Primary News

 

Spectacle and Sentiment in Equal Proportion

Last week’s Preparatory, Year 1 and Year 2 Celebration Events were both a celebration of the year past and of the year ahead, with captivating musical numbers presented by each class.  There was spectacle and sentiment, in equal proportion.

 

A week on and the Senior Secondary Celebration Evening highlighted the importance of a consistent, robust, values-based education where students are continually exposed to the same positive messages each year from the many guiding adult influences they encounter in their lives.

 

Both events were different in their style of presentation, but were consistent at one with the message they offered our community.  There was a powerful focus on strong discipline, cooperative teamwork, respect for rules and respect for others, and each student presented with self-assurance as they celebrated the work and achievements of their year.

Celebration Days GK 

 

Farewell to Year 12, 2017

Today, our College will be farewelling the Year 12 cohort of 2017.  This will involve all the Years 6 – 11 students attending a Valedictory Assembly in the Ivan Gibbs Centre.  The assembly will be followed by a Guard of Honour which will include all students from the Early Learning Centre through to Year 11. Our Year 12 students of 2017 will proudly pass through the Guard of Honour as they leave the College for the final time.   
The staff and students of the Primary Campus take this opportunity to wish all our Year 12 students the very best for the future. We will miss their friendship, their support and their leadership.

Prep 2005

Class of 2017 GK

 

 

“Session UP” – Meeting our New Friends

On Tuesday 28 November, Preparatory – Year 6 students will be involved in a short “Session Up” Transition Programme which will allow each student to spend some time with their 2018 class and, if possible, their 2018 teacher.  During the Session Up, students will also have the opportunity to locate their classroom and meet their fellow classmates for 2018.  This is an exciting moment for the students of the Primary Campus and it will assist them in their preparation for the year ahead.

 

Parents are asked to remain supportive of next year’s class placement.  Teachers have spent many hours of thoughtful consideration, meeting with other staff, to ensure that each child is placed carefully into their new class.

 

Year 6 Crossing the Bridge Ceremony

On Thursday 30 November the Year 6 students will participate in the annual Crossing the Bridge Ceremony.  This ceremony is a long-standing tradition which formally farewells the Year 6 cohort from the Primary Campus and the students are then officially welcomed into the Junior Secondary Campus.  Parents and friends of our current Year 6 students are welcome to join us for this special occasion.  Details of this event will be forwarded soon.

Arrangements for Celebration evenings:

Years 3 / 4    Monday 27 November, commencing at 6.00pm
Years 5 / 6    Tuesday 28 November, commencing at 6.00pm

The Celebration Evenings are designed to be a celebration of all students and the year past.  Every student will go onto the stage so that we can congratulate them for their wonderful efforts throughout 2017.

 

Encouraging a Focus on Relationships

While we give great importance to the academic curriculum at Coomera Anglican College it is the hidden curriculum that is at the core of a good education for life.  Beyond a teacher’s responsibility to train the mind, schools must prepare students for their role as social beings, living with and for others.  In fact, many people’s memories of school are founded much more on the friends they made, the relationships they began tentatively to negotiate, the various small social embarrassments, triumphs, or even humiliations, than any “light bulb” moments in their intellectual progress.  
As Term 4 moves on and students prepare for their next adventure in life and learning, relationships continue to remain at the forefront of their priorities.  The laughter and friendships echo strongly as the years hurry by and the longer the relationships are nurtured the more intimate and heartfelt the experiences become.  In the closing stages of this term, I would encourage a focus on relationships!

 

Year 6 Camp – A Celebration of Personal Growth

After four days and three nights away at the Noosa North Shore Camp, our Year 6 Students will arrive home today to College and family.  We can all take great pride in their ability to create within themselves a resilience that has enabled them to confidently explore new and exciting experiences. During camp the Year 6 students have all flourished as they have worked together, in the support of each other, and in the knowledge that they have conquered fears and gone beyond their personal expectations.  Being able to work and connect so positively with others while away from home and familiar surroundings is without doubt a fundamental drive in the development of maturity and independence.  Every student has acted with composure, self-assurance and aptitude throughout their time on camp and the level of personal growth has been significant.  Well done, Year 6 and welcome home!

 Year 6 Camp 2Yr 6 Camp 1

 

Primary Campus Celebration Events, 2017

The Celebration Events are an acknowledgement of the year past and are designed to allow each child the opportunity to salute their year’s successes and achievements.  It is expected that every student attends the Celebration Event that pertains to his/her year level.  Every effort is made to keep the events short and appropriate to the age group.  In fairness to all involved, I would ask that students remain for the duration of their Celebration Event.  Here is a reminder of the dates and details of our Primary Celebration Events:

 

Year Level Date Time
Preparatory Friday 10 November 9am to 10am
Year 1 Friday 10 November 11am to 12 noon
Year 2 Friday 10 November 1pm to 2pm
Years 3 - 4 Monday 27 November 6pm to 7.30pm
Years 5 - 6 Tuesday 28 November 6pm to 7.30pm

 

 

PAFA Volunteer Thank You Morning Tea

Later this term our Volunteer Thank You Morning Tea will be held to show our appreciation to the many parents, grandparents and special friends who assist and support our students staff and College community.
There are always many opportunities to be involved and we welcome anyone who would like to join our team. Please contact our Events Coordinator Lynne Tarlinton, with regards to the 2018 events ltarlinton@cac.qld.qld.edu.au Ph: 5585 9976

 

Thursday, 26 October 2017 01:44

From the Head of Primary - Week 4, Term 4 2017

 

 

Keeping a Focus

Term 4 is now in full swing. The days are warming, we have recently had rain, and our Primary campus is full of the many narratives that make up our rich College community.  Coomera Anglican College is a busy place and everyone is mindful of finishing the year well.

While our College offers a broad education package, and establishing a good balance is important, keeping a focus on our work ethic, expectations and responsibilities will always sit at the heart of individual and collective success.  In doing this we guide our actions, our words and our decision making.  The Primary campus Expectations and Responsibilities are displayed in each classroom and each of us know and understand the importance of them in our lives. They are as follows:

1.    Display respect for the right of teachers to teach and for students to learn
2.    Display politeness, tolerance and respect towards others at all times
3.    Display personal responsibility as a College student
4.    Display respect for the uniform expectations of the College
5.    Display responsible care for the College environment
6.    Display safe behaviour at all times.

So, as week four ends, I encourage all our Primary students to focus on their expectations and responsibilities, and continue to strive for best practice.  It is timely for us all to ensure that our best foot is forward and that we are striving for the best possible outcomes that we can achieve!  Good luck!!

Best foot forward

 

 Day for Daniel - Friday 27 October

Today, we are celebrating Day for Daniel!  The Daniel Morcombe Foundation was established in 2005 by Denise and Bruce Morcombe following the tragic abduction of their 13 year old son Daniel in December 2003. To promote the Foundation’s aims of awareness and making the world a safer place for our children, schools and local communities are involved in the annual Day for Daniel.  Thank you for showing your support by dressing in red on Friday 27 October.

 

 The story of Student Leadership - 2018

Currently students of Year 5 are preparing for the 2018 Primary Leadership Programme.  The leadership team comprises two Primary Captains - a boy Captain and a girl Captain, a Primary Student Representative Council Leader and two Primary House Captains per house.  In addition each Year 6 student takes on the role of Junior Leader.   
All our Year 6 students are recognised as Primary Campus leaders and are given Junior Leader responsibilities within the Primary Campus.   It is a wonderful programme and it encourages all students in Year 6 to lead with respect, integrity and conviction.  I look forward to our 2018 Year 6 Junior Leaders stepping up next year.

Leadership 2018

 

 Year 6 Crossing the Bridge Ceremony

On Thursday 30 November 2017 the Year 6 students will be taking part in The Crossing the Bridge Ceremony.  This event allows our Year 6 students to formally transition across to the Junior Secondary Campus.  This will begin at 12.30pm in the Primary Undercover Area. Once the Year 6 students have formally crossed the Bridge, there will be a Welcome Worship/Assembly in the Secondary Campus with the Secondary students and teachers at approximately 2.00pm.  Parents/guardians and friends of our current Year 6 students are encouraged to join us for this special occasion.

 

Fellowship – Enriching for All

It is my strong belief that schools are first and foremost, places of great fellowship. And while there is always hard work involved in achieving all this, the rewards can be sublimely enriching - for teachers, parents and students alike.  We are all privileged to have the opportunity to be a member of the Coomera Anglican College community and we do so with pride.  

 

The Mirror Test

This week we have all been encouraged to focus on the Mirror Test.  The Mirror Test takes into consideration three key indicators of success, self-esteem, integrity and commitment.

  1.  Self-esteem: When you look yourself in the mirror are you reasonably comfortable with what is looking back? Is there something that you have done in your time at the College which enables you to hold your head up high?

  2. Integrity: Is what is looking back at you, the real you, or it is it a sham?

  3. Commitment: Can you look yourself in the eye and honestly say that you have given of your best both inside and outside of the classroom?

Over the course of the year we have seen our students work hard to extend themselves in these three areas of the Mirror Test and, as a result each and every one of them has grown in self-esteem, integrity and commitment.  This is “Flourishing” at its best!

 

Public Speaking

On Wednesday 19 October, five students from Years 5 and 6 competed in the AB Paterson College Public Speaking Competition Finals. The following students are to be commended on their performances and should be tremendously proud of their achievements for getting this far. Congratulations to Jasmine Mallard, Mikayla Callow, Olivia Dwyer, Tahlia Hanley and Imogen Hanley.  Jasmine Mallard was successful in taking out third place overall. All of the five finalists delivered their speeches with great confidence and maturity.  Congratulations to all involved.  Thanks also to Mrs Penberthy and Mrs Banks for your organisation.

 

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 also fosters friendship and collegiality.  This year our class coordinators have all given their time and energy to assist in our College Parents and Friends activities.  Congratulations on a job well done!  

 

Keeping in Touch with Your Child’s Future

At this stage of our year I encourage parents to remain in 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

 

Wellbeing - Developing the Minds, Hearts, Souls and Strengths of a Community

Throughout this year, our theme “Flourishing” has inspired us all to recognise and respond to the journey that our College has taken over the past twenty-one years.  Who would have thought that in 2017 Coomera Anglican College would be one of the leading colleges in the education of young people?  Being charged with the responsibility of developing the minds, hearts and souls of our students is a privilege for any school and family. 

Our students have begun the term with optimism and hope for the future.  The College’s focus on wellbeing is a driving force in the nurturing of our community.  Together, we operate with an understanding that wellbeing is more than the absence of ill-being, rather it is a combination of feeling good, doing good and functioning effectively. Wellbeing begins from the very roots of our College purpose and extends to all areas of College life.  Developing a healthy culture of wellbeing is everyone’s responsibility and together we must all take positive action to ensure the wellbeing of those around us.

 

Week 2.9

 

Week 2 10

 

Year 6 Student Leadership - 2018

During Term 4, Mr Campbell will be preparing the Year 5 students for their 2018, Year 6 Primary Leadership Programme.  The leadership team comprises two Primary Captains (a boy captain and a girl captain), a Primary SRC Leader, two Primary House Captains per house and the Year 6 Junior Leaders.   At Coomera Anglican College all of our Year 6 students are recognised as Primary Campus leaders and they are given a Junior Leader responsibility.   

Primary Captains, Primary SRC Leader and Primary House Captains for 2018 will be announced at the Years 5-6 Celebration Evening on Tuesday 28 November 2017.  This is a wonderful programme that engages and encourages the students of Year 6 to lead with passion and conviction.  

 

Public Speakers - Flying the College Flag

On the back of an unprecedented twenty-nine Year 4 students competing in the Year 4 Division of the Interschool Public Speaking Competition during Term 2, our Years 5 and 6 students have come out in force with twenty-eight students competing in the Year 5 and Year 6 Divisions.  In all cases our students spoke with great confidence and articulation and once again we can all feel proud of the amazing ability of these students.
Special congratulations to the five students who were chosen to go through to the Grand Final of their division which will be held on Wednesday of next week.  The Grand Finalists are: Jasmine Mallard, Mikayla Callow, Olivia Dwyer, Tahlia Hanley, Imogen Hanley.

Thanks to Mrs Penberthy and Mrs Banks for their organisation.

 

Speakers

 

 

Student Free Day – Monday 16 October

Monday 16 October is a student free day.  On this day students of Prep 2018 and Year 7 2018 will be involved in orientation to assist with their transition next year.  College staff will be involved in Professional Development throughout the day.

 

End of Year Celebration Events

The dates for the annual Celebration Evenings/Days are as follows:

 

Year Date Time
Preparatory  Friday 10 November 9.00am - 10.00am
Year 1 Friday 10 November 11.00am - 12.00noon
Year 2 Friday 10 November 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Years 3 - 4 Monday 27 November 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Years 5 - 6 Tuesday 28 November 6.00pm - 7.30pm

 

 

Important Dates During Term 4

 

Monday 16 October Student Free Day; Prep and Year 7-2018 Orientation
Tuesday 17 October Years 5-6 AB Paterson Public Speaking Finals
Wednesday 18 October Years 5-6 Posture Screening
Thursday 19 October APS Round 3
Friday 20 October Year 5 Leadership Workshop 1 (Leaders 2018)
Tuesday 24 October Lane House BBQ and Worship
Wednesday 25 October Chess Tournament
Thursday 26 October APS Round 4
Friday 27 October Day for Daniel; Year 5 Leadership Workshop 2
Monday 30 October Year 5 Leadership Interviewsfor Year 6
Tuesday 31 October to Friday 3 November Year 6 Camp
Thursday 2 November APS Round 5
Friday 3 November ELF Information Session
Monday 6 November Year 5 Leadership Interviews for Year 6 2018
Tuesday 7 November Melbourne Cup
Thursday 9 November Rehearsals P-2 Celebration Events/APS Round 6
Friday 10 November P-2 Celebration Events (during day)
Monday 13 November Yr 5 Leadership Speeches at Principal’s Assembly (IGC)
Thursday 16 November APS Round 7 (Last Round)
Friday 17 November Final day Year 12
Tuesday 21 November P-3 Swimming Carnival
Thursday 23 November House Captain Voting
Monday 27 November Rehearsal (day) and Year 3-4 Celebration Evening 6pm
Tuesday 28 November Rehearsal (day) and Year 5-6 Celebration Evening 6pm
Wednesday 29 November ELC Crossing Little Bridge
Thursday 30 November Year 6 Crossing the Bridge; Last day Term 4
Friday 1 December Staff PD day
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 23:17

From the Head of Primary - Week 1, Term 4 2017

 

Term 4 - Confirming our College Values

As we move into the final term for 2017, I want to remind our Primary Campus about focussing on the values that we would like our students to embody as they complete the College year successfully.  In this era of digital awareness and academic focus, we have a responsibility to ensure that our students are given the skills to become socialised young people enabling them to live confidently and lovingly with others.  That is the message that our students continue to receive from both their teachers and their parents.  


Term 4 begins and once again we return to the routines of daily life.  As you return, do so with a focus on the significance of our community’s values.  In the classrooms, on the playgrounds, during worships and at assemblies, Term 4 will see us all explore further our commitment to “Flourishing” and the values that we celebrate both at home and at College.

 
Welcome back and have an excellent Term 4!

 

Term 4 2017

Term 4 2017 2

 

Tuesday Sport Training

Students in Years 4 – 6 participate in afternoon APS sport training each Tuesday afternoon during Term 4.  Sport training begins at 3.15pm and concludes at 4.15pm.  It is compulsory for all students in these year levels to attend.  I thank you for your support.

Please note: - If it is too wet to train, families will receive communication via email and the College app, informing them that training has been cancelled and students will finish at the regular College time.  Staff will supervise those students who are unable to be collected until 4.15pm.

 

Swimming Programme

Primary Swimming lessons begin next week.  Please check your child's assigned swimming days and ensure that swimming gear is packed for that lesson.

 

Monday 16 October – Student Free Day

Monday 16 October is a student free day.   However, the following students will be required to attend for orientation.

  • All students commencing Preparatory in 2018

  • All students commencing Year 7 in 2018

 

End of Year Celebration Events

The dates for the annual Celebration Evenings/Days are as follows:

 

Year Date Time
Preparatory  Friday 10 November 9.00am - 10.00am
Year 1 Friday 10 November 11.00am - 12.00noon
Year 2 Friday 10 November 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Years 3 - 4 Monday 27 November 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Years 5 - 6 Tuesday 28 November 6.00pm - 7.30pm

 

Year 6 Crossing the Bridge

Thursday 30 November 2017 the Year 6 students will participate in the Crossing the Bridge.  This College event allows Year 6 students to formally move across to the Secondary Campus.  The ceremony will begin at 12.30pm in the Primary Undercover Area and then proceed to the cross the bridge. From there, a welcome Worship/Assembly will take place in the Ivan Gibbs Centre with the Secondary students and staff.  Parents/guardians and friends of our current Year 6 students are encouraged to join us for this special occasion.  Details will be forwarded later this term.

 

SOME REMINDERS FOR THE START OF TERM 4

Before College
Students should not be at College before 8am unless they have a cocurricular activity.  All students arriving between 8am and 8.18am should gather in the Under Cover area or H Block (Year 6).

Water Bottles
Please ensure that your children have adequate opportunity to drink water by encouraging them to bring a water bottle each day.

Books
Please help by ensuring that all books are kept neat and tidy always.

Homework
Homework is set each day Monday to Thursday.  Please assist by ensuring that it is completed.  

Punctuality
Students are asked to ensure that they arrive at College on time each day.
 
Uniform and Grooming
Please assist by encouraging students to keep shoes polished, and uniform and grooming within the guidelines of College expectations.

 

Important Dates During Term 4

 

Tuesday 10 October Years 5-6 AB Paterson Public Speaking Heats
Thursday 12 October APS Round 2
Friday 13 October Year 4 Chinese Cultural Day
Monday 16 October Student Free Day; Prep and Year 7-2018 Orientation
Tuesday 17 October Years 5-6 AB Paterson Public Speaking Finals
Wednesday 18 October Years 5-6 Posture Screening
Thursday 19 October APS Round 3
Friday 20 October Year 5 Leadership Workshop 1 (Leaders 2018)
Tuesday 24 October Lane House BBQ and Worship
Wednesday 25 October Chess Tournament
Thursday 26 October APS Round 4
Friday 27 October Day for Daniel; Year 5 Leadership Workshop 2
Monday 30 October Year 5 Leadership Interviewsfor Year 6
Tuesday 31 October to Friday 3 November Year 6 Camp
Thursday 2 November APS Round 5
Friday 3 November ELF Information Session
Monday 6 November Year 5 Leadership Interviews for Year 6 2018
Tuesday 7 November Melbourne Cup
Thursday 9 November Rehearsals P-2 Celebration Events/APS Round 6
Friday 10 November P-2 Celebration Events (during day)
Monday 13 November Yr 5 Leadership Speeches at Principal’s Assembly (IGC)
Thursday 16 November APS Round 7 (Last Round)
Friday 17 November Final day Year 12
Tuesday 21 November P-3 Swimming Carnival
Thursday 23 November House Captain Voting
Monday 27 November Rehearsal (day) and Year 3-4 Celebration Evening 6pm
Tuesday 28 November Rehearsal (day) and Year 5-6 Celebration Evening 6pm
Wednesday 29 November ELC Crossing Little Bridge
Thursday 30 November Year 6 Crossing the Bridge; Last day Term 4
Friday 1 December Staff PD day
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 03:09

From the Head of Primary - Week 10, Term 3 2017

 

An Action Packed Term 3

As Term 3 comes to a close, I take this opportunity to acknowledge the many members of our community who have been contributors to our successes.  It would seem that each individual student has grown in character, personal confidence and wellbeing.  

 
Over the course of Term 3 our theme, Flourishing has enabled us all to reflect on where we have come from and understand more about who we are and the directions that we will take in the future.  Stimulated by a collective desire to achieve and a growing culture of trust and like-mindedness, Term 3, 2017 has proven to be one of great inspiration which has served to nurture a growth in learning, knowledge and independence.  Years 4 and 5 camps, Book week, Grandparent’s Day, Dad’s Day, and Music concerts (to name only a few) have all added to the growth and development of our students this term.

 

Staff News

Congratulations to Mr Tom Batty and Ms Theresa Russ on their recent engagement to each other and to Ms Kayla Kuhnemann for her recent engagement to Troy Ruston.  On behalf of the College community I extend best wishes to both couples.

 

CACaburras in Space - Athletics

An early light shower could not dampen the spirits of our young CACaburras as they took flight yesterday morning to compete in the Prep – Year 2 Athletics Carnival.   The athletes, all proudly wearing their House colours, won the hearts of the many spectators who were fortunate enough to witness this highly energetic and spirited carnival.  Teachers and parents alike were all inspired by the spirit and excitement of the young CACaburras and everyone left feeling that they were a part of an inclusive and close-knit community.   


Thank you to the Year 6 Leaders who assisted on the day.  As a group, they showed great leadership as they nurtured their younger colleagues through the many activities.  Thanks also to Mrs McLauchlan and the PE staff.  The organisation on the day was second to none!  


Well done, to all the CACaburras who competed on the day!!

Athletic Carnival

 

Year 6 Science Expo

Year 6 students hosted the 2017 Year 6 Science Expo in the IGC this week.  Over the course of Term 3 the Year 6 students have been researching Micro-organisms and parents, students and teachers were all invited to view the results of their hard work.  The young scientists were amazing as they presented their Year 6 Science Expo. The expo featured all of their research and subsequent learning on micro-organisms and the many colourful and technology driven displays were all well received by their appreciative audience.


Congratulations, Year 6.  A wonderful outcome!

Science Expo Collage

 

Year 4 Convicts

One could be forgiven for thinking the Coomera Anglican College was harbouring a chain gang of convicts in the Year 4 rooms this week.  The students of Year 4, all dressed in convict outfits, presented their Culminating Activity/Assessment based on early Australian Explorers and the First Fleet.  Each student gave a verbal report about life as a convict, detailing life back in their homeland compared to life as a convict here in the Australian penal colony.  The level of presentation was outstanding.  Congratulations Year 4!


 

CACaburras – Netball

Congratulations to all the Netball coaches, managers, players and parents who, last Saturday evening, attended the annual CACaburra’s Netball Presentation Evening.  It was a wonderful evening with all students gaining awards for their efforts in Netball, 2017.  Special congratulations to the netball teams that made the grand finals and those that won.   Well done, netball players!  Thanks must go to Head Coach, Ms Anna Young, Mr Mark Jordan and the Netball Committee.

 

Student Free Day – Monday 16 October

A reminder that Monday 16 October is a student free day – this is Week 3 of Term 4.  On this day we will be holding an orientation day for our new students of 2017.  


I wish all families a well-earned break from the routine of the College day over the next two weeks and I encourage you all to come back in Term 4 ready again to continue exploring beyond the boundaries of Flourishing.

 

 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:23

Gold Coast North Inter-school Chess Tournament

Twenty-one students took part in the Gold Coast North Inter-school Chess Tournament.  It was held for the first time at the spectacular Coomera Indoor Stadium.  Nicholas Schneider and Owen Boorer were awarded merit ribbons.  Congratulations especially to Owen as this was his first chess tournament.

 

Wk 10 Chess

Monday, 04 September 2017 23:57

From the Head of Primary - Week 9, Term 3 2017

#cacgratitude – Recognising and Honouring Gratitude

Gratitude Week was the culmination of 30 Days of Gratitude and the event offered our College community a chance to celebrate Gratitude. The focus on gratitude provided us with an opportunity to say thank you and enabled us to realise how supportive we are of one another.    

Every Primary student posted notes of gratitude on the Primary Gratitude Wall located outside the Primary Administration, highlighting each other’s feelings and beliefs about gratitude. Their colourful drawings depict their own personal thoughts and thanks.  

Recognising and honouring gratitude is in itself a fine human quality and in many ways represents the best of who and what we are.  A week acknowledging and appreciating this important life affecting character strength can not be under-valued.
 

#cacgratitude

Gratitude Collage Newsletter

 

 

A Music Night Sets the Tone

The annual Primary Music Concert was held on Thursday evening, and featured 24 performances involving three hundred and twelve students.  The students performed an eclectic array of musical items to the absolute delight of the very appreciative audience.  The concert performances could not be accomplished without the many hours of practice and the commitment of music tutors and teachers. Student performances ranged from the classical Edelweiss to the energy driven drum line. At the end of the evening, the audience responded with deserved acclamation.

Thanks must go to Mrs Shelley Bissett for her role in coordinating the acts throughout the evening.  

Well done, Primary musicians!

 

Music Concert Collage

 

A Special Day with Dad

Dads’ Day at Coomera Anglican College is one of those affirming and inspiring moments we experience every year. Having our dads on campus confirms the powerful essence of family.  

Our dads enjoyed a bacon and snag basher burger, coffee and an opportunity to mingle with each other and celebrate Dads' Day.  This year saw record numbers of dads sharing time and engaging in activities with their children, as the Primary classrooms swelled to accommodate our extra-large visitors. Everyone had a great time and the stories that have followed have been embellished with some raucous humour and exaggerated truths.  Thank you dads, for making our day!

 

Dads Day Collage Newsletter

 

Farewell and Best Wishes

At the end of this term, we farewelled two staff from the Primary Campus.  We thank Mrs Jorgensen, (Learning Support) and Mrs Watson (Library and Infinity), who have both given tirelessly of their skill and passion as educators.  They will be missed and we wish them well for the future!    

 

CACaburra Club Netballers and Basketballers

This Saturday night the CACaburra Netballers and Basketballers will have their end of season Presentation.  The students who played throughout the season will be recognised for their wonderful efforts this year. 
Well done to all teams and congratulations to the players, and to their coaches and managers for such a wonderfully successful netball/basketball season.  Go CACaburras!!!

 

Communication through Parent Teacher Interviews

The strength of any community relies on the relationships that exist between the many individuals in that community. At Coomera Anglican College we are fortunate to have a College based on positive relationships.  Over many years in our community hase established a wonderful culture of trust, cooperation and respect.  We are all witness to examples of a community working together for the common good as students, teachers and parents constantly work together to strive the best possible outcomes for our students.  

In line with this positive communication, we recently held the Term 3 Parent Teacher Interviews. With their child's teacher, parents had the opportunity to view their child’s Student Portfolio.   Teachers and parents gained significantly from these interviews and I know that our students will also benefit from the conversations that have taken place over the past few days.  This is communication at its best and communication is something that we celebrate and encourage here at our College.

 

White Balloon Day

Today is White Balloon Day, which is the culmination of Child Protection Week.  It is also an opportunity for us to celebrate how grateful we are for the safety that our students enjoy at Coomera Anglican College. Child protection is of paramount importance and IT IS EVERYONE'S BUSINESS.

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Expanding the Horizons of Learning – Years 4 and 5 Camp

During our College camps, students are challenged to make decisions in areas that are new and, at times, quite challenging personally.  There is a feeling of excitement and achievement as students complete activities they once believed they could not do.  This forms the basis of a growth mindset and ultimately allows students to continue challenging themselves as their lives develop.

The Years 4 and 5 Camps were a wonderful experience for our students.  Not only did the students gain educationally from the camp, but they were also able to further develop self-confidence, social skills and emotional strength, as they spent time away from their families.  Behaviour was exemplary, and the efforts and attitudes of all involved were full of positivity and enthusiasm.  Hearty congratulations to our students and sincere thanks to the staff who attended these camps.  The role of our camp staff is significant.  It is a day and night commitment and their support and endeavour have been exceptional.  Well done, everyone!

 Yr 4 2017

Yr 5 2017

 

 

Coomera Anglican College Public Speaking Competition Winners

I am pleased to announce the winners of our 2017 Coomera Anglican College Public Speaking Competition. 

The winners are:

Year 4 – Ruby McVey
Year 5 – Tahlia Hanley
Year 6 – Jasmin Mallard

2017 Public Speaking Competition

Congratulations to each of these students!

 

Fathers' Day Gift Stall – Thursday 31 August

PAFA will be holding a Fathers' Day Stall on Thursday 31 August in the Primary Campus.  Some wonderful gifts are being prepared for students to select from, some students may even like to select a gift for Granddad.

Please note the following important changes to the Fathers’ Day Gift Stall:


  • All gifts are $7.00 each
  • No pre-ordering required; gifts may be purchased on the day with cash payment only
  • Correct money is required, please place in a small zip lock sandwich bag with your order form (click this link)
  • Please do not send in any cash until the day of the Stall on Thursday 31 August 

 

Fathers' Day Celebration – Friday 8 September

The Fathers' Day celebration this year is on the morning of Friday 8 September.  Invitations and details of the morning are available on Passmarc.

 

Carpark Suggestions and Tips

Recently we had the Police visit our Primary car park, because they were concerned by the number of cars queuing on the road during the afternoon pick up. This problem is caused by parents arriving too early in the afternoon. At the moment many cars are queuing from around 2.30pm and this creates a backlog of cars waiting for students.  By 3.10pm the queue is usually back around the corner on Williamson Road.  The College day concludes at 3.10pm and students don’t get to their car park pick up zones until just after 3.10pm.  Therefore, arriving between 3.10pm and 3.40pm would relieve the queuing issue and allow for a much easier and faster student collection.  Please consider coming at this later time to ease the congestion.  Students are fully supervised until they are collected.  

 

Other Carpark Tips  

 

  • Always use the crossings when crossing the car park
  • Never have students walk behind other cars to get to their car
  • Be careful that your car park conversations don’t distract you from the real issue – safety
  • Never leave your car unattended while in the Pickup/Drop off areas
  • Drive very slowly through the car park
  • Use the pickup / Drop off zones only when students are entering cars.

 

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Grandparents’ Day

It would seem that the coming together of the generations on Grandparents’ Day ignites a passion of real camaraderie now rarely seen.  The Coomera Anglican College grandparents added great wisdom to the Book Week theme, “Escape to Everywhere” as they enjoyed time at the book character parade, in the classrooms and at the book fair.  Our grandparents are a perpetual reminder of the opportunities and optimism that education provides. But, undoubtedly their influence goes even deeper than this.  The imagery of the old school days produces a compelling nostalgia and today it was delightful for us all to hear the many inspiring and, in some cases, amusing stories of the old school days recounted fondly by many of our special guests.  Without doubt, Grandparents’ Day is one of our most enjoyable days of the year.  Thank you to all of our grandparents and special friends. 

I thank Mrs Wellham, Mrs Watson and Mrs Spinks for their wonderful organisation of the week.   

The Book Fair raised close to $4000.00 from book sales in the Primary Library.  Well done, everyone!

Here are some lovely photos from today’s parade!

Primary Book week parade

 

A Will to Grow and Develop Stimulates a Culture of Success

Our many recent successes have added fuel to the culture of success that is building within the boundaries of Coomera Anglican College!  As we move further ahead and consider the challenges that arise from our day to day activities, it is important not to lose sight of what lies at the heart of this powerful culture of success.  Having a culture of success provides the nutrients for healthy growth.  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 progressive and this provides a natural stimulant for positive growth and success.

 

Celebrating a Sporting Culture of Success: APS Junior Athletics – 3rd Place

On the back of our Secondary Athletics Percentage Trophy win and overall fifth placing on Wednesday of this week, our Primary Athletics Team took to the track on Thursday and came home having placed third in the Junior Schools’ APS Athletics Carnival. This is a wonderful result and once again demonstrates the level of confidence and strength that Coomera Anglican College has gained over the years.  

At the Athletics Carnival, our students were both resolute and focused on 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 am very grateful #cacgratitude to Mrs Stephen and her team of coaches for their work with our Athletics team.  Their organisation and attention to detail have been significant.  We continue to go from strength to strength!!! 

NOTE: Full details of the individual and team successes will be published soon!

 

APS P A

APS P A 2

 

 

Celebrating a Public Speaking Culture of Success

This week, we had the privilege of witnessing the finals of the Years 4 – 6 Ruth Parlett Public Speaking Competition.  Each student spoke with articulation, poise and confidence.  Again, I am prompted to say how proud I am of the efforts of our young children.  Learning to be a public speaker takes great courage and significant practice.  

The winners of our Ruth Parlett Public Speaking Competition for 2017 will be announced next week.

 

A Culture of Success Building a Culture of Resilience – Year 3 Sleep Over

Tonight the Year 3 students will be setting up camp in the Ivan Gibbs Centre for the annual Year 3 Sleepover.  We always look forward to this exciting time of the year when the Year 3 students spend a night away from home in the company of their friends and teachers.  Students gain significant independence from this activity and come away with a real sense of achievement.  It is wonderful preparation for the camps in years ahead when students are away for a number of days and nights. 
Have a great time, Year 3!

 

End of year Celebration Events

Preparatory Friday 10 November   9am to 10am
Year 1 Friday 10 November   11am to 12midday
Year 2 Friday 10 November  1pm to 2pm
Years 3-4 Monday 27 November   6pm to 7.30pm
Years 5-6 Tuesday 28 November 6.30pm to 8pm

 

 

 

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 22:35

HEADSMART CONCUSSION PROGRAMME

The College is pleased to announce that we are the first APS school to join the Headsmart Concussion Programme. The College will be assisted with the delivery of this leading programme by UC Physio, who will conduct the testing as part of the programme.

We believe that this is a positive programme, in line with initiatives in major sporting codes, and will be a valuable tool to assist our families in the event of a head injury.

More details will be available soon with how families can get involved. We will be encouraging everyone involved in sport to sign up for the annual base line testing.

Stay tuned!

For more information visit the Headsmart website:
http://www.headsmart.me/

 

NAPLAN – A Part of Queensland’s Top Performing Schools


This week the Years 3/5/7/9 NAPLAN results were received by the College.  In analysing our performance across the wider community it is apparent that Coomera Anglican College sits within the top performing schools in the state of Queensland.  We can all feel proud and celebrate together the growth of our students and their successes over the years.  While our students continue to perform well in the academic realm they can also celebrate significant success in the areas of culture, music, sport, empathy, integrity, respect and personal happiness.  Ultimately it is this balance that will inspire students to flourish – to grow and develop with skills and attitudes that will give them the expertise and strength of character to face the world beyond.  Parents will receive student results later this term.

 

I have listed here the percentage of students at or above the National Minimum Standards (NMS):

 

Year 3 NAPLAN

Reading Writing Spelling Grammar/Punctuation Numeracy
100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 

 

Year 5 NAPLAN

Reading Writing Spelling Grammar/Punctuation Numeracy
99%  99%  98%  97%  100% 

 

  Year 7 NAPLAN

Reading Writing Spelling Grammar/Punctuation Numeracy
99%  99%  100%  97%  100% 

 

Year 9 NAPLAN

Reading Writing Spelling Grammar/Punctuation Numeracy
98%  95%  98%  99%  100% 

 


Public Speaking Competition


The Primary Public Speaking Competition is one way in which our students are able to gain the skills required to speak confidently in public.  This activity is extremely worthwhile and parents have also had an opportunity to become involved in the preparation.  We heard the Prep to Year 3 speeches at assembly on Tuesday and they were fantastic!!  We were all amazed by the level of confidence, vocabulary and content that the students displayed.  We will be witness to the finals of the Years 4 – 6 on Monday 7 August in the Principal’s Assembly at 8.45am.  Come along and see our finalists perform!

 

Ready to Welcome our Grandparents


14060125 10154389839473965 655747242 oThe students of the Early Learning Centre and the Primary Campus are ready to welcome Grandparents to the College on Friday 18 August.  Grandparents’ Day is always one of our most enjoyable days at the College and we all look forward to hosting our College grandparents as we prepare for the annual Book Week, Book Character Parade.  
Please note that 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.  

 

 

Primary Discos


Last Friday night saw the Primary students looking their very best as they danced with style on the IGC dance floor.  From flashing shoes and brightly coloured shirts to the many varieties of onesies, everyone had a wonderful time.  Thanks to Mrs Bissett and the team of teachers who organised the event and who assisted on the night.  Thanks also to the parent and student helpers who gave their time on the BBQ and in the canteen.  

 

Disco 4

 

 

End of year Celebration Events

Preparatory Friday 10 November   9am to 10am
Year 1 Friday 10 November   11am to 12midday
Year 2 Friday 10 November  1pm to 2pm
Years 3-4 Monday 27 November   6pm to 7.30pm
Years 5-6 Tuesday 28 November 6.30pm to 8pm

 


Before College


Students arriving at College before 8am (who are not involved in co-curricular activity) must go to OSHC.  If students arrive between 8am and 8.15am they should go to the undercover area (Prep – Year 5) or Year 5/6 Block (Year 6) where they can wait with supervision from College staff.   Students should not be waiting outside classrooms during this time.  At 8.15am students may then move to the classrooms.  

 


Some Reminders


Punctuality - Students are asked to ensure that they are at school on time each day.  
Uniform and Grooming  – Please help by encouraging your child(ren) to keep shoes polished and uniform and grooming within the guidelines of the College expectations.

 

 

New and Exciting Outdoor Play Spaces


Change and tradition, and how to marry both requires careful consideration.  Since none of us see the world and our College from the same perspective, critiques and feedback are a part of the process and the basis for meaningful growth.  
Recently we asked our Primary students what they thought about their playground.  Students were given an opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions about what they liked about the existing playground and what they would like to see included in the new playground.  
With the building of the Pod, the Primary campus will acquire new and exciting outdoor play spaces, designed to extend learning through play.  The removal of our temporary buildings, currently housing the Staffroom, Learning Support, Chinese and Art, will create more play space.  Planning for this area has begun and the inclusion of our students in this process is particularly important. We all look forward to these new and exciting changes.

 

Planning

 

Annual Public Speaking Competition


The Public Speaking Competition for Prep – Year 6 is well underway and every student has the opportunity to give a speech.  This has been a part of the College academic programme for many years and I am always amazed at the level of confidence and skill displayed by our students.  Good luck everyone!

 

Public Speaking Term 3

 

Years Prep - 6 Parent Information Afternoon


Thanks to all parents who came to the Prep – Yaer 6 Information Afternoon last Monday.  The feedback I have received from parents and teachers has been very positive.  All parents should have received the Year level information via Passmarc.  This information outlines the priorities for Semester 2.  If you have any questions or concerns please ask.

 

Worship – Flourishing: Habits of Heart


In 2017 our theme, is Flourishing, and Habits of Heart has played a focal part of our Primary Worship.  During Worship, Reverend Mary-Anne has been actively encouraging us to gain an appreciation for our own spirituality and this has given us a deeper sense of who we are.  During the term we have been fortunate to hear from a number of guest speakers in our Worship time. They have helped us to gain a deep knowledge and understanding of the importance of the Habits of Heart, through stories, friendships and family in our lives.  In doing this we challenge ourselves to become bigger, stronger and wiser in our lives.

 

We have also been prompted to reflect on how very fortunate we are to be a part of a Christian community, bound together by values founded on inclusivity and diversity, which enable our students to embark upon their personal quest to be respectful, compassionate and reflective young people.

 

Habits of Heart


The Pod –Recognising Growth Mindsets and Shared Learning 

Our new undertaking, the Pod, will emphasise and recognise the integration between the curriculum and all those aspects of life and growth that make up our world.  In other words the four principles of human growth which direct our educational practice - Flourishing Hearts, Flourishing Minds, Flourishing Souls and Flourishing Strengths – will be at the core of our learning within the Pod.

Primary Students at CAC

As we watch the growth of the building on a daily basis it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of something so new and so potentially influential in our lives.  The opportunities offered by the Pod will be diverse.  If the look of this future focused resource is a bit different, not so the Coomera Anglican College heart that beats behind it.  Our College has long sought to deliver to its students the truth that education lies in recognising growth mindsets and shared learning experiences, all of which result in flourishing individuals.  The Pod is an accurate measure of the way Coomera Anglican College adds new dimensions to its vision for what constitutes a great Australian school, not just for now but in the future as well.         

 

A Spirit of Positivity – A Message from the Primary Captains

On assembly this week our Primary Captains spoke about the spirit of Coomera Anglican College.  Throughout their message, the Primary captains reminded us all that the Coomera Anglican College community has its own special bond that enables us all to feel supported and encouraged.  They spoke both confidently and articulately, pointing out that as a College, we grasp the idea of common pursuit and the importance of trust within our group and that as a College community we must all aim to strengthen the connections that bind us all together.


Parent Information Afternoon

I remind parents that the Semester 2, Parent Information Afternoon is scheduled for Monday 24 July 2017.  The sessions will include academic expectations for Semester 2, as well as providing information on camps, special days, child protection and other year level specific information.  The Year Level Information Booklet will be available on passmarc.

The format will be as follows: 

  • 3.15-3.45pm - Preparatory-Year 3 formal classroom sessions 
  • 3.45-4.15pm - Years 4-6 formal classroom sessions 
  • 3.20pm - Tea/coffee available in Primary Undercover Area 

 

The Semester 2 Parent Information Afternoon gives parents the opportunity to meet with their child’s class teacher and hear important information about routines, procedures and curriculum issues.  Please note that supervision will be provided for students whose parents are involved in the information session, as follows:

 

Preparatory-Year 1

Primary Library

Years 2-3

Primary LOTE room

Years 4-6                              

Primary Art Room

 

Parents are asked to collect students from these rooms at the conclusion of the Information Sessions.

CAC Public Speaking Competition

Building confidence and self-esteem are of paramount importance.  At Coomera Anglican College we work hard to ensure students are given every opportunity to build confidence and self-esteem.  The CAC Public Speaking Competition is one way in which our students are able to gain the skills required to speak confidently in public. 

This activity is extremely worthwhile and parents have also had an opportunity to become involved in the preparation.  Here are some details about the primary Campus Public Speaking Event:


Class speeches

Currently underway


Speech Finals

-          Tuesday August 1 at 8:45am in the Ivan Gibbs Centre (Prep-Year 1)

-          Tuesday August 1 at 9:10am in the Ivan Gibbs Centre (Years 2 & 3)

-          Monday August 7 at 8:45am in the IGC (Years 4-6)

 

Speaking Times

Prep                     30 seconds

Year 1 and 2         1 minute

Year 3 and 4         2 minutes

Year 5                  4 minutes

Year 6                  5 minutes

 

Primary students banking

School Banking – Get Involved!

School banking occurs every Friday morning. It is a great programme that teaches children good money saving habits. The program is operated by the Commonwealth Bank. The easiest way to get your child involved is to either open an account online or in a branch. Upon joining your children will receive a deposit book and Platybank money box. Each Friday they simply bring their deposit book to school and give it to their teacher for banking. 

The bank also offers rewards for students who bank regularly.  In addition, the College earns money for College resources.  The College receives the following benefits;

-          $5 for every account activated in the program.

-          5% of every deposit made as commission to a maximum of $10.

Last year the College received over $1500.  Please encourage your child to get involved and support the College at the same time. The link below gives you all the information you need.

https://www.commbank.com.au/personal/kids/school-banking.html

 

Welcome Back


As we return from three weeks away, once again we find ourselves presented with the opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues.  I hope that you had a relaxing and adventure filled break.  Time away often enriches a deeper spirit of connection and affirms the strength of our relationships.  This is certainly true of us. We are a community with a common bond which supports an education focused on common values infused with energy and purpose, 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 spirit of friendship!  Welcome back, everyone!

 

Week1 T3 1

Building Gratitude in our Community


Our theme this year, Flourishing, has invigorated the notion of gratitude – an enduring and timeless character strength that underpins our College values.  Through the positive emotion of gratitude the virtues of behaving decently and honourably towards others are instilled.  Gratitude is at the core of our prevailing values education and it continues to feed both the heart and soul of our College.  

This term our SRC students will be encouraging us to find gratitude for the things we have and the people in our lives.  Gratitude enables students to confidently and personally Flourish.  For what is a school if it’s principal purpose, reaching beyond even the transmission and pursuit of knowledge, is not to provide the motivation to feel gratitude towards others.    

 

Parent Information Afternoon


Coomera Anglican College encourages an environment where parents feel included, valued, fully informed and knowledgeable about the College and the progress of their children.  In line with this the Semester 2 Parent Information Afternoon scheduled for Monday 24 July.  The afternoon will allow parents and guardians to gain information from the Prep – Year 6 class teachers.  We consider this information afternoon very important and recommend that at least one parent/guardian from each family attend the sessions that are applicable.  
 
Teachers will speak about the Semester 2 Parent Information Booklet.  This will include academic expectations for Semester 2 as well as providing information on camps, special days and other year level specific information.  
Please note: A fully supervised homework room will be provided for students waiting for parents attending the information afternoon.

 

Grandparents' Day - 2017


Invitations for Grandparents’ Day, 2017 will be sent home early in Term 3.  Grandparents’ Day will be celebrated in the Early Learning Centre and Primary campus on Friday 18 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.

 

Primary Student Portfolios


Parents are reminded to return the Student Portfolio which was sent home with the Semester One Report at the end of last term.  Portfolios should be returned to your child’s class teacher.

 

Week1 T3 2

The Gold Coast North Chess Championship was held on Tuesday 13 June. 

Merit ribbons were awarded to Robert Skurr in B division and Petra Dennett in C division.

 

Chess 1 censored

 

Congratulations to all the entire Primary Chess team, who represented the College so proudly.

 

 

Inspired to Flourish


As the second term comes to an end, we take great pride in our students’ ability to create a resilience which enables them to confidently explore and create new and exciting futures. This term our students have all flourished as they have worked with one another celebrating successes and achievements.  Being able to work and connect with others is fundamental to the attainment of success and achievement and during this first semester the students of the Primary Campus have acted with composure, self-assurance and aptitude.  There is no doubt that our theme, “Flourishing”, has inspired us all!

Wk 9 1

Wk 9 2

Wk 9 3

 

I wish all families a well-earned break from the routine of the College day over the next three weeks and I look forward to welcoming everyone back in Term 3 ready to continue exploring new ways of Flourishing.

 

 Wk 9 4

 

 

College Camp Programme – Beginning 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 11 August 2017

Year 4 – (Lake Ainsworth) Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 August 2017

Year 5 – (Tyalgum Ridge) Tuesday 22 – Friday 25 August 2017

Year 6 – (Noosa North Shore) Tuesday 31 October – Friday 3 November 2017

 

Long Service Leave


Mrs Anne Senden (Year 1 Teacher Assistant) and Mrs Chui McDonald (Chinese Teacher) will both take long service leave during Term 3.  We wish them well!

 

Farewell and Best Wishes, Mr Alex Bennett19198152 10155359083008965 228255746 n


Mr Alex Bennett leaves the College at the end of Term 1 to move to Sydney with his family. Mr Bennett has been an energetic member of our community and has demonstrated good humour, kindness and deep humanity. During his time at Coomera Anglican College he has shown great compassion for hisstudents, has nurtured the individuality and uniqueness in all those who have been fortunate to be in his class.  Mr Bennett has taught with enduring enthusiasm and like any truly gifted teacher, he has a deep respect and admiration for all of his students.  Mr Bennett’s contribution to Coomera Anglican College has been significant and he will be missed by us all.    

 

Beginning of Term 3


Parents are reminded that the start of Term 3 is on Tuesday 11 July.

 

 

 

Instrumental Musical Concerts


The Term 2 Instrumental Music Concerts have been a wonderful occasion from both performers and spectators.  Over the course of 2 weeks instrumental students have had an opportunity to perform in front of very appreciative audiences.  Our young musicians performed with an aboundance of confidence, and the quality of the entertainment provided by these young and very talented musicians highlighted once again, the amazing composure, self-assurance and aptitude of our students. Anyone who has attendede would agree that our musical future is in very good hands.
I thank all the students who performed and the many various instrumental tutors who coordinated the concerts.  Well done, everyone!

 Music concerts

 

Primary Campus Start Smart Programme – Financial Literacy


This week, students from Years 1 – 6 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. 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 feature characters such as Captain SuperCents and Coach Cash, who all represent 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 and Netball players who competed in the DNK Cup (an interschool sporting competition) on Thursday of this week.  All teams played to the very best of their abilities and achieved some wonderful results.

Netball

  • Year 4 Netball 4th
  • Year 5 Netball 1st
  • Year 6 Netball 3rd

DNK Cup

 Rugby

  • Year 5 Rugby 4th
  • Year 6 Rugby 3rd

Well done, students and coaches!

 

A Visit from the Far North – Townsville Grammar Sport Tour


On Friday 16 June, the Townsville Grammar Junior School Rugby and Netball teams will visit Coomera Anglican College to play against our Year 6 Rugby and Netball teams.  The games are scheduled between 9.30am and 10.30am and will be followed by a Presentation Assembly and Morning Tea for the students and staff involved. The students playing in the games will be sent further information.  All Year 6 students who are not involved in playing Rugby or Netball will be involved as spectators during this time.  This is yet another opportunity for our students to further enhance the culture of respect, friendship and success through playing of sport within the Queensland Independent School group.

 

“Flourishing Day” – Inspired by others!


The students of the Primary campus will provide great inspiration for us all on Friday, next week as they come to College dressed ready to celebrate “Flourishing Day”.  Students will be asked to come as someone they aspire to be in the future.  Here are some ideas for how you might ‘Flourish to Be’ to help you imagine your costume:

  • You might like to extend/flourish your creativity, so you could dress as an artist or have crayons or paintbrushes hanging off your clothes!

  • You might aspire to be a doctor or a builder, so you could dress as someone in this occupation would dress

  • You might like to flourish at Mathematics and pin mathematical signs on your clothes

  • Someone who would like to flourish to be more musical could wear musical notes

  • You might aspire to be involved in the environment and could dress as an endangered animal or as a scientist or even an habitat 

Please remember to wear sun-safe clothing and closed in shoes and bring your hat

 

Embracing our Learning Future – The Pod


If you have a vision of school libraries as forbidding dark rooms with book shelves that stretch out of sight, packed closely with stark, upright, wooden study tables where not a chair risks being away from under the table edge; where hapless students, thumb silently and cautiously through dusty, ancient books; where a grim and taciturn Mrs Squelch (bun in hair) invigilates the comings and goings of morose children, then think again!  This mythical portrait of school libraries really is light years away from The Pod.  

The development of The Pod, is well under way.  The shape has become more obvious over the past week and a look through the inside provides a view to the future of learning in the Primary Campus.  The Pod will allow us to move in a direction that suits everyone’s individual learning styles and needs.  It will provide state of the art technology, modern learning spaces designed for student inquiry, social and cultural engagement and a resource base that will extend the learning of each individual within the Primary campus.

 

 The Pod

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