|TERM 1 2021 IMPORTANT DATES|
|Friday, 26 February
||Year 7 and Seniors
Boys & Girls Afternoon
|Thursday, 4 March||High School YHAF BBQ Fundraiser|
|Friday, 5 March||Student Free/
Staff Development Day
|Monday, 8 -
Wednesday 10 March
|Year 7 Camp
Year 11 Camp
|Tuesday, 16 March||Years 3-6 & Years 7-12 Cross Country|
|Wednesday, 17 March||Trade Training Information Night
Lecture Theatre, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
|Thursday, 18 March||P-2 Fun Run|
|Tuesday, 23 - |
Wednesday, 24 March
|P-6 Learning Conferences|
|Tuesday, 30 March||Easter Services|
King’s 2021 College Captains, Vice-Captains, Prefects and Middle School leaders were officially inducted into their leadership roles during a formal assembly on Tuesday, 9 February. Many local Pastors attended as special guests and presented the students from their church with their leadership badges. It was also wonderful to have parents of these incumbent leaders able to attend this important event. Every Year 12 student was awarded their Senior Badge from their Heads of House, to acknowledge their historic and future contributions to the school community as our student leaders for 2021.
Reedy Creek Campus Principal, Mr Russell Meyers, addressed the assembly with some poignant advice about how to grow leadership capacity. He recommended finding a positive mentor; developing greater perspective; intentionally choosing which voice/s to listen to; and continually asking ‘What am I trying to accomplish?’
College Captains, Isaac Gallagher and Ailsa Hartley, gave their inaugural assembly speech and reinforced the importance of unity within the Class of 2021 cohort. They used the analogy of a sports team working together to achieve a common goal, and of Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 12: 18-27, where he reminds us that just as the body needs every part to operate, we all need each other to thrive and remain healthy. Ps Guy Ormerod concluded the service with a prayer of commission over all of our 2021 Year 12 students and Middle School leaders.
We pray for each of our 2021 student leaders as they grow their leadership capacity throughout the year ahead. We know that it is only through a close connection with God, as well as these important partnerships with our parents, families and local churches that we can grow outstanding Christian leaders to be influential in their generation.
High School Carnival
Congratulations to our High School swimmers who raced through sporadic downpours of torrential rain at the APS Swimming Carnival at Somerset College on Wednesday, 17 February, to achieve some fantastic results:
|Spencer Bebb||3RD Age Champion||13 years Boys|
|Lenny Beech||3RD Age Champion||14 years Boys|
|Jamie Doran||2ND Age Champion||15 years Boys|
|Brendan Crawford||3RD Age Champion||15 years Boys|
|Ciara Fay||3RD Age Champion||15 years Girls|
|Jade Sneesby||2ND Age Champion||Open Girls|
|King’s Christian College||Age Group Champions||15 years Boys|
|King’s Christian College||2ND Overall||Boys|
|King’s Christian College||5TH Overall||Boys & Girls|
Primary School Carnival
Congratulations to our top Primary swimmers who also endured showery conditions for their APS Carnival on Thursday, 18 February, to surpass some of the best swimmers from our group of eight APS schools, breaking some longstanding records and achieving the following awards:
|Knox Anderson||1ST Age Champion||9 years Boys|
|Tanyka Goode||1ST Age Champion||9 years Girls|
|Maya Zunker||1ST Age Champion||12 years Girls|
|King’s Christian College||Age Group Champions||11 years Boys|
|King’s Christian College||Age Group Champions||12 years Girls|
|King’s Christian College||3RD Overall||Boys and Girls|
|Tanyka Goode||50m Freestyle||9 years Girls|
|Maya Zunker||50m Breastroke||12 years Girls|
|Maya Zunker, Charlotte Gavenlock, |
Jessica Melo and Jada de Gelder
|200m Freestyle Relay||12 years Girls|
|Maya Zunker, Charlotte Gavenlock,
Jessica Melo and Jada de Gelder
|200m Medley Relay||12 years Girls|
Two of our talented Year 9 tennis players, Lucas Pasco and Talon Pereira, competed as doubles teammates in the annual Gold Coast Interschool Tennis Challenge last weekend. They showcased many skilful shots to successfully defeat every duo in the Middle School Boys' Division and played Palm Beach Currumbin in the finals, where they won the match 6:5 and secured the tournament trophy. This was the first time a King's team has won this event, and we congratulate our players for their great display of sportsmanship.
On Wednesday, February 10, our Year 12 cohort embarked on our last ever school camp, to the beautiful campgrounds of QCCC Mount Tamborine. With the camp theme Lead with Influence firmly in our minds, we were encouraged to focus on the King’s Foundational Values of humility, wisdom, perseverance and respect.
During the first night, we experienced an exciting taste of our formal to come, with the Garbage Bag Formal. As we focussed on the Value of ‘respect,’ the boys and girls separated to make each other gifts and discuss how we could show respect during the night. Everyone’s nerves were running high, as the males were given the shoe of a female who they would later eat with and dance with. On night two we had a Thrift Shop Night, where we dressed up as elderly people, boogied on the dance floor, and played two exhilarating rounds of Bingo for the chance to win some lucky prizes such as chips, lollies or even a toothbrush.
The rivalry between the four Houses was fierce. With our sights set on winning a place on the honourary Noel Collins’ trophy, students shed sweat and tears as we gave our all to every challenge including Egg and Spoon Races, timed obstacle courses and so much more. Feeling defeated after a tough first day, the Finney House “underdogs” came up with a dance routine that changed the game. With a fantastic rendition of “We’re All In This Together” from High School Musical, Finney put on a show that displayed unity and innocent fun. Congratulations Finney House, who were crowned our 2021 Noel Collins’ champions!
The Holy Spirit was so tangible throughout the entire camp. After hearing powerful messages from Ps Isaiah, Mr Ravell and Ps Guy at Devotions each night, many students were moved to tears, with some even dedicating or re-dedicating their lives to the Lord. It was truly beautiful to see the Chaplains and Chapel Captains anointing each student with oil, and students coming together to pray for each other in a time of openness and vulnerability. Faith seeds were planted on both nights.
The 2021 Year 12 camp was truly one to remember. Memories were made that we will all cherish and reflect on as we remember our time at King’s. We all learned so many things about ourselves and each other that have allowed us to grow so much closer as a cohort, as we collectively lead our school with humility, wisdom, perseverance and respect.
Liam Dallinger and Isla Gainfort
Year 12 Prefects
During Week 3 of Term 1, the Year 8 students travelled inland to the scenic venue of Tyalgum Ridge Retreat for their annual camp. The boys and girls were split for the majority of the time, where they alternated between activities at the base camp, the hike and the campout. Students enjoyed a variety of exciting experiences from kayaking, bike riding, rock-hopping, a waterfall hike, low and high ropes, to initiative games and archery. The cohort also went on a campout where they demonstrated strong willpower and perseverance as they trekked through the forest to reach the campout location. Along the way, the students took in the views of the beautiful surroundings and visited some special landmarks that held important Indigenous meaning. On arrival at the campout, the students worked together in their groups to assemble their tents, build a campfire, and cook the dinner they had packed in preparation. All camp activities required responsibility, bravery, adventure, and collaboration.
The single-gender devotions program took place on both nights and were run by our incredible chaplaincy staff, Danny Nicholson, Rhys Colloty, and Ashleigh Wilson. The boys' devotions were centred around the story of David and Goliath - the message that we shouldn’t wear other people’s armour and the importance of making positive life choices. The devotional theme for the girls was finding the inner gold in themselves and others, with the aim to develop healthy, positive friendships and relationships. The girls were given opportunities to share words of affirmation amongst themselves and create an atmosphere of positivity and to promote self-worth. The praise and worship was powerful and led to a large number of students dedicating their lives to God for the first time. Teachers prayed for students, and students also prayed for one another. The devotions were definitely a highlight on camp.
From the teachers’ point of view, it was a fantastic experience to see the students learn, grow and flourish in an environment where they were challenged. The sense of achievement and reward amongst the students after activities like the hike, was wonderful to see. The main purpose of the camp was to bring the students closer to God, and with the impact of the encounters during devotions, it was heartwarming to see that goal achieved.
Olivia Goodhue and Damien Alexander
Year 8 Camp Leaders
Being able to breathe life into theoretical legal studies lessons by seeing the justice system up close, is an invaluable experience. Year 11 students recently visited the criminal and civil Supreme Courts in Brisbane where one group saw how domestic violence impacts people's lives, while the other discovered that a five-year jail sentence was given to an offender who had been selling drugs in the community.
Not many people can claim to have sat in a Supreme Court Judge’s chair, but our Year 11 Legal class can. Before the court was in session, students were able to move freely around the courtroom to gauge how things look from the dock, jury box, witness box and various other perspectives. They were also given the rare opportunity to go inside the jury deliberation room and to have an incredible 40-minute discussion with a Supreme Court Judge, the Honourable Justice Debra Mullins (Appellate Court). Justice Mullins shed light on the need for better literacy to help reduce crime, and support to help reduce drug offences. She also shared insightful stories about young people who had to forgo schoolies because of their bad choices that broke the law. It was a truly memorable excursion!
Year 11 Legal Studies teacher
If your High School student would like some extra homework or assignment assistance, they can attend any of our free sessions after school at King's every Monday - Thursday from 3:15pm - 5pm, commencing Monday, 22 February.
With a new fortnight upon us, Primary school are now focusing on the next Foundational Value which is Learning with Curiosity. We will be looking at related Bible stories during our devotion times and also discussing what learning with curiosity means both inside and outside of the classroom. It has been wonderful working with our Primary students over the past fortnight as we focussed on Learning with Excellence and saw so many students regularly demonstrate this Foundational Value, not only in the way they conduct themselves by being punctual, courteous and respectful but also in their attitude and effort towards their studies. I regularly visit classrooms and am genuinely impressed by what I am seeing. Thank you parents for reinforcing these values at home. Congratulations to all of our Foundational Values award recipients from the past fortnight (pictured). I look forward to acknowledging more of you in the coming weeks as you display these important characteristics.
Head of Culture / Deputy Head of Primary
Throughout Week 4, Prep parents and grandparents were invited to visit their child's classroom to experience King's Prep Centre firsthand and see all of the exciting things that take place each day in Prep. Every Prep class had a designated Pop into Prep afternoon, to safely limit the number of adults in the Centre at once. During their visit, our special guests enjoyed a guided tour of the classroom by their child and were amazed by how much learning has already happened in the first four weeks of school. They also enjoyed participating in some interactive activities with their child and chatting with other class parents. It was wonderful to see so many smiling students as they proudly showed off their schoolwork and learning spaces.
Thank you to our King's Prep parents who were able to take time out from their busy day to attend this special event!
King's Trade Training Centre is off to a flying start this year with several students already registered for various apprenticeships and traineeships with local organisations. KTTC has 71 students enrolled across Years 10 - 12 for 2021, where they will be training in the following courses:
|Animal Studies||Auto Electrical||Automotive|
|Baking||Beauty Services||Bicycle Mechanics|
|Business Administration||Commercial Cookery||Construction|
|Early Childhood Education||Electrical||Engineering|
|Plumbing||Property Management||Retail Operations|
2021 is looking very exciting for Trade Training students!
We are excited to announce that King's parents have free access to Elevate Education’s Parent Webinar Series for Term 1, 2021. Elevate works with our students throughout the year to deliver high impact workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing and exam preparation. Their parent webinars will help you learn ways to better support your children at home as you reinforce the skills they learn at school. If you missed their last webinar on the important topic of Motivation, including some useful student motivation strategies, you can view this via the button below until Wednesday, 24 February.Watch the previous webinar: MOTIVATION
The next webinar is focussing on Time Management with strategies to help improve your child's study routine and avoid procrastination. This will be taking place on Wednesday, 24 February from 6pm - 7pm. Registration is free for King's parents but you must complete the registration link via the button below to participate.Join the next webinar: TIME MANAGEMENT
View the links below to find out more about current school-based traineeships available for Year 10 and 11 students:
|Nail Systems International - Cert III Business SBT - three job opportunities for an urgent start at Arundel, Gold Coast (1-2 days per week | Mon - Fri | 9am - 4pm). See Mrs Lubbe, Pathways Officer, if interested.|
|MEGT Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Career Hub vacancies. This Career Hub site has many tools and information for potential apprentices and trainees.|
Study for a UNSW degree at the ADF Academy and graduate as an Officer in the Australian Defence Force. Students will receive service training, while studying for their degree, and will earn a salary while learning (with no HELP debt) with a guaranteed role upon graduation as an Officer in the ADF.
Find out more by joining an online information session where you can speak with current serving military personnel and learn more about the ADF. Click the link to find out more or register:
|Gold Coaster Influencer Networking Forum||Friday, 19 February||12.00pm|
|Aust Defence Force Academy Info||Tuesday, 23 February||6.00pm|
|Aust Defence Force Academy Info||Wednesday, 10 March||6.00pm|
More information on AAFC can be found on the website www.aafc.org.au.View the Options Career Newsletter
The 'Where to Next' Hub is available on CareersEvent.com, and provides an informative Careers Hub for senior students and their parents. Visit the hub for access to tertiary webinars, upcoming events and the latest news on careers and courses.
The Inaugural National Teacher-Artist Prize is a contemporary 2D and 3D art prize sponsored by Zart. It aims to encourage, recognise and celebrate visual art's education across Australia by presenting an art prize for art teachers. The winner of the prize receives $10,000 worth of art materials for their school's art department.
One of King's incredibly talented Art Teachers and renowned artist, Rachel Favelle (Mrs Jurin), has entered a piece of her artwork entitled The Gatherers (as seen above) into this year's competition. Please show your support for Rachel and our College's Art Department, by voting for her beautiful entry. Click the link below and then enter 'The Gatherers' into the search bar to vote. Good luck Rachel!View All Entries & Vote
Did you know that our High School and Primary School Art Departments have Instagram accounts showcasing the many beautiful artworks created by our talented students? Please feel free to follow @kingscollegeart and @kingscollegeprimaryart to support our students and enjoy the visual stories from King's young artists. You may also like to share these with your family, friends and age-appropriate children!
Reminder: Compass is the College's information hub for parents and provides quick access to school communication, important services and student learning. The new and improved Compass app makes it even easier to find the information you need about school-related notices and activities from your phone. It features some exciting new functions, such as student absence notifications and online services, all designed with King's parents in mind. Each of our learning communities now has its own information hub so you can find the information relevant to your child’s year level.
COMPASS APP // TIPS FOR PARENTS