FROM THE PRINCIPAL'S DESK
Last week Principals from the Diocese met to listen to Tony
Ryan who spoke of the future trends that will change what we
consider as normal educational processes. There is little doubt
that if you looked at a school in 1990 and compared it with what
we have today, the differences would be significant. We have
gone from slide rule to calculator to the smart phone. (Read more about this topic in the newsletter.)
This and next week are camp weeks, and as I write this, the
Year 10s are currently wrapping up at Camp Paterson, and the
Year 7 group are preparing to go next week. Camps enable
students to see each other differently and away from the school
environment. The camps provide a time to be with each other
rather than social media each other.
This week I also attended a forum on the problem with “Ice”.
There was a comment about what the schools doing about it.
It seems that with every social issue schools are expected to
provide a solution. What I did appreciate on the night was a
passionate speech by, (I gather), a local elder who said it could
only be solved by the community. Schools are part, but not all,
of the response we must make as a community.
We have a wonderful community that has similar problems
faced elsewhere. What we have to do is to show faith in one
another and keep the message there that this is not what we
want here in our community and definitely not for our children
I look forward to continuing to work with you One Spirit in
Paul Keenan - Principal
BLINK SMS …
GCC will soon be utilising the Blink SMS service. This service
enables SMS messaging to families and linked directly to the
Student Management System database. Blink SMS Messaging
will be used to: text message parents and/or students for the
follow-up of unexplained absences, notify parents and/or
students of important events, such as the cancellation of sports
days, an excursion bus being late, etc, relay messages about
events so that parents can SMS a number to find out the latest
information e.g. advising parents that a sports day is postponed
due to inclement weather.
It is imperative that parent details are accurate so that
information can reach you. If your mobile number has changed
please advise the Front Office in writing or via email:
YEAR 10-12 STUDENTS WORK EXPERIENCE
Students in year 10-12 are reminded that they can do work
experience during any school holiday and paper work must be
submitted to the VET office 4-5 weeks before the holidays, so
please come to the VET office and collect an application form.
Year 12 students will have the opportunity to attend the JCU
Uni Experience day during the first week next term on the
15th July and it is highly recommended as a great opportunity
to compare different Uni study options . In July students will
receive their QTAC books and a QTAC information evening will
be held on the 27th July.
FUND RAISING DATE CLAIMERS
Trash & Treasure Stall at the Red Cross Markets 20th June
If you have any items that you would like to
donate to this fundraising initiative, please
leave them at the College office for next
All donations are gratefully received.
All proceeds will go to supplying food and education materials
for children at the Dominican Sisters Orphanage in Dili and in
Quelicai, Baucau and Samalari East Timor (Timor Leste).
Thank you for your support.
Tropical Christmas in July – 1st August
Watch this space for further information on
the Menu and entertainment.
Raffles and Lucky Door Prize. Prizes for the
best tropical Christmas outfits.
Mark this date on your calendar, as a night of good food, friends
Check out the most recent newsletter for all the latest news!