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    Outdoor learning
    The power of outdoor learning
    We are very fortunate at Freshwater Christian College to be surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. This beautiful ecosystem has provided our students with a great opportunity to engage in outdoor learning.

    Recently, our Grade Three students have been continuing to engage in various outdoor learning experiences. Each week they journey to our creek, these sessions have helped students to explore the world around them, build on their creativity and consolidate numeracy and literacy skills.

     

    A group of Grade Three Students working collaboratively to complete the challenge of building a analogue clock.

    Each week Grade Three students receive a ‘challenge’ and need to work in pairs or small groups to problem solve, communicate, and work collaboratively to achieve a goal. This … Read the rest

    A heart of gratitude

    How can we cultivate a greater sense of gratitude? George Herbert, a seventeenth-century British poet, encourages readers toward that goal in his poem “Gratefulness”: “Thou that hast given so much to me, give one thing more: a grateful heart.” Herbert recognized the only thing he needed in order to be thankful was simply an awareness of the blessings God had already given him.

    There are two forms of gratitude. One is the natural response to a kindness shown to us. The other is choosing to be grateful when we are not the recipients of kindness, or when we are in challenging circumstances. Gratefulness requires us to put in effort in searching for reasons to be thankful, even in situations where Read the rest

    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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    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)
    31 “So don’t worry Read the rest

    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

    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

    Drought Relief Support

    With the ongoing drought throughout Australia, our farmers are doing it tough. Freshwater Church has started Freshwater Care which will be taking donated goods to support the families of our farmers. We as a College are doing our bit in support as well.

    Our Secondary teacher, Mr Woolfield, has offered to have his beard shaved off if we raise over $2000, and while it is a fine beard indeed, it’s time for it to go! Who knows what Mr Woolfield might look like under that beard? All families in the College can donate money to support our farmers (and see the beard go!) via either the Primary Office, Secondary Office or Form Class teachers. We will also be having a … Read the rest

    My Life Rulz
    Real Life Connections

    We have thoroughly enjoyed connecting and teaching more tools for parenting with our College parents this year. We are about to complete our third parenting course for this year and it has been a joy to see parents connect, grow, and obtain new insight into the challenging task of parenting.

    We become parents with enthusiasm and optimising oozing from our pores, and we look forward to times of tenderness, shared joys, hugs and encouragement, but the joy of parenting is often not these things. It is loaded with tantrums, continual mess, arguments, and disappointments. For some, it can feel like a never-ending nightmare.

    In today’s world children are forced to grow up faster, and they need to learn to cope … Read the rest

    Secondary School Update

    Written by Richard Schwarz – Head of Secondary

    We are halfway through Term 3 and there have already been so many successes and .. so far, with still more to come.

    Thank you to our parents and students who attended our 2019 Year 11 Subject Information Night. It was well attended and we had our Senior subject teachers, as well as representatives from TAFE, CQU, JCU and the Defence Forces, discussing the changes that will be coming in Queensland’s changes to Year 11 and 12 from 2019. These are the most significant changes to occur in Queensland’s history and our teachers have been working tirelessly to ensure that we are prepared and leading the way in the new system. For … Read the rest

    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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