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Celebrating excellence in 2018
On Monday 29 October, we took pause during this immensely busy term to recognise the manifold successes of our most distinguished students. The 17th annual Academic Awards Night – one of my calendar highlights – celebrates the achievements of our Year 3 to Year 12 students. In attendance at this …
Celebrating excellence in 2018
On Monday 29 October, we took pause during this immensely busy term to recognise the manifold successes of our most distinguished students. The 17th annual Academic Awards Night – one of my calendar highlights – celebrates the achievements of our Year 3 to Year 12 students.
In attendance at this ceremony was the Honourable Leanne Enoch, Minister of the Queensland Government and Member for Algester; Ms Crystal Lane representing Dr Jim Chalmers, Federal Member for Rankin; and Councillor Angela Owen, Councillor of Calamvale Ward.
The College has always embraced a culture of academic excellence and improvement. We support each and every one of our students as they strive to achieve their highest academic potential, all the while overcoming any challenges that may impede their journey. Our high achievers for this year deserve recognition, not only because of their academic successes, but because they exemplify fortitude and unwavering tenacity in the pursuit of excellence.
Foremost, Calamvale Community College extends its warmest congratulations to our 2018 College Dux – Dona Sony. Testament to her comprehensive academic excellence, Dona has received subject awards for English, Chemistry, Physics, and Philosophy and Reason, and has finished at the top of her class across five subjects. Dona is a dedicated, hardworking and conscientious student whose successes are sure to continue well into the future.
We also congratulate Lawrence Liang, our Year 11 Dux, recipient of the UQ Create Change Achievement Award. With two subject awards in Mathematics B and Accounting, Lawrence has distinguished himself as one of our highest-performing international students. Lawrence has overcome
language barriers to demonstrate a mature and determined approach to his studies, and his genuine desire to learn sets a great example for his peers.
The diversity of our student population is reflected in the scope and breath of our academic achievement across subjects and disciplines. With the following three awards, the College recognises student excellence within various subjects and domains of learning, as well as the sustained commitment to furthering their education through university programmes and tertiary study.
Griffith Business Year 12 Program Award: Our high-achieving Year 12 Business students committed to additional study through Griffith University to further their education
n and broaden their knowledge of social entrepreneurship, employability, and innovation. We congratulate Donya, Daniel, and Shreya on their successful completion of this challenging program.
Spirit of Boeing Award: Congratulations to Drew for his passion for aircraft maintenance and the wonder of flight, as well as extraordinary effort he applied in furthering his understanding of flight.
UQ Young Achievers Program Award: Well done to Mitchell, Humda, Dona, and Matthew for their ongoing participation and achievement in the University of Queensland scholarship programme that supports senior secondary students as they progress into tertiary programs. This support includes mentoring, significant financial assistance, and opportunities for personal growth and leadership development.
We also recognise the various ways in which our students contribute their own learning, our school, the wider community, and global causes through service and engagement. We thank our recipients for their commendable work ethic, persistence, and infectious spirit.
Bevan Faulkner Community Awards: Dakota, Tavpreet and Mikayla have been recognised for their willing and enthusiastic promotion of College activities and volunteer services, both within and beyond the classroom.
Spirit of Brisbane Awards: We congratulate Tayla, Matthew and Haneen for their quiet achiever approach to volunteering, mentoring, or supporting other students, the community, or persons in need.
Work Ethic Awards: Cayden, Shonal, and Zane have been recognised as students with diverse learnin
g needs who have displayed a commendable work ethic and improved social skills.
Harry Moo Memorial Bursary Awards: We congratulate Jordan and Aarenn on their exemplary persistence, commitment, and determination in the pursuit of excellence across all endeavours.
The College promotes leadership in all forms and capacities – our students proudly espouse our values both on and off campus, and strongly advocate on behalf of those they represent. We recognise not only our experienced student leaders, but also those who have been working tirelessly in unbadged leadership capacities.
Emerging Leaders Award: Congratulations to Connor, Mason, Sofia, Tavpreet, and Jordana for their invaluable passion, initiative, and leadership across a range of fields, including the arts, academia, and the Student Council.
Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards: Congratulations to Riley and Nathan for consistently displaying the qualities of leadership, teamwork, resourcefulness, cooperation, communication, community involvement and problem solving.
In the increasingly globalised world we live in, it is vital that our students maintain an international perspective across all their endeavours, one that is informed by compassion, ethical practice, and unequivocal respect for all individuals. We celebrate those students who demonstrate commendable international mindedness and engagement.
International Student Community Engagement Award: Congratulations to
Kien, a conscientious international student who has significantly contributed to the improvement of our College and community through hi leadership and s
IB Diploma Student of the Year Award: We congratulate Te Aika, who exemplifies the IB philosophy by being principled in her work ethic, reflective of her learning, curious about a range of topics, and caring towards her classmates.
|Te Aika||Barriball-Schmidt||Year 12|
The learning journey our students embark upon is not always smooth or easy. It takes a great deal of grit and determination to power ahead past the obstacles that come between us our goals. As such, we recognise and congratulate our students on their hard work and perseverance in the face of adversity.
Caltex Best All-Rounder Awards: Congratulations to Matthew, who has demonstrated the highest level of commitment to doing his best in all pursuits and excelling across academic studies, sport, community service, conduct, attitude and leadership.
Dr Jim Chalmers Award: Congratulations to Hashrina, who has modelled perseverance and determination by overcoming significant challenges to complete Year 12 and continue on to tertiary education.
I would like to extend my final congratulations to all our award recipients – thank you for enriching Calamvale Community College with your excellence, tenacity, diligence, generosity, and your overwhelmingly positive approach to learning. I wish you all the best in your future studies and endeavours.
Cultural Awards recognise our emerging talent
Every day, we aim to shape our students into unbridled artists who are curious, clever, and creative beyond all limits. The College offers the very …
Cultural Awards recognise our emerging talent
Every day, we aim to shape our students into unbridled artists who are curious, clever, and creative beyond all limits. The College offers the very best Arts experience for its secondary students, and at the end of the year we celebrate the efforts of our high achievers, strong leaders, and eager participators.
At the 2018 Cultural Awards Evening, we recognised those students who demonstrated exemplary cultural excellence and engagement across four art forms: visual arts, drama, music, and film.
Testament to the broad talent at Calamvale, 47 students received awards that commended their commitment and leadership, service to the College, and achievement in the Arts.
Exemplary students also received Rising Star and Encouragement awards that recognised their enthusiastic participation and potential for future excellence in art.
Congratulations to Bridgette Kedacic, the very deserving recipient of Creative Futures Award and Perpetual Trophy. Bridgette has been recognised for her talent and aptitude in creating outstanding artistic work at a consistent level while displaying service, dedication and commitment to her creative community and endeavours. Through her successes in film-making and musical performance, Bridgette has demonstrated that she is determined, passionate, and in possession of an extremely creative mind. We hope Bridgette continues to build herself as a supportive, intuitive and inspirational force within the wider artistic community.
We also congratulate our recipients of the Achievement in the Arts 2018 Melody Chen WAMCI Award – Patricia Rosales and Mikayla Mason. Patricia and Mikayla have demonstrated their dedication and passion for the Arts unreservedly throughout the year and across multiple art forms. These students have led, performed in, and proudly represented the College across events both on and off campus – from musicals, choirs, concerts, assemblies, festivals, to other extracurricular events. We thank them for the time and concerted effort they have applied throughout the year to promote the Arts at Calamvale.
The ‘MVPs’ – Sporting Awards
We capped off a stellar year of College sport with an equally phenomenal awards night on 30 October to recognise our dedicated young athletes and …
The ‘MVPs’ – Sporting Awards
We capped off a stellar year of College sport with an equally phenomenal awards night on 30 October to recognise our dedicated young athletes and coaches. This night was made extra special with the presence of an esteemed guest – swimming legend and Olympic gold medallist, Mrs Libby Trickett OAM – who congratulated our students alongside families and staff. We recognised the sporting excellence, sportsmanship, and collaborative efforts of our students, with both individual and team awards conferred.
The College Sporting Spirit Award commends the positive contribution our recipients have made to College sport through their participation, their promotion of sport culture, and their proud representation of Calamvale at sporting carnivals and interschool events. We extend our congratulations to Nate, Erica, and Olivia for dedicating their time and effort to raising the profile of College Sport.
Calamvale Community College proudly maintains a reputation for producing high-calibre athletes – the Athlete Development Program (ADP) Achievement Award recognise
s those students who have cultivated success through sport and demonstrated a high level of sporting achievement this year. Congratulations to our recipients: Daisha, Shareef and Jordie. Congratulations also to Kaylee, Riley and Ruby for their significant involvement in the program, recognised through the ADP Contribution Award.
Across the year, our students participated in three major carnivals – swimming, cross country, and athletics. We congratulate all 40 of our College Age Champions for their peak performance in all three carnivals. Some of our students also progressed to the District level, and we congratulate Nate, Levi, and Yusuke for their pre-eminence as District Age Champi
ons in cross country, athletics and swimming respectively.
Since its introduction in 2010, our cheerleading program has grown in both strength and competitiveness every year. Our teams have constantly focused on improving their skills and teamwork. We congratulate our Cubs All-Star, Leilani, and the recipient of the Cubs Spirit Award, Ellie. Well done also to Kayla, our Cheetahs All-Star for 2018, and ou
r Cheetah Spirit recipient, Maddison.
Congratulations to our most esteemed Cheerleaders of the Year – Lily and Charlotte – for their commitment to their respective teams, their excellent technical skills, and their sustained improvement and engagement.
Testament to the formidability and proficiency of our young athletes, we congratulate 33 Best and Fairest Interschool Sport Award recipients for their personal achievements in interschool competitions; 43 Southern Scorpions District Representatives who were chosen to represent the district at regional carnivals, and 13 Metropolitan West Region Representatives who did Calamvale proud in State Championships.
Of course, when you bring together dedicated and skilled young athletes who share a common drive for sporting success, you produce formidable teams that stamp their authority against interschool opponents. As such, we congratulate our 15 District Team Sport Champions in Touch Football, Softball, Basketball, Netball, Rugby League, and Cricket, as well as our highly accomplished Metro Champions, the Year 9 Boys Basketball team.
This year’s Team of the Year is the School Cup Volleyball team, comprised of 10 talented and dedicated young men who were crowned Queensland Schools Cup Volleyball Champions in the College’s first entry into this highly competitive and prestigious tournament.
Our most prestigious award, the Sportsperson of the Year, is conferred to three outstanding athletes from each sub school, recognised for having achieved the most success across their sporting endeavours in 2018. We extend our warmest congratulations to our MVPs Fred, Shareef, and Drew for their incredible athletic abilities, exceptional training standards, and commendable sportsmanship. These three athletes have been exemplary role models for their peers and have represented Calamvale tremendously throughout 2018.
A special thank you goes to our esteemed guest, Libby Trickett OAM, who congratulated many of our recipients personally and presented them with their awards. Libby also joined us for a Q&A segment, “On the Couch with Libby”, which proved very insightful and instructive for our budding athletes and Olympians in the making.
Thank you to our wonderful coaches who dedicated their time and efforts to nurturing talent, developing technical competencies, and facilitating student success throughout the College.
2018 has been a fantastic year of sporting success and improvement – we look forward to a bigger and better 2019.
Young achievers recognised at Lower Junior Awards Night
On 6 November, we celebrated the diverse and extensive achievements of our youngest learners at the 2018 Lower Junior Awards Night. This ceremony was attended …
Young achievers recognised at Lower Junior Awards Night
On 6 November, we celebrated the diverse and extensive achievements of our youngest learners at the 2018 Lower Junior Awards Night. This ceremony was attended by Ms Crystal Lane representing Dr Jim Chalmers, Federal Member for Rankin, and Councillor Angela Owen, Councillor of Calamvale Ward. Family and friends in the audience were treated to three special performances by the Piccolo Choir – “I’m a Little Robot”, “Zoom Zoom Zoom”, and “Our Little Song”.
This year, our foundation Immersion class completed their 3-year intensive Mandarin language programme. As such, we recognised our 17 participating students in this cohort for their enthusiastic and diligent foray into language acquisition.
We also congratulated those students who attained the highest academic achievement within each of the Key Learning Areas. These students have worked tremendously hard all year, and they serve as excellent role models for their peers. Congratulations to our recipients of Academic Awards:
LOTE – First Language
|Vanessa||Sinclair||LOTE – Second Language|
|Nooruddin||Shah||Health & Physical Education|
|Youchen (Yolanda)||Zhang||LOTE – First Language|
|Carene||Lewis||LOTE – Second Language
Health & Physical Education
Merit Awards were conferred to those students who demonstrated commitment to personal growth and achievement, and displayed exemplary behaviour towards learning. Congratulations to:
|Jake||Van Der Hoeven||Gecko|
Congratulations to Naveed Qurbanzadah, our recipient of the Bean Faulkner Community Award. Naveed willingly promoted College activities and volunteered services within and beyond the classroom.
The Spirit of Brisbane Award went to Jayden Johnstone, who was congratulated for his quiet achiever approach to volunteering, mentoring, or supporting other students, the community, or persons in need.
We also congratulate Demari Schelkis – our recipient of the Work Ethic Award for a student with diverse learning needs – for his commendable work ethic and improved social skills on display this year.
This year, our Academic Excellence Awards were conferred to Cameron Sander and Derick Zeng, for attaining the highest academic achievement within Lower Junior. Cameron and Derick demonstrated the attributes of great learners across all areas of the curriculum. They have been exemplary inquirers, thinkers, and communicators – they displayed sincere commitment to their learning which has enabled them to achieve such great success this year.
Thank you to our parents, teachers, and the many staff members who have contributed to Lower Junior this year. We will continue to work hard to ensure that our young learners succeed in 2019 and beyond.
Teaching Excellence Week
This month, the College dedicated an entire week to our hardworking teachers to recognise the invaluable contributions they make to our shaping students, enriching our …
Teaching Excellence Week
This month, the College dedicated an entire week to our hardworking teachers to recognise the invaluable contributions they make to our shaping students, enriching our school, supporting the wider community, and advancing the profession.
Throughout the week from 24 to 28 October, we treated our teachers to a BBQ breakfast, coffee, bookmarks and chocolate in their pigeonholes, and a celebratory event in CPAC.
The UN World Teacher’s Day on 5 October not only celebrated the pivotal role teachers play in educating all learners, but also generated awareness about the factors which impede access to, and the provision of, quality teaching across the globe.
Testament to the broad teaching talent at Calamvale, 19 of our teachers were conferred Teaching Excellence Awards to formally acknowledge their high-quality teaching practice. These teachers were also nominated for 2018 Queensland College of Teachers awards.
The College extends warm congratulations to our place winners:
Throughout 2018, our teachers have demonstrated excellence in the creation of flexible and innovative learning experiences, their contributions to academic development, their facilitation of inclusive and participatory learning, and their use of technology to enhance their teaching practice.
Of course, one week of recognition does in no way requite the countless hours that our teachers dedicate each day to educating the next generation, and the innumerable contributions they make to prioritise the learning and wellbeing of our students. We thank our teachers for shaping the curious, creative, and clever students for which the College is renowned.
Japanese musician tours Calamvale
Calamvale recently welcomed Fumiko Yamazaki, a prolific and highly respected Japanese percussionist, for a week-long visit. Fumiko boasts a broad range of musical competencies – …
Japanese musician tours Calamvale
Calamvale recently welcomed Fumiko Yamazaki, a prolific and highly respected Japanese percussionist, for a week-long visit.
Fumiko boasts a broad range of musical competencies – she plays the piano, vibraphone, marimba, the Japanese drum, as well as self-created percussion instruments made from bamboo. Fumiko has released several musical albums, writes for her own column in Niigata Prefecture, and has played for Japanese TV programs, including song shows on NHK, Japan’s national public broadcaster.
Fumiko is also a highly capable music educator. She studied classical music at a tertiary level, and has been actively involved in teacher education and instruction across the Japanese drum, ensemble music, and wind instruments. During a two-day workshop, our students were able to learn from a leading figure who is not only a highly skilled musician, but someone who understands how to successfully impart knowledge and foster musical talent.
Fumiko arrived on 29 October and performed with a marimba and vibraphone at the College’s Academic Awards Night. She performed two solo pieces – a traditional Japanese song, “Kagome Kagome”, as well as one of her own compositions titled “One”.
On 31 October, our teachers and students collaborated with Fumiko for a jam-packed concert in CPAC. Involved in this Concert were the Taiko students, Mr Mark Moore and Mr Dean Simmons. A total of eight pieces were performed at the Concert, three of which were Fumiko’s original compositions, and one was a modern Japanese folk song performance by guest soloist, Jennifer, from J Percussion.
A full and enthusiastic audience was captivated by the music created by the instruments such as the miyadaiko, shinobue, and student vocals. Fumiko wrapped up her tour with an exploration of our expansive campus and classroom observations.
World Robot Summit
Two talented Calamvale students have recently returned from an exhilarating trip to Tokyo, Japan for the 2018 World Robot Summit (WRS). WRS is hosted by …
World Robot Summit
Two talented Calamvale students have recently returned from an exhilarating trip to Tokyo, Japan for the 2018 World Robot Summit (WRS). WRS is hosted by the Japanese government with a view to build Japan’s presence in the global robotics industry ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The summit drew over 10,000 visitors and was held simultaneously with Japan Robot Week and other robotics-related events in Japan.
Calamvale Community College was the only independent public school in Queensland to compete in the Junior Category of the World Robot Challenge. This foray into the world of international competitive robotics marks the culmination of eight months’ work under the supervision of Mr Eamon Hickey. Year 10 students Michelle Chuong and Wenjie Luo worked tirelessly with their team to design, build, and program a robot from scratch.
The theme for this year’s Junior Competition was “Robots at Home” – our students addressed the issue of food preparation and fresh food intake for individuals affected by Parkinson’s disease or other illnesses that impair fine motor control and hand strength. In the Challenge’s Open Demonstration component, Michelle and Wenjie’s robot demonstrated its capacity to funnel items, such as fruits and vegetables, through a spinning blade which slices and dices them as necessary into a bowl.
Our team not only considered the technical performance of their robot, but also its real-life context – how it will interact with humans, its physical environment, and even other technological devices. The panel of judges asked our entrants to prove the authenticity of their robot as their own creation; they were prompted to explain the technical aspects of their robot, describe their choice of programming language and style, and outline the scope of their teamwork.
Our students’ robotics skills were then put to the test during three skill challenges, couched in deceptively simple language. In the “Robot Guide” test, teams had to guide another robot through an intricate house floorplan with various obstacles. The competing robots then shifted from being guides to being followers in the “Follow Me” test. This challenge had teams contending with speed variations and trajectory changes, and navigating through tight turns in order to follow another robot as accurately as possible. The final task was to “Pick Up” an object – our team had to programme their robot to consider all the variables we, as humans, automatically consider when we move an object, including size and shape, relative weight and height, and the drop-off location.
In the Global Collaboration event, all competitors entered into a new Open Demonstration Challenge with a new theme and newly forged teams. Our students joined together with university students from Thailand and Japan. With Halloween just around the corner, this multi-national team designed and executed a trick-or-treat robot that could dispense candy as requested into waiting bags. For our students, this was a unique opportunity to work with highly proficient individuals for whom robotics is a passion. What Michelle and Wenjie lacked in expertise and experience as secondary students, they made up for with their strong communication and ability to talk the assessors through their demonstration.
Both Michelle and Wenjie strongly believe that their classroom learning at Calamvale prepared them for this competition. Wenjie said, “we wouldn’t have progressed very fair if not for what we learnt in STEAM. The lessons provided us with the requisite knowledge in building, designing, and programming robots.” These two exceptional students also adopted a multidisciplinary approach by drawing from their experiences with challenging English assessment. “The English oral presentation really prepared us to speak confidently in front of expert audiences and improvise when necessary,” Michelle said. Our girls were thrilled to receive expert feedback which complimented their phenomenal oratory skills. “They said that if this was a speaking competition, we would’ve won.”
Wenjie and Michelle thoroughly enjoyed working together and persevering through stressful situations, language barriers and time constraints to deliver great innovative content.
The 2018 World Robot Summit drew international interest, and Calamvale Community College was spotlighted in the Queensland Premier’s media release which emphasised the sheer scope and magnitude of the event. You can read the media release here.
A year of musical success capped off with Music Fest
Our young musicians have shone brightly at an interschool music competition, Queensland Prestige Music Fest, held 13 and 31 October at Calamvale CPAC. Music Fest …
A year of musical success capped off with Music Fest
Our young musicians have shone brightly at an interschool music competition, Queensland Prestige Music Fest, held 13 and 31 October at Calamvale CPAC. Music Fest aims to provide an environment where excellence in performance and music education can be celebrated, and students can benefit from expert adjudication and critique.
Ensembles are judged on three criteria: (1) their musicianship, which relates to their responsiveness to style, expressiveness and artistic rendering of the composer’s intention; (2) their technique, including intonation, production, accuracy and skill level; and (3), their presentation and selection of an appropriate repertoire.
To meet such comprehensive criteria, our students have worked hard all year, rehearsing every week.
Three Year 7 students thoroughly enjoyed the experience:
“We received a Gold award in Music Fest which was an amazing experience. This is a reminder to all of us on how our efforts and hard work paid off well. We believe we achieved this with teamwork and dedication.” Phoebe Gordon
“I had an exciting journey throughout the year as being part of the Calamvale Instrumental Music Program. Receiving a Gold Award in Music Fest was a major achievement in the Crescendo Orchestra.” Jafe Ogabang
“Music Fest was a memorable experience! Getting feedback on our performance that day really helped to improve and extend our skills as a team. Meeting the music composer Steven Chin was eye-opening and receiving the award from him was truly unforgettable. Being part of the Calamvale College Music Program in 2018 is a golden opportunity that no one would like to miss. It is wonderful to be part of the team and see everyone grow individually and as a team.” Dain Sony
Despite most of our Corelli Junior Strings students competing for the first time, this talented ensemble won a Silver Award. Our Crescendo Senior Strings were amazing and earned a Gold Award. Our Junior and Senior Bands were also rewarded for their hard work with two Silver Awards.
The adjudicator commented on the well-suited repertoire chosen by our students, as well as their good dynamic range and attention paid to the conductor.
The College capped off a year of fine music-making and joyful performance with the Instrumental Music Awards Night on 23 October.
Calamvale spotlighted in Chinese news segment
Fifteen students from Years 8 to 10 touched down in Brisbane in early October after a whirlwind cultural study tour of China with a jam-packed …
Calamvale spotlighted in Chinese news segment
Fifteen students from Years 8 to 10 touched down in Brisbane in early October after a whirlwind cultural study tour of China with a jam-packed 17-day itinerary.
Our students travelled around Beijing for two days visiting world-famous locations, and then moved on to Nanjing in the Jiangsu province. Here, they engaged in immersive activities and forged enduring friendships at our sister school, Nantong Senior High School.
Our students were also lucky enough to partake in the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival alongside their sister-school peers – and indeed the entire nation – during this momentous public holiday. The following week, our students stopped at Shanghai and marvelled at the supertall World Finance Centre skyscraper, Yu Garden, Old Town Market, and toured through Nanjing Road, one of the world’s busiest shopping streets. The group also experienced a Chinese Acrobat Show, met cuddly pandas at Shanghai Wild Animal Park, and took in the views at the Bund, Shanghai’s vibrant waterfront district.
This cultural study tour was an amazing opportunity for our students to dive into the Chinese way of life – from everyday school routines, to domestic life at home, through to national celebrations.
Our students were particularly inspired upon learning the story of Zhang Jian – an industrialist and leading social reformer who used his sizeable fortune to transform the lives of his fellow Nantong citizens by building schools, roads, medical facilities and libraries.
This cultural tour also piqued the interest of province locals, with reporters accompanying our students and teachers during their visit to a museum and an artist’s residence. During this news report, broadcast on Nantong Television on Friday 27 September, our students articulated their increased cultural sensitivity and broader understanding of China as a result of this immersive tour.
Making artistic waves
Our Art students have been making waves with two arts exhibitions and excursions to kick off the term. On 12 October, our Year 10, 11, …
Making artistic waves
Our Art students have been making waves with two arts exhibitions and excursions to kick off the term.
On 12 October, our Year 10, 11, 12 Visual Art and Year 10 IB Art Students went to the Queensland Art Gallery to marvel at a number of captivating exhibitions which spotlight the Queensland experience from the region’s own perspective.
The featured Robert MacPherson ‘Boss Drovers’ exhibition displayed an exhaustive catalogue – comprising 2400 individual drawings – of boss drovers, rugged individuals responsible for moving thousands of livestock and workers across the great pastoral routes of Australia.
Walking through the Indigenous Australian Art Collection, our students gained an appreciation for the works of Namatjira, arguably Australia’s best-known Aboriginal artist, and the artistic homages he inspired.
Moving from a state perspective to a more local one, our students also visited the Logan Art Gallery to marvel at the creative talents of some of their own at the 2018 Artwaves exhibition. Artwaves is an annual art exhibition of work sourced from the creative and talented high school students in the Logan region. Artwaves aims to demonstrate the wealth of imagination and creativity present in the City of Logan and adjacent areas.
This year’s exhibition featured works from 12 of our students, as well as exemplary creations from other local schools. Accompanying our students was Secondary Arts teacher Ms April Gilbin, who commented, “our students loved seeing their work and their peers’ work exhibited – they were very proud.”
These students then participated in a workshop with Vikki Kindermann, Visual Art teacher. The room was set up with a range of still life objects to draw, which the students creatively reflected in their works using a range of art-making techniques and mediums. Finally, the group created a recycled book out of their drawings and experiments. This was an enjoyable and engaging experience for all involved.
Calamvale Community College capped off Term 3 with a fabulous celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival, an important cultural celebration of familial and community bonds. …
Calamvale Community College capped off Term 3 with a fabulous celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival, an important cultural celebration of familial and community bonds. The roundness, completeness, and brightness of the full moon symbolises reunion and rejuvenation. This Festival was perfectly timed, as our College community came together one last time before breaking for the school holidays.
About 300 students and families gathered together to partake in the Moon Festival. Our College Chinese teachers organised a variety of cultural activities including calligraphy sessions, lantern construction, Chinese poem recitations, jade rabbit and lion head papercrafts, a Tangram puzzle competition, a photo booth, and moon-gazing through a telescope. Students and families also tasted the traditional moon cake and enjoyed a BBQ Panda Picnic.
This fun-filled and harmonious cultural observance was made extra special by our community volunteers who invested both their time and expertise to aid the learning of Chinese culture.
Parent helpers organised three high-quality telescopes for moon watching. While observing the contour of moon with their naked eyes, students imagined the Moon Lady and the Jade Rabbit. With telescopes, the true colour of the moon was also unveiled with modern science to our Festival goers.
The AusOriental Inc. Orchestra, a local Chinese music group, also performed to a delighted audience with classical Chinese instruments, such as the erhu. These orchestral performances were accompanied by Beijing Opera and Chinese folk dances. Such high-quality performances throughout the night brought an authentic atmosphere and experience of Chinese culture to all.
Saudi Arabian Delegation
This term, the College welcomes 25 educators from Ministry of Education Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (MEKSA) for a rotating 8-week programme of professional development and …
Saudi Arabian Delegation
This term, the College welcomes 25 educators from Ministry of Education Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (MEKSA) for a rotating 8-week programme of professional development and enrichment. The “Building Leadership through School Immersion” programme, facilitated by The University of Queensland, aims to raise the standard of English-language teaching through English proficiency enhancement and practical methodology training.
These educators will undertake an invaluable immersion experience at Calamvale Community College, under the supervision of our experienced teachers, and within authentic classroom contexts.
During this school experience placement at the College, these visiting educators will see the Queensland curriculum implemented in classrooms and gain practicum experience with our multicultural student base. They will also gain knowledge about how our students learn, what methodologies our teachers adopt, and how to engage with colleagues and the broader school community. It is hoped that such observation and participation will inform teacher practice and the applicability of this learning in Saudi Arabian classrooms.
One visiting educator, Mr Handan Mohammed Alhwaishan, sees manifold benefits emerging from this program. “My experience here in Australia will play the main role in changing and improving my teaching. At Calamvale Community College, I have learnt many different valuable skills and knowledge, as well as new techniques and strategies used in reading and teaching English Literature.”
October and November will see these educators rotating through several Year 7-12 classes, including English Literature, English Communication, English Enrichment, Humanities and Social Sciences, Philosophy and Reason, and Legal Studies.
At the end of their placement, these visiting educators will deliver an interactive presentation to our students about their own culture, such as the Arabic language and alphabet, traditional cuisine, dress and customs. As such, this programme will enrich the cultural knowledge, awareness, and sensitivity of both our school community and visiting teachers alike.
Fundraising at CCC
Calamvale Community College has raised more than $2,800 for local and national charities during a fundraising extravaganza that has been building momentum since August. The …
Fundraising at CCC
Calamvale Community College has raised more than $2,800 for local and national charities during a fundraising extravaganza that has been building momentum since August.
The entire College rallied together for a PJ and Onesie Day to raise funds for the Children’s Tumour Foundation (CTF) and Ronald McDonald House. CTF – which supports individuals living with neurofibromatosis – is close to the hearts of the school community. Over the years, the College has raised more than $2,500 for CTF and neurofibromatosis. This year, students celebrated diversity and inclusivity by turning the school campus into a menagerie of lions, tigers, bears and superheroes.
While the rest of the school community went home to warm beds, the College’s Year 12 students donned their pyjamas and onesies throughout the night for a Winter Sleepout event. From 4pm to 7am, the College’s senior students camped out in the library with limited food resources, cardboard beds, and no technology.
These students woke up tired and sore but with big smiles, having just raised $400 for Orange Sky Australia, a Brisbane-based entrepreneurial start-up committed to improving conditions for individuals experiencing homelessness.
Braving the cold with her students was the College’s Executive Principal, Lisa Starmer, who proudly acknowledges the humanitarian efforts of her students.
She says that the College encourages student-based fundraising efforts as they build maturity, and breed long-term social engagement and community commitment. “Our students are active citizens of the world – they are caring, committed, and most of all prepared to go the extra mile to help those in need.”
The College’s younger students are also leading the way, with Year 6 student Tayla Davis initiating a Cupcake Day to raise funds for the RSPCA and animal welfare. On 6 September, the smell of home-made cupcakes, brownies, and cookies wafted across the campus and attracted the school community to donate more than $890 for the RSPCA.
An integral part of APEX (Academic Program of Excellence) is the opportunity for our participating Year 7, 8 and 9 students to experience an immersive …
An integral part of APEX (Academic Program of Excellence) is the opportunity for our participating Year 7, 8 and 9 students to experience an immersive day at one of Australia’s top universities in Queensland. These excursions expose our high achievers to the university pathways they could pursue in the future, while the fun-filled workshops whet their appetite for tertiary study and research.
On 17 September, our Year 8 APEX students had a challenging day at QUT Gardens Point campus which focused on STEM skills and introduced them to potential careers in Engineering. In the NASA Little Bits workshop, our students used Little Bits to recreate the circuitry embedded within satellite dishes used to communicate in space. In the Code a Solar System workshop, our students worked collaboratively to create an orbiting robotic solar system using Sphero robots. The Year 8s also explored the Physics Laboratory in the Cube, where they solved problems relating to gravity and other forces.
On 16 October, our Year 7 APEX are experiencing life at UQ St Lucia. At the Antiquities Museum, participating in workshop about Ancient Rome. They enriched their learning in Ancient History through interaction with real Roman artefacts. This workshop, the Coinage and Propaganda of Roman Emperors, involved students handling and deciphering images and Latin inscriptions on ancient Roman coins.
In early November, three of our talented APEX students attended the final two full-day workshops for the STEM Horizons for High Achievers program, which is aimed at students who excel in STEM subjects. These students were among those selected from schools across Queensland to extend and enrich their learning in real-world contexts. This week, students attended the Freshwater CSI and Building Blocks of Life workshops, accessing facilities and staff at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Griffith University Ecocentre.
We also congratulated our graduating 2018 Year 9 APEX class, comprising high-performing students who achieved outstanding results in their subjects, on competitive fronts, and across all collaborative endeavours.
The new QSchools app
Parents have recently made representations to the College regarding the new QSchools app launched by Education Queensland. This app differs from QParents, which requires parents …
The new QSchools app
Parents have recently made representations to the College regarding the new QSchools app launched by Education Queensland. This app differs from QParents, which requires parents to provide identification in order to gain access to their student’s absence information, to change details, and to make payments. The QSchools is a centralised hub from which users can access the information from our school website, our Facebook updates, school notifications, and reminders. As such, it replaces the need for access to Facebook, SMS messaging, website and calendar access, and most emails apart from lengthy notes.
The QSchools app is readily downloadable and then immediately accessible. The College will be using QSchools from this term