College News

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 04:26

Student Sporting Achievements

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


Grace Thompson-Coleman – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Jack Neumann – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Zara Courtney – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Tabitha Laurie – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Morgan Smith – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Conor Hopgood – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Daniel Prinsloo – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Jayden Sheahan – Hinterland Primary Athletics Team
Zoe Ayres – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
James Murray – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Tayla Cornish – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Shayla Hall – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Tara Hall – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Anastasia Neumann – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Dylan Devine – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Oliver Watson – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Bayley Hall – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Ethan Raynor – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
William Smith – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Thomas Spencer – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Alexander Whiteley – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Joshua Williams – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Madeline Hall – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Baylie Mc Lauchlan – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Harrison Bromilow – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Mitchell Durden – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Brody Smitka – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Llewellyn Coetzee – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team
Brooklyn Lowe – Hinterland Secondary Athletics Team

Monday, 10 September 2018 03:58

Coomera Anglican College PAFA Colour-Run

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PAFA are excited to announce the 2018 Coomera Anglican College PAFA Colour-Run. The Colour-Run will be held on Friday 23 November. The PAFA Colour-Run is a fun and healthy fundraiser for Prep to Year 11 students, with proceeds going towards future College Sustainable Environment Solutions.

Individual information booklets and sponsorship forms will be sent home with each student at the beginning of Term 4. Parents will also receive more detailed information via email.
Once students have their booklet, log onto and create a student profile page. When a student reaches just $1 online, they will be entered into the $30,000 Ultimate Family Experience Prize draw. Students who raise $10 or more will receive a reward and the more money they raise, the greater the reward; and the more they will be helping PAFA fundraise for our College.

Sunday, 09 September 2018 23:26

Student Sporting Achievements

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


Hayden Taylor – Hinterland U/12 Boys Cricket Team
Bailey Garnham - Hinterland U/12 Boys Cricket Team
Riley Johnson - Hinterland U/12 Boys Cricket Team
Bailey Garnham – South Coast U/12 Boys Cricket Team
Riley Johnson - South Coast U/12 Boys Cricket Team

Amber Slinger - Hinterland U/12 Girls AFL Team

Thursday, 06 September 2018 02:02

From the Principal's Desk - Week 10, Term 3 2018


Dear Parents, Staff and Students

Mark Sly1 

Term Three has come to an end and students and teaching staff can take a breath before the final term for 2018; for Year 12 their last ever. While it may be a boring cliché this year has simply flown. Camps are all completed, Year 12 QCS tests are over and the Music concerts have ended for the term. The two ensemble concerts held last week and this have been simply incredible. We have such talented students and amazing music tutors who have certainly brought out the best in them. Both the Primary and the Secondary Ensemble Evenings contained wonderful performances worthy of a concert hall setting. Congratulations to all involved.  


This week we completed the 30 days of Gratitude – an initiative of the SRC and Chaplaincy of the College. Thank you to all who have contributed to this event so willingly. There is so much for us to be grateful for in our College and community. It has been terrific reading the specific items of student gratitude on the electronic sign in front of the College. Gratitude is a strong indicator of healthy wellbeing, so it is good to know there are so many expressions of gratitude coming from our students and staff. The real test is to continue to express gratitude beyond this special 30-day period.


A chance to have your say

An important element of our Strategic Agenda of continued improvement as a College is to engage with our community. To that end, we are planning to conduct a survey that will enable you to let us know what you think about various aspects of our College. We have engaged a company to conduct the online survey that will take place in Weeks 2 and 3 of Term 4. You will receive details in an email in the coming weeks, about how you can access the survey. It is important for all families to engage in this survey to give us maximum benefit. There will be separate surveys for Parents, Staff and Students (Years 4-12). We have used this same company twice before, in 2011 and 2015, and found the results were extremely helpful in our planning. We were also pleased with the high level of involvement of parents in particular. The survey will ask you to rate various aspects of the College on a five-point scale, and you will also be given some open ended questions where you can answer more fully. Keep an eye out for the email letting you know how and when you can complete the survey. I look forward to receiving your feedback.


Many of you will have emailed, spoken to or received correspondence from my Assistant, Lorelle Armitage, at some stage during your time with the College. I am sorry to inform you that Lorelle will leave the College at the end of next week to take up a role in Brisbane supporting the Executive Director of the Anglican Schools Commission (ASC). Lorelle has been a most loyal and efficient assistant for just on ten years but has recently found the travel from the north side of Brisbane each day to be very testing. This is a very positive move for Lorelle and the ASC. I take this opportunity to thank Lorelle for her dedicated, professional service to our College and for her support of me in particular, and wish her well for the future. In the final days of Gratitude, I am extremely grateful to Lorelle for her wonderful support over ten years.


As we finish for the term, please note that the Government schools have one week to go. This means that for the first week of our Term 4 the buses will not be running. Given the amount of notice we have for this situation, it is important that you take the time to plan how you will get your children to and from the College in Week 1 commencing Tuesday 2 October. 


Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


Wednesday, 05 September 2018 23:07

Monash University TOPS Parent Strategies

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Evaluating the Therapist-assisted Online Parenting Strategies (TOPS)

Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Marie Yap, School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of
Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University. Phone: (03) 9905 0723, email:
Co-investigator: Associate Professor Glenn Melvin, Centre for Developmental Psychiatry & Psychology, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health; Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University. Phone: (03) 9902 4562, email: Dr Bei Bei, School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University. Phone: (03) 9905 3903, email:
Dr Michelle Blumfield, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food; School of Clinical Sciences Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University. Phone: (03) 9902 0658, email: Professor Anthony Jorm, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. Phone: (03) 9035 7799, email:


Student Researchers: Catherine Fulgoni and Sarah Khor, Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) candidates, School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Monash University.
Phone: (03) 9905 1250, email:


Invitation to participate in research
You are invited to take part in research being conducted by Monash University as part of Doctorate of Psychology (Clinical) research. Please read this Explanatory Statement in full before deciding whether or not to participate. If you would like further information regarding any aspect of the project, please contact the researchers via the phone numbers or email addresses listed above.


What does the research involve?

This study aims to evaluate whether an online program supplemented with a telephone-support coach providing parents with personalised information and tips on parenting strategies is effective in improving parenting behaviours and confidence, and in turn improve teenage depression, anxiety and sleep problems.


What will I be asked to do?

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to do the following:


  1. Go online to (secured website; link to be determined).
    Fill in the online registration and consent form. You will be asked to confirm that you have discussed the project with your teenager and that they agree to take part too. You will be asked to provide brief demographic information so that we can ensure you are eligible for this study. We will also ask you to provide a telephone number that we can contact your teenager on at a preferred time and day of the week. If you consent for both you and your teenager to participate, click on ‘both my teenager and I agree to participate in this study’. You will be emailed a copy of the youth explanatory statement to give to your teenager.
  2. Your teenager will be contacted by phone by a member of the research team from the Monash University School of Psychological Sciences. The purpose of the phone call is to discuss with your teenager the explanatory statement to ensure they understand and agree to take part in the research. Your teenager can decide whether or not to take part in the study when the researcher contacts them. To ensure continuity of care for your teenager, we will seek your permission to contact your teenager’s mental-health care provider to inform them that you are participating in this study. No details about your program will be
    provided to your teen’s clinician unless you request and consent to it.
  3. If your teenager agrees to participate, the researcher will give you and your teen separate login details, and provide guidance as needed to complete an online assessment. The online assessment will take approximately 50-65 minutes each to complete and includes questions about your parenting of your teenager, stresses experienced as a parent, and different feelings and behaviours that may be related to your teen’s depression, anxiety and sleep problems. Your teen will also be asked to keep a sleep diary using a smartphone app that requires him/her to keep a record of his/her sleep patterns over the course of 1-week.
    If you and/or your teenager report high levels of difficulty with your teenager’s mood or anxiety, a member of the research team will contact you and your teenager to ensure that your teenager is getting the support that they need.
  4. Once you have completed this initial assessment, a researcher will organise a mutually convenient time for you to be oriented to the program via videoconferencing (using Zoom) or phone. The orientation session will last between 45-60 minutes. We will ask you and your teen to complete the surveys again around 1 month after you enrol and completed an orientation session but before commencing the actual online program. The results from this second assessment will be used to determine the individualised parenting program that will be recommended to you.
  5. At the completion of this second assessment, you will be provided access to the online parenting program comprising of up to 9 modules. Each module will be made available to you progressively, and takes between 15-25 minutes to complete, depending on the topic and the way you choose to engage with it. Topics will cover areas of communication, autonomy granting, limit setting, conflict resolution, supportive relationships, healthy lifestyle habits including sleep, problem solving and emotional coping.
  6. You will also receive a Zoom session from a ‘TOPS-coach’ once a week until you have completed your allocated program, each call lasting up to 30-45 minutes. These calls provide you with an opportunity to raise any questions about the online modules. Your TOPS-coach will also present some supporting content relevant to the module and provide support with applying content covered in the module. You will also be asked to rate your teen’s depression, anxiety and sleep problems during the calls. This program is not designed to provide you with therapeutic support but we will encourage you to identify and connect to an appropriate service if required. Sessions with the TOPS-coach will be audio-video recorded, for ensuring quality of care and for data-collection. Annotated content presented to you may also be screen-captured so that it can be provided to you via email as a reference source.
  7. To see if the program is effective over the longer term, you and your teenager will be contacted again 4 months and 12 months after you first started the program, to complete follow-up online surveys (60 minutes each for you, 30 minutes each for your teen). Your teen will also complete a sleep diary on their sleep over the course of a week. These surveys will be delivered in the same format as the initial surveys.

All parts of this study can be completed at any time or place of convenience to you, as long as there is internet access.

Who is being asked to participate?

We are inviting families living in Australia with at least one teenager aged between 12 and 17 years (inclusive) experiencing depression or anxiety and currently receiving treatment from a mental health service provider. Families need to have regular access to the internet to participate in this research. One parent and one teenager (aged 12-17 years) per family, with proficiency in English, are invited to participate.


Source of funding
This research project has been funded by Monash University.funded by Monash University.


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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 01:29

From the Principal's Desk - Week 9, Term 3 2018


Dear Parents, Staff and Students


Departure GroupThe welcome rain this week has hopefully accompanied our Year 9 students who headed west on Monday morning to Mitchell and Charleville as part of their Service Week activities. Two buses full of students and books made their way to the drought stricken areas of Western Queensland. We were delighted to take almost $8,500 raised in the recent fundraising to ease some of the burden in the local communities. While there have been a number of general drought appeals raising funds for farmers, we wanted to assist these two towns where we have a direct connection. The local Anglican Parish will distribute the money to those families in need. We are hoping to raise a little more at the Dad’s day BBQ breakfast tomorrow morning. So do not forget to bring some coins or notes to assist our rural friends. Thanks Dads! Our musicians on tour will entertain the aged and others will work alongside the students in State Schools in Mitchell and Charleville. Our presence will also boost the economy of these small towns as we purchase food for our students and refuel buses.  As we near the end of our 30 Days of Gratitude, it is most appropriate to let these communities know how much we appreciate them and their plight. We are indeed fortunate to live where we do, and to have access to so much. I am sure the students and staff who are currently in Mitchell and Charleville will be gaining first hand experience of life on the land and the impact drought can have on the surrounding communities. I am most grateful to Mr Ristic and Mrs Materne who have worked hard to bring this initiative to fruition, and to the staff who are accompanying them. We know our students will gain a great deal from this opportunity.



With the rest of Year 9 serving others in the local Gold Coast Community and Years 8, 10 and 11 on camp, the Year 12s have enjoyed a quiet environment in which to complete their Queensland Core Skills Tests this week. Like many things in life, the anticipation of something is usually worse than the event itself, and the Year 12 students have certainly taken these important tests in their stride. They have been well prepared and have completed many practice tests, so the real thing holds no fear. Congratulations to Year 12 students for the way they have embraced this challenge. We are very proud of them and their focus throughout the two days of testing. They will be relieved that this is now over and they can focus on the final stages of their schooling over the next seven school weeks.


Years 4 and 5 were on camp last week and Year 6 will be away next week, so at this time of year there is a lot of coming and going. The College outdoor education programme is extremely important for providing controlled, staged challenges and developing resilience in the students as they move throughout the College. These opportunities are perfect for students to enjoy ‘loving life together’. I am always grateful to the staff who give up their beds and spend time away from their own families to provide these experiences for students. The education of our students involves far more than just the knowledge they acquire in the classroom. There is much for which to be grateful about belonging to our community.


Finally, following the gratitude theme, I am delighted to announce the early arrival of Max Oliver Williams on Fathers' Day. Congratulations to Secondary Teacher Lucy Williams and husband Sam. 
My wife Chris and I, are as equally thrilled with Max's safe arrival, and we are extremely proud grandparents.    


Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


Monday, 03 September 2018 04:05

Students Rally for Cancer Cure Relay

Students from Coomera Anglican College are preparing for their ninth annual Relay for Life on 27- 28 October, an event that has seen the College raise more than $25,000 for the Cancer Council since our involvement began in 2010.

We asked two of our Year 12 students, Chloe and Kelly, to put down their thoughts about last year’s event, what they got out of it and why they encourage everyone to be involved.

The 2017 Relay for Life event was perhaps one of the most tiring yet worthwhile nights we have had. If there is one word to describe the experience, it would be rewarding. From sombre moments to the candlelight ceremony in honour of those lost, amazing moments of laughter to food, friends and the Zumba session, there were so many different aspects to the night.

We celebrated cancer survivors, honoured loved ones and took the lead to fight against cancer by taking positive steps to make a difference in our community. Raising much-needed awareness and money, whilst having fun doing it, the 2017 Relay for Life was certainly a night that will be remembered by everyone involved.

The event began with walking the first lap united together to honour the survivors and carers. Following this, we jumped right in to the eventful night ahead of us, taking turns to walk the track and motivate one another. Each lap we collected beads to add to our string collection and whilst we weren’t walking, we spent our time entertaining ourselves and playing board games. It was certainly a fun and enjoyable way to build bonds and relationships with our peers for this worthwhile cause. Later in the night we visited other teams around the oval and took part in the Candlelight Ceremony to remember those who we’ve lost which was a bittersweet atmosphere. We kick-started Sunday morning with an energetic Zumba class to pump us up before heading home.

There are a number of reasons why everyone should participate in Relay for Life. This community fundraising challenge raises vital funds for cancer patients, you are surrounded by passionate, local volunteers bringing the community together to celebrate the survivors and you are also recognising heroes; the families and carers. Why don’t you join us and get involved in the upcoming 2018 Relay for Life and help to support those in need?

Relay for Life will return to Coomera Anglican College on Saturday 27 October, 2018. To make a donation or sign up, visit the link here. 

Article was written by Year 12 Students - Chloe Geyer and Hyun Chai Lee

 Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


Our students are so busy that it is hard to keep up with everything that is happening at the moment. This past week we have had students competing in the Griffith University Chinese Speech Competition, Gold Coast Drama Festival and of course the ongoing Eisteddfods. All involved have competed with pride and have achieved great success as individuals and in groups. The Music Excellence Concert was held last Thursday night. Congratulations to Thomas Spencer - drums (1st place), Alexa Ripsher - vocals (2nd place) and Stephanie Warren - vocals (3rd place) for their winning performances. The opportunities for students at our College are incredible, and we always encourage them to get involved in whatever way possible to make the most of these opportunities. It is far more rewarding to get involved in a range of activities and enjoy the benefits of doing so.


There are two recent individual performances that are worthy of mention here.


First Nicole Slabbert (Year 12) achieved a Commendation Award at the prestigious Creative Generation Excellence Awards in Visual Art for her amazing painting ‘The Great Restorer of Life’ 
This is a wonderful achievement and reflects Nicole’s hard work and expertise in painting.

Nicole Slabbert 1 2Nicole Slabbert 2


Secondly Fraser Smith (Year 12) has just been crowned World Champion in Karate having won his title at the 37th Hakuakai World Championships in Japan over the weekend. This is an astonishing performance, as Fraser had not one point scored against him.

Fraser Smith


There are many outstanding student achievements each year and I never tire of hearing of their successes. It is not possible to list them all each week. Of course, not everyone has same ability or opportunity so and it is equally important to encourage participation and the achievements of personal bests in all students. I believe our staff are very good at encouraging everyone along these lines. Personal growth comes from trying hard, making mistakes and learning from those mistakes. This is what having a growth mindset is all about.


Well done to all students who give their best every day.

Enjoy the Gold Coast Show Day holiday tomorrow.


Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


 Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


In the midst of our 30 days of Gratitude, I visited a website run by Generation Next. This organisation provides education and information about the prevention and management of mental illness in youth to professionals, young people and the wider community. I watched a short video presented by Dr Justin Coulson entitled Encouraging Gratitude in Young People.


He commences by saying that gratitude might be one of the most powerful predictors of happiness that we have. Researchers have found that if we can foster a culture of gratitude in young people and we are grateful ourselves and elicit gratitude in the young people we work with, they end up feeling better, they are more engaged in school and have better relationships with their peers and teachers. In short, their wellbeing is enhanced. We know that gratitude is reciprocal. You only have to thank someone for something and they normally thank you in return for something you did. Tell someone how much you appreciate them, and you are likely to hear the same back from them. So if we promote the practice of gratitude, we tend to build relationships and improve wellbeing. Don't forget you can join our 30 Days of Gratitude at


Like many schools, we have spent time looking at ways to promote wellbeing, and gratitude is one of the easiest and most effective ways of building wellbeing. Gratitude is simple and can be demonstrated anywhere at any time. It is easy to express your gratitude about anything to anyone at any time. It costs nothing to say thank you. It makes you feel better when you acknowledge the work or efforts of others. We also work with our students on making meaning. This can involve service in our College or beyond. Being mindful of the needs of others is an important way of assisting or serving them. When students have the opportunity of helping others, they see this as meaningful. Our Year 9 Service week is a perfect example of how the students as well as the community benefits when we do things for others. The stories that come back after Service week are very positive. It is clear that the students benefit as much as those they help. As educators, we look for ways to talk to students about their strengths and how they can use those strengths to assist others. Service activity is meaningful for students and aids their wellbeing, while providing a benefit to others. By exposing students to opportunities to do something meaningful for others, we are likely to assist them to have more happy lives.


Grandparents’ Day last Friday was a fabulous success with hundreds of Grandparents and friends here to watch the Book Character Parade and visit the classrooms. I am grateful to Ms Shaw, Mrs Welham and their team who worked hard to ensure that the students had fun, learned a lot and that the Grandparents were suitably looked after. It seems to me that the Grandparents are getting younger each year!


This week I am pleased to welcome Ms Candice Smee who has come to teach Junior Secondary English and Humanities, replacing Mrs Lucy Williams who commenced her maternity leave on Wednesday. We wish Mrs Williams all the best for the pending birth of her first child.



Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


 Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


Our long serving and much loved Head of Primary, Mr Graeme Kirkpatrick, will take Long Service Leave for the whole of 2019. He has indicated to me that after almost 18 years in his role, he is looking for a change and has resigned as Head of Primary effective from the end of this year. This means that we will immediately advertise to find a new Head of Primary to commence at the start of 2019. Mr Kirkpatrick will possibly return to our College at the start of 2020 in a different role that is yet to be determined. The priority at this stage will be to find a suitable replacement.


Staff were informed of this situation earlier this week, and I have no doubt that there will be many people in our community who are sad to hear this news. However, as Mr Kirkpatrick said, “While this has been a difficult decision for me and my wife, we feel it is the right decision and the right time for me and for the College. This is a great opportunity for someone else to come in and continue the development of our fabulous College”.


It is important that I make you aware of the facts surrounding this situation now so that there are no rumours and half-truths about what has happened and why. While I am disappointed about Mr Kirkpatrick’s decision, I have enormous respect for him and his courage to make this call at a time that he feels is most appropriate. He is a remarkable man, and has been a great and faithful servant of our College. With a term and a half to go in 2018, now is not the time to dwell on this, but obviously we will take the time later this year to thank Mr Kirkpatrick for his amazing contribution to our College over the past 18 years. His departure will signal the end of an era.


I am delighted to congratulate our musicians and singers who have performed so well at the Gold Coast Eisteddfods. While the competitions are still taking place, to date we have achieved some magnificent results. Congratulations to all students and their tutors who have prepared so well for these competitions. I want to pay special tribute to the following groups who have done particularly well:


Minor Majors – Highly Commended
Treble Makers – 2nd place
Show Chorus – 1st place
Bella Voce – Highly Commended
Vox Collective – 1st place (plus a place in the Finale Concert for the best performers overall)
Junior String Orchestra – 1st place.


There have also been many other fabulous performances, so congratulations to all involved.


From the Eisteddfod stage to Bond University, the undefeated Year 9 debating team of Caitlin Brims, Andre Urech, Aireena Mansfield and Shanelle Murray took honours and are now the 2018 Intermediate B Gold Coast Secondary Schools Debating Champions. They successfully argued the affirmative side of a short preparation topic ‘That girls have it tougher than boys’. Congratulations to Caitlin, who was also awarded The Speaker of the Night. Thank you to Ms Bronwyn Moore, who coached them through their successful season. The Junior team were also awarded a Certificate of Congratulations; Junior teams do not debate in finals rounds. This team of Year 7 students, Elisha McCullough, Grace Thomas, Ashley McClelland and Shiza Basha were also undefeated in their first year of Secondary debating.
I thank Ms Meg Beddows, for her coordination of this year's competition.

 Debating 2018


This week we commenced our 30 days of Gratitude. This provides a wonderful opportunity for members of our community to highlight things for which they are grateful. When we live in such a beautiful part of the world and attend such a great College with such good friends and teachers, it is easy to be thankful for so much. If you would like to contribute to our 30 days of Gratitude please send your message to
I am extremely grateful to all in our College community.



Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal



Dear Parents, Staff and Students


By now I am sure you will have heard the news that The Pod won the Queensland Master Builders Award for our builders Alder Constructions Pty Ltd, in the best Educational Facility up to $10million category. This is a great testament to Alders as builders, and also to our architects Burling Brown and our staff who put so much time and effort into planning this amazing building. The Pod has provided our students with wonderful learning opportunities that cannot be replicated to the same extent in the classroom. All who have seen The Pod marvel at the design and array of diverse learning spaces available to students.


The final subject selection evenings have been completed, and secondary students are in the process of making their selections for 2019. This is an important process to assist students to gain a good understanding of their strengths and interests, and to make wise choices for their future. Thank you to all staff who have been involved in these evenings for Years 8, 9 and 10 students, those who conducted SET plan interviews for current Year 10s and all subject specialists. Not many schools spend the same amount of time on suitably preparing and informing parents and students about their options.


Last week I wrote about the confidence of the Prep-Year 3 Public speakers. On Monday, I was absolutely amazed at the ability and confidence of the Years 4-6 finalists as they delivered their speeches at the Principal’s Assembly for Term 3.


Congratulations to the following students, who were simply brilliant:


Speaker Class Topic
Daniella De Marco 4B If Animals could talk
Ava Barrett 4F Imagine
Scarlett Melhem 4P Imagine
Elizabeth Bemrose 4S If Animals could talk
Cooper Moore 5P Laughter is the best medicine
Blake Brauer 5D In someone else’s shoes
Nea Fernandes 5H In someone else’s shoes
Adele Watson  5E The Relevance of Fairy Tales
Jessica Brown 6C The Real Superman
Mikayla Callow 6D The Real Superman
Zachary Karger 6N The Choice is Yours
Imogen Hanley  6R Not many people know this…


I was extremely impressed with these young people and I am so glad I did not have to determine the winners from each Year level. I am sure these students and a number of others will represent our College proudly in the Interschool Public Speaking competition coming up soon.


Last night, the three remaining Secondary debating teams, Intermediate B, Intermediate A and Senior B, competed in the finals of the Gold Coast Secondary Schools Debating Competition. The Senior and Intermediate A teams debated, 'The Government should help to fund the arts', while the Intermediate B team debated, 'Schools encourage creativity'. Debating teams are only given the topic 90 minutes before a debate commences and each side must prepare their case with only a dictionary for the topic definition. In two extremely tight debates, the Senior B and Intermediate A teams were unfortunately defeated. The Intermediate B team, consisting of Andre Urech, Caitlin Brims, Aireena Mansfield and Shanelle Murray, were successful with their debate and will compete in the Grand Final next Wednesday at Bond University. It should be acknowledged that this team of Year 9 students have been undefeated all season. Congratulations to all our debaters, and I wish the Intermediate B team all the best for next week.

Int B Debating Team


On Tuesday we held i-Day – Imagine a better world. There were an array of activities designed to build students’ understanding of service. This term we have been focusing on Loving Life Together - Through Service. Thank you to the Heads of  Campus, Heads of Year, Ms Stuart, Rev Mary-Anne and the student leaders who have been instrumental in planning and running the activities. It is always good for students to think about things from the perspective of others who are less fortunate then themselves. I-Day gave many students the opportunity to do just that, as they participated in a simulation activity that enabled them to live as a refugee for a short period of time.


This week we also have the APS Athletics Carnivals for Secondary on Wednesday and Primary on Thursday. As I will be in Sydney for the Anglican Schools Australia Conference from early Thursday morning, I am writing this article prior to knowing the full athletics results. I can tell you that the Secondary team performed extremely well by winning the percentage trophy and finishing fifth overall. The boys came third overall, which is a huge improvement. Congratulations to all athletes and their coaches for this result. I know our primary students have also prepared well and will perform to the best of their ability. Best wishes to all athletes this week and thank you to their coaches who have prepared them so well.

 APS Percentage Trophy


Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal



The Year 7 to Year 12 Secondary Summer APS sporting teams will start their compulsory after-school training next week, Week 6 commencing Monday 13 August.


Years 7 to 9 will train each Monday afternoon from 3.15pm – 4.15pm

Years 10 to 12 will train each Wednesday afternoon from 3.15pm – 4.15pm


However, the following teams will train on different days as follows:

  • Intermediate (Yrs. 9 - 10) Girls AFL – Monday afternoon - 3.15pm – 4.15pm
  • Intermediate (Yrs. 9 - 10) Girls Softball – Monday afternoon - 3.15pm – 4.15pm
  • Girls Tennis (Yrs. 7-12) – Thursday morning – 7.15am – 8.00am
  • Junior Boys Tennis - Tuesday morning – 7.15am – 8.00am
  • Senior Boys Tennis - Wednesday Lunch – 12.30pm – 1.10pm
  • All Water Polo training (Both Boys and Girls) Wednesday – 7.00am – 8.00am


Primary After-School APS training for students in Years 4 – 6 will not commence until the second week of Term Four,  Tuesday 9 October 2018 from 3.15pm – 4.15pm


APS Sport Conditions

A condition of the APS sports competition is that all Schools and Colleges competing, provide training for their teams in both the Winter and Summer Competition. As a result, training for APS competition is compulsory for all students.

Parents and students are strongly encouraged to avoid making appointments or requesting work rosters on a Wednesday afternoon.
Students who catch public transport home on Monday and Wednesday afternoon will need to make alternative arrangements on these days, as the regular after school bus service is not available at this time.


Students Absent from Training

Only in very special circumstances are students exempt from attending after school sport training, and this rare exemption is only achieved through a formal written request for consideration of the individual’s unique or unusual circumstances.
The request should be directed to the child’s sporting coach and/or the Head of Sport.   Students who fail to attend training without permission will be sent a letter home explaining the situation. Further unauthorised non-attendance will result in afternoon detention.  Repeat offences will result in a meeting of the student concerned and his or her parents with the Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary. Exemption from training can only be granted by the Head of Sport or the Head of Secondary, following a prior written request from parents.


Anthony Hall - Head of Sport


The Arts and Crafts exhibition is a Gold Coast Show favourite drawing thousands of entries from talented students from Gold Coast Schools. Entries can include Cooking, Sweets, Cake Decorating, Horticulture, Creative Art & Craft, Photography, Film, Mixed Media Art, Paper Tole, Graphic Design Art, Woodwork, Needlework, Egg Artistry, Scrapbooking, Street Art, Wearable Art, Art from Recycled Material, Sculpture, Painting, Drawing and More.


Invitations are OPEN NOW for entries for the Arts and Crafts including Under 20’s Competition.


Please ensure that you have read the appropriate schedule before you submit your entries.  The schedule contains all categories, rules and information for the competition. Note that the schedule is subject to possible changes and as a result continue to check the website for any updated versions.

Arts and Crafts 2018 Schedule

Arts and Crafts Entry Cards

under 20s arts and crafts 2018

Arts and Crafts application Form


Application forms are due by 10 August 5pm - No late entries will be accepted- email forms to

Please note that the actual entry piece is not required until 27 and 29 August.


For any schedule or competition enquiries, please contact:

Gold Coast Show Administration
Phone:  07 5504 5587



Coomera Anglican College Singers enjoyed a very successful weekend competing in the Vocal Solos at the Beenleigh Eisteddfod.

Congratulations to the following students.


Shenoa Parker (Year 5):
Musical Theatre - 3rd Place
Disney - 3rd Place
Modern Popular - HC


Lola Urech (Year 4):
Disney - 1st Place
Own Choice - 3rd Place
Modern Popular - HC


Jessica McConville (Year 6):
Disney - 1st Place
Modern Popular - HC
Own Choice - HC


Willa Roberts (Year 5):
Modern Popular - HC
Disney - HC


Grace Thomas (Year 7):
Own Choice - 3rd Place
Musical Theatre - 2nd Place
Disney - 3rd Place
Modern Pop - 2nd Place


Jasmine Mallard (Year 7):
Disney - 1st Place
Musical Theatre - 1st Place
Gospel - 3rd Place
Own Choice - 3rd Place


Thalia DeVries (Year 8):
Musical Theatre Duet - 1st Place


Andre Urech (Year 9):
Self-Accompaniment/Sing - 2nd Place


Ashlyn O'Toole (Year 8):
Modern Popular - HC
Musical Theatre Duet - 1st Place


Lily Jade Fitch (Year 9):
Own Choice - 1st Place
Disney - 1st Place
Modern Pop - 1st Place
Jazz - 1st Place
Country - 1st Place
Own Composition – 1st Place

Lily was also awarded the Young Adult Championship Trophy


Jackson King (Year 10):
Self-Accompaniment/Sing - 1st Place
Country - 3rd Place


Alysha Alabaster (Year 10):
Country - 2nd Place
Musical Theatre - 3rd Place


Kiera Banks (Year 12):
Own Choice: 1st Place
Musical Theatre: 1st Place
Disney: 1st Place
Modern Pop: 1st Place

Kiera also placed 1st in the SONGBIRD SINGING SCHOLASHIP winning a cash prize of $500 and was also awarded the Adult Championship Trophy!


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Dear Parents, Staff and Students


Sister School Group PhotoOn Sunday morning, we farewelled our Chinese guests from Yangzhou Xinhua Middle School. To see the interaction and friendships that had developed in such a short time between our students and those they hosted, speaks volumes about common humanity and more specifically our students and their families. It is clear that, despite significant cultural differences, young people have the capacity to form close bonds with others from across the world. Language is no barrier. I think there are plenty of lessons in that for some world leaders. Clearly, humans share far more similarities than differences, yet some like to focus on the differences, however small. I was extremely proud of our students and how well they embraced the opportunity to host our international visitors. Thank you to all families involved for your generosity. A reciprocal visit to Yangzhou is being planned for next year.



On Monday our Senior Worship Band performed at the opening of the Clergy Conference on the Gold Coast. Here is Mrs Materne’s report on their performance:


The Senior Worship Band were truly outstanding today both in their playing and in their professionalism.  They engaged a very appreciative audience by performing with enthusiasm, flair and energy.  In particular, they stepped forward and embraced their role as musicians leading worship through music.  In addition, their behaviour was impeccable and they embraced the formality of the occasion beautifully.  I feel very privileged to work with such a special group of young people and I know that you would have been very proud of their efforts today.  The students received countless compliments for their playing and were thanked profusely by many members of the audience.


I take this opportunity to thank the students and also Mrs Materne who works hard to prepare them so well. We are blessed to have such a dedicated team to provide music for Worship each week.


This week the Year 11 students were involved in Simulated Road Safety Sessions. The Test Reality Before it Tests You ‘Safe Driving’ course enabled students to operate a vehicle through using a simulator. The students ‘drove’ the car under different conditions. They were asked to continue driving while using a mobile phone to read or send a text message. The inevitable loss of control through lack of focus on the road resulted in ‘collisions’ for many, and less than satisfactory accuracy driving for all. This exercise illustrated very clearly the impact of taking your eyes off the road to look at a mobile phone for any length of time. Our students were thoroughly engaged in this road safety session and enjoyed the opportunity to test their driving skills. I understand the instructor was only available for a limited time so we selected Year 11 to participate in this simulation as many of them are currently undertaking driving training. We hope to incorporate this into future driver preparation for senior students in coming years.


July and August is eisteddfod season and students have been preparing well for their upcoming competitions. Last weekend we had several students of Mrs Celisa Urech competing in the Beenleigh eisteddfod, achieving excellent results. Many students were awarded first, second or third place in their various sections. Special mention should be made of Lily Jade Fitch (Year 9) who won six first placings and was awarded the Young Adult Championship Trophy, and also Kiera Banks (Year 12) who won five first placings including the Songbird Singing Scholarship (worth $500) and was also awarded the Adult Championship Trophy. Congratulations to Lily Jade, Kiera and all of Mrs Urech’s students.  I wish to thank Mrs Urech and all Music tutors who are preparing students for the eisteddfod events.


I also enjoyed listening to the Public Speaking finalists from Prep to Year 3 this week. The confidence of these young people is incredible. Public speaking is one of the biggest fears facing most adults, so it is truly amazing to see how well our young students are able to perform in front of their peers, teachers and parents. Thank you to Mrs Banks and Mrs Banham for their great work in coordinating this competition.


Our students are so fortunate to have so many opportunities available to them.


Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


Wednesday, 01 August 2018 01:13

2018 Next Step - Early School Leavers Survey

The Queensland Government is conducting its annual statewide survey of Year 10, 11 and 12 students who in 2017 left school without obtaining Year 12 certification. The Early School Leavers survey is a short, confidential survey that collects information about what young people are doing the year after leaving school.


Between August and September, students who left school early in 2017 can expect to receive an invitation to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office to complete the survey.

Please encourage them to take part.

For more information, visit or telephone toll free on
1800 068 587.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 21:40

Dresses for the Drought Australia

With the worst drought in 10 years, Australian Farmers are struggling to feed their animals and families. Some are down to their last few bales of hay.

'Dresses for the Drought' is a fundraiser brought about by two sisters,  Anita Guyett and Tashoni Hardy, who grew up on a cattle station outside of Mackay. They have been heartbroken to see friends in the farming community living through the worst drought and wanted to do something to help. They had heard stories of some families affected by the drought whose teenage children cannot attend their school formals because they simply can't afford a dress or suit.


One of our College families is collecting donations of good quality formal attire to take to the Brisbane collection point - they are looking for donations of cocktail dresses, gowns, suits shoes and accessories.


Collection Date: Monday 6 August

Collection Point: Primary Under Cover Area 7.30am too 8.30am

The request is for quality rather than quantity.


The College has seen a few cases of the gastroenteritis virus in both the Primary and Secondary Campus.
As the virus is so infectious, it is important for any student that has experienced Gastroentetitis symptoms listed below,
to stay home for 24 hours after the last occurrence.


What are the symptoms?

  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever

Symptoms appear 24 to 48 hours after infection has occurred and last between 12 hours to 2½ days. An infected student is contagious for up to 48 hours after their symptoms have disappeared.


See a doctor if your child has the following symptoms


  • Skin rash
  • Strong fever and shivers
  • Presence of blood in faeces or vomit
  • Vertigo or dizziness

How does gastroenteritis spread?


When people don’t wash their hands properly after being in contact with faeces or vomit they can end up spreading the gastroenteritis virus. It is also possible to get it by inhaling droplets suspended in the air when someone vomits.


What can you do to prevent it?

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The best answer: proper hygiene

  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap. Rub your upper and lower hands and between your fingers. You should wash your hands for at least 30 seconds.  
  • If you have been in contact with an infected person: Wash your hands, disinfect all surfaces that have been in contact with the person and wash any clothes used by the infected person


What if your child has gastroenteritis?


Students must stay at home for 48 hours after the last bout to avoid spreading the virus. Give them plenty of fluids, water and oral hydration solutions that you can buy at the pharmacy, even ice cubes to suck on. When they are feeling up to it,  give some clear broth. If in doubt in any way please consult a doctor. 


Rosemary Brown- College Nurse



Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


It was great to listen to renowned Australian Clinical Psychologist Dr Judith Locke on Monday afternoon. We invited Dr Locke to our College to speak to staff and parents about the important roles we play in raising and educating young children. We were delighted to secure her given her popularity and her busy schedule speaking around the country and working as a clinical psychologist.


Dr Locke’s message was very clear, and at times quite blunt. She spoke about the difference between anxiety and attention seeking behaviour and she cautioned parents and teachers about labelling children as being ‘anxious’. Some of her suggestions about parenting included: don’t listen to whinging; don’t give attention to negative behaviour and situations; focus on positive memories and experiences; don’t try to shield your child from challenges – as without challenges they will not develop resilience; take control of the household and don’t allow a child to dictate what happens; allow your child to lose games, to not always have the last piece of cake, to learn to understand that they are not the centre of attention. Dr Locke referred to her book The Bonsai Child in which she outlines the most appropriate way to parent children to allow them to develop as confident, resilient young people. Her final advice was that if you get it right when they are young, they will learn much about themselves and be far better teenagers and adults in the future. I would encourage all parents to consider reading Dr Locke’s book. Our teachers certainly gained a great deal from their session with Dr Locke, and all parents I spoke to as they left were extremely positive about what they had heard.


This afternoon, we will welcome 17 students and two staff members from our Chinese Sister School, Yangzhou Xinhua High School. Our visitors are here for the next three days and will leave on Sunday morning for Sydney. I am grateful to families who have agreed to host our visitors during their stay. An important part of our trips with students to China is the home stay visits with our sister school. It is wonderful that we can reciprocate that experience for our visitors. Many students who were hosted in Yangzhou last year have taken the opportunity to return the favour this year. While in China over the recent break in June, I made a quick visit to Yangzhou and I know how excited they were about this trip. It is difficult for Chinese teachers to obtain permission to leave China for educational visits like this one. My colleague, the Principal at Xinhua High School, can only leave China once every two or three years. Fortunately, we have no such restrictions. I look forward to welcoming our guests this afternoon and feel sure our community will make their visit a special time.


This morning we held another Principal’s Tour. These events are very popular and are booked out quickly. The Principal’s Tour allows prospective families to come and hear about our College. The interest level is always very high and those who come along are impressed by what they see and hear. The student leaders who conduct the tours do a fabulous job of promoting their College. We never tell them what to say or give them a script; they just love showing others around their College.


The Morris House BBQ and Worship on Tuesday evening was very well attended. Thank you to Rev Mary-Anne, Mrs Materne and the Worship Band, Mr Brown and his Morris House staff and student leaders for organising and running such a lovely Worship. Special thanks to all families who attended. It was great to see such a strong cross section of Morris families from across the College sharing this experience.


Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


Being able to swim presents the ability to enjoy everything the Australian lifestyle has to offer. Summers spent at the beach, weekends at the pool or family holidays by the water - there is so much to enjoy.

Rackley Swiming runs twenty-two swim schools across South East Queensland with one of them located right here, at the Coomera Anglican College Aquatic Centre. The College Aquatic Centre features an eight-lane 25-metre heated pool and a smaller covered and heated learn to swim pool and is suitable for swimming year round.


Rackley Swim School offer swimming lessons to Coomera Anglican College students at a discounted rate, and FREE lessons for children aged two months to six months old. From there, children move up to lessons without a parent in the pool and can continue right through to Gold Swim Squad. The staff that take the swim lessons are the same staff that take the students in the College Learn to Swim Programme, incorporated into the HPE classes. This connection benefits the students, giving them added trust and confidence.  Head Coach, John Robertson, is highly experienced and well respected in the Gold Coast swimming community. Using this knowledge the John collaborated with the College Head of Sport, Anthony Hall, offering students before school, Junior squad sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30am to 7.45am.

If you are not sure which programme is best for your child, book a free 10 minute swim safety check.

Alternatively, call or email the Coomera Swim School Manager - Lotta Larsen-McDonald

Ph: 1300 733 053 Email


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