College News

 

Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1

 

I found it upsetting and quite frustrating to read a feature article in The Weekend Australian Magazine (July 14-15) last Saturday, entitled “Just go KYS”. The article, written by Megan Lehmann, starts with these words: “Six months after the suicide of 14-year-old Dolly Everett, cyberbullying is devastating more young lives than ever.” Lehmann continues to outline several cases of young girls and boys around Australia who have been driven to self-harming and/or suicide by the relentless taunts of their peers. Some young people seem to delight in making the lives of their peers as miserable as possible. Kys stands for kill yourself, and it’s far too sinister and damaging to be used as the throwaway taunt it’s becoming says Lehmann. “The suicide prompts arrive in a relentless barrage of hateful messages delivered via SMS, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, each one a pulse of negative feedback amassing disastrously in young brains” she continues.

 

Lehmann refers to this behaviour as “recreational nastiness, hosted on social media, where anonymity lowers inhibition, the impersonal nature of texts spells the death of nuance, and social cues are easily missed.”

 

As an adult, I find it hard to understand why this happens. When I was a child, if someone teased me, I was told to ignore it. My parents used to say, “Sticks and stones may break your bones but names will never hurt you.” Teasing was never a big deal for me and the one person doing the taunting soon got sick of it when I didn’t react to the name calling.

 

The difference with cyberbullying is that it can be relentless and continue beyond the playground and well into the night. When you are being told constantly that you are worthless and nobody likes you so you should ‘kys’, your confidence can dwindle and you start to believe what is being said.

 

Renowned Child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg is also quoted in the article. “We know kids’ brains aren’t fully developed and won’t be until their mid-20s…and a unique characteristic of young people is an inability to predict the consequences of their actions.” However, this cannot be used as an excuse to make such behaviour acceptable or even understandable. “The technology has created a scenario where kids who are impulsive, subject to peer influence, who do make errors of judgement, can now do so in the wink of an eye, press send and cause devastation says Carr-Gregg. Once these taunts are posted online, they are available for all and sundry to see and comment upon, further compounding the problem and the damage caused to the victim.

 

Lehmann quotes statistics for admissions to the mental health unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne over a 12-month period where “212 of 271 adolescents were admitted because of suicidal behaviour. Three in five had been bullied.”

 

Politicians and leaders are very concerned about child wellbeing, mental health and the levels of cyber safety. Following the death of Dolly Everett in January this year, the Prime Minister wrote to all Principals in Australia asking us to be mindful of the effects of cyberbullying and to speak with our students about this issue. Our College is an eSmart accredited school for the work we have done over many years on cybersafety with students, staff and parents, yet we are not immune to this behaviour. Each term we continue to address this issue with students at assemblies and in class so that they are frequently reminded of their responsibilities and how to stay safe when online.

 

The cornerstone of our College is respect. All relationships here are built on mutual respect. When we treat each other respectfully, we have an empathy and can see things from others’ perspectives. I am sure that if those doing the cyber bullying were placed in the position of the victim, they would have a different understanding of the impacts this behaviour can have.

 

Under various state and territory stalking and harassment laws, cyberbullies can be prosecuted, and the federal criminal law prohibiting the misuse of telecommunications carries a maximum penalty of three years’ jail. Some politicians are even calling for ten year jail terms to be imposed for these bullies. However, the levels of punishment should not be the driving force for young people to behave appropriately when on line.

 

Lehmann finishes the article by suggesting that “The ‘go kill yourself’ won’t stop unless the kids are the ones who jump in the middle and say, ‘Hey, we don’t talk like that here’”.

 

At Coomera Anglican College we have high expectations. We try to model mutual respect across our community, and continue to immerse our students in Christian principles of love, compassion, empathy, kindness and respect for difference. This year, in particular, our theme of Loving Life Together provides a tangible reminder of the importance of belonging to a supportive, respectful community.

 

I think it would be beneficial for you to take some time to discuss what I have written here with your children. We all want a safe and healthy environment for our students.

 

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

 

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 04:00

2018 QISSN Netball Competition

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Congratulations to the following students who recently participated in the 2018 QISSN Netball tournament in Townsville over the holiday break. This competition is open to all Independent Schools in Queensland and in 2018, 64 schools took part. Our team performed extremely well placing 5th overall out of the 64 teams which is an outstanding achievement.

 

Aireena Mansfield
Baylie McLauchlan
Chloe Geyer (Captain)
Georgia Perkins
Hannah Fitzgerald
Jessica Duncombe
Mackenzie Jordan
Madeline Hall
Natalia Niumata
Tara Hall
Lucy Suhr  - QISSN Umpire

 

Congratulations to the following students who received awards at the Competition:

  • Madeline Hall – QISSN Rising Stars Merit Team
  • CAC MVP – Mackenzie Jordan
  • Player’s Player and Coaching Award – Jessica Duncombe
  • Runners Up in Player’s Player and Coaching Award – Georgia Perkins

A big thank you to Anna Young (Coach) and Sandra Walsh (Manager) for looking after the team in Townsville.

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

  • Emerson Jones – South Coast U/12 Girls Tennis Team

  • Hayden Jones - South Coast U/12 Boys Tennis Team

  • Harley Fletcher - Hinterland U/12 Boys Rugby Union Team

  • Harley Fletcher – South Coast U/12 Boys Rugby Union Team

The House Athletics carnivals late last term were both a great success. The House spirit and participation rates were fantastic and the competition for age champion keenly contested. Such was the standard of the competition this year, 21 new records were set in the Secondary carnival and 19 in the Primary carnival.

 

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Primary Athletics Secondary Athletics

Primary House Champion

1st – Lane – 4816 points

2nd – Gibbs – 4726 points

3rd – Morris – 4372 points

4th – Smith – 3359 points

Duck Trophy - Morris

Age Champions

U/8

Girls

1st – Chloe Taylor

2nd – Elise Virr

3rd – Anya Coetzee

Boys

1st –  Leonardo Stephen

2nd – Jay Collins

3rd – Kaelan Ward

U/9

Girls

1st – Tayla Ward

2nd – Ava Barrett

3rd – Emily Tyerman

Boys

1st – Tyson Daley

2nd – Tom Robertson

3rd – Harrison Bond

U/10

Girls

1st – Tabitha Laurie

2nd – Grace Thompson-Coleman

3rd – Emmerson Jones

Boys

1st – Connor Hopgood

2nd – Bronson Spies

3rd – Max Dean

U/11

Girls

1st – Hannah Stevens

2nd – Jessica Bonnitcha

3rd – Jennifer Stupples

Boys

1st – George Dean

2nd – Ashton Kenny

3rd – Rio Reynolds

U/12

Girls

1st – Ava Parkinson

2nd – Kiara Shaw

3rd – Ella Purton

Boys

1st – Jack Neumann

2nd – Troy Livingston

3rd – Hayden Jones

Secondary House Champion

1st - Smith - 3381 points

2nd - Lane – 3283.5 points

3rd - Morris – 3076 points

4th - Gibbs – 2121.5 points

Age Champions

U/12

1st – Caitlin Brown

2nd – Marlie Crummer

3rd – Elisha McCullough

Boys

1st – Mitchell Rust

2nd – Luke Ayres

3rd – Harrison Patrick

U/13

Girls

1st – Amelia Coetzee

2nd – Alannah Hopgood

3rd – Saffron Williams

Boys

1st –  Dylan Devine

2nd – Oliver Beckton

3rd – Cailum McClelland

U/14

Girls

1st – Brooklyn Lowe

2nd – Anastasia Neumann

3rd – Jessica Stupples

Boys

1st – Emile De La Rey

2nd – Declan Russell

3rd – Edan Tighe

U/15

Girls

1st – Jessica Boundy

2nd  -  Holly Ayres

3rd –  Elisha Hurley

Boys

1st – Adam Baxter

2nd – Bayley Hall

3rd – Jack Baxter

U/16

Girls

1st – Mackenzie Jordan

2nd – Bethany Green

3rd – Brooke Whiteley

Boys

1st – Ethan Raynor

2nd – William Smith

3rd – Alexander Reeves

Open

Girls

1st – Madeline Hall

2nd – Zoe Ayres

3rd –  Imogen Noon

Boys

1st –  Alexander Whiteley

2nd – Callum Garland

3rd – Fraser Smith

 

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Over the holidays, I was lucky enough to attend the Meanjin Writer’s Camp hosted by ALEA (Australian Literacy Educators’ Association) at Griffith University, Mount Gravatt. For two days, sixty-six passionate young writers, myself included, attended various workshops with successful authors and poets to help enhance our writing. We learnt how they overcame the real-world challenges of being an author, and that dedication and perseverance are paramount. The authors were all so much more inspiring and helpful than I ever could have imagined! Their insight was invaluable, and their tips and tricks have enabled me to take my writing to the next level. There are literally no words capable of expressing just how beneficial this camp was for my imagination, creativity, skill and enthusiasm. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants inspiration and tips for their own writing. It was definitely an amazing and beneficial experience!

Caitlin Brims - Year 9

 

Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1

 

Welcome back for Term 3. I offer a special welcome to new families and new staff.

 

For the first time in our history I believe, we are at school this week while state schools are on holidays. This is due to the timing of state school terms and the Commonwealth Games. Our 2018 term dates are consistent with every other year, where Term 1 is ten weeks, Term 2 is nine weeks, Term 3 is ten weeks and Term 4 is nine weeks. We have not changed this pattern since we commenced in 1997. The only variation is when Easter is very early and we might have 9 weeks in Term 1 and ten weeks in Term 2. Regardless, we commence our mid-year break at the same time each year. The major difficulty we have encountered at the commencement of Term 3 is that the buses have not operated this week. This is extremely frustrating as we gave Translink our term dates at the end of last year, as we do each year. The disappointing aspect is that they did not let us know there would be no buses this week. We only discovered this on Monday afternoon when a staff member contacted Surfside to check about the buses this week. We informed parents via email and a push notification through the College App as soon as we became aware of this situation. Our biggest concern of course is the safety of students as well as their ability to get to the College and the inconvenience to parents. Given the situation, we would have liked to have been informed about the lack of buses in time to inform parents appropriately, so you could make suitable arrangements. We have spoken to Translink, Surfside, our local member and the State Education Minister’s office about this matter. I have been informed this morning (Tuesday) by the Department of Transport and Main Roads that parents can contact Translink on 131230 to establish local bus routes that may be able to assist with transport this week in the absence of the school buses. Alternatively, you may use the Translink Journey Planner

 

Term 3 is always busy and exciting for students with the camps coming up in the next couple of months. We believe the outdoor experience is a most important element of each child’s education, as it fosters independence, teamwork and encourages students to step beyond their comfort zone. When placed in an unfamiliar and sometimes challenging situation, students are given the opportunity to grow and become more resilient. The camps are a very important and popular aspect of the education for students at our College. If children are at all concerned, it is important for parents to speak in positive terms about the adventure of camps. Mrs Lowe and Dr Prideaux are also available to assist students and families if required. It is not an option for students to miss their camp.

 

Two new College babies have arrived over the break. We congratulate Mrs and Mr Fuller on the birth of baby Isabella Fuller and Mrs and Mr Lenon on the birth of Sarah Josie Lenon. While Mrs Lenon completed a contract towards the end of last term and won’t return to the College, Mrs Fuller will return in due course. We eagerly await news of Mrs Penberthy who is due to deliver her baby in the next couple of weeks.

 

In the next few weeks, we are conducting information sessions for parents and students regarding subject selection for 2019 (secondary) and Semester Two subject information (Primary). These sessions are important and parents should endeavour to attend.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

 

 

Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1

 

This week I have been reading secondary students’ end of Semester One reports. While it is a challenge to get through them all in a few days, I have found this a rewarding experience this year. What I really enjoy is seeing the development of each student, and noticing the relationship between students and their teachers. The wording of most report comments is very encouraging, with teachers highlighting the positive elements of the student’s work while making some suggestions as to how they could continue to improve.

 

In our College, we speak a lot about having a growth mindset. This encourages students to take some risks with their learning and to learn from their mistakes. Nobody ever learns anything without stepping outside their comfort zone and making some mistakes along the way. I challenge all parents to recall the first time you attempted to drive a car. I have no doubt you probably either stalled the car, grated the gears or perhaps even ran into something. It is highly unlikely that you mastered driving on the first occasion. However, you did not give up and persisted until you became more confident and were able to drive well. That is what learning is about.

 

In any learning situation, there are four stages of competence:

 

Stage 1. Unconscious incompetence – you don’t know what you don’t know. Eg: you don’t know that you can’t drive the car (Novice)

Stage 2. Conscious incompetence – you know what you don’t know. Eg: you try to drive and quickly know that you can’t do it (Beginner)

Stage 3. Conscious competence – you know what you know. Eg: you know you can drive the car (Proficient)

Stage 4. Unconscious competence – you don’t know how much you know. Eg: you can drive without even thinking about it (Expert).

 

Most experienced drivers probably operate at stage 4, driving without thinking about it, although we would almost certainly want the pilots of our planes to be operating at stage 3 where they are very conscious of how they are flying the plane and really thinking about what they are doing.

 

We want our students to be operating at stage 3 most of the time so they are very conscious of what they are doing in the learning process. However, there will be many things that they do or know automatically without really thinking too much about it such as their times tables, spelling, reading music, playing an instrument, kicking a ball and so much more. Of course, students of all ages will move in and out of these stages of competence with each new learning experience. That is how we all learn new things. On Monday, I am going to China to visit a number of schools and educational Institutions. I have been listening to some Chinese language CDs and have definitely been well entrenched in stage 2 – consciously incompetent, as I realise that I don’t know much Chinese at all! With any luck and a lot more work, I might get to be consciously competent enough to at least be able to greet people and introduce myself. Therefore, while this is a challenge for me, I know it is all part of the learning process. I have been well and truly beyond my comfort zone and have taken some risks, but that is how to learn.

 

As we head into the three week break for winter, it is appropriate to thank and farewell some staff who are finishing at the College or taking leave at the end of this week. Mrs Denise Balson (Music Department) and Mrs Juli Potts (Uniform Shop) have announced their retirements; Mrs Lisa Hickey (Drama) and Mr Steve Garrett (Biology) have completed contracts; Mrs Sarah Hands (Film & TV) has resigned to go to Brisbane; Mrs Carley Penberthy commences Maternity Leave joining Mrs Isla Fuller and Mrs Ann-Marie Lenon who have recently left on Maternity Leave and finally Mrs Kirsty Jackson (Term 3 and 4) and Ms Liz Hampson (Term 3) will commence Long Service Leave. I thank all these staff members and wish them well for their break and for the future if they are not returning.

 

I trust that all students and staff will enjoy the break and prepare well for the second half of 2018.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 
 

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

 

This term the College has seen some cases of the gastroenteritis virus. This has mainly been in the Primary campus where younger students may not practise as efficient hygiene practices as Secondary students. To ensure you and your children do your best to avoid it, please see some helpful information.

 

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.

As the virus is so infectious, we ask that student's that have had any of these symptoms to please stay home for 48 hours after the last occurrence.

 

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 rbrown@cac.qld.edu.au

 

 

Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1

 

As I write this article, a meeting of the student counsellors and psychologists across our four Gold Coast Anglican schools is taking place in the College Board Room adjacent to my office. This meeting prompts me to write about the mental health and wellbeing of our students. There is no doubt that mental health is becoming a very real issue for society and is reflected in the population of every school. The fact that our counsellors belong to a strong network that meets regularly so they can support and learn from each other, reinforces the importance our Colleges place on the mental health of our students and staff. We are blessed to have such professionals to care for our communities.

 

Statistically we know that 20-25% of young people have or will have a mental illness at some stage in their lives. If you don’t think that sounds like a lot, it is actually between one in every four to five people. It is not difficult to focus on those in most obvious need, but this should not be seen as the solution to addressing mental health. Focusing on the visible issues comes from a deficit position, where there are apparent ‘problems to fix’. This is more about welfare than wellbeing. For example, the absence of mental health is not the same as wellbeing. Wellbeing develops a sense of being happy, but it is more than that. Pursuing happiness is not the goal for good mental health.  What we want for our students is that they flourish. Flourishing is about knowing who we are and who we are meant to be and living life the way God wants for us. Flourishing can be described as having an abundant life. At our College we have a focus on flourishing.

 

The experts tell us there are several building blocks of flourishing including:

  • Exercise – one hour of screen time needs at least two hours of green time.
  • Diet – the benefits of healthy eating are obvious, and junk food is very bad for mood.
  • Mindfulness – the benefits of quiet reflection are huge.
  • Sleep – children need 9 hours sleep per night, whereas on average they get 5.5 hours.

Renowned child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg says that there are four key questions he asks to determine a child’s wellbeing.

  1. Does this person have capacity to make friends?
  2. Does this person have a ‘spark’ that gets them going? Eg sport, music
  3. Are they ok to be away from their adult carers?
  4. Do they appreciate school?

 

Students who do not fulfil these 4 criteria might come to our attention and be given some assistance. However, our goal is to ensure that we work with all students to ensure that they flourish. We are continuing to develop programmes and activities that focus on developing flourishing Minds, flourishing Hearts, flourishing Souls and flourishing Strengths in our students.

 

I am extremely grateful for our psychologists, Mrs Lowe and Dr Prideaux, and the wonderful work they do with our students and families, but we are all (staff and parents) responsible for enabling our students to flourish.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 
 

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

 

 

Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1

 

What a fabulous Community Fair we enjoyed on Sunday! Congratulations and thank you to all involved in the organisation, especially Nadine Fairweather, her wonderful team of events volunteers and of course the dedicated Class Coordinators. It was great to see so many people at the College enjoying the entertainment, the rides, stalls, activities and of course the food. This was a wonderful example of our community at play and we were blessed with beautiful weather to enhance what was a tremendous day. There were so many magnificent prizes with the cent auction, raffles and other stalls, thank you to all who donated or made goods. Thank you to all families, friends, students and staff who came along to support PAFA in the 2018 Coomera Community Fair.

 

It has been a privilege this week to have Mr Stephen Hunter at the College. Stephen is the Manager of the International Space Station Computer Resource from NASA Johnson Space Centre in Houston Texas. Stephen originally saw The Pod on line and was very interested in the Imaginarium in particular. He has been here working with our students since Wednesday speaking about his work with NASA in particular the Space Station. He has certainly made a very positive impression. We are hoping to get some direct footage from the Space Station for our Imaginarium.  Stephen will be present tomorrow when we will officially open The Pod and the refurbishment of the Primary Administration and Staff Room. The member for Gaven, The Hon Meaghan Scanlon will officially open the buildings on behalf of the state government who contributed over $1,050,000 towards the projects. Our new Regional Bishop, The Right Reverend John Roundhill will bless the buildings. We have a large number of special invited guests who will attend this short service followed by a tour of The Pod and the staff areas. Unfortunately, this is not something that we can invite parents to, as this official ceremony is a condition of the government funding we have received. We are delighted with how well students and teachers are using The Pod.

 

Tomorrow is also Under 8s’ Day. The staff have been working hard to prepare for a wonderful day of activities for children in the Early Learning Centre and the College. Being Under 8 is a special time in life and it is great to be able to celebrate that time with the young children. Such a lot of learning takes place in those early years of schooling and this is worth celebrating. The recently released Gonski report suggests that “Teachers should be prioritising literacy and numeracy to ensure that students have reached the core basics before they turn eight, and there needs to be a smooth transition between early childhood learning and school.” This is certainly the case at our College with strong connections between our Early Learning Centre and the College. There is no doubt that our focus on literacy and numeracy is instrumental to the success of our young children as they move through the College. Strong foundations in the basics are what enable students to succeed in the future. Thank you to all of our teachers who do such a fantastic job with our young students.

 

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 
 

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

There is not too much more we can say about the 2018 PAFA Coomera Community Fair, except

WOW and WOW!

Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the event, however with an event of this scale there has to be generous support from local business. This year we had more support than ever, who contibuted in many ways, from cash donations, to prizes, dancers, and to valuable time. We acknowledge each of them below and please ask that you, our College Community to please show your support in return, by using them for their services when in need.

Taking the time to build community to get to know your people will have long lasting benefits Clifton Taulbert

Thank you to the following event sponsors and supporters:

Cr Donna Gates

Gold Coast Orthodontists - Major Sponsor

Jolly Jumps

Woolworths, the fresh food people

The Cheesecake Shop Oxenford

Reward Hospitality

Hoppy's Express Car Wash`

Kiss Photography

A Special Occasion Rolls Royce Hire

Hello World Travel

La Posh Beauty Lounge

Love for Hair

Athlete's Foot Helensvale

Village Roadshow Theme Parks

The Palms Sanctuary Cove

The Illusions Magic Show

Boardwalk Tavern Hope Island

Begin Bright Hope Island

Wilkinsons Orthodontics

Adjust     

Zaparas Lawyers

Peppers Resort at Salt

Ormeau Physio

Dans Dim Sim

G-Free Donuts

Guzman Y Gomez Upper Coomera

Tyrepower Upper Coomera

Chempro Oxenford

Spa Express Oxenford    

My Foot Dr Hope Island

Fins on the Junction (Fish and Chips Pimpama Junction)   

Tupperware by Jacqui Dobbie  

Barkbusters  

Cafe 19 Sanctuary Cove      

Dynamite Studios Australia

Slushie Kingdom

UC Dental

Arakan Martial Arts 

Under the Greenwood Tree Bookshop

Barkroyal                         

Print Image Signs      

Maneki Neko Toys

 

Also a big thank you also to our incredible Primary Class Coordinators, Volunteer Stall Coordinators, and lastly to the entire College community for your support and contribution, we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did! 

 

 

Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1

 

As you know, I was in Melbourne last week at an Anglican Summit led by the Reverend Dr Daniel Heischman, Executive Director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, USA. During this summit, we discussed “What does it mean to be an Anglican School?” Representatives from all states and many of the 23 Dioceses and schools attended over the two days discussing our Anglican traditions and what makes us different from other schools. Such a gathering has not happened elsewhere in the worldwide Anglican Church. Dr Heischman led the summit by giving us six lenses through which to focus our discussions.

 

These six lenses were deemed to be specific to Anglican schooling although not exclusive.

 

  1. Faith – we spoke of faith as being the collision of stories of Jesus with our own stories. We also determined that the journey to faith is usually long and ongoing, so it is difficult to look for an endpoint.

  2. Reason – this is one of the pillars of the Anglican tradition. Reason is the lens through which people come to faith. It can remove the ‘rough edges’ of our belief.

  3. Worship – provides the rhythm of prayer in our schools. We are defined by our practice, and worship plays a major part in this in our schools.

  4. Pluralism – we live in a pluralistic society and we should be prepared to give a reasoned account of our belief, and to stand by it, while respecting the position of others.

  5. Character – we should aspire to model the virtues of Jesus in our lives.

  6. Service – it is important to approach service through the lens of the Gospel, and respond to human need with loving service where we are. In other words, there is so much we can do for those in our own back yard in order to serve others. A good place to start is with our own families and our own community.

Following this summit, Dr Heischman will produce a discussion paper and Anglican Schools Australia will determine the next step in distributing this information. It was wonderful to have so many Bishops, Board members, Executive Directors of Anglican Schools Commissions, Principals and Chaplains around the tables discussing Anglican schooling. There is so much that is positive about being in an Anglican school. We have a very strong network across the country.

 

This Sunday is our Coomera Community Fair. It is the opportunity for the community to come into our College to have fun. This is PAFA’s biggest fund raising event and is only held every second year so please come along to support PAFA, the students and our College. There are plenty of stalls and rides for the children. There is a huge programme of musical items, and art works on display and for sale. The PAFA Fair committee has worked very hard under the direction of Nadine Fairweather, to ensure this Fair is a success. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday, so please bring your family and friends to support our College.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 
 

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Final chance to save on your unlimited ‘ride’ pass

The deadline to purchase your unlimited All Day Ride Pass is midnight this Thursday, 24 May.  Don’t miss out on the saving - $30 online now, or $35 on the day.
Purchase here!

 

Sunny Ray Appearance!

The Gold Coast Suns official mascot Sunny Ray will be down at Coomera Community Fair this Sunday. It’s your chance to High Five the AFL hero as he meets and greets the crowd from 11am to 12noon.

 Sunny Ray

Live Music Performances

Coomera Anglican College has some incredibly talnted music students, which will be showcased at the fair this weekend Fair. From Percussion Ensembles, to Concert Bands, String Quartets, Jazz, and everything in between – be sure to to be on campus by 10am to capture the action!

 

Prizes Galore at the Cent Auction!

The CAC cent auction is your big chance to walk away with “stacks” of goodies – every basket is overflowing with items thanks to kind donations from stall holderss, College families and local businesses. Purchase your tickets on the day, pop them in the box in front of your favourite basket and “be in it to win it”.

 

Sponsors

A BIG thanks to our Stage Sponsors “Gold Coast Orthodontists” - leading specialists in the field of Orthodontics on the Gold Coast. Start your journey to straight teeth. Find out more at www.gcsmiles.com.au/. Thanks also to the support from Division 1 Councillor and Deputy Mayor – Cr Donna Gates.

 

CCF sponsors

 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 03:31

Student Achievement - Cross Country

APS Cross Country

Congratulations to both Primary and Secondary APS Cross Country teams who competed in the APS Cross Country carnival last week. After many months of hard training, both teams achieved their best ever results in this competition. The Primary team placed 2nd in the Aggregate trophy and 2nd in the Percentage while the Secondary team placed 4th in the Aggregate trophy and 2nd in the Percentage trophy.  This was a tremendous team effort for all our runners and was a fitting reward for all their hard work. The major highlights for both teams include:

Age Group Results

1st - 9 Year Girls

1st - 10 Year Girls

1st - Open Girls

2nd  - 11 Year Boys

3rd – 12 Year Girls

3rd – 16 Year Boys

3rd – 13 Year Girls

4th – 10 Year Boys

Top Ten Finishers

9 Year Girls
Lizzie Bemrose - 1st
Tayla Ward - 2nd
Emma Nicholson - 10th

9 Year Boys
Xander Hogg - 5th

10 Year Girls
Emerson Jones - 3rd
Zara Courtney  - 4th
Mia Rieck  - 5th
Ashleigh Andrews  - 9th

10 Year Boys
Koen Anderson  - 1st

11 Year Boys
Daniel Prinsloo  - 2nd
Lukas Andrews  - 8th

12 Year Girls
Haru Steele  - 2nd
Caitlin Brown  - 7th
Lani Stasiakowski  - 10th

12 Year Boys
Hayden Jones - 3rd

13 Year Boys
Dylan Devine  - 1st
Llewellyn Coetzee  - 5th

15 Year Boys 
Jordan Rieck  - 4th

16 Year Boys
Edward Williams  - 5th

Open Year Girls
Imogen Noon  - 4th
Chloe Geyer  - 6th

Congratulations to the following students who have now been selected to represent the Hinterland District at the South Coast Trials in June:

Emerson Jones, Zara Courtney, Mia Rieck, Koen Anderson, Daniel Prinsloo, Haru Steele, Caitlin Brown, Hayden Jones, Dylan Devine, Llewellyn Coetzee, Jordan Rieck, Edward Williams, Imogen Noon, Ethan Owen and Tayla Cornish

Finally a huge thanks to our dedicated coaches, Mrs. Taylor, Alli Cooke, Ms. Kuhnemann, Mr. McLennan, Mrs. Stephen and Mr. Kirkpatrick who spent many hours developing our Cross Country runners. Special mention to Mrs. Taylor for all her work organizing the Cross Country teams and planning their training sessions. Well done Coaches!

Monday, 14 May 2018 01:37

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Hi, my name is Fraser Smith, I am in Year 12 and I love Martial Arts. I do Karate and MMA outside of school and I love the passion of martial arts. I am a silver medalist in the Australian Karate Federation and words cannot even describe how very lucky I am to be a part of the QKA (Queensland Karate Association). 

Over the Easter break, I had the opportunity to go over to Belgium where I was training under a world champion called Junior Leferve. Before I went to Belgium, I had been watching his videos on Youtube, and his videos show how he trains world champions and how to create world champions. When I got to Belgium, I went to his dojo (training gym) and when I saw him there for the first time in person, it was mind blowing, to see Junior right in front of me and shaking my hand. It was amazing to see him and say hello to him. 

 Fraser Smith3

He is on e of my idols in Marital Arts and he is very influential in the way he progresses Karate. He is a 1x World Champion, Silver medallist at world level and he is a multiple time European Champion. To me he is a true example of a martial artist. When I got to train with him, it was amazing to see a world champion training me, it was a dream come true. I only had had three days to train with him but that was better than no days at all. I am committed to applying everything that I have learned, and will continue to strive to be the best that I can be.
It was an incredible experience for me to travel to Europe and train with a world champion and my idol. When I got back to Australia, I had an opportunity to apply some of the things that I had learned at the Australian Open for Karate in Sydney. This was my first Australian Open ever. My results were two Bronze Medals. I feel extremely proud of myself that I earned two bronze medals. 
Belgium was an incredible experience for me and I would definitely go back there and train for more than three days. I will keep training hard for my future as a Martial Artist.

Fraser Smith

Fraser trains with Sensei Dhanesh Walatara at the Japan Karate Do Hakuakai Australia Club based at Maudsland. Fraser has also recently been selected for the Queensland State Team (QKA) to represent Queensland at the upcoming Australian Karate Federation National Titles in August.

Friday, 04 May 2018 02:08

CYBER BYTES newsletter

The College receives the CYBER BYTES newsletter directly from the Anglican Schools Commission in Brisbane. The latest CYBER BYTES newsletter is linked HERE.

In this issue you will find great tips and advice about Fake News, Being Real Online and FORTNITE.

If you don’t know about FORTNITE it is -

  • an online shooting game
  • multiplayer platform - up to 100 players
  • with chat functions
  • very popular at the moment

Check out some of the tips for your child to be using it safely if you allow them to play.

Social media sites are continuing to be an area of concern for parents. The site highlighted in this issue is YUBO (aka Yellow). Users are can connect via Snapchat and Instagram accounts, this site offers video chatting and no proof of age. It is definitely one for parents to view with their child and discuss if it is appropriate for your family.

Many more hints and tips are contained in the CYBER BYTES newsletter.

Please check it out and give us any feedback.

Wednesday, 02 May 2018 22:28

Student Achievement

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

Mitchell Rust - Hinterland U/12 Boys Football Team

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