|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
Congratulations Zeth Gainfort and Faith Nicholson (middle back row) who were announced as our 2021 Primary School Captains at Pimpama and will take on important leadership roles at King's Pimpama next year. We also congratulate our 2021 Primary Student Executive Captains, Phoebe Anderson and Mitchell Garcia, who will have a valuable pastoral care role. Our Primary Leadership Captains Joshua Hambleton and Lacie Barnes will be responsible for coordinating the Peace-Keeping program and activities to enhance school spirit, while our House Captains will help build a strong community and present ideas as a voice for our Primary student body. They are Bailey White and Lily Flaskas (Finney House), Eli Kiely and Sienna Cardwell (Newton House), Elias Flancia and Charliee Owens (Rayleigh House) and Mason Mower and Fai Sapinoso (Tyndale). Chess and Cheer will be represented by Caitlyn Howe and Kirra Morrell respectively.
This year's Maths Olympiad was a huge opportunity for Year 5 and 6 students to grow in their mathematics skills. It was extremely challenging for me and my fellow classmates. I was very proud of my results, seeing that it was the most challenging mathematics I have ever completed. It was also great to see that every student improved across the 3 separate competition rounds that we participated in.
Maths Olympiad was a great way to sharpen my thinking and stretch my problem solving ability. These tests, which are a set of five problems to be solved in 30 minutes, use real life situations so that they are relatable and easier to understand. Some people do not get opportunities like this to grow and to go deeper into problem solving so I am very grateful that I got to be a part of this wonderful experience.
Think you're up for the challenge? Have a go at this brain bender!
A, B, and C are different non-zero digits. The product of two 3-digit numbers, ABC x CBA, has the least possible value. What is the value of that product?
Lacie Barnes - Year 5
“The Math Olympiad was awesome, I really enjoy maths and it was great to be challenged. I’m really happy with my results." Noah Saad - Year 5
Congratulations to the students in Years 4 - 6 who participated in the Write a Book in a Day Competition, in aid of the Kids' Cancer Project. This team's Book "Aussie Zoo" won Best Illustrated Book in the QLD/NT and the National divisions.
The Year 6 Cohort had a blast performing their Jerusalema Dance for the rest of the school during morning tea break as a flash mob. During Term 4 the cohort regularly practiced and raised their confidence to perform in public. Well done Year 6 students! We wish you future success as you graduate to High School.
An intercampus video about the Primary School's Creative By Design, for our families to enjoy:
The Prep students enjoyed their excursion to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. They were welcomed by friendly staff and had the whole park to themselves, which was a treat. The Preps were fascinated with the ‘Pelican and Eels’ feeding show, followed by a picnic on the grass. Then they walked past the koalas and Tasmanian devils, through the tunnel and up the hill.
"We arrived for a show where we met ‘Biggles’, the beautiful possum, and saw some amazing flight birds," said the Preps with enthusiasm.
‘Hog Boss’, the big croc, was very large and in disguise but they all spotted him!
At the Animal Hospital, they saw a sick koala and the vets were helping it. The Preps ended their journey by feeding and patting the red and grey kangaroos. They were very friendly and they even saw some cute little joeys too.
Our Year 6 students switched their school uniforms for gorgeous dresses and smart attire on Thursday night, to enjoy a night of celebration at their Year 6 Graduation. The excited cohort were ushered into the auditorium for a memorable evening of dinner, entertainment and fun with their friends. It was disappointing that parents could not stay for the formal ceremony this year, but the students still made the most of their special occasion.
The annual event marks an important milestone in the Year 6 students' school journey as they prepare to leave Primary School for the final time and embrace their new role as High School students. The night was celebrated by the journey they have been on since babies to become the graduating Year 6 class of 2020. Dressed to impress and displaying their best behaviour, the Year 6 cohort made their parents and the College very proud of the incredible young men and women they are becoming, and we pray for their continued success throughout their High School years.
Students from all of Year 7 English classes were lucky to be given the opportunity to read their created children's picture books to the Year 4 students. The Year 4 students were captivated by the enthralling stories and colourful illustrations. The reading session was the Culminating Event for this term's PBL unit. The picture books are contemporary adaptations of historical Australian poems.
On Friday 13 November, High School held their Awards Assembly. 2020 has certainly been a different year, yet there is still so much to be celebrated. We are very proud of the achievement of all of our students during what has been a trying and testing year on many levels.
The ceremony commenced with the Sports Awards and recognised our most valuable players for our inter-school sporting competition this year. Sportsperson of the 15 Years and Under category was presented to Emily Clark and Sportsperson of the 12 Years and Under category went to Leilani Ngaoire. Congratulations to all of the students who received sports awards this year.
Academic Honours awards were next to be presented. It was so pleasing to see the number of students who were recognised for their hard work and dedication to their studies throughout Semester 1 this year. 27 students received either a Gold, Silver or Bronze Honour. With restrictions in place for much of Semester 1, limiting what was on offer to students, there were no Cultural, Service or Sporting Honours for the Semester. It has been pleasing to see these opportunities starting to open up to students throughout Semester 2 and we are looking forward to seeing our students get recognised for their commitments in these areas next year.
Lastly, we recognised the students who received awards from our Celebration Evening earlier this term. Students were awarded with a variety of awards including Outstanding, Consistent Commitment to Academic Studies, Outstanding Service, Excellence in Music and The Michael Crandon Dedicated Commitment Award. I would like to congratulate Nisa Ahsani Iravani, Dux of Year 7, and Taylyn Birch, Dux of Year 8.
Our most prestigious award winners for Christian Character from Year 7 went to Naomi Sweeney and Louis Emmanuel Mina Montalvo Wu, and from Year 8, Amelia Keeley and Samuel Moonen.
I am pleased that we were able to recognise our students for their efforts this year. The only element that was missing was being able to celebrate with our families. Thank you parents, guardians and caregivers for your endless support of your students through what really has been a tough year for them. We took plenty of photos on the day and look forward to being able to share these with you in this article.
Mrs Pepeita Hamilton
High School Coordinator
A word of encouragement for all of our students: Strive for excellence.
High School students enjoyed a pizza Christmas lunch event during second break as the final fundraiser for 2020. The money raised from purchasing individually wrapped pizzas went to providing funds for Christmas hampers for those less fortunate. Students got into the spirit of Christmas by dressing up, and fun games were organised by the chaplains.
Parents and students touring the new High School building.
High school families got a sneak peak at the new high school building before the end of Term 4. Parents and students were delighted to see the next phase in the College's masterplan come to life. The new building features 12 new classrooms, a large dance studio, two science labs and two mini breakout rooms. Each classroom offers flexible spaces for dynamic learning for both students and teachers.
Finney House won the Swimming Carnival for the third year in a row.
What a fabulous day was had at the Nerang Aquatic Centre on Wednesday with the Year 3 - Year 8 students. This was the last all-school Swimming Carnival.
In 2021, the Year 7 to 9 students will compete in their very first High School Swimming Carnival in week 2 of Term 1.
Finney threw out the challenge to the other three houses early in the day by winning the war cry with a powerful and energetic performance, and they continued their dominance throughout the day.
1st: Finney 894 points
2nd: Tyndale 679 points
3rd: Newton 670 points
4th: Rayleigh 659 points
The record breaking primary students
An outstanding number of 39 records tumbled throughout the day by some very strong swimmers.
Congratulations to brother and sister swimmers - Sienna Mower for setting three new records and Mason Mower who achieved the highest number of new records by setting eight on the day.
Brother and sister swimming duo took home 11 new records at the 2020 King's Pimpama Swimming Carnival.
Year 8 student, Ella Burden, broke six new records while Grant Garcia set four new records in the Age 13 division. Other outstanding swimmers were Xyra Sapinosa, Sienna Marshall, Elias Flancia and Taylor Caldwell.
These two dynamic and powerful swimmers took home 14 new records at the King's Pimpama Swimming Carnival for 2020. Congratulations Mason and Ella.
In the Age 14 division eight Foundation Records were set by three swimmers. Congratulations went to Emily Clark, Joshua Day and Judson Gainfort for their outstanding efforts.
A delayed "live steam" video of the carnival can be viewed on Compass.
This video was filmed by Year 8 student, Joel Skerman.
Congratulations to the following Age Champions who came first in their respective age group: Age 8 years - Charlotte Hope and Jackson Francis; Age 9 - Sienna Mower and Bently Tetonga; Age 10 - Faith Nicolson and Borisz Bozsoki; Age 11 - Ruby Brissett and Mason Mower; Age 12 - Kate Duckworth and Oliver Elsayed; Age 13 - Ella Burden and Grant Garcia; Age 14 - Emily Clark and Joshua Day.
The Sports Awards were held at recent assemblies and the following people were awarded for their outstanding efforts in sport during 2020:
Awarded to the student who has gained the highest level of representation for their chosen sport and/or has demonstrated commendable success across a breadth of sports.
15 Years and Under
12 Years and Under
|Emily Clark||Leilani Ngaoire|
Regional Netball - Leilani Ngaoire
Regional AFL - Victoria McElhinney
Regional Swimming - Mason Mower
Regional Softball - Emily Clark
Awarded to the student who not only demonstrates a very high level of skill and teamwork, but has consistently contributed to the development of the team and displayed outstanding qualities of sportsmanship.
Junior Girls - Charlie Miller
Junior Boys - Joshua Phipson
Senior Girls - Fatima Sapinoso
Senior Boys - Kaydden Baylis
Junior Girls - Myra Patching
Junior Boys - Kingston Ngaoire
Senior Girls - Ava Maris
Senior Boys - Zach Rankin
Junior Girls Blue - Adele Hay-Batchelor
Junior Girls Green - Charlise Hamilton
Senior Girls Blue - Nicole Tiaiti
Senior Girls Green - Seina Beyan
Junior Boys - Ryan Van Driel
Senior Boys Blue - Zorian Tan
Senior Boys Green - Samuel Watkin
Junior Girls Blue - Ruby Burns
Junior Boys Blue - Ryan Smal
Senior Girls Blue - Rebecca Iman
Senior Boys Blue - Kye Harrison
Junior Girls Green - Sienna Jessop
Junior Boys Green - Nathan Samuel
Senior Girls Green - Sienna Cardwell
Senior Boys Green - Isaac Chen
Year 7 Boys - Thomas O'Connor
Year 8 Boys - Kristian Meuwesen
Year 7/8 Girls - Azaria Newsham
Year 7/8 Boys A - Ryan Farcau
Year 7/8 Boys B - Jacob Millar
Year 7/8 Girls A - Adella Caruso
Year 7/8 Girls B - Ella Jessop
Year 7/8 Boys A - Joshua Day
Year 7/8 Boys B - Jamie Nicholson
Year 7/8 Girls Milly Keeley
Year 7/8 Boys Jody Samuels
Year 7 Girls A - Leilani Ngaoire
Year 7 Girls B - Ella-Rose Hamilton
Year 8 Girls A - Ayla Garaty
Year 8 Girls B - Allegra Morrow
King's has partnered with Happy Families as part of the College's ongoing commitment to wellbeing. Every King's family now has access to their own Happy Families Premium Membership, which provides a range of valuable resources to help our community flourish. These annual memberships are usually $170 each, but all of our families are now being offered these FREE for the next 12 months. Their online library of resources offers practical help with common parenting issues, as well as live monthly webinars with Dr Justin Coulson, and weekly 'Lighten the Load' tips.
King's had the pleasure of hosting Dr Justin Coulson at our Reedy Creek and Pimpama campuses last week, where he provided some practical wellbeing advice to students. Dr Coulson earned his PhD in Positive Psychology and is a successful author, radio announcer, sought-after speaker and father of six daughters. During the sessions with all of our Years 5 - 10 students, he shared five of the best ways they can increase their own wellbeing. These included more connectedness with others, physical activity (especially in nature), slowing down and taking notice, loving learning, and being generous. Dr Coulson's engaging and entertaining presentation style ensured the auditorium was buzzing with laughter and energy, as he delivered a memorable message on a timely topic.
On Tuesday evening, Dr Coulson hosted a live webinar especially for King's parents from all three campuses. Many parents joined online and received valuable tools to help them increase happiness, connection and wellbeing within their family unit. We received a lot of encouraging feedback from parents following the webinar, who learned so much from the session. The webinar was recorded and is available via the button below.View Dr Coulson's King's Parent Webinar
Roadworks and resurfacing the Gainsborough Greens entrance, drive-through and rear parking areas will be happening from Monday 30 November to Monday 14 December, 2020. The bitumen will be laid on Monday 7 December. This entrance and area will be closed and out of bounds. All visitors should enter the campus at the main entrance at 198 Pimpama Jacobs Well Road.
The carpark directly in front of the Auditorium will also be closed due to road works during the course of the holidays. Parking will be available in front of the Early Learning Centre.
In addition to these site works, further road works near the main entrance will also be taking place. A detour to access the school, while a culvert is being installed, will be in place at the main entrance.
Please be mindful of these changes and drive safely on campus.
King's Early Learning and KOSHC are taking bookings for vacation care in the upcoming Christmas holidays.
|Vacation care available:||Monday, 30 November - Friday, 18 December|
Monday, 11 January - Wednesday, 20 January 2021
|Age range:||Kindy, Pre Prep and Early Primary|
|Cost:||$96 per day|
|Bookings:||Please call Jodie at King's Early Learning to check availability on (07) 55877665.|
Book via email/Compass, or collect a paper booking form from the Early Learning Centre reception
|Vacation care available:||Monday, 30 November - Friday, 18 December|
Monday, 4 January - Monday, 25 January 2021
|Age range:||Primary: Prep - Year 6|
|Cost:||$60 ($80 on excursion days)|
|Bookings:||Complete the New Enrolments Form and email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|KPC Holiday Program:||Download Christmas Vacation Program|
|New enrolments:||Register here|
KOSHC's exciting program for primary-age children includes a foam party, a Christmas 'bake off', 'Movies & Maccas', laser tag, a Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary excursion and so much more. For further information, please contact KOSHC:
On the last day of Term 4, every King's student received their copy of our 2020 Kaleidoscope yearbook. If your child was not at school to collect their copy, please visit the Reception before the 18 December or in the new year to ensure you do not miss out.
A big thank you to our Class Coordinators for 2020. An afternoon tea was a small way for the College to say thank you for your help this year. We would also like to thank everyone who has been a parent helper this year. Your support and love is truly appreciated. We wish everyone a very blessed and joyous Christmas and happy New Year.
The Primary Class Coordinator Program has been running at King's for a number of years, with the aim of building stronger family connections in each classroom and across the broader college community. Each primary class has a Class Coordinator parent, who volunteers their time to support the teacher and organises ways for parents to get to know one another. New families join King's every year and find it particularly valuable to have someone they can go to who helps them become acquainted with other parents and find out more about the idiosyncrasies of school life. The College appreciates these amazing volunteers who play an integral part in shaping the caring, inclusive community that we strive for at King's.
2020 has been an unusual year in the life of this program as parent engagement and social events have remained very limited. However, our Class Coordinators have remained actively involved in supporting parents and teachers remotely to ensure their class parents are informed and connected in our school community.
We are seeking expressions of interest from any primary parent who would like become a 2021 Class Coordinator. Once classes are decided early next year, we will be able to allocate these roles. If you are interested, please complete the form below:
Express Your Interest in Being a 2021 Class Coordinator
Further to some wonderful results in Semester 1 for our students with AMEB, the Instrumental Music department at King’s continues to see our students achieving great results with a wide variety of musical instruments being undertaken, played and performed.
Students are encouraged to participate in formal Music examinations, which are usually undertaken through AMEB or Rockschool. As we know, this year has certainly created some challenges for students to sit an exam with the COVID restrictions. However, students have adapted to the changes and have still been able to sit for their AMEB or Rockschool exam.
Congratulations to all of these students who rose above the challenges to participate, pass their most recent exam, and achieve these great results. Thanks too to their amazing Teachers.
Violin: Teacher Mr Ryan Chislett
Mikaela Hunter - Year 8- Grade 2 exam: Result Pass (C)
Amy-Lee Smal - Year 6-Grade 1 exam: Result Pass (C)
Drums: Teacher Mr Danny Lee Drums
One of our students did his debut drums exam online through Rock School, achieving a high result.
Michael Bereznai - Year 1-Entry Level 3 Exam Result: Distinction
Piano: Teacher Mrs Angela Lubbe
The following students completed their AMEB P-Plate book one piano examinations in October this year:
Allyvia Flancia (Year 1)
Morgan Soetomo (Year 2)
Nathan Samuel (Year 4)
The P-plate examinations are introductory non-graded assessments usually done after they have completed their beginner tutor books. They prepare students for the formal music examinations that follow. The students all received pleasing comments about their playing which bodes well for future AMEB examinations and their path to becoming skilled musicians.
We are looking forward to welcoming our students back in the New Year, seeing new faces, and having a wonderful instrumental music year in 2021 in our new classroom.
Mr Lindsay Genge
Instrumental Music Coordinator/Multi Campus