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    College Captain’s Address for 2020

     

    We are both extremely grateful and humbled to accept the position of College Captains for 2020. We know that fulfilling these roles are not something we can do in our own strength but instead, we are relying on God’s strength, the continued help and support from the College Prefects as well as the entire grade twelve cohort. We believe strongly in servant leadership, as set by the example of Jesus, and this is something we can all do – be an example for our peers, to the grades below us and to the people who look up to us. In the Bible, in Deuteronomy, it says that with God, one person can put a thousand to flight, but that two … Read the rest

    2019 - Amazing Results
    One of the top schools in the State

    Freshwater Christian College is incredibly proud of our Year 12 graduates for 2019 – the final year of the QCS and OP, achieving the best percentage for OP 1 to 5 we’ve had. With 42% of our OP eligible students achieving an OP 1 to 5, our students were placed in the top 10 schools in Queensland. Our results continue to excel with 58% achieving an OP 1 to 10 and 98% an OP 1 to 15.

    All of our students, those receiving OPs and those not, have all done amazingly well, with so many successes and achievements throughout the year. They have worked incredibly hard and deserve the fantastic results that they have achieved. Thanks as well must go … Read the rest

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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

    The Hector Costello Innovation Centre

    In 2019 our College was truly blessed to officially open the new $2.3million Hector Costello Innovation Centre, fitted with a range of new engineering and wood manufacturing machinery, 3D printers, laser cutters and robotics technology. This Centre of creativity and innovation will help us to take technology related learning, from Grade 4 to Year 12, to a whole new level.

    Member for Cairns, Mr Michael Healy, Mr Hector Costello & PS Stewart Moncrief. Official Opening Ceremony 2019.
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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