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Important Dates
(refer to newsletter for details)

20th April
Term 2 commences

21st April

Year Meetings

22nd April


24th April

Free Dress Day

27th April

Basketball (10-12yrs)
SRC meeting (lunch)
Timor Meeting (TBC)

28th April

Grin & Tonic Masterclass
Parent-Teacher Meetings

29th April

Grin & Tonic Performance

30th April

Hockey (10-12 years)
Year 11 & Year 12 JCU Visit
Parent Teacher Meetings

1st May

SRC Meeting (Lunch) TBC


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.

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Recently, ten of Good Counsel College’s Social Science students attended the UN Youth Forum, held at James Cook University. Organised by UN Youth Australia, the two day forum allowed students to participate in a range of activities with a focus on the theme of ‘Human Rights and Human Security’.

Activities included group advertising campaigns about important social issues, student debates, as well as the staging of a mock sitting of the UN Security Council, where students were able to amend and vote on prepared resolutions from the perspective of their assigned nation. These activities both tested and expanded student knowledge of current world events, as well as highlighting the differing viewpoints of countries in regards to these issues. The group advertising campaigns also allowed students to highlight their rather impressive acting abilities!

At the conclusion of the forum, GCC’s Ethan and Bianca were awarded second place in the Cairns regional round of the Evatt Trophy for the second year in succession – a fine achievement. The pair was judged to have been one of the most effective UN representatives across the duration of the forum; however all of GCC’s attendees should be congratulated for their participation (on a weekend, no less!) and willingness to speak their mind. If the performance of our students is anything to go by, the future of our country is in excellent hands.

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver will be hosting his Food Revolution Day cooking lesson, where he’ll make his “Squash it” sandwich. Hospitality and Home Economic students will host a school community lunch event offering healthy options for sandwiches and wraps. Please provide a gold coin donation if your child is interested in this event thanks.


The International Day of Families is observed on the 15th of May every year. The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 and reflects the importance of international communities and families. This day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families. As part of the promotion of this significant day, Hospitality students together with student volunteers from Good Counsel College’s school community will be hosting a family breakfast. If your Family would like to participate on this day, breakfast will be available from 7am. This is a great way to end the school week and come together to promote families, community and healthy food. Cost: Family $10 payable on the day.

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