Primary News

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 21:50

From the Head of Primary - Week 4, Term 1 2018

 

Friends We Can Count On

To be able to Love Life Together in our modern world, trust and support within a community is vital.  2018 has enabled us to make new friends and we all appear to be feeling good about the start of the new College year.  It is the quality of friendships that provide the strength and confidence to love life and it is obvious to me that our students, parents and teachers have all found new and inspiring friendships this year.  Three friends who are prominent in our lives in the Primary Campus are the three 2018 Primary Leaders who work hard each day to ensure that their friends and colleagues are all feeling good.  Here is a little about each of them:

 

Hanley ImogenImogen Hanley

Imogen joined Coomera Anglican College in The Early Learning Centre in 2010.  She is now in Year 6 and is our female Primary Captain for 2018.  Imogen loves being at Coomera Anglican College and involving herself in all areas of College life.  Imogen has strived to achieve in every area of her life, both inside and outside of the College.  She is a passionate public speaker and is a member of our debating team. Writing is Imogen’s passion and she loves to display her creativity and imagination through her stories. Her ambition is to one day be a professional netball player or a to become a teacher who makes a positive difference in her students' lives. Imogen enjoys drama, singing and clarinet and has been involved in many of the Primary musical concerts and eisteddfods.  She has a great love and motivation for netball, basketball and athletics.  Imogen has also had great success in the Chinese speech competitions having reached a top three position. Imogen is a wonderful role model for young people and loves to work alongside the younger children encouraging them to be the best that they can be.  “Loving Life Together” is something that Imogen encourages in others and she provides energetic inspiration for the students of Coomera Anglican College.

 

Ferisa EmanuelEmmanuel Ferisa

Emmanuel joined Coomera Anglican College in The Early Learning Centre in 2011.  He is now in Year 6 and is our male Primary Captain for 2018.  Emmanuel has embraced the College community and is honoured to fulfil a leadership role within the Primary Campus.  Emmanuel enjoys bringing people together as he is very aware that many people working towards a goal are more powerful than one working alone. He enjoys spending time with the younger students to assist with strengthening relationships between all the year levels, while helping them to understand the important role they play in the College.  Emmanuel is passionate about the 2018 theme, ‘Loving Life Together’.  He is a capable public speaker and a member of the Debating Team. Emmanuel plays Futsal and club soccer, and enjoys reading in his spare time.  Emmanuel’s favourite subject is Mathematics and he wants to be either a professional futsal player or a robotics engineer when he is older. Emmanuel makes a conscious effort to live life with purpose while always having fun as he goes.

 


Hanley TahliaTahlia Hanley

Tahlia started at Coomera Anglican College in The Early Learning Centre in 2010 at the age of three.  She is now in Year 6 and is the Student Representative Council Chairperson for 2018.   Her attitude to life is inspirational and her leadership, determination, encouragement and consideration of others is second to none.  Tahlia is involved in many activities at College.  They include, public speaking, debating, drama, Junior Concert Band, Show Chorus, Woodwind Ensemble, and much more. Tahlia plays netball for Coomera Anglican College on the weekends and is a passionate CACaburra.  She was a finalist in the Interschool Public Speaking Competition last year, having also won the Coomera Anglican College Primary Public Speaking competition. Tahlia’s ambition in life is to become a famous actress or to play netball for Australia.  Tahlia cares for everyone and believes that everyone deserves to be loved and cared for in return.  She is always looking for opportunities to improve the Primary Campus. With enthusiasm for our theme, ‘Loving Life Together’ she is very capable of leading the Primary SRC.  She loves helping the younger students in their classrooms each morning and getting them settled into class for the day. Tahlia absolutely loves Coomera Anglican College and looks forward to a bright and successful future ahead.

 

APS Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to the wonderful team of Primary students who competed with great heart and true Coomera Anglican College spirit at the APS Swimming Carnival held at Somerset Pool yesterday. Throughout the day, it was evident that we were a competitive force within the APS competition.  We achieved a 5th place overall with some excellent individual and age group successes being recorded.  Our students all presented as well trained and confident athletes.  Congratulations to all our swimmers for doing their very best and achieving many personal bests on the day.  The full set of results can be found in the Sports report.

Week 4 GK

 

 

Chinese New Year Celebrations

On Tuesday our students were given an opportunity to witness a special Chinese New Year Celebration.  The authentic Chinese Operatic Group which included lion dancers, magicians, traditional Chinese dancers and much more visited our College on Tuesday this week to present their amazing show to the students of Years 3 – 6.  It was a very colourful, energetic and animated performance which attracted the interest of all students and teachers.  The group provided a wonderful experience for everyone.

Chinese New Year

 

 

Year 12 Mentor Programme

The Year 12 Mentor Programme is a wonderful opportunity for the Year 12 students to provide leadership and role modelling within our Primary classes.  Our Primary class groups are each assigned to provide two Year 12 mentors who act as a link between the Secondary Campus and the Primary Campus.  The initiative provides leadership opportunity for our Year 12 students and allows our primary students to develop a relationship with our Year 12 students.  This will allow students in the Primary Campus to gain understanding and learn more about the Secondary Campus.  Transition, therefore, becomes easier for our students as they move through the College.  This programme will begin next week.

 

Fruit BreakHealthy Habits, Healthy Outcomes – Fruit Break

The daily munching and crunching of fruit during the daily fruit break establishes positive healthy habits for our students.  Fruit Break is a daily event that allows all students to have a piece of fresh fruit and some water.  I would ask parents to please ensure students have fresh fruit and water for their fruit Break.   There have been some wonderful benefits for our students – increased concentration, more energy for classroom activities and healthier lifestyles.  Let’s all promote healthy lifestyles through our daily Fruit Break.

 

Daily Routines

Our Daily Routines are very important.  Students do need structure and routine.  I would ask for parents help in the following areas:

 

  • Students should not be at College before 8am unless they are in a cocurricular activity or at Before School Care
  • If arriving at College between 8am and 8.15am students must wait in the undercover area where supervision is provided in this area.  Please do not wait outside the classrooms. 
  • When delivering students to their classrooms, please ensure that you say goodbye to your child quickly and then leave the classroom.  College classes begin at 8.30am and except for those parents who are rostered on to help, all parents should aim to leave the classrooms before 8.30am.
  • If you are coming into College at the end of the day to collect your child, please do so from the Undercover Area and not from outside the classroom
  • Please help by ensuring that you do not leave your car if it is in the drop-off or pick-up zone.

 Following these simple guidelines will allow our students to more easily settle into their routines and procedures.  I thank you for your support.

 

Some Important Dates in Term 1 - 2018

 

Week 5 Monday 19 February Year 1 Teddy Bear Hospital 11am
  Tuesday 20 February  Year 6 Parliament House Excursion
Gibbs House Worship and BBQ
  Friday 23 February Prep Teddy Bears Picnic
Years 1-2 Bravehearts Presentation

           

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 02:09

From the Head of Primary - Week 3, Term 1 2018

 

Loving Life Together – Parent Information Evenings

Our Parent Information sessions this week, have given us an opportunity to share information about the events and activities planned for semester 1, 2018.    The community is one of close connections, common bonds and “Loving Life together”.  Our College has a strong community spirit, one that feeds a powerful culture of working together and supporting each other.  This was exemplified at the two Parent Information Evenings held over the course of this week.  It is clear that together we grasp the idea of working as a team under the umbrella of a culture of trust.  It is my view that unconditional trust is crucial in sustaining our close knit community and there is no doubt that community trust is a real strength within our College.

 

I thank all of our parents who were able to attend the Primary Information Sessions.  The feedback I have received would indicate the success and the importance of these events.  I thank also those teachers who prepared and facilitated the evenings.  A significant amount of work goes into these evenings and the information sharing is most valuable.

 

The Pod - A Point of Difference...

An exciting week indeed!  The Pod is open for business and staff and students have all been taking advantage of the amazing spaces and resources that exist within. The Think Tank, The iLR Room, The Maker Space, The Imaginarium, are all popular choices with their state of the art technology and modern resources that exist within.  Some of our classes found themselves on a trip to Mars. Others found themselves standing in the middle of a rainforest and some at the Antarctic. Learning has truly risen to the next level.

 The Pod GKN

Primry Administration is also now complete and parents and staff are all enjoying the brand new, modern facilities.  The staffroom will be complete in about two weeks, with a move in date scheduled for Tuesday 20 February – very exiting!

 

Congratulations Year 6 Junior Leaders

On Monday morning this week our Year 6 students attended a special Leadership Presentation Assembly.  At the assembly Dr Sly presented the Year 6 students with their Junior Leader badges. The Year 12 College Captains, Kyle Bartlett and Kiera Banks and SRC Chair Deenie Mansfield, spoke to the Year 6 students about leadership.  They spoke to the students about the courage required to become a good leader and that the badge was a symbol of responsibility.  They reminded us that good leaders were people who were prepared to serve others and work hard for the good of the community.  Congratulations, Year 6 Junior Leaders!  We look forward to a wonderful year of leadership ahead.

 

Keeping in Touch with Your Child’s Futurehands connection

I encourage parents to maintain regular contact with their children’s teachers.  Doing this will help ensure that your child’s education is on track and that you, as the parent, are also well informed.  The email address for staff is first initial and surname then @cac.qld.edu.au.  For example, gkirkpatrick@cac.qld.edu.au

 

Parent Volunteer Induction Sessions

The Parent Volunteer Induction Sessions are designed to assist parents when working with students in the classroom and around the College. The sessions touch on topics such as confidentiality, classroom etiquette, group strategies, duty of care, child protection and much more.  It is mandatory that all parent volunteers take part in this induction programme prior to assisting at the College. The next available sessions are on Friday 16 February at 2.30pm in The Pod.

 

Class Coordinators

Thank you to all those parents who have offered their services as a Class Coordinator this year.   The Class Coordinator role is one of great responsibility but it is also a role that fosters friendship and collegiality.  If there are others who would like to join the list of Class Coordinators, please contact Lynne Tarlinton or Primary Reception to put your name forward if you are interested.  Thank you to those who have already put their names forward.

 

Mrs Brown Ignites a Passion in Year 6Kerry Brown Author

Mrs Kerry Brown - Published Children’s Picture Book Author and Coomera Anglican College Year 3B Teacher has ignited a passion for narrative writing in the Year 6 cohort today.  Mrs Brown spoke to the Year 6 students about the joys of the written word and provided tips on how to make writing fun and enjoyable both for the writer and the reader. 
The Year 6 students are now fully prepared and inspired to create their own narratives.  I wonder how many of them will also become a famous author as the years ahead unfold?

 Kerry Brown

 

APS Sport and Crosscountry Training

APS Sport training for Year 4 to 6 students has comenced. Sport training will be on Thursday afternoons after lunch this term. The College Campus is a-buzz with students training for their chosen sport.
In Term 2 the students will switch their training to Tuesday afterschool with their fixtures held to be held on Thursday after lunch. The Blue and Green is looking good!

Cross Country Training has also commenced and many students are working hard to prepare themselves for the House Cross Country Carnival scheduled for Wednesday 28 March. The students are also focused and keen to represent our College in the Interschool APS Cross Country early in Term 2.  Go C.A.C.!!

 

APS Training

X Country Training

 

Some Important Dates in Term 1 - 2018

 

Week 4 Tuesday 13 February Chinese Lion Dance Years 3-6 8.45am
  Wednesday 14 February Ash Wednesday Ivan Gibbs Centre
  Thursday 15 February Primary APS Swimming Carnival
Week 5 Monday 19 February Year 1 Teddy Bear Hospital 11am
  Tuesday 20 February  Year 6 Parliament House Excursion
Gibbs House Worship and BBQ
  Friday 23 February Prep Teddy Bears Picnic
Years 1-2 Bravehearts Presentation

       
            

 

In the Spirit of Loving Life Together

It would appear to me that social and emotional support of each other is something that we do well at Coomera Anglican College.  Parents, teachers and students have all delighted in the opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues as our College returns for a new year. Our new members (many of whom were probably quite nervous and a little unsure) have also felt the power of College spirit.  They, too have responded to the start of the College year with great enthusiasm and joy.

Newsletter wk 2 

Our theme, Loving Life Together has inspired us all to feel the significance of the amazing growth of our College.  The theme promises act very much as a platform on which both trust and hope for a bright future has great opportunity to mature.  To love life demands a collective and dedicated focus on togetherness and community support.  I encourage you all to continue working in support of each other as this year unfolds.  Work closely with your children’s teachers and ensure that the communication between the home and the College is a priority in your busy life.  Thank you for such a wonderful start to 2018.

 

Years 4 – 6 Swimming Carnival – Igniting the Culture of Success!

The Years 4 – 6 Swimming Carnival was held last yesterday and it was delightful to see the enthusiasm of our swimmers.  Everyone swam their best and everyone encouraged their teammates with great enthusiasm.  There was a wonderful feeling of camaraderie within the pool area on the day.  What a wonderful way to ignite that culture of success that drives all we do here at Coomera Anglican College.
Thanks must go to Mrs McLauchlan and the HPE staff for their organisation.  Congratulations to the House Captains also for their fantastic job in leading their Houses.  Well done to Gibbs House for winning the carnival’s Duck Trophy (House Spirit) and congratulations to Lane House for winning the 2018 House Swimming Carnival.

 

House Colours

 

 

Parent Volunteer Induction Sessions

The Parent Volunteer Induction Sessions are designed to assist parents when working with students in the classroom and around the College. The sessions touch on topics such as confidentiality, classroom etiquette, group strategies, duty of care, child protection and much more.  It is mandatory that all parent volunteers take part in this induction programme prior to assisting at the College.  The next Parent Volunteer Induction session will be held on Wednesday 7 February at 8.40am in The Pod.

 

Life Education - 2018

Life Education motivates and empowers young people to make smart life choices for a healthy future.  Over this week and next week we are fortunate to have the Life Education Van at our Primary Campus and students are learning about smart and healthy lifestyle choices.  Teachers will be following up beyond the van’s visit over the next few weeks with activities and lessons focused around the various year level themes.

 

Junior Leader Presentation Ceremony – Monday 5 February

Leadership at Coomera Anglican College is an important part of our holistic educational programme.  In the Primary campus, our belief is that all of our students need to experience leadership.  The Year 6 students at Coomera Anglican College are about to take up the student leadership positions for the 2018 College year.

 

At 8.50am on Monday 5 February, we will hold the Year 6 Junior Leadership Presentation at a full Years 1 to 6 Assembly to be held in the Ivan Gibbs Centre.  During this Assembly, our Year 6 students will be presented with their Junior Leader badges.  We invite our parents and friends of the Year 6 cohort to come and witness this special occasion.

 

Primary Parent Information Evenings 2018

 Parent Information Evenings will begin next week.

  • Monday 5 February - Prep to Year 3 Parent Information Evening – Ivan Gibbs Centre 5.30pm

  • Wednesday  7 February - Years 4 to 6 Parent Information Evening – Ivan Gibbs Centre 5.30pm

I encourage all parents to come along and meet our class teaching staff.  The evenings begin at 5.30pm in the Ivan Gibbs Centre where parents will hear about our direction and priorities for 2018.  From here we will relocate to the Primary campus classrooms where class teachers will speak about the programmes and activities in place for Semester One.    Parents will also receive a digital copy of the Year level handbook at this time. Supper will be provided in the Undercover Area at the end of the classroom session.

Information will be sent to parents outlining the details of these evenings.  I encourage all parents to come along to learn more about their children’s class and class activities and enjoy meeting teachers and other parents.  

 

 

 

Thursday, 25 January 2018 18:51

From the Head of Primary - Week 1, Term 1 2018

 

Welcome from the Head of Primary

 

We can all take heart from those whose stories of adversity became the solid foundation on which to re-build because we know that success will not always come easily and there is much to benefit from life’s inevitable setbacks.  

As the long period of construction within the Primary Campus comes to an end, I know that as a community we will inevitably emerge stronger and wiser and that the experience will only build resilience and perseverance within our ranks.  

Welcome back, everyone!  Have a wonderful year!

 

~ 2018 - “Loving Life Together” ~

GK Week 1

 

Miss Lisa Shaw – Head of Teaching and Learning (P - 6)

 

We are fortunate to have Miss Lisa Shaw join us as our Head of Teaching and Learning (P - 6).  By way of introduction, Miss Shaw has offered the following information about herself and her priorities for 2018:

The 2018 school year has started on a very positive note, with learning opportunities already abundant in the Primary Campus. As the new Head of Teaching and Learning (P - 6), I seek to enhance the already exceptionally high standards of student engagement in lessons and to support the development of the skills necessary for students to be successful learners in the 21st century.
One of the key objectives of all teachers at Coomera Anglican College is to develop deep learning in students. This refers to an ability to engage with learning in a meaningful way, utilising higher-order thinking skills and meta-cognitive strategies. One of the ways this can be achieved is through the development of critical thinking skills. Critical thinkers ask questions about the world around them. Teachers enhance this contemporary skill through the merging of explicit teaching methods with an inquiry approach to learning. This sees students explore content in a meaningful and authentic way. This is something you can support at home by encouraging your child to be inquisitive and to ask questions about the world around them, as this fosters their natural curiosity.
For quality learning to occur, a strong partnership between home and school is vital. As such, I look forward to meeting you at the upcoming Parent Information Evenings. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you ever have any questions relating to Teaching and Learning in the Primary Campus.

Miss Lisa Shaw – Head of Teaching and Learning (P – 6)

 

WeddingCongratulations, Mr and Mrs Batty

 

Over the recent break, Mr Tom Batty (Year 4B Teacher) and Ms Theresa Russ (Year 2B Teacher) were married.  This is a very exciting event and on behalf of our College community, I take this opportunity to congratulate Mr and Mrs Batty and offer our best wishes.

 

 

 

Year 6 Junior Leader Presentation Ceremony – Monday 5 February

 

The Year 6 students are about to take on the student leadership positions for 2018.  Dr Sly will be presenting the Year 6 students with their Junior Leader badge at a special Junior Leader Assembly on Monday 5 February at 8.45am in the Ivan Gibbs Centre.  Parents are invited to attend the ceremony and details will be sent to parents soon.

 

Primary Parent Information Evenings 2018

 

Week 3 will see the first of a series of Parent Information Evenings:

  • Monday 5 February - Prep to Year 3 Parent Information Evening – Ivan Gibbs Centre 5.30pm

  • Wednesday  7 February - Years 4 to 6 Parent Information Evening – Ivan Gibbs Centre 5.30pm

I encourage all parents to come along and meet our class teaching staff.  The evenings begin at 5.30pm in the Ivan Gibbs Centre where parents will hear about our direction and priorities for 2018.  From here we will relocate to the Primary campus classrooms where class teachers will speak about the programmes and activities in place for Semester One.    Parents will also receive a digital copy of the Year level handbook at this time.  

Information will be sent to parents outlining the details of these evenings.  I encourage all parents to come along to learn more about their children’s class and class activities and enjoy meeting teachers and other parents.  

 

Parent Volunteer Induction Sessions

 

Parent Volunteer Induction Sessions are designed to provide parents with vital information regarding College policies and procedures for when they are working with students in the classroom and around the College. At these sessions we cover topics such as student protection, duty of care, confidentiality, classroom etiquette, group strategies and much more.  It is mandatory that all parent volunteers take part in this induction programme prior to assisting at the College.  The first two sessions will be held in The Pod on Wednesday 31 January at 8.40am and then in the afternoon at 2.30pm.  There will be a sign in sheet at the session for those attending.

 

Life Education - 2018

 

Life Education motivates and empowers young people to make smart life choices for a healthy future.  This week we are fortunate to have the Life Education Van on our Primary campus and students are learning about smart and healthy lifestyle choices.  Over the next few weeks, teachers will be following up the van’s visit with activities and lessons focused on the various year level themes.  

 

Primary Car Park

 

Thank you for your patience in the College car park. Please note the following information:

Unless you are parking in one of the marked car parks and walking into the Primary Campus, parents and guardians are asked to remain in their cars when driving through the “Pickup/Drop off” zones.

The “Pickup/Drop off” Zones are a NO PARKING ZONE. 

Please do not leave your car if you are in these areas.  This applies to both morning drop off and afternoon collection.

In the afternoon, students will wait in the pickup zones from 3.10pm where they are encouraged to move straight to their car when it arrives. Staff will assist your child in the collection process.

 

Start of Day

The beginning and end of a College day provide an opportunity for parents and guardians to meet and talk as well as a time for informal discussions with class teachers.  This is a most valuable part of each day and a time that I encourage.

At the beginning and end of each day our teachers work hard to ensure that all of their students are safe and well supervised.  In the morning parents are asked to ensure that their children wait in the Undercover Area and H Block (Year 5 and 6).  Supervision is provided in this area between 8.00am and 8.15am.  At 8.15am students are asked to move to classrooms.  If you choose to wait during the morning with students, please remain with them in the Undercover Area – NOT OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOMS.  

End of Day

In the afternoon, teachers will walk their class to the Undercover Area.  This involves assembling outside the classroom, collecting bags and other belongings and walking as a class group to the undercover area.  If parents and guardians choose to park and walk into the Primary Campus to their children we ask them to please remain in the Undercover Area, not outside the classroom door.  This allows teachers the opportunity of a more ordered, safe and structured dismissal.

Don’t Forget:

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

  • Please ensure that the College diary is signed in receipt of homework completion. Any written communication to teachers should be entered in the diary.

  • Students are asked to ensure that they are at College on time (8.30am start) each day. 

  • Please help by encouraging your child(ren) to keep shoes polished, and ensure uniform and grooming are in line with the College expectations.

 

From the Head of Student Development P - 6 – Mr Ben Campbell


Welcome back to everyone. After reviewing the way our students have been using the canteen we have decided to implement changes for 2018. We hope that by limiting canteen usage during the College day for our younger students, we will be encouraging healthier food choices. Prep to Year 3 students will still have access to the canteen, however, this will only be by pre-ordering.

Please see details below:

Canteen usage guidelines for all Primary students

Prep - Year 3

•    P-3 students will only have access to the canteen through online ordering OR by placing money in a paper bag with the order clearly marked. No students will have access to the canteen at Morning Tea or Lunch.
•    Students in P-3 with older siblings are not to receive any canteen items purchased by older siblings.

Year 4 to Year 6

•    Students in Years 4-6 are strongly encouraged to place orders for the canteen online. Students will have access to the canteen for ‘walk in’ purchases.
•    No students should have large amounts of money to spend at the canteen.
•    No students are to purchase their friends items from the canteen or share purchases.

Thank you for your co-operation. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
bcampbell@cac.qld.edu.au

 

 

2017 – A Year of FlourishingCACChristmas

As the College year comes to an end, I take this opportunity to acknowledge the dynamic, collaborative and supportive nature of this Coomera Anglican College community.  

As we look back over our year in the Primary Campus I believe each of us will be able to find a few things to be grateful for, inspired by, delighted by and even uplifted by.  Thank you to our talented and dignified staff members. Thank you to our generous and committed parents and thank you to each and every student!  

On behalf of the Primary campus at Coomera Anglican College, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


 

Farewell to Those Who Have Served Our Community

At the end of this year we farewell a number of staff from the Primary Campus.   Mrs Amanda Shuttlewood and Ms Lucy Monk will both sadly be leaving the College at the end of this year.  Mrs Natalie Makin will also be taking a year’s leave.

Ms Lucy Monk has contributed significantly to the education and student welfare of our students at Coomera Anglican College.  I thank her and wish her well in the future!    

We also farewell Mrs Amanda Shuttlewood.  Mrs Shuttlewood will be leaving after 14 years of distinguished service at Coomera Anglican College.   

Mrs Shuttlewood has provided a vibrant and spirited presence not only within our community but also within the lives of those individuals who have been privileged to have been touched by her enduring passion for teaching and her natural ability to connect with people.  

Through her energetic leadership she has demonstrated good humour, kindness and deep humanity. I am grateful to her for all that she given to the College during her many years of service.  Best wishes and thank you, Amanda Shuttlewood!

 

Thanks to Our Year 6 Student Leaders of 2017

As our Year 6 Junior Leaders moved through 2017 and considered the challenges that arose from their day to day activities, they never lost sight of what lay at the heart of our theme, “Flourishing”.  The 2017 Year 6 student leaders have embraced the future with strength and stamina and they have begun to build a future with a desire to be stronger and wiser.
I take this opportunity to thank our Primary Captains, House Captains and all the Junior Leaders for their great work and support over the course of the year.  Well done, Year 6 and best wishes for the future.

Year 6 2017

 

Celebration Evenings

I wish to take this opportunity to say how proud I was of our students as they hosted our end of year Celebration Events.  These events are an important part of our College traditions and were a celebration of the recognition that finishing one year is, in fact, another beginning.

Our students were excellent in the way that they presented themselves and all Celebration Events were delightful occasions and a most fitting end to this wonderful year – 2017.

 

Semester Reports

The reports will be available via the Parent Portal (parents will need to print their own copies). We will email you to advise when they are online. Portfolios will be sent home with the students this afternoon.  The Student Report/Portfolio should be read by the parent(s)/guardians(s) with the child to gain full understanding. I hope that you enjoy reading the final written Reports/Portfolios for 2017.

 

Spectacle and Sentiment in Equal Proportion

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

 

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

 

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

Celebration Days GK 

 

Farewell to Year 12, 2017

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

Prep 2005

Class of 2017 GK

 

 

“Session UP” – Meeting our New Friends

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

 

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

 

Year 6 Crossing the Bridge Ceremony

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

Arrangements for Celebration evenings:

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

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

 

Encouraging a Focus on Relationships

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

 

Year 6 Camp – A Celebration of Personal Growth

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

 Year 6 Camp 2Yr 6 Camp 1

 

Primary Campus Celebration Events, 2017

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

 

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

 

 

PAFA Volunteer Thank You Morning Tea

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

 

Thursday, 26 October 2017 01:44

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

 

 

Keeping a Focus

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

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

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

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

Best foot forward

 

 Day for Daniel - Friday 27 October

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

 

 The story of Student Leadership - 2018

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

Leadership 2018

 

 Year 6 Crossing the Bridge Ceremony

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

 

Fellowship – Enriching for All

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

 

The Mirror Test

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

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

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

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

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

 

Public Speaking

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

 

Class Coordinators

Thank you to all those parents who have offered their services as a Class Coordinator this year.   The Class Coordinator role is one of great responsibility, but it also fosters friendship and collegiality.  This year our class coordinators have all given their time and energy to assist in our College Parents and Friends activities.  Congratulations on a job well done!  

 

Keeping in Touch with Your Child’s Future

At this stage of our year I encourage parents to remain in regular contact with their children’s teachers.  Doing this will help ensure that your child’s education is on track and that you, as the parent, are also well informed.  The email address for staff is first initial and surname then @cac.qld.edu.au.  For example, gkirkpatrick@cac.qld.edu.au

 

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

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

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

 

Week 2.9

 

Week 2 10

 

Year 6 Student Leadership - 2018

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

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

 

Public Speakers - Flying the College Flag

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

Thanks to Mrs Penberthy and Mrs Banks for their organisation.

 

Speakers

 

 

Student Free Day – Monday 16 October

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

 

End of Year Celebration Events

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

 

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

 

 

Important Dates During Term 4

 

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

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

 

Term 4 - Confirming our College Values

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


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

 
Welcome back and have an excellent Term 4!

 

Term 4 2017

Term 4 2017 2

 

Tuesday Sport Training

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

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

 

Swimming Programme

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

 

Monday 16 October – Student Free Day

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

  • All students commencing Preparatory in 2018

  • All students commencing Year 7 in 2018

 

End of Year Celebration Events

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

 

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

 

Year 6 Crossing the Bridge

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

 

SOME REMINDERS FOR THE START OF TERM 4

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

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

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

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

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

 

Important Dates During Term 4

 

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

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

 

An Action Packed Term 3

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

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

 

Staff News

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

 

CACaburras in Space - Athletics

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


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


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

Athletic Carnival

 

Year 6 Science Expo

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


Congratulations, Year 6.  A wonderful outcome!

Science Expo Collage

 

Year 4 Convicts

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


 

CACaburras – Netball

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

 

Student Free Day – Monday 16 October

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


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

 

 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:23

Gold Coast North Inter-school Chess Tournament

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

 

Wk 10 Chess

Monday, 04 September 2017 23:57

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

#cacgratitude – Recognising and Honouring Gratitude

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

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

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

#cacgratitude

Gratitude Collage Newsletter

 

 

A Music Night Sets the Tone

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

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

Well done, Primary musicians!

 

Music Concert Collage

 

A Special Day with Dad

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

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

 

Dads Day Collage Newsletter

 

Farewell and Best Wishes

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

 

CACaburra Club Netballers and Basketballers

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

 

Communication through Parent Teacher Interviews

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

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

 

White Balloon Day

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

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Expanding the Horizons of Learning – Years 4 and 5 Camp

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

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

 Yr 4 2017

Yr 5 2017

 

 

Coomera Anglican College Public Speaking Competition Winners

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

The winners are:

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

2017 Public Speaking Competition

Congratulations to each of these students!

 

Fathers' Day Gift Stall – Thursday 31 August

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

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


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

 

Fathers' Day Celebration – Friday 8 September

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

 

Carpark Suggestions and Tips

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

 

Other Carpark Tips  

 

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

 

Thanks for your support here!

Grandparents’ Day

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

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

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

Here are some lovely photos from today’s parade!

Primary Book week parade

 

A Will to Grow and Develop Stimulates a Culture of Success

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

 

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

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

At the Athletics Carnival, our students were both resolute and focused on their competition.  College spirit and pride plays an extremely important role in the success of any event and the determination, confidence and collective grit displayed was second to none.  

I am very grateful #cacgratitude to Mrs Stephen and her team of coaches for their work with our Athletics team.  Their organisation and attention to detail have been significant.  We continue to go from strength to strength!!! 

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

 

APS P A

APS P A 2

 

 

Celebrating a Public Speaking Culture of Success

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

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

 

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

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

 

End of year Celebration Events

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

 

 

 

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 22:35

HEADSMART CONCUSSION PROGRAMME

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

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

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

Stay tuned!

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

 

NAPLAN – A Part of Queensland’s Top Performing Schools


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

 

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

 

Year 3 NAPLAN

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

 

Year 5 NAPLAN

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

 

  Year 7 NAPLAN

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

 

Year 9 NAPLAN

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

 


Public Speaking Competition


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

 

Ready to Welcome our Grandparents


14060125 10154389839473965 655747242 oThe students of the Early Learning Centre and the Primary Campus are ready to welcome Grandparents to the College on Friday 18 August.  Grandparents’ Day is always one of our most enjoyable days at the College and we all look forward to hosting our College grandparents as we prepare for the annual Book Week, Book Character Parade.  
Please note that if your child does not have a grandparent who can attend, the invitation is also extended to a special friend to be an honorary grandparent for the day.  

 

 

Primary Discos


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

 

Disco 4

 

 

End of year Celebration Events

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

 


Before College


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

 


Some Reminders


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

 

 

New and Exciting Outdoor Play Spaces


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

 

Planning

 

Annual Public Speaking Competition


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

 

Public Speaking Term 3

 

Years Prep - 6 Parent Information Afternoon


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

 

Worship – Flourishing: Habits of Heart


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

 

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

 

Habits of Heart

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