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    Showing Kindness in Year Two

    Written by Mrs Natasha Puddle // Year Two Teacher

    In Year Two we have been talking about the fact that we are so blessed to be a part of so many communities, like our family, our classroom, our school community, our sports communities, our church communities, and the wider Cairns community.  I am sure that I haven’t listed them all, but the point is, that being a part of a strong community, one that loves, cares and encourages one another is important.  

    Year 2 shared the love recently with our school community.  We gave out little encouragement cards (with lollies of course ☺), to encourage the staff at Freshwater Christian College.  The Year 2 Team

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    Secondary Arts Exhibition

    The recent Secondary Arts Exhibition was a big success with a variety of talents on display from wearable art to sculptures and even live music! All students have worked tremendously hard on their work over this past year and it was lovely to take the time to celebrate their achievements. Thank you to all the guests who came along to enjoy our students creativity with us! 

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    Freshwater Falcons Fly High at Volleyball Cup!

    This year’s FNQ Volleyball Schools Cup was held in week one of term four. Our Freshwater Falcons teams excelled, with all three teams showing great skill and teamwork on the court against schools from all around our region. Our Senior Boys team won all but one game throughout the day to finish fifth out of the thirteen schools. An incredible individual achievement for this team was from Ben Steel, who was voted the ‘Most Valuable Player’ of the Senior Boys competition! Our Junior Girls team got off to a slow start but got through with some much-deserved wins to finish their carnival. However, the most outstanding achievement was from our Junior Boys team, who went all the way and took … Read the rest

    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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