Primary News

 

A Spirit of Friendship, Community and Belonging

For those who were able to witness some of the sporting events of the Commonwealth Games over the Easter break you would have no doubt been inspired by the athletes, their ability, their focus and their commitment to their sport.  It was clear that the spirit of the occasion was one of friendship, community and belonging.

 

I hope that you have all had a good break.  The opportunity to reconnect with family is a wonderful part of Easter. We return ready to continue exploring new ways of “Loving Life Together”. We once again become part of the grand tradition of Coomera Anglican College which, for over 20 years has educated students, whose offerings both to the College and to the community they serve, have been significant.  Welcome back, everyone!

GK Wk 1 T2

 

 

NAPLAN Testing: Years 3/5/7/9

 In week 5 of Term 2, our students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be involved in the annual NAPLAN Benchmark Testing Programme.  This is a Literacy and Numeracy test designed to give feedback to parents and staff about student performance.  Our students will be involved in this programme of testing and over the past few months have been preparing to tackle the challenges of the NAPLAN tests.  If you have any questions about NAPLAN, please speak with your child’s class teacher.

 

Primary Campus ANZAC Day Service

On Tuesday 24 April, the Primary Campus will host the annual ANZAC Day Services in the Ivan Gibbs Centre.

  • Years 2 – 6 at 12noon
  • Pre-Prep, Prep and Year at 10am

The service will be honouring Trooper David Pearce, who was taken in action in Afghanistan in 2007.  David was a College parent and remains one of our College’s great heroes.  During both the services students and staff will have the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by the many soldiers who fought for our freedom.  Parents are welcome to attend.

 

Upper Coomera ANZAC Day March

The ANZAC Day Service at Upper Coomera will take place Wednesday 25 April. Students are encouraged to represent the College by joining the ANZAC march wearing their formal College uniform, including the formal hat. Please marshall at The School of Arts, Gawler Place Upper Coomera from 8.15am ready by 9.00am. They will march to the Cenotaph located in Reserve Road, joining the service at 9.30am. Parking is available at the Pony Club Grounds in Charlies Crossing Road or Highland Reserve State School. Coomera Anglican College is always well represented at this ANZAC Day Service, and we look forward to seeing many parents, friends and students of the College there again this year.

 

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 

PH Lilly Houlding
PK William Blackledge
PM Hope Chaplin
PW Ruby Bond
1B Benjamin Rosewarne
1F Izabella Bradford
1J Caitlin Barrett
1R Lucy Logan
2B Jizelle Catanese
2H Leona Rigby
2J Ellie Dennett
2P Charlie Turner
3B Roque da Silva
3C Marley Ure
3F Tyler Laverick-Jenkins
3P Eva Fellows
4B Jorja Pemberton
4F Mikayla Ong
4P Amelia Corr
4S Jesse Edwards
5D Amber Slinger
5E Ashlee Gardiner
5H Elara Stepanoff
5P Madelynn Bemrose
6C Natasha Weekes
6D Troy Livingston
6N Sasha Blackledge
6R Chelsea Owen

 

 

 

Celebrating Great Moments - Festival of Gifts, 2018

Keeping a wary eye on the past and those important traditions created early in our existence, acts as a compass for our future.  The decisions that we made in the past and the events that are important in maintaing our ethos, must remain a part of our current day operation.  Celebrating great moments is not only important in developing culture within our College but it is also a means of confirming our history and our traditions.

 

This year during Festival of Gifts week we explored our theme “Loving Life Together” and in doing so we were challenged to build a stronger and more sustainable community, celebrate our traditions, and imagine a future of loving life together.  The Primary Campus achieved all of this though the many activities and events over the course of this week.  They included:

 

  • The Opening Ceremony celebrating our history and our creative and community gifts.

  • Buddy Activities and Buddy Picnic

  • Working together learning all about Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).

  • House Cross Country where doing one’s best, encouraging others and nurturing were a highlight.

  • Festival of Gifts Worships celebrating our spiritual gifts.

  • Year 6 Fair allowing students to love life together.

  • Dr Suess Day celebrating our academic and creative gifts.

 Week 10

CC Carnival

STEM

Festival of Gifts week has been inspirational for students, teachers and parents and I take this opportunity to thank our community for the great work that was done over the course of the week.  What a fantastic week!

 

Netball Success

Congratulations to our College Netball Community for achieving “School of the Year” at the recent Netball, Queensland awards night.  As well, Ms Anna Young, our Netball Coordinator was recognised as 'Administrator of the Year', for her tirless work in the sport.  These awards are evidence of the wonderful work that Anna and her team of coaches, managers and committee members do.  They also reflect the level of commitment and dedication that our many young players have for the game of Netball and indeed for Coomera Anglican College Netball.  Congratulations, CACaburras!

 

Changes to Term 2 Afternoon Collection

Construction in the Primary campus is complete and parents should note that all Primary students are once again to be picked-up from the Primary car park.  However, if Primary students have siblings in the Secondary Campus the following pick-up procedures will apply from Term Two:

 

  • Secondary Campus siblings to be picked up from the Primary Campus - Secondary students will need to walk down to the Primary Campus and wait with their Primary sibling/s in the area used for after school bus departures

  • If parents request a Secondary car park pick-up - Secondary student must walk down to the Primary campus, collect their sibling and then return to the Secondary Carpark

  • It is essential that both siblings remain together until collected by their parent(s)

  • No Primary students are to be unattended in the Secondary pick-up area at any time.

 

Easter and Term Break

The final day for Term 1 is today, Thursday 29 March. Students will finish at the normal finishing time.  Students resume at College for Term 2 on Tuesday 17 April.  Enjoy the Commonwealth Games if you are lucky enough to have tickets, have a wonderful Easter and come back next term with an aim to continue building on our theme of Loving Life Together.
HE

 

 

The 2018 Festival of Gifts – Loving Life Together!

Next Monday, 26 March, “Loving Life Together” will take centre stage in the Primary Campus.  When you arrive at College for our Festival of Gifts next week be ready to experience the celebration of what it means to flourish at Coomera Anglican College.

 

What is Festival of Gifts?


- Celebrates the life of Coomera Anglican College
- Celebrates God who makes and creates
- Celebrates our human giftedness – our being and doing, loving and serving.
Through human giftedness, we make and create, love and serve; through our vision, determination, mastery and perseverance.

 

The Telling is the story of our College which encapsulates our celebration:
In the beginning Yellow dreams, the seeds of possibility.
Willing it to be, Green plants, turning the dream into promise.
Blue waters and feeds the shoots with the life-giving Spirit.
Remembering, Red toils and tends.
The promise grows tall and strong - and the dream burns on in us all.
Things become because:
In the beginning they are dreamt of; then willed into being; using one’s gifts and abilities with mastery and perseverance.

 

The Festival will provide opportunities for lots of active and creative student participation. 
(Please refer to the recent Primary email for the entire week’s information and details.)

 

Year 3 – A Learning Experience Out of This World

Arlek the Alien was the guest presenter for Year 3 students this week. Our guest Environmental Alien from planet Zaneth, landed in the grounds of our College to seek advice from our students regarding their environment and sustainability. Arlek captivated students with her magic and encouraged each of them to take a stand on protecting our environment to seek a better environmental future for our world. During the day students also met with local Scout Leaders and staff from Circular Rhythm who spoke about Aboriginal culture. The day was education at its finest.

 

Witnessing students experience this type of inquiry-based learning, where they become fully involved and captivated by the broad range of aspects within the topic, is exceptional. Students can only gain a love for learning when they are exposed to creative, contemporary education such as this.  Teachers and students become collectively engaged in the learning and the results are simply awe-inspiring.  

 Arlek The Alien

 

Staffing

Farewell and Best Wishes, Mrs Anne Senden

After thirteen years of dedicated service, Mrs Anne Senden leaves Coomera Anglican College to take up a position at TSS on the Gold Coast.  Mrs Senden’s work as a Teacher Assistant in the Primary Campus has been built on a solid foundation of love and respect for others.  She regularly speaks with conviction about the need to educate the head and the heart, to nurture all the qualities that make up a human life, to be respectful of others and to honour those whose notions of service outweigh the desire for personal gain.   Like any truly gifted educator, Mrs Senden has a deep respect and admiration for all her students.  Mrs Senden’s contribution has been significant and we wish her well.

 

Best Wishes Ms Rachel Maine

On behalf of our College community, I take this opportunity to extend best wishes to Ms Rachel Maine who will be married to Mr Hayden Mansfield over the Easter break.  Good luck and best wishes, Ms Maine!

 

ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day is especially significant because it gives us the opportunity to remember and reflect upon the contribution Australian and Allied servicemen and women have made for our freedom.
Our Primary Campus ANZAC Day Service will be held on Tuesday 24 April in the Ivan Gibbs Centre.

I also encourage our students and their families to join the local ANZAC Day March on Wednesday 25 April.  Students are invited to march as a College group in the Coomera-Oxenford ANZAC Day March. The march begins at the School of the Arts on Reserve Road and concludes with a ceremony at the Upper Coomera Cenotaph on Oxenford Mount Tamborine Road, Upper Coomera. More details will be forwarded early in Term 2.

 

End of Term 1/ Beginning of Term 2
Parents are reminded that the final day for Term 1 is Thursday 29 March at the normal daily finishing time.  Students resume College in Term 2 on Tuesday 17 April.  

 

Congratulations Southcoast Swimmers

The following students represented Coomera Anglican College and the Gold Coast in the State Swimming Championships this week:

Emerson Jones
Georga Templeton
Caitlin Brown
Haylee Reid
Georgia Lea’aetoa
Max Templeton
Lani Stasiaskowski
Daniel Prinsloo

 

Georgia LeaaetoaEach competitor showed great commitment and amazing talent in all their events and did themselves, their families and our College proud.  Special congratulations to Georgia Lea’aetoa who won her 50m Freestyle event and will now compete in the National Championships in Hobart.    Congratulations, Georgia and all of our State Swimmers!  The Coomera Anglican College community is proud of you.

 

 

 

 

Healthy Habits, Healthy Outcomes – Fruit Break

The munching and crunching of fruit during the daily fruit break establishes for our student's positive, healthy habits.  Fruit Break in the Primary Campus is a daily event that allows students to have a piece of fresh fruit and water.  Fruit Break is taken by all classes in the morning between the start of the day and morning tea.  Please note that students require fresh fruit and not processed or manufactured food.   Let’s all promote healthy lifestyles through our daily Fruit Break.

 

Birthday Food- A Healthy Approach

If providing class birthday celebration food for your child’s birthday, please consider the kind of food that you provide.  “The healthier, the better” is the best approach to take.  Here are some guidelines:


•    Please provide individual serves of the food, e.g. if you provide a cake, please send it already cut (approximately 30 small pieces)
•    Please ensure that serves are small
•    Please consider the sugar and additive content when choosing foods.  Suggested foods could include homemade fruit platters, celery/carrot stick and dip, small fruit/oat/savoury muffins, pikelets, etc.
•    All food must be nut-free!

Please remember that there are potentially up to 28 birthday celebrations per year.  That is a good reason to ensure a healthy approach if providing classes with birthday celebration food.

 

Loving Life Together Soiree

I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday evening at the Loving Life Together Soiree commencing at 5pm. There will be two College Jazz Bands, the Junior Concert Band, the Senior Percussion Ensemble and varied soloists from Year 7 to Year 12.
Please note the venue for the Soiree has changed slightly. The grass in front of the Pod is too sodden and dangerous, so we will be moving to the Primary oval in front of the Ivan Gibbs Centre. Bring bring a picnic to enjoy with our College community. 

Soiree Loving Life Newsletter 

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 

 

PH

Arlie Francis

PK

Hinata Rigby

PM

Paige Pemberton

PW

Claire Hart

1B

Jett Spriggs

1F

Aanica Naidu

1J

Rio-Phoenix Ison

1R

Audrey McInnes

2B

Abigail Kriel

2H

Cadel Courtney

2J

Korbin Harris

2P

Tyler Whelan

3B

Chloe Taylor

3C

Mitchell Skuse

3F

Imogen Currell

3P

Nathan Stewart

4B

Charlotte Slade-Jones

4F

Ava Garth

4P

Jesse Brown

4S

Cydney Teasdale

5D

Leila Febey

5E

Ryan Woodrow

5H

Holly Hogg

5P

Hayley Graham

6C

Cruz Macdonald

6D

Benjamin Gleeson

6N

Lukas Andrews

6R

Bella McIntosh

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Focus:

Mr Ben Campbell - Forging a Path of Positivity and Wellbeing

 

Ben Campbell 

Fashionably attired, self-controlled and confidently articulate, Mr Campbell has made a positive impact on the ethos and culture of Coomera Anglican College.  Mr Campbell is the Head of Student Development (P - 6) in the Primary campus and has been in that role for the past four years.  Following time as a classroom teacher at Varsity College, Mr Campbell progressed to a position in curriculum leadership at All Saints Anglican School, from there he has found his way to the desk at which he now sits, alive for the challenges ahead.  His “groundedness” stems from his calm and composed approach to his work regarding student wellbeing, and this has kept his educational ideas lively and authentic.

 

From his office, Mr Campbell looks past the stairs leading to the Year 4 classrooms, to the very popular rainbow playground in the distance.  A slight turn of the head to the right brings into view the pathway that leads from the Years 2 and 3 area, where children pass in front of his gaze.  As much as he can, he is looking out, making connections. Mr Campbell has always been hands on in his role in student welfare, and his affection for Coomera Anglican College, its students, its physical setting, its parent body and its ethos generally, is evident in everything he says and does.  He clearly loves the ordinary busyness of the College’s daily life and the students (all with unique personalities) who make up the Primary campus are his focus.

 

Mr Cambell’s office is an intersection at which the values of student wellbeing are championed, embraced, tested and espoused.  Mr Campbell has been highly visible in so many areas of College life that a quick snapshot of his key roles is sufficient to confirm a large degree of diversity.  He is an energetic and passionate Rugby Coach, a champion of Positive Education and a teacher of great skill.  Importantly, he, together with his wife Karly, have a perspective of Coomera Anglican College from outside the College gates, as a parents of Ava, Year 2 and Bailey who will commence Prep in 2019.  As well, Mr Campbell is an avid surfer, often frequenting the beaches of the Gold Coast during the early morning hours when most of us are still sleeping. (Ben would also have us believe that if he weren’t a teacher he would have been a professional snowboarder??)

   

Mr Campbell was imbued with the Coomera Anglican College spirit from the very moment he ventured through our College gates to take up his position in 2014.  It was a meeting of likeminds and temperaments, as together, with colleagues, students and the entire College community, he collectively began the job of forging a path of positivity and wellbeing for all to tread.

 

There is no doubting where he looks for inspiration to revive flagging spirits - the students of whom he speaks with such pride and loyalty.  And it is for this reason that he frequently moves out from behind his desk to join the view and speak with others, as he has always done.

 

Bullying - No Way!

Bullying20No20Way

The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence is happening today, Friday, 16 March. More than 900,000 students from over 2000 schools will take part in this significant day. What a tremendous response from schools nationwide. ‘Bullying No Way’ day provides a platform for our College community to continue to build resilience in our students by empowering them with strategies and information related to bullying and violence. We will take this opportunity to remind students of our bystander code and highlight that we ‘take a stand together’. Each student in the Primary campus will be given a wrist band to wear today. Please take the opportunity to discuss what the band means to them. For more information visit, http://www.bullyingnoway.gov.au/

Bullying Primary Newspage 

 

Parent/Teacher Interviews – Date Change

Due to the expected road and travel impacts associated with the Commonwealth Games, the Primary Parent Teacher Interviews scheduled for Week 9 of Term 1 (Monday 19 March and Tuesday 20 March) will be rescheduled to Week 3 of Term 2 (Monday 30 April and Tuesday 1 May).  
Please mark this change of date in your diary.

 

Festival of Gifts

Festival of Gifts week is scheduled for Week 10 of Term 1 (Monday 26 March – Thursday 29 March).  Once again, this is sure to be a wonderful week of learning and creativity.  This year,as our Primary Campus explores the College theme “Loving Life Together”, we will be imagining the many and varied ways that we can use our skills, attitudes and talents.  This will involve stepping out of our normal College activities and encouraging each other to strive for our dreams.   Information about Festival of Gifts week will be sent home next week!  There will be changes to uniform and routine so please be read carefully the information and be aware of the changes.

Wk8 10
Loving Life Together

 

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 

PH Lucas Binnie
PK Sebastien Taranto
PM Ty Quevauvilliers
PW Mason Howard
1B Maddison Jones
1F Jonny Bemrose
1J Cailin Searle
1R James Canning
2B Charles Rich
2H Lewis Panes
2J Sienna Inman
2P Scarlett Gibbs
3B Leyla Jorgensen
3C Ruby MacBull
3F Ewen Thompson
3P Zac Baker
4B Samuel Anderson
4F Jessica Lazenby
4P Georga Templeton
4S Kobi Richter
5D Blake Brauer
5E Liyu Yang
5H Owen Boorer
5P Teaghan Powell
6C Frankie Barnett
6D Jessica Bonnitcha
6N Benjamin Sheppard
6R Conan Kaizuka

 

Staff Focus:

Miss Lisa Shaw - An Energetic and Impassioned Leader

Lisa ShawThe office Miss Shaw now occupies as the Head of Teaching and Learning P -6 tells you a great deal about how she will approach her new role here at Coomera Anglican College.  Beyond the obligatory technology devices across her desk, her bookshelf contains books, folders and manuals that reflect a structure obviously important in her new administrative role.  Miss Shaw comes to us with extensive experience in the teaching and learning domain.   She is a firm advocate of teachers leading by example, and of teacher-student relationships based on mutual respect.  There is no doubt that Miss Shaw is proving to be an energetic and impassioned leader within our Primary campus and she has quickly impressed with her good humour, unbridled optimism and her firm but friendly mentoring of both staff and students.

 

Having been educated in Queensland at AB Paterson College and then at The University of Queensland, Miss Shaw gained degrees in Psychology and Education and has recently completed a Masters in Educational Leadership.  She has worked in a number of independent schools, most recently at Canterbury College holding the position of Director of Curriculum.  When asked about her life away from teaching, says that she loves a good book, Italian food, spending time with family and friends and walking (or being walked by) her huskies.

 

Since arriving at Coomera Anglican College, Miss Shaw's experiences have everything that she might have hoped for and it is clear that she understands the spirit of our College, with its unique stories and distinctive culture. She is a critical and imaginative thinker and her approach is clear-headed, practical and replete with common sense.  Miss Shaw says that Coomera Anglican College attracted her because she sensed the College heartbeat, which she appreciates has its roots deep in solid educational values and practices.  She is very much looking forward to keeping us moving continually towards all that characterises a great College while maintaining its distinctive expressions of individuality.  

Welcome, Miss Lisa Shaw!

 

Year 6 Hosts Councillor William Owen-Jones

Today the Year 6 students played host to their guest speaker, Councillor William Owen-Jones (Division 2).  The Year 6 students are currently heavily involved in learning about government and Councillor Owen-Jones presented a clear insight into the workings of local government.  Each student asked Councillor Owen-Jones a question during his presentation, and as teachers, we were all amazed at the maturity and thought that went into some of the questions that students asked.  I am sure Councillor Owen-Jones would agree that our future is in very good hands with this group of interested and enthusiastic students preparing to be the leaders of the next generation.  At the end of his presentation, Councillor Owen-Jones took a “selfie” with the group and the Primary Captains responded by offering a vote of thanks and presenting him with a gift from the College.  We all learnt a great deal from Councillor Owen-Jones.

 Photo - '120 Questions Later'

COJ

 

PAFA Trivia Night

It's Trivia time! Tonight is the annual PAFA Trivia Event. It's not too late to join in, so please come along to the Ivan Gibbs Centre at 6pm and Lynne Tarlinton will be happy to arrange for you to join a table. This year the event has a sporting theme, so we encourage you to come dressed appropriately! The Trivia Night is a great opportunity to meet people from our College Community.

 

Regional Swimming Carnival – Celebrating Success in the Water

On the back of the outstanding APS Swimming Carnival results, our Regional Swim Squad returned to the Southport pool to compete in the Regional Swimming Championships.  Each student involved demonstrated their strong commitment to their chosen sport, and represented the College and their individual Clubs admirably.  I wish all of our swimmers the very best of luck in their quest to reach the coming State Championships. 

 

Festival of Gifts

Festival of Gifts is scheduled in Week 10 of Term 1 (Monday 26 March – Thursday 29 March).  The  Festival of Gifts is a week-long celebration of learning and creativity.  This year the Primary Campus will explore our College theme of 'Loving Life Together'. We will be learning the many and varied ways that we can use our skills, attitudes and talents together.  The staff and students will step out of our the normal College routines and encourage each other to strive for our dreams.   Further information about this week will be emailed soon. Stay tuned!!

 

The importance of waiting in the correct areas

Our students' learning extends through until the bell at 3.10pm. It is extremely important that students have correct focus until this time, as quite often their class teacher is giving them important instructions on homework and uniform requirements, or they may even be completing an important educational task. Lately, eager parents and grandparents have taken to standing at the front of the classroom to collect their children with some even waving through the windows to them. If you do choose to park the car and walk into the College Campus, the only place for meeting students is in the Primary Undercover Area. We ask that everyone, please follow this College requirement.

 

Family Social Media Groups

Social MediaWe all lead busy lives and sometimes experience frustration. However, is this a good reason to resort to Social Media and post public comments which inevitably may hurt feelings or even damage the reputation of our College? When used correctly our closed social media groups are an ideal place for each of us to communicate. Information is shared, missing items of uniforms find their way back to their owner, stories of praise are passed on and outings may be organised. However, if we are not careful about what we post the attention can be negative.  If you feel there is something that needs addressing, I ask that you please use the proper communication channels first. Send me an email, or give me a call, if I cannot solve your concern I will certainly advise the steps moving forward to do so. When it comes to complaints, the College has a formal Complaints Policy. A public statement is not the way to go about having concern heard. Whatever the issue, we all need to behave as adults because we are the adults and modelling iLR behaviours for our children can help them to develop great communication skills too.

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 

Fllourishing Wk 7

 

 

 

Year 6 Morning Welcome Group – Leading the Charge

The relationships established within a community play a significant role in fashioning and confirming the culture of a school.  Coomera Angliucan College is undeniably built on a culture of positive and affirming relationships. In our twenty-first year as we think about the road we have travelled and how we have grown, we can all feel proud that as a community, we have done well. 

Each morning I am reminded of the importance of relationships, as those who have chosen our College as their place to learn and play, walk sprightly through the front entrance with obvious joy in their step.  Our Year 6 Welcome Group, comprising of the Year 6 Captains and House Captains lead the charge with their big-hearted welcome as parents and students arrive for another day of learning and fun.

 

How have you travelled this year?

I would love to hear about how you and your child(ren) are doing at this stage of Term 1.  How has the beginning of 2018 been for you and your family?  Email me on gkirkpatrick@cac.qld.edu.au or catch me in and around the Primary Campus and let me know about some of your experiences, the people you have met and how you have travelled throughout this year so far.

 

A Message from the Primary Leaders

Emanuel Ferisa
Welcome to Week 6! Can you believe that we are already more than halfway through the term? We have had a fantastic start to the year getting to know our new classes and teachers, enjoying the new facilities and meeting our new buddies. I hope the start of 2018 has been great for you… if not, in the words of David Hemmings, “If it isn’t happening, make it happen!”

Imogen Hanley
As your Primary Captain for 2018, I am super excited to be Loving Life Together with you. Loving Life Together is our 2018 theme and gives us all the opportunity to embrace life. 
As we continue to flourish throughout the year and live the busy lives we all do, it is important to remember that we are busy by choice. We all choose to do the activities we do because they fuel our souls as we continue to grow into the best version of ourselves.
Remember to take pride in how you look coming to College., polish your shoes, wear the correct uniform and don’t forget to wear your perfect smile.

Tahlia Hanley
Can you believe we are starting week six?  We are already halfway through Term 1 and what an eventful few weeks it’s been!  With four weeks still left this term, remember to give 100% to everything you do. Steve Jobs once said… 'The only way to do great work is to love what you do.'

 

The Pod - Learning Through Social and Cultural Engagement

 

Pod Wk 6

 

As a College we have always stressed the importance of learning through social and cultural engagement. We believe that this is an integral part of learning to flourish in the modern world.
The development of our new learning resource centre, The Pod, allows us to move in a direction that benefits everyone’s individual learning style.  We are currently involved in exploring the many and varied styles of teaching and learning that The Pod offers.  It provides state of the art technology, modern learning spaces designed for student inquiry, social and cultural engagement and a resource base that extends the learning of each individual within the Primary campus.

 

 

school dance clipart 1Primary Discos - Let’s Dance!

Time to bring out the bling and the dancing shoes because the Primary Discos are on tonight!  As the excitement in the staff room reaches fever pitch, the students too, can be seen preparing themselves for a Night at the Disco! 

The Primary Campus will be holding the Primary Discos tonight in the Ivan Gibbs Centre.  Everyone is encouraged to come along and have a dance!  Check the details on PASSMARC!

 

 

PAFA Trivia Night - Friday 9 March - Ivan Gibbs Centre

Have you booked your table for the Trivia Night?  This year the theme for the night is 'Sporting' and PAFA encourages everyone to come along dressed in the theme. The Trivia Night is a wonderful evening of fun and enjoyment – it is a great chance to meet people from our College Community! If you haven’t booked yet, please use this link PAFA TRIVIA NIGHT.
G
et involved in what promises to be a night fit for a sports fan!!

 

Carpark Culture – Patience and Respect

Patience and respect are two of the important qualities that are required in the Primary Campus Carpark.  The carpark is always a very busy place both in the morning and in the afternoon.  I ask our community to respect the parking regulations put in place and to be fair and considerate to everyone to all users.

Some important points to note:


•    Parking is not permitted in the “Pick up / drop off” zones (morning and afternoon). 
•    Parents are to remain in cars when waiting in the “Pick up / Drop off” zones.  
•    Ensure that you have your printed surname visible when coming through the Prep – Year 2 pick up area.
•    Be patient and respectful at all times. 
•    Ensure that you always use the crossings to cross the carpark.
•    Walk along the concrete paths and islands, and do not walk behind reversing cars.

Our children’s lives are precious and we are all responsible for their safety. I thank everyone for their continued support in this matter. 
 

Congratulations to this weeks recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 Flourishing Awards

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:36

From the Head of Primary - Week 5, Term 1 2018

 

Loving Life Together – The Spirit of our College

LLTOur year of Loving Life Together has already been busy yet enriching.  There have been many individual and team accomplishments each encouraged by the “Coomera Anglican College Spirit”.

 

“College Spirit” permeates all that is Coomera Anglican College.  While it is hard to define, we feel its presence. If we knew exactly what it was and how to produce it at will, we would make sure that we bottled it to ensure a plentiful supply for future generations.  We also know that the true spirit of an institution is called up by the circumstances of particular events.  College Spirit manifests itself spontaneously and unexpectedly.  I see it around the College in the smiling faces of our students, I see it at our sporting carnivals and College events and I have heard it in the voices of those who simply deliver their messages at assemblies.

 

The spirit of which I speak finds its way past the mundane and the difficult issues and is always welcome.  It is something that adds great value to our 2018 theme, Loving Life Together.

 

The Spirit of Gibbs

GHB

The first of our House BBQ and worship was held on Tuesday night. These evenings give us another opportunity to share the spirit of our College.  This week the Gibbs community came together to celebrate a great story – the story of Gibbs.  During the service, we were invited to reflect on the story of Ivan Gibbs and his vision and commitment to build an Anglican College within the community of the Northern Gold Coast.  Those involved in the service continued the traditions and cultures that have been carefully woven into the fabric of our College.  

As Revered Mary-Anne sent us from the Gibbs House Worship, we felt a closer and more affirming connection with those who share our Coomera Anglican College community.

 

Primary Discos

Don’t forget the Primary Campus will be holding the Primary Discos on Friday 2 March.  This is week 6 of Term 1.  Everyone is encouraged to come along and have a dance! 
Details and permission sheets via the links below:

Prep to Year 1 Disco

Year 2 - 3 Disco

Year 4 - 6 Disco

 

BraveheartsLogo1 mediumBravehearts

This morning Bravehearts visited the College to present an educational stage show for our Years 1 and 2 students.  Keeping children safe is one of the most important things we do as parents, educators or other caring adults.  To do this, we must equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to avoid risky situations and to give them an understanding of their rights to protect their own body.  The Bravehearts presentation, entitled, Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure is an educational, fun, safe and non-confronting interactive show that helps to empower children to recognise early warning signs, stay safe and speak out in potentially unsafe situations.

 

Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure show included:

  • Yes and No Feelingsditto
  • Your body’s warning signs
  • Private parts (general discussion, includes the “Private Parts” song)
  • It’s OK to say NO if you don’t feel safe
  • Good and Bad secrets
  • What to do if someone tells you a BAD secret (includes the “Run and Tell Someone You Can Trust” song)

Parents may access more information from the Bravehearts Keep Safe Adventure - Information for Parents by clicking this link or the Bravehearts Logo above.

 

 

Raffle Prizes needed

Each year our Parents and Friends Association (PAFA) seek donations of prizes for fundraising events such as the Community Fair and Trivia Night.  Often these donations come from our very generous parents and friends within the College community.  If you are able to assist by providing gift items or vouchers that can be used as raffle prizes, please contact Lynne Tarlinton, Events Coordinator on 55859976 or ltarlinton@cac.qld.edu.au In 2018, PAFA are continuing to raise money for their ‘Solar Solutions’ project at the College and your help in this regard would be very much appreciated.  Donations of all kinds will be welcome.  Let’s all work together to support our College.

 

 

From the Head of Student Development - Ben Campbell

Flourish Our weekly classroom awards are now called  ‘Flourishing Awards’. These awards are given to one student from each class for demonstrating a Flourishing Mind, Heart, Soul, or Strength. The language of Flourishing below gives you an example of how our students may be flourishing.

 

 

 

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 

 Congratulations to this week's award recipients who will be announced Monday:

 

PH Chelsea Edmondson
PK Harrison Green
PM Ellie Gotlieb
PW Lachlan Nickle
1B Skye O'Meara
1F Mia Jones
1J Corben Spies
1R Alexzandar Hadley
2B Isla Quinn
2H Livia Hoy
2J Olivia Sheppard
2P Mason Cornish
3B Chloe Smith
3C Mitchell Kiefer
3F Eleia Doyle
3P Lucy Gotlieb
4B Emily Tyerman
4F Nastasia Bayliss
4P Lola Urech
4S Sybella Dodge
5D Zoe Graham
5E Sienna White
5H Jackson Galloway
5P Caleb Hoyle
6C Jack Neumann
6D Daniel Prinsloo
6N Emma Kruger
6R Hayden Taylor

           

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 21:50

From the Head of Primary - Week 4, Term 1 2018

 

Friends We Can Count On

To be able to Love Life Together in our modern world, trust and support within a community is vital.  2018 has enabled us to make new friends and we all appear to be feeling good about the start of the new College year.  It is the quality of friendships that provide the strength and confidence to love life and it is obvious to me that our students, parents and teachers have all found new and inspiring friendships this year.  Three friends who are prominent in our lives in the Primary Campus are the three 2018 Primary Leaders who work hard each day to ensure that their friends and colleagues are all feeling good.  Here is a little about each of them:

 

Hanley ImogenImogen Hanley

Imogen joined Coomera Anglican College in The Early Learning Centre in 2010.  She is now in Year 6 and is our female Primary Captain for 2018.  Imogen loves being at Coomera Anglican College and involving herself in all areas of College life.  Imogen has strived to achieve in every area of her life, both inside and outside of the College.  She is a passionate public speaker and is a member of our debating team. Writing is Imogen’s passion and she loves to display her creativity and imagination through her stories. Her ambition is to one day be a professional netball player or a to become a teacher who makes a positive difference in her students' lives. Imogen enjoys drama, singing and clarinet and has been involved in many of the Primary musical concerts and eisteddfods.  She has a great love and motivation for netball, basketball and athletics.  Imogen has also had great success in the Chinese speech competitions having reached a top three position. Imogen is a wonderful role model for young people and loves to work alongside the younger children encouraging them to be the best that they can be.  “Loving Life Together” is something that Imogen encourages in others and she provides energetic inspiration for the students of Coomera Anglican College.

 

Ferisa EmanuelEmmanuel Ferisa

Emmanuel joined Coomera Anglican College in The Early Learning Centre in 2011.  He is now in Year 6 and is our male Primary Captain for 2018.  Emmanuel has embraced the College community and is honoured to fulfil a leadership role within the Primary Campus.  Emmanuel enjoys bringing people together as he is very aware that many people working towards a goal are more powerful than one working alone. He enjoys spending time with the younger students to assist with strengthening relationships between all the year levels, while helping them to understand the important role they play in the College.  Emmanuel is passionate about the 2018 theme, ‘Loving Life Together’.  He is a capable public speaker and a member of the Debating Team. Emmanuel plays Futsal and club soccer, and enjoys reading in his spare time.  Emmanuel’s favourite subject is Mathematics and he wants to be either a professional futsal player or a robotics engineer when he is older. Emmanuel makes a conscious effort to live life with purpose while always having fun as he goes.

 


Hanley TahliaTahlia Hanley

Tahlia started at Coomera Anglican College in The Early Learning Centre in 2010 at the age of three.  She is now in Year 6 and is the Student Representative Council Chairperson for 2018.   Her attitude to life is inspirational and her leadership, determination, encouragement and consideration of others is second to none.  Tahlia is involved in many activities at College.  They include, public speaking, debating, drama, Junior Concert Band, Show Chorus, Woodwind Ensemble, and much more. Tahlia plays netball for Coomera Anglican College on the weekends and is a passionate CACaburra.  She was a finalist in the Interschool Public Speaking Competition last year, having also won the Coomera Anglican College Primary Public Speaking competition. Tahlia’s ambition in life is to become a famous actress or to play netball for Australia.  Tahlia cares for everyone and believes that everyone deserves to be loved and cared for in return.  She is always looking for opportunities to improve the Primary Campus. With enthusiasm for our theme, ‘Loving Life Together’ she is very capable of leading the Primary SRC.  She loves helping the younger students in their classrooms each morning and getting them settled into class for the day. Tahlia absolutely loves Coomera Anglican College and looks forward to a bright and successful future ahead.

 

APS Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to the wonderful team of Primary students who competed with great heart and true Coomera Anglican College spirit at the APS Swimming Carnival held at Somerset Pool yesterday. Throughout the day, it was evident that we were a competitive force within the APS competition.  We achieved a 5th place overall with some excellent individual and age group successes being recorded.  Our students all presented as well trained and confident athletes.  Congratulations to all our swimmers for doing their very best and achieving many personal bests on the day.  The full set of results can be found in the Sports report.

Week 4 GK

 

 

Chinese New Year Celebrations

On Tuesday our students were given an opportunity to witness a special Chinese New Year Celebration.  The authentic Chinese Operatic Group which included lion dancers, magicians, traditional Chinese dancers and much more visited our College on Tuesday this week to present their amazing show to the students of Years 3 – 6.  It was a very colourful, energetic and animated performance which attracted the interest of all students and teachers.  The group provided a wonderful experience for everyone.

Chinese New Year

 

 

Year 12 Mentor Programme

The Year 12 Mentor Programme is a wonderful opportunity for the Year 12 students to provide leadership and role modelling within our Primary classes.  Our Primary class groups are each assigned to provide two Year 12 mentors who act as a link between the Secondary Campus and the Primary Campus.  The initiative provides leadership opportunity for our Year 12 students and allows our primary students to develop a relationship with our Year 12 students.  This will allow students in the Primary Campus to gain understanding and learn more about the Secondary Campus.  Transition, therefore, becomes easier for our students as they move through the College.  This programme will begin next week.

 

Fruit BreakHealthy Habits, Healthy Outcomes – Fruit Break

The daily munching and crunching of fruit during the daily fruit break establishes positive healthy habits for our students.  Fruit Break is a daily event that allows all students to have a piece of fresh fruit and some water.  I would ask parents to please ensure students have fresh fruit and water for their fruit Break.   There have been some wonderful benefits for our students – increased concentration, more energy for classroom activities and healthier lifestyles.  Let’s all promote healthy lifestyles through our daily Fruit Break.

 

Daily Routines

Our Daily Routines are very important.  Students do need structure and routine.  I would ask for parents help in the following areas:

 

  • Students should not be at College before 8am unless they are in a cocurricular activity or at Before School Care
  • If arriving at College between 8am and 8.15am students must wait in the undercover area where supervision is provided in this area.  Please do not wait outside the classrooms. 
  • When delivering students to their classrooms, please ensure that you say goodbye to your child quickly and then leave the classroom.  College classes begin at 8.30am and except for those parents who are rostered on to help, all parents should aim to leave the classrooms before 8.30am.
  • If you are coming into College at the end of the day to collect your child, please do so from the Undercover Area and not from outside the classroom
  • Please help by ensuring that you do not leave your car if it is in the drop-off or pick-up zone.

 Following these simple guidelines will allow our students to more easily settle into their routines and procedures.  I thank you for your support.

 

Some Important Dates in Term 1 - 2018

 

Week 5 Monday 19 February Year 1 Teddy Bear Hospital 11am
  Tuesday 20 February  Year 6 Parliament House Excursion
Gibbs House Worship and BBQ
  Friday 23 February Prep Teddy Bears Picnic
Years 1-2 Bravehearts Presentation

           

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 02:09

From the Head of Primary - Week 3, Term 1 2018

 

Loving Life Together – Parent Information Evenings

Our Parent Information sessions this week, have given us an opportunity to share information about the events and activities planned for semester 1, 2018.    The community is one of close connections, common bonds and “Loving Life together”.  Our College has a strong community spirit, one that feeds a powerful culture of working together and supporting each other.  This was exemplified at the two Parent Information Evenings held over the course of this week.  It is clear that together we grasp the idea of working as a team under the umbrella of a culture of trust.  It is my view that unconditional trust is crucial in sustaining our close knit community and there is no doubt that community trust is a real strength within our College.

 

I thank all of our parents who were able to attend the Primary Information Sessions.  The feedback I have received would indicate the success and the importance of these events.  I thank also those teachers who prepared and facilitated the evenings.  A significant amount of work goes into these evenings and the information sharing is most valuable.

 

The Pod - A Point of Difference...

An exciting week indeed!  The Pod is open for business and staff and students have all been taking advantage of the amazing spaces and resources that exist within. The Think Tank, The iLR Room, The Maker Space, The Imaginarium, are all popular choices with their state of the art technology and modern resources that exist within.  Some of our classes found themselves on a trip to Mars. Others found themselves standing in the middle of a rainforest and some at the Antarctic. Learning has truly risen to the next level.

 The Pod GKN

Primry Administration is also now complete and parents and staff are all enjoying the brand new, modern facilities.  The staffroom will be complete in about two weeks, with a move in date scheduled for Tuesday 20 February – very exiting!

 

Congratulations Year 6 Junior Leaders

On Monday morning this week our Year 6 students attended a special Leadership Presentation Assembly.  At the assembly Dr Sly presented the Year 6 students with their Junior Leader badges. The Year 12 College Captains, Kyle Bartlett and Kiera Banks and SRC Chair Deenie Mansfield, spoke to the Year 6 students about leadership.  They spoke to the students about the courage required to become a good leader and that the badge was a symbol of responsibility.  They reminded us that good leaders were people who were prepared to serve others and work hard for the good of the community.  Congratulations, Year 6 Junior Leaders!  We look forward to a wonderful year of leadership ahead.

 

Keeping in Touch with Your Child’s Futurehands connection

I encourage parents to maintain regular contact with their children’s teachers.  Doing this will help ensure that your child’s education is on track and that you, as the parent, are also well informed.  The email address for staff is first initial and surname then @cac.qld.edu.au.  For example, gkirkpatrick@cac.qld.edu.au

 

Parent Volunteer Induction Sessions

The Parent Volunteer Induction Sessions are designed to assist parents when working with students in the classroom and around the College. The sessions touch on topics such as confidentiality, classroom etiquette, group strategies, duty of care, child protection and much more.  It is mandatory that all parent volunteers take part in this induction programme prior to assisting at the College. The next available sessions are on Friday 16 February at 2.30pm in The Pod.

 

Class Coordinators

Thank you to all those parents who have offered their services as a Class Coordinator this year.   The Class Coordinator role is one of great responsibility but it is also a role that fosters friendship and collegiality.  If there are others who would like to join the list of Class Coordinators, please contact Lynne Tarlinton or Primary Reception to put your name forward if you are interested.  Thank you to those who have already put their names forward.

 

Mrs Brown Ignites a Passion in Year 6Kerry Brown Author

Mrs Kerry Brown - Published Children’s Picture Book Author and Coomera Anglican College Year 3B Teacher has ignited a passion for narrative writing in the Year 6 cohort today.  Mrs Brown spoke to the Year 6 students about the joys of the written word and provided tips on how to make writing fun and enjoyable both for the writer and the reader. 
The Year 6 students are now fully prepared and inspired to create their own narratives.  I wonder how many of them will also become a famous author as the years ahead unfold?

 Kerry Brown

 

APS Sport and Crosscountry Training

APS Sport training for Year 4 to 6 students has comenced. Sport training will be on Thursday afternoons after lunch this term. The College Campus is a-buzz with students training for their chosen sport.
In Term 2 the students will switch their training to Tuesday afterschool with their fixtures held to be held on Thursday after lunch. The Blue and Green is looking good!

Cross Country Training has also commenced and many students are working hard to prepare themselves for the House Cross Country Carnival scheduled for Wednesday 28 March. The students are also focused and keen to represent our College in the Interschool APS Cross Country early in Term 2.  Go C.A.C.!!

 

APS Training

X Country Training

 

Some Important Dates in Term 1 - 2018

 

Week 4 Tuesday 13 February Chinese Lion Dance Years 3-6 8.45am
  Wednesday 14 February Ash Wednesday Ivan Gibbs Centre
  Thursday 15 February Primary APS Swimming Carnival
Week 5 Monday 19 February Year 1 Teddy Bear Hospital 11am
  Tuesday 20 February  Year 6 Parliament House Excursion
Gibbs House Worship and BBQ
  Friday 23 February Prep Teddy Bears Picnic
Years 1-2 Bravehearts Presentation

       
            

 

In the Spirit of Loving Life Together

It would appear to me that social and emotional support of each other is something that we do well at Coomera Anglican College.  Parents, teachers and students have all delighted in the opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues as our College returns for a new year. Our new members (many of whom were probably quite nervous and a little unsure) have also felt the power of College spirit.  They, too have responded to the start of the College year with great enthusiasm and joy.

Newsletter wk 2 

Our theme, Loving Life Together has inspired us all to feel the significance of the amazing growth of our College.  The theme promises act very much as a platform on which both trust and hope for a bright future has great opportunity to mature.  To love life demands a collective and dedicated focus on togetherness and community support.  I encourage you all to continue working in support of each other as this year unfolds.  Work closely with your children’s teachers and ensure that the communication between the home and the College is a priority in your busy life.  Thank you for such a wonderful start to 2018.

 

Years 4 – 6 Swimming Carnival – Igniting the Culture of Success!

The Years 4 – 6 Swimming Carnival was held last yesterday and it was delightful to see the enthusiasm of our swimmers.  Everyone swam their best and everyone encouraged their teammates with great enthusiasm.  There was a wonderful feeling of camaraderie within the pool area on the day.  What a wonderful way to ignite that culture of success that drives all we do here at Coomera Anglican College.
Thanks must go to Mrs McLauchlan and the HPE staff for their organisation.  Congratulations to the House Captains also for their fantastic job in leading their Houses.  Well done to Gibbs House for winning the carnival’s Duck Trophy (House Spirit) and congratulations to Lane House for winning the 2018 House Swimming Carnival.

 

House Colours

 

 

Parent Volunteer Induction Sessions

The Parent Volunteer Induction Sessions are designed to assist parents when working with students in the classroom and around the College. The sessions touch on topics such as confidentiality, classroom etiquette, group strategies, duty of care, child protection and much more.  It is mandatory that all parent volunteers take part in this induction programme prior to assisting at the College.  The next Parent Volunteer Induction session will be held on Wednesday 7 February at 8.40am in The Pod.

 

Life Education - 2018

Life Education motivates and empowers young people to make smart life choices for a healthy future.  Over this week and next week we are fortunate to have the Life Education Van at our Primary Campus and students are learning about smart and healthy lifestyle choices.  Teachers will be following up beyond the van’s visit over the next few weeks with activities and lessons focused around the various year level themes.

 

Junior Leader Presentation Ceremony – Monday 5 February

Leadership at Coomera Anglican College is an important part of our holistic educational programme.  In the Primary campus, our belief is that all of our students need to experience leadership.  The Year 6 students at Coomera Anglican College are about to take up the student leadership positions for the 2018 College year.

 

At 8.50am on Monday 5 February, we will hold the Year 6 Junior Leadership Presentation at a full Years 1 to 6 Assembly to be held in the Ivan Gibbs Centre.  During this Assembly, our Year 6 students will be presented with their Junior Leader badges.  We invite our parents and friends of the Year 6 cohort to come and witness this special occasion.

 

Primary Parent Information Evenings 2018

 Parent Information Evenings will begin next week.

  • Monday 5 February - Prep to Year 3 Parent Information Evening – Ivan Gibbs Centre 5.30pm

  • Wednesday  7 February - Years 4 to 6 Parent Information Evening – Ivan Gibbs Centre 5.30pm

I encourage all parents to come along and meet our class teaching staff.  The evenings begin at 5.30pm in the Ivan Gibbs Centre where parents will hear about our direction and priorities for 2018.  From here we will relocate to the Primary campus classrooms where class teachers will speak about the programmes and activities in place for Semester One.    Parents will also receive a digital copy of the Year level handbook at this time. Supper will be provided in the Undercover Area at the end of the classroom session.

Information will be sent to parents outlining the details of these evenings.  I encourage all parents to come along to learn more about their children’s class and class activities and enjoy meeting teachers and other parents.  

 

 

 

Thursday, 25 January 2018 18:51

From the Head of Primary - Week 1, Term 1 2018

 

Welcome from the Head of Primary

 

We can all take heart from those whose stories of adversity became the solid foundation on which to re-build because we know that success will not always come easily and there is much to benefit from life’s inevitable setbacks.  

As the long period of construction within the Primary Campus comes to an end, I know that as a community we will inevitably emerge stronger and wiser and that the experience will only build resilience and perseverance within our ranks.  

Welcome back, everyone!  Have a wonderful year!

 

~ 2018 - “Loving Life Together” ~

GK Week 1

 

Miss Lisa Shaw – Head of Teaching and Learning (P - 6)

 

We are fortunate to have Miss Lisa Shaw join us as our Head of Teaching and Learning (P - 6).  By way of introduction, Miss Shaw has offered the following information about herself and her priorities for 2018:

The 2018 school year has started on a very positive note, with learning opportunities already abundant in the Primary Campus. As the new Head of Teaching and Learning (P - 6), I seek to enhance the already exceptionally high standards of student engagement in lessons and to support the development of the skills necessary for students to be successful learners in the 21st century.
One of the key objectives of all teachers at Coomera Anglican College is to develop deep learning in students. This refers to an ability to engage with learning in a meaningful way, utilising higher-order thinking skills and meta-cognitive strategies. One of the ways this can be achieved is through the development of critical thinking skills. Critical thinkers ask questions about the world around them. Teachers enhance this contemporary skill through the merging of explicit teaching methods with an inquiry approach to learning. This sees students explore content in a meaningful and authentic way. This is something you can support at home by encouraging your child to be inquisitive and to ask questions about the world around them, as this fosters their natural curiosity.
For quality learning to occur, a strong partnership between home and school is vital. As such, I look forward to meeting you at the upcoming Parent Information Evenings. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you ever have any questions relating to Teaching and Learning in the Primary Campus.

Miss Lisa Shaw – Head of Teaching and Learning (P – 6)

 

WeddingCongratulations, Mr and Mrs Batty

 

Over the recent break, Mr Tom Batty (Year 4B Teacher) and Ms Theresa Russ (Year 2B Teacher) were married.  This is a very exciting event and on behalf of our College community, I take this opportunity to congratulate Mr and Mrs Batty and offer our best wishes.

 

 

 

Year 6 Junior Leader Presentation Ceremony – Monday 5 February

 

The Year 6 students are about to take on the student leadership positions for 2018.  Dr Sly will be presenting the Year 6 students with their Junior Leader badge at a special Junior Leader Assembly on Monday 5 February at 8.45am in the Ivan Gibbs Centre.  Parents are invited to attend the ceremony and details will be sent to parents soon.

 

Primary Parent Information Evenings 2018

 

Week 3 will see the first of a series of Parent Information Evenings:

  • Monday 5 February - Prep to Year 3 Parent Information Evening – Ivan Gibbs Centre 5.30pm

  • Wednesday  7 February - Years 4 to 6 Parent Information Evening – Ivan Gibbs Centre 5.30pm

I encourage all parents to come along and meet our class teaching staff.  The evenings begin at 5.30pm in the Ivan Gibbs Centre where parents will hear about our direction and priorities for 2018.  From here we will relocate to the Primary campus classrooms where class teachers will speak about the programmes and activities in place for Semester One.    Parents will also receive a digital copy of the Year level handbook at this time.  

Information will be sent to parents outlining the details of these evenings.  I encourage all parents to come along to learn more about their children’s class and class activities and enjoy meeting teachers and other parents.  

 

Parent Volunteer Induction Sessions

 

Parent Volunteer Induction Sessions are designed to provide parents with vital information regarding College policies and procedures for when they are working with students in the classroom and around the College. At these sessions we cover topics such as student protection, duty of care, confidentiality, classroom etiquette, group strategies and much more.  It is mandatory that all parent volunteers take part in this induction programme prior to assisting at the College.  The first two sessions will be held in The Pod on Wednesday 31 January at 8.40am and then in the afternoon at 2.30pm.  There will be a sign in sheet at the session for those attending.

 

Life Education - 2018

 

Life Education motivates and empowers young people to make smart life choices for a healthy future.  This week we are fortunate to have the Life Education Van on our Primary campus and students are learning about smart and healthy lifestyle choices.  Over the next few weeks, teachers will be following up the van’s visit with activities and lessons focused on the various year level themes.  

 

Primary Car Park

 

Thank you for your patience in the College car park. Please note the following information:

Unless you are parking in one of the marked car parks and walking into the Primary Campus, parents and guardians are asked to remain in their cars when driving through the “Pickup/Drop off” zones.

The “Pickup/Drop off” Zones are a NO PARKING ZONE. 

Please do not leave your car if you are in these areas.  This applies to both morning drop off and afternoon collection.

In the afternoon, students will wait in the pickup zones from 3.10pm where they are encouraged to move straight to their car when it arrives. Staff will assist your child in the collection process.

 

Start of Day

The beginning and end of a College day provide an opportunity for parents and guardians to meet and talk as well as a time for informal discussions with class teachers.  This is a most valuable part of each day and a time that I encourage.

At the beginning and end of each day our teachers work hard to ensure that all of their students are safe and well supervised.  In the morning parents are asked to ensure that their children wait in the Undercover Area and H Block (Year 5 and 6).  Supervision is provided in this area between 8.00am and 8.15am.  At 8.15am students are asked to move to classrooms.  If you choose to wait during the morning with students, please remain with them in the Undercover Area – NOT OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOMS.  

End of Day

In the afternoon, teachers will walk their class to the Undercover Area.  This involves assembling outside the classroom, collecting bags and other belongings and walking as a class group to the undercover area.  If parents and guardians choose to park and walk into the Primary Campus to their children we ask them to please remain in the Undercover Area, not outside the classroom door.  This allows teachers the opportunity of a more ordered, safe and structured dismissal.

Don’t Forget:

  • Please help by ensuring that all books are kept neat and tidy.

  • Please ensure that the College diary is signed in receipt of homework completion. Any written communication to teachers should be entered in the diary.

  • Students are asked to ensure that they are at College on time (8.30am start) each day. 

  • Please help by encouraging your child(ren) to keep shoes polished, and ensure uniform and grooming are in line with the College expectations.

 

From the Head of Student Development P - 6 – Mr Ben Campbell


Welcome back to everyone. After reviewing the way our students have been using the canteen we have decided to implement changes for 2018. We hope that by limiting canteen usage during the College day for our younger students, we will be encouraging healthier food choices. Prep to Year 3 students will still have access to the canteen, however, this will only be by pre-ordering.

Please see details below:

Canteen usage guidelines for all Primary students

Prep - Year 3

•    P-3 students will only have access to the canteen through online ordering OR by placing money in a paper bag with the order clearly marked. No students will have access to the canteen at Morning Tea or Lunch.
•    Students in P-3 with older siblings are not to receive any canteen items purchased by older siblings.

Year 4 to Year 6

•    Students in Years 4-6 are strongly encouraged to place orders for the canteen online. Students will have access to the canteen for ‘walk in’ purchases.
•    No students should have large amounts of money to spend at the canteen.
•    No students are to purchase their friends items from the canteen or share purchases.

Thank you for your co-operation. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
bcampbell@cac.qld.edu.au

 

 

2017 – A Year of FlourishingCACChristmas

As the College year comes to an end, I take this opportunity to acknowledge the dynamic, collaborative and supportive nature of this Coomera Anglican College community.  

As we look back over our year in the Primary Campus I believe each of us will be able to find a few things to be grateful for, inspired by, delighted by and even uplifted by.  Thank you to our talented and dignified staff members. Thank you to our generous and committed parents and thank you to each and every student!  

On behalf of the Primary campus at Coomera Anglican College, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


 

Farewell to Those Who Have Served Our Community

At the end of this year we farewell a number of staff from the Primary Campus.   Mrs Amanda Shuttlewood and Ms Lucy Monk will both sadly be leaving the College at the end of this year.  Mrs Natalie Makin will also be taking a year’s leave.

Ms Lucy Monk has contributed significantly to the education and student welfare of our students at Coomera Anglican College.  I thank her and wish her well in the future!    

We also farewell Mrs Amanda Shuttlewood.  Mrs Shuttlewood will be leaving after 14 years of distinguished service at Coomera Anglican College.   

Mrs Shuttlewood has provided a vibrant and spirited presence not only within our community but also within the lives of those individuals who have been privileged to have been touched by her enduring passion for teaching and her natural ability to connect with people.  

Through her energetic leadership she has demonstrated good humour, kindness and deep humanity. I am grateful to her for all that she given to the College during her many years of service.  Best wishes and thank you, Amanda Shuttlewood!

 

Thanks to Our Year 6 Student Leaders of 2017

As our Year 6 Junior Leaders moved through 2017 and considered the challenges that arose from their day to day activities, they never lost sight of what lay at the heart of our theme, “Flourishing”.  The 2017 Year 6 student leaders have embraced the future with strength and stamina and they have begun to build a future with a desire to be stronger and wiser.
I take this opportunity to thank our Primary Captains, House Captains and all the Junior Leaders for their great work and support over the course of the year.  Well done, Year 6 and best wishes for the future.

Year 6 2017

 

Celebration Evenings

I wish to take this opportunity to say how proud I was of our students as they hosted our end of year Celebration Events.  These events are an important part of our College traditions and were a celebration of the recognition that finishing one year is, in fact, another beginning.

Our students were excellent in the way that they presented themselves and all Celebration Events were delightful occasions and a most fitting end to this wonderful year – 2017.

 

Semester Reports

The reports will be available via the Parent Portal (parents will need to print their own copies). We will email you to advise when they are online. Portfolios will be sent home with the students this afternoon.  The Student Report/Portfolio should be read by the parent(s)/guardians(s) with the child to gain full understanding. I hope that you enjoy reading the final written Reports/Portfolios for 2017.

 

Spectacle and Sentiment in Equal Proportion

Last week’s Preparatory, Year 1 and Year 2 Celebration Events were both a celebration of the year past and of the year ahead, with captivating musical numbers presented by each class.  There was spectacle and sentiment, in equal proportion.

 

A week on and the Senior Secondary Celebration Evening highlighted the importance of a consistent, robust, values-based education where students are continually exposed to the same positive messages each year from the many guiding adult influences they encounter in their lives.

 

Both events were different in their style of presentation, but were consistent at one with the message they offered our community.  There was a powerful focus on strong discipline, cooperative teamwork, respect for rules and respect for others, and each student presented with self-assurance as they celebrated the work and achievements of their year.

Celebration Days GK 

 

Farewell to Year 12, 2017

Today, our College will be farewelling the Year 12 cohort of 2017.  This will involve all the Years 6 – 11 students attending a Valedictory Assembly in the Ivan Gibbs Centre.  The assembly will be followed by a Guard of Honour which will include all students from the Early Learning Centre through to Year 11. Our Year 12 students of 2017 will proudly pass through the Guard of Honour as they leave the College for the final time.   
The staff and students of the Primary Campus take this opportunity to wish all our Year 12 students the very best for the future. We will miss their friendship, their support and their leadership.

Prep 2005

Class of 2017 GK

 

 

“Session UP” – Meeting our New Friends

On Tuesday 28 November, Preparatory – Year 6 students will be involved in a short “Session Up” Transition Programme which will allow each student to spend some time with their 2018 class and, if possible, their 2018 teacher.  During the Session Up, students will also have the opportunity to locate their classroom and meet their fellow classmates for 2018.  This is an exciting moment for the students of the Primary Campus and it will assist them in their preparation for the year ahead.

 

Parents are asked to remain supportive of next year’s class placement.  Teachers have spent many hours of thoughtful consideration, meeting with other staff, to ensure that each child is placed carefully into their new class.

 

Year 6 Crossing the Bridge Ceremony

On Thursday 30 November the Year 6 students will participate in the annual Crossing the Bridge Ceremony.  This ceremony is a long-standing tradition which formally farewells the Year 6 cohort from the Primary Campus and the students are then officially welcomed into the Junior Secondary Campus.  Parents and friends of our current Year 6 students are welcome to join us for this special occasion.  Details of this event will be forwarded soon.

Arrangements for Celebration evenings:

Years 3 / 4    Monday 27 November, commencing at 6.00pm
Years 5 / 6    Tuesday 28 November, commencing at 6.00pm

The Celebration Evenings are designed to be a celebration of all students and the year past.  Every student will go onto the stage so that we can congratulate them for their wonderful efforts throughout 2017.

 

Encouraging a Focus on Relationships

While we give great importance to the academic curriculum at Coomera Anglican College it is the hidden curriculum that is at the core of a good education for life.  Beyond a teacher’s responsibility to train the mind, schools must prepare students for their role as social beings, living with and for others.  In fact, many people’s memories of school are founded much more on the friends they made, the relationships they began tentatively to negotiate, the various small social embarrassments, triumphs, or even humiliations, than any “light bulb” moments in their intellectual progress.  
As Term 4 moves on and students prepare for their next adventure in life and learning, relationships continue to remain at the forefront of their priorities.  The laughter and friendships echo strongly as the years hurry by and the longer the relationships are nurtured the more intimate and heartfelt the experiences become.  In the closing stages of this term, I would encourage a focus on relationships!

 

Year 6 Camp – A Celebration of Personal Growth

After four days and three nights away at the Noosa North Shore Camp, our Year 6 Students will arrive home today to College and family.  We can all take great pride in their ability to create within themselves a resilience that has enabled them to confidently explore new and exciting experiences. During camp the Year 6 students have all flourished as they have worked together, in the support of each other, and in the knowledge that they have conquered fears and gone beyond their personal expectations.  Being able to work and connect so positively with others while away from home and familiar surroundings is without doubt a fundamental drive in the development of maturity and independence.  Every student has acted with composure, self-assurance and aptitude throughout their time on camp and the level of personal growth has been significant.  Well done, Year 6 and welcome home!

 Year 6 Camp 2Yr 6 Camp 1

 

Primary Campus Celebration Events, 2017

The Celebration Events are an acknowledgement of the year past and are designed to allow each child the opportunity to salute their year’s successes and achievements.  It is expected that every student attends the Celebration Event that pertains to his/her year level.  Every effort is made to keep the events short and appropriate to the age group.  In fairness to all involved, I would ask that students remain for the duration of their Celebration Event.  Here is a reminder of the dates and details of our Primary Celebration Events:

 

Year Level Date Time
Preparatory Friday 10 November 9am to 10am
Year 1 Friday 10 November 11am to 12 noon
Year 2 Friday 10 November 1pm to 2pm
Years 3 - 4 Monday 27 November 6pm to 7.30pm
Years 5 - 6 Tuesday 28 November 6pm to 7.30pm

 

 

PAFA Volunteer Thank You Morning Tea

Later this term our Volunteer Thank You Morning Tea will be held to show our appreciation to the many parents, grandparents and special friends who assist and support our students staff and College community.
There are always many opportunities to be involved and we welcome anyone who would like to join our team. Please contact our Events Coordinator Lynne Tarlinton, with regards to the 2018 events ltarlinton@cac.qld.qld.edu.au Ph: 5585 9976

 

Thursday, 26 October 2017 01:44

From the Head of Primary - Week 4, Term 4 2017

 

 

Keeping a Focus

Term 4 is now in full swing. The days are warming, we have recently had rain, and our Primary campus is full of the many narratives that make up our rich College community.  Coomera Anglican College is a busy place and everyone is mindful of finishing the year well.

While our College offers a broad education package, and establishing a good balance is important, keeping a focus on our work ethic, expectations and responsibilities will always sit at the heart of individual and collective success.  In doing this we guide our actions, our words and our decision making.  The Primary campus Expectations and Responsibilities are displayed in each classroom and each of us know and understand the importance of them in our lives. They are as follows:

1.    Display respect for the right of teachers to teach and for students to learn
2.    Display politeness, tolerance and respect towards others at all times
3.    Display personal responsibility as a College student
4.    Display respect for the uniform expectations of the College
5.    Display responsible care for the College environment
6.    Display safe behaviour at all times.

So, as week four ends, I encourage all our Primary students to focus on their expectations and responsibilities, and continue to strive for best practice.  It is timely for us all to ensure that our best foot is forward and that we are striving for the best possible outcomes that we can achieve!  Good luck!!

Best foot forward

 

 Day for Daniel - Friday 27 October

Today, we are celebrating Day for Daniel!  The Daniel Morcombe Foundation was established in 2005 by Denise and Bruce Morcombe following the tragic abduction of their 13 year old son Daniel in December 2003. To promote the Foundation’s aims of awareness and making the world a safer place for our children, schools and local communities are involved in the annual Day for Daniel.  Thank you for showing your support by dressing in red on Friday 27 October.

 

 The story of Student Leadership - 2018

Currently students of Year 5 are preparing for the 2018 Primary Leadership Programme.  The leadership team comprises two Primary Captains - a boy Captain and a girl Captain, a Primary Student Representative Council Leader and two Primary House Captains per house.  In addition each Year 6 student takes on the role of Junior Leader.   
All our Year 6 students are recognised as Primary Campus leaders and are given Junior Leader responsibilities within the Primary Campus.   It is a wonderful programme and it encourages all students in Year 6 to lead with respect, integrity and conviction.  I look forward to our 2018 Year 6 Junior Leaders stepping up next year.

Leadership 2018

 

 Year 6 Crossing the Bridge Ceremony

On Thursday 30 November 2017 the Year 6 students will be taking part in The Crossing the Bridge Ceremony.  This event allows our Year 6 students to formally transition across to the Junior Secondary Campus.  This will begin at 12.30pm in the Primary Undercover Area. Once the Year 6 students have formally crossed the Bridge, there will be a Welcome Worship/Assembly in the Secondary Campus with the Secondary students and teachers at approximately 2.00pm.  Parents/guardians and friends of our current Year 6 students are encouraged to join us for this special occasion.

 

Fellowship – Enriching for All

It is my strong belief that schools are first and foremost, places of great fellowship. And while there is always hard work involved in achieving all this, the rewards can be sublimely enriching - for teachers, parents and students alike.  We are all privileged to have the opportunity to be a member of the Coomera Anglican College community and we do so with pride.  

 

The Mirror Test

This week we have all been encouraged to focus on the Mirror Test.  The Mirror Test takes into consideration three key indicators of success, self-esteem, integrity and commitment.

  1.  Self-esteem: When you look yourself in the mirror are you reasonably comfortable with what is looking back? Is there something that you have done in your time at the College which enables you to hold your head up high?

  2. Integrity: Is what is looking back at you, the real you, or it is it a sham?

  3. Commitment: Can you look yourself in the eye and honestly say that you have given of your best both inside and outside of the classroom?

Over the course of the year we have seen our students work hard to extend themselves in these three areas of the Mirror Test and, as a result each and every one of them has grown in self-esteem, integrity and commitment.  This is “Flourishing” at its best!

 

Public Speaking

On Wednesday 19 October, five students from Years 5 and 6 competed in the AB Paterson College Public Speaking Competition Finals. The following students are to be commended on their performances and should be tremendously proud of their achievements for getting this far. Congratulations to Jasmine Mallard, Mikayla Callow, Olivia Dwyer, Tahlia Hanley and Imogen Hanley.  Jasmine Mallard was successful in taking out third place overall. All of the five finalists delivered their speeches with great confidence and maturity.  Congratulations to all involved.  Thanks also to Mrs Penberthy and Mrs Banks for your organisation.

 

Class Coordinators

Thank you to all those parents who have offered their services as a Class Coordinator this year.   The Class Coordinator role is one of great responsibility, but it also fosters friendship and collegiality.  This year our class coordinators have all given their time and energy to assist in our College Parents and Friends activities.  Congratulations on a job well done!  

 

Keeping in Touch with Your Child’s Future

At this stage of our year I encourage parents to remain in regular contact with their children’s teachers.  Doing this will help ensure that your child’s education is on track and that you, as the parent, are also well informed.  The email address for staff is first initial and surname then @cac.qld.edu.au.  For example, gkirkpatrick@cac.qld.edu.au

 

Wellbeing - Developing the Minds, Hearts, Souls and Strengths of a Community

Throughout this year, our theme “Flourishing” has inspired us all to recognise and respond to the journey that our College has taken over the past twenty-one years.  Who would have thought that in 2017 Coomera Anglican College would be one of the leading colleges in the education of young people?  Being charged with the responsibility of developing the minds, hearts and souls of our students is a privilege for any school and family. 

Our students have begun the term with optimism and hope for the future.  The College’s focus on wellbeing is a driving force in the nurturing of our community.  Together, we operate with an understanding that wellbeing is more than the absence of ill-being, rather it is a combination of feeling good, doing good and functioning effectively. Wellbeing begins from the very roots of our College purpose and extends to all areas of College life.  Developing a healthy culture of wellbeing is everyone’s responsibility and together we must all take positive action to ensure the wellbeing of those around us.

 

Week 2.9

 

Week 2 10

 

Year 6 Student Leadership - 2018

During Term 4, Mr Campbell will be preparing the Year 5 students for their 2018, Year 6 Primary Leadership Programme.  The leadership team comprises two Primary Captains (a boy captain and a girl captain), a Primary SRC Leader, two Primary House Captains per house and the Year 6 Junior Leaders.   At Coomera Anglican College all of our Year 6 students are recognised as Primary Campus leaders and they are given a Junior Leader responsibility.   

Primary Captains, Primary SRC Leader and Primary House Captains for 2018 will be announced at the Years 5-6 Celebration Evening on Tuesday 28 November 2017.  This is a wonderful programme that engages and encourages the students of Year 6 to lead with passion and conviction.  

 

Public Speakers - Flying the College Flag

On the back of an unprecedented twenty-nine Year 4 students competing in the Year 4 Division of the Interschool Public Speaking Competition during Term 2, our Years 5 and 6 students have come out in force with twenty-eight students competing in the Year 5 and Year 6 Divisions.  In all cases our students spoke with great confidence and articulation and once again we can all feel proud of the amazing ability of these students.
Special congratulations to the five students who were chosen to go through to the Grand Final of their division which will be held on Wednesday of next week.  The Grand Finalists are: Jasmine Mallard, Mikayla Callow, Olivia Dwyer, Tahlia Hanley, Imogen Hanley.

Thanks to Mrs Penberthy and Mrs Banks for their organisation.

 

Speakers

 

 

Student Free Day – Monday 16 October

Monday 16 October is a student free day.  On this day students of Prep 2018 and Year 7 2018 will be involved in orientation to assist with their transition next year.  College staff will be involved in Professional Development throughout the day.

 

End of Year Celebration Events

The dates for the annual Celebration Evenings/Days are as follows:

 

Year Date Time
Preparatory  Friday 10 November 9.00am - 10.00am
Year 1 Friday 10 November 11.00am - 12.00noon
Year 2 Friday 10 November 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Years 3 - 4 Monday 27 November 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Years 5 - 6 Tuesday 28 November 6.00pm - 7.30pm

 

 

Important Dates During Term 4

 

Monday 16 October Student Free Day; Prep and Year 7-2018 Orientation
Tuesday 17 October Years 5-6 AB Paterson Public Speaking Finals
Wednesday 18 October Years 5-6 Posture Screening
Thursday 19 October APS Round 3
Friday 20 October Year 5 Leadership Workshop 1 (Leaders 2018)
Tuesday 24 October Lane House BBQ and Worship
Wednesday 25 October Chess Tournament
Thursday 26 October APS Round 4
Friday 27 October Day for Daniel; Year 5 Leadership Workshop 2
Monday 30 October Year 5 Leadership Interviewsfor Year 6
Tuesday 31 October to Friday 3 November Year 6 Camp
Thursday 2 November APS Round 5
Friday 3 November ELF Information Session
Monday 6 November Year 5 Leadership Interviews for Year 6 2018
Tuesday 7 November Melbourne Cup
Thursday 9 November Rehearsals P-2 Celebration Events/APS Round 6
Friday 10 November P-2 Celebration Events (during day)
Monday 13 November Yr 5 Leadership Speeches at Principal’s Assembly (IGC)
Thursday 16 November APS Round 7 (Last Round)
Friday 17 November Final day Year 12
Tuesday 21 November P-3 Swimming Carnival
Thursday 23 November House Captain Voting
Monday 27 November Rehearsal (day) and Year 3-4 Celebration Evening 6pm
Tuesday 28 November Rehearsal (day) and Year 5-6 Celebration Evening 6pm
Wednesday 29 November ELC Crossing Little Bridge
Thursday 30 November Year 6 Crossing the Bridge; Last day Term 4
Friday 1 December Staff PD day
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 23:17

From the Head of Primary - Week 1, Term 4 2017

 

Term 4 - Confirming our College Values

As we move into the final term for 2017, I want to remind our Primary Campus about focussing on the values that we would like our students to embody as they complete the College year successfully.  In this era of digital awareness and academic focus, we have a responsibility to ensure that our students are given the skills to become socialised young people enabling them to live confidently and lovingly with others.  That is the message that our students continue to receive from both their teachers and their parents.  


Term 4 begins and once again we return to the routines of daily life.  As you return, do so with a focus on the significance of our community’s values.  In the classrooms, on the playgrounds, during worships and at assemblies, Term 4 will see us all explore further our commitment to “Flourishing” and the values that we celebrate both at home and at College.

 
Welcome back and have an excellent Term 4!

 

Term 4 2017

Term 4 2017 2

 

Tuesday Sport Training

Students in Years 4 – 6 participate in afternoon APS sport training each Tuesday afternoon during Term 4.  Sport training begins at 3.15pm and concludes at 4.15pm.  It is compulsory for all students in these year levels to attend.  I thank you for your support.

Please note: - If it is too wet to train, families will receive communication via email and the College app, informing them that training has been cancelled and students will finish at the regular College time.  Staff will supervise those students who are unable to be collected until 4.15pm.

 

Swimming Programme

Primary Swimming lessons begin next week.  Please check your child's assigned swimming days and ensure that swimming gear is packed for that lesson.

 

Monday 16 October – Student Free Day

Monday 16 October is a student free day.   However, the following students will be required to attend for orientation.

  • All students commencing Preparatory in 2018

  • All students commencing Year 7 in 2018

 

End of Year Celebration Events

The dates for the annual Celebration Evenings/Days are as follows:

 

Year Date Time
Preparatory  Friday 10 November 9.00am - 10.00am
Year 1 Friday 10 November 11.00am - 12.00noon
Year 2 Friday 10 November 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Years 3 - 4 Monday 27 November 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Years 5 - 6 Tuesday 28 November 6.00pm - 7.30pm

 

Year 6 Crossing the Bridge

Thursday 30 November 2017 the Year 6 students will participate in the Crossing the Bridge.  This College event allows Year 6 students to formally move across to the Secondary Campus.  The ceremony will begin at 12.30pm in the Primary Undercover Area and then proceed to the cross the bridge. From there, a welcome Worship/Assembly will take place in the Ivan Gibbs Centre with the Secondary students and staff.  Parents/guardians and friends of our current Year 6 students are encouraged to join us for this special occasion.  Details will be forwarded later this term.

 

SOME REMINDERS FOR THE START OF TERM 4

Before College
Students should not be at College before 8am unless they have a cocurricular activity.  All students arriving between 8am and 8.18am should gather in the Under Cover area or H Block (Year 6).

Water Bottles
Please ensure that your children have adequate opportunity to drink water by encouraging them to bring a water bottle each day.

Books
Please help by ensuring that all books are kept neat and tidy always.

Homework
Homework is set each day Monday to Thursday.  Please assist by ensuring that it is completed.  

Punctuality
Students are asked to ensure that they arrive at College on time each day.
 
Uniform and Grooming
Please assist by encouraging students to keep shoes polished, and uniform and grooming within the guidelines of College expectations.

 

Important Dates During Term 4

 

Tuesday 10 October Years 5-6 AB Paterson Public Speaking Heats
Thursday 12 October APS Round 2
Friday 13 October Year 4 Chinese Cultural Day
Monday 16 October Student Free Day; Prep and Year 7-2018 Orientation
Tuesday 17 October Years 5-6 AB Paterson Public Speaking Finals
Wednesday 18 October Years 5-6 Posture Screening
Thursday 19 October APS Round 3
Friday 20 October Year 5 Leadership Workshop 1 (Leaders 2018)
Tuesday 24 October Lane House BBQ and Worship
Wednesday 25 October Chess Tournament
Thursday 26 October APS Round 4
Friday 27 October Day for Daniel; Year 5 Leadership Workshop 2
Monday 30 October Year 5 Leadership Interviewsfor Year 6
Tuesday 31 October to Friday 3 November Year 6 Camp
Thursday 2 November APS Round 5
Friday 3 November ELF Information Session
Monday 6 November Year 5 Leadership Interviews for Year 6 2018
Tuesday 7 November Melbourne Cup
Thursday 9 November Rehearsals P-2 Celebration Events/APS Round 6
Friday 10 November P-2 Celebration Events (during day)
Monday 13 November Yr 5 Leadership Speeches at Principal’s Assembly (IGC)
Thursday 16 November APS Round 7 (Last Round)
Friday 17 November Final day Year 12
Tuesday 21 November P-3 Swimming Carnival
Thursday 23 November House Captain Voting
Monday 27 November Rehearsal (day) and Year 3-4 Celebration Evening 6pm
Tuesday 28 November Rehearsal (day) and Year 5-6 Celebration Evening 6pm
Wednesday 29 November ELC Crossing Little Bridge
Thursday 30 November Year 6 Crossing the Bridge; Last day Term 4
Friday 1 December Staff PD day
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:09

From the Head of Primary - Week 10, Term 3 2017

 

An Action Packed Term 3

As Term 3 comes to a close, I take this opportunity to acknowledge the many members of our community who have been contributors to our successes.  It would seem that each individual student has grown in character, personal confidence and wellbeing.  

 
Over the course of Term 3 our theme, Flourishing has enabled us all to reflect on where we have come from and understand more about who we are and the directions that we will take in the future.  Stimulated by a collective desire to achieve and a growing culture of trust and like-mindedness, Term 3, 2017 has proven to be one of great inspiration which has served to nurture a growth in learning, knowledge and independence.  Years 4 and 5 camps, Book week, Grandparent’s Day, Dad’s Day, and Music concerts (to name only a few) have all added to the growth and development of our students this term.

 

Staff News

Congratulations to Mr Tom Batty and Ms Theresa Russ on their recent engagement to each other and to Ms Kayla Kuhnemann for her recent engagement to Troy Ruston.  On behalf of the College community I extend best wishes to both couples.

 

CACaburras in Space - Athletics

An early light shower could not dampen the spirits of our young CACaburras as they took flight yesterday morning to compete in the Prep – Year 2 Athletics Carnival.   The athletes, all proudly wearing their House colours, won the hearts of the many spectators who were fortunate enough to witness this highly energetic and spirited carnival.  Teachers and parents alike were all inspired by the spirit and excitement of the young CACaburras and everyone left feeling that they were a part of an inclusive and close-knit community.   


Thank you to the Year 6 Leaders who assisted on the day.  As a group, they showed great leadership as they nurtured their younger colleagues through the many activities.  Thanks also to Mrs McLauchlan and the PE staff.  The organisation on the day was second to none!  


Well done, to all the CACaburras who competed on the day!!

Athletic Carnival

 

Year 6 Science Expo

Year 6 students hosted the 2017 Year 6 Science Expo in the IGC this week.  Over the course of Term 3 the Year 6 students have been researching Micro-organisms and parents, students and teachers were all invited to view the results of their hard work.  The young scientists were amazing as they presented their Year 6 Science Expo. The expo featured all of their research and subsequent learning on micro-organisms and the many colourful and technology driven displays were all well received by their appreciative audience.


Congratulations, Year 6.  A wonderful outcome!

Science Expo Collage

 

Year 4 Convicts

One could be forgiven for thinking the Coomera Anglican College was harbouring a chain gang of convicts in the Year 4 rooms this week.  The students of Year 4, all dressed in convict outfits, presented their Culminating Activity/Assessment based on early Australian Explorers and the First Fleet.  Each student gave a verbal report about life as a convict, detailing life back in their homeland compared to life as a convict here in the Australian penal colony.  The level of presentation was outstanding.  Congratulations Year 4!


 

CACaburras – Netball

Congratulations to all the Netball coaches, managers, players and parents who, last Saturday evening, attended the annual CACaburra’s Netball Presentation Evening.  It was a wonderful evening with all students gaining awards for their efforts in Netball, 2017.  Special congratulations to the netball teams that made the grand finals and those that won.   Well done, netball players!  Thanks must go to Head Coach, Ms Anna Young, Mr Mark Jordan and the Netball Committee.

 

Student Free Day – Monday 16 October

A reminder that Monday 16 October is a student free day – this is Week 3 of Term 4.  On this day we will be holding an orientation day for our new students of 2017.  


I wish all families a well-earned break from the routine of the College day over the next two weeks and I encourage you all to come back in Term 4 ready again to continue exploring beyond the boundaries of Flourishing.

 

 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:23

Gold Coast North Inter-school Chess Tournament

Twenty-one students took part in the Gold Coast North Inter-school Chess Tournament.  It was held for the first time at the spectacular Coomera Indoor Stadium.  Nicholas Schneider and Owen Boorer were awarded merit ribbons.  Congratulations especially to Owen as this was his first chess tournament.

 

Wk 10 Chess

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