Middle School News

A Festivus for the rest of us!

On Wednesday of Week 4, the Year 8s celebrated the culmination of what was a fantastic unit of work!  Over the past term and a half in English Humanities, we have been studying the Pacific Islands, the diverse cultures, and what it means to have our identity founded in our culture, family, and our faith. 
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A tasty bite of French culture

French is so much more than just a language. A big part of French is linked to its culture – places, people, cuisine and much more. This Tuesday, all Year 8 students had the privilege to be immersed into French culture at le Relais Bressan, a French restaurant in Flaxton. During the visit, students discovered
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Year 7 Canberra Trip 2019

It seems a little unreal that the Year 7s are quickly settling back into the routines of classes here at GCC when just over a week ago we were all excitedly experiencing the annual trip to Canberra in the ACT. The trip proved once again to be the ultimate highlight of Year 7. The students
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Year 7 focuses on ‘overcoming obstacles’

Term 2 was full of many highlights for Year 7 students, with an overall focus on ‘overcoming obstacles’. The new format of online NAPLAN testing in the middle of the term was finished off with a celebration of how the students are quickly learning new things and overcoming many hurdles by spending time on a
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Ordinary lives in Middle School

Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable but it is a way of foolishness. Help them instead to see the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die…

Why it’s important to contextualise learning in Middle School

Twelve to 14-year-olds are on an extreme learning curve at this stage in their life. It ranks only next to toddlerhood for this sort of growth. At this time in their lives, they need reasons for why they’re doing things, they’re fighting for independence and hormones are messing with (albeit sometimes controlling) their emotions and
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USC Robotics and Coding Day

The University of the Sunshine Coast hosted a Robotics and Coding day and some Year 8 students attended and experienced the puzzling and complex world of using computer coding to control machines, specifically Lego EV3 Mindstorms. At the event, the students were able to create and program lines of code to make their robot complete
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Calani Payton – ‘A Towering Achievement’

One of our Middle School students, Calani Payton, represented our College in the Rostrum Voice of Youth public speaking competition recently. Calani crafted and delivered a speech in front of trained adjudicators about ‘A towering achievement’. She did herself proud speaking for well over five minutes on the ‘towering achievement’ fully inclusive education would be.
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Middle School News

Making Homework Productive and Achievable and some other Middle School notes. It was great to meet many of our parents at the recent Student-Led Conferences and Interviews. Thanks for making the time to invest in your child in this small way. Having parents involved in their child’s education, makes a difference to how they progress
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Success in the MLTAQ French poster competition

The annual Sunshine Coast MLTAQ Foreign Languages Poster competition was held in Term 1. The topic this year was the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. The topic challenged students to think about the importance of native languages in the society, and the role of languages as a means of communication, socialising and belonging.
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