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    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.

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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

    More Than Just Plastic Bags

    More Than Just Plastic Bags

    By Zara Goodman, Year 11, Freshwater Christian College

    Picture this. A bustling backstage, chockfull of anxious girls as they clamber about in plastic, denim and all manner of materials. Colour confronts you from all sides: orange, blue, gold, pink. Someone’s wearing a dress covered in LED lights and someone else is wearing cards. Students are constructing makeshift changing rooms out of jumpers, styling their hair and applying the last flourishes of makeup. The air is brimming with life. A lady’s voice booms over a microphone: the show is about to begin. One by one each girl lines up in front of the stairs to the T-shaped catwalk. If everyone wasn’t already nervous, they certainly are … Read the rest

    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 … 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