With God, we overcome

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Andre SteenekampDirector of Sport and Outdoor Education Our senior students have demonstrated once again that they have what it takes to overcome difficult challenges as proven during the Yr 11/12 Kalbarri National Park General Outdoor Education expedition in the Kalbarri National Park. The expedition required students to plan for a three-day, self-sustained expedition in the gorge. Fears were overcome and courage and teamwork was on display. Activities after hiking down into the gorge with 18kg backpacks, included a 35m abseil, a 6km canoe to the ‘Loop’ and ‘canyoning’ the level 5 degree difficulty, Z-Bend. It is always a privilege to read more…

Lessons in leadership from former Deputy PM

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Gavin BoxCommunications OfficerThe College was privileged to host one of the nation’s leading Christian thinkers, former Deputy Prime Minister and former federal National Party Leader John Anderson AC last week. Mr Anderson spoke privately to staff and Geraldton Christian Community Schools Association members about the importance of private and public school systems in Australia today, in the interest of parental choice, and the key role Christian teachers play in the lives of their students. He then addressed students at a special Secondary Assembly where he spoke briefly on the subject of leadership and human suffering. Head Boy Dylan M poses read more…

Students turn up volume (and colour) at Battle Cry

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Andre SteenekampDirector of Sport & Outdoor EducationWith the introduction of the two new College Houses, Alpha and Omega, there has been an intentional focus on building team cohesiveness and unity within the College. The ’Battle Cry’ event, held the day before the recent Secondary Athletics Carnival, involved students dressing up in their house colours (Alpha – purple; Omega – teal) and having a chanting competition to display weeks of preparation, under the guidance of house leaders Mrs Edwards (Alpha) and Mrs Labuschagne (Omega). Students, with excellent leadership by the house captains, got behind their houses and displayed the value of read more…

Strath Lions roar into Country Week contention

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Some of the Strath Lions players who earned Country Week selection. Mathew AdamsPE Assistant & Soccer Coordinator After working hard throughout the season and developing their skills, 25 of our Strath Lions players and College students have been selected for Football West Country Week. Players had to go through trials in their different age groups to secure a spot in the teams. These trials are no easy feat, with one age group consisting of 40 children trying out for 24 places. This is a proud moment for our club and school as we only had 10 Strath Lions/College students compete read more…

Senior students unwind with wheel skills

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By Louanne HardyStudent Support CounsellorYear 12 students enjoyed some games of wheelchair basketball recently at the Geraldton basketball stadium. After taking to the court, students heard from guest speaker Chris Kerr, who shared her journey as a wheelchair user navigating “life’s” roadblocks. Student Support Services organised the activity for Year 12s to have  fun and let off steam  after their  recent exams. YEAR 5 MATHS Collaboration caper By Helen FergusonYear 5 Teacher The teacher had a plan in mind“Listen up, don’t get behindWe’re making cubes, a metre tall!In groups of four, don’t let them fall.”She said to “plan, think and read more…

Million-dollar upgrades for College

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Staff and students outside the new classrooms which adjoin the Design and Technology building. Pictured from left are: Principal Gavin Hirschhausen, Year 5 Teacher Helen Ferguson, Projects Officer Harri Harrington, Business Manager Tracey du-Pont and Acting Principal Sophia de Lange. The College will invest $1 million over three years to improve learning spaces for students.Principal Gavin Hirschhausen said he was pleased to announce the major capital works spending program, which began last year.Mr Hirschhausen outlines the investment below and what it will mean for the College community. COMPLETED PROJECTS Mountain Bike TrackMaking great use of the College’s natural bushland environment read more…

Heritage and hope

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Heritage and hope By Sophia de LangeActing Principal Geraldton Christian College commenced operations as Geraldton Christian Community School in 1979, in the hall of the Geraldton Church of Christ in Holland Street.  The original vision for the College came to Mr George Edland, which inspired several Christian families regarding the importance of choosing Christian schooling for their children. They became the heritage on which the future is built.  Christian schooling is part of God’s bigger story, giving hope through God’s purposes. The founders of the College understood that schooling is not neutral, shaping the way children view the world and read more…

Resilience and rest in God: Teacher’s life lesson

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Year 2 Teacher Michelle Barber and her predecessor, Primary Specialist Teacher Sindy Boonzaier. “I’m giving my Year 2 class over to Michelle with a happy heart knowing they are in good hands,” Sindy said. “She knows what she is doing and I am very relieved she is the one taking on my role.” Picture: Gavin Box We catch up with Primary Teacher MICHELLE HILTON-BARBER, who has returned to the College after a number of years in the NSW Riverina. Michelle, you were here for four years up until about 2015. What have you been doing since then?I’ve been in the read more…

Lessons in service led to Naval career

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Able-Seaman Joshua Keys, a 2013 College graduate, at the HMAS Sydney II Memorial in Geraldton. The memorial pays tribute to the 645 men who perished when the ship was sunk in a battle with a German vessel off the WA coast on 19 November 1941. The wreckage of HMAS Sydney II was found in 2008, about 200 km from the coast (Steep Point) of WA. Photo: Gavin Box STUDENT STORIES Joshua Keys: 2013 graduate Geraldton’s strong ties to the Royal Australian Navy, through HMAS Sydney II, were underscored when the City was last year named as the ceremonial home port read more…

Praise for Primary student leaders

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Mrs Brits and Primary Student Representative Councillors on lunch duty. By Marianne BritsYear 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. read more…