Welcome back to Term 3. I hope that each of our young men had a refreshing break as best they could, and that they were very helpful around the house and family. During the student free week, our teaching staff participated in professional development that involved further enhancing our data literacy so that we can gauge our impact within the classroom and with the programs that are introduced within different subjects. We also held workshops regarding our pedagogical framework: The Art and Science of Teaching. As well as work on our student formation framework and program. It was...
Welcome back to Term 3. I hope that each of our young men had a refreshing break as best they could, and that they were very helpful around the house and family. During the student free week, our teaching staff participated in professional development that involved further enhancing our data literacy so that we can gauge our impact within the classroom and with the programs that are introduced within different subjects. We also held workshops regarding our pedagogical framework: The Art and Science of Teaching. As well as work on our student formation framework and program. It was certainly good, relevant professional development for our teachers. There were also many staff involved in holiday activities. I would like to thank them for their time and efforts so that many of our young men could participate in the activities.
There was certainly a lot of activity with sporting camps, clinics and trips over the holiday period. Firstly, 20 of our young men accompanied Mr Polich, Mr Lawrence, Mr Yeo and Mr McGoldrick to Charters Towers to compete I the QISSRL Confraternity Rugby League carnival. The team finished 14th overall out of just over 50 teams after competing against the very difficult Division 1 teams. I would also like to particularly thank Mr Chris Walsh and Mr Ross Crookey for driving our school bus to Townsville where they picked up the team and then drove them 200kms west to Charters Towers. Over the holidays our Under 15 and Open Basketball teams competed in the EREA Basketball tournament. This event was held in Brisbane and we competed against EREA school from around Australia. It was a very good experience for all of our plyers leading into the new season. Mr Steve Copping organised the teams and will, once again, coordinate the Basketball Program this year. Also, our Cross Country tam travelled to the north coast for a training camp. They stayed at Iona College’s camping site near Cotton Tree. Mr Crowley, Mr Gold and Mr Greenfield attended the camp and trained the team during this time. During the holidays, Bradley Kuhn (Year 12) was selected into the Queensland Schoolboys Rugby Team to travel to Sydney to play against teams from Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales, ACT and combined states. Bradley’s team came 3rd overall. Mr Luke Oxford was also selected to coach a Queensland side this year.
The Parent Teacher Interview bookings will close next Monday, 23 July. I would remind all parents that it is our expectation that each young man attends the interviews with his parents. They are also expected to wear their school uniform to the interviews. Our Year 12 students who will be sitting the QCS Test will be required to remain at the College until 2:30pm. They will not finish the same time as the other students as they will use the afternoon to continue to prepare for the QCS Tests that they will undertake on 4-5 September.
On Monday morning, we will be extending our Tutor Group meeting times to, once again, allow our students to plan their subject targets for the second semester. The target discussion will vary depending on the age of your son. I would encourage all parents to discuss the meetings with your son and to ensure that they bring their target result to the Parent Teacher Interview so that they can be the focus of the meetings. Firstly, it is important that you establish, with the subject teacher, how realistic that the goal is and then what actions need to be taken within the subject to achieve the set target. Unfortunately, we will not be able to give the targets to the parents before the meetings as the interviews are on the following day. Therefore, it is important that your son keep his record of targets and brings them to the meetings. The targets will be forwarded to parents, like the first semester, once they are collated.
Next Tuesday, our College music program moves into the Queen Street Mall as a part of the Brisbane Band Festival. If you happen to work in the city, you might be interested in seeing them in action. Further information regarding this can be found in Geoff Samuel’s article.
Today’s Inter-House Athletics Carnival was another great success. I would like to particularly thank Mr Doug Locke and Darren Kearney who do a great deal of work in planning for this event. The Grounds Staff and Property and Maintenance Staff also do a great job in setting up Curlew Park for the event. I always enjoy seeing our young men enjoying themselves and supporting and encouraging each other. These carnival events do a great deal more than just allow for physical activity and a House competition.
It is with mixed feelings that I advise our community that Mr Geoff Paulsen has resigned from his position as Curlew Park Grounds Manager. Geoff commenced his employment as a Curator/Groundsman at Curlew Park in 2007. Over the 12 year period that he has been with us, Geoff has moved into the position of Manager of Curlew Park. During his time with us, Geoff has made a wonderful contribution to the upkeep and management of our playing fields at Curlew Park. He has also had a significant influence over our Cricket program as well. Geoff is going to make a complete career change and move into selling real estate in the Ipswich area. I am sure that all members of the community would join me in wishing Geoff the very best with his future endeavours. We are currently interviewing for Geoff’s replacement.
The big events of this weekend include trial games of Basketball and Tennis against Iona College. The games are spread between the two Colleges and information can be found on the sports page. Secondly, our Cross Country team will be training in the afternoon at Limestone Park in Ipswich. This is where the championship will be held on Wednesday 8 August. Finally, we have our Year 7-10 Social at the Sandgate PCYC starting at 7:00pm and finishing at 10:00pm.
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