Primary News

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 01:17

From the Head of Primary - Week 6, Term 3 2018

 

Grandparents’ Day

The 2018 Grandparents’ Day was full of celebration, colour and clever book character costumes, all set under a glorious August sky.  Our grandparents entered into the spirit of the day through their support and encouragement of their grandchildren, and it was fantastic to see the coming together of two generations in a celebration of family and learning. The Archbishop's message for us this year was to find ways of bringing generations together. College grandparents added great wisdom to the Book Week theme, “Find Your Treasure”, as they enjoyed time at the book character parade, in classrooms and at the book fair.  

 

Grandparents are a perpetual reminder of the opportunities and optimism that education provides. But undoubtedly a grandparent’s influence goes even deeper than this.  The imagery of the old school days produces a captivating nostalgia, and 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.  It would seem that the coming together of the generations on Grandparents Day ignites a passion of togetherness.  Without doubt, Grandparents’ Day is one of our most enjoyable days of the year.  Thank you to all of our grandparents and special friends.

 

Book Week – Find Your Treasure

The Book Week activities this week have been very popular with all concerned.  The highlight of the week was the special Book Character Parade held today on Grandparents’ Day.  There was such an amazing variety, colour and creativity in the costuming on the day.  Our students, teachers, parents and grandparents all looked fantastic!  I thank Mrs Wellham, Mr Davis, Mrs Spinks and Mrs Wood for their excellent organisation of the week.    Congratulations to the following classes for the best decorated book week doors:

Years 3–6: 4P
Prep–Year 2:1J

 

Coomera Anglican College Public Speaking Competition Winners

I am pleased to be able to announce the winners of our 2018 Coomera Anglican College Public Speaking Competition. 

The winners are:

Year FourAva Barrett
Year FiveCooper Moore
Year SixJessica Brown

Congratulations to each of these students!

 

Dads' Day Gift Stall – Thursday 23 August

PAFA will be holding a Dads' Day Stall on Thursday 23 August in the Primary Campus.  Some beautiful $7.00 gifts are being prepared for your child to select. Your child might also like to purchase a gift for Grandpa.  

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 ziplock sandwich bag with your order form
  • Please do not send in any cash until the day of the Stall on Thursday 23 August
     

Dads' Day Celebration – Friday 7 September

The Dads’ Day celebration this year is on the morning of Friday 7 September.  Invitations and details of the morning will be sent out in the Primary weekly updates and will be available on Passmarc.

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 21:03

From the Head of Primary - Week 5, Term 3 2018

 

Flourishing Minds – having a sense of accomplishment!

Week 5 has been yet another week of spectacular accomplishments for our students. We commenced the week with a Principal’s assembly where it is fair to say we were all blown away by the brilliance of our public speaking finalists. They entertained, inspired, educated and amused the audience and left judges with the near impossible task of deciding a winner. Congratulations to all involved. The winners will be announced next week.

 

Flourishing Hearts - Loving life together with Gratitude
#cacgratitude #lovinglifetogether

Gratitude is an emotional response to a gift - whether tangible or intangible. Just pausing and appreciating things that we often take for granted - a loving home, family and friends, loyal and adoring pets, nutritious food for bodies, our College, its staff, and its community - is an enormously powerful act.  As well as being an action, gratitude is also a positive emotion. It's taking a moment to stop, breathe and simply reflect when something wonderful happens, big or small.
In recent times, the positive impact gratitude can have toward improving overall wellbeing has been widely researched. Findings include, identifying the importance of relatedness when moving gratitude from an emotion to an action. In other words, to be truly grateful and express it outwardly requires a commitment to prioritising the relationships in our lives, or to ‘love life together’. Starting this Sunday, 12 August, our entire College community is invited to shine a light on our collective giftedness and take a moment to be grateful during our ‘30 Days of Gratitude’. Throughout the 30 days, students will complete various activities culminating with Gratitude day, on Tuesday 11 September.
We ask that you stop for a moment, and share a photo and short statement with us, of one thing that you and your family are most grateful for.
Email your gratitude moments to cacgratitude@cac.qld.edu.au or simply tag us in a photo using #cacgratitude
Over the next 30 days, the College will share on our Facebook, Instagram and even our College Days Road sign your gratitude posts!

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Flourishing Souls – Using our gifts to serve

As I look out across our beautifully green ovals it’s hard to imagine the hardship being experienced by our farmers and just how dire the situation has become. I am visited daily by students eager to help – one student even suggesting we fill up all the used plastic drink bottles we could find with water and send them West. They argued this solution would help to reuse some of our waste and provide much needed water! This kind of selfless mindset is one we foster here at the College by building a sense of service in our students. Our SRC are currently exploring ways to support our farmers. Stay tuned for more information.

 

Flourishing Strengths – Our Athletes Shine
The Primary Athletics Team took to the track on Thursday at the Junior Schools’ APS Athletics Carnival. Competition at this carnival is exceedingly strong with APS carnivals widely regarded as one of the strongest school sports carnivals in Australia. To be competitive takes passion, perseverance and belief, all of which our athletes demonstrated in abundance to finish 3rd Overall and 3rd in the Percentage trophy!
I thank Mrs Stephen and her team of coaches for their work with our Athletics team.  Their organisation and attention to detail has been significant.  We continue to go from strength to strength!!!  
NOTE: Full details of the individual and team successes will be published soon!

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Primary Book Week

During Book Week later this month, the ABC Kids For Parents Facebook channel will be sharing a post a day featuring an ABC Kids book which will end on the final day of Book Week with a competition to win a set of the featured books. The Hole, written by our wonderful ‘author-in-residence’, Kerry Brown, is one of the books chosen for this week. Join in the competition, enjoy some great books and maybe win a prize!
Another competition beginning run for Book Week is from the Gold Coast Libraries. Details of these competitions are at branches of your local library. Please note Coomera Anglican College Primary Book Week is held a week before the official Australia wide Book Week.

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 

Class Name
PH Jack Flower
PK Mia Freestone
PM Jade Leatham
PW Jack Rowland
1B Cooper Crump
1F Miley Franklin
1J Kobe Loxton
1R Aiden Simpson
2B Nicha Ramsland
2H Jakoby Sheehy
2J Goodluck Barak
2P Xavier Karger
3B Isabella Stevenson
3C Key Liu
3F Kaleb Ferisa
3P Terrie Shin
4B Jorja Pemberton
4F Kaleb Ling
4P Jesse Brown
4S Archie Brown
5D Ethan Moore
5E Luca Hardy-Trickey
5H Jett Ryan
5P Joseph Lowdon
6C Lucy Robertson
6D Mikayla Callow
6N Aysia Whinwray
6R Henry Sprott
Wednesday, 01 August 2018 01:16

From the Head of Primary - Week 4, Term 3 2018

 

A Message from our Primary Captain – Emanuel FerisaFerisa Emanuel

When you feed, you flourish!  Nurture the things that you want to grow.  At Coomera Anglican College, we enjoy many opportunities to “Love Life Together”.  We work hard, and we learn and flourish as we grow together.

 

It is important that we continue to make the most of our College days – time passes so quickly!  Keep doing your best, meet your challenges head on and remember that growth becomes more meaningful when we face our challenges with conviction.  Never give up!

 

Farewell and Best Wishes, Ms Kayla Kuhnemann

Ms Kayla Kuhnemann leaves our College at the end of next week, to begin a new chapter in her life.
Ms Kuhnemann has contributed to our community with energy, kindness and good humour.   During her time at Coomera Anglican College, she has shown great compassion for the students she has taught, and she has not only nurtured the individuality in the students under her care, but she has encouraged their curiosity and uniqueness as well.  Throughout almost 5 years of service, Ms Kuhnemann has taught both Year 3 and Prep, and she has done so with enduring enthusiasm and deep respect and admiration for all of her students.  Ms Kuhnemann’s contribution to Coomera Anglican College has been significant, she will be missed by us all.  Best wishes, Kayla! 

 

Public Speaking Competition

This week, we had the privilege of observing the finals of the Prep – Year 3 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.  Being a public speaker takes great courage and significant practice.  We were all amazed by the level of confidence, vocabulary and presentation that the students displayed.  

The finals of the Years 4 – 6 Public Speaking will be at that Principal’s Assembly on Monday 6 August at 8.45am in the IGC.  Come along and see our finalists perform!

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Ready to Welcome our Grandparents

The students of the Early Learning Centre and the Primary Campus are ready to welcome Grandparents to the College on Friday 17 August.  Grandparents’ Day is always one of our most enjoyable days at the College and we all look forward to again hosting our College grandparents for the annual Book Week and 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.

 

Before College

Please remember that students who are not involved in co-curricular activity and arrive at the College before 8.00am must go to OSHC.  If students arrive between 8.00am 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 then move to their 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.

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 

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Blessed and Open for Business!

The Opening of the Pod is complete.  This morning, Archbishop Dr Philip Aspinall blessed the Pod, the new staffroom and the Primary Administration.  Together, these new areas equip us to respond to the ever-changing educational and social needs of our students and their teachers.  Our new facilities represent our commitment to growth and development. Our constant search for best practice is the driving force behind our quest to reimagine education and independent learning.  There is no doubt that the heart of our Primary Campus is beating with renewed verve, which encaptures the culture of progressive learning.

Pod Blessing

 

Overparenting – Too much of a good thing?
By Head of Teaching and Learning P to 6,  Miss Lisa Shaw

Last Monday evening, the Semester Two Parent Information Evening adopted a slightly new format with the addition of Dr Judith Locke to the programme. Dr Locke is a high-accomplished expert in her field, currently practising as a clinical psychologist, working as a QUT lecturer and is the author of the best-selling book, The Bonsai Child. Dr Locke used humour, wit and charm to captivate her audience when presenting a workshop to Primary parents on the topic of raising confident and capable children, with a particular focus on anxiety.  
Dr Locke provided an engaging and honest account of the challenges of modern parenting and offered practical strategies to assist parents in raising resilient children. She coined the term overparenting, which can be described as an extreme responsiveness to children’s perceived needs that is not age appropriate. Dr Locke shared research documenting how overparenting results in poor life skills, reduced resilience, anxiety, perfectionism and a sense of entitlement. She cited research highlighting that self-esteem has little to do with success and even that there is no connection between feelings of high self-esteem, academic achievement and relationships.
Whilst wanting to guide children towards success, Dr Locke explains that making things too easy for them will negatively impact levels of resilience, self-regulation, resourcefulness and respect for authority. These elements, Dr Locke contends, are vital for long-term success and should be a higher priority than trying to manage a child’s self-esteem.

 

Other key messages included:

  • High emphasis on emotions leads to a low emphasis on actions
  • High levels of help suggest to a child that they lack the skills to face challenges independently
  • Praise becomes pressure over time
  • The more praise a child hears, the less they value it
  • Many children are erroneously convinced that anything but happiness is abnormal

 

The long-term impact for children can extend beyond the College and into the workplace where overparented young people:

  • Maintain a sense of entitlement
  • Expect copious amounts of praise and reassurance
  • Require instant gratification
  • Are not equipped to receive constructive criticism

 

The messages delivered by Dr Locke were insightful and supported by decades of research. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from the teacher and parent community, we hope to arrange a follow-up evening with Dr Locke in the near future.

 

The Primary Discos

Time to dust off the bling and polish the dancing shoes because the Primary Discos are just two weeks away! As the excitement in the staff room reaches fever pitch the students are also excitedly planning their evening at the Disco. The three Year level Discos, Prep to Year 1, Year 2 to Year 3, and Year 4 to Year 6 are on Friday 10 August.  The cost of the disco is $5.00 which is to be paid by Wednesday 8 August 2018. Bookings are now open for permission and payments.

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  4. Be sure to read and accept the terms and conditions contained in this letter and then further approve the event. Please ensure you click on the save box at the bottom of the page.

 

Camp Date Reminders

 

 Year Level Camp  Venue Date
  Year 3 Sleepover   Ivan Gibbs Centre  Friday 24 August
Year 4 Lake Ainsworth Monday 27 August to Wednesday 29 August
Year 5 Tyalgum Ridge Monday 27 August to Thursday 30 August
Year 6 Noosa North Shore  Monday 10 September to Thursday 13 September

 

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 

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Parent Information AfternoonDr Judith Locke

I remind parents that on Monday 23 July at 4.45pm in the Ivan Gibbs Cente, Dr Judith Locke will be presenting a session on how to raise confident and resilient children.  Dr Locke is a clinical psychologist and a former teacher who specialises in parenting and child wellbeing. She is the director of a private practice and provides psychological counselling to children, adolescents, parents and families.

Dr Locke uses the latest research together with her own clinical experience to offer positive and effective strategies parents can use to help children become more confident and capable as they grow and develop.  

This offer is free for all Primary parents, and I encourage everyone to come along to this very unique opportunity.  We look forward to seeing all our parents at this session.

Please RSVP via Try booking: Dr Locke Presentation -RSVP

Please note: The Dr Locke presentation at the parent information aftrernoon, is in place of our usual presentation. The informtion usually covered at this event - Semester Two activities, Year level camps/excursions, special events, and academic topics, is available via PASSMARC as well as our weekly emails. 

 

Independent Schools’ Debating

The Primary debating students from Years 5 and 6 competed in the final round of the Gold Coast Independent School Debating Competition which was hosted at Coomera Anglican College on Wednesday 18 July, 2018.  

Our students debated confidently in their final debates to take out an equal 4th place in the 2018 Ruth Parlett Memorial Debating Competition. The Ruth Parlett Memorial Interschool Debating Competition is named in honour of the late Mrs Ruth Parlett, former Year 7 Teacher and Coordinator of Students. Mrs Parlett passed away June 17 2002.  The Debating competition is one of the memorials to her life.

The members of Debating have worked hard again this year to achieve well, and I thank them for their commitment and dedication.  I thank also Mrs Barbara Wellham (Coordinator), Miss Lisa Shaw and Mrs Taryn Jorgensen.  Congratulations and well done, everyone!

 

Helping our Children Survive in a World of Modern Technology

Research shows that family holds the key to keeping children protected on-line.  As we move into Term Three it is timely to remind ourselves of the importance of monitoring our children’s digital experiences.  I would ask parents to remain vigilant in their supervision of their children’s use of technology.  The consequences from inappropriate use of social media can often be felt at school where friendships can break down and students can feel isolated and upset.  Regular conversations with your child about the appropriate use of technology can avert any possible concerns or issues.  Please ensure that you have a transparent approach to your child’s social media and their use of technology in general.  Remember that most social networks such as Facebook have a stipulation that students must be 13 years of age before they can use the site.  
Let’s all band together to ensure that our children are guided through the use of technology and social media.

 

Camp Date Reminders

 

 Year Level Camp  Venue Date
  Year 3 Sleepover   Ivan Gibbs Centre  Friday 24 August
Year 4 Lake Ainsworth Monday 27 August to Wednesday 29 August
Year 5 Tyalgum Ridge Monday 27 August to Thursday 30 August
Year 6 Noosa North Shore  Monday 10 September to Thursday 13 September

 

Student Free Day - Year 7 and Preparatory, 2019, Orientation Day - DATE CHANGE

 

Please be advised that the Term 4 Student Free Day is now Monday 22 October.
2019 Preparatory and 2019 Year 7 Orientation will be on this day - Monday 22 October. Further details will be forwarded later in the term.
This was previously advised as Monday 15 October; please amend your diary accordingly.

 

School Banking – Get Involved!


kids20money20boy20coinsThe School Banking programme is operated by the Commonwealth Bank and facilitated by the College PAFA school banking team. It provides a fun, interactive and engaging way for young children to learn about money and develop good saving habits. To get your child involved either open a Youthsaver account online, in a branch or they can use their existing one. Upon joining your children will receive a deposit book and Platybank money box. Every Friday is banking day, and students simply bring their deposit book to school and hand it to their class teacher ready for banking.  

As part of the Super Savers theme, rewards are offered to students, keeping them motivated and to demonstrate the value of saving. Various prizes are released throughout the year. A small commision also goes directly to the College PAFA fundraising for their role in facilitation.

We encourage all students to get involved and develop good financial habits. The link below gives you all the information you need.
https://www.commbank.com.au/personal/kids/school-banking.html

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 

Class Name
PH Xavier Moore
PK Kiara West
PM Mylah Bradford
PW Nina Fitch
1B Katie Bennett
1F Savannah Fava
1J Ella Fernandez
1R Sophie Thomas
2B Ria Marsden
2H Annabella Calder
2J Ava Winkworth
2P Alexsey Burov
3B Darcey Smythe
3C Alexis Kenny
3F Shyla Fuller
3P Isabel Crump
4B Nate Sullivan-Francis
4F Riley Meecham
4P Nash Rigby
4S Riley McIlroy
5D Kai Evans
5E Mitchell White
5H Willow Fynney
5P Lucy Coombs
6C Caleb Watson
6D Madeline Delaney
6N Allegra Brant
6R Evie Bloomfield

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

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

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

Welcome back, everyone!

 

 

Parent Information – Semester Two

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DiabetesWeek 2017 CMYK 700 390x 01Diabetes Awareness Week

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

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

Facts about Diabetes

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

  • It is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia

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

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

  • In 2013, diabetes caused 5.1 million deaths globally.

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

 

Grandparents’ Day - 2018

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

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

 

Exploring beyond the boundaries of Loving Life Together

As the second term comes to an end, we can all take pride in our students’ ability to work and connect with each other, their teachers and the community in general.  This term, Loving Life Together has allowed our students to create within themselves, a resilience that enables them to confidently explore and create new and exciting futures. This is without doubt the fundamental drive in the attainment of success and achievement, and during this first semester, the students of the Primary Campus have operated with composure, self-assurance and aptitude.  There is no doubt, our theme continues to inspire us all!

I wish all families a well-earned break from the routine of the College day over the next three weeks and I hope encourage everyone returns in Term 3, ready to continue exploring our theme of “Loving Life Together”.

 

Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to all our wonderful athletes from Year 3 – Year 6 who ran, jumped and threw with enthusiasm and great heart yesterday.  Every student did their best and relished the opportunity to be a part of their particular House group.  Lane House won the carnival and Morris House took out the highly coveted Duck Trophy for their amazing cheering!  Congratulations to Mrs McLauchlan and the HPE staff who organised an excellent event!  

 

College Camp Programme – Begin 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 24 August 2018
  • Year 4 – (Lake Ainsworth) Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 August 2018
  • Year 5 – (Tyalgum Ridge) Monday 27 – Thursday 30 August 2018
  • Year 6 – (Noosa North Shore) Monday 10 September – Thursday 13 September 2018

 

Staff Changes for Term 3

Mrs Isla Fuller and Mrs Carley Penberthy are taking Maternity Leave and I wish them both well as they prepare for the birth of their children.
Mrs Kirsty Jackson (Year 2J Teacher) will take Long Service Leave during Term 3 and 4.  We wish her well as she takes her leave.
Mrs Caroline Pollard will be leaving the Primary Campus administration to take up the role as Teacher Assistant within our Music Department.  I thank Mrs Pollard for her work in the Primary Campus.

 

Beginning of Term 3

Parents are reminded that the start of Term 3 is on Tuesday 10 July.

          

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

  

Flourishing Wk 9
 

 

 

 

Instrumental Musical Concerts

The Term 2 Instrumental Mini Music Concerts attracted a wonderful response from our College community.  Over the course of the past two weeks, our instrumental students have had an opportunity to perform in front of appreciative and supportive audiences, and this year’s series of concerts once again highlighted the amazing composure, self-assurance and aptitude that our students possess. Anyone who has had the privilege of attending these concerts, would agree that our musical future is in excellent hands.
I thank all of the students who performed as well as the many instrumental tutors who have coordinated these concerts. 
Well done, everyone!

 

Start Smart Programme – Financial Literacy

This week, the students from Years 1 – 6 all 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 and it is never too late to start learning.  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 they feature characters such as Captain Super Cents and Coach Cash, both of whom represent all 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
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DNK Cup

Congratulations to our Rugby, Futsal and Netball payers who competed in the DNK Cup on Thursday of this week. The DNK Cup is an interschool sporting competition involving many of the Independent schools across Gold Coast and Brisbane. All teams played beyond themselves achieving some wonderful results with two 1st places, two 2nd places and a 3rd place.  Congratulations to all students and coaches!

Netball:
-    Year 4 Netball 2th
-    Year 5 Netball 4th
-    Year 6 Netball 1st
Rugby:
-    Year 4 Rugby 4th
-    Year 6 Rugby 4th
Futsal
-    Year 4 Girls 4th
-    Year 4 Boys 1st
-    Year 5 Girls 3rd
-    Year 5 Boys 4th
-    Year 6 Girls 2nd
-    Year 6 Boys 4th

Well done, students and coaches!

DK Cup

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Gold Coast North Chess Championships

Our Coomera Anglican College teams competed in the Gold Coast North Chess Championships last Wednesday displaying great skill and purpose. Our teams were awarded many ribbons and medals:

Division B:
3rd place team medals – Owen Boorer, Zachary Karger, Nicholas Schneider,  Zeke Taylor
Individual Merit ribbons - Owen Boorer, Zachary Karger

Division C:
Individual Merit ribbon – Petra Dennett

Division D:
Individual Merit ribbons – Deklan Ford, Robert Skurr

Division E:
1st  place team medals – Liam Troy, Jungbyn Yang, Kaelan Ward, Hugh Greener
2nd place Individual medal – Kaelan Ward
Individual Merit ribbons – Liam Troy, Jungbyn Yang,  Hugh Greener

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Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

  

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The Pod Is Officially Open For Business

Today the Pod, the new staff room and Primary Administration were officially opened.  Officials from various levels of government, The Anglican Church, Education and members of our community gathered together to celebrate facilities that have the potential to change the lives of all those who are fortunate enough to work and extend their learning within their bounds.  The Opening Ceremony attracted over 80 special guests, and there was great applause from all in attendance when the plaques, that will eventually take their place front and centre on the walls of the new buildings, were unveiled.

The ceremony was followed by a tour of the Pod, where students demonstrated the level of technology and learning potential that the Pod provides.  Morning tea was held in the new staffroom and guests had an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings about our new state of the art facilities.  A fitting opening for a College of the future.

Pod Opening

 

 

Under 8s' Day

Today, Under 8s' Day was celebrated on the Primary Campus. Our Prep - Year 3 students were treated to some very exciting Under 8s' activities, and everyone (both the Under 8s' and the “Under 8s' at heart”) had a fantastic time celebrating together.  Our younger students from The Early Learning Centre also joined the Prep - Year 3 students to celebrate this special day.  This year the theme was “Children Exploring Language and Culture” and it was evident from the colour and animation of the day that children’s play was the order of the day.  Well done to all our Under 8s'!

Thank you to our Year 6 buddies who were there to assist on the various activity stalls.  Together they showed tremendous leadership, direction and thoughtful guidance.  Congratulations and thank you to Mr Michael Henderson for his fine organisation of the day.

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The Queensland da Vinci Decathlon – 2nd Place

This week a group of our students from the Primary campus were invited to the Queensland da Vinci Decathlon held on the Gold Coast.  The Queensland da Vinci Decathlon is an academic interschool gala competition operated in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon, with a variety of events of an academic nature.  Students competed in the following disciplines: mathematics, chess, code breaking, engineering challenge, philosophy, creative producers, art and poetry, cartography and general knowledge.

It was encouraging to see our students involved and respond well as they tackled the various tasks and problem-solving challenges put to them on the day.  Our College teams competed against 1300 students in the competition.  The Primary team was awarded 2nd place in the Queensland State Championships for Art and Design and Engineering.  This is an excellent result of a very tough competition.

Congratulations to our College teams and thanks to Mr Joel Davis and Ms Lisa Shaw for their organisation.

 

Our Man From NASA – Mr Stephen Hunter

In his recent visit to Australia, Stephen Hunter, who is NASA’s manager of the International Space Station’s computer resources, took some time from his busy schedule to enhance our students’ learning about space travel, the International Space Station and the universe in general.   
It is Mr Hunter’s job to find ways to bring technology on board and he has been working on a programme to use everyday technology products— such as iPads, laptops and printers which you can buy in any store.
We have all welcomed Stephen’s visit, not only because he has taught us so much about our universe but probably more importantly because Stephen impressed with his very personal and warm manner.  He has made many friends at Coomera Anglican College, and we all feel a connection with him.  He will remain a lifetime friend of our College.  Students and staff have all been inspired by our man from NASA, and we have come away with a renewed sense of vigour and motivation to continue the journey of learning, always doing our best.  
Thank you, Stephen Hunter, for enlightening our senses and provoking our curiosity. 

Nasa Collage

 

 

Human Relations Education

During this week the students of Years 5 and 6 have been engaged in the annual Human Relations Education programme conducted by Life Education, Queensland.   The programme is designed to assist young people to develop a positive attitude and provide them with information on personal hygiene and self-confidence during this stage of their development.

The Year 5 students focused on healthy relationships, specifically friendships, and how to conduct healthy relationships.

The Year 6 students focused on the physical, social and emotional changes experienced during puberty and helping students understand and cope with this important phase of development, incorporating some information on individual identity as well.  

The students who were accompanied by their teachers all appreciated the sessions and gained significantly from them.  Thank you Mr Campbell for your organisation.

Mr Brad Scarrabelotti, (the facilitator) was so impressed with the Coomera Anglican College students he sent me this email:

I just wanted to thank you for having Life Education at your school. I had a delightful few days working with Year 5 and 6. They were very respectful and displayed a high level of maturity after some initial giggles at the beginning of each lesson. Also, their level of engagement made it a pleasure to work with them.

I’ve worked at hundreds of SEQ schools over the past few years, and it’s only on the rare occasion where I visit a school like yours. Not only were the students delightful to work with but every teacher spoke glowingly about how much they love their job and working at CAC. A teacher even spoke of your inspiring ethos for the school and how much of a positive impact it has on the school. Your team’s leadership and whole school approach seems to be doing wonders for your school community, and you should all be commended for what you’re achieving.

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

  

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Coomera Community Fair – “Celebrating Growth”

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The Coomera Community Fair is here!! This will be a time for us to come together in support of our College.  The Fair promises to be a wonderful event for all of our community.  Everyone is encouraged to come along and join in the fun and camaraderie, all of which makes our College such a great community. 

 

Coomera Community Fair Set up and Pack up

On Saturday 26 May from 8am, we will be setting up for the Coomera Community Fair which will take place on the College grounds the next day.  Helpers are required to meet on the Primary Oval to assist in this task.  There will also be a Fair pack up on Sunday after 3pm.  If you can assist, please come along.   All volunteers are welcome.

 

Show Us Your Talent Spectacular

Last night, the Primary Campus presented the annual “Show Us Your Talent Spectacular”.  There were 21 performances showcasing more than 40 Primary students in an eclectic array of acts, all done with the assistance of a very slick and able backstage crew.

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The evening’s programme ranged from classical music and dance through to some very clever Japanese Koto and Stick Licks Snare Drums.  The musical talents of our Primary students continue to develop.  Their dedication, motivation and sheer love of music is always evident.  With only a short rehearsal during the hours before the concert, their talents were indeed, outstanding.

 

Congratulations to our two comperes, Lucy Robertson and Ben Sheppard.  Both confidently introduced the performers, yet still managed to perform in a number of items themselves.  Thank you to our backstage crewman Brodie Graham, for his excellent stage preparation. I particulary thank the College music staff - Mrs Shelley Bissett, Ms Rachel Mansfield, Mrs Katherine Bartlett, Mrs Jo Spinks, Mrs Kathy Antill, Mrs Denise Balson and Mr Andy Griffiths (sound and lighting) for their precise management of the concert and their encouragement of our young musicians.

 

Year 1 Farm Brunch

As a culmination to the Year 1 unit on farms, the students and teachers of Year 1 celebrated today with a farm brunch.  Students tasted a variety of foods which are produced on farms that they have been learning about this term.  It was a colourful morning and I thank all of our Year 1 parent helpers who cooked and prepared the farm food for the students to enjoy.  Well done, everyone!

Yr 1 Farm Brunch

 

Under 8’s Day

Under 8s' Day is almost here!  On Friday 1 June our Under 8 students will gather in the Primary Campus and Early Learning Centre to celebrate the joys of being under 8.  This year’s theme is “Children Exploring Language and Culture”.  Senior Kindy and Pre-Prep children will join with Prep-Year 3 students to celebrate.  The day is always a fun experience with many activities and events in the planning.  The activities begin at 11am on the small oval, and in and around the Early Learning Centre, as well as the Prep – Year 2 Classrooms.  The day concludes at 12.45pm.  We invite you to come along and celebrate with us.

 

Human Relations Education – “Talk About It”

Next week the students of Years 5 and 6 will be engaged in the annual “Talk About it” programme conducted by Life Education, Queensland.   The programme is designed to assist young people develop a positive attitude towards their physical and emotional development and provides them with information on personal hygiene and self-confidence during this stage of their development.

The Year 5 students will focus on healthy relationships and friendships.

The Year 6 students will focus on the physical, social and emotional changes experienced during puberty.  

The students will be accompanied by their teachers as they explore this very important phase of human development.  Thank you, Mr Campbell for your organisation.

 

Reporting

At the end of this term parents will receive their child’s Semester One Academic Report and Portfolio.  The report and portfolio at Coomera Anglican College are very detailed and comprehensive documents.  Together they provide details of each student’s performance over the course of one semester. Teachers spend many hours collating student assessment and writing the report.  This process is well under way and will continue over the next few weeks until the end of Term 2.

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

  

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 Coomera Community Fair – Sunday 27 May 2018.

The Coomera Community Fair is approaching! Between 10am and 3pm on Sunday 27 May, the College grounds will transform into a haven for excited children, running from ride to ride, enjoying the animal farm, experiencing the taste of the Cupcake stall, sitting motionless for the face painter, returning to the fairy floss stall time and time again, and generally delighting in the fun of the fair. The day promises to be one of fun and community spirit for all age groups.

Note: If you have not yet volunteered on your class stall please contact your class coordinator or class teacher.

All Day Ride Passes are now available online; pre-purchase and save!

To book ride tickets, please visit: 

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 Coomera Community Fair Set up and Pack up

The College will be setting up for the Coomera Community Fair on Saturday 26 May from 8.00am for the Fair which will be on Sunday. Helpers are required to meet on the Primary Oval to assist in this task. There will also be a Fair pack up on Sunday after 3pm. If you can assist, please come along.   All volunteers are welcome.

 NAPLAN Testing 2018

NAPLAN Testing for 2018 is now complete.   All our students gave themselves every opportunity to do the best that they could in each area of the NAPLAN tests. It was delightful to witness the mature and calm approach that each of them displayed throughout the three days.

I take this opportunity to thank the students in Years 3,5,7, and 9 for their commitment and dedication to the tests. They made us all very proud. I thank also the staff for their care and guidance over the period of NAPLAN preparation and on the test days. They all ensured that students remained focused and alert without losing enthusiasm and interest. We look forward to the results later this year.

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

  

PH Hunter Campbell
PK Dinara Waretini
PM Rheanna Agrawal
PW Sydney Leahy
1B Nardia Ristic
1F Talan Darby
1J Arysha Anis
1R Savannah Bray
2B Maggie Rose
2H Joshua Andrews
2J Sage Leydon
2P Saige Mackay
3B Tyla Richter
3C Tyra MacMillan
3F Millar Dunn
3P Aemon Sharman
4B Jackson Peck
4F Cooper Poschich
4P Bridgette Gibson
4S Alexzandra Hadley
5D Claire Szumko
5E Ryan Kiefer
5H Jack Turner
5P Riley Oberman
6C Tynan O’Toole
6D Harrison Gatti
6N Ardale Teng
6R Mia Carlson

 

 

 

 

Mothers’ Day

Mothers are like flowers.
Each one is uniquely beautiful in their own way.
Each is designed by God to bloom where she is planted.
Thank you for being the wonderful mother that you are.

Happy Mothers’ Day!!


A Celebration of our Mothers
Today, we had a very special day to celebrate all of our mothers in the Early Learning Centre and Primary Campus. The day began with the celebrations at 8.30am with classroom visits and then at 9.30am we shared a morning tea in the Primary Undercover Area and Early Learning Centre. A great morning was had by all! Happy Mothers’ Day to all our mums!

Thanks must go to all the wonderful parents and friends who helped with the morning tea and preparation on the day. We appreciate your time and effort.


Putting NAPLAN in Perspective…
Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are set to complete the 2018 NAPLAN tests next week. This is an exciting time for these students as they have spent significant time carefully preparing themselves for this milestone event.

It is important to note that while benchmark testing such as NAPLAN has a place in the education of children, it is the strong bonds of collegiality, supportive relationships and shared learning that have the greatest impact on young minds. NAPLAN at Coomera Anglican College will always remain an important part of our academic programme but it is important to understand that the real success that our College can rightly celebrate is the attainment of educational balance. Our students are not only developing skills within the academic, culture, music and sport arenas, they are also developing attitudes for compassion, integrity, respect, personal happiness and a general love for life and learning.

Celebrating a Sporting Culture of Success: APS Cross Country – 2nd Place
Our Primary Cross Country Team took to the track on Tuesday this week and achieved second place in the APS Cross Country Carnival. This is a wonderful result and once again demonstrates the level of confidence and strength of our College over recent years.

At the Carnival, our students were both resolute and focused in their preparation and 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 thank Mrs Sam Taylor and her team of coaches for their work with our Cross Country team. Their organisation and attention to detail has been significant. We continue to go from strength to strength!!!

The GRIP Student Leadership Conference
(From our Primary Captains – Emanuel Ferisa, Imogen Hanley and Tahlia Hanley.)

Today, the Primary Captains and House Captains of Coomera Anglican College were involved in a GRIP Leadership Conference at Twin Towns RSL. Good leadership is based on four important concepts. They are; generosity, respect, integrity and people (GRIP). At the conference, along with many other captains from different schools, we learnt about what good leadership is and the skills, values and attitudes that are required to make a difference. We were exposed to a wide range of leadership skills and values and we worked in groups, individually and in front of the whole audience. As Primary Leaders we now have a better grasp of leadership and what it takes to be a good leader - it just takes four important actions; generosity, respect, integrity and people (GRIP). Thanks to Mr Dean and Mr Campbell for their coordination of this event.

Under 8s’ Day
Under 8s’ Day is being held at Coomera Anglican College on Friday 1 June. This year’s theme is “Children Exploring Language and Culture.” Students from the Early Learning Centre will come together to celebrate with Prep-Year 3 students. The day promises to be a wonderful experience with many activities and events planned. The Under 8s’ Day activities begin at 11.00am and the events will conclude at 1pm. All parents and friends are encouraged to come along and enjoy the day. A flyer listing the planned activities has been distributed to the families of students from Early Learning through to Year 3. Any questions should be directed to the Primary Campus or Early Learning Centre.

Show Us Your Talent Spectacular
On Thursday 24 May Coomera Anglican College will showcase another superb Show Us Your Talent concert. Over 20 performances from more than 50 Primary students will provide an eclectic array of musical items.

The musical talents of our Primary students consistently amaze. Their dedication, motivation and sheer love of music is always evident. Come along and enjoy what should be a wonderful evening of music and performance.

Coomera Community Fair – Sunday 27 May
The Coomera Community Fair is coming! Between 10am and 3pm on Sunday 27 May the College grounds will come alive with the buzz of children queuing for rides, talented performers singing and dancing, auctioneers marketing prized art works and people delighting in the array of fine foods and drink on offer throughout the day.

Our Coomera Community Fair is a time for us all to get behind our College. I encourage you all to come along, meet others and help to raise funds for our College and the future of our children.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the day!

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

  

PH Bella Cluff
PK Jupiter Wright
PM Grace Stevenson
PW Harvey Boxall
1B Hannah Evison
1F Ethan Thompson
1J Liam Fullerton
1R Eli MacWilliam
2B Ashton Binnie
2H Jungbyn Yang
2J Ethan Tasdemir
2P Noah Brims
3B Holly McConchie
3C Chase Macdonald
3F Leonardo Stephen
3P Gabriel Seymour
4B Mila Kenny
4F Miguel Riano
4P Mia Rieck
4S Max Williamson
5D Mason Skeen
5E Bella White
5H Nea Fernandes
5P Liliana Page
6C Sienna O'Brien
6D Sienna Murray
6N Paige Higgins
6R Kaitlyn van Houten

 

 

 

 

 

Creating a Culture of success
Sport is important in creating a positive spirit in schools. Our Primary APS Sporting Teams left the College grounds on Thursday afternoon this week, with the sound of our College War Cry ringing in their ears. There was an obvious spirit of confidence and motivation as each student took with them an attitude of support for each other and a belief that they belonged to a College that encourages a culture of success.

By engendering a culture of success within our College we open ourselves up to the possibility of powerful and effective growth. This culture of success provides the nutrients for such growth and it plays a significant role in forging and shaping our future. 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 a part of Coomera Anglican College.  

As the APS Cross Country Carnival approaches we can all feel proud of the efforts and the attitudes of those young athletes who will compete next Tuesday for the blue and the green.


APS Cross Country – Tuesday 8 May
The members of the Cross Country team continue to pound the turf in their quest to improve their fitness and stamina ahead of the Associated Private Schools Cross Country competition. I encourage all of our squad to keep training so that everyone is fit and ready. At Coomera Anglican College, we love to get behind our College. We all look forward to supporting our Cross Country team as they ready themselves for the competition on Tuesday. Good luck, team!


Leaders Out In Front – Year 6 Junior Leaders
The Year 6 students at Coomera Anglican College are all given the responsibility of being the Primary Campus Junior Leaders. It is timely for me to inform our community of the wonderful work that they do within our Primary Campus as they lead from the front with confidence.
Each student in Year 6 takes the role of Junior Leader very seriously and the display of responsibility and dedication to the role is commendable. This has a significant positive effect on the staff and students of the Primary Campus.
I take this opportunity to thank the Year 6 Junior Leaders for the fine job that they are doing. As leaders they set a wonderful example to our younger students - all of whom look up to and are inspired by them.

PAFA Mothers’ Day Gift Stall – Primary Campus
As you know, PAFA are organising a Mothers’ Day gift stall for the Primary campus, with great, quality gifts for the Primary campus students to purchase. These will be ready for collection by students on Thursday 10 May. Thanks again to the parents who have prepared this stall for our students. They have spent many hours organising the gifts and preparing for the operation of the Mothers’ Day stall. We thank you all!

Mothers’ Day at Coomera Anglican College
On Friday 11 May, we will be having a special morning to celebrate all of our mothers in the Early Learning Centre and Primary Campus. The celebrations will begin at 8.30am with classroom visits and then at about 9.30am there will be a Morning Tea in the Primary Undercover Area and Early Learning Centre. So, Mums make sure that you come along and enjoy a morning made just for you!

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 

 

PH Emilia Patrizi
PK Robyn Byrne
PM Georgie Savins
PW Jasper Carter
1B Eva Keves
1F Kobi Mangakahia
1J Isaac kenny
1R Kapurangi Kupa
2B Ivana Bayliss
2H Keira Whinwray
2P Byron Rieck
3B Emmie Chudley
3C Meleah Nastrom
3F Lily Smith
3P Sascha Gulyas
4B Chloe Creed
4F Harriet Peirce
4P Scarlet Melhem
4S Jorja Sharman
5D Willa Roberts
5E Sienna Bradshaw
5H Daniel Evans
5P Callum Inman
6C Mia Banks
6D Jessica McConville
6N Ava Parkinson
6R Hannah Stevens

 

 

 

 

ANZAC Day – Coomera Anglican College Remembers

The spirit of ANZAC remains strong.  At the three Coomera Anglican College ANZAC Services held on Tuesday 24 April, students came together united in respect for our war history.  At each service there was a strong feeling of spiritual and emotional connection with Australia’s fighting heroes.  

 

Our guest speaker, Flight Lieutenant Nathan O’Leary captured the spirit of ANZAC through his stories about our ANZAC history.  He reminded us about the importance of remembering those who have fought and died for Australia.  At the Pre-prep, Prep and Year 1 service, Ms Lisa Shaw presented the book “My Grandad Marches on ANZAC Day” to the assembly and this provided a very real insight into the importance of honouring those who have fought for our freedom over the years.

GK ANZAC Day

During the service we also took some time to remember our very own community hero, Trooper David Pearce.  We paid tribute to Trooper David and the sacrifice that he made for us.  David Pearce and his family will remain in our hearts forever.  Lest We Forget.

TDP

 

 Words, Words, Words – Year 6 Leading the Way

Word, Words, Words is a Year 6 celebration of literature where students present an interactive book review about a favourite book that they have studied over Term 1.  Today, students, dressed in book character costume, delighted their audience by presenting activities and displays such as blogs, interactive quizzes, power point presentations, word finds, bookmarks, posters, reviews, dioramas and much more.  Parents and students from our College community came to see the amazing efforts of our Primary campus leaders.  Everyone, was fully involved in the activities and presentations and there was a real buzz of high spirits and happy learning.  Congratulations, Year 6 students and teachers!

 

  Coomera Anglican College Primary Mothers’ Day Celebrations

On Friday 11 May, we will enjoy a special occasion to celebrate all of our mothers in the Early Learning Centre and Primary Campus.  The celebration will begin at 8.30am with classroom visits and then at 9.30am there will be a Morning Tea in the Primary Undercover Area and Early Learning Centre.  So, Mums make sure that you come along and enjoy a day made just for you!

 

PAFA Mothers' Day Gift Stall – Primary Campus

Once again, PAFA are organising a Mothers' Day gift stall for the students of the Primary campus.   There will be great, quality gifts for the Primary campus students to purchase. These will be ready for collection by the students on Thursday 10 May.  Students will be assisted in choosing a gift for their mother on this day. 

 

NAPLAN Testing: Years 3/5/7/9

In week 5 of Term 2, our students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be involved in the annual NAPLAN Benchmark Testing Programme.  This is a Literacy and Numeracy test designed to give feedback to parents and staff about student performance.  Our students will be involved in this programme of testing and over the past few months have been preparing to tackle the challenges of the NAPLAN tests.  If you have any questions about NAPLAN, please speak with your child’s class teacher.

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

  

Class Student Name
PH Harlow Tauroa
PK Mia Freestone
PM Lincoln Giles
PW Evie Panes
1B Saiyuri Anderson
1F Lily Molyneux
1J Mitchell Makin
1R Brooke Taylor
2B Jade Wright
2H Benjamin Styles
2J Riley Edwards
2P Greta Bravo
3B Jay D Collins
3C Zoe Faber
3F Kaleb Ferisa
3P Gemma White
4B Jack Marani
4F Tyler Letizia
4P Max Dean
4S Elizabeth Bemrose
5D Isabelle Houghton
5E Maddison Cooke
5H Chloe Carpenter
5P Deklan Ford
6C Hayes Klintworth
6D Kyla Dodd
6N Valentina Rogers
6R Kalen MacDonald

 

 

 

 

A Spirit of Friendship, Community and Belonging

For those who were able to witness some of the sporting events of the Commonwealth Games over the Easter break you would have no doubt been inspired by the athletes, their ability, their focus and their commitment to their sport.  It was clear that the spirit of the occasion was one of friendship, community and belonging.

 

I hope that you have all had a good break.  The opportunity to reconnect with family is a wonderful part of Easter. We return ready to continue exploring new ways of “Loving Life Together”. We once again become part of the grand tradition of Coomera Anglican College which, for over 20 years has educated students, whose offerings both to the College and to the community they serve, have been significant.  Welcome back, everyone!

GK Wk 1 T2

 

 

NAPLAN Testing: Years 3/5/7/9

 In week 5 of Term 2, our students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be involved in the annual NAPLAN Benchmark Testing Programme.  This is a Literacy and Numeracy test designed to give feedback to parents and staff about student performance.  Our students will be involved in this programme of testing and over the past few months have been preparing to tackle the challenges of the NAPLAN tests.  If you have any questions about NAPLAN, please speak with your child’s class teacher.

 

Primary Campus ANZAC Day Service

On Tuesday 24 April, the Primary Campus will host the annual ANZAC Day Services in the Ivan Gibbs Centre.

  • Years 2 – 6 at 12noon
  • Pre-Prep, Prep and Year at 10am

The service will be honouring Trooper David Pearce, who was taken in action in Afghanistan in 2007.  David was a College parent and remains one of our College’s great heroes.  During both the services students and staff will have the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by the many soldiers who fought for our freedom.  Parents are welcome to attend.

 

Upper Coomera ANZAC Day March

The ANZAC Day Service at Upper Coomera will take place Wednesday 25 April. Students are encouraged to represent the College by joining the ANZAC march wearing their formal College uniform, including the formal hat. Please marshall at The School of Arts, Gawler Place Upper Coomera from 8.15am ready by 9.00am. They will march to the Cenotaph located in Reserve Road, joining the service at 9.30am. Parking is available at the Pony Club Grounds in Charlies Crossing Road or Highland Reserve State School. Coomera Anglican College is always well represented at this ANZAC Day Service, and we look forward to seeing many parents, friends and students of the College there again this year.

 

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 

PH Lilly Houlding
PK William Blackledge
PM Hope Chaplin
PW Ruby Bond
1B Benjamin Rosewarne
1F Izabella Bradford
1J Caitlin Barrett
1R Lucy Logan
2B Jizelle Catanese
2H Leona Rigby
2J Ellie Dennett
2P Charlie Turner
3B Roque da Silva
3C Marley Ure
3F Tyler Laverick-Jenkins
3P Eva Fellows
4B Jorja Pemberton
4F Mikayla Ong
4P Amelia Corr
4S Jesse Edwards
5D Amber Slinger
5E Ashlee Gardiner
5H Elara Stepanoff
5P Madelynn Bemrose
6C Natasha Weekes
6D Troy Livingston
6N Sasha Blackledge
6R Chelsea Owen

 

 

 

Celebrating Great Moments - Festival of Gifts, 2018

Keeping a wary eye on the past and those important traditions created early in our existence, acts as a compass for our future.  The decisions that we made in the past and the events that are important in maintaing our ethos, must remain a part of our current day operation.  Celebrating great moments is not only important in developing culture within our College but it is also a means of confirming our history and our traditions.

 

This year during Festival of Gifts week we explored our theme “Loving Life Together” and in doing so we were challenged to build a stronger and more sustainable community, celebrate our traditions, and imagine a future of loving life together.  The Primary Campus achieved all of this though the many activities and events over the course of this week.  They included:

 

  • The Opening Ceremony celebrating our history and our creative and community gifts.

  • Buddy Activities and Buddy Picnic

  • Working together learning all about Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM).

  • House Cross Country where doing one’s best, encouraging others and nurturing were a highlight.

  • Festival of Gifts Worships celebrating our spiritual gifts.

  • Year 6 Fair allowing students to love life together.

  • Dr Suess Day celebrating our academic and creative gifts.

 Week 10

CC Carnival

STEM

Festival of Gifts week has been inspirational for students, teachers and parents and I take this opportunity to thank our community for the great work that was done over the course of the week.  What a fantastic week!

 

Netball Success

Congratulations to our College Netball Community for achieving “School of the Year” at the recent Netball, Queensland awards night.  As well, Ms Anna Young, our Netball Coordinator was recognised as 'Administrator of the Year', for her tirless work in the sport.  These awards are evidence of the wonderful work that Anna and her team of coaches, managers and committee members do.  They also reflect the level of commitment and dedication that our many young players have for the game of Netball and indeed for Coomera Anglican College Netball.  Congratulations, CACaburras!

 

Changes to Term 2 Afternoon Collection

Construction in the Primary campus is complete and parents should note that all Primary students are once again to be picked-up from the Primary car park.  However, if Primary students have siblings in the Secondary Campus the following pick-up procedures will apply from Term Two:

 

  • Secondary Campus siblings to be picked up from the Primary Campus - Secondary students will need to walk down to the Primary Campus and wait with their Primary sibling/s in the area used for after school bus departures

  • If parents request a Secondary car park pick-up - Secondary student must walk down to the Primary campus, collect their sibling and then return to the Secondary Carpark

  • It is essential that both siblings remain together until collected by their parent(s)

  • No Primary students are to be unattended in the Secondary pick-up area at any time.

 

Easter and Term Break

The final day for Term 1 is today, Thursday 29 March. Students will finish at the normal finishing time.  Students resume at College for Term 2 on Tuesday 17 April.  Enjoy the Commonwealth Games if you are lucky enough to have tickets, have a wonderful Easter and come back next term with an aim to continue building on our theme of Loving Life Together.
HE

 

 

The 2018 Festival of Gifts – Loving Life Together!

Next Monday, 26 March, “Loving Life Together” will take centre stage in the Primary Campus.  When you arrive at College for our Festival of Gifts next week be ready to experience the celebration of what it means to flourish at Coomera Anglican College.

 

What is Festival of Gifts?


- Celebrates the life of Coomera Anglican College
- Celebrates God who makes and creates
- Celebrates our human giftedness – our being and doing, loving and serving.
Through human giftedness, we make and create, love and serve; through our vision, determination, mastery and perseverance.

 

The Telling is the story of our College which encapsulates our celebration:
In the beginning Yellow dreams, the seeds of possibility.
Willing it to be, Green plants, turning the dream into promise.
Blue waters and feeds the shoots with the life-giving Spirit.
Remembering, Red toils and tends.
The promise grows tall and strong - and the dream burns on in us all.
Things become because:
In the beginning they are dreamt of; then willed into being; using one’s gifts and abilities with mastery and perseverance.

 

The Festival will provide opportunities for lots of active and creative student participation. 
(Please refer to the recent Primary email for the entire week’s information and details.)

 

Year 3 – A Learning Experience Out of This World

Arlek the Alien was the guest presenter for Year 3 students this week. Our guest Environmental Alien from planet Zaneth, landed in the grounds of our College to seek advice from our students regarding their environment and sustainability. Arlek captivated students with her magic and encouraged each of them to take a stand on protecting our environment to seek a better environmental future for our world. During the day students also met with local Scout Leaders and staff from Circular Rhythm who spoke about Aboriginal culture. The day was education at its finest.

 

Witnessing students experience this type of inquiry-based learning, where they become fully involved and captivated by the broad range of aspects within the topic, is exceptional. Students can only gain a love for learning when they are exposed to creative, contemporary education such as this.  Teachers and students become collectively engaged in the learning and the results are simply awe-inspiring.  

 Arlek The Alien

 

Staffing

Farewell and Best Wishes, Mrs Anne Senden

After thirteen years of dedicated service, Mrs Anne Senden leaves Coomera Anglican College to take up a position at TSS on the Gold Coast.  Mrs Senden’s work as a Teacher Assistant in the Primary Campus has been built on a solid foundation of love and respect for others.  She regularly speaks with conviction about the need to educate the head and the heart, to nurture all the qualities that make up a human life, to be respectful of others and to honour those whose notions of service outweigh the desire for personal gain.   Like any truly gifted educator, Mrs Senden has a deep respect and admiration for all her students.  Mrs Senden’s contribution has been significant and we wish her well.

 

Best Wishes Ms Rachel Maine

On behalf of our College community, I take this opportunity to extend best wishes to Ms Rachel Maine who will be married to Mr Hayden Mansfield over the Easter break.  Good luck and best wishes, Ms Maine!

 

ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day is especially significant because it gives us the opportunity to remember and reflect upon the contribution Australian and Allied servicemen and women have made for our freedom.
Our Primary Campus ANZAC Day Service will be held on Tuesday 24 April in the Ivan Gibbs Centre.

I also encourage our students and their families to join the local ANZAC Day March on Wednesday 25 April.  Students are invited to march as a College group in the Coomera-Oxenford ANZAC Day March. The march begins at the School of the Arts on Reserve Road and concludes with a ceremony at the Upper Coomera Cenotaph on Oxenford Mount Tamborine Road, Upper Coomera. More details will be forwarded early in Term 2.

 

End of Term 1/ Beginning of Term 2
Parents are reminded that the final day for Term 1 is Thursday 29 March at the normal daily finishing time.  Students resume College in Term 2 on Tuesday 17 April.  

 

Congratulations Southcoast Swimmers

The following students represented Coomera Anglican College and the Gold Coast in the State Swimming Championships this week:

Emerson Jones
Georga Templeton
Caitlin Brown
Haylee Reid
Georgia Lea’aetoa
Max Templeton
Lani Stasiaskowski
Daniel Prinsloo

 

Georgia LeaaetoaEach competitor showed great commitment and amazing talent in all their events and did themselves, their families and our College proud.  Special congratulations to Georgia Lea’aetoa who won her 50m Freestyle event and will now compete in the National Championships in Hobart.    Congratulations, Georgia and all of our State Swimmers!  The Coomera Anglican College community is proud of you.

 

 

 

 

Healthy Habits, Healthy Outcomes – Fruit Break

The munching and crunching of fruit during the daily fruit break establishes for our student's positive, healthy habits.  Fruit Break in the Primary Campus is a daily event that allows students to have a piece of fresh fruit and water.  Fruit Break is taken by all classes in the morning between the start of the day and morning tea.  Please note that students require fresh fruit and not processed or manufactured food.   Let’s all promote healthy lifestyles through our daily Fruit Break.

 

Birthday Food- A Healthy Approach

If providing class birthday celebration food for your child’s birthday, please consider the kind of food that you provide.  “The healthier, the better” is the best approach to take.  Here are some guidelines:


•    Please provide individual serves of the food, e.g. if you provide a cake, please send it already cut (approximately 30 small pieces)
•    Please ensure that serves are small
•    Please consider the sugar and additive content when choosing foods.  Suggested foods could include homemade fruit platters, celery/carrot stick and dip, small fruit/oat/savoury muffins, pikelets, etc.
•    All food must be nut-free!

Please remember that there are potentially up to 28 birthday celebrations per year.  That is a good reason to ensure a healthy approach if providing classes with birthday celebration food.

 

Loving Life Together Soiree

I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday evening at the Loving Life Together Soiree commencing at 5pm. There will be two College Jazz Bands, the Junior Concert Band, the Senior Percussion Ensemble and varied soloists from Year 7 to Year 12.
Please note the venue for the Soiree has changed slightly. The grass in front of the Pod is too sodden and dangerous, so we will be moving to the Primary oval in front of the Ivan Gibbs Centre. Bring bring a picnic to enjoy with our College community. 

Soiree Loving Life Newsletter 

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 

 

PH

Arlie Francis

PK

Hinata Rigby

PM

Paige Pemberton

PW

Claire Hart

1B

Jett Spriggs

1F

Aanica Naidu

1J

Rio-Phoenix Ison

1R

Audrey McInnes

2B

Abigail Kriel

2H

Cadel Courtney

2J

Korbin Harris

2P

Tyler Whelan

3B

Chloe Taylor

3C

Mitchell Skuse

3F

Imogen Currell

3P

Nathan Stewart

4B

Charlotte Slade-Jones

4F

Ava Garth

4P

Jesse Brown

4S

Cydney Teasdale

5D

Leila Febey

5E

Ryan Woodrow

5H

Holly Hogg

5P

Hayley Graham

6C

Cruz Macdonald

6D

Benjamin Gleeson

6N

Lukas Andrews

6R

Bella McIntosh

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Focus:

Mr Ben Campbell - Forging a Path of Positivity and Wellbeing

 

Ben Campbell 

Fashionably attired, self-controlled and confidently articulate, Mr Campbell has made a positive impact on the ethos and culture of Coomera Anglican College.  Mr Campbell is the Head of Student Development (P - 6) in the Primary campus and has been in that role for the past four years.  Following time as a classroom teacher at Varsity College, Mr Campbell progressed to a position in curriculum leadership at All Saints Anglican School, from there he has found his way to the desk at which he now sits, alive for the challenges ahead.  His “groundedness” stems from his calm and composed approach to his work regarding student wellbeing, and this has kept his educational ideas lively and authentic.

 

From his office, Mr Campbell looks past the stairs leading to the Year 4 classrooms, to the very popular rainbow playground in the distance.  A slight turn of the head to the right brings into view the pathway that leads from the Years 2 and 3 area, where children pass in front of his gaze.  As much as he can, he is looking out, making connections. Mr Campbell has always been hands on in his role in student welfare, and his affection for Coomera Anglican College, its students, its physical setting, its parent body and its ethos generally, is evident in everything he says and does.  He clearly loves the ordinary busyness of the College’s daily life and the students (all with unique personalities) who make up the Primary campus are his focus.

 

Mr Cambell’s office is an intersection at which the values of student wellbeing are championed, embraced, tested and espoused.  Mr Campbell has been highly visible in so many areas of College life that a quick snapshot of his key roles is sufficient to confirm a large degree of diversity.  He is an energetic and passionate Rugby Coach, a champion of Positive Education and a teacher of great skill.  Importantly, he, together with his wife Karly, have a perspective of Coomera Anglican College from outside the College gates, as a parents of Ava, Year 2 and Bailey who will commence Prep in 2019.  As well, Mr Campbell is an avid surfer, often frequenting the beaches of the Gold Coast during the early morning hours when most of us are still sleeping. (Ben would also have us believe that if he weren’t a teacher he would have been a professional snowboarder??)

   

Mr Campbell was imbued with the Coomera Anglican College spirit from the very moment he ventured through our College gates to take up his position in 2014.  It was a meeting of likeminds and temperaments, as together, with colleagues, students and the entire College community, he collectively began the job of forging a path of positivity and wellbeing for all to tread.

 

There is no doubting where he looks for inspiration to revive flagging spirits - the students of whom he speaks with such pride and loyalty.  And it is for this reason that he frequently moves out from behind his desk to join the view and speak with others, as he has always done.

 

Bullying - No Way!

Bullying20No20Way

The National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence is happening today, Friday, 16 March. More than 900,000 students from over 2000 schools will take part in this significant day. What a tremendous response from schools nationwide. ‘Bullying No Way’ day provides a platform for our College community to continue to build resilience in our students by empowering them with strategies and information related to bullying and violence. We will take this opportunity to remind students of our bystander code and highlight that we ‘take a stand together’. Each student in the Primary campus will be given a wrist band to wear today. Please take the opportunity to discuss what the band means to them. For more information visit, http://www.bullyingnoway.gov.au/

Bullying Primary Newspage 

 

Parent/Teacher Interviews – Date Change

Due to the expected road and travel impacts associated with the Commonwealth Games, the Primary Parent Teacher Interviews scheduled for Week 9 of Term 1 (Monday 19 March and Tuesday 20 March) will be rescheduled to Week 3 of Term 2 (Monday 30 April and Tuesday 1 May).  
Please mark this change of date in your diary.

 

Festival of Gifts

Festival of Gifts week is scheduled for Week 10 of Term 1 (Monday 26 March – Thursday 29 March).  Once again, this is sure to be a wonderful week of learning and creativity.  This year,as our Primary Campus explores the College theme “Loving Life Together”, we will be imagining the many and varied ways that we can use our skills, attitudes and talents.  This will involve stepping out of our normal College activities and encouraging each other to strive for our dreams.   Information about Festival of Gifts week will be sent home next week!  There will be changes to uniform and routine so please be read carefully the information and be aware of the changes.

Wk8 10
Loving Life Together

 

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 

PH Lucas Binnie
PK Sebastien Taranto
PM Ty Quevauvilliers
PW Mason Howard
1B Maddison Jones
1F Jonny Bemrose
1J Cailin Searle
1R James Canning
2B Charles Rich
2H Lewis Panes
2J Sienna Inman
2P Scarlett Gibbs
3B Leyla Jorgensen
3C Ruby MacBull
3F Ewen Thompson
3P Zac Baker
4B Samuel Anderson
4F Jessica Lazenby
4P Georga Templeton
4S Kobi Richter
5D Blake Brauer
5E Liyu Yang
5H Owen Boorer
5P Teaghan Powell
6C Frankie Barnett
6D Jessica Bonnitcha
6N Benjamin Sheppard
6R Conan Kaizuka

 

Staff Focus:

Miss Lisa Shaw - An Energetic and Impassioned Leader

Lisa ShawThe office Miss Shaw now occupies as the Head of Teaching and Learning P -6 tells you a great deal about how she will approach her new role here at Coomera Anglican College.  Beyond the obligatory technology devices across her desk, her bookshelf contains books, folders and manuals that reflect a structure obviously important in her new administrative role.  Miss Shaw comes to us with extensive experience in the teaching and learning domain.   She is a firm advocate of teachers leading by example, and of teacher-student relationships based on mutual respect.  There is no doubt that Miss Shaw is proving to be an energetic and impassioned leader within our Primary campus and she has quickly impressed with her good humour, unbridled optimism and her firm but friendly mentoring of both staff and students.

 

Having been educated in Queensland at AB Paterson College and then at The University of Queensland, Miss Shaw gained degrees in Psychology and Education and has recently completed a Masters in Educational Leadership.  She has worked in a number of independent schools, most recently at Canterbury College holding the position of Director of Curriculum.  When asked about her life away from teaching, says that she loves a good book, Italian food, spending time with family and friends and walking (or being walked by) her huskies.

 

Since arriving at Coomera Anglican College, Miss Shaw's experiences have everything that she might have hoped for and it is clear that she understands the spirit of our College, with its unique stories and distinctive culture. She is a critical and imaginative thinker and her approach is clear-headed, practical and replete with common sense.  Miss Shaw says that Coomera Anglican College attracted her because she sensed the College heartbeat, which she appreciates has its roots deep in solid educational values and practices.  She is very much looking forward to keeping us moving continually towards all that characterises a great College while maintaining its distinctive expressions of individuality.  

Welcome, Miss Lisa Shaw!

 

Year 6 Hosts Councillor William Owen-Jones

Today the Year 6 students played host to their guest speaker, Councillor William Owen-Jones (Division 2).  The Year 6 students are currently heavily involved in learning about government and Councillor Owen-Jones presented a clear insight into the workings of local government.  Each student asked Councillor Owen-Jones a question during his presentation, and as teachers, we were all amazed at the maturity and thought that went into some of the questions that students asked.  I am sure Councillor Owen-Jones would agree that our future is in very good hands with this group of interested and enthusiastic students preparing to be the leaders of the next generation.  At the end of his presentation, Councillor Owen-Jones took a “selfie” with the group and the Primary Captains responded by offering a vote of thanks and presenting him with a gift from the College.  We all learnt a great deal from Councillor Owen-Jones.

 Photo - '120 Questions Later'

COJ

 

PAFA Trivia Night

It's Trivia time! Tonight is the annual PAFA Trivia Event. It's not too late to join in, so please come along to the Ivan Gibbs Centre at 6pm and Lynne Tarlinton will be happy to arrange for you to join a table. This year the event has a sporting theme, so we encourage you to come dressed appropriately! The Trivia Night is a great opportunity to meet people from our College Community.

 

Regional Swimming Carnival – Celebrating Success in the Water

On the back of the outstanding APS Swimming Carnival results, our Regional Swim Squad returned to the Southport pool to compete in the Regional Swimming Championships.  Each student involved demonstrated their strong commitment to their chosen sport, and represented the College and their individual Clubs admirably.  I wish all of our swimmers the very best of luck in their quest to reach the coming State Championships. 

 

Festival of Gifts

Festival of Gifts is scheduled in Week 10 of Term 1 (Monday 26 March – Thursday 29 March).  The  Festival of Gifts is a week-long celebration of learning and creativity.  This year the Primary Campus will explore our College theme of 'Loving Life Together'. We will be learning the many and varied ways that we can use our skills, attitudes and talents together.  The staff and students will step out of our the normal College routines and encourage each other to strive for our dreams.   Further information about this week will be emailed soon. Stay tuned!!

 

The importance of waiting in the correct areas

Our students' learning extends through until the bell at 3.10pm. It is extremely important that students have correct focus until this time, as quite often their class teacher is giving them important instructions on homework and uniform requirements, or they may even be completing an important educational task. Lately, eager parents and grandparents have taken to standing at the front of the classroom to collect their children with some even waving through the windows to them. If you do choose to park the car and walk into the College Campus, the only place for meeting students is in the Primary Undercover Area. We ask that everyone, please follow this College requirement.

 

Family Social Media Groups

Social MediaWe all lead busy lives and sometimes experience frustration. However, is this a good reason to resort to Social Media and post public comments which inevitably may hurt feelings or even damage the reputation of our College? When used correctly our closed social media groups are an ideal place for each of us to communicate. Information is shared, missing items of uniforms find their way back to their owner, stories of praise are passed on and outings may be organised. However, if we are not careful about what we post the attention can be negative.  If you feel there is something that needs addressing, I ask that you please use the proper communication channels first. Send me an email, or give me a call, if I cannot solve your concern I will certainly advise the steps moving forward to do so. When it comes to complaints, the College has a formal Complaints Policy. A public statement is not the way to go about having concern heard. Whatever the issue, we all need to behave as adults because we are the adults and modelling iLR behaviours for our children can help them to develop great communication skills too.

 

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying the following attributes:

Flourish

 FLOURISHING MINDS
Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

FLOURISHING HEARTS
Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

FLOURISHING SOULS
Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

FLOURISHING STRENGTHS
Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

 

Fllourishing Wk 7

 

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