|TERM 2, 2023 - IMPORTANT DATES|
|31 May||Prep - 2 Athletics Carnival|
|12 & 15 June||Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival|
|13-14 June||Year 7-12 Athletics Carnival|
|15 June||LAST DAY OF TERM 2|
Always refer to the Compass Calendar for more events and the most up-to-date event information.View all 2023 Term Dates View Compass Calendar
Our High School community hosted a vibrant lunchtime fundraiser on Thursday, 18 May, to support the remarkable work of Teen Challenge. Teen Challenge are a local Christian charity that has transformed the lives of countless young people grappling with addiction, abuse and other life-controlling problems. The event generated vital funds for the organisation while providing an avenue for students to show compassion and love towards others. The highlight of the fundraiser was a free t-shirt day, where students wore jerseys representing their favourite sports teams. The display of team spirit served as a visual reminder of the power of collaboration for a common cause. Various activities engaged our community in the fundraising fun, including a lively Table Tennis competition. King's philanthropic LIFE team took charge of a delicious BBQ fundraiser, serving sizzling sausages, fairy floss and other treats to hundreds of hungry staff and students. Music filled the air as our talented 'King's Rock Band' created an energetic atmosphere with their rock-inspired tunes, led by Mr Reddrop.
This event successfully raised $4,099 for Teen Challenge and reinforced our unwavering commitment to helping those in difficult circumstances. So far this year, our school community has raised close to $30,000 for various charities. By dedicating time and energy throughout the year to these valuable activities, we outwork our College's Foundational Values and embody the characteristics of what it means to be a 'King's Kid' by making a positive impact on the world around us.
Our Careers Department and KTTC worked collaboratively for many months to organise the inaugural King's Careers Festival for our High School community. The event aimed to provide valuable career guidance to our Year 9-12 students and was the largest of its kind on the Gold Coast. With over 45 exhibitors from tertiary providers across Southeast Queensland, including universities, trade schools, and emergency service operators like the Queensland police, ambulance and fire service, attendees had access to a wealth of resources and insights. There were also information sessions to assist families with understanding ATAR and QCE information, and these were well attended throughout the evening.
The event's success was evident by the impressive turnout of over 300 King’s families, and it was exciting to see all guests seizing the opportunity to interact with exhibitors and gain a clearer understanding of their future career options. As the evening ended, attendees left King's armed with newfound knowledge and a clearer vision of their post-secondary pathways. The positive impact of this event set a strong precedent for future career-focused initiatives as our College continues to propel students towards prosperous and fulfilling careers.
This year’s highly-anticipated KTTC Camp was held at Tallebudgera Recreation Centre and proved to be a remarkable success, leaving a lasting impact on all who attended. This year's camp was tailored to meet individual needs and as a result, saw an unprecedented level of student participation and enthusiasm. The first afternoon began with an exhilarating 2-hour activity session led by the energetic Wilson Marsh. His engaging approach got the students physically active and fostered a strong sense of camaraderie. Following dinner, Wilson's moving devotion touched the hearts of many, resulting in three students publicly praying for him. Additionally, fifteen students sought Wilson's guidance privately, asking questions and joining him in prayer. Wilson also revealed during his message that his brother had tragically passed away that same day, making the impact all the more profound.
One of the standout aspects of the three-day experience was the exceptional cohesion between staff and students. As these relationships were cultivated through casual conversations and fun activities, it was heart-warming to see students requesting staff join them for meals and camp activities.
The overwhelming enthusiasm for next year's camp is already palpable among the students, with many eagerly discussing and anticipating future adventures. The 2023 KTTC Camp has undeniably left an enduring impression, forging deep connections and creating memories that will continue to resonate throughout the year. We extend our gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of this extraordinary camp and look forward to more transformative experiences and continued growth as we embark on future KTTC endeavours.
On Tuesday, 23 May, the Year 3 students showcased what they have been learning in Spanish classes during the Year 3 Assembly. The Year 3 Girls' Spanish Dance Club started off with a lively item from the Encanto movie soundtrack. The talented young performers were dressed as 'Mirabel' and enjoyed dancing to 'Asi es Colombia,' by Carlos Vives. This was the first of three performances they will do this year with upcoming dances planned at the 'Day of Hope' and King's Carnival Day. After the performance, each Year 3 class shared a song they have been singing in Spanish class. Students have been working very hard in Spanish lessons to practise Spanish greetings, alphabet sounds, and 'all about school' and it was exciting to see them show what they have learned to an audience. Thank you to the parents and friends who joined us at this special Year 3 assembly.
Our Year 5 classes recently embarked on exciting excursions to focus on various local biomes. The interactive learning experience allowed them to immerse themselves in the natural world while fostering teamwork and creativity. The highlight of these excursions was the production of a collaborative video showcasing their newfound knowledge and skills.
5RA and 5RB headed to Jellurgal Walkabout in Burleigh Heads where the iconic coastal location provided the perfect place for students to learn about the unique flora and fauna found in the conservation site. 5RC and 5RD travelled to the picturesque Hinterland Regional Park in Mudgeeraba where they ventured into the woodlands that make up the natural biome and eagerly investigated the God-made factors that shape its ecosystem. 5RE and 5RF visited the Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens to enjoy the green oasis and study the stunning array of plants. Before the trip, students had worked in small groups to draft a storyboard and plan a two-minute video, which would showcase a chosen focus area from one of these topics:
During the excursion, students were armed with iPads and a sense of curiosity to capture footage that documented their unique environment. They were assigned roles to help them produce the video effectively, and their collaboration and creativity was exceptional. Once the short videos are completed, they will be combined to produce a class video which will be presented during a special screening at the end of Term 2. Throughout this authentic learning task, students have developed skills such as research, teamwork, communication and technological proficiency. They have gained a greater appreciation for the outdoors and an understanding of the delicate balance between nature and human interaction.
On Wednesday mornings at King's, a small group of Year 3 boys participate in a morning devotion called Growing of God's Garden. During the devotion, students learn what is needed to help create, plant and maintain a garden. While the boys are learning how to be great leaders in the garden, they are also discussing how these leadership skills of care, excellence, self-control, perseverance and respect can be applied to the classroom, the playground and outside of school. They are doing a great job of transforming this space into a caring, loving space for all to enjoy.
On Wednesday, 17 May, a celebration lunch was held to recognise the outstanding academic achievement of a select group of Year 11 students. Joined by some of our Teaching and Learning team, as well as Mr Vallance and Mr Meyers, students enjoyed a pizza lunch in celebration of their hard work during Unit 1. The lunch was an invitation-only event for students who had demonstrated an outstanding approach towards their studies in Unit 1, both in terms of their academic results and their attitude to learning. We are so proud of their dedication and commitment to their studies.
We look forward to inviting Year 12 to a similar celebration of their Unit 3 results now that their reports have been released and encourage all our students in their diligence and hard work.
Congratulations to these Year 11 students for their outstanding academic achievements:
Ciara Van Dam
Kari van der Walt
Last Wednesday, 17 May, the Year 11 Rec B class took a trip up north to the Brisbane Broncos Clive Berghofer Centre. We were greeted by Michael Hancock, a former NRL player who contributed to the Broncos first five Grand Final victories. He started by taking us on a tour of the Cyril Connell Performance Centre facility, which was the Broncos old training facility that the WNRL team now occupy. We explored their training shed, gym facility, team pool and meeting room and gained a great insight into the operation behind the NRL club. After our first tour, we were fortunate enough to watch the first-grade players train during their captain's run and after that, we had the chance to meet some of the players and take a few photos together. Once we'd become acquainted with our new friends, Mick took us on our second tour of the day through their new Clive Berghofer facility and we were all amazed by how specific and intentional all their training, diet, and sleep schedules are. We ended the excursion by having a field training session led by Mr Hancock and we learned how technical the life of an NRL player is. This valuable opportunity helped us see firsthand the work that the players put in behind what we see on TV and it gave us a new understanding of the dedication and sacrifice it takes for a career in professional sport. A massive thank you to Mr Michael Hancock for showing us all the aspects of the highest level of the sport and recreation industry. This experience will never be forgotten!
By Emily Muller
Year 11 student
Our High School APS teams have had another sterling season of sport amongst the group of eight Associated Private Schools across the Gold Coast. We are excited to have 44 teams playing for Season One Premierships this week, with a perfect split of 22 boys' teams and 22 girls' teams all heading into Grand Final matches. King's is pleased to see so many teams and students continuing to blaze a trail of exceptional results across a range of sports, consistently surpassing previous results and showcasing impeccable Sportsmanship on and off the sporting arena. Good luck to all teams! Results will be published in the next newsletter.
On Sunday, 14 May, the Queensland All Schools Cross Country Championships were held at Victoria Park in Brisbane. King's had two runners attend to represent our school. Kyah Anderson ran an outstanding race to win the Gold medal in the Girl's 16 Years age group. Kyah dominated her race, winning the State title by 45 seconds! Our 2023 Cross Country Captain, Joseph Lethlean, competed in the Boys 16 Years age group and finished a very credible 5th place. Our cross-country squad now turns their attention to the upcoming Regional Trials to be held next Tuesday. We wish all our 23 runners the best of luck.
On Wednesday, 24 May, King's joined with many schools and Early Learning Centres from across the Pacific for the 2023 National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS). The special annual event features an Australian book that is read simultaneously to young listeners. Now in its 23rd year, NSS has become an annual opportunity for educators across Australasia to unite through a shared love of storytelling. The book chosen for 2023 was 'The Speedy Sloth' by authors Rebecca Young and Heath McKenzie, which provokes the inspiring message that winning doesn't have to mean beating everyone else, but rather the great feeling of setting a challenge and accomplishing it. This year, 'VIP Guest Readers' included Grant Denyer, Gabrielle Wang (Children's Laureate) and the book's own author, Rebecca Young, who live-streamed the reading of her book from The Sydney Zoo, alongside her illustrator Heath McKenzie.
King's Primary students marked the occasion during their classes that morning as they sat virtually alongside more than a million students from across Australia and New Zealand to enjoy the joint literary experience. Each student received a Certificate of Participation to acknowledge that they had taken part in this wonderful initiative.
Our College has a number of important departments and staff who work behind the scenes every day to give our students the best possible experience at King's. In upcoming editions of the newsletter, we will introduce you to some of our unsung heroes, starting with Mr Ray Donaldson, our King's Security Officer of six years...
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King’s talented alumnus from our Class of 2015, Grace Jupp (nee Payne), is currently making waves as a contestant on the latest series of MasterChef Australia. Grace's passion for food was ignited during countless hours spent in the kitchen with her mother (King’s Head of Primary) and her ‘Baba’ (Grandmother). Grace draws inspiration from her family's rich Croatian heritage and the way they express love through food. With her own modern twist, Grace aims to impress the judges by dishing up some delightful flavours from Croatia. In addition to her family's influence, Grace's husband, a former chef, has been a significant source of inspiration in her culinary journey. Together they have explored the world and been inspired by flavours from different cultures, and they now own and operate an olive oil company on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. While Grace admits that olive oil, garlic, and potatoes are a few of her favourite ingredients, she considers her positive attitude to be the secret ingredient that complements her culinary skills. So far on MasterChef Grace has enjoyed plating up some incredible dishes and cooking alongside legendary chef Jamie Oliver.
Beyond her passion for cooking, Grace enjoys being out in nature, immersing herself in a good book and expressing her creativity through photography. Looking ahead to the future she envisions expanding the food offerings of her business and creating a ‘farm-to-plate’ experience. As Grace continues to compete on MasterChef, her skills, passion for Croatian flavours and indomitable spirit will undoubtedly captivate viewers and judges alike. Our King's community eagerly supports and celebrates Grace's journey as she chases her dreams and brings her unique talents to the forefront of Australia's culinary scene.
Entry is free but you can purchase a $20 wristband which gives your child unlimited access to our sideshow alley games throughout the event.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming a food truck or market vendor, please fill out the relevant form below:PURCHASE A CARNIVAL DAY WRISTBAND REGISTER YOUR INTEREST AS A FOOD TRUCK VENDOR REGISTER YOUR INTEREST AS A MARKET VENDOR
We'll be bringing back our popular Carnival Day Cake Stall this year and appreciate our parents' support in supplying baked items or serving on the stall. A variety of cakes, cupcakes, slices, muffins, flans, doughnuts and cookies are always much-loved options and sell quickly on the day. All funds raised will go towards our LIFE program, which funds charities in need.
Please complete the form below to let us know if you are able to contribute baked goods to the stall, enter an item into our Cake Stall competition, or serve on the stall during the day for a 1.5 hour timeslot.CAKE STALL FORM
A new version of King’s Compass app is now available. Please install this app update to ensure you have access to these important changes.
LOGGING INTO THE UPDATED APP
You will need to re-login to the updated app using your King's email address with the format email@example.com and the default password emailed to you by our IT department in September 2022 (search your emails for 'Compass Username and Password'). If your child has started at King's since September, please refer to the welcome email from IT which provides your password. If you still have trouble finding the password, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will send it to you ASAP.
The updated app includes enhanced notification options for student absences.
Our College expects all students to attend every lesson, every day. We believe all facets of the school day contribute to the growth and development of each student. Learning is a sequential process, and absence from school often means that students miss important stages in the development of understanding. Promoting student engagement at school is the responsibility of all community members, and our College Attendance Policy outlines the roles and responsibilities of students, parents, teachers and the College.
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King's has signed up as a Health Gateway School which gives the College access to employers, training companies, events and resources to assist our students interested in a career in health. The MOU was officially signed on Wednesday, 24 May. Our first event is at the Gold Coast University Hospital on June 5, when five of our KTTC students will be touring the hospital and gaining information on the full range of careers available there.
There are a number of traineeships available and these vacancies are listed on King's Careers site. These change on a weekly basis as new positions become available. Students are encouraged to source their own traineeship employer if there is nothing on the list that appeals to them.CURRENT TRAINEESHIPS
Students in Years 10 and 11 can apply for external study options to enhance their career options. Students need to ensure they have good time management skills to cope with the workload.
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.
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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!