Principal’s Blog

What is NAPLAN and what’s all the fuss?

At this time of year, you begin to see and hear the word NAPLAN on the news and in the media. The hype slowly builds from April through to peaking in mid-May when NAPLAN testing happens. NAPLAN tests have been the subject of controversy since they were introduced in 2008 and even more so since
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Five reasons to show respect

Respect is GCC’s second core value (G.R.E.A.T.) and is possibly one of the most underrated character traits of modern times. A good society runs on respect and it is a fundamental value for peace and order. Showing respect to each other has the potential to change the world…
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Six helpful responses if your child is being bullied

Last Friday we acknowledged the National Day Against Bullying or “Bullying No Way” day. The College was awash with orange as students participated in activities and discussions that focused on bullying prevention and brought awareness to the issue. (Photos here). I thought in this week’s blog, I would talk about some of the strategies that
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Six reasons why I am excited about our new music rooms

As Principal, there are many reasons why I’m excited about our new music rooms and seeing our music program flourish in the College. As a musician I would recommend every student to consider pursuing their music education further. In the interests of space, I will only mention my top six reasons. Creating music is fun:
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Should you be worried about the Momo challenge?

The answer to this question varies widely depending on who you listen to and the information encompasses both extremes. A well-known video hosting site has said that there is no problem whatsoever (although they have since made some significant changes to their advertising and comments sections) and others are saying that children are trying to
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Is your child stressed?

Stress and anxiety are seen as huge problems in our modern age but research shows that the right kind of stress is actually beneficial, especially for young people! Stress is just our body’s response to a challenge and the key to good stress is managing and mastering that challenge. So when a teacher sets a
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The power of failure

It’s that time of the term when assessments are being sent home and received with mixed emotions. Some students can’t wait and attack assignments with gusto and some are less than excited but make plans to complete the work. There are a growing number of students who find assessments acutely stressful and their fear of
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Back to school blues – eight ways to beat it

We’ve just completed Week 3 of Term 1 in 2019 and this is a time when a case of ‘back to school blues’ can raise its troublesome head. The novelty of a new class, teacher and classmates has worn off and the back to school blues are threatening to become a part of 2019 for
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When grief happens

On Monday I emailed you all with the sad news that Sonya Kadel’s husband, Sean, had died after a long battle with cancer. This is a very sad time for Mrs Kadel, her family and friends. Those of you who know Sonya would have been impressed by her strength in this journey. What you may
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Welcome to 2019 at GCC

Welcome back everyone. I hope you all had a relaxing time over the holidays and are feeling refreshed and ready for a new year. It is going to be an exciting, full year and I can’t wait for what lies ahead. Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your patience during the construction
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