Flourishing Minds – having a sense of accomplishment!
Week 5 has been yet another week of spectacular accomplishments for our students. We commenced the week with a Principal’s assembly where it is fair to say we were all blown away by the brilliance of our public speaking finalists. They entertained, inspired, educated and amused the audience and left judges with the near impossible task of deciding a winner. Congratulations to all involved. The winners will be announced next week.
Flourishing Hearts - Loving life together with Gratitude
Gratitude is an emotional response to a gift - whether tangible or intangible. Just pausing and appreciating things that we often take for granted - a loving home, family and friends, loyal and adoring pets, nutritious food for bodies, our College, its staff, and its community - is an enormously powerful act. As well as being an action, gratitude is also a positive emotion. It's taking a moment to stop, breathe and simply reflect when something wonderful happens, big or small.
In recent times, the positive impact gratitude can have toward improving overall wellbeing has been widely researched. Findings include, identifying the importance of relatedness when moving gratitude from an emotion to an action. In other words, to be truly grateful and express it outwardly requires a commitment to prioritising the relationships in our lives, or to ‘love life together’. Starting this Sunday, 12 August, our entire College community is invited to shine a light on our collective giftedness and take a moment to be grateful during our ‘30 Days of Gratitude’. Throughout the 30 days, students will complete various activities culminating with Gratitude day, on Tuesday 11 September.
We ask that you stop for a moment, and share a photo and short statement with us, of one thing that you and your family are most grateful for.
Email your gratitude moments to email@example.com or simply tag us in a photo using #cacgratitude
Over the next 30 days, the College will share on our Facebook, Instagram and even our College Days Road sign your gratitude posts!
Flourishing Souls – Using our gifts to serve
As I look out across our beautifully green ovals it’s hard to imagine the hardship being experienced by our farmers and just how dire the situation has become. I am visited daily by students eager to help – one student even suggesting we fill up all the used plastic drink bottles we could find with water and send them West. They argued this solution would help to reuse some of our waste and provide much needed water! This kind of selfless mindset is one we foster here at the College by building a sense of service in our students. Our SRC are currently exploring ways to support our farmers. Stay tuned for more information.
Flourishing Strengths – Our Athletes Shine
The Primary Athletics Team took to the track on Thursday at the Junior Schools’ APS Athletics Carnival. Competition at this carnival is exceedingly strong with APS carnivals widely regarded as one of the strongest school sports carnivals in Australia. To be competitive takes passion, perseverance and belief, all of which our athletes demonstrated in abundance to finish 3rd Overall and 3rd in the Percentage trophy!
I thank Mrs Stephen and her team of coaches for their work with our Athletics team. Their organisation and attention to detail has been significant. We continue to go from strength to strength!!!
NOTE: Full details of the individual and team successes will be published soon!
Primary Book Week
During Book Week later this month, the ABC Kids For Parents Facebook channel will be sharing a post a day featuring an ABC Kids book which will end on the final day of Book Week with a competition to win a set of the featured books. The Hole, written by our wonderful ‘author-in-residence’, Kerry Brown, is one of the books chosen for this week. Join in the competition, enjoy some great books and maybe win a prize!
Another competition beginning run for Book Week is from the Gold Coast Libraries. Details of these competitions are at branches of your local library. Please note Coomera Anglican College Primary Book Week is held a week before the official Australia wide Book Week.
Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:
- 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.
- Enjoy positive relationships.
- Savour and build upon positive emotions.
- Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.
- Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.
- Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.