Middle School News 16 September 2016 - Glasshouse Christian College

Middle School News 16 September 2016



  • September 14, 2016

Important dates for your calendar for next term

  • Awards night
    • This is a COMPULSORY event for all Middle and Senior school students. Please mark in your diaries –  Tuesday 8 November, 5.30 for a 6.00pm start. At the Caloundra Events centre, students must wear full formal uniform – with tie and belt for boys
  • Middle School Experience Morning for all Year 6 students
    • Friday 14 October – 8.45 – 10.30am
  • Year 7 Survivor Day – Friday 21 October
  • Sports Awards Night – Wednesday 26 October
  • Year 9 Celebration Dinner – Thursday 1 December 6:00pm at Aussie World Function centre

It’s the end of another full and packed Middle School term at Glasshouse Christian College. With the normal busyness of school activities and a few extra-curricular activities as well – everyone is looking forward to a well-deserved break.

A few highlights from the latter part of this term

Book Week – Character Day and Relax and Read Day. These were held a few weeks ago, both days to appreciate the amazing skill and enjoyment we can gain from reading. Ralph Waldo Emerson stated that Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures … this is so true; a good book can help us gain insights and fine understandings of our world that even the best encyclopaedia cannot achieve. Photos of secondary character day here.

Just recently in 2014 there was a research study on the importance of reading done by the University of Edinburgh and King’s College London (Ritchie, Bates & Plomin). It noted that reading not only improves education, it also improves health, socioeconomic status and creativity. Let’s all work together to encourage our young people to find enjoyment in reading! Look at this great picture of our Middle school students doing this on our Relax and Read day from a few weeks ago.

Walk to Water Our Year 8s have taken on board this worthy fundraiser to provide clean easily accessible drinking water to remote African villages. They joined in an obstacle course activity as well as some enterprising and creative other activities. What a blessing to some people who really do it tough in our world.

Messy Games – held on the last Friday of this term. This event happens long after the newsletter deadline closes but we will put the photos on our Facebook page and website soon afterwards..

It’s important to have a break! As you consider holidays and activities for your children, I would like to encourage our students and inform our parents – that they have worked extremely hard this term and probably need at least a few sleep ins, time to relax and read or watch a few movies, as well as burn some energy outdoors! Time to zone out is important as they recharge their batteries ready for the last term of the year. And, if I can inspire you to have an adventure with your kids – have you heard about the recent Duke of Edinburgh’s camp? They went to Booloumba Creek and walked a few trails – it is well worth the visit. We have the best ‘great outdoors’ on our back doorstep!

Congratulations to

  • Angelique Hallett for coming 3rd in QLD and in the top 12 Australian Year 7 students in a designing competition of which there were 12 000 entries.
  • Holly Lubcke for first place in the U19 20km Epic Chaser Mountain Bike riding championships and first place outright for her gender; as well, first place in the U19 50km Epic Pursuit and 5th place outright for her gender.

Noumea Trip 2017 – This is available to all French students in Years 8 – 12. Deposits are due this Friday, the 16 September.  For more information click here on the College website.

Class lists 2017
If you have special requests for our consideration, please email Jacq Vreeling, Head of Middle School. Class lists are complicated and involve many broad considerations. However, often it’s helpful to be aware of specific groupings or concerns in order to assist in this.

Jacqualina Vreeling, Head of Middle School

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