Principal's Address 18 March 2016 - Glasshouse Christian College

Principal’s Address 18 March 2016



  • March 16, 2016

This is our final newsletter for Term 1. Statistics showed us that when a newsletter came out in the final week of a term, it was far less likely to be read and even more so when it was a short week.

There are a few significant events such as the Primary Leadership Induction which will happen after the deadline of this newsletter and before the end of the term. Photos of these events will still go up on our Facebook page on the day of the event and on our website soon after and articles will be included in the first newsletter of Term 2.

Official Building Opening of N Block

Our new Year 1 and 2 classroom building N Block was officially opened on Tuesday 8 March and the ceremony went very well. The event was well attended with the attendance of Member for Fisher Mal Brough, Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle, Member for Glasshouse Andrew Powell and Councillor Rick Baberowski. There were also other representatives from the government, the local churches and the College Board.

The building itself was opened by Mal Brough and Renee Leitch, one of our longest serving College Board members.

If you didn’t get a chance to see us on WIN News, you can click here to see the story. Our Year 2 students were interviewed on how proud they were of their new facility and how they use technology for learning. They did a wonderful job and their enthusiasm for their new surroundings was proudly on display.

Our Hospitality students also put on an amazing spread and the guests enjoyed the delicious treats with great appreciation.

Open Day

Saturday 14 May seems a long way off but it is only a few weeks after the school holidays. Please put this date in your calendar now as it is vitally important we have as many student leaders and helpers as possible on the day.

Our students are the star of the day and the best advertisement for the College there is. They do a great job as tour guides, participate in Dance, Drama and Music performances, help raise funds for the Fiji mission trip and produce delicious food in Hospitality.

All of our current families are most welcome to attend. It is a great family fun day with lots of free activities. Primary families have the opportunity to explore Secondary facilities and classrooms and even participate in experiments and curriculum examples. Secondary students have the chance to check out the new Primary buildings and show their friends around their school.

All the information on the day is on the homepage of our website. Click here for more details.

ANZAC Day March

With the closure of Beerwah RSL, there has been some questions over ANZAC Day march and service this year but it is all resolved now.

The cenotaph has been moved to Turner Park, Beerwah and the march will begin in the Coochin Creek Co-op carpark. Everyone is asked to assemble at the carpark at 9:15am and the march will begin when the organisers are ready.

The march will exit the Co-op heading down Peachester Road, turn left into Turner Street and then right into Turner Park. The service will begin promptly at 10am.

The route is shorter and Turner Park should provide a bit more shade than the RSL but please ensure your children wear sunscreen on the day and have their hats and water with them. Drinks and biscuits for the children

We have a proud tradition of supporting the local ANZAC March as a whole College. This tradition is born out of a deep respect and gratitude for our Australian soldiers and what they have done to protect our freedom. I would like to strongly encourage you all to keep this tradition alive.

The organisers have worked hard to have everything ready in time for Monday 25 April and are worried that numbers will be down. Let’s not disappoint them.

This is the last newsletter before ANZAC Day so please put these details in a handy place or type in ANZAC Day in the search bar of our website to call them up when you want to refer to them again.

Cross Country Postponement

This is a reminder that the Cross Country has been postponed until the first Friday of Term 2 which is 15 April. You should have received an email about this.

The old Kiss and Go to be decommissioned

The old Kiss and Go, which was located at the very front of the College on Roberts Road near the College entrance will be officially decommissioned from the beginning of Term 2. The signs that currently restrict the parking in that zone will be removed.

The new Kiss and Go that is located in the Eastern Carpark closest to the new N block has been operating very well. This area is fully supervised and I would like to encourage parents to use this facility as much as possible for quick pick ups and drop offs.

Easter holidays

This year Easter falls at the beginning of our school holidays so you can imagine all the traffic on the road. Why not use the opportunity to delay your trip by a day and attend a Good Friday service at your local church? Your children will benefit from seeing that Easter is about more than chocolate bunnies and you miss the traffic.

Easter is an important time in the Christian calendar. It is a time when the focus is on Jesus Christ dying for our sins so we can have a relationship with God. Easter doesn’t stop at Friday. Just as important as Jesus’ death is his resurrection which is celebrated on the following Sunday. Jesus said, “No one can come to the Father but through me”. He  conquered death so that we can come to know God as ‘Our Father’ and not some distant being who is disinterested in our lives.

I pray you all have a safe holiday and enjoy the true meaning of Easter.

Mike Curtis, Principal

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