Welcome to Term 3
I hope you all had a good relaxing break and are ready for an exciting and valuable Term 3. During the pupil free week our staff were hard at work preparing for the term ahead and completing onsite professional development courses.
On the Friday of the pupil free week we took time to celebrate four very special staff members who have completed ten years at Glasshouse Christian College. Mike Botterell, Heather Dodwell, Rob Hill and Brian McDonald were taken out to lunch with the GCC staff to commemorate this important milestone.
Late last term our Year 8 Geography students had an excursion to the beach. A couple of days later, we received this delightful email from a couple who observed our students in action:
“Hello. We recently visited Caloundra to see the naval fleet leave. We met some of your pupils and teachers of which you should be extremely proud. The pupils were so well behaved and polite. I heard one pupil speak and their politeness was something the whole school should be proud of.
“My husband and I watched the students walk back to their transport and saw some of the boys letting the girls go first. A big congratulations to all who were at the excursion. The students’ discipline was a testimony to the school, staff and their parents. If you have a school newsletter PLEASE print this letter. You could all teach other schools a lesson on behaviour. Best wishes, Tina and Pat Mills. Brighton.”
It was lovely of this couple to take the time to write to us about the student behaviour and a good reminder that people are observing us all the time. Let’s all be the best representatives of GCC that we can be.
Exciting Agriculture News
Congratulations to Dakotah Davis for winning the highest award in the DAF Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science Competition. Dakotah won the Paul Johnston Memorial Senior Science Award which comes with a $1000 part scholarship and she also won a scholarship to attend TASTE 2015.
Congratulations also are due to our Agricultural Science students Madeline Kinsley, Taylor Olsen, and Thomas Chapman for their achievements. Jade King provides more information in her article later on in the newsletter.
The 2015 Grandparents’ Day will have already been over by the time you read this but due to deadlines we could not include any photos in this issue. There will be lots of photos in the next newsletter and we also hope to have some on our Facebook page and website by late Friday.
Thank you to all of our grandparents who made the time to attend this event.
There are lots of lovely quotes about volunteers and how valuable they are but none of them adequately sum up the impact they make in our College. We are truly grateful to all of our volunteers and can’t thank them enough for their time, effort and dedication. However, once a year we hold a lunch as a very small token of our gratitude.
This year the lunch is being held on Friday 28 August at 12 noon in the Hospitality Courtyard (or the church hall if the weather is bad). If you are a regular volunteer at our College we would love you to attend this event. Please RSVP by Monday 24 August by phoning Admin on 5439 0033 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to advise of any dietary restrictions at this time.
Farewell and welcome
Many of you will know Fay Needham who is our Accounts Payable and Transport Officer. Sadly, Fay has left GCC to go and work in Thailand for Christian Outreach International College in Chiang Mai. We wish Fay all the best in this new ministry and pray that the Lord will protect and bless her.
Jessica Williams has come on board to become the new Accounts Payable and Transport Officer and I hope you will make Jessica feel welcome when you see her in the office.
Another sad farewell is to Kylie Woodhead who has faithfully run the Uniform Shop for many years. Kylie leaves us to work for Church on the Rise in Beerwah but we will still see her around the campus as she continues as a GCC parent.
We welcome Stephanie McCredie as the new Uniform Shop Convenor and hope you will introduce yourself to Stephanie when you meet her.
Mike Curtis, Principal