Middle School News 21 October 2016 - Glasshouse Christian College

Middle School News 21 October 2016



  • October 19, 2016

For a little known independent school hidden away on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, we can be very proud of some of our students who have made a name for themselves over this year. This week, our congratulations go to our Junior boys QLD state Volleyball champions and to our junior girls who ranked 7th in this championship. Also to Holly Lubcke who is the Under 15’s XCO (Mountain biking) state champion. Well done to these students and others who perform at top levels in their fields.

Awards Night is another opportunity to recognise many of our students, not only our academic achievers, but also those who have been recognised for diligence in their subjects and those who uphold our school values. As well, there will be artistic items presented throughout the evening, showcasing some of our school’s top talents. Another highlight of the evening are the photostories representing each year level. Awards night attendance is compulsory for all Middle (and Senior) school students. It is held at the Caloundra Events Centre on Tuesday 8 November at 6.00pm.

Middle School Experience Morning was held last Friday morning for all students who will be in Year 7 next year. It was a great opportunity to meet our new families and for the students to gain some insight into Middle School at Glasshouse CC. I encourage all families to please contact the school if there are any questions related to next year. This TEDEx on Grit  was shown and gives food for thought on what best helps students achieve well.

Class lists are generally adjusted in Middle School each year. This gives students a chance to get to know others in their cohort and an opportunity to continue to explore their friendship groups If you have any requests, please email them to the Head of Middle School for consideration in the next few weeks.

ACER testing/NAPLAN

Over the last week, Middle School students will have undertaken three ‘in-house’ diagnostic ACER tests. These allow our school to evaluate our programs and assess the progress of each individual student and the cohort as a whole. They are important tools for our teachers to know their impact on students academic growth. Our English Department in conjunction with the Secondary Librarian, Mrs Beryl Morris have been implementing a reading program and targeted reading strategies over the past two years. It has been great to see the significant improvement in comprehension results both through the Lexile Reading tests we use and also in the NAPLAN data.

There are so many great opportunities and programs offered to Glasshouse students on top of their school academic program. Some of the recent ones or those coming up soon are:

Deadly Australians. This was a highly informative (and entertaining) presentation given to Year 7 and 8 students on Australian wildlife that can be dangerous. Interactive information was given on how to identify them and what to expect. You will be pleased to know that no Middle School students were harmed during this presentation! 

Year 7 Survivor Day is happening on Friday 21 October (by the time you are reading this it has probably happened). This outdoor experience day, besides being a huge amount of fun, has proved to be a significant day of learning in the area of teamwork and collaboration.

Start Smart budgeting presentation on Monday 24 October will hopefully guide our students in helpful strategies in the area of money management. Asking your child and discussing what they learnt from this program is a great way for the information to cement in their minds and will result in a greater chance of them remembering the lessons learnt!

2017 Year 10 Work Experience Information Night for Year 9 students was held last week. If you missed this important information evening, please contact Carol McKee our Future Pathways Leader at [email protected], for more information. Work Experience forms are due in November.

QUT Explore Uni day for Year 9s is on Wednesday 2 November. Students will travel to QUT (Caboolture Campus) during school time to gain some knowledge and insight on what universities have to offer and university life.

Important Calendar  Dates

Week 4

24 Oct  Monday          Smart Start Spending

26 Oct  Wednesday    Immunisations (Year 7 and 8 students)

                                   Sports Awards Night

28 Oct   Friday             Day for Daniel – students allowed to wear red shirt or t-shirt

28 Oct   Friday            GCC Annual Dance Night – held at Beerwah State High this year

Week 5

2 Nov    Wednesday  Yr 9 Explore Uni Day

3 Nov    Thursday       Music Gala evening

Week 6

8 Nov    Tuesday        Awards Night – Caloundra Events Centre, 6pm – 9.30pm

Week 7

18 Nov   Friday           Last Day for Year 12

Week 8

25 Nov  Friday           Year 9 Rites of Passage Day

Week 9

Alternative activities week for all Middle School students. Loads of exciting learning opportunities offered in this week. Students will be given specific information in Week 7.

28 Nov  Monday         Return laptops

1 Dec    Thursday       Yr 9 – Aussie World and Celebration Dinner

                                   Yr 8 – Big Boing Excursion

                                   Yr 7 – Inflatable world Excursion

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