College News

Thursday, 25 May 2017 23:26

The Pod – A Point of Difference

Further to Dr Sly’s newsletter article for this week, there is still an opportunity for families and any other members of the College community to get involved and make a voluntary donation to the College Building Fund, towards this wonderful, future focused and unique building project.  Take advantage of the 30 June tax deadline and claim on your 2016/17 Tax Return.

For details please see the Appeal Brochure which can be found on PASSMARC or by clicking here

The Pod Building Prospectus

To get a feel for what is coming, we are pleased to present to our College community a short graphical fly-through of The Pod, highlighting some of the key elements, including the Imaginarium, which is a full 360o immersive learning room.  This 3D render will hopeful show you how amazing this building will be.

This future focused facility will provide our students from the Early Learning Centre, and Primary from Preparatory to Year 6, with amazing opportunities to learn and grow.

Check it out!  Click on the image.

Click here to see The Pod at CAC

PRESCRIPTION FOR SUCCESS

After graduating from the College in 2012, Caitlin Low commenced a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science at Griffith Uni.  In addition to her studies, Caitlin worked at a local chemist and at the new Gold Coast Private Hospital as a Pharmacy Technician.  She also spent two years on an organising committee for the NAPSA Congress held at Griffith in 2015, hosting 250 pharmacy students representing 19 pharmacy schools across Australia.

 

In 2014, Caitlin travelled overseas to volunteer at a medical centre in Cambodia as well as helping at a school and orphanage.  “It was a fantastic experience, and I have since travelled to Thailand, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Ecuador and Peru.”

 

After graduating from her Bachelor degree in 2015, Caitlin continued her studies with a Master of Pharmacy at Griffith and has been adding to her impressive resume by participating in a working group for young pharmacists with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, organising educational and networking events.  After graduating from her Masters in July this year, Caitlin is excited and honoured to have been offered a position at the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital as a Pharmacist Intern.

 

Congratulations Caitlin, your achievements to-date are well-deserved and we wish you every success with your future pharmaceutical career.

 

Caitlin Low

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 23:38

Head Lice - We are not selective!

We love every single one of you!

 

There are few things are more annoying and difficult to get rid of than head lice, they are universally loathed, despite the medical view that they are little more than a nuisance.

Despite the irritation and frustration that accompany a head lice infestation, many of us take some comfort in the knowledge that lice only like to nest in clean hair. But do they?

There is no medical evidence to support the theory that head lice prefer to live in clean hair, nor is there research to suggest lice prefer dirty hair. The underlying message is that head lice occur in all hair, clean or dirty.

 

Can Head Lice be prevented?

 

It may be difficult to prevent head lice from spreading among children, but the following are some steps you can take to help keep lice away:

  • Ask your child not to share combs, brushes, hair ties and ribbons
  • Ask your child not to try on/use/loan hats that belong to other children 

 

What are the signs of head lice?

 

Because lice move very fast, they are not always easy to see. Here's what you can watch for:

  • Frequent scratcing
  • Small red bumps on the scalp, neck and shoulders
  • Lice eggs, also called nits, which look like tiny, oval shapped, white or clear dots. Nits usually stick at an angle on hair shafts.

If you think someone in your family has head lice, it's best to check everyone in the family.

 

Frequently asked questions

 

Where do head lice come from?

Head lice have been around for thousands of years. As with any insect, they learn to adapt to their environment in order to survive. We are never going to be completely rid of them, but we can make managing them easier.

Do head lice fly or jump?

Head lice do not have wings so they cannot fly. They can't jump because they do not have ‘knees'.

So how do head lice move around?

Head lice CRAWL very fast and require head to head contact for transmission. It is possible that because of the way young children play, head lice are seen more widely amongst primary school children than adolescents or adults.

Do head lice live in carpets, clothes, hats or sheets?

No. Head lice very rarely fall from the head. They require blood to survive. Head lice feed 3-4 times a day and without blood, will dehydrate in 6 hours in a dry climate and 24 hours in a humid climate. An egg requires warmth to hatch and is the reason why they are laid close to the scalp. The further away from the scalp, the less likely they are to survive.

 

What treatment kills 100% of head lice or eggs?

There is no single treatment that kills 100% of head lice or eggs. Speak to a pharmicist, whichever treatment you choose it can take time and persistence to get rid of head lice.

How does the conditioner and comb method work?

It's a very cheap and effective way of finding head lice. Hair conditioner does not kill lice, but it does stun them for about 20 minutes, meaning they do not move around, and it is difficult for them to hang on. This gives you time to comb through the hair with a lice comb.

Why do you have to treat again in seven days' time?

Head lice eggs take 6-7 days to hatch. And when you treat, it's easy to miss an egg or two. By treating again in seven days, you are aiming to kill and comb out any lice that have since hatched from eggs, which were missed.

Should I treat everyone in the family?

It is important to check each family member, using conditioner and comb, for head lice but only treat those with live lice.

What should I wash or treat at home?

As head lice only live for a short time off the head, the only extra cleaning needed is to wash the pillowslip on the hot cycle or place in clothes dryer. Head lice combs can be cleaned in water hotter than 60 degrees.

Why does my child keep getting re-infected?

Re-infection is the least likely reason for head lice returning in a week's time. If eggs do not die, or were not removed during the original treatment they may hatch and the lifecycle occurs all over again. To break this lifecycle you must re-treat (regardless of treatment method) seven days after the first treatment and continue with weekly checking.

 

Help Nurse Brown

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:12

The PE Geek Workshop

On Monday, members of the Secondary HPE faculty spent the day with Jarrod Robinson (aka, The PE Geek) with the focus on technology use in the HPE Curriculum. This was a major coup for the College as we were the host of 33 HPE teachers from Brisbane and Gold Coast schools. We were excited to show case what we do at Coomera Anglican College as a HPE faculty, particularly in terms of best practice and the use of cutting-edge technology.


The use of Technology in HPE is a major 2030 project for our faculty. Although we have been making good progress in modifying our current pedagogy, the session spent with Jarrod opened our eyes to the many more possibilities available. We have really only been scratching the surface of what can be achieved.


We currently have a class set of 30 ipads for exclusive use in HPE and with Jarrod’s work we are very much aware of how what we do in HPE can be modified and many instances, redefined. This is especially the case in giving students immediate feedback and allowing closer, more personal analysis of their own performance in a practical setting.


We look forward to implementing the many ideas and in turn give our students greater opportunities to improve their learning outcomes in HPE.  


Thank you to Warren McMahon and Andy Griffiths for their assistance in setting the AV for the day.

 

PE Geek

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:10

Student Sporting Achievements

Congratulations to these students who have been selected in the following teams:

 

Alana Chessum - Hinterland District U/15 Girls Football Team

 

Congratulations also to Cameron Cubit (Yr.12) who recently competed in the 2nd Round of the MTBA – Mountain Bike Australia National Gravity Enduro Series at Mt Stromlo in Canberra ACT.  The race was made up of 5 timed special stages travelling approximately 30km, climbing about 900m over 3 and a half hours. Cameron finished the day on the podium in 2nd position in the National Junior Men Category.
Well done Cameron!

 

 


Dear Parents, Staff and Students
Mark Sly1

 

This has been another busy week for students beyond the normal classroom activities. Selected Primary and Secondary students participated in the Da Vinci Decathlon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. These extension activities enable students to explore problem solving at a high level among like-minded students from a range of schools. Special thanks to Mrs Lyon, Mrs Ayton, Mrs Shuttlewood and Mrs Watson for their work with these students during the year. It was great to hear that the Year 9 team were awarded first in the state for the category Creative Producers and Second for Engineering. The Year 10 team also placed first in the Creative Producers category. The Primary team came third in the state in the Code Breaking Division. I look forward to hearing the results of the Year 7 and 8 teams later today. Congratulations to all involved.

 

Meanwhile students from Years 7-11 have engaged in the One World Wontok Poverty and Development Student Conference, held at our College on Tuesday. This conference, run by Australian Board of Mission, provided a service opportunity for students as they looked at ways to assist those less fortunate than ourselves.  Service is becoming a serious focus for us as we move towards fulfilling our Purpose of Inspiring Excellence in Service among other things.

 

Year 9 students were also provided with an opportunity to attend the yLead Altitude Day on Thursday. This day equips students with some valuable skills as young leaders. The lessons that students take way from days such as this, reinforce the idea that leadership is an ongoing process. People are not born leaders, but have to develop those skills and work hard at becoming and remaining meaningful leaders. Students learn that there are many ways to lead your peers, and different styles of leadership are needed for different situations. While most leaders have a preferred style, it is important to understand that all leadership styles have their strengths and weaknesses and can have positive or negative effects according to how and when they are used. We are developing a very strong leadership programme across the College as students prepare for and take on leadership roles at Years 6, 9 and 12.

 

On Tuesday evening Rev Mary-Anne presided over the Smith House Worship in the Ivan Gibbs Centre. These special occasions enable all members of each House to come together to celebrate the unique qualities of their House and to give thanks for the House Patrons. Mr Ian Smith assisted the Diocese in locating the land upon which our College is built. He worked alongside the other House Patrons Ivan Gibbs, Richard Morris and Rod Lane to establish our College. Mr Smith has been a wonderful supporter of Coomera Anglican College and Smith House in particular over the last 20 years. He experienced some ill health earlier this year, and we wish him well in his recovery.

 

Progress of The Pod is continuing slowly with the ground floor slab being poured today. Once the slab is completed we expect to see more noticeable progress. Like all buildings, getting the foundations right is most important. The integrity of the building depends on having good foundations. There were many services that had to be relocated and redirected around the footprint of The Pod, and that is why this initial stage has taken so long. We are still offering parents the opportunity to contribute to the project, and with the end of the financial year coming quickly, you may wish to make a tax deductible donation to the building fund. Further details will be sent out shortly.

The Pod Concrete Pour.png

 

I have also attached a link to the Cyber Bit newsletter from the Anglican Schools Commission. This provides good tips and information for parents and students and has some links to handy resources.

Cyber Bit - Anglican Schools Commission - May 2017

 

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

The CAC Tech Bootcamp is back for the mid-year break!

 

Only 20 places available for the Bootcamp.

 

Dates:              19 to 21 June

Time:               8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Location:         Primary Computer Lab and College Makerspace

Age groups:    Year 4 to Year 9 (CAC students only)

Cost:                $150 inc GST per student

 

Activities include:

  • Minecraft

  • 3D CAD and printing

  • ROBLOX Studio development

  • Sphero Robots

  • Virtual Reality

  • Sport

  • Exercise

  • MaKey MaKey creations

  • Coding

  • Ozobots programming

Please click here to register an expression of interest.


Mr Jorgensen - eLearning

Thursday, 18 May 2017 22:51

Student Sporting Achievements

Congratulations to these students who have been selected in the following teams:

 

Sam Davidson – Hinterland District U/15 Boys Basketball Team

Colby Twidale - Hinterland District U/12 Boys Touch Team

Jack Pearce - Hinterland District U/15 Boys Football Team

Ebony Taylor - Hinterland U/15 Girls Football Team

Ella Goodman - South Coast Open Girls Football Team

Imogen Noon - South Coast Open Girls Football Team

Jasmine Warpenius – South Coast Open Girls Softball team

Hayden Jones – Hinterland District U/12 Boys Tennis team.

 


Dear Parents, Staff and Students
Mark Sly1

 

This week our Cross Country teams attended the APS carnivals at Runaway Bay and produced excellent results. The months of training and commitment by students have enabled our Primary team to finish in second place and our Secondary team to finish fourth in the aggregate and a very narrow second (by four points) in the percentage trophy. These results are even more impressive given some last minute team changes due to injury and illness of some athletes. While we had some outstanding individual results on the day, the key to our success was the consistent performance across all athletes. The depth of our team has been enhanced by the specific training and general fitness of our students. Congratulations to all students involved, and also sincere thanks to Mrs Taylor who has coordinated the training programme. She has been well supported by Allie Cook, Belinda Stephen, Tom Batty and Graeme Kirkpatrick. Some impressive results include:
 

Age Group Placings Individual Top 10 finishers 6th 12 years Saffron Williams
    1st 12 years Dylan Devine
1st 9 years girls 2nd 9 years Zara Courtney 7th 12 years Llewellyn Coetzee
3rd 10 years boys 3rd 9 years Isabelle Houghton 1st 15 years Mackenzie Cullinane
3rd 11 years girls 4th 9 years Maddison Cooke 10th 16 years Zoe Ayers
3rd 12 years girls 1st 10 years Daniel Prinsloo 1st 16 years James Murray
2nd 12 years boys 2nd 11 years Haru Steele 7th 16 years Lachlan Devine
3rd 14 years boys 10th 11 years Caitlin Brown 3rd Open Rachel Pieszko
2nd 16 years boys 9th 11 years Hayden Jones 8th Open Tayla Cornish
2nd Open girls 5th 12 years Bowie Hawke 10th Open Charlotte Brown

 

Congratulations also to all performers in the Primary Show us your Talent Spectacular held on Tuesday evening. We are blessed with talented students in our College and Tuesday’s concert confirmed that once again. Thank you to Mrs Bissett who organised the concert and to all the music tutors who have worked so hard to prepare the students. The Performing Arts are very strong in our College.

 

On Tuesday morning I was privileged to assist in judging our Year 10 MasterChef competition. The array of impressive dishes and the high quality of food created by the Food Technology students was excellent. Many have no doubt been inspired by a number of cooking shows on television. Congratulations to all budding chefs and to Ms Knowles and her assistant Ms Harding for their work with the students. This is a huge undertaking that was obviously enjoyed by all involved.

 

I am continually impressed by the talents and positive approach of our students. For many years we have been working on the idea of developing a growth mindset, where students see learning opportunities in all their attempts at various activities and tasks, whether they are successful or not. In fact I saw in one classroom this week a poster which stated that FAIL stood for First Attempt In Learning. With the changing nature of society and the future of work, this approach will hold our students in good stead for a successful future. Thank you for encouraging your children in the same way at home. The consistent message for students is paying positive dividends.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Congratulations to both Primary and Secondary APS Cross Country teams who competed in the APS Cross Country carnival on Tuesday. After many months of hard training, both teams achieved their best ever results in this competition. The Primary team placed 2nd in the Aggregate trophy while the Secondary team placed 4th in the Aggregate trophy and 2nd in the Percentage trophy.  This was a tremendous team effort for all our runners and was a fitting reward for all their hard work. The major highlights for both teams include:


Age Group Placings

 

1st  - 9 Years Girls
2nd  - 12 Years Boys
2nd  - 16 Years Boys
2nd  - Open Years Girls
3rd  - 10 Years Boys
3rd  - 11 Years Girls
3rd  - 12 Years Girls
3rd  - 14 Years Boys


Individual Top 10 finishers

 

1st  - 10 Years Daniel Prinsloo
1st  - 12 Years Dylan Devine
1st  - 15 Years Mackenzie Cullinane
1st  - 16 Years James Murray
2nd  - 9 Years Zara Courtney
2nd  - 11 Years Haru Steele
3rd  - 9 Years Isabelle Houghton
3rd  - Open Rachel Pieszko
4th  - 9 Years Maddison Cooke
5th  - 12 Years Bowie Hawke
6th  - 12 Years Saffron Williams
7th  - 12 Years Llewellyn Coetzee
7th  - 16 Years Lachlan Devine
8th  - Open Tayla Cornish
9th  - 11 Years Hayden Jones
10th  - 11 Years Caitlin Brown
10th  - 16 Years Zoe Ayers
10th  - Open Charlotte Brown


Congratulations to the following students who have now been selected to represent the Hinterland District at the South Coast Trials in June:


Daniel Prinsloo, Dylan Devine, Haru Steele, Saffron Williams, Mackenzie Cullinane, Bowie Hawk, Rachel Pieszko, Tayla Cornish, James Murray, Charlotte Brown, Lachlan Devine, Cameron Cubit

Finally a huge thanks to our dedicated coaches, Mrs. Taylor, Alli Cooke, Ms. Kuhnemann, Mr. Batty and Mr. Kirkpatrick who spent many hours developing our Cross Country runners.

 

Special mention to Mrs. Taylor for all her work organizing the Cross Country teams and planning their training sessions.

 

Well done Coaches!

APS CC Collage

Mr Anthony Hall - Head of Sport


How can you throw a ball as hard as you can and have it came back to you even if it doesn’t hit anything, there is nothing attached to it and no one else catches or throws the ball?
Here are some upcoming science events which might appeal to you.


1.    UQ St Lucia Campus Tours

These tours are a perfect way for future UQ students to become familiar with the campus. Guided tours can be booked from the 6th of March to the 30 of October 2017. To book a guided tour visit UQ’s Future Students website
Another opportunity to get to know UQ is through their open days. The St Lucia campus open day is on the 7 of August and the Gatton Campus open day is on the 21st of August

For more information: https://uqfuture.custhelp.com/ci/documents/detail/2/ctsl_request

 

2.    National Youth Science Programme is for year 11 students interested in science and technology careers. This is a residential program help over two weeks in the January 2018 break.

The NYSF application close on the 31 of May.

For more information: https://www.nysf.edu.au/

 

3.    For anyone in the audience who is interested in a career in Aerospace. 
The Australian Youth Aerospace forum will be perfect for you. The forum is open to anyone year 11 or 1 student who wishes to investigate careers and pathways in the aerospace industry. The forum showcases universities and industry opportunities available for student on completion of school. Application for this close on Friday the 26 of May.

For more information: https://ayaa.com.au/AYAF-Bris/student-applications-2017

 

4.    Experience Science is a free event open to school groups or individual students from year 10 to 12 to discover what studying science is like at UQ. This event shows how science is applied in industry and the everyday life. The event is facilitated by experts from UQ and incorporated a series of hands-on, interactive science workshops.

For more information: http://science.uq.edu.au/expsci

5.    UQ’s Earth and Environment Day is open to school groups or individual students that wish to experience the application of geography, earth science and environmental management. This day will allow year 10- 12 students to find out how studying these subject can lead to a career with real world impact.

For more information: https://sees.uq.edu.au/event/2344/uq-earth-and-environment-day

Answer to riddle: Throw a ball into the air

I am pleased to let you know that we are commencing Confirmation preparation - making connections -  for interested students very shortly.

 

It has been a journey to arrive at this point, and I am excited that many families have expressed interest in participating. Please note that participation in making connections does not involve a commitment to be confirmed at this stage. It will be a safe place to explore the faith connections students already have, no matter how tentative, and consider the possibility of deeper life-giving connections with God and self, as well as with others in the group.  

 

The making connections sessions will be interactive, held at the College and involve food for hungry people, an activity, a video to discuss and space for Q&A.


Topics to be covered include:

  • baptism and confirmation: how, why and what?

  • looking at Jesus

  • looking at God

  • what is the Bible?

  • the Eucharist – what we do and what it means

  • what it means - and doesn’t mean - to live as a Christian. 

The first three sessions will be held after school on Thursday in Weeks 6,  7 and 9 of Term 2, from 3.30pm – 4.30pm. I will advise the exact venue shortly, probably a classroom.  

 

There will be 3-4 more sessions in Term 3, and the Confirmation service will be held at the College early in Term 4.

 

Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptized and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus.
https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/confirmation/what-is-confirmation.aspx

 

Your student is very welcome to join the making connections group.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m more than happy to hear from you.

 

Reverend Mary-Anne Rulfs
0403 049124

2017 FAMILY BUSINESS DIRECTORY … Keeping It Local!
Each week, we will feature a “Business of the Week” from our 2017 Family Business Directory, with details of special discounts or offers available for CAC Families. 

This week our Business is Atairos.

 

Details of all businesses in our Directory are available on the College App or website:
http://www.cac.qld.edu.au/community/family-business-directory

 

If you would like to list your family-owned business, please contact Lynne on 5585 9976.

Grace Hermansson has been selected in the Queensland State Performance Programme for U16s Girls Basketball! The Queensland State Performance Programme (SPP) is a successful and proven programme, which has seen athletes go on to represent Australia and secure college scholarships in the USA.  It is the first step towards representation for Queensland and then onto the National Leagues.

 

Grace, currently being a ‘bottom age’ player for her age group (only recently turning fourteen), is one of only twenty girls selected within the State to participate in this programme and as a result, will be touring the USA June this year.  
Whilst in the USA, Grace has the opportunity to experience International competition and NCAA College exposure. In this specific tournament the teams will meet and play against some of the best age group players in the USA, whilst also coming in contact with renowned and influential Coaches, ‘Scouts’ and College Basketball Selectors.


We wish Grace all the best as she travels to the USA in June.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Year 10 Market Stalls at the recent College Musical, Hairspray.  This engaging learning opportunity helped students to apply their business knowledge and learn valuable skills such as setting up a business, how to finance their idea and how to deal with customers.

 

These aspiring entrepreneurs were able to raise $1,700 for World Vision to help sponsor children in need. This was an amazing effort made the various groups.

 

Business Market Day 1

 

Business Market Day 2

Thursday, 11 May 2017 01:16

Student Sporting Achievements

Congratulations to these students who have been selected in the following teams:


Lachlan Cope-Williams – South Coast Open Boys Hockey Team


Grace Hermansson – Hinterland U/15 Girls Basketball Team

To avoid disappointment, please do not forget to place an application for all siblings looking to commence at the College in 2018 as the process will begin for interviews very soon.


http://www.cac.qld.edu.au/enrolments

 

We have only a handful of places left for PREPARATORY 2018 at Coomera Anglican College. If you have a friend or family member interested in joining our community next year please remind them to place an application without delay. All places are subject to a 40 minute 1 on 1 school readiness assessment.

http://www.cac.qld.edu.au/portals/parents/news/enrolment-opportunities/item/2079-prep-2018-places-still-available

 

 


Dear Parents, Staff and Students
Mark Sly1

 

I am writing the first part of my article this week on Monday morning following the big Musical weekend. The College is full of the buzz about Hairspray which so many of us enjoyed over the end of last week. I have no doubt there will be a number of very tired students and staff here this week, after the high levels of energy and emotion that were evident in each of the four shows. It is truly amazing to see the remarkable levels of talent we have in our students, and staff who are so good at nurturing and developing this talent. Hairspray was incredible. The singing, dancing, acting, costumes and sets, sound and lighting and the live music were simply superb. To think this is a school production with students from Year 7 -12 involved makes it even more impressive. Sincere thanks to all involved in this wonderful production. It was great to see the extensive write up in Tuesday’s Gold Coast Bulletin.

 

I read an article in last Saturday’s Weekend Australian entitled Time to toughen up, kids. The author, Verity Edwards reports on work being conducted in the UK by Paul Lyons, CEO of Mental Toughness Partners. Lyons suggests that mental toughness “defines your ability to perform under stress or pressure no matter what the circumstances.” Further he states, “mental toughness is the ability to build resilience and confidence and spot opportunities.” Lyons believes that “the younger generations are more used to living with comfort and that tends to dilute their resilience and mental toughness.” This does not mean that children have to live a spartan existence to be resilient and mentally tough, as these traits develop with age and as we tackle life changes. However, with the rapid evolution of jobs, Lyon suggests that the soft skills such as “being able to communicate, have confidence, overcome challenges, seek opportunities and adapt to change are more important than having a good academic record, and likely to result in well-rounded students.” I agree that the soft skills are vitally important, and I stated that clearly at a number of the Celebration Evenings last year. They must, however, be developed alongside the academic growth of students. Well-developed soft skills complement the academic progress of students, which is still our primary focus.

 

Mental toughness measurement and resilience training has been part of UK schools for the past decade, and has been gathering momentum in Australia. Students involved in Hairspray certainly had to work on their resilience and mental toughness. Their commitment to the Musical was an additional work load for them. There was a strong expectation that they maintained their academic work, sport training, study and homework, like every other student. Their involvement in the Musical was no excuse for not fulfilling other responsibilities. This additional workload allowed them to develop their control, commitment, challenge and confidence - four Cs which enhance mental toughness. These are among the many benefits of involvement in a Musical, yet full engagement in our College provides the same opportunities for all students.

 

Our 2017 theme “Flourishing” is being enhanced this year through our focus on some of the soft skills like wellbeing, resilience, character strengths and growth mindsets. In short, we are actively assisting students to develop flourishing minds, flourishing hearts, flourishing souls and flourishing strength.

 

This week all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 have undergone NAPLAN testing. I have been impressed with the way they have taken this in their stride. While some people, especially in the media, seem to over emphasise the potential stress associated with such testing, we have not seen additional signs of any anxiety in our students this week. We understand that NAPLAN is a national testing requirement that provides trends in literacy and numeracy across all states and Australia in general, and it does give us some specific data about our students, but it is just one aspect of what we do at Coomera Anglican College. It is no more important than other assessment conducted throughout the year, and this is the advice given to all students involved in the NAPLAN testing.

 

At present there seems to be a few families who are taking their children for family holidays or events during term time. Unfortunately, absences from College of this nature are in breach of the College Attendance Policy which simply reflects the Queensland State Education Act which states clearly that:

  1. parents are obliged to enrol school age children in a school

  2. students are to be sent to school every day that it is operating.

 

So our policy is simply to reinforce the laws of this state. Unless a student has been diagnosed as too ill to attend school by a medical practitioner, or a family has experienced a tragedy of some kind, the College is not permitted to sanction time out of class for students as this is in direct breach of the Education Act.

 

We are required to treat all other absences as unacceptable and in breach of Queensland law. The law is clear that all school aged children must be at school. Given that term time occupies only 39 weeks of 52 in the year (75%) there is plenty of time for family holidays during the designated school holiday periods.


We remind parents at least four times every year of this State Law and our attendance policy. We cannot make alterative arrangements for students missing vital assessment pieces due to unauthorised absences. Please do not place your child in a situation that compromises their education, by taking them out of school during term time.

 

 Best wishes to all our Mums for your special day on Sunday. We appreciate all that you do for your families.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Early Departures

All students leaving the College before 3.10pm must be signed out and collected from Secondary Student Services by a parent or an adult nominated by the parent in writing.  Secondary students who drive to and from the College require a signed note from a parent/guardian.
Any person who is collecting a student from the College during normal school hours (8.30am – 3.10pm) may be asked to provide some form of identification.

 

Late Arrivals

If a student is arriving at the College after 8.30am they are be required to report to Secondary Student Services to sign in before going to their class.

 

Absences

If a student is unable to attend school their parent/guardian needs to notify the College prior to the start of the normal school day (8.30am).  The simplest way to advise of an absentee is via the contact button on the free College App.
The College does not condone student absences during term time for extended holidays, family weddings or overseas trips etc as it is a breach of the Education Act, which clearly states that every child of school age must attend school every day of the school year

 

APS sport absences

All students enrolled at the College are required to participate in APS sport training and fixtures each week during the Summer and Winter APS seasons. This commitment is not negotiable and attendance at weekly training (Monday afternoons for Junior Secondary / Wednesday afternoon for Senior Secondary) is compulsory. The College day is considered to end at 4:15pm on these training afternoons. Consequently, parents are expected to make the necessary transport arrangements to ensure that their child(ren) can attend these training sessions each week. Appointments should never be made for sport afternoons and work commitments and other sport training sessions cannot take precedence over APS sport

 

 

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