College News

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!


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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

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:


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

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

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

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


Speed Camp at 8am :


Strength Camp at 9am:


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:

2017 Secondary House Athletics Carnival - Programme of Events

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


Day 1 – Monday 12 June from 9am to 3.10pm

Day 2 - Friday 16 June from 11am to 3.10pm


* Please note that attendance on these days is compulsory. Normal academic lessons will run prior to the commencement of Day 2.


Special Events


1500m Events – Boys and Girls – Wednesday 14 June 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 Monday 12 June and Friday 16 June.  


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.

Any events that do not proceed on these scheduled days will be run early in Term 3 and we will provide these details at a later time.


2017 Programme Day One


2017 Programme Day Two


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

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:


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

Friday, 02 June 2017 00:58


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.

Friday, 02 June 2017 00:31


Thank you to parents Jean Brown, Jess Rennie and Paul Simpson from our CAC Connections group, who addressed a career information session for Year 10 students this afternoon.  Jean offered insights into a career in the real estate industry, Paul spoke about Accountancy, and Jess is a Hydrogeologist.  The students had requested information on the factors that led to their particular field of employment; qualifications required; job opportunities and what employers are looking for in applicants.


CAC Connections is a parent initiative formed earlier this year, comprising business owners within our College community who are seeking to support the College by offering:


  • Career mentoring and advice for students

  • Work experience or traineeship opportunities

  • Support for the College corporate events programme

  • Business networking opportunities within our community

If you are interested in joining the CAC Connections parent group, please email for further details.

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A reminder that both Primary and Secondary students will be issued with their Semester report at the completion of this term. When the reports are available to be accessed via Parent Lounge, families will be sent an email. Primary and Secondary reports can sometimes become available at different times.

Please note: The College provides an electronic Report for each student and it is the responsibility of the Parent/Guardian to keep a copy for future reference.


Your child’s reports are only accessed through Parent Lounge via the College website - Parent Lounge Link. This action requires you to know your Parent Lounge login and password. If you are unsure of either of these, please contact the College before the end of Term 2. This will alleviate any possible delays in responding to your request for the reissue of a password.  


Please use the following administration emails for correspondence:

Primary Administration - Selena Leslie

Junior Secondary Administration - Jane Pearson

Senior Secondary Administration - Christie McKay

College Reception - Kerryn Hunt


 The College is open over the term break to assist you, however, we operate on reduced administrative staff numbers and hours. During the break please only use


Wednesday, 31 May 2017 03:50

Student Sporting Achievements

Congratulations to  Alannah Hopgood who has been selected in the Gold Coast U/13B Hockey Team

Congratulations also to both Imogen Noon (Yr.11) and Ella Goodman (Yr. 12) who were members of the South Coast Open Girls Football team that won the state championships on the weekend.
As a result, Imogen has now been selected in the Queensland team to compete at the National championships.

Well done to all three girls!


The Australian Mathematics Competition is run annually and tests students ability to respond to abstract and numerical problems.  This year Coomera Anglican College will once again run the competition on Thursday the 27 July.  We will be reducing the numbers of participants in each year level to better match the student engagement in this competition.  In each of the Year levels, Years 7 to 12, students will be invited to take part in the competition and will be required to confirm their place in the competition.  Students will be invited based on historical mathematics grades and teacher input. We hope that this way we can maximise the benefit of this competition whilst minimising the students who will miss class time as a result.


We are once again really looking forward to the competition and thank you for supporting us with this change.  Students will be invited over the coming fortnight and should you have any concerns you are welcome to contact Mr Gareth Manson, Head of Maths.


More information about the competition can be found on their website

Last week, the Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) visited Coomera Anglican College to host the One World Wontok conference. The focus of the day was UN sustainability goals for creating an equal and poverty free world. ABM explained the sustainability goals to our group and what they hope to be achieve before 2030. These goals focus on global issues that will eventually result in devastation if we use the world to our advantage for too long. It is important to educate younger generations because we can spread the word and provide other people with more knowledge about the problems as they did for us. Also, we are young people who will be in a position to create change, whether in our College, in our local communities or our global communities.


 We played many interactive and educational games to learn about the global issues. My group’s first rotation was probably my personal favourite, we played the Wontok edition Trump playing cards. Each card had a country of the world with statistics about the population density, women in parliament, Co2 emissions, cell-phone subscription and the average amount of births where mother’s age is from 19-25. Using these cards, we had to ‘trump’ another team’s cards with higher statistics. This activity was enjoyable because it was a fun competition, but it also developed our knowledge about countries and represented a pattern between different countries, whether they are developing or developed nations.


Another fun interactive activity sent us to a slum in India. We needed to imagine that we lived in a slum and tried to make a living making newspaper bags to sell. While we were trying to make our bags so that we had enough money to pay rent and buy food for our families, there was an ‘outbreak of cholera’, and one of our team members had to sit out. In the time we were provided it was tough to make enough bags to pay for rent and food. During our debrief at the conclusion of this activity, we were encouraged to think about reasons why it would be difficult to live in poverty such as trying to work on an empty stomach and how a young person might drop out of school to help the family.  


Overall, the One World Wontok conference enjoyable and very educational, as the day provided us with information relating to global issues. We can now help the issues that our world faces by focusing on the sustainable development goals. Learning about real world issues in interactive ways made it much easier to understand what it would be like for people in countries where the sustainability goals have not been met.


We would like to thank the ABM for visiting us and allowing us to develop as global citizens and to understand the global goals and what we hope to achieve. We would also like to thank our teachers, Miss Stuart and Rev’d Mary-Anne for helping for their part in organising this day for us.


Wontok Conference

Bayley Hall (8C)

If school is fundamentally based around the importance of preparing students for life in the ‘real world’, then it is integral that students understand how to thoughtfully analyse information and make decisions in the face of contradictory evidence. Humanities, as a discipline, is centred around the analysis of evidence by examining primary and secondary sources about historical events, concepts and people. What we know about History is that there is never one clear account outlining ‘what really happened’ in the past.  


Contrary to popular belief that History at school simply requires a basic recollection of important dates and facts, the Year Nine students have instead been playing detectives by critically analysing a range of contradictory information about a given event in order to make an educated decision. It is clear that the students have really engaged with such tasks, respectfully discussing and debating their viewpoints with their peers and showing a clear development in their ability to thoughtfully examine and evaluate information provided.


Not only do inconsistent accounts of a topic give students a more comprehensive understanding about the area of focus by opening them to a range of perspectives that are perhaps not so readily accessible, but this also helps them learn to not just passively accept the information they are given, instead learning to view it with a critical eye. In light of the array of information young people are bombarded with via social media and in the news, this is fast becoming a fundamental skill for the 21st century.  Encouraging students to ask questions such as How do I know this is reliable information? What is the author’s purpose? and What information was not shown, and why? ensures that our young people are becoming well-informed citizens who do not passively accept everything they read online or see on television.


Stanford University is a strong proponent of this way of historical learning, with findings showing that it provides students with “an increased ability to retain historical knowledge…a greater appreciation for history” and perhaps most importantly “essential tools for citizenship” (Johnson, 2013).  
Rather than accepting students to only view one perspective of an event, concept or piece of evident, it is important that we encourage them to explore and consider the ‘alternate’ point of view to broaden their mindset and ability to think critically and carefully, as these are skills that will set them up for success in the remainder of their schooling journey and beyond.


Dear Parents, Staff and Students
Mark Sly1


This week all the music tutors have held mini concerts for their young musicians to perform in front of family members and friends. This is an important opportunity to gain performance experience and confidence. Thank you to all of our fabulous music tutors who provide such a great service for our students. The instrumental music programme at the College is very strong. Young musicians commence learning an instrument in their primary years and often continue throughout their time at the College to become outstanding musicians. We see the amazing results in the various bands, ensembles and musical performances across the College, like the recent Musical Hairspray. There are clear links between learning an instrument and memory development, time management, self-discipline and fun, and of course it is a lifelong skill. I encourage all students to consider learning an instrument while at the College.


In my role I get to visit a lot of different schools around the state. This is an interesting experience and I always take note of certain things as I enter the campus and walk to wherever I am going. While I see many impressive campuses containing beautiful buildings, gardens and other facilities, I am always happy to return to our College. What strikes me about our place is how happy our students are and how well they interact with each other and their teachers. Of course we also have lovely facilities and grounds, but it is the people who really make a school. I am very proud of our community and how we care for each other.


This week we have again reminded Junior Secondary students about cyber safety. It is easy for young people to lose track of their sense of responsibility when online. They can get caught up in the adventure or excitement of what looks like an opportunity to contact their heroes or celebrities, or perhaps even win a competition. In the Weekend Australian last week, there was an article about the Queensland law professor who had pretended to be Justin Bieber online. He had set up a Facebook site which looked like Bieber’s and was running a competition for children to meet Bieber if they won. He replied to those who made contact with him, pretending to be Bieber, and once he had engaged the child in online conversation, he asked them to send a nude photo of themselves. While many were uncomfortable about that, the idea that ‘Justin Bieber’ wanted to see them naked was quite exciting for some, and many also wanted to win the prize even if it meant doing something they thought wasn’t right. They were prepared to take the risk. Most did not tell their parents about this situation. I understand that this professor managed to convince more than 150 underage girls to send naked images. One parent interviewed in the article stated that she was also fooled by the initial contact and thought that it was actually Bieber communicating with her daughter, until she saw the request for the naked photos. She then went immediately to the police, and the man was subsequently arrested. Trust is a big issue when using social media and when online. Any offer that sounds too good to be true usually is just that. We talk constantly to our students about being safe and sensible online. It is imperative that parents keep track of their children’s online activity, especially when they are young and impressionable. Monitor what they are doing and talk to them about who they are talking to online. As a general rule, children should not have online friends that they do not know in person. Of course nobody under 13 should be using Facebook at all. That is the requirement of Facebook because of the maturity required to ‘play’ in that environment.


You may get sick of me writing about this cyber safety, but you only have to listen to the news to hear how often young people are getting themselves into difficult situations online. It is most important that we continue to educate our children and work with parents in a consistent manner to prevent any potential issues.

Cyber TIPS: Trends, Issues, Prevention & be Smart BiT Anglican Schools Commission | Date: May 2017


Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

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 It's Bin Cleaned.


Details of all businesses in our Directory are available on the College App or website:


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

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


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.


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