Primary News 4 April 2014 - Glasshouse Christian College

Primary News 4 April 2014

  • April 2, 2014

Primary News 4 April 2014


For those of you who were able to attend, I know you would have been blessed by the Reading Sessions presented recently by Mrs McLaren and Mrs Robinson.

These were just the beginnings of an exciting new initiative to provide a “pipeline” for parents to connect with learning which is happening in the primary school.

Parents are so important in a child’s education and the home/school connection is pivotal in every aspect of their school life.

Parent Pipeline will allow us to provide opportunities for you to learn strategies and skills to assist in your child’s education and to have insight into the wonderful things which are happening in our primary classes.

We already have a number of different sessions planned for Term 2 but would like to offer some meetings to address any aspects of your child’s education where you would appreciate some insight so you can assist your child a little more.  These could include aspects of mathematics – number facts, operations (sums), homework or spelling -“Words Their Way”  Years 3 – 6 or “Sound Waves” Years 1 and 2.

If you would like to request a Parent Pipeline session on anything, please email the College office or leave a written message on the forms provided at reception.

If there are a few parents who would like to know more on a particular subject, we will organize a session on this during the year.  We will prioritize according to the perceived needs.


As you know, our preferred method of communication to families is email.  However, it is sometimes difficult to recognize which emails are from the College and which are simply work related, or from other businesses or friends.

To assist primary families to recognize College emails, regardless of the sender’s name, we will preface the SUBJECT line with GCCC…….  Please look for this as you scan your inbox so you don’t miss out on important communications.


Buy a Bale Fund Raiser for Student Council

Thank you for the support you have given so far towards our Buy a Bale project.  People on the land all over Queensland have had many years of pain with the drought and we have been praying for rain to fill dams and provide for their needs.

On Friday 4 April primary students participated in a free dress day with the theme “Come dressed as a Farmer”.  As you know, some children also entered the colouring in competition.  Winners will be announced soon. Students have worked tirelessly in promoting this project and we look forward to being able to pass on a blessing to those in need.


An email was sent home offering the High Five programme to families where children are struggling with a change in family situations.

Some places are still available for this programme and we encourage you to consider registering your child/ren if they have experienced family changes.  The feedback from parents last year was that their children benefited greatly from these sessions.

Please notify the College office if you would like your child to be part of the High Five Programme on Tuesdays in Term 2.


What a wonderful job students and families are doing in supporting Lawrence and Tadiwa, our two boys from Zimbabwe.

To date students have donated $45.65 in Prep – Year 2 (who only started last week) and $181.20 in Years 3 – 6.  This is a fantastic result and we congratulate you on your kindness in giving Lawrence and Tadiwa a better life.  Fancy being able to sponsor two children in the primary school!


This activity was embraced whole heartedly last week and students “polished up” their designated areas with great enthusiasm.  Our “Secret Shoppers” who judged the Houses’ performances were impressed by the way our students encouraged each other with their House War cries and their desire to do their very best.  The overall results will be revealed when Secondary Students have their Legacy Cup day early next term.








Students in Primary Classes.Work experience at GCCC

This week we had a number of our secondary GCCC students working in primary classes and with Mrs Stott in PE as their Year 10 work experience placement.  It is always exciting to watch our young people move into the Secondary College and actually “give back” to the College in a number of ways.  As I moved around the school, I was impressed by their diligence and how they were interacting with the younger students. 


Our prayer is that you will enjoy a relaxing time during the holiday break and reflect on that first Easter and God’s incredible provision of forgiveness for each one of us who asks Him and believes that the Lord Jesus Christ not only died for our sins but rose again on the third day.

So amongst all those gifts of chocolate and candy eggs please remember that God’s gift to the world cost Him – EVERYTHING and that Jesus freely laid down His life so we could have eternal life and a relationship with the Father.  He chose to lay down His life – it wasn’t taken from Him.  Jesus said “Greater love hath no man, than he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you”.  John 15: 13, 14. “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8.

Have a safe, happy holiday and we look forward to another wonderful term working with your children.

Cheryl Bryers, Head of Primary

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