College News

On Sunday the College participated in the 35th annual Modern Language Teachers' Association of QLD (MLTAQ) and Griffith University language speaking competition. Talented Coomera Anglican College lauguage students from Year 4 to Year 10 participated with over 1000 other students from across Brisbane and the Gold Coast who learn a second language. The standard of competition is very high and our talented students competed with much skill and clarity. The College again this year faired very well returning with medals and awards.


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We would like to congratulate all the students who represented the College and in particular the following students who placed:


Year 4
Highly commended - Hayley Graham and Abbie Brims

Year 5
2nd, Poppi Brough

Year 6
3rd Place - Lindsey White
Highly Commended - Isabella Hauch, Blake Dobbie and Jasmine Mallard

Year 7
3rd Place - Jessica Stupples

Year 8
Highly Commended - Caitlin Brims

Year 10
1st Place - Genaya Bardsley

Friday, 11 August 2017 02:26

APS Athletics Success

The APS Athletics carnivals held this week produced some outstanding results for our teams. The Primary team had a fantastic day and were rewarded for their efforts by placing 3rd in the Aggregate Trophy and then placed 5th in the Percentage trophy.

The Secondary APS team also achieved some fantastic results by placing 5th place in the Aggregate trophy, just missing fourth place by 9 points. Following on from last year’s results, the team was also awarded the Percentage trophy once again showing that the College is the strongest Athletics school based on population.




Major Highlights

The major highlights for both teams include:

  • Zara Courtney (U/9 Girls) placing 2nd in the Age Champion medal in her age group
  • Connor Hopgood (U/9 Boys) placing 2nd in the Age Champion medal in his age group
  • George Dean (U/10 Boys) winning the Age Champion medal in his age group
  • Ryan Schirmacher (U/13 Boys) placing 2nd in the Age Champion medal in his age group
  • Adam Baxter (U/14 Boys) placing 3rd in the Age Champion medal in his age group
  • Rachel Pieszko (Open Girls) placing 2nd in the Age Champion medal in her age group
  • Primary Boys team placing 3rd overall
  • Primary Girls placing 3rd overall
  • Secondary Girls team placing 3rd Overall
  • The 11 Years Boys placing 1st in their Age Group
  • The 9 Years Girls placing 2nd in their Age Group
  • The 10 Years Girls placing 2nd in their Age Groups
  • The Open Girls placing 2nd in their Age Groups
  • The 9 Years Boys placing 3rd in their Age Group
  • The 10 Years Boys placing 3rd in their Age Groups
  • The 16 Years Boys placing 3rd in their Age Groups
  • The 16 Years Girls placing 3rd in their Age Groups
  • Tara Hall (14yrs Girls) awarded the most outstanding field event performance for girls 15yrs & under with her record in the Javelin
  • Anastasia Neumann (13yrs Girls)  breaking records in the 100m and 200m events George Dean (10yrs Boys) breaking the record in the High Jump.
  • George Dean (10yrs Boys) breaking the record in the High Jump


A big congratulations to all the College Competitors who competed in both carnivals and special thanks to Mrs Stephens and her team of talented coaches who helped train our students in the lead up to these carnivals.
Well done, The College is proud of you! #cacgratitude

Thursday, 10 August 2017 03:38

Centrecare Community/Family Programmes

Centacare has a number of upcoming programs for young people and parents. Please click the logo below or here to go to website for more information


Post Separation Joint Kids Program and Parents Program

Run at the same time- Children attend Children’s first and parents attend Keeping Kids in Mind.
Child Age:  7-11years
Date: 5 weeks starting 16th August 2017
Time: 3:30pm- 5:30pm
Cost: $10


3 day Holiday Empowering Girls Program

Self-esteem, body image, healthy relationships, communication skills, stress. Includes Yoga and Self-defence.
Age: 11-14 year olds
Date: 20th 21st 22nd September 2017
Time: 9:30am- 4pm
Cost: $40


3 day Holiday Children First Program

Children whose families have experienced divorce and separation. Normalising and exploring the feelings and changes associated with separated and blended families.
Age: 7-11 years
Date: 27th 28th 29th September 2017
Time: 9:30am-3pm
Cost: $40


Dannielle Trainor - Child and Family Practitioner | Gold Coast Region

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 23:13

Mathematical Mindsets Conference

“I just don’t have a maths brain” is so often said as a matter of fact, as if there is something about our brains that prohibits us from connecting with the skills required in a mathematics classroom. The idea that we are pre-programmed to be either good at maths or not good at maths is deeply embedded in our culture and is, in reality, a myth handed down from generation to generation.

Recently Ms Beeforth, Mrs Tremellen and I were fortunate enough to attend the Mathematical Mindsets conference on the Gold Coast.  The conference was presented by Dr Jo Boaler, a Professor in Mathematical Education at Stanford University.  In her book, Mathematical Mindsets Dr Boaler addresses the clear disconnect between a Growth Mindset approach to mathematics and the reality of an everyday student’s attitude towards their mathematical education.

Dr Boaler went on to outline some key educational strategies for mathematics classrooms to promote engagement, enjoyment and reflective thinking.  She also presented current research findings on a range of mathematical interventions and the effects that these can have on our brain as we learn. Critically though, the most prominent message is that natural giftedness at mathematics does not exist.  It is true that this may seem to be the case but this perception of a natural aptitude for mathematics is usually a mixture of mathematical confidence and momentum by that particular learner. Whilst it is important to accept that all students will need different learning pathways and timeframes, she is convinced that everyone can succeed in maths.

I am excited to begin applying some of the ideas and strategies that have come out of Dr Boaler’s research.  I would also recommend that everyone read Dr Jo Boaler’s book Mathematical Mindsets or read some of her thoughts online at  If you are interested, there is also an online student course entitled ‘How to learn math’ which is free and available at

Mathematics remains a critical skill in a large proportion of careers and in leading successful and happy lives. I look forward to engaging with the Coomera Anglican College community to continually improve how our students engage with mathematics.


Gareth Manson - Head of Maths

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 04:34

HPE External Assesment Trial

In 2019, External Assessment examinations will become a part of every subject in Queensland. It is the biggest change to Education assessment in this state for Forty years. Schools will need to prepare themselves and their students for this change.


As such, On June 2 2017, the Coomera Anglican College Year 11 HPE class was involved in the External Assessment Trial in order to familiarise the school and students with subject based external assessments and tested processes for their delivery. The trialled assessment was aligned to the existing Physical Education syllabus and developed in consultation with subject experts from schools and universities. A total of 2935 students from 103 participating schools were involved in the external assessment trial.


As the teacher of this subject and with major experience in External exam preparation from my time in the Victorian system, I was very excited to be part of this trial and viewed the process as a most valuable asset in preparing our current Year 9s for what is to come in 2020.


I am very pleased to inform our parents/community that the student results of this trial have come back extremely positive. Despite the short time frame for preparation, the Year 11 HPE students as a collective group, have performed well above the state results in all assessment dimensions. 75% in the Acquiring A to B band (36% State), 70% in the Applying A-B band (44% State) and 45% in the Evaluating A-B band (23% State).  Obviously, there are some outstanding individual results in the class that have contributed to these results.


I know some parents have been curious about how we are preparing for the coming assessment changes and if it will enable improved outcomes for students. While this is just one set of results, I think it does indicate that the school is in a very good position moving forward and through diligent planning via my staff and thorough pre-exam preparation our students will benefit greatly.


I congratulate my Year 11 students on a job well done!


Craig Crossley
Head of HPE




Sunday, 06 August 2017 23:35

Congratulations Hayden Jones

Congratulations to Hayden Jones (Yr. 5) who recently competed for South Coast Schools in the Queensland State U/12 Schools’ Tennis Championship in Toowoomba.

Hayden’s team were successful in winning the championships and placing 2nd in the doubles. Hayden was ranked 3rd overall at the championships and as a result, has been selected in the Queensland U/12 Schools team which will compete in the National championships in Shepparton in October.


Well done Hayden!

Sunday, 06 August 2017 23:27

Gold Coast Debating - Finals Progress

Coomera Anglican College continues to do very well in the finals series of the 2017 Gold Coast Debating competition, with five of our teams competing in last week’s Quarter Finals.  Four of the five teams won their debates, with the unfortunate situation in the draw of the Junior A division where two of our CAC teams were facing off against each other (pictured), so we knew there was going to be good and bad news from that debate.  Congratulations to all of these teams on their excellent progress and best wishes to the four teams who will proceed to Semi-Final debates this Wednesday evening.


  • Junior A – CAC 1 - Aireena Mansfield, Olivia Rich, Shanelle Murray, Caitlin Brims (lost to Junior A – CAC 2)

  • Junior A – CAC 2 - Jada Melhem, Harrison Hanley, Eli Beckton, Shaye Bardsley

  • Int B – CAC 1 - Kyrra Wilks, Christina van Aswegen, Cambria Hunt, Mikayla Melhem

  • Int A – CAC 1 - Christine Fairweather, Hannah Dumbleton, Genaya Bardsley, Mackenzie Brown

  • Int A – CAC 2 - Claire Wilson, Kendall Bronson, Kyle Chapman, Baxter Dent

Ms Hallewell – Debating Co-ordinator

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 22:33


The College is pleased to announce that we are the first APS school to join the Headsmart Concussion Programme. The College will be assisted with the delivery of this leading programme by UC Physio, who will conduct the testing as part of the programme.

We believe that this is a positive programme, in line with initiatives in major sporting codes, and will be a valuable tool to assist our families in the event of a head injury.

More details will be available soon with how families can get involved. We will be encouraging everyone involved in sport to sign up for the annual base line testing.

Stay tuned!

For more information visit the Headsmart website:

Thursday, 27 July 2017 03:00

Student Sporting Achievements

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Mae Ottaway - who have been selected in the following team:

Hinterland U/12 Girls AFL Team

Congratulations to the following students who achieved wonderful results at the Beenleigh Eisteddfod last week

Shenoa Parker
Modern Pop: 1st, Own Choice: 1st, Disney: 1st, Musical Theatre: 3rd

Jessica McConville
Modern Pop: 2nd, Musical Theatre 3rd

Grace Thomas
Gospel: 3rd, Disney: 3rd

Jasmine Mallard
Musical Theatre: 1st, Disney: 2nd
Jasmine was also awarded the Development Perspectives Trophy for Vocal Excellence

Lily-Jade Fitch
Modern Pop: 2nd, Own Choice: 1st, Jazz: 1st, Musical Theatre HC

Sarah Stone
Sing and Play: 3rd, Modern Pop: 3rd

Christine Fairweather
Disney: 2nd, Musical Theatre: HC

McKeira Cumming
Musical Theatre: 2nd
McKeira was also awarded the Excellence in Singing Trophy

Huge congratulations on a successful eisteddfod!

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability is a joint initiative of all Australian Governments and non-government education authorities.  

Collecting data on school students with disability helps teachers, principals and education authorities support the participation of students with disability in schooling on the same basis as students without disability. Our College has been involved in the nationally consistent collection of data process since 2013 and will again be submitting our student data in August.

Please be reassured that the Department will not provide to another organisation any data that can identify an individual student. The only data being collected at the College level to be reported nationally is the:

  • number of students in the school who are provided with an adjustment to address a disability;
  • level of adjustments we provide for those students; and
  • broad category of disability (For example either physical, sensory, social/emotional or cognitive) 

The Australian Government Department of Education will use the information collected for the purposes of preparing reports for briefing Education Ministers.

Consultation with parents is important not only for the data collection but also to ensure you are aware of the adjustments being provided to support your child.  

Further information and fact sheets can be found through the link provided below:

If you have any queries about the collection of this data, please contact either, Brigitte Sadler (Primary Learning Support) or Nicole Findlay (Secondary Learning Centre)

Monday, 24 July 2017 03:56

Digitech Club Expressions of Interest

The Digitech Club is based in the secondary campus, in a Makerspace between the IT Office and Chinese Room.  In Term 3, students from Years 5 to 12 are invited to come along and try new technologies, such as robots of many kinds, drones, Minecraft, ROBLOX Studio and Makey Makeys.


The timetable for Term 3 is shown below.  To register your interest, please click here to go to our Passmarc course and access the EOI form.  All sessions are free of charge.


  Day   Monday   Tuesday   Wednesday
  7.45am - 8.15am   No sessions   *Papert Project   *Papert Project
  3.20pm - 4.10pm   STEM Club Primary
  Cocurricular (full)
  Robotics with
  Mr McMahon
  Drone Squadron with
  Mr Jorgensen


* The Papert Project allows students to work on a task that they determine with adult supervision and support.

Monday, 24 July 2017 03:38

External English Trial

The College’s English Faculty is well on-track in preparing students for new assessment formats which will be implemented statewide as part of Queensland’s shift to incorporating external assessment in the near future.  Our College was invited to participate in a trial of an external assessment task, which our Year 11 English students completed in Term Two.  Students worked with their teachers on an in-depth study of a novel, The Secret River, then prepared for writing an analytical essay on one of two unseen questions in examination conditions.  We have received back a very pleasing set of results, a summary of which appears below.  Well done to all students on their hard work throughout this unit and in their preparation for this task, and thank you to Year 11 teachers, Mr Peter Goodman, Mr Doug Seymour and Ms Cathy Hallewell for the additional work they have done to prepare our students.


  Results (%)

Statewide (8477 students)

Coomera Anglican College - Year 11 English Students

  A   8   14
  B   32   51
  C   35   27
  D or below   25   8



Wednesday, 19 July 2017 01:31

State Schools Cross Country Championships

The State Schools Cross Country Championships was held over the weekend. Our students have worked extremely hard in preparation for this event.


Daniel Prinsloo  - 20th
Dylan Devine  - 4th
Mackenzie Cullinane - 5th
James Murray  - 14th


As a result, Dylan Devine has now been selected in the Queensland Cross Country Team which will compete at the Nationals later this Term. It is also worth noting that Dylan was named the 10-12 years captain for the South Coast team.
To finish in the top 20 out of the BEST runners in the state of Queensland is an amazing achievement.


Well done!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 04:25

Junior Secondary Chess

Five students from Year 7 - 8 represented the College today at the APS Chess competition.
They enjoyed competing against other talented Chess players, and learned from this wonderful experience, especially Caitlin Brims who played on to take out first place in her playing division.


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Pictured are Jem Angel (7D), Jaspa Baldwin (8A),
Caitlin Brims (8A), Madison Sawtell (8A)
and Ebony Taylor (8A).


JS Chess

Monday, 17 July 2017 03:45


The College will be participating in the Woolies Earn & Learn programme again this year, which enables us to get new educational resources.  From Wednesday 26 July-Tuesday 19 September, you will receive 1 Earn & Learn sticker for every $10 spent at Woolworths (excluding gift cards and tobacco).  Simply place the stickers on a Woolies Earn & Learn sticker sheet and when completed, drop the sticker sheet into the collection box in Primary Admin or at Woolworths Upper Coomera.  Please ask the Woolworths cashier for a sticker sheet, or copies will be available in Primary Admin.

Thank you to our PAFA Committee for organising our participation in this worthwhile programme again in 2017.

As an Anglican Early Learning Centre our ethos and values culture is a vital aspect of our professional, personal and spiritual development. iLR provides a framework that connects us together and provides us all with a sense of belonging to a family and community.

Last term the Preprep children ventured beyond the Early Leaning Centre up to St Matthew’s Anglican Church.

Throughout the term the children were introduced to all the different aspects of the church; the building and what it looks like, songs, stories and music, special events that take place within the Church and prayer reminding us of who and what we can pray for.

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They met Reverend Mary-Anne, our College Chaplin and Reverend John Dougherty parish priest for St Matthews. Reverend Mary-Anne supported the children in their understanding of all the key components of the church and parish community. Reverend Mary-Anne introduced the children to some of her favourite songs and stories and the children reciprocated by sharing a couple of the songs and stories we use in the Centre.

With the support of Miss Yvette, a parishioner, the children were welcomed into the community. We are very grateful to everyone who worked with us to provide this enriching experience for the children.

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On Wednesday 12 July the children along with their families, Prep, Year one and Year two children celebrated their learning with Reverend Mary-Anne at St Matthews. It was a beautiful celebration as Reverend Mary-Anne and the children guided their parents through all that they had learnt last term.

This experience provided the children with the knowledge that community goes beyond their home, their kindy and their school and that these community connections are important. Now when the children drive past St Matthews Church, they know that it is more than a building that stands beside a road. It is a building filled with song, music, activity, fun and people who care.

For the remainder of the year the Preprep children will attend worship in the Ivan Gibbs Centre at 10.00am with the children from Prep and Year One. Parents are very welcome to join us each week for worship.

Not to be left out, the children in the Kindy and Senior Kindy room will continue to work with Mrs Kathy Harrison and the staff in ‘Godly Play’. This play experience provides the children with opportunities to share in stories, songs and prayers that reinforce the message that Christian people love and work together as a community.  We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with Mrs Harrison this term.


Thursday, 13 July 2017 04:22

Secondary Debating News

The Gold Coast Debating competition Round Robin concluded at the end of Term 2 after four rounds of intense competition.  Coomera Anglican College students have debated prepared topics, as well as topics of which they have only had very short notice (in the case of Senior Debaters, only one hour).  Congratulations to all of our debaters and thank you to their coaches too, as well as parents and other supporters.  We are very happy to report that 8 of the 11 teams have successfully reached the finals rounds, which will commence on Wednesday 26 July with the Round of 16.   A number of these teams have been undefeated throughout the four preliminary rounds, which is an incredible achievement in itself and augurs well for the finals rounds.  Teams which have reached the finals are highlighted in blue below


Division Team Number Team Names Coach

Junior B


Jem Angel

Lily Delaney

Lily Caulfield

Lisa Murray

Isabel Croker and Tegan Ward

Lataya Oweis

Hayden Owen

Alexis Hockey

Bailey Summerland

Isabel Croker and Tegan Ward

Junior A


Aireena Mansfield

Olivia Rich

Shanelle Murray

Caitlin Brims

Ms Stuart

Jada Melham

Harrison Hanley

Eli Beckton

Shaye Bardsley

Ms Stuart

Int B


Kyrra Wilks

Christina van Aswegen

Cambria Hunt

Mikayla Melhem

Ms Macdonald

Lucy Palmer

Mia Bromilow

Tori Jones

Elisha Hurley

Breanna Fowler

Ms Beddows

Max Brown

Reginald Wardleworth

Alexander Reeves

Jack Baxter

Adam Baxter

Ms Beddows

Int A


Christine Fairweather

Hannah Dumbleton

Genaya Bardsley

Mackenzie Brown

Mr Ristic

Claire Wilson

Kendall Bronson

Kyle Chapman

Baxter Dent

Mr Ristic

Sen B


Kate Tonkin

Tegan Ward

Carla Coetzee

Sophia Ahern

Isabel Croker

Ms Hallewell

Jasmine Warpenius

Amber Davidson

Piper Williams

Bobby Melhem

Kelly Lee

Ms Sly


One of the highlights of this year’s competition has been seeing a group of our Year Twelve students debating together in a team which they have carried through since Year Five.  Congratulations in particular to these students – Isabel Croker, Tegan Ward and Carla Coetzee - on the long term commitment you have given to the College’s Debating program.  Two of these students, Isabel and Tegan, have also assumed roles as student coaches of our Junior B teams, offering younger students the benefit of their experience as debaters.


Best wishes to all of our debaters for the finals and we look forward to reporting on further success after finals have been completed.


Ms Cathy Hallewell - Head of English

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 04:40


Battle of the Bands delivered some incredible performances this year. It was fantastic to see the level of musical performances of many of the students and to have so many schools come together and enjoy each other’s company and love of music.

2018 Battle of the Bands winners:

1st Place – Exit 24 (John Paul College)

2nd Place – Top Deck (Marymount College)

3rd Place – The Test Subjects (Hillcrest Christian College)

Best Original Performance – Exit 24 (John Paul College) – “Can’t Go On”

Crowd Favourite – Exit 24 (John Paul College)

Best Vocalist – Amber Arnold (Hillcrest Christian College)

Best Instrumentalist – Rory Fleming (John Paul College)

Best Performer – Gabriela Pegler (Marymount College)

Thank you to the students and teachers for putting such fantastic bands together. Thanks also to the Judges – Mark Watson from Studio Proof; Amira Talbot of ‘Chasing Velvet’; and the legendary Louie Sheldon. As well as Adam de Vries for MCing the night on stage.

We also acknowledge event partners – TAFE Qld Gold Coast, and event supporters, including Blank GC, Nightquarter, Relay For Life, Music Express, Studio Proof, Gold Coast Trophies & Engraving. In addition, to the staff and volunteers at Coomera Anglican College, including the incredible PAFA team, who work on making the event a great success; as well as the TAFE students and staff who ensure a professional performance opportunity on the night.

Photos to come

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Download Band Registration Form here

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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:

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