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Important Dates
(refer to newsletter for details)

18th May
Y10 Magistrates Court Visit
Timor Meeting

19th May
Year Meetings
Year 11 Legal—Supreme Court

20th May
Vinnies Meeting—A1a

21st May
Student Mock Interviews (Year 10)
Football (13-15 years)

22nd May
Cross Country (10-12 & 19U years)

25th May
Year 10 Whitecard Course
Tennis (Boys 10-12 years)

26th May
National Sorry Day
Year 11 & Year 12 Geography Excursion
Tennis (Girls 10-12 years)

27th May
Assembly—Sorry Day

28th May
Years 11 & 12 Geography Excursion
Tennis (Girls 10-12 years)

29th May
Basketball (13-15 years)



Maths Tuition
Monday & Wednesday
3.10pm to 4pm

English Tuition
3.10pm to 4pm
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Good Counsel College is an independent Catholic Secondary College. With an enrolment of 585 girls and boys we are a medium sized school, large enough to provide a wide range of choice of subjects and programs in our curriculum which provides a variety of options of academic opportunities as well as vocational, trade and career training, while still being small enough to provide a caring Catholic community where every student is known, loved and valued.

Good Counsel College is committed to providing quality Catholic education to provide the best learning outcome for all. We are renowned as a learning community based on proud traditions which employs effective teaching and learning strategies with a focus on the future which will enhance the spiritual, educational, physical, cultural and social development of all students. We aim to develop in each student a sense of acceptance and belonging and a respect for self, each other and the environment based on the Catholic ethos of love, hope and faith and a thirst for spiritual development.

We celebrate diversity and the uniqueness of each individual and foster a personal responsibility for learning, growth and development.  Our students learn to grow their personal characteristics of courage, integrity, compassion and consideration which provide a wonderful foundation for their future life.

Community News

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 and families.
I look forward to continuing to work with you One Spirit in Christ.
Paul Keenan - Principal

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: gcounsel@gcc.qld.edu.au

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.

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 month’s market. 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 and fun.

Check out the most recent newsletter for all the latest news!

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