Principal’s Blog

Five ways to help your child these holidays

Glasshouse Christian College Principal - Mike Curtis

It’s school holiday time and I know my children are looking forward to a break. The downside is that children’s learning levels will often go backwards after the school holidays and this is very evident to us as educators.  Children need a holiday and it’s important to relax and play. However, there are ways of
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Performing Arts linked to student success

Glasshouse Christian College Principal - Mike Curtis

Did you know that students who participate in dance, drama, music and visual arts have much better academic outcomes and enjoy a higher personal wellbeing? Students involved in Performing Arts are more highly motivated, meet deadlines, enjoy good self-esteem and have a much higher rate of life satisfaction. If our Shine on the Arts night
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Hooked on books – five ways to help your children read

Glasshouse Christian College Principal - Mike Curtis

We just celebrated a huge Book Week and it was a joy to see the students and staff throw themselves into the theme. Book Week is perfect for showing children of all ages that books are fun. This is the message that needs to endure long after the costumes have been stowed for another year.
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Five benefits of volunteering – Principal’s blog

Glasshouse Christian College Principal - Mike Curtis

Last Friday we held our annual Volunteers’ Lunch to thank our volunteers for their generous gift of time and talent which contributes greatly to the quality educational journey of our students. It was a good turnout but I recognise that it is not possible for everyone to attend and there are countless others who weren’t
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The importance of respect – Principal’s Blog

Glasshouse Christian College Principal - Mike Curtis

Respect is our second core value (G.R.E.A.T.) and it is certainly one of the most important. If there was no ‘R’ for respect in our core values, it would not be possible to have E for Excellence, A for Attitude and T for Teachability. A lack of respect completely undermines the mission of teaching and
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Six ways to boost your child’s learning

Glasshouse Christian College Principal - Mike Curtis

Recently I was sent a journal called The Brain which is issued by the Queensland Brain Institute. This issue discussed how memories are made, asked if smart drugs work and emphasised how important it is to have good teachers. However, the article that intrigued me the most was on science-based study tips on how to
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Principal’s Blog – does practice make perfect?

Glasshouse Christian College Principal - Mike Curtis

As parents we have all had our children complaining that they can’t do something and we have responded with the old adage that ‘practice makes perfect’ but is there more to it? Daniel Willingham is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia and he says that it is important that practice is deliberate
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Principal’s Blog – Grandparents’ Day and more

Glasshouse Christian College Principal - Mike Curtis

This was our biggest one yet with about 600 special guests and it was another huge success. You could see by the smiles on our students’ faces how much they loved having their grandparents or special guests there for them on the day. Many grandparents had travelled from long distances and this made the event
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Principal’s Blog – GCC is an Apple Distinguished School

Glasshouse Christian College Principal - Mike Curtis

Last week, I and seven of our staff attended the Apple Distinguished School conference where Glasshouse Christian College was officially awarded this prestigious title. Only 400 schools in the whole world have this title and we are thrilled that a little school in Beerwah has joined their number. You can read more details in Colleen
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