Winner of logo competition
Congratulations to Keaton Maksimous who won the logo competition for all three sporting houses. The competition was strongly contested but Keaton designed a terrific clean logo that will translate well to screen printing for the new sports shirts next year. Keaton wins three lots of $100 for his designs. All other entries received a small consolation prize.
Ric Kombanie, 5G:
Amelia King, 5G:
Mitchell Long, 6M:
Casey Woods, 6M and Jesse Woods, 8W:
Sean Nalty-leal, 7G:
Allie Denning, 7M:
Matt Fisher, 7M:
Sophie Kossen, 7M:
Meikylah West, 9G:
Taylah Andrews, 9W:
Katie Todd, 10G:
Keaton Maksimous, 10W:
On Saturday 30 November Isabelle Westaway was presented with her official ICAS award for coming top in the state for Year 9 Writing. The event was held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and had all the aplomb of a university graduation. It was another proud moment for GCCC and I’m sure the Westaway family are delighted in this huge achievement of Isabelle’s.
Prep to Year 2 Carols by Candlelight
This is the first year GCCC has held a P-2 Carols by Candlelight night and it was a great success. In the past, we have been constrained by the space available in the church so this year we had plenty of room for extended families join in the celebrations. The atmosphere was festive and the weather was perfect.
The P and F organised stalls, food and drinks so many families made a dinner picnic of the night. The P and F also gave a battery-operated candle to each student which meant we could enjoy the traditional twinkling of candles in complete safety.
The program began with Little Voices singing Unto us a Child is Born followed by each class’ presentation items. Interspersed between items, the end of year awards were presented. All of the classes performed wonderfully and kept us entertained all night. There were beautiful traditional songs such as Joy to the World and On that Very First Christmas as well as new twists on old songs like the Australian Jingle Bells and the hip hop version of Little Drummer Boy.
The teachers, teaching assistants, and maintenance team did a superb job putting together such a great night. The night would not have been as enjoyable without the help of many volunteers such as the P and F who organised all the stalls and candles and James McLaren who did all the lighting and sound on the night.
Year 3 to 6 Presentation Night
Our upper Primary concert had the theme of a time for every purpose and was taken from Ecclesiastes 3:1. The students creatively interpreted and applied this verse throughout their performances and the result was fantastic.
There was dancing, acting, singing, guitars, drums, cartwheels and more onesies than a teenage sleepover. There were fun items, serious performances, sci-fi re-enactments, hip hop turned country and western dances, giant nativity shadows, glow in the dark images and enough lip-synching to outshine Milli Vanilli (for our older readers).
After each performance, the ICAS certificates were handed out as were the Encouragement and Spirit awards. There is only one Encouragement and Spirit award presented in each class so the students who received them really worked hard to gain such an honour. Each of the teachers said how difficult the choice was when there were so many students who worked hard and showed GREAT spirit throughout the year so congratulations to all those students who gave their best in 2013.
Year 6 Graduation
The Year 6 Graduation on Wednesday was an auspicious occasion. The service included special citations, a graduation certificate and GCCC pen and the presentation of the two academic awards. Congratulations to Casey Woods and Kate Jackson.
Outgoing captains, Sarah Mens and Casey Woods did an admirable job hosting the event and the announcement of the primary Captains for 2014 as Patrick McKenzie and Madeleine Roulston was a highlight of the service.
This year the service was made even more special by the Year 6 students leaving through a guard of honour made by the Year 5 students to greet the current Year 7 students at the end.
Adjustment to Senior Uniform policy
Next year we are making blazers optional for Years 10, 11 and 12 and these will become compulsory in 2015. We have some second-hand blazers available at a reduced cost of $90 each. The 2014 Year 12 students will be given the first option on these. The new blazers are currently being researched for the best supplier but won’t be available for sale in time for Anzac Day.
We believe this change will help our senior students look smarter and enhance their standing as role models and leaders at GCCC.
New buildings and map
As many of you know, there have been quite a few new buildings going up and next year we will begin with another one. The new block will be called E block to fit in with the original master plan. The old E block will be renamed Z block because it will soon be phased out as we gradually replace all the demountables with permanent buildings.
Office closed for two weeks over Christmas
Please note that the College will be closed from Saturday 21 December 2013 to Sunday 5 January 2014 inclusive. The office will reopen on Monday 6 January 2014. During this time the phones will be put on holiday switch so important messages can be left.
This is where I would normally wish you all a happy and holy Christmas but this year I would like to do it a little differently. Someone very clever has mixed puppets with the tune to Bohemian Rhapsody to create a very special Christmas message that I think your whole family will enjoy. Please click here to enjoy the true story of Christmas in a way you may have never experienced before.
Mike Curtis, Principal