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National Reconciliation Week commences with the anniversary of the referendum, a pivotal moment in our nation’s history when the constitution was amended to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The week concludes on June 3rd, commemorating the landmark Mabo Court case decision. This significant ruling not only acknowledged the traditional owners of the land,

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National Simultaneous Storytime

This week we celebrated National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) by reading Bowerbird Blues by Australian Author/Illustrator Aura Parker. What a delight to take part in this shared experience, reading the same book, at the same time, across the nation! There were 2,341,490 participants in 21,000 locations reading the story simultaneously, savouring Parker’s amazing illustrations that beautifully

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Primary Sport Update

Cross Country Carnival The Cross Country course was marked with cones and tape early in the morning, with dew still resting on the ground. Before long the field was a bustling arena of anticipation and excitement. Students from Years 3 – 6 boasted their house colours, ready to race the various courses mapped out across

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Don’t Save Bad Treasure

In the last two years, I have found the topic of money comes up more frequently in my social circles. People are feeling the pinch as their dollars buy less than they once did and housing prices skyrocket. Dual incomes are becoming essential for meeting a family’s basic needs: one income pays the mortgage while

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SHEP – Sunshine Coast

Recently, nine GCC students were selected to participate in SHEP – Sunshine Coast at Chancellor Park State School. What is SHEP? State Honours Ensemble Program, or SHEP, is an educational program run by Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University for music students that helps extend and encourage their pursuit of musical excellence. It brings together

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Year 10 Camp

Three weeks ago, the Year 10 cohort undertook a journey filled with laughter, challenges, and unforgettable memories – Year 10 camp! Nestled in the scenic beauty of Mt Tamborine, our camp provided the perfect backdrop for an adventure-packed few days. From thrilling activities to heartfelt moments of bonding, here’s a snapshot of our camp escapade:

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“I Spy” Challenge – The Beginnings of Research

The challenge of searching for something can be incredibly fun—especially when you succeed! The ‘I Spy’ challenge’ book series, with its engaging illustrations and cryptic rhyming clues, is a fantastic ‘seek-and-find’ activity. It serves as a great introduction to research, where readers look for something specific, check that it matches the given criteria (clues), and

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SCIPHA Day of Excellence

On Wednesday 8 May a group of Year 5 students attended a SCIPHA Immersion Day, hosted by Pacific Lutheran College. The opportunity brought like-minded students from various schools across the Sunshine Coast together for an engineering workshop. The day focussed on understanding forces in motion and using a range of mechanisms to design and create

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Greetings, Wildcats!

Excitement is brewing in the air as we gear up for this year’s rendition of High School Musical! With rehearsals well underway, the cast and crew are diving headfirst into the world of East High. From electrifying dance numbers to heartfelt ballads, this production promises to be a showstopper. Rehearsals are in full swing, and

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Mooloolah Soccer Club

A Community Staple Seeking Young Players Nestled in the picturesque Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the Mooloolah Soccer Club has been a cornerstone of the local community since its establishment in 2003. Affiliated with the Sunshine Coast Churches Soccer Association, this inclusive, not-for-profit organization has grown remarkably over the years, offering sporting opportunities for a wide range

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Embracing Curiosity in Faith

One of my favorite people in the world is my 18-month-old niece, Zoe. My sister and I often take her on hikes, strapping her in as we navigate paths, climb over rocks, and brush past trees. While her vocabulary is limited, Zoe never fails to wonder about the world around her, often pointing and asking,

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Year 6 Camp at Emu Gully

By Year 6 student, Saoirse Craig-Daly Tuesday morning came, luggage was packed inside the bus and Year 6 was ready to go! Emu Gully awaited! Four days and some sleepless nights of excitement for the next adventures ahead. On Year 6 Camp, we all put in effort to overcome challenges that were assigned for us

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Excursion to the Ginger Factory

We are thrilled to share the wonderful experiences our Year 3 students had on their recent excursion to the Ginger Factory! It was a day filled with learning, exploration, and lots of fun. The journey began with an enjoyable bus ride to Yandina, where anticipation was high among the students. Upon arrival at the Ginger

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Year 1 Raw Art Incursion

On Tuesday 30 April, Year 1 had a very exciting Incursion with Raw Art. Lorian, an amazing artist, led the students in a hands-on exploration of sculpting with clay and designing different symbols that represent our ever-changing weather. Year 1 has been learning all about the weather in Kitchen Garden with Mr Simmonds and this

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The Power of Mud

One of my favourite stories in the Bible is the one where Jesus spits in the dirt, mixes it up, and places the mud on the eyes of a blind man from birth. Jesus tells the man to go wash in the pool of Siloam and after he does, he receives sight for the first

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MLTAQ French Poster Competition

GCC students Isabella Buckland (Year 10), Amelia Hughes (Year 9) and Audrey Jo Caldwell (Year 8) were very successful at the 2024 annual Sunshine Coast MLTAQ Poster Competition. Each student achieved first place in the French language competition in their own year-level categories. This year’s theme was ‘Embracing our differences and enriching our lives through

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Primary Sports Update

Primary Swimming Carnival The scene was set for a fantastic day at the annual GCC Primary Swimming Carnival, as chlorine filled the air and the rain clouds parted for perhaps the only day this year! This highly anticipated event brought together students, teachers, and families for a day of spirited competition, camaraderie, and splashing fun.

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Learning Spotlight on Digital Skills in the Primary Classroom

In today’s digital age, equipping students with essential digital skills is important to their academic and future success. At GCC, we recognise the value of integrating technology into the primary classroom to prepare our students for the ever-evolving digital landscape. One-to-one device initiatives have revolutionised teaching and learning, offering students opportunities to develop digital literacy

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Secondary Sports Report Term 1

There has been a lot to report on this term for secondary sport at GCC. Volleyball continues to be well represented with our teams competing at SCISSA, Trish Buckley and state level. Our Beach Volleyballers also found success at the state and national schools cup competitions. The Cricket team enjoyed their tournament and we have

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The Annual Physics Cup

In STEM (Science), the Year 7 cohort has been investigating the physical forces that act on us and make our world turn, and the simple machines that help us utilise these forces. Their understanding would become vital in competing in the Third Annual Physics Cup Competition at AussieWorld in Week 7. Teams raced against the

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Rosetta Books – Easter Holiday Fun

Rosetta Books is excited to be bringing some popular children’s authors to Maleny over this Easter school holiday period. Award-winning Sunshine Coast hinterland author Peter Carnavas will be running a fun drawing workshop for children 5+ years old. He will be showcasing his latestbook, Leo and Ralph, a stellar novel about space, starting over and the

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Woodlands Community Easter Show

Now in it’s third year, the Beerwah Primary P&C Association is busy organising their major event for the year. Come along to Beerwah State School oval on Easter Saturday from 8am to 11am to join the local community to experience a fun-filled family-friendly morning where you will find a variety of activities to entertain everyone.

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Parenting Course

Introducing the Parents with Courage Program: Empowering Parents to Navigate the Teenage Years Are you a parent facing the whirlwind of challenges that come with raising older primary and high school-aged children? Look no further! The Parents with Courage Program is here to equip you with the tools and strategies you need to navigate this

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Primary Sports News – Term 1

Early morning surfing GCC students have teamed up with North Caloundra Surf School for the GCC Sunrise Surf Sessions. For seasoned surfers and those just starting out, it’s been a great way to begin the day and get the schooling year rolling. The instructors have guided students through the basics in wave selection and surfing

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Camp Create: 3-day School Holiday Workshop

Unlock your child’s creative potential at this 3-day school holiday workshop! Through fun, hands-on activities and guided exploration, young minds will delve into the realms of art, storytelling, and problem-solving. Spaces are limited to 50 participants. Workshop Highlights: Workshop schedule: Day 1 – Drama skills, character development, costume and set designDay 2 – Creative thinking

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What’s bigger than Tay Tay?

Gone are the days when going to a concert was just about enjoying the music in a live format. These days it is a life experience that seems more like a worldwide fan club reunion. If you have been living under a mushroom, you still probably know that Taylor Mania is here with the arrival

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SCIPHA Day of Excellence

On Tuesday 13 February a group of Year 6 students attended a SCIPHA Immersion Day, hosted by Matthew Flinders Anglican College. The opportunity brought like-minded students from various schools together for a Design Thinking Sprint. Students were tasked with innovating a real-life solution that could aid a visually impaired student navigate a school visit. Working

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Unreasonable Hospitality

At nine years old, me and my friends from church were invited to the Searson property for a day unlike any other. We were being treated to our own private theme park! The small acreage was transformed by merry-go-rounds, jumping castles, food stalls, mini golf, and pony rides. They even had those giant teacups where

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Introducing Jamie Simmonds

My name is Mr Jamie Simmonds. I have been married for 25 years to Juliette who teaches Year 7 teacher at GCC. We are raising four children who are 15, 13, 11 and 7 years old. I have been teaching for 25 years in Queensland schools where I have recently focused on teaching STEAM and

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“Best Bedtime Story Ever”

Last week, we held our College Dedication Service as a whole school event. It is a special time when we come together to celebrate God’s goodness to us over the last 24 years and look forward to what he has in store for us in the future. Our special guest speaker was Cheryl Bryers, former

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2024 Ecumenical Leaders Service

This week, our Primary, Middle and Senior faith captains attended the Sunshine Coast Christian School’s Ecumenical service, where schools from all denominations unite as one community under Christ, acknowledging and celebrating His ongoing work within their midst. This gathering also serves as an opportunity for these young leaders to foster connections and encourage one another.

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‘All Kids can be Readers’

Last week, author Sally Rippin, was announced as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2024 and 2025. Sally’s theme as Laureate for the next two years is ‘All kids can be readers’. Sally loves to write stories with heart and with characters that resonate with children, parents, and educators. She is Australia’s highest selling female author

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Exciting Opportunities Await: Join the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Program!

Dear Year 9 and 10 Families at GCC I am thrilled to introduce you to the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Program available here at GCC for Year 9 students and above. It’s an exceptional opportunity for our young individuals to embark on a journey of personal growth and skill development. Starting the program in

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