|TERM 3 2020 IMPORTANT DATES|
|Thursday, 17 September||Last Day Term 3|
|Tuesday, 6 October||First Day Term 4|
Through the King's AMP'd program, the College has had a strong community relationship with TriCare Pimpama nursing home for over a year. This relationship aims to build generational friendships with the senior citizens and our students in our local community.
The Year 6 students thought it would be a lovely gesture to serve this community and brighten their days with some love and bring joy to their mealtimes by creating colourful placemats for the residents of TriCare Pimpama, as part of their Servanthood Project in Term 1.
These kind actions are a heartfelt expression of our students to ensure they maintain the friendships and connections made in the past, particularly in this current climate of social distancing.
Since the King’s AMP’d group could not visit the nursing home during the Covina-19 outbreak, the Year 6 classes got working to make about 30 placemats to cheer up the residents at lunch and dinner time with their artwork pieces.
Due to strict health regulations the placements were all disinfected before they delivery to the nursing home.
"The students added Bible verses and positive quotes to the placemats to encourage residents that they are not alone during this time," said Elize Strachan, AMP'd Coordinator.
Easter Arts is an important event in the annual King's calendar and attracts interest from many talented artists every year. King's innovative response to event restrictions saw the College launch its very first virtual Easter Arts Exhibition this year. The exciting online gallery means that anyone can move through the exhibition and peruse the wonderful works of art from over 30 artists, anywhere, any time, with the opportunity to purchase their favourite pieces.View our virtual Easter Arts Exhibition
The theme of this year's exhibition is 'BEHOLD', which means to gaze upon or observe with pleasure. We hope this is what you do as you browse through this stunning selection of work!
Easter is always a highlight of the year at King’s, as our whole school attends a service to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For the first time ever, our three King’s campuses will be able to unite through our online Easter Service video, as we share the important message of Easter and the gift of His Amazing Grace.
Our team have been working hard to produce something very special for families, and we look forward to sharing our Easter Service video with you on Good Friday. Please check your emails for the link, and let’s all come together as a King's community to enjoy this virtual event.
Until then, please enjoy this short video from our students about Amazing Grace and what it means to them:
This College Newsletter comes at a time when we are faced with uncertainty on a global scale. We are all being impacted by COVID-19 in various ways but we want to remind you that our College community is here to support you and your family, in any way we can. As a faith-filled community of Christians, we are praying without ceasing, believing that God is in our midst and He is able to work all things out for good, as He promises in Romans 8:28.
As a valued member of our College, you are not alone. We encourage you to connect with others through our social media channels. We will continue to communicate with families via Compass News, and we recommend that you download our free Compass App (if you don't have it yet) so you can remain up to date with notifications. For now, King's remains open and we will continue to be vigilant in providing a healthy and supportive learning environment for our students.
For King's family businesses we have set up the King's Community Share and Sell private Facebook group to help promote your businesses within our community.King's Community Share and Sell Facebook Group
This group may be used to share resources, as appropriate, or sell stock. Please note, at this time, the group is restricted to King's parents and their businesses, not extended family and the wider community. A series of questions have been set up as part of the approval process for this page. Please answer these questions for a quick approval process.
There is no doubt that these are unprecedented times that we are all living in. Just this year, Queensland has been hit by devastating fires, floods and now a pandemic spreading across our world. When God gave the College the word ‘Community’ for 2020 as the theme for this year, the Prep to Year 2 team planned diligently for the events that would build community between our parents, staff and students on each of our three campuses.
Recognising it is important for each of our students and families to feel a sense of connection and belonging at King’s, our staff met families at the Prep Picnic, Beyond and the Year 1 Celebration of Learning at Pimpama. It was a joy to see our parents and families sharing quality time together. The campus is fortunate to also have the Barista where many of our families enjoy a bite to eat before school starts. It has also been a pleasure to chat to families catching a quick coffee at the coffee window on Wednesdays with our P&F.
However, as Term 1 progressed and many families have needed to self-isolate, the team has continued to work hard to plan ahead for how the college develops a sense of belonging, whilst we adapt to working and learning from home. It’s times like these where we must draw closer to our community and support those around us. The College appreciates the many donations and vouchers that have been supplied to support others in need and they have each been carefully given to families who are going through a tough time right now.
Please take the time to join your Year level Facebook pages, King's Pimpama location page and King's Parents and Friends Association Pimpama and connect with families in your class and across your child’s Year level as Online Learning begins next term.King's Christian College Communications Information
The College will continue to grow stronger together, knowing that God is with us, guiding us through each and every step of the way. The staff at King’s are excited to innovate and create exciting lessons for our students to enjoy from home. They will continue to partner with you to develop an even stronger community where together, ensuring communication, collaboration and connection. Even though our students are not in school, they are learning excitedly and they are given opportunities to connect with one another and with their teacher from home.
By Mrs Michele Wiehe, P-Year 2 Coordinator
At King's, students have been speaking a second language - either Spanish or Japanese - around the campus. Students are thoroughly loving learning languages - and it’s good for them!
The Financial Post recently published an article on five powerful benefits of learning a new language in 2020. The article stated that, “Learning a new language puts your brain through the wringer. Every language has its own system of rules, structures, and lexions, which means your brain has to work in new and unusual ways to learn it. All that exercise makes your brain stronger. A study from Spain’s University of Pompeu Fabra revealed that multilingual people are better observers of their surroundings because they’ve sharpened their critical thinking and awareness skills by studying new languages. Learning a new language boosts your cognitive abilities." (Financial Post, 2020).
The article continues to outline in some detail what these benefits are. The main benefits they mention are these:
Our King’s Kids have embraced their journey with languages and are well on their way to becoming global citizens. Thank you for your support of Languages and I look forward to working with your child/children over the years. Many of the students are so passionate about Languages already.
The late Nelson Mandela said, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”
By Cathy Hegarty, Languages Coordinator, Pimpama Campus
King's has been working hard to provide all students with the content they need, to be able to enjoy an engaging learning experience within the constraints of remote study. Our students are very savvy with using technology, and moving to a digital platform for learning has been a fairly smooth transition. We have provided a range of age-specific applications and programs so that our students have access to learning activities created by King's, as well as by other reputable education providers.
Our King's high school students dressed in their sports uniforms on Wednesday and participated in Microsoft Teams class trials from home. These valuable sessions helped us test this group video chat platform and resolve any issues, so that we can utilise Teams for virtual classrooms, if required. Students and teachers enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with one another and the feedback was very positive. We want to thank our King's parents for supporting the trials, and also remind you to refrain from viewing the camera or screen during any Microsoft Teams school sessions, due to child protection issues. Please remind your children that they must be in their King's sports uniforms, and located in a public setting at home, for any future Teams school sessions. High School students have also been continuing with their assigned class work via Compass.
With the support of families, students from Pimpama Prep to Year 4 have been using their learning booklets and online learning apps to continue with their On-Going Learning Plan. Years 5 - 6 have had their iPads to continue working on their assigned work in Compass. Class Teachers across the Primary School also released some short and sweet 'check-in' videos to each of their classes this week. These can be found on Compass under each of the year level group pages.
We have also been working on a detailed Digital Handbook for all parents and students, with information about ongoing digital learning at King's, should this be required by the Government in Term 2. This will be released to parents very soon.
We understand this is a challenging time for everyone as we navigate a new way of doing things, in order to abide by the restrictions imposed by the current health crisis. King's is here to support families wherever possible and we are regularly adding useful information to Compass for you and your children. We look forward to sharing the Digital Handbook with you very soon, which will clarify how the College intends to proceed with a high-quality online learning experience for King's students in future, if required.
Our IT Support team is also available to help parents with issues relating to Compass, Parent Lounge or other school systems.Contact IT Support
King’s Christian College Pimpama had outstanding success in the first round of the Gold Coast Debating Competition at St Stephen’s College on Wednesday night. All four teams had wins! This is an impressive result and is testament to the hard work and resilience the students have displayed in the build-up to this round—especially in their final preparation.
The topic was ‘The Royals are still Relevant.’ All speakers spoke well and many students who were new to debating obtained invaluable experience. The teams were well supported by parents and siblings.
|KCP1 (NEG) beat St Stephen's College 1|
|Team:||Emma Cooper, Mickaela Hunter, Ellis Petrucci|
|KPC2 (AFF) beat AB Paterson College 2|
|Team:||Taylyn Birch, Anika Heng, Harri Kharel|
|KPC 3 (NEG) beat Rivermount College 1|
|Team:||Miya Barrientos, Grace Browning, Naomi Sweeney|
|KPC 4 (AFF) beat AB Paterson College 3|
|Team:||Jacob Millar, Emmanuel Mina Montalvo Wu, Jamie Nicholson|
In Term 1, all Project Based Learning (PBL) teams were challenged with the problem statement: How can we, as readers of narrative texts, create stories so that our peers can recognise and appreciate when moments matter?
The final assessment or project required students to create a narrative that explored a protagonist’s defining moment and the effect that this defining moment had on their life. The culminating event was a ‘reading festival’ where all students read a published anthology of every team’s narratives. Congratulations to all of our Year 7 students on producing such wonderful stories and anthologies.
The Year 8 students were also required to write a narrative for their final project.
Their problem statement was: How can we explore texts and write quality narratives so that we can effectively participate in a celebration of cultural diversity with our peers?
The final assessment required students to create a narrative that celebrated diversity by using specific cultural and festival details. The students' completed narratives were set in a variety of exciting cultural festivals such as the Diwali Lights Festival, La Tomatina, Holi Festival, and the Harbin Ice Festival.
The culminating event was a multicultural festival where students read their work to spell-bound audiences of their peers who marvelled at their exciting narratives, colourful costumes, interesting props, and tantalising food. Congratulations to all of our Year 8 students. You all did a fantastic job!
As homes evolve into hybrid work, fun, learn and play spaces, members of the King's Cheer Squad are making great use of their lounge rooms. Cheer students have continued to practice in private and rehearse their routines online with the help of the instructors. "I love that I can still practice my Cheerleading at home; it’s so fun in my lounge room and I love the exercise," says Year 3 student, Amelia Saad.
The Cheer Coordinator, Angela Hicks, is providing her students with recorded video training, instructional programs and fun activities and games. "Not too much but enough to keep students engaged in their training with a focus on keeping them active," said Mrs Hicks.
The Cheer Coordinator has also posted photos and fun messages on the King's Cheer private Facebook page, such as how to learn to do a bridge ... but she has reminded students to tidy up their rooms first!
For more information about King's Cheerleading, please email them directly:Email King's Cheer Squad
Hundreds of our King’s Dance Academy (KDA) students have been able to keep up their dance lessons this term thanks to our passionate KDA teachers, who acted quickly to produce a series of fun and interactive virtual lessons each week for every dance genre at King's.
These lessons have been a very popular pastime among our students, who have been sharing their photos with the King’s Dance community, and for this newsletter. Parents and families have also been invited to participate, with a few brave mums and siblings taking up the challenge and getting to experience firsthand what happens in KDA lessons.
During these challenging times, KDA wanted to bring some fun into the home as they created a new way of learning dance and drama at King’s. The teaching team have been thrilled to receive so much positive feedback and Director, Miss La Toya, commented that ‘KDA teachers love knowing we can provide something the students love doing in the safety of their homes, keeping some normality at this hard time.’
Thanks KDA for passionately keeping our students moving and grooving!
KOSHC is running another fun-packed vacation care program during the Easter holiday period. Due to the current circumstances, some of the program's planned days have changed. Please download our revised holiday program and booking form (right) for more details.
Book your children in via the iParentPortal app or complete and return the booking form.
For more information please contact the team directly on (07) 5522 0544 or mobile 0411 483 363 or view the Vacation Care page on Compass.
A visual way to teach social distancing at Pimpama Campus came into effect last week.
The 'Practice Pineapples' were for students and staff to familiarise themselves with the safe social distancing concept now in force in our communities. Pineapples were strategically been placed 1.5m apart in front of the canteen and on a walkway in the playground.
Red practice dots have been placed at the entrances of classrooms and on deck planks in front of the demountable classroom bag racks.
As part of the visual learning, cryptic messages were left on classroom whiteboards and students were challenged to look for all the hidden dots in school.
Our college reception has four large dots signifying the total number of people that can safely wait in the area. The counter has also become a no-touch zone. Handing out late arrival and early departure slips has also been suspended at this time to avoid hand-to-hand contact.
The College aims to educate the children and community in a fun and visible way, without leaving them fearful.
Mrs Oswald also commented, “Red spots like Jesus' blood. We are covered by His blood and have authority in His name.”
By Mrs Nemo
Please note that some of the photographs and videos featured in this issue of the newsletter were taken prior to the Australian Government's Social Distancing protocols coming into effect. King's Christian College are following all Social Distancing protocols across our ongoing College operations.