographic is becoming more and more culturally diverse every year and this creates a wonderful environment for our children to learn about people from other parts of the world and realise that we can learn a great deal from them.
Parent/Teacher Interviews and Student Led Conferences
Remember that there will be child minding on both days to allow parents and Year 3 – 6 students to be able to discuss each child’s learning without interruption. Cheryl Bryers, Head of Primary Sensational Day, a Sensational Time
Bullying Survey To coincide with National Week Against Bullying we conducted our annual bullying survey in Years 3 – 6 on Monday 20 March. All children completed an anonymous online survey at the same time. The results of this survey were pleasing and there were no significant surprises. The value of student voice is most beneficial as we endeavour to keep our school a safe and happy place for all students. Shoes on after School Students playing after school (except for dance students) should continue to wear their school uniform which includes SHOES. Please remember that parents should be supervising all children including little ones under school age so they can play safely – particularly on the playground equipment. Cross Country Thursday 30 March Years 3 – 6 students will be participating in the Cross Country at the Bulldogs Sports Grounds. Please wear Sports uniform on this day. Sharp Reading Professional Development Recently we had another visit from Mr Hilton Ayres from New Zealand who has been working with our primary staff and students over the past three years teaching the skill of comprehension. Mr Ayres will return in Term 3 to continue and monitor the work from his recent visit. We are delighted with the progress in our reading data each year as a result of Sharp Reading and other reading
Prep once again celebrated a sensational day of sensory activities rotating around the classes on 17 March. We participated in a recording to create sound effects for a funny story, made ‘coloured sand’ (salt) bottles, stepped through tubs to feel different things including sticky spaghetti and dry rice, threaded fruit loops, cooked and tasted pancakes, created a cool collage and made a shaker to move and groove to the music with. God gave us our senses to enjoy the world, learn about the world and to stay safe. I know the enjoyment factor was high that Friday. Our grateful thanks to the wonderful parents we have who support us when we undertake such a lot in one morning! Your help is fabulous! Thanks too, to our wonderful Prep students who were delightful to work with! More photos here. Lin Smith theEAGLE | 7
KITCHEN GARDEN NEWS
Our garden has been very appreciative of the rain that fell during the last few weeks. Everything has greened up and is growing at a rapid rate. We have been harvesting some enormous cucumbers and golden zucchini that the master chefs used in this fortnight’s recipe; zucchini slice with cucumber salad (p22 Cooking Creations). We have also been enjoying lots of lovely sweet pineapples from the garden. It takes two years for a pineapple to grow and many of the pines were planted when our current Year 2 students just started Prep - that’s a very long time to wait when one is so young! Many punnets have been potted up with seeds of cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, beetroot and snow peas. We have planted seedlings; red onions, sugar snap peas, beans, capsicum and eggplant into the garden beds. Our corn is also flourishing after the rain. Classes learnt how to distinguish a male from a female flower in the cucurbit family. Cucurbits include cucumbers, zucchini, squash, pumpkin and melons. The female flower is the one with the fruit at the base, the males have a longer stem. The flowers need to cross pollinate with one another in order to fertilize and grow the fruit. We learnt how to hand pollinate our flowers with small paint brushes and the results have been impressive; lots of enormous cucumbers! Many of the children will be disappointed that our term of bug catching has come to an end as this has been a favourite activity in the garden. Students have gained an understanding of the diversity of wonderful creatures that are necessary for a healthy garden to flourish. More photos here. Until next term, happy gardening! The Kitchen Garden Team 8 | theEAGLE
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS This past week we have focused on issues around bullying as well as celebrating cultural diversity and concentrating on recognising social justice issues in other places around the world. These topics go hand in hand. They may be local, one on one problems of individual harassment or on a larger scale, political giants can oppress or turn a blind eye to the plight of people. Ensuring our students are compassionate and wise is important. Cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead observed, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Students have had thought provoking lessons on being positive bystanders and addressing bullying appropriately. They were also privileged to have a presentation from Levi McGrath who shared on the issues of children growing up in war-torn countries in Africa, the plight of refugees around the world and awareness of a program to supply music and sound equipment for remote Indigenous young people living in the Northern Territory. …true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy – (our endeavour is to encourage our students to) think upon these things. Philippians 4:8 The end of the term is coming up quickly. Please mark in your diaries the following important dates for next term. •
Wed 26 April 1.30 – 7:00pm – STEM showcase and Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences for Year 8 Parents Thursday 27 April 1.30 – 7:00pm – FUSE showcase and Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences for Year 7 Parents Year 9 Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences
These are important opportunities to view these programs and meet with your child and their Pastoral Care and Core subject teacher on their school progress. Parents will have the opportunity to book from 1:30pm onwards for a meeting. All other Parent Teacher conferences will be held on the 2 and 3 May. Please remember to email any of your child’s teachers if you would like to discuss any concerns or highlight progress you have noticed. Jacqualina Vreeling, Head of Middle School
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Looking Back on Term 1 in Year 7
Looking Back on Term 1 in Year 8
The Year 7s have been on quite a journey this term settling into new routines, timetables, rooms and getting used to many new teachers and expectations. I’m sure it’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride of excitement and nerves. In the first week, lockers were decorated by Year 11s with lollipops and ribbons to help welcome the students and make them feel more at home. The class settled in, and overall, they have made an excellent start as we have shared some fabulous experiences. Our early days of getting to know each other kicked off on our ‘Launchpad’ day with team building activities, swimming and volleyball games. We explored our new way of learning in FUSE – a combination of subjects Foundations, History, Geography (combined as ‘Understanding Society’) English and also Pastoral Care – in our new open, shared classroom space. Flexibility and choice have characterised the way we do things in FUSE, with students encouraged to take on more responsibility for their own learning. By the time the swimming carnival came around in February, new friendships were developing as we spent time together. We have had guest speakers present on strategies for studying, taking notes and generally on how to handle being in secondary school. We recognised Clean Up Australia Day by rolling up our sleeves and cleaning our little patch of Australia at GCC in our Legacy Cup challenge, we had our formal class photos taken, and we endured immunisations with not too many tears. Now as the term draws quickly to a close the students will be very busy with assessment tasks, demonstrating what they have learned over the weeks of class activities. I encourage them to continue to dig deep, to focus on the task at hand, to be persistent and persevere. As we’ve found out in reading our autobiographies this term, in the words of Bethany Hamilton, “I don’t need easy; I just need possible.” Great possibilities are ahead, starting with our StudentLed Parent Conferences early in Term 2 on Thursday 27 April. These will be run in the style of a museum exhibit with students displaying ‘Who Am I’ in various creative ways. Make sure you save the date now as this will be a showcase of the students’ work in FUSE in Term 1. You will be able to book a specific time on the day from 1:30pm to 6:50pm. I look forward to seeing you all then.
It’s incredible that Term 1 has come to an end…not that I am complaining! Term 1 has been huge for the Year 8 students, teachers and parents. We saw the introduction of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) program, went on camp, participated in the swimming carnival and prepared to run in a cross country. I am tired just thinking about it. Through all this, students have had to complete class work, juggle outside activities and hand assignments in by the due date. It has been a big Term! I would like to congratulate all students on how they have handled these events. I would like to highlight the STEM program that has been an enormous undertaking and has involved a change in mindset by students, parents and staff. At the beginning of the term a lot of students (and teachers) struggled with the whole concept of 90 students in an open style classroom. Many parents, students (and teachers) wondered how it would work. I can honestly say that the teachers have been amazed how the students have adapted. Many students have commented how they like the fact they can work at their own pace, sit where they want and can actually discuss and ask questions to more than one teacher. Having access to our Connect site, where students are able to download lessons and watch help videos on any topic being taught, has given the students a feeling of ownership of their own education. I cannot praise the students enough for their perseverance with this exciting new endeavour. I would like to thank the parents for their support and trust with their child’s education. On behalf of the Year 8 teachers I would like to wish everybody a safe and enjoyable holiday and we look forward to seeing you all next term.
Photos of Year 7 in Term 1 here.
Please remember that Term 2 will be the winter uniform. That means belts and ties for male students.
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SENIOR SCHOOL NEWS It has certainly been a busy term with lots of things happening in the Senior School. There have been some great community activities over the last couple of weeks. On 6 March the Senior School ran its annual Clean Up Beerwah Legacy Cup Competition as part of the CleanUp Australia program. It was fantastic to see our Seniors going around the streets of our community helping to clean them of rubbish. Amongst the piles of rubbish they collected they also found and returned three shopping trolleys and a bicycle. The three houses were judged by staff and the scores were tallied. In third place was Zion and in a tie for first place came Ararat and Sinai. Last week our Senior students in Years 11 and 12 witnessed one of the most powerful docudramas designed to help students understand the importance of safe driving. Our students were briefed as a group and then they made their way to the oval. There they were confronted with a staged motor vehicle accident carefully set up by RACQ to bring home a powerful message to our young people. As the drama unfolded, the actors, who were students of our College, played out their parts and we suddenly realised how sad this situation was. All of a sudden there were sirens as an ambulance and police car rushed onto the scene. Paramedics worked on one of the actors as police breathalysed the others. The driver was arrested and then a hearse arrived to take away the young person who died at the accident site. At this stage our students went back to class where RACQ presenters explored what they had witnessed and the students developed strategies to ensure they are not one of the horrifying statistics that we see almost daily. I wish to thank RACQ, our Ambulance and Police services as well as the undertakers who just happen to be Mrs Bullock’s parents. Mrs Bullock our Year 11 Coordinator did all the organisation for the program and so I especially want to thank her. Finally I’d like to thank our actors Mitchell Baker-Spence, Jordan Bull and Tenaia Owens who really helped bring true meaning to the drama. On 14 March our QUT young Ambassadors participated in a workshop held at the QUT Caboolture campus. For the first part of the workshop 10 | theEAGLE
the students participated in a marketing focus group, where they answered a series of multiple choice questions relating to university, TAFE and school. In the second part they heard from Deborah Fisher. Deborah is a Creative Industries lecturer at QUT’s Caboolture and Kelvin Grove campuses. Entitled ‘she never wears beige’ the presentation is based on Deborah’s own experience as a local Caboolture girl travelling to New York in search of adventure. The National Day of Action against bullying was on 17 March. Our College is fortunate to have minimal bullying however it is always important to help empower students as a group to join together to stand against bullying. All our students were given armbands which they have been allowed to wear all this week to demonstrate visually that we do not accept bullying in our community. As we finish this term and focus on Easter and the amazing message it holds for us of love, sacrifice and forgiveness, I wish you a wonderful Easter break and I look forward to Term 2. I trust our students will use the holiday break to recharge and refocus on their goals for this semester. David Heyworth, Head of Senior School Great Work Year 12 !
Our Hospitality cafe has been running every Friday selling milkshakes and slices. This term it was Year 12’s job to manage the running of the cafe. Some of the profits went to a charity in which the students selected. This term we gave $400 to Destiny Rescue, which was a great effort. More photos here. Julie Peters GCC is a ministry of Glasshouse Country Baptist Church
Agricultural Science News
Romeo and Juliet at Glasshouse Christian College
“Did my heart love till now? Forswear it sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.” Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by William Shakespeare. After many requests and some serious promises of commitment, the Agricultural Science students have taken a leap into the world of cattle and poultry showing. They are learning how to handle Brangus cattle from the Ag Farm and preparing them for the Lead Steer and Heifer competition, and for the Handlers competition at the Maleny show. This will definitely be a first for most of the students, and we are all very grateful for the experience and guidance provided by the Ferris family who are showing us the ropes, quite literally. Many of the students are becoming involved in poultry showing with plans to show our new Dark Barred Plymouth Rocks along with some Silverlaced Wyandottes. Students were treated to direct knowledge about showing poultry from Mr and Mrs Gossow, who are very successful poultry breeders in the Toowoomba region. Students who are more interested in plants and produce are busily planting out seeds and seedlings, and maintaining the vegetable and fruit areas on the plot. Finally, there will be our famous camembert cheese to be made by the Year 10s and a few other new cheese varieties created thanks to the Mrs Peters amazing ability and knowledge. The show committee has also once again requested the Ag Science and Hospitality crew to put on a presentation in the Small Farmers Tent which students will be preparing for, along with providing some community service time on the day to help run some of the show events. There really is something for everyone to be involved in for our local Maleny show and the students are looking forward to an amazing time next term!
Love, love, love… that seems to be the key focus of our Year 10 English students for this term. But it is not without cause. Set in the term in which Valentine’s Day rears its head, our students have been exploring the classic ‘teen’ text ‘Romeo and Juliet’. From performing THE balcony scene, to viewing a modern cinematic version of the play and on to a professional theatre experience, our students have been immersed in the romance, the conflict and the tragedy of this story of ‘love’. But, at the heart of it all (yes, a pun!) and the core of any authentic discussion of love is God’s love for us and His image of human, romantic love – a view that is often starkly different to that of our own. To this end, Robert Maguire (Senior English Teacher) took the Year 10s aside and shared his thoughts on godly relationships. Declaring boldly, that Romeo, in “climbing over the back fence” to woo Juliet, routed the “front door” experience in which a man should approach the lady upon which he has set his heart, through her protectors and carers; her parents. But just like Shakespeare’s message is too powerful for only one performance, this message of authentic, godly and loving relationships could not be contained to just one hearing. Upon discovering this fresh take on an old tale of love, Salt FM radio station met with our very own Glasshouse Bard and shared his message with their Sunshine Coast listeners.
More photos here.
So, as we leave behind the most ‘romantic’ month on the calendar remember that God’s love is not contained in a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates and unlike Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, death was not the end of the story – but an offer of eternal life, with a call for men and women to love each other, just as Christ loved them.
Amanda Gook theEAGLE | 11
Secondary Drama Drama!
PERFORMING ARTS Instrumental Program
The Secondary Drama Club has grown in size for 2017, but what is so great this year is that there is a spread of drama kings and queens across Years 7-12. The students have been busy this term making new friends, extending their knowledge and skills and rehearsing for their first performance for the College Easter Celebration, next Friday. Last Wednesday (Week 9) was the final week of Drama Club for Term 1. Parents and students can look out for an email early Term 2 to know when rehearsals begin for the upcoming competitions. Sonya Kadel GCC ANZAC Service 24 April 2017 The College ANZAC Service will be held on Monday 24 April at 8:30am in the Undercover Area. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. If you would like to lay a wreath at our service, we ask that you please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 19 April for your inclusion in the ceremony.
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FUTURE PATHWAYS NEWS
Considering a Career in Medicine or Dentistry? Are you in Year 12? You need to sit the UMAT (Undergraduate Medical Admissions Test) on 26 July 2017. This is the only date for the year. Registrations are already open and will close on 2 June 2017. Details on how to register can be found here: https://umat.acer.edu.au/register University and Tertiary Pathways Showcase On Monday 27 February our Year 12s attended the annual University and Tertiary Studies Expo at Beerwah State High School. Representatives from Sunshine Coast University, Queensland University of Technology, Australian Catholic University, University of Queensland, Bond University, Griffith University, University of Southern Queensland, Central Queensland University, TAFE QLD East Coast and Defence Force Recruiting made presentations on life at university, financial support and living away from home. The Showcase was a great opportunity for students to explore course options, scholarships and possible pathways. The Defence Force was also on hand to provide the latest information regarding recruitment processes, the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and job opportunities.
for successful studies at QUT in Science, IT, Engineering, Mathematics, Health and Education. This free careers evening provides excellent information for high school students who are considering university studies in STEM fields and want to get ahead in their career prospects. Information on STEM courses, QUT’s admission processes, bonus points and degree-specific assumed knowledge is presented along with comprehensive subject selection information. The evening will also include a mini careers fair with current QUT students from the faculties of Health, Science and Engineering, Education, Business, Law and Creative Industries available to answer questions on degree options and student life at QUT; as well as offering tours of the $230m Science and Engineering Centre. Information sessions • Science degrees presentation (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science and Environmental Science) • Health Science degrees presentation (Exercise, Medical Imaging and Radiation, Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Optometry, Paramedics, Pharmacy, Podiatry and Psychology) • Information Technology degrees presentation • Engineering degrees presentation • Mathematics degrees presentation University of Queensland Presentation at Assembly to Year 11 and 12
We will continue to have guest speakers from various tertiary institutions to assembly, and have our own Careers and University Expo on 3 August 2017 along with the various University Open Days and Expos available throughout the year. Students are, of course, very welcome to pop into the Future Pathways office at any time to discuss ideas and ask questions on possible courses and pathways after Year 12. QUT Information Evening on Subject Selection for STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering and Maths) Careers When: 27 April 2017 Where: This event will be held in Gardens Theatre, X Block, QUT Gardens Point campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane. Time: 4:30pm – 8pm Register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/subjectselection-for-stem-careers-2017-registration-32908617561
Sebastion Marx from the University of Queensland presented a very informative talk to our Year 11 and 12 students on Monday 20 March. Sebastion covered such aspects as how to pick the best course for you, student support, housing, clubs, work/life balance and highlights of each of UQ’s 3 campus’. Sebastion will return in June to talk to our Year 10 cohort on subject selection and fulfilling university pre-requisites and assumed knowledge. He will also be available to talk to and answer any burning questions our Senior students may have at our Careers and Tertiary Study Expo in August.
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University of Sunshine Coast Parent’s Lounge
Small but Loud Voices Have you been to USC’s Parent Lounge yet? This online resource connects parents of high school students on your child’s journey to higher education. Get lots of tips and trick along the way on how to best prepare and support students. Visit www.usc.edu.au/parents and sign up to the newsletter today. School Based Traineeship Vacancy Suncity Travel Caloundra Certificate III in Business Administration – 1x position Type of position: This position is seeking Trainee Administration Assistant for a Travel Agency in Caloundra who is happy to complete administration duties and learn the travel consultant’s role. Also takes initiative, works effectively both independently and within a team. REQUIREMENTS ARE: Must have genuine interest in the work, be punctual, positive, and quick learning attitude. Must be an Australian Citizen/Resident. Genuine interest in this career pathway. Applicants require a Police Check. Must be currently enrolled in Year 10, 11 or 12 for 2017. Benefits of an Apprenticeship: Earn and learn whilst finishing school on the job training: Certificate III in Business Administration. Mentoring and Support if required. How to Apply: See Mrs McKee in Future Pathways. Carol McKee, Future Pathways Office
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Each year to celebrate the Voices on the Coast Literature Festival a book called Small But Loud Voices is published to showcase young writers’ work from across the Sunshine Coast. The anthology is a compilation of poetry, narrative and illustrative works. Entries for the anthology are collected from school students of all ages from across the Sunshine Coast and schools can submit five entries for Primary or High Schools. In 2016 the following students’ work was chosen to be included in the publication. Congratulations to our talented authors whose work has now been published! Copies of Small but Loud Voices are available to borrow from the library. Copies can also still be purchased via this link. Primary Authors: Bella Campbell (Year 1), Matthew O’Shea (Year 1), Archer Palmer (Year 3), Myah Smith (Year 4), Teanna Newell (Year 6). Secondary Authors: From Year 7 – Natalie Beakey, Sam Pollock, Ethan Redpath, Dakota Thomas and Anastasia Sponza. Andrew King Year 4-6 Author Visit We were thrilled to have author Andrew King (http://engibear. com/) join us for the Year 4-6 Primary Author Visit on Tuesday 21 February. Andrew is a Brisbane based consulting engineer with qualifications in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Education. With few engineers in children’s literature, Andrew created Engibear and his friends Engilina and the Bearbot to introduce engineering to children. Andrew works with Sydney based Architect Benjamin Johnston, who illustrates his work. GCC is a ministry of Glasshouse Country Baptist Church
Engibear’s Dream was awarded the President’s Prize at the 2012 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards. Andrew and Ben have now completed their third book, Engibear’s Trains which is due to be released in 2017. During Andrew’s visit students participated in robot design, tower and bridge building and paper plane creations (including landing them on an airport runway). Staff and students were captivated by Andrew’s skills as an engineer and author. They were stretched to think outside the box and to build their teamwork skills in a range of exciting challenges. Throughout the day Andrew recorded the students’ data to showcase their progress and perseverance. Students experimented with ideas and used the design process to create them, with varying success and lots of trial and error! There were certainly some “aha” moments and shouts of joy as designs became a reality and students celebrated success. Photos of Andrew’s visit can be found on the GCCHub Gallery. Here are some of the reflections Year 5 students shared about their bridge building session with Andrew: Kahlia Burton – What did you learn? That when you make your bridge is has to be stable and the right length and height. Jayden Neideck – What can you share about Andrew’s visit? The bridge building really helped me to cooperate better in a team. Caitlin Geldenhuys – What did you learn? That if you put your mind to it you can do it. Sunny Kids Camps (For students aged 7-15) In 2017, the Sunny Kids Camp program is offering two days of awesome creative writing experiences at the Gondor Writers’ Centre in Landsborough on Tuesday 4 April (sold out) and Wednesday 12 April. The cost is $55 per day.
Write Like an Author (For students aged 10-14) Brian Falkner’s Write Like an Author holiday camps allow students a focussed writing time without other distractions. Students are encouraged to focus on producing a story to the very best of their abilities, learning all the skills they need, with one-on-one mentoring. It’s not all work, there are games and other fun activities, all designed to help turn your child into an author. There are Boot camp, Junior and Advanced Camp options. More information can be found at Write Like an Author. To register go to this link. Announcing the Year 6 Regional Readers’ Cup Team We are excited to announce that our first team of Primary students are competing in the Sunshine Coast Year 6 Regional Readers’ Cup. Students have commenced reading five novels and one picture book during an eight-week reading period. They will then compete with other schools at the Regional Competition on Wednesday 17 May at Immanuel Lutheran College. At the competition teams will be asked five heat questions per book.The top four to five scoring teams will proceed to the finals. In the finals teams will be asked 5 more questions per book and 2 tie-breaker questions if required. The winning team then has the honour of competing at the State Competition later in the year. We look forward to seeing our team prepare and compete in May.They are already off to a fantastic start and we wish them all the best. Go GCC! Our Year 6 team includes Meg Jarvis, Amelia Siddans, Mariah Evans, Jessica Roach and Olivia Gregson.
Students will enjoy a full day writing camp with Australian children’s author Aleesha Darlinson, working in a tutorial/ class environment with one-on-one time throughout the day, plus instructions and advice on writing. Each day’s program offers variety in material to keep young minds switched on and learning. There are both elements of writing and drawing involved in each program, with plenty of stimulating discussion, group and individual exercises, plus take home materials. The camps have been designed to allow for longer days so you can get to work early and don’t have to rush back to pick up the kids after only a few hours. Children remain supervised throughout the day. The camp classes are restricted to twenty-five students to ensure maximum benefit for each child. More information can be found at Sunny Kids Camps. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.
Library Weebly The GCC Hub Weebly is regularly updated with information about library programs and events, providing access to research tools and databases essential for learners seeking quality resources. Please note that the GCC Hub is password protected. Students have been given the password to access the GCC Hub and are theEAGLE | 15
welcome to share this with parents/caregivers. Students are encouraged to use the quality educational databases and online research tools available on the GCC Hub to assist them with their learning and assessment. Library Databases We subscribe to the following databases that can be accessed at home and school via the GCC Hub under the iResearch tab: icite/SLASLA online reference generator (Year 4-12) caters for Primary, Middle and Secondary school referencing and is based on the Harvard Author-Date System (abridged). Students simply add the details of a resource into the generator, press create citation, and a reference is generated that they can add to their reference list. More details on referencing can be found at the icite website. EBSCOhost (Year 7-12) is the world’s most comprehensive database for multidisciplinary research. It provides a collection of full-text articles from leading regional and international periodicals, full-text reference books, tens of thousands of full-text biographies and more than one million photos, maps and flags. Articles and searches can be saved to a personal folder for easy retrieval and EBSCO’s citation tool helps students cite sources. EBSCOhost History Reference Center (Year 9-12) contains thousands of reliable history resources, including primary source documents, biographies, photos, maps and more to help students complete their research. Articles and searches can be saved to a personal folder for easy retrieval and EBSCO’s citation tool helps students cite sources. EBSCOhost Science Reference Center (Year 9-12) is a research database with reliable information on thousands of science topics. View science videos, animations, access experiments and find thousands of science images, charts and graphs. Articles and searches can be saved to a personal folder for easy retrieval and EBSCO’s citation tool helps students cite sources. Explora (Year 6+) provides a safe, trustworthy environment for younger students to look up articles and facts for research, class projects or homework. Explora provides students with easy-to-use features and ageappropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books. 16 | theEAGLE
Holiday Reading Holidays are a great opportunity to take a break and dive into a fantastic story or spend some time exploring a topic of interest. There’s time to reread a favourite or discover something new. Students are encouraged to borrow over the holidays and relax with a great book. Secondary students are encouraged to consider selecting something from the growing eBook collection available on our Wheelers eBook Platform. See you in the library, Vanessa McKellar and Beryl Morris,Teacher Librarians
Boys Shine at Sunshine Coast Swimming Championships We have two absolute superstars in the pool! Jaymes Roser and Josh Moore absolutely excelled in the Sunshine Coast Regional Swimming Carnival qualifying for the QLD State Championships in every event they swum in. Jaymes swam in six events and qualified for the State Championships in every event and will also swim in two relays. He swam personal best times in every event so is really swimming well at the moment. Jaymes won the 50m Butterfly, 50m and 100m Freestyle he placed 2nd in 50m Backstroke, 3rd in 50m Breaststroke, 100m Breaststroke and 4th in 100m Backstroke event. Josh swam in four events and also qualified for the State Champs in all his events and will also swim in two relays with Jaymes. Josh placed 3rd in 50m Butterfly, Backstroke, Freestyle and placed 2nd in 100m Freestyle. Jaymes and Josh finished first and second in the 100m Freestyle which was a first for GCC and a very proud moment for our College showing that they certainly are two of the best 11 year old boy swimmers on the Sunshine Coast. Caitlin Moore also swam well, winning and qualifying for the State Champs in the 400m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke. She swam state qualifying times in other events GCC is a ministry of Glasshouse Country Baptist Church
but numbers of qualifiers prevented her from representing the Coast in more events. We are very proud of these swimmers as they have trained hard to gain these results. We wish them all the best for the State Championships and look forward to hearing their results. Amy Trevan, Arno Mens, Carl Burgess, Chloe Turnbull and Jarod Keeble also competed and gained valuable experience at the carnival with some swimming personal best times. Wendy Stott B Boys Winners at Softball
The Girls’ B team were mostly very new to softball and improved with every game they played. They had a mixture of wins and losses and played off for 5th and 6th. They had lots of fun in this last game against Delaney’s Creek and finished 5th overall which was a great result. These students were all great representatives of GCC and played their very best in every game. They encouraged each other and worked really well together as teams. It was great to have lots of parents supporting the teams too and your encouragement was fantastic. Special thanks go to Mrs Selena Robertson and Mrs Kerry Knapp for their help with the A and B boys teams each week. Students are now looking forward to next terms interschool sport which is soccer and netball. Trials will be held in the first few weeks of Term 2. More photos here.
The GCC Boys’ B team Softball team are Glasshouse Champions. Four teams played against other Glasshouse District Schools over the past two Fridays. Our teams showed their skill in both fielding and batting hitting many huge balls and making impressive catches. The Boys’ B team played nine round games and won every game, some comfortably and some after a tight battle where they had to dig deep. This performance put them into the finals where they played Glasshouse State School (GSS) in the final. Our boys batted first getting six home and then got GSS out with only two runs scored to win 6 – 2. This was a fantastic result for a team who were great at batting, pitching and fielding. The A boys teams also played really well with accurate fielding and quick balls to base one getting many batters out. They also qualified for the finals only having one loss to St Michael’s in round play. They were beaten 17 – 7 by St Michael’s College but the score was 7 – 7 at the end of the first innings which was very tight. GCC finished runners up after some great softball and a close game. The A Girls’ team had a great second day of competition finding a way to conquer a Queensland State pitcher and win against her Elimbah team. They just missed out on making the final by one run and played Maleny in the 3 vs 4 playoff. They lost this game and finished 4th overall in a very high quality competition.
Sophie wins Bronze at Little Athletics State Championships Many GCC students represented their clubs at the Little Athletics State Championships last weekend. Sophie Trevan was the only medal winner when she won bronze in the under 15 girls’ High Jump event. Sophie jumped particularly well in this competition and jumped a new personal best height of 1.51m beating her old mark by 4cm. Amy Trevan also jumped well and placed 4th jumping 1.40m in the under 12s High Jump. Jacob McGilvray also placed 4th in his under 10s hurdles after competing in 4 other events! Molly McCaughey, Macauly King, Aiden McKellar, Lainey Grieve, Cassidy Ferris, Stephanie Ferris and Lachlan McGilvray also competed and placed mid field in their events and were proud to be competing at state Championships. theEAGLE | 17
Nicole, Chelsea and Lilli-Jean – Sunshine Coast Champions in Softball
There are a total of 754 matches of netball with 80 matches played per night! It is a great atmosphere on a Monday night. A huge shout out to Deb Gisler who has been coaching these girls for years now and has been responsible for taking the girls down to the Monday night comps! Thanks Deb! Our GCC Sport is able to grow when we have passionate and keen help from our community. The girls have played four matches and so far the results are as follows. It’s worth mentioning that the girls are in A-reserve Division (the second highest division) so it’s a very tough competition. The girls are doing an outstanding job! Keep up the excellent Netball girls!
Five girls qualified for the Glasshouse District Softball teams which competed in Redcliffe at the Sunshine Coast Regional Championships. Nicole Morris, Chelsea Lewis and Lilli-Jean Cruise all played in the senior team and won the regional title. They won every game comfortably and were undefeated in the entire competition with only two runs batted in against them. They faced Caboolture in the final and won 11-1. What a record! Chelsea was named the Most Improved Player in the Senior Team after the coaches noticed big improvements to her throwing and catching technique during training and in the competition. Olivia McKenzie and Lara Korczynski were in the Junior team which was quite young and less experienced but played great softball also. They finished first after the round robin portion of the carnival with two draws and four wins from six games. They faced Nambour in the final and were defeated 8-3. Olivia McKenzie was given the Coach’s Award for the way she acted on advice given to her. She always listened and applied skills to her game. Senior GCC Eagles Netball Happenings
Game GCC Eagles VS Mountain Creek State High GCC Eagles VS Suncoast Red GCC Eagles VS NSC GCC Eagles VS Chancellor Park
Outcome 22 – 26 Loss
Player of the match Tenaia Owens
18 – 22 Loss
34 – 21 Loss 27 – 27 DRAW
Caitlyn Smith Tegan Gisler
Senior Sport and Recreational Activities In Term 1, the Senior Sport and Recreational classes participated in our Rock Climbing practical unit. This involved our classes travelling off campus weekly to ‘Rock It’ climbing gym located at Kawana where they were taught, coached and challenged in their rock climbing abilities. During Week 7, all three classes went on a full day rock climbing and abseiling excursion at Mt Ngun Ngun as a culmination of their practical assessment for the term. It was an awesome opportunity for students to transfer their knowledge and skills that they had learnt in the six weeks prior into an authentic and unpredictable real life recreational setting.
This year is an exciting year for GCC Netball with our Senior GCC Eagles having entered a massive Monday night competition at Fisherman’s Road Maroochydore. There are 157 teams from 23 different schools in this competition. 18 | theEAGLE
The students were challenged in their problem solving skills, their communication skills and their practical rock climbing skills. We hope the students know how blessed and fortunate they are to have incredible opportunities like this at GCC. See all the stunning photos here. GCC is a ministry of Glasshouse Country Baptist Church
Independent District Volleyball Team
GCC Volleyball players dominate the recently selected U15 Sunshine Coast Regional team. Out of nine selected players, GCC have six that have been included in the final squad. This team will participate in an upcoming Queensland regional competition. From this competition a Queensland State team will be selected. Number 22 14 20 10 15 5 19 4 8
Name Patrick McKenzie Bakani Kombani Mackenzie Still Bailey O'Brien JD Theron Ronan Martin Oliver Swensen Lachie Moore Tom Lunt
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Fantastic Effort at District Swimming Carnival I am very proud of all our swimmers who represented GCC at the Glasshouse District Swimming Carnival. The team finished in second place behind Maleny SS which was a fantastic effort especially considering we did not have Jaymes Roser and Olivia Mckenzie competing. We have eight students selected to represent the Glasshouse District at the Sunshine Coast Swimming Carnival soon. The team supported each other well and won many ribbons. Josh Moore set three new records and was 11 Boys Age Champion and Chloe Turnbull was Runner Up Age Champion for 10 Girls. More photos here.
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Shaving and waxing for a cure! What spectacular fun and all for a good cause!
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