The UNHCR recently released its Global Trends 2012 Report – Displacement: The new 21st Century Challenge. It estimated that almost 50 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide. Persecution, conflict, violence and human rights violations force people to leave their homes, their friends and their lives. 80% of the world’s refugees are looked after in developing countries. Children under 18 years make up 50% of the refugee population. So, how do we as Christians need to respond? With hospitality!
Hospitality creates a safe and welcoming place for others to find humanity and self worth. The church is uniquely placed to reveal Christ’s kingdom to these people. It needs to pay attention to the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 25 or Luke 14 and the example of His life. The Old Testament texts talk of welcoming and protecting strangers, foreigners and the disposed.
Hospitality involves our relationship to the place we live – our home, our environment, our neighbours. When we welcome people into our homes we are extending our Christian hand to them. We welcome them into our way of life. I encourage you to build our school community by:
- being hospitable to other school families regardless of their background,
- explaining to your children the diversity of cultures in our school and region,
- embracing respect and acceptance of all people,
- helping address those times when conflict or misunderstanding arise or create division,
- rejecting violence at every opportunity,
- becoming inclusive of all cultures when we run parties or events,
- warmly greet and welcome everyone,
- advocating for for those with disabilities, or who are victimized or marginalized,
- offer acts of humility and service,
- praying for strangers and neighbours and those in our school you have never spoken to,
- providing clothing, food, funds etc to people in need,
- resurrecting friendships with other parents when they break,
- practice the values of a Christian community.
Yong, in the “Spirit of Hospitality”, claims “Christian mission is nothing more or less than our participation in the hospitality of God”. So let's build our community through hospitality and love for each other.
Next Wednesday morning the school carpark will be closed to all traffic as they do the finishing surface of the carpark. It will reopen for the afternoon pickup. Thank you for your patience.
The building is still on track for end of March finish. The concrete around the northern side of the building is going in this Friday. Inside is looking finished with windows and doors, even WiFi.
Tuesday morning coffee is working well so feel free to join me after Primary Assembly for coffee and a chat.
Our Canteen is about to open from 2-3pm to offer coffee, tea and afternoon tea items to help us build up our hospitality and get to know each other better. A new coffee machine is on the way to make this a great time to get know each other.
After School Clubs continue to create exciting fun-filled learning opportunities. Spaces in some clubs exist, even though many have waiting lists. Please contact your Form Teacher or Mr Johnson direct.
God bless you all and have a great week.
Innovator of the Year
Many of you will remember Charlie Hanslow’s ice cooler design from last year’s STEM classes. Charlie entered the 2017 Moreton Bay Innovation Awards and last week won Runner Up in both the Youth Established and the Telstra’s People’s Choice Award categories. Congratulations Charlie! Thank you to all the families that voted to support Charlie in the People’s Choice section.
Please remember to visit our website calendar to find up-to-date information about events and other school happenings.
CALENDAR DATES 2017
TERM ONE 2017
Monday 23rd January - Friday 31st March
Staff planning days
Monday 16th - Friday 20th January
Monday 23rd January
Thursday 26th January
Thursday 9th February
Middle and Senior College Camps
Wednesday 15th - Friday 17th February
School Holiday Dates Saturday 1st April - Monday 17th April
TERM TWO 2017
Tuesday 18th April - Friday 23rd June
Tuesday 18th April
Tuesday 25th April
Junior Leadership Camp
Wednesday 26th - Friday 28th April
NAPLAN tests (Yr 3, 5, 7 and 9)
Tuesday 9th - Thursday 11th May
School Holiday Dates Saturday 24th June - Sunday 16th July
TERM THREE 2017
Monday 17th July - Friday 15th September
Monday 17th July
Monday 14th August
Tuesday 29th - Wednesday 30th August
School Holiday Dates Saturday 16th September - Monday 2nd October
TERM FOUR 2017
Tuesday 3rd October - Thursday 30th November
Tuesday 3rd October
Staff planning day
Friday 1st December
Cambodia Discovery Tour
December holidays (Dates TBC)
School Holiday Dates Friday 1st December - TBA
Second Hand Uniform Shop
The second hand uniform shop is open every Friday 2.30pm - 4.00pm. If you have any uniforms that you would like to sell, provided they are in resale condition, we are happy to purchase them from you. We also have a number of uniform items for sale including quite a number of winter sports jackets. Our prices are at least half the price of new items.
If you need any second hand items and are unable to visit the uniform shop please feel free to email at [email protected]
Student Withdrawal Notices
One term’s notice in writing is required for withdrawal of students. Insufficient notice may result in additional fees being charged.
Allowance for driving your children to school
Did you know that you may be entitled to an allowance for privately driving your children to and from school?
Financial assistance may be available to parents who have children that attend Non-State Schools with students travelling to and from school daily by private arrangement.
For further details on how much you can claim by distance, please go onto the Dept of Transport and Main Roads website: www.tmr.qld.gov.au - Conveyance Allowance Payment Details. There is a PDF application available for viewing including a table of distance verses weekly rebate claim.
Prep Enrolments 2018
Places are already filling fast for Prep 2018.
If you have a sibling who is due to commence in Prep 2018 can you please ensure you have completed an online application for enrolment.
Please also let your friends know if they would like a place for Prep next year. They must complete an online application asap. Interviews will commence for Prep 2018 in April.
Wings Camp 2017 for Year 11/12 Girls
Wings Camp is an opportunity for girls in Grades 11-12 to have a weekend away (Friday 17 to Sunday 19 March), where they can experience lots of fun, develop encouraging relationships and be supported in building positive attitudes for life. The camp is held at the Australian Christian College, 34 Cottrill Rd Caboolture.
The focus of this camp is to help the girls to begin to think about how they might plan for the time when they are living independently and supporting themselves.
The weekend comprises a well-supervised program of games, fun and friendship, and positive life discussion sessions. Areas to be covered in the discussion sessions include finding accommodation, getting and keeping a job, budgeting, relationships that last and elements of good life balance. There is an outing planned for afternoon tea on Saturday afternoon.
Sessions will be run by guest presenters, who have professional experience in their chosen topics. They include a real estate agent, former worker in the employment industry, medical doctor, counsellors, personal trainer and mental health nurse. Presenters approach their area of expertise from a Christian perspective.
We would like to invite your daughter to be a part of this weekend camp where she will be encouraged by positive role models and affirming relationships.
Teen Link Caboolture consists of a group of women from across a range of churches in Caboolture and is supported by the Caboolture Ministers’ Network.
To register for the camp, please call Jane Orr, 0405 318 061 by Wednesday 15 March. There are a maximum number of places available, so please let us know as early as possible that your daughter would like to come. The cost of the camp is $30, payable (in cash please) on Friday evening at the start of the camp.
If you have any questions relating to the weekend please contact Jane or me on the number below.
0438 538 484
District Sports Trials and Dates for 2017
12/15 Boys Volleyball
2 March 17
29 & 30 March 2017
19, 20, 21 March 2017
Burpengary Swim Centre
10/11 Rugby League
18 - 19 April 2017
26 - 27 April 2017
Jinibarra State School
10/12 Boys Soccer
4 - 5 May 2017
Bellemere State School
St Eugene College
Station Rd Burpengary
Boys / Girls Tennis
11/12 Rugby Union
11/12 Girls Rugby League
5-6 June 17
8-9 June 2017
22-23 May 17
Caboolture Tennis Centre
12-13 July 2017
Burpengary State School
31 Aug - 1st Sept 17
2 nd Aug / 3 rd Aug
Morayfield State school
13 - 14 Sept 2017
Get Started Vouchers Now Available
The next round (Round 9) of the Queensland Government’s Get Started Vouchers program is due to open on 25th January 2017.
What is Get Started Vouchers?
Get Started Vouchers is an initiative to provide up to $150 to eligible children and young people, to help pay for sport or recreation club membership and/or participation fees through registered clubs.
If the child/young person or their parent/carer/guardian holds a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, they can apply online as soon as the round opens. These children do not need to use the referral agent process.
Updates to the referral agent process
The department is changing the referral agent process to ensure that children and young people who can least afford the costs to participate are supported by Get Started Vouchers. To ensure that the vouchers are going to those families most in need, a new referral agent process will be implemented from Round 9.
The department now requires that eligible referral agents register with the department to be able to refer children and young people for a voucher. Further details regarding referral agent criteria and eligibility requirements are on our website, along with fact sheets for parents and referral agents. Visit the following webpage for the information: www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/getstarted/refer/ .
A child/young person can be referred to the program by a registered referral agent if they have access to a Health Care Card/Pensioner Concession Card, where there are significant issues that prevent the parent/carer/guardian from applying.
These issues may include:
- Internet or computer access;
- Computer illiteracy; and
- Living in rural/remote areas with limited internet capability.
Further to this, referral agents may apply on behalf of a parent/carer/guardian where they are aware of the need for financial support to join their local sport or recreation club, and are assisting in their professional capacity.
For further information on the Get Started Vouchers program, please refer to the website - www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/getstarted/.
If you have any specific questions about the program then please email the team at [email protected].
STUDENTS LATE TO CLASS
If a student arrives late to school after 8:50am they must come to administration for a yellow Late to Class slip.
2016 Year 12 OP RESULTS
What’s Happening On-Campus
We have now passed the halfway point of this term – we are off to a great start for the year ahead.
Student Leadership Training
Our year 9 and 10 students were given a chance to nominate themselves for Junior Prefect positions and the associated leadership training. Nine students put themselves forward and have now commenced training. The course involves looking at the theoretical aspects of leadership including the character of good leaders, communication skills, and conflict resolution. They are also being learning about how to be a good prefect and that this the role entails aspects of prevention of issues before they arise. They will soon commence the practical aspects of the training course.
Over the past years the role of junior prefect and the leadership training has provided a good stepping stone into more senior student leadership positions including many of our past and present school captains.
Church Car Parking
Please remember that the church property and parking areas does not belong to our school, they are very considerate in letting us have the use of it particularly while our own, much enlarged, carpark is under construction.
If you are picking up students from years 3 and upwards then the best place for you to do this after 3 PM is outside the sports hall. This is the area that is supervised by teachers – not the church car parking area. The safest, quickest and most convenient way to collect students is from outside our own hall.
Before and After School Supervision
Please be aware that our teacher supervision before school does not commence until 8:10am. In the afternoon teacher supervision is only at the front of the school and only till 3:30pm. Students outside of these times are the responsibility of parents. Primary school students still here at 3:30pm without a secondary sibling looking after them are taken to Camp Australia after-school care - parents incur a charge for this.
Senior School Updates
Both on campus and distance education students went off to camp at the end of Week 4 this term. I strongly believe that camps are an important part of any school curriculum as they provide both students and teachers an opportunity to experience things that are just not possible to do during school. However, this camp was an exceptional experience for all involved and I believe created long lasting memories for both students and staff alike.
In particular, our senior students learnt to work together as a team, communicate and share their own story. Students engaged with a number of water activities as well, even competing in dragon boat racing. But most importantly, students were able to get to know each other and develop life long friendships and skills.
The ‘Gala Dinner’ was also an excellent opportunity for us to have a proper meal together and it was great to see servant leadership in action. Thank you to all the students that stepped up and served others. A big thanks also to all the staff that attended camp for all your hard work and effort.
In other news, we have now crossed the ‘middle’ of Term One...
Now is an important time to talk with your senior student about their study planning as assessment dates are now upon us. Please make sure that you and your student have a copy of the Assessment Calendar and that you map out together a way to achieve these deadlines and complete assessment to the best of the student’s ability. If however, anything at all disrupts your student’s studies, please let your teachers know so that adjustments can be made.
Also, Year 10 will do work experience in Week 10. Please see Mrs Fraser if you need any help with getting this organised.
Middle School Updates
Last week Mrs Plotnek (our STEAM coordinator) and I had the privilege of attending some professional development on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) curriculum. This is a “subject” that allows, actually requires, students to combine skills, understanding and concepts from across a range of areas into a creative project. I am very excited about what our students can achieve in this space. I would also like to acknowledge the work Mr Costin did in 2016 to set us up for STEAM in 2017.
The Middle School information night was held on Tuesday evening. It was a good opportunity for us to discuss some operational issues. More importantly, it was a great opportunity for us to meet and for you to meet a number of your child’s teachers. I look forward to more opportunities to discuss Middle Schooling with you.
This week I spoke to the Middle Schoolers, at their assembly, about Ehud. You can read the story of Ehud in Judges 3:12-30 (This is in the Old Testament). I was pointing out in this story that the very thing that meant that Ehud was “outcast” by his people was the very thing that God used to save His people. Ehud was left-handed, imagine, left -handed. This is not a problem for us but was a problem in Ehud’s day. Have a read; it’s an interesting (and little gross) story.
Primary School Updates
I would like to thank all the parents who came to the Prep to 5 Parent Information evening in week 4. The evening went well and we had a number of parents come whom were privileged with a close up preview of the front of the new building. Parents were also provided a chance to touch base with their child/ren’s teacher/s to see how routines and procedures worked within their classrooms.
Feedbacks from ACER tests allow teachers to customise their approach when teaching your child. In some cases, we find that students can read fluently but the tests reveal that the student does not comprehend what they are reading. In other cases, the tests identify the need for further specialist advice. Over the next couple of weeks class teachers are busily analysing ACER data and creating ILP’s (Individual Learning Plans) for each child in their class. Once class teachers have written these plans, a parent/teacher information evening will be organised.
On Campus Class Updates
Year 9 Maths
I am very happy to be given the opportunity to report on how well the Year 9 students are doing with the new Mathematics program that they are following this year.
Specifically, 9J had initially found it a challenge to get used to the Mathematical spiral and the weekly testing, but in the end the students have “stepped up to the plate” in a big way. They have shown grit and determination and the willingness to venture outside their comfort zone. Well done to them!
This year we are following a Mathematical spiral approach where in each term, students are developing their understanding and problem solving abilities in the areas of Number & Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics & Probability. In previous years, students were taught mostly in one Mathematical area per term, for e.g. Number & Algebra.
With this new Mathematical spiral approach students can build on the learning from the previous term, with the added benefit of improved knowledge retention. Students are given a variety of opportunities in class to help develop their full individual potential that includes the flipped classroom approach where students are encouraged to read up before a lesson, allowing them to increase their time spent on problem solving while in class. We have also introduced a new form of numeracy program via Khan academy aimed at students that need additional support with Mathematics.
I am very encouraged by the results so far and the general work rate that is being displayed by the year 9N and 9J cohorts. If they can maintain this momentum they will be able to go from strength to strength during this academic year and build a solid Maths foundation for the senior years to follow.
Jacques de Villiers
In Year 2 we have been very busy establishing expectations and developing routines. I run the lego club on Thursday lunchtimes so our class has the extra privilege of having Lego creation time in the afternoons. We have created many different structures with the lego and it has been great to see the students learning how to share and work in teams as they do this.
Last week for Technology we planted our snow pea and cress seeds in our recycled material pot plants. The students learnt to be careful when placing the seeds and soil into the pot plant and to water it only so much, so as not to drown the seeds.
Our Daily 5 program has been going well and students are learning that it is very important to read everyday so they get better and better at reading and understanding. In maths the students made their own abacus out of pipe cleaners and beads and found place value isn’t so hard after all! The students had a great time showing each other various numbers from 1 to 999.
In science, we are watching as mealworms grow and change. Last week we discovered they change from brown to white and long to short. Their legs are getting longer and they aren’t as wriggly now.
We look forward to the rest of the term and seeing how our seeds, mealworms and our brains grow!
God bless you all this week!
In grade one we have been adjusting to many new routines and classroom procedures. We began celebrating Australia Day and now as grown up independent six year olds in health we have learnt ‘All about Me’ and discovered what makes each of us special and unique. We have expanded our vocabulary and had fun in predicting and understanding the meaning of many new ‘Fancy Nancy’ words.
When practicing Daily 5 behaviours such as Read to self, Read to others, Work on writing and Word work we have worked collaboratively and can now focus quietly for more than 6 minutes.
In Writing, we continue to practice the art of upper and lowercase letters and had fun recounting adventures on the weekend and things we like to eat/draw.
In Science, we continue to investigate the features of living and non living things, identify the four needs of living things, why living things need oxygen and understand how plants make oxygen through a tricky process called photosynthesis. Currently we are exploring why living things need energy and this week we will have an exciting visit from a pet beetle nicknamed Diesel. I can’t wait to observe, discover and record with our budding scientists what he gets up to.
In History, we have discovered how time can be measured using time keeping devices, a calendar and can be described using words like past present, future, yesterday, today and tomorrow.
In English, we have been revising/recalling digraph sounds such as ch, ph, sh, wh and qu and can now chunk words into phonemes (the individual sounds we hear in a word). Have you heard what a super sleuth detective does during daily sight reading?
In Literacy, we have explored Australiana books such as The Lamington Man, Cindy Ella, Possum Magic, Goldilocks and the Three Koalas, The Old Lady who swallowed a Mozzie, Pearl Barley & Charlie Parsley and the bumptious antics of ‘Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy’, to name a few.
In Maths, we can definitely count forwards/backwards to 100 by 1’s and beyond. Our new focus is counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and this week we will begin utilising our I Maths textbooks.
In Devotions we have loved a myriad of Praise and Worship songs such as, ‘10, 9, 8 God is Great’, ‘The Blind Man Sat by the Road & he Cried’, ‘Stand Firm when life Changes’ and ‘Say Pharaoh, Pharaoh Let my People Go’.
Where to Next? This week we will introduce our class pet (to be named) and practice writing our first and last names when signing in each morning in 1S.
Greetings in the precious name of Jesus!
The Year 10 students have found their entry into Senior School interesting and somewhat challenging. This year, they were able to choose from a number of elective subjects and many are undertaking composite classes with the Year 11s. While this is a challenge, we believe they will reap rich rewards next year, having a firm base on which to build in their final years of schooling.
Week Four saw many of the senior students head off to Maroochy Waters for the Senior Leadership Camp which proved to be a wonderful time in so many ways. Students were physically challenged in a safe environment to try water sports that they may or may not have previously experienced. They learned about the importance of individual roles, teamwork and leadership while Dragon Boating on the lagoon. Students were mentally stretched with various mental challenges, again incorporating teamwork, and emotionally challenged to share with their peers ‘Their Story’, in addition to brushing up on their conversation skills.
All of these activities brought an amazing sense of unity among the group, and it was such an encouragement for students and staff alike to see no distinction between DE and Day School students. Every student on camp participated and contributed, and their conduct was not unnoticed. Staff at the campsite along with those running the program commented on a number of occasions about the student’s behaviour and participation. We were so very proud of them, and you can be too. They represented themselves, their families, the College, and most importantly, Christ exceptionally well.
This week the Year 10 students are going to see the movie Hidden Figures, the inspirational true story of a group of African American women who played a vital role in the 1960’s’ Space Race’ in America. My prayer is that the students will be inspired and challenged to understand that they can achieve and accomplish so much more than they may think, and that success sometimes comes in spite of adversity and opposition – or maybe in some cases because of it.
I count it a joy and a privilege to partner with you in the Christian Education of your children. May He bless you and your children richly.
Are you a budding writer? Enter the Christian Writing Competition!
Australian Christian Literature Awards call for entries to the 2017 Young Australian Christian Writer Award. The Young Australian Christian Writer Awards discover and encourage writers of the future. A $2,500 prize is given for the best unpublished manuscript by an Australian citizen under 30 years of age. Supplementary awards include a $1,000 prize for writers under 18 years of age. The winning work will have a Christian perspective or theme. Entries are judged with an eye to the:
- Original nature and content of the work.
- Literary style, including suitability for the target audience.
- Contribution that the work makes in meeting a need for Christian writing in Australia.
Conditions of entry:
- The award is open to Australian citizens normally resident in Australia under the age of 30 on 31 May 2017.
- Entrants will need to supply proof of age and citizenship, and details of their Christian community.
- Entries must be the original and unpublished work of the author. Only one entry per person.
- Entries close on 31 May 2017. Late entries will not be accepted.
- Each entry must be submitted as a hard copy with a completed Entry Form attached to the front cover.
- The entrant’s name must appear only on the entry form. Entries will not be returned.
- A digital copy (Rich Text Format is preferred) must also be supplied recorded on a CD or memory stick or sent by email to: [email protected]
- An entry will be disqualified if it is handwritten.
Entry forms are available in the Library.
World Read Aloud Day
The 16th of February saw the school celebrating ‘World Read Aloud Day’ It was a wonderful event and the library was full of students reading out loud to each other. We are so fortunate in Australia to have the luxury of being able to read a book in a school library. World Read Aloud day draws attention to the fact that many in our world are not as fortunate as we are. Millions in our world have no access to an education and the ability to be able to read the written word.
World Poetry Day is coming soon on Tuesday March 21st. Come and see the library display of student poetry and perhaps pick up a poetry book. If you enjoy writing poetry, why not drop it into the library and share your written work for everyone to enjoy.
Great Job Library monitors!
The library monitors and helpers have been very busy putting out games and activities at lunch and packing them away. As well as the never ending shelving, shelving and more shelving!
Well done team what a wonderful service you are giving to your school.
Library Monitors in Action