College News

 

Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1

 

As you know, I was in Melbourne last week at an Anglican Summit led by the Reverend Dr Daniel Heischman, Executive Director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, USA. During this summit, we discussed “What does it mean to be an Anglican School?” Representatives from all states and many of the 23 Dioceses and schools attended over the two days discussing our Anglican traditions and what makes us different from other schools. Such a gathering has not happened elsewhere in the worldwide Anglican Church. Dr Heischman led the summit by giving us six lenses through which to focus our discussions.

 

These six lenses were deemed to be specific to Anglican schooling although not exclusive.

 

  1. Faith – we spoke of faith as being the collision of stories of Jesus with our own stories. We also determined that the journey to faith is usually long and ongoing, so it is difficult to look for an endpoint.

  2. Reason – this is one of the pillars of the Anglican tradition. Reason is the lens through which people come to faith. It can remove the ‘rough edges’ of our belief.

  3. Worship – provides the rhythm of prayer in our schools. We are defined by our practice, and worship plays a major part in this in our schools.

  4. Pluralism – we live in a pluralistic society and we should be prepared to give a reasoned account of our belief, and to stand by it, while respecting the position of others.

  5. Character – we should aspire to model the virtues of Jesus in our lives.

  6. Service – it is important to approach service through the lens of the Gospel, and respond to human need with loving service where we are. In other words, there is so much we can do for those in our own back yard in order to serve others. A good place to start is with our own families and our own community.

Following this summit, Dr Heischman will produce a discussion paper and Anglican Schools Australia will determine the next step in distributing this information. It was wonderful to have so many Bishops, Board members, Executive Directors of Anglican Schools Commissions, Principals and Chaplains around the tables discussing Anglican schooling. There is so much that is positive about being in an Anglican school. We have a very strong network across the country.

 

This Sunday is our Coomera Community Fair. It is the opportunity for the community to come into our College to have fun. This is PAFA’s biggest fund raising event and is only held every second year so please come along to support PAFA, the students and our College. There are plenty of stalls and rides for the children. There is a huge programme of musical items, and art works on display and for sale. The PAFA Fair committee has worked very hard under the direction of Nadine Fairweather, to ensure this Fair is a success. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday, so please bring your family and friends to support our College.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 
 

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

Final chance to save on your unlimited ‘ride’ pass

The deadline to purchase your unlimited All Day Ride Pass is midnight this Thursday, 24 May.  Don’t miss out on the saving - $30 online now, or $35 on the day.
Purchase here!

 

Sunny Ray Appearance!

The Gold Coast Suns official mascot Sunny Ray will be down at Coomera Community Fair this Sunday. It’s your chance to High Five the AFL hero as he meets and greets the crowd from 11am to 12noon.

 Sunny Ray

Live Music Performances

Coomera Anglican College has some incredibly talnted music students, which will be showcased at the fair this weekend Fair. From Percussion Ensembles, to Concert Bands, String Quartets, Jazz, and everything in between – be sure to to be on campus by 10am to capture the action!

 

Prizes Galore at the Cent Auction!

The CAC cent auction is your big chance to walk away with “stacks” of goodies – every basket is overflowing with items thanks to kind donations from stall holderss, College families and local businesses. Purchase your tickets on the day, pop them in the box in front of your favourite basket and “be in it to win it”.

 

Sponsors

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CCF sponsors

 

All day ride passes are now available. Rides include Mega Dodgems, Miami Trip Party Machine, ChaCha, Bat Tower, Gladiator, Challenge, Rock Climbing Wall, Super Slide, Merry Go Round, Trackless Train and Bouncy Castles. This is an incredible value! UNLIMITED RIDES ALL DAY for only $30 Prepaid Online $35 on the day. Height and weight restrictions apply to some rides. Tickets may be purchased for individual rides on the day.

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Teams Playing at Home – Mainly CAC

Yr. 10 Boys Rugby – CAC

Yr. 7, 8 and 9  Girls Netball - CAC

Yr. 9 and 10 and Open Boys Soccer – CAC

Boys Volleyball – CAC

Boys Tennis - Hope Island Tennis Centre

 

Teams playing away – Mainly All Saints

Yr. 7 and 8 Boys Rugby – All Saints

Open A and B, Open C and D and Yr. 10 Girls Netball Teams  – All Saints

Girls Volleyball – All Saints

Tier 2 Girls Volleyball – Kings Christian College

Junior Tier 2 Girls Netball Team  - All Saints

Girls Hockey -  All Saints

Boys  Hockey – Hunt Park, Labrador

Yr. 7 and 8 Boys and Girls Soccer – All Saints

Tier 2 Boys Volleyball – A B Paterson College

Junior T2 Girls Soccer – Goals Australia Football courts  - 3 Alabaster Drive, Carrara

Girls Tennis  - Surfers Paradise Tennis, Fairways Drive Clear Waters

Parents are reminded that students playing away will not be back at the College to catch the normal after-school buses.  It is requested that students find alternative transport home on these occasions. 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 03:31

Student Achievement - Cross Country

APS Cross Country

Congratulations to both Primary and Secondary APS Cross Country teams who competed in the APS Cross Country carnival last week. After many months of hard training, both teams achieved their best ever results in this competition. The Primary team placed 2nd in the Aggregate trophy and 2nd in the Percentage while the Secondary team placed 4th in the Aggregate trophy and 2nd in the Percentage trophy.  This was a tremendous team effort for all our runners and was a fitting reward for all their hard work. The major highlights for both teams include:

Age Group Results

1st - 9 Year Girls

1st - 10 Year Girls

1st - Open Girls

2nd  - 11 Year Boys

3rd – 12 Year Girls

3rd – 16 Year Boys

3rd – 13 Year Girls

4th – 10 Year Boys

Top Ten Finishers

9 Year Girls
Lizzie Bemrose - 1st
Tayla Ward - 2nd
Emma Nicholson - 10th

9 Year Boys
Xander Hogg - 5th

10 Year Girls
Emerson Jones - 3rd
Zara Courtney  - 4th
Mia Rieck  - 5th
Ashleigh Andrews  - 9th

10 Year Boys
Koen Anderson  - 1st

11 Year Boys
Daniel Prinsloo  - 2nd
Lukas Andrews  - 8th

12 Year Girls
Haru Steele  - 2nd
Caitlin Brown  - 7th
Lani Stasiakowski  - 10th

12 Year Boys
Hayden Jones - 3rd

13 Year Boys
Dylan Devine  - 1st
Llewellyn Coetzee  - 5th

15 Year Boys 
Jordan Rieck  - 4th

16 Year Boys
Edward Williams  - 5th

Open Year Girls
Imogen Noon  - 4th
Chloe Geyer  - 6th

Congratulations to the following students who have now been selected to represent the Hinterland District at the South Coast Trials in June:

Emerson Jones, Zara Courtney, Mia Rieck, Koen Anderson, Daniel Prinsloo, Haru Steele, Caitlin Brown, Hayden Jones, Dylan Devine, Llewellyn Coetzee, Jordan Rieck, Edward Williams, Imogen Noon, Ethan Owen and Tayla Cornish

Finally a huge thanks to our dedicated coaches, Mrs. Taylor, Alli Cooke, Ms. Kuhnemann, Mr. McLennan, Mrs. Stephen and Mr. Kirkpatrick who spent many hours developing our Cross Country runners. Special mention to Mrs. Taylor for all her work organizing the Cross Country teams and planning their training sessions. Well done Coaches!

Monday, 14 May 2018 01:37

ALL DAY RIDE PASSES ON SALE NOW!

All day ride passes are now available. Rides include Mega Dodgems, Miami Trip Party Machine, ChaCha, Bat Tower, Gladiator, Challenge, Rock Climbing Wall, Super Slide, Merry Go Round, Trackless Train and Bouncy Castles. This is an incredible value! UNLIMITED RIDES ALL DAY for only $30 Prepaid Online $35 on the day. Height and weight restrictions apply to some rides. Tickets may be purchased for individual rides on the day.

Click Here to Purchase Ride Passes

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Teams Playing at Home – Mainly CAC

Yr. 7 and 8 Boys Rugby – CAC

Yr. 7, 8 and 9  Girls Netball - CAC

Yr. 9 and 10 and Open Boys Soccer – CAC

Boys Volleyball – CAC

Boys and Girls Tennis - Hope Island Tennis Centre

 

Teams playing away – Mainly St Stephen’s College

Yr. 10 Boys Rugby – St Stephen’s College

Open A and B, Open C and D and Yr. 10 Girls Netball Teams  – St Stephen’s College

Girls Volleyball – St Stephen’s College

Tier 2 Girls Volleyball – Kings Christian College

Junior Tier 2 Girls Netball Team  - All Saints

Boys and Girls  Hockey – Hunt Park, Labrador

Yr. 7 and 8 Boys and Girls Soccer – Runaway Bay West – Oxley Drive Soccer Fields

Tier 2 Boys Volleyball – A B Paterson College

Junior T2 Girls Soccer – Goals Australia Football courts  - 3 Alabaster Drive, Carrara

Parents are reminded that students playing away will not be back at the College to catch the normal after-school buses.  It is requested that students find alternative transport home on these occasions. 

WINTER SPORT Rd Four vs St Stephens Friday 11 May

 

WINTER SPORT Rd Four vs St Stephens Friday 11 May girls

Hi, my name is Fraser Smith, I am in Year 12 and I love Martial Arts. I do Karate and MMA outside of school and I love the passion of martial arts. I am a silver medalist in the Australian Karate Federation and words cannot even describe how very lucky I am to be a part of the QKA (Queensland Karate Association). 

Over the Easter break, I had the opportunity to go over to Belgium where I was training under a world champion called Junior Leferve. Before I went to Belgium, I had been watching his videos on Youtube, and his videos show how he trains world champions and how to create world champions. When I got to Belgium, I went to his dojo (training gym) and when I saw him there for the first time in person, it was mind blowing, to see Junior right in front of me and shaking my hand. It was amazing to see him and say hello to him. 

 Fraser Smith3

He is on e of my idols in Marital Arts and he is very influential in the way he progresses Karate. He is a 1x World Champion, Silver medallist at world level and he is a multiple time European Champion. To me he is a true example of a martial artist. When I got to train with him, it was amazing to see a world champion training me, it was a dream come true. I only had had three days to train with him but that was better than no days at all. I am committed to applying everything that I have learned, and will continue to strive to be the best that I can be.
It was an incredible experience for me to travel to Europe and train with a world champion and my idol. When I got back to Australia, I had an opportunity to apply some of the things that I had learned at the Australian Open for Karate in Sydney. This was my first Australian Open ever. My results were two Bronze Medals. I feel extremely proud of myself that I earned two bronze medals. 
Belgium was an incredible experience for me and I would definitely go back there and train for more than three days. I will keep training hard for my future as a Martial Artist.

Fraser Smith

Fraser trains with Sensei Dhanesh Walatara at the Japan Karate Do Hakuakai Australia Club based at Maudsland. Fraser has also recently been selected for the Queensland State Team (QKA) to represent Queensland at the upcoming Australian Karate Federation National Titles in August.

Friday, 04 May 2018 02:08

CYBER BYTES newsletter

The College receives the CYBER BYTES newsletter directly from the Anglican Schools Commission in Brisbane. The latest CYBER BYTES newsletter is linked HERE.

In this issue you will find great tips and advice about Fake News, Being Real Online and FORTNITE.

If you don’t know about FORTNITE it is -

  • an online shooting game
  • multiplayer platform - up to 100 players
  • with chat functions
  • very popular at the moment

Check out some of the tips for your child to be using it safely if you allow them to play.

Social media sites are continuing to be an area of concern for parents. The site highlighted in this issue is YUBO (aka Yellow). Users are can connect via Snapchat and Instagram accounts, this site offers video chatting and no proof of age. It is definitely one for parents to view with their child and discuss if it is appropriate for your family.

Many more hints and tips are contained in the CYBER BYTES newsletter.

Please check it out and give us any feedback.

Wednesday, 02 May 2018 22:28

Student Achievement

Congratulations to these students who have been selected in the following teams:

Mitchell Rust - Hinterland U/12 Boys Football Team

Teams Playing at Home – Mainly CAC

Yr. 7 and 8 Boys Rugby – CAC

Open A and B, and Yr. 10 Girls Netball Teams  – CAC

Girls Volleyball – CAC

Girls Tennis - Hope Island Tennis Centre

Open C and D Girls Netball have a Bye this week.

 

Teams playing away – Mainly Kings Christian College

Yr. 10 Boys Rugby – Albert Park – Surfers Paradise Rugby Fields

Boys Tennis -  Christine Avenue Tennis Centre

Yr. 9 and 10 and Open Boys Soccer – Kings

Yr. 7, 8 and 9  Girls Netball - Kings

Boys Volleyball – Kings

Tier 2 Girls Volleyball – Kings Christian College

Junior Tier 2 Girls Netball Team  - All Saints

Girls  Hockey – Cos Zantiostis Oval Labrador

Boys  Hockey – Kings College

Yr. 7 and 8 Boys and Girls Soccer – Runaway Bay West – Oxley Drive Soccer Fields

Tier 2 Boys Volleyball – A B Paterson College

Junior T2 Girls Soccer – Goals Australia Football courts  - 3 Alabaster Drive, Carrara

 

Parents are reminded that students playing away will not be back at the College to catch the normal after-school buses.  It is requested that students find alternative transport home on these occasions. 

 

CCF banner


CALLING ALL STALL HOLDERS!

Last Chance to secure your stall

With only 4 weeks remaining until the fair, organisers are seeking final stall holders. Interested in displaying products or services? Local business or groups?  Great awareness opportunity while assisting fundraising for the college. Find out more here - http://www.cac.qld.edu.au/community/events/coomera-community-fair


CENT AUCTION

Making Great Cents

One of our Fair highlights is actually an old-fashioned favourite with origins dating back to the 1930s.  The Cent Auction offers you the chance to decide on exactly which prizes you’d like to win.  Coordinated by Year 8, there will be a wonderful range of prizes and gift vouchers in this year’s Cent Auction.  In addition, we’d like to have our famously fantastic, themed gift baskets up for grabs again...but we need your help! Classes have been jointly allocated a theme.  We would be grateful if each family could donate one item towards their child’s class Cent Auction gift basket. All donations should be sent to the classrooms before Tues 22 May so that the baskets can be gift-wrapped.


2ND HAND BOOK, DVDS, GAMES STALL

Old is New!

Our Year 9 Second Hand Book Stall will be shortly seeking your help with donations of:

  • second-hand books
  • dvds
  • electronic games

So if you are cleaning out your bookshelf at home, please keep the Fair in mind!

CCF Rides


CARNIVAL RIDES

Big and Small!

Something for everyone at the rides this year – online passes available soon at discounted rates.


SPONSORS

Event Partners

CCF sponsors

Thanks to Gold Coast Orthodontists for coming on board as a sponsor again in 2018. Enjoy trusted, evidence-based orthodontic procedures by the experienced team of Orthodontists led by Dr Joe Bleakley & Dr Scott McNab. Find out more at http://www.gcsmiles.com.au/

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Find out more here - http://www.cac.qld.edu.au/community/events/coomera-community-fair

Thursday, 26 April 2018 01:08

Sporting Achievements

Congratulations to these students who have been selected in the following teams:

 

  • Mia Banks - Hinterland U/12 Girls Football Team

  • Aysia Whinwray - Hinterland U/12 Girls Football Team

  • Riley Johnson – South Coast U/12 Boys AFL Team

  • George Dean – South Coast U/12 Boys AFL Team

  • Jack Roach - Hinterland U/15 Boys Football Team

  • Jack Pearse - Hinterland U/15 Boys Football Team

  • Lachlan Pinto - Hinterland U/15 Boys Football Team

  • Adam Baxter - Hinterland U/15 Boys Football Team
Thursday, 29 March 2018 01:56

Student Sporting Achievements

Swimming  - Eden Rieck

Congratulations to Eden Rieck (Yr. 8) for her recent swimming achievements at  the Queensland School Sport 13-19 years State Swimming Championships.

For the 13 years girls she achieved finals and top ten finishes in all her events:

1st place 400IM
6th 400m Free
6th 200m Free
8th 100m Fly
9th 100m Free

Well done Eden!

Eden Rick

 

 

Rowing – Jack Bowser

Congratulations to Jack Bowser (Yr. 12) who recently competed at the National Rowing Championships. Jack placed 5th in the final of the Quad and then he came 12th overall in the School Boys single scull. Because of his strong performance for Qld he has been selected to represent Qld at the Nationals Selection trials to select an Australian team for World Championships later in the Year. Well done Jack!

Jack Bowser

 

Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1

 

 How can we be half way through the term already? It seems that perhaps the planet is spinning faster or something to make the time pass so quickly.

I am currently in Melbourne and it is cold. It is amazing how different the temperature can be just two hours flight south. The people in the city streets are dressed in warm coats and jackets with big boots and scarves. The West Australians and the Queenslanders at my meeting are certainly struggling with the weather while the Tasmanians are smiling to get some slightly warmer temperatures. I now remember why we live in Queensland. Having said that, there is something about feeling the cold air on your face and adding layers of clothing to adjust to the conditions. The locals wear beautiful winter clothing which is much heavier quality than we seem to have up north. My intention in writing this article, however, was not to give a weather report, but rather to remind us of how easily we take things for granted. It is very easy to become complacent when things are consistent. So while we take our Gold Coast sunshine for granted, it is important that we do not take our families and friends for granted.

Wellbeing and mental health of young people, in particular, is enhanced significantly by positive relationships. Lots of research supports this claim. Statistically, one in seven young people will undergo some form of mental health issue in their lifetime. So while we need to be aware of these statistics, we do not need to be overwhelmed by them. The reality is we all feel sad at times, but there is a big difference between feeling sad and being depressed. Sometimes it is easy to jump to the worst case scenario when there is so much talk about mental health. In a proactive manner, it is far more helpful for us as teachers and parents to be working with our students on developing resilience, a positive self awareness and an understanding of how to identify different emotions. Sometimes things don’t go as we planned, and that is the time to face up to the disappointment and deal with it positively. Throughout the College we have a range of activities and programmes that are assisting our students to become more aware of themselves and their emotional and mental health. It is important that this is reinforced at home and that students are encouraged to focus on their wellbeing as well as their studies. Our approach is to develop students who are flourishing in mind, heart, soul and strength. Without this element of their education, then students will find the going much harder. Let’s continue to work together to assist and develop our students in this way.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 
 

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

 

Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1

  

Last Thursday to Saturday I attended the ASCent conference in Noosa. This state Anglican schools conference occurs every two years. Our Chaplain, Reverend Mary-Anne Rulfs, was a member of the organising committee who did a wonderful job of creating an excellent conference. The theme was Life in Abundance and the impressive speakers really enhanced this theme. Keynote speakers included Dan Gregory (founder and CEO of The Impossible Institute), Professor Peggy Kern (Senior Lecturer University of Melbourne), Aaron Birkby (Queensland Chief Entrepreneur), Stephen Scott (CEO/Principal Laurus Enterprises), Professor Ellen Charry (Princeton Theological Seminary, USA) and Dr Michael Carr-Gregg (Adolescent Psychologist). These keynote speakers explored the theme well, providing the audience with much to think about in seeking to live Life in Abundance. Congratulations to all involved in planning such an excellent conference.


Next week I will be in Melbourne for a two-day forum exploring ‘What it means to be an Anglican School’. The forum will be facilitated by The Reverend Dr Daniel Heischman, Executive Director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, USA and will involve a series of sessions and short keynote addresses. The outcome of the forum will be a paper by Dr Heischman which will be published by Anglican Schools Australia and distributed across schools and dioceses. It is important to have these opportunities to reflect on our purpose and mission as Anglican schools, and to be reminded about what sets us apart from other independent schools. As we often remind the students and staff, while Coomera Anglican College is unique, we are part of a much larger state and national association of Anglican schools.


This week our Cross Country runners competed in the APS Cross Country carnival at Runaway Bay. Congratulations to all students involved and special thanks to Mrs Taylor and the coaches who prepared our athletes so well. The cooler weather for running on Tuesday was welcome I am sure. Our Primary and Secondary teams both performed well, with Primary finishing second and Secondary fourth overall. Both teams came second in the percentage trophy, which measures performance against school size. These are very impressive results and we are proud of the efforts of all runners.


Our Coomera Community Fair is coming up in just over two weeks on Sunday May 27 from 10am - 3pm. Fair Coordinator Nadine Fairweather has been working hard to ensure everything is ready and Class coordinators have been busy organising their stalls. The Music staff have prepared students to perform and everything seems right to go. The community fair is always a great occasion to invite members of our community to the College to have some fun and enjoy some time on our campus. Please make sure you have this date marked in your diaries and bring along your family and friends to support this important PAFA event. This is PAFA’s biggest fund raising event and is only held every second year, so please support them. While we would rather see you there in person, if you are unable to come along, we would happily accept a donation in lieu of your attendance.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 
 

Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal

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