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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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Senior Science

The science skills students learn at Glasshouse Christian College reach well beyond the class in preparation for the real world. In Senior Physics, students in Year 10 to Year 12 have been exploring the wide array of implications of the laws developed by Emil Lenz and Michael Faraday. The students have now completed their Electromagnetism …

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Year 10 multicultural luncheon

The Year 10 Hospitality students presented an exciting Multicultural Luncheon to their friends and teachers. They worked hard picking a suitable menu, to showcase their culture and demonstrate their cooking skills. The luncheon went without any problems and the students learnt what it was like to run a function and get all meals out on …

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Year 11 Leadership

The theme for the Year 11 students this term has been on ‘Leadership’. It’s hard to believe that ‘Year 12, 2023’ is quickly approaching and we need to start considering applications for leadership positions next year! Recently, the students looked at five keys to becoming a good leader, these included; 1.     Model the way2.     Enable others to …

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Aggies Warialda Trip

The 2022 Warialda Ag trip was once again an incredible experience for the Year 11 Science Aggies! The first day saw the students travel seven hours southwest and cross into NSW and to break up the trip they stopped at the Glen Innes Research Station. Here they were shown the latest technology in cattle yards …

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Congratulations to Scott Roy

Congratulations to Scott Roy who has been accepted into QUT’s 2022 Future You STEM Summit. Scott Roy’s application has been successful for QUT’s 2022 Future You STEM Summit, participating in the STEM Tasters stream of the program. Scott has been recognised for his outstanding STEM leadership potential and will be undertaking the program during the September holidays, Tuesday 27- …

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QATSIF scholarship recipient for 2022

QATSIF stands for Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation which was established in 2008 to provide scholarships to young eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Years 11 and 12. “QATSIF was created to give Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families increased educational choices and life opportunities. It is an independent, not-for-profit trust …

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Why Shakespeare?

As a senior teacher of some years at Glasshouse Christian College, I’ve often been asked a question familiar to most English teachers: Why Shakespeare? I have several glib pre-prepared answers to this question when just ‘getting on with things’ doesn’t permit an extended response, but I thought that, given the popularity of the question and …

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What is happening in Science?

Senior science students are all working on their Student Experiment – otherwise known as the Internal Assessment 2. This counts for 20 per cent of their overall grade. Biology students are basing their experiments on ecosystem dynamics. Physics students are working on the refraction of light. Chemistry students investigated electroplating and combustion of fuels while …

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Iris is swimming to save lives

ReachOut : Laps for Life2022 This March, Iris, a Year 10 student at Glasshouse Christian College, is challenging herself to participate in Laps for Life for the third year in a row. She is swimming laps to raise much-needed funds for ReachOut – youth mental health services. Iris has set herself a target of swimming …

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Raising teenagers you can be proud of

The teenage years are dreaded by many parents as their beautiful, loving children turn into grunting, moody, technology addicts who want to cross all available boundaries. In reality, the average teenager is vastly different from these stereotypes that are perpetuated by the media. Start early Preparation for the teenage years starts in early childhood where …

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Year 12 receive their jerseys

Starting school is amazing and can sometimes be an overwhelming experience for parents and students. Yet, at the same time, at the “other” end of the school, the end can be both wonderful and daunting. The Year 12 final year can be exciting and I have loved the opportunity to create a few little ceremonies to …

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Agricultural Science at GCC

It has been a fantastic beginning to 2022 for all the Aggies, new and old, and it is set to be an amazing year ahead. Year 10 Ag Science are immersing themselves in researching global food security and how to crop wild relatives to help plant breeders adapt new plant varieties to climate change. Over …

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Mystery Bus Tour

On Friday night, after the Year 12 Formal,  55 Year 12 Graduates and eight staff members took off on what would truly be a mystery overnight bus tour! Despite our best-laid plans, the ending of the trip became a mystery, even to the teachers and staff! We started late with a different bus than what …

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***WINNER ANNOUNCED***

We’re super proud and very pleased to announce that LED Plates have taken out their second big Sunshine Coast Innovation Award, the 2021 Generation Innovation Challenge. The challenge is open to 15-25 year olds on the Sunshine Coast. Out of the three finalists, four of the young entrepreneurs were 15 when they began the challenge.  …

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Angelique Hallett OAMA

Order Of Australia Association – QLD Branch – Secondary Schools Citizen of the Year Award Earlier this year Angelique Hallett was nominated for the SSCA Award. The award is open to Year 12 students from across Queensland and who have been influential young people in their schools and communities. It is of no surprise that …

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Queen Scout Award to Laneeka

Earlier in the year, Laneeka Andrews (Year 11 at GCC) achieved her Queen Scout Award. This Scout award is recognised throughout Australia and the Commonwealth. In recognition of this award, Laneeka was invited to attend a prestigious award ceremony with the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC CVO and the …

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Swim with the sharks!

Shark Tank is always a highlight of the DeLorean Project and this year was another to add to the success stories. Based on the Channel 10 concept, it’s an amazing opportunity for our students to face their fears and share their project ideas with a panel of industry representatives and entrepreneurs. This year we had …

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Be a Superhero

Young people need heroes. They need positive role models to aspire to. Most often these are sportsmen and women who society places on a pedestal. With the recent closing of the Summer Olympics, there were 46 medalists returning to Australia who many of our students will look up to. The whole Olympic team trained exceptionally …

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Oz Harvest Cooking Challenge

Year 11 students are learning about sustainability in the kitchen culminating in a student and staff challenge where they have to make a family meal out of leftover food that would otherwise be thrown away. Special guest Mary O’Rourke from Oz Harvest spoke to the group about the importance of reducing landfill. “It takes a …

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Meet our DeLorean USC students

In 2016, the DeLorean Project facilitators orchestrated an opportunity for some of our students to be mentored by PhD candidates at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) for their DeLorean Projects. It aligned perfectly with real-world thinking and problem solving as well as having students explore what they were passionate about and what they …

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From DeLorean Project to Queensland Young Achiever – Angelique Hallett

We are pleased to announce that Angelique Hallett was recently awarded the University of Queensland Create Change award as the 2021 Queensland Young Achiever. The award was announced and presented at a black-tie event dinner in Brisbane on Friday night 7 May and the line-up of finalists for the various categories was very impressive. Out …

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Year 11 barista course

Year 11 Hospitality students attended a Barista Course at Vincenza. They spent the morning learning the skills involved in handling the coffee beans and the art of producing an excellent cappuccino. At the end of the day, the students achieved a statement of attendance, to use in their resume. They all had a great time with …

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The Science Experience

The Science Experience at UQ was an amazing opportunity to further my knowledge in Engineering, Biology and Physics. At the University, we were shown labs and even given the opportunity to use different sorts of lab equipment. We also received a tour of the Queensland Brain Institute and were able to see first-hand what it …

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Year 10 camp on Moreton Island

What an amazing start to Senior School for our Year 10 students! The students welcomed in the year with three full days of adventure and fun at Moreton Island. The weather threatened to be wild and the heat was definitely a concern but after our 5:30am departure on day one of Term 1, it quickly …

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QATSIF scholarship recipients

QATSIF stands for Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation which was established in 2008 to provide scholarships to young eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Years 11 and 12. QATSIF has awarded more than 7,300 scholarships in 270 schools through Queensland. This year, we are pleased to announce that Tully Brown and Gracie …

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You’re invited… back to the future with The DeLorean Project!

The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) released a report series in 2018 called ‘The New Work Reality’. https://www.fya.org.au/report/the-new-work-reality/ The report examines what ‘work’ is going to look like in the future for young Australians and the difficulties they are expected to face with the increase in automation due to technology. This report directly supports the …

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Agricultural Science News

The PracAggies have been having a go at just about everything practical on-farm for stock management. The students have had loads of practice penning and handling the sheep, and also got involved in marking the lambs, which involved applying NILS tags and drenching. They also undertook some cattle management for both the farm cattle, but …

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Mystery Bus Tour thanks

After the Year 12 Formal on Friday 20 November, a brave group of staff members took 62 of our graduates on a mystery all-night bus tour. The tour included go-karting, laser tag, and mini-golf at Game Over at Helensvale, then bowling, karaoke, pool tables, pizza, more mini-golf and more laser tag at Strike in the …

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“Soil Your Undies”

The Year 10 Prac and Science Aggies are getting involved in the University of New England’s “Soil Your Undies” project and already they have had some great laughs while learning! ‘Soil Your Undies’ is a citizen science campaign run by UNE and Cotton Australia that explores soil health and allows participants to share their experiences. …

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Masterclass cook off

What a great challenge! Year 12’s final cooking lesson competing with the staff. Each student planned their own recipe including a selected list of ingredients and worked with a staff member to plate-up four serves in 80 minutes. Judges came in and critiqued the dishes, just like Masterchef. This was a great opportunity to showcase our …

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Holmes Junior Art Prize

Congratulations to our very own Jemma Ritson who took out the Holmes Junior Art Prize for Realistic Australian Bird Art 2020. This award is hosted by Sunshine Coast Council and sponsored by the Friends, Regional Gallery Caloundra Inc. Jemma’s ‘Glorious Casuarious‘ caught the judge’s eye from the start for its fine detail and colour.  They particularly loved the …

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Shark Tank 2020

Each Year in the DeLorean Project, we see the same patterns of behaviour when it comes to our annual Shark Tanks. Students are either nervously excited or need to dig really deep to find the courage to step up. And, as always, our students do! They stand and deliver every… single… time! The process for …

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Farm and Feed Day – by Jade King

As part of Glasshouse Christian Colleges’ annual Farm and Feed Day, the Aggies hosted an open farm day and showcased their knowledge and understanding through guided tours across the farm. This included the Ag Praccies showcasing their fence straining capabilities and what they have built so far, along with their sheep management skills. The Year …

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Hermitage Plant Science Competition

The Agricultural Science students achieved some amazing results in the Hermitage Plant Science competition run by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. For the first time ever, the Year 11 Aggies won Overall 1st Class! We also backed this up with an Overall 3rd Class for the Year 10 Aggies! Individual prizes from the awards were as …

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Year 12 Farm Function

What a great day! It was lots of work but well worth it! The farm event was the last function for Year 12 and what a highlight it was with celebrity chef Matt Golinski being a guest at the table! The students worked really hard making this function a success as it was postponed from the last …

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Strawberry fields forever

Year 9 Food Technology students had an excursion to the Strawberry Farm to see how strawberries are grown. They watched a video on the cultivation of strawberries and then were able to pick their own strawberries to take home. It was lovely weather and students enjoyed eating lunch and having a yummy strawberry ice cream. Feedback from …

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