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    A Parents’ Guide to Understanding GONSKI

    This has been a hot topic in the news this year as the current agreement runs out at the end of 2017. The new agreement from 2018 has been termed Gonski 2.0 and as a school and sector, we are very happy with the outcomes as there finally is an agreement that deals with individual schools, not clusters or groups of schools. The College’s Federal advocacy group, the Australian Association of Christian Schools (AACS), has provided a document in a question and answer format to its member schools, so parents can be fully informed. Previous agreements, especially the one that operated prior to 2013 were, in my opinion, very unfair to our College. The new agreement will enable us to

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    Optiminds Challenge 2017

    Freshwater Christian College was represented by 3 teams in the annual Optiminds Challenge at JCU on the 20th August 2017. We had 18 students participate in the program over the past four weeks entering into Division 1 Social Sciences, Division 3 Social Sciences and Division 1 Language Literature. This was the first time experience for our primary students in the Division 1 sections.

    Our Division 1 students Harry Lyle, Livinia Schaper, Lincoln Shean, Ruby Paterson, Rone’ Thompson and Liam Thomas displayed professionalism when they discovered Ethan Harley was injured and unable to attend. They managed to rearrange their lines in a small amount of time surprising the Judges with their dedication and team work.

    The Division 1 Language Literature

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    Announcement of new Principal for 2018

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    As communicated with you earlier in the year, I informed the College Board that I did not wish to renew my contract past the end of the 2017 school year as it is my desire to transition to retirement.

    The College Board, of which I am a member, embarked on an extensive search for a new Principal for Freshwater Christian College from 2018. They advertised nationally and received a number of applications from very highly qualified and suitable applicants.

    On behalf of the Board I am now able to let you know that Mr Doug Holtam, currently Principal of a school in Victoria has been appointed to be Principal of Freshwater Christian College with an effective start date

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    Thanks to our Major Sponsors

    We want to thank our sponsors for their upcoming support of our College Fair.

    ***Thanks to all our sponsors but special thanks to our Major sponsors***
    RSC Diesels + Status Signs + A Bright Nite Fireworks + Wonder Fair Amusement + Cairns Hardware + Mister Minit

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    Welcome to 2017

    Welcome to 2017 at Freshwater Christian College. We especially welcome the new families to our community and we thank you for partnering with us in the educational journey of your children.

    The first two weeks of the school year have gone exceptionally smoothly. I cannot remember a first day that went so well, the odd tear here and there amongst some of our Kindy students, but overall a great start to the year.

    Our Chaplain Carla will, on my behalf, be contacting all our new families in the next week or so to see how your students are going from your perspective and to see if there is anything we can do to assist in making the transition to a

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    Have you setup camp in the ‘comfort zone’?

    Challenges of the Journey

    This week I received a visitor who reminded me of an unusual event that occurred six years ago at the College. About this time of year, three gentlemen used the College as a starting point for a 2,000 km walk to Stanthorpe. Many of our students walked with them for the first kilometre. They were walking to raise awareness for a missionary endeavour and also as a personal challenge for the individuals who were involved.

    The visitor this week presented me with a book of that very adventure and all they encountered on that long walk. As I read through the book I was impacted not only by the description of the journey but of the … Read the rest

    Positive Parenting Program

    The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is a fantastic organisation helping parents all over the world to become the best parents they can be. This program was created at the University of Qld and is currently supported by the Qld Government to provide parents with free access to this valuable parenting information.

    Recently, we encouraged our parent community to attend a Triple P parenting information night and ran a competition for anyone who attended. It was a great night with around 600 parents attending. A number of parents from FCC attended and we were blessed to be able to award Anita Jackson with a $50 voucher from Limberlost Nursery Café just for attending and entering our competition.

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