The recent Student Led Conferences were an excellent opportunity to discuss with your child their progress and goals for the future. If you were unable to make the Tuesday or Wednesday meeting times – please remember to still book a time with your child’s Pastoral Care teacher in the the next few weeks to discuss their strengths and weaknesses and how they can be best supported to meet their learning goals.
Middle School Events over the past few weeks:
Last week’s Book Week resulted in a fabulous race around the school following riddles that needed to be solved. The winners will be announced in next week’s assembly.
Walk to Water
Year 8s will be involved in an Open Doors Fundraiser next Friday to raise money for clean, safe and more convenient access to water in Nigeria. Please support them in this and if you would like to make a donation of $2.00 or more – receipts will be supplied. Talk to a Year 8 student to find out more about this.
Debating Team – has had significant success in their recent tournaments – watch this space.
Sunshine Coast Language Competitions – we have had some great place winners at recent competitions and coming second on the coast in another! Merveilleux et Felicitations!
New Year 9 Leaders – the year is not over yet. We are recognising a few of our Year 9s who have demonstrated a desire to serve in our school community and Middle School. As a part of next week’s assembly, these students will receive their badge.
Year 9 Rites of Passage Retreats occurred over the past two days. Have you ever considered what makes a man a man and a woman a woman? What constitutes the right and privilege to be called this? By default we become one as we reach a certain age. However, being intentional about our adult lives takes effort, thought, goals, aspirations, self-discipline, mentoring, acknowledgement, encouragement, hope and a desire to serve others. Please be in prayer for our young men and women as they move into their role as adults.
Bad things happen when good people do nothing
Our encouragement to students at GCCC is to report when issues occur. Reporting recognises that someone is not doing something right and it needs to be fixed – NOT so that they get in trouble. Reporting recognises that our school should be a safe, orderly and pleasant place. Appropriate consequences will be given to encourage students to make better choices in the future.
In the Bible we read: No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:4-11).
It is a great encouragement to see the students in our school who have shown a positive change once an issue has been addressed and resolved. They look their friends and teachers in the eyes, smile, relate, respect and are living life to the full rather than continuing to cause disruption, hurt or pain to others and themselves.
Remember, if you have something to report – you can always use the Bullying support link found on Connect.
Jacqualina Vreeling, Head of Middle School