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    6 ways to create a strong family during COVID-19

    With online learning from home coming to a close, we here in Pastoral Care want to thank you for the big effort that you have put in with regard to supervising your children, probably sometimes under trying circumstances. Bless you all and feel encouraged knowing that you have all done your best. In a recent email from Parenting Ideas, author Michael Grose has talked about 6 ways to create a strong family that minimizes conflict during the COVID-19 period. I thought I’d share his thoughts as they are valuable for maintaining calm in the home far beyond COVID-19. So here they are, albeit somewhat adapted by me:

    1. Avoid rivalry – avoid sibling comparison, be genuine in accepting individual differences and
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    Online Learning, at Teachers perspective

    Let’s be honest! Online learning is not the same as being on Campus and we definitely missed seeing everyone daily. At Freshwater Christian College however we like to find the best thing in every situation so this week we would like to celebrate all the things we have enjoyed most about online learning.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Psalm 121 – Hope for today

    Psalm 121
    A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.
    1 I look up to the mountains—
    does my help come from there?
    2 My help comes from the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth!
    3 He will not let you stumble;
    the one who watches over you will not slumber.
    4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
    never slumbers or sleeps.
    5 The LORD himself watches over you!
    The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade.
    6 The sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon at night.
    7 The LORD keeps you from all harm
    and watches over your life.
    8 The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and
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    COVID-19 – One day at a time

    Romans 15:13 (NLT)
    ‘I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.’

    As we currenlty walk through this new season we are encouraged that God is still with us and we continue to place our hope in Him and His goodness. Our Pastoral Care Team have created some simple activities we can do to help us get through this challenging time. We encourage parents to discuss these with your children and practice them as a family.


    1. Take a Day at a Time
    ● Do not worry.
    Matthew 6:31-34 (NLT)
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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

    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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    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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    It takes a Village… of ‘L’ Platers!

    Written by Mr Doug Holtam

    As the saying goes, “it takes a village to educate a child”. Freshwater Christian College is a learning community, a ‘village’ of learners comprising students, staff and parents; I have four grown-up children and still very much have my parent ‘L’ Plates on. We work and learn together in a partnership with the aim of developing the God-given talents and gifting of a generation of young people, in order that they are equipped and empowered to take their place in the community and live meaningful lives.

    Parents play a critical role in the educative processes of their children, with the potential to provide a highly supportive link between a child’s home and school life. … Read the rest

    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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