Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1915; it is the day when we remember all Australians who served and died in military service to our country past and present. It is a day when we remember the spirit of our soldiers and celebrate the qualities of bravery, mateship, and sacrifice.
At Glasshouse Christian College, we believe it is important for our students to learn and understand the meaning of Anzac Day and that is why we hold our annual GCC Anzac annual service and participate in the local march.
This year we added to the commemorations with a lawn of remembrance. Students were invited to add the names of those from their family who served in the armed services and classes took turns respectively laying their crosses in the lawn below our flagpole.
I’m very proud of our students’ reverential behaviour during our in-house service and at the local Beerwah march. Our regular guests from RSLs always comment on how respectful our students are and how it means so much to them to witness this.
Thank you students for your excellent behaviour and thanks to all you parents who took your children to the local march. By doing so, you have modelled and reinforced these important values.
Thank you also to those students who had prominent roles during the ceremony. In particular Ariana Doolan and Erin Holland leading us all in “Abide with Me” and the two anthems of Australia and New Zealand, Bakani Kombanie for playing the Last Post and the Rouse and for Aaron Lerch and Jayde Curtis’s stirring rendition of the poem “100 Years From Now”. It is a wonderful privilege that the RSL trusts us to make these significant contributions to their service.
Baby news for Ben and Hannah
I would like to announce to you all that Ben and Hannah Joy have had a little boy named Beren Timothy Joy. Beren was born on 22 April at four in the morning. He weighed in at eight pounds and three ounces and is 56cm long. Mum and baby are doing well and dad is completely chuffed.
Please mark your calendars for our Open Day on Saturday 19 May between 10am and 2pm. GCC’s Open Day is not only a time for new families to learn more about the College but is also a great experience for our current families.
Primary students can visit secondary classrooms to see first-hand some of the electives they will soon undertake in Year 7. All visitors will be able to see the exciting progress being made on our music rooms and sports centre. The Music, Dance and Drama will be a highlight of the event and there will even be a sneak peak of an item from the Musical.
Musical “The Little Mermaid”
Rehearsals are now in full swing for our musical this year “The Little Mermaid”. The Drama department has been taken over by lobster, jellyfish and octopus costumes and clams and coral props. The cast has been working very hard learning their lines, warming up their singing voices and putting the final touches on the choreography.
Of course the actors will be accompanied by a full and lush orchestra that has been assembled just for this event. I have heard the rehearsals first hand and they are sounding fantastic.
There will be three performances with opening night on Friday 8 June and then a matinee and final evening performance on 9 June at the Caloundra Events Centre. Tickets will go on sale soon. Stay tuned!
Mike Curtis, Principal