From the Principal's Desk - Week 8, Term 4 2018


Dear Parents, Staff and Students


This week we have moved secondary students into their 2019 Year Levels and they have commenced work on next year’s courses. This is an important step in preparing students for the new assessment system commencing for Year 11 in 2019, but it also gives all students a head start on their studies for next year. Years 10 and 11 students moved on Monday and Years 7-9 moved today following their Celebration Evening on Tuesday night. While we do not expect students to be working during their summer break, it gives them the opportunity to read novels and start thinking about setting some goals in a relaxed manner.


Junior Secondary Celebration Evening was a lovely way to congratulate all students for their achievements this year. Thank you to Mr Golder and his team for their work with the students this year and congratulations to all students for your efforts. It is clear that we have many very talented students in our College.


With one week remaining in the College year, we will complete the Celebrations Evenings next week with Years 3-4 on Monday and Years 5-6 on Tuesday evening. The Early Learning Centre Christmas concert is tomorrow night. All of these events take a huge amount of organising and the music staff are involved in them all. Thank you to Mrs Smith, Mrs Materne, Mrs Bissett and the music tutors who prepare the students so well. Given that all tutors have also completed concerts over the last two weeks, this is a very busy time of the year for them all. Mr Andy Griffith runs all the sound and lighting in the Ivan Gibbs Centre with students he is training. These people all do a fabulous job and ensure that our various events run smoothly and professionally. Thank you to all who assist in this way.


Next week the important Crossing of the Little Bridge for Pre-Prep into Prep on Wednesday morning and the Year 6 Crossing of the Bridge on Thursday are significant milestones for these students and a very special way to end the year. I believe we conduct these transitions from one campus to the next very well. Many years later, students reflect on the significance of these occasions in their journey through the College.


Tomorrow will be another very busy day for our College. We are running a Leadership Training Day for the Year 11 Leaders elect. This provides them with an overview of what leadership is all about, and gives them the opportunity to hear from some leaders within the College and the community. Students are given the opportunity to ask questions and are encouraged to start thinking about setting their goals as a leadership team for 2019. I believe we have become much better at assisting students to develop their leadership skills over time. Like everything we do, it is important to reflect on and challenge the process to ensure it is relevant, fulfilling the need and using best practice. The outside speakers who come from the health and professional industries are helpful in this regard.


The Corporate Golf Day that was washed out in October is also being held tomorrow at Gainsborough Greens. This should be a lot of fun for those involved and the weather is looking much better for golf at this stage. Thank you to all who have been involved in planning this day and to all who have signed up to play. Happy golfing!


Finally, the Early Learning Centre Christmas Concert is also on tomorrow evening. The children have worked very hard with Miss Kathryn and their teachers and are no doubt looking forward to performing together in front of their families. I am always amazed at the capacity of these very young children to learn so many songs. It should be a fabulous concert.


Cyber Safety

Coomera Anglican College is proud to partner with Family Zone commencing 2019. The College will be one of the first schools to take a whole of College approach making Family Zone available to our families from Preparatory to Year 12. Family Zone will be available to all our families as part of your College fees. Family Zone is a complete online cyber safety solution that protects your children at College, at home and when they are out and about. It is available on College supplied devices, as part of our eMind programme, but will also allow families to provide protection on other devices at home. As part of our commitment to keeping our students safe, it will require the College to work in partnership with our families, who will need to register online in 2019. Family Zone is simple to set up, easy to use, and supported by a team of cyber experts.

Further information will be sent out in relation to the registration process and some convenient webinar sessions for families in the New Year.

In the meantime, if you require more information please visit the College Cyber Safety Hub:


Thank you for your continued support.


Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal