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    Kindy cairns
    In the garden with Kindy Kids

    This time of year in tropical North Queensland is a great time to hit the garden and grow some fresh fruit and vegetables. In Kindy, it’s no different. Our Kindy Kids love to get amongst the garden and experience what it’s like to diligently care and water our plants. As harvest season approached we had some eager kids ready to get their hands dirty!

    Recently some of the Kindy kids at Freshwater Christian Kindergarten harvested our garden. After gathering up our scrumptious produce, it was off to the kitchen to figure out what we could make with our harvest.

    Nutritious fun with many great benefits

    Getting our children into the garden and then into the kitchen has many great benefits:… 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

    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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    robotics
    QSITE Robotics Rescue Competition 2019

    Written by Hugo Lawler, 6H Primary Vice Captain

    On the 22nd of June, 2019, the Freshwater College Robotics Team competed in the QSITE Robotics Rescue Competition. For the whole second term, we created our own robots to follow lines, go up ramps, go through doorways and save a victim (or in this case, an aluminium can). We won the competition, but it was no easy challenge!

    Our team had to create robots to navigate around the course by following a black line. We also had to make them turn on green intersections. When they found the silver goal line (or the ‘search for pod’ goal line) the robots had to search for the can and push it out of the … Read the rest

    My Life Rulz
    My Life Rulz Program at Freshwater Christian College

    At the College, we have endorsed the My Life Rulz program written by Joan Koskela and David Riddell to build emotional resilience in our students. Our goal as a College by teaching the My Life Rulz program is this:

    Goal: To provide Christian Worldview education to upskill, and lay down truth in our students to build their emotional resilience, mental and emotional health as well as positive relationships with God, Parents, Teachers and Peers, and knowing their Identity in Christ.

    The program has 10 rules which are taught from Prep to Year 12. Term 1 of this year we focused on Rules 1-3 and here is a brief description of each rule that has been taught.

    RULE #1 I 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

    the great wheelbarrow race
    The Great Wheelbarrow Race 2019

    The Great Wheelbarrow Race 2019

    143kms. 3 days. 10 mates. 1 wheelbarrow. An unforgettable weekend.

    May 17th – 19th marked the Great Wheelbarrow Race 2019, and as per annual tradition, the FCC Roadrunner team was revved and ready to run.

    After months of physical training and preparation, our team of ten eager grade 12 students made their way to Mareeba to begin the three-day challenge of running with a wheelbarrow across vast expanses of scorching dirt and gravel roads.

    Despite the festival vibes and excited moods of all involved, we couldn’t help but start to feel our stomachs clenching with anticipation. Before we knew it, we were off. Falls, scrapes and muscle pain became the norm as we continued to … 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

    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

    Setting the academic bar high for Cairns

    As a College we were thrilled to announce that we had our best overall QCE results ever, with two OP1’s, and an OP 2’s and twenty-five percent of our OP Eligible students received an OP 1 to 5.

    These results follow on from the results in 2017 in which Freshwater Christian College also received two OP 1’s and two OP 2’s with more than 50% of eligible students receiving an OP of between 1 – 10.

    These are truly phenomenal results and underline the College’s commitment to academic success for all students.

    We take this opportunity to thank last year’s Year 12 students, their parents and the teaching/non-teaching staff who supported and went the ‘extra miles’ to ensure that … Read the rest