|TERM 3 2020 IMPORTANT DATES|
|Thursday, 17 September||Last Day Term 3|
|Tuesday, 6 October||First Day Term 4|
The winners of the Pimpama Primary House Spirit Photography Competition are:
Lily Flaskas - Finney (Yr 5)
Pithie Family - Tyndale [Sam (Yr 8), Madison (Yr 5) & Imogen (Yr 3)]
We look forward to handing out the Zarraffas Coffee Pimpama prizes to the top two prizes soon.
The Saad family for their war cry entry
The younger Pimpama King’s students are continuing to adapt well in Term 2 with the many changes that have been required of them during this challenging time and for the current “new normal” we are all facing. One such change has been parental access to the classroom and school grounds.
Currently, parents do not have routine access to school grounds and this can be an emotional time for the younger students, as well as their parents.
When all students return on Monday 25 May, the school access measures will continue until further notice. Thank you to parents for ensuring physical distancing measures are upheld on campus.
The Pimpama Prep teachers would like to say congratulations to the prep students on how well they are saying goodbye to Mum and Dad at the drop off, Kiss and Go zones. "The Prep students are confidently walking to their classrooms with a friend or teacher, settling back into their school routine and happily engaging in all the various activities each day," says Prep teacher, Mrs Bruneau.
King’s parents are required to continue to use the marked drop-off zones when dropping off and picking up their children.
Please note that temperature checking will continue with staff temperature testing every person (students, staff, visitors) coming on to school grounds. Anyone with an elevated temperature will be asked to leave the premises. For the health of our whole community, please do not send your children to school if they are unwell.
Mrs Bracic's Year 3 students who were studying online made posters for a DT Poster task about Covid-19.
Year 3PB Madeleine Bland's interpretation:
The virus is visualised in the middle. There is a dark blue layer around the virus, meaning that the situation feels daunting and scary and like a lot to deal with. Around that is a rainbow, which repesents hope; hope that our world will get back to a more normal way of life, hope that the virus will not affect any loved ones, hope that Jesus 'has our backs'.
The following poster was submitted by Imogen Pithie, also in 3PB:
King’s have implemented a number of important measures to ensure that the College libraries remain healthy places for students to cultivate their love of literature. For the last month, every book returned to the library has been quarantined for seven days then thoroughly sanitised, before going back on the shelf. All library surfaces, including furniture and photocopiers, are routinely disinfected throughout the day, to ensure that they are free from unwanted germs. Cushions have been removed for now, and chairs have been repositioned to ensure safe physical distancing within our library spaces.
The College’s Mobile Library Service commenced in the first week of the Easter holidays as a safe and convenient initiative for King’s families to be able to borrow books, without the need to enter the school grounds. The service is continuing throughout Term 2 and parents can simply email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org, including the student’s name and year level, and one of our librarians will select 10 books, based on the student’s recent loans. They will arrange a date and time to meet at our drop off zone with the books, which can then be returned to the same location, using the Library Book Returns bin. This popular service has been enjoyed by over 116 students to date, and is just one of the many innovative ways our College are helping students continue with their learning.
Two Year 8 students, Ellis Petrucci and Kristian Meuwesen, share their online learning experiences as part of this week’s English assignment.
Video calls, quiet breaks, and fun, whole classroom chats. This is what we’ve been experiencing through this whole time of online learning.
At first, I was extremely reluctant and unenthusiastic about it. The thought of coming to school and not being able to see my friends, or barely anyone for that matter, did not abide well in my mind. However, after the first day, I was completely eager for more. Not only do the quieter classrooms and fewer kids help me get more work done, but the discussions that we all get involved in and the more one-on-one chats with new people help me to have a surprisingly enjoyable experience.
Another bonus is the extra 10-minute breaks between lessons, which are a big relief to all of us! Through the online learning stage, I have also become closer to more select individuals who I would’ve never hung out with before, and class times are now extraordinarily fun because of the humorous conversations that we occasionally all engage in!
Even though there are some downsides, like not being able to instantly call on a teacher for help or being able to get peer feedback, it’s been a pleasant, yet unusual time that I wouldn’t mind experiencing again (under better circumstances of course!).
- Ellis Petrucci, Year 8
Online learning for me was definitely a step out of my comfort zone, as I am always used to the teacher being there to help anytime, which I am sure I’m not the only one.
A few challenges that I faced would be needing to know how to do something and asking my questions on the social stream and having to wait for my answer. Of course, at times, technology did not always work the way I wanted it to and learning how to receive digital or recorded feedback was certainly strange. The struggles at times left me feeling behind.
Coming into school has made it a bit easier to do my work at school though, as I can still see some of the teachers and I have found some friends at school that I work really well with that I didn’t see before the online learning. Altogether, the past few weeks have been tough and new, but I have really enjoyed them, and they have helped me realise who I can work with and still get the assessment done more productively.
- Kristian Meuwesen Year 8
King's Pimpama families have the opportunity until the end of this week, 22 May, to access the King's Skipperoos Instructional Videos and Skills Guide for FREE.
Skipping is great for both boys and girls! It improves coordination (good for your brain) and its fun and rewarding to learn a new skill.
Please click here for more information.
If you have any further questions, please contact Learne Hawkins - King's Skipperoos Co-ordinator.
A few fun skipping photos from the Preps who were learning to skip in Term 2.
King's Academic Scholarship exam will take place on Saturday, 6 June, 2020, for any student who will be studying in Years 4 - 12, in 2021. We welcome scholarship applications from current students, or those wishing to enrol in King's Christian College next year. Please read the Scholarship flyer for more information, or complete a Scholarship Application Form before Thursday, June 4, via the button below.
Visit our Scholarship page to complete an application
With winter season approaching, we encourage King's families to ensure they have the correct winter uniforms for students. Please refer to your relevant Parent Handbook on Compass for the College's winter uniform requirements, including the correct use of High School ties and blazers, and sports jackets/track pants.
We invite you to join the King's Uniform Buy, Swap, Sell Facebook group to source or sell second-hand uniforms, or visit our uniform shop in person or online.Join our King's Uniform Buy, Swap, Sell Facebook Group Order New King's Uniforms Online
For 3 years now, Bible Society has been engaging young families in our Bibles for Bubs program. We are delighted to announce that applications are now open for babies who were born in 2019.
Each baby registered will receive a beautiful toddlers Bible, 5 years’ worth of birthday cards and other little gifts and then when they turn five, they’ll receive a complete children’s edition of the Bible that we hope will support them through their primary school journey. With each birthday card, we also send a parents guide with suggestions for mums and dads on how to have a family Bible reading time and engage their little one with faith based activities.
This program is our gift to each child, absolutely free. No hidden catches. No obligations.
Due to the overwhelming response we have received so far, we have now extended the program to offer participation to 3000 babies.
Numbers are filling up fast, so don’t miss out!
We’d love to encourage you to share this program with the families in your ministry and let them know that they are welcome to share it with their friends too!
Find out more:Bibles for Bubs
This term the Chaplaincy Department have had a lot of fun creating eChapels for Primary and High School. Primary School have loved the Bible Ninja theme, all about turning to the Bible as the first defence.
The Chaplains will soon be starting their new theme, “Prayer Power!”, teaching about the power of prayer. The High School have been exploring the theme “Close at Hand”, a reminder that God is never far from us.
They have also loved being able to create daily devotionals to help students continue to grow in their spiritual journey even when they are away from their normal classroom devotions and chapels.
There is still plenty more silliness and goodness to come, as eChapels and devotions will continue until the end of the term. School has certainly not been the same without everyone here and the Chaplains can’t wait to greet all the students as they return. They have been praying that students have been encouraged in their walk with God through these videos!
Here is a sneak peek of their pop up studio where all of the filming for the eChapels for is done!
From the Chaplaincy Department
What started as a crush on a Year 6 camp for Prep teacher Miss Nel and a fellow classmate, Mr Aidan McAllister, has turned into a beautiful union on 1 May 2020. Miss Nel and Mr McAllister are both former King’s students and have been friends for many years, before God brought them together.
Their ceremony was held at a beautiful Tallebudgera park. Their union was witnessed only by those closest to the newlyweds, who roamed the park in which the ceremony took place, observing from afar. Their wedding was very different from what they previously envisioned due to Covid-19.
Today, the newlyweds are thankful for the changes they had to make and could not imagine their special day being any different. Once international flights resume the newlyweds plan to Honeymoon in New Zealand.
Congratulations Miss Nel, who is now Mrs McAllister and Prep M, on her wedding day. We wish you a long and happy marriage.
On behalf of the Pimpama College Community, we would like to wish our Therapy Dog and a paw-fect friend to so many of our students a very Happy 2nd Birthday for this Thursday 21 May 2020.
Misty, an Australian Shepherd dog, joined the family at King’s Christian College just under a year ago and in her short few 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.
Seen here with Misty at the beginning of the year is Year 6 student, Belle Hume.