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    Our Music Department is alive!

    What’s happening in our Music Department at Freshwater!

    Senior Music Excursion to CQU

    Students in Year 12 Music visited Central Queensland University to workshop in a professional recording studio, which has been newly constructed. Students gained skills in recording and sound production, using state of the art equipment.

    Excursion to St. Mary’s musical “Cinderella”

    Year 10 to 12 music and drama students had the privilege of attending a quality musical performance put on by St. Mary’s College. It was inspiring as our own students will be putting on “Beauty and the Beast” musical in October!

    Secondary Music Evening

     Secondary Music Night was a huge success with students showcasing their skills and providing an evening of wonderful music. Our school is … Read the rest

    Start with ‘why’

    Do you know what your ‘why’ is?

    In 2007, Pastor Mark Hands told me a story about a trip he’d had to Disneyland. On this trip, he had noticed that all the employees were smiling and helpful, and seemed quite purposeful. He eventually asked why this was so. The ride attendant replied with a single statement: “My purpose is to ensure you have the best day of your life.” It turns out that this was Disneyland’s overarching purpose statement. By having a purpose statement, it provided a singular focus off which every decision and action could be hung. If what they were doing wasn’t working towards creating the best day of the visitors’ lives, then it needed to change. Ps … Read the rest

    Athletics Carnival a great success

    The 2018 Inter-house Athletics Carnival saw an array of talent on display with students from Years Three to Twelve taking to the track to test their abilities in a day of great competition and fun.

    The day started with each house giving their best war cries to charge the athletes out to the first events. There was some fantastic house spirit shown by the students, with the Crocs, Barras and Sharks in full colour and costume with some very interesting outfits being displayed inline with this years ‘retro’ theme.  On the track, there were some impressive times recorded with some of the newest Freshwater students displaying some excellent form.

    When all of the individual events were decided, students teamed up … Read the rest

    Kindy receives inclusion recognition

    On Friday the 15th of June, Freshwater Christian Kindergarten was awarded our “Inclusion Ready” sticker to display at our service (we are one of the first Cairns services to be awarded this honour). Freshwater Christian Kindergarten’s achievement was showcased along with other cairns services as a leader in inclusion at the recent “Inclusion in Practice” forum in Cairns on the 19th of July.

    This sticker is a new way for the government to bring attention to services that have worked in partnership with the Inclusion Support Service to ensure our educators and teachers have embedded inclusive practices in our service.  This has been a process of developing a living document, (a Strategic Inclusion Plan or SIP) that recognises … Read the rest

    Building resilience in our students

    My Life Rulz is a new and exciting program that works to build emotional resilience in students. This year, we as the Pastoral Care team are dedicated, through a Christian worldview, to building our students emotional resilience and promoting positive mental and emotional health.

    Our aim is also to see students develop stronger relationships with God, their parents, teachers and peers and come to a full revelation of their identity in Christ.

    We are teaching this program in every class from Prep to Year 12 and believing our students will have ample opportunity to build emotional resilience and know how to adjust their faulting thinking and transform it into God-given truths. It is an exciting approach and a wonderful opportunity … Read the rest

    2018 College Leadership Team

    We would like to extend a special welcome to our appointed Student Leaders for 2018. Student leadership plays an integral role in the life of Freshwater Christian College. Leadership is much more than a title, it is living in the example left by Jesus and we are confident that this year’s Student Leaders will, in fact, lead by example and do an incredible job.  We look forward to working with them this year.

    List of leaders:

    Primary School Leaders: 
    Seth Lippmann & Livinia Schaper (Captains)
    Ryder Garvey & Ruby Paterson (Vice-Captains)

    Primary School House Captains
    Brianna Matson & Ethan Harris (Barras)
    Rogan Degenaar & Jayda Yorkston (Crocs)
    Samson Giles & Aliesha Byl (Sharks)

    Secondary School Captains: 
    Lucy Kammermann & Elisha

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    A warm welcome to 2018

    Dear Parents/Guardians,
    Here’s wishing you and your precious family a very happy and prosperous New Year.

    I am very excited to be joining the Freshwater Christian College Community as the new Principal, and look forward to building on the excellent work that Mr Hector Costello has led in establishing the College as a provider of high quality Christian education.

    In reflecting on the successes of 2017, we celebrate with our Year 12 students who managed to achieve the best overall results in the College’s history. We achieved 2 OP 1’s for the first time and had over half our Year 12 students achieve an OP of 10 or below. We also achieved many awards at local, State and National level.

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    OP Scores for 2017 graduates: best in history of College

    Our 2017 Year 12 Graduates achieved outstanding OP results, with more than 50% of eligible students receiving an OP of between 1 – 10. Notably, two students achieved an OP 1 and two students achieved an OP 2. We are also pleased that 90% of students who chose to apply to University were offered a place. Some of the courses our graduates will be studying are Medicine/Surgery, Dental Surgery, Agriculture, Psychological Science, Education, Paramedical Science and Information Technology. We are very proud of all of our student’s achievements and wish them every success in their chosen field.

    This week the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) released the statewide Year 12 Outcomes Report for 2017 and when compared to local … Read the rest

    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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    Wearable Art Winners

    Lorien Broadwater and Grace Nucifora recently travelled to Brisbane to compete in the State Finals for Wearable Art after Lorien placed first and Grace third at the Cairns Show last month.

    At the State Finals in Brisbane, Lorien received a third place and Grace was State Champion.  

    The outfits were constructed by recycling denim jeans from the op shop. The students dissected the jeans, using all parts, zips, panels and pockets. Large panels were cut into strips or used as panels for bodices. Students were taught Shibori bleaching methods inspired local Cairns artist India Collins.

    Grace’s piece was inspired by the ancient female warrior Boudica. Grace’s outfit had seven components and incorporated an array of recycled materials and techniques.Read the rest