Principal’s News

What is the International Baccalaureate?
This is a frequently asked question and I am always happy to elaborate. For students in Years Prep to 6 and increasingly in years 7 to 9, International Baccalaureate is a way of learning. It incorporates our Australian Curriculum and gives it an international perspective. There is a focus on the Learner Profile as the most important characteristics of a learner.
IB Jigsaw Head picture
The other really important piece of the IB program is the action that happens at the end of the inquiry cycle and the learning phase. This is a response from the students which might be as large as a community project or personal a conscious change in personal perspective. Throughout this year, Ms Pamela Curtin has been with support from a small staff team, building our Global Competence Framework which will encompass this aspect of action-learning but also provide pathways for student leadership and to engage student voice. This will be launched in 2020, but here’s a snapshot.

 

 

 

Middle Years Program
Junior Secondary are loving the work they are doing in Inquiry and our teachers are embracing the opportunity to engage more directly with students. Our units of work are being launched with a provocation rather than a tile. A provocation is a question which seeks to inspire or interest the students in engaging with their next body of learning. So rather than approaching the work ‘cold’ we accessing the knowledge they already have and prompting them to question further, to indicate where their interests lie and to connect the new knowledge to areas of understanding that they already have. This is the process of the PYP in Junior School and we are slowly transitioning that through to our secondary learning styles.
Survey and feedback
My much promised survey of Junior Secondary parents will go out in the next week as well as the final round of student surveys in Years 7, 8 and 9. I look forward to hearing from you regarding your responses to our changes in the implementation of routines, Keys to Consistency, as well as shifts in learning styles and of course your general responses to school life in the adolescent years.

Diploma (Years 11 & 12)
Our IB seniors together with PYP students and others from across the College have revitalised “Dare to Ignite” – don’t miss it – it will be a wonderful showcase of our students’ learning.

More Growth in 2020 – more and more of our community are choosing CCC
Our College has had five years of constant growth in student numbers. The really exciting aspect of this is that, that growth has occurred inside the Calamvale Community Catchment, which means that our community is choosing our school as a school of choice. Thank you. Becoming a member of the Calamvale Community College community is a commitment to a global education with an international perspective on our world but it is also entering into a partnership between parents and families to achieve the best possible education for our students. Our International Baccalaureate programs, which address all aspects of the Australian Curriculum, and provides our students with the opportunity to grow in the Learner Profile, to understand how they learn and how to maximise their learning and achieve their best results; their personal best. Our students have achieved many personal bests this year. Please follow us on Facebook, read the newsletter and watch our information boards to track their success. We are very proud of your children, our students and very confident in their continued success. Thank you for your trust in us and your commitment to our ongoing partnership for our students.

 

Can and Bottle Collections
Once again a massive thank you to Mr Butler, College Council Chair for his, his families and our P&C commitment to the recycling program as a fundraiser for our school and an environmentally friendly way to dispose of our cans and bottles We had record contributions and it is an outstanding result. Thank you for the time taken to collect and deliver these to our school – more air-conditioning to come.

 

Congratulations and thank you P&C Junior Disco
What a wonderful Halloween Night it was! A great funding raising event for all the P&C’s hard work supporting our students. Thank you to the volunteers and our amazing Junior School staff team.

Musicfest
Over the course of the last few days our Junior Band, Senior Band and Jazz Band have all participated in the annual “Music Fest” Bands’ Competition. Each ensemble performed exceptionally well and achieved great results with complimentary comments from the adjudicators. Junior Band and Senior Band received Silver Awards for their performances……and today, Jazz Band took out the Gold Award!! Congratulations to these ensembles. It’s due to all their effort and hard work through-out the year. I feel very proud of them.

 

Strings at Music Fest 2019

 Thank-you for all your support during this huge performance term!

Our Music Fest results show the students’ hard work during the year.

 

Congratulations to Symphony Orchestra on their solid performance, receiving a Bronze Award, on Monday 21 October at Iona College!

Here are some of the adjudicator’s comments:

  • “some musical moments”
  • “there is good potential in this growing orchestra”

 

Congratulations to Crescendo on their strong performance at Coorparoo Secondary College on Thursday 24 October, receiving a Silver Award!

Here are some of the adjudicator’s comments:

  • Great energy, fantastic performance”
  • “Excellent stage presence and presentation”
  • “Well done, a solid and cohesive ensemble played with confidence”

 

CONGRATULATIONS to those students who performed in the Corelli Music Fest on Saturday 26 October at Coorparoo Secondary College. A GOLD AWARD!!

Here are some of the Adjudicator’s comments:

 

  • “Pieces were well prepared”
  • “Rhythm was secure”
  • “Very fine warm tone with Sword Dance showing fine dynamic variation”
  • A Platinum tick for Presentation!

ADP
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2019 Athlete Development Program. The team celebrated with a beautiful formal dinner where they were marked on their etiquette and dressed in formal attire. It was Athletes on the Red Carpet – and a credit to the whole ADP staff team.

 

 

CCA Breakfast and VET Awards
Congratulations Saige Amos – VET Student of the Year, Jayden Finch – Trainee of the Year & Reinnan Pomar – Outstanding Effort VET Award they took out the highest VET Awards which were presented at a Business Breakfast at Three Trees, two weeks ago. These students have achieved the highest standards in vocational education, they are industry ready and have very bright futures.

ICAS

ICAS Assessments recognise and reward academic excellence. The tests are designed to assess students’ ability to apply classroom learning in new contexts, using higher-order thinking …

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ICAS

ICAS Assessments recognise and reward academic excellence. The tests are designed to assess students’ ability to apply classroom learning in new contexts, using higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. Every year over a million students participate in ICAS around the world.
This year the assessments were completed online for the very first time. Students competed in Spelling, English, Writing, Mathematics, Science and Digital Technologies.
Congratulations to all students who were risk-takers and volunteered to be involved. Particular mention to our Distinction students (top 10%) and High Distinction student (top 1%):

DARE to Ignite 2019

CCC is very excited to host its first ever ‘DARE to Ignite’ Evening. An event designed to showcase all of the engaging inquiry-based action projects …

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DARE to Ignite 2019

CCC is very excited to host its first ever ‘DARE to Ignite’ Evening. An event designed to showcase all of the engaging inquiry-based action projects our students have been leading throughout the year. From within our classrooms to our CAST activities and extra-curricular experiences – our students will be sharing their learning journey. This includes student groups from across the whole college. A map and schedule of events will follow soon. Can’t wait to see you there.

 

FAREWELL Year 12’s

Our final Secondary Parade for our Year 12 cohort took place on Tuesday 29/10. The assembly was packed with celebrations of success for students, as …

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FAREWELL Year 12’s

Our final Secondary Parade for our Year 12 cohort took place on Tuesday 29/10. The assembly was packed with celebrations of success for students, as well as the crowning of Boree as the Secondary School House Cup Winners for Term 3. The most important feature of the parade, however, was the farewell to our Year 12 students. As part of our tradition, our Prep Class, in preparation, designed some graduation cards as gifts for the 12s. These were given to the Year 12s as the Preps entered the Hall. The Preps then formed a guard of honour which the 12s crawled through. The height of the Preps makes it a bit hard to walk through. It was a special moment of the 12s and the College and displayed our wonderful, inclusive P-12 culture.

Musicals

2019 saw the debut of some amazing talent across both Junior and Secondary Schools. This year our Musical season was kicked off by Disney’s Beauty …

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Musicals

2019 saw the debut of some amazing talent across both Junior and Secondary Schools.

This year our Musical season was kicked off by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. With over 50 students from Years 7 to 12, this production absolutely blew audience members away. Featuring Misha Mehmet as Belle and Jack Semini as the Beast, both these students were making their CCC performance debuts and absolutely knocked it out of the park. Special mention must go to the behind the scenes crew. The actors get much of the accolades, and deserve every bit of praise they get…but it is the backstage crew that are the life-blood of these productions. Without their professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm, we would never be able to put on the amazing shows we do throughout the year.

 

 

Not to be outdone, Junior School stepped up and improved upon their amazing effort from last year and delivered a wonderful performance with Disney’s Aristocats. It was a show full of energy, fun, laughs and some of the best talent Junior School has to offer. A true ensemble cast, students from across Junior School committed to create a magical show that entranced audiences of all ages. A massive thank you to all teachers involved, no matter how big or small their contribution. The Arts are flourishing in CCC, in no small part because of the passion and drive of the teachers. Congratulations to all.

Year 7 – 9 Restaurant Competition

3 Trees Restaurant & Café hosted our first Year 7 – 9 Restaurant Competition at the start of the term. Students were given the challenge …

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Year 7 – 9 Restaurant Competition

3 Trees Restaurant & Café hosted our first Year 7 – 9 Restaurant Competition at the start of the term. Students were given the challenge of designing a meal that featured egg as the key ingredient and cost less than $5 a serve in teams of two. The finished products were a selection of both sweet and savoury dishes prepared to an extremely high standard, with one team even inspiring our VET Awards breakfast menu with their creation. It was great to see the students take risks to develop their skills and knowledge both through their preparation and on the day. The students ended the day with a Bread Making Masterclass led by Allan Siu which was enjoyed by all and left FT Block smelling like a bakery.
The day would not have been a success without the guidance of our mentors: Natasha Cameron, Leah Cremen, Alan Siu, Giuseppe Tedesco-Gueli and Thuy Thach-Nguyen. Special thanks to our judges: Tom Bishop (3 Trees Restaurant &Café), Vanessa Campbell (Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre) and Simon Kelly (Training Direct Australia).
Congratulation to our eighteen budding chefs, we can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
Gold Medal Recipients: Ashley Adams, Jessenia Abdullah-Brooking, Ryan Atta-Singh, Ian Choi, Eleena Finall, Ben Gordon, Chantelle Gwynne, Kaiya Grigull, Mia Luong, Beatrix Messerschmidt, Noah Schepis-Wells, Angel Scott, Enya Yang & Sharon Yu
Silver Medal Recipients: Ghazala Arbish, Astrid Messerschmidt, Isaac Oliver & Mamoon Waqas

Become a Barista Competition

Calamvale Community College recently participated in the annual Become a Barista Competition at Tim Adams Speciality Coffee in Salisbury. The entrants are judged on their …

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Become a Barista Competition

Calamvale Community College recently participated in the annual Become a Barista Competition at Tim Adams Speciality Coffee in Salisbury. The entrants are judged on their ability to prepare and serve six espresso based coffees to industry standard within a 10 minute period. In preparation for the event, the students attended a training session with professional baristas where they learnt latte art and worked with the 3 Trees training team to design their Signature Beverages that had to be espresso based, iced, black and fruit infused which was quite a challenge.
We are very pleased to announce that the students embraced the challenge at hand and attained great success on the day receiving:

Excellent performance (GOLD): Ella-Louise Merrigan
Very good performances (SILVER): Saige Amos & Ella Nolan
Best espresso (sensory): Ella-Louise Merrigan
Best Signature beverage (sensory): Saige Amos
We look forward to continuing to watch the students develop their barista skills. You can sample their espressos’ in 3 Trees Restaurant & Café on most Fridays.
Congratulations again to Ella, Ella & Saige!

Year 11 Art Day/Night excursion to Mount Coot-Tha and Eat Street Markets

With the introduction of new senior curriculum, comes exciting new experiences for Visual Art students. To springboard the year 11 Visual Art students’ inquiry process, …

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Year 11 Art Day/Night excursion to Mount Coot-Tha and Eat Street Markets

With the introduction of new senior curriculum, comes exciting new experiences for Visual Art students. To springboard the year 11 Visual Art students’ inquiry process, they engaged in a unique stimulus experience in two vastly different environments in surprising proximity to each other; visiting Mt Coot-tha (the largest natural forest area in Brisbane) during the heat of the day; and the bustling multi-cultural Eat Street Markets at sunset, and into the night. With such diverse environments and “en plein air” art making activities to stimulate their creativity, we can’t wait to see where the students’ inquiry process takes.

 

Murals and College Art exhibition:

Year 12 Visual Arts in Practice classes worked feverishly to complete their new murals before the Annual College Art Exhibition in week 3. With a …

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Murals and College Art exhibition:

Year 12 Visual Arts in Practice classes worked feverishly to complete their new murals before the Annual College Art Exhibition in week 3. With a new location and format (installed in 3Trees restaurant and CPAC foyer, and opened on the same night as the instrumental music awards) the College Art Exhibition showcased artistic talent of students from grade three through to grade twelve. With hospitality students on hand to serve delicacies to guests, the exhibition space provided a great venue and atmosphere for the performances of various instrumental ensembles from the College. Many thanks to Tom Bishop and Leah Cremen for the use of the space, and the service of the hospitality students; and to Dean Simmons and Catherine Erbacher for sharing the evening, and the musical talents of their students.

Artwaves Excursion:

In Week 1 of Term 4, the Year 10 – 12 Visual Art General and IB students attended the annual Artwaves exhibition at the Logan …

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Artwaves Excursion:

In Week 1 of Term 4, the Year 10 – 12 Visual Art General and IB students attended the annual Artwaves exhibition at the Logan Art Gallery. The students enjoyed an immersive experience: inspired by the work of highly talented students from the Logan Region (including artworks from our own College) the students had the opportunity to be creative by completing a Mixed Media Collage Workshop with local Artist in Residence, Sandra Johnson. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to analyse the wealth of imaginative and creative works produced by students their own age whilst further developing their own creative skills, concepts and ideas.

 

Music Fest Bands Competition

Over the course of the last few days our Junior Band, Senior Band and Jazz Band have all participated in the annual “Music Fest” Bands’ …

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Music Fest Bands Competition

Over the course of the last few days our Junior Band, Senior Band and Jazz Band have all participated in the annual “Music Fest” Bands’ Competition.  Each ensemble performed exceptionally well and achieved great results with complimentary comments from the adjudicators.    Junior Band and Senior Band received Silver Awards for their performances……and today, Jazz Band took out the Gold Award!!  Congratulations to these ensembles. It’s due to all their effort and hard work through-out the year.  I feel very proud of them.

Sunflower Competition

Congratulations to our senior team in the Science Department who have won a Third Prize in the UQ sunflower competition. Students had to record video …

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Sunflower Competition

Congratulations to our senior team in the Science Department who have won a Third Prize in the UQ sunflower competition. Students had to record video of them planting sunflower seeds, over a period of time watering them and adding fertiliser. Finally students had to cut the flower head and weigh it. Over 40 video entries across QLD and NSW were received. Thank you to Ms Ellul, Ms Robertson and Ms Sharma for their encouragement of these students throughout the process.
Three senior students attend the awards ceremony at UQ’s St Lucia campus on Saturday 26 October with Ms Sharma.