College News

Friday, 02 June 2017 00:31


Thank you to parents Jean Brown, Jess Rennie and Paul Simpson from our CAC Connections group, who addressed a career information session for Year 10 students this afternoon.  Jean offered insights into a career in the real estate industry, Paul spoke about Accountancy, and Jess is a Hydrogeologist.  The students had requested information on the factors that led to their particular field of employment; qualifications required; job opportunities and what employers are looking for in applicants.


CAC Connections is a parent initiative formed earlier this year, comprising business owners within our College community who are seeking to support the College by offering:


  • Career mentoring and advice for students

  • Work experience or traineeship opportunities

  • Support for the College corporate events programme

  • Business networking opportunities within our community

If you are interested in joining the CAC Connections parent group, please email for further details.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 03:50

Student Sporting Achievements

Congratulations to  Alannah Hopgood who has been selected in the Gold Coast U/13B Hockey Team

Congratulations also to both Imogen Noon (Yr.11) and Ella Goodman (Yr. 12) who were members of the South Coast Open Girls Football team that won the state championships on the weekend.
As a result, Imogen has now been selected in the Queensland team to compete at the National championships.

Well done to all three girls!


If school is fundamentally based around the importance of preparing students for life in the ‘real world’, then it is integral that students understand how to thoughtfully analyse information and make decisions in the face of contradictory evidence. Humanities, as a discipline, is centred around the analysis of evidence by examining primary and secondary sources about historical events, concepts and people. What we know about History is that there is never one clear account outlining ‘what really happened’ in the past.  


Contrary to popular belief that History at school simply requires a basic recollection of important dates and facts, the Year Nine students have instead been playing detectives by critically analysing a range of contradictory information about a given event in order to make an educated decision. It is clear that the students have really engaged with such tasks, respectfully discussing and debating their viewpoints with their peers and showing a clear development in their ability to thoughtfully examine and evaluate information provided.


Not only do inconsistent accounts of a topic give students a more comprehensive understanding about the area of focus by opening them to a range of perspectives that are perhaps not so readily accessible, but this also helps them learn to not just passively accept the information they are given, instead learning to view it with a critical eye. In light of the array of information young people are bombarded with via social media and in the news, this is fast becoming a fundamental skill for the 21st century.  Encouraging students to ask questions such as How do I know this is reliable information? What is the author’s purpose? and What information was not shown, and why? ensures that our young people are becoming well-informed citizens who do not passively accept everything they read online or see on television.


Stanford University is a strong proponent of this way of historical learning, with findings showing that it provides students with “an increased ability to retain historical knowledge…a greater appreciation for history” and perhaps most importantly “essential tools for citizenship” (Johnson, 2013).  
Rather than accepting students to only view one perspective of an event, concept or piece of evident, it is important that we encourage them to explore and consider the ‘alternate’ point of view to broaden their mindset and ability to think critically and carefully, as these are skills that will set them up for success in the remainder of their schooling journey and beyond.

Thursday, 25 May 2017 23:26

The Pod – A Point of Difference

Further to Dr Sly’s newsletter article for this week, there is still an opportunity for families and any other members of the College community to get involved and make a voluntary donation to the College Building Fund, towards this wonderful, future focused and unique building project.  Take advantage of the 30 June tax deadline and claim on your 2016/17 Tax Return.

For details please see the Appeal Brochure which can be found on PASSMARC or by clicking here

The Pod Building Prospectus

To get a feel for what is coming, we are pleased to present to our College community a short graphical fly-through of The Pod, highlighting some of the key elements, including the Imaginarium, which is a full 360o immersive learning room.  This 3D render will hopeful show you how amazing this building will be.

This future focused facility will provide our students from the Early Learning Centre, and Primary from Preparatory to Year 6, with amazing opportunities to learn and grow.

Check it out!  Click on the image.

Click here to see The Pod at CAC


After graduating from the College in 2012, Caitlin Low commenced a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science at Griffith Uni.  In addition to her studies, Caitlin worked at a local chemist and at the new Gold Coast Private Hospital as a Pharmacy Technician.  She also spent two years on an organising committee for the NAPSA Congress held at Griffith in 2015, hosting 250 pharmacy students representing 19 pharmacy schools across Australia.


In 2014, Caitlin travelled overseas to volunteer at a medical centre in Cambodia as well as helping at a school and orphanage.  “It was a fantastic experience, and I have since travelled to Thailand, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Ecuador and Peru.”


After graduating from her Bachelor degree in 2015, Caitlin continued her studies with a Master of Pharmacy at Griffith and has been adding to her impressive resume by participating in a working group for young pharmacists with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, organising educational and networking events.  After graduating from her Masters in July this year, Caitlin is excited and honoured to have been offered a position at the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital as a Pharmacist Intern.


Congratulations Caitlin, your achievements to-date are well-deserved and we wish you every success with your future pharmaceutical career.


Caitlin Low

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 23:38

Head Lice - We are not selective!

We love every single one of you!


There are few things are more annoying and difficult to get rid of than head lice, they are universally loathed, despite the medical view that they are little more than a nuisance.

Despite the irritation and frustration that accompany a head lice infestation, many of us take some comfort in the knowledge that lice only like to nest in clean hair. But do they?

There is no medical evidence to support the theory that head lice prefer to live in clean hair, nor is there research to suggest lice prefer dirty hair. The underlying message is that head lice occur in all hair, clean or dirty.


Can Head Lice be prevented?


It may be difficult to prevent head lice from spreading among children, but the following are some steps you can take to help keep lice away:

  • Ask your child not to share combs, brushes, hair ties and ribbons
  • Ask your child not to try on/use/loan hats that belong to other children 


What are the signs of head lice?


Because lice move very fast, they are not always easy to see. Here's what you can watch for:

  • Frequent scratcing
  • Small red bumps on the scalp, neck and shoulders
  • Lice eggs, also called nits, which look like tiny, oval shapped, white or clear dots. Nits usually stick at an angle on hair shafts.

If you think someone in your family has head lice, it's best to check everyone in the family.


Frequently asked questions


Where do head lice come from?

Head lice have been around for thousands of years. As with any insect, they learn to adapt to their environment in order to survive. We are never going to be completely rid of them, but we can make managing them easier.

Do head lice fly or jump?

Head lice do not have wings so they cannot fly. They can't jump because they do not have ‘knees'.

So how do head lice move around?

Head lice CRAWL very fast and require head to head contact for transmission. It is possible that because of the way young children play, head lice are seen more widely amongst primary school children than adolescents or adults.

Do head lice live in carpets, clothes, hats or sheets?

No. Head lice very rarely fall from the head. They require blood to survive. Head lice feed 3-4 times a day and without blood, will dehydrate in 6 hours in a dry climate and 24 hours in a humid climate. An egg requires warmth to hatch and is the reason why they are laid close to the scalp. The further away from the scalp, the less likely they are to survive.


What treatment kills 100% of head lice or eggs?

There is no single treatment that kills 100% of head lice or eggs. Speak to a pharmicist, whichever treatment you choose it can take time and persistence to get rid of head lice.

How does the conditioner and comb method work?

It's a very cheap and effective way of finding head lice. Hair conditioner does not kill lice, but it does stun them for about 20 minutes, meaning they do not move around, and it is difficult for them to hang on. This gives you time to comb through the hair with a lice comb.

Why do you have to treat again in seven days' time?

Head lice eggs take 6-7 days to hatch. And when you treat, it's easy to miss an egg or two. By treating again in seven days, you are aiming to kill and comb out any lice that have since hatched from eggs, which were missed.

Should I treat everyone in the family?

It is important to check each family member, using conditioner and comb, for head lice but only treat those with live lice.

What should I wash or treat at home?

As head lice only live for a short time off the head, the only extra cleaning needed is to wash the pillowslip on the hot cycle or place in clothes dryer. Head lice combs can be cleaned in water hotter than 60 degrees.

Why does my child keep getting re-infected?

Re-infection is the least likely reason for head lice returning in a week's time. If eggs do not die, or were not removed during the original treatment they may hatch and the lifecycle occurs all over again. To break this lifecycle you must re-treat (regardless of treatment method) seven days after the first treatment and continue with weekly checking.


Help Nurse Brown

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:12

The PE Geek Workshop

On Monday, members of the Secondary HPE faculty spent the day with Jarrod Robinson (aka, The PE Geek) with the focus on technology use in the HPE Curriculum. This was a major coup for the College as we were the host of 33 HPE teachers from Brisbane and Gold Coast schools. We were excited to show case what we do at Coomera Anglican College as a HPE faculty, particularly in terms of best practice and the use of cutting-edge technology.

The use of Technology in HPE is a major 2030 project for our faculty. Although we have been making good progress in modifying our current pedagogy, the session spent with Jarrod opened our eyes to the many more possibilities available. We have really only been scratching the surface of what can be achieved.

We currently have a class set of 30 ipads for exclusive use in HPE and with Jarrod’s work we are very much aware of how what we do in HPE can be modified and many instances, redefined. This is especially the case in giving students immediate feedback and allowing closer, more personal analysis of their own performance in a practical setting.

We look forward to implementing the many ideas and in turn give our students greater opportunities to improve their learning outcomes in HPE.  

Thank you to Warren McMahon and Andy Griffiths for their assistance in setting the AV for the day.


PE Geek

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:10

Student Sporting Achievements

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


Alana Chessum - Hinterland District U/15 Girls Football Team


Congratulations also to Cameron Cubit (Yr.12) who recently competed in the 2nd Round of the MTBA – Mountain Bike Australia National Gravity Enduro Series at Mt Stromlo in Canberra ACT.  The race was made up of 5 timed special stages travelling approximately 30km, climbing about 900m over 3 and a half hours. Cameron finished the day on the podium in 2nd position in the National Junior Men Category.
Well done Cameron!


The CAC Tech Bootcamp is back for the mid-year break!


Only 20 places available for the Bootcamp.


Dates:              19 to 21 June

Time:               8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Location:         Primary Computer Lab and College Makerspace

Age groups:    Year 4 to Year 9 (CAC students only)

Cost:                $150 inc GST per student


Activities include:

  • Minecraft

  • 3D CAD and printing

  • ROBLOX Studio development

  • Sphero Robots

  • Virtual Reality

  • Sport

  • Exercise

  • MaKey MaKey creations

  • Coding

  • Ozobots programming

Please click here to register an expression of interest.

Mr Jorgensen - eLearning

Thursday, 18 May 2017 22:51

Student Sporting Achievements

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


Sam Davidson – Hinterland District U/15 Boys Basketball Team

Colby Twidale - Hinterland District U/12 Boys Touch Team

Jack Pearce - Hinterland District U/15 Boys Football Team

Ebony Taylor - Hinterland U/15 Girls Football Team

Ella Goodman - South Coast Open Girls Football Team

Imogen Noon - South Coast Open Girls Football Team

Jasmine Warpenius – South Coast Open Girls Softball team

Hayden Jones – Hinterland District U/12 Boys Tennis team.

I am pleased to let you know that we are commencing Confirmation preparation - making connections -  for interested students very shortly.


It has been a journey to arrive at this point, and I am excited that many families have expressed interest in participating. Please note that participation in making connections does not involve a commitment to be confirmed at this stage. It will be a safe place to explore the faith connections students already have, no matter how tentative, and consider the possibility of deeper life-giving connections with God and self, as well as with others in the group.  


The making connections sessions will be interactive, held at the College and involve food for hungry people, an activity, a video to discuss and space for Q&A.

Topics to be covered include:

  • baptism and confirmation: how, why and what?

  • looking at Jesus

  • looking at God

  • what is the Bible?

  • the Eucharist – what we do and what it means

  • what it means - and doesn’t mean - to live as a Christian. 

The first three sessions will be held after school on Thursday in Weeks 6,  7 and 9 of Term 2, from 3.30pm – 4.30pm. I will advise the exact venue shortly, probably a classroom.  


There will be 3-4 more sessions in Term 3, and the Confirmation service will be held at the College early in Term 4.


Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptized and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus.


Your student is very welcome to join the making connections group.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m more than happy to hear from you.


Reverend Mary-Anne Rulfs
0403 049124

Grace Hermansson has been selected in the Queensland State Performance Programme for U16s Girls Basketball! The Queensland State Performance Programme (SPP) is a successful and proven programme, which has seen athletes go on to represent Australia and secure college scholarships in the USA.  It is the first step towards representation for Queensland and then onto the National Leagues.


Grace, currently being a ‘bottom age’ player for her age group (only recently turning fourteen), is one of only twenty girls selected within the State to participate in this programme and as a result, will be touring the USA June this year.  
Whilst in the USA, Grace has the opportunity to experience International competition and NCAA College exposure. In this specific tournament the teams will meet and play against some of the best age group players in the USA, whilst also coming in contact with renowned and influential Coaches, ‘Scouts’ and College Basketball Selectors.

We wish Grace all the best as she travels to the USA in June.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Year 10 Market Stalls at the recent College Musical, Hairspray.  This engaging learning opportunity helped students to apply their business knowledge and learn valuable skills such as setting up a business, how to finance their idea and how to deal with customers.


These aspiring entrepreneurs were able to raise $1,700 for World Vision to help sponsor children in need. This was an amazing effort made the various groups.


Business Market Day 1


Business Market Day 2

Thursday, 11 May 2017 01:16

Student Sporting Achievements

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

Lachlan Cope-Williams – South Coast Open Boys Hockey Team

Grace Hermansson – Hinterland U/15 Girls Basketball Team

To avoid disappointment, please do not forget to place an application for all siblings looking to commence at the College in 2018 as the process will begin for interviews very soon.


We have only a handful of places left for PREPARATORY 2018 at Coomera Anglican College. If you have a friend or family member interested in joining our community next year please remind them to place an application without delay. All places are subject to a 40 minute 1 on 1 school readiness assessment.


Early Departures

All students leaving the College before 3.10pm must be signed out and collected from Secondary Student Services by a parent or an adult nominated by the parent in writing.  Secondary students who drive to and from the College require a signed note from a parent/guardian.
Any person who is collecting a student from the College during normal school hours (8.30am – 3.10pm) may be asked to provide some form of identification.


Late Arrivals

If a student is arriving at the College after 8.30am they are be required to report to Secondary Student Services to sign in before going to their class.



If a student is unable to attend school their parent/guardian needs to notify the College prior to the start of the normal school day (8.30am).  The simplest way to advise of an absentee is via the contact button on the free College App.
The College does not condone student absences during term time for extended holidays, family weddings or overseas trips etc as it is a breach of the Education Act, which clearly states that every child of school age must attend school every day of the school year


APS sport absences

All students enrolled at the College are required to participate in APS sport training and fixtures each week during the Summer and Winter APS seasons. This commitment is not negotiable and attendance at weekly training (Monday afternoons for Junior Secondary / Wednesday afternoon for Senior Secondary) is compulsory. The College day is considered to end at 4:15pm on these training afternoons. Consequently, parents are expected to make the necessary transport arrangements to ensure that their child(ren) can attend these training sessions each week. Appointments should never be made for sport afternoons and work commitments and other sport training sessions cannot take precedence over APS sport



Thursday, 27 April 2017 01:52

Student Sporting Achievements

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

Cade Birrell - Queensland Open Secondary Boys Tennis Team

Mitchell Rust – Hinterland U/12 Boys Football Team

Sam Davidson – Hinterland U/15 Boys Rugby Team

Max Brown – Hinterland U/15 Boys Rugby Team

Grace Hermansson (Yr. 9) and Wilson Page (Yr. 12) who both have been selected in the Queensland U/15 Emerging Basketball team and the Queensland U/18 Boys Emerging Basketball team respectively.. Both will be heading to the USA in the June/July holidays to compete in a number of fixtures against teams from the USA.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:25

Reading for Pleasure - By Meg Beddows

As an English teacher, I know research suggests that it is incredibly important to cultivate a love of reading within my classroom. Personally, I have always loved to read and I hope that my students will too. I am well aware that I face some challenges, however, I believe that there are some simple strategies you can do at home that can help encourage your child to develop a love of reading.


  1. Make reading a part of your child’s daily routine. In Year Seven it is an expectation that students will read for one hour per week as part of their homework requirements. Encourage students to read for pleasure for at least ten minutes before they fall to sleep at night. In the morning, speak to them about what they read the night before.

  2. Share you own reading experiences with your child. The students I teach love to know what I am reading currently and what I enjoyed as a teenager. I very intentionally tell my students what I am reading, read passages to them in class and encourage discussion about books. As parents, you can do the same.

  3. Listen to an audio book in the car. Audio books are a great way to encourage reluctant readers. Even though they are not reading the text themselves, students are still developing vocabulary and fluency skills. Also, students who have difficulty reading are free to visualise the scenes that are being described.  

What is the 7@7 Blog?

In Year Seven all students participate in a formal reading program. Throughout the year students are expected to read a minimum of seven texts of their choice, in addition to those studied within their English classes. The program aims to enhance reading opportunities and reading skills of our students including their fluency, comprehension, range and appreciation of texts. Students are taken to the library at least twice a term, however, each room has a well-stocked classroom library the students can borrow from.


Once a week students are required, as part of their homework, to complete one blog activity. The blog encourages students to go beyond retelling the book and engage in an activity that is of interest to them.


Some of the activities they can choose to complete include:


  1. Build a model of a favourite scene from the story.

  2. Draw a map or plan based on parts of the story.

  3. Create an advertisement for the book. This could be a print advertisement, or a commercial.

  4. Rewrite a chapter of the book as a dramatic script.

  5. Write a publisher’s blurb to sell the book.

    Examples from this year:

Example 1

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 23:11

eSmart Parent Resources

The College is focused on providing child safety for our students.  Part of that process is making parents aware of online dangers and their responsibility to provide a safe environment at home.  


Here are 3 easy ways for parents to do a quick eSmart check-up:



The Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner has curated a great resource called iParent.  There are some links in here to helpful content to help you support the College’s effort to keep all our students safe.


The big issues

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