Record numbers vie for cross country points

Posted by Gavin Box

By Andre SteenekampDirector of Sport & Outdoor Education Well done to all the students who earned House points by participating in the Secondary Interhouse Cross Country Carnival. It was a beautiful day to go for a run and participation numbers were the highest yet. Competition between Houses was well balanced, with only 31 points the difference between Alpha and and Omega. The winner of the cross country shield will be announced at the next Secondary assembly. The College will compete in the Associated and Catholic Colleges Cross Country Carnival in Perth on Thursday 30 May, with 4000 other participants from read more…

Mental maths adds up

Posted by Eugenie Harris

Twenty primary students are honing their mental maths skills in a bid to be selected for the Interschool Numero Challenge in September. The Challenge is part of the College’s Extension and Enrichment Program.  Numero is a maths card game that develops mathematical skills, including number recognition, number facts, speed of recall, combining operations and problem-solving.   The popular card game introduces fractions, percentages, decimals and other complex concepts.   Enrichment and Extension Coordinator Annette Kuhlmann said the game is an engaging way to learn maths, and practising for a competition added up to a lot of happy students.  “The students are highly read more…

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 read more…

Students take on solar car challenge

Posted by Gavin Box

Year 6 and Year 8 students put theory into practice last week when they built and raced six solar cars in the Mid West Synergy Solar Car Challenge.  Mrs Annette Kuhlmann, Extension and Enrichment Coordinator Maths and Science, said the students applied science, technology, maths and engineering concepts to create a racing car that harnessed renewable energy.  “As part of the College’s enrichment and extension program, all Year 6 and Year 8 students were offered the chance to take part. Twenty students built six cars for an in-school race and the top two teams were chosen to race against other read more…

Hands-on learning opens door to career

Posted by Gavin Box

Year 12 student Anthony looks forward to school each day because of his special role in the horticultural yard. Anthony is responsible for tending the goats and has developed a close connection with the small herd of does and their kids. He has completed a Certificate II in Animal Care and when he graduates from school he plans to work with animals. Mrs Kelly Harrington, Wholistic Land Management Coordinator, said the Horticultural Yard is a key aspect of Wholistic Land Management, a unique learning experience only offered by the College in Geraldton. She said the hands-on experience at school means read more…

Food Technology upgrade delights the tastebuds

Posted by Gavin Box

Food and Technology students are learning in a state-of-the-art kitchen, thanks to a major facility upgrade in January.   Teacher Mrs Sonja Lochner said students could not believe the extensive makeover when they returned from summer holidays.  The original room was completely gutted. New benchtops, ovens, stovetops, fridges and cupboards were installed to create a modern kitchen environment.   Mrs Lochner and Facilities Manager Mr Harri Harrington conducted extensive research and site visits of commercial kitchens to ensure the College adopted the latest ideas, optimising the space and installing cutting edge equipment.  “Students are now able to develop the practical skills and read more…

New elective brings focus to elite sport

Posted by Gavin Box

Mr Santos and Mrs Phillips with students enrolled in the 2024 Sports Specialist program. By Janelle PhillipsSports Specialist Teacher The College is pleased to announce details about its brand-new Sports Specialist program for Year 9 students, which starts this year. This exciting new elective brings a focus to many aspects of elite sport including: • Training for elite performance o Australian Institute of Sport: What it means to be an elite athlete o SMART goals o Training periods o Components of fitness o Fitness testing o Preparing to play to reduce injury o Recovery: sleep, active and passive recovery, nutrition read more…

Fear overcome, with help of friends

Posted by Gavin Box

By Joshua ArundellSecondary Teacher Sport and Recreation Two groups of intrepid Year 8 students left school for a day to tackle the cliffs of Kalbarri’s gorges this term. They first had to achieve the major milestone of waking up early to be at school by 7am! The yawning teenagers then headed off, arriving at the gorges mid-morning, ready to push past fear and experience the thrill of abseiling. Students had a range of feelings from apprehension to downright terror, but one by one, with encouragement from their friends and teachers, overcame their fears and proved to themselves that they could read more…

Breaking news … learning beyond the classroom

Posted by Gavin Box

Students visit the ABC offices in Geraldton as part of their studies on media and democracy. By John TilingerSecondary Teacher Humanities and Social Sciences/Biblical Life and Worldview In recent weeks, Year 10 students embarked on two excursions that offered a hands-on experience of various aspects of the Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum. These excursions enabled students to understand the way in which key concepts influence the real world. Coastal erosion management in Geraldton One of the excursions focused on the critical issue of coastal erosion management in Geraldton. During this trip, students had the opportunity to explore the Geraldton Port read more…

Kindy to Graduation, a sweet journey

Posted by Gavin Box

Thanks to College parent Ciara for this Blog item – reflecting on a beautiful moment at the 2023 Year 12 Valedictory Dinner. Three graduates who have attended the College since Kindergarten – Novalee C, Tiana M and Jezarni B, had the honour of cutting the cake at the dinner. Below are some more photos of the three girls, taken in 2010 when they were in Kindy. CHRISTMAS GENEROSITY Appeal gifts deliver joy across the globe By Tamicah PettigrewChaplain We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who generously donated to our Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoe read more…