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    Building resilience in our students

    My Life Rulz is a new and exciting program that works to build emotional resilience in students. This year, we as the Pastoral Care team are dedicated, through a Christian worldview, to building our students emotional resilience and promoting positive mental and emotional health.

    Our aim is also to see students develop stronger relationships with God, their parents, teachers and peers and come to a full revelation of their identity in Christ.

    We are teaching this program in every class from Prep to Year 12 and believing our students will have ample opportunity to build emotional resilience and know how to adjust their faulting thinking and transform it into God-given truths. It is an exciting approach and a wonderful opportunity … Read the rest

    Real Life Connections for your Family

    “A 5 week course to help you parent from the inside out and build lasting loving connections with your children”


    Dates: Next course commences May 15th
    Cost: Free
    Time: 5:30 to 6:00pm -Pizza available (numbers must be booked)
    Where: E2
    Course Time: 6:00 to 7:30pm
    Children: Will be looked after during that time in F5

    We will cover the following topics:

    Raising resilient Children – What does it take to get children charged up for life and build emotional resilience.

    Building and maintaining heart connection with your child – Discovering the importance of a heart connection, how to build and maintain it.

    Parenting with love and options – Building a home free of domination, balanced with love and a

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    2018 College Leadership Team

    We would like to extend a special welcome to our appointed Student Leaders for 2018. Student leadership plays an integral role in the life of Freshwater Christian College. Leadership is much more than a title, it is living in the example left by Jesus and we are confident that this year’s Student Leaders will, in fact, lead by example and do an incredible job.  We look forward to working with them this year.

    List of leaders:

    Primary School Leaders: 
    Seth Lippmann & Livinia Schaper (Captains)
    Ryder Garvey & Ruby Paterson (Vice-Captains)

    Primary School House Captains
    Brianna Matson & Ethan Harris (Barras)
    Rogan Degenaar & Jayda Yorkston (Crocs)
    Samson Giles & Aliesha Byl (Sharks)

    Secondary School Captains: 
    Lucy Kammermann & Elisha

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    A warm welcome to 2018

    Dear Parents/Guardians,
    Here’s wishing you and your precious family a very happy and prosperous New Year.

    I am very excited to be joining the Freshwater Christian College Community as the new Principal, and look forward to building on the excellent work that Mr Hector Costello has led in establishing the College as a provider of high quality Christian education.

    In reflecting on the successes of 2017, we celebrate with our Year 12 students who managed to achieve the best overall results in the College’s history. We achieved 2 OP 1’s for the first time and had over half our Year 12 students achieve an OP of 10 or below. We also achieved many awards at local, State and National level.

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    OP Scores for 2017 graduates: best in history of College

    Our 2017 Year 12 Graduates achieved outstanding OP results, with more than 50% of eligible students receiving an OP of between 1 – 10. Notably, two students achieved an OP 1 and two students achieved an OP 2. We are also pleased that 90% of students who chose to apply to University were offered a place. Some of the courses our graduates will be studying are Medicine/Surgery, Dental Surgery, Agriculture, Psychological Science, Education, Paramedical Science and Information Technology. We are very proud of all of our student’s achievements and wish them every success in their chosen field.

    This week the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) released the statewide Year 12 Outcomes Report for 2017 and when compared to local … Read the rest

    A Parents’ Guide to Understanding GONSKI

    This has been a hot topic in the news this year as the current agreement runs out at the end of 2017. The new agreement from 2018 has been termed Gonski 2.0 and as a school and sector, we are very happy with the outcomes as there finally is an agreement that deals with individual schools, not clusters or groups of schools. The College’s Federal advocacy group, the Australian Association of Christian Schools (AACS), has provided a document in a question and answer format to its member schools, so parents can be fully informed. Previous agreements, especially the one that operated prior to 2013 were, in my opinion, very unfair to our College. The new agreement will enable us to

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    Wearable Art Winners

    Lorien Broadwater and Grace Nucifora recently travelled to Brisbane to compete in the State Finals for Wearable Art after Lorien placed first and Grace third at the Cairns Show last month.

    At the State Finals in Brisbane, Lorien received a third place and Grace was State Champion.  

    The outfits were constructed by recycling denim jeans from the op shop. The students dissected the jeans, using all parts, zips, panels and pockets. Large panels were cut into strips or used as panels for bodices. Students were taught Shibori bleaching methods inspired local Cairns artist India Collins.

    Grace’s piece was inspired by the ancient female warrior Boudica. Grace’s outfit had seven components and incorporated an array of recycled materials and techniques.Read the rest

    Optiminds Challenge 2017

    Freshwater Christian College was represented by 3 teams in the annual Optiminds Challenge at JCU on the 20th August 2017. We had 18 students participate in the program over the past four weeks entering into Division 1 Social Sciences, Division 3 Social Sciences and Division 1 Language Literature. This was the first time experience for our primary students in the Division 1 sections.

    Our Division 1 students Harry Lyle, Livinia Schaper, Lincoln Shean, Ruby Paterson, Rone’ Thompson and Liam Thomas displayed professionalism when they discovered Ethan Harley was injured and unable to attend. They managed to rearrange their lines in a small amount of time surprising the Judges with their dedication and team work.

    The Division 1 Language Literature

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    Announcement of new Principal for 2018

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    As communicated with you earlier in the year, I informed the College Board that I did not wish to renew my contract past the end of the 2017 school year as it is my desire to transition to retirement.

    The College Board, of which I am a member, embarked on an extensive search for a new Principal for Freshwater Christian College from 2018. They advertised nationally and received a number of applications from very highly qualified and suitable applicants.

    On behalf of the Board I am now able to let you know that Mr Doug Holtam, currently Principal of a school in Victoria has been appointed to be Principal of Freshwater Christian College with an effective start date

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