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    Why Bush Kindy?

    What is Bush Kindy?

    Bush Kindy is located in our natural environments within our College away from the education and care service and provides valuable opportunities for children to explore the natural environment and to extend the educational program.

    Why implement Bush Kindy?

    This approach comes out of significant international research, initially in European countries and now spreading throughout the world, highlighting the importance and value of nature play for children’s health, well-being and development (Faber-Taylor & Kuo, 2008; Lester & Maudsley, 2006; Munoz, 2009).

    A key element of this initiative is that children engage in regular, extended periods of unstructured play in natural environments. The research has discovered that children experiencing weather fluctuations, creating their own play with the … Read the rest

    Planning for the Future

    Continuous improvement was a familiar phrase in my former career as an engineer, the concept continues to be a basic given in the world of design and manufacture.  We are reminded that God is the originator of renewal and growth; for it is through an ongoing process of continual development that we are able to mature and develop into the people of character, wisdom and skill who God purposed and created us to be, this is reflected in 2 Corinthians 3:18:

    ‘…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory…’

    If our school is to continue to provide the … Read the rest

    Be Our Guest: Musical set to wow!

    The heart-warming production of “Beauty and the Beast” is very unique, standing apart from all other Disney hits. The storyline teaches us to love with our hearts rather than our eyes as Belle falls in love with Beast because of who he is on the inside. This love breaks the spell and transforms the Beast into a handsome prince (teaching us not to judge people by their size, race or hair colour).

     

    The storyline breaks down a stereotypical “Prince saves the girl” theme, making Belle the heroine and demonstrating that girls can also be strong, fearless and different from others just like Belle. This upcoming musical production will enchant and enthral all viewers telling the compelling story using drama, … Read the rest

    Reef Excursion

    Year 10 Reef Excursion

    Written by Stella Porta (student)

    Picture this: you’re snorkelling with friends, and as you look into the water, you see vibrant coral on the edge of deep chasms with colourful fish swimming around… and then, you spot a turtle calmly swimming at the depths.

    The Great Barrier Reef is evidence that God is an artist. The natural wonder brings people together and supports Cairns with tourism. On Thursday, 30th of August, the excited Year 10 cohort ventured out to Moore reef with Reef Magic cruises for the day. The trip was part of the geography unit about environmental change to the reef. The media has a lot to say about this, but we were blessed … Read the rest

    God’s Workmanship

    I appreciate the following quote from the American author Mark Twain: “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you work out why”. It implies that every human life has deep significance and purpose. Ephesians 2:10 is helpful in developing this thought: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago”. The Bible teaches that we are all infinitely valuable, unique in our complexity, designed and crafted by God! (Jeremiah 1:5, Timothy 1:9) Furthermore, God has hard-wired into all humans the incredible potential to add value to this world.

    Luke 11:2-4, Read the rest

    Drought Relief Support

    With the ongoing drought throughout Australia, our farmers are doing it tough. Freshwater Church has started Freshwater Care which will be taking donated goods to support the families of our farmers. We as a College are doing our bit in support as well.

    Our Secondary teacher, Mr Woolfield, has offered to have his beard shaved off if we raise over $2000, and while it is a fine beard indeed, it’s time for it to go! Who knows what Mr Woolfield might look like under that beard? All families in the College can donate money to support our farmers (and see the beard go!) via either the Primary Office, Secondary Office or Form Class teachers. We will also be having a … Read the rest

    Real Life Connections

    We have thoroughly enjoyed connecting and teaching more tools for parenting with our College parents this year. We are about to complete our third parenting course for this year and it has been a joy to see parents connect, grow, and obtain new insight into the challenging task of parenting.

    We become parents with enthusiasm and optimising oozing from our pores, and we look forward to times of tenderness, shared joys, hugs and encouragement, but the joy of parenting is often not these things. It is loaded with tantrums, continual mess, arguments, and disappointments. For some, it can feel like a never-ending nightmare.

    In today’s world children are forced to grow up faster, and they need to learn to cope … Read the rest

    Chess Tournament Success

    On Thursday 23rd August, our college had 38 students participate in the third and final Regional Chess Tournament for Far North Qld. It was the highest participation for any FNQ tournament in history with 373 students in primary and secondary involved.

    Our students played seven games during the whole day and displayed great skill and sportsmanship.

    Many students participated for the first time and all gained valuable experience and learned how to improve in their chess playing.

    This is always an opportunity to provide our students with experience playing against other students from various schools in the district and all we ask is for everyone to do their personal best and to learn something from the process.

    I was

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    Secondary School Update

    Written by Richard Schwarz – Head of Secondary

    We are halfway through Term 3 and there have already been so many successes and .. so far, with still more to come.

    Thank you to our parents and students who attended our 2019 Year 11 Subject Information Night. It was well attended and we had our Senior subject teachers, as well as representatives from TAFE, CQU, JCU and the Defence Forces, discussing the changes that will be coming in Queensland’s changes to Year 11 and 12 from 2019. These are the most significant changes to occur in Queensland’s history and our teachers have been working tirelessly to ensure that we are prepared and leading the way in the new system. For … Read the rest

    Kindergarten to promote a positive approach to food education

    Freshwater Christian Kindergarten is now partnering with the “Stephanie Alexander” Kitchen Garden Program, whose vision is to enable children to form positive food habits for life, through fun pleasurable and educational food experiences and hands-on learning.

    According to the Queensland  Government, “The aim of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program is to introduce pleasurable food education which emphasises the flavours as well as the health benefits of fresh, seasonal food into as many Australian primary schools as possible”

    This program equips our staff with the tools to set up productive gardens, grow plants to use this home-grown food in our cooking experiences; enabling us to sit and eat together, sharing our experiences and knowledge.

    We would like to encourage any … Read the rest