Glasshouse Christian College Principal - Mike Curtis

Principals Address 9 June 2017

Open Day

This year’s Open Day looked to be in dire straits with weather predictions of doom and gloom but sunshine prevailed and the weather was close to perfect. We hoped for the best but planned for the worst and it was a good exercise to prepare for wet weather just in case.

We are continually tweaking Open Day to improve the event for our visitors, current families, students and staff and each year is a little better than the one before.

I heard one person say that this year was more like a Shine on the Arts event than a school Open Day. We had more student performances than ever before and it was truly exciting to see quality talent and where the arts is heading at GCC.

One of the benefits of the wet weather preparations was that I actually saw the Dance performances this year and although I missed a lot of the musical items, I was able to catch up with them on Facebook.

I’d like to thank all of our parents who brought their students to Glasshouse Christian College on a Saturday so they could volunteer, perform and take part in this important event. I really appreciate your support.

Our P and F did a fabulous job and used the opportunity to raise a fantastic profit from their barbecue.

Beerwah Woolworths were good enough to donate more than 100 apples for us to put in our gift bags for new visitors. The apples were to show the College’s encouragement for healthy eating and were greatly appreciated.

Photos of the day are on our website.

Agritech Day

This was a huge event springing from an ‘Engaging Queenslanders in Science’ grant awarded to our Agricultural Science students. The students presented their studies and experience in drone technology to farmers, scientists and researchers.

Ag students took guests on a farm tour and then our Hospitality students treated them to a three course lunch featuring farm produce. Photos here.

Breakthru

Congratulations to our Senior Dance team who made it into the finals of the Breakthru Music and Dance Competition run by the Sunshine Plaza. They did an awesome job and the finals are on this Saturday 10 June. If you can turn up to support them during their performance at 1:30pm, I’m sure they will appreciate it.

The Night of Talent!

Our Student Voice did a fantastic job running the third annual Night of Talent last Thursday. This night was ‘by the students for the students’ and a huge success with more than 150 guests. Congratulations to the winners and runners up who are: Lily Demiruitis, Madeline Bell, Corey Bullard, Mitchell Tidy, Clancy Warner, Liam Hallink, Lincoln McKensie and Lexi Brannigan. For more details on the night and all the photos, click here.

Maleny Show

Congratulations to our Kitchen Garden, Hospitality and Agricultural Science students who all did well in the recent Maleny Show. Our Agricultural Science students gave presentations, volunteered and won two Grand Champion Ribbons in the Produce Section. They also won Grand Champion Plymouth Rock Rooster and came first and second for Plymouth Rock pullets.

The Agricultural Science students worked with Head of Hospitality Julie Peters to make cheese and one a first for their ricotta and second for their feta cheese.

Our Kitchen Garden students also excelled in the show, winning awards for ricotta, hummus, sticky date slice, salted butter and chocolate sauce. All the details and photos are in Mandy’s Kitchen Garden article here.

New newsletter format

We are very aware you are very busy people and are constantly looking for ways to communicate effectively in a way that suits your lifestyle.

Now that so much is happening in the College, the EAGLE has grown to a 20-page magazine that is a lot to wade through. Even though you have the choice to take short cuts, people are looking at the 20 pages of articles and understandably putting it in the too hard basket.

From next term we are trialling a new method of keeping you up to date with the news and events at College. We are sending out a weekly email with a photo and link to the most recent articles. You will be able to see all the articles at a glance and just click on the ones you are interested in.

This should not only save you time but delivers the news to you while it is still current.

Happy Holidays

The mid-year holidays are now just a week away and I hope you enjoy a little bit of down time enjoying the crisp Queensland winter. Although students have three weeks off school, the staff will be back on Monday 3 July for a week of professional development.

Mike Curtis, Principal

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