From the Principal's Desk - Week 3, Term 4 2018


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
Caitlin 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