Glasshouse Christian College is the only Apple Distinguished School on the Sunshine Coast!
I marvel that the solution to a timetabling problem became the toast of the Apple Distinguished Schools’ Conference last week.
On Thursday 13 July, the facilitators of the DeLorean Project and a merry band of 11 students, embarked on a journey to the Gold Coast to share what the DeLorean Project does.
While we knew that what we were doing and what our students were producing was good, we had no idea how amazed the Apple Distinguished School community would be. Our students were the belles of the ball and enchanted the delegates from all over Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and Malaysia.
To witness our young people publicly engage with other educators and share their ideas not because they had to, but because they genuinely wanted to, was inspiring. They were articulate, they were confident, and many of them spoke passionately about their projects. To watch the faces of delegates as they listened to our students and what they are doing was priceless. Delegates walked away to speak to other teachers, pointing back to the DeLorean students, saying “You have to go see this!”
Our magnificent student delegation included:
- Kate Jackson
- Alyssa Rose
- Nikita Perro
- Jess Perro
- Zac Hall
- Paige Martin
- Savannah Buckman
- Kirra Dodwell
- Kacey Dicken
- Tyler Rees
- Amy Trevithick
There are no other Apple Distinguished Schools on the Sunshine Coast. Glasshouse Christian College is one of only eight Apple Distinguished Schools in Queensland and one of 54 Apple Distinguished Schools in Australia. In such esteemed company, it was wonderful to see our students succeed so emphatically and to garner such industry praise is a credit to Mr Curtis and the College Board who have supported and encouraged the DeLorean Project from day one. Of course, we must acknowledge our DeLorean Dreamer – Mr Rob Steffler, for bringing to light a transformative learning opportunity for our students, that few educators have the privilege of being part of.
Colleen Crase, Year 10 Coordinator