College News

Friday, 19 October 2018 03:17


Next Monday, 22 October, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison will deliver a national apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse at Parliament House in Canberra.

Please click here to view the statement issued by The Archbishop of Brisbane The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall.


Dear Parents, Staff and Students

Mark Sly1 

On Monday afternoon we met with parents of Year 9 students to explain the Life-Fit Learning programme we have developed with Griffith University and the Menzies Health Institute Queensland. This wellbeing programme enables us to assist students to find an appropriate balance between health, learning and relationships. Doctors Lara Farrell and Allison Waters from Griffith University explained the results obtained from a recent survey conducted with Year 9 students. Our main aim is to measure cohort responses and trends to allow us to tailor our personal development courses to meet the needs of students. We plan to track data over time to maintain the mental health and wellbeing of our students. I thought I would share one handy hint given to parents involving healthy habits.


The following Life-Fit-Five Healthy Habits were reinforced by Dr Waters:


1. Sleep: get 8-10 hours each night
2. Exercise: do 1 hour of vigorous activity per day
3. Vegies: eat five serves per day
4. Fruit: eat two serves per day
5. Water: drink 7 cups per day.

I wonder how well you do with this. I certainly fail miserably in some areas!


The wet week has sent some challenges with play areas and sport training, but with more than 60% of Queensland in drought, we are not going to complain about the rain. Our ovals are looking very green and lush and that is great for us. It is always difficult keeping students off the ovals when we want them to be running around and getting the exercise referred to above. However, it is potentially dangerous to have the children playing on a slippery, wet surface and taking good care of the fields makes them safer for students to use in the long term.


Unfortunately, our Corporate Golf Day due to be held at Gainsborough Greens Golf Club tomorrow has been postponed. Following further inspection of the Golf Course this morning after overnight rain, and with some showers coming through today, we have had to make the difficult but necessary decision to postpone this event. Grounds staff have been working continuously with the pump on various parts of the course day and night to ensure we could have 18 holes. Unfortunately, the recent rain on an already very wet course is going to make various holes/areas unplayable and all round conditions very difficult. Thank you to Gainsborough Greens for their efforts.

New dates are being looked into for the very near future.


Today I announced the Year 12 student leaders elect for 2019. Congratulations to the following students:


College Captains
Mackenzie Brown
Thomas Buenano-Thompson

SRC Chair
Hannah Dumbleton

House Captains

Hannah Fitzgerald
Ben Garner

Amy Stirling
Jackson Templeton

Kaitlyn Jepson
James Harwood

Madeline Hall
Caitlyn Miller

Kyle Chapman, Grace Miotto, Ricky Tang, Claire Wilson
Cultural Christine Fairweather, Laura Frith, Parker Newlan
Faith Kendall Bronson, Alana Harris, Rohan van der Merwe
Service Lachlan Evans, Zoe Owen, Ben Phythian, April Want
Sport Jessica Duncombe, Kane Hurley, Mackenzie Jordan, James Murray


These students will be presented as leaders elect at the Senior Secondary Celebration Evening on Wednesday 14 November, but will not be formally inducted to their roles until the start of 2019.


Thank you to those who have completed the online College survey. At the time of writing this, only 37% of parents had responded, so I am hoping for some more over the next few days. The survey will close on Monday 22 October, so you have 4 days remaining if you have not yet done so. I look forward to receiving your feedback.


Thank you for your continued support.


Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


Friday, 12 October 2018 01:36

2018 Corporate Golf Day Update

Dear Parents and Guardians

Thank you for supporting the 2018 Coomera Anglican College Corporate Golf Day. The uptake has been incredible with the biggest field ever taking part in this year's event. We look forward to a great day of golf, entertainment, business and fun on Friday 19 October!

New registrations

If you’re keen on entering, either individually, with a colleague, or as a team; OR boosting your already entered playing group – please note – there are ONLY 10 places remaining. We’ve had great support this year from the college community and local businesses, but don’t leave it until late as we’re very close to being sold out. Online entries will close 6PM THIS SUNDAY. Registrations can be completed online here -


player changes

Any teams or players making modifications, be it to their playing group, their team name, or dietary requirements for the buffet dinner – please advise as soon as possible. Our cut off for changes is 6pm this Sunday so the correct plans and ordering can be made. Please send an email through to with any updated or teams information from those entered online.

hole in one

Thank you again to James Frizelles Gold Coast Skoda for offering a fantastic prize and challenge for all of our golfers – keen on driving away in this fantastic new Skoda Rapid!*



Thank you to all of the businesses who have also donated further prizes and awards for the Golf Day. 

prize sponsors

business card draw

Please remember to bring along your business card(s) to go in the draw to win some great prizes.

event timings

A full event schedule will be sent out in the coming days, but the general times are all as planned. 11am meet for 11.30am briefing and 12noon shotgun start. BBQ Dinner will be served following the round with prizes and awards at approximately 5.45pm.


Finally I would like to thank our wonderful sponsors again for coming on board and supporting this great event. Please take a look through the event partners and get behind their services/business where possible.

Sponsors5 10Oct2018b


Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:34


Over the last 4 days, Coomera Anglican College musicians were well represented at both the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) and the inaugural Australian Honours Ensemble Program (AHEP) in choirs, bands and orchestras. This year, 1500 of the state’s best young musicians, selected from the 10000 students who applied, gathered at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University for SHEP, with 900 of these travelling from close to the border to as far away as the Cape and Mt Isa, the biggest event in the program’s history. For the prestigious AHEP (where instrumentalists are required to be a minimum standard of Grade 7 AMEB), 800 students auditioned resulting in 300 successful applicants from NSW, Victoria and the ACT, and 15 American students represented Pacific Honours Ensemble Program (PHEP). 170 students who successfully auditioned were from Queensland.


The opportunity for these students to work under first class conductors and with students at a similar advanced standard allows them to grow musically. The AHEP program was intense, with the students completing 10-12 hour days (excluding travel time!) and also attending concerts at the Conservatorium as part of this. Harrison Hanley (Year 9) and Baxter Dent (Year 10) performed in the AHEP Vocal Ensemble, presenting challenging repertoire that was performed with finesse at the final concert after only three days of intensive rehearsals. Similarly, the SHEP students spent long hours in rehearsals and were excited with the musical works they produced. The following students were part of SHEP:


  • Chanelle Chardon (Year 9) – cello
  • Gemma Jacob (Year 11) – violin
  • Lily Taylor (Year 11) – flute
  • Alexa Ripsher (Year 12) – vocals
  • Lilli White (Year 9) – vocals
  • Cullyn Beckton (Year 10) – vocals


Queensland Conservatorium Director Professor Scott Harrison said the program had grown from modest beginnings to a record number of students attending this year. “This is our largest ever cohort with many more nominations received from schools than we were able to accommodate. It is a delight to welcome hundreds of emerging musicians to our state-of-the-art facilities at South Bank. SHEP is now a firmly established aspect of music education in Queensland, bringing together young people from across the state to share their passion for music.”



Thursday, 11 October 2018 05:14

College Mum Takes Cancer in her Stride

Students from Coomera Anglican College are preparing for their 9th Relay for Life on 27 – 28 October, an event that is close to the hearts of many families within the College community.

One parent, Samantha Goodwin knows this journey too well. After turning 40, Sam had a routine mammogram with no family history or symptoms. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and five days later had a double mastectomy, followed by six months of chemotherapy, radiation and further surgeries.

We had a chat to Sam about her journey, how it has changed her outlook on life and why she thinks Relay for Life is such an important event.

As a parent at the College, why do you think this is such an important event for our children to be involved in?

This time last year I was going through chemotherapy and wasn’t well enough to join Relay for Life but it was heart-warming to see so many people supporting the event and fundraising for cancer. It felt like they understood and justified how hard the fight was and it gave me the strength to hang in there. 

I’m not the only parent going through this experience - there are a lot of us. Relay for Life gives our kids a chance to be proud of the fighting strength their parents have and walk beside us along the track. Also, for them to connect with each other and know that they are not alone in what they are going through at home from Mum asleep on the couch to Dad worrying, whispered conversations to multiple surgeries and hospital admissions, nights and days being cared for by grandparents or friends and not being able to promise that you will be ok. 

For my daughter, she didn’t want to talk about it at school; she wanted to go there and not think about it. Her friends and the school were very supportive of that but this event is a chance to be amongst like-minded supporters. 


Sam during Chemotherapy treatments

As a survivor, what advice would you give to people?

Don’t be afraid to get screened. If cancer is there, it’s there and you will find the strength to deal with it. Free breast screening saved my life. My surgeon said had I left it for six months it would have spread and likely been terminal. Through early detection and treatment I’m here with a better prognosis. 

How has your diagnosis changed your outlook?

As a former control freak and impatient perfectionist, I’ve finally learnt the hard way that you can’t control everything, no matter how hard you try or want to. I’ve learnt patience and to slow down. Healing takes time and you can’t rush to get through each stage of treatment as your body won’t allow it. The journey is just as important as the destination. Prior to cancer, I read many books and failed to implement the art of not sweating the small stuff – now I finally get it! And isn’t life sweeter for all those lessons? 

Relay for Life will be held at the College campus from 2:00pm on Saturday 27 October, a Cancer Council initiative that raises vital funds for research, while recognising and celebrating those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment, as well as the memory of loved ones lost.

Members of the public are encouraged to get involved in the event and are also invited to donate to Coomera Anglican College’s Relay for Life teams here.



Dear Parents, Staff and Students

Mark Sly1 

By now you will have received an email with the link to the College survey. Thank you to those who have already completed the survey. As I have mentioned previously, your feedback is very important to assist us in setting the future direction of the College. We speak to our students constantly about having a growth mindset, which requires seeking and acting on feedback about their performance, so it is vital that we do the same. As an educational organisation, it is important for us to model effective learning and best practice.  I am receiving regular updates on the percentage of people who have completed the surveys and they are still relatively low, so please complete the survey as soon as you can. Remember the survey is anonymous. You will receive reminder emails every few days until you have completed the survey, which closes on Monday 22 October. This is not our doing but the way MYP Corporation conducts the survey on our behalf. Once you have completed the survey the reminder emails will stop coming.


New Head of Primary

I am delighted to announce that Ms Lisa Kraft has been appointed as the new Head of Primary from the commencement of 2019. Ms Kraft is a very experienced and well qualified educational leader. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology Major), Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Graduate Certificate of Theology and a Masters of Education. She is the current Deputy Head of the Prep School at Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane, having previously worked in leadership roles in coeducational schools on the Gold Coast. She has been Acting Head on a number of occasions. Ms Kraft has presented at conferences in Australia and the USA and has published articles about various elements of primary education in a range of journals. She has demonstrated great energy and enthusiasm for primary education over many years. I am very pleased that Ms Kraft has accepted the offer to join our College in this important role.


At this point in time we are going through the student leadership preparation and selection period. Students and staff have voted for the Year 12 College leaders and the final interviews are being planned in readiness for the candidates to be fully evaluated and confirmed in the various roles. Year 8 and Year 5 students are also being prepared for leadership and the important role they will play as the leaders of their campuses in 2019. Our staff do a wonderful job in preparing students for this opportunity. Our leadership programmes aim to provide an overview of leadership and the ways that students can lead. This enables all students to benefit while learning more about themselves. No programme can fully prepare students for all aspects of leadership, and we continue to work with and support students once they have assumed their roles. While there are many impressive students who will be selected for the formal roles across the College in the coming weeks, I am often equally impressed by those who perhaps don't quite make it this time, or don't yet have the confidence to put themselves forward for a role. These students tend to lead from within the group, their House or Year level and provide wonderful support for the formal leaders and their peers. All organisations need leaders of all kinds at all levels to function efficiently. Some of our most impressive students over time have never had a formal leadership role as they often chose to support their cohort from within. This is never more evident to me than at this time of year when I am writing references for Year 12 students. Reflecting on their achievements and involvement in our College over many years reveals a lot about students. True leaders, whether formal or informal, don't wait for the leadership selection process to impress with their commitment and actions. These things come as a result of their character as much as anything else, and are visible every day. They seek no accolades. I take this opportunity to thank all students who are considering leadership roles and encourage those who are less confident to back themselves and enjoy the opportunities offered by getting involved in the process. Equally I thank those who chose to continue their supportive roles without being in the spot light.



Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


Wednesday, 03 October 2018 01:25

From the Principal's Desk - Week 1, Term 4 2018


Dear Parents, Staff and Students

Mark Sly1 

Term Four begins and we prepare for the busy time ahead.


I particularly welcome new students and their families to our College. I am sure you will enjoy the experience of being here.


From early next week, you should receive an email from MYP Corporation regarding our School Results Survey. This company will conduct the online survey on our behalf. They will email you the survey link and ask you to complete the survey. The survey is anonymous and will include a number of statements that you will be asked to rank on a five-point scale, and you will also have the opportunity to respond to some more open ended questions. They will send you reminder emails every few days to ensure that as many parents, staff and students (Yrs 4 - 12) as possible complete the survey. The purpose of the survey is for us to hear from you; to ascertain what you think and to benefit from your experience as parents, staff or students.  As part of our Strategic Agenda, it is important for us to listen to our community in order to continue to improve as a College. Obviously, we cannot be all things to all people and it would not be possible to take up everyone’s specific ideas, as they will no doubt cover a wide range of suggestions and may even be potentially contradictory. It is important that we adhere to our long-term vision as a College, but feedback from our parents, staff and students helps to shape that vision. Thank you in advance for your involvement in our survey. I look forward to reading the feedback that MYP Corporation will collate from the completed surveys.


Over the break we had two overseas trips for students. The Year 12 Chinese Extension class travelled to China to assist in making a promotional Tourism video for Jiangsu Province. This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to practise their Chinese and was funded by Jiangsu Province Tourism Board. I understand the video, which was made in conjunction with Coomera TAFE, will be used across the world to promote Jiangsu Province as a holiday destination. Thank you to Mrs Cheung and Mrs Liu for organising this trip and for accompanying our students. In addition, a group of Basketballers and Netballers from our Academies travelled to New Zealand on a sports tour. The students had great fun and enjoyed the experience of representing our College on and off the court. Thank you to Mr Hall, Ms Young, Mr Goldfinch, Mr Price and Ms Grant for organising the tour and accompanying our students. These are big commitments for staff and I appreciate them giving up their own time to make this experience possible for the students.


Tomorrow 5 October is World Teachers' Day. On behalf of the College community I thank all of our teachers for their professionalism and dedication to their students and the College. Thank you to PAFA for supplying morning tea to all staff. The rest of Queensland will celebrate this occasion on 26 October.


I want to take this opportunity to thank and farewell Mrs Heather Morris who leaves our College tomorrow after 15 years of service to the Accounts Department. Mrs Morris has played a key role in our Administration for many years and has overseen some major projects including refurbishment and furniture and asset acquisition.  We will all miss Mrs Morris. I thank her for her wonderful service to our College and wish her well for the future.


I trust you all have a great term.


Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


Dear Parents and Guardians

With just over two weeks to go until the 2018 Coomera Anglican College Corporate Golf Day, we’re pleased to announce a new partnership with James Frizelle’s Gold Coast Skoda and offer a brand new Skoda Rapid Style 92TSI, valued at $22,532, as the prize at the Par3 Hole In One Challenge! It only takes one shot and we hope one of our golfers will be the proud new owners of this great vehicle.



We would like to thank everyone who already registered. We now have just over 20 places remaining in the field so if you have not done so already please secure your ticket as soon as possible. We look forward to a another great college fundraiser day out. 

Your entry includes 18 holes of Golf on a championship course on Friday 19 October, Electric Cart, Lunch Pack, Drink Vouchers, Player's Gift Bag, Golf Challenges, BBQ Buffet Dinner, Awards & Presentations, Full use of the clubhouse, locker room and additional facilities, and heaps more! Take up the challenge and play alongside friends, colleagues and local businesses.

Registration link here >>>



A big shout out to the current sponsors of this year’s event. There are a couple of hole sponsorships remaining so if you’re interested in getting further awareness through the event and supporting the College, please contact Shane on 1300 855 270 at the earliest convenience.




Thank you to SEAHAWKS BASKETBALL, BFX FURNITURE, and HALL FINANCE & INSURANCE SOLUTIONS for donating some prizes towards the 2018 Coomera Anglican College Corporate Golf Day. If you are interested in donating a prize from your business, please let us know. It’s an easy and great way to highlight your product/service.



Not able to play but keen to be a part of the event on the day? Then why not register online and volunteer. There are a variety of roles available from assisting with golf challenges, to registration desk, and several more. Available times from a couple of hours to the whole day – a great occasion and opportunity to support the College. More information can be found here -

Thank you for your support.

Coomera Anglican College Events Team

Ph: 1300 855 270




If you've been lookig around for parental controls to help manage your kids' Apple devices, you might want to put on the brakes: The new operating system, iOS 12, has a feature called Screen Time that might have what you're looking for, and it became available this month.


Screen Time lets you see exactly how much time your kids spend on their phones and tablets, the times of day they're most active, and which apps they use the most. You can also set app time limits, filter inappropriate content, and schedule "downtime"—basically, shut down the device—whenever you want. (By the way, you can do this for yourself if you need help managing your own device use.)


Below is information from Steve Window - Cyber Safety and Digital Wellbeing Advocate- Anglican Schools Commission

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 05:00

Musical Audition Notice - Oliver 2019

It's that time of year when we all start gearing up for a new Musical season.  2019 will be another fabulous year of Performing Arts where Oliver will headline our College calendar.




I'm excited to announce that our official AUDITION DAY is scheduled for
Sunday 7 October - end of week one.


Students in Years 6-11 will need to register their interest on Passmarc by Tuesday 2 October (first day back in Term 4).  Students will be required to attend both a dancing and singing audition on this day.  While the auditions will run from 10am-4pm, I ask the students to please check their College emails for more information about specific session times they will need to attend that day.


The audition information will be posted on Passmarc.  There will be lyrics and a backing track available.  Students will be taught the choreography on the audition day.


I look forward to seeing our next generation of performers!


Kirsty Terry - (Director)

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 04:26

Student Sporting Achievements

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


Grace Thompson-Coleman – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Jack Neumann – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Zara Courtney – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Tabitha Laurie – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Morgan Smith – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Conor Hopgood – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Daniel Prinsloo – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Jayden Sheahan – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Zoe Ayres – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
James Murray – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Tayla Cornish – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Shayla Hall – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Tara Hall – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Anastasia Neumann – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Dylan Devine – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Oliver Watson – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Bayley Hall – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Ethan Raynor – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
William Smith – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Thomas Spencer – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Alexander Whiteley – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Joshua Williams – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Madeline Hall – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Baylie Mc Lauchlan – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Harrison Bromilow – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Mitchell Durden – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Brody Smitka – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Llewellyn Coetzee – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Brooklyn Lowe – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team

Monday, 10 September 2018 03:58

Coomera Anglican College PAFA Colour-Run

Date Claimer - PAFA Colour-Run

PAFA are excited to announce the 2018 Coomera Anglican College PAFA Colour-Run. The Colour-Run will be held on Friday 23 November. The PAFA Colour-Run is a fun and healthy fundraiser for Prep to Year 11 students, with proceeds going towards future College Sustainable Environment Solutions.

Individual information booklets and sponsorship forms will be sent home with each student at the beginning of Term 4. Parents will also receive more detailed information via email.
Once students have their booklet, log onto and create a student profile page. When a student reaches just $1 online, they will be entered into the $30,000 Ultimate Family Experience Prize draw. Students who raise $10 or more will receive a reward and the more money they raise, the greater the reward; and the more they will be helping PAFA fundraise for our College.

Sunday, 09 September 2018 23:26

Student Sporting Achievements

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


Hayden Taylor – Hinterland U/12 Boys Cricket Team
Bailey Garnham - Hinterland U/12 Boys Cricket Team
Riley Johnson - Hinterland U/12 Boys Cricket Team
Bailey Garnham – South Coast U/12 Boys Cricket Team
Riley Johnson - South Coast U/12 Boys Cricket Team

Amber Slinger - Hinterland U/12 Girls AFL Team

Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:02

From the Principal's Desk - Week 10, Term 3 2018


Dear Parents, Staff and Students

Mark Sly1 

Term Three has come to an end and students and teaching staff can take a breath before the final term for 2018; for Year 12 their last ever. While it may be a boring cliché this year has simply flown. Camps are all completed, Year 12 QCS tests are over and the Music concerts have ended for the term. The two ensemble concerts held last week and this have been simply incredible. We have such talented students and amazing music tutors who have certainly brought out the best in them. Both the Primary and the Secondary Ensemble Evenings contained wonderful performances worthy of a concert hall setting. Congratulations to all involved.  


This week we completed the 30 days of Gratitude – an initiative of the SRC and Chaplaincy of the College. Thank you to all who have contributed to this event so willingly. There is so much for us to be grateful for in our College and community. It has been terrific reading the specific items of student gratitude on the electronic sign in front of the College. Gratitude is a strong indicator of healthy wellbeing, so it is good to know there are so many expressions of gratitude coming from our students and staff. The real test is to continue to express gratitude beyond this special 30-day period.


A chance to have your say

An important element of our Strategic Agenda of continued improvement as a College is to engage with our community. To that end, we are planning to conduct a survey that will enable you to let us know what you think about various aspects of our College. We have engaged a company to conduct the online survey that will take place in Weeks 2 and 3 of Term 4. You will receive details in an email in the coming weeks, about how you can access the survey. It is important for all families to engage in this survey to give us maximum benefit. There will be separate surveys for Parents, Staff and Students (Years 4-12). We have used this same company twice before, in 2011 and 2015, and found the results were extremely helpful in our planning. We were also pleased with the high level of involvement of parents in particular. The survey will ask you to rate various aspects of the College on a five-point scale, and you will also be given some open ended questions where you can answer more fully. Keep an eye out for the email letting you know how and when you can complete the survey. I look forward to receiving your feedback.


Many of you will have emailed, spoken to or received correspondence from my Assistant, Lorelle Armitage, at some stage during your time with the College. I am sorry to inform you that Lorelle will leave the College at the end of next week to take up a role in Brisbane supporting the Executive Director of the Anglican Schools Commission (ASC). Lorelle has been a most loyal and efficient assistant for just on ten years but has recently found the travel from the north side of Brisbane each day to be very testing. This is a very positive move for Lorelle and the ASC. I take this opportunity to thank Lorelle for her dedicated, professional service to our College and for her support of me in particular, and wish her well for the future. In the final days of Gratitude, I am extremely grateful to Lorelle for her wonderful support over ten years.


As we finish for the term, please note that the Government schools have one week to go. This means that for the first week of our Term 4 the buses will not be running. Given the amount of notice we have for this situation, it is important that you take the time to plan how you will get your children to and from the College in Week 1 commencing Tuesday 2 October. 


Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


Wednesday, 05 September 2018 23:07

Monash University TOPS Parent Strategies

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Evaluating the Therapist-assisted Online Parenting Strategies (TOPS)

Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Marie Yap, School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of
Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University. Phone: (03) 9905 0723, email:
Co-investigator: Associate Professor Glenn Melvin, Centre for Developmental Psychiatry & Psychology, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health; Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University. Phone: (03) 9902 4562, email: Dr Bei Bei, School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University. Phone: (03) 9905 3903, email:
Dr Michelle Blumfield, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food; School of Clinical Sciences Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University. Phone: (03) 9902 0658, email: Professor Anthony Jorm, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. Phone: (03) 9035 7799, email:


Student Researchers: Catherine Fulgoni and Sarah Khor, Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) candidates, School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University.
Phone: (03) 9905 1250, email:


Invitation to participate in research
You are invited to take part in research being conducted by Monash University as part of Doctorate of Psychology (Clinical) research. Please read this Explanatory Statement in full before deciding whether or not to participate. If you would like further information regarding any aspect of the project, please contact the researchers via the phone numbers or email addresses listed above.


What does the research involve?

This study aims to evaluate whether an online program supplemented with a telephone-support coach providing parents with personalised information and tips on parenting strategies is effective in improving parenting behaviours and confidence, and in turn improve teenage depression, anxiety and sleep problems.


What will I be asked to do?

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to do the following:


  1. Go online to (secured website; link to be determined).
    Fill in the online registration and consent form. You will be asked to confirm that you have discussed the project with your teenager and that they agree to take part too. You will be asked to provide brief demographic information so that we can ensure you are eligible for this study. We will also ask you to provide a telephone number that we can contact your teenager on at a preferred time and day of the week. If you consent for both you and your teenager to participate, click on ‘both my teenager and I agree to participate in this study’. You will be emailed a copy of the youth explanatory statement to give to your teenager.
  2. Your teenager will be contacted by phone by a member of the research team from the Monash University School of Psychological Sciences. The purpose of the phone call is to discuss with your teenager the explanatory statement to ensure they understand and agree to take part in the research. Your teenager can decide whether or not to take part in the study when the researcher contacts them. To ensure continuity of care for your teenager, we will seek your permission to contact your teenager’s mental-health care provider to inform them that you are participating in this study. No details about your program will be
    provided to your teen’s clinician unless you request and consent to it.
  3. If your teenager agrees to participate, the researcher will give you and your teen separate login details, and provide guidance as needed to complete an online assessment. The online assessment will take approximately 50-65 minutes each to complete and includes questions about your parenting of your teenager, stresses experienced as a parent, and different feelings and behaviours that may be related to your teen’s depression, anxiety and sleep problems. Your teen will also be asked to keep a sleep diary using a smartphone app that requires him/her to keep a record of his/her sleep patterns over the course of 1-week.
    If you and/or your teenager report high levels of difficulty with your teenager’s mood or anxiety, a member of the research team will contact you and your teenager to ensure that your teenager is getting the support that they need.
  4. Once you have completed this initial assessment, a researcher will organise a mutually convenient time for you to be oriented to the program via videoconferencing (using Zoom) or phone. The orientation session will last between 45-60 minutes. We will ask you and your teen to complete the surveys again around 1 month after you enrol and completed an orientation session but before commencing the actual online program. The results from this second assessment will be used to determine the individualised parenting program that will be recommended to you.
  5. At the completion of this second assessment, you will be provided access to the online parenting program comprising of up to 9 modules. Each module will be made available to you progressively, and takes between 15-25 minutes to complete, depending on the topic and the way you choose to engage with it. Topics will cover areas of communication, autonomy granting, limit setting, conflict resolution, supportive relationships, healthy lifestyle habits including sleep, problem solving and emotional coping.
  6. You will also receive a Zoom session from a ‘TOPS-coach’ once a week until you have completed your allocated program, each call lasting up to 30-45 minutes. These calls provide you with an opportunity to raise any questions about the online modules. Your TOPS-coach will also present some supporting content relevant to the module and provide support with applying content covered in the module. You will also be asked to rate your teen’s depression, anxiety and sleep problems during the calls. This program is not designed to provide you with therapeutic support but we will encourage you to identify and connect to an appropriate service if required. Sessions with the TOPS-coach will be audio-video recorded, for ensuring quality of care and for data-collection. Annotated content presented to you may also be screen-captured so that it can be provided to you via email as a reference source.
  7. To see if the program is effective over the longer term, you and your teenager will be contacted again 4 months and 12 months after you first started the program, to complete follow-up online surveys (60 minutes each for you, 30 minutes each for your teen). Your teen will also complete a sleep diary on their sleep over the course of a week. These surveys will be delivered in the same format as the initial surveys.

All parts of this study can be completed at any time or place of convenience to you, as long as there is internet access.

Who is being asked to participate?

We are inviting families living in Australia with at least one teenager aged between 12 and 17 years (inclusive) experiencing depression or anxiety and currently receiving treatment from a mental health service provider. Families need to have regular access to the internet to participate in this research. One parent and one teenager (aged 12-17 years) per family, with proficiency in English, are invited to participate.


Source of funding
This research project has been funded by Monash University.funded by Monash University.


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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 01:29

From the Principal's Desk - Week 9, Term 3 2018


Dear Parents, Staff and Students


Departure GroupThe welcome rain this week has hopefully accompanied our Year 9 students who headed west on Monday morning to Mitchell and Charleville as part of their Service Week activities. Two buses full of students and books made their way to the drought stricken areas of Western Queensland. We were delighted to take almost $8,500 raised in the recent fundraising to ease some of the burden in the local communities. While there have been a number of general drought appeals raising funds for farmers, we wanted to assist these two towns where we have a direct connection. The local Anglican Parish will distribute the money to those families in need. We are hoping to raise a little more at the Dad’s day BBQ breakfast tomorrow morning. So do not forget to bring some coins or notes to assist our rural friends. Thanks Dads! Our musicians on tour will entertain the aged and others will work alongside the students in State Schools in Mitchell and Charleville. Our presence will also boost the economy of these small towns as we purchase food for our students and refuel buses.  As we near the end of our 30 Days of Gratitude, it is most appropriate to let these communities know how much we appreciate them and their plight. We are indeed fortunate to live where we do, and to have access to so much. I am sure the students and staff who are currently in Mitchell and Charleville will be gaining first hand experience of life on the land and the impact drought can have on the surrounding communities. I am most grateful to Mr Ristic and Mrs Materne who have worked hard to bring this initiative to fruition, and to the staff who are accompanying them. We know our students will gain a great deal from this opportunity.



With the rest of Year 9 serving others in the local Gold Coast Community and Years 8, 10 and 11 on camp, the Year 12s have enjoyed a quiet environment in which to complete their Queensland Core Skills Tests this week. Like many things in life, the anticipation of something is usually worse than the event itself, and the Year 12 students have certainly taken these important tests in their stride. They have been well prepared and have completed many practice tests, so the real thing holds no fear. Congratulations to Year 12 students for the way they have embraced this challenge. We are very proud of them and their focus throughout the two days of testing. They will be relieved that this is now over and they can focus on the final stages of their schooling over the next seven school weeks.


Years 4 and 5 were on camp last week and Year 6 will be away next week, so at this time of year there is a lot of coming and going. The College outdoor education programme is extremely important for providing controlled, staged challenges and developing resilience in the students as they move throughout the College. These opportunities are perfect for students to enjoy ‘loving life together’. I am always grateful to the staff who give up their beds and spend time away from their own families to provide these experiences for students. The education of our students involves far more than just the knowledge they acquire in the classroom. There is much for which to be grateful about belonging to our community.


Finally, following the gratitude theme, I am delighted to announce the early arrival of Max Oliver Williams on Fathers' Day. Congratulations to Secondary Teacher Lucy Williams and husband Sam. 
My wife Chris and I, are as equally thrilled with Max's safe arrival, and we are extremely proud grandparents.    


Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


Monday, 03 September 2018 04:05

Students Rally for Cancer Cure Relay

Students from Coomera Anglican College are preparing for their ninth annual Relay for Life on 27- 28 October, an event that has seen the College raise more than $25,000 for the Cancer Council since our involvement began in 2010.

We asked two of our Year 12 students, Chloe and Kelly, to put down their thoughts about last year’s event, what they got out of it and why they encourage everyone to be involved.

The 2017 Relay for Life event was perhaps one of the most tiring yet worthwhile nights we have had. If there is one word to describe the experience, it would be rewarding. From sombre moments to the candlelight ceremony in honour of those lost, amazing moments of laughter to food, friends and the Zumba session, there were so many different aspects to the night.

We celebrated cancer survivors, honoured loved ones and took the lead to fight against cancer by taking positive steps to make a difference in our community. Raising much-needed awareness and money, whilst having fun doing it, the 2017 Relay for Life was certainly a night that will be remembered by everyone involved.

The event began with walking the first lap united together to honour the survivors and carers. Following this, we jumped right in to the eventful night ahead of us, taking turns to walk the track and motivate one another. Each lap we collected beads to add to our string collection and whilst we weren’t walking, we spent our time entertaining ourselves and playing board games. It was certainly a fun and enjoyable way to build bonds and relationships with our peers for this worthwhile cause. Later in the night we visited other teams around the oval and took part in the Candlelight Ceremony to remember those who we’ve lost which was a bittersweet atmosphere. We kick-started Sunday morning with an energetic Zumba class to pump us up before heading home.

There are a number of reasons why everyone should participate in Relay for Life. This community fundraising challenge raises vital funds for cancer patients, you are surrounded by passionate, local volunteers bringing the community together to celebrate the survivors and you are also recognising heroes; the families and carers. Why don’t you join us and get involved in the upcoming 2018 Relay for Life and help to support those in need?

Relay for Life will return to Coomera Anglican College on Saturday 27 October, 2018. To make a donation or sign up, visit the link here. 

Article was written by Year 12 Students - Chloe Geyer and Hyun Chai Lee

 Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


Our students are so busy that it is hard to keep up with everything that is happening at the moment. This past week we have had students competing in the Griffith University Chinese Speech Competition, Gold Coast Drama Festival and of course the ongoing Eisteddfods. All involved have competed with pride and have achieved great success as individuals and in groups. The Music Excellence Concert was held last Thursday night. Congratulations to Thomas Spencer - drums (1st place), Alexa Ripsher - vocals (2nd place) and Stephanie Warren - vocals (3rd place) for their winning performances. The opportunities for students at our College are incredible, and we always encourage them to get involved in whatever way possible to make the most of these opportunities. It is far more rewarding to get involved in a range of activities and enjoy the benefits of doing so.


There are two recent individual performances that are worthy of mention here.


First Nicole Slabbert (Year 12) achieved a Commendation Award at the prestigious Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art for her amazing painting ‘The Great Restorer of Life’ 
This is a wonderful achievement and reflects Nicole’s hard work and expertise in painting.

Nicole Slabbert 1 2Nicole Slabbert 2


Secondly Fraser Smith (Year 12) has just been crowned World Champion in Karate having won his title at the 37th Hakuakai World Championships in Japan over the weekend. This is an astonishing performance, as Fraser had not one point scored against him.

Fraser Smith


There are many outstanding student achievements each year and I never tire of hearing of their successes. It is not possible to list them all each week. Of course, not everyone has same ability or opportunity so and it is equally important to encourage participation and the achievements of personal bests in all students. I believe our staff are very good at encouraging everyone along these lines. Personal growth comes from trying hard, making mistakes and learning from those mistakes. This is what having a growth mindset is all about.


Well done to all students who give their best every day.

Enjoy the Gold Coast Show Day holiday tomorrow.


Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


 Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


In the midst of our 30 days of Gratitude, I visited a website run by Generation Next. This organisation provides education and information about the prevention and management of mental illness in youth to professionals, young people and the wider community. I watched a short video presented by Dr Justin Coulson entitled Encouraging Gratitude in Young People.


He commences by saying that gratitude might be one of the most powerful predictors of happiness that we have. Researchers have found that if we can foster a culture of gratitude in young people and we are grateful ourselves and elicit gratitude in the young people we work with, they end up feeling better, they are more engaged in school and have better relationships with their peers and teachers. In short, their wellbeing is enhanced. We know that gratitude is reciprocal. You only have to thank someone for something and they normally thank you in return for something you did. Tell someone how much you appreciate them, and you are likely to hear the same back from them. So if we promote the practice of gratitude, we tend to build relationships and improve wellbeing. Don't forget you can join our 30 Days of Gratitude at


Like many schools, we have spent time looking at ways to promote wellbeing, and gratitude is one of the easiest and most effective ways of building wellbeing. Gratitude is simple and can be demonstrated anywhere at any time. It is easy to express your gratitude about anything to anyone at any time. It costs nothing to say thank you. It makes you feel better when you acknowledge the work or efforts of others. We also work with our students on making meaning. This can involve service in our College or beyond. Being mindful of the needs of others is an important way of assisting or serving them. When students have the opportunity of helping others, they see this as meaningful. Our Year 9 Service week is a perfect example of how the students as well as the community benefits when we do things for others. The stories that come back after Service week are very positive. It is clear that the students benefit as much as those they help. As educators, we look for ways to talk to students about their strengths and how they can use those strengths to assist others. Service activity is meaningful for students and aids their wellbeing, while providing a benefit to others. By exposing students to opportunities to do something meaningful for others, we are likely to assist them to have more happy lives.


Grandparents’ Day last Friday was a fabulous success with hundreds of Grandparents and friends here to watch the Book Character Parade and visit the classrooms. I am grateful to Ms Shaw, Mrs Welham and their team who worked hard to ensure that the students had fun, learned a lot and that the Grandparents were suitably looked after. It seems to me that the Grandparents are getting younger each year!


This week I am pleased to welcome Ms Candice Smee who has come to teach Junior Secondary English and Humanities, replacing Mrs Lucy Williams who commenced her maternity leave on Wednesday. We wish Mrs Williams all the best for the pending birth of her first child.



Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


 Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


Our long serving and much loved Head of Primary, Mr Graeme Kirkpatrick, will take Long Service Leave for the whole of 2019. He has indicated to me that after almost 18 years in his role, he is looking for a change and has resigned as Head of Primary effective from the end of this year. This means that we will immediately advertise to find a new Head of Primary to commence at the start of 2019. Mr Kirkpatrick will possibly return to our College at the start of 2020 in a different role that is yet to be determined. The priority at this stage will be to find a suitable replacement.


Staff were informed of this situation earlier this week, and I have no doubt that there will be many people in our community who are sad to hear this news. However, as Mr Kirkpatrick said, “While this has been a difficult decision for me and my wife, we feel it is the right decision and the right time for me and for the College. This is a great opportunity for someone else to come in and continue the development of our fabulous College”.


It is important that I make you aware of the facts surrounding this situation now so that there are no rumours and half-truths about what has happened and why. While I am disappointed about Mr Kirkpatrick’s decision, I have enormous respect for him and his courage to make this call at a time that he feels is most appropriate. He is a remarkable man, and has been a great and faithful servant of our College. With a term and a half to go in 2018, now is not the time to dwell on this, but obviously we will take the time later this year to thank Mr Kirkpatrick for his amazing contribution to our College over the past 18 years. His departure will signal the end of an era.


I am delighted to congratulate our musicians and singers who have performed so well at the Gold Coast Eisteddfods. While the competitions are still taking place, to date we have achieved some magnificent results. Congratulations to all students and their tutors who have prepared so well for these competitions. I want to pay special tribute to the following groups who have done particularly well:


Minor Majors – Highly Commended
Treble Makers – 2nd place
Show Chorus – 1st place
Bella Voce – Highly Commended
Vox Collective – 1st place (plus a place in the Finale Concert for the best performers overall)
Junior String Orchestra – 1st place.


There have also been many other fabulous performances, so congratulations to all involved.


From the Eisteddfod stage to Bond University, the undefeated Year 9 debating team of Caitlin Brims, Andre Urech, Aireena Mansfield and Shanelle Murray took honours and are now the 2018 Intermediate B Gold Coast Secondary Schools Debating Champions. They successfully argued the affirmative side of a short preparation topic ‘That girls have it tougher than boys’. Congratulations to Caitlin, who was also awarded The Speaker of the Night. Thank you to Ms Bronwyn Moore, who coached them through their successful season. The Junior team were also awarded a Certificate of Congratulations; Junior teams do not debate in finals rounds. This team of Year 7 students, Elisha McCullough, Grace Thomas, Ashley McClelland and Shiza Basha were also undefeated in their first year of Secondary debating.
I thank Ms Meg Beddows, for her coordination of this year's competition.

 Debating 2018


This week we commenced our 30 days of Gratitude. This provides a wonderful opportunity for members of our community to highlight things for which they are grateful. When we live in such a beautiful part of the world and attend such a great College with such good friends and teachers, it is easy to be thankful for so much. If you would like to contribute to our 30 days of Gratitude please send your message to
I am extremely grateful to all in our College community.



Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


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