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    Preparing for School

    Written by Belinda Raine, Kindergarten Director

    Starting ‘big school’ is a big deal for many four and five-year-olds anticipating their first day after the summer holidays. There’s a lot that parents can do now to smooth the path for their children (and for themselves). These early years are important for cognitive, social and physical development. When children feel safe and optimistic about starting school, they will find it easier to make friends and engage in learning. We have listed below some of the ways we are preparing your children for school and you can also continue this at home. 

    Talk about school

    • Spend time together playing and chatting about school in a casual way to help your child feel secure.
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    Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland (MLTAQ) Award Winner!

    Our very own Mrs Lydia Shioya has recently returned from the MLTAQ 60th Anniversary Dinner. where she was the recipient of the Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland (MLTAQ) Award. 

    This prestigious award acknowledges the work of teachers who have made an outstanding contribution to languages education. The Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland Inc (MLTAQ) is the peak professional body representing teachers of Languages throughout the state. We are very blessed to have her gifts and talents expressed through her services and ministry at our College and we sincerely congratulate her on this significant achievement.

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    QSITE Robotics Grandprix Winners!

    Written by Hugo Lawler // Primary Vice-Captain

    On the 14th of September 2019, the Freshwater Robotics Team competed in the QSITE Robotics Grandprix Competition. For the whole third term, we engineered and crafted our own robots to ZOOM past opposing robots and the clock, either on long, vast stretches of drag racing track or on a challenging circular track complete with tight and tricky turns. We needed hot speed and cool control. Luckily we had both!

    There were two race types in this round of competition. They were: Racer – to race around a circular course, and Dragster – to race down a straight track. Both of these race types consisted of a versus (against a competitor) and a time … Read the rest

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    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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