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Silver beavers and dead badgers

Many years ago in a little church in the south of America, there was a heated discussion about silver beavers and dead badgers. It came about when a long-serving Sunday School teacher retired. What should the church give her as a thank-you gift? She was much loved and the church wanted to show her how …

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Live with graceful generosity

Someone described generosity as being like a heartbeat. It is involuntary. It happens without conscious thought. It is the “without a second thought” showing love to another. A generous person lives a lifestyle of generosity. A lifestyle is defined as the habits, attitudes, moral standards and actions that make up a person’s manner of living. …

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Celebrations

In the southern hemisphere, the school year wraps up leading into Christmas. One celebration leads into another and another climaxing in Christmas – the greatest of all celebrations! Another school year is wrapping up quickly. It began a few weeks ago with the Sports Awards Ceremony followed by the Eagle Awards Assembly, then the Middle …

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Portraits of Jesus

A Year five student drew me a portrait of what she thought Jesus might look like. Perhaps it was her way of starting a conversation about Jesus. Maybe she needed to gauge my reaction to see if I recognised Jesus in her drawing. Would I scrunch up my nose and say, ‘That’s not Jesus’? Or, …

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Music News

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down… Students in Years 9, 11 and 12 Music had the wonderful opportunity of going to see the musical production of Mary Poppins currently showing at QPAC. From the music, to the dancing and stage production, students were wowed by the energy and colour on stage and …

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Primary Compassion Day

What a fantastic day we had on Wednesday to support Compassion! This year we have introduced a Compassion student into every year level in our Primary school. Each of these children are treated like “one of the class” and moves up to the next year level with the cohort. Students at GCC have a great …

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Champions of Chess

We have finished off another bumper year of chess challenges at GCC and we even managed to squeeze in one more inter-school competition this term! Two teams of primary students and one team of secondary students competed at the St Columban’s Invitational Chess Competition. This competition attracted many schools from the Moreton Bay area. All …

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Year 10’s Japanese visit

Can you imagine going to a brand-new school in a country halfway across the world? Last term, Year 10 had the privilege of welcoming Toku from Japan to Glasshouse Christian College for 9 weeks. It was great to see how welcoming and friendly the Year 10 students were with him – he had friends literally …

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The impact of reality TV on our children

Our children are growing up in an influencer economy, where everyone is selfishly motivated by attention and its monetary benefits. Be it through social media avenues or unscripted television programming, our children are exposed to unrealistic and, oftentimes, unhealthy role models. Even when restricting access to these technologies, the values they glorify can infect the …

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Fire Brigade visit to Year 1

On Thursday, Year 1 students had a visit from some of our local firefighters, Greg and Michael. Students listened to an interactive educational talk where they were taught how to:  Call 000 for help and be reminded of the importance of knowing their home address. What to do if for some reason you catch on …

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Never be derailed by doubt

In the last fortnight we have had three large events, the Dance Showcase on the 14 October and then the Secondary and Primary Sports Presentations last Friday.  All three events were fantastic showcases of what our students have been working towards during the year.  The dancers showed grace, teamwork and a certain fearlessness as they …

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Keep them safe

On Friday we will all wear something red as we remember Daniel Morcombe but it will also be a time, with Halloween coming up and the events that surround this practice, that it is important to be careful of our safety especially when we are placed in unfamiliar surroundings and situations. For our Primary students, …

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Year 9 Business Big Ideas Challenge

Recently, 20 of our Year 9 Business students bravely volunteered to attend the Sunshine Coast Big Ideas Challenge. The free event, hosted by Future Anything, an organisation that delivers entrepreneurial programs to schools, brought together 80 students from several schools across the Sunshine Coast in an entrepreneurial, skills-focused, problem-solving challenge. In the short space of …

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Music News

Term 4 is shaping up to be a very busy time for the Music Department.  SHEP During the school holidays, two of our senior students, Jemma Ritson and Madeleine Mullins, participated in SHEP run by the Conservatorium of Music at Griffith University. The State Honours Ensemble Program is an educational program for music students that …

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The DeLorean Project

Think, Create, Share – DeLorean Project Youth Innovation Showcase How many different ways could one use a brick? Most people will suggest something to do with building, or maybe breaking (eg- a window). But what else could a brick be used for? Could you use it to file your nails? Could it be a Geisha …

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Can we find real life online?

Is this the real life?Is this just fantasy?Caught in a landslide,No escape from realityOpen your eyes,Look up to the skies and see… Once your brain is finished singing, let’s discuss something important, it’s ok I’ll wait…. These lyrics hit home hard for many of us. Maybe it’s because it’s a really catchy tune. Maybe it’s …

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‘Sola Powered Faith’ and ‘Concrete’

What does a ‘Sola Powered Faith’ and ‘Concrete’ have in common? It’s a strange question but considering the recent events surrounding the short-lived career as Essendon’s CEO, Andrew Thorburn’s pressured resignation demonstrates two present-day threats, especially for Christian leaders. Wokeness can be external, attempting to erode a Faith Foundation from outside. (See ‘Waves of Wokeness …

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Urban play – it’s your turn

Glasshouse Christian College teachers have collaborated with the University of the Sunshine Coast in developing a Sustainable Neighbourhoods program to teach secondary students. Our teachers were part of the pilot program and have given feedback on the content and implementation, to help the developers create a more engaging and student-friendly product.  In Term 4, we …

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Celebrating Primary Success

In our assembly this week we were able to celebrate a large number of primary students who have been busy challenging themselves in several gruelling competitions this semester.  In August, a group of 28 students from Years 3 to 6 were nominated by their teachers to participate in the Prime Minister’s Spelling Beet. The Spelling …

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End of term

What beautiful weather we had this week as we celebrated Grandparents Day. It was wonderful to chat with many of our very precious grandparents and to see the twinkle and sparkle in many young eyes when grandparents arrived at school to spend the afternoon. (Most of the photos are now on Pixevety so we hope you …

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The Physics Cup – what a ride!

Year 7 has been exploring the world of physics in STEM this term, investigating the forces that make our world ‘turn’ and the simple machines that help us harness these forces, such as levers, wheel and axles, screws, and pulleys. Their newfound knowledge would soon come to good use with the cohort travelling to Aussie …

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Bucket-filling for all ages

Our Primary School students have been big bucket-fillers for many years now however, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, ‘bucket-filling’ is used to refer to positive attitudes and behaviour. The analogy is that we all carry an invisible bucket of our emotions and feelings. When our buckets are full, we are …

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GirlGamers – eSports event

What a day!  Last Wednesday, nine of our Year 5-8 young ladies competed in ‘The Fuse Cup – Girl Gamers’ event. The event was held at Emmanuel College on the Gold Coast and saw around 70 girls from around the state come together to compete against each other at MarioCart.  The focus of the event …

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Who controls who?

Have you ever wondered if you control your phone or if your phone controls you?   …some researchers have estimated that an average person will have scrolled the equivalent height of the Burj Khalifa (i.e., the tallest building in the world) in a week, and Mount Everest in a year.  …an average person will likely perform …

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Why do we have Book Week?

Book Week at GCC It is very obvious to me that GCC families love Book Week and go to a huge effort to make it special for their children. If you have a chance to look at the photos on Pixevety or Facebook, you will see what I mean. Book Week Parade is also a …

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Rescuing children

On Tuesday, 16 August all of the Senior and Middle School took a stand against human trafficking. In both Chapel services, students stood rather sitting to recognise those around the world that face this horrible situation every day.  Students and staff also purchased t-shirts and gave monetary donations in order to rescue one girl.  The …

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You’ve got a friend in me

‘I’ll be there for you,’ said the Rembrandts. Randy Newman and Woody assured us, ‘You’ve got a friend in me!’. And let’s not discount the sweet sentimentality of Andy Grammar’s ‘Captain Underpants’ anthem, ‘Friend Like You’, with bold statements of ‘Dude, I love you! Bro, I love you! Man, I love you! You’re my homie, …

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We’re in this together

Thank you to all the parents and caregivers who managed to attend the parent-teacher meetings last week. I know that ill health may have impacted your family but it was lovely to have the opportunity to touch base and I know that the meetings were extremely valued by both parents and teachers.  Every year, our …

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Uncomfortable truths

On Monday 8 August between 6:30pm and 7:30pm, GCC has organised for Melinda Tankard Reist and Daniel Principe to present to our parents, caregivers and the wider community on disturbing new trends among our children and teens.  The topic is: “Navigating a se*ed-up world: How can we help our children resist harmful messages from media …

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The search for happiness

No one would argue that the last couple of years have been tough on everyone. We feel a bit battered and knocked around emotionally and there is the very real grief for what we have missed out on. In particular, I feel for those who didn’t have the opportunity to be with loved ones at …

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The value of school reports

Student reports bring mixed feelings for parents. Pleasure and pride if children are performing well but possible angst when children are not progressing as hoped. Reports can mean anxious times for children too. Will my parents be disappointed or proud? This is the main concern of most children. Children of all ages take their cues …

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Chess T2 News

Term 2 has been another eventful term for our Primary Chess Club. Thirty students have been playing at the club, some are regular players and others come along and give it a try, but all are welcome. This term, Cooper Beavan, Bryce Stout, Connor Boss, Lauren Stout and Evie Coulson competed in the Sunshine Coast …

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GCC students looking to the future

Experience USC and our Annual Careers Expo Year 10s had a great day out in June at the University of the Sunshine Coast hearing from academics about new degrees and areas of study in industries of high employment growth. They heard from Doctors of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Cyber and National Security, Business and Commerce, Criminology …

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