College News

Friday, 02 February 2018 01:24

Making Connections

CAC Connections is a newly-formed parent initiative, comprising business owners within our College community, who are seeking to support Coomera Anglican College by offering:

  • Career mentoring and advice for students

  • Work experience or traineeship opportunities for students

  • Support for the College corporate events programme

  • Networking opportunities with other business owners within the CAC community

 

This offers a great opportunity to CAC students (and possibly your own children) to get a feel for a profession that they may be interested in.  In addition, it just may introduce you, as an employer, to a future employee with the high standards that come with a CAC student.

 

We are keen to expand the CAC Connections group to include parent representatives from as many different career industries as possible.  If you are interested in being part of this important initiative, or would like more information, please contact:

 

Paul Simpson, CAC Connections parent rep:         psimpson@etairos.com.au
Lynne Tarlinton, College Events Coordinator:       ltarlinton@cac.qld.edu.au

 

Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1

 

As I was reading a book called Reflecting God’s Presence this week, I came across this reflection written by Br Bill Firman, a De La Salle Christian Brother from Melbourne. I thought it provided a great message for parents at the start of a new year, so I have copied his text below (with some minor changes to our context). I could not have written this any better.

 

“We cannot transmit our own experience to our children: experience is something they must gain for themselves. Most of us, however, identify with the father who said, ‘I’m only trying to keep him from making the same mistakes I made.’ To which his son replied, ‘It would be better fun making my own mistakes.’

 

Hopefully, it is more than fun. We learn from the things we do wrong. We become stronger through having to cope with our mistakes and, in fact, any difficulties that come our way. Ultimately, parents are trying to raise adults, not children, and much of adult life is concerned with being able to face and resolve difficulties.

 

It is a mistake for parents to be over-protective for too long. It is necessary to let children make decisions and develop their own character and independent strength. There is much that children gain in experiencing things they do that go wrong – albeit a painful episode at the time. Yes, parents have a great role in trying to make sure the things that go wrong aren’t too major. Parents also have a significant part to play in helping children ‘pick up the pieces’ after things fall apart. Nonetheless, parents should keep in mind the metaphor that the young tree that will grow to be the strongest, is not the one most protected, but the one standing alone in the open struggling against the wind, rain and hot sun.

 

It is good to challenge oneself with difficult but realistic attainments. To climb Mt Warning in South East Queensland would be challenging but realistic for a fit young person, but to climb Mt Everest would be unrealistic except for very few well-trained and experienced climbers. There is a wonderful sense of satisfaction in working towards a clear goal and achieving it.” (Firman, 2008).

 

At the welcome for new students last week, I encouraged them to make mistakes, reminding them of Albert Einstein who said “A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.” At the start of a new year, many things are new for students as they take on the challenge of the next year level. Our role as adults is to assist them through the challenge in a positive manner and encourage them to step outside their comfort zones, take some risks and experience the joy that learning like this brings. There are many terms used for this approach including grit, resilience, character strengths, growth mindset and others, which reinforce the importance of students taking responsibility for their learning.

 

This week some of our top performing graduates of 2017 came to speak to the Senior Secondary students at the Honours Assembly, providing tips for success. While they each had their own specific suggestions, there was a common thread that ran through what they said had helped them most. Seeking and responding positively to teacher feedback, working together in study groups, having a balance between study, social life and other activities like sport and music, setting goals and sticking to them, starting tasks early and prioritising what is to be done were the main suggestions. The messages are similar each year and are valued by the senior students as they commence the final stage of their schooling.

 

I watched enviously as the Year 7 students set off for their camp yesterday morning. Being able to spend three days at the beach at this time of year is a great way for them to get to know each other and their teachers. Mr Golder was also looking forward to get to know Year 7 students and this gives him the perfect opportunity to do so early in the year.

 

The Pod has been open this week for students and staff. The excitement from the students has been great to see. You can see some of the facilities available to them on our College Facebook site.

 

We have started speaking to staff about the potential issues with traffic around the Gold Coast before, during and after the Commonwealth Games. It is estimated that the population of the Gold Coast will more than triple during the competition period with visitors, athletes and officials coming from all over the world. The organisers have been warning locals and commuters to explore different ways to get to work or move around the Gold Coast. The following link gives an indication of the road closures for the Games period. https://www.getsetforthegames.com/road-impacts

 

It would be naïve to think that there will not be significant disruption to traffic flow during the Games and possibly even before and after the days of competition. I encourage all families to start thinking about alternate routes or modes of transport to get to and from the College during the last week of this term and the first week of next term, when the likely impact of the additional traffic could be significant. The actual impact is is still unknown but it is better to be prepared than not. Please start thinking about this now.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 22:40

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

 

Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1

 

Welcome back for the 2018 Academic year. It was lovely to welcome all new students and families to the College on Monday morning. The eagerness and excitement that permeated the Ivan Gibbs Centre with the new families was great to see. That same atmosphere intensified when all students returned to commence the term on Tuesday. It says something about our College that all students are so keen to return for the new year.

 

On Wednesday morning, we conducted our Student Leaders Induction Ceremony in the presence of families and students from Years 6-12. As always, we were fortunate to have all House Patrons or their family delegates with us for this occasion. We were particularly blessed to also have our Archbishop, the Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, with us to assist with the Induction process. His message for the start of the school year highlighted the importance of different generations in the community working together. I reminded our staff last week that we have five generations (in terms of how demographers measure generations) working together in our College. When we include grandparents that covers six generations in our community. What wisdom and experience that represents, and what a wonderful opportunity to learn from each other and care for each other. This of course nicely reinforces our Theme for 2018, Loving Life Together. We are confident that this theme will focus our attention on the importance of relationships that are at the heart of our College, to enable students and staff to flourish again in 2018.

 

The anticipation of The Pod has been tremendous. Such a complex building has taken longer than anticipated, but we are delighted to have taken possession of The Pod this week. The delay has put us a little behind where we wanted to be and there is some staff training yet to take place, but at this stage we should be using The Pod in the next couple of weeks. It is a magnificent building and the students will be in awe of what is on offer I have no doubt. You will have seen many photos of The Pod on our College Facebook site I imagine. While it has been frustrating at times, the end product has certainly been worth the wait.

 

Last Friday, we received some extremely sad news about former student Kristen-Lee Rechena, who tragically passed away peacefully in her sleep last Thursday morning. Kristen-Lee commenced her Preparatory year at Coomera Anglican College in 2000 and completed Year 12 in 2012. She was just 23 years old. Kristen-Lee had Adrenal Cancer and some other complications, which eventually took her life. We are extremely saddened by the loss of such a beautiful young woman and our deepest sympathy goes out to her parents Ina and Marcel and sister Kyla-Monique. Kristen-Lee’s funeral was held today, and was very well attended by many of her friends and family. It was a privilege to attend this celebration of her young life on behalf of the College community, to support this wonderful former College family. Please keep the Rechena family in your prayers as they come to grips with this sad loss.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Please note: The Uniform Shop will re-open on Tuesday 23 January 2018.

Online orders can be made at any time and will be delivered to the Secondary Admin for collection on Friday 19 January from 12 Noon onwards.
Please click this link for all items and to make purchases. Uniform Shop

UNIFORM CHANGES FOR 2018

•    Prep Boys and Girls in 2018 will wear sport shorts with the College polo shirt, white CAC socks and predominantly white joggers with Velcro.
•    Year 1 girls in 2018 will wear the dress and white hat.
•    Year 1 boys in 2018 will change to the checked shirt and formal hat.  Navy shorts remain the same as worn in Prep.
•    Year 1 boys and girls will need College sport shorts to wear with the polo shirt for P E lessons in 2018.
•    Year 4 boys in 2018 will wear navy formal shorts and belt, chambray shirt, knee high navy socks and a striped College tie.
•    Year 7 boys in 2018 will wear a College logo tie and fur felt hat.  They will also wear long trousers in Terms 2 and 3.
•    Year 7 girls in 2018 will wear the navy pleated skirt, checked blouse and navy cross-over tie.  Navy tights can be worn during Terms 2 and 3.
•    Year 7 girls and boys in 2018 will wear the College blazer during Terms 2 and 3.  
•    Year 10 boys in 2018 will wear the College white shirt with the navy formal shorts and senior boys tie.
•    Year 10 girls in 2018 will wear a College white blouse with the navy pleated skirt and senior girls tie.
•    Year 7 to 12 students will also have the option of wearing a College cap instead of a yard hat.

PLEASE NOTE

•    All 2018 Prep students are required to attend a Uniform Fitting appointment before the end of this Term where the Uniform requirements will be explained and Stationery should be purchased at this time.
Please click this link to make an appointment - Prep Uniform Fittings   

•    You are not required to make an appointment to purchase Uniforms for current students who are changing Uniforms.

STATIONERY PACKS FOR 2018

Information regarding the ordering of Stationery Packs for 2018 will be sent to all families via email.
Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 Compulsory Stationery Packs are paid for at the Uniform Shop and delivered to the College in 2018. 
Stationery Packs for students in Years 3 to Year 12 may be ordered online and will be delivered to a specified address.

Student and Parent/Guardian Newsletter for School Bus Passes 2018


Students who have a current bus pass do not need to reapply for a bus pass.
However, if one of the following rules applies to you must submit a new application.

  1. Your child currently uses the bus but is going from Year 6 to Year 7
  2. You have changed address
  3. Are considering using school buses for the first time

Frequently asked questions and more information regarding bus passes can be found on our website.  


http://www.surfside.com.au/school-services/queensland-schoolservices/#faq

 
http://www.surfside.com.au/school-services/queensland-schoolservices/#application-information

 

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Reminder for return to school plans


As students prepare to finish up for the year and enjoy the festive seasons, we would like to send this newsletter for preparation for parents/guardians for their return to school plans.
Remember, your last year school bus driver or service may change. So please keep update with any changes through our website.
Know your child’s route or school service number. Did you know TransLink have an app which will send you notifications on your services? More information on the app is available on their their website.

 

Important contacts

Surfside Main Reception - 5552 2700
QLD Feedback and Timetable information - Translink 13 12 30
Lost Property - Surfside (07) 5552 2700
Surfside School Services - http://www.surfside.com.au/ school-services/

 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 03:40

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS

As the end of the school year draws near, we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the many volunteers who have supported the College, our staff, and our students, throughout 2017.  We have an incredible spirit of community here at the College with more than 200 parents, grandparents and other members of our community volunteering their time to do “just one thing” - or, for most of those people, many things!  Your assistance is greatly valued and we are so fortunate to have your support.

 

We would like to make special mention of our wonderful 2017 PAFA Executive Committee for their efforts in coordinating Trivia Night, our Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day Gift Stalls and numerous Morning Tea activities throughout the year – thank you Amanda, Brian, Jess, Maria, Nadine, Paula, Tammie, Tara, and Tracey.

 

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time;
they have the heart”
-    Elizabeth Andrew

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Welcome to our 2018 PAFA Executive Team

 

At the recent PAFA AGM, we are delighted to advise that the following parents accepted nominations to join the 2018 PAFA Executive Committee:


Chair:                  Brian Duncombe
Treasurer:           Amanda Oliver
Secretary:           Jessica Rennie
Fair Co-ord:        Nadine Fairweather
Executive:           Maria Twin, Paula Beckton, Tammie Bruns, Tanya Blackledge, Tracey Reeves

 

We look forward to working with you next year!

 

For any enquiries regarding PAFA, please email pafa@cac.qld.edu.au

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 03:18

AMEB - Flute Exam Results

A big congratulations to all the flute students who sat their exams.  Here are their fabulous results.

 

Tahlia Hanley Preliminary Recital Flute - A
Chelsea Owen Preliminary Flute - A+
Maylin Kim First Grade Recital Flute - A
Jessica Thompson First Grade Recital Flute - A
Lindsey White Second Grade Flute - B+
Grace Thomas Second Grade Recital Flute - B+
Sheridan de Borzatti Second Grade Recital Flute - B+
Josiah Glasson Second Grade Recital Flute - A
Georgia Cook Second Grade Recital Flute - B
Jessica Dobbie Third Grade Flute - B
Lily Taylor Fifth Grade Recital Flute - B+

 

Kathy Antill - Flute Tutor

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 23:32

Our eSmart Life

Coomera Anglican College is proudly an accredited eSmart School.  We are unmistakably proactive about educating our community to be safe online.  The eSmart Schools Strategy is an initiative of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, an organisation dedicated to protecting children. 

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“eSmart Schools is making a real difference in schools across all sectors and year levels, equipping them with the resources and knowledge to effectively create a school culture that embraces the positives of the ever-changing cyber-world.”  (eSmart Schools, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation)

Please check these valuable links and resources:

The CyberSafety Net The Alannah and Madeline Foundation
Reachout.com Facebook Guide for Parents
esafety Iparent
ACMA Stay Smart Online
Thinkyouknow Digizen
Stay Safe Online snapchat support 

To report any inappropriate behaviour online (e.g. adults who you believe are acting inappropriately with or towards a child or seeking a child for inappropriate contact), please use the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Online Child Protection Form.

We recommend that all families create a technology plan so that family members can participate in an online world and minimise the safety issues that they can potentially face.  A family technology plan can address everything from health issues related using mobile devices to rules about technology use outside of the family home.  Some ideas for a technology plan include:

The Golden Rules

  • Internet access and the use of digital devices is a privilege, not a right
  • If I report unsafe incidents, and I have not done the wrong thing, I will not lose access
  • Nothing I put on the internet is private, including my emails, and mum and dad have the right to access any and all of my digital content
  • Just because a movie or song is on the internet, it doesn’t mean it is free (NO illegal downloading)
  • If you are deleting your internet history, you must have something to hide

 

  • Technology1  Technology2

Hardware and Data Protection

  • Hide your Wifi name and have a strong password (see below)
  • Download MS Security Essentials and regularly update/run scans
  • Steer clear of peer to peer sharing sites, flash games and bit torrent sites
  • Delete dodgy, unsolicited emails
  • Don't click on the 'You just won …' type links
  • Filters - K9, Windows Live Family Safety
  • Parental Control Bar - block sites
  • Backup your important stuff in two other locations – external hard drive, SkyDrive, etc
  • Always ask before downloading programmes or apps

Supervision

  • Ctrl + H - check internet history
  • Alt + Tab - toggle between open windows
  • Click and hold back arrow - current session sites visited
  • PrtScn / Snipping Tool - screenshot
  • Press windows key for taskbar - shows communication tools running in the background
  • Windows key + D for desktop

Access

  • All devices turned off and in common place for charging after agreed time at night
  • Social networking only allowed on handheld devices, not school computer
  • If a child wants to have an account, mum and dad must have access - friend, log in details, etc
  • Stick to age restrictions - no compromise
  • No personal info like full name, location, phone number, etc
  • Report all dodgy stuff or lose access
  • Read privacy policy, find out what happens to your content
  • Establish maximum screen time access amounts
  • No access until homework is finished, chores completed
  • When is it acceptable to be using our devices? (NOT: at dinner, when we have visitors, in bed, before 7:30 am, after 8:00 pm, when watching TV, etc)
  • Whatever rules I have at home will be observed everywhere else

Account Security

  • Don't share passwords with anyone but your parents
  • I must get permission before signing up to a site or filling out a form
  • Do not use credit cards to sign up or pay for stuff
  • Create and use strong passwords:

            - 8 characters
            - Capitals and Lower case
            - Digits
            - Symbols

Networking

  • I will always be respectful, honest, truthful, courteous and use the manners my family has instilled in me
  • Never, ever meet with someone you met online unless mum or dad comes along too
  • Do not discuss, post or send without permission of all parties
  • No chatrooms - ever
  • Following or friending nasty or dodgy people makes me guilty by association, and reflects poorly on me and my family

Social Networking

All social networking sites have a 13 + age limit.  This includes Facebook, Twitter, Kik, Ask.fm, Snapchat and Google+. If your child is not over 13 years of age, the College strongly recommends that you do not let them have an account.  Children under this age are not equipped with the necessary maturity and skills to use these tools safely. They are essentially mixing in an adult world and can be exposed to anonymous adults with nasty intentions and inappropriate digital content.

COPPA, or the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, applies to children under the age of 13. It is an act initiated in the United States of America, but all website operators must comply with the act if they want their sites to be accessible in the USA.  It was designed to protect the information of minors and their privacy.  

If your son or daughter has a social networking account and they are under 13, they are breaking the policy guidelines of the sites. Messaging apps like iMessage may have no age limit but still, need to be monitored.

Many parents think they are doing a nice thing by letting their child sign up to Instagram or another social networking tool. They think that it will allow them to stay in touch with their friends, and besides, all the other students use those sites anyway.  Then they wonder why their child is upset when they are bullied, excluded or they witness explicit material that is violent, sexual or abusive.  If your child is in Primary school, they are not mature enough to have a social networking account. Children also need to realise that just because they have turned 13, it doesn’t mean that they automatically have the right to join Facebook.  

One way to ensure that your child is using social networking tools correctly is to have access to their account on your phone or tablet. When you are ready for them to join up, have them sign in on your device as well so that you can keep an eye on the content being shared. Another way is to follow their account with your own account.

If you have any questions about anything to do with CyberSafety or our eSmart Schools Strategy, please contact Warren McMahon or visit our http://cybersafetynet.wordpress.com

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 05:37

Reminder: Stationery Pack Ordering for 2018

This year all Stationery Packs ordered on-line before Friday 1 December 2017 will be delivered to your nominated residential address between Monday 8 January and Friday 12 January 2018.  Alternately, Stationery Packs may be collected from the Campion Education Retail Store, Unit 5, 121 Evans Road Salisbury QLD 4107, during business hours after Monday 8 January 2018.

You will be able to access booklists from Year Three through to Year Twelve and place your order via the Campion website:

  • Go to www.campion.com.au
  • Select ORDER NOW
  • Select State
  • Select School
  • Enter the 4-digit code of XDG9
  • Select Year Level.

Please note that Prep, Year One and Year Two 2018 Stationery Packs should be paid for at the Uniform Shop or online through this link.  These will be delivered to the College for distribution by Teachers.

Campion Education will accept and process on-line orders, but please note that any orders placed after the ordering deadline of 1 December 2017 will incur a higher delivery fee (up to $19.95).

Please note: The Uniform Shop will re-open on Tuesday 23 January 2018.

Online orders can be made at any time and will be delivered to the Secondary Admin for collection on Friday 19 January from 12 Noon onwards.
Please click this link for all items and to make purchases. Uniform Shop

UNIFORM CHANGES FOR 2018

•    Prep Boys and Girls in 2018 will wear sport shorts with the College polo shirt, white CAC socks and predominantly white joggers with Velcro.
•    Year 1 girls in 2018 will wear the dress and white hat.
•    Year 1 boys in 2018 will change to the checked shirt and formal hat.  Navy shorts remain the same as worn in Prep.
•    Year 1 boys and girls will need College sport shorts to wear with the polo shirt for P E lessons in 2018.
•    Year 4 boys in 2018 will wear navy formal shorts and belt, chambray shirt, knee high navy socks and a striped College tie.
•    Year 7 boys in 2018 will wear a College logo tie and fur felt hat.  They will also wear long trousers in Terms 2 and 3.
•    Year 7 girls in 2018 will wear the navy pleated skirt, checked blouse and navy cross-over tie.  Navy tights can be worn during Terms 2 and 3.
•    Year 7 girls and boys in 2018 will wear the College blazer during Terms 2 and 3.  
•    Year 10 boys in 2018 will wear the College white shirt with the navy formal shorts and senior boys tie.
•    Year 10 girls in 2018 will wear a College white blouse with the navy pleated skirt and senior girls tie.
•    Year 7 to 12 students will also have the option of wearing a College cap instead of a yard hat.

PLEASE NOTE

•    All 2018 Prep students are required to attend a Uniform Fitting appointment before the end of this Term where the Uniform requirements will be explained and Stationery should be purchased at this time.
Please click this link to make an appointment - Prep Uniform Fittings   

•    You are not required to make an appointment to purchase Uniforms for current students who are changing Uniforms.

STATIONERY PACKS FOR 2018

Information regarding the ordering of Stationery Packs for 2018 will be sent to all families via email.
Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 Compulsory Stationery Packs are paid for at the Uniform Shop and delivered to the College in 2018. 
Stationery Packs for students in Years 3 to Year 12 may be ordered online and will be delivered to a specified address.

Thursday, 26 October 2017 03:59

Jazz Jam by Kelly (Hyun) Lee - Year 11 student

Over the September holidays, I was privileged to work with the Jazz legend James Morrison, alongside 15 or so other talented musicians as well as James’ band. Open to senior high school instrumentalists, Jazz Jam was an exclusive five day residency program designed to give young, talented players a chance to immerse themselves in all elements of being a jazz musician.

After two stages of the application process, I was thrilled to know that I was accepted to be a part of this amazing experience. Designed and led by world renowned multi-instrumentalist, James Morrison, the program covered everything from jazz history, theory and improvisation to large and small ensemble rehearsals, repertoire selection, professional etiquette and jam sessions. I was selected to play the alto and baritone saxophone and invited to play my flute for a solo. In addition, I was selected to do a small ensemble with James Morrison himself!

Throughout the week, we were also mentored by students from the James Morrison Academy of Music, gaining insight and getting advice from the next generation of Jazz students as well as receiving tuition and advice from James. What made it better was the fact that I was sponsored to do this program. Many people from the community were happy to sponsor a few students to do this program and luckily, I was chosen.

At the end of the week, we held a massive gig at the Arts Centre Gold Coast with a full house. By this point, all students were sad about the end of the residency, so recently, we formed our own big band called Jam Wire so that we can continue to play together! Till this point, we continue to meet up once in a while to jam and play music. Overall, this was an experience of a lifetime. There are no words to describe how amazing this experience was.

NOTE: It was my birthday on one of the days so James Morrison and his Academy students played the birthday song in a Jazzy way! Just amazing.

 

Jazz Jam

Kelly (Hyun) Lee - Year 11 student

Monday, 23 October 2017 01:24

Cyber BYTES

Cybersafety and online security are a continuing fact of life.
Each and everyday our children are using and connecting online.
In our own lives we are interacting with many different platforms, websites and apps as part of work and play.
All of our online activity leaves a ‘digital footprint’.  Watch this eye opening clip to see how easy it can be – CLICK HERE.

 

Coomera Anglican College is committed to ensuring that we assist our students to develop the skills and knowledge to effectively and appropriately use technology.
Through our eSmart activities and in class programs we endeavour to engage students in many aspects of digital tools and  Cybersafety for themselves, as well as informing family and friends.
It is very important that parents and caregivers become aware of when, how and how long their children are using devices and connecting online.
There are many alarming reports of inappropriate behaviour and the risks associated with being connected online.
We as parents and caregivers must take the time to keep learning and understanding the online areas our children are a part of, as well as who they may be connecting with.

 

Please find below the link to see the Cyber Bytes newsletter with tips and information to help parents guide their children in good online decision making.
The section regarding ‘10 Tips for Social Media’ is a great place to check for yourself how you might be doing when keeping CyberSafe online.

Cyber Bytes Issue 3 - October 2017

 

Keep a look out for upcoming PARENT INFORMATION sessions for CYBERSAFETY.

 

Warren McMahon - eLearning Manager

Huge congratulations to all of our finalists in this year’s AB Paterson Public Speaking competition.
The following students have competed in the preliminary finals this week:

Year 7 – Lataya Oweis and Bailey Summerland
Year 8 – Shaye Bardsley and Shanelle Murray
Year 9 – Christina van Aswegen
Year 10 – Parker Newlan, Claire Wilson, Christine Fairweather and Genaya Bardsley


From the preliminary finals stage, Lataya Oweis, Shaye Bardsley, Christine Fairweather and Genaya Bardsley were selected to proceed to their respective year level’s grand final.


Grand Final results:

Year 8 – Shaye Bardsley – 3rd overall
Year 10 – Genaya Bardsley – 1st overall

What a wonderful night for the Bardsley sisters and their family!


This concludes the public speaking events for 2017.  I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all students who have participated in Debating and Public Speaking co-curricular activities this year (and to thank all volunteer staff coaches) and I look forward to another excellent year in 2018.


Ms Cathy Hallewell
Head of English

Norovirus gastroenteritis is vomiting and diarrhoea caused by a virus in the digestive system. There are many viruses that can cause gastroenteritis, but norovirus is one of the most common. It often occurs as outbreaks where many students get sick at the same time.

 

There have been a number of students over the last week return home with symptoms of the virus. Common symptoms of viral gastroenteritis include nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. Other symptoms may include headache, chills, low-grade fever, muscle aches and tiredness. The illness often begins suddenly, and symptoms last between 24–48 hours.

 

Noroviruses are usually spread from one infected person to another. Noroviruses are often associated with outbreaks where people are in close living spaces, such as Aged-care facilities, hospitals, cruise ships and community sporting events. There are different ways in which people become infected:

  • Eating food or drink that is contaminated with norovirus. This can occur in two ways:
    • When the food may become contaminated during growing or processing, especially oysters
    • when a person who is ill prepares food for other people.
  • Touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then putting their hands in their mouth
  • having direct contact with another person who is infected (for example, caring for someone who is ill)
  • small particles of vomit settle on people or food in the same room and result in infection.

As the virus is so infectious, we ask that student's that have had any of these symptoms to please stay home for 24 hours after the last occurrence.

 

Thank you for your assistance
Rosemary Brown - College Nurse

Congratulations to all entrants in the AB Paterson Public Speaking competition heats last week.  The Coomera Anglican College students performed with distinction and a large number of our entrants were selected to proceed to the finals series, occurring tomorrow night (Year 7) and Thursday night (Years 8-12).


Finallists include:


•    Year 7 – Lataya Oweis and Bailey Summerland
•    Year 8 – Shaye Bardsley, Shanelle Murray
•    Year 9 – Christina van Aswegen
•    Year 10 – Claire Wilson, Genaya Bardsley, Parker Newlan and Christine Fairweather


We wish these students the very best of luck this week.


Ms Cathy Hallewell – Head of English

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 22:52

SOUTH COAST ATHLETICS SUCCESS

Congratulations to the 48 CAC students who competed last week in the South Coast Schools Athletics Championships. This was the most students that we have ever sent to these championships and the second most by a Hinterland School. All the students did very well with the following students placing in the top 5 in their events:

 

Anastasia Neumann
1st 13yrs 200m
1st 13yrs 100m

Rachel Pieszko
2nd 17yrs & over 800m

Haru Steel
4th 11yrs 800m
3rd 11yrs 1500m

James Murray
4th 16yrs 800m
3rd 16yrs 400m
4th 16yrs 1500m

Mackenzie Cullinane
2nd 15yrs 3000m

Alex Nguyen
1st 18yrs 110m hurdles

Nathan Perry
2nd 16yrs 110m hurdles

Ryan Schirmacher
2nd 13yrs 90m hurdles
4th 13yrs High Jump
3rd 200m hurdles

Taylor Smith
5th 17yrs 100m hurdles
1st 17yrs High Jump

Zoe Ayres
2nd 16yrs Triple Jump
3rd  16yrs Long Jump
3rd 16yrs High Jump

Vienna Farr
5th 15yrs Triple Jump

Brooklyn Lowe
4th 12yrs Shot Put

Tara Hall
2nd 14yrs Javelin

Baylie McLauchlan
5th 14yrs Javelin

Madeline Hall
4th 16yrs High Jump

William Smith
4th 15yrs High Jump
1st 15yrs Shot Put

Rohan Van de Merwe
3rd 15yrs High Jump

Imogen Noon
3rd 16yrs 400m

Dylan Devine
1st 12yrs 800m
1st 12yrs 1500m

George Dean
1st 10yrs High Jump

Riley Johnson
4th 11yrs High Jump

Mackenzie Hall
3rd 12yrs High Jump

Alannah Hopgood
5th 12yrs High Jump

At the completion of the carnival, the following students were selected to represent the South Coast region at the State Championships in October:

Primary

Mackenzie Hall
George Dean
Haru Steel

 

Secondary

Rohan Van de Merwe
Zoe Ayres
Rachel Pieszko
Dylan Devine
Ryan Schirmacher
James Murray
Anastasia Neumann
Mackenzie Cullinane
Alex Nguyen
Holly Ayres
Imogen Noon
Adam Baxter
Saxon Want
William Smith
Taylor Smith
Baylie McLauchlan
Tara Hall

 

Congratulations to these students and to all the CAC Coaches especially Mrs Belinda Stephens for her wonderful coaching and support of these students.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 22:47

BASKETBALL WINTER SEASON FINALS

Congratulations to the following CAC teams who will be playing this week in the Winter Season Grand Finals:

 

CAC Boys U/11.2 (CAC Pistons)  
CAC Boys U/13.1 (CAC Spurs)
CAC Boys U/13.3 (CAC Heat)
CAC Boys U/15.2 (CAC Kings)
CAC Boys U/17.1 (CAC Jazz)
CAC Boys U/17.3 (CAC Hawks)
CAC A Grade Men

 

Game Times for the Finals:

Tuesday Night – September 12

CAC Boys U/17.1 (CAC Jazz) v SSC – 6.05pm – Court 1
CAC U/20 Men v Wildcats – 7.05pm – Court 1
CAC A Grade Men v Helensvale Hawks – 8.05pm – Court 1

 

Thursday Night – September 14

Games being played at the Coomera Sports Centre Indoor courts

CAC Boys U/11.1 (CAC Wizards) v. Wildcats – 5.30pm – Court 4
CAC Boys U/13.1 (CAC Spurs) v. Wildcats – 6.30pm – Court 6
CAC Boys U/15.2 (CAC Kings) v. Warriors  - 7.30pm – Court 4
CAC Boys U/17.3 (CAC Hawks) v. Wildcats – 7.30pm – Court 7

 

Saturday Night – September 16

Games being played at the Runaway Bay Indoor courts

 

CAC Boys U/11.2 (CAC Pistons) v. Warriors  -  8.30am – Court 4

 

Congratulations to these teams!

Monday, 11 September 2017 23:15

NETBALL - STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Coomera Anglican College and Golden South Jaguars Netball are pleased to announce our strategic partnership which will see the Golden South Jaguars based at Coomera Anglican College for the 2018 season and hopefully beyond.

The agreement will see the Golden South Jaguars training at the College and providing opportunities for our College netball players and coaches. There are already strong ties between us, and we believe that this arrangement is very beneficial to both parties and will go a long way in developing netball at the College and on the Gold Coast. This is very exciting!

The College will become the major sponsor of the Junior Jaguars team, and will also become a minor sponsor of all other teams as part of the agreement. The expanded training and coaching opportunities that will open up to our Netball Academy, will further enhance our Academy programmes.

The partnership with Golden South Jaguars, adds to the high quality stable of partners the College has with Gold Coast Football Academy and Helensvale Swimming Club.

Go CACAburras!!! Go Jaguars!!!

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 03:28

Gratitude at Coomera Anglican College

Every language in the world has a way of saying “thank you.”  This could be because gratitude is an inherent quality that resides within each human being. Gratitude spans a multitude of boundaries—faith, age, vocation, gender, and nationality. It is difficult to define the idea of gratitude explicitly, but I like to think of it as acknowledging positive things that come our way which we have not actively worked towards, or asked for.  Gratitude is both an emotion which arises spontaneously within us and is also a choice we make – being grateful or ungrateful.  It is something we can work on and ‘train’ ourselves to become better at recognising.

Robert Emmons, a professor of Psychology at the University of California, suggested when speaking to the Centre for Christian Thought Conference in 2014 that gratitude “is an interior depth we experience out of which flows a profound sense of being gifted. As a fundamental orientation, gratitude lends significance and meaning to relationships, events, experiences, and ultimately, to life itself.”

But does exhibiting gratitude really make much of a difference? Science would appear to suggest it does. A study conducted by Emmons and his colleague, Dr Michael McCullough, of the University of Miami, asked all participants to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics. One group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them, and the third wrote about events that had affected them (with no emphasis on them being positive or negative). After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.

Additionally, another leading researcher in this field, Dr Martin Seligman, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, tested the impact of various positive psychology interventions on 411 people. When their week’s assignment was to write and personally deliver a letter of gratitude to someone who had never been properly thanked for his or her kindness, participants immediately exhibited a huge increase in happiness scores. This impact was greater than that from any other intervention, with benefits lasting for a month.

The idea of training our brains to become more grateful is something we will be undertaking as a whole College later this term in Week 9. All students will contribute to improving their wellbeing by writing and delivering a gratitude letter, or a variation on this theme. There will also be different incentives happening in the lead up to this day in the different College campuses – keep watching our social media channels for more!

In a fast-paced, busy world I am inspired to think that something as simple as practising being grateful can make a difference in all our lives. Ideas to encourage gratitude into everyday life which you can do at home:

  • Have your very own ‘gratitude journal’

  • Discuss things you are grateful for as you sit down together as a family (be it for dinner, to watch a football match, watching the news, or in the car on the way home among many common situations)

  • Encouraging each other to find *something* about which to be grateful, even on the days when it feels like only bad things have happened (these days are the most powerful)

  • Download Azasu app here: http://www.azasu.me/

  • Follow “the Gratitude Project” page on Facebook for regular encouragement and inspiration
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