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    restorative justice
    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

    the great wheelbarrow race
    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

    what is STEAM
    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

    restorative justice
    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

    Freshwater Christian College Year 2 Bush Kindergarten
    Why Bush Kindy?

    What is Bush Kindy?

    Bush Kindy is located in our natural environments within our College away from the education and care service and provides valuable opportunities for children to explore the natural environment and to extend the educational program.

    Why implement Bush Kindy?

    This approach comes out of significant international research, initially in European countries and now spreading throughout the world, highlighting the importance and value of nature play for children’s health, well-being and development (Faber-Taylor & Kuo, 2008; Lester & Maudsley, 2006; Munoz, 2009).

    A key element of this initiative is that children engage in regular, extended periods of unstructured play in natural environments. The research has discovered that children experiencing weather fluctuations, creating their own play with the … Read the rest

    Planning for the Future

    Continuous improvement was a familiar phrase in my former career as an engineer, the concept continues to be a basic given in the world of design and manufacture.  We are reminded that God is the originator of renewal and growth; for it is through an ongoing process of continual development that we are able to mature and develop into the people of character, wisdom and skill who God purposed and created us to be, this is reflected in 2 Corinthians 3:18:

    ‘…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory…’

    If our school is to continue to provide the … Read the rest

    Be Our Guest: Musical set to wow!

    The heart-warming production of “Beauty and the Beast” is very unique, standing apart from all other Disney hits. The storyline teaches us to love with our hearts rather than our eyes as Belle falls in love with Beast because of who he is on the inside. This love breaks the spell and transforms the Beast into a handsome prince (teaching us not to judge people by their size, race or hair colour).

     

    The storyline breaks down a stereotypical “Prince saves the girl” theme, making Belle the heroine and demonstrating that girls can also be strong, fearless and different from others just like Belle. This upcoming musical production will enchant and enthral all viewers telling the compelling story using drama, … Read the rest