|TERM 2 2021 IMPORTANT DATES|
|Tuesday 20 April||FIRST DAY of Term 2
|Tuesday 20 -
Wednesday 21 April
|High School Partnership Evenings|
|Friday 23 April||ANZAC School Services|
|Monday 26 April||ANZAC Day Public Holiday|
|Tuesday 27 -
Thursday 29 April
|High School Production: "The Jungle Book"
6:30pm | King's Auditorium
|Monday 3 May||Labour Day Public Holiday|
|Friday 7 May||Primary Mother's Day Celebration|
|Tuesday 11 -
Thursday 13 May
|Wednesday 19 May||Trade Training Information Night|
6:30pm | Lecture Theatre
|Monday 24 -
Wednesday 26 May
|Year 10 Camp|
|Saturday 5 June||Scholarship Exams
|Monday 7 June||P-2 Athletics Carnival|
|Monday 14 -
Tuesday 15 June
|High School Athletics Carnival|
|Wednesday 16 - |
Thursday 17 June
|Years 3-6 Athletics Carnival
|Thursday 17 June||LAST DAY of Term 2|
Our Year 7s returned from their first High School camp on Wednesday, 10 March, after an amazing three days at QCCC Mapleton on the Sunshine Coast. The action-packed camp program involved adventurous challenges that increased the students' self-confidence and helped them create and develop stronger friendships for their High School journey ahead.
Our Year 11s also returned from their camp on Wednesday, 10 March, after spending three days on the picturesque shores of Lake Ainsworth, at the Recreation Centre in Lennox Head. The boys and girls headed in different directions for their camps and bonded with their peers through ‘Survivor-style' team challenges and other sea and sand-based activities, and during the time devoted to connecting with God and eachother.
Every class in Primary School has a Class Coordinator, who helps to build connection and community among the families in their class, as well as supporting the teacher at times throughout the year. Class Coordinators are busy parents themselves who generously volunteer their time in the role, and our College is incredibly grateful for all they do. Our 2021 Class Coordinators met for the first time last week where they were welcomed to the program by our Head of Primary at Reedy Creek, Mrs Payne, and learned some valuable Compass tips and tricks from our Director of IT and Innovation, Mr Galer.
If you are a new King's family and would like to get better connected, email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can put you in touch with your Class Coordinator. We also offer King's Year Level Facebook Groups as a way to connect with other King's parents.
Special thanks to our 2021 Class Coordinators for their willingness to serve this year!
Throughout Term 1, Year 3 students have been learning about the ‘Land Down Under’ by investigating Australia's States and Territories. They have used their research skills to discover facts about some of the fascinating natural and man-made landmarks around our wonderful nation, and have posed suggestions about how they can be responsible citizens and protect some of these unique creations. As part of this unit, students worked in groups to create a 3D diorama of their State, including the flag, flora and fauna emblems, and constructed a persuasive writing piece about why Australia is a great place to visit. As a result, many future holidays have been planned as our students have envisioned being able to personally visit some of their favourite geographic discoveries.
This week, the Year 2 classes took part in an investigation on Measuring Mass during mathematics using a real-life situation.
The school principal is planning to buy some new shelving for your classroom. Before she goes to the hardware shop, she needs to be sure that the shelves she chooses will be strong enough to hold your classroom equipment. She has asked your class to measure the mass of some of your classroom items. Unfortunately, your classroom measuring equipment has been lost! As a result, you will have to find another way to measure the mass of these objects.
Students worked in groups to choose informal units of measure, find five appropriate objects that could be put on a shelf and record these. They then estimated the mass of each object using informal units and used an equal arm balance to measure and then record the mass. Students used this information to order and compare their five items. It was wonderful to see the students working together to solve the problems, and having fun as they did so.
The annual South Coast Regional Swimming Championships were held on Monday, 1 March, at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. King's had 23 swimmers competing in this meet, representing the Hinterland District in their selected events. Of the 23 swimmers from our College, 18 were selected to represent the South Coast Region at the Queensland State Swimming Titles in Brisbane next week.
Congratulations to all participants, and best of luck to these elite King's swimmers who will represent their Region at the Queensland State Swimming Championships:
|Louis Bebb | Year 12|
Spencer Bebb | Year 7
Charlie Beech | Year 12
Jesse Coleman | Year 11
Brandan Crawford | Year 10
Charlize De Chhimba | Year 5
Jada de Gelder | Year 7
Jamie Doran | Year 9
Sebastine Du preez | Year 11
|Millie Entwistle | Year 12|
Ciara Fay | Year 10
Charlotte Gavenlock | Year 7
Amelia Hart | Year 6
Ethan McCullough | Year 9
Jessica Melo | Year 6
Jade Sneesby | Year 12
Maximus Truman | Year 6
Maya Zunker | Year 7
With a busy end of Term 1 upon us in High School, it is important for parents to be aware of the various assessment requirements for students:
All Year 10-12 students should be busy completing assessment items and/or studying for their exams held in Exam Block (Weeks 8-9). Exam timetables are available on each student year level page on Compass. All students need to be aware of the date, room and time of their scheduled exam. During Exam Block students only have to attend school for scheduled exams or study sessions. Students who are absent for an exam will need to provide a medical certificate and go to the High School Office upon return to school to book in for a new time for their examination.
All other assessment tasks are due via Compass by 11:59pm on the due date. Teachers may also require a hard copy to be submitted during class time. Students who are applying for an extension will need to arrange this before the due date by getting an extension form from Compass or the High School Office and submitting supporting evidence, such as a medical certificate. An extension will not be granted if not arranged before the due date.
A reminder that all Year 12 students on an ATAR pathway must pass an English subject for Unit 3 and 4 to attain an ATAR. This can be achieved in English, English as an Additional Language or Essential English.
In the QCE unit, credits are banked into each student’s learning account at the end of each unit. The implication for this is that students who are not engaged in learning and perform poorly in a number of subjects could find themselves ineligible for the QCE as early as Week 5 of Term 2. Students have been repeatedly reminded of this and will need to ensure that they are actively engaged in all classes at all times.
The Exam Block for Year 10 has concluded for the term. We would like to congratulate this cohort on how they conducted themselves during the exams. Assessment items are still being submitted so the expectation is that these senior students are still working hard in class and at home.
Changes to High School Reports
Reports are going to look different this year in High School as we further embrace the continuous reporting capabilities of Compass. This enables us to give more timely feedback on your child’s learning achievement and progress. Parents will receive an email during the school holidays inviting them to go to Compass to view their child’s academic achievements and academic mindsets.
|Years 7 - 10|
Continuous Reporting - assessment results and academic mindsets for Term 1 will be made available for each subject. As per Australian Curriculum requirements, results in each subject will be expressed as a letter grade.
|Years 11 & 12|
End of Unit Academic Report - this is a summary of your child’s academic and behavioural achievement in both Term 4 2020 and Term 1 2021. Results are expressed in percentages for General subjects and letter grades for Applied subjects.
We invite you to follow up on your child’s reports by joining us via Zoom for our Partnership Evenings on Tuesday 20 April and Wednesday 21 April to discuss your child’s progress. When reports are ready to view, parents will be emailed a link to Parent Portal which will also include the option to book a Zoom timeslot that best suits your family.
Homework is an important aspect of developing a student’s ability to apply themselves and succeed academically. Here is a general guide to the amount of time your High School student should be spending on their homework:
|Year 7||45 minutes - 1 hour per night|
|Years 8 - 9||1 - 1.5 hours per night|
|Year 10||1.5 hours per night|
|Years 11 - 12||2 hours per night|
Yes. As the term progresses, students will need to spend increasing amounts of time at home on their assignments. Class time is allocated, but most assessment items will also require additional time. Teachers often dedicate some lesson time to help students prepare for an assignment or exam, but if they waste time in class, students will need to spend more time finishing their work at home and the extra stress is self-imposed.
Procrastinating at home is also not successful. Students should position themselves in a quiet area, free from distraction (including devices). Even a short amount of time can be very productive when one is fully focused
Report time is coming up again. Like dropping leaves signalling the change of seasons, the regular arrival of reports marks the end of another term or semester. And like the change of season, we can be prompted to break out the jumpers, or to begin a spring clean, in our school experience. This is the real opportunity of reports - they provide all of us - parents, carers, students and teachers - the chance to consider how things are going, and to make any necessary changes. There is a really positive conversation that can develop at report time involving students and parents about how school has been going. And this conversation can continue at our Partnership Evenings early next term with subject teachers and other staff, if needed.
The first page of the School Report is the summary. For Years 7 - 10, there are grades. Grades matter, and A is good - actually really good. Grades of B and C are ok, but grades of D or E tell us that there is something amiss. We can then get a clearer picture by viewing each subject page. Did a particular assessment item stand out? Why was this? Are there good behaviours and approaches to studies in place, or is there work to be done in particular areas?
For Year 11 and 12, percentages are used, and, obviously, the higher the better. Anything above 80% is impressive, and a score just above 45% indicates that the standard of work is really just adequate. A mark below 45% signals that there is a problem. Again, it is possible to drill down to individual subject pages to examine individual assessment item marks and the academic mindsets that are giving rise to them.
I still have my children’s school reports at home from many years ago. They are adults now, and sometimes when they visit we read their old reports and have a chuckle together. Old reports are like photographs of the past as we remember, mostly with fondness, teachers and experiences from earlier days. But a current report is different. It is about the here and now, about being intentional, and about taking positive steps forward into the future.
Academic Performance Advisor
[The College will email parents when reports become available on Parent Portal]Access Parent Portal
Jonathan Yang graduated from King's last year with a near-perfect ATAR of 99.30 and he was happy to share his successful study techniques in the hope of helping current King's students to achieve their best.
Elevate Education work with our High School students throughout the year to deliver impactful workshops on study skills, motivation, wellbeing and exam preparation. King's parents have free access to Elevate Education’s Parent Webinar Series for Term 1, 2021 which 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 Technology: Setting Boundaries and Promoting Self-Regulation with Teens, you can view this via the button below until Tuesday, 23 March.
The next webinar is focussing on Note Taking - Helping your teen create succinct and meaningful notes for revision. This live webinar will take place on Wednesday, 24 March 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: NOTE TAKING
NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy - essential skills that each child needs to succeed in school and life. The NAPLAN tests are designed to help us make sure students are on track in their literacy and numeracy development. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in NAPLAN tests for reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
From 11-13 May, 2021, our school will participate in these national examinations. NAPLAN is a point-in-time assessment that allows you to see how your child is progressing in literacy and numeracy, against the national standard and compared with their peers throughout Australia. For our teachers, NAPLAN provides additional information to support professional judgement and student progress, learning and additional areas for future focus. The College will continue to sit paper-copy examinations this year but will shift to online testing in 2022.
All students are expected to participate in NAPLAN. However, if you have a philosophical objection to NAPLAN and decide it is in your child’s best interest not to participate, as you believe your child may suffer excessive stress or other adverse effects, then you have the right as a parent to withdraw your child.
If you wish to discuss your child not participating, please email the relevant staff member:
Thank you to those who were able to join us for the inaugural Compass app webinar on Monday, 8 March. It was great to be able to share some top tips for parents regarding our new and improved app.
The response from parents who have recently learned to sync the College calendar with their iPhone/ Android calendar is that it so helpful being able to see all of their relevant King's events on their own personal calendar. 'It has saved me so much time and means I can be more organised with all of my children' school activities,' one parent commented. The College calendar that appears on your digital calendar is personalised to your relevant year levels, and automatically updates King's events in your calendar if any dates or details change. Syncing your King's Calendar on your phone is fairly simple and you can follow the step-by-step instructions here.
You may remember that King's consulted parents about our College 'Compass' app in October last year, as a way to help us build a better app experience for College families. Using your valuable feedback, we upgraded the app at the start of the 2021 school year.
Please complete our survey about the New Compass App before Friday, 26 March, for your chance to win a new King's softshell jacket - available from the Uniform Shop very soon!Compass Survey Link View the Compass Help Centre for more tips
The Creative Edge Training Salon is based at King's Trade Training College on our Reedy Creek campus, and offers a range of low-cost barbering, and hair and beauty services with their training students. The Salon is currently offering 50% off men's hair cuts and beard trims to all King's parents and staff, until the end of April.
|Men's Haircut||$7.50 (50% off)||Normally $15|
|Beard Trims||$7.50 (50% off)||Normally $15|
|Face Shaves||$7.50 (50% off)||Normally $15|
These discounted appointments are only available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 9.30am - 2.00pm (closed for Easter on Tuesday 6 - Wednesday, 7 April).
Phone: 07 5587 7676 to book and please mention the special.Visit the Creative Edge Training Salon website
King's Outside School Hours Care (KOSHC) are now taking Vacation Care bookings for the Easter school holidays this April. KOSHC is run from their centre near the King's Church auditorium, and the exciting upcoming program includes Easter-themed fun, Inflatable World and Paradise Country excursions, go karting, Aerial Angels, Disney and Donuts, and so much more!
|Vacation Care||Places are limited so please book via the method below|
|Age range||Primary: Prep - Year 4 students
Youth: Year 5 students and above
|Cost||$60 ($80 on excursion days)|
|Bookings||Download and complete the Primary Booking Form or Youth Booking Form, and email it to email@example.com|
View the links below to find out more about current school-based traineeships available for Year 10 and 11 students:
|MEGT Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Career Hub vacancies. This Career Hub site has many tools and information for potential apprentices and trainees.|
|Reece Group - Positions are currently available for Year 11 students to partake in a Certificate II in Warehousing Operations (TLI20419) at the following stores (click location to apply): Reece Bundall | Reece Mermaid Beach|
|Gold Coast Navy Day (click to register)|
Meet Officers and experience some of the operations and equipment that help protect Australia's open waters, while learning about the exciting roles available. Try the immersive VR kit — an interactive experience where you can jump out of a helicopter then tour a Navy Submarine.
Location: Mermaid Beach Community Centre, 2439 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
|Saturday 27 March, 2021||Choose an hour session from 11am – 4pm|
More information on Australian Airforce Cadets can be found on the website www.aafc.org.au.
Australian National University's Tuckwell Scholarship Program is one of the most transformational undergraduate scholarship programs in Australia, offering 25 talented school-leavers an opportunity to study at ANU. Scholars are selected on the basis of intellect, character, leadership, and their commitment to Australia.
To apply for a Tuckwell Scholarship, students must:
The ANU Direct Application asks applicants if they wish to apply for a Tuckwell Scholarship. Tick 'yes' if you wish to apply, and within one business day of submitting the ANU Direct Application, you will be emailed the Tuckwell Scholarship Stage 1 Application Form to complete. Students should apply ASAP to avoid disappointment.
For more information: www.tuckwell.anu.edu.au
|Trades & Careers Expo|
See Mrs Lubbe (Future Pathways Officer) for more information
|Wednesday, 21 April||11am start|
|Gold Coast Careers Festival||Thursday, 6 May - Saturday, 8 May||9am - 3pm|
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.
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!