College News

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 03:37

ROBLOX, Online Gaming and Being eSmart

Recent headlines from around the world have been screaming about the danger our children face when playing online games like ROBLOX or Minecraft.  While the media loves a controversial story, there is absolutely no denying that predators use online gaming sites like ROBLOX, Minecraft, Club Penguin and even Xbox Live.  If your child plays online games in virtual worlds with other random players, there is a high probability they will be in the company of predators.


 
So I welcome these stories as it brings this topic back into the spotlight.  Letting your child play freely on the internet without close supervision is akin to dropping them off in the middle of Cavill Avenue on a Saturday Night and saying 'Go for it!'  Inappropriate content on YouTube, bullying on Facebook, sexting on Snapchat, adult content on Instagram, phishing on email and unwanted advances from child predators in a virtual world are the norm, not the exception.

 
 
So even though ROBLOX has been under the pump of late, the real issue is parental supervision.  If one day, out of the blue, a parent decides to check up on their kids they will get a shock.  We need to have rules in place and a regime of supervision set up before our kids can go into a virtual world.  It is up to all of us to have vigilance when our children are on the net, and to ensure that our children know what to do when they are in a dodgy situation.  


 
ROBLOX puts safety of its young players first and foremost, and has responded to the recent bad press on its blog.  There are mechanisms in place, such as a parent PIN, age visibility, chat filtering, human moderators, a rigourous reporting system, strict developer content guidelines and the ability to play in private VIP servers.  The parent's guide should also be read thoroughly, so if your child plays ROBLOX (I would estimate this number to be at least 50% of our Primary School), please do your due diligence as a parent and get to know ROBLOX to keep your child safe.


 
ROBLOX is an incredibly popular platform with an unique way of delivering games to its players.  Embracing the credo ‘empowering imagination’, ROBLOX was founded by David Baszucki and the late Erik Cassel in 2004.  The stats are impressive.  The one that parents should ingest is the 1 000 000 concurrent users.  This is the number of kids (and adults) who are in multi-player games at any given time around the world.

 

ROBLOX

 

Matthew Jorgesen - eSmart Coordinator

Saturday, 10 December 2016 23:16

Strategic Partnership Helensvale Swimming Club

It is with great pleasure that the College announces our new Strategic Partnership Agreement with Helensvale Swimming Club. This agreement will strengthen the already close ties the College has with this Club, with the aim of delivering opportunities for both the College and the Club, in the development of our joint swimming talent.
Thank you to all those involved in making this happen, in particular, Jon Cook (immediate past Club President) and Craig Smerdon (Club President) from Helensvale Swimming Club and the HSC Club Committee.

We are all very excited about the prospects this will bring both parties.

The agreement will provide the Club with some access to the College’s facilities for training programmes, and the College will gain access to Club race nights in the lead up to APS competition. There will also be join promotional opportunities, which will see the College and Club branding in a number of places, including official HSC uniforms.
The agreement is for three years with an option to extend this by a further three years.

The College already has many families who are members of Helensvale Swimming Club. If you are not a member and would like to join, please contact the Club.

Club Contact: Karen Melloy klm@onthenet.com.au

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 23:20

From the Principal's Desk - Final Week, 2015

Dear Parents, Staff and Students


It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of the 2015 academic year. You know that time is flying by when students are even saying they can’t believe how quickly 2015 has passed.

I have been so impressed by the students throughout all the celebratory events that we hold at this time of year. Last year we made a change to accommodate the family members and friends who wanted to attend the various Celebration Evenings. We added to the number of events we hold to ensure that we can remain on campus and not have to use a large public venue that has no significance to our College, as many schools do. We now hold eight such events in the final 12 days of the year in addition to our Valedictory Assembly and Dinner for Year 12 and two Bridge Crossing ceremonies for Pre-Prep and Year 6 respectively. It is a busy time but most rewarding to see the success of the students and their transition to the next phase of their learning journey. This week’s rollover to the 2016 timetable for Secondary students has been another important element of that transition.


Speaking of transitions, I have noticed a large influx of L-Platers have moved into the main car park as they come and go each day under the careful guidance of their parents. The transition of these students moving towards taking up residency in the P-Plater car park to replace the now graduated Year 12 P-Platers, is yet another stage of development of students at our College. It is also noticeable to see those sometimes slightly anxious parents sitting in the passenger seat relax over time as their trainee drivers master the skill and confidence needed to become independent drivers. This is another important aspect in the development of our young adults as they move through the College, and reflects the important partnership we share with parents in educating our young people.


It is important for our community to know that Chaplain Mary-Anne Rulfs is being ordained as a Priest in the Anglican Church on Saturday at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane. Chaplain Mary-Anne was ordained Deacon at this time last year, and Saturday’s ordination completes her journey to become a Priest. This is a significant moment in her life and we wish her well for Saturday.  Chaplain Mary-Anne has done a fabulous job as Chaplain of our College this year and we look forward to her ongoing work with us.


In the next few days I will be sending you a letter and some details about online cyber safety courses that are available to parents of children of all ages. The Anglican Schools Commission has secured the services of a professional in this area who has written four age specific online course to help parents understand the issues surrounding cyber safety. It is important for all parents to look at this material, particularly as your children are about to have a long period away from school, and may be using their computers or phones for social media and other purposes. It is not unreasonable to think they may be unsupervised at some time over the next 6 weeks. I encourage all parents to read the letter when it comes via email, and access this important information material.


As our College year closes, I want to take this opportunity to thank parents for your tremendous support this year. We are blessed to have so many like-minded parents who are such positive partners in the education of our students/your children. It is a pleasure working with you and I can’t wait to commence our 20th year in 2016.


I wish you all the best for Christmas. I hope you are able to make one of the Christmas services in our parish or beyond. Enjoy the break.


Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Thursday, 26 November 2015 00:18

From the Principal's Desk - Week 8 Term 4 2015

Dear Parents, Staff and Students


The penultimate week of the academic year is all but over and we have again been busy with Celebration Evenings, with Junior Secondary on Tuesday and the Early Learning Centre Christmas Concert tomorrow evening. This is a busy, but exciting, time of the year as we celebrate the achievements of our students.


At the end of next week a number of families will leave us – relocating interstate, to Brisbane or simply moving on. I take this opportunity to wish you all well and thank you for your contribution to our College.


Also at the end of this year we have a number of staff changes, some of which have been previously announced. The following staff will complete their time with us next Friday:
Debbie Nortje (Emmanuel College), Georgia James (All Saints Anglican School), Joel Davis (overseas), Josh Beecher (TSS), Emma Kime (St John’s Anglican College), Kara Mallory (Personal), Jo Mackey (contract completion), Belinda Upton (Brisbane Girls’ Grammar), David Dyer (Citipointe Christian College), Debbie Whittle (contract completion), Greg Fretten (contract completion) and Tammy Reid (Coffs Harbour). Amanda Fernandez will commence maternity leave and Kay Mogg will retire at the end of the year. In addition, Matthew Jorgensen (Microsoft) and Ashni Murray (Germany) have both been granted 12 months leave and at this stage will return in 2017. I take this opportunity to sincerely thank these staff for their great work and commitment to our College over many years in some cases, and wish them well for the future. I’m sure you will take the opportunity to thank them personally as well.


New staff to join our College in 2016 include: Karla Hayhoe (Primary), Kerry Brown (Primary), Tom Batty (Primary), Alex Bennett (Primary), Chris White (Primary), Rachel Maine (Primary Drama), Robert Wehl (Junior Secondary), Gareth Manson (Head of Mathematics), Dean Robinson (Business/Mathematics), Nicola Evison (Junior Secondary/Biology), Emmie O’Connor (Junior Secondary/Chemistry), Sarah Dawson (Chinese) and Nicole Findlay (Continuous Learning). We will also welcome back Heidi Gloag (Early Learning Centre) and Rebecca Ristic (Primary) who both return from maternity leave, as well as Katrina Lyon (Junior Secondary) who returns from long service leave.

We were overwhelmed earlier this year by the tremendous production of Annie the Musical. We have just heard that our show has been nominated for five awards in the Gold Coast Theatre Awards:

Best Actor in Lead Role: Jack Otter

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Richard Procter

Best Vocal Director: Mrs Celisa Urech

Best Musical Director: Mrs Liz Smith

Best Production of a School Musical: Coomera Anglican College!

Congratulations to Jack, Richard, Mrs Urech, Mrs Smith, Mrs Terry and all involved in this fantastic production. We are very proud and excited to hear about the results when announced on Tuesday 15 December.


Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Thursday, 19 November 2015 04:05

From the Principal's Desk - Week 7 Term 4 2015

Dear Parents, Staff and Students


Incredibly, this week is the final week for Year 12 and we have been busy with the various events and activities that involves. Last night was the Senior Secondary Celebration Evening which included the College Captains’ Addresses and the handover of leadership symbols to the 2016 leaders elect. The Captains spoke well and reminded us why they were chosen for this important role. The student leadership executive, Captains Lachlan Cumming, Jessica Larkins and SRC Chair Emma Walsh have done a great job in 2015 leading the student body. They have introduced some new initiatives that will be built upon in the future. To do so while maintaining their high grades is a credit to them. They are all impressive young people who look to have very bright futures.


Tomorrow is the Valedictory Assembly where all staff and students get to say goodbye to Year 12. The assembly is a lovely event and the traditional guard of honour provides a moving experience for Year 12 students as they are cheered, hugged and congratulated by all staff and every student from Year 11 to Pre-Prep as they leave the College for the final time as students.
On behalf of the College community, I thank all graduating Year 12 students for their contribution to our College, and wish them every blessing for the future. I particularly thank the graduates’ families whose association with the College ends tomorrow also. You will always be an important part of our history and we welcome you back at any time.

I was very impressed by four of our Year Six students, Leo Farr, Baxter Brown, Aireena Mansfield and Caitlin Brims who were all selected to attend the STEM Horizons for High Achievers sessions run during the year. All four spoke to me on Tuesday about what they had learnt as part of this experience. They studied dinosaurs, computer programming through robotics, forensic science and some marine science as part of a four day programme, which took them to an Environmental Centre, onto Moreton Bay, Princess Alexandra Hospital and Griffith University Nathan Campus. It was delightful to hear their stories and see their excitement as they told me about their experiences. I am sure there are big futures ahead for these enthusiastic young scientists. As we shared some morning tea in the Board Room, it occurred to me how fortunate our students are to have such opportunities to be inspired in their learning.


By now Secondary parents will be aware that in the final week of this term, we will be transitioning all Secondary students to their next Year level. The students will be physically moving to their 2016 classrooms and commencing introductory work with their 2016 teachers, for the final four days of term. We believe this makes good use of time and is an important way to start students thinking and preparing for next year so that they can also get a head start on things like reading novels over the long summer break. It also removes any anxiety over class placements that may arise due to the unknown over Christmas. Primary students will also undergo their regular ‘session up’ activity between 12.20pm and 1pm on Wednesday in the same week to ensure that all students know their teacher and their classroom for 2016. As always, a lot of work goes into class placements to ensure we have gender balance, ability balance and social balance. It is important that we all support students in their class placements for 2016. We will not be moving students to alternative classes to satisfy friend requests.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 22:58

From the Principal's Desk - Week 6 Term 4 2015

Dear Parents, Staff and Students

This week has marked the start of the Celebration Events in the lead up to the end of the College year, with Preparatory, Year 1 and Year 2 Celebration Events held on Tuesday. We were treated to a range of impressive performances as the children took us ‘Around the World’ with their lively dancing and singing. The colourful performances depicted life in Rio, Hawaii, California, Brazil, New Zealand, Mexico, Africa, India and the Wild West. The children impressed with their dance moves and their command of a range of languages as they sang and danced their way around the world. It was clear to all in attendance that the children had embraced the College theme for 2015 and had Learnt to be…many things this year, and above all confident young people. Congratulations to all students and their teachers for the delightful entertainment of these Celebration Events.


On Tuesday evening the Year 10 Business students presented their Business proposals to an eager audience of prospective investors each armed with $50,000 Coomera Anglican College dollars. The range of fascinating business opportunities available for investors was incredible. Students had clearly researched extensively and created actual business and marketing plans for their innovative ideas. The event was sponsored by Westpac Bank courtesy of College Council member Ms Dot Pienaar, who presented prizes for the top three businesses, voted by the amount of investor dollars they acquired. The event was catered for by the Year 11 Hospitality students who prepared and served a delightful array of canapes. Well done to Mrs Whittle, Ms Knowles, Mrs McCarthy and all involved.


Wednesday Evening also saw the Annual Coomera Anglican College Film Festival held in the Lecture Theatre. The audience was treated to a variety of excellent movies created by the talented Media and Film, Television and New Media students. There was a definite Oscars feeling around the venue as we watched the movies up for awards, and then applauded the worthy winners. The intermission with ice creams and fairy floss was a highlight for some prior to the finale of Year 12 movies. Again I was amazed at the creative talent of our students and the professionalism of their final productions. Congratulations to all students and to Mrs Hands for her excellent work with the students throughout the year, and in organising this tremendous event.


In a busy week, our Senior Secondary students were involved in the #justiceand mercyPROJECt on Tuesday afternoon. This took the form of a simulation game where students in small groups lived as refugees with unpredictability of having no shelter, food, water and the ravages of disease, drought and other real life hazards. The project was organised and coordinated by the student leaders under the direction of the Executive, Jessica Larkins, Lachlan Cumming and Emma Walsh. Jessica in particular was instrumental in putting the pieces into place for this most worthy project. The idea was to raise awareness in our students of the difficulties faced by people in the poorest parts of the world, where they struggle with even the most basic things that we take for granted every day. To live as they do for even a couple of hours proved to be a challenge for many.


Finally, I am deeply saddened to inform our community that Foundation Early Learning Centre Director, Margaret Horton, passed away on Saturday after a battle with cancer. Margaret was an amazing woman who established the excellent Centre that we enjoy today. She was a tireless worker and a wonderful person full of fun, laughter and passion for the education of young children. She will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret’s husband Bruce and the Horton family as they bid farewell to Margaret this week.

Margaret Horton at the Opening of the Child Care Centre - 2002

Margaret Horton 2002

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Thursday, 05 November 2015 03:37

From the Principal's Desk - Week 5 Term 4 2015

Dear Parents, Staff and Students


One of the privileges I have in my role is that at this time of year, I get a sneak peek into some things that are about to happen. Over the last two days I have been proof reading the College Year Book and Year 12 Testimonials. The Year Book is full of exciting photos of happy and busy children involved in their various activities during the year. It is a great joy to read the reports written by students and staff about the huge variety of events and activities enjoyed by students this year. Without doubt, our students are blessed to have such full lives as members of Coomera Anglican College. Reading chronologically from the Early Learning Centre through to Year 12 has given me a perspective on what it must be like for a child to complete their entire schooling journey in the one place. From the adventure of play grounds and pirates in Kindy to the culmination of impressive testimonials as Year 12 students prepare to make their way in the world beyond our College, I have received a snap shot of the life of a Coomera Anglican College student. In so doing, I have a deep appreciation of the enormous benefit these children have as they leave our College. I also have a deep appreciation of the role played by all staff who teach and nurture our students every step of the way along this journey. As senior students depart Year 12, it is easy for them to focus on their teachers from 2015, who have given them the final boost required to complete their studies. Yet it is timely to remind Year 12 students to remember all who have assisted them to get to this final destination; those who taught them to read, to write, to tie their shoes, to paint, to sing, to kick a ball, to debate, to perform on stage, to respect and to be a model student. Teachers and parents, take a bow!

This term we have been conducting Worship in St Matthew’s church adjacent to the College. This is a lovely environment for Worship and we are most grateful to Rev Ron Bundy and the St Matthew’s community for allowing us to utilise this purpose built worship space. The students have enjoyed the ambience and reverence of St Matthew’s as well.

Last night at the PAFA Annual General Meeting we spoke about the importance of getting parents involved in the College community. In fact we have over 180 volunteers listed who give up their time to assist in a range of ways; Class Coordinators, sport coaches, classroom readers, BBQ cooks and a range of other areas. This is a fabulous support for our College, and I want to take this opportunity to thank you all most sincerely for your involvement.
As we head into 2016 we have a number of events planned to celebrate the 20th year of our College and it will be very important to have many people on board to assist with those events. You do not have to join a committee, take up a formal position or come to meetings to be involved. The Fair in Term Two will be the biggest fund raising event for the year and it would be great if some new people could spare some time to assist Nadine Fairweather who has graciously agreed to coordinate the Fair for 2016. Whether you can help set up or pack up, run a stall, spend some time on a stall, sell raffle tickets, or even cook some cakes, your assistance will be greatly appreciated. PAFA’s mantra is ‘Just One Thing’. If we all get involved in just one thing the workload is spread and the tasks are easy and more rewarding for everyone. Last year I set PAFA a target of raising $100,000 over 2 years 2015-2016. We are just under half way there at this stage. A big effort will see us meet that target in 2016. Remember all you need to do is ‘just one thing’.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Thursday, 29 October 2015 04:20

From the Principal's Desk - Week 4 Term 4 2015

Dear Parents, Staff and Students


This week I was pleased to announce the Year 12 Student Leaders Elect for 2016. Following their leadership camp, formal applications, address to the assembly, voting and one or two interviews the following team emerged as the strongest for 2016.


College Captains
Anja van Aswegen, Joshua Cowper
SRC Chair
Tara Canning

House Captains
Gibbs
Geordie Cropp, Jonathan Lim
Smith
Ebonie Stirling-Gatt, Tinashe Nyambiya
Morris            
Shanelle Tolley, Lincoln Moynahan
Lane
Laura King, Thomas Rees

Prefects
Academic - Ariane Baet, Kelly Heck, Kate Murray
Cultural - Natalie Fairweather, Jack Otter, Victoria Mather, Nathan McMahon
Faith - Megan Callaghan, Caitlyn Pyke-Nott
International - Sui Hei (Michelle) Yuen
Service - Chanel Niven, Alana Hunt
Sport - Sophie-Mae Ancliff, Jack Hallewell, Brock Foggo, Katriana Niumata

This is a very strong team and I am confident they will lead the student body with great poise in 2016. Students have been told that these roles will not be confirmed until the Leadership Induction Ceremony in January 2016, and it is possible for extra names to be added during next year if the need arises. As always the calibre of applicants gets better each year, and many very capable students did not make this formal leadership team. However, I believe the entire Year 12 cohort in 2016 will work well together for the benefit of all students in the College.

Interviews for Junior Secondary Leaders will take place next week, and the process for Primary Leadership continues this week also.

Congratulations to all students and staff involved in the Relay for Life held over the weekend. The event seemed to run very smoothly and our students did very well to continue walking around the College oval from 4pm Saturday until 8am Sunday. As always, I am grateful to students, House Coordinators and other staff who gave up their time to support this very worthy cause. I understand this event raised over $30,000 for Cancer research. Well done to all involved.


On Wednesday I was once again involved in the judging of the Year 10 Master Chef cooking challenge. It was indeed a challenge to get through so many superb meals, yet I was impressed with the quality and the variety of what the students had prepared. Congratulations to all the budding Chefs and to Ms Knowles and Mrs McCarthy for their expert tuition and guidance. The culinary future of the Gold Coast is in good hands.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Dear Parents, Staff and Students


You may have seen a photo on our College Facebook site following my visit to the Extreme Kart facility in Pimpama last weekend. I was invited to take a look at the facility which was holding a special race meeting as part of the Gold Coast 600 carnival to be held in Surfers Paradise this coming weekend. My wife and I were very impressed by the track and the facility in general. There was a very professional atmosphere around the place and we enjoyed watching some of the races. The focus on safety and having fun was obvious. The younger drivers were incredible, just 8 years old and racing around the track at high speed exhibiting tremendous skill. I have no doubt that they will make excellent, safe drivers on our roads in the future. We were equally impressed by the strong bonds on display between the kart racers and their parents and the support crews. It was a joy to witness such positive parenting in action. With such inspiring role models as James Courtney, Steve Johnson and Mick Doohan around these young drivers, it is easy to imagine that they too may end up with a successful career in motor sports in the future. Well done to all involved in this family focused sport.


Congratulations to our State Champion CACaburra netballers. The Year 6 team travelled to the Sunshine Coast last weekend to compete in the Mission Cup championship. After playing 13 games in two days (including 4 back to back) our netballers remained undefeated and took out the State title. This is a fantastic effort and our young players are to be congratulated. It is clear that our CACaburra teams in the local competition and our recently formed Netball Academy are having a big impact on the skill development of our netballers. Congratulations also to the coaches and parents who have supported the netballers so well this year.


These are just two of many examples of our students getting outside and participating in sport. This involvement also provides a positive way to ensure their long term health. With future predictions of a society that will contain over 60% obesity, many of our families are being proactive in promoting the benefits of exercise to their children. Not only is sport good fun, it also provides a healthy alternative to indoor computer games. As I walk on the beach each weekend, I am often disappointed to see so many young people who are clearly not getting enough regular exercise and fresh air. As parents, we have a responsibility to ensure that we encourage children to eat well and exercise regularly. Thankfully our parents are taking this step and their children are looking and feeling good!


In another example of outdoor activity, the 2016 Secondary Ski Trip is currently open for bookings. If you are interested in attending this exciting adventure to the snow, and would like further details, please contact Mrs Alison O’Connell in Secondary Student Services, or send her an email ao’connell@cac.qld.edu.au   


Tomorrow evening, the Secondary Art Show commences at 6pm. The show is always a great success and provides members of our College community with an opportunity to come along and view, and even purchase at auction, some incredible pieces of student art work. Who knows what some of these masterpieces may be worth in years to come, as their creators become renowned future artists.


This weekend also sees the Relay for Life conducted on our College oval. We are proud to host this special event which raises significant funds for Cancer research. Each College House has several teams entered in the relay which runs from 4pm on Saturday afternoon until 8am Sunday morning. Please get behind the teams with your sponsorship dollars and help find a cure for cancer. Thank you to all students, staff and House Coordinators for your great support of this event.


Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Wednesday, 04 May 2016 01:27

Chickenpox is in our community

Dear Parents and Guardians

We have some confirmed cases of Chickenpox within our own College Community, for this reason

May I please request if your child is diagnosed with chicken pox,
can you please inform Nurse Brown by email or telephone as soon as possible. rbrown@cac.qld.edu.au Ph: 55859954


I would like to remind parets about this contagious infection and symptoms to look out for.


Chickenpox Varicella


The following is an outline provided by Queensland Health.

Description - Chickenpox (varicella) is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

Symptoms - The disease starts with cold-like symptoms such as a mild fever, headache, runny nose and cough. A day or two later a rash begins, starting as small pink blotches but rapidly progressing to itchy blisters which usually last three to four days before drying out and turning into scabs.

Transmission - Chickenpox is spread through coughing, sneezing and direct contact with the fluid in the blisters of the rash. The dry scabs are not infectious. Since shingles blisters also contain the virus, a person who has never had chickenpox can become infected with chickenpox from someone who has shingles.
An individual with chickenpox is infectious for about one to two days before the onset of the rash and until the blisters have all scabbed, usually four to five days. The usual time between contact with the virus and developing the illness is about 14 to 16 days, although sometimes it can take longer.

Treatment - No specific treatment is recommended or required for otherwise healthy children and adults with chickenpox.
It is important to try to prevent a young child from scratching the rash as this can result in permanent scarring or secondary infection. To reduce the itchiness, try adding an anti-itch solution (eg. Pinetarsol) to frequent baths.
Use paracetamol to lower temperature or to reduce discomfort. Aspirin must not be given to young children and adolescents due to the risk of developing a severe condition called Reyes Syndrome. This is particularly important for children who have or who may be developing chickenpox.

Health Outcome - For the majority of children, chickenpox is a mild illness of short duration with complete recovery. While chickenpox is usually a mild disease in healthy children, life-threatening complications such as pneumonia or inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) are possible. It can be fatal in about three in 100,000 cases.
Chickenpox is more severe in adults and can cause serious and even fatal illness in immunosuppressed individuals of any age. Chickenpox can also cause shingles (herpes zoster) in later life.
If a woman develops chickenpox during pregnancy, there is a very small but real chance of damage to her unborn baby. If she develops chickenpox late in pregnancy or very soon after birth, the infection can be serious and even life threatening for the newborn baby.

Control - People with chickenpox should be excluded from childcare facilities, schools or work for at least five days after the rash first appears or until dry scabs have replaced all blisters. Any contacts with lowered immunity, such as those with leukaemia, should be immediately excluded and referred for specialist advice.

Rosemary Brown
College Nurse
Health Room   Ph; 55859954 rbrown@cac.qld.edu.au

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:00

Chickenpox is STILL in our community

Dear Parents and Guardians

We still have some confirmed cases of Chickenpox within our own College Community, for this reason

I please request if your child is diagnosed with chicken pox,
can you please inform Nurse Brown by email or telephone as soon as possible. rbrown@cac.qld.edu.au Ph: 55859954


I would like to remind parets about this contagious infection and symptoms look out for.


Chickenpox Varicella


The following is an outline provided by Queensland Health.

Description - Chickenpox (varicella) is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

Symptoms - The disease starts with cold-like symptoms such as a mild fever, headache, runny nose and cough. A day or two later a rash begins, starting as small pink blotches but rapidly progressing to itchy blisters which usually last three to four days before drying out and turning into scabs.

Transmission - Chickenpox is spread through coughing, sneezing and direct contact with the fluid in the blisters of the rash. The dry scabs are not infectious. Since shingles blisters also contain the virus, a person who has never had chickenpox can become infected with chickenpox from someone who has shingles.
An individual with chickenpox is infectious for about one to two days before the onset of the rash and until the blisters have all scabbed, usually four to five days. The usual time between contact with the virus and developing the illness is about 14 to 16 days, although sometimes it can take longer.

Treatment - No specific treatment is recommended or required for otherwise healthy children and adults with chickenpox.
It is important to try to prevent a young child from scratching the rash as this can result in permanent scarring or secondary infection. To reduce the itchiness, try adding an anti-itch solution (eg. Pinetarsol) to frequent baths.
Use paracetamol to lower temperature or to reduce discomfort. Aspirin must not be given to young children and adolescents due to the risk of developing a severe condition called Reyes Syndrome. This is particularly important for children who have or who may be developing chickenpox.

Health Outcome - For the majority of children, chickenpox is a mild illness of short duration with complete recovery. While chickenpox is usually a mild disease in healthy children, life-threatening complications such as pneumonia or inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) are possible. It can be fatal in about three in 100,000 cases.
Chickenpox is more severe in adults and can cause serious and even fatal illness in immunosuppressed individuals of any age. Chickenpox can also cause shingles (herpes zoster) in later life.
If a woman develops chickenpox during pregnancy, there is a very small but real chance of damage to her unborn baby. If she develops chickenpox late in pregnancy or very soon after birth, the infection can be serious and even life threatening for the newborn baby.

Control - People with chickenpox should be excluded from childcare facilities, schools or work for at least five days after the rash first appears or until dry scabs have replaced all blisters. Any contacts with lowered immunity, such as those with leukaemia, should be immediately excluded and referred for specialist advice.

Rosemary Brown
College Nurse
Health Room   Ph; 55859954 rbrown@cac.qld.edu.au

Monday, 20 October 2014 14:00

Chickenpox is currently in our community

Dear Parents and Guardians

We have confirmed cases of Chickenpox within our College Community, for this reason I would like to remind parets about this contagious infection and symptoms look out for.
The following is an outline provided by Queensland Health.

Chickenpox Varicella

Description - Chickenpox (varicella) is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

Symptoms - The disease starts with cold-like symptoms such as a mild fever, headache, runny nose and cough. A day or two later a rash begins, starting as small pink blotches but rapidly progressing to itchy blisters which usually last three to four days before drying out and turning into scabs.

Transmission - Chickenpox is spread through coughing, sneezing and direct contact with the fluid in the blisters of the rash. The dry scabs are not infectious. Since shingles blisters also contain the virus, a person who has never had chickenpox can become infected with chickenpox from someone who has shingles.
An individual with chickenpox is infectious for about one to two days before the onset of the rash and until the blisters have all scabbed, usually four to five days. The usual time between contact with the virus and developing the illness is about 14 to 16 days, although sometimes it can take longer.

Treatment - No specific treatment is recommended or required for otherwise healthy children and adults with chickenpox.
It is important to try to prevent a young child from scratching the rash as this can result in permanent scarring or secondary infection. To reduce the itchiness, try adding an anti-itch solution (eg. Pinetarsol) to frequent baths.
Use paracetamol to lower temperature or to reduce discomfort. Aspirin must not be given to young children and adolescents due to the risk of developing a severe condition called Reyes Syndrome. This is particularly important for children who have or who may be developing chickenpox.

Health Outcome - For the majority of children, chickenpox is a mild illness of short duration with complete recovery. While chickenpox is usually a mild disease in healthy children, life-threatening complications such as pneumonia or inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) are possible. It can be fatal in about three in 100,000 cases.
Chickenpox is more severe in adults and can cause serious and even fatal illness in immunosuppressed individuals of any age. Chickenpox can also cause shingles (herpes zoster) in later life.
If a woman develops chickenpox during pregnancy, there is a very small but real chance of damage to her unborn baby. If she develops chickenpox late in pregnancy or very soon after birth, the infection can be serious and even life threatening for the newborn baby.

Control - People with chickenpox should be excluded from childcare facilities, schools or work for at least five days after the rash first appears or until dry scabs have replaced all blisters. Any contacts with lowered immunity, such as those with leukaemia, should be immediately excluded and referred for specialist advice.

Rosemary Brown
College Nurse
Health Room   Ph; 55859954 rbrown@cac.qld.edu.au

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