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    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

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    The Great Wheelbarrow Race 2019

    The Great Wheelbarrow Race 2019

    143kms. 3 days. 10 mates. 1 wheelbarrow. An unforgettable weekend.

    May 17th – 19th marked the Great Wheelbarrow Race 2019, and as per annual tradition, the FCC Roadrunner team was revved and ready to run.

    After months of physical training and preparation, our team of ten eager grade 12 students made their way to Mareeba to begin the three-day challenge of running with a wheelbarrow across vast expanses of scorching dirt and gravel roads.

    Despite the festival vibes and excited moods of all involved, we couldn’t help but start to feel our stomachs clenching with anticipation. Before we knew it, we were off. Falls, scrapes and muscle pain became the norm as we continued to … Read the rest

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    What is STEAM & why it’s important

    What is STEAM

    When the terms STEAM (or STEM) is mentioned in regards to education people are referring to a group of inter-related subject areas. They include Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Robotics in the school environment is often categorised as a STEAM (STEM) topic.

    What is Robotics

    The heartbeat of robotics is problem-solving.

    When students are developing their knowledge and skill in robotics they are given a variety of scenarios and are required to identify the main problem (or problems) and then work out the steps that are required them. In this process students design, build (engineer) and code a robot to solve the identified problem.  

    Three examples of robots that students in Cairns create for the … Read the rest

    Freshwater Christian College Year 2
    Community Survey Feedback

    This year our College theme is COMMUNITY. Great schools are strong communities where students, teachers and parents feel they belong and are contributing. To that end, we all need to maintain our commitment to build strong relational bonds which empower all members of the community to work in partnership to achieve the very best outcomes for our students. Research indicates that the accumulation in social capital generated through community engagement is a powerful driver of school improvement.

    To help us in our efforts to build a stronger community, we recently sent out an online survey to gather parents’ perceptions of community life at Freshwater. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 160 families (around 50% of families) … Read the rest

    Setting the academic bar high for Cairns

    As a College we were thrilled to announce that we had our best overall QCE results ever, with two OP1’s, and an OP 2’s and twenty-five percent of our OP Eligible students received an OP 1 to 5.

    These results follow on from the results in 2017 in which Freshwater Christian College also received two OP 1’s and two OP 2’s with more than 50% of eligible students receiving an OP of between 1 – 10.

    These are truly phenomenal results and underline the College’s commitment to academic success for all students.

    We take this opportunity to thank last year’s Year 12 students, their parents and the teaching/non-teaching staff who supported and went the ‘extra miles’ to ensure that … Read the rest

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    Welcome to 2019

    A very warm welcome to the 2019 academic year at Freshwater Christian College. I hope that you and your family had a lovely Christmas and that the New Year has started smoothly for you; I pray that you will enjoy a prosperous and productive year ahead.

    The College staff have been very busy over the past two weeks in preparation for today’s big start to the year, we are all very excited to be welcoming the children back to the College and, in the case of the Preps, to their very first day of school!

    It is a privilege to be involved in partnering with you, our parents, as we continue our mission together to empower your children to develop … Read the rest

    Freshwater Christian College Year 2
    Flexible Learning & Seating a success

    Flexible Seating in Year 2

    In Year 2, Term 4 has started with some exciting changes. Where once there was a wall, there is a wall no more. This means the wall that separated our learning space has been removed leaving a beautiful big learning space for all of Year 2. We have introduced flexible seating and learning environments whereby students can experiment and find out which seating alternative helps them be the best learner that they can be.

    Don’t just take our word for it…. read below what the students are saying:

    “I like the standing up table. I like using the wobbly things to stand on.” – Florence

    “I like moving around the room. When I get something Read the rest