Junior Secondary News
Dear Parents, Staff and Students
As Term three draws to a close, many of our Junior Secondary students are eagerly anticipating the upcoming activities assigned to camp week (and no doubt there will be similar rejoicing on the home front, after the traditional departure wave concludes). School camp is an integral part of our programme as it encourages and promotes many aspects of our ‘hidden curriculum’ and personal development traits that students will require, if they are to function as a citizen in the 21st Century. These include but are not limited to relationship-building, resilience development, overcoming personal challenges, decision-making, service of others, independence, personal appraisal and the privilege of being a ‘guest’. In Junior Secondary, we provide different opportunities for these experiences to occur.
The Year 7 Orientation / Bonding Camp
One of the most important orientation and transition activities for students beginning their Junior Secondary education is the Year 7 Orientation Camp held at Camp Burleigh, Burleigh Heads in the second week of Term 1. Whilst there are many aims of the camp, the most important one is that of creating a sense of community and belonging to the Junior Secondary Campus at Coomera Anglican College.
Year 8 – Camp Kokoda
This outdoor adventure experience embodies the word ‘challenge’. Incorporating journeying and exploration away from the distractions of technology and modern conveniences, Camp Kokoda provides ample opportunities for risk-taking (with safety measures), where students enjoy hiking, canoeing, abseiling, high ropes and group initiative activities. This series of physical and mental activities on offer maximises the group's chances of practising teamwork, problem- solving, perseverance, endurance, leadership skills and all ninety minutes from the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives!
Year 9 – The CAConnectPROjECT
Year 9 students will now have three options for Camp Week. Throughout Week 9 of Term Three, our Year 9 students have completed community service tasks at various locations across the Gold Coast. Known as Make a Difference (MAD) Week, students have developed an understanding of the importance of Service Learning. Last year we expanded the experience, now known as the CAConnectPROJECt, to include these experiences in the remote Queensland towns of Charleville and Mitchell.
Over the course of the week, students will take part in a range of activities, which may include music performances, classroom support, sporting activities, working with community members on farms, churches, schools, retirement homes and interacting and liaising with members of the community to ensure that relationships are developed and stories shared.
By coming ‘as guest’ into these relationships, the students will be encouraged to work ‘with’ rather than ‘for’ these communities. The reciprocal nature of this engagement with others, will allow the students to learn and self-reflect, while developing an awareness of life outside the College.
We look forward to hearing many of wonderful tales the experiences shared and enjoyed by our returning charges.
Greg Golder - Head of Junior Secondary
All day ride passes are now available. Rides include Mega Dodgems, Miami Trip Party Machine, ChaCha, Bat Tower, Gladiator, Challenge, Rock Climbing Wall, Super Slide, Merry Go Round, Trackless Train and Bouncy Castles. This is an incredible value! UNLIMITED RIDES ALL DAY for only $30 Prepaid Online $35 on the day. Height and weight restrictions apply to some rides. Tickets may be purchased for individual rides on the day.
The College is pleased to announce that we are the first APS school to join the Headsmart Concussion Programme. The College will be assisted with the delivery of this leading programme by UC Physio, who will conduct the testing as part of the programme.
We believe that this is a positive programme, in line with initiatives in major sporting codes, and will be a valuable tool to assist our families in the event of a head injury.
More details will be available soon with how families can get involved. We will be encouraging everyone involved in sport to sign up for the annual base line testing.
For more information visit the Headsmart website:
Congratulations to Year 8 student, Anastasia Neumann, who competed last weekend in the Down Under Athletics Championships held at Griffith University along side athletes from the USA, NZ, and Australia. Ana, who is only 13 years old, competed in the 15 years age group 100mt and came 6th! She also received a gold medal in the under 15's 100m relay.
An oustanding opportunity for her and quite a wonderful result.
Well done Ana!
Sensory Writing – Year 7 Extension English
This week, in Year 7 Extension English, we have been focusing on descriptive writing. As part of this exploration, we discovered the magic of using senses to describe a setting, in this case, the College Oval and Junior Secondary Quadrangle. The students crafted a creative passage about what they heard, saw, smelled, tasted and felt while enjoying the atmosphere of the environment after a lovely shower of rain. We hope you enjoy some samples of their work. –Kellie Ayton
I charged out of the classroom, into the lush, green environment, the clear blue skies ahead. As I looked down, the colourful lorikeets singing in my ears, I watched the trees blowing gently in the wind. I felt calm and relaxed. Some bushes were growing up ahead, in the perfect position, just behind the short cut grass. So many unique animals call this place their home, and they share it with everyone and everything. All the charming bugs, crawling around my feet, like a tiny stampede! The gentle sound of the wind, whispering in my ears. This is my happy place. - Benjamin Oweis
As I walked out of the cramped classroom, my eyes met the scene of the plains ahead. Gazing upon the vastness of the green field, the gentle breeze rustles the green meadows. Petite birds scurry over the field, tweeting softly; a wondrous song. The tall standing trees sway, dropping the dry, autumn leaves. Softly the sound of the leaves plopping onto ground is silenced by children; laughing and playing. Behind the plush field, the towering mountains glimpse upon the low-lying ground beneath. The damp grass, curves between my fingers, squishing between my hands. The autumn breeze brushes against my face. I breathed in the clean and prosperous air. Colours of life enrich the sky and wind. A butterfly malleably flutters past, as if caught by the wind. A calmness has reached my deepened soul. I feel as if I belong once more. – Amelia Coetzee
I stumbled outside, free of the dark enclosure of a classroom. A gush of a tranquil air invited me out. The playground stood looming over me as I took an effort to turn my face upwards. The uncoloured playground was covered in minute children climbing over every nook and cranny. The sun-lit the whole area but was then smothered by ash-coloured, fathomless clouds. It discoloured and dampened my moment of pleasure and gratitude. Nonetheless, the clouds followed the wind and birds sung louder than ever. Taking a deep breath in, I let my eyes wonder and extend. Extend into classrooms and beyond walls. Wondering to places that are usually just looked over by most students and teachers. These wondrous places warmed my heart. I smiled. The green grass shone vividly back.
– Sienna McMahon
I stepped out of the classroom into the empty playground, seeing lush and beautiful plants and trees as tall as the sky. I heard birds chirping with joy. Their noises filled the air with an excited mood. The wind gently stroked my face as I stood there, watching the nature at its finest. The smell of the flowers warmed my heart. I slowly walked back to the classroom. – Lucius Carlson
Coomera Anglican College is a licenced Award Operator for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This international award equips young people for life and work. It is the world’s leading achievement award. In 2013 more than one million young people around the world took part in the Award, in over 140 countries and territories.
Since the Award’s launch nearly 60 years ago, it has inspired more than eight million young people to transform their lives. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development outside the classroom. It also allows their achievement to be consistently recognised worldwide, giving young people unique international accreditation of their experiences.
Students 14 years and over are eligible to participate in the Bronze Award. However, younger students who are interested may participate in the Bridge Award. In both cases, there are four sections:
- Physical Recreation
- Adventurous Journey
For more information about the Award levels and the types of activities that are required, go to:
Our students are already participating in Physical Recreation when they are involved with APS sport training and competition. Many young people are also heavily involved in Skills such as learning a musical instrument, the College musical, Debating and Public Speaking. Service activities offered at the College include the Interact Club and Micah. In short, many of our students could gain this internationally recognised award with minimal additional effort.
To register or find out more, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and I will send the registration form.
Katrina Lyon - Acting Head of Junior Secondary