The final week of the year is always a big one and this was no exception. Senior students left last week and this week Middle School students enjoyed alternate activities which encompassed everything from making billy carts to decorating gingerbread houses.
However, all the big action was now concentrated in Primary with Christmas concerts, our first full Prep – 6 Primary Awards Ceremony and the Year 6 Graduation.
Year 5 Band Concert
Wednesday 27 November saw the culmination of months of learning a new skill – how to play a musical instrument and perform as a band. The concert began with a tasty breakfast for parents then our Year 5 students played a selection of songs to the delight of their rapt audience.
The music staff and tutors have been very impressed with the progress this group has made in such a short time. Many students were sad to come to the end of this journey, however, there are many more opportunities for them to explore their love of music in the future.
This is a good time to remind you about our fantastic and comprehensive Instrumental Tuition Program that takes place many days over the course of the week. We already have 180 students involved in this program and students learn all manner of instruments such as guitar, drums, violin, piano, brass, woodwind and vocal. If you would like more information please go to our website www.glasshouse.qld.edu/Learning/Music.
Year 3 Smart Strings Concert
When I told someone that I was about to hear 90 Year 3 students play the violin, they thought they should feel sorry for me but nothing could be further from the truth! On Friday, our Smart Strings students rocked the audience with classics like Blueberry Pie, Revving Up and a favourite with the students, Pizzicato Hiccups!
The students played with an ability that would rival much older players and the whole event was a lot of fun. To continue the rock and roll theme, students could have their photo taken with ‘Elvis’ and enjoyed a morning tea of doughnuts and milkshakes.
Prep to Year 2 Concert
Monday night was the Prep to Year 2 Christmas Concert and at that age, they really only have to stand on stage and look cute, however, they did far more than that. The students danced and sang their hearts out, taking us on a journey to Bethlehem.
Their confidence and talent shone out through the audience and there were lots of parents in our ‘paparazzi pit’ capturing those special moments.
Year 3 to 6 Concert
I was overwhelmed by the star quality and professional production of our Year 3 to 6 students at Tuesday night’s concert. They took a humble Christmas play and turned it into an all-singing, all-dancing, all-comedy extravaganza!
We enjoyed ballads, rock and roll and even rap! The acting and narration were flawless and the costumes extraordinarily creative and colourful. Well done to all the students, parents who helped with costumes and supported them on the night and the staff who pulled it all together.
Year 6 Graduation
The Year 6 Graduation Service this year included the presentation of a graduation Bible and certificate to the students, special awards, musical items, special thanks to current captains and the announcement of new captains for 2020.
I would like to congratulate Lillian Smyth and Oliver Geeves on becoming the 2020 Primary Captains; Jasmine Hazelden and Joy Kim on becoming the Performing Arts Captain; Mia Menkens and Tim Ford on becoming the Faith Captains. Congratulations also to our new Primary Sporting House Captains who are: Ararat – Hannah Gassner and Thomas Turner, Sinai – Breeanna Aldridge and Cooper Rana, Zion – Claire Broderick and Eli Alksne.
This year we are saying farewell to some of our staff who have been working contracts while others have been on parental or other leave. We are also saying goodbye to some who are moving on to new challenges.
We are farewelling Mandy Ward, Rob Wolsley, Tania Calais, Ben Glass, Sharryn Viney, Julie Sidey, Emma Buchanan-Jeffs, and Kathryn Harding. These people have been a wonderful asset to the College so I want to thank them for their service and hope you will join with me in wishing them God’s richest blessings in their future.
I would also like to farewell our families that are leaving us at the end of the year and I pray God’s richest blessings for you as you enter this new season of life.
Finally – Happy Christmas
I am very thankful for and proud of what we have accomplished as a College over the last 11 months and I would like to sincerely thank you all for being on this journey with us, entrusting your children to us and making GCC the G.R.E.A.T. community it is.
Most of all, I’m thankful for the Lord Jesus Christ and continue to pray that everything we do glorifies His name.
As another year draws to a close, I am thankful for all that God has done at GCC in 2019 and can’t wait to see what He has for us in 2020. I pray you have a wonderful break and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
Mike Curtis, Principal