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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

    Perseverance
    Perseverance

    The Bible tells us that perseverance is a virtue and that can help us develop our character. 

    Romans 5:4 “And endurance produces character, and character produces hope”

    James 1:2-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing”.

    What Is Perseverance?

    Perseverance is being purposeful and steadfast. It is sticking to something, staying committed, no matter how long it takes or what obstacles appear to stop you. A good example is the story of the tortoise and the hare, he won the race because he persevered – he … Read the rest

    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

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    Bush Kindy – no toys, just nature

    Bush Kindy is our outside nature play program that runs twice weekly at a variety of bushland sites on the College property. These sessions run for around two hours and are planned, but flexible. Clear expectations and boundaries are put in place to facilitate children to take controlled risks and engage with the environment in a supervised manner. The main benefit for children playing in the bush is that the natural environment allows them to be creative and imaginative thinkers. These skills are very crucial for developing 21st Century skills such asCritical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Information literacy, Flexibility, Leadership, Initiative, Productivity and Social skills.

    bush kindy cairnsIn our classroom children constantly play with toys. This is great, but Bush … 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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    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
    go,Romans 15:13 New Living Translation Read the rest

    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