Principal's Address 6 September 2013 - Glasshouse Christian College

Principal’s Address 6 September 2013



  • September 5, 2013

Book Week

Book Week is about promoting and celebrating the joy of reading with a week full of activities. The pinnacle of Book Week Parade 22.8.13 137this annual event is the dress up parade which was held on Thursday 22 August.

Every year I am astounded by the creativity, ingenuity and courage of our students and staff when they come dressed for the Book Week Parade and this year was no different.

I know that there is a lot of hard work behind the scenes for weeks before this event so want to thank all the parents who helped their children with their costumes. The students couldn’t wait to show their costumes off to the rest of Primary and had a terrific time on the day.

I’m sure others will have more to say on Book Week later on in the newsletter.

 

‘Shine on the Arts’ Evening

The College was lit up like a Christmas tree but it was our students who really sparkled during our Shine on the Arts Evening Friday 23 August.

I was very impressed by maturity, talent and enthusiasm our students showed on the night and I wasn’t the only one. Cr Rick Baberowski attended the event and said he admired the way the students organised themselves and seemed to need very little direction from teachers.

The Drama, Dance, Music, Media, Visual Art, French and Fashion and Textile Departments showed what high quality teachers and students we are blessed with here at GCCC.  I was immensely proud of everyone who had a part to play on the night.

There was a real buzz in the atmosphere as friends, family and visitors watched the performances or roamed around the art and crafts on display.  The food from the French Café was as delicious and plentiful, resulting from many hard hours in the kitchen.

The highlight of the night was the official opening of the sculpture garden outside F block. Patrice Cutlack has done an exceptional job designing the area and it was exciting to see it in all its glory. This was shortly followed by the announcement of the prize winning quilt.

Everyone worked hard to make this such a quality event and I want to pay special tribute to our seemingly tireless maintenance team. Mark and Tim especially pulled some very long and hard hours to ensure everything would run smoothly on the night.




Queensland Core Skills Test

This week our Year 12 students have been working hard on the QCS test. All Year 12 students have to sit this test if they wish to receive a university entrance score called an overall Position (OP). The test shows how well students have understood 49 skills which are common across the whole curriculum from Year 1 to 12. It was held over two days and comprises two multiple-choice papers, a writing task and a short answer paper.

Students, I’m sure that you are able to say that you did your best and that all the time spent preparing for these tests were worth it.

GCCC Satisfaction Survey

Thank you to the 181 people who filled in this survey. The results were informative and in some areas, challenging. Parents were asked to rate their satisfaction from 1 to 4 with 1 representing low satisfaction and 4 representing high satisfaction. The numbers in the graph below are percentages.

The survey was slightly different from last year’s one and made up of almost 100 questions so I really appreciate the time people took to fill this in.

One of the areas that challenged us was learning some students are using bad language on the school grounds and in other venues during school activities. This is totally unacceptable to us and obviously to those respondents who took the time to tell us about it. I have been addressing this behaviour through special assemblies and the College will be coming down hard on any students using bad language.

We will be focussing on how to improve other areas in the school in the coming months.

Mike Curtis, Principal

QuestionsStongly disagree %Disagree %Agree %Strongly Agree %
My child feels safe at school233262
My child feels happy at school2114641
There is a sense of purpose at the school2134540
Students wear the required uniform and are well presented383257
The school sets and maintains high expectations of student behaviour5163643
The school sets and maintains high academic standards2114839
The schools’ grounds and buildings are well maintained and presented213364
I feel welcome as a parent/caregiver when I come to the school273160
The Principal is approachable293949
The Heads of School are approachable2124145
My concers are responded to appropriately3154635
My child’s teachers motivate him/her to want to learn2133550
The classroom program meets my child’s academic needs3184238
My child’s teachers are committed and enthusiastic2112859
My child’s teachers are aware of my child’s strengths and weaknesses4154239
I am pleased with the progress my child has made this year6133744
My child’s teachers provide clear feedback to my child about his/her work7154236
The classroom program covers things my child is interested in2135233
The classroom program involves the right amount of challenge for my child3154438
My child’s teachers respond to concerns that I raise in a constructive way394048
My child’s teachers have high expectations of him/her394146
My child’s teachers implement a homework program that works for my child6223537
My child is helped to set realistic learning goals5174731
There are enough opportunities to get information about my child’s progress (e.g. reports, interviews)693847
I receive quality information about my child’s progress5134339
I find the parent/teacher interviews useful and informative483651
I am made aware of any areas my child needs to work on in order to improve8144334
GCCC caters well to the needs of primary school students3104741
GCCC caters well to the needs of middle school students2155528
GCCC caters well to the needs of senior school students1155826
My child is helped by GCCC to become self-managing, so they can have a ‘can-do’ attitude and set high expectations for themselves5134934
Mh child is helped by GCCC to develop relationships skills so they can work well with others in groups and teams2134638
My child is helped by GCCC to develop research skills so they can find and use information4135232
The integration of computers into my child’s education has been a positive step7132555
My child is helped by GCCC to develop leadership skills5185125
I am happy with the range of sporting activities provided for my child7134534
I am happy with the range of cultural, musical and artistic activities provided for my child2124640
School information is communicated to parents and caregivers effectively3194038
There are opportuntiies for parents and caregivers to communicate information about home and school3124540
There are opportunities for parents and caregivers to be involved in school life1103950
Not at all useful %Not useful %Useful %Very useful %
How useful is the school newsletter as a means of communication464644
How useful is the school website as a means of communication1125037
How useful is email as a means of communication113563
How useful is Moodle as a means of communication23174218
How useful is Facebook as a means of communication4223278
How useful are text messages as a means of communication513163
Not at all important %Not important %Important %Very Important %
What importance do you place on reading01696
What importance do you place on writing001288
What importance do you place on Christian Life Studies295238
What importance do you place on handwriting133560
What importance do you place on Mathematics00793
What importance do you place on Science034056
What importance do you place on History165440
What importance do you place on Geography1119166
What importance do you place on Physical Education035047
What importance do you place on Health and well-being023761
What importance do you place on Industrial Arts0156222
What importance do you place on Hospitality studies1126324
What importance do you place on Fabric and textiles technology3285514
What importance do you place on Music1135631
What importance do you place on Drama1196219
What importance do you place on French17383015
What importance do you place on Art1176220
What importance do you place on Business0115930
What importance do you place on Computer Education013069
What importance do you place on Leadership programs174052
What importance do you place on Sports program1114543
What importance do you place on Outdoor education program1104643
What importance do you place on Careers education and guidance022375
What importance do you place on school based apprenticeship program042769
Not at all well %Not well %Well %Very Well %
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Reading195337
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Writing2116027
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Christian Life Studies264844
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Handwriting5184927
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Mathematics165736
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Science396226
How well do you think GCCC is delivering History187120
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Geography1107019
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Physical Education166429
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Health and well-being176625
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Industrial arts027424
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Hospitality studies026434
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Fabric and textiles technology057322
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Music096526
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Drama087022
How well do you think GCCC is delivering French396622
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Art077024
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Business267419
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Computer Education165836
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Leadership programs0156123
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Sports program3116125
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Outdoor education program5136023
How well do you think GCCC is delivering Careers education and guidance076132
How well do you think GCCC is delivering School based apprenticeship programs185932
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