|TERM 1 2021 IMPORTANT DATES|
|Tue, 26 January||Australia Day Public Holiday|
|Wed, 27 January||First Day Term 1 for Prep, Year 7 and new High School students|
|Thu, 28 January||First Day Term 1 for students in Years 1-6 and Years 8-9|
|Thu, 4 February||Year 7-9 Swimming Carnival|
|Fri, 12 Feb February||Prep Picnic|
|Mon, 15 - Wed, 17 February||Year 7 Camp|
|Tue, 16 February||Scholarship Exams
6:00 - 7:00pm
There has been a rather large development in the High School in the past week... we are excited to announce our Middle School Leaders for 2021.
Congratulations to the first, history-making, elected Middle School Leaders for 2021 at King's Pimpama campus.
Since the middle of Term 3, students have engaged in a rigorous process that has seen them complete application forms, give a speech to their peers, participate in student voting, have staff feedback on students strengths and areas for improvement and finally an interview with the Principal and High School Coordinator in order to secure themselves a position.
We are so proud of the courage and resilience shown by all of the students who applied and engaged in this process. With so many worthy candidates, the decisions were certainly very difficult to make. My encouragement to those who are working towards leadership positions in the future is best summed up in the words of author Mark Sanburn,
“Leaders, untitled or otherwise, realize the extraordinary impact they can have on others and the world around them. They consciously choose to exercise their abilities, skills, and knowledge to help make a difference.”
Middle School Captains
Seen with Mr Meyers and Mrs Hamilton (below) are:
Captains: Allegra Morrow and Emanuel Ferisa
Vice Captain: Emily Clark
Chapel Captains: David Contador and Milly Keeley
The respective House Captains for 2021 are:
The college community would like to congratulate our 2021 King's Christian College Pimpama Middle School Leaders.
Mrs Pepeita Hamilton
High School Coordinator
The Year 1 students had an amazing day on their excursion to Paradise Country. They were introduced to various animals including koalas, snakes, emus, dingoes and many more. The students loved exploring the animal habitats, and particularly loved the kangaroos as they were allowed to sit and pat them.
The learning included understanding the external features of Australian animals and how their needs are met in their habitat. The students tasted fresh damper and burnt some energy on the Three Little Pigs playground.
The highlights of the day were patting koalas and snakes, taking a ride on the tractor around the park, watching the sheep shearing show and blocking our ears as the cowboys cracked their whips! It was a wonderful experience that brought this term's Integrated Studies unit of ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ to life!
Year 2 students visited the Beenleigh Historical Village and Museum recently. This informative excursion gave students hands-on experience of how everyday activities were conducted in the past and a deeper understanding of how technology has shaped our lives.
The students were invited into an original classroom from the 1800s where they participated in an interactive lesson with Mrs B’Have. They learned about the dreaded cane, the dunce hat and the wooden ruler knuckle smack.
Another highlight was wash day. Students scrubbed their cloths on an old-style wash board before rinsing them and pushing them through a vintage wooden hand crank clothes wringer.
There was much disbelief amongst our Year 2 students as a volunteer explained how large hand held saws were used to cut down huge trees. Each child had an opportunity to cut into a log of wood.
Comments from the students after the excursion were:
"I loved learning about how they cut trees down."
“My grandad got the cane.”
“That’s a weird looking telephone.”
“Life was so much harder in the olden days.”
“I’m glad Mrs B’Have doesn’t work at King’s!”
“Does that toilet have a flush button?”
Year 6 camp was an amazing experience. Although we weren’t able to experience the great things we planned, we had lots of fun. God blessed us with delicious food and treats, comfortable cabins and a safe area to camp.
During the activities, we learned an appreciation of nature’s beauty, respect for wilderness, each other’s strengths and conquered our fears. We learned how to be independent, have a sense of direction and how to be a self-directed learner. Not only did we grow by conquering our fears, we grew as leaders and returned home with a new sense of self-esteem and independence.
Throughout the entire camp God’s strength and courage engulfed us and we were able to accomplish so many feats that we would never have imagined we could do.
Camp was not only a heap of fun but also a time to encourage others when they were feeling down. It was incredible to see just how much a bit of courage from others can help you see through an accomplishment.
By far our most favourite part of camp was the devotions, we simply loved seeing others’ lives being changed in the course of a few hours.
It was the most perfect way to see out our final term in Primary!
Janice Park and Zach Rankin
2020 King's Pimpama Primary Captains
Year 6 students from King's Pimpama campus got a feel for High School last week with the internal High School Orientation Day. Due to COVID restrictions this year, only the King's students were permitted to attend.
The day commenced with chapel and current Year 8 students sharing high school experiences with the cohort. King's Pimpama's High School Coordinator, Mrs Pepeita Hamilton, discussed the various aspects of High School such as the House Competition and Principal's Cup, the culture of the school, the new high school building and how it would be different to Primary School. There were excited cheers from many of the students who are looking forward to their high school journey in the new building.
Miss Soper chatted to the students about the sports program while Performance teacher, Miss Bruneau, had students performing a retell of a fairytale in a minute to get students working collaboratively and thinking about subject choices available in High School. At the end of the day, the students performed their plays in front of their classmates.
The day also included a hands-on tutorial on padlocks and locker codes.
Our current Year 6 students are looking forward to sharing their newfound knowledge with all the new students who commence in the New Year.
Congratulations to the following sports teams for their wins in Round 4 in the Northern Gold Coast Association of Sport competition:
Boys Basketball Juniors and Senior teams won all their matches against LORDS in Round 4. The scores were 34-12, 32-6, 24-6, 18-12 for their four games.
Basketball Players of the Week:
Azarian Michie, Chayse Atkins, Hope Drury and Khara Getigan.
The Senior Blue Cricket Boys team won their match 104 - 41 runs while LORDS won the Junior Boys and Senior Green matches against King's.
Cricket Players of the Week:
Amir Elsayed, Jamen Andrews and Samuel Watkins
Under the coaching of Mr Ruben, three of King's four Tennis Blue players won their matches in Round 4. The Junior Girls Blue player drew her match 4-4. Mrs Strachan's Green Teams won due to LORDS forfeiting their games.
Tennis Players of the Week:
Jacob Hankinson, Jet Paterson, Kirra Morrell and Rebecca Iman.
Queensland Tennis hosted the Regional Primary Schools Cup on Friday 23 October. Games were played at the Gold Coast Seniors Tennis Centre Mermaid Waters. King's Pimpama sent three teams to compete in Red Ball, Orange Ball and Green Ball divisions.
This was a valuable opportunity for our budding tennis players to hone their skills in an all-day competition. All of our students represented themselves and the College admirably. Thank you to Mr Ruben, Mrs Garcia and Mrs Harrison for providing team management and support for our teams.
And in the words of the students:
‘I went to the inter-school tennis competition and it was the best day ever!’ Zeth 5PD
‘At the inter-school tennis comp I had a lot of fun playing with Zeth and playing tennis overall’ Noah 5PM
‘I had a blast and I played Orange Ball.’ Bailey 5PM
‘I had lots of fun on Friday. There were hard and tough games but it was always fun.’ Isaac 6PB
‘It was great to play my favourite sport with my friends and to test my abilities.’ Zac 6PB
‘My experience was amazing. At first I had regrets but then I realised playing my favourite sport for a day gave me a chance to have fun and learn.’ Christian 4PW
‘Tennis was awesome. I got to play with my favourite friends and represent the school.’ Mitch 5PD
The Girls Blue, Junior and Senior, Softball team lost to LORDS. Their scores were 28-12 and 6-2. Mrs Walker's Green Team had a bye last round.
Softball Player of the Week: Adele Hay-Batchelor
King's Pimpama won three of the four Touch matches last week. The winning teams played extremely well, scoring a total of 17 tries between the three teams. The Girls Junior team scored 9 goals to 1 against LORDS.
Touch Players of the Week:
Malachi Patterson, Andy Zheng, Shari Murphy, Phoebe Anderson, Isabelle Cooper and Kate Duckworth.
Congratulations to our students who participated in the swimming meet at the Southport Aquatic Centre this past week. Well done to Year 6 student, Kate Duckworth, for achieving three Personal Best results and to our other squad swimmers on their results.
Well done to Mason Mower in Year 5 for coming 14th out of 43 competitors at the South Coast Regional Aquathlon held at Lake Evandale in Surfer's Paradise last week. This event included a 1km run, 200m swim and 1km run.
Well done to all our sporting teams and players on these outstanding results.
After some court side tennis banter over whether students could beat their teachers in sport, Year 6 students, Mitch Garcia and Zack Rankin, wanted to see how they would go against their tennis coach, Mr Spink, in a friendly game of tennis.
Mitch and Zack, both members of the Inter Schools tennis team, strategised how they could defeat their teachers at tennis. Mr Spink needed a partner for doubles and Mr Ruben, who coaches the Friday tennis sport, was the ideal candidate.
On the day of the game, word had got around the primary school playground that Mitch and Zack would be taking on their teachers, and an encouraging group of students watched the first student vs teacher tennis match at Pimpama campus during a morning tea break.
Mr Spink and Mr Ruben played a fair game to beat the boys five games to one. The students have vowed to have a rematch and hope to reverse the score in the near future.
Who knows, this match might become a regular event on the social calendar as the students progress in their school years and sporting prowess! Let the battle continue!
World Teachers Day took place on Friday 30 October, to celebrate the bright profession of teaching. Teachers got into the groove by wearing funky sunglasses.
We chatted to some of our teachers about their roles and why they love teaching, while finding out what they love to do outside of their profession. Enjoy the read as you get to know some of our teachers who will continue to be a part of your children's, families' and communities' lives in the future:
Rachel started teaching Year 6 at Kings Reedy Creek in January 2017. She transferred to Pimpama in 2018 and was privileged to teach the first cohort of Year 6 students at our campus. In 2020, she was appointed as Lead Teacher of Year 6 students when the school transitioned from two to three classes.
Mrs Blatch says that she loves everything about teaching Year 6, “My happiest and most fun four years out of 15 years of teaching.
“The academic content is varied, engaging and challenging. Project Based Learning Culminating Events are always a highlight in which students exhibit learning to an authentic audience.
“Students demonstrate such immense growth from the beginning to the end of each year in preparation for High School. The Canberra Trip and Graduation Ceremony definitely make it a special year to teach too,” she said.
On a personal note, Mrs Blatch loves the outdoors; the beach is her happy place and she also loves hiking in the mountains.
A keen arts enthusiast, Mrs Blatch enjoys going to the theatre, whether it is a musical, ballet, opera, classical orchestra - whatever tickets she can get her hands on – she thoroughly enjoys every experience.
“I am very blessed to be part of such an amazing school - I never thought it was possible to enjoy work so much as I do until I started working at King's,” said Mrs Blatch.
"The best part of my job is most certainly the kids. They teach me as much as I hope I teach them. Their big smiles and big hugs everyday make it a joy. My teaching team also makes everyday amazing," she said.
Her favourite thing to do outside of school is to hit the beach with her fiancé and friends, and go for long walks. Miss Beveridge is happy when she is surrounded by the people she loves makes any excuse to see people if food is involved too!
"I have spent a lot of time travelling and I love organising the next holiday. I’m getting married in December so I’m looking forward to planning some holidays with my future hubby."
Her favourite Bible verse is one she tries to centre her life around: “Let everything you do be done in love.” - 1 Corinthians 16:14
"I want to leave a mark of love and kindness on the world and I believe that, as Christians, this is one of our greatest mandates. What a privilege that I am able to practice this everyday with six year olds," said Miss Beveridge.
"I started out as a primary school teacher which led to the role of Lead Teacher of Year 4 for many years. I transferred into High School the same year that the Year 7 students became a part of the high school campus," he said.
Since making the transition Mr Kearney has taught Geography, History, Business, Mathematics, Psychology and Science. Soon after teaching in the High School, Mr Kearney was promoted to a Head of Year position and he has predominantly worked with the Year 7 students as they transition into High School.
When asked about the best aspects of his job, he cited hearing the comments students make as they depart the school via the tunnel on their last day of Year 12.
"Hearing students share with you the impact you had on them to excel in a particular subject, or that you are the reason they stayed at King's, or similar comments that could relate to events that go back as far as six years ago but are still in their memory, is the best part of my job," stated Mr Kearney.
When he is not teaching you can find Mr Kearney involved in one of his many passions, such as going to the gym, hiking along the beach, exploring the hinterland on his motorbike or serving on the production team in church.
Mrs Bracic began her journey as part of the King’s family in February 2018. Due to the nature of circumstances at the time, she truly believes that God brought her here and she has never been happier in her teaching career, that spans nearly 18 years. She has enjoyed every moment of teaching Year 3 students during this time.
"The most amazing part about teaching at King’s," stated Mrs Bracic "is that I am so privileged to be able to teach the “best kids in the whole wide world”!
"I also get to work alongside such an amazing group of teachers who are not just skilled professionals, but incredibly genuine and supportive. These are the two most fundamental ingredients that make every part of my position here at King’s such an absolute blessing."
Mrs Bracic has always had a love of dancing. "I have danced since I was 3 years old, beginning with classical ballet, then moving on to learning jazz ballet and funk at primary school age, followed by hip hop dancing when I was in high school. I have really enjoyed performing to large numbers of people at venues such as the Brisbane Entertainment Centre."
As an adult, she has been lucky enough to teach dance to many students and has choreographed many school performances. "When I hear music, I’ve just got to dance! It is so good to have had the opportunity to be able to share my passion with so many people over the years; young and old," said Mrs Bracic enthusiastically.