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

Reuniting of the Coomera Anglican College True Spirit – Friendship! GK

Our first semester is complete and in many ways it has revealed much about the precious sense of belonging we all seek in any community.  The shared humanity and the pulse of our College has been and will always be a source of energy and power even through challenging and changing times.  Three weeks away has allowed us all to take a deep breath and reflect on the successes, the epiphanies, the moments of illumination as well as the challenges.  Time away, firstly helps us to eliminate the darker spots so that the past can blur happily with the present and secondly, enriches a deeper spirit of connection and confirms the strength of our relationships.  

We are all privileged to be a part of an environment that is creative, inventive, encouraging and inquiring and again, we have the opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues.  We are a community with a common bond and we all support an education focused on the human spirit where common values are infused with energy and purpose, always ensuring that our children are given every opportunity to grow, develop and learn.     Our first week has been a delightful reuniting of the Coomera Anglican College true spirit – friendship!

Welcome back, everyone!

 

 

Parent Information – Semester Two

Coomera Anglican College encourages an environment that allows parents to feel included, valued, fully informed and knowledgeable about the progress of their children.  As such, we have the Semester Two Parent Information Evening scheduled for Monday 23 July.  This year, the Parent Information Evening will take an exciting new format.  

We are very fortunate to have been able to secure a booking with the highly acclaimed and well-renown author, Dr Judith Locke (PhD, MPsychol (Clin), BA (Hons), M Fine Arts, B Educ, MAPS) who will be presenting a session on how to raise confident and resilient children. We welcome and encourage the attendance of all Primary parents at this special event.

Dr Locke is a clinical psychologist and a former teacher who specialises in parenting and child wellbeing. She is the director of a private practice and provides psychological counselling to children, adolescents, parents and families. She is also a trainer, who provides dynamic psychological training sessions in parenting, resilience, staff wellbeing and related fields to parents and staff in schools, childcare centres and government and community organisations. Judith is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology where she researches modern parenting, child and parent wellbeing and how children and parents interact with academic environments.

Dr Locke uses the latest research and her clinical experience to show positive and effective strategies parents can use to help their shy or sensitive child/children become more confident and capable at College and beyond.  

This offer is free for all Primary parents and I encourage everyone to come along to this very special event.  We look forward to see all parents at this session on Monday 23 July - 4.45pm in the Ivan Gibbs Centre.

Please note:    Information will also be available online via PASSMARC to provide parents with details of Semester Two activities, year level camps/excursions and special days, as well as an overview of the academic topics to be covered in Semester Two.

 

DiabetesWeek 2017 CMYK 700 390x 01Diabetes Awareness Week

This week is Diabetes Awareness Week and I take this opportunity to celebrate those members of our community who care for, support and/or manage their own diabetes in their own personal lives.  

Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system. Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes. This includes all types of diagnosed diabetes (1.2 million known and registered) as well as silent, undiagnosed type 2 diabetes (up to 500,000 estimated).
Understanding diabetes and its seriousness is important.
If you are living with diabetes, you need to learn how to manage your diabetes.
If you have a family member or friend with diabetes, you can learn how to support them.
If you are a teacher or employer, you have a duty of care to provide a safe environment.

Facts about Diabetes

  • 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes

  • It is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia

  • More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year

  • For every person diagnosed with diabetes there is usually a family member or carer who also ‘lives with diabetes’ every day in a support role. This means that an estimated 2.4 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day

  • In 2013, diabetes caused 5.1 million deaths globally.

Please click the logo above if you would like to learn more about Diabetes Australia.

 

Grandparents’ Day - 2018

Invitations for Grandparents’ Day, 2018 will be sent home early in Term 3.  Grandparents’ Day will be celebrated in the Early Learning Centre and Primary campus on Friday 17 August.  The morning promises to be very enjoyable for both young and old   If your child does not have a grandparent who can attend, the invitation is also extended to a special friend to be an honorary grandparent for the day.

The staff and students of the College are looking forward to sharing a wonderful morning with the Coomera Anglican College grandparents.