Once again the Upper Primary and Middle/Senior Athletics’ Carnivals were packed full of energy, fun and students exemplifying the GCCC core value of excellence. Not only did students excel in their efforts, they also excelled in their attitude and attendance.
During both carnivals the points were often nail-bitingly close and the students rose to the challenge to try and sway the numbers by participating in as many events as possible.
Zion took out the honours for the Upper Primary Athletics’ Carnival but we had to wait a week after the Middle/Senior Athletics’ Carnival to discover the house winner. The points were so close that a week of high jump events was going to be the decider and it could all come down to participation. This is where the students shone. Some who were a little scared about high jump gave it a good go and a girl on crutches even pretended to ‘jump’ by falling backwards onto the mat and thus scored a point for her team.
Late Friday afternoon Mr Maguire could be heard whooping for joy so loudly that all of Beerwah could tell that Zion won the Middle/Senior Carnival. The win was by a tiny seven points but it was a win on par with Queensland snatching back the State of Origin in 2006. Could this be the beginning of an eight year winning streak for Zion or will Ararat bounce back at the next competition? Maybe Sinai will sneak up on both houses and have its turn in the limelight. Time will tell.
More information and action packed photos can be found in the Sports’ section.
Shine Arts Night
Last year saw our inaugural Arts Soiree. The event was such a success that it is being held again this year but with a name change to reveal more about the night.
Shine on the Arts is being held on Friday 23 August from 5.00pm to 8.00pm in the Senior Undercover Area. It will be a night for our Years 7 to 12 students to shine by showcasing their talents and skills. The night will focus on Music, Visual Art, Dance, Interior and Fashion Design, Drama and French.
Everyone is welcome to what looks like being an entertaining evening. A gold coin donation at entry will be welcomed.
Student and Parent Surveys
Last October I conducted a GCCC Satisfaction Survey from 100 randomly selected families representing students from Prep to Year 12 across both genders. The data collected was very helpful in identifying and addressing some of the challenges highlighted.
We are a vibrant and growing school and don’t want to take our fingers off the pulse of what you as parents feel and want for the school.
This time we are also asking students from Year 4 to Year 12 to participate in a survey just for them. Looking at the school through the students’ eye will often reflect a different picture to what a parents’ survey reveals. We want the education journey at GCCC to be the best it can be for the parents and the students. This survey will help reveal what is important to the students; what they care about and what they would like to see happen.
I will reveal the results of these surveys in a future newsletter.
Maleny Bus Run
The College is currently exploring the idea of introducing a Maleny Bus run to travel to and from the College via Bald Knob Road (Peachester) of a morning and afternoon. Costs will be comparable with our existing Landsborough/Mooloola Bus run, being $15.00 per family per school week.
Book Week will be upon us soon (Monday 19 to Friday 23 August). There will be lots of activities during the week with the Book Fair being held from Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 August and the Primary Dress Up Parade on Thursday 22 August. I can’t wait to see the staff and student costumes. They become more creative every year.
Secondary Parent Teacher Interviews
Thank you to all the parents and guardians who took the time to catch up on their child’s progress at GCCC during the parent-teacher interviews. We encourage parent participation and hope you found the recent interviews helpful. Don’t forget that all the teachers can be contacted by email so if you couldn’t make it to an interview, please follow up the teacher with an email. To find teachers’ email addresses go to Contact Us, Contact Teachers on the College website.
Mike Curtis, Principal