Principal’s News

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM

As semester 2 begins, we are delighted to announce that Calamvale Community College has received candidacy for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP).  This means that we are on our way to completing the IB full circle across Prep to 12.  Ruth Smith, Coordinator of the MYP will be writing in each of our newsletters with information about the MYP program.  In short, MYP extends the inquiry-based learning of the Primary Years Program that CCC has in Prep to Year 6 and continues to develop our students’ capability across the next phase of learning.

CCC plans to seek authorisation for the MYP at the end of 2023, at which time we will become a P-12 International Baccalaureate World School.  Please see the further article in this newsletter explaining more about MYP at CCC.

MYP Middle Years Programme video

 

 

Welcome to our new Heads of Programs

Larissa Solah Head of Program Languages P-12

Welcome to Larissa who comes to Calamvale from Mansfield SHS.  Larissa has a long history in language acquisition and is very keen to expand our languages program and intensify the support provided to our language acquisition program.  We have a very vibrant languages program at CCC led by a very experienced and diverse staff.  I acknowledge the work of Louise Brown and then Alex Chen for term 2, both of whom followed Sarah Thomas in the leadership role.  Languages is an area of great excitement and development in as we work towards full participation as an IB World School.

 

Ben Harvey Head of Program Innovations P-12

Welcome to Ben who will be leading our Design team as we develop a signature program that focuses on entrepreneurship in design, digital solutions and robotics.  Ben comes to CCC from Gladstone SHS and has had extensive experience in working with both schools and industry and we are excited to welcome him to our team.

I would also like to acknowledge the work over the last ten years of Marie Moo, who has been the key facilitator of our BYOD program at the College has shepherded us to the point where we can begin to go to the next level.  Marie has worked across P-12 in that time and has developed the skills of both staff and students.  I join with our whole community in thanking Marie for her work and dedication to the College.

 

Celebrating Calamvale Community College’s 2021 School Review

Thank you to all of our parents who participated in the review, providing the visiting principal reviewers with your views and feedback. We are so proud of what our College has achieved and are grateful to our community for all of the support that has been given to us.
I want to acknowledge and celebrate our teachers, heads of programs, deputy principals and administration and support staff. We are a big team, but we are absolutely dedicated to the success of our curious, creative and clever students across Prep to Year 12. Thank you to the whole team for your commitment to ensuring that every student has the opportunities to achieve their potential.

I have included the infographic summary from the review team and also the executive summary of the report, which will be posted on our webpage.

 

EIB_Calamvale Community College_Executive Summary_2021

STYMIE

Like all schools public or private we continue our campaign “Saying NO to Bullying”. Since the adoption of the STYMIE reporting program, we have been able to respond much more effectively to students’ issues of bullying. This anonymous platform is monitored throughout the school day and responded to by the deputy principal of that year level.
Through STYMIE we have been able to respond to student’s calls for help as well as provide parents with valuable information in support of their children. STYMIE have now produced a QR code for students to access the site to make reports. Post COVID, everyone is familiar with QR codes and we are keen to share this with parents and students alike.

As is always the case, if you as a parent have a concern or a query and don’t know who to contact, you can send an email to admin@calamvalecc.eq.edu.au This email is checked daily and someone will respond to you within 24 hours. Of course you can always ring the school and follow the prompts to the appropriate sub-school or service.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine update and thank you from Dr Jim Chalmers MP

 

 

WOLVES Sport

It has been a big month of sport for the Calamvale Wolves. Check out our athletes in action below!

WOLVES VOLLEYBALL INVITATIONAL
In week 5 of this term the Wolves hosted our first major sporting event, the Wolves Volleyball Invitational. The night had music, highlights on the big screen, player introductions on the screen for all Wolves athletes, trophies, and an electric atmosphere! It was said that the crowd could be heard from within the restaurant and CPAC all night! As a lead in event to the Volleyball Queensland Intermediate Cup we invited fellow high performing Volleyball schools in to compete in a tri series format. Both Mansfield SHS and Woodridge SHS jumped at the opportunity. The Invitational had four divisions, Year 9 Girls, Year 9 Boys, Year 10 Girls and Year 10 Boys, that had the teams facing off for the title of champion school! Our teams battled hard all night with our Year 10 Boys making the Final, however we fell just short with Woodridge SHS taking home the trophy at the end of the night.

 

VQ INTERMEDIATE CUP
Week 6 saw our four squads of Junior Varsity Volleyballers head to Toowoomba for three days of gameplay in the states major Volleyball tournament. Students were arriving at the College as early as 6am and returning home as late as midnight. Our teams, coaches and support staff performed to such as high standard across the event which saw our Year 9 Boys reaching the final and ultimately finishing in second place winning the silver medal! To put into perspective the growth our teams have made in 2021, in 2020 we entered two teams in this event with each winning just one out of their six matches. In 2021 we finished 2nd overall, 4th, 6th and 6th with a win/loss record of 12 wins 8 loses across the event. Four of those loses came on finals day when we reached the pointy end where only the best teams remained in the gold medal hunt.

METROPOLITAN WEST CROSS COUNTRY MEET
Our Wolves Cross Country squad had their best performance thus far with our strongest ever squad competing at the Metropolitan West meet. We finished with two students in 7th place (just one spot off making States), one in eight, and one finished… sixth! This means Harrison Young is off to the State Meet for Cross Country which is an enormous achievement. Our Cross Country runners have for the first time been training since the beginning of the year under Coach Watson and this is certainty paying off.

AFL STAR ON THE RISE
Congratulations to Ryan Gilder who has continued to add to his sporting profile as he was successfully selected in the State squad for Australian Rules Football. Ryan was selected through the Metropolitan West Carnival and has since been offered a spot in the Brisbane Lions Academy.

 

 

VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALLERS DOMINATING THE USL
Our Varsity Boys Basketballers are dominating at the United Sports League. The team are currently undefeated as they near the finals. They have defeated teams such as Trinity College, St. Philomena, and Parklands Christian College.

Nurse News

 

Instrumental Music News

A big Congratulations to two Calamvale Community Instrumental Music students, Phileas Huang and Hugo Chiang who have been accepted into the  “Australian Honors Ensemble Program”.  Both Students were successful in passing the audition process and were accepted into this years’ program playing Percussion.

Run by the QLD Conservatorium of Music, thousands of students from all over Australia apply, so it is a very prestigious program to get into.   Phileas was accepted into the Wind Ensemble and Hugo was accepted into the Symphony Orchestra.  They will both now get to play alongside some of Australia’s finest young School Musicians as well as work with Professional Conductors and Tutors.  What and amazing experience it will be!!

 

Congratulations to both boys.

The IB Middle Years Programme at CCC

This term, CCC has been working towards applying for candidacy for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program. Adding the Middle Years Program to the Primary Years Program (PYP) and the IB Diploma already in place means that CCC will become the first state school in Queensland to offer our community a world-class education through three IB programs.

We have been holding Parent Information Sessions to provide information about this exciting development for students and families in Junior Secondary. These sessions have been well- attended, and parents have expressed their enthusiastic support for bringing this programme into Junior Secondary.

What is the Middle Years Programme (MYP)?

The MYP is the second of the programmes offered by the International Baccalaureate (IB). “The MYP encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world, preparing them for success in further study and in life. The MYP aims to develop active learners and internationally minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning. The programme empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. The result is young people who are creative, critical and reflective thinkers.” (https://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/what-is-the-myp/)

Who is the MYP for?

The MYP is a framework designed to meet the needs of all students in early adolescence. It can be adopted by schools in different ways to suit the needs of the school and the community. CCC will begin by offering it to students in Years 7-9. All students will undertake the MYP, just as all students in Junior School undertake their learning in the PYP. The framework is flexible, and allows us to continue to meet the needs of all students in our community. Students with disabilities, students whose first language is not English, as well students entering APEX and ADP, will all be learning in the MYP framework. MYP is for every student in Junior Secondary.

How does the MYP connect to PYP and IB Diploma?

There is continuity between the MYP and the other programmes CCC is authorised to deliver. The MYP continues to develop the Learner Profile and Approaches to Teaching and Learning which are common to the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and continues into the IB Diploma.

What do students learn in the MYP?

Students study academic subjects from 8 subject groups in the MYP, and these subjects are those we already offer in Junior Secondary. Their learning is discipline-based, and encourages them to think like experts in these subjects. They learn to be curious, active learners through inquiry which is already the approach being used in our Junior Secondary classrooms. The MYP framework is not a curriculum, but a framework designed to work with the curricula of any country. Students at Calamvale will still be studying a course based in the Australian Curriculum.

How does it prepare students for Senior Pathways?

MYP gives all students the opportunity to achieve to their potential, and prepares students for the multiplicity of pathways offered in our Senior School. The understandings, skills and dispositions developed in the MYP set students up for success in the pathway they are best suited for, whether that is the University-focused pathways of ATAR and IB Diploma, the wide range of opportunities in the Diploma of Business, or the work-focused pathways of VET and work-readiness.

As we move towards candidacy for the Middle Years Programme, more parent sessions will be held to keep our community informed of our journey. Please join us to learn more about how the MYP and an IB education benefits children of all ages at our College!

Leo Club

Hello everyone!

Later this term, we are hoping to start a sustainable gardening club for Calamvale Community College, as a part of our Itime global competency project. Participating Students will be able to help grow fruit, vegetable and herbs for use in the food technology and hospitality classrooms, and learn about sustainable practices. To do this we need your help! Please donate seeds, edible plants, soil or gardening equipment to the front office every Wednesday morning, this will then be collected by the Leo club. Thank you to anyone who donates!  There will be a sign and box places at the front of the office very Wednesday morning in Term 2 and 3.

Tayla Buckley, Year 9 student

HVIA Excursion

On Friday 14 May, 17 Calamvale students who are currently completing the Cert II in Automotive (pre-apprenticeship course) attended the Brisbane Truck show sponsored by the Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia. In the morning students congregated in the South Bank Piazza where students observed apprentices locating and fixing faults on trucks. Students were also able to mingle and speak with training organisations such as Tafe QLD, who can offer pathways in heavy commercial / trucking industries.

The afternoon session was at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for the Careers Expo and students learnt about the wide array of products, services and vocations associated with the trucking industry.

One of the highlights of the day was rubbing shoulders with some visiting NRL stars and photo opportunity with Latrell Mitchell from the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

 

These students are to be commended on taking on this opportunity, being engaged with the stallholders.

Many thanks to the team at HVIA who completely funded the transport and ticket registration for our students to attend and to the supervising teachers on the day Mr Williams, Mr Ueta-Sietene and Mr Coke.

Junior School Athletics Carnival

Junior School began semester 2 with an exciting day of athletics at their Athletics Carnival.  It was wonderful to have parents in attendance and the students really enjoyed being able to perform in front of parents and grandparents.

The day began with Cobar winning the March Pass and Boree coming second.  After a day of great competition, we ended with Tharah taking the overall win. Well done Tharah, well deserved.  Congratulations to all of our young participants who ran, jumped and threw all day long – it’s all about participation!
Many thanks to our staff who make this day possible, special thanks to Mr Vine and Mr Eaton for all their preparation.  Enjoy some great pics.

NCCD Data collection

Principals News

I’m writing to thank you for your support of the College during this lockdown period.  It is quite difficult to coordinate a quick response in a very short timeframe whilst we also wait for the larger government organisation to make plans and communicate their response.  We could not do all of this without your support and we very much appreciate that.  It has been lovely to see so many of our parents coming back into the College this year; free to chat together and to meet with teachers at the classroom door.

Term 1 has been a really busy start to the year but it has been a calm start and we’re always happy about that.  Our students’ learning is maximised in a calm and curious environment where they feel safe and have learning as their focus. Unfortunately, this pandemic keeps ‘rearing its ugly head’ and we had to cancel our cross country and fun run which is a shame for the students.  Hopefully, Queensland has managed the situation well and term 2 will, at least, be back to our new normal.

Our senior students, both ATAR and IB have already engaged with some significant assessment.  Many of our certification students are well on track to an early completion of their course work.  Early results suggest that our students have really settled and are dedicated to their work which is demonstrated in improved grades that bode well for 2021 outcomes.

Our Junior Secondary students are enjoying their smaller classes and are really engaging with the inquiry process.  Junior School almost completed their face to face reporting before lockdown and I know parents were happy to hear how their students have settled into the 2021 school year.

Our Mobile Phone Policy across the College continues to be a struggle for some students, however the majority are able to keep their phones ‘off and away’.  With this policy in place, we have seen increased focus in class and a playground that is full of conversation and games being played.

We are looking forward to the launch of the Wolves’ new strip in term 2 and some new signage in the hall, heralding the Wolves’ competitive approach to all that they do.  This year the 48 km Kokoda Challenge is better than ever with more teams competing and each of them is better prepared than before.  We even have a 96km team participating led by Mr Male.  In the background, the rehearsals continue for CGEN and the CCC Musical; we wait in anticipation.

Best wishes for the holiday period, we hope that you have some relaxing and enjoyable times with your families, take care and stay safe.

 

College’s Mobile Phone Policy update

We have now come to the end of the first school term of the College’s Mobile Phone Policy’s full implementation across Years 7 to 12. College staff have reported better engagement in classes, as well as more personal interaction between students outside of class time. There has also been a significant decrease in at-school online bullying issues. The positive impact of the Mobile Phone Policy to the culture of the school is heartening.

During the term, students have been given the opportunity to become accustomed to the ‘off and away’ approach when phones are visible and in use. All students are now fully aware of the College’s expectations around this through ongoing communication on an individual and whole-school level.

In Term 2, due to the common understanding around students not having phones out in any way, students seen with a phone in the playground will be instructed to hand it into Student Services until 2.30pm.  Student Services have mobile phone lockers and students will be given the key for the locker holding their phone. Failure to comply with this instruction will be managed by Deputy Principals and will be considered a serious non-compliance with school routines.

To clarify, students will be instructed to hand phones into Student Services when they are:

  • Using their phone
  • Listening to earpods, headphones, speakers as they are linked to a phone
  • Carrying a phone in their hand
  • Showing their phone in their top pocket

Phones must be ‘off and away’ at all times, except for use in the canteen. Teachers will apply the same process in the classroom environment, unless senior students have been given explicit permission to use phones in unique circumstances for an agreed period of time.

As has been communicated in previous letters and newsletter articles, students who hand in phones will personally place them in a locker and will be given a slip with the locker number, as well as the key. Only the mobile phone owner can access the phone. Phones can be collected after 2.30pm each day.

We appreciate the support of parents in the implementation of this policy, as a phone-free environment enhances learning and social interactions of our students.

Year 7 news

Here we are! Year 7s have made it to the end of their first term at Calamvale Community College! In celebration, we had an end of year assembly to reflect on their experiences and successes.  The assembly was jammed packed with activities, including:

  • A live performance from Water Warriors from Urban Utilities. This wrapped up our Humanities Unit 1 focusing on water sustainability.
  • Classroom Karaoke “High Hopes” led by Miss Lucardi, with teachers distributing Easter goodies to the most passionate performers in the audience. Mrs Yan should have won best singer! This was certainly the highlight of the day.
  • Mr Duncanson, Year 7 Deputy Principal, gave students a glimpse of Term 2, and students participated in reflecting on Learner Profile Traits they developed throughout the term. This reflection is on page 106 of their organisers.  Mr Duncanson spoke about the cohorts achievements and how proud he was of their progress.
  • Mrs Thach concluded the assembly and each student was given a blank gratitude card to thank someone who has made a difference in their first term of year 7.  They filled in the note to thank a fellow student, friend, teacher or family member. Students were asked to be a communicator and a risk-taker and given the challenge of handing that card to the person they wrote about.  It was wonderful to see notes for teachers, families and friends being handed out.
  • The assembly concluded with a 6-minute video of Year 7 2021’s learning experiences and events throughout the term.  These photos and videos were submitted by teachers.  Students squealed and laughed in excitement as they saw their photos appear. Some of these images can be seen in the collage below.

 

 

As we head into the Easter holidays, we hope families and students have a wonderful and safe break.

Year 8 News

 

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence- 19 March 2021

On Friday 19 March the College joined the nationwide movement with schools across Australia to Take Action Together against bullying. This theme aimed to elevate student voice and empowering them to join the conversation.

At Calamvale Community College we promote and build a culture of a supportive learning environment. Together we can make a change. Everyone has a role to play in supporting young people in dealing with bullying and the NDA events aimed to help start positive discussions.

Students have a voice in talking about bullying. Our college created a NDA video which was shared during connect and placed with the community on Facebook. The main message contained within the video was to take a stand and report – talk to someone or Stymie it! Stymie is an online platform that allows students to confidentially and anonymously report concerns they have about other students.

Primary School Factsheet: https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/resource/fact-sheets/documents/primary-school-students-cyberbullying-fact-sheet.pdf

Secondary School Factsheet: https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/resource/fact-sheets/documents/secondary-school-students-cyberbullying-fact-sheet.pdf

Stymie- https://www.stymie.com.au/

 

QTIC Salute to Excellence 2020… Finally Celebrated!

The Hospitality VET Team had the pleasure of accompanying 2020 Year 12 Graduates, Ella Merrigan & Julia Alon to the QTIC Salute to Excellence Awards at City Hall. Ella was presented with her trophy as the State Winner for Food & Beverage whilst Julia was acknowledged as a Finalist for Cookery. It was great to catch up with the girls; Julia is now 5 months into her Chef’s Apprenticeship with The Star and loving every minute of it, whilst Ella is 2 months into her Diploma of Hospitality Management at TAFE and has commenced training to work in their restaurant 66 on Ernest – you might be served by her if you pop in on a Thursday night. We are looking forward to seeing what lies ahead for these aspiring ladies as they continue their Hospitality journeys!

3 Trees Café

3 Trees Café has resumed Breakfast service this year on Fridays! Students have enjoyed learning to cook a variety of breakfast dishes including poached eggs. Staff have enjoyed being able to start their day with a hearty breakfast to go with their morning coffee as well.

The 3 Trees Team looks forward to welcoming you back soon. All going to plan we will be offering dine in service again for the first time in over 12 months for breakfast next term.

Hospitality itime

Wednesdays have evolved in 3 Trees! Once a week we have a group of passionate students from our Hospitality VET classes join like-minded students from IB and the Calamvale Special School to develop their culinary skills. This term they have enjoyed working together as they focused on baked goods including Cheesecakes and Choc Mint Roulades.

Next term they are going to start putting their cooking skills to the test as they start to take over menu designs for functions and host some events as part of the IB CAS Program. Stay tuned for more information!

WOLVES Secondary Sport

The new era of sport at Calamvale Community College has started with a bang! Our Wolves athletes have been lighting up the courts and are proving they can not only mix it with the best schools in the state, but also surpass them. With our squads now entering the biggest tournaments in Queensland we are taking our sporting prowess to the next level. In just ten short weeks the Wolves have achieved the following;

  • 33 Southern Scorpion representatives
  • 9 Metropolitan West representatives
  • 4 Southern Scorpion Swimming Age Champions
  • Sent 12 teams to the Volleyball Queensland Beach Cup on the Gold Coast (representing each year level and gender)
  • Won a Bronze Medal at the Volleyball Queensland Beach Cup on the Gold Coast (60 schools participating)
  • Ranked number 14 in the Queensland in Beach Volleyball
  • Played in the AFA Schools Cup – Futsal

Further to that our athletes have participated in the following training activities;

  • Training sessions at Hibiscus Sports Complex – Basketball
  • Training sessions at Nissan Arena – Netball
  • Training sessions at Sunnybank Community Centre Futsal fields – Futsal
  • Wolves Beach Volleyball Festival at Sandstorm Arena – Volleyball

We are extremely excited to see our athletes achieving such success and enjoyment so quickly. Their dedication to their squad, teammates, passionate coaches, and the program is a pleasure to witness. Our Netballers and Basketballers join the playing action next term as they have preparation matches, tournaments, and Leagues lined up (unfortunately these squads have had some Term 1 matches postponed due to lockdown). We have an ever-evolving fixture in 2021 as we find new and competitive tournaments and events for our athletes to participate in, and we are working hard behind the scenes to provide the best sporting program available.

 

The athletes new personalised training attire is scheduled to arrive in week 1 of term 2, along with the school purchased playing jerseys and dresses. We are also launching our online store this week through BLK where students will be able to also purchase personalised playing attire and other gear if they choose (this is not compulsory). Athletes have been asking for this for many years and now for example they will be able to purchase their own match day Basketball jersey in with their surname on the back and own number which they will carry across their schooling. This is a very exciting moment and details will be sent to students via email and TeamApp very soon.

Industrial Skills

This term saw a change in direction for Industrial Skills at Calamvale. With a focus on building and construction students have really engaged with drawing building plans and using surveying equipment to set out the foot print of a simulated proposed new workshop for the college. An essential part of site preparation is knowing where a building going to be located, particularly in reference to other infrastructure, such as walkways, trees and a fire hydrant close to the proposed building site. Students had to deal with issues such as the weather, figuring out how to make their angles 90 degrees and how to check the set out was correct. Out old friend Pythagoras came to the rescue as students used the 3:4:5 triangle method to ensure their angles were correct. This was double checked using the diagonals. With the pegs in place and with the string line set out students measure levels using a dumpy level and staff to find how much fill would be needed to make the building area level. All year 11 and 12 Industrial Skills students were very engaged in these activities. A big shout out and thanks to Mr Nicholas Howe for all of his effort in helping get this project up and running so well.

 

 

 

Mr Mark Tunstall

Design and Technology

Fire Fighters

On Thursday the 25th of March we had an exciting visit from the Firefighters from Acacia Ridge.  They spent time sharing some vital Fire Safety information and we also got to learn about the different parts of the Fire Engine.

First the Firefighters showed us the clothes and equipment they use in a fire.  This included their uniform, Ninja hat, mask and oxygen tank. We got to see how different they look when they are fighting a fire. It is difficult to hear the Firefighters call out in a fire, so they showed us how it sounded and what to look for.

Next we learnt about fires. Fire Fighter Chris taught us how to STOP DROP and ROLL.

They talked to us about the importance of Fire Alarms and what to do if there is smoke in the house.  Ringing 000, was our reminder and Fireman Chris asked that we all learn our address, so the emergengy services know where to go.

Then we got to see the Fire Engine and learn about some of the equipment on the Truck.  It was very funny seeing some of our teachers hold and use different firefighting equipment.

 

We all felt a bit hot outside, learning about the truck, so they Fire Fighters gave us a quick sprinkle with the water.  Finally as the Fire Fighters left, they showed us the trucks lights and sirens. It was a fun, interesting and authentic way to learn about Fire Safety.

Thank you to all the Fire Fighters for their visit.  I am sure we all learnt something about Fire Safety, Fire Fighters and Fire Engines.

Solar Panel update

The Solar Panel project has commenced at CCC. Buildings are being analysed, measurements are being taken to determine the best placement for the panels.

 

The project is expected to be completed in 2021.

2020 Academic Success

As well as being some of our best champions of the values of this College we have ever graduated.  As well as being respectful and responsible, which most students achieve as they pass into senior years, this group have taken resilience and initiative to another level and have been rewarded with outstanding results and a very positive outlook on life.  The cohort who began our Prep year, graduated Junior School in Year 6 and commenced Secondary School in Year 7, faced new senior system, the first year of external exams in both ATAR and IB Diploma.  They were our first group to really embrace the Diploma of Business as a university pathway and they enrolled in certification and work readiness programs with enthusiasm.

Above ATAR score of 90

including IB students

OP equivalent 5 20% of eligible students
IB scores above 33 OP equivalent 5 20% of IB students
Above ATAR score of 75 OP equivalent 10 80% of eligible students
Above ATAR score of 65 OP equivalent 15 90% of eligible students
Diploma of Business Equivalent 82-87 ATAR University Entry 23 completed
Achievement of QCE Pending additional results 88% of students currently

Whilst the ATAR students had an internal assessment item removed, which may or may not have been beneficial in the end, the IB students had an even closer level of scrutiny with all internal assessments being externally marked.  Our 2020 cohort, their resilience and their initiative have given us one of our best academic years.  All of our IB students have enrolled in university, as have our ATAR and Diploma students who chose this career pathway.  Our Certificate of Education results were reflective of all students’ hard work and we applaud their efforts and their triumphs.  We are so proud of the achievements of our students and their subsequent pathways into careers and work.

CCC has continued our upward trajectory of achievement with a dual focus on graduating students who are ready to be changemakers and citizens of the world with an eye for the perspectives of others and a passion for celebrating and embracing diversity.  For CCC, 2020 truly was, in the best way, unprecedented.

A Message of Congratulations to 2021 Captains and Ambassadors from the College Principal

Each year I have the privilege of acknowledging and congratulating our student leaders for the year ahead. Our Senior Leaders, four school captains and four ambassadors are now half way through their journey as the Junior School leaders join them today .

“Article 12, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child says that Every child and young person under 18 years of age has the right to participate and have their opinions included in decision-making processes that relate to their lives.”

Children are experts in their own lives and experiences. We work collaboratively with children and young people because it is their right to be heard on decisions affecting them and they can provide advice and valuable insight into how their rights can best be protected and fulfilled. Participation is one of the guiding principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and a specifically protected right.

Every child has the right to dreams and the right for them to come true
Help pay more for stopping deadly viruses
Help children in third world countries
People should stand up for their rights

Along with rights come responsibilities – in order to have a say, you have to have a voice and be willing to make it heard. You are well aware of what is happening in the lives of children around you, sometimes this is unknown to adults present such as teachers. Children were aware of children in their friendship groups, schools and communities who were experiencing abuse, neglect, violence, discrimination, bullying, poverty and mental illness, to name just a few issues. You want more ways to lead action to tackle these different issues, with the support of adults, instead of the other way around. Children and young people, YOU are active citizens. Despite not always having direct mechanisms to express their opinions on decisions made by the Government, you are highly engaged on local, domestic and international issues. Sometimes you are worried that adults and decision-makers were not planning for an equitable and sustainable future and that you will be the ones to deal with the future repercussions of delayed action on issues such as climate change, conflict, universal education and poverty.

You are dedicated to equality and believe that if all people were treated equally and given equal opportunity, this would address the root cause of many issues you see in society.
Congratulations to our new team

Junior School Captains – Arjav Rabari, Hannah Marsden, Junior School Vice Captains – Amber Sangha, Kayden Gunn and International Captain Charlene Chen

College Captains – Erica Ventura, Rabia Farooq, Disha Rabari and Raha Foroughi, House Ambassadors – Bella Brady, Maryam Rezayi, Ronan Masn and Connor Andrews

So Leadership Team of 2021, I think you know exactly what you want to do this year. I think you have vision and agency. I think across the world your generation is mobilizing and I look forward to following you as you stand up for what you believe in and you ensure that what you believe in, exists here at CCC, happens here at CCC, shines here at CCC – reflecting you and your dreams. Have a great year leadership team of 2021, the first of the decade – Go Team Calamvale!

2020 Alumni

It was an absolute delight to welcome back our 2020 graduates to celebrate their achievements in the previous academic year. Admittedly it was the universities’ ‘O Week’ and so some were unable to make it, but so many made the effort and we were grateful. Our current Year 12s were inspired by the successes and it was great to hear the course in which they are all enrolled and see their enthusiasm for the next stage of life.

Our students were also treated to a presentation by the College Captains of 2018, Makayla Mason, Matthew Butler and Haneen Hawari.

All three had very different life experiences after they left school. The stories of work opportunities, struggling to find the right course and to go in search of their passions was inspiration both in itself but also in its lack of the stereotypical ‘after school’ life. I think our Year 12 got a great understanding of the imprecise nature of selecting university course or indeed of what exactly you might want to do post-school – and that is great, because it reduces the stress of needing to know everything and get it right first time. CCC is so proud of these three young people and we wish them well as they continue on their pathways. Congratulations and thank you Makayla, Matt and Haneen.

Congratulations to all award recipients and best wishes for the year ahead to one and all.

Investiture and Year 11 and 12 Awards Ceremony

This was a wonderful opportunity for the whole College and wider community to join together to celebrate the very best achievements of our 2020 Year 11 and 12’s.   We also acknowledge our 2021 Secondary School Leaders and Announced our Junior School Student leaders.

 

Please enjoy our student accomplishments and Leaders announcements

 

“Off and Away” Mobile Phone Policy

Since term 4 2020, Calamvale Community College has had an “Off and Away” mobile phone policy. Contrary to some community opinions, this was not a result of fighting or videoing of fighting. In fact parents whose children has been involved in physical incidents complain about the impetus that a video creates.
Our staff have noticed a marked increase in focus and attention without mobile phones in class. Our deputy principals have noticed a marked decrease in playground harassment without mobile phones in the grounds during school time.
The College has invested in 100 mobile phone lockers for student use, located in the Uniform Swap Room. We have also invested in $70 000 iPads for use in HPE and the Arts where mobile phones have been a valuable resource in Junior Secondary classes. Unfortunately due to shipping delays, these are not yet onsite. Seniors (Years 10-12) are able to use mobile phones in class with teacher permission for specified lessons
Speakers, headphones, air pods and Apple watches are all included in the “Off and Away” policy and our playgrounds are no longer filled with inappropriate lyrics from music played loudly in common areas. There has been an uptake of sporting games at lunch, there are increasing numbers of lunch activities being offered by both staff and students to ensure that our students are occupied without their phones.
Of course students with medical issues requiring phone access have an exemption with written permission, as have students paying with Applepay and the like at finance and canteen.

Please support the College in keeping your students focused on learning and reducing the bullying and harassment that social media brings. STYMIE continues to be a valid way for students to anonymously report bullying or harassment wherever it occurs on campus: www.stymie.com.au

Nature Play Grand Opening

In years gone by, children could been seen playing outdoors, making mud pies, building forts with sticks and branches, hiding in the bushes and all sorts of imaginative games with the natural materials around us. In 2020, Calamvale Community College went back to nature, opening various gardens in the Junior School to allow this generation to connect and explore in NATURE PLAY. In the beginning it was simple and organic. Rather than telling students to “Stay out of the garden” and “Put that stick down”, student were encouraged to open their imagination and play in nature. Supported by their teachers to play safely, students collaboratively explored, built, crawled, played and dug their way around CCC gardens. These early connections to the natural world will undoubtedly have long term positive impacts on their connections to the environment in later years.

The passion and excitement for Nature Play grew. A new and exciting Nature Play area was developed and constructed. Mr Bear set curiosity alight in the Junior School as he began his work turning a once sparse and unused area in to a Nature Play delight. Every day, students could be seen in this space working together to create, build and play whatever they imagine. CCC students are certainly creative, curious and clever and Nature Play gives them a space to be all of this and more.

Are you a parent of a secondary student?

Generation Next has an article on How parents can help students in the senior years of school written by Andrew Fuller. The article states that parents have a vital role in helping students to:

  • Manage time
  • Manage energy
  • Manage stress
  • Manage to get everything in at the right time and in the right place.

Fuller provides details of suggested strategies to help parents achieve their role. Some strategies detailed are:

  • Developing a system – time management planning
  • Dealing with meltdowns and catastrophic thinking
  • What to do when the system breaks down or when your child won’t listen to you
  • How to deal with the build up to exams.

 

Link to full article: https://www.generationnext.com.au/2017/02/parents-can-help-students-senior-years-school-2/

 

 

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A quick guide to QUT: information session for Year 9 and 10 students

Join QUT student ambassadors and staff for a dedicated Year 9 and 10 session which will provide some tools to help students and parents with course and careers decisions. The session will cover:

  • career planning tips
  • differences between school and uni
  • QUT course information and admission pathways
  • Q&A with current students.

The webinar will be held on Wednesday 28 April, 5.30pm–6.30pm and will provide students with tools to help make course and careers decisions and advice about subject selection. Please register via QUT website:

https://www.qut.edu.au/study/events/a-quick-guide-to-qut

 

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Year 11 and 12 QUT Advice night

Year 11 and 12 students and their parents are invited to get their questions about university answered at the QUT Advice Night on Wednesday 24 March, 5.30pm–7pm. The webinar will offer advice about course and career planning, how to apply to university, study costs and resources available to support parents and students throughout the year. There’ll also be the chance to hear from real students about their university experience and ask questions about their course and university life.

Please register for the event: https://www.qut.edu.au/study/events/advice-night

What your child needs to Succeed at school

Media Reports regarding Consent

The issue of consent has become a very concerning issue within our society in recent weeks.  There are calls for schools to do more to inform students about consent.  Calamvale Community College is taking this issue very seriously and considering how to progress.  If you would like to have these conversations with your students, I offer a YouTube video sent to us by one of our parents.  Far from trivialising the issue, it very simply explains the meaning of consent using the analogy of a cup of tea.  It is prepared by Thames Valley Police and I recommend it to you.

University Experience on Campus Days

Our Year 12 and 10 IB cohorts had their first excursion for the year, visiting Griffith University, Health Sciences on the Gold Coast and QUT Kelvin Grove campus respectively.

The Year 12s had a focus on the Health industry, specifically Pharmacy and participating in hands on workshops.  As well, there was a professor who led a research workshop, perfect for finalising their Extended Essays and upcoming Internal Assessment.

The Year 10s had an introduction to academic research and writing as well as a Q&A with graduated IB students and gaining an insight into life at University and the benefits of IB.  There was even some friendly, yet competitive physical exercise involved!

Overall, very practical and knowledgeable days for our students and an introduction into life on Campus.  Our students represented the College admirably and took the opportunity to ask questions and be active learners.

Science Department

Welcome to all our new students and families to CCC. All of you would have received a welcome email from teachers introducing themselves and providing you with the term outline. All junior secondary students in Years 7-9 have or will soon start their assessment for this year, which includes lots of hands on activities in the classes. Students are expected to come prepared to the classroom, and this includes bringing a laptop and a writing book. All students would be finalising their formative assessment in the coming week. Parents will be receiving phone calls regarding students’ progress, if their performance is unsatisfactory in Science at this time.

Senior students in Years 10-12 have also entered into assessment mode. Year 12 students, in particular, are completing their first summative assessment IA1 – data test. Science tutorials are being offered on Monday and Wednesday from 2:45pm- 3:45pm in DT21. Chemistry students have also started their titration practice after school on Thursday & Friday (2:30pm – 4:00pm). The Big Science Competition will also be taking place this year and is open to all Years 7-10 students. All students should also keep an eye out for some fun and exciting extra-curricular activities, such as Crystal growing, which will be advertised soon.

For further information please contact Head of Science Mrs Roshni Sharma – rshar3@eq.edu.au

 

Health & Physical Education News

HPE is off to a cracking start in 2021 with plenty of authentic learning experiences for our students!

Date claimers: 25 Feb Yr 11 Recreation Moreton Island camp; 04 Mar Yr 12 Karawatha Trek; 31 Mar Annual Cross Country; 01 Apr ADP Live and Breathe Leadership Day; Term 1 yr 10 Golf workshops and Term 2 Yr 10-12 Physical Education University of Qld Biomechanics and Motor Learning Workshops

HPE Week 1-5 March 2021

1.A challenge is out there to  all p-6 classroom teachers to do some physical activity (or yoga) for 20min per day during the week 1-5 March 2021.

2.   All teachers p-12 could try some Brain Gym activities in their classes. Or try some at home:

https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/10-best-brain-gym-exercises-kids/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5ChXC-rHLE

https://youtu.be/pCpiteBel8E

 

3. Blake Bunn and his Fitness classes will be doing some screenings for teachers 2nd break (12:45-1:20pm). Email Blake BUNN, Blake (btbun0) <btbun0@eq.edu.au> , (cc me in BULLION, Michelle (mbull13) <mbull13@eq.edu.au> ) …teachers could have a ‘free’ training program designed for them. Keep your eyes posted for parents over 50 to join us for a screening in term 2.4. Yr 7 ADP: AFL workshop 10-11:45am on Thursday (4th March). Plus, any interested AFL players to the oval first break Thursday 4 March.5. Yr 4/5 ADP: AFL workshop 11:15-11:45am. Any other students interested in AFL come to the oval (wet weather plan – sport hall).6)   Yr 12 Rec going on a Karawartha Trek 4th March.

4. Yr 7 ADP: AFL workshop 10-11:45am on Thursday (4th March). Plus, any interested AFL players to the oval first break Thursday 4 March.

5. Yr 4/5 ADP: AFL workshop 11:15-11:45am. Any other students interested in AFL come to the oval (wet weather plan – sport hall).

6)   Yr 12 Rec going on a Karawartha Trek 4th March

10 Must Do Brain Gym Exercises for Children

 

You can boost your child’s cognitive skills with a few exercises. Read further to know the brain gym exercises that young child must do for mental growth.

 

Brain Gym Exercise for Students

Yoga in the classroom

Calamvale Wolves News

The Calamvale Wolves have now selected their 2021 High Performance Sporting squads for Volleyball, Futsal, Basketball and Netball. This is truly an exciting moment in sport for the College. These squads are the first in our new era of sport and are already preparing for upcoming tournaments. We have our Volleyball squads attending Sandstorm Beach Volleyball Complex to prepare for the Volleyball Queensland Beach Cup. We have 12 teams entering this tournament which will likely have CCC as the highest entered team. We also have six Futsal squads who are preparing for the Brisbane Metro All-School Futsal Tournament to be held at Nissan Arena and Oxley Futsal Club. Our Netball girls have been travelling to Nissan Arena to train in a elite facility, and will soon be joined by Queensland Firebirds players for specialist coaching. Finally our Basketball squads are in the early stages of preparation for their CBSQ Tournaments later in the year by travelling to Hibiscus Sports Complex. Our Varsity Boys will also be entering the United Sports League in term 2 which is a Monday afternoon tournament.

Our new training jerseys and training attire through elite company BLK are being ordered this week and we cannot wait to see our teams rocking their new stylish look.

 

School Based Youth Health Nurse

Principals News – College Support

Calamvale is an Independent Public School with a designated catchment for enrolment, providing a valuable education to all students within our community. We are not a selective entry school that chooses which students attend, we are a diverse and proud College that is inclusive of all students representing a broad range of values, cultures and languages. It is our intention to meet the needs of all of our students and we strive to achieve that goal each and every day.

The last few weeks have been difficult for our College and our community. Our 2400+ students have a reputation for being capable, confident, respectful and achievers. This is something we have worked hard on over the last few years, under my leadership, by investing in professional development of staff and student development programs and guidance. I care deeply about our students, staff and our entire community of parents, carers and friends. For the last six years, our College has prioritised the shaping of character, the building of resilience, the learning of courage. These goals are repeatedly modelled and embedded into our school culture and supported by a dedicated team.

It is rarely possible to have binary responses to student behaviour. Adolescents (Year 4-12) require support, understanding, consequences and opportunities to redress their behaviour and have an opportunity to grow.

What does Calamvale currently do?

Every student has access to teacher leader, in addition to their classroom teachers, to whom they may go with any welfare issues or concerns that they may have, including complaints about bullying. In Junior School there are seven people available as Heads of Program (4) and Deputy Principals (3). In Secondary School there are sixteen House Leaders (most of whom are Heads of Program) and three Deputy Principals who will speak with any student who has a concern. All of these people are in regular communication with parents and records of these contacts are retained for future reference.

 

SUMMIT is a program staffed by a Guidance Councillor Mrs Cath Sander, Head of Program Mrs Alison Jordan and a Youth Support Coordinator Mrs Kelly Hebert, who provide behavioural modification programs, counselling and one-on-one support for students who present with challenging behaviours at school. This service is solely funded by Calamvale Community College and runs from a designated classroom within the school, with staff regularly attending class with students, providing non-penalty withdrawal, liaising with teachers and supporting individual students daily.

Guidance and Support Services: CCC employs four Guidance Officers, two above our allocation of staffing to support our students:
Ms Nerieda Andersen
Mrs Sarah Stubican
Mr Adam Williams (Mrs Julie Dodt on leave)
Mrs Cath Sander (SUMMIT)

CCC also has available to students:
Indigenous Liaison Officer Mr David Swanson
Chaplain Steve Parker
Teacher Aides Student Support: Mrs Xian Haidley and Mrs Sue Bremner
Community Nurse: Ms Alayna Patterson
School to Work Transitions Officer: Mrs Dee Dobbyn

All of these staff are provided to support students and are directly accessible to students and most to parents as well. In addition to these people and resources, we have had a “Wellbeing Program” in place at CCC for five years based on a philosophy of Positive Education which has been taught to all students Prep to 12 in classroom contexts. However reflection and review are important aspects of a growth mindset and so we are currently undertaking a review. The College already had a Mobile Phone Review in place and this will be concluded this term with outcomes to be implemented next term.

What More Will Calamvale Do:

Adopt the STYMIE program enabling autonomous reporting of incidents of bullying or self-harm through a downloadable App which will provide another avenue of support for students. This program will be launched on Tuesday 15 September and be operational for Term 4.

R U OK? Day will see the launch of a Health and Wellbeing page on our website which will include a public interface for student support information that is currently internally available to students on OneNote, as well as mental health checks and links to community agencies that can assist a student in need.

Review the SUMMIT program to ensure that the most needy students are included in the program and that parents are more strongly committed to the program with a partnership of share responsibility

Review the ‘Positive Education’ program based on the Geelong Grammar model and discuss the benefits of the ‘Positive Behaviour for Learning’ program that is currently a feature of schools local to Calamvale, but just outside of our immediate vicinity. We will report to P&C with the outcomes of this investigation.

Our students have achieved some wonderful outcomes in the last six years and they continue to embrace challenges and our College continues to support them in achieving their full potential. We are grateful to so many of our parents who have supported the College and their students through this time and have continued to focus on high achievement and application to the upcoming assessment period. Over the last four weeks we have had APEX excursions, Literature Festivals, Year 5 Exhibition, House Cup celebrations, the launch of the Calamvale Wolves Sporting Program and a dramatic performance of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Next week, our students Years 6-12 will enjoy a specially commissioned play “The Last Days of Bedlam SHS” and construction will continue on NaturePlay for the Prep to Year 5 students.

2020 Senior Formal – Magical Wonderland

Formal The College was the first state school in QLD who proceeded with a formal in Term 3. It was a spectacular night and was a formal like no other for all the right reasons – there was karaoke, magicians, music, videos and glamour. There were people who worked tirelessly to ensure that the evening was memorable for all the right reasons – thank you to all of the staff that worked together to make this an event that our Year 12 students will never forget and was a true highlight of 2020.

 

 

Principal’s News

Term 3 and Covid-19 Restrictions

As we emerge from the most severe of the Covid-19 restrictions, some of our procedures will be reduced and others will have to remain in place. From July 10th much of the responsibility for the Covid-19 restrictions will rest with the College. Where we can provide the correct social distancing, we will run events for the students. The use of an RSVP process will underpin our management of the number of people at any event.

There is a new calendar up on the website and below are some of the highlights and the thinking behind the decision to run particular events:

Both athletics and cross country carnivals have been missed and there are no state level competitions. We are endeavouring to run a ‘competitors’ only event for students who train for these sports. This will provide event times for those students who require them for non-school ‘meets’ as well as an experience for our Year 12s for whom this is the last set of school carnivals.

Assemblies will return to the school calendar for both secondary and junior schools, but not for the whole college.

Awards nights, performances and exhibitions are postponed at this stage and will not occur in term 3. Where it is possible there will be virtual displays of art and live streamed or pre-recorded performances. The students will be able to attend performances as it is only the parents and staff for whom we have to provide social distance. If we are not able to host over 500 people for an event this year, we will seek to postpone the awards ceremonies to the beginning of 2021 unless there is another solution.

Parent-teacher interviews and student –led conferencing will be postponed and instead phone interviews will be held. Where appropriate meetings will be held using Microsoft Teams as a virtual facility.

 


Year 9 and Year 10 Senior Pathways parent information and SET planning nights will be held in the gym, with appropriate social distancing, which may feel a little sparse but we have the space and technology to do this. These will be advertised this week and held in weeks 1 and 2 of Term 3. There will be ATAR, Certificate and Diploma sessions as well as IB sessions using CPAC for the smaller group.

The Year 12 formal will go ahead on Thursday night August 13th, although Rydges is unable to host our senior cohort in a manner that will allow the students to enjoy the event, due to restrictions. CCC will subsidise the formal so that we may hold a very elegant event in the gym, which will be unrecognisable with wall screens, and props. This is a one-off for 2020 which has been a particularly difficult year for the seniors. Unfortunately, whilst there will be a photographer for the students and a photo booth, we cannot have family photos due to the crowding – so these should be arranged prior to arrival. We will have the car parade but no pre-formal event as we cannot use share plates, drinks or allow gathering of adults. Information will continue to be made available via email to Year 12 families.

Elsewhere in this newsletter is the publication of my letter to our local representatives regarding our on-going traffic problems. Due to the tight spaces around the Prep building and the confluences of paths around the Year 1 classrooms, we will continue the LookOut program for term 3. Parents will be welcome to park and queue for their students.

Junior School Writers’ Workshop

 

After successfully applying to participate in the Junior School Literature Festival, 42 very excited Year 4, 5 and 6 students arrived for two jam-packed days. There was a buzz in the air. The festival kicked off with five workshops, designed by Calamvale teachers, to provide provocations and inspiration for writing.
The Virtual Reality session, run by Secondary School teacher, Mrs Bailey, transported students into another world where they experienced the sights, sounds and wonders of a magical, mythical new world. ‘This is the best day of school ever, and it’s still only 9:30!’ exclaimed one of our Year 6 boys.

Mrs McLaren explored a Narelle Oliver picture book and modelled a range of drama techniques, to support students to visualise the story and make inferences. Students worked collaboratively to create soundscape to represent an event in the story. Groups worked with Mrs Allen and Mrs Welch to hone their skills in using the five senses and  developed the ‘Show not Tell Strategy’ to enhance their writing.
The second day was intense, a day full of crafting, writing, revising, redrafting and editing. It  required students to take on feedback, demonstrate a growth mindset and persist to produce their best work yet. It was fabulous to watch so many like-minded students share their thoughts, experiences and passion for creativity.

Look out for their published work in our Junior School Anthology early next term!

 

Year 5 Taster Day

The Year 5 Taster day gave the Calamvale Community students the opportunity to try a high school setting. There were a range of exciting experiences on offer from students creating music using digital audio workstations, exploring chemical reactions and appreciating the colourfulness of Science. They used a range of food resources to design and create three different food parcels, explored programming to move a robot through an obstacle course, developed a prototype in a virtual world, explored artwork to reinterpret the world around them and finally they developed and built a design in response to a challenge. It was a fabulous day. The Year 5 students said:I was a communicator when I worked together with other students when doing the design challenge.I became more knowledgeable when I thought about new ideas in philosophy.I became more knowledgeable when I didn’t know how to solve the escape puzzles in the Philosophyclass when we had to figure out the codes to get out of the escape rooms.I was an inquirer when I was doing music because I was asking lots of questions about how the song sounds.I enjoyed Taster Day because it was fun and it was getting us to try things like cooking, designing, music, etc. (future choices!) We are lucky to go to CCC!

 

Year 8 APEX Excursion

On Friday of Week 7, Year 8 APEX attended their annual university excursion. 8A and 8C students attended two half day workshops. Rockets 101 – run by QUT Science, Technology and Engineering faculties allowed Students to investigate the relationships between force, mass, thrust, speed and different fuel combinations in order to launch the highest rocket. Students also had the opportunity to explore The Cube – one of the world’s largest interactive digital display systems. The Physics Observatory was a virtual feast and allowed students to run tests on falling objects and a pendulum under different gravity conditions. The second half of the day explored the Liveability of Brisbane City. This workshop – led by executive principal Lisa Starmer – had students exploring the city’s botanic gardens to identify how green spaces are used and are integral to the design of sustainable cities.

Year 7 APEX Excursion

Week Seven was a busy week for APEX. On Thursday, our Year 7 APEX classes went to Boondall Environmental Centre. This excursion, in place of the annual trip to UQ, allowed students to delve deeper into their Ancient Australia inquiry. Rick, our cultural educator, helped students to explore Dream Time stories, fire making techniques, boomerang throwing and the use of symbols for communication in Pre-Colonial Australia.

After lunch, students had the opportunity to explore the wetlands and develop their creative side. Students used curriculum knowledge from the Visual Art and Film and TV electives. They explored the influence of natural surroundings on art as well as applied their knowledge of the elements of photography to take some stunning photos, pictured below.

APEX welcome 2021 Year 7 class.

After a long selection process, including the creation of an academic portfolio, cognitive testing, and interviews, the successful 2021 Year 7 class was welcomed to the APEX family in style. In Week Seven this term, current APEX student volunteers became mentors. The 2-hour workshop included teamwork, Q&A sessions, VR experiences and rocket launches. Both the incoming class and existing APEX students put their best foot forward and showed us what CCC can be – Curious, Creative, Clever!

 

 

 

 

Nature Play is coming to Calamvale!

In collaboration with a landscape architect from Nature Play Queensland, a beautifully designed space is coming to life in the Junior School. This Nature Play area will allow students the freedom to engage in imaginative play in a clean and natural environment. Without the restraints of structured, overly designed playground equipment, students will create their own fun in a dry river creek with water pump, a spacious sand pit, climbing mound, balance logs and sandstone blocks for casual seating under the shade of a row of trees. The excitement is building as students watch Mr Bear piece together this natural wonderland!

Year 5 Exhibition

In Week 4, Year 5 celebrated the end of their Unit of Inquiry about How The World Works. They researched scientists and inventors and created experiments to demonstrate the scientific principles associated with light and matter. They presented their portfolios to other students, teachers and the leadership team, including Mrs Welch and Mrs Starmer! The children were excellent communicators, sharing their knowledge and answering probing questions about what they had learnt. Feedback from the Year 5 children revealed that, while a little daunting, they loved sharing their learning in this way.

Secondary Literature Festival – Writing Workshops

Wednesday 19th August and Thursday 20th August

This year’s Secondary Literature Festival explored the theme of “Curious Creatures, Wild Minds”, and our students definitely harnessed their imaginations throughout the day of Writing Workshops. Lead by our passionate and creative English teachers, the students attended four different workshops exploring four unique ways to create narratives.

Miss Lucardie asked students to use personal objects and plasticine to shape abstract settings to create unique descriptions.  Miss Enoch explored oral traditions and storytelling, getting students to manipulate messages and tone in their creation stories.  Mrs Schloss put herself and students in roles as part of a process drama to better understand character.  Mrs Bailey utilised virtual reality to challenge students to build amazing narrative worlds.

The students were extremely focused when writing their unique creative responses, which they have edited with the help of teacher mentors.  These responses are ready for publication in our upcoming annual Student Anthology, to be released in Term Four.  We all look forward to seeing the results of such inspiring work.

Science Week

During National Science Week 2020, the Science Department ran Trivia Questions daily at breaks, based on a variety of different topics, one being the “The Science of Love”. Students who partook in the trivia, enjoyed the different and amusing questions that were posed and loved learning about Science outside the classroom. There were many who had a newly founded interest in Science and discovered a knack for trivia too. Year 11 Science Ambassador’s also had various activities during the breaks. For the taster day Year 5s also observed a few chemical reactions and created “rainbow in a beaker”. They applied knowledge on density to create different coloured layers. Great resilience and group work demonstrated where students were not afraid to make mistakes and start over from the beginning. “Science is all about finding out and it is ok to make mistakes” said by a wise year 5

Heart dissection by year 9 students

 

Year 10 Biology students collecting primary data to investigate the process that underpins the plant growth. Students used variety of equipment and techniques in collecting the data
Year 5 students visiting senior school, students very curious about the reactions and understanding physical and chemical changes. Lots of questions such as why there is a colour change? Why did it change from powder to foam? Why is it going up? Etc etc

2021 Prep Enrolments

We are taking our 2021 Prep enrolments NOW!  See our website for enrolment forms or email admin on admin@calamvalecc.eq.edu.au and we can contact you with more information.

Keera House Celebration

The Keera students had a wonderful time at the Junior School House Celebration in Week 4.  The students climbed, crawled, raced each other and their teachers and had a wonderful time.  The added demands to meet current Covid-19 restrictions meant extra organisation and supervision around hygiene before and after each session, but then the smiles of delight on the students’ faces meant that this was all worthwhile.

QTIC Salute to Excellence 2020

2020 was a year that saw both the Hospitality & Tourism Industries go on hold and for the first time ever, many businesses closed their doors. It was an uncertain time for everyone and both industries evolved quickly in order so they could re-open. Nothing is the same, but through it all the industries have started to grow again. The inaugural Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s Salute to Excellence also had to move with the times. Up until this year, nominees had to write a 3000 word application and then had to attend a Skills Day where they were put to the test in their chosen category, up against their peers. This year was different. The nomination process started being the same however; it then changed overnight into a purely online format.

Calamvale had four Year 12 students take on the challenge to enter this year, two for Cookery and two for Food & Beverage. These four girls all had to film their skills test and then edit it down to just five-minute clips, which was not an easy task. The Cookery entrants had to prepare and present a two course meal whilst the Food & Beverage entrants had to set a restaurant for a three course meal which they then had to serve, including wine service. The next step involved them participating in, group challenges with peers from all over the state, and interviews with personnel in 5 star establishments – all via zoom. It was a real challenge this year, as it also tested their technological skills.

Through it, all they stood by each other and supported one another, which was fantastic as ultimately they were competing up against each other. The girls even opted to participate in the online day at school during the June-July holidays so they could be there for each other. We could not have been more proud of these girls and their perseverance to become finalist in this year’s QTIC Salute to Excellence.

The Awards Ceremony like so many others this year was also online. The four finalists, their teachers/trainers and members of the school administration team all came together to celebrate their accomplishments over afternoon tea in the room their journeys began in just three years ago, their Hospitality classroom. We were so proud to see all of the students acknowledged as finalists and received work experience with The Star Hotel Group: Hannah Getawan & Ella-Louise Merrigan for Food & Beverage along with Julia Alon & Makayla James for Cookery. We were left speechless however when Ella was also announced as the State Winner for Food & Beverage being awarded a scholarship to complete a Diploma in Hospitality Management with TAFE Queensland next year.

The Hospitality team are extremely proud of all the girls and their accomplishments; they all have futures ahead of them in the Hospitality industry and now is the perfect time to enter it, as new doors are beginning to open every day.

Hospitality VET

The Year 12 students have almost finalised their Certificates so our Year 10 & 11 students have to take on new roles and responsibilities in 3 Trees Café. In order to support their development, they have been busy learning new skills.

Year 10 Hospitality & Kitchen Operations

In order to ensure our Year 10s meet the legal requirements of being Hospitality employees, they attended an all-day incursion led by Training Direct Australia to gain their Responsible Service of Alcohol certification. This day also marked the completion of their first competency in their chosen certificate course so their studies are now well underway and many of them have already worked their firstshift in our fully licensed venue, 3 Trees Café. The Year 10s have also been busy catering various functions at school and have proved they can work effectively as a team. We are very pleased to welcome them to our 3 Trees Team and feel we have many buddying Chefs and Baristas in our classes.

Year 11 Hospitality

The Year 11s have had to step up over the last few weeks and take on new roles in 3 Trees Café to ensure it can continue to operate smoothly once the Year 12s leave the team. The have spent the last term, working closely with the 12s that have been coaching them during their shifts. The Year 11 Hospitality class is now focusing on their studies on becoming Baristas. The students have realised this is a challenging role to take on, as there are so many different types of coffee to learn. We are exploring these both in class and during shifts from 7am each day, as each students work towards being able to produce 30 different coffees independently in order to meet the competency requirements.

Year 11 Kitchen Operations

Just like their Hospitality counterparts, the Year 11 Kitchen Operations students have had to step on as they take on the role of running the kitchen during our Friday cafes. The students have embraced this challenge and have been working side by side with their Chef Trainers to produce a regular weekly menu. The students have been learning how to prepare a variety of soups over the winter months and each week have sold out their steak sandwiches. Throughout this journey, the students have also been working on refining their knife skills during class time.The Hospitality Teaching Team is looking forward to watching the Year 10 & 11 students as they continue to blossom in their new found roles in 3 Trees Café as they continue to work towards attaining their Certificate II in Kitchen Operations and Certificate II/III in Hospitality.

3 Trees Café – Year 12 Takeover

The Year 12 Certificate II/III in Hospitality & Certificate II in Kitchen Operations students don’t have long to go with their studies, so the teaching team decided to let them experience running the café all on their own.
The Year 12s worked together to design the recipes and menus which included doing all of the ordering and considering the costing involved plus the roster and role allocations. They then worked together to offer a Breakfast Menu to Calamvale’s staff and students on Thursday mornings throughout the term. The teaching team were always on standby but were able to enjoy breakfast themselves as the 12s had everything under control.


The students embraced this opportunity and actively sought feedback in order to improve each week. The most popular items were their Waffles & Frappes that changed each week in order to meet customer’s requests.


The Year 12 Café Takeover was a huge success – the students worked exceptionally well together and were a strong team that are definitely ready to take their next steps out in industry!

Yr 11 Chinese Hot Pot Party

Yr 11 Chinese Hot Pot Party organised by the Mandarin class as an authentic cultural experience. The class designed their own ingredients list and planned the event – in Chinese. This emphasises our importance on learning ‘language through culture’. The Chinese mother-tongue students joined in and explained the hot pot tradition and how it is to be enjoyed, allowing them to introduce and share their own culture to others.

In the absence of so many external cultural experiences that we normally engage in, it is great to see the students participating in a rich and authentic experience within the classroom.

Stay tuned – a newsletter written, illustrated, edited and published by students for students. A Year 11 CAS (Creativity | Activity | Service) project involving many students across multiple year levels. First edition landing soon!

 

Yr 11 IB Core Camp

A closed Stradbroke Island didn’t deter us from holding our annual IB camp experience. Like true problem-solvers, the team re-designed it into a CCC campus incursion with overnight sleepover included.

In Week 10 Term 2 our Yr 11 IB students participated in a 3-day camp experience that will be hard to be beat in future years. The Camp focused on the IB Core and wellbeing and developing the full suite of skills including self-regulation, collaboration, taking care of self and others, as well as a focus on academic research, writing and reflection in preparation for their TOK and Extended Essays.

It began with a CAS nature and art walk through Karawatha Forest and followed with some hilarious team building activities. The Coordinators – Mrs Sihvola, Mr Davis and Mrs Thomas did an excellent job of providing diverse, challenging and rich experiences to bring the team together

  • Representing the learner profile through a balloon sculpture activity
  •  High-challenge, high communication, high stress escape room competition
  • Exploring internationally minded issues through virtual reality
  • Mute puzzle storytelling sequencing (yep as complicated as it sounds)
  • Early morning, group exercise activities before breakfast
  • Indigenous oral history and art experience (thanks Miss Enoch)

Our philosophy/theme for the three days was “when you have more than you need, build a bigger table, not a higher fence” and we focused on being grateful, supportive, working ‘round table’ to problem solve. Plus we literally ate around a large kitchen table.

Thanks to the catering team at school who provided the delicious food.
A truly memorable experience!

 

Year 10 Cert III Laboratory Skills

This term, 34 Yr 10 students in the IB readiness program kick started their skillset by completing a Certificate III in Laboratory Skills. This is a nationally-recognised qualification that was facilitated by an external Registered Training Organisation. Our students were required to complete 13 elearning modules for their theory components and then spent a week in the science labs completing practical, experimental scientific sampling. They tested samples of water, looked at workplace health and safety, mixing of chemicals, prepared microscopic samples, recorded and presented data and looked at environmentally friendly practices. This provides a skillset that makes them immediately employable, plus it provides a high baseline level of knowledge when they are required to design and facilitate their own Science assessment experiments in Yr 11 and 12. An additional bonus is that this provides 8 QCE points into their learner accounts and provides an entry level into University – all before they’ve started Year 11.

The group was commended for their commitment, team work and humour.

Tharah House Rewards Day

Tharah rewards day was postponed till Friday, Week 10 Term 3 – yes the last the day of the term. What a way to finish the term. It will occur in Sessions 3 and 4 and the students will experience a movie, a gladiator course,basketball inflatable and a 30 meter inflatable obstacle course.Permission notes were emailed home earlier this week and are due back by Week 10.

SOUTHERN SCORPIONS BASKETBALL REPRESENTATIVES

Recently we launched the new look sport where students trialled and were selected for the Calamvale Wolves Senior and Junior Varsity teams. The four core sports of our sport program focus on Basketball, Netball, Touch Football and Volleyball. Recently we celebrated the success of our Senior Varsity Volleyball team who competed at the Queensland Schools Cup Volleyball competition. We look forward to tracking and celebrating further success of our sports stars in the future.

Upcoming Events include the following:

VQ Intermediate Cup Boys and Girls (9/10 combined)

All-Hallows Touch Football Tournament (13, 15, Open Girls)
All-Hallows Netball Tournament (13, 15, Open Girls)

CBSQ Open Basketball Tournament Boys (Open)

CBSQ Junior Secondary Basketball Tournament Boys and Girls (15’s)

CBSQ Open Basketball vs. Woodridge SHS Lead In match

CCCVolleyballvs. B.C.C Volleyball Boys and Girls (CCC 11 Boys vs. BCC 11 Boys, CCC 10 Boys vs. BCC 10 Boys, CCC 8 Boys vs. BCC 8 Boys, CCC 9 Girls vs. BCC 8 Girls)

 

Basketball Celebration

With new ‘new era’ of sport well under way we are already seeing individual success stories emerging. A number of Basketball squad athletes have successfully trialled for and been selected to represent the 13- 15 years Southern Scorpions at the Metropolitan West trials.

We are very proud our athletes and their commitment to their development.Congratulations; Franczesca Balbarais, Reatha Morrell, Pania-Maria Haereiti, Thalia Janson, Jordan Anthony, Zeke Byrne, Tyrese Letalu, J Ventura, Taine Haereiti, Jafe Ogabang and Raymond Malanum

 

 

Wear it Purple

 

 

For Wear it Purple Day (28th August), students and teachers alike united to celebrate diversity and our generation of change-makers! At Calamvale, we know our students achieve when they feel safe and respected. Visible inclusion is a great way for us to support all students, and we accept our gender diverse students for the creative and committed learners they are. The students showed great enthusiasm and support for their peers, and sported wristbands from the Wear It Purple organisation, with any proceeds directed to Open Doors Youth Service. Calamvale is dedicated to creating change-makers with a global awareness and empathy towards others.

 

 

 

Final Day of Bedlam

In Week 10, the P&C has organised something special – to help break up the pressures of the final week of term and bring a little entertainment and excitement back into 2020. We are lucky enough to have Backbone Youth Arts coming in to perform in CPAC throughout the week, with their production of “The Final Days of Bedlam” by award winning playwright David Burton.

It’s the final few days of school…EVER. Audiences are thrust into a fictional version of today where school is no longer compulsory, in fact school for most young people will no longer exist. A group of students at Bedlam High contemplate what this means for them and what they want next. Do they even want to go to school? Should they start their own school? What do they want to learn? What will the world be like without school? The only thing that’s certain is these last few days are complete bedlam. The Final Days of Bedlam is a play written for young people to ponder the role of the classroom, their power and politics, and what learning means.

Secondary School News

It has been a fabulous term 3. With COVID plans in place we have been able to create, deliver and connect with our students, teachers and our wider community. Many thanks to our English teaching team for delivering a sensational Literature Festival and to our Science teachers for a scintillating week of Science during last weeks ‘National Science Week’. This week I was thrilled to attend the first performance of Romeo and Juliet performed by our committed students. This talented group of artists have been working hard all year to prepare, and have battled against COVID restrictions to be able to perform. The Arts are alive and well at Calamvale and our talented students never cease to amaze me. All of these events allowed students to immerse themselves in their passion and revel in their favourite subjects.
Last week our current Academic Program of Excellence (APEX) students mentored the incoming 2021 cohort through an afternoon of challenge and bonding. It was delightful to see the leadership and enthusiasm displayed by all.

 

We were pleased to be able to connect with our parents and caregivers at Student Led Conferencing in Week 6. Thank you to those families who came along to hear your student’s reflections on their learning journey so far and their actions for the future. Also during week 6, our Year 11 students had their first experience with Mock Exams. We would like to congratulate them on the maturity they displayed with the autonomy that is granted during an exam block.

Finally, I was elated to attend the Year 12 Formal in week 5. The students presented themselves beautifully and immersed themselves in the evening. I am certain the night steeled their reserve to dig deep and finish their high school education strongly. Currently our year 12 students are in their final Mock exam period. In Week 10, they will return to us, ready to reflect on their exam results and put study plans in place in readiness for their official External Exam block which will begin in Week 4 of Term 4. It has been a pleasure to work with this year 12 cohort and I look forward to celebrating their success at the end of their journey at their graduation on Friday 20 November.

Pathways 2021 and Beyond

This process is in full swing as we speak. Students in Year 9 are selecting their pathways for their senior years and students in Year 10 are preparing to review their achievements this year before confirming their pathways for Year 11.

We have returned to a pre-requisite based process, in an effort to curb the number of subject changes that students in years 10 and 11 are making due to underperformance in academics. This year, with limited ability to meet with parents, students are selecting pathways rather than subjects with a heavy emphasis on required pre-requisites for career choices and evidence-based decision-making using students’ own academic results.

The College is promoting the Diploma of Business as a guaranteed pathway into a range of tertiary course for those students who are not achieving grades sufficient to pass the external exam component of ATAR. The Diploma will require a B grade in Year 10 English and will enable students to study two other General (ATAR) subjects whilst remaining ATAR ineligible with a pathway to a tertiary course.

Students seeking employment will have five Certificate 3 course from which to select and the opportunity to couple this with 5 Applied subjects. The new alternate pathway GOYA Day every Thursday for Years 11 and 12 will further support these students as they develop a portfolio to fast-track their employment options.
I encourage you to speak with your Year 9 and 10 students about their pathways, rather than specific subjects and ensure that you have sufficient information to support their choices. Please access the Pathways Book on the website HERE and contact a Guidance Officer or Deputy Principal for any further advice required.

 

 

Principal News – Mobile Phone Policy

Our College is currently reviewing our mobile phone policy which has been in place for a very long time. When the policy was last reviewed, 7 years ago, our College had very poor wi-fi connection and was in need of an overhaul of entire system to improve connectivity and download speed. That process was completed last year and we have seen a significant improvement in access to the system this year. In conjunction with that there has been a significant uptake in the BYOx platform with most students now having access to a device of some type other than a phone. Although phone cameras are still used in class and occasionally in media-style classes, most students have an alternative and the College is investigating the provision of more resources to support filming and photography in particular classes.

We are of course aware of the importance of the mobile phones to parents, in terms of communicating with their students for both safety and convenience. For this reason our review of the policy is certainly taking into account that parents value their students having access to a phone at the beginning and end of the school day.
There is no intention to hold students’ phones as an organisational practice or to assign all students a locker for their phone. It may eventuate that if students are found to be breaking the College mobile phone policy, that they may have to place they phone in a designated locker for which they are given a key. This arrangement is still pending the conclusion of the mobile phone survey of parents, teachers and students.

Mrs Angel, secondary principal, has sent information along with the survey link, so please take the time to read the PowerPoint and complete the survey. At present the prevalence of mobile phones is reducing our students’ ability to study, socialise with those around them and as one parent pointed out quite publicly, can even provoke fighting.

We look forward to your feedback which will be given due consideration with that provided by staff and students. It is our intention to have a revised policy in place for Term 4, 2020.

Arts Update

Despite 2020’s best efforts to suck all the joy out of life, CCC’s Arts Department refuses to submit – with staff and students alike toiling behind the scenes to bring a little bit of colour and a lot of artistic flair to Term 3 and beyond! Our Drama department has an ongoing partnership with Queensland Theatre as part of the Scene Project. In Week Nine our Year 11s will be travelling into the Bille Brown Theatre to perform their take on “Wisdom” by David Burton for other schools and for the professional actors and directors of QT.

Our resident thespian group The Company have been hard at work on Monday afternoons all year, and we finally have a date for our much delayed production of Romeo and Juliet! For two nights only on Wednesday the 2nd and Thursday the 3rd of September, head to our amphitheatre space out the front of CPAC at 5pm for our twist on the star cross’d lovers, in an action packed half hour show. We’re still crossing our fingers that 2020 doesn’t let us down and torpedo your chance to see it, but musical rehearsals are getting serious – and hopefully Term 4 will unveil our school production of Footloose for your viewing pleasure! Keep your eyes peeled for more information to follow.

Finally, Visual Art students have been showing off their incredible talents – make sure to step into the CPAC foyer in Week 9 and 10 to be blown away by the Year 12s exhibition. On top of that, eight of our Year 11 and 12s have been selected to exhibit at the Logan Art Gallery as part of ‘Artwaves’ from 11th September to 17th October, and some have been chosen for the Creative Generation Excellence in Art regional exhibition – with the possibility of being selected for exhibition at GOMA in 2021!

Photo: Year 10 Art students on excursion – with Artist Gus Eagleton and the mural he painted, outside his studio in the “super-ordinary” project as part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival 2020

Mock Exams for both Year 11 and 12 have run during Weeks 6,8 & 9. These are important opportunities for students to practise retrieving knowledge and applying skills in examination conditions that will mimic External Exams taking place for Year 12 in Weeks 4-7 in Term 4. Additionally, the examinations provide excellent information for teachers in the development of targeted teaching and learning leading into the real thing to ensure students are in the position to perform at their best.

 

P&C News – Containers for Change is Back! – Fathers’ Day Thank You!

CCC’s award winning Containers for Change recycling program is back! After a COVID19 interruption our community again has the opportunity to support the environment and our kids by donating eligible containers. Every container is 10c that goes directly to supporting our students. Each month during school terms collection days are held between 7:00-9:00am at Junior School drop off. Our next collection date is Tuesday 15th September. We have recycled over 150, 000 containers so far and need your help. Bring your orange Envirobank bags or containers (lids off) and make a difference to the planet and our school. How many can you donate?

 

 

Also a BIG

 

to our P&C volunteers for their organisation around the Fathers’ Day Stall today. There were some very excited students at the drop off zone on Thursday afternoon.

 

The Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea 2020

 

IB and Hospitality have joined forces once again to participate in the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea. This year was certainly a challenge as we had to work together to overcome a few COVID obstacles so we decided to do a cupcake drive instead a stall.


We still managed to sell 130 cupcakes and with donations, raised $204.50 for the Cancer Council.


Shout out to Latisha Hicks-Greenaway who took on the Student Coordinator role this year – she organised the advertising, customer ordering process, cupcake decorating and delivery of the cupcakes to students across the Secondary school. She did a fantastic job to make sure the event ran smoothly.

Special mention to the Year 10 Hospitality & Kitchen Operations students who baked all the cupcakes, along with the Year 10 & 11 IB students that helped on the day. Our Biggest Morning Tea was a huge success thanks to everyone’s willingness to jump in and be part of the team.

Congratulations and Happy Holidays

2020 was always going to be year of firsts, as our seniors graduated the International Baccalaureate Diploma for the first time and our ATAR students negotiated external exams also for the first time and then we ran into the pandemic.  So in addition to those first, we have cancelled just about every event in our school calendar and toggled between face to face and learning@home for all of our students from Prep to 12.  We have learned to wash our hands and social distance and many of our regular routines and practices have been changed for the foreseeable future.

From a positive perspective, we have all become very capable in a digital learning world.  We have found ways of staying connected through virtual parades and zoom meetings and our students have continued to collaborate both inside our College and online.  We have shared arts performances by the teachers, who could forget ‘Footloose’ and beamed our Students of the Month home through SeeSaw and Youtube.

The strong sense of care in our community has been evident as parents, teachers and students have supported each other with messages of appreciation and kindness.  Our students led Kindness Week across the College and had those messages into tangible signs which was heartwarming.

My sincere thanks to our whole staff team, admin, teachers, support staff, teacher aides and cleaning staff – we could not have journeyed through this semester without our strong team.    Many thanks to parents and carers as well and to our students for their resilience in difficult times.  We hope that you enjoy the holidays without the burden of learning@home, I know the staff are looking forward to the two weeks.

Take care, stay safe,

Lisa

CCC visit to Hangzhao Dong Fang High School

In November 2019, representatives from Calamvale Community College had the pleasure of visiting Hangzhao Dong Fang High School in China through EQI. During the visit the Secondary School Principal and Head of Program (Teaching and Learning) shared practices with our Chinese and other International Colleagues through workshops, cultural tours and many other amazing experiences.

The welcome and hospitality of the staff at Hangzhao Dong Fang High School were highlights of the visit. Principal Lee guided us through a tour of the school, which showcased the impressive facilities, the students and the culture of the school. The immaculate grounds of the school include beautiful gardens, and extensive facilities for the boarding students of this school. Through the grounds, there are reminders of the vision and philosophy of the school in both Chinese and English, reminding students to achieve their best through effort, persistence and positive attitude.

During our workshops, we worked with teachers from international backgrounds, sharing expertise of the Queensland Senior Curriculum and pedagogy in Australian and Chinese school settings. These highly interactive professional exchanges helped us to appreciate how Chinese students approach learning in the Queensland Curriculum, as well as sharing processes and experiences to support the teaching, learning and assessment of the curriculum.

Whilst we were at the school, we immersed ourselves as many aspects of school life as possible, from eating local Hangzhao food in the school canteen, to running with the students during their morning exercise session. Seeing a school cafeteria menu which included Bullfrog and Duck Feet as menu items was an experience, and very tasty! We were very impressed by the spirit of the students during the daily exercise, and pride and responsibility taken by each class for the cleanliness of the learning environment.

Not only were we able to experience and share the life of Hangzhao Dong Fang School, but our hosts kindly guided us through the sights, food and experiences of Hangzhao. Experiencing Hangzhao food and the sights of area was a highlight of the visit! We ate street food and local delicacies on our first day in Hangzhao along the banks of the Grand Canal. Hot Pot was definitely a favourite, with different types of meat, mushrooms and lotus. We attended banquets which featured a huge variety of local dishes, including stinky tofu, jellyfish and deep fried lotus, and we learned how to eat fresh local crab the Hangzhao way!

Our visit to Hangzhao included many famous local sights. A night cruise down the Grand Canal deepened our appreciation for the history and ingenuity of the Chinese people, and the beauty of the canal banks. Visiting West Lake, a famous scenic spot by night was also a highlight. We would also like to thank our hosts for taking us to the Lingyin Scenic area, with its ancient temple and Zen Buddhist statues, and for introducing us to the varieties of local tea during the tea ceremony.

Thanks to EQI, we returned to Calamvale Community College with a heightened appreciation, not only for Chinese culture and food, but also for the perspective of Chinese students studying in our College. As a school with a significant number of students from mainland China who come to study at our school, this visit has helped us to appreciate and better understand how our students must feel when they first arrive at our College. Through this visit, we have developed a greater connection to China and to the experiences of our Chinese students.

Supporting Our Students Mastering English

At CCC we welcome international students of all ages. We recognise that the English language needs are very different, and we have a team of eight caring and experienced educators to support students to make the progress they need to be successful in all subjects.

Making friends with their English-speaking  class-mates, and engaging in regular lessons are all excellent ways of improving English through immersion. However, we also recognise the importance of students receiving dedicated English language lessons, where they learn vocabulary, grammatical structures and broader language skills.

On entry to the school, all students receive a language assessment to determine their level in each of the macro-skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Students are assigned a bandscale level (1-6) to ensure that they receive targeted support according to their specific needs.

In the Junior School (Prep to Year 6), students are withdrawn from their mainstream classes to receive very small group (8 max) English lessons. These lessons run 2-5 times a week, depending on the bandscale level. In Year 5 and Year 6, the aim of the lessons is to prepare students for entry into secondary school. Two afternoons a week, after school, we run a Support Club where EALD stduents can attend to receive additional support to complete homework. This is particularly beneficial where parents have limited English to help their children at home.

In the Junior Secondary School (Year 7 to Year 9), EALD students are allocated to a smaller class (max 20) and engage in lessons taught by specialist maths, science and English teachers who are also enthusiastic teachers of language. A teacher aide also supports students in these classes. These classes allow students to learn English language through the content of the subject. Lessons are challenging in content, but scaffolded in language use. Progress in bandscale levels are closely tracked, to ensure that students are prepared for Senior years. Two afternoons a week, after school, we offer additional assignment and homework support at EALD Club.

In the Senior School (Year 10-12), students are supported through their chosen pathway. International Baccalaureate offer lessons in Chinese A (first language) and English B (additional language). We also offer English as an Additional Language as an ATAR subject (university ranking), and we provide in-class support to students who choose Essential English as their pathway. We aso encourage stduents to study their mother tongue through Distance Education courses where possible. Senior EALD students can also take advantage of an array of tutorials and after school support.

Throughout their time at Calamvale Community College, our international students feel well supported in their English and they make very good progress. Ultimately, our aim is that students confidently and successfully access the curriculum, eventually without support needed.  We find our younger students learn English very quickly and within 2-3 years no longer need any additional help. This is very rewarding for us.

Tips to Improve English

Read books, comics and English websites

Watch TV programmes and movies with English subtitles turned on

Make friends with English-speaking class-mates – arrange play-dates and activities at the weekend

Older students should be encouraged to live with an Australian family

Listen to English-spoken music

Keep a notebook to write all new vocabulary you learn throughout the day – and then try and use the new words yourself as quickly as possible.

APEX News

In Term Three all APEX students will be participating in the world-renowned ICAS Assessments. The assessments allow students to extend themselves academically and take up the personal challenge of competing in an international assessment.

APEX applicants for Year 7 2021 have recently sat the ACER Cognitive Abilities (CogAT) test on Saturday 13th June and in Week 10 will attended interviews. The APEX team wish to acknowledge the high standards of applications received this year and are looking forward to meeting individually with all applicants.

In Term Three Year 9 APEX students will discuss how the strong foundation of skills and habits built in APEX could lead them to experience success in the two streams of senior secondary that prepare students for tertiary education. Students will discuss the unique university pathway, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, that is available at Calamvale Community College.

Join LEO Club

Leos are young people who want to make a difference. Aged between 11 and 18 years, Leos are the youngest members of Lions Clubs International. They get together to deliver projects that will help to make the world a better place- one step at a time! Past projects include: refugee food donations, working with the Mater Hospital, breast cancer care packages, cash and resource donations to families in our community, bake sales, sponsoring Calamvale Junior School projects and many more. Our purpose:

  • To promote service activities among the youth of the community to develop the individual qualities of LEADERSHIP, EXPERIENCE AND OPPORTUNITY
  • To unite its members in friendship, fellowship and mutual understanding


The Leo Club is looking to start back up Term 3, 2020. Any students in year 7-12 who would like to join, to please email your interest to Leo Club Advisor, Mrs Thach, at tthac13@eq.edu.au.

Response to traffic

Response to Traffic

Thank you for your patience with our LookOut Program for dropping-off and pick-up students this term.  I understand the frustrations, but please rest assured I have listened to every complaint and suggestion.  Unfortunately I have no authority to manage traffic and carparks outside the College fence and so earlier this term I have collated our efforts to address the issues and attached some samples from parent suggestions and sent the letter below to our elected representatives at Brisbane City Council and State Government levels.

3 Trees Café

In order to continue to provide an industry experience for our Certificate II/III in Hospitality & Certificate II in Kitchen Operations students, 3 Trees has been continuously evolving to reflect the impact of COVID-19. Term 1 ended with customers unable to even enter the café and now whilst we can welcome guests back in, we have chosen to remain takeaway only at this stage. The students have become more aware of hygiene and safety, whilst supporting us on our journey. We have seen this as a positive experience as we have been able to work together to review our service styles and menus, and consider ourselves very lucky as we have been flexible enough to not have to close our doors, even being able to extend our trading hours. We look forward to a time in the future when we can welcome the public back, and also offer dine in experiences. We will keep you updated on the CCC Facebook page – stayed tuned!

Mobile Phone Policy

At various meetings held in Term 3, we will be consulting with parents and students about our existing BYOD and mobile phone policies.

Whilst most of our students have access to a digital devices, some do not. Since the weeks of learning@home during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have found more flexible ways to learn using our digital devices. Whilst computers are not essential to learning, they are very useful devices and our students have significantly developed their capacity to use these, as have all staff. The College has a proposal to support families in accessing digital devices for learning in 2021. This will involve a payment made over three years for the use of the device and more details will be provided in Term 3.

Our P&C have brought to the College Administration’s attention, issues regarding mobile phones. From the College’s perspectives phones can be a very useful device, with a calculator, web access and a range of apps that are useful to students. The same device circumvents Education Queensland’s filtering services, making social media accessible to students throughout the day. Phones also provide easy access to videos, music and photos which are frequently air-dropped to large numbers of students in the immediate vicinity, which is not desirable.

We are open to a community discussion and development of mobile phone policy that will provide the basis of the College response to issues arising from mobile phone use.

Secondary School News

I would like to recognise the contributions of parents and resilience of students during this last term of learning at Calamvale. Whilst many students have flourished, we recognise that it was a very different way of learning to what we had planned at the start of 2020. It was delightful to see our students taking positive action towards acts of kindness on Friday 19 June, when we celebrated our inaugural Kindness Day. It was a lovely way to lead our Year 7-10 students into their exam block during week 10.

In Semester 2, we will see some significant changes in our staff for a range of reasons. We have some staff returning and leaving from maternity and long service leave which means that we must say goodbye to a number of our staff who have been on contracts with us. I would like to say thank you and goodbye to Dr Gary Lake, Sean Lans, Nia Eaton, Anita Parakh-Morgan and Warwick Comber. We will be welcoming back Huon MacKinnon-Farnworth, Michelle Bullion, Sherri Lilly, Theola Mason and Rebecca Robertson and new to the College will be David Jiang and Renee Dillon. Due to these variations, there will be a number of changes occurring to student timetables. All students will be issued with a new timetable on Monday 13 July. We will be beginning the new Semester with an assembly, so all students should go to the Sports Hall on the first bell at 8.25am on Monday 13 July. They will receive their new timetable during lesson one. Throughout the first week of the Semester, students will cover sessions on creating or re-connecting with essential agreements in their classrooms, upcoming assessment for the term and appropriate study skills and goal setting to ensure your child is reaching their potential. In Week 2, you will be emailed the Semester 1 report card for your student. From Week 3, teachers will be conducting phone interviews for Student Led Conferencing. Information regarding how to book an interview with your student’s Connect teacher will be released with the report card.

Please note that in Semester 2, we will be continuing to adopt our blended approach to learning in the classroom. Consequently, as per our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, every child is required to bring a charged laptop or ipad to school every day. These will be audited during the assembly on Monday 13 July.

In the meantime, I would like to wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday, and we look forward to welcoming your student back to us for another successful Semester at Calamvale Community College.

Secondary School updates and reminders

We are now several weeks back from online learning and it is timely to remind students and parents our College expectations and inform you of some changes that have occurred due to the ongoing relaxation of restrictions.

Student time management: In week 6, assessment planners were emailed to parents and students. Please work with your student to assist them to use this planner to manage their time to ensure they stay on track to submit assignments and study for exams for each of their subjects.  During Connect time (Tuesday Lesson 2) over the past two weeks, students have been learning about study skills and tips to better prepare for their assessments. Please note that the results that students achieve in subject in year 9-11 will be used as pre-requisites for entry (and continuation in) General subjects.

Student attendance and timeliness:  The first bell rings at 8.25am.  Students are expected to be at their class door by 8.30am at the latest. Be aware that traffic is not an excuse for being late.  All students are expected to be in the College on time to their first lesson of the day.  Please be aware that after 9.00am each morning, students must enter via the front gate near administration. All other gates will be locked. This is to ensure the safety of the student community and to limit community members from entering the school grounds during learning time.

Students entering and leaving the school grounds: Thank you to all of our students who have quickly adjusted to the new process of entering and leaving through the senior and back gates. Thank you also to the parents who have adapted to our pick up routine in the afternoons. We remind you that students can wait to be picked up by parents at the top basketball courts. Parents can drive up the gravel road to collect students from here and then head straight onto the access road near Beaudesert Road.

Uniform: The weather has started to become cooler, and all secondary students are reminded that they are expected to wear their ties and all students are only permitted to wear school jumpers (College branded jumpers, or plain navy with no hoods or branding). A reminder that tracksuit pants are not a permitted part of our uniform. Please ensure that your student is equipped with all items of our uniform and that they leave home each day in full correct uniform. Dress Code  If students are out of uniform they will not be permitted to enter the classroom and will be directed to the Uniform Loan Room.  Students will be required to change out of their incorrect item and into a school loan item. This uniform loan room is able to be opened due to the new relaxation in COVID requirements.  A number of procedures have been implemented to ensure the uniforms adhere to the current health advice.

Students collecting uniform items

  1. Students attend Uniform room if they are out of uniform. Uniform Attendant to interview and issue slip. Uniform Attendant to wear gloves prior to students entering the room.
  2. Students to use hand sanitiser as they enter the room. Students are to be issued with uniform piece and an antibacterial plastic bag (new bags will be used each day for each student).  Students place their piece of clothing in the plastic bag.  Uniform Attendant will tag bag.  Student exits room.
  3. Uniform Attendant to remove gloves, wash hands and use sanitiser.

Students returning uniform items

  1. Uniform Attendant to wear gloves prior to students entering the room.
  2. Students are to use hand sanitiser upon entering.
  3. Students are to enter change rooms with antibacterial plastic bag containing their original clothing item. Students place used uniform item in tub as they exit and place plastic bag in the bin.
  4. Items of returned uniform are to be washed. Shoes are to be disinfected and be reissued the following day.
  5. Uniform Attendant to remove gloves, wash hands and use sanitiser.

2020 Year 12 Formal Information

We can now confirm that the formal will be held at CCC and will be an amazing ‘one of a kind’ event.  As we prepare bookings for flooring, furniture and very impressive room-conversion decorations, we will keep you informed.

There are still rumours, the latest being that the tickets will cost $200.  As I wrote in the email home to parents on June 9, the College will seek to subsidise this event.  The ticket price will remain the same although there will be no family photos. The tickets are normally approximately $140 and the students have fund-raised to reduce this cost, this year is unlikely to be any different.

The Year 12 formal will go ahead on Thursday night August 13th, although Rydges is unable to host our senior cohort in a manner that will allow the students to enjoy the event, due to restrictions. CCC will subsidise the formal so that we may hold a very elegant event in the gym, which will be unrecognisable with wall screens, and props. This is a one-off for 2020 which has been a particularly difficult year for the seniors. Unfortunately, whilst there will be a photographer for the students and a photo booth, we cannot have family photos due to the crowding – so these should be arranged prior to arrival. We will have the car parade but no pre-formal event as we cannot use share plates, drinks or allow gathering of adults. Information will continue to be made available via email to Year 12 families.

2021 Senior Pathways

As we approach the end of the first year of the new ATAR system (only 14 weeks before external exams) and as we prepare for our current Year 9 and 10 students to enter that system, we are preparing to share our learnings with both parents and students. The following information and further detail will be shared with parents and students at our information nights in term 3.
Every year 100% of our seniors graduate with a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). The QCE remains with us however it has become more complex to calculate. For students enrolled in ATAR subjects, mathematics and science results are dependent upon external exams for 50% of the grades achieved by students and Humanities for 25% of their grades. Schools can no longer reliably calculate whether students will have accrued sufficient points to effectively secure the QCE. Applied subjects are more predictable however Essential Maths and English still have an external exam component. In addition, the points accrued by certificates towards QCE and ATAR have changed, as has the rank-entrance to tertiary institutions of certificates and diploma level qualifications.
The more certainty our students can have about their subject selection, the more likely they are to achieve successful outcomes in Year 12. The more likely they are to secure their QCE and the next stage of their learning or work life. To that end, we are offering our students entering years 10 and 11, dedicated pathways instead of a collection of subjects. These pathways will lead students toward their chosen fields of employment via tertiary study, TAFE/certification or directly to work.
At next term’s Information Evenings for Years 9 and 10, five pathways will be presented to students.

In order to deliver these pathways, we require a more flexible day structure. We are proposing a flexible timetable one day a week.  This will provide a more personalised learning program.  On the flexible day, IB and ATAR students will operate on a traditional timetable with High Level subject study opportunities for the IB stream.

Students studying diploma and certificate courses will use this day to access their courses through our registered training organisations or through CCC delivery of modules.

Students enrolled in TAFE or traineeship will be encouraged to attend these sites on this day, although there is some flexibility, in doing so students will avoid missing four subject classes and being required to complete the work outside of school time and without direct teacher support.

Below is the proposed combinations of subjects that will deliver our best options for our students.

There is much more to discuss and questions to be asked.  All of this will occur in term 3 as we endeavour to provide a more responsive learning program for our senior students.

Year 12 Career News

During iTime this week, Year 12 students were given an opportunity to learn about post-Year 12 pathways and QTAC applications. A copy of the presentation slides is attached along with the current information regarding open days for tertiary institutions. Students have been, and will continue, receiving information via the shared OneNote “Well-being and Career Hub” and regular updates via email.

Every Year 12 will receive an appointment time (regardless of ATAR, Diploma, Non-ATAR or IB) to meet with a guidance officer during Term 3. It is the responsibility of students to attend their allocated appointment time. For this appointment it is expected that students wishing to make QTAC applications have with them their “Guidance Appointment QTAC Preference Sheet” (see attached) completed and signed by parent/caregiver. Students are also encouraged to develop a list of any questions or discussion items to bring with them to their appointment. Students on a non-ATAR or vocational pathway will also be given the opportunity to meet with the guidance officer to discuss pathways and/or further study options.

All students who attended the presentation have received a copy the QTAC guide. The information contained in this guide is also available online via the QTAC website (www.qtac.edu.au). Students with VET qualifications (Cert III, Cert IV and Diploma) are eligible to apply for some universities and courses offered via QTAC. Please note, that students have been asked to use the adjusted ranks (not unadjusted) as their guide to receiving a successful offer in a course. There are details within the presentation slides regarding preferences courses and key dates.

Once students have completed their guidance officer appointment it is their responsibility to complete an application via the QTAC website. QTAC charges a fee of $45, which allows for three free changes of preferences (meaning students can change their preferences when ATAR/IB results are released –provided the closing date has not passed for their chosen course or offer round). It is also the student’s responsibility to ensure all necessary documentation is uploaded to QTAC, including EAS scholarship details, prior to any deadlines.

Guidance Appointment Preferences Sheet

Open Days 2020

QTAC Presentation CCC 2020

 

Diploma of Business

The Diploma of Business provides an alternative pathway to the ATAR score for students into tertiary study.  In 2020, the Dip. Business is providing a rank of between 82 and 87 ATAR equivalence.  Commencing in Semester 2 will be our next intake window for the Diploma of Business, and will be made available to year 10 and 11 students meeting pre-requisites for course completion. This qualification has proven to be very popular and represents significant opportunities not only for future employment, but also for university entrance at a selection of local universities. We will continue our successful partnership with Axiom College as the external RTO and coursework provider, however we will be moving into a model where bv one of our own staff members will be delivering the face to face lessons to our Calamvale Community College students. This transition will significantly reduce the cost of the Diploma for students who enrol semester 2 in 2020 and beyond. Further details around course structure, price and enrolment in this course will be available to students and families.

 

Secondary School Sport

Secondary Sport will adopt a dynamic new look in semester two. Students across the Secondary School will be exposed to exciting new opportunities that will raise the profile of sport within the College. Our developing athletes will now be presented with opportunities that they have never been presented with before which include entering Queensland All-Schools competitions that pit the best players in the state against one another and also the opportunity to play against new schools from outside of our school district. We are very excited for students to experience these new opportunities and immerse themselves into our new sporting culture. Go Wolves!

 

Calamvale Wolves Sports Department Proposal

Brenton Male – Secondary Sports Coordinator

iTime Term 2

This week, we have embarked on a timetable change which has taken effect as of Wednesday 10 June. We are trialling a swap between Lesson 2 and 4. This change has been made so that we can capitalise on the staff who are available at the school and to increase engagement into our iTime activities. All students in year 7-11 have chosen either mainstream iTime, Sport, Hospitality or Musical. Students in year 12 have been streamed into either Study Skills or Essential Maths Tutorial. Below is further information about each of the offerings

 

iTime Year 7-11:

 


Year 12 Study Skills: Students who are studying 3 or more General Subjects in yar 12 will be attending weekly study skills sessions. These sessions are aimed at building the student’s capacity to use high yield strategies to improve long term memory capabilities in preparation for external exams.  Students are enhancing their study planning habits, developing effective study strategies that can be implemented now, as they work through their final unit of work before exams.  Students are being provided with time to put their study habits in place and next term will focus on the real test preparedness hints and tips.

Year 12 Essential Maths Tutorial: In the Essential Maths tutorial we are analysing the Common Internal Assessment task and devising strategies to work through solutions for each style of question. We are also encouraging the students through this time to critically analyse their Problem Solving and Modelling Tasks, so that they follow the processes involving problem solving. Students will then be able to better understand the requirements of the Essential Maths course and complete it successfully.

Musical Year 7-11: Unabowed and indefatigable, the Arts Department refuses to let 2020 be the death of CCC’s proud tradition of entertaining school musicals – we are back and working tirelessly to salvage our production of Footloose. Whether it is ultimately seen by an audience or not is in the hands of the fates, but students are still being given invaluable rehearsal and performance experience – with an all-acting, all-singing and all-dancing cast giving their all, and a hardnosed, creatively inspired crew assisting with everything from costumes and props, to microphones, lighting and front of house.

Hospitality iTime Year 10 and 11: Students studying either a Certificate II/III in Hospitality or Certificate II in Kitchen Operations at Calamvale Community College have had the option of choosing Hospitality during iTime. This session is part of our Signature Program where students have the opportunity to go beyond the classroom to explore the industry and also develop their skills further in order to support 3 Trees operations. We are also working with our industry partners within the Global Competency context, to establish projects for our students to participate in, which incorporate charity and sustainability opportunities, once COVID restrictions are lifted.

Sport Year 7-11:  Due to Covid-19 restrictions Interschool Sport will look different for the remainder of term two. Each Wednesday students will remain with their current Summer Season Interschool Sport team to participate in a mixture of activities. These activities will relate to the sport they selected and will include team training, skill development, team strategy meetings and inter team tournaments. This is a very exciting opportunity as it allows the teams to further immerse themselves into their chosen sport and further enhance their sports specific skillset. Interschool Sport has also transitioned from session four to session two each week which will allow students to participate in their sporting endeavours earlier in the school day. With regards to the Winter Season of Interschool Sport it is currently postponed and we will provide you with further updates in the near future. (edited)

Immersion Day

Platypus Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 classes had an Immersion Day to celebrate Chinese Culture. We were open-minded to trying new things and participated in a range of fun activities including painting designs on fans, practicing our Chinese writing and numbers, making a yummy edible teacup, colouring a Rat for Year of the Rat and playing some Chinese games.


Our favourite activity was leading our partner, who was dressed as a Chinese Lion, by playing a drum. Miss Chen demonstrated how to make Fried Rice and we got to taste some, the students all agreed it was delicious!

At the end of the day we watched a Dragon Boat Race then reflected together and thanked our teachers and teacher aides for organising the Immersion Day. Students got to take the items they made to show their families.

We had a wonderful time celebrating and can’t wait for Semester Two!

 

Junior School Report Card Information

At Calamvale Community College, we value ongoing communication between home and school and seek to make this communication as authentic and valuable as possible. We are always seeking to ensure that information provided enhances your understanding about your student’s current learning and helps you support their learning.

In Term 1, prior to the online learning period, parents had the opportunity to discuss student progress with the class teacher during oral reporting interviews. Some of these were held face to face and some were conducted as a telephone interview.
With the disruption to face-to-face learning and the onset of COVID-19 restrictions in schools, we have made the decision to delay our academic reporting period until next term.

You will receive your student’s academic report card on Friday 7 August (Term 3 Week 4), a delay of four weeks.

The Semester 1 formal report card will consist of achievement, effort and behaviour grades for key learning areas as well as generic subject comments. The final global comment will address the individual student’s progress.

A parent teacher interview affords parents the time and place to connect with teachers, discuss assessment items, review student work, share information and communicate a plan to enable the student to move forward with their current learning. After receiving your academic report, you have the option of making contact with the classroom teacher if you require an interview. You can do this by communicating directly with the classroom teacher via email or through the regular classroom communication channels.

Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely
Jackie Welch
Junior School Principal

Term 3 Uniform Shop Hours and Containers for Change is coming back!

Uniform Shop Hours

Normal Hours will resume on 13 July 2020 – Appointment Only!

Monday             8.00am – 12.00pm

Tuesday                   CLOSED

Wednesday        8.00am – 12.00pm

Thursday           2.00pm – 5.00pm

Friday                8.00am – 12.00pm

 

 

 

Years 3 to 6 BYOD- BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE

It’s great to have our students back in the classroom and learning face to face however, online learning brought to the forefront positive aspects of using a device to enhance and engage students’ education. In order to continue this great work, it is important for students in Years 3 to 6 to bring their compatible device to school.

What are the benefits of my child having a device at school?

From Year 3, CCC students bring their own Apple iPad to school to use in a blended approach to their education. While maintaining regular bookwork, students also use their devices EVERY DAY at school in the following ways:

* SeeSaw to access reading materials, activities, record their reading and upload their learning activities while allowing teachers to give written and oral feedback
* Applications like Matific, Literacy Planet and Reading Eggs
* As a tool for research in their inquiry units
* To record their learning in text, visual, photo or video form

How do I know my child and their device is safe at school?

CCC has a Responsible Use of technology Policy to ensure iPads are kept safe and the students using them are also protected:

* Devices stay in school bags before and after school (there is no unsupervised access to iPads)
* Devices must come to school in a protective case
* Upon entry to the classroom, students follow the classroom procedure for the safe storage and use of iPads
* Students do not access their iPads during breaks. iPads remain in a locked classroom
* Students access the internet using the school network allowing access to appropriate sites only
* Teachers use the ‘Classroom App’ to adequately supervise individual iPads
* Students participate in lessons around the responsible use of technology

For students who do not bring their own device to school, they may share in a limited number of devices allocated to the Learning Community.

What happens when my child goes to Secondary School?

Students may continue to use their iPads in Junior Secondary School. Alternatively, from Year 6, students are permitted to bring a laptop to school. A device is an investment in your child’s education now and in the future!

CCC students are encouraged to bring their own device to school every day to enhance their learning opportunities and fully engage in the all aspects of the curriculum. For more information about BYOD and the Responsible Use of Technology Policy, please visit the College website https://calamvalecc.eq.edu.au/extra-curricular/computer-and-internet

Year 6 to Year 12 BYOD

Did you know…

From Year 6, CCC students can bring a device to school that is either a laptop or an Apple iPad! Students will continue to use this device throughout Junior Secondary. From Year 10-12 students are expected to bring a laptop device to school every lesson every day.

Bringing a device to school enables students to…

  • Facilitate Inquiry learning through accessing educational sites and research material
  • Use OneNote in each of their subject areas to access subject material, produce work and access ongoing feedback from their teachers
  • Engage with Education Perfect as a study tool to reinforce concepts in class and at home
  • Access emails and easily communicate with their teachers
  • Access timetables and Connect notices to be up to date with College events

CCC students are expected to bring their own device to school every day to enhance their learning opportunities and fully engage in the all aspects of the curriculum. For more information about BYOD and the Responsible Use of Technology Policy, please visit the College website https://calamvalecc.eq.edu.au/extra-curricular/computer-and-internet

Welcome from the College Principal

The second International Journal comes to the readers in very different circumstances with the effect of COVID-19 throughout the world. This is a new experience for educators, students and families.

Our international student base for long term students remains strong and we look forward to welcoming new international students to the college, as well as education professionals and study tour students when the restrictions are eased.

All of us have learnt to adapt to the new environment, as the world slowly moves towards a new normality, lets ensure that our global connections remain strong.

I wish you all well and enjoy the reading of articles and updates contained in Volume 2.

Our 2019 International Year 12 Graduates 

Primary Year Program (PYP)

International Baccalaureate/ISP News

Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things”
– Flora Lewis

“A mind that is stretched by new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

Being an IB World School as well as a state school with one of the largest international student populations means our student body enjoy many benefits; socially, linguistically and educationally.
Our international students thrive in our College where over 60% of our students are multilingual, who are naturally internationally minded and thrive in the microcosm of multiculturalism. Here they are able to establish further community connections at both global and local levels as well as acquire English in a fully immersive environment.
Our growing IB Diploma Programme, caters to aspirational and highly academic students aged 16-19 from both local and international enrolments. Students complete two language subjects (mother tongue and a second language), a humanities, a science (or two), mathematics and an optional Arts subject. IB students are covering content that is at a first-year university level in their Higher Level subjects. Diploma Programme graduates, on successful completion, gain an IB score which is recognised worldwide and highly desired by universities on all continents. As international mindedness and understanding cultures through language is a main philosophy of IB, students who are multilingual have a natural advantage.
At CCC, we offer Chinese-speaking students the opportunity to study Language and Literature in their native tongue; Chinese and we are the only school in Queensland to do this. This means that Chinese-speaking students read, study, write, speak, interact and learn completely in Chinese and sit their external exams in Chinese. Students then choose English as their second language at a simpler acquisition level and undertake all of their remaining subjects in English. Students who meet the characteristics to obtain an IB Score then have the added advantage of joining 21% of graduating IB students with a recognised Bilingual IB Diploma.
International student applications for the IB are to be submitted via our College International Students Manager, dhep0@eq.edu.au along with supporting documents, such as most recent report cards. Students need to be in the top 85 percentile across a range of subjects to be eligible. An English scaling test may be required before an interview is conducted. It is preferable that international students enrol and begin their education in Australia in June/July of Year 9 or 10. Further information and subject handbook is available on our College website: www
The three profiles below are an insight into the perspective of some of our ISP and IB students

Katniss Hsu

Wade Lin

Sabrena Kuo

Design at Calamvale Community College encompasses several subjects including Design, Digital Technology, Food Technology and STEM in year levels from Prep to 12. This area of learning is extended beyond the classroom with students participating in lunch-time and after school clubs, internal and external competitions and excursions to University Design Faculty and prominent city architectural buildings.

Students learn skills that help solve real work problems and represent their ideas in multiple ways through drawing, creating prototypes of architecture models, products, services and graphic designs.

Calamvale’s 2019 DUX – Christine Le

Then and Now!

Le Nhu Huyen (Christine) – College DUX 2019 – Achieved the highest academic achievement in Year 12.

Christine arrived in Australia in 2017 as an international student. She commenced studies at the college in Term 3, 2017.

Since graduating from the College, she is now studying a Bachelor of Vision Science at Queensland University of Technology.

Christine was the first International student to receive the DUX Award.

Language Assistants Program 2019 – WEP

The college has established strong links with the World Exchange Program (WEP) and for the fourth year were thankful for the support of WEP who in collaboration with the college were provided with a language assistant from China, Shunshan Shu (Angie). Angie was able to assist both our Chinese and Korean students for three terms, being a fluent speaker of both languages.

DE International – Taiwan Teacher Assistant Program
Jing Lian Lou (Ellen) joined the college in Term 3 for two terms. She assisted students studying Chinese in all year levels.
Angie and Ellen assisted our students greatly, enjoyed their time at the college and hosting by home-stay by members of the college staff.

Both Angie and Ellen have continued to further their education in teaching in their home countries

Indonesia Chefs Visit – Vocational Culinary Arts program

The college hospitality team hosted 10 VET teaching chefs from Indonesia for 3 weeks. The chefs observed and participated in student lessons and observed culinary practices at the Royal Pines, Sirromet Winery and the Sofitel in Brisbane.
The program designed by the college was a valuable experience for the visiting chefs who normally attend Paris for this program.
A highlight was the lunch on the final day, Indonesian delicacies prepared by the staff and the hospitality team.
Our hospitality commented on the unique sharing of ideas and practices and themselves learnt from the program.

Japanese School Visit 2019

Last year in June, 8 Students and 2 Teachers went to Japan for an 8 day Cultural and School exchange trip.

During our short stay in Japan we crammed in a lot of activities and were “on the go” the whole time. We visited three Schools. Two were for Taiko exchange and the other was our Sister School Tama Meguro Junior High which is located in central Tokyo. Upon arrival at Tama Meguro, we received an official welcome and spent the day experiencing Japanese Culture and daily life in a Japanese School. We spent a day at the Taiko Lab where we had a two hour Taiko lesson as well as performing two pieces at a Taiko Concert that evening. We went to a Flute making work shop where we got to make our own Japanese Flutes and we also had a traditional dinner with a Japanese family outside of Tokyo.

From a tourist point of view, we experienced many highlight. Just being in Tokyo and seeing the sights and sounds every day was a highlight. But the main highlight was our day trip to the Ancient City of Kamakura which is located about an hour south east of Tokyo.

Each student had many positive things to say about the trip and their personal highlights and favourite moments are many and varied. Here are some of the things students mentioned they liked. Riding the trains. Visiting the 7/11 at the end of a long day and buying snacks. Seeing the City lights of Tokyo at night. Interacting with students at the Schools we visited. Playing Taiko with fellow Taiko Students at the Schools. Doing Calligraphy. Being part of a Japanese Tea Ceremony. Performing at the Taiko Concert. Going shopping in down-town Tokyo. The traditional Japanese rooms we stayed in. Experiencing different culture and just getting to know each other better.

All in all it was a very successful trip. We look forward to our next visit to Japan.

The College was honoured to host students from Kaohsiung Girls’ Senior High School, Taiwan and Nantong Qixiu Middle School in Jiangsu Province, China.
Both visits occurred in Term 3, 2019 and students took part in English language lessons, class integration activities at our college and external excursions. Students stayed with host families from the school community.

The close bond remains between the schools, the relationship with Kaohsiung school extends 5 years and with the Nantong school being 3 years.

In previous years, students from Calamvale Community College have visited the schools in their home country.

International schools Visit in 2019

Events 2019
Da-Feng Symphony Orchestra Performance (Taiwan)
The group members are composed of graduates of the Da-Feng Elementary School Symphony Orchestra and were visiting Brisbane to perform at the 2019 Brisbane International Arts Festival. Our students were treated to an excellent performance by the Orchestra.

Chinese Youth Goodwill Association (CYGA) Performance & Workshops (Taiwan)
The CYGA impressed the students with performances of the Diabolo, Acrobatics and Ribbon Dancing. CCC students participated in workshops with the CYGA performers. The CYGA performers were also in Brisbane to perform at the 2019 Brisbane International Arts Festival.

Osaka School of Music & Dance Collaboration (Japan)
For the third year running, students from the Osaka School of Music schools based in Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka and Sapporo visited the college and performed for CCC students. The Japanese students and CCC students who were part of the cast of Beauty and the Beast combined to perform ‘Belle’.

Fumiko Yamazaki – Music Workshops (Japan)
The college was honoured to have Fumiko, a professional musician from Japan who plays the piano, vibraphone, marimba, Japanese drums and percussion instruments made from bamboo, visit the college and delivered workshops to our music students. Fumiko performed a concert for our music students and their parents in CPAC. This was the second visit by Fumiko to the college in as many years.

Professional Visits 2019

The college hosted Principals, teachers and other education professionals from the International Exchange Association for Education & Culture (China), Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong), Korea Education Development Institute (South Korea), New Taipei City Yuteh Private School (Taiwan), Longquanyi District Education Board (China), Kalorex Schools (India), Ministry of Education (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Ping Tung High School (Taiwan).

Education sessions were delivered on the Queensland Curriculum, National Curriculum, Programs for Gifted Students, Programs for Dis-advantaged Students, International Programs, English Language Support for International Students, Building an Effective Teaching Team, School Leadership for P – 12 Schools, Primary Year Program, International Baccalaureate Program and Teacher Collaboration.

Other programs provided included work-shadowing of the Executive team, work-shadowing / collaboration of the teaching team, classroom observations (both sub-schools) and campus tours of facilities and showcasing areas of excellence.

Inbound Study Tours 2019
The college hosted student study tours from Admiral Farragut Academy (TianJin, China), Tama Meguro Junior High School (Tokyo, Japan), Okayama Sojan High School (Okayama, Japan), Bangkok Metropolitan schools (Bangkok, Thailand), Taichung Girls Senior High School (Taichung, Taiwan) and Hangzhou Primary Schools (Hangzhou, China).
Students engaged in English language lessons, class integration, sports & cultural events, external excursions and many of the schools students were home-stayed by the College community.

Principals News – Learning Across the College

 

 

 

The Junior School is using a platform familiar to parents and students, Seesaw.  This platform has versatility and the opportunity to include a wide range of learning styles as well as built-in parent interaction.

Secondary School will predominantly use OneNote, with which our students and many of you are familiar.  A number of faculties and the IB program will branch out into Collaborate and EdStudios to meet particular needs.

All students have the necessary logins and access and if there are problems, then our teachers have a line of support directly to our Tech Team available to them. This support is not directly open to the students; they gain access via their teachers.  The College has endeavoured to make contact with all families to gather information regarding devices at home and Wi-Fi or connectivity in order to provide some paper learning resources which will be posted out to families in the event of a school closure next term.  These resources will not match online learning but will provide links to curriculum and valuable learning opportunities.  The frequency of mail outs will depend on access to the College and the length of time we are online.

Learning online is not a replication of face to face learning; it is a new and different way of engaging.  Whatever we might hope for, students are not going to follow the timetable of school, not least because they might not have access to a device at the ‘regular’ time of the lesson.  When students choose to do their learning and the availability of devices in the household, will be impacted by sleep patterns, household routines, the presence of siblings and parents/carers.  We may find that students develop independence, expand their agency (their voice in their learning) and learn to use tools and strategies that they otherwise might not have learned; that will be a welcome outcome from a difficult period in their lives.

Community Engagement and Wellbeing

To support parent engagement, we have put in place a number of processes which will assist us and you in tracking our students’ engagement, reporting their participation to parents/carers, monitor student welfare and provide us with feedback as to the quality of our lessons.

Following this email will be emails from both Sub-School Principals providing details specific to their school.  There will also be an IB email, tailoring this information to that course’s format and expectations. Our newsletter will provide all of this information in an easy to access format and will be sent out on Friday afternoon this week and again at the beginning of the school term.

In addition to the curriculum-based learning, it is our intention to provide separate information and activities that will support students’ mental health and wellbeing, engagement with others and in maintaining a positive attitude.  There will be Global Competence sessions available in Week 1 for secondary students and some wellbeing activities:  mindfulness, brainbreaks and positive education sessions for all students across the College.  We will build on these as the term progresses.  Year 11 and 12 will have access to QTAC preparation and career planning.

Online Behaviours

It is always important that parents monitor students’ use of technology, taking care to check that the use is appropriate.  CCC will not take responsibility for student behaviour on any platform other than those supervised environment that we are sharing.  We have teachers, Heads of Programs and Deputy Principals scrutinizing the spaces that we have authored. Each of the sub-school letters has information for parents on how to monitor students’ online behaviours.  It should be stated, that any inappropriate or defaming use of our staff’s online persona, voices or videos, or indeed the placement of CCC activities, photo or video onto a public platform will be dealt with in the most serious manner, with consequences which could, among other things, disconnect students from the online learning environment.

Junior School Online Learning

 

In the event of a school closure in Term 2, it is important that families have some further information regarding online learning.

Lesson Delivery:

 Teachers will be uploading lessons for the day every morning. This allows families to plan for access to learning if students are sharing devices across the household.
 Attached to lessons there will be teacher instruction (voice, video, written).
 As well as scheduled lessons, we also encourage families to find opportunities that do not involve a device, including the sharing of a story, enjoying a game together and spending time in the garden engaging with nature.

Monitoring of Learning:

 Teachers will be routinely checking throughout the day. Please take into account that teachers will also be preparing for subsequent online lessons throughout the day, so feedback will not be instantaneous and will range from an acknowledgement of receiving work, whole class feedback to the class or individualised feedback depending on the assigned task.

 If there is a specific question pertaining to a task or an issue with accessibility, we aim to address these within a 24 hour period.

Assessment:

 Teachers will be monitoring students’ responses to learning activities on a daily basis and will adjust subsequent lessons/activities in response to this. This mirrors what happens in the classroom on a regular basis.

 During your child’s online learning they will have formative learning tasks in Mathematics, English and Unit of Inquiry. These tasks are designed to provide information for your child’s teacher on their current understanding of what they know and can do. This is not a test and will not be used to give your child an A-E rating. This will help your child’s teacher plan for their next step in learning. Your child will need to complete these tasks independently as much as possible.

 Teachers will make an announcement with the learning activity so that parents are clear that it is a formative learning task.

Student Engagement:

 Just like regular school, every day counts as the College and parents work together to support students with their
continuation of learning.

 Teachers will be monitoring of task engagement during the day.

 Teachers and/or Deputy Principals will be making contact with families after a period of non-engagement with the
online learning platform.

Junior School Online Behaviour

Students in the Junior School will be accessing their learning through Seesaw. This is a closed platform which allows the teacher to allocate lessons to the whole class, small group of individual students. Students will not be able to see or comment on each other’s work or see the individual feedback the teacher gives to a student.

It is important however, that parents continue to monitor their child’s use of technology, as we predict that students will miss the social connection they have with their friends on a daily basis and will look for other opportunities and platforms to meet these needs.

The e-Safety Commissioner has provided support with information so that parents continue to monitor and ensure the safety of their students in an online environment. There is also additional information provided pertaining to some apps children may try to access to make a social connection with their friends. I strongly encourage you to take some time to explore the information
on this site.  Link

As we enter a two week holiday period, at this stage, we have no further information on what learning will look like for our students in Term 2. Please ensure you look for updates on our Facebook page prior to the commencement of Term 2 – Monday 20 April 2020 (Term 2 start date). As you would appreciate, this is new and unchartered territory for all of us, including
for you as parents and caregivers. I can assure you however, that our staff are committed to ensuring that our students continue with their learning in the event of a school closure after the break.

To all of you, we send our best wishes, we are a strong community and ‘we are all in this together’. CCC will be there to support your children and continue their education through this time. Take care, stay well and stay home if you can.

Yours Sincerely
Jackie Welch
Junior School Principal

Secondary School Online Learning

 

 

Here are some details, pertaining particularly to Secondary School.  Whilst the information mirrors that of Junior School, it is structured and delivered differently to account for adolescent ways of learning.

Attendance and Engagement

Attendance will not be recorded on students’ report cards for the coming semester, however it is vital that we monitor our students’ presence online and engagement with their studies.

  • Teachers will record their students’ online presence in their subject and each week will send a generic email home for that subject
  • If a student is not present online, for two weeks, you will receive a modified absence letter from our attendance officer, asking you to intervene to ensure that your students can and do engage in their learning. If there is illness at home or difficult circumstances – parents and carers will be able to communicate that to the attendance officer.  We intend to share this information but please be patient if we miss something or double up.  There will be no text messages.

Lesson Delivery:

  • Each teacher will be uploading the learning for a full week. Students will be able to manage the time they use to engage with their learning.
  • We will continue to use the Inquiry model to deliver learning, with provocations to stimulate curiosity, learning intentions and success criteria to enable students to self-check their learning.
  • We intend to include a range of ways of learning in each lesson package. There will be information delivery, activities to engage students in learning, opportunities for students to generate work and get teacher feedback, online tools and programs with variety being our tool for engagement.
  • There will be scheduled times when all teachers are present ‘live’ online so that students can virtually interact.
  • Do not expect ‘live video conferencing’ as you have seen on television, or in business. Whilst we have sought and achieved permission to use platforms such as Zoom, there are all sorts of protocols including parental supervision and 18+ limits as well as expertise.  We have investigated this and it is not our starting point for general classes.
  • IB classes in Year 10-12 may operate a little differently to the rest of the school to meet the needs of their curriculum. DP Mel Ellis will release information about this, in the coming days.
  • We are also considering Zoom as a learning tool for groups of secondary students studying instrumental music – if we intend to use this platform, there will be separate permissions sought from you.

 

Monitoring of Learning:

Teachers will engage with students across the week.

  • Student work that is submitted will be stamped indicating that it is received.
  • Drafts and formative pieces will be commented on with either written or recorded feedback with the usual turnaround times. Responses will not be immediate.
  • Parents who have concerns will contact the teacher directly, through existing channels and processes.
  • It is our hope that we can provide face to face opportunities for students to speak with teachers, complete experiments – all dependent upon the social distance and the restrictions that are in place next term.

Assessment:

How we collect evidence of student learning will be different when compared with a face to face class.  We will collect student samples over time, use Education Perfect quizzes, open book exams, written student responses.  There are many ways to assess a little differently to the usual format.

  • An assessment planner in week 2 will provide some information about timing throughout the term. We cannot provide definitive answers until we have a better idea of how school will be experienced and for how long we are online.
  • As usual, weeks 6 and 7 will be formative assessment weeks
  • There will be assignments given and collected with drafts due
  • IB students will continue their Internal Assessment items

Secondary School Online Behaviour

The e-Safety Commissioner has provided support with information so that parents continue to monitor and ensure the safety of their students in an online environment. There is also additional information provided pertaining to some apps that might be accessed by students to make a social connection with their friends. You are strongly encouraged to take some time to explore the information on this site. Link

At this stage, we have no further information on what learning will look like for our students in Term 2. Please ensure you look for updates on our Facebook page prior to the commencement of Term 2 -20 April (Term 2 start date). As you would appreciate, this is new and unchartered territory for our College, however, I can assure you that our staff are committed to ensuring that our students continue with their learning in the event of a school closure after the break.

To all of you, we send our best wishes, we are strong community and ‘we are all in this together’.  CCC will be there to support your children and continue their education through this time.  Take care, stay well and stay home if you can.

Warm regards,

Sharyn Angel

Secondary School Principal

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.

Easter Hat Celebrations

Enjoy our virtual Easter Hat parade from students in Prep to Year 2.

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 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

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 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

A message from the Acting Principal Mr Michael Ward

Thank you everyone for the warm welcome into your dynamic community.  It has been my privilege to fill in for Principal Starmer while she is on leave these last three weeks.  I am impressed with the quality of work happening here at Calamvale and the innovative thinking across P-12 that is so characteristic of the approach you value.  Final OP information is yet to be released for our year 12 students, which will be shared early in the new year.  The College continues to grow in size with strong enrolments for 2020 on our books and exciting plans for the continued growth of our signature programs.  As the end of term rapidly approaches I want to thank parents and carers for your support of the College and our staff for your commitment.  I wish all of the students a safe and happy time over the break.  One of our enterprising Calamvale students,  Taylah Anthony, has been collecting second-hand childrens’ books for the annual appeal at my permanent school, Crestmead State School in Logan City.

If there are any further donations of suitable literature or reading material for young readers aged between 0 and 15, please leave them at the office before Friday afternoon and I will ensure they get to Crestmead where they will assist the school’s work immensely.    Sincere thanks to everyone who has made a contribution – our Crestmead kids will be truly grateful.  Take the time this Christmas-New Year season to relax and re-energize, spend time with loved ones and doing the things that bring joy to your life.

Facilities Announcements

I am delighted to announce to the community that the College will be a busy place over the Christmas-New Year break.  Principal Lisa Starmer was able to negotiate some significant developments for the College before commencing her leave, and I have been involved in project start-up meetings over the past fortnight in order to get things moving.  The following has been approved for action:

  • Refurbishment of the current Platypus (resources and Junior School Music) into a new Prep space.
  • Installation of three new demountables at the back of Kookaburra which will contain four new secondary classrooms and a new primary music space.
  • Major air conditioning installations to complete the school following the Minister’s recent announcement.  This should be ready early in the new year
  • In addition, Principal Lisa Starmer should be in a position to announce details of a new permanent building in the new year as a response to College growth and our burgeoning facilities needs.

This is a good outcome for the College and I am delighted to assist in these final weeks with getting these projects moving.  We are grateful to our P&C  Association President Leesa Mason, and School Council chair Mike Butler, who provided critical support in achieving this outcome.

2020 College Leaders

 

After an extensive nomination process that involved an application form, a presentation to their peers on assembly plus an interview and vote, our 2020 College and International Captains were announced a few weeks ago.  Congratulations to the following students:

 

Secondary College Captains: Kayla Tafe, Eunice Oyet, Patrick Brian-Nillson and Jack Semini

Kayla Tafe

Eunice Oyet

Patrick Brian-Nillson

Jack Semini

Junior School Captains: Brendan Sander and Batoul Soliman

Brandan Sander

Batoul Soliman

Junior School Vice Captains: Laura Braitling and Hannah Marsden

Laura Braitling

Hannah Marsden

Junior School International Captain: Jasbaani Dhillon

Jasbaani Dhillon

 

We look forward to your leadership, projects and legacy in 2020.

International News

2019 was another big year for the International team, increasing numbers of International students and international study tour groups and visitors. This included visiting culinary chefs from Indonesia which was a highlight.

 

Many thanks to the staff of CCC who assisted the many programs and supported the international students.

 

Happy Holidays!

Felices Fiestas!

Selamat Hari Raya!

Tanoshii Kurisumaso Wo!

Meri Kirihimete!

Ji Ri Yu Kuai!

Sawadee Pee Mai!

Jeulgeoun Hyuil!

Ngay Le Vui Ve!

BYOD @ CCC

Prep – Year 2 Awards Evening

On Monday 18 November we acknowledged the youngest members of our College and celebrated their fine achievements at The P-2 Awards Night. Below is a transcript of my speech to our young achievers.

‘These young people are our leaders of the future. They amaze me every single day with their curiosity, their questions and how they are realising that their teachers, their parents and the other adults in their lives don’t always the answers to their questions. And do you know what? That’s ok.

They are thirsty for knowledge, they have grand ideas and plans and they are passionate about learning and about how they can solve big problems.  They care! They will be world changers…..no, they are world changers!

Too young you say? I don’t agree. I truly believe that age simply doesn’t matter if you want to create a huge impact on the environment or on other people’s lives. And to prove this point, I want to share and inspire you all some examples of young children who have successfully made a huge difference through their remarkable actions.

Kelvin Doe

One of Sierra Leone’s most famous inventors got started when he began looking for ways to fix local problems with technology as an 11-year-old, just five years after the country’s volatile civil war ended. By 13, he was powering neighbourhood houses with batteries made out of acid, soda and metal in a tin cup. He went on to build a community radio station out of recycled parts that he powered with a generator also made out of reused material.

 

Melati and Isabel Wijsen

Melati and Isabel were only 10 and 12, when they started on a course of activism that has drastically decreased the global usage of single-use plastic. These young women were inspired by the country of Rwanda’s ban of plastic bags in 2008, and decided to try to get their native Bali to do the same. Their homegrown initiative of beach cleanups and government petitions graduated to an organizations advocating for reduced plastic use in 15 different countries. Bali is officially plastic bag free, and Indonesia will be by 2021.

 

Jahkil Jackson

After 9-year-old Jahkil helped his aunt distribute food at a local homeless shelter in his native Chicago, Jahkil decided he wanted to do more to help his community. This is how Project Am I was founded. Here, Jakhil distributes “Blessing Bags” full of snacks, toiletries, a towel, and socks to people experiencing homelessness. Over 3,000 Blessing Bags have been given out in Chicago communities

 

Ryan Hickman

When Ryan Hickman was 3 years old, he took a visit to the rePlanet recycling centre in California. Here, he found his calling. At 7, Ryan started Ryan’s Recycling. What started out as collecting cans and bottles from his neighbours as recycling has risen to over 50 customers and over 200,000 bottles and cans.

Sound Familiar?

Preeya Sundar

One 7 year old girl….Preeya Sundar. Had an idea. Saw an opportunity to support our own P&C and help save the planet, she got a group of friends together, she spoke to her teachers and this small group of students are now taking action by talking to their peers each and every day advocating for how they can not only reduce waste, but also help air condition classrooms across the school by just recycling their poppers and water bottles –making a difference- 10 cents at a time. The 10cent crew was formed and has quickly become part of the fabric of our school. Who knows what they will do next and where this small act will take them in the future. They care and they are principled and they are making a difference to our College community and we thank them.

I hope you are inspired and moved by these innocent and hopeful young people who have made an impressive and exceptional mark in their community. They come from different backgrounds and they all are good role models to humanity. They have brave hearts, they speak their minds, they fight for what they think is right. Their simple acts only reminds us that no one is ever too young or old to make a difference. Their stories and accomplishments will surely change your outlook in life.

To all of our young students tonight, I want to thank you for the enthusiasm you have shown towards your learning this year.

Don’t ever lose your thirst for knowledge, continue to question and ponder big thoughts and ideas. You are citizens who inquire, who reflect and who care about each other, the environment and the world you live in.

You have big hearts, and you too can make a difference, and you can make a difference now, all it just takes one small action. Pick a dream, strive for something and then ….just go for it!’

Years 3 – 12 Academic Awards Night

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2019 Year 3-12 Academic Awards night on Wednesday 13 November. It was an evening where student achievement was celebrated and the evening highlighted the enormity of opportunities that Calamvale Community College has to offer.

With special guests, Dr Jim Chalmers, Honourable Leanne Enoch, Councillor Angela Owen, Mr Alan Jones, Mr Stephens Biggs  all in attendance, it was evident that CCC holds a special place in the heart of many highly regarded community members.

Executive Principal – Lisa Starmer, Mike Butler – Council Chair and Lisa Mason – Parents and Citizens (P&C) Association President and gave rousing presentations about how spectacular 2019 has been. Special thanks must be given to our Council members (who have led the strategic direction of the school), P&C members (who have raised a phenomenal $80 000 for the College this year), our teachers and our staff members, for providing so many opportunities for our students.

Congratulations to all of our students who received awards on the night. Our special award winners for 2019 are as follows:

Saema Kazemi Bevan Faulkner
Community Award Upper Junior
Upper Junior
Liana Brennan Work Ethic Award Upper Junior Upper Junior
Zainab Qurbanzadah Spirit of Brisbane Upper Junior
Cameron Sander Academic Excellence Award Upper Junior Upper Junior
Huei-Yu (Lina) Wang International Student Community Engagement Award Senior School
Kyan Torrisi Work Ethic Award Senior School
Reinnan Pomar Work Ethic Award Senior School
Ali Adam UQ Young Achievers Program Senior School
Charlotte Ashford UQ Young Achievers Program Senior School
Sally Hoang UQ Young Achievers Program Senior School
Labeena Malik UQ Young Achievers Program Senior School
Yi-Tao Tsai UQ Young Achievers Program Senior School
Huei-Yu (Lina) Wang International Student Community Engagement Award Senior School
Holly Davies Bevan Faulkner Community Award Senior School
Abbey Haber Bevan Faulkner Community Award Senior School
Tara Coleman Spirit of Brisbane Award Senior School
Aiswarya Prakash Spirit of Brisbane Award Senior School
Sylvester Lam Spirit of Boeing Award Senior School
Katriel Freudigmann IB Diploma Student of the Year Award Senior School
Kayla Tafe IB Diploma Student of the Year Award Senior School
Amity Sansom Mavis Moo Memorial Bursary Award Senior School
Aiswarya Prakash Mavis Moo Memorial Bursary Award Senior School
Isabella Van Win Dr Jim Chalmers Award Senior School
Adysson Ubaldo Emerging Leaders Award Senior School
Riley Andrews Emerging Leaders Award Senior School
Latishia Hicks-Greenaway Emerging Leaders Award Senior School
Tayla Davis Emerging Leaders Award Senior School
Bassel Fayoumi Emerging Leaders Award Senior School
Amelia Micallef Australian Defence Force Long Tan Teamwork and Leadership Senior School
Claire Durrington Australian Defence Force  Long Tan Teamwork and Leadership Senior School
Yi-Chen (Katniss) Hsu The University of Queensland Achievement Award Senior School
Nhu Huyen (Christine) Le College DUX Senior School

 

Sports Awards Night

Our Sports Awards evening was held on 14 November and certainly did not disappoint. Guest speaker for the evening was paralympian Monique Murphy who shared her extraordinary journey which included some powerful messages of resilience, determination and gratitude for our students to take away with them in their individual sporting pursuits. A bumper crowd was entertained by a Q and A session with Monique which was facilitated by Year 12 students; Claire Durrington and Caitlyn Kercher who also did a magnificent job in hosting the evening. Major award winners for the evening were as follows:

  • Junior School MVP: Nikeisha Ngaru
  • Junior Secondary MVP: Macy Hauser
  • Senior Secondary MVP: Claire Durrington
  • Junior School Coach of the Year: Mr Ben Vine
  • Secondary School Coach of the Year: Mrs Emma Stott-Leggat
  • House of Year: Cobar

I would like to congratulate all of our award winners on the evening and would also like to extend my gratitude for the organisation of this magnificent evening led by Director of Sport: Ms Vicki Goodall and College Publicity/Events Officer: Mrs Nicole Kedacic as well as our dedicated team of sound technicians for making this such a successful event.

Year 6 Graduate Junior School!

Graduation Day is a rite of passage for our Year 6 students, marking the end of a phase of learning and opening the door to another. It is always a proud day for students and families. The ceremony was filled with music and smiles, and the occasional tears of pride and accomplishment. We are very proud of our 2019 Year 6 cohort.

 

As a P-12 College, our graduation ceremony is an important marker in the journey through the College over time. Straight after the graduation, Year 6 students become Year 7 students and participate in a Welcoming Ceremony organised by the Secondary School. This ceremony brings together Year 6 students from CCC and the many students who will be attending the College from other Primary Schools in 2020.

 

House culture is a strong feature of the Welcoming Ceremony, with students coming into the College being allocated a House and welcomed into the College Community.

Valedictory 2019

On Friday 15 November the graduates of 2019 left the sports hall for the last time to the beat of the Taiko drums. There were tears, hugs and congratulations from families, friends, younger students, staff and each other. In a moving Valedictory ceremony, students heard from their Executive Principal, Student Leaders, and Secondary School Principal, about the mark they have made at the College as well as advice for the future. Executive Principal, Lisa Starmer, reminded the audience how special this group have been right from their prep year of schooling. They will forever be the first cohort of students to complete 13 years of education.

 

The assembly was incredibly proud of the vocal performance from year 12 student Seini Baleiyasawa, who sang a beautiful rendition of “Whenever you remember” by Carrie Underwood. Previous school captain Nicole Antonio, and proud member of the Calamvale Alumni, spoke to the year 12 students about the challenges and joys that await them post schooling and encouraged them to seek challenge and to be resilient.

Secondary School Principal Sharyn Angel commended the students on embracing all of the opportunities that they have been afforded at Calamvale and urged them to continue to seek and consolidate further opportunities in their lifetime.

The packed sports hall was a reminder of how special these year 12 students are to our staff, their parents and the wider community. We thank our parents and caregivers of our 2019 graduates for entrusting your students to us. We urge all of our Year 12 students to become a part of the Calamvale Alumni and we thank them for their contribution to our community and for the great contribution they are going to make to the world.