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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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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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Middle School Experience Day

This year’s Middle School Experience Day was a blast of fun. We had the opportunity to experience what school will be like in Year 7. It consisted of various activities, including dance, science, music, food tech, PE, pastoral care and a navigation activity called ‘Where’s What?’ where Year 6 students had clues about places they …

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Year 2 Art Incursion

As part of this term’s Design Technology and Science units, Year 1 students participated in an art incursion by Reverse Garbage. In Science, this term students have been learning about sound and how this is made through vibrations. Students were thrilled to have the opportunity to create their very own instrument. They learned about how …

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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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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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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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Primary News

We have had a great start to the term and have enjoyed a wonderful Primary Swimming Carnival, a spectacular display of dance with the Primary Dance troupe performing a number of outstanding routines at the College Dance night, an author visit and excellent support for Operation Christmas Child. There was a tower of boxes in …

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Year 4 Geology

Last Friday the Year 4 students undertook a geology trip to Kings Beach Caloundra, led by Dr Taz Walker and Scott Devlin from Creation Ministries. The students learned about and discovered the different types of rock formations: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Yar 4 students also learned and gathered information to find erosion and weathering …

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Year 6 Writing Success

After an inspirational writing immersion day at St Andrew’s Anglican College, two aspiring Year 6 writers were encouraged to enter the Hinterland Times Young Writer of the Year Competition. This is a particularly tough competition as it attracts strong writers from around the coast and hinterland region each year, with entrants between the ages of …

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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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Fun flies with Legacy Cup

We have a massive couple of days in Primary these coming weeks! Legacy Cup event Wednesday, SCISSA Gala Day Thursday, Wildlife Warriors Day on Friday and then Colour Run next week. Crazy fun to end the term! On Wednesday we had our Legacy Cup event for Term 3, which was old-school “Ball Games”. We had …

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Let’s celebrate dads

It was wonderful to see so many dads and grandads at our special Father’s Day breakfast this week. Thank you to all who managed to share the morning with us. The children loved having you at school and there were some teary goodbyes when you had to leave.  Did you know that the first Father’s …

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Year 5 Camp

This last week Year 5 journeyed north to Maranatha Recreation Camp, Boulder Creek to experience some exciting outdoor adventure challenges. Students used teamwork skills to create rope bridges, rafts, orienteering and also support one another as they climbed the Tower of Tremble.  They overcame their fears as they completed the high ropes challenge and hurled …

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Wild HeART Student Art Competition 

Last term students in Prep to Year 6 had the opportunity to enter the Sunshine Coast Council Wild HeART Student Art Competition. To enter, students created an artwork depicting Australian native flora and fungi, Australian native fauna and threatened species. There were many wonderful entries from Glasshouse Christian College, including water-colouring paintings of koalas and cockatoos, detailed drawings of echidnas and …

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Building teacher capacity

As a teaching team, we have recently had the opportunity to work with Anna Korab, our writing consultant from Melbourne and we are looking forward to working with Hilton Ayrey, our reading consultant from New Zealand, at the end of the month. Anna worked with teachers across five teams and also ran the staff meeting …

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What’s been happening in Year 1?

What a week Year 1 had! On Tuesday they had a super fun-filled morning of being scientists! To start the day, all of the Year 1 students watched an interactive science show where we learnt about colour-changing catalysts, different sounds that can be made, how to make clouds and different scientific languages. The students were …

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Snapshot of Year 3

Year 3 students are becoming very independent and are working well together. Here are some of the things they have been doing in class this term: Mathematics Students have now finished with their division unit and moving on to addition and subtraction. They will be covering this over the next two weeks and learning about …

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Prep Puppet Theatre Presentation

The Prep classes recently had a fabulous incursion.  It was gorgeous. Kevin from “Evergreen Puppet Theatre” took us on a calming, educational journey through an imaginary rainforest, called “Rainforest Experience”.    All through the presentation, we listened to a relaxing soundtrack of rainforest sounds and gentle music. Through Kevin’s use of puppets, we were introduced to …

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Flying Forces

On Monday, 25 July, the Year 4 students experienced the wonderful world of forces. Cran, from Its Rocket Science, engaged with students in scientific concepts and language about forces to help students make connections between theory and practice.  A former commercial pilot and a big passion for flying, Cran connected with all the students in a highly …

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Elephant toothpaste!

What a great first day of term we had. The Year 1 students were able to enjoy a science demonstration by our very own Mrs G! There were lots of happy students as they watched different liquids mixed together and had a go at being scientists. Their faces of awe and gasps of excitement when they …

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A warm welcome back to school

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all our families returning to school this week and especially to new families joining us for the first time. We hope that you will feel most welcome and we are delighted to have you join our GCC community. Getting off to a great start During …

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Routines – the sanity saver!

Returning to school after a holiday break can be tricky for some students to adjust.  Families are a child’s safe and preferred space so some children might be reluctant to return to school.  Here are some things you can try to help get back into the swing of things: Talk positively about school and staff …

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Year 1 celebration party

On the last day of Term 2, Year 1 students hosted a celebration party for the Year 7 students. There was great anticipation in the lead-up to the party and the students were very excited to see their buddy from Prep. In class, they had worked hard to create invitations, party hats, decorations and even …

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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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