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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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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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Redundancy challenge

Have you thought about your ‘big picture’ parenting goal? Our immediate goals might be to have our teen clean up their room or stop our toddler from drinking from the dog’s bowl but what about your big goal as a parent? Our children grow up quickly and I often hear parents lament about not feeling …

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What is your parenting style?

It is not often we have the opportunity for a special parenting event with specialist guest speakers like we did on Monday so you might be surprised to hear that we have another treat in store for you, but more on that later. I hope you were able to attend the parenting seminar on Monday …

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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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Legendary sportsmanship

Welcome to Term 3. I hope you had a relaxing break with family and friends.  This week we enjoyed our Athletic Carnivals which were a great time of fun, sportsmanship and character. You will be able to read all about the details in the Sports Report when it comes out after all the points are …

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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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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

My expectations were high for GCC’s first musical in GPAC but the performance exceeded all of them.  Students and staff overcame a late start to the year and multiple cancelled practices due to weather and sickness and yet they still delivered a professional and thoroughly entertaining performance. A special congratulations to Eden Foster, our youngest …

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One down, one to go!

It’s a busy time at GCC with Open Day last Saturday and the College Musical just around the corner on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June. Open Day It’s been raining a very long time and we had been praying for beautiful sunny weather for our Open Day but the answer was a resounding ‘no’. …

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You Belong

Most of you will know that this week we celebrated “You Belong”. You Belong Week is the brainchild of Colleen Crase and the GCC Student Voice with the aim to ensure everyone feels like they belong. You Belong embodies the values of Harmony Week (typically a week later in the calendar) and Anti-Bullying Day on …

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Three marks of a good leader

This week we held our first-ever combined Leadership Induction Service. Even though the change was brought on by current restrictions, it was such a great whole College event that it may well become one of our new traditions. Student leaders and their families attended the ceremony in the spacious GPAC theatre where they could all …

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From one marathon to the next

The Christmas school holiday is usually a six-week long-distance race but when you have an additional two thrown in for good measure it becomes a marathon!  I want to take this opportunity to congratulate you all for finishing this marathon. It is wonderful to have the students back for face-to-face learning this week.  I would …

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Are you suffering from helmet fire?

I’m not talking about helmet hair but helmet fire! Helmet fire seems to be a term coined by psychologists but is not in wide use. An article referencing Brendan Hickey in Communique, January/February 2021 describes helmet fire as: “a condition that occurs when people are working hard for long hours under lots of pressure, making …

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A whirlwind week

You can tell it’s the end of the year when you need your calendar open in a special window at all times. Last week we held the DeLorean Showcase, Vocal Recitals, Guitar Recitals, Business Market Stalls and ended the week with the Dance and Drama Showcase. That was on top of the usual incursions, excursions, …

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How to spot a fake friend

Navigating the dynamics and nuances of friendship at any age can be challenging but especially for our younger students and teenagers. They don’t have the life experience to spot a fake friend and are vulnerable to the hurtful results.  I’m sure your children have come home complaining about what their friends or other students have …

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Laugh often and lighten up

My last two blogs have been a bit heavy so I thought it was time to lighten things up and laugh more. Life has been pretty serious for the last two years and sometimes we just need to give ourselves permission to laugh and lighten up. How do you begin to laugh more? It does …

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Are books better than movies?

Book Week was celebrated in colourful style with creative costumes and an immersion of all things literature. I love seeing students proudly holding the books that inspire their characters and I especially love those costumes that are a bit outside the box.  The title of the blog this week is a little provocative, “are books …

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GPAC Official Opening

For almost two years we have been watching the construction of our new performing arts centre rise from below ground level to the elegant three-storey building it has grown into today. To celebrate the completion, our Official Building Opening was held last Friday 20 August. This is the third and final stage of the Glasshouse …

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How to choose your friends

Dylan (not his real name but this is his real story) is a 24-year-old from western Brisbane who was vaguely unhappy with his life. He realised he was drifting, didn’t have a focus and wasn’t achieving anything. He enjoyed time with his mates at the pub and at parties, he attempted a few courses and …

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Saying goodbye

Saying goodbye This week we are saying goodbye to four staff members who will be sadly missed. We can advertise their positions but as people, they cannot be replaced. Each one leaves their own legacy of lives they have touched, students they have inspired and colleagues who have become good friends. I hope you will join …

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The joy of giving

Back in March, I wrote, “Five reasons to join GCC’s P and F” and I would like to add number six to that list: Do it for the joy of giving! Our P and F work hard holding events to raise money for our students. Most of the time we hear about the events but …

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What legacy are you leaving?

Some of you may have heard of the passing of Trevor Newell last week but many of you who are new to the College may not know about Trevor’s amazing legacy. If it had not been for Trevor’s dedication, prayer and faithfulness to building a Christian school in Beerwah, GCC may not even exist today.  …

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A love letter from your brain

My blog this week is based on an article called ‘Dear Kids, Love From Your Brain.’ What All Kids Need to Know About the Brain by Karen Young. This is the letter your brain would write to you. Dear You I love being in your head because we’re going to be together forever, you and …

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The history of Mother’s Day

Most people think that Mother’s Day came into being in 1908 by American Anna Jarvis who wanted to commemorate her mother. However, the history of Mother’s Day goes back much further.  In the second and third books of the Bible (written more than three thousand years ago) we are told to honour our father and …

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Week 10 upheaval

We had wonderful plans for this week that were suddenly turned on their head after the government’s announcement Monday morning. We were excited about holding our Easter Service, the Year 11 and 12s were planning to finish their exam block and I’m sure many of you were looking forward to the primary teacher interviews which …

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