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    The ‘Breakfast of Champions’

    Written by Mr Doug Holtam, College Principal

    Ken Blanchard, author of several books, including ‘The one Minute Manager’, famously quotes that, “feedback is the breakfast of champions”. As an Engineer, I was introduced to the notion of ‘continuous improvement cycles’; this simple idea revolves around building a step-by-step improvement culture. 

    Collecting feedback is a great starting point for understanding what may need to be improved. Hence the reason why we send out surveys to parents. I also value the opportunity to engage in group discussion with our parents to discuss how we can continue to develop the College. My thanks to the parents who attended the latest Parent Forum on 26 August. 

    Around a quarter of our parents responded to … Read the rest

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    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

    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

    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

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    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

    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

    God’s Workmanship

    I appreciate the following quote from the American author Mark Twain: “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you work out why”. It implies that every human life has deep significance and purpose. Ephesians 2:10 is helpful in developing this thought: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago”. The Bible teaches that we are all infinitely valuable, unique in our complexity, designed and crafted by God! (Jeremiah 1:5, Timothy 1:9) Furthermore, God has hard-wired into all humans the incredible potential to add value to this world.

    Luke 11:2-4, Read the rest