On Tuesday night of this week we held our Awards Night and congratulated a number of students who have excelled academically, worked diligently and demonstrated consistently GREAT behaviour. The decision for the academic awardees is fairly straightforward as it is based on grade point averages; however, the diligent and GREAT awards require more input and to be honest, it is always hard, as there are often several other students who are narrowed down as contenders who do not receive this award. At GCCC, I can honestly say, we have a high number of students who work hard at their studies and who are thoughtful, godly young men and women.
As a part of our Awards Night we congratulated our Year 9s on finishing Middle School – well almost – just a few more weeks of this year to go! We have observed many of these students living this verse out: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men. (Colossians 3:22) And, encourage all our Year 9s to take this work ethic on into senior school. This year, we have watched these students become young men and women and to be a part of this growth is a privilege and an honour for the staff at GCCC.
Middle School Captains for 2015
Congratulations also to our new captains
Again, the possibilities for this role were excellent and narrowing it down to these two students was not easy as we had several students who would each in their own right have been excellent for this position.
At the end of this year, we are recalling all iPads and at the start of next year students will receive a Mac Air Computer in Middle School. The iPads will be handed back on Thursday of Week 8. This will require that students have: Backed up any work and their settings on to the iCloud; removed all pass codes and restrictions; and, will sign a form regarding its condition. Cracked screens will require repairs, this will occur after they have been handed in, an invoice will be sent to families. From Thursday night on, the iPads will be rendered inoperable through our school IT programming.
While iPads may no longer be in the hands of our students, we do continue to work right up to the end of the term and expect all students to be present up to Thursday Week 9. Teachers take this opportunity to program in the sort of learning activities that are often squeezed out of the rest of the year due to the pressure of getting through all the content of the curriculum. This is the time where lifelong learners are made! Please ensure your child attends right through to the end of term so that they do not miss out on this important and valuable time.
Jacqualina Vreeling, Head of Middle School