Middle School News 30 August 2019

Over the past few weeks, the GCC calendar has been jam-packed and if your teenager is like most, you may not have heard about some of these things. Or, it may also have caused a few mini-crises in your home!

Four weeks ago we had Arts week culminating in the SHINE evening. Wow! What amazing talent displayed across our school in all of the Arts subjects. 

The following week was Science week with experiments and Science shows being held across all year levels at Glasshouse Christian College.

Last week was Book Week, with the theme being ‘Reading is My Secret Power’ and a Book Character Day Assembly as well as an opportunity for Middle School students to have time to ‘Relax and Read’. 

Along with these great themed weeks, Year 8s had an excursion to a French Restaurant, there was a Legacy Cup Lip-Sync battle and, a guest speaker from Youth Specialties Australia spoke to each of the Middle School Year Levels on the topics: 

  • Year 7 – The Power of Relationships
  • Year 8 – Leadership is More than a Badge
  • Year 9 – Take Charge, Your Future is in Your Hands. 

Students also recently took the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the plight of our farmers trying to manage livelihoods amidst the present drought situation. 

All of these focuses (or foci): Arts, Science, Book Week, special guest speakers, fundraisers, take additional effort and intentional planning. To showcase students’ talents and provide special opportunities and memories in their learning years is a valuable and worthwhile endeavour. I would like to thank all those (including parents when it comes to helping with SHINE preparations or Book Week costumes etc.) for making these wonderful experiences come to fruition.

Congratulations to our students who received an Academic or Diligence award in recent weeks for their Term 2 results. 53 students qualified for an Academic Award (20%) and 46 students for a Diligence Award (17%). 

Year 8s had their Leadership training day this week as they begin to contemplate and prepare for Year 9. Some students have nominated for badged leadership positions. At next week’s assembly, those who have nominated for Middle School Captain will each present a two-minute speech. The 2020 Middle School Captains will be announced at the Presentation Night in Term 4.

The Presentation Night is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate these students along with showcasing the aforementioned activities and other similar highlights from this year. All students are expected to attend along with their parents. Please mark the evening of Tuesday 5 November into your diaries. It will be held at the Caloundra Events Centre beginning at 6pm.

Jacqualina Vreeling, Head of Middle School

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