Principal's Address 8 November 2013 - Glasshouse Christian College

Principal’s Address 8 November 2013

  • November 7, 2013

Principal’s Address 8 November 2013

Legacy Cup Challenges

The coveted Legacy Cup is one of the most hotly contested in the College. Throughout the year, points accumulate for various challenges and this year talent quests were added into the equation.

Mrs Bryers talks about the Primary talent quests in her article so I will mention the Secondary talent quest.
Teachers were chosen as judges and they dressed up in the light-hearted spirit of the event. The theatre filled up fast and soon even standing room ran out.

The performances varied from beautiful, talented, quirky, to downright hilarious. There were guitar duos, juggling acts, vocal performances, a solo pianist, Tae Kwon Do demonstrations, an item from the musical Cats, and the hugely entertaining send up of ‘Wrecking Ball”.

Sinai won the day through participation and talent. The top three winners of the quest were:

  • 1st place with 96 points: Matthew Wright and his friends for ‘Wrecking Ball’ interpretation.
  • 2nd place with 94 points: Andrea Little for her solo ‘Memories’ from Cats.
  • 3rd place with 78 points: Danielle McClure for her piano solo ‘Death by pasta’.

Middle and Senior School Awards Night

The feedback on the new venue (Caloundra Events Centre) was very positive. Even though it is a little further for most of us to travel, combining the Middle and Senior School Awards into one gala event made it a truly illustrious celebration.

It is nights like these that really show how far we have come as a College and how well our students have grown and matured. Our Middle and Senior School Captains did an exceptional job hosting the night and the refrain from ‘Hail to the Chief’ (played upon Riley’s presidential entrance) could almost be predictive of some of their futures. Apart from their role on the night the Middle School and College Captains worked hard throughout the year to make the College a better place.

Part of the evening that everyone holds their breath for is the announcement of the new Middle and Senior School Captains for 2014. Congratulations to Alisha Mens and Rory Tait as the Middle School Captains and Ben Giles and Courtney Sinclair as Senior School Captains in 2014. I look forward to seeing what these young people accomplish during their time as captains.

There were changes to our awards this year which meant they were more closely contested than ever before. The deliberation of who should receive which award has been a topic of discussion and debate amongst the teachers for some time. Congratulations to all the award winners on a job well done.

As I mentioned on the night, there are many fine students who did not receive an award but have worked hard and consistently all year and they are also to be congratulated.

One of the evening’s highlights was the announcement of the individual awards recipients who are:
Middle School Dux: Isabelle Westaway
Year 9 All Rounder: Talia Rosa-Denham
Middle School Principal’s Award: Tom Boroughs
Year 10 Long Tan Award: Troy Fullerton
Year 12 Long Tan Award: Riley Williamson
Year 11 Rotary All Rounder: Jayme-Lee Groer
Emily Lord Award: Jacquline Newell
Senior School Dux: Spencer Cittolin
Senior School Principal’s Award: Emma Offord

As I write this it is only the morning after the event and I’ve already received many emails saying how outstanding the performances were on the night. The musical and dance performances were to an exceptionally high standard and surpassed even my high expectations.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the parents for attending on the night and for their ongoing support of their children. Never underestimate the job of a parent! I would also like to thank all of our distinguished guests who helped make the night even more special. Thanks to Mr Andrew Powerell, Mr Mark McArdle, Mr Rick Baberowski, Mr Tony Debrincat, LCDR Tyrone Douglas, Mrs Pam Newell and our College Board members.

There were so many photos taken on the night that we have set up special photo galleries in an online article called Secondary Photo Galleries. Photos are grouped to help you find the one you are looking for. You are welcome to download photos of your own children for your own use. However, if you download photos that have other children in them please do not share or tag these photos on the internet without the parents’ express permission.

I’d like to finish this article by thanking all the College staff who not only helped on the night but whose dedication and hard work helped the students achieve all that they have this year. We are blessed with exceptionally talented staff and I thank God for them.

Mike Curtis, Principal

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