|TERM 3 2020 IMPORTANT DATES|
|Friday, 14 August||Gold Coast Show Holiday|
|Tuesday, 18 August||Year 1 Excursion: Botanic Gardens|
|Friday, 4 September||Student Free Day|
|Thursday, 17 September||Last Day Term 3|
On the 21st of February, the Prep families of Pimpama, came together for a lovely afternoon at the Prep Social. As the Preps have transitioned into school life so well, it was a great way for all Prep families to interact and get to know each other a little more.
The Preps enjoyed playing on the jumping castle, eating delicious home-made cupcakes and welcomed a refreshing ice block. Now that we have a brand new playground here at Pimpama, the students loved showing their families their play area. This included mastering the rock climbing wall, zipping down the new slide and trying their best with the balancing bridge.
The Preps wore their house shirts to school that day for the very first time. Looking over the Prep Social area, it was a colourful array of yellow, blue, red and green as the children proudly represented their school team.
On behalf of the Prep team, we would like to say a big thank you to Grant and the P&F community for organising this spectacular afternoon. It was the perfect way to finish off another big week of school with every little Prep walking away with a smile on their face.
Ms Ashley Nel
Anticipation and excitement ran high in Year 2 last week when students participated in the 2020 Waterbug Wonders incursion. This was held as a part of our learning about living things in Biology.
The children took part in role-plays of how various life cycles occur exploring both complete and incomplete metamorphosis. Further highlights of the event were becoming little scientists which involved gentle extraction of minibeasts from creek water so they could examine and identify them under a magnifying glass. There were nymphs of dragonflies, mayflies and damselflies to name a few. The caddis-fly larva was difficult to identify, and the freshwater shrimps were a favourite to catch. The children were also able to examine other types of minibeasts under microscopes. After our scientific research was finished, the children discussed how pollution occurs in our waterways and the importance of keeping them clean. They learnt some ways to do this is to pick up rubbish so that it doesn’t wash into drains and creeks. They also learnt that making sure car engines are well maintained prevents oil from washing into our waterways.
The children experienced a valuable lesson and had a wonderful time.
Mrs Judith Ali
Year 2 Teacher
In Week 5 this term our Year 8's went on camp. The camp was held at Tyalgum in northern NSW.
This year, camp was an amazing adventure. In camp there were so many activities to do, we did mountain biking, archery, rock hopping, kayaking, orienteering, high ropes, bush walking and low ropes. The most exciting thing about camp this year was doing orienteering. You got to work in groups. In my group I had Milly, Taylah, Tahlia, Ayla and Miss Soper. Sliding down the big mud hills were so much fun. It was amusing to see how muddy everyone was walking out of the bush.
The most challenging part of camp was not slipping over. I slipped over maybe once or twice everyday but got my shoes extremely muddy. The best moment that I will cherish was when the teachers walked out of my room and started rolling on the floor laughing and everyone girl came out and laughed with them. I would advise everyone to get muddy with every situation they get and to enjoy as much as they can.
Emily Clark (Year 8)
All the activities were pretty exciting, especially orienteering with a group of boys I wouldn’t usually hang out with and we got along really well and made some good friendships. Having everything in order and being on time was pretty hard but when you are with friends you get it done and help each other out. Same with some of the activities like hiking or orienteering, we had to help each other out a lot to get to different destinations and not fall down any hills. Hiking to the waterfall is something I will NEVER forget.
Just the amount of fun we had was next level, but something that I will hold on to is the quiet moments as well, the view of the mountains and the clouds was amazing! My advice is to literally live in the moment, if you don’t get the day group or cabin group you wanted, forget about it and accept it or you’ll be worrying about it the whole time, it’s only 3 days so enjoy every second of it and make the most of the activities.
Judson Gainfort (Year 8)
Camp this year was a real adventure, on camp there were so many activities to do. My favourite thing would have to be orienteering. It was so amusing to see everyone coming back from the bush covered in mud, including myself. The most challenging thing at camp for me was falling over. I struggled walking through the deep puddles. In fact Mrs Francis and Miss Soper had to tell me where to step because I was such a mess.
The best memory from camp is when the teachers laughed so hard that every girl in their cabins ran out and joined, it was the best night. I would say to the future. ENJOY IT WHILE IT LAST, BRING TWO PAIRS OF WET SHOES.
Milly Keeley (Year 8)
Hinterland District School Sport (HDSS) Swimming
Our team of committed swimmers competed recently at the Hinterland Swimming Trials at Somerset College. It was a great day of competition, with many students setting new PBs. This is a great achievement, when the real competition is against yourself. This was a great day overall with the students continuing to be inspired to put in the ‘hard yards’ of training and giving their best efforts in competition.
Mason Mower was the star performer of the day finishing 2nd overall for his age group in the boys 50m Butterfly. Mason was also selected to compete at Regionals in 3 events - 50m and 100m Butterfly, and 100m Backstroke.
Mason also had a great day at regionals, missing out on South Coast team by 1 spot for the 100Fly, he came 6th and they only take top 5 (he dropped 4.94 seconds though so a great new PB)
He came 7th in the 50Fly and was only 0.69 off the Extra qualifying time needed for direct entry to South Coast team.
He was disappointed he got so close in both events but didn’t make it. I keep telling him that 6th and 7th out of the whole region is still amazing!
He decided against competing in the 100 backstroke as he wanted to focus on the butterfly.
Mr Lindsay Genge
On Monday the 2nd of March I represented King’s and the Hinterland District at the Regional Swimming Trials. I competed in the 100m Butterfly event and the 50m Butterfly event. I was so excited when I seen that I achieved a PB in the 100m Butterfly, dropping 4.94 seconds and coming 6th in the region. I also swam faster than before in the 50m Butterfly event and came 7th in the region.
It was an awesome day and I really liked seeing all my friends that I’ve met through swimming, we cheered each other on throughout the day and had lot's of fun between races too.I’m really looking forward to doing it all again next year!
Mason Mower (Year 5)
On Friday, 28th February, King's Pimpama Campus launched their first ever basketball team. Two teams have been entered into the local Gold Coast basketball competition, taking place on a Friday night. Both teams played exceptionally well, with the U13's going down by five baskets and the U15 boys winning a tight game against Somerset College 24-28.
The boys in the King's Basketball Club will play games through to September, with the hopes of making the playoffs and finals. This is a new initiative and we are excited to expand the King's Basketball Club with more teams for both boys and girls next year.
Miss Mikayla Soper
Primary & Secondary Physical Education Teacher
Secondary Business Teacher
Each week this term, the year 4 students have been learning instruments and practising being part of a music band.
Some of the types of instruments include percussion, woodwind and strings. We have been really enjoying these times and have even learned new songs. We are looking forward to performing them later in the year. Thank you to our music teachers who are helping us learn.
Year 4 Teacher
As our campus continues to grow, we ask for your continued cooperation in making the car park and driveways safe for all of our children and families. Please remember that the speed limit for driving within school grounds is 10km/h. Please take special care when driving through the car parks before and after school - looking out for pedestrians.
Morning Drop Off - Kiss and Go Zone:
Once your child feels settled into their morning routine and you no longer feel the need to walk them in, please make use of the Kiss and Go zone. This area is denoted by the yellow lines along the roadside, directly in front of our much loved lion statue. When using this drive through drop off zone, please stay with your car and limit your unloading time to two minutes. This will provide improved traffic flow for everyone on campus. This is NOT a parking area.
Morning Drop Off and Afternoon Pick up - Car Parking:
We currently have four designated parent and guardian car park areas. Three of these are accessed via the Pimpama-Jacobs Well Road entry,
This year we have also expanded the ‘top car park’, accessed via Great Sandy Circuit within the Gainsborough Greens development.
When parking in these areas we kindly ask that you take care to park in designated parking spaces only. When walking your children through the car park, we also ask that you use the footpaths and the marked and signed pedestrian crossings. It is vital for both driver and pedestrian safety that pedestrians ensure they use these footpaths and crossings whenever they are outside of the school gates.
Afternoon Pick Up - Collection Zone:
Thank you for your support in making the car park and driveways safe for all of our children.
At King's Pimpama we have a variety of closed Facebook Year Level pages and a public, open King's Christian College PImpama Facebook page @kingspimpama. The year level closed Facebook pages are available for families to connect with each other for things like lost hats and general conversations with other families in the same year level. For all your official news and information your first port of call should be Compass. Click on the Parent Information tab and scroll down until you find the Pimpama Parent Information section. A wide variety of information such as Before and After School Activities, Parent Lounge and Sport Uniform Days can be found under the coloured tiles. Happy connecting!