Principal's Address 28 March 2013 - Glasshouse Christian College

Principal’s Address 28 March 2013



  • March 28, 2013

Primary Disco Night

What a terrific job our P and F did organising the Primary Discos on Friday night. It was a lot of fun and great to see everyone ‘get up and boogie’ the night away. The students behaved very well and were a credit to the College in their manner and dress.

Teacher Contact List

We now have a list of all the staff names, titles and email addresses that you may need on our website. The list includes Management, Specialist Departments, Secondary Teachers and Primary Teachers. Except for the Management section, the teachers are listed alphabetically by their surname. You will find this list under www.glasshouse.qld.edu.au Contact Us, Contact Teachers.

Once staff photos are back from Portrait Patch we will be uploading a picture of each teacher on this site to help you recognise them.

G.R.E.A.T. Values in Action

I recently received a delightful email from one of our parents who experienced our GREAT values first hand and wanted to thank the person responsible. An extract from the email reads,

“Thank you to whoever the student/person was who found an iPhone out near the crossing on 14 March and took it to the office. It filled our hearts with much joy and gladness to see this item handed in. It showed our child that the values of being ‘GREAT’ operate within the school community.”

Camps and Alternative Programs

It was eerily quiet around some of the Middle and Senior school areas last week as our students attended camps and alternative programs. Year 7 went to Canberra and Year 9 and 11 went to different parts of Emu Gully in Helidon for their adventure camps. Year 8 and 12 enjoyed alternate activities all week and the Year 10 students participated in work experience programs. You can read more about these events later on in the newsletter and see all the photos on the website.

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I am very proud of our College and three girls in particular. Jayme-lee Groer, Emma Johnson and Andrea Curtis have all shaved their heads to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. Jayme-lee was shaved outside the Glasshouse Newsagents on Saturday 23 March, Emma was shaved on 15 March at a local hairdressers and Andrea was shaved at Collision Youth Group, also on 15 March.

So far the girls have raised more than $12,000 between them. Following the girls’ example, the College held a Crazy Hair and Hat Day on Monday 25 March to raise more money for those suffering from leukaemia. The day was a colourful and creative success raising more than $725.

Congratulations Chappy Danni

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Chappy Dani (Danielle McPherson) and her fiancé Dan (Daniel Bassett) were married on Sunday 24 March. Fro

m all accounts it was a really lovely wedding with lots of la

ughs and wonderfully sunny weather. Please join me in congratulating Chappi Danni and Dan in their new life together. There are two photos of the happy couple on the website.

 

Farewell Cathy Richardson

We are very saddened to say goodbye to Cathy Richardson from 2M who will be leaving us at the end of Term 1. Cathy experienced a very difficult year in 2012 with her son’s illness and wants to take life at a slower pace. We wish Cathy and her family all the best and know that she will be sorely missed by staff and students alike.

ANZAC March and Service

Even though ANZAC Day still seems a long way off (25 April) the school holidays already here and this date is quite early in Term 2.

Anyone who has been with the College for some time will know our proud tradition of supporting the local ANZAC March on ANZAC Day as a whole school. The tradition is born out of a deep respect and gratitude for our Australian soldiers and what they have done to protect our freedom. Our students always conduct themselves admirably on this day and I look forward to sharing this special experience with them in 2013.

All students are expected to attend in their formal uniform (including formal hats for secondary students) and families are welcome to cheer them along from the sidelines. Students are asked to bring a bottle of water with them.

Please assemble at 9.10am on the corner of Mawhinny and Free Streets in Beerwah. The march will begin at 9.30am and end at the cenotaph at Beerwah RSL where the service will commence at about 10.00am.
Once again, floral tributes will be laid by the Primary, Middle and Senior School Captains.

Easter Holidays

For most Australians, Easter is four day holiday to go camping, get stuck into home improvements or indulge in a great excuse to eat chocolate. Christmas still retains a little of the original message amongst the frenzy of shopping, gift giving and over indulging but true meaning of Easter is often completely smothered in chocolate and foil wrappers.

I would like to take the opportunity to encourage you to reconnect with God this Easter. Show and tell your children about the real meaning of Easter. What does it mean for your family that Jesus died and rose again so that we could be friends with God? Use this time to go to an Easter Friday or Good Sunday service with the whole family. Even if you are on holidays, there will be a church nearby. Learn together how Easter is not just a four day holiday but a celebration of the life-changing sacrifice God made for us.

May you and your family enjoy a holy and meaningful Easter.

Mike Curtis

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