Primary News

 

Exploring beyond the boundaries of Loving Life Together

As the second term comes to an end, we can all take pride in our students’ ability to work and connect with each other, their teachers and the community in general.  This term, Loving Life Together has allowed our students to create within themselves, a resilience that enables them to confidently explore and create new and exciting futures. This is without doubt the fundamental drive in the attainment of success and achievement, and during this first semester, the students of the Primary Campus have operated with composure, self-assurance and aptitude.  There is no doubt, our theme continues to inspire us all!

I wish all families a well-earned break from the routine of the College day over the next three weeks and I hope encourage everyone returns in Term 3, ready to continue exploring our theme of “Loving Life Together”.

 

Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to all our wonderful athletes from Year 3 – Year 6 who ran, jumped and threw with enthusiasm and great heart yesterday.  Every student did their best and relished the opportunity to be a part of their particular House group.  Lane House won the carnival and Morris House took out the highly coveted Duck Trophy for their amazing cheering!  Congratulations to Mrs McLauchlan and the HPE staff who organised an excellent event!  

 

College Camp Programme – Begin the preparation now!

Information about the Years 3 – 5 camps will be sent home early in Term 3.  The Year 6 camp will be held in Term 4.  There will be an opportunity to talk with your children’s class teachers about the camps at the Semester Two Parent Information Afternoon, which is being held in Week 3 of Term 3.  The venues and dates of our Years 3 – 6 College Camps are listed below.

 

  • Year 3 - Sleepover – (Coomera Anglican College) Friday 24 August 2018
  • Year 4 – (Lake Ainsworth) Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 August 2018
  • Year 5 – (Tyalgum Ridge) Monday 27 – Thursday 30 August 2018
  • Year 6 – (Noosa North Shore) Monday 10 September – Thursday 13 September 2018

 

Staff Changes for Term 3

Mrs Isla Fuller and Mrs Carley Penberthy are taking Maternity Leave and I wish them both well as they prepare for the birth of their children.
Mrs Kirsty Jackson (Year 2J Teacher) will take Long Service Leave during Term 3 and 4.  We wish her well as she takes her leave.
Mrs Caroline Pollard will be leaving the Primary Campus administration to take up the role as Teacher Assistant within our Music Department.  I thank Mrs Pollard for her work in the Primary Campus.

 

Beginning of Term 3

Parents are reminded that the start of Term 3 is on Tuesday 10 July.

          

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.

  

Flourishing Wk 9
 

 

 

 

Instrumental Musical Concerts

The Term 2 Instrumental Mini Music Concerts attracted a wonderful response from our College community.  Over the course of the past two weeks, our instrumental students have had an opportunity to perform in front of appreciative and supportive audiences, and this year’s series of concerts once again highlighted the amazing composure, self-assurance and aptitude that our students possess. Anyone who has had the privilege of attending these concerts, would agree that our musical future is in excellent hands.
I thank all of the students who performed as well as the many instrumental tutors who have coordinated these concerts. 
Well done, everyone!

 

Start Smart Programme – Financial Literacy

This week, the students from Years 1 – 6 all took part in the Financial Literacy Programme presented by staff from the Commonwealth Bank.  Research suggests it is never too early to learn money management skills and it is never too late to start learning.  Start Smart teaches students about financial literacy, empowering them to make wise financial decisions for themselves.  The programme consists of workshops and lessons that allow students to gain skills in financial decision making. The workshops are engaging as well as educational and they feature characters such as Captain Super Cents and Coach Cash, both of whom represent all the temptations to spend money needlessly.

The Primary Start Smart Financial Literacy Programme includes topics such as:

  • The History of Money
  • Electronic Money/Transactions
  • Needs & Wants
  • Goods & Services
  • Comparative Shopping
  • Personal Budgets
  • Saving & Compound Interest

 

DNK Cup

Congratulations to our Rugby, Futsal and Netball payers who competed in the DNK Cup on Thursday of this week. The DNK Cup is an interschool sporting competition involving many of the Independent schools across Gold Coast and Brisbane. All teams played beyond themselves achieving some wonderful results with two 1st places, two 2nd places and a 3rd place.  Congratulations to all students and coaches!

Netball:
-    Year 4 Netball 2th
-    Year 5 Netball 4th
-    Year 6 Netball 1st
Rugby:
-    Year 4 Rugby 4th
-    Year 6 Rugby 4th
Futsal
-    Year 4 Girls 4th
-    Year 4 Boys 1st
-    Year 5 Girls 3rd
-    Year 5 Boys 4th
-    Year 6 Girls 2nd
-    Year 6 Boys 4th

Well done, students and coaches!

DK Cup

DK Cup 3

 

 

Gold Coast North Chess Championships

Our Coomera Anglican College teams competed in the Gold Coast North Chess Championships last Wednesday displaying great skill and purpose. Our teams were awarded many ribbons and medals:

Division B:
3rd place team medals – Owen Boorer, Zachary Karger, Nicholas Schneider,  Zeke Taylor
Individual Merit ribbons - Owen Boorer, Zachary Karger

Division C:
Individual Merit ribbon – Petra Dennett

Division D:
Individual Merit ribbons – Deklan Ford, Robert Skurr

Division E:
1st  place team medals – Liam Troy, Jungbyn Yang, Kaelan Ward, Hugh Greener
2nd place Individual medal – Kaelan Ward
Individual Merit ribbons – Liam Troy, Jungbyn Yang,  Hugh Greener

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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.

  

Flourishing Awards Wk 8
 

 

 

 

The Pod Is Officially Open For Business

Today the Pod, the new staff room and Primary Administration were officially opened.  Officials from various levels of government, The Anglican Church, Education and members of our community gathered together to celebrate facilities that have the potential to change the lives of all those who are fortunate enough to work and extend their learning within their bounds.  The Opening Ceremony attracted over 80 special guests, and there was great applause from all in attendance when the plaques, that will eventually take their place front and centre on the walls of the new buildings, were unveiled.

The ceremony was followed by a tour of the Pod, where students demonstrated the level of technology and learning potential that the Pod provides.  Morning tea was held in the new staffroom and guests had an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings about our new state of the art facilities.  A fitting opening for a College of the future.

Pod Opening

 

 

Under 8s' Day

Today, Under 8s' Day was celebrated on the Primary Campus. Our Prep - Year 3 students were treated to some very exciting Under 8s' activities, and everyone (both the Under 8s' and the “Under 8s' at heart”) had a fantastic time celebrating together.  Our younger students from The Early Learning Centre also joined the Prep - Year 3 students to celebrate this special day.  This year the theme was “Children Exploring Language and Culture” and it was evident from the colour and animation of the day that children’s play was the order of the day.  Well done to all our Under 8s'!

Thank you to our Year 6 buddies who were there to assist on the various activity stalls.  Together they showed tremendous leadership, direction and thoughtful guidance.  Congratulations and thank you to Mr Michael Henderson for his fine organisation of the day.

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The Queensland da Vinci Decathlon – 2nd Place

This week a group of our students from the Primary campus were invited to the Queensland da Vinci Decathlon held on the Gold Coast.  The Queensland da Vinci Decathlon is an academic interschool gala competition operated in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon, with a variety of events of an academic nature.  Students competed in the following disciplines: mathematics, chess, code breaking, engineering challenge, philosophy, creative producers, art and poetry, cartography and general knowledge.

It was encouraging to see our students involved and respond well as they tackled the various tasks and problem-solving challenges put to them on the day.  Our College teams competed against 1300 students in the competition.  The Primary team was awarded 2nd place in the Queensland State Championships for Art and Design and Engineering.  This is an excellent result of a very tough competition.

Congratulations to our College teams and thanks to Mr Joel Davis and Ms Lisa Shaw for their organisation.

 

Our Man From NASA – Mr Stephen Hunter

In his recent visit to Australia, Stephen Hunter, who is NASA’s manager of the International Space Station’s computer resources, took some time from his busy schedule to enhance our students’ learning about space travel, the International Space Station and the universe in general.   
It is Mr Hunter’s job to find ways to bring technology on board and he has been working on a programme to use everyday technology products— such as iPads, laptops and printers which you can buy in any store.
We have all welcomed Stephen’s visit, not only because he has taught us so much about our universe but probably more importantly because Stephen impressed with his very personal and warm manner.  He has made many friends at Coomera Anglican College, and we all feel a connection with him.  He will remain a lifetime friend of our College.  Students and staff have all been inspired by our man from NASA, and we have come away with a renewed sense of vigour and motivation to continue the journey of learning, always doing our best.  
Thank you, Stephen Hunter, for enlightening our senses and provoking our curiosity. 

Nasa Collage

 

 

Human Relations Education

During this week the students of Years 5 and 6 have been engaged in the annual Human Relations Education programme conducted by Life Education, Queensland.   The programme is designed to assist young people to develop a positive attitude and provide them with information on personal hygiene and self-confidence during this stage of their development.

The Year 5 students focused on healthy relationships, specifically friendships, and how to conduct healthy relationships.

The Year 6 students focused on the physical, social and emotional changes experienced during puberty and helping students understand and cope with this important phase of development, incorporating some information on individual identity as well.  

The students who were accompanied by their teachers all appreciated the sessions and gained significantly from them.  Thank you Mr Campbell for your organisation.

Mr Brad Scarrabelotti, (the facilitator) was so impressed with the Coomera Anglican College students he sent me this email:

I just wanted to thank you for having Life Education at your school. I had a delightful few days working with Year 5 and 6. They were very respectful and displayed a high level of maturity after some initial giggles at the beginning of each lesson. Also, their level of engagement made it a pleasure to work with them.

I’ve worked at hundreds of SEQ schools over the past few years, and it’s only on the rare occasion where I visit a school like yours. Not only were the students delightful to work with but every teacher spoke glowingly about how much they love their job and working at CAC. A teacher even spoke of your inspiring ethos for the school and how much of a positive impact it has on the school. Your team’s leadership and whole school approach seems to be doing wonders for your school community, and you should all be commended for what you’re achieving.

 

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.

  

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Coomera Community Fair – “Celebrating Growth”

CCF banner

The Coomera Community Fair is here!! This will be a time for us to come together in support of our College.  The Fair promises to be a wonderful event for all of our community.  Everyone is encouraged to come along and join in the fun and camaraderie, all of which makes our College such a great community. 

 

Coomera Community Fair Set up and Pack up

On Saturday 26 May from 8am, we will be setting up for the Coomera Community Fair which will take place on the College grounds the next day.  Helpers are required to meet on the Primary Oval to assist in this task.  There will also be a Fair pack up on Sunday after 3pm.  If you can assist, please come along.   All volunteers are welcome.

 

Show Us Your Talent Spectacular

Last night, the Primary Campus presented the annual “Show Us Your Talent Spectacular”.  There were 21 performances showcasing more than 40 Primary students in an eclectic array of acts, all done with the assistance of a very slick and able backstage crew.

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The evening’s programme ranged from classical music and dance through to some very clever Japanese Koto and Stick Licks Snare Drums.  The musical talents of our Primary students continue to develop.  Their dedication, motivation and sheer love of music is always evident.  With only a short rehearsal during the hours before the concert, their talents were indeed, outstanding.

 

Congratulations to our two comperes, Lucy Robertson and Ben Sheppard.  Both confidently introduced the performers, yet still managed to perform in a number of items themselves.  Thank you to our backstage crewman Brodie Graham, for his excellent stage preparation. I particulary thank the College music staff - Mrs Shelley Bissett, Ms Rachel Mansfield, Mrs Katherine Bartlett, Mrs Jo Spinks, Mrs Kathy Antill, Mrs Denise Balson and Mr Andy Griffiths (sound and lighting) for their precise management of the concert and their encouragement of our young musicians.

 

Year 1 Farm Brunch

As a culmination to the Year 1 unit on farms, the students and teachers of Year 1 celebrated today with a farm brunch.  Students tasted a variety of foods which are produced on farms that they have been learning about this term.  It was a colourful morning and I thank all of our Year 1 parent helpers who cooked and prepared the farm food for the students to enjoy.  Well done, everyone!

Yr 1 Farm Brunch

 

Under 8’s Day

Under 8s' Day is almost here!  On Friday 1 June our Under 8 students will gather in the Primary Campus and Early Learning Centre to celebrate the joys of being under 8.  This year’s theme is “Children Exploring Language and Culture”.  Senior Kindy and Pre-Prep children will join with Prep-Year 3 students to celebrate.  The day is always a fun experience with many activities and events in the planning.  The activities begin at 11am on the small oval, and in and around the Early Learning Centre, as well as the Prep – Year 2 Classrooms.  The day concludes at 12.45pm.  We invite you to come along and celebrate with us.

 

Human Relations Education – “Talk About It”

Next week the students of Years 5 and 6 will be engaged in the annual “Talk About it” programme conducted by Life Education, Queensland.   The programme is designed to assist young people develop a positive attitude towards their physical and emotional development and provides them with information on personal hygiene and self-confidence during this stage of their development.

The Year 5 students will focus on healthy relationships and friendships.

The Year 6 students will focus on the physical, social and emotional changes experienced during puberty.  

The students will be accompanied by their teachers as they explore this very important phase of human development.  Thank you, Mr Campbell for your organisation.

 

Reporting

At the end of this term parents will receive their child’s Semester One Academic Report and Portfolio.  The report and portfolio at Coomera Anglican College are very detailed and comprehensive documents.  Together they provide details of each student’s performance over the course of one semester. Teachers spend many hours collating student assessment and writing the report.  This process is well under way and will continue over the next few weeks until the end of Term 2.

 

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.

  

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 Coomera Community Fair – Sunday 27 May 2018.

The Coomera Community Fair is approaching! Between 10am and 3pm on Sunday 27 May, the College grounds will transform into a haven for excited children, running from ride to ride, enjoying the animal farm, experiencing the taste of the Cupcake stall, sitting motionless for the face painter, returning to the fairy floss stall time and time again, and generally delighting in the fun of the fair. The day promises to be one of fun and community spirit for all age groups.

Note: If you have not yet volunteered on your class stall please contact your class coordinator or class teacher.

All Day Ride Passes are now available online; pre-purchase and save!

To book ride tickets, please visit: 

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 Coomera Community Fair Set up and Pack up

The College will be setting up for the Coomera Community Fair on Saturday 26 May from 8.00am for the Fair which will be on Sunday. Helpers are required to meet on the Primary Oval to assist in this task. There will also be a Fair pack up on Sunday after 3pm. If you can assist, please come along.   All volunteers are welcome.

 NAPLAN Testing 2018

NAPLAN Testing for 2018 is now complete.   All our students gave themselves every opportunity to do the best that they could in each area of the NAPLAN tests. It was delightful to witness the mature and calm approach that each of them displayed throughout the three days.

I take this opportunity to thank the students in Years 3,5,7, and 9 for their commitment and dedication to the tests. They made us all very proud. I thank also the staff for their care and guidance over the period of NAPLAN preparation and on the test days. They all ensured that students remained focused and alert without losing enthusiasm and interest. We look forward to the results later 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 Hunter Campbell
PK Dinara Waretini
PM Rheanna Agrawal
PW Sydney Leahy
1B Nardia Ristic
1F Talan Darby
1J Arysha Anis
1R Savannah Bray
2B Maggie Rose
2H Joshua Andrews
2J Sage Leydon
2P Saige Mackay
3B Tyla Richter
3C Tyra MacMillan
3F Millar Dunn
3P Aemon Sharman
4B Jackson Peck
4F Cooper Poschich
4P Bridgette Gibson
4S Alexzandra Hadley
5D Claire Szumko
5E Ryan Kiefer
5H Jack Turner
5P Riley Oberman
6C Tynan O’Toole
6D Harrison Gatti
6N Ardale Teng
6R Mia Carlson

 

 

 

 

Mothers’ Day

Mothers are like flowers.
Each one is uniquely beautiful in their own way.
Each is designed by God to bloom where she is planted.
Thank you for being the wonderful mother that you are.

Happy Mothers’ Day!!


A Celebration of our Mothers
Today, we had a very special day to celebrate all of our mothers in the Early Learning Centre and Primary Campus. The day began with the celebrations at 8.30am with classroom visits and then at 9.30am we shared a morning tea in the Primary Undercover Area and Early Learning Centre. A great morning was had by all! Happy Mothers’ Day to all our mums!

Thanks must go to all the wonderful parents and friends who helped with the morning tea and preparation on the day. We appreciate your time and effort.


Putting NAPLAN in Perspective…
Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are set to complete the 2018 NAPLAN tests next week. This is an exciting time for these students as they have spent significant time carefully preparing themselves for this milestone event.

It is important to note that while benchmark testing such as NAPLAN has a place in the education of children, it is the strong bonds of collegiality, supportive relationships and shared learning that have the greatest impact on young minds. NAPLAN at Coomera Anglican College will always remain an important part of our academic programme but it is important to understand that the real success that our College can rightly celebrate is the attainment of educational balance. Our students are not only developing skills within the academic, culture, music and sport arenas, they are also developing attitudes for compassion, integrity, respect, personal happiness and a general love for life and learning.

Celebrating a Sporting Culture of Success: APS Cross Country – 2nd Place
Our Primary Cross Country Team took to the track on Tuesday this week and achieved second place in the APS Cross Country Carnival. This is a wonderful result and once again demonstrates the level of confidence and strength of our College over recent years.

At the Carnival, our students were both resolute and focused in their preparation and their competition. College spirit and pride plays an extremely important role in the success of any event and the determination, confidence and collective grit displayed was second to none.

I thank Mrs Sam Taylor and her team of coaches for their work with our Cross Country team. Their organisation and attention to detail has been significant. We continue to go from strength to strength!!!

The GRIP Student Leadership Conference
(From our Primary Captains – Emanuel Ferisa, Imogen Hanley and Tahlia Hanley.)

Today, the Primary Captains and House Captains of Coomera Anglican College were involved in a GRIP Leadership Conference at Twin Towns RSL. Good leadership is based on four important concepts. They are; generosity, respect, integrity and people (GRIP). At the conference, along with many other captains from different schools, we learnt about what good leadership is and the skills, values and attitudes that are required to make a difference. We were exposed to a wide range of leadership skills and values and we worked in groups, individually and in front of the whole audience. As Primary Leaders we now have a better grasp of leadership and what it takes to be a good leader - it just takes four important actions; generosity, respect, integrity and people (GRIP). Thanks to Mr Dean and Mr Campbell for their coordination of this event.

Under 8s’ Day
Under 8s’ Day is being held at Coomera Anglican College on Friday 1 June. This year’s theme is “Children Exploring Language and Culture.” Students from the Early Learning Centre will come together to celebrate with Prep-Year 3 students. The day promises to be a wonderful experience with many activities and events planned. The Under 8s’ Day activities begin at 11.00am and the events will conclude at 1pm. All parents and friends are encouraged to come along and enjoy the day. A flyer listing the planned activities has been distributed to the families of students from Early Learning through to Year 3. Any questions should be directed to the Primary Campus or Early Learning Centre.

Show Us Your Talent Spectacular
On Thursday 24 May Coomera Anglican College will showcase another superb Show Us Your Talent concert. Over 20 performances from more than 50 Primary students will provide an eclectic array of musical items.

The musical talents of our Primary students consistently amaze. Their dedication, motivation and sheer love of music is always evident. Come along and enjoy what should be a wonderful evening of music and performance.

Coomera Community Fair – Sunday 27 May
The Coomera Community Fair is coming! Between 10am and 3pm on Sunday 27 May the College grounds will come alive with the buzz of children queuing for rides, talented performers singing and dancing, auctioneers marketing prized art works and people delighting in the array of fine foods and drink on offer throughout the day.

Our Coomera Community Fair is a time for us all to get behind our College. I encourage you all to come along, meet others and help to raise funds for our College and the future of our children.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the day!

 

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 Bella Cluff
PK Jupiter Wright
PM Grace Stevenson
PW Harvey Boxall
1B Hannah Evison
1F Ethan Thompson
1J Liam Fullerton
1R Eli MacWilliam
2B Ashton Binnie
2H Jungbyn Yang
2J Ethan Tasdemir
2P Noah Brims
3B Holly McConchie
3C Chase Macdonald
3F Leonardo Stephen
3P Gabriel Seymour
4B Mila Kenny
4F Miguel Riano
4P Mia Rieck
4S Max Williamson
5D Mason Skeen
5E Bella White
5H Nea Fernandes
5P Liliana Page
6C Sienna O'Brien
6D Sienna Murray
6N Paige Higgins
6R Kaitlyn van Houten

 

 

 

 

 

Creating a Culture of success
Sport is important in creating a positive spirit in schools. Our Primary APS Sporting Teams left the College grounds on Thursday afternoon this week, with the sound of our College War Cry ringing in their ears. There was an obvious spirit of confidence and motivation as each student took with them an attitude of support for each other and a belief that they belonged to a College that encourages a culture of success.

By engendering a culture of success within our College we open ourselves up to the possibility of powerful and effective growth. This culture of success provides the nutrients for such growth and it plays a significant role in forging and shaping our future. It broadens our vision and sharpens our sense of who we are and what we stand for. Its foundation is at the heart of what it means to be a part of Coomera Anglican College.  

As the APS Cross Country Carnival approaches we can all feel proud of the efforts and the attitudes of those young athletes who will compete next Tuesday for the blue and the green.


APS Cross Country – Tuesday 8 May
The members of the Cross Country team continue to pound the turf in their quest to improve their fitness and stamina ahead of the Associated Private Schools Cross Country competition. I encourage all of our squad to keep training so that everyone is fit and ready. At Coomera Anglican College, we love to get behind our College. We all look forward to supporting our Cross Country team as they ready themselves for the competition on Tuesday. Good luck, team!


Leaders Out In Front – Year 6 Junior Leaders
The Year 6 students at Coomera Anglican College are all given the responsibility of being the Primary Campus Junior Leaders. It is timely for me to inform our community of the wonderful work that they do within our Primary Campus as they lead from the front with confidence.
Each student in Year 6 takes the role of Junior Leader very seriously and the display of responsibility and dedication to the role is commendable. This has a significant positive effect on the staff and students of the Primary Campus.
I take this opportunity to thank the Year 6 Junior Leaders for the fine job that they are doing. As leaders they set a wonderful example to our younger students - all of whom look up to and are inspired by them.

PAFA Mothers’ Day Gift Stall – Primary Campus
As you know, PAFA are organising a Mothers’ Day gift stall for the Primary campus, with great, quality gifts for the Primary campus students to purchase. These will be ready for collection by students on Thursday 10 May. Thanks again to the parents who have prepared this stall for our students. They have spent many hours organising the gifts and preparing for the operation of the Mothers’ Day stall. We thank you all!

Mothers’ Day at Coomera Anglican College
On Friday 11 May, we will be having a special morning to celebrate all of our mothers in the Early Learning Centre and Primary Campus. The celebrations will begin at 8.30am with classroom visits and then at about 9.30am there will be a Morning Tea in the Primary Undercover Area and Early Learning Centre. So, Mums make sure that you come along and enjoy a morning made just for you!

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 Emilia Patrizi
PK Robyn Byrne
PM Georgie Savins
PW Jasper Carter
1B Eva Keves
1F Kobi Mangakahia
1J Isaac kenny
1R Kapurangi Kupa
2B Ivana Bayliss
2H Keira Whinwray
2P Byron Rieck
3B Emmie Chudley
3C Meleah Nastrom
3F Lily Smith
3P Sascha Gulyas
4B Chloe Creed
4F Harriet Peirce
4P Scarlet Melhem
4S Jorja Sharman
5D Willa Roberts
5E Sienna Bradshaw
5H Daniel Evans
5P Callum Inman
6C Mia Banks
6D Jessica McConville
6N Ava Parkinson
6R Hannah Stevens

 

 

 

 

ANZAC Day – Coomera Anglican College Remembers

The spirit of ANZAC remains strong.  At the three Coomera Anglican College ANZAC Services held on Tuesday 24 April, students came together united in respect for our war history.  At each service there was a strong feeling of spiritual and emotional connection with Australia’s fighting heroes.  

 

Our guest speaker, Flight Lieutenant Nathan O’Leary captured the spirit of ANZAC through his stories about our ANZAC history.  He reminded us about the importance of remembering those who have fought and died for Australia.  At the Pre-prep, Prep and Year 1 service, Ms Lisa Shaw presented the book “My Grandad Marches on ANZAC Day” to the assembly and this provided a very real insight into the importance of honouring those who have fought for our freedom over the years.

GK ANZAC Day

During the service we also took some time to remember our very own community hero, Trooper David Pearce.  We paid tribute to Trooper David and the sacrifice that he made for us.  David Pearce and his family will remain in our hearts forever.  Lest We Forget.

TDP

 

 Words, Words, Words – Year 6 Leading the Way

Word, Words, Words is a Year 6 celebration of literature where students present an interactive book review about a favourite book that they have studied over Term 1.  Today, students, dressed in book character costume, delighted their audience by presenting activities and displays such as blogs, interactive quizzes, power point presentations, word finds, bookmarks, posters, reviews, dioramas and much more.  Parents and students from our College community came to see the amazing efforts of our Primary campus leaders.  Everyone, was fully involved in the activities and presentations and there was a real buzz of high spirits and happy learning.  Congratulations, Year 6 students and teachers!

 

  Coomera Anglican College Primary Mothers’ Day Celebrations

On Friday 11 May, we will enjoy a special occasion to celebrate all of our mothers in the Early Learning Centre and Primary Campus.  The celebration will begin at 8.30am with classroom visits and then at 9.30am there will be a Morning Tea in the Primary Undercover Area and Early Learning Centre.  So, Mums make sure that you come along and enjoy a day made just for you!

 

PAFA Mothers' Day Gift Stall – Primary Campus

Once again, PAFA are organising a Mothers' Day gift stall for the students of the Primary campus.   There will be great, quality gifts for the Primary campus students to purchase. These will be ready for collection by the students on Thursday 10 May.  Students will be assisted in choosing a gift for their mother on this day. 

 

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.

 

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.

  

Class Student Name
PH Harlow Tauroa
PK Mia Freestone
PM Lincoln Giles
PW Evie Panes
1B Saiyuri Anderson
1F Lily Molyneux
1J Mitchell Makin
1R Brooke Taylor
2B Jade Wright
2H Benjamin Styles
2J Riley Edwards
2P Greta Bravo
3B Jay D Collins
3C Zoe Faber
3F Kaleb Ferisa
3P Gemma White
4B Jack Marani
4F Tyler Letizia
4P Max Dean
4S Elizabeth Bemrose
5D Isabelle Houghton
5E Maddison Cooke
5H Chloe Carpenter
5P Deklan Ford
6C Hayes Klintworth
6D Kyla Dodd
6N Valentina Rogers
6R Kalen MacDonald

 

 

 

 

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

 

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