Farewell to Jenny Visser

Posted by Gavin Box

The College community recently farewelled a much-loved staff member Jenny Visser after 26 years of service.

There was much laughter and some tears shed at the Valedictory dinner to celebrate her contribution to the College and wish her and her husband Mark well as they move to NSW to be closer to their young grandchildren.

The 60 guests included ex-Strathalbyn Christian College staff from Busselton and Perth. They shared special and funny memories, including the day the Business Manager sneezed and his false teeth shot out of his mouth and across the office floor!

Principal Gavin Hirschhausen thanked Jenny for her faithful and joyful work which included working in the front office as receptionist, being community relations, enrolments and personnel officer as well as executive assistant to the Principal and most recently running our excellent canteen as Canteen Manager.

Delicious catering was provided by Business Manager Tracey du-Pont and Food Technology Teacher Sonja Lochner. Sam Kerr from Coastal Cakes made a beautiful seashore-themed cake and cupcakes for dessert.

We will miss Jenny greatly, however we thank God for all that she has done to bless the students, staff and parents at our College. 

Maritime masterclass

Year 9 students enjoyed a masterclass in maritime career options through TAFE recently, when they boarded the Master Class training vessel for a morning cruise.

Year Group Administrator, Ms Vicky Oliver, said students were introduced to a range of training options relating to careers in maritime, aquaculture, environment and fishing operations.

The group of eight students undertook a safety induction before boarding the floating classroom. The skipper departed to explore Seal Rock and areas near Geraldton Fisherman’s Wharf before opening the throttle and heading north to Drummond Cove.

Ms Oliver said the students were invited up on the fly bridge, and those willing had a chance to drive the boat under close supervision from the skipper.

The training through TAFE’s Batavia Coast Maritime Institute has a strong focus on field-based training, including the ability to qualify for a recreational skippers ticket, and regular trips to the Abrolhos islands for projects and research.

Ms Oliver said the morning introduced the students to a range of career options they had not considered before.

The Excursion was part of the TAFE Year 9 Career Taster Program.

Art of transforming waste

By Helen Ferguson
Secondary Art Teacher

Have you ever wondered what to do with old books heading for the bin?

In Visual Arts, we have been recycling by using old dictionary pages to watercolour on.

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 who had completed their course work each chose a page, selected a word from the page, sketched and then coloured the image by using watercolours, pencil, pen and even textas.

Students had fun selecting words, researching images for inspiration and sketching. It was amazing to see the varied work that students completed.

Alpha takes points in dance-off

By Shelley Cox
Dance and Drama Teacher

At the end of last term Alpha competed against Omega in the Annual Performing Arts Trophy.

Students had been practicing twice a week during lunch times for five weeks, in preparation for the dance battle.

Staff opened the event with a dance to Shakira’s Waka Waka, followed by a surprise flash mob dance by the primary students.

The dance battle began with Alpha opening, followed by Omega. The song chosen by students was Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars.

In the end the judges declared Alpha winners by 2 points.

Well done, Alpha and to Omega, for all of your hard work and dedication.

History comes alive

By Tennille Davis
Primary Teacher

The Year 1/2 class had a great time visiting the Greenough Museum and Gardens in Term 1.

Students loved playing, dressing up, looking in the kitchen and going upstairs.

They also enjoyed the opportunity to handle museum artefacts and to learn about the Maley family history.

Clown-time fun for Pre-Primary

By Shelley Cox
Dance and Drama Teacher

At the end of last term a clown visited the Pre-Primary classroom.

There was a small performance, showing the children how to use the clowning equipment, then the students all got an opportunity to try.

There was some singing and dancing and a lot of fun.


Secondary Teacher – Science and P.E.

Full-time 1.0 FTE

Due to significant growth, Geraldton Christian College has an exciting opportunity for a qualified secondary school teacher to join our team.   The successful candidate will join a vibrant community of educators and staff working together to honour God through excellence in education.

Essential 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
  • 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 obtain a Working with Children Check.

Apply online.

Applications close at 3.00pm on 17 May 2024


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