|TERM 2 2021 IMPORTANT DATES|
|Tuesday 18 May||Primary School Photos|
|Wednesday 19 May||Trade Training Information Night|
6:30pm | Lecture Theatre
|Thursday 20 May||High School Photos|
|Monday 24 -
Wednesday 26 May
|Year 10 Camp|
|Saturday 5 June||Scholarship Exams
9:00am - 10:00am
|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|
|Wednesday 24 June||King's Corporate Golf Day at The Club Parkwood|
It was wonderful to welcome back all of our students after the Easter School Holidays. We would like to extend a very special welcome to our 29 new students and their families who have joined the King's community at Reedy Creek this term - we wish you an incredible journey of learning and fun at our College and pray that you all feel a huge sense of belonging and connection here at King's. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like help with getting more connected.
One of the highlights for the start of Term 2 has been seeing the completed King's Table cafe come alive with students, parents and staff again! The cafe's undercover forecourt has been transformed into a large and amazing multipurpose meeting space, complete with ample furniture and the return of the much-loved jumping pillow. We welcome all parents to come and enjoy The King's Table cafe for food and drinks any time Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm. Please remember that students must be supervised by their parents to use the jumping pillow outside of school hours.
If you would like to book a table for a larger group meeting, please email Kylie Morton, Cafe Manager.
Our College held Anzac Services at every campus on Friday, 23 April, to honour the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom and peace. The solemn commemorations paid tribute to those brave individuals who exemplified the Anzac values of courage, self-sacrifice, perseverance, and mateship. These important services encouraged every member of our community to remember the legacy we have received, and to dedicate ourselves to continue outworking these values in the pursuit of justice, freedom and peace, guided by God’s wisdom and strength.
Retired Army Serviceman, Mr Sam Johnson, was the guest speaker at our Reedy Creek service, having spent 14 years in the Australian Army, carrying out active service in East Timor as well as two tours of Afghanistan and receiving the Meritorious Unit Citation. Middle School Chapel Captain, Erin Dallinger opened in prayer, followed by Mrs Harm reading from John 15:12-17. College Chapel Captains, Joseph Marescia and Sebastian Field recited the Call to Commemoration, followed by messages of remembrance from Emma Straton and College Captain, Isaac Gallagher. Principal Russell Meyers read the Honour Roll, before the wreath-laying procession. College Captain, Ailsa Hartley, asked the community to remove their hats as she read The Ode to the Fallen before the Last Post was played and a minute's silence was taken. King's choralists sang both country's National Anthems and Mr Meyers concluded the service in prayer.
Noah's Ark students also spent time learning about the significance of Anzac Day, and what it means for us as Australians today. Their focus was on the bravery and mateship of the soldiers and helping the children understand that while it is not a good thing to be at war, the ANZACs fought to keep our country safe. Across each of the Early Learning classrooms, the children enjoyed looking at different war artefacts and tried to imagine what life was like for the soldiers.
King's talented Performing Artists welcomed the opportunity to return to the stage in front of a live audience for the 2021 High School production of The Jungle Book. For three exciting nights this week, the auditorium was transformed into a colourful jungle, with an array of curious and charming creatures.
Based on 'The Mowgli Stories' by Rudyard Kipling, written by Vera Morris and licensed through Pioneer Drama, the High School production reenacted the captivating tale of a young boy, affectionately named 'Mowgli' by his jungle family, who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. The heartwarming story follows Mowgli's journey in the wild as he learns the values of courage, generosity and humility, through his selfless love of all animals.
The lead cast lit up the stage as they brought their unique characters to life, performed by the following High School students:
Congratulations to the young wolves, monkeys, villagers, and every performer who embodied their animals and characters so perfectly to entertain and delight the audience. Well done to our talented team of musicians who captivated the crowd and created atmospheric suspense with their dramatic instrumental performances. Special thanks to King's Director of Performing Arts, Mrs Chris Harm, and the entire behind the scenes production team for orchestrating such a large-scale production, amidst many ever-changing circumstances. Thanks to every student and family whose dedication of time and energy into The Jungle Book produced three wonderful performances for the enjoyment of our wider King's community.
King’s Year 11 and 12 students, along with Year 9 Captains from Reedy Creek and Pimpama campus, spent the first day of Term 2 being inspired by influential leaders during the NEXT GEN Global Leadership Summit (GLS) held in the Auditorium.
The College's mission has always focussed on ‘Educating students in Christian leadership for tomorrow's generation’ and this powerful conference was an intentional investment into this mission, as it equipped senior students with more tools for successful Christian leadership throughout their generation.
NEXT GEN GLS is run by the Global Leadership Network Australia as an adaptation to the renowned Global Leadership Summit and was created to increase the capacity of emerging young leaders. King’s 350 influencers in attendance enjoyed engaging live sessions and pre-recorded messages from world-class speakers, including Jia Jiang who spoke on becoming Rejection Proof and how he purposefully set out to experience rejection to gain courage; Vanessa Van Edwards opened student’s minds to the Science of Leadership; Krish Kandiah spoke on VIP Leadership; Liz Bohannon delved into ‘Beginners Pluck,’ and Bear Grylls ended with a memorable message entitled ‘Soul Food.’
The impact of this year’s NEXT GEN GLS experience on King’s senior leaders will undoubtedly help shape our College culture well into the future, as students continue to put their leadership skills to the test throughout their areas of influence.
Throughout Term 1, students from our Year 9 Japanese subject learned more about the unique food culture of Japan, as well as practising some essential sayings and sentences required at Japanese shops and restaurants. On Thursday 22 April, they visited an authentic Japanese restaurant Donto Sapporo where they tasted a range of Japanese dishes beautifully prepared in an Obento box. The students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to combine their classroom learning with real-life experiences by using their Japanese language skills to ask for a menu, order their drinks, and show appreciation for the food and service.
Our King's libraries are always considering creative ways to promote reading for enjoyment, as we endeavour to foster a love of books with all of our students. This year we are conducting reading challenges each term for students in Years 3 – 6, and all students who read at least one book per week receive a prize. I am very heartened by the number of students who have completed this challenge so far, with many exceeding our expectations. In Term 1, we had 91 Years 5 - 6 students and 35 Years 3 - 4 students complete the challenge and receive an iceblock. Congratulations to these students and happy reading throughout Term 2!
Mrs Amanda Roberts, College Librarian
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.
In just over one weeks' time, 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 in the relevant year levels 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:
A push for students to learn more problem-solving skills will be a central focus of proposed changes to the Australian maths curriculum in 2021. Leading maths and science groups have called for problem-solving to be central to how maths is taught, ahead of the public release of the draft new national curriculum at the end of this month.
King's Primary teaching staff are at the forefront of these changes. At a Professional Development Session held at our Pimpama campus, teachers were given opportunities to engage in dynamic teaching and learning strategies that engage students and encourage them to think and work like mathematicians. Dr Paul Swan engaged our teachers in activities that encouraged dialogue and built vocabulary. Led by Year 2 teacher, Mrs Joanne Riddell, teachers also had the opportunity to try new games and build on current practice to enhance teaching and learning. Teachers played 'ping pong counting', 'guess my number', number targets and many more games.
King's Compass is our primary method of communicating school notices with the College community. Please ensure you have downloaded the King's Compass app to your phone and set your notification preferences to avoid missing out on important updates.
Syncing the digital College Calendar with your personal online calendar also helps you stay informed of new events and event changes. Visit Compass Help for assistance with using this platform.
King's Deputy Head of Primary, Mr Bristow-Wilson, has recently launched the 'King's Catch Up' podcast series to connect parents, students and staff across our College. His insightful, short interviews offer a lighthearted look into the lives of different people across our community. You'll have the chance to get to know Reedy Creek's Head of Primary a little better, hear from our eSafety Coordinator, and understand what it's like at King's through the eyes of a Year 4 student. Listeners will be entertained and enlightened as they discover things they may not know about King's and some of our amazing people.
Three episodes are already live and available on iTunes, Spotify, Anchor, Breaker and Radio Public, with new episodes added weekly. Use the link to your favourite podcast platform to follow 'King's Catch Up' and spread the news with members of our King's family.
If you would like chat to Mr Wilson in person, he will be available at the King's Table cafe Friday mornings at 9am.
You are invited to join the King's family at The Club at Parkwood on Wednesday, 23 June 2021, for our inaugural College Golf Day.
The event will be a 4 Ball Ambrose competition and is open to any King's families, staff or students who enjoy a friendly game of golf (limited to 120 players). The Golf Day will also feature a few novelty holes, team prizes and some serious - but mostly fun - competition. The Club at Parkwood provides players with a pristine par 71 Championship layout, suitable for all player abilities. King's families are encouraged to join the fun after the game and enjoy the facilities on offer, including mini-golf (at your own cost).
|Date||Wednesday, 23 June 2021 (first week of school holidays)|
|Time||Check-in at 11am for a 12 noon shotgun start|
|Location||The Club at Parkwood | 76-122 Napper Road, Parkwood|
|Teams||Teams may be male, female or mixed*. You may nominate your own team or King's can allocate you a team.|
*Junior teams must include an adult team member, due to the cart hire.
|Cost||$80 per person, includes:|
|Sponsorships||To purchase a Corporate Package or sponsor a hole, please contact Regan Verwey at King's Pimpama.|
Phone: (07) 55877660
On Thursday, 6 May, a group of senior students enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Gold Coast Careers Festival to explore their future options. Many tertiary providers and future employers were available to answer the students' questions. The students found this event helpful to their future career planning process and came away with increased knowledge and many useful resources.
View the links below to find out more about current school-based traineeships available for Year 10 and 11 students:
TAFE are offering a number of 'at school' programs to students in Semester 2, including:
These courses have various start dates, training dates and campuses, so visit www.tafeapply.com to find out more and use the login code TQGC2102 to apply.
Click the event name for more information:
|GISP Screen and Media|
Offering a range of very low-cost online workshops covering topics such as screenwriting, lighting, and ADOBE editing.
Nine weeks of Workshops, Seminars, Events & Team Projects to provide High School and Tertiary Students, Educators and the Public with experiences, networks, professional development and information about Digital Technologies. All events are free thanks to funding through the Study Gold Coast Education Vision Fund.
|20 April - 28 May||Various times online|
The largest event of its kind in Queensland, the Tertiary Studies Careers Expo is free of charge and is held at the Brisbane Showgrounds. The event provides careers seminars and the chance to meet exhibitors from most institutions across the region.
|17 - 18 July||10am - 4pm|
|Riviera Australia's Annual Apprentice Program Information Night |
Riviera's apprenticeship program is open to Year 11 & 12s student and this event will provide students and parents with information on their School-Based or Full-Time (for 2022) Apprenticeship programs.
|Tuesday, 22 June||5:30pm|
|Gold Coast Fresh Futures Market|
Gold Coast’s BIGGEST & BEST post-school options expo for people with disability, schools, parents and the wider community, at the Gold Coast Events Centre
|18 August||10am start|
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!