|TERM 1 IMPORTANT DATES|
|Thurs, 22 February||Middle School Honours|
|Sat, 24 February||Pre Prep / Prep Open Morning
9:00am - 10:30am
|Wed, 28 February||Scholarships Exam and Principal's Tour
6:00pm - 7:00pm
|Fri, 2 March
||Family Movie Night: Trolls
5:30pm - 8:30pm | Screen starts 6.30pm
|Fri, 16 March
||Pupil Free Day|
|Tues, 20 March||Year 3 - Year 12 Cross Country
|Wed, 21 March||Primary School Student Learning Conferences|
|Trade Training Centre Information Evening
6:30pm - 8:30pm
|Thurs, 22 March||Prep - Year 2 Fun Run|
|Tues, 27 March||Easter Arts|
|Wed, 28 March||Easter Arts|
|Thurs, 29 March||Last day of Term 1|
Our Year 12 class of 2017 has attended senior assembly for the final time. Honours were awarded for service, missions, chess, sport and performing arts. Students were acknowledged for achieving extra-curricular qualifications having completed certificate, diploma and university courses this year. 19 students were awarded guaranteed entry into their University course of choice. Congratulations Year 12!
The 'Year of Adventure' class of 2017 planted a tree in the grounds of the High School to be enjoyed by students in years to come.
Year 12 - we wish you well as you prepare for your exams and complete your final weeks of schooling.
This year a total of thirty four of our Year 10 -12 students went on mission trips to Thailand and Phillipines. Many of these students had life changing experiences, and came back with a very different perspective on their blessed lives here in Australia. This is not to mention the difference they made in so many peoples lives in those countries. Next year the Senior School students (Years 10-12) will have a choice between three overseas mission trips. In addition to the Thailand (Years 10-12) and Philippines (Years 11-12) trips, Year 11 and 12 students will also have the option of going to India. These trips will take place during the last week of Term 3 2018, and the first week of the September holidays (Monday, 17 September - Friday, 28 September 2018). If parents would like to find out more about these trips please contact Ps Guy Ormerod or Mrs Alissa Miller in the Chaplaincy department.
The 'Great Debate' held last Friday, with an audience of close to 500, was a wonderful way to close the year for our two undefeated Year 6 debating teams. These teams had spent countless hours preparing over the year, and as debate role models it was fitting that they debated, calmly and expertly in front of their peers.
They handled the rather difficult topic, 'That schools should not offer language immersion programs' with a mixture of reason, researched argument and strong rebuttal. Language immersion programs are those where at least 60% of the teaching is in a language other than English. In the end the honours were split. The students voted with the Affirmative team, while Adjudicator chose the Negative team as the victor.
Congratulations to both teams on an exceptional year of debating.
Affirmative Team - Logan Paine, Ethan Carr, Eden Moes and William Park
Negative Team - Faith Clark, Matthew Verster, Byron Tolhurst and Ava Bolwell
The real winner though, was debating as a viable and worthwhile skill to learn in Years 5 & 6. The purpose was to showcase debating to our students, and hopefully many new debaters will enter the fold next year. Thursday morning training has now commenced for Year 4 students who wish to participate in debating next year. Please contact Mr Benson for more details.
Mr Dirk Benson
What fun was had at both our Primary campuses in National Jump Rope for Heart week. There were ropes turning round and round as happy skippers jumped for a cause. A combined total of $6476 was raised by both campuses for the Heart Foundation. Well done King's!
We are only two weeks away from completing one of the busy and most successful years in our department, but there’s lots to share in that fortnight:
Our annual Christmas concert is on again, Monday 20 November, this time celebrating the diversity that we have in our Christian faith, in presenting a ‘multicultural Christmas’ - what we’re calling the Colours of Christmas. We’ll have performances from both Junior and High school students, across a diverse range of cultures, showing us how they celebrate Christmas in their own Christian faith traditions. To support that, we’re also having a range of food vendors available for dinner from 5pm (Asian, Portuguese and Dutch, plus Italian gelato!), so be sure to arrive early to secure good seats in the amphitheatre for another superb night of entertainment and celebration.
Our High School Musical production is gearing up for its final auditions next week, as we select those students who make up our chorus.
Our lead performers were announced a few weeks ago, and it is certainly lining up to be an outstanding production, with those chosen displaying well-developed vocal and acting talents. The set dates are May 3-5, 2018, so we’ll keep you informed as our process moves forward into the new year. Here are the names of our talented leads:
Jesus - Christopher Manning
John the Baptist/ Judas - Nate Upu
Lead Ensemble: Azara Engelbrecht, Faith Guade, Mia Joseph, Jacob Meyer, Jenn Morris, Jasmine Nahi, Dylan Pereira and Matiesse Wilson
YEAR 4 INSTRUMENTAL SHOWCASE
On Wednesday 8 November, we showcased the burgeoning talents of our Yr 4 students as they completed the first year of our new compulsory Instrumental program. It was truly a delight to see how far they had come since half way through Term 1. Their musicianship was certainly delightful to witness, and we now look forward to next year’s intake, as well the continuation of many of these fine youngsters into our Year 5 Band program. A huge thank you must be extended to Mr Davis for the financial commitment he has placed behind this annual program, as well as the brilliant team of Instrumental teachers who fed the Year 4s’ passion and enthusiasm on a weekly basis to take them so far - Mr Eddie Bray (Woodwind), Mr Danny Lee (Percussion), Mr Ryan Chislett (Upper Strings), Mr Matt Liao (Lower Strings) and Ms Christine Wheatley (Brass).
Thank you also to Mr Simon Reddrop (Primary Music Teacher) for the musical skills he taught in class each week to further develop the musicianship of Year 4.
CONTINUING AND/OR CANCELLING INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS:
Just a reminder to those students across both the Junior and High School who wish to continue their Instrumental lessons in 2018 - Mrs Hosni needs to receive a new enrolment form so that we know you’re keen to stick with the program and update our database as well. firstname.lastname@example.org
Likewise, if students are wishing to DIScontinue lessons, we require a CANCELLATION of enrolment form, otherwise it will be presumed that students are continuing, and invoices will be issued for Semester 1 next year. It is part of the Music Tuition contract that notification be given the Semester prior to finishing (in this case, Semester 2 for the following Semester 1).
ALADDIN - The Musical: High School excursion planned for Mar 2018!
We have secured 100 student tickets for an excursion to see the outstanding Disney musical, ALADDIN on the evening of Mar 22. There will be an excursion going up on Parent Lounge for all High School students in Yr 8-11 (2017 year levels) to sign up by paying $65 (greatly reduced price!), so be sure not to miss that one. Once Parent Lounge goes ‘live’, we will have attached there a letter with all the finer details that students will need to know for this exciting opportunity. Stay tuned - coming soon!!!
Finally, a huge congratulations must go out to all our talented and dedicated Instrumental students who have recently sat for their AMEB exams across a range of instruments, from piano to strings and woodwind, brass and percussion. Please keep us informed of how well you have done, so that we might celebrate your success here at King’s - we’re so very proud of how hard you all work and the rewards that come because of your efforts.
Until next time…
Mrs Chris Harm, Director of Performing Arts.
The lead up to the 7’s carnival held at All Saints Anglican School looked to be one of disappointment with constant rain the days beforehand. The ground staff at All Saints managed to overcome the rain and produced some great playing fields for the day of the carnival. This year, King’s entered four High School boys teams and for the first time ever, entered an Under 15 Years girls team.
All in all, it was a great day for the King’s rugby teams. Some of the teams had very tough games straight off the bat but were then able to take it on the chin and bring some great performances for the following games.
Under 13 Years Boys 2nd
Under 15 Years Boys- 1st Champions
Under 15 Years Boys-2 3rd
Under 15 Years Girls 4th
Under 18 Years Boys 4th
Under 13 Years Boys Team:
Our U13’s Boys team was set to play 4 games and came away with 2 wins over Trinity Lutheran College and Somerset College. The players had worked well together from the first training run, right through to the last session in preparation with the wet weather unfortunately not allowing us a final hit out the day before.
The first game on Wednesday morning was a 9:00am rushed effort with the bus bringing the players in later than expected, and the players running over to the far field and basically jumping straight on the paddock to play All Saints. This showed as our boys were beaten by a very competitive team, but showed plenty of promise if we were to get a rematch. The next game allowed the team a good warm up and discussion on our plans which helped us to a good win over Trinity with our smaller players like Josh, Jacko and Josh getting stuck in. This would see us finish 2nd in our pool and play vs 2nd in opposite pool- Somerset.
This “semi-final” was our best game of the day, with some really good work between the tackle area to breakdown by our bigger more physical players- Jet, Harry and Elijah and spreading the ball to our speedier players like Ryder, Saxon and Kobe. We scored some great tries and was good reward for the boys as they were able to concentrate on All Saints in the Final match. With a quick turnaround, our boys were outplayed by another pretty good performance. Credit goes to All Saints the way they defended, and stopped our attack early, but also to all our squad who played right to the final whistle.
I would like to thank all the young players for their efforts, and look forward to working together again, and also to all parents who braved the weather to come along and support on the day.
Under 15 Year Boys Team:
This year we had great interest from our U15’s boys and had enough players to put together two very strong teams. Team 2 played well in their pool to finish 2nd overall. Team 1 managed to go undefeated for their three pool games and finish top of the ladder. This then placed both the King’s teams in the same Semi-final match with team 2 being unfortunately outclassed in this match up.
Team 1 then faced up against Marrymount College in the grand final and brought ever little bit of attitude required to trump their opponents. It was a close game with a the score tied at 3 all after the first half. The King’s boys dug deep in the second half to show what true courage and do to a team, coming out 3 tries on top in the end.
Well done to all of the Under 15 Years boys. It was a great effort from everyone and great to see King’s get their name on a trophy at one of the rugby 7’s carnivals.
Changes to King’s Bus arrangements
As part of our ongoing commitment to improving our service to families and the safety of our students, we are implementing a number changes to our systems for students who catch a King’s bus to and/or from school.
Bus Minder App
In recent weeks, we have been trialling a GPS-based app that will allow parents to track, on their smartphone, the bus their child is on and the real-time location of that bus. In this system, each student swipes a personal electronic card as they get on and off the bus. The student’s card is linked to the unique, password protected, Bus Minder Parent account.
After downloading the ‘BusMinder Parent’ app and signing in, parents can choose to receive notifications as the student boards and leaves the bus, as well as seeing, on a Google map, the location of the bus.
This system is now live and ready for parents to use. The app for parents is called ‘BusMinder Parent’ and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store (for Apple devices) or Google Play (for Android devices).
Students who travel on a King’s bus to or from school have been issued with a swipe card and should now be using it to board and alight the school bus. Please ensure that your child brings the swipe card each time he/she will be travelling on the bus.
If your children are currently registered as catching a King’s bus, you will shortly be sent a separate email with your personal ‘BusMinder Parent’ username and password.
To improve our system of tracking which students are on each bus, casual trips must now be booked by 1:00 pm each day, for travel that afternoon or the following morning. Bookings are essential, as buses may already be full. Bookings also allow us to update the passenger list for each bus within BusMinder. Casual Trip Bookings can be made by phoning the high school reception on 5587 7610, or primary reception on 5587 7630.
These new arrangements will come into effect on Monday, November 6.
Primary Student Supervision at Drop-off
To better safeguard the safety of our Primary students, we have refined our policy regarding the arrangements for dropping off students at their designated bus stop each afternoon. Effective Monday, November 6, our policy is that busdrivers will not allow a Primary student to leave a King’s bus unless they are confident that supervision of the student has been passed onto a responsible person. The responsible person could be a parent, another family member, or even a High School aged sibling.
If it has been your practice to wait in a car near the bus stop, we ask that you please help us by waiting at the bus stop so that the driver can see that your primary aged child is being collected by you. (The BusMinder app will tell you when the bus is approaching.)
What if no one is present at the bus stop?
If no one is present at a bus stop to collect a primary aged child, our drivers will not let the child disembark the bus. The driver will:
The school office will then attempt to contact the child’s parents / emergency contacts to arrange for collection at another stop on the route. If contact cannot be made with a parent or emergency contact, the child will remain on the bus and will return to school with the bus and wait at Main Reception with a College staff member.
For more information:
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with our new procedures.
National Others Week is held every November and is a week dedicated to showing kindness to others. This year, Global Care the organisation which started National Others Week, decided to hold a bbq to bless all the staff at King's. Thank you Global Care! #thepowerofkind
"Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see." - Mark Twain
Registration is now open for 2018 recreational and competition skipping. All current skippers must complete the registration to continue skipping in 2018.Skipping Registration 2018
King’s Dance Academy is excited to present our 2017 end of year concert on Saturday 25th November at 4pm, featuring scenes from the Nutcracker. Witness the King’s Dance spirit live on stage as our talented students showcase their passion and skills in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and hip hop. Featuring students from pre-prep to grade 12 at King's Christian College Reedy Creek and Pimpama Campuses.
Tickets are selling fast so book now!
WHEN: Saturday 25th November from 4pm – 6:30pm
WHERE: King’s Christian College Auditorium, 68 Gemvale Road, Reedy Creek
- Adults - $20
- Children (Under 10) - $10
Breakfast At The Palace is a Community Christmas Event for ladies young and old. Hosted by METRO Church the morning includes a delicious buffet breakfast, live entertainment, gifts, prizes and special guest Dr Cris Beer. Dr Beer is an author, speaker and media doctor and was the consultant for the Biggest Loser Retreat. Tickets are $55 each or $500 for a table of 10 and can be booked online at www.metro.org.au/palace
The Careers Department would like to highlight the following this week:
If students are interested they need to respond ASAP, as these positions are advertised to all students on the Gold Coast.
For more vacancies visit the Traineeship Vacancies Notice Board under the important info tab on the King’s Careers website.
222 Squadron (222SQN) Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) is commencing a limited window of recruitment for 2018. They are a unit within the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) and is a part of the wider Australian Defence Force Cadets (ADFC) organisation which includes Army and Navy Cadet Forces. The AAFC is a youth development organisation with a military theme and is sponsored by the Royal Australian Air Force. See here for more. Further information on the ADFC can be found at https://www.cadetnet.gov.au/ and the AAFC at http://www.aafc.org.au/.
222SQN will be parading every WED night of the school term from 1800hrs - 2100hrs at Assisi Catholic College, Upper Coomera. Recruitment is open to males and females aged 13 to 18 at month of enlistment. It is NOT a requirement to be a student at Assisi Catholic College in order to join 222SQN.
222SQN will be holding recruit information sessions for parents / guardians and prospective cadets. Upcoming sessions will be held from 1900hrs - 2000hrs, 01NOV2017, 08NOV2017, and 15NOV2017. To register your interest, or if you have any further questions, contact the unit Administration Officer - email@example.com
QSFT FILM WORKSHOPS FILM IT! 9am -1pm Sat 18 November, 2017 This workshop provides an introduction for those who desire a better understanding of the principles behind shooting video. See here
QSFT OPEN DAY - 10 -12pm Saturday 11 November, 2017 See here
ENDEAVOUR College of Natural Health School Leaver Scholarships available. Applications are now open for students looking to study in 2018. See here.
Please inform Mrs Lubbe, your Career Pathways Officer, of your interest in this opportunities.
For more information regarding Careers, Courses and Universities please see here for the Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 18, 2017.
Also for a full list of events visit the events calendar and sign up for a Careers newsletter visit the King’s College Careers website