WEEK 8 // TERM 1
21 March 2019

Principal's update

Dear Parents, Staff and Students

Feedback is invaluable and used to help people and organisations grow and improve their behaviour and their practices. In fact, we speak a lot to our students about using feedback in their learning. For feedback to be helpful, it needs to be factual, non-emotive and invite a conversation between the giver and the recipient of the feedback. I have enjoyed reporting to parents each week this year about the feedback we received from you in the survey completed last October. While I do not know who gave what exact score for the satisfaction ratings, I can nonetheless speak to you all about the results whether you contributed to the survey or not.

Where feedback is not helpful is when we get anonymous complaints or letters suggesting that we have got things wrong, or could do better. I am happy to receive such correspondence, but when there is no way of knowing who to respond to, the immediate inclination is to ignore the correspondence and that helps nobody. Often these letters are emotive and contain incorrect facts or understandings of a situation. People writing anonymous letters usually say something like “I want to remain anonymous so there is no resentment” or “I don’t want any backlash for my child”. I find these comments deeply offensive as they suggest that firstly, we don’t want feedback, secondly that we will resent what is said and finally that we will make life difficult for the provider of the feedback and their children. This is so counter our culture, where we continue to challenge everything we do to ensure that it is best practice.

Recently I received an anonymous letter about outside school hours care. While there were some good suggestions in the letter, some of it was based on a lack of understanding of the service offered. I would have loved to address this matter with the author but have no way of doing so. However, given that outside school hours care involves many families, I thought it might help to clarify some misconceptions here. The author suggested that we should put more staff on so more families could access the service. Nothing would make me happier than to provide this service for more families, however, there are very strict licensing regulations in place that limit the numbers we can take at any one time. Outside school hours care and Child Care are the most heavily regulated areas of our College. They have their own accreditation rules and we have to undergo regular inspections and pass multiple requirements in a year. The government issues a license that determines how many children we can accommodate, based on facilities and a range of other factors. The need to book in advance is to ensure that we do not breach the maximum number of students we are licensed to care for. We have had random unannounced visits in the past, and if our numbers are over what we are licensed for we will be fined and lose our license to operate. That would be a shame and create major problems for many families. The author suggested that we should survey parents, staff and students to judge their satisfaction with the service. We actually did that in October last year as part of the College wide survey. The statement “The Before and After School Care and Vacation Care is adequate for our family needs” received a satisfaction rating of 4.28 out of 5.

The point of me writing this is not to sound defensive at all, but to encourage parents to speak to us about any concerns so they can be addressed in the appropriate manner. It is difficult to ‘fix’ something if you don’t know it is ‘broken’. Concerns are always best addressed face to face where possible, so it is frustrating not knowing who has the issue. It is important that you know that we also have a complaints process if issues are not addressed appropriately.  Parents can register a complaint through Parent Lounge, the form is located under the School Links tab and then select General. I oversee all complaints. If the complaint is about me, it goes to the Chair of Council to be resolved.

It is important that we communicate effectively to all in our College community. Please assist us by letting us know when things are not as they should be, or if you have a query to be addressed. We certainly value your feedback.
Thank you for your continued support.
Yours sincerely


Yours sincerely

Mark Sly


Primary update
'In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.'
Maya Angelou

A visit from Ditto and the team from Bravehearts.
Students in Year 1 and 2 enjoyed a visit from Ditto and his friends from Bravehearts last Friday in the IGC as they performed their Keep Safe Adventure Show. Ditto’s message was clear in reminding us about body ownership and the right to be safe, helping to build resilience and a positive self-esteem. It was an all-singing, all-dancing spectacular, enjoyed by all in attendance. A special shout out to the parents who came along to watch and also danced up a storm!
Year 6 visit to Parliament House and SparkLab.
As our Year 6 students continue their inquiry into the Australian democratic system, they received first-hand, up close and personal experience as they visited Queensland Parliament House. Capably led by a guide who works in the Legislative Assembly in Parliament House, and who was well qualified to answer our curly questions, the students enjoyed their tour of this building that is over 100 years old.
Lunch in the gardens of the Queensland Museum, then an afternoon at SparkLab topped off a great day. I must commend the Year 6 students and their behaviour at this excursion…it was exemplary.

Chess Club at St Stephen’s College

A number of students from the Primary Campus spent the day at St Stephen’s College last Tuesday at the Gold Coast North Inter-School Chess tournament. With many wins, a few losses and some draws, the students walked away having learnt a little more about their personal chess game.

Special mention must go to:

  • Izaac Baet, 2nd place ‘B’ division
  • Stephen Skurr, 3rd place ‘B’ division
  • Owen Boorer, 2nd place ‘C’ division
  • Robert Skurr, 5th place, ‘C’ division
  • Liam Troy, 5th place, ‘D’ division
The Yang Team was placed 3rd overall in ‘C’ division, while the Shin team placed 4th in ‘D’ division.

Well done to all of our Chess players!

Coomera Anglican College proudly presents…Oliver! You are invited to ‘Consider yourself, one of the Family’ in this classic Musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist.
With performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 9 - 11, I do commend the Thursday 4pm Performance to you, parents of the Primary Campus.

This is a child-friendly performance with Year 10 market stalls selling food and drink. So come along, enjoy a delicious afternoon tea (or early dinner) prepared by our Year 10 students and enjoy the show!


Tickets available by clicking here - Oliver Tickets


A Message from Chaplain Mary-Anne

In 2019, our year of growing faith, hope and love, we have chosen a weekly Habit of Heart to focus our thoughts. Habits of Heart emerged from an Anglican school chaplain’s challenge to find a simple and helpful way for students to connect their inner life with their outer actions – who they are with how they behave. This week’s habit of Heart is:

Having a shared vision of creating a better world, rather than selfish pursuit for the sake of personal gain, is central to the Christian ethos of Coomera Anglican College. We also celebrate the diversity of creation, and the unique gifts that make every one of us different in some regard to every other person who has ever lived. Importantly, these things are integral to the findings of modern research informing us about what influences human wellbeing. The classical Greek philosopher Plato famously stated: 

At Coomera Anglican College, we call this happiness
“flourishing”, depicted by our Flourishing Tree.

Our Daily Prayers this week have celebrated the freedom we have to ‘do good’. Someone has said:

In a world where you can be anything – be kind.

Likewise, in a world where you can do anything- do good.

In our student Worships, we took a moment to give thanks for the freedom we enjoy to gather safely

‘in this special time, and this special space,
to think about what matters most to us, 
and to find meaning and purpose for our lives’.
Our Senior Secondary students were encouraged to be prayerful with students in Anglican schools across New Zealand who were standing in solidarity with and sending messages of hope and comfort to the Christchurch community. We considered the importance of forgiveness, although often a long and difficult process, as a way to release ourselves and others from hate and fear into the freedom of love and respect.
Forgiveness frees us to ‘do good’. And so, by multiple small acts of grace, kindness, compassion and respect we help to create a better world – one small act of ‘doing good’ at a time. These small acts create a culture where every person is valued, and kindness and generosity are the norm.

The world is a big place. We can choose to do good and help our corner of it to flourish. That is enough for now. We live with the reality that people always have, and will, make different choices. Their choices lie beyond our responsibility. Our responsibility is to not perpetuate the cycle of hate – but rather, to choose the hard work of doing good, of loving others and finding the courage to forgive.

Christians believe that Jesus Christ – God who came to live among us – is the one to whom we can turn for help to meet this challenge. Certainly he is an example of someone whose daily purpose was to ‘do good’ for the benefit of others.  Jesus even had the courage to forgive those who hated him, even those who eventually sent him to his execution. More than that, Christians believe that Christ’s command to ‘love God with mind, heart, soul and strength and to love our neighbour as ourselves’ is possible through God’s living presence within us.  We call this presence God’s Holy Spirit, who is sometimes described as ‘comforter, advocate, wisdom, intercessor’. 

Festival of Gifts celebrates the gifts of God’s spirit alive within us, equipping us to love and serve in the world.  More on that next week!

Go well,

Chaplain Mary-Anne Rulfs

Pieces of a Puzzle in the
Early Learning Centre

Today is Harmony Day in Australia. Harmony Day began in 1999, coinciding with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. The theme for Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’.

The tragedy that occurred in New Zealand late last week has made us all the more aware of the importance of maintaining ‘sense of belong’ and the need to respect one another for who and what we are.

This week in the Centre we have celebrated Harmony Day in many different ways. One of the highlights for me was an activity that took place in our Pre Prep B classroom. Let me explain…..

As a class they created a Pre Prep B puzzle. Each child was given a puzzle piece to decorate and cut out. They returned to the mat and began the exercise of putting the puzzle together. After a few minutes, it became apparent that the puzzle pieces didn’t look like a normal puzzle. Through some discussion, they identified that the puzzle pieces had no straight edges nor did the puzzle make up a specific picture. So what did the puzzle tell us?

Pre Prep B children looked at each individual puzzle piece. They were all very different – just like us. The children were then asked if it was okay to be different, to which the unanimous response was ‘Yes’. They learnt that our difference makes us who we are and that is something we all need to respect and value.

Through the eyes of our young children, the message is clear - each person is unique and special and we need to honour who and what we are.

What has become very evident through the media because of some significant tragedies, the massacre in New Zealand, the high school shootings in America and the actions of terrorists, the children and young people have stood up and led the fight for peace and harmony to support a peaceful world.

Through the children of Coomera Anglican College Early Learning Centre, the importance of belonging to a culture of inclusiveness, respect and acceptance for all regardless of race, religion, culture or difference is paramount. We are one in God’s eye.

May our children be our future and lead us all into a future filled with harmony and peace world.

Happy Harmony Day


Jenny Ress - Director Early Learning Centre

Flourishing awards

Are actively engaged in learning.
-  Have a sense of accomplishment, setting, working toward and achieving goals.
-  Use a growth mindset to overcome challenges and build resilience.

Enjoy positive relationships.
-  Savour and build upon positive emotions.
-  Demonstrate gratitude for their God-given gifts and talents and respond in loving service.

Find meaning in God, and purpose in giving and receiving God's love through service.

Honouring our bodies with healthy choices, exercise, good sleep and recreation.

Congratulations to this week's recipients of the Flourishing Award for displaying those attributes:

Class Name
PA Derek Xu-Chen
PH Jack James
PM Cooper Coghlan
PS Abby Yang
1B Ethan Pyke
1J James Caulfield
1K Yuka Hashiguchi
1R Sienna Cornish
2B Nate Sandall
2D Savannah Fava
2P Callan McIlroy
2W Matilda Erwin
3B Oliver Houlding
3H Jack Anderson
3P Aanya Naidu
3T David Choi
4B Chloe Smith
4F Logan Annis
4P Jemma Anderson
4S Josef Neumann
5D Cydney Teasdale
5E Elizabeth Bemrose
5H Archie Brown
5P Cooper Poschich
6C Clare Smith
6D Abbey Thompson
6N Holly Hogg
6R Hamish Erwin



Uniform Shop - Get set for Term 2 & 3

As we near the end of Term, it is time to get your children's uniforms ready for Term 2 and 3 2019. 

In Secondary, College Blazers are compulsory for girls and boys in Years 7-12.
Boys switch over to long trousers with the option of navy ankle socks.

In both Secondary and Primary, girls may wear tights with their dresses and skirts.
Primary girls wear the navy cotton tights and Secondary girls wear the navy micro fibre tights.

College Pullovers can be worn with either formal or sports uniform and tracksuits or hoodies can ONLY be worn with College Sport uniform. The only exception to this is for Preparatory students, who may wear either a tracksuit or a pullover.

Uniform shop hours 

Monday 7.30 - 11am 

Wednesday 7.30 - 4pm 

Friday 7.30 - 11am. 

The shop will be open the first day back of Term 2 - Tuesday 23 April 7.30 - 11am

When 'Technology' and 'The Arts' mix Creatively 

Behind the scenes the Musical creatives have been toiling away, designing and constructing sets for the upcoming production of Oliver. Many hours go into creating even the tiniest of props, some appearing on the stage for only a few minutes, however, the impact each one creates is essential to the overall effect. This year, the team were able to think outside the box and include College Technology in the construction of some pieces, with incredible results.

One example will be used by Mr Bumble in the well-known scene 'Please Sir, may I have some more'. Mr Bumble the cruel, pompous beadle of the orphanage raises his staff and slams it into the shouting at the cowering Oliver. The staff was created using a College 3D printer to construct the acorn mounted on the top of a wooden hoe handle from Bunnings, which was then sprayed a magical shiny gold.  

The opening scene will also feature some beautiful cast iron gates opening in front of the orphanage. The gates are actually timber and feature 8 panels of intricate fretwork complete with locks which were all constructed utilising the College Laser Cutter. After a spray with a metallic paint finish the overall effect is very realistic.

If you plan to see the musical, look out for the Sowerberry Funeral Parlour whose timber doors have large iron gothic hinges on them. Again, these hinges were cut on the College Laser Cutter with amazing results. 

If you do not have your tickets to Oliver, there is a link at the bottom of the newsletter to purchase them now. 

A View from the Audience

The much anticipated Senior Music Performance Evening last Thursday delivered a banquet of song and sound that delighted the audience. Seventeen musicians from Year 11 and Year 12 showcased their talents across a range of musical genres. From romantic classics and contemporary love songs, through to light opera (complete with clouds of smoke on stage at one point, thank you Baxter) the audience was treated to a range of strong, engaging and enchanting voices.  Mozart played on flute, Waltzing Matilda on violin and fast moving AC/DC on guitar added enormous variation and depth to the concert, as did the clever use of loop technology with guitar and vocals, and the high energy of an electric violin. At the end of the night, the audience had learned about ‘forearm clusters’ where piano keys are struck with the forearms mid-song to dramatic effect and the importance of costume and staging in the atmosphere of musical theatre.

The evening was a resounding success and a credit to the talented music students and their dedicated teachers. If you missed this year’s performance then please flag the diary for next year – being in the audience is an absolute privilege.

Jeff Wilks - College Parent

Equity In Sport

The Year 11 Elective PE students have been challenged over the last two weeks, investigating the concept of Equity when playing sport. Equity in sport is about fairness in sport, equality of access, recognising inequalities and taking steps to address them.  It is about changing the culture and structures of sport to ensure that it becomes equally accessible to all members of society whatever their age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality or social economic status.

Last week, the students experienced the concept first hand while playing Cricket with various levels of visual impairment.

Mrs Sam Taylor - Secondary Teacher

UQ Science Ambassadors

I am pleased to announce that three Year Eleven students have been awarded roles under the University of Queensland Science Ambassador program for 2019. The students are Baxter Dent, Pascale Greener and Kyrra Wilks. I am sure we will hear more about advances in Science from these Ambassadors this year.

Baxter and Pascale have also won a UQ competition and received double passes, valued at $70 each, to attend the World Science Festival Exhibition entitled “We Will be Martians: Our Future on the Red Planet” at the QPAC Concert Hall.

I congratulate our outgoing Ambassadors from 2018, James Harwood and Paris Willis on the excellent work they have done over the past 12 months.

John Campbell - Head of Science

2019/2020 Entertainment Membership, out soon!

The new 2019/2020 value-added Entertainment Memberships are soon to be launched! However, invitations are now open to jump in early and pre-purchase a membership which gives you an additional six offers valued at over $300! These offers include a $50 Cellarmasters Voucher and $20 Woolworths voucher that you can start using immediately! Plus, you will be supporting the College Art Department annual fundraising event with 20% of each membership purchased going to it.
Click this link for the pre-purchase offer!

If you are not familiar with the 'Entertainment Book' - Its comes in either a book or digital membership format and is an excellent guide to all the things you love to do...dining, attractions, shopping, travel and more!
It is filled with discounts and offers of up to 50% or 2-for-1 on the good and services and is a great way to discover new favourites or head back to places you love with a discount all within in your regional area. 

Enrolments - A rare opportunity to commence Year 8 2020

Don’t delay... there is still time to place an application for Year 8 2020!

We are excited to announce there are limited places available to join the Junior Secondary Campus in Year 8 next year. With the introduction of the additional Year 7 class in 2019, it has afforded the College with the unique opportunity for new students wishing to become part of our College community by placing an application for entry in 2020.
If our families know anyone who has expressed interest in becoming a part of our flourishing community and keen to start the new year with a bright and optimistic future, we urge them to place an application as soon as possible via the College website and the enrolments tab.

We congratulate the following students, who have been selected in representative sporting teams:

Sienna Bradshaw - Hinterland U/11 Netball Team

Imogen Hanley - Hinterland U/12 Netball Team

Jessica Bonnitcha - Hinterland U/12 Netball Team

Tahlia Hanley - Hinterland U/12 Netball Team

Anthony Hall - Head of Sport
 Do not miss this classic musical based on the Charles Dickens' novel, 'Oliver Twist'.
The musical, featuring many unforgettable and well-known songs including 'Food Glorious Food', 'Consider Yourself' and 'Oom-Pah-Pah',
will leave you and your entire family 'Wanting More'. 
With 4 performance options available, there is a session to suit everyone!

March 2019

25 March - Year 9 Team Building
27 March - Year 3 Mission Earth Experience
29 March - Prep Sensational Sounds Day
29 March - Primary Strings Workshop
1 April - Festivsl of Gifts
2 April - Gibbs House Worship 

Looking Ahead...
9 May // OLIVER THE MUSICAL - Afternoon Session 4pm
10 May // OLIVER THE MUSICAL - Evening Session 7pm
11 May // OLIVER THE MUSICAL - Matinee Session 1.30pm
11 May // OLIVER THE MUSICAL - Evening Session 7pm
Ticket Sales Open Sunday 17 March at 7pm - Click here for bookings


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