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    Prepare your child for Kindy
    Preparing your child for Kindy

    Having had over 30 years of experience in the Early Childhood Industry, I can appreciate how hard it can be at times to help your child adjust to being in care. It is not uncommon for children who are particularly attached to their parent’s to experience anxieties in transitioning. During my years I have found the most effective way to properly prepare your child for Kindy is to create a plan from the very beginning.

    Setting up a plan to transition your child into Childcare and Kindergarten:

    1. Visit the centre to get familiar with the surrounds – This involves visits to the childcare centre for both you and your child to get familiar with the general environment, the staff and
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    Why Homework?

    Written by Mr Richard Schwarz // Head of Secondary School

    “Children are at school for a significant portion of the day – isn’t that enough?” This is a sentiment I’ve heard a ‘few’ times, and to be absolutely honest, I’ve thought it myself. There is some truth to the statement, however, we still set homework and we still expect our students to complete it. Why?

    Freshwater Christian College has a homework policy, and we think it’s important. It’s so important that the policy is the first one after our Child Protection Policy in the Secondary Student Diary! Homework is important for three main reasons: for revision, for preparation and for homework. Before I delve into those three reasons, firstly I … Read the rest

    Business in Secondary

    Written by Corlea Saayman, Curriculum Coordinator

    This year the secondary business students have been involved in a number of events and information sessions that was organized by the Business Liaison Association (BLA).

    Alannah and Lorien in action

    In Term 1 students attended the annual Young Entrepreneurs Breakfast and had the opportunity to listen to the success stories of a young entrepreneur (Ms Chelsey Phillips).  At this particular event, Alanah Tofilau and Lorien Broadwater took on the important duties to be the Masters of Ceremonies (MC’s) for the morning.  They did a great job!

    Earlier this term, students interacted with String – a Melbourne based brand creator and online marketing consultant.  She encouraged students to be creative and to follow their … Read the rest

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    Pathways

    Written by Mr Doug Holtam, Principal

    The College tagline: Pathways to a purposeful future’ defines an important aspect of our Mission. Recently, the College Leaders gathered together to revisit and explore how we should lead, empower, support and encourage our students to ‘find’ their own post-school pathways in life. The discussions revolved around assisting students to develop career pathway options, providing time, within a ‘busy’ curriculum program, for students to explore their personal passions and develop their individual gifting, as well as considering what a Freshwater graduate ‘toolkit for life’ might include. 

    Our work led the group to draw on some important research (accessible from : https://www.fya.org.au/report/the-new-work-reality/) regarding the post-school career/work journeys of 14000 young people (aged … Read the rest

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    In the garden with Kindy Kids

    This time of year in tropical North Queensland is a great time to hit the garden and grow some fresh fruit and vegetables. In Kindy, it’s no different. Our Kindy Kids love to get amongst the garden and experience what it’s like to diligently care and water our plants. As harvest season approached we had some eager kids ready to get their hands dirty!

    Recently some of the Kindy kids at Freshwater Christian Kindergarten harvested our garden. After gathering up our scrumptious produce, it was off to the kitchen to figure out what we could make with our harvest.

    Nutritious fun with many great benefits

    Getting our children into the garden and then into the kitchen has many great benefits:… Read the rest

    It takes a Village… of ‘L’ Platers!

    Written by Mr Doug Holtam

    As the saying goes, “it takes a village to educate a child”. Freshwater Christian College is a learning community, a ‘village’ of learners comprising students, staff and parents; I have four grown-up children and still very much have my parent ‘L’ Plates on. We work and learn together in a partnership with the aim of developing the God-given talents and gifting of a generation of young people, in order that they are equipped and empowered to take their place in the community and live meaningful lives.

    Parents play a critical role in the educative processes of their children, with the potential to provide a highly supportive link between a child’s home and school life. … Read the rest

    Benefits of Dramatic Play

    Written by Belinda Raine / Kindergarten Director

    In Kindergarten our Frogs class has shown an interest in dramatic play, and have set up a Hairdressing Salon.  Our students designed how to set up the Salon; made the signage and price list, and then took on different roles, hairdressers, clients; and of course the all-important cashier.

    Benefits of Dramatic Play

    • Enables children to draw on past information and experiences to solve problems
    • Helps children identify solutions to problems that arise during play
    • Assists children in identifying and planning play episodes with others
    • Encourages children to explore and build skills such as problem-solving, imagination, creativity, negotiating, organising and planning, retelling stories
    • Allows children to apply prior and new knowledge, skills and understandings
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    QSITE Robotics Rescue Competition 2019

    Written by Hugo Lawler, 6H Primary Vice Captain

    On the 22nd of June, 2019, the Freshwater College Robotics Team competed in the QSITE Robotics Rescue Competition. For the whole second term, we created our own robots to follow lines, go up ramps, go through doorways and save a victim (or in this case, an aluminium can). We won the competition, but it was no easy challenge!

    Our team had to create robots to navigate around the course by following a black line. We also had to make them turn on green intersections. When they found the silver goal line (or the ‘search for pod’ goal line) the robots had to search for the can and push it out of the … Read the rest

    My Life Rulz
    My Life Rulz Program at Freshwater Christian College

    At the College, we have endorsed the My Life Rulz program written by Joan Koskela and David Riddell to build emotional resilience in our students. Our goal as a College by teaching the My Life Rulz program is this:

    Goal: To provide Christian Worldview education to upskill, and lay down truth in our students to build their emotional resilience, mental and emotional health as well as positive relationships with God, Parents, Teachers and Peers, and knowing their Identity in Christ.

    The program has 10 rules which are taught from Prep to Year 12. Term 1 of this year we focused on Rules 1-3 and here is a brief description of each rule that has been taught.

    RULE #1 I Read the rest

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    The principle of Restorative Justice

    When I am asked what pastoral care is all about, my answer is usually something along the lines of – “looking after the social, emotional and spiritual needs of the people who I am responsible for”. This answer is often followed by another question, “how do you do that”?

    The answer to how we do pastoral care is not a simple one. We use too many techniques, approaches and principles for me to outline what we do in this article, but I would like to take the opportunity to share one principle that we do use today.

    The principle of Restorative Justice

    The principle of Restorative Justice attempts to repair the ill effects of bad experiences that people have in … Read the rest