In this issue

Principal’s News
NAPLAN Review
IB University Experience Days
Our New Spanish Language Assistant
What is iTime
Secondary School Swimming Carnival
Join CAST – Term 1 2020
2020 Lantern Painting Competition
Positive Education @ Calamvale Community College

 

Principals News

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Principals News

NAPLAN Review

In September 2019, Queensland committed to working with New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria on a Cross-jurisdictional Review of NAPLAN. This review …

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NAPLAN Review

In September 2019, Queensland committed to working with New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria on a Cross-jurisdictional Review of NAPLAN.

This review will be informed by findings of the 2018 Queensland Review of NAPLAN, which received feedback from more than 7500 parents and carers, 5800 teachers and principals, 3000 students and 200 education stakeholders.

Led by panel members Emeritus Professor Barry McGaw, Emeritus Professor William Louden and Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith, the purpose of the review is to identify what a standardised testing regime in Australian schools should deliver, assess how well NAPLAN achieves this, and identify potential short and longer-term improvements.

Review Terms of Reference and an interim report released by the panel in December 2019 are available on the Queensland Department of Education website at https://qed.qld.gov.au/programs-initiatives/education/naplan-reviews/cross-jurisdictional-review-of-naplan.

The review is now exploring proposals in the interim report through public consultation. Online responses to a range of consultation questions can be provided here until 20 March 2020. I encourage you to take the opportunity to provide your views.

If you would like to share this with your school community through your weekly newsletter or another form of direct communication, some suggested wording is as follows:

  • Queensland is working with New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory on a cross-jurisdictional review of NAPLAN.
  • This will build on findings and recommendations from the 2018 Queensland NAPLAN Review, which are available online.
  • The review panel is now seeking feedback on the future of NAPLAN, including a number of proposals set out in an interim report released in December 2019.
  • Responses to a series of consultation questions can be provided via the NAPLAN review website by 20 March 2020.

If you seek further information on the Cross-jurisdictional Review of NAPLAN, please direct any questions to: NAPLANreview@det.nsw.edu.au.

IB University Experience Days

The IB cohorts in Year 11 and 12 plus the Year 10 Prep class have begun the year networking and learning from various faculties, professors …

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IB University Experience Days

The IB cohorts in Year 11 and 12 plus the Year 10 Prep class have begun the year networking and learning from various faculties, professors and experts at Universities across SEQ.  In coordination with other IB World Schools; Benowa SHS and Cleveland DSHS, IB students were able to visit a campus, sit in on lectures, participate in workshops, hear from past IB students and network with like-minded IB students.

The Year 10s visited Griffith University on the Gold Coast where the focus was on leadership and how everyone can be a leader and this is the year to develop the skills and build confidence in self, so that there is automaticity in the years to come.

Year 11 visited QUT, Kelvin Grove with a thematic approach to Extended Essay preparation and workshops targeted to academic research and writing as well as collecting and analysing data.  There was also a Q&A session with graduated IB students who spoke at length about how the skills they learned from the Diploma Programme prepared them for university.

Year 12 visited UQ, St Lucia with an interesting keynote presentation from Professor Ellerton on how to think and the importance of thinking and how AI technology will never be able to replicate the level of thinking that humans have.  Students also worked collaboratively on various science challenges as well as examining science data that will assist them with their upcoming Science IAs.

This was a great opportunity for our tertiary-bound students to be able to explore campus and sit in on lectures and workshops that developed their IB specific skills.

Introducing Ruben Bornez Fernandez – our Spanish Language Assistant

Rubén comes from Ciudad Real, in central Spain, where he recently obtained a degree in English Studies and Literature. Rubén hopes to become a language …

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Introducing Ruben Bornez Fernandez – our Spanish Language Assistant

Rubén comes from Ciudad Real, in central Spain, where he recently obtained a degree in English Studies and Literature. Rubén hopes to become a language teacher in the future and will start a Masters Degree in Teaching after his stay in Australia. Over the past few years, Rubén acquired valuable teaching experience thanks to internships in the USA and Ireland, where he worked as a Spanish Assistant in universities. Rubén also has some experience with younger children and teenagers, as he worked as an au pair in England and as an English Tutor and football coach in summer camps. Rubén has recently completed a 150-hour course in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, including a brief internship, and is excited to put himself to the test with Australian students.  It is a dream of his to teach English to students as education and languages is a passion of his.

He is currently working with our Year 9 APEX students studying Spanish for the first time, as well as the IB Diploma Spanish students.  He can also been seen out on the football pitch as Assistant coach for our interschool football (soccer) teams.

 

We look forward to welcoming Ruben to our College for the semester and using his expertise in our language classrooms.

What is iTime?

We are living in a time of change and our children and young people are more and more exposed to the debates around climate and …

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What is iTime?

We are living in a time of change and our children and young people are more and more exposed to the debates around climate and are witnessing through the news, on social media, and first-hand the environmental catastrophes locally and around the world.

Now more than ever, we have a responsibility to alleviate any fears that those in our care may be experiencing and flip this situation so they can see not only the natural beauty of the world and value what is and what it can be in the future, but what they have to contribute and to know their voices and their actions are important.

We ask that you explore these issues with your children, perhaps around the dinner table in the evenings, and encourage them to recognise themselves as conscious risk takers and inquirers who have the capacity to make a difference.

In the Secondary School, we are now running ‘iTime’, an 80 minute session held every Wednesday as the last class of the day.

In iTime, students explore their own place in the world, value the skills they have and how they connect with others, and design projects that support the Sustainable Development Goals. This time allows them to make connections with their learning, discover their passions, and seek ways to contribute to the larger community through Creativity, Activity, and Service. It is a valued and valuable part of their education and will enable them to thrive as local and global citizens and in their future career paths.  It is a space where students can contribute in the following ways:

 

  • Term 1: Recognise the importance of community and be able to connect with others while their own strengths and discovering their own interests
  • Term 2: Creating a product to give to others
  • Term 3: Designing and participating in a physical activity that they can teach others
  • Term 4: Producing a product or service to improve well-being in the community or for the environment.

Soon, students will be launching their e-folios (digital learning portfolios) which they will be able to share with you, demonstrating how they identify themselves as changemakers, and the skillset they have that enables them to contribute and to improve their own lives, those of others, and to  the environment. This program leads towards an assessment that is included in student term report cards under Global Competence and we value your support encouraging and checking in with your child so they realise that you are also invested in this goal.

To participate actively in this class, students need a laptop or ipad to be able to conduct their own research and document their learning through the portfolio process.  Students who do not have a device will need an exercise book and will need to undertake research online at home.

If you have any queries about this new program, please feel free to contact the school.

Best wishes and thank you for your support.

 

Pamela Curtin

Head of Global Competence

pcurt28@eq.edu.au

Secondary School Swimming Carnival

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Secondary School Swimming Carnival

Join CAST – Term 1 2020

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Join CAST – Term 1 2020

2020 Lantern Painting Competition

Congratulations and good luck to all the CCC students who entered the 2020 Lantern Painting Festival as part of the 2020 Brisbane International Arts Festival. …

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2020 Lantern Painting Competition

Congratulations and good luck to all the CCC students who entered the 2020 Lantern Painting Festival as part of the 2020 Brisbane International Arts Festival. Winners will be announced on Saturday 14 March.

Positive Education at Calamvale Community College

Calamvale Community College’s wellbeing framework is based on positive psychology. Positive Education is the application of positive psychology in an educational setting. It is a …

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Positive Education at Calamvale Community College

Calamvale Community College’s wellbeing framework is based on positive psychology. Positive Education is the application of positive psychology in an educational setting. It is a framework that is based on the science of wellbeing and the strategies people can apply in their lives to experience a flourishing existence.

Character Strengths

It has probably been a while since you completed the VIA character strengths survey. Maybe some significant events have happened in your life since you last completed it. Please go to the following website to re-do the VIA Character Strengths survey. If you have not completed the survey previously sign-up to complete the free version.

https://www.viacharacter.org/Survey/Account/Register (use the live link above or type this URL into your browser)

 

Keep your eye out for more about Positive Education at CCC in upcoming newsletters.

Nerieda Anderson
Calamvale Community College
Developmental Guidance Officer, Psychologist