Praise for Primary student leaders

Posted by Gavin Box

Mrs Brits and Primary Student Representative Councillors on lunch duty.

By Marianne Brits
Year 4/5 Teacher

Primary Student Representative Councillors meet weekly to discuss and plan events. They assist duty teachers with lunch table clean up, encourage students to put rubbish into bins, or pick up rubbish lying around College grounds, and strive to be an example to other students in doing this.

They are, with the help of House Captains, responsible for setting up the equipment in the different playing zones during recess and lunch times.

When the College has fundraising events, the Student Council is responsible for collecting money.

Students are encouraged to speak to the Student Council and make suggestions and raise issues that can be discussed during the weekly meetings.

I am very proud of this group of students and enjoy working with them.

The Primary Student Representative Councillors are:
Head Boy:
Nate R
Head Girl: Leah-May L
Deputy Head Boy: Isaac H
Deputy Head Girl: Emmy A
Year 6 Representatives: Connor H and Harriet JW
Year 5 Representatives: Brax R and Addison P


ACCOLADE CERTIFICATES

Positive actions applauded

Congratulations to the following students, who were this week awarded Accolade Certificates. The certificates are in recognition of the students receiving five accolades this year from staff for positive behaviour:

Jax K – Year 7

Jessica K – Year 12

Claire W – Year 12


JOB OPPORTUNITIES

If you would like to be part of our vibrant gospel community, please visit www.gcc.wa.edu.au/available-positions/ to complete a staff application form. Phone 9938 9100 | email personnel@gcc.wa.edu.au

Contract Primary Teacher (0.8 FTE)

Commencement date 26 April 2022 to 9 December 2022

Become part of our Primary teaching team with your excellent understanding of and/or experience in educating children from Pre-Primary to Year 6 across the range of Australian curriculum learning areas.

Applications close for this positions at 3.00pm on Thursday 7 April 2022.

Secondary (Years 7 to 10) Music and/or Drama Classroom Teacher (1.0 FTE)

Commencing 25 July 2022 (commencement negotiable) – 9 December 2022 with the possibility of ongoing.
Geraldton Christian College is seeking an experienced professional to join our teaching team in Secondary (Years 7-10).
Applications close for these positions at 3.00pm on Friday 8 April 2022

Relief administration staff

The College is in need of staff who could work in the Front Office on a relief basis, covering Reception, Student Services and/or Uniform Shop. You will be an adaptable team player with good administrative skills, proficient in the use of MS Office packages.  Experience in the use of database management systems would be advantageous (the College uses Sentral – training can be provided). We may have regular ongoing part-time work available immediately.

Applicants must have (or ability to obtain) a valid Western Australia Working With Children Check and be vaccinated for COVID-19, according to WA Government Mandatory Vaccination Directions.

You can apply online using the Staff Application Form.  If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Monster, personnel@gcc.wa.edu.au.  

Relief cleaners

The College is in need of relief cleaners. The hours of work will be from 3.00-6.00pm on school days.  The role includes:

  • Cleaning classrooms, offices, toilets, outdoor areas, staff rooms/kitchens and common areas;
  • Waste management (collection and removal of rubbish);
  • Stocking consumables (toilet paper, hand towels, chemicals etc);
  • Working as part of a team.

The College will accept applications from Senior Students (Years 11 & 12) however, approval from a parent/guardian is required.  Students must be able to comply with the below requirements.

Must have (or ability to obtain) a valid Western Australia Working With Children Check and be vaccinated for COVID-19, according to WA Government Mandatory Vaccination Directions.


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SWEET SUCCESS

Finer skills work a treat

By Janelle Phillips
Secondary Food Science and Technology Teacher

Year 12 Food Science and Technology students recently investigated the functional property of crystallisation, using both sugar and fat molecules (chocolate).

We made Dark Chocolate and Pistachio Toffee Brittle and Tempered Chocolate.

It was a delicate operation, requiring precise temperature control and patience.

The students did an excellent job and enjoyed the creative process.


WHY CHRISTIAN EDUCATION?

We believe…

From the Australian Association of Christian Schools https://aacs.net.au/key-issues

  • Parents have the right to choose an education for their child that reflects their Christian convictions and beliefs.
  • Schools are immersed in the beliefs, attitudes and convictions of those who write curriculum and policy, as well as those who lead, teach and work in schools.
  • Christian schools have a commitment to teach from the perspective of a worldview in which knowledge and understanding are embedded in a belief in God, and faith in Christ, who is the source of all meaning and purpose in life.
  • Governments have the responsibility to ensure all children are able to access a quality and well-rounded education.
  • Freedom of thought in a society means having broad educational options through which such thought can be expressed.
  • Governments should continue supporting the long-standing principle that every Australian child deserves to receive a contribution toward their education.

Every child has a right to education supported by contribution from taxpayers. (So it follows that) all parents should be able to choose the style and perspective of the education they want for their child.

Australian Association of Christian Schools

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ONLINE MISSION

Heading off a cyber-attack!

By Jared Grimsley
Year 6 Teacher

Year 6 students recently took part in a Global Cyber Live “Mass Infrastructure Attack” course.

Students on this cyber adventure traced clues, solved puzzles, and figured out how to stop a simulated large-scale cyber-attack before it was too late.

The scenario: Can you stop the cyber-attack in time? A Navy captain is held captive inside his ship. A major landmark has gone dark. And weapons are pointed at Sydney’s busiest sites… It’s all connected and it’s up to students from around Australia to free the captain, track down the culprit, and stop them.

In this lesson, students recognised that there are serious security issues associated with the online world.

They recognised that there are strategies for being secure and responsible online, just as there are for being safe and secure offline.

Students learned that cybersecurity is the responsibility of every ICT user and identified four basic cybersecurity strategies: a firewall, anti-virus software, keeping security software up-to-date and email filtering.

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GOD REMINDERS

Joy in creativity

By Helen Ferguson
Year 5 Teacher

Lunch duties can be an interesting experience from day to day.

Recently during my duties I have seen these little works of art and industry popping up around the junior playground.

Often the ‘artist’ has run off to play another game but has left behind a little moment of creation for me to enjoy.

At times I catch the ‘artist creators’ in the middle of construction and get to take a picture of them and have an explanation given about their work, such as a nest for homeless birds or a shelter for small animals.

It makes me think about how God, the ultimate Creator, has created things just for our pleasure and reminds me to take time from my thoughts to just enjoy the moment that I am in.

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Dr Gavin Marcus: “My advice to staff even thinking about further study is simply to get started. You will be surprised how quickly time flies and, before you know it, you will be halfway through the course.”
LEARNING JOURNEYS

Geraldton Christian College this year has three members of faculty or board who have completed studies at a doctoral level. They are Secondary Teacher Dr Lindsay Graieg, Deputy Principal Teaching Dr Gavin Marcus and Geraldton Christian Community Schools Association Board Secretary Dr Khim Harris. In this, the final instalment a three-part series, we profile Dr Marcus, who talks about his learning journey.

Dr Gavin Marcus: Biblically-inspired leadership

What is the field of expertise for your doctoral award?
My thesis focused on the changing role of the modern school principal, especially around the business acumen required by school principals to effectively run their schools, in essence a not-for-profit organisation. It was interesting that the Christian school principals’ interpretation – use of grace and other theological imperatives – really shone through in the research and impacted strongly on their decision-making.

When and at what institution were you awarded your doctorate?
2019, Flinders University, Adelaide.

You obviously recognise the benefits of ongoing education – can you talk a bit about that, why you value it and if you would encourage others along that similar learning journey?
I recognise how tough it can be on young parents to get into further study. But for me, I wanted to be the best leader I could be, and that meant engaging in tertiary study to improve my own skills. If I was to be a leader, I felt I needed to expose myself to modern debate and analysis. I found that in the interactions provided within my tertiary studies, with fellow students and mentors. I’d always been a studious type and tertiary studying came naturally to me. But I am most conscious that not everyone is wired that way. Obviously, life is busy, especially if you have a young family. My advice to staff even thinking about further study is simply to get started. You will be surprised how quickly time flies and, before you know it, you will be halfway through the course. And, of course, surround yourself with mentors to whom you can be accountable. I am often taken back to when I was about seven years old and brought home my first report card. My grandmother, simple person that she was, simply looked at me and said: “That is good, Gavin. Just keep on doing so well”. Now keep in mind that she was not very good at encouragement. Coming from her, that meant the world to me and had a great impact on me as to the value of education.

Christian school principals’ use of grace and theological imperatives really shone through in the research and impacted strongly on their decision-making

DR GAVIN MARCUS

Can you talk about why ongoing learning is important from your worldview?
Generally, Christian schools have a focus on educating the whole child. What can get lost in this endeavour is that excellence in every aspect of schooling can become a lesser focus, perhaps even unimportant. Ongoing learning for me provides an opportunity to speak from an informed viewpoint and to share what is important with staff in our context. But to expose yourself to critical thinking from other sources/influences is so important to grow your own understanding of topical issues, especially in a Christian context.

Why it is valuable in a Christian school to have staff with postgraduate credentials?
I think that it is important in life to model good behaviour and I think that it is important for students and staff to know that there is another world out there that they may not have encountered before – the world of academia. Good role modelling is critical in our Christian context, whether it be modelling the life of Jesus or general Christian behaviour. It also allows you to have greater impact in that it allows your Christian viewpoint to be heard and taken more seriously as you make contributions on bigger stages.

Is there anything else you would like to add? It is a privilege to share the journey of educational leadership, particularly in a Christian context, with like-minded individuals. This is something I have been deliberate in over the last several years and I’ve felt so welcome coming into this community.


WHAT’S NEW

Property improvements

New building projects and property improvements are ongoing at the College, as we continually seek to provide the best possible learning environments. Property and Projects Manager Harri Harrington shared these photos of the recently completed projects: the roll-out of new lawn to extend and repair part of the school oval, and enhancements at the amphitheatre, to make it safer and more user-friendly.


COLLEGE CALENDAR

Mar  25

PP to Yr 6. Seven-A-Side Soccer (AFTER SCHOOL comp at GBSC Sports Park SPALDING)

ONLINE ONLY. Combined Universities visit (Yrs 10, 11 and 12)

Mar  29

3.30pm – 5pm. Homework Club in College Library (in-Term and Yrs 3 to 12 only*)

Mar  30

PP to Yr 6. Seven-A-Side Soccer (AFTER SCHOOL comp at GBSC Sports Park SPALDING)

2.06pm – 3pm. Yr 7.2 class – Environment Clean Up

Mar  31

3pm – 4pm. Maths Support in College Library (in-Term and Yrs 10 to 12 only*)

3.30pm – 5pm. Homework Club in College Library (in-Term and Yrs 3-12 only*)

Apr  1

PP to Yr 6. Seven-A-Side Soccer (AFTER SCHOOL comp at GBSC Sports Park SPALDING)

Apr  4

10.45am – 12.45pm. Excursion. Yr 11 and 12 BLW – Holy Cross Anglican Cathedral

Apr  5

Parent Teacher Meetings – Secondary

3.30pm – 5pm. Homework Club in College Library (in-Term and Yrs 3 to 12 only*)

Apr  6

Parent Teacher Meetings – Secondary

PP to Yr 6. Seven-A-Side Soccer (AFTER SCHOOL comp at GBSC Sports Park SPALDING)

Apr  7

07am – 2pm. Yr 9S&R1 Surf Excursion

3pm – 4pm. Maths Support in College Library (in-Term and Yrs 10 to 12 only*)

3.30pm – 5pm. Homework Club in College Library (in-Term and Yrs 3-12 only*)

Apr  8

Last day Term 1

07am – 2pm. Yr 9S&R1 Surf Excursion

* For students to participate, parents will need to email gavin.box@gcc.wa.edu.au and ask for an Operoo Home Work Club and/or Maths Support permission form.

For more information about upcoming College events, visit the College calendar.


NOTICEBOARD

Big questions: Is the Bible true and trustworthy?

“Is the Bible True: A Scholar’s View” will be held at the Geraldton Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday 30 March, from 7.30pm.

Registration is free and via this online link: https://www.trybooking.com/BYDUZ

Hear reasons why the Bible can be trusted and bring your own questions to the discussion.


Tell Your Story is a free, two day performing arts course for young culturally and linguistically diverse people aged 14-17 years. You will have the opportunity to participate in improvisation, acting technique and movement workshops. You will explore how to create stories for an audience and meet people from other communities who share your passion for drama and performance.

Dates: 11 and 12 April 2022

Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Where: Herb Graham Centre, Mirrabooka

Limited spots available. For more information email Edyll Ismail at tellyourstorypap@gmail.com or go to https://www.tellyourstoryarts.org