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…

Students cotton on to marvels of God’s creation

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Students harvest cotton from the College grounds. Containers of harvested cotton. Joys of the outdoor classroom By Carmen BlayYear 3 Teacher One of the many reasons I love teaching at Geraldton Christian College is the amazing Wholistic Land Management team, who pour out their heart and energy to constantly improve and increase, nurture and maintain the school gardens for teachers to integrate and present curriculum in a much more meaningful and authentic way. Recently Year 3 students learnt about estimating, rounding in Maths, as well as the production and harvest of cotton and wool in Food and Fibre. At Geraldton read more…

Three of a kind – College’s doctoral trio

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Dr Khim Harris, Dr Lindsay Graieg and Dr Gavin Marcus. Picture: Gavin Box The number of highly-credentialled staff at Geraldton Christian College is building.The arrival this year of Dr Gavin Marcus, Deputy Principal Teaching, brings to three the total number of College staff or board members who have completed studies at a doctoral level.The others are Secondary Teacher Dr Lindsay Graieg and Geraldton Christian Community Schools Association Board Secretary Dr Khim Harris. In a three-part feature, starting today with DR KHIM HARRIS, they share their learning journeys. Dr Harris has an interesting story to tell – with a background as read more…

Rugby WA officials applaud College kids

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By Johan BoonzaierPrimary PE CoordinatorThe College was privileged to host a Rugby WA clinic last week. All of the students who participated enjoyed the experience, despite the scorching heat. Rugby WA and the Western Force are committed to delivering two more clinics during the year. They are dedicated to developing rugby in regional areas among schools and understand the importance of clear pathways for students interested in the sport. The kids were amazing to teach and really polite the whole timeRugby WA development officer Rugby is one of the few sports codes that accommodate student participation of all abilities. One read more…

Artistic talents on display

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Students’ artistic skills have been showcased, with winning entries announced for the Carols by Candlelight poster competition and the Geraldton Christian College 2021 Year Book cover competition. Year 10 student Jezarni B’s Christmas star design won the Carols poster competition, while another Year 10 student, Novalee C, was runner-up. Jezarni’s work will now be used for promotional material and program books for the 2021 event. Her work will be seen by hundreds, if not thousands of people, before and during the Carols, which will be held at Maitland Park on Sunday 12 December, from 7.00pm to 8.45pm (youth activities from read more…

Wadjarri worship time!

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By Brenda PattendenKindergarten Teacher Our delighted Kindy class were absolutely blessed last week when they met local Aboriginal lady Maureen Merritt! Maureen took the time to come into our class and help the children learn the words for “God is so good” in our local Wadjarri language. She enlisted the help of her 80-year-old mum, Olive, for this project and we look forward to singing it during our Early Years Presentation Morning on Thursday 2 December. How precious has this experience been, not only for our Kindy children to connect with our broader community, but to witness first-hand how our read more…

Fire crews a hit with the Pre-Primary class

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Children couldn’t contain their excitement at the chance to operate a fire hose. No hosing down these family stories! You never know what to expect when you have a question and answer time with children. So it was this week when local firefighters visited the Pre-Primary class to talk about their jobs and fire safety. The sharing time led to some gems of information, including revelations from one child that they nearly had a fire at their house when Mum left the oven on! Another student revealed that Dad’s bottom nearly caught fire one day! With stifled laughter, the adults read more…

Chloe Kietzmann wins region’s major award for vocational studies

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A Geraldton Christian College Year 12 student has won the Midwest and Gascoyne’s major award for Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS). Chloe Kietzmann was last night announced Central Regional TAFE 2021 Midwest & Gascoyne VETDSS Student of the Year in a presentation ceremony at CRTAFE Geraldton. Chloe and fellow Year 12 College student Hailie Righton, who completed a Certificate IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing Studies, also earned nominations for the Higher Vocational Studies Student of the Year Award. In addition to completing their Certificate IV, Chloe and Hailie are studying four ATAR courses this read more…