College News

Monday, 24 July 2017 03:56

Digitech Club Expressions of Interest

The Digitech Club is based in the secondary campus, in a Makerspace between the IT Office and Chinese Room.  In Term 3, students from Years 5 to 12 are invited to come along and try new technologies, such as robots of many kinds, drones, Minecraft, ROBLOX Studio and Makey Makeys.

 

The timetable for Term 3 is shown below.  To register your interest, please click here to go to our Passmarc course and access the EOI form.  All sessions are free of charge.

 

  Day   Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday
  7.45am - 8.15am   No sessions   *Papert Project   *Papert Project
  3.20pm - 4.10pm   STEM Club Primary
  Cocurricular (full)
  Robotics with
  Mr McMahon
  Drone Squadron with
  Mr Jorgensen

 

* The Papert Project allows students to work on a task that they determine with adult supervision and support.

Monday, 24 July 2017 03:38

External English Trial

The College’s English Faculty is well on-track in preparing students for new assessment formats which will be implemented statewide as part of Queensland’s shift to incorporating external assessment in the near future.  Our College was invited to participate in a trial of an external assessment task, which our Year 11 English students completed in Term Two.  Students worked with their teachers on an in-depth study of a novel, The Secret River, then prepared for writing an analytical essay on one of two unseen questions in examination conditions.  We have received back a very pleasing set of results, a summary of which appears below.  Well done to all students on their hard work throughout this unit and in their preparation for this task, and thank you to Year 11 teachers, Mr Peter Goodman, Mr Doug Seymour and Ms Cathy Hallewell for the additional work they have done to prepare our students.

 

  Results (%)

Statewide (8477 students)

Coomera Anglican College - Year 11 English Students

  A   8   14
  B   32   51
  C   35   27
  D or below   25   8

 

     

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 01:43

2017 House Athletics Carnivals Results


The House Athletics carnivals held last week were both a great success. The House spirit and participation rates were fantastic and the competition for age champion keenly contested. Such was the standard of the competition, 18 new records were set in the Secondary carnival and 14 in the Primary carnival.

 AC 1

 

Primary Athletics Secondary Athletics

Primary House Champion

1st – Lane – 4616 points

2nd – Gibbs – 4271 points

3rd – Morris – 4145.5 points

4th – Smith – 3268.5 points

Duck Trophy - Smith

Age Champions

U/8

Girls

1st – Tayla Ward

2nd – Ava Barrett

3rd – Elizabeth Bemrose

Boys

1st –  Tom Robinson

2nd – Nate Sullivan-Francis

3rd – Alexander Hogg

U/9

Girls

1st – Grace Thompson-Coleman

2nd – Emmerson Jones

3rd – Zara Courtney

Boys

1st – Koen Anderson

2nd – Connor Hopgood

3rd – Max Dean

U/10

Girls

1st – Jessica McConville

2nd – Jessica Bonnitcha

3rd – Mia Koplar

Boys

1st – George Dean

2nd – Riley Obermann

3rd – Daniel Prinsloo

U/11

Girls

1st – Caitlin Brown

2nd – Peri Tighe

3rd – Marlie Crummer

Boys

1st – Jack Neumann

2nd – Hayes Klintworth

3rd – Hayden Jones

U/12

Girls

1st – Alannah Hopgood

2nd – Saffron Williams

3rd – Anabelle Taranto

Boys

1st – Mackenzie Hall

2nd – Kosta Karathanasopoulos

3rd – Trent Jellick

Secondary House Champion

1st - Lane - 3351 points

2nd - Smith – 3261 points

3rd - Morris – 3006 points

4th - Gibbs – 2135 points

Age Champions

U/12

1st – Amelia Coetzee

2nd – Eden Rieck

3rd – Bowie Hawk

Boys

1st – Dylan Devine

2nd – Hamish Obermann

3rd – Cailum McClelland

U/13

Girls

1st – Anastasia Neumann

2nd – Brooklyn Lowe

3rd – Jessica Stupples

Boys

1st –  Ryan Schirmacher

2nd – Emile De La Rey

3rd – Oliver Watson

U/14

Girls

1st – Baylie McLauchlan

2nd – Tara Hall

3rd – Elisha Hurley

Boys

1st – Adam Baxter

2nd – Nicholas Obermann

3rd – Brody Smitka

U/15

Girls

1st – Vienna Farr

2nd  -  Mackenzie Jordan

3rd –  Monique Charlton

Boys

1st – William Smith

2nd – Alfranco De La Rey

3rd – Rohan van Der Merwe

U/16

Girls

1st – Jessica Duncombe

2nd – Imogen Noon

3rd – Caitlin Miller

Boys

1st – James Murray

2nd – Kane Hurley

3rd – Callum Garland

Open

Girls

1st – Rachel Pieszko

2nd – Taylor Smith

3rd –  Piper Williams

Boys

1st –  Alexander Whiteley

2nd – Alex Nguyen

3rd – Fraser Smith

 

AC 2

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 01:31

State Schools Cross Country Championships

The State Schools Cross Country Championships was held over the weekend. Our students have worked extremely hard in preparation for this event.

 

Daniel Prinsloo  - 20th
Dylan Devine  - 4th
Mackenzie Cullinane - 5th
James Murray  - 14th

 

As a result, Dylan Devine has now been selected in the Queensland Cross Country Team which will compete at the Nationals later this Term. It is also worth noting that Dylan was named the 10-12 years captain for the South Coast team.
To finish in the top 20 out of the BEST runners in the state of Queensland is an amazing achievement.

 

Well done!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 04:25

Junior Secondary Chess

Five students from Year 7 - 8 represented the College today at the APS Chess competition.
They enjoyed competing against other talented Chess players, and learned from this wonderful experience, especially Caitlin Brims who played on to take out first place in her playing division.

 

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Pictured are Jem Angel (7D), Jaspa Baldwin (8A),
Caitlin Brims (8A), Madison Sawtell (8A)
and Ebony Taylor (8A).

 

JS Chess

Monday, 17 July 2017 03:45

EARN & LEARN

The College will be participating in the Woolies Earn & Learn programme again this year, which enables us to get new educational resources.  From Wednesday 26 July-Tuesday 19 September, you will receive 1 Earn & Learn sticker for every $10 spent at Woolworths (excluding gift cards and tobacco).  Simply place the stickers on a Woolies Earn & Learn sticker sheet and when completed, drop the sticker sheet into the collection box in Primary Admin or at Woolworths Upper Coomera.  Please ask the Woolworths cashier for a sticker sheet, or copies will be available in Primary Admin.

Thank you to our PAFA Committee for organising our participation in this worthwhile programme again in 2017.

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 O'Meara Excavation and Construction. They offer all types of mini excavation works as well as trenching, drainage and back yard reshaping. 

 

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.

As an Anglican Early Learning Centre our ethos and values culture is a vital aspect of our professional, personal and spiritual development. iLR provides a framework that connects us together and provides us all with a sense of belonging to a family and community.


Last term the Preprep children ventured beyond the Early Leaning Centre up to St Matthew’s Anglican Church.


Throughout the term the children were introduced to all the different aspects of the church; the building and what it looks like, songs, stories and music, special events that take place within the Church and prayer reminding us of who and what we can pray for.

ELC Church 1


They met Reverend Mary-Anne, our College Chaplin and Reverend John Dougherty parish priest for St Matthews. Reverend Mary-Anne supported the children in their understanding of all the key components of the church and parish community. Reverend Mary-Anne introduced the children to some of her favourite songs and stories and the children reciprocated by sharing a couple of the songs and stories we use in the Centre.


With the support of Miss Yvette, a parishioner, the children were welcomed into the community. We are very grateful to everyone who worked with us to provide this enriching experience for the children.

ELC Church 2


On Wednesday 12 July the children along with their families, Prep, Year one and Year two children celebrated their learning with Reverend Mary-Anne at St Matthews. It was a beautiful celebration as Reverend Mary-Anne and the children guided their parents through all that they had learnt last term.


This experience provided the children with the knowledge that community goes beyond their home, their kindy and their school and that these community connections are important. Now when the children drive past St Matthews Church, they know that it is more than a building that stands beside a road. It is a building filled with song, music, activity, fun and people who care.


For the remainder of the year the Preprep children will attend worship in the Ivan Gibbs Centre at 10.00am with the children from Prep and Year One. Parents are very welcome to join us each week for worship.


Not to be left out, the children in the Kindy and Senior Kindy room will continue to work with Mrs Kathy Harrison and the staff in ‘Godly Play’. This play experience provides the children with opportunities to share in stories, songs and prayers that reinforce the message that Christian people love and work together as a community.  We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with Mrs Harrison this term.

 

Thursday, 13 July 2017 04:22

Secondary Debating News

The Gold Coast Debating competition Round Robin concluded at the end of Term 2 after four rounds of intense competition.  Coomera Anglican College students have debated prepared topics, as well as topics of which they have only had very short notice (in the case of Senior Debaters, only one hour).  Congratulations to all of our debaters and thank you to their coaches too, as well as parents and other supporters.  We are very happy to report that 8 of the 11 teams have successfully reached the finals rounds, which will commence on Wednesday 26 July with the Round of 16.   A number of these teams have been undefeated throughout the four preliminary rounds, which is an incredible achievement in itself and augurs well for the finals rounds.  Teams which have reached the finals are highlighted in blue below

 

Division Team Number Team Names Coach

Junior B

CAC 1

Jem Angel

Lily Delaney

Lily Caulfield

Lisa Murray

Isabel Croker and Tegan Ward
CAC 2

Lataya Oweis

Hayden Owen

Alexis Hockey

Bailey Summerland

Isabel Croker and Tegan Ward

Junior A

CAC 1

Aireena Mansfield

Olivia Rich

Shanelle Murray

Caitlin Brims

Ms Stuart
CAC 2

Jada Melham

Harrison Hanley

Eli Beckton

Shaye Bardsley

Ms Stuart

Int B

CAC 1

Kyrra Wilks

Christina van Aswegen

Cambria Hunt

Mikayla Melhem

Ms Macdonald
CAC 2

Lucy Palmer

Mia Bromilow

Tori Jones

Elisha Hurley

Breanna Fowler

Ms Beddows
CAC 3

Max Brown

Reginald Wardleworth

Alexander Reeves

Jack Baxter

Adam Baxter

Ms Beddows

Int A

CAC 1

Christine Fairweather

Hannah Dumbleton

Genaya Bardsley

Mackenzie Brown

Mr Ristic
CAC 2

Claire Wilson

Kendall Bronson

Kyle Chapman

Baxter Dent

Mr Ristic

Sen B

CAC 1

Kate Tonkin

Tegan Ward

Carla Coetzee

Sophia Ahern

Isabel Croker

Ms Hallewell
CAC 2

Jasmine Warpenius

Amber Davidson

Piper Williams

Bobby Melhem

Kelly Lee

Ms Sly

 

One of the highlights of this year’s competition has been seeing a group of our Year Twelve students debating together in a team which they have carried through since Year Five.  Congratulations in particular to these students – Isabel Croker, Tegan Ward and Carla Coetzee - on the long term commitment you have given to the College’s Debating program.  Two of these students, Isabel and Tegan, have also assumed roles as student coaches of our Junior B teams, offering younger students the benefit of their experience as debaters.

 

Best wishes to all of our debaters for the finals and we look forward to reporting on further success after finals have been completed.

 

Ms Cathy Hallewell - Head of English

 

Dear Parents, Staff and Students
Mark Sly1

 

Welcome back for Term Three.


It is always great to see everyone return after the winter break, ready to go for the second half of the year. I offer a special welcome to all new students and their families. I’m sure you will find this a friendly place.

 

You will have noticed some good progress on The Pod over the past three weeks. Despite a couple of downpours over the break, the builders have continued to work hard and the building is taking shape. The pictures on the screens around the building site give you an idea of what The Pod will look like when completed. On Monday morning we were able to walk through the building and we are very excited by the unique learning opportunities this space will provide for our Primary students. Thank you to those who took the opportunity to make tax deductible donations prior to the end of June. This opportunity is still available for those looking for tax deductions in this financial year.

 

It was good to finally get the athletics carnivals completed this week. As I write this I am assuming that tomorrow’s final carnival will be ok. Of course the beautiful weather commenced the minute students left at the end of Term Two, so it was nice that this weather continued for us this week. Our athletes look good and will no doubt be looking forward to the APS carnivals coming soon. Thank you to Mr Hall and his team as well as the grounds staff who do such a fabulous job in preparing the fields and track for these carnivals.

 

On Monday at the Staff Professional Development Day, I was speaking to the staff about what makes a good life. I had recently read about a 75 year study that was conducted by Harvard University over several generations. Many researchers over time surveyed generations of people from different socioeconomic backgrounds and followed them as they grew, developed and moved through their lives. They watched some who came from extremely humble beginnings go on to achieve great things, and others who were born into wealthy families end up homeless with nothing. The data collected over this length of time enabled the University to make some significant conclusions. However, what was most interesting was that the overwhelming conclusion highlighted the importance of relationships. There were three elements of their conclusion that are worth highlighting here.

  1. Good relationships keep us happy and healthy.

  2. The quality of close relationships is what matters.

  3. Good relationships protect our brains. They can increase memory and delay the onset of dementia as you age.

All of this sounds very positive and common sense when you think about it. The researchers also put some definition around what a good relationship actually looks like. Contrary to what you might think, it does not mean that you never argue with your partner/children/parents, nor does it mean that you are happy all the time, rather it means that you support each other and are always there when needed. Most people have ups and downs in their relationships and that is perfectly normal. The important thing is that there are more ups than downs and that good relationships are built on mutual respect. At Coomera Anglican College we certainly encourage positive relationships between students, staff and families based on mutual respect. Respect is the cornerstone of our College.

 


I wish everyone and successful and happy term.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

2017 Secondary House Athletics Carnival - Programme of Events (UPDATED)


House Collage



The Secondary Athletics Carnival for Year 7 to Year 12 students is being held:

 

Day 1 – Tuesday 11 July from 8.45am to 12.40pm (Laptops are to brought for academic lessons in the afternoon)

Day 2 - Friday 14 July from 9am to 3.10pm

 

* Please note that attendance on these days is compulsory.


Special Events

 

1500m Events – Boys and Girls – Wednesday 12 July from 3.30pm to 4.30pm

 


All students must wear their College Sports Uniform with their coloured House shirt to and from the College on both days.  

 

Please ensure that hats, sunscreen and water bottles are also packed for this day.   The programme has been attached to this email, but please note these additional points:

 

  • Seating - Parents please note that if you are coming to watch and require seating you will need to bring your own chair.

  • Canteen - The College canteen will be open, however, due to the tight scheduling it is preferred that students bring their own morning tea and lunch.
    Parents are also welcome to use this facility.

  • Weather - In the event of bad weather, a push notification will be sent via the College app as well as via Facebook to advise of any programme changes.
    Please do not phone the College.


2017 athletics carnival day Tuesday 11 July Page 1

  2017 Athletics Friday 14 July MAH version Page 1

 

 

 

Best Regards
Anthony Hall – Head of Sport

What a Night!

Congratulations to all the bands who performed at our 2017 Battle of the Bands on Thursday 15 June 2017.  What an incredible showcase of talented young musicians!

We are delighted to confirmed the winners:

1st Place               Sydney-Rae & The Maples (Helensvale State High School)

2nd Place              Rock Band One (John Paul College)

3rd Place               Jupiter Rising (Kingston State College)

HC                         Rock Band Two (John Paul College)

Best Original Performance        “Hold Me” – Rock Band Two (John Paul College)

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 22:55

Secondary APS Winter Finals 2017

The Secondary Winter APS Sport season concluded last Friday with all teams playing in the Final Round. The College would like to congratulate all the students who once again represented the College proudly demonstrating great sportsmanship both on and off the field.

 

In particular, we would like acknowledge the following teams who were fortunate in winning their respective finals:

 

Yr. 8 A Girls Netball
Yr. 8 B Girls Netball
Yr. 10 Boys Football
Open B Girls Netball
Open C Girls Netball
Open D Girls Netball
Tier 2 Netball – CAC 1

 

Well done Teams!

 

APS Winners Collage

 

 

 


Dear Parents, Staff and Students
Mark Sly1

 

It seems that a new trend is starting on the Gold Coast, with Term 1 and Term 2 ending in a wet way. Thankfully, the wind and rain we have experienced this week is nothing like the tail end of Cyclone Debbie that came at the end of March. Nonetheless, it has been annoying and inconvenient to have to postpone our Athletics carnivals until Term Two.

 

The enthusiasm of our students continues despite the heavy rain and the assessment load for secondary students in recent weeks. Staff have been keen to finalise units and test students for the semester before the term ends on Friday. As a College we are currently reviewing our assessment in light of the changes coming with the new Senior system due to commence for Year 11 in 2019. We think it will be important to assist students in their preparation for external assessment and that will require some changes from current practice.

 

Tonight, the exciting Battle of the Bands will take place at Coomera TAFE in Foxwell Road. Eleven bands from seven different schools will compete for the coveted Battle of the Bands trophy. There are some great prizes for Band awards and Individual awards. We are blessed to have some top line professional musicians as judges in Ross Williams, Mark Watson and Brad Hosking, and the event will be compered by MC Adam de Vries. Coomera Anglican College in conjunction with TAFE Queensland, Coomera Campus is proud to present this high quality school band competition. If you want to hear some incredible music from extremely talented students, then come along to Coomera TAFE from 5.30pm tonight. I’m sure you will leave the event full of awe for our young musicians. Thank you to Lynne Tarlinton, our Events Coordinator, our PAFA volunteers Amanda Oliver, Paula Beckton, Maria Twin, Nadine Fairweather and Natalie Fairweather, Karen Graham and the Music and Technical staff and students from TAFE. Without their hard work this event could not take place.  

 

Last Friday the finals of the Secondary APS competition were held. Our College had 13 teams playing off for first place in a range of sports. It was pleasing to hear that we won 6 of these finals and collected premiership pennants for doing so. You will find further details of the results of all games on the College website under the sport section or by following this link Secondary APS Winter Finals 2017 Results. Congratulations, not just to the winning teams, but to all students who competed so well throughout the season, and thank you to the staff and others who coached the teams.

 

Our Cross Country runners have also continued on their winning ways. On Saturday we had 17 teams compete at Rivermount Collge in the All Schools Relay Championships against the best in the State. Our youngest runners were in Year Two with our oldest runner in Year 10. It was definitely a whole of College effort. Our runners did so well that we were the 2nd best Primary school in both the boys and the girls. This is great performance.


Team results are as follows:

1st 7 Year Girls (Chloe Taylor, Ava Hutchens, Elise Virr)

1st 9 Years Girls (Morgan Smith, Grace Thompson-Coleman, Emerson Jones)

1st 12 Years Boys (Llewellyn Coetzee, Josiah Glasson, Dylan Devine)

2nd 7 Years Boys (Leonardo Stephen, Levi Leeks, Cooper Leahy)

2nd 8 Years Boys (Chance Marsh, Lachlan McIntosh, Tyson Daley)

3rd 9 Years Girls (Zara Courtney, Maddison Cooke, Isabelle Houghton)

3rd 15 Years Girls (Brooke Whiteley, Aqua Cunningham, Mackenzie Cullinane)

We also had another 4 teams finish just outside the medals in 4th place (10 boys, 15 boys, 8 girls and 11 girls).

Congratulations to all runners and their coaches, led by Mrs Sam Taylor. These are fabulous results.

 

Tomorrow we farewell Mr Alex Bennett who leaves to return to Sydney. Mr and Mrs Bennett are expecting their second child later this year and are moving to be close to their extended family. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Bennett for the great work he has done in our College over the past couple of years. Mr Bennett is a much loved teacher and will be missed by his students and colleagues.

 

I hope all families have a safe and happy break over the next three weeks.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

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 Jolly Jumps

 

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.

 

Acceleration is running some Strength & Speed Camps for the June/July holidays at Coomera Anglican College.  

 

Specific Details:

Venue: Rod Lane Sports Centre

Days:
Tuesday Sessions - 27 June and 4 July
Thursday Sessions - 29 June and 6 July

Times:
8am – 9am – Speed Camp
9am – 10am – Strength camp

Enrolment:
To enrol in each programme, please follow the links below:

 

Speed Camp at 8am : http://www.accelerationesp.com/accelerationesp/speed_camps.cfm

 

Strength Camp at 9am: http://www.accelerationesp.com/accelerationesp/strength_camps.cfm

 

Coomera Anglican College students can save $10 by using this Voucher Code: Coomera17

Also save more money if two or more people enrol on the same form.

 

Acceleration is tremendous programme for aspiring athletes and further information on this opportunity can be found at this website: http://www.accelerationesp.com/.

2017 Secondary House Athletics Carnival - Programme of Events (UPDATED)


House Collage



The Secondary Athletics Carnival for Year 7 to Year 12 students is being held:

 

Day 1 – Tuesday 11 July from 8.45am to 12.40pm (Laptops are to brought for academic lessons in the afternoon)

Day 2 - Friday 14 July from 9am to 3.10pm

 

* Please note that attendance on these days is compulsory.


Special Events

 

1500m Events – Boys and Girls – Wednesday 12 July from 3.30pm to 4.30pm

 


All students must wear their College Sports Uniform with their coloured House shirt to and from the College on both days.  

 

Please ensure that hats, sunscreen and water bottles are also packed for this day.   The programme has been attached to this email, but please note these additional points:

 

  • Seating - Parents please note that if you are coming to watch and require seating you will need to bring your own chair.

  • Canteen - The College canteen will be open, however, due to the tight scheduling it is preferred that students bring their own morning tea and lunch.
    Parents are also welcome to use this facility.

  • Weather - In the event of bad weather, a push notification will be sent via the College app as well as via Facebook to advise of any programme changes.
    Please do not phone the College.


2017 athletics carnival day Tuesday 11 July Page 1

  2017 Athletics Friday 14 July MAH version Page 1

 

 

 

Best Regards
Anthony Hall – Head of Sport

 


Dear Parents, Staff and Students
Mark Sly1

 

This week the music tutor concerts have continued along with primary and senior secondary Drama performances. These events provide a great opportunity for students to perform in front of a live audience of their family and friends. Congratulations to all performers and thank you to your teachers and tutors for preparing you so well.

 

Last week I wrote again about cyber safety and this week I read an article written by Louise Durack in the Griffith News (30 May 2017), that was a little disturbing, but not really surprising. The article outlined an Australian Research Council funded longitudinal study conducted by Griffith University and Murdoch University.

 

The researchers surveyed over 1100 students from 29 schools annually for four years as the students moved from Year 8 to Year 11. This world first study assessed the long term mental health effects from adolescents’ late night mobile phone use. They found that “adolescents’ late night mobile phone use was directly linked to poor quality sleep, which subsequently led to poorer mental health outcomes, reduced coping and lowered self-esteem” (Durak, 2017).

 

Lead researcher, Dr Lynette Vernon said “We have demonstrated how poor sleep is the key link connecting an increase in night-time mobile use with subsequent increases in psychosocial issues.” Further, “Heavy mobile phone use becomes a problem when it overtakes essential aspects of adolescent life. In this case, we see issues when it overtakes time set-aside for sleep. We found that late night phone use directly contributed to poor sleep habits, which over time led to declines in overall wellbeing and mental health.”

 

Durack explains that “students were asked what time of the night they received or sent text messages and phone calls, and their perceptions of their sleep quality. The researchers also investigated adolescents’ symptoms of depressed mood, involvement in delinquency or aggression, and their coping and self-esteem over time. Results showed that in Year 8, more than 85% of students owned a mobile phone and around one-third of these students reported they never texted or received phone calls after lights out. But three years later 93% of the students owned mobiles and only 22% of these Year 11 students reported no late night mobile use.”

 

Perhaps it is not surprising, but still concerning, that this study revealed that students tended to engage in more late night mobile phone use as they got older. This led to less, lower quality sleep by those surveyed. “What is especially compelling” said researcher Dr Modecki, “is that these increases in poor sleep, in turn, led to rises in depressed mood and externalising behaviours, and declines in self-esteem and coping one year later.”

 

While the evidence presented in this research is compelling, the researchers are not advocating for a ban on mobile phone use by adolescents, as mobile technology can have very positive benefits. However, perhaps it is wise to have some guidelines around phone use and curfews in your own homes while teaching your children the benefits of having good sleep habits. We are well aware of the impact that blue light from screens has on inhibiting the release of melatonin and hence delaying the sleep process. If your child is tired and grumpy, perhaps you should check their night time phone use.

 

This week our Receptionist Kerryn Hunt sent out a lovely message to all staff, which I thought was worth sharing with our community.

Just wanted to share some feedback with you…
In the past two days I have had three visitors sign out at reception, visitors that go to many schools all over South East QLD as part of their jobs. They all took the time to stop and say what a pleasure it is to visit Coomera Anglican College. One gentleman from yesterday said that it was his favourite school to visit, as both the students and staff are always very polite and friendly.  A lady today who went down to Primary said a very similar thing, but added how she dropped a bunch of papers and a young girl from approximately Year 2 came over and asked if she was alright and then helped her pick them all up.
We get comments like this so often when people sign out, but today I felt like sharing, so congratulations to everyone, it certainly is a pleasure to be part of this community.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

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 Jean Brown Properties.

 

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.

Friday, 02 June 2017 00:58

LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!

The countdown is now on for our annual Battle of the Bands event!  Mark your diary and don’t miss what is sure to be another sensational night of live music performances by some of the most talented young musicians across the Gold Coast.

 

When:   Thursday 15 June 2017 at 6pm
Where:  TAFE Qld Gold Coast, 198 Foxwell Road, Coomera

 

This year’s programme will see 12 bands from local secondary schools rocking the world class performance facilities at TAFE Queensland’s Coomera Creative Campus.  We are delighted to welcome to our judging panel:      

             

  • Multi-talented musician/vocalist/producer Mark Watson of Studio Proof, who will also be performing to kick-start the night’s entertainment programme

  • Legendary guitar guru Ross Williams from the Queensland Conservatorium

  • Musician/producer Brad Hosking of Blind Boy Studios, who has most recently worked with Amy Shark

 

Hosting this year’s Battle will be Radio Metro’s Adam de Vries.

 

In addition to the judges’ awards on the night, bands will have a chance to win the “People’s Choice Award” so we’d love to have a big Coomera Anglican College contingent in the audience to cheer along our own College bands.

 

Audience admission is $10 per person.  Doors will open at 5.30pm and the competition commences at 6pm.   Hot food, cold drinks and steaming cappuccinos will be available to purchase at the venue from 5pm.

 

Battle Raffle – prizes up for grabs in our raffle include a ‘Illusions Magic Show’ VIP Dinner Show Pass for 4 courtesy of Matt Hollywood; an Australian Outback Spectacular Family Pass; ‘Breakfast With The Koalas’ for 4 courtesy of Paradise Country; and more!  Tickets are just $2 each or 3 for $5 and are available for pre-purchase from Lynne Tarlinton, or at the door!  Prizes will be drawn on the night, with winners notified for  prize collection if they are not in attendance.  

 

The 2017 Battle of the Bands competition is proudly supported by TAFE Qld Gold Coast, Cr Donna Gates, Griffith University Qld Conservatorium, Studio Proof, Blank GC, Hard Rock Café Surfers Paradise, Music Express, NightQuarter, Boost Juice Helensvale, Gold Coast Trophies & Engraving, Northern Gold Coast Relay For Life, and Pizza Temptations Upper Coomera.

 

For more information, please contact Lynne on 5585 9976.

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