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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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Prep to Year 2 Cross Country

The Prep to Year 2 students set the stage for an amazing atmosphere for their Cross Country. Parents, students and staff enjoyed the sunshine, light breeze and music amongst the cheering and war cry chants which carried every racer through to the finish line.  Due to all the rain earlier in the term, a new …

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Prep bike skills

The skills the children learn at GCC reach way beyond the classroom walls. In our Sports lessons at the moment, the Prep children are having wonderful fun riding Balance Bikes. For some this is easy, for others, it has been a challenge. Everyone is showing a wonderful “growth mindset” as they learn new skills and learn how much …

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Kitchen Garden: Welcome to winter

The blessed rains have ceased, just in time for us to welcome our Preps, Year 1 and 2 students into the Kitchen Garden.  Praise God! We are beginning winter here in Southern Queensland, which is merely a blink and it’s over for our ‘cool-season’ crops. We planted some broccoli and cauliflower seedlings amongst the pollinator-attracting …

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Reading is powerful!

One of my favourite picture book authors is Mem Fox. You might know of her work with Australian timeless classic titles such as Possum Magic, Koala Lou, I’m Australian Too and Where Is the Green Sheep? just to name a few. Written almost 20 years ago, Mem Fox’s book written for teachers and parents called Reading …

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Year 3 Camp at Luther Heights

Year 3 had an exceptional time at their very first overnight camp! Students had an amazing time experiencing nature and building wonderful memories and connections with their friends. While at camp the students participated in many exciting outdoor experiences including; big games, obstacle courses, JR zipline, team building and mini catapult. Students stayed positive even …

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GCC Primary Writing Workshop

On 23 – 25 May, GCC Primary had Writing Consultant Ann Korab run professional development workshops with the Primary teaching staff. This professional development consisted of an afternoon workshop with all Primary teachers and three full-day workshops with Year levels 1, 4 and 6. Ann Korab is a highly experienced consultant who specialises in Narrative …

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Nursery Rhyme Day

Well – what a fantastic bunch of Nursery Rhyme characters joined us for school today!  It was like they stepped out of a book!  The Preppies looked amazing!  Everywhere we walked throughout the school today they were greeted with “Oooohs” and “Aaaahs”, “They’re soooo cute!” and “I wish I was still in Prep!” We started our day with a …

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Big Bang Science

Last week Year 6 had a very exciting visit from ‘Big Bang Science’. We all learned about electricity and how it flows through wires and other materials like metal. Freya from ‘Big Bang Science’ used a large electrical device and pressed it up against a metal trolley. The electric device made sparks that looked like …

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Hand in hand parenting: Tip 5

Consequences – nobody likes them; however, they apply to everyone, children and adults alike.  Whether ther are imposed on you or are natural from doing something silly or foolish; they really are important because they help us to learn. Consequences in your family may look different from other families, which is absolutely fine. You know …

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Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition (CAT)

On Wednesday 4 May, nine bright minds from Year 6 participated in the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition run by the Australian Maths Trust. Students in Year 6 who demonstrated excellent mathematical problem-solving skills were selected by their class teacher to participate in the competition. These students included; Mitchell O’Shea, Jeremiah Cooper, Indigo Hetherington, …

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Prep Maroon garden makeover

If you have walked past the front of the Prep Maroon classroom, you may have noticed the “makeover” that has happened in our class garden. It was looking a bit tired and sad, with our chrysanthemums, parsley and a very dubious pineapple plant, but not anymore! Recently one of our students and his family kindly donated their time, …

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A cultural experience

This term the Year 4 cohort is learning about the diversity of Australia’s First Peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Country and Place. On Wednesday the Year 4s assembled in GPAC to listen and watch our very own Mrs Aliti McGaven give a very special presentation …

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Chess Club at GCC

Chess Club continues to thrive at Glasshouse Christian College! More than 40 students have come along so far this year to just have a go, learn to play or join our in-house competition. On Friday, we entered two teams into the annual Interschool Chess Competition organised by the Sunshine Coast Independent Primary Heads Association. It …

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Hand in Hand parenting tip #4

I hope all our mums, grandmas and all female caregivers had a lovely day last Sunday, celebrating ‘MUMS’. Even if you are not a ‘mum’, caring for a child is an enormous responsibility, so days like last Sunday are important for the children to thank the significant female in their lives, who cares for them. …

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The blessing of mothers

“God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.”  ~Jewish Proverb It is said that God couldn’t be everywhere, therefore, He created mothers. Every one of us feels that our mothers are special to us and there could be many reasons for the way we feel. There are no words that can express a …

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Year 6 Emu Gully Camp 2022

Instead of lining up outside their classrooms at the beginning of term, Year 6 set off on their annual camp to Emu Gully near Helidon. What a great way to start the term! Not knowing what to expect, they eagerly boarded the bus with a positive attitude and a sense of adventure. With grit and …

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Living a generous life

As we returned to school for another term of opportunity and possibility, it was wonderful to see lots of smiles as parents and children came onto the campus, as children caught up with friends and shared stories of holiday adventures and fun. Being generous with our time, our talents, showing acts of kindness and caring …

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Hand in Hand Parenting

Tip Two Life is so, so busy! We spend so much of our lives rushing from one place to another. Our children grow up in the busyness of it all. Take time for yourself and your family. Make it a priority! We don’t want to look back in 20 years not knowing who our children …

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Homework: a contentious issue

Homework is one of the most contentious issues discussed in Primary Schools. Many parents demand more, others less and teachers and children are often stuck in the middle. Homework can provide opportunities to practise skills, review content and deepen understanding of concepts learnt. At GCC the main focus of homework is literacy based. While our …

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Buddy time in Prep

One of the loveliest things we do in Prep is “Buddy Time”. Once a fortnight, or so, Year 6 classes come to each Prep class for a visit. The older children come to read books, play games and can help the younger ones with tricky craft activities. The children are paired with the same buddy for the …

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Year 4 Camp

Last week, eighty-five excited Year 4 students headed off to Luther Heights Youth Camp up on the wonderful Sunshine Coast for a 3 day fun packed camp adventure.  Students experienced team and individual activities that were both challenging and rewarding, ate appetising food, experienced great weather, climbed steep hills, witnessed amazing scenery, grew friendships and …

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Hand in Hand Parenting

Was your child born with a manual on how to raise them? Mine either. That would be an awful lot of child-rearing manuals across the world as each child born is unique and special, especially in the eyes of God. God may not have given us individual manuals, however, He did give us some very …

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“Bullying. No Way!”

Bullying is when one person (or a group of people) with more power than someone else deliberately and repeatedly tries to upset or hurt them. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious or hidden. Bullying involves misusing any power that a person has to harm someone else, and might involve …

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Praising your child

Praising your child can go a long way in encouraging desired behaviour and outcomes. But, according to Psychologist Carol Dweck it makes a huge difference how we praise. We often praise our children because we want to motivate and encourage them to do their best in the things that they do. While there is nothing …

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Compassion spotlight

Kamusta! Meet our Compassion sponsor children for 2022! Arheanna (Prep), Migz (Year 1), Rhyver (Year 2), Anasandra (Year 3), Jerry (Year 4), Prince (Year 5), Jeanine (Year 6), Christina and Sylwin (Middle School). They are all from the Philippines, most from the island of Cebu, with one living on the island of Leyte. Every week …

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A way forward in 2022

It was so lovely to see all the children come through the school gates on the first day and settle in so well into their new learning spaces.  It was a long break, and I know the last few weeks in our house seemed to really start to drag. Screen time definitely increased in the …

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Our Primary leaders for 2022

Being a great leader is all about having a genuine willingness and a true commitment to guide culture, make a difference and lead others to achieve a common goal by being a positive influence. No leader can ever achieve anything great or long-lasting all alone and so teamwork is very important and goes hand in …

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Last week was the first week of “big school” for some of the newest members of the GCC family. The Preps invited a special friend to class for the day to help celebrate this milestone. Prep Maroon was the “scouting party” and went exploring new areas of the College and came across the perfect spot …

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Growth through a bit of grunt

Teaching our kids the joy of responsibility I started my first job at the age of 14 at Best and Less, Hobart. I was a bit of a ‘deer with headlights’ in my first quarter of a year there probably because I found it so challenging, having more responsibility than ever before. Mr Copeland, my …

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The end of another school year

Our Christmas concerts, spreading the message of Hope at this Christmas time, were such a blessing to us all. The children sang and performed with joy and enthusiasm and it was wonderful that so many families could join us. PRIMARY BACK TO SCHOOL 2022 To assist with your planning for next year, here is some …

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Year 6 go out with a bang and a big wave!

Year 6 is learning all about geological science, particularly volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. We have been studying sudden movements of the earth’s crust and the subsequent impact. After detailed research into some of the most serious recent natural disasters students collaboratively made a working model showing the geological event. This will then be filmed in slow motion and used in …

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Year 6 Ladies Day Out

At the end of Term 3, the girls in Year 6 enjoyed a special day out to explore issues relating specifically to them as they head into their next stage of education in Middle School. They were treated to an amazing day up at Tranquil Park in Maleny, where they devoured a scrumptious morning tea …

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