Principal's Address 7 March 2014 - Glasshouse Christian College

Principal’s Address 7 March 2014

  • March 5, 2014

Principal’s Address 7 March 2014

Woolworths Earn and Learn Rewards

Woolworths delivered the Earn and Learn rewards to school on Thursday 27 February and it needed a team of people to help unload all the goodies.

Fortunately we have great leaders at GCCC and even though the Primary, Middle School and Senior School leaders thought they were turning up just to have their photos taken, when they saw the need, they quickly rolled up their sleeves to help out.

These donations are a direct result of all our families’ hard work collecting little fruit stickers and bringing them into school so faithfully. The people from Woolworths said it was the most they had seen a school earn in the local area and they were impressed with how involved our families are.

Even though there were hundreds of dollars of valuable educational resources delivered, what brought the biggest smile to the students’ faces was a donation no one was expecting. Woolworths brought a giant mud cake weighing 10kg along with boxes of fresh fruit for a special morning tea.

I would like to thank all our families for their faithful collection of the stickers and thank Woolworths for all the donations from the rewards program.

Congratulations Jesse Woods

Many of you may know by now that Jesse Woods from Year 9 won the Schultz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers Young Achiever of the Year Award for the month of February. The school nominated Jesse for his outstanding academic achievements, his willingness to take on leadership roles and his level of commitment to excel in everything he does.

In the past this award has only been for sporting achievements so we are very proud of Jesse for not only being the first student in 2014 to win the award but also the first ever winner on academic merits.

The prize consisted of $1000 for Jesse, $1000 for the school, the Hot FM Breakfast Show broadcasting from GCCC and the accompanying visits from the Fusion Bus and Maleny Dairies. This all happened on Friday 28 February after only two days’ notice of Jesse’s win.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Schulz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers, the Sunshine Coast Daily, the Hot FM Breakfast Show team, the Fusion Bus people and Maleny Dairies for such a fun and delightful morning.

Of course, we can’t forget the reason for all the excitement so thanks to Jesse for embodying the College values of excellence and attitude so well.  Jesse now goes in the draw for the Young Achiever of the Year Award for the whole of 2014 which is announced in November.

New bus service to Caloundra

The College is pleased to announce that it is introducing a new bus run using the College’s small bus to service the Caloundra area (as far as Nicklin Way). Expressions of interest in this opportunity are eagerly sought.

If you have friends living in Caloundra who have shown interest in our school but are worried about transport, can you please share this information with them.

Please contact Admin on 5439 0033 if you or your friends would be interested in using this service or if you know anyone else who would be.

School Banking

The College will soon be able to offer school banking with a difference to all students. The difference is that when students bring in their banking, the Commonwealth Bank will make a donation to Uthando towards the construction of Isiseko Educare Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. This education centre will receive 5% commission of the total value banked by pupils as well as a once-off fee of $5 for every first deposit made to a pupil’s new bank account. These amounts are payable on a quarterly basis.

This week Jo Morgan from the Commonwealth Bank has been visiting each Primary class to explain the opportunity and to hand a leaflet out to the students. Next week on Monday and Tuesday 10 and 11 March, a representative from the bank will be at the College to help students set up accounts. On Wednesday 12 March, the first banking will begin.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Amanda Turner who not only drew our attention to how this program can help students in Africa but has also volunteered to be the School Banking Coordinator. This is a time-consuming job and we really appreciate Amanda’s generosity in organising it.

Roadworks on Roberts Road

Next week work will begin outside Beerwah High expanding their car park. This work is expected to take until the end of the Easter holidays to complete. During the construction, Beerwah High School’s car park will be effectively halved and this will have a flow-on effect along Roberts Road.

Expect traffic disruptions and delays but please remember to go slow, travel carefully and treat all other drivers and pedestrians with the utmost respect and courtesy.

Please click on this PDF if you would like more details.

Fiji Trip

The mission trip to Fiji is planned for July this year departing on Wednesday 9 July and returning Tuesday 22 July. This trip is open to all Senior Students who have a sense of adventure and want to be involved in church, kids’ clubs, scripture lessons, youth groups, home groups and schools in a developing country.

The cost cannot be finalised until total numbers are known but $1500 would be the maximum amount. This cost includes airfares, food, accommodation, transport and a day off at an island resort.

If your Senior Student is interested in going on the Fiji Mission trip this year please let Admin know as soon as possible. More details will be coming soon.

P and F AGM

Last Tuesday on the 4 May, the P and F held their Annual General Meeting and elected a new President. Congratulations to Lynelle Rouse who was elected the new P and F President and Jayne Hinds who is the new Vice President. Congratulations also to Sue Schafer who is Secretary and Jules Grange who has agreed to stay on as Treasurer.

The P and F do wonderful work supporting our students and the school. This year will be a big one for the P and F and GCCC with Funfest on Saturday 2 August. Many hands do make light work so if you would like to help and become a part of this dynamic group of people, come along to the next P and F meeting. Meetings are held the first Tuesday night of each month at 7pm in the Library.

A Funfest Facebook page has been set up and can be accessed here.

Mike Curtis, Principal

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