It was a very sad day for a third of Glasshouse Christian College this week. On assembly we announced the winners of the Secondary Athletics and for once it wasn’t Ararat. This year Ararat came third with Zion coming second and Sinai achieved overall winner. Being a fervent Ararat supporter, this announcement was just too difficult for me to make and so the Sports Captain, Tom Boroughs read out the results. Tom stressed that the house that won was the one that had the greatest participation in all events.
We made a few other presentations on Assembly as well. We presented the QUT Youth Ambassadors; Jesse Woods, Jayde Curtis and Stephanie Freeman. Also we acknowledged the fantastic results of our College in the Breakthru Music and Dance Competition which saw a number of students represent the College in the finals. It was fantastic to see the outright winner of the music competition was taken out by Bakani Kombanie and Julian Munyard. These two won $6,000 for our school and $3,000 for themselves.
I also acknowledged on Assembly, Jesse Woods who has been accepted into the QUT 2016 Vice Chancellor’s STEM camp to be held over the September school holidays. This is a huge honour for Jesse as he was selected from over 250 of the State’s brightest students. Finally, I didn’t get to do this on Assembly because the certificates have only just arrived, but I’d like to acknowledge those students who received awards in the Language Perfect competition. Elite awards went to Rebecca Bradney-Wareing and Emily Logar. Nathan Wood earned a Gold Award whilst Olivia Logar and Kyara Smith both received Silver Awards. Finally, Rebekah Woodhead, Charity White, Rory Tate and Eloise Grigor all received Credit Awards.
Programs this week:
Year 12 “Celebrate the Memories”
On Monday our Year 12 participated in a program that allowed them to reflect on their time at Glasshouse Christian College and remember the good times and the tough times. They shared from the heart and affirmed one another. I have just received this email from one student:
“Just wanted to say the program made this day incredibly special and one of the best days I’ve ever had. As a year level we definitely need to implement this more and bring back the team that ran it. Thank you for organising it! :). On behalf of everyone.”
Year 11 “Camp”
Our Year 11s headed out to Mudjimba on Wednesday for what we expect to be a fantastic camp. Our College Captains joined them on Thursday afternoon to share with them their experience of leading the College this year.
Year 10 “Being a Bloke” and “Beyond the Mascara”
On Thursday our Year 10s were separated according to gender. Our young men undertook the program, “Being a Bloke” and the young ladies completed, “Beyond the Mascara”. The programs are designed to inspire and provoke our students to consider what is the essence of healthy masculinity/femininity.
Drug Education and Student Welfare Survey
In the last newsletter I mentioned that our College received a grant to assist in the education of our students about drug and alcohol abuse. To assist with this program, the College wants to do a survey of our students so that we can gain a greater understanding of the current situation and perceptions of our students. The survey will be held early next term and will target Year 7, 10, 11 & 12. This week our Year 8 and 9 participated in a similar survey organised by QUT. More information about this survey will be sent out at the beginning of next term.
Finally I trust you have a wonderful break with your children. Term 3 is especially stressful for our Year 12s who have final assessments before Verification as well as the QCS exams. I trust all our seniors will return relaxed and ready to put in their best efforts for Term 3.
David Heyworth, Head of Senior School