Wellbeing, the wheelchair way

Posted by Gavin Box

By Louanne Hardy
Student Support Counsellor

Year 12 students this week finished the last wellbeing activity for the term and spent the afternoon learning how to play basketball – in a wheelchair.

There was lots of fun rivalry amongst students and Mr Tilinger also got in on the fun.

It was great to see them chill out and have a laugh (at each other) after exams.

I enjoyed watching the team spirit and am proud of the young adults they are becoming.


More than $4000 raised at Bike-a-thon

Speaking of wheels, student pedal-power at the recent Bike-a-thon has raised more than $4000 for ongoing development of the Primary school nature playground.

Business Manager Tracey du-Pont advises that the College has received $4154 so far from the Primary school Bike-a-thon.

That is almost $800 more than funds raised at last year’s event – and there is still more sponsorship money coming in!

Bike-a-Thon Coordinator Marianne Brits described the event as a “huge success with many students and parents attending”.

“The students rode their little hearts out and thoroughly enjoyed the day,” she said.

Mrs Brits thanked all staff and parents who helped to make the day a success.

“We are grateful that there were no serious injuries and thank God for the beautiful weather on the day,” she said.

Families who are yet to bring fundraising money in should do so at Reception.

A bike, donated by local MLA Lara Dalton, will be presented at the Primary Assembly next Wednesday, along with certificates to highest fundraisers and students who obtained four or more sponsors.


Pre-Primary students Joel, Addison and Joey have learnt to read and spell the first 200 words on their Oxford Word List. They are pictured with Acting Principal Sophia de Lange, receiving a Principal’s Award Sticker for their achievement.

Parent partnership spells community

By Brenda Pattenden
Pre-Primary Teacher

For many years at our school, the parents of our Pre-Primary students have been coming in and working alongside their children with their “learning boxes”. It has become a treasured tradition and is one that absolutely starts the day on positive note.

Firstly, the children have an opportunity for one-on-one time with their parent or caregiver and secondly, the learning that takes place during these 15 minutes each morning is phenomenal!

Obviously not all Pre-Primary parents have this option as they have work commitments. However, I have observed many “acts of service” by the parents that do come in. Often taking extra students into their “learning circle” and helping them along with their own child. What a kind and joyous blessing to witness!

Anyone who walks past the Pre-Primary class between 8.40am and 9.00am will see these little learners engaged in learning and working in partnership with our wonderful community of parents.

What do the Pre-Primary students do during this time you may wonder? They learn their numbers and sounds and then move onto learning to read the first 200 words from the Oxford Word List.

After they have learnt all these words, they go back and learn to spell them! The words from the Oxford Word List are the most frequently used words in reading and writing.

The first 12 most frequently occurring words appear so often they make up, on average, one quarter or one in every four words that we use in reading and writing!

A very special mention to three of my current students, Addison, Joel and Joey who have already learnt to read and spell the first 200 words on the list! They recently went up to the office to receive a Principal’s Award Sticker for their achievements.

As the Pre-Primary teacher, I want to take this opportunity to thank all the past and present parents of my class. Your dedication and time spent with your child in the mornings has helped them to increase fluency in reading, develop comprehension, extend word knowledge and most importantly boost self-esteem and confidence!


Debate team sharpen their skills

By Derek Goforth
Secondary Teacher

The College debate team had an opportunity to sharpen their skills this week by participating in a debate against a team of teachers.

The topic of the debate was whether social media had improved the world’s communication.

The student team consisted of Sariah, Alex, and I (filling in for an absent student). They presented compelling arguments, focusing on issues such as cyberbullying and the erosion of face-to-face communication.

On the other side, the staff team, comprised of Mr Tilinger, Mrs Edwards and Mr Arundell, did their best to counter the student team’s arguments.

Although they occasionally lost their train of thought and were somewhat shy while speaking, they managed to make a few valid points, highlighting the strength of communication facilitated by the internet.

Participating in the debate provided the debate team with valuable experience, allowing them to refine their skills and gain confidence.

The team’s members are now eagerly anticipating the upcoming Country Week event in Perth, where they will face off against other teams and put their debating prowess to the test.


Time to study … history!

By Huia Woods-Smith
Humanities and Social Sciences Teacher

In Humanities and Social Sciences in Term 2, Secondary students have been studying History.

Most classes have completed timelines of the period they are studying.

Year 8 students have posted their timeline on the wall in S08.

It features Ecclesiasties chapter 3 (There is a season for all things) and includes wall cards of significant people who lived during the Medieval Ages.

Other work on display includes Year 8 drawings of labelled castles, Year 9 inventions increasing agricultural production during the 16th century and Year 10.1 drawings of the invasion of the Pacific during World War II.


Why grow giant lettuce? Cos we can!

By Kelly Harrington
Wholistic Land Management Coordinator

Check out this amazing cos lettuce, grown at the College for the Canteen – for staff and students to enjoy in their lunches.

It’s healthy growth is the result of an electro-culture experiment by the Year 4/5 Sustainable Agricultural Management class.

The Collins Dictionary defines electro-culture as “the practice of using electricity in agriculture or horticulture in order to stimulate plant growth”.

In other news from the Sustainable Agricultural Management program, a class recently helped out by planting vegetables, such as onions, carrots and English spinach.

Well done, everyone!


Push for mental health and fitness

By Louanne Hardy
Student Support Counsellor

The Push-Up Challenge is Australia’s largest mental health and fitness event, held from 1 to 23 June every year.

The aim of the challenge is to build physical health, raise mental health awareness and connect with others.

The goal is to complete the target goal of push-ups set.

We realise a commitment to three weeks of daily exercise is a lot for some students, so this year we plan to participate in the challenge for week 1 (1 to 8 June)

This will take place each morning for the first 10 minutes of Period 1 – class time.  

In partnership with the students, teachers and staff are also getting on board for the three weeks (total of 3144 push-ups).

Staff hope to  model to the students the importance of doing regular exercise, as well as  promoting general health and wellbeing.


Life’s great lesson … helping others

By Nateeka White
Kindergarten Teacher

This term in Kindy we have been learning about being a helper.

We have been learning about the miracles of Jesus.

It is very easy to show the children examples of kindness when looking at the life of Jesus. He inspires me every day!

We are also learning about people in our community who help us.

We have had two special visits from our Kindy parents to talk to us about their work in health care.

The children were delighted! Thank you Doctor Daniel and Nurse Tahnee for telling us about how you help people in our community.


JOB VACANCIES

Secondary Classroom Teacher (Mathematics/HASS) FTE 1.0

Starting in Term 3 2023:

Note: The College is willing to discuss part-time options for this position.

Selection Criteria:

The successful applicant will meet the position selection criteria:

  • Hold academic teaching qualifications that meet the Teachers Registration Board of Western Australia requirements and experience in the appropriate subject area, delivering the Western Australian Curriculum including experience in teaching WACE courses
  • Committed to teaching each subject’s curriculum from a Biblical worldview
  • Demonstrate a commitment to personal growth and further education
  • Able to demonstrate inter-personal and problem solving skills, effective communication and conflict resolution skills in dealing with students, parents and staff
  • Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of teaching and learning strategies to meet students’ needs and course objectives
  • Demonstrate ability to function and work collaboratively with other staff members
  • Have a range of professional strengths, abilities and interests, able to enhance the learning program
  • Willing to be involved in extra-curricular activities offered in the College.
  • You must hold or be able obtain a Working with Children Check

Steps to apply:

If you would like to be part of our vibrant gospel community, please submit the following:

  • Staff application form
  • Cover letter – addressing the selection criteria
  • Resume
  • Copy of relevant qualifications
  • Name and details of at least two professional referees.

Applications can be submitted through our website: https://gcc.wa.edu.au/about/application-for-staff-employment

Applications close for this positions at 3.00pm on Thursday 22 June 2023.

For more information about other positions available, visit the employment section of our website https://gcc.wa.edu.au/about/available-positions/


Calendar

Monday June 5

Public Holiday – WA DAY

Tuesday June 6

08:40am – 12pm. YEAR 10 – YEAR 11 EXAMS

3:10pm – 4:15pm. Sub-junior hockey training – at hockey stadium

3:30pm – 5pm. Homework Club (in-Term only)*

Wednesday June 7

08:40am – 12pm. YEAR 10 – YEAR 11 EXAMS

2:06pm – 3pm. Primary Assembly PP to Y6 in Hall

3:10pm – 4:30pm. Primary after school netball training

3:15pm – 4:15pm. Drama rehearsals – speaking roles TP&TP

3:20pm – 4pm. Maths Support – Years 7 to 12 (in-term only)*

Thursday June 8

Homework Club (in-term only)*

08:40am – 12pm. YEAR 10 – YEAR 11 EXAMS

Friday June 9

07:15am – 08:15am. Country Week before-school hockey training in Wonthella

08:40am – 12pm. YEAR 10 – YEAR 11 EXAMS

09:20am – 2:15pm. Secondary Lightning Netball Carnival – 8th Street netball courts

Monday June 12

08:30am – 11am. OLNA Writing: Yr 10 – Yr 12

3:10pm – 4:30pm. Country Week boys volleyball training – after school

3:15pm – 4:15pm. Country Week netball training at Hangar

Tuesday June 13

1:15pm – 3pm. Armed for life – mental health advocate Adam Przytula

3:10pm – 4:15pm. Sub-junior hockey training – at hockey stadium

3:30pm – 5pm. Homework Club (in-term only)*

Wednesday June 14

3:10pm – 4:30pm. Primary after school netball training

3:15pm – 4:15pm. Drama rehearsals – speaking roles TP&TP

3:20pm – 4pm. Maths Support – Years 7 to 12 (in-term only)*

Thursday June 15

Homework Club (in-term only)*

Friday June 16

07:15am – 08:15am. Country Week before-school hockey training in Wonthella

09am – 10am. Dental screening – PP, Y1, Y3, Y4, Y6

09am – 2:30pm. Netball Carnival Yr 4-6

3:15pm – 4:15pm. Country Week after school Girls Volleyball Training

Monday June 19

08:30am – 11am. OLNA Reading: Yr 10 – Yr 12

3:10pm – 4:30pm. Country Week boys volleyball training – after school

3:15pm – 4:15pm. Country Week netball training at Hangar

Tuesday June 20

3:10pm – 4:15pm. Sub-junior hockey training – at hockey stadium

3:30pm – 5pm. Homework Club (in-term only)

Wednesday June 21

09am – 11am. Yr 10 Immunisations in Hall

10am – 12pm. Yr 9 Career Taster TAFE – revegetation and erosion control

2:06pm – 3pm. Primary Assembly PP to Y6 in Hall

3:10pm – 4:30pm. Primary after school netball training

3:15pm – 4:15pm. Country Week after school Girls Volleyball Training

3:15pm – 4:15pm. Drama rehearsals – speaking roles TP&TP

3:20pm – 4pm. Maths Support – Years 7 to 12 (in-term only)*

Thursday June 22

Homework Club (in-term only)*

08:30am – 11am. OLNA Numeracy: Yr 10 – Yr 12

Friday June 23

07:15am – 08:15am. Country Week before-school hockey training in Wonthella

09:20am – 2:30pm.  Hockey Carnival Yr 5 and 6

Sunday June 25

Country Week carnival Perth (Yr 8 to 12)

Monday June 26

Country Week carnival Perth (Yr 8 to 12)

Tuesday June 27

Country Week carnival Perth (Yr 8 to 12)

3:10pm – 4:15pm. Sub-junior hockey training – at hockey stadium

3:30pm – 5pm. Homework Club (in-term only)*

Wednesday June 28

Country Week carnival Perth (Yr 8 to 12)

3:10pm – 4:30pm.Primary after school netball training

3:20pm – 4pm. Maths Support – Years 7 to 12 (in-term only)*

Thursday June 29

Country Week carnival Perth (Yr 8 to 12)

Homework Club (in-term only)*

6pm – 7:30pm. Quiz night for Year 3 and Year 4

Friday June 30

Country Week carnival Perth (Yr 8 to 12)

Primary Dress Up Day (PP to Yr 6)

*Participation in after school Homework Club or Maths Support require completion of a parent consent form. To receive a consent form, please email gavin.box@gcc.wa.edu.au.


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