College News

Thursday, 29 March 2018 01:56

Student Sporting Achievements

Swimming  - Eden Rieck

Congratulations to Eden Rieck (Yr. 8) for her recent swimming achievements at  the Queensland School Sport 13-19 years State Swimming Championships.

For the 13 years girls she achieved finals and top ten finishes in all her events:

1st place 400IM
6th 400m Free
6th 200m Free
8th 100m Fly
9th 100m Free

Well done Eden!

Eden Rick



Rowing – Jack Bowser

Congratulations to Jack Bowser (Yr. 12) who recently competed at the National Rowing Championships. Jack placed 5th in the final of the Quad and then he came 12th overall in the School Boys single scull. Because of his strong performance for Qld he has been selected to represent Qld at the Nationals Selection trials to select an Australian team for World Championships later in the Year. Well done Jack!

Jack Bowser


Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


Welcome back for Term Two. Having enjoyed two weeks of beautiful weather and the excitement of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, I trust you are well rested and ready for another busy term. I hope many of you were able to attend some events of the Games and experience first class performances from world-class athletes.


There were many wonderful performances from dedicated athletes from across the Commonwealth, and some even better examples of sportsmanship on display. I was fortunate to be near the finish line at the athletics last Monday evening and witnessed the three Australian female Games pic10,000m runners, Celia Sullohern, Madeline Hills and Eloise Wellings, waiting to greet the final runner from Lesotho finish four minutes after everyone else. I was also impressed by how gracious Australian race walker Claire Tallent was in congratulating her race winning young team mate Jemima Montag moments after being disqualified herself in the 20km road walk, and of course who could forget Kurt Fearnley’s interview after finishing second in the 1500m having given his all. He was so positive and thankful for the opportunities he has been given in life, and so full of praise for his young team mate Jake Lappin who finished third. These are the moments that provide such prominent role models for our students. It is not always about winning, but how you participate, and how you react to adversity that builds character and the admiration of others. There would be hundreds of similar stories over the past fortnight all of which serve as powerful life lessons for us all.


Fortunately, the traffic flow over the period of the Games was nothing like the chaos that was anticipated and Monday’s pandemonium did not eventuate as predicted. Nevertheless, we had to listen to all the warnings we were given last term, in making the decision to close the College on Monday. I apologise if this created difficulties for anyone.


With all the extra television coverage of the Games, I imagine many spent more time on the couch watching TV than normal, perhaps even late into the evening. I read with interest this week, an article by Siobhan Banks (Associate Professor University of South Australia) and Melinda Jackson (Senior Research Fellow RMIT University), about the importance of sleep. This is always important to remember at the start of a new term as students are getting back into their routines. The article listed the following problems due to sleep loss:


  • Long term memory loss - when we sleep our brain replays activity patterns to help information stick
  • Anger – we tend to focus on negative rather than positive, and cannot regulate feelings
  • Impaired wit – sleep loss affects cognitive processes like divergent thinking
  • Hallucinations – a well-rested brain filters stimuli and prevents sensory overload
  • Head in the clouds – brain activity linked to attention lapses changes when sleep deprived
  • False memories – a sleep-starved brain may fail to encode memories successfully
  • Cerebral shrinkage – lack of sleep can decrease brain volume
  • Slurred speech – language processing is less active in exhausted people
  • Junk food binges – sleep loss leads to neural activity which creates brain mechanisms that dull judgement and increase desire
  • Risky decisions – a good night’s sleep aids in making sensible decisions
  • Brain damage – brain stem cell damage due to sleep deprivation may be irreparable

It is important to note that sleep deprivation during the week cannot be caught up by sleeping longer on weekends. Sleep needs to be regular and consistent.
I have written about the importance of sleep before, but after two weeks of such exciting television viewing or event attendance, I imagine many are feeling a little weary, and it is timely to remind parents of the importance of sleep in developing brains



Thank you for your continued support.


Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 04:32

2018 Entertainment Book

In week three of Term Two, the College Art Department will be sending home a copy of the 2018/2019 Gold Coast and Northern NSW 'Entertainment Book' for viewing.

However, if you would like to purchase prior to the Easter holidays you can purchase a digital copy now for your mobile device. Please follow this link below for this option. 2018/2019 Entertainment Book

If you do not have a student attending the College, you are more than welcome to order one through us.

Both the books and digital membership are just $60 and represent absolutely amazing value on an enormous amount of products and services across the Gold Coast and Nationally!

All proceed of the sales go to the College Art Department.

Over the weekend seven College students competed at the QLD Little Athletics Championships in Brisbane.


All the students did extremely well, with both Dylan Devine and Nathan Perry winning medals. Dylan won the under 13 years boys, 400m, 800m & 1500m and has now been selected in the QLD Little athletics team to compete at the Australian titles in late April on the Gold Coast! Nathan won silver in the under 17 years boys 110m hurdles.


Other results included –

Nathan Perry  - 6th U17yrs 200m, 6th U17yrs Long Jump

Haru Steele - 5th U12yrs 1500m, 6th U12yrs 800m

Connor Hopgood – 6th U10yrs Discus, 8th U10yrs Shot Put

Anastasia Neumann – 6th U14yrs 200m

Jack Neumann – 4th U12yrs 100m

Tabitha Laurie – 9th U10yrs 60m hurdles, 11th U10yrs Long Jump


Congratulations to all these students and we look forward to more great results from them at this year’s Track and Field events competing for CAC!

Congratulations to all our teams that competed in the Summer Grand Finals. The following teams were fortunate to win their final.


CAC Girls U/12/14.1 (CAC Bobcats)

14.1 CAC Bobcats Premiers


CAC Boys U/14.1 (CAC Spurs)

14.1 CAC Spurs Premiers


CAC Boys U/14.3 (CAC Heat)

14.3 CAC Heat Premiers


Well done also to these teams that were Runners-Up in their competition:


CAC Boys U/16.2 (CAC Kings)

16.2 CAC Kings Runners Up


CAC Boys U/18.2 (CAC Lakers)

18.2 CAC Lakers Runners Up


A big thank you to all the coaches and supporters that came along and cheered our teams at the finals.

Bring on the Winter Season! - CAC Basketball

Monday, 26 March 2018 23:52

Student Sporting Achievements

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

Candice Parziani – South Coast Open Girls Football Team

Liam Thiesfield - Hinterland Open Boys Touch Football Team

Henry Sprott - Hinterland U/12 Boys AFL Team

Riley Johnson - Hinterland U/12 Boys AFL Team

George Dean - Hinterland U/12 Boys AFL Team

Hayden Jones - Hinterland U/12 Boys AFL Team

Jessica Bonnitcha – South Coast U/11 Girls Netball Team

Imogen Hanley - South Coast U/11 Girls Netball Team

Georgia Lea’aetoa – Queensland Primary Swimming Team   


Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


First Term has been and gone in a rush! This week the students and staff have enjoyed Festival of Gifts with many new initiatives such as the College Picnic, Prayer spaces and more inter Year level activities. On Monday at the Opening Ceremony, I reinforced the purpose of Festival of Gifts, as our opportunity to celebrate many things, but three in particular:


  1. The life of our College
  2. God who makes and creates
  3. Our human giftedness – being and doing, loving and serving.


We celebrate the life of our College through The Telling, which is the story of our College. It is the story of how our founders worked together – Gibbs with his vision, Smith with his determination, Morris with his mastery and Lane with his perseverance. This is not only a story about our College, but also provides a template by which to live our lives.


We celebrate God who makes and creates. The world is full of so much beauty and awe; cloud formations, the stunning colour of a flower, the miracle of life. We are children of God. His perfect creation is in us all.


We also celebrate our human giftedness. God gave us the capacity to be who we are. We have enormous potential to be wonderful and to do amazing things. God also gave us the ability to love and serve. To love God, each other and ourselves. In celebrating human giftedness, we are called to love and serve others.


Festival of Gifts has provided many opportunities for students to engage in different activities and to love life together. It has been a great week.


New Year 7 Class

Demand for entry into the College has been high for a number of years, and we have been under pressure to create more places. After much careful consideration and planning, the College Council recently determined that the time is right for us to commence a new Year 7 class in 2019. Since the additional Primary classes were added in 2012, there has been no entry point into the Secondary campus. This has created difficulty for us to cater for all siblings let alone others on our waiting lists. The much anticipated new Year 7 class will provide that essential entry point. We are currently the only P-12 school that I know (and certainly the only APS school) with more Primary students than Secondary students. This has created a challenge for us. As they move through the College, the extra secondary students will enable us to be more competitive in APS, but far more importantly will allow us to further develop subject choices for students and provide us with the capacity to potentially fast track facilities, in much the same way we were able to do so after we added the fourth Primary stream. The Pod would not have been possible had we remained at three streams in Primary.  Any change always takes some getting used to, but I can assure parents that we have planned this additional class at Year 7 very carefully and will continue to work on the detail throughout this year.  The positive opportunities of having extra students far outweighs anything else. Our College growth has been steady and sure since we commenced with 60 students in 1997. We have planned carefully from the start and continue to do so today. That is a hallmark of our College. If you are aware of people who are waiting for entry to the College, please direct them to the website to complete an online application.


I apologise that the extra class was inadvertently mentioned on a Facebook site prior to me announcing it to parents through this page.


Change to Monday 16 April

As the Commonwealth Games approach, we have received many official warnings about the predicted chaotic traffic situation on Monday 16 April as the majority of athletes, officials, media and visitors are expected to leave the Gold Coast together on that day. Our College is in the heavy traffic flow area and the predictions are that transport around our College will be extremely difficult on that day. We have been informed that government schools will be closed on that Monday and we are following this lead. Monday 16 April is marked as a student free day on our calendar for Staff Professional Development. We will now be closed. This means that the College, Early Learning Centre and Vacation Care will be closed and unavailable to parents on Monday 16 April. While this may create some inconvenience, I am announcing this now so that alternative arrangements can be made. This is indeed an unusual situation, and we are having to make this decision before the heavy traffic starts. However, every indication and warning suggests that having less traffic on the road on 16 April is sensible. Our teachers will still complete their professional development requirements online, so they are not missing the opportunity to learn.


I apologise if this situation causes concern for any family, but we have to respond as advised by the Games organisers.


I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Easter. I hope you enjoy the break with your family and if you are lucky enough to be attending some Commonwealth Games events, I hope you enjoy seeing the world-class athletes in action.


Thank you for your continued support.


Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

The College recently held a parent information evening regarding Cybersafety and positive online behaviours. The evening was well received with positive feedback and several requests for more sessions. Extra sessions will be available in Term 2 to address a number of areas.


The initial session will also be repeated for any parents who missed the presentation. Upcoming sessions will cover a range of digital topics to help parents and students navigate the Internet safely.
Many activities and resources are available via the College website focusing on educating ourselves and our children around safe online use.


Please check out our update Cybersafety Net site CLICK HERE-

The Cyber Safety Net


and the NEW Anglican Schools site dedicated to Child Safety and Wellbeing – CLICK HERE

Cybersafety and wellbeing


Supporting these resources, the College runs activities to promote the student skills and raise awareness. Earlier in the year we ran Safer Internet Day, along with Friday March 16th, National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. These day are very important to our school and pupils, promoting understanding about both online and offline behaviours and their consequences.


We believe that internet safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of young people’s development. These activities and resources are provided to enable you to strengthen and reinforce the safety message that your children receive in school, as well as in the home environment.  


Please feel free to discuss these activities with your children and promote the positive use of digital technology and the importance of remaining safe online.


Warren McMahon - eLearning Manager

Thursday, 22 March 2018 03:49

Student Sporting Achievements

Rowing Achievement

Congratulations to Jack Bowser (Yr. 12) who went to New Zealand over the Christmas break and competed at one of New Zealand’s largest Rowing regattas.  His Quad managed to score a second in the quad with a time that was only 6 sec of a world qualifying time. Jack also managed to pick up a 5th place in the doubles final and 6th place in the final of the single scull event. Recently, Jack participated in the State club competition and came home with 3 silvers and a bronze. One silver for his single, one for the double, one for the Quad. Well done, Jack!

Student Achievement

Congratulations to the folowing student who has been selected in the following team:

Brody Smitka – South Coast U/15 Boys Rugby League Team

Coomera Anglican College held their inaugural MathsCraft event on March 20 in The POD. Eight of our Junior Secondary students joined fifteen students from four local schools to explore maths problems collaboratively.  Our four Year 12 Academic Prefects joined us and helped to inspire the students and provoke mathematical thinking. We were also fortunate enough to be joined by four Mathematicians, including Dr Anita Ponsaing who joined us from Melbourne.


MathsCraft is an event supported by ACEMS (the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers). Dr Anita Ponsaing travels nationally to support schools in hosting and running MathsCraft events and has an expansive network of Mathematicians who were willing to join us for the event.


Students who participated worked on three problems across the afternoon.  The exploration of the problems led to some great discoveries as well as some unique and imaginative thinking.  Many of the student’s solutions led to even greater questions and so students were encouraged to take their questions away and explore them further.

MathsCraft 1

MathsCraft 2

We hope to run further events such as these in the future to engage students in mathematical thinking, broaden their horizon beyond the curriculum mathematically and allow them to network with mathematicians and peers.  The afternoon was filled with engagement, laughter and joy (yes I said it, joy) as the students discovered, pondered and played with mathematics.

MathsCraft 3

Gareth Manson and Allison Beeforth


Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


Yesterday I had the opportunity to travel to Canberra for the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) National Consultative Group Meeting. I was there in my role as Anglican Schools Australia (ASA) President, as Anglican schools represent the largest sector of Independent schools in Australia. The three-hour meeting covered many items of national importance including discussion around funding, the political environment, NAPLAN, students with disabilities and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC). The meeting was attended by educational leaders from all states and all sectors of Independent schools. The purpose of the meeting was to brief us on what is happening nationally regarding a range of educational projects. The ISCA team meet regularly with the politicians to discuss educational issues and often to advise the Government on such matters. For example, NAPLAN online will be phased in over the next three years with 150 schools trialling the online NAPLAN this year. This is to test for readiness in the system and to determine the capacity of connectivity required for NAPLAN to be completed in this way. Our College is not involved in these online trials in 2018. By 2020 all students will be completing NAPLAN online.


There is also a review being conducted on the method used to determine funding of non-Government schools. The current funding arrangements have been in place for almost two decades, although there was some fine-tuning done recently. This has given schools some certainty about funding so they can plan effectively. While the current system is sound, transparent and fair, there are potentially some improvements that could be made to make it even better. It is unfortunate that the funding of non-Government schools has become such a political issue. You will probably have read in the newspapers regarding promises made about funding to one sector in the lead up to the next election that has the potential to undermine the integrity of the current funding arrangement.


Earlier this week the Year 9 students attended their leadership and team building day off campus. As leaders in the Junior Secondary campus, we believe that this time invested in developing them as a cohesive cohort is most important. Year 9 students provide leadership and it is important that they understand the benefits of their positive role modelling in the College. This team building day also provides a strong foundation for their service activities later in the year. Thank you to Mr Ristic for his organisation of the day and to Mr Golder and the Year 9 teachers who accompanied the students.


You may have seen a news story or two about The Pod this week. We are very proud of the facilities and learning opportunities available to students in this building and I have been impressed with how the teaching and learning is changing across the campus as a result. It is wonderful to see students so engaged in their learning and excited about what The Pod provides for them. However, while it is very special, The Pod is just a building. It is what happens within the building and beyond that is the important element. I am grateful for the way the Primary staff have embraced the challenges of changing their approach to teaching and learning. The Pod has provided the catalyst.


Yesterday was Harmony day celebrating cultural diversity in Australia. This follows on nicely from last Friday’s Anti-Bullying day, with a similar sentiment. We are all different, yet have far more similarities as humans than differences. The orange ribbons worn by students and staff are also used for Harmony day and provide a visual reminder of the importance of respecting each other. That should be easy for our community given that respect is the cornerstone of our College.

Thank you for your continued support.


Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Boys Matches


Term 1 Wk 9 Boys



Girls Matches



Term 1 Wk 9 Girls




Students playing away fixtures will
not be back at the College
to catch the normal after-school buses  
or meet parents at the normal finishing time.   

It is requested that students catching buses home
   find alternative transport home on these occasions.  
  Families that are collecting
may like to arrive at the College later.  

Extended Opening Hours for final week of Term 1


Monday 26 March - 7.30am to 4pm

Tuesday 27 March - 7.30am to 4pm

Wednesday 28 March - 7.30am to 4pm

Thursday 29 March - Closed

Friday 30 March -  Closed

Please ensure that you have purchased Winter Uniform requirements before the end of Term 1.

Online orders placed over the term break will be processed and ready for collection from Secondary Admin on Monday 16 April after 12pm.


Opening Hours for the first week of Term 2


Tuesday 17 April - 7.30am to 11am

Wednesday 18 April - 7.30am to 4pm

Friday 20 April - 7.30am to 11am


College Winter Uniform Requirments - Term 2


Year 7 to 12

  • The College Blazer is compulsory in Terms 2 and 3 for Boys and Girls. 

  • The College pullover may be worn with Formal and Sport Uniforms for Boys and Girls.

  • Boys wear long navy trousers

  • Girls may wear navy (not black) tights. (Please note that these must be purchased from the Uniform Shop to maintain consistency across the College.)

  • College Microfibre Trackpants and Jackets may be worn only with the College Sports Uniform

  • Cacaburra Hoodies may be worn with the College Sports Uniform.

Prep to Year 6

  • Prep students may wear the new Tracksuit Jacket and/or Trackpants.

  • Boys in Years 1 to 3 may wear navy trousers instead of shorts however, this is optional.

  • Girls may wear navy (not black) tights. (Please note that these must be purchased from the Uniform Shop to maintain consistency across the College.)

  • The College pullover may be worn with Formal and Sport Uniforms for Boys and Girls.

  • College Microfibre Trackpants and Jackets may be worn only with the College Sports Uniform by students in Years 4 to 6.

  • Cacaburra Hoodies may be worn with the College Sports Uniform.

College Uniform Presentation requirements are clearly outlined in the College Handbook.  Please ensure that Uniforms are in good condition and meet with these requirements.  Of particular concern is the length of girls dresses and skirts (these should be below knee), the condition and fit of Formal Hats and the faded nature of many uniform items.  Please organise replacement or repair of uniforms if necessary to ensure all students are looking their best. Hair below collar length must be tied back with navy ribbons or a navy scrunchie purchased from the Uniform Shop only. 


Dry Cleaning of College Blazers is available from Helensvale Dry Cleaners or Coomera Dry Cleaners located in Kohl Street, Upper Coomera.  A Formal Hat Cleaning/Repair Service is also available.

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in the South Coast Swimming team to compete at the State Titles:


Primary Team

Emerson Jones

Georga Templeton

Caitlin Brown

Haylee Reid

Georgia Lea’aetoa

Max Templeton

Lani Stasiaskowski

Daniel Prinsloo

 South Coast Swimming Primary CAC Students


Secondary Team

Eden Rieck

Mia Feltham

Scarlett Young

Taylor Butler

Kyle Bartlett

Dylan Cole

Renae Wieser

Sunday, 18 March 2018 21:50


With Mr K carrying the baton high and leading the Games Officials into the Ivan Gibbs Centre, PAFA’s 2018 Trivia Night was off and running last Friday.  Thank you to all participants for going to so much effort with your fabulous costumes and team names.  Congratulations to the 2018 winners of the Best Dressed Team award, ‘The Diamonds’.


After six entertaining quiz rounds, ‘The Golden Girls’ team won the night and took home the gold.  A hotly contested tie-breaker for 2nd and 3rd place saw the ‘Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ team pip the ‘Solid Gold Podium Dancers’ team for the podium finish. Next To Last placed team was ‘Simple Minds’.  Other winners on the night included Angie Noar from ‘The Diamonds’ team with the closest guess in the Barrel of Balls, champion hula-hooper Fiona Catanese, as well as Rob Goodwin and Clive Noar in the Go For Gold toss.  Our lucky raffle winners were:


Red A63 - Maria 
Black E62 - Kirsty
Orange E45 – Krystle   
Red A64 - Nadine
Red A48 – Fiona     
Red A77- Steve
Red A69 – Tony    
Blue E24 – Melissa
Red A46 – Amanda  
Blue E94 and Orange E82


Congratulations to all prize winners, successful auction bidders, and to our fearless hula-hooping contestants!  


We would like to gratefully acknowledge the many prize donors who generously supported PAFA’s Trivia Night 2018:


Adjust Coomera

Bamboo Nails

Begin Bright

BWS Pimpama Junction

Café Tahbella Oxenford

Chempro Chemists Upper Coomera

Coles Coomera Village

Commonwealth Bank Coomera

Coomera Tavern

Coomera Waters Pharmacy

Cre8tive Nails Pimpama Junction

Dan Murphy’s Coomera City

Days Road Pool Shop

Egans Group

Elite Supplements

Erem Kebab & Grill

Etairos Accounting

Eyes On You Optical

Exotic Wok & Grill

Fins At The Junction

Hair Rocks Pimpama

Ideas of Coomera

James Courtney

Metro Carvery

My Foot Dr Hope Island

One Little Tree Café Pimpama Junction

Papier & Co Hope Island

Pharma Save Pimpama

Pimpama Dental

Pizza Temptations Upper Coomera

RB Studio Hope Island

Rose Marshall Hair Studio

Salon Le Artist

Springbok Foods Oxenford

Super Saver Variety Coomera

Sushi Break

The Press Café Coomera Waters

Tiger’s Asian Wok

Villa Italia Pimpama Junction

Village Roadshow Theme Parks

Woolworths Coomera West

Zarraffas Upper Coomera

Zaza Kebabs Pimpama Junction


A big thank you also to our Trivia host, the wonderful Terry ‘Tappa’ Teece, and to our Trivia Night volunteer team who not only score and host games on the night, but also spend many hours planning this event and sourcing prize donations to assist our fundraising efforts each year.  Heartfelt thanks to Amanda, Amber, Fiona J, Fiona M, Maria, Nadine, Paula, Suzi, Tammie, Tanya and Tracey for all your support.


Thank you also to Mark Heaney and Graeme Kirkpatrick for their assistance on the night, and to Andy Griffiths for his technical support.


Finally, our grateful thanks to all the teams for participating and supporting Trivia Night, and for helping us put the ‘fun’ in fundraising.


We have a few cases of Chickenpox reported within our College Community.  Chickenpox is an infection caused by the varicella virus. It cannot be treated with antibiotics. Treatment is usually to relieve the symptoms, which are commonly fever and a rash.  Chickenpox is easily spread by direct contact with a person who has chickenpox, or by fluid droplets in the air when they cough or sneeze. A person with chickenpox is infectious to others from one to two days before the rash first appears until the last blisters have dried up.  In rare cases, children can develop serious complications as a result of chickenpox. A chickenpox vaccination is given to children aged 18 months as part of their normal schedule of vaccinations. It is very effective, has few side effects and is free in Australia.


Signs and symptoms of chickenpox

    If your child has chickenpox, they may:

  • Have a mild fever

  • Feel tired and irritable

  • Be itchy

  • Have a rash.

The rash usually appears 10 to 21 days after first being exposed to someone who has chickenpox. The time between exposure and getting the rash is called the incubation period. The rash usually first appears on the chest, back or face.  It can then move to other areas of the body, including inside the mouth. At first, the rash looks like small pimples. These later become blisters full of fluid. Most children with chickenpox are unwell for about five to seven days.

CP Image


You should take your child to see a GP if:

  • They get large, sore, red areas around the rash, which may indicate a secondary bacterial infection
  • They become increasingly unwell, are very drowsy, have a high fever or are not drinking
  • You are concerned for any reason.


Children and adults can get chickenpox, but it is more common in children. Chickenpox is highly contagious, which means it is very easy to catch. It can be spread by having direct contact with the person who has chickenpox, especially by touching the liquid from the blisters. Chickenpox is also spread by the fluids that are coughed or sneezed into the air.

If your child has chickenpox, they are infectious to others from one to two days before the rash first appears up until the last blisters have dried up. Some members of the family may need to stay away from the child during this infectious stage.

Children with chickenpox should be kept home from the College until the last blister has dried. A dry blister scab is not infectious. Please let me know if your child gets chickenpox, you can email me


Key points to remember

  • Chickenpox is very easy to catch, and is infectious for one to two days before the rash starts up until the last blister has dried.
  • The rash usually starts between 10 to 21 days after the first exposure to chickenpox.
  • Antibiotics will not cure chickenpox.
  • A chickenpox vaccination is given to children aged 18 months as part of their normal schedule of vaccinations.

College Nurse - Rosmary Brown


Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


This week we conducted a Critical Incident Drill with our staff. We created a fictitious scenario involving the collapse and death of a student on campus, and set about responding to this situation. The Senior Leadership Team met at 7am on Monday and planned our response, then gathered the staff at 8am to inform them of the scenario, and take them through what they would need to do in the case of a real critical incident. While we hope we never have to deal with any critical incident, it would be foolish to believe that it might not happen one day. As a College, we rehearse evacuation and lock down procedures several times a year, so that staff and students would know what to do in such a situation. To date (touch wood) we have not had to implement either of these emergency procedures, but we must still be prepared and have our students well trained to respond immediately should such a situation arise. While we did not involve the students in our critical incident drill this week, it was important to take this first step with our staff. By conducting this drill, we tested our policy and learnt a few things as a result. This will not be the last time we undertake a critical incident drill. It is sensible to be well prepared should any critical incident ever arise.


This week we also held our Preparatory Information Evening for 2019 and beyond. It is always a great joy to speak to parents about to join us as they embark on the exciting journey of their child’s education at our College. As I welcomed the parents, I was reminded of an article I read in The Weekend Australian on Saturday about a ‘Rock-star psychologist’ Jordan Peterson who tours the world speaking to people about what is important in life. While I am sure many of you read the article I want to summarise his 12 Rules for Life as I think they resonate with much of what we are trying to achieve at Coomera Anglican College.


Rule 1 – Stand up straight with your shoulders back.

Rule 2 – Treat yourself like you would someone you are responsible for helping.

Rule 3 – Make friends with people who want the best for you.

Rule 4 – Compare yourself with who you were yesterday, not with who someone else is today.

Rule 5 – Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.

Rule 6 – Set your house in perfect order before you criticise the world.

Rule 7 – Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient).

Rule 8 – Tell the truth – or at least don’t lie.

Rule 9 – Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t.

Rule 10 – Be precise in your speech.

Rule 11 – Do not bother children when they are skate-boarding.

Rule 12 – Pat a cat when you encounter one on the street.


This set of rules comes from Peterson’s book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, and was reported in the article written by Caroline Overington, Associate Editor in The Inquirer section of The Weekend Australian, March 10-11, 2018.
While I’m not sure about Rules 11 and 12, the others are in tune with what we would promote within our community. You might like to follow up this article with one of Peterson’s many youtube lectures.


SRC Chair, Deenie Mansfield pinning and orange ribbon.Tomorrow is National Day of Action Against Bullying. Our College will be celebrating this important day with the distribution of orange ribbons thanks to the Student Representative Council. This provides a constant reminder to students about the need to follow our College guidelines in the way we interact with each other. The language of our values culture –imagine, listen, respect lies at the heart of caring for each other appropriately. Our students know that bullying is not tolerated in our community and they are to speak up if they see it happening. We can only eradicate bullying if it is brought to our attention if and when it occurs.
SRC Chair, Deenie Mansfield pinning Dr Sly's Lapel with the National Day of Action Against Bullying Orange Ribbon.


Thank you for your continued support.


Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Boys Matches


APS Sport 16 March



Girls Matches



APS Sport Girls




Students playing away fixtures will
not be back at the College
to catch the normal after-school buses  
or meet parents at the normal finishing time.   

It is requested that students catching buses home
   find alternative transport home on these occasions.  
  Families that are collecting
may like to arrive at the College later.  

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