College News

 Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


Our long serving and much loved Head of Primary, Mr Graeme Kirkpatrick, will take Long Service Leave for the whole of 2019. He has indicated to me that after almost 18 years in his role, he is looking for a change and has resigned as Head of Primary effective from the end of this year. This means that we will immediately advertise to find a new Head of Primary to commence at the start of 2019. Mr Kirkpatrick will possibly return to our College at the start of 2020 in a different role that is yet to be determined. The priority at this stage will be to find a suitable replacement.


Staff were informed of this situation earlier this week, and I have no doubt that there will be many people in our community who are sad to hear this news. However, as Mr Kirkpatrick said, “While this has been a difficult decision for me and my wife, we feel it is the right decision and the right time for me and for the College. This is a great opportunity for someone else to come in and continue the development of our fabulous College”.


It is important that I make you aware of the facts surrounding this situation now so that there are no rumours and half-truths about what has happened and why. While I am disappointed about Mr Kirkpatrick’s decision, I have enormous respect for him and his courage to make this call at a time that he feels is most appropriate. He is a remarkable man, and has been a great and faithful servant of our College. With a term and a half to go in 2018, now is not the time to dwell on this, but obviously we will take the time later this year to thank Mr Kirkpatrick for his amazing contribution to our College over the past 18 years. His departure will signal the end of an era.


I am delighted to congratulate our musicians and singers who have performed so well at the Gold Coast Eisteddfods. While the competitions are still taking place, to date we have achieved some magnificent results. Congratulations to all students and their tutors who have prepared so well for these competitions. I want to pay special tribute to the following groups who have done particularly well:


Minor Majors – Highly Commended
Treble Makers – 2nd place
Show Chorus – 1st place
Bella Voce – Highly Commended
Vox Collective – 1st place (plus a place in the Finale Concert for the best performers overall)
Junior String Orchestra – 1st place.


There have also been many other fabulous performances, so congratulations to all involved.


From the Eisteddfod stage to Bond University, the undefeated Year 9 debating team of Caitlin Brims, Andre Urech, Aireena Mansfield and Shanelle Murray took honours and are now the 2018 Intermediate B Gold Coast Secondary Schools Debating Champions. They successfully argued the affirmative side of a short preparation topic ‘That girls have it tougher than boys’. Congratulations to Caitlin, who was also awarded The Speaker of the Night. Thank you to Ms Bronwyn Moore, who coached them through their successful season. The Junior team were also awarded a Certificate of Congratulations; Junior teams do not debate in finals rounds. This team of Year 7 students, Elisha McCullough, Grace Thomas, Ashley McClelland and Shiza Basha were also undefeated in their first year of Secondary debating.
I thank Ms Meg Beddows, for her coordination of this year's competition.

 Debating 2018


This week we commenced our 30 days of Gratitude. This provides a wonderful opportunity for members of our community to highlight things for which they are grateful. When we live in such a beautiful part of the world and attend such a great College with such good friends and teachers, it is easy to be thankful for so much. If you would like to contribute to our 30 days of Gratitude please send your message to
I am extremely grateful to all in our College community.



Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal



Dear Parents, Staff and Students


By now I am sure you will have heard the news that The Pod won the Queensland Master Builders Award for our builders Alder Constructions Pty Ltd, in the best Educational Facility up to $10million category. This is a great testament to Alders as builders, and also to our architects Burling Brown and our staff who put so much time and effort into planning this amazing building. The Pod has provided our students with wonderful learning opportunities that cannot be replicated to the same extent in the classroom. All who have seen The Pod marvel at the design and array of diverse learning spaces available to students.


The final subject selection evenings have been completed, and secondary students are in the process of making their selections for 2019. This is an important process to assist students to gain a good understanding of their strengths and interests, and to make wise choices for their future. Thank you to all staff who have been involved in these evenings for Years 8, 9 and 10 students, those who conducted SET plan interviews for current Year 10s and all subject specialists. Not many schools spend the same amount of time on suitably preparing and informing parents and students about their options.


Last week I wrote about the confidence of the Prep-Year 3 Public speakers. On Monday, I was absolutely amazed at the ability and confidence of the Years 4-6 finalists as they delivered their speeches at the Principal’s Assembly for Term 3.


Congratulations to the following students, who were simply brilliant:


Speaker Class Topic
Daniella De Marco 4B If Animals could talk
Ava Barrett 4F Imagine
Scarlett Melhem 4P Imagine
Elizabeth Bemrose 4S If Animals could talk
Cooper Moore 5P Laughter is the best medicine
Blake Brauer 5D In someone else’s shoes
Nea Fernandes 5H In someone else’s shoes
Adele Watson  5E The Relevance of Fairy Tales
Jessica Brown 6C The Real Superman
Mikayla Callow 6D The Real Superman
Zachary Karger 6N The Choice is Yours
Imogen Hanley  6R Not many people know this…


I was extremely impressed with these young people and I am so glad I did not have to determine the winners from each Year level. I am sure these students and a number of others will represent our College proudly in the Interschool Public Speaking competition coming up soon.


Last night, the three remaining Secondary debating teams, Intermediate B, Intermediate A and Senior B, competed in the finals of the Gold Coast Secondary Schools Debating Competition. The Senior and Intermediate A teams debated, 'The Government should help to fund the arts', while the Intermediate B team debated, 'Schools encourage creativity'. Debating teams are only given the topic 90 minutes before a debate commences and each side must prepare their case with only a dictionary for the topic definition. In two extremely tight debates, the Senior B and Intermediate A teams were unfortunately defeated. The Intermediate B team, consisting of Andre Urech, Caitlin Brims, Aireena Mansfield and Shanelle Murray, were successful with their debate and will compete in the Grand Final next Wednesday at Bond University. It should be acknowledged that this team of Year 9 students have been undefeated all season. Congratulations to all our debaters, and I wish the Intermediate B team all the best for next week.

Int B Debating Team


On Tuesday we held i-Day – Imagine a better world. There were an array of activities designed to build students’ understanding of service. This term we have been focusing on Loving Life Together - Through Service. Thank you to the Heads of  Campus, Heads of Year, Ms Stuart, Rev Mary-Anne and the student leaders who have been instrumental in planning and running the activities. It is always good for students to think about things from the perspective of others who are less fortunate then themselves. I-Day gave many students the opportunity to do just that, as they participated in a simulation activity that enabled them to live as a refugee for a short period of time.


This week we also have the APS Athletics Carnivals for Secondary on Wednesday and Primary on Thursday. As I will be in Sydney for the Anglican Schools Australia Conference from early Thursday morning, I am writing this article prior to knowing the full athletics results. I can tell you that the Secondary team performed extremely well by winning the percentage trophy and finishing fifth overall. The boys came third overall, which is a huge improvement. Congratulations to all athletes and their coaches for this result. I know our primary students have also prepared well and will perform to the best of their ability. Best wishes to all athletes this week and thank you to their coaches who have prepared them so well.

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Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal



The Year 7 to Year 12 Secondary Summer APS sporting teams will start their compulsory after-school training next week, Week 6 commencing Monday 13 August.


Years 7 to 9 will train each Monday afternoon from 3.15pm – 4.15pm

Years 10 to 12 will train each Wednesday afternoon from 3.15pm – 4.15pm


However, the following teams will train on different days as follows:

  • Intermediate (Yrs. 9 - 10) Girls AFL – Monday afternoon - 3.15pm – 4.15pm
  • Intermediate (Yrs. 9 - 10) Girls Softball – Monday afternoon - 3.15pm – 4.15pm
  • Girls Tennis (Yrs. 7-12) – Thursday morning – 7.15am – 8.00am
  • Junior Boys Tennis - Tuesday morning – 7.15am – 8.00am
  • Senior Boys Tennis - Wednesday Lunch – 12.30pm – 1.10pm
  • All Water Polo training (Both Boys and Girls) Wednesday – 7.00am – 8.00am


Primary After-School APS training for students in Years 4 – 6 will not commence until the second week of Term Four,  Tuesday 9 October 2018 from 3.15pm – 4.15pm


APS Sport Conditions

A condition of the APS sports competition is that all Schools and Colleges competing, provide training for their teams in both the Winter and Summer Competition. As a result, training for APS competition is compulsory for all students.

Parents and students are strongly encouraged to avoid making appointments or requesting work rosters on a Wednesday afternoon.
Students who catch public transport home on Monday and Wednesday afternoon will need to make alternative arrangements on these days, as the regular after school bus service is not available at this time.


Students Absent from Training

Only in very special circumstances are students exempt from attending after school sport training, and this rare exemption is only achieved through a formal written request for consideration of the individual’s unique or unusual circumstances.
The request should be directed to the child’s sporting coach and/or the Head of Sport.   Students who fail to attend training without permission will be sent a letter home explaining the situation. Further unauthorised non-attendance will result in afternoon detention.  Repeat offences will result in a meeting of the student concerned and his or her parents with the Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary. Exemption from training can only be granted by the Head of Sport or the Head of Secondary, following a prior written request from parents.


Anthony Hall - Head of Sport


The Arts and Crafts exhibition is a Gold Coast Show favourite drawing thousands of entries from talented students from Gold Coast Schools. Entries can include Cooking, Sweets, Cake Decorating, Horticulture, Creative Art & Craft, Photography, Film, Mixed Media Art, Paper Tole, Graphic Design Art, Woodwork, Needlework, Egg Artistry, Scrapbooking, Street Art, Wearable Art, Art from Recycled Material, Sculpture, Painting, Drawing and More.


Invitations are OPEN NOW for entries for the Arts and Crafts including Under 20’s Competition.


Please ensure that you have read the appropriate schedule before you submit your entries.  The schedule contains all categories, rules and information for the competition. Note that the schedule is subject to possible changes and as a result continue to check the website for any updated versions.

Arts and Crafts 2018 Schedule

Arts and Crafts Entry Cards

under 20s arts and crafts 2018

Arts and Crafts application Form


Application forms are due by 10 August 5pm - No late entries will be accepted- email forms to

Please note that the actual entry piece is not required until 27 and 29 August.


For any schedule or competition enquiries, please contact:

Gold Coast Show Administration
Phone:  07 5504 5587



Coomera Anglican College Singers enjoyed a very successful weekend competing in the Vocal Solos at the Beenleigh Eisteddfod.

Congratulations to the following students.


Shenoa Parker (Year 5):
Musical Theatre - 3rd Place
Disney - 3rd Place
Modern Popular - HC


Lola Urech (Year 4):
Disney - 1st Place
Own Choice - 3rd Place
Modern Popular - HC


Jessica McConville (Year 6):
Disney - 1st Place
Modern Popular - HC
Own Choice - HC


Willa Roberts (Year 5):
Modern Popular - HC
Disney - HC


Grace Thomas (Year 7):
Own Choice - 3rd Place
Musical Theatre - 2nd Place
Disney - 3rd Place
Modern Pop - 2nd Place


Jasmine Mallard (Year 7):
Disney - 1st Place
Musical Theatre - 1st Place
Gospel - 3rd Place
Own Choice - 3rd Place


Thalia DeVries (Year 8):
Musical Theatre Duet - 1st Place


Andre Urech (Year 9):
Self-Accompaniment/Sing - 2nd Place


Ashlyn O'Toole (Year 8):
Modern Popular - HC
Musical Theatre Duet - 1st Place


Lily Jade Fitch (Year 9):
Own Choice - 1st Place
Disney - 1st Place
Modern Pop - 1st Place
Jazz - 1st Place
Country - 1st Place
Own Composition – 1st Place

Lily was also awarded the Young Adult Championship Trophy


Jackson King (Year 10):
Self-Accompaniment/Sing - 1st Place
Country - 3rd Place


Alysha Alabaster (Year 10):
Country - 2nd Place
Musical Theatre - 3rd Place


Kiera Banks (Year 12):
Own Choice: 1st Place
Musical Theatre: 1st Place
Disney: 1st Place
Modern Pop: 1st Place

Kiera also placed 1st in the SONGBIRD SINGING SCHOLASHIP winning a cash prize of $500 and was also awarded the Adult Championship Trophy!


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Dear Parents, Staff and Students


Sister School Group PhotoOn Sunday morning, we farewelled our Chinese guests from Yangzhou Xinhua Middle School. To see the interaction and friendships that had developed in such a short time between our students and those they hosted, speaks volumes about common humanity and more specifically our students and their families. It is clear that, despite significant cultural differences, young people have the capacity to form close bonds with others from across the world. Language is no barrier. I think there are plenty of lessons in that for some world leaders. Clearly, humans share far more similarities than differences, yet some like to focus on the differences, however small. I was extremely proud of our students and how well they embraced the opportunity to host our international visitors. Thank you to all families involved for your generosity. A reciprocal visit to Yangzhou is being planned for next year.



On Monday our Senior Worship Band performed at the opening of the Clergy Conference on the Gold Coast. Here is Mrs Materne’s report on their performance:


The Senior Worship Band were truly outstanding today both in their playing and in their professionalism.  They engaged a very appreciative audience by performing with enthusiasm, flair and energy.  In particular, they stepped forward and embraced their role as musicians leading worship through music.  In addition, their behaviour was impeccable and they embraced the formality of the occasion beautifully.  I feel very privileged to work with such a special group of young people and I know that you would have been very proud of their efforts today.  The students received countless compliments for their playing and were thanked profusely by many members of the audience.


I take this opportunity to thank the students and also Mrs Materne who works hard to prepare them so well. We are blessed to have such a dedicated team to provide music for Worship each week.


This week the Year 11 students were involved in Simulated Road Safety Sessions. The Test Reality Before it Tests You ‘Safe Driving’ course enabled students to operate a vehicle through using a simulator. The students ‘drove’ the car under different conditions. They were asked to continue driving while using a mobile phone to read or send a text message. The inevitable loss of control through lack of focus on the road resulted in ‘collisions’ for many, and less than satisfactory accuracy driving for all. This exercise illustrated very clearly the impact of taking your eyes off the road to look at a mobile phone for any length of time. Our students were thoroughly engaged in this road safety session and enjoyed the opportunity to test their driving skills. I understand the instructor was only available for a limited time so we selected Year 11 to participate in this simulation as many of them are currently undertaking driving training. We hope to incorporate this into future driver preparation for senior students in coming years.


July and August is eisteddfod season and students have been preparing well for their upcoming competitions. Last weekend we had several students of Mrs Celisa Urech competing in the Beenleigh eisteddfod, achieving excellent results. Many students were awarded first, second or third place in their various sections. Special mention should be made of Lily Jade Fitch (Year 9) who won six first placings and was awarded the Young Adult Championship Trophy, and also Kiera Banks (Year 12) who won five first placings including the Songbird Singing Scholarship (worth $500) and was also awarded the Adult Championship Trophy. Congratulations to Lily Jade, Kiera and all of Mrs Urech’s students.  I wish to thank Mrs Urech and all Music tutors who are preparing students for the eisteddfod events.


I also enjoyed listening to the Public Speaking finalists from Prep to Year 3 this week. The confidence of these young people is incredible. Public speaking is one of the biggest fears facing most adults, so it is truly amazing to see how well our young students are able to perform in front of their peers, teachers and parents. Thank you to Mrs Banks and Mrs Banham for their great work in coordinating this competition.


Our students are so fortunate to have so many opportunities available to them.


Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


Wednesday, 01 August 2018 01:13

2018 Next Step - Early School Leavers Survey

The Queensland Government is conducting its annual statewide survey of Year 10, 11 and 12 students who in 2017 left school without obtaining Year 12 certification. The Early School Leavers survey is a short, confidential survey that collects information about what young people are doing the year after leaving school.


Between August and September, students who left school early in 2017 can expect to receive an invitation to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office to complete the survey.

Please encourage them to take part.

For more information, visit or telephone toll free on
1800 068 587.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 21:40

Dresses for the Drought Australia

With the worst drought in 10 years, Australian Farmers are struggling to feed their animals and families. Some are down to their last few bales of hay.

'Dresses for the Drought' is a fundraiser brought about by two sisters,  Anita Guyett and Tashoni Hardy, who grew up on a cattle station outside of Mackay. They have been heartbroken to see friends in the farming community living through the worst drought and wanted to do something to help. They had heard stories of some families affected by the drought whose teenage children cannot attend their school formals because they simply can't afford a dress or suit.


One of our College families is collecting donations of good quality formal attire to take to the Brisbane collection point - they are looking for donations of cocktail dresses, gowns, suits shoes and accessories.


Collection Date: Monday 6 August

Collection Point: Primary Under Cover Area 7.30am too 8.30am

The request is for quality rather than quantity.


The College has seen a few cases of the gastroenteritis virus in both the Primary and Secondary Campus.
As the virus is so infectious, it is important for any student that has experienced Gastroentetitis symptoms listed below,
to stay home for 24 hours after the last occurrence.


What are the symptoms?

  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever

Symptoms appear 24 to 48 hours after infection has occurred and last between 12 hours to 2½ days. An infected student is contagious for up to 48 hours after their symptoms have disappeared.


See a doctor if your child has the following symptoms


  • Skin rash
  • Strong fever and shivers
  • Presence of blood in faeces or vomit
  • Vertigo or dizziness

How does gastroenteritis spread?


When people don’t wash their hands properly after being in contact with faeces or vomit they can end up spreading the gastroenteritis virus. It is also possible to get it by inhaling droplets suspended in the air when someone vomits.


What can you do to prevent it?

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The best answer: proper hygiene

  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap. Rub your upper and lower hands and between your fingers. You should wash your hands for at least 30 seconds.  
  • If you have been in contact with an infected person: Wash your hands, disinfect all surfaces that have been in contact with the person and wash any clothes used by the infected person


What if your child has gastroenteritis?


Students must stay at home for 48 hours after the last bout to avoid spreading the virus. Give them plenty of fluids, water and oral hydration solutions that you can buy at the pharmacy, even ice cubes to suck on. When they are feeling up to it,  give some clear broth. If in doubt in any way please consult a doctor. 


Rosemary Brown- College Nurse



Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


It was great to listen to renowned Australian Clinical Psychologist Dr Judith Locke on Monday afternoon. We invited Dr Locke to our College to speak to staff and parents about the important roles we play in raising and educating young children. We were delighted to secure her given her popularity and her busy schedule speaking around the country and working as a clinical psychologist.


Dr Locke’s message was very clear, and at times quite blunt. She spoke about the difference between anxiety and attention seeking behaviour and she cautioned parents and teachers about labelling children as being ‘anxious’. Some of her suggestions about parenting included: don’t listen to whinging; don’t give attention to negative behaviour and situations; focus on positive memories and experiences; don’t try to shield your child from challenges – as without challenges they will not develop resilience; take control of the household and don’t allow a child to dictate what happens; allow your child to lose games, to not always have the last piece of cake, to learn to understand that they are not the centre of attention. Dr Locke referred to her book The Bonsai Child in which she outlines the most appropriate way to parent children to allow them to develop as confident, resilient young people. Her final advice was that if you get it right when they are young, they will learn much about themselves and be far better teenagers and adults in the future. I would encourage all parents to consider reading Dr Locke’s book. Our teachers certainly gained a great deal from their session with Dr Locke, and all parents I spoke to as they left were extremely positive about what they had heard.


This afternoon, we will welcome 17 students and two staff members from our Chinese Sister School, Yangzhou Xinhua High School. Our visitors are here for the next three days and will leave on Sunday morning for Sydney. I am grateful to families who have agreed to host our visitors during their stay. An important part of our trips with students to China is the home stay visits with our sister school. It is wonderful that we can reciprocate that experience for our visitors. Many students who were hosted in Yangzhou last year have taken the opportunity to return the favour this year. While in China over the recent break in June, I made a quick visit to Yangzhou and I know how excited they were about this trip. It is difficult for Chinese teachers to obtain permission to leave China for educational visits like this one. My colleague, the Principal at Xinhua High School, can only leave China once every two or three years. Fortunately, we have no such restrictions. I look forward to welcoming our guests this afternoon and feel sure our community will make their visit a special time.


This morning we held another Principal’s Tour. These events are very popular and are booked out quickly. The Principal’s Tour allows prospective families to come and hear about our College. The interest level is always very high and those who come along are impressed by what they see and hear. The student leaders who conduct the tours do a fabulous job of promoting their College. We never tell them what to say or give them a script; they just love showing others around their College.


The Morris House BBQ and Worship on Tuesday evening was very well attended. Thank you to Rev Mary-Anne, Mrs Materne and the Worship Band, Mr Brown and his Morris House staff and student leaders for organising and running such a lovely Worship. Special thanks to all families who attended. It was great to see such a strong cross section of Morris families from across the College sharing this experience.


Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


Being able to swim presents the ability to enjoy everything the Australian lifestyle has to offer. Summers spent at the beach, weekends at the pool or family holidays by the water - there is so much to enjoy.

Rackley Swiming runs twenty-two swim schools across South East Queensland with one of them located right here, at the Coomera Anglican College Aquatic Centre. The College Aquatic Centre features an eight-lane 25-metre heated pool and a smaller covered and heated learn to swim pool and is suitable for swimming year round.


Rackley Swim School offer swimming lessons to Coomera Anglican College students at a discounted rate, and FREE lessons for children aged two months to six months old. From there, children move up to lessons without a parent in the pool and can continue right through to Gold Swim Squad. The staff that take the swim lessons are the same staff that take the students in the College Learn to Swim Programme, incorporated into the HPE classes. This connection benefits the students, giving them added trust and confidence.  Head Coach, John Robertson, is highly experienced and well respected in the Gold Coast swimming community. Using this knowledge the John collaborated with the College Head of Sport, Anthony Hall, offering students before school, Junior squad sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30am to 7.45am.

If you are not sure which programme is best for your child, book a free 10 minute swim safety check.

Alternatively, call or email the Coomera Swim School Manager - Lotta Larsen-McDonald

Ph: 1300 733 053 Email



Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


I found it upsetting and quite frustrating to read a feature article in The Weekend Australian Magazine (July 14-15) last Saturday, entitled “Just go KYS”. The article, written by Megan Lehmann, starts with these words: “Six months after the suicide of 14-year-old Dolly Everett, cyberbullying is devastating more young lives than ever.” Lehmann continues to outline several cases of young girls and boys around Australia who have been driven to self-harming and/or suicide by the relentless taunts of their peers. Some young people seem to delight in making the lives of their peers as miserable as possible. Kys stands for kill yourself, and it’s far too sinister and damaging to be used as the throwaway taunt it’s becoming says Lehmann. “The suicide prompts arrive in a relentless barrage of hateful messages delivered via SMS, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, each one a pulse of negative feedback amassing disastrously in young brains” she continues.


Lehmann refers to this behaviour as “recreational nastiness, hosted on social media, where anonymity lowers inhibition, the impersonal nature of texts spells the death of nuance, and social cues are easily missed.”


As an adult, I find it hard to understand why this happens. When I was a child, if someone teased me, I was told to ignore it. My parents used to say, “Sticks and stones may break your bones but names will never hurt you.” Teasing was never a big deal for me and the one person doing the taunting soon got sick of it when I didn’t react to the name calling.


The difference with cyberbullying is that it can be relentless and continue beyond the playground and well into the night. When you are being told constantly that you are worthless and nobody likes you so you should ‘kys’, your confidence can dwindle and you start to believe what is being said.


Renowned Child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg is also quoted in the article. “We know kids’ brains aren’t fully developed and won’t be until their mid-20s…and a unique characteristic of young people is an inability to predict the consequences of their actions.” However, this cannot be used as an excuse to make such behaviour acceptable or even understandable. “The technology has created a scenario where kids who are impulsive, subject to peer influence, who do make errors of judgement, can now do so in the wink of an eye, press send and cause devastation says Carr-Gregg. Once these taunts are posted online, they are available for all and sundry to see and comment upon, further compounding the problem and the damage caused to the victim.


Lehmann quotes statistics for admissions to the mental health unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne over a 12-month period where “212 of 271 adolescents were admitted because of suicidal behaviour. Three in five had been bullied.”


Politicians and leaders are very concerned about child wellbeing, mental health and the levels of cyber safety. Following the death of Dolly Everett in January this year, the Prime Minister wrote to all Principals in Australia asking us to be mindful of the effects of cyberbullying and to speak with our students about this issue. Our College is an eSmart accredited school for the work we have done over many years on cybersafety with students, staff and parents, yet we are not immune to this behaviour. Each term we continue to address this issue with students at assemblies and in class so that they are frequently reminded of their responsibilities and how to stay safe when online.


The cornerstone of our College is respect. All relationships here are built on mutual respect. When we treat each other respectfully, we have an empathy and can see things from others’ perspectives. I am sure that if those doing the cyber bullying were placed in the position of the victim, they would have a different understanding of the impacts this behaviour can have.


Under various state and territory stalking and harassment laws, cyberbullies can be prosecuted, and the federal criminal law prohibiting the misuse of telecommunications carries a maximum penalty of three years’ jail. Some politicians are even calling for ten year jail terms to be imposed for these bullies. However, the levels of punishment should not be the driving force for young people to behave appropriately when on line.


Lehmann finishes the article by suggesting that “The ‘go kill yourself’ won’t stop unless the kids are the ones who jump in the middle and say, ‘Hey, we don’t talk like that here’”.


At Coomera Anglican College we have high expectations. We try to model mutual respect across our community, and continue to immerse our students in Christian principles of love, compassion, empathy, kindness and respect for difference. This year, in particular, our theme of Loving Life Together provides a tangible reminder of the importance of belonging to a supportive, respectful community.


I think it would be beneficial for you to take some time to discuss what I have written here with your children. We all want a safe and healthy environment for our students.



Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


Tuesday, 17 July 2018 04:00

2018 QISSN Netball Competition

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Congratulations to the following students who recently participated in the 2018 QISSN Netball tournament in Townsville over the holiday break. This competition is open to all Independent Schools in Queensland and in 2018, 64 schools took part. Our team performed extremely well placing 5th overall out of the 64 teams which is an outstanding achievement.


Aireena Mansfield
Baylie McLauchlan
Chloe Geyer (Captain)
Georgia Perkins
Hannah Fitzgerald
Jessica Duncombe
Mackenzie Jordan
Madeline Hall
Natalia Niumata
Tara Hall
Lucy Suhr  - QISSN Umpire


Congratulations to the following students who received awards at the Competition:

  • Madeline Hall – QISSN Rising Stars Merit Team
  • CAC MVP – Mackenzie Jordan
  • Player’s Player and Coaching Award – Jessica Duncombe
  • Runners Up in Player’s Player and Coaching Award – Georgia Perkins

A big thank you to Anna Young (Coach) and Sandra Walsh (Manager) for looking after the team in Townsville.


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

  • Emerson Jones – South Coast U/12 Girls Tennis Team

  • Hayden Jones - South Coast U/12 Boys Tennis Team

  • Harley Fletcher - Hinterland U/12 Boys Rugby Union Team

  • Harley Fletcher – South Coast U/12 Boys Rugby Union Team

The House Athletics carnivals late last term were both a great success. The House spirit and participation rates were fantastic and the competition for age champion keenly contested. Such was the standard of the competition this year, 21 new records were set in the Secondary carnival and 19 in the Primary carnival.


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Primary Athletics Secondary Athletics

Primary House Champion

1st – Lane – 4816 points

2nd – Gibbs – 4726 points

3rd – Morris – 4372 points

4th – Smith – 3359 points

Duck Trophy - Morris

Age Champions



1st – Chloe Taylor

2nd – Elise Virr

3rd – Anya Coetzee


1st –  Leonardo Stephen

2nd – Jay Collins

3rd – Kaelan Ward



1st – Tayla Ward

2nd – Ava Barrett

3rd – Emily Tyerman


1st – Tyson Daley

2nd – Tom Robertson

3rd – Harrison Bond



1st – Tabitha Laurie

2nd – Grace Thompson-Coleman

3rd – Emmerson Jones


1st – Connor Hopgood

2nd – Bronson Spies

3rd – Max Dean



1st – Hannah Stevens

2nd – Jessica Bonnitcha

3rd – Jennifer Stupples


1st – George Dean

2nd – Ashton Kenny

3rd – Rio Reynolds



1st – Ava Parkinson

2nd – Kiara Shaw

3rd – Ella Purton


1st – Jack Neumann

2nd – Troy Livingston

3rd – Hayden Jones

Secondary House Champion

1st - Smith - 3381 points

2nd - Lane – 3283.5 points

3rd - Morris – 3076 points

4th - Gibbs – 2121.5 points

Age Champions


1st – Caitlin Brown

2nd – Marlie Crummer

3rd – Elisha McCullough


1st – Mitchell Rust

2nd – Luke Ayres

3rd – Harrison Patrick



1st – Amelia Coetzee

2nd – Alannah Hopgood

3rd – Saffron Williams


1st –  Dylan Devine

2nd – Oliver Beckton

3rd – Cailum McClelland



1st – Brooklyn Lowe

2nd – Anastasia Neumann

3rd – Jessica Stupples


1st – Emile De La Rey

2nd – Declan Russell

3rd – Edan Tighe



1st – Jessica Boundy

2nd  -  Holly Ayres

3rd –  Elisha Hurley


1st – Adam Baxter

2nd – Bayley Hall

3rd – Jack Baxter



1st – Mackenzie Jordan

2nd – Bethany Green

3rd – Brooke Whiteley


1st – Ethan Raynor

2nd – William Smith

3rd – Alexander Reeves



1st – Madeline Hall

2nd – Zoe Ayres

3rd –  Imogen Noon


1st –  Alexander Whiteley

2nd – Callum Garland

3rd – Fraser Smith


Ath 2

Over the holidays, I was lucky enough to attend the Meanjin Writer’s Camp hosted by ALEA (Australian Literacy Educators’ Association) at Griffith University, Mount Gravatt. For two days, sixty-six passionate young writers, myself included, attended various workshops with successful authors and poets to help enhance our writing. We learnt how they overcame the real-world challenges of being an author, and that dedication and perseverance are paramount. The authors were all so much more inspiring and helpful than I ever could have imagined! Their insight was invaluable, and their tips and tricks have enabled me to take my writing to the next level. There are literally no words capable of expressing just how beneficial this camp was for my imagination, creativity, skill and enthusiasm. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants inspiration and tips for their own writing. It was definitely an amazing and beneficial experience!

Caitlin Brims - Year 9


Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


Welcome back for Term 3. I offer a special welcome to new families and new staff.


For the first time in our history I believe, we are at school this week while state schools are on holidays. This is due to the timing of state school terms and the Commonwealth Games. Our 2018 term dates are consistent with every other year, where Term 1 is ten weeks, Term 2 is nine weeks, Term 3 is ten weeks and Term 4 is nine weeks. We have not changed this pattern since we commenced in 1997. The only variation is when Easter is very early and we might have 9 weeks in Term 1 and ten weeks in Term 2. Regardless, we commence our mid-year break at the same time each year. The major difficulty we have encountered at the commencement of Term 3 is that the buses have not operated this week. This is extremely frustrating as we gave Translink our term dates at the end of last year, as we do each year. The disappointing aspect is that they did not let us know there would be no buses this week. We only discovered this on Monday afternoon when a staff member contacted Surfside to check about the buses this week. We informed parents via email and a push notification through the College App as soon as we became aware of this situation. Our biggest concern of course is the safety of students as well as their ability to get to the College and the inconvenience to parents. Given the situation, we would have liked to have been informed about the lack of buses in time to inform parents appropriately, so you could make suitable arrangements. We have spoken to Translink, Surfside, our local member and the State Education Minister’s office about this matter. I have been informed this morning (Tuesday) by the Department of Transport and Main Roads that parents can contact Translink on 131230 to establish local bus routes that may be able to assist with transport this week in the absence of the school buses. Alternatively, you may use the Translink Journey Planner


Term 3 is always busy and exciting for students with the camps coming up in the next couple of months. We believe the outdoor experience is a most important element of each child’s education, as it fosters independence, teamwork and encourages students to step beyond their comfort zone. When placed in an unfamiliar and sometimes challenging situation, students are given the opportunity to grow and become more resilient. The camps are a very important and popular aspect of the education for students at our College. If children are at all concerned, it is important for parents to speak in positive terms about the adventure of camps. Mrs Lowe and Dr Prideaux are also available to assist students and families if required. It is not an option for students to miss their camp.


Two new College babies have arrived over the break. We congratulate Mrs and Mr Fuller on the birth of baby Isabella Fuller and Mrs and Mr Lenon on the birth of Sarah Josie Lenon. While Mrs Lenon completed a contract towards the end of last term and won’t return to the College, Mrs Fuller will return in due course. We eagerly await news of Mrs Penberthy who is due to deliver her baby in the next couple of weeks.


In the next few weeks, we are conducting information sessions for parents and students regarding subject selection for 2019 (secondary) and Semester Two subject information (Primary). These sessions are important and parents should endeavour to attend.


Thank you for your continued support.



Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal



Dear Parents, Staff and StudentsMark Sly1


This week I have been reading secondary students’ end of Semester One reports. While it is a challenge to get through them all in a few days, I have found this a rewarding experience this year. What I really enjoy is seeing the development of each student, and noticing the relationship between students and their teachers. The wording of most report comments is very encouraging, with teachers highlighting the positive elements of the student’s work while making some suggestions as to how they could continue to improve.


In our College, we speak a lot about having a growth mindset. This encourages students to take some risks with their learning and to learn from their mistakes. Nobody ever learns anything without stepping outside their comfort zone and making some mistakes along the way. I challenge all parents to recall the first time you attempted to drive a car. I have no doubt you probably either stalled the car, grated the gears or perhaps even ran into something. It is highly unlikely that you mastered driving on the first occasion. However, you did not give up and persisted until you became more confident and were able to drive well. That is what learning is about.


In any learning situation, there are four stages of competence:


Stage 1. Unconscious incompetence – you don’t know what you don’t know. Eg: you don’t know that you can’t drive the car (Novice)

Stage 2. Conscious incompetence – you know what you don’t know. Eg: you try to drive and quickly know that you can’t do it (Beginner)

Stage 3. Conscious competence – you know what you know. Eg: you know you can drive the car (Proficient)

Stage 4. Unconscious competence – you don’t know how much you know. Eg: you can drive without even thinking about it (Expert).


Most experienced drivers probably operate at stage 4, driving without thinking about it, although we would almost certainly want the pilots of our planes to be operating at stage 3 where they are very conscious of how they are flying the plane and really thinking about what they are doing.


We want our students to be operating at stage 3 most of the time so they are very conscious of what they are doing in the learning process. However, there will be many things that they do or know automatically without really thinking too much about it such as their times tables, spelling, reading music, playing an instrument, kicking a ball and so much more. Of course, students of all ages will move in and out of these stages of competence with each new learning experience. That is how we all learn new things. On Monday, I am going to China to visit a number of schools and educational Institutions. I have been listening to some Chinese language CDs and have definitely been well entrenched in stage 2 – consciously incompetent, as I realise that I don’t know much Chinese at all! With any luck and a lot more work, I might get to be consciously competent enough to at least be able to greet people and introduce myself. Therefore, while this is a challenge for me, I know it is all part of the learning process. I have been well and truly beyond my comfort zone and have taken some risks, but that is how to learn.


As we head into the three week break for winter, it is appropriate to thank and farewell some staff who are finishing at the College or taking leave at the end of this week. Mrs Denise Balson (Music Department) and Mrs Juli Potts (Uniform Shop) have announced their retirements; Mrs Lisa Hickey (Drama) and Mr Steve Garrett (Biology) have completed contracts; Mrs Sarah Hands (Film & TV) has resigned to go to Brisbane; Mrs Carley Penberthy commences Maternity Leave joining Mrs Isla Fuller and Mrs Ann-Marie Lenon who have recently left on Maternity Leave and finally Mrs Kirsty Jackson (Term 3 and 4) and Ms Liz Hampson (Term 3) will commence Long Service Leave. I thank all these staff members and wish them well for their break and for the future if they are not returning.


I trust that all students and staff will enjoy the break and prepare well for the second half of 2018.


Thank you for your continued support.


Yours sincerely

Mark Sly - Principal


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