|TERM 1 IMPORTANT DATES|
|Mon, 24 February - Wed, 26 February
||Year 8 Camp
|Fri, 28 February
|Fri, 6 March
||Student Free Day|
|Mon, 23 March||Year 3 - Year 8 Cross Country|
|Tues, 24 March||Prep - Year 2 Fun Run|
|Tues, 24 March and Wed, 25 March||Primary Student Learning Conferences (3:30-5:30pm)|
|Fri, 27 March||Beyond|
|Tues, 31 March and Wed, 1 April||Easter Arts at Reedy Creek Campus|
|Thurs, 2 April||Last Day Term 1|
At King’s Pimpama, we are embarking on our biggest year of development in the school’s history. You would have no doubt seen the work that has been completed over the break, which is only the beginning of a year-long $8m investment into this campus. So far, we have added three play areas, enhanced multiple landscape areas, completed a major upgrade of the Pavilion, added a six-classroom block and extended the car park at the Gainsborough Greens entrance.
The school year started with a big “jump for joy” on the new jumping pillow by most of the students, and the newly installed refrigerated bubblers have been a great hit with the students, especially on our hot and humid summer days.
New prospective students, who attended the first Principal’s Tour in January, have also greatly admired our jumping pillow. The next event is on Tuesday ,11 February at 6pm. Feel free to invite your friends to come along and even have a go on the pillow!
On their very first day our Preps were all treated to a special photoshoot with Aslan, while the Year 8’s have settled in nicely and enjoying their next year of high school.
Two major building projects will begin in early March which will be completed by the end of the year. You can access the plans for the new Library and High School building on our website. The jumping pillow will have new shade sails and building will start on another new major signature playground towards the end of Term 1.
In addition to these exciting developments, the leadership and staff at King’s Pimpama are looking forward to seeing our students continue to grow in areas of their spirituality, leadership, academics, cultural endeavours and reaching their God given potential.
Misty, an Australian Shepherd dog, joined the family at King’s Christian College just under a year ago and in her short seven months at school, she has improved the social, emotional and overall school functioning for students whom she has a special relationship with during this time.
The 20-month-old therapy dog, has her heart set on helping settle the children at school.She visits classrooms from Prep to Year 8 at the Pimpama campus and helps reduce stress and anxiety for our students.
Therapy dogs are known to improve the overall psychological health by providing affection, comfort and support to people.
Marianne Koops from Student Wellbeing department said, “Misty is a great help to students who require some extra support during their school day.”
“All the kids just love it when Misty visits their classroom.She is a well-loved therapy dog who is patient and has ears to listen to everyone’s story,” stated Mrs Koops.
Year 6 student, Belle Hume, said Misty is a great help to her and she looks forward to seeing her at school.
Misty is loved by all our students.
The Year 6 teachers and students are in the process of setting up the Year 6 Peacekeeping Program for 2020. Students are currently providing input into how they would like it to run.
Students are currently taking turns to go out on the playground and assess what we may need to include in the 2020 Peacekeeping Program. They can be identified as they will be wearing a yellow ‘Peacekeeper’ sash. In weeks 3 and 4 of our Project, we will focus on finalising the Program for 2020 to support the development of community across our school.
In addition to Peacekeeping, we will also be running our Buddy Class Program again this year. Our Year 6 students will be allocated in groups of two or three to a class from Prep to Year 5. They will attend morning devotions with their buddy class on a Friday morning as well as lead devotions twice a term. What an awesome opportunity for our students to step out and encourage and support others in our school community.
Our first PBL Project is dedicated to Servant Leadership and equipping students as the leaders of our school. This supports the school’s mission of ‘Educating Christian Leaders for Future Generations’. We are encouraging students to explore their strengths, interests and passions and how they can serve as leaders within their individual areas of strength.
What a great start to the year we have had in Prep! The students all seem so excited to be at “big school. Last week we had our first official turn on the new “Jumping Pillow”; it was awesome! This week we have had our first week of Specialist lessons, Library, PE, Music, Chess and we are so excited for DT and Spanish. In our classrooms we are finding our feet and discovering classroom rules and routines. Our first Chapel last week was incredible, and we are looking forward to learning about the “Gospel”. We are all excited for the year ahead and look forward to going on this learning journey together with you.
On Monday 4 February all Year 7 students had the pleasure of attending the Entry Event for their English Project Based Learning unit. This term’s unit is called Defining Moments. The students listened attentively and took notes on the speeches of three people (Eliza Damianopoulos, Jasmin Farrell and Matthew Burden - see image above) who shared the defining moments of their lives.
This great experience will form the basis for the on-going unit in English. Our core Unit Objectives for this unit are for all students to:
We wish to thank all of the speakers for taking time out of their day to invest into the Year 7 cohort at King's Pimpama.
Year 8 student and Queensland Softball Representative, Emily Clark, shares her journey of going on tour with the Queensland Flames Softball Team during the resent Summer school holidays. Read here story below:
During the holidays in early January, I had the privilege of being a state representative player for Queensland Softball. A squad of players had been selected back in May 2019 from the State Championships. The squad trained as regional groups until October when two teams were announced. I was selected in the Queensland Flames team.
The teams flew to Perth, Western Australia on January 3rd on an early morning flight. We were all at the airport by 6:15 AM so you can guess what time I had to be out of bed. Airports usually aren’t very interesting places but this time it was slightly different being in a team of girls. After we had all arrived and checked in our suitcases and gear bags we headed through security and browsed through the very expensive shops. We had about 30 minutes until boarding time.
Once our flight had taken off we were free to change seats and talk with other people. It was a long five hour plus flight. I sat next to quite a few different people during this time and also managed to watch a couple of movies on my phone. We were asked by our team manager, Bec, to bring our own food for the flight as who really likes eating powdered egg omelettes with a side of mouldy mushrooms and tomatoes covered in pepper, as she described it. I was certainly thankful for my own food as Bec wasn’t wrong about the food served up!
After arriving in Perth and navigating our way through baggage claim and hire car collection we set forth to our accommodation for the week. Our rooms were allocated and we found out for the first time who our roommates were going to be. I roomed with one of the pitcher’s from my club plus four other girls from around the state. What a great room we had. We all just got along really well and everyone helped each other get ready on time.
The week’s games were split into two different formats. For the first two days, we played a modified version of softball called Fully Loaded. Think T20 cricket. The modified version was created to allow more runners on base and more runs to score, whilst also creating more opportunities for different plays for the fielders. Games were played in two pools. Both of our first two games went to tie-breakers. This meant that at the end of the game our scores were tied and we had to play an extra inning. We ended up losing both of these tiebreakers which was a bit sad but it was great to be actually playing softball. The next day we played two more games of fully loaded softball and won both of these. We finished second in our pool and we were starting to play some good softball.
Our downtime during the week was spent doing some really fun things. We had plenty of recovery time in the hotel pool. On different days or nights, we visited various places around Perth, ate ice-cream, I even ate Subway for the first time. We went to Sizzler and had a crazy sock night. On the final day, we had breakfast with our parents at the Fremantle market.
On day three the softball games for the title of National Under 14 Champion commenced. We played two games each day for the next two days against the other teams in our pool. The goal was to finish in the top three of the pool which we did. This allowed us into the top section of the play-offs. The play-offs were very exciting. We lost our first game but won our next one.
Now we had to play our good mates from the other Queensland team. The winner would progress to the preliminary final whilst the loser would finish fourth. It was a very exciting game. We scored runs early in the game and held them out. We built our lead in the next couple of innings too. We fielded really well and kept things tight. Heading into the last batting inning for them we were leading 6 runs to 1. They came back at us hard. They were able to get runners on base and we were under real pressure. They scored four runs to get the score to 6-5. We had two out by this time but they had more runners on base and one of their really good batters was up to bat. Our pitcher struck her out! We won by one run and progressed to the final day. We were all super excited.
Our opponent in the preliminary final was NSW Metro Green. They were very strong and had an excellent pitcher. They won the game and advanced to the Grand Final. We finished third in the National Championship. We were very proud of our achievement as we had combined well as a team throughout the week and played some excellent softball.
For me personally, I played in every game except one. I played catcher and third base for our team and was more often than not the leadoff batter. I was very happy with how I played although I still have heaps to learn.
The Open Women’s Championship was held at the same venue for the week and we watched some of those games. WOW! Is all I can say. That was some seriously good softball being played. The players were battling to obtain a position in Australia’s team for the Olympic games this year. How exciting would that be?
The Queensland Open Women’s team awarded me a signed match ball for being the best team member and team manager Bec gave me the team banner that we all made for my leadership throughout the week.
All in all, it was a brilliant week. I made heaps of new friends and strengthened current ones. I learnt an amazing amount about the game and how to handle pressure situations. All the time spent training with the team and by myself now felt so worthwhile. Even the time spent travelling and recovering from scrapes, bruises and other muscle aches and pains. I can’t wait to do it again!
The King's Pimpama Choirs will kick off rehearsals next week. The rehearsal times for each choir is as follows:
|Years 1 - 3 Choir||Wednesdays 7:50 - 8:30am||Amphitheatre in D Block|
|Years 4 - 6 Choir||Thursdays 7:50 - 8:30am||Amphitheatre in D Block|
|Years 7 - 8 Vocal Ensemble
|Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:30am||C9|
Mr Bereznai's Vocal Ensemble Performance Choir will have ongoing auditions throughout the year. For more information please email Mr Bereznai on email@example.com.
Musical rehearsals for Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins JR has begun. The decision of the main cast is still to be announced.