Message from the Principal


Welcome back and ANZAC Memorial Assembly

Welcome back to school for Term 2.  We have had a busy first ‘short’ week, as I’m sure you are aware.  Today was the first full-scale ANZAC Day memorial service that we have been able to have in almost three years.  Our students were beautifully respectful and listened to messages of peace, harmony, comradeship, support and courage.  We welcomed Minister Enoch, our local state member although unfortunately Dr Chalmers was an apology due to covid-testing.  Calamvale Ward was represented as were our community and College groups together with Airforce Cadets 214 SQN who formed the catafalque party and Corporal Helerm from the Engineers who shared an understanding of this commemoration with students.



Student devices helped meet staffing challenges

There are a number of issues of which I need to ensure you are well informed.  Current Covid isolation and quarantine requirements have been a significant challenge for staffing at CCC in the last term.  This has resulted in multiple secondary classes being collapsed each lesson in the day and being supervised by deputy principals.  It is not the same classes every day and we try to avoid this whenever possible.  However, we are a BYOD school and student device audits have shown us that only 50 students in secondary school do not have a device.  Our teachers have been amazing, preparing work whilst in ‘isolation’ and ensuring that One Note is up to date.  If every student who has a device, brought it to school, every day; there would be minimal disruption to learning and we could cater for the 50 students without devices.  Could I please encourage you to ensure that your students bring a fully charged device to school every day.  This fairly simple action would ensure that there was only minimal disruption to a students’ programs of learning.  In terms of security, the lockers we have at school are not fully used, only a key and padlock is required to access them.

At 6pm on Thursday 28th there will no longer be mandatory quarantine for close contacts and staffing challenges should begin to subside.





2021 Year 12 Celebrations of Academic Success

On the top floor of the Calamvale Hotel with a 360 degree view of our community, we cheered our 2021 graduates’ academic success in ATAR, Certificate and IB Diploma pathways.  It was March 28 and we invited our past students back for a celebration of their success, just prior to their university year and entry to the worforce.  Sally Hoang was our 2021 Dux with an amazing 43 IB Diploma score and a Griffith Vice-Chancellor Scholarship and James Lee achieved an outstanding 97.1 ATAR.  Both students were surrounded by the success of their peers, with the IB cohort exceeding world averages, languages students achieving scores of 6.6 (out of 7), bilingual Diplomas, and a diverse group of university and TAFE courses including a number of scholarships secured with successful school achievements.  It was a lovely night and we thank the parents of this cohort for sharing these achievements with us and the students.


2022 Leadership Investiture

Having had such a disrupted Term 1 with assemblies cancelled and limited classroom face to face time and no school assemblies possible, we took the opportunity to celebrate our 2022 Student Leadership Investiture with parents at a night time event.



Congratulations to all of our young leaders whose work has been underway for more than six months but whose elections we have not been able to celebrate.  As well as our Senior Secondary and Junior School leaders, this year we have Junior Secondary Leaders in Year 9.  There is a hectic schedule of events in place for terms 2 and 3 and we are all excited for the increased House Spirit that these events will encourage.  We have a Leadership Camp in the first week of May and it looks like it will be a very busy three days with plans in development, team building challenges and leadership development.

Lions Youth of the Year

All of our senior leaders prepared for this prestigious public speaking competition. Covid stopped one then two participations and Tia Grewal and Basel Fayoumi won the first-round public speaking and overall.  Basel then took CCC from strength to strength attending two more rounds, winning both categories in the first and finally conceding to another student in the third.  Our leaders, as always, made us very proud.


Leaders Visit to Parliament House

Minister Enoch invited the leaders to Parliament House and they were treated to a wonderful tour, thoroughly enjoyed by all and then a very special privilege of lunch in ‘The Strangers’ function room complete with silver service.  Minister Enoch ten showed the leaders her parliamentary office and as you can see everyone looked very impressed.  Many thanks Minister for the time taken to make this a really special day.


Welcome Back Junior Secondary

Welcome to Term 2 Junior Secondary

Welcome to Term 2. In Junior Secondary this term, we will have a specific focus on the College value of ‘Responsibility’. Our College values play an important role in shaping our behaviour expectations within and outside the classroom, as featured in the attached CCC Matrix of Expected Behaviours. We are excited to be continuing our Thursday Session 2 wellbeing program, focussed on the PERMAH pillars of Positive Education. We will be commencing with a focus on ‘Positive Accomplishment’, as we engage our students in reflecting on their Term 1 Achievement, effort and behaviour results and setting goals for the coming term. To support our wellbeing program, we will have National youth mental health organisation ‘Headspace’ conducting 1hr workshops with our Year 7 & 9 students between 3-5 May, with Year 8 later in the year. There will be a parent workshop on Tuesday 3 May. Stay tuned for more information to be sent out in Week 2.

At the parent teacher evening (10 May) there will be an opportunity to attend a short Junior Secondary presentation & meet / greet  session. This will be run a few times throughout the evening, with timings to be communicated in advance.


Students in Junior Secondary have been issued new timetables. This is particularly important for changes in our Arts & Design subjects, across the 10 day timetable.


Lastly, planning has commenced for the Year 8 camp which will be held 21-23 November. Information will be going home in the coming weeks.


Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN & Secondary School BYOD (Bring your own device)

Our NAPLAN practice took place this week and was a success. There were a few technical issues but it was great that these happened in the practice, so we can address them. NAPLAN will be conducted in Year 7 & 9 during Sessions 1 & 2 on 11 & 12 May. Preparing for NAPLAN has highlighted an issue with some students not having devices at school. CCC has a BYOD policy in Secondary School and laptops are an important resource in our blended approach to teaching and learning. Not having a device can sometimes mean that students are unable to fully or independently participate in some learning activities. Our College resource scheme includes access to digital text books and Ed Perfect. If students don’t have a device, they are also not able to access these resources, which are being paid for by families.



Junior Secondary Signature Initiatives

We are continuing to develop our Year 8 Honours program in Term 2. Our Honours program provides the opportunity for our Year 8 students to develop their ability and talent with likeminded students in selected disciplines areas. While students take a deeper dive into these areas, they develop their understanding and use of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) Approaches to Learning (ATLs)- Research, Social, Thinking, Communication and Self-Management skills. Talk with your child about what they have been working on.


As an IB MYP (Middle Years Program) candidate school we continue to engage our students in key elements of the program. The MYP Community Project has been introduced to our Year 7 & 9 students this term in their Wednesday Session 3 (if they are not already involved in Wolves or the College Musical). The Community Project is an opportunity for students to collaboratively develop their understanding and application of service learning and action. Service Learning relates to learning about a community in order to serve them to the best of our ability and action is learning by doing, learning through experience and taking principled action. We look forward to sharing more information about these projects once students have commenced their investigation and planning stages.



CCC Matrix of Expected Behaviours






Possum Playground

Our Prep students returned from the school holidays and were very curious, as they were unable to access Possum playground.  Contractors have been busy this week doing some maintenance work in this area and it will re-open very soon. Our Prep students have been accessing some other play areas this week , but I am sure they will be very excited when they can return to their special Possum playground. It is already looking fabulous.


CCC Facilities New Build, Refresh and Playground Update


We have handover of the top floor of our new building housing Digital Design and Technology complete with robotic labs, Lego walls, dedicated collaboration spaces and 6 beautiful new classrooms with the best views in the College.  Video coming.

Elsewhere in the newsletter you will see the $52 000 refurbishment of NaturePlay taking a great space damaged by storms to the next level of sophistication – water troughs, permanent creek bed, climbing frame and sandpit. Likewise, a further $50 000 of both Possum and Koala playgrounds, replacing artificial turf and refreshing this treasured playground space. Over the school holidays, remodelling and improvements were made to our Junior School Nature Play space. With a new and improved creek bed, boarded by gardens and the addition of three established trees for shade, this nature play space continues to be an area of great interest and enjoyment to our students. Children play together, interacting with many forms of nature, using their imagination and creativity. Water, sand, natural loose parts like leaves, branches and logs all provide endless opportunities for play.

The College, whilst not flooded sustained significant water damage through roof leaks and many ceilings have been replaced in the last three weeks as well as some carpets.  It has been a logistical nightmare from which we are now emerging, just waiting on delivery of some final items and their installation.  We thank both our students and teachers for their patience during this period of rectification.  Next week the library will be closed for a week to complete works in that building.  It will all soon be finished.


Calamvale Community College’s Class of 2021 Dux – Sally Hoang

Congratulations to Calamvale Community College’s Class of 2021 Dux – Sally Hoang

Sally was a graduate of the College’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in which she excelled across all subjects.  The programme, which is academically rigorous with an emphasis on breadth and depth of subjects, as well as the highly valuable skills of multilingualism, international mindedness and critical thinking is world-renowned and highly regarded by Universities globally.

Sally excelled and achieved the highest grade of 7s in Higher Level English Language and Literature, Psychology and Standard Level Mathematics and Mandarin – with much of this content at first year University level.   As part of her creativity and commitment to service requirements, Sally was also the editor of the school newspaper; the Calamvale Chronicle

Perhaps her strongest and most talented passion, Visual Arts, provided some of her greatest and proudest achievements across the year.  Sally was selected by the Logan Art Gallery to host some of her art pieces at the annual ArtWaves exhibition for local high schools.  It was here that four of her original art pieces were purchased by members of the public.

At the conclusion of this exhibition, Sally was selected and awarded the prestigious mentorship called: Ripple effect: out of Artwaves.  Each year Logan Art Gallery selects one of the outstanding young artists who exhibited in the annual Artwaves: Logan and adjacent areas secondary schools art exhibition to mentor in developing their own solo exhibition.  The winner of the ARTWAVES Mentorship 2022 program will be provided with guidance and support from Logan Art Gallery to develop their understanding of what it is like to produce an exhibition in the professional gallery sector.  At the conclusion of the mentorship program, the recipient will have a solo exhibition in the Young Peoples Gallery of Logan Art Gallery.

As an aspiring Graphic Designer who has been accepted to study a dual bachelor degree in Business and Design at Griffith University, this unique insight and opportunity to work with artists to produce and curate an exhibition will be invaluable.  Sally has been awarded both the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship and the Griffith Business School Academic Excellence scholarship.

As a P-12 College, CCC is genuinely able to provide a ‘cradle to career’ journey, providing a multitude of curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities along the way.  For Sally, this included representing the College at a range of creative and academic events and competitions on local, national and international stages, including at Yale University as a Year 9 student.

The College would like to congratulate the entire Class of 2021 who have graduated with the requisite lifelong learning skills, a qualification or score in hand and a mindset and skillset that allows them to take on today and beyond.


Year 10-12 Flood Relief

2022 Yr 10-12 flood Relief

Junior School Harmony Day



Junior School Harmony day

Wolves News

Wolves part 1 March 2022


and Wolves part 2 March 2022

APEX news

CCC Library


CCC Library Report

Seniors Visit ABC Radio Brisbane

CCC Seniors give students a voice at the ABC consent Forum



Raise Your Voice

Congratulations to ‘Raise your Voice’

We began the week with a celebration of the Arts led by our music team:  Jess Gill, Sarah Schmeider, Angela Palalagi and Sara Schmeider’s mum Marcia Ruhle who came from Toowoomba to accompany Junior Choir.  Our students have sensational talent that has been harnessed and honed by devoted teachers – thank you for giving them the opportunity to be their very best.

First time ever we had an impromptu CCC Combined Choir AND a promo for Matilda Jr! It was a great night!




Multicultural Festival

Thank you for an amazing day that celebrated the beauty of our College’s diversity.  True to form and not surprisingly at all, the ceremony leaders were given the opportunity to speak in their first language, demonstrating the beauty of diversity right there.

Congratulations on a fabulously successful and important event in which every member of our College had the opportunity to participate, share and enjoy as well as learn and discover.

Thank you thank you to the twenty staff members who ran stalls with students, the support staff who filled some gaps and supported others to do their work, the amazing hospitality and catering team who fashioned our own Eat Street (team of thousands here so I will do a separate thank you), Year 12 boys in hospitality, the Tech guys, the Facilities Crew (Dirk).    What a way to end the term!


multicultural Festival sep 2021



Last week, two teams of APEX students competed in ANSTO’s National Science Week Hackathon. This national event brought fast-paced innovation into our classrooms with students using the design thinking process. Students worked with experts in the field to pitch a solution to food waste in busy families. Mentors provided invaluable feedback to our students and also allowed us to gain insight into the real world of design thinkers.
The creativity, curiosity and clever designs produced by the teams has left the APEX family very proud. We can’t wait to enter again next year.


This Friday, 15 APEX students are entering an 800-word essay into the UNSW BRAGG Writing Contest. APEX students are working with senior mentors to develop an explanation of the science, technology, engineering, and maths behind some of their favourite, everyday experiences. The mentor-mentee relationship has enabled senior students to step into leadership roles and give back to the Calamvale community. Additionally, the mentees have had the opportunity to develop positive relationships across the year levels, gaining insight into the senior secondary experience and seeing where their science writing skills will continue to develop. These students have taken curiosity to the next level, working in their own time and at APEX Accelerators to discover and describe the science behind something they’re personally interested in. These budding writers have a chance to win up to $500 in book vouchers as well as the chance to be published in several widely circulated science journals! We wish our writers all the best as they finalise their pieces this week.

Principal News

Almost the end of term and apologies for the delays in releasing this newsletter.  Thank you very much for the support that you have given the College over the most recent period of restrictions and mask wearing.  Our students have successfully negotiated four weeks of exams, and two dramatic performances in the secondary school and we have been able to welcome parents into the College for Book Week and student-led conferencing in the Junior School.



There are a number of issues which are currently concerning parents, which I would like to address here.  Firstly, no student will receive a vaccination at Calamvale Community College without both parent knowledge and permission.  As with any other vaccination, schools require permission for a student to receive a ‘jab’ and Covid-19 is no different.  Those of you who have received a Covid vaccination would be aware of the list of health questions that must be answered prior to receiving the injection.  Only parents have this knowledge and without it, no vaccination can safely proceed.  We will, as always, communicate very clearly in multiple languages if there is any change, but we have no indication of such a decision at this stage.



Vaping has become the new ‘fad’ amongst our young people and this one comes with some serious health concerns.  Just as smoking is illegal, these nicotine-based vapours are illegal for anyone under 18 and have considerable restraints around general sales.  We have suspended students as young as Grade 4 for bringing and sharing ‘vapes’.  Carrying the responsibility for your students’ health whilst they are at school, we have reacted very strongly to ‘vapes’ being brought to school and then shared with others.   I have attached the vaping awareness-raising information, that we have previously sent out, to this newsletter. Our penalties will remain strong and we encourage you to make sure that your children do not have access to these devices and hence do not bring them to school.

Next week is Multi-Cultural Week and we look forward to this wonderful celebration of who we are at Calamvale; it sadly fell victim to Covid last year.  So, we are back, better than ever in 2021 with a wonderful theme and logo as the focus of the celebrations. The event is presented by our Year 12 International Baccalaureate students with support from Mr Davis and Mrs Ellis; many thanks to the whole team for the event. This year’s theme is The Beauty of Diversity with an Olympics flavour. We are looking forward to next Tuesday when our students will experience the culture and food of our community and hopefully the perspective of others’ in the world.


(Student logo artwork credit – Astrid Messerschmidt, Yr. 10)

Today was the Year 12 presentation of ‘Love Bites’ which is an officially sanctioned program that addresses issues around consent, domestic violence, responsibility and rights.  We had 14 presenters from community agencies and the police cutting across cultures and experiences.  Our students were both interested and respectful and we hope that there are conversations emerging from this at home.

We hope to send a pictorial newsletter home next week, that reflects some highlights of the term and focuses on Multicultural Festival.

Important information to parents about vaping

“Vaping” has become an increasing issue of concern in Australian schools and the broader community, with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation indicating that vaping by young people has increased in recent years. It is important that all parents are informed about this issue and are provided with the facts so they can have conversations with their children about the dangers of vaping. We have identified that some students may perceive that “vapes” and “vaping” are harmless, however, this is not the case.

What is a “vape”? A “vape” is an electronic cigarette. An electronic cigarette or “e-cigarette” is an electronic device that simulates tobacco smoking. It consists of an atomizer, a power source such as a battery, and a container such as a cartridge or tank. Some e-cigarettes can be charged in a laptop’s USB port. E-cigarettes heat a liquid, known as an “e-liquid” containing nicotine (extracted from tobacco), flavourings and/or other chemicals to create an aerosol or “vapour” that the user inhales. As such, using an e-cigarette is often called “vaping”.

What do “vapes” look and smell like? Vapes come in many different shapes and sizes. Please see attached for some images of what they may look like. Some vapes appear to be marketed specifically at young people with animated illustrations on the cover. Others can look like highlighters, pens or confectionary. The e-liquid can come in many different flavours. Some examples are: bubble-gum, watermelon and many other fruit flavours, vanilla and chocolate, therefore the smell produced by the vape can be reminiscent of these. Some of the products are called “puff bars”.

What are the health ramifications? E-cigarettes are linked to severe lung illness – you can read more about this in a statement from the Chief Medical Officer and State and Territory Chief Health Officers:

It is important to note that e-liquids, even when labelled ‘nicotine free’, can contain harmful and widely varying substances such as nicotine, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds and cancer-causing chemicals. These chemicals can affect adolescent brain development. You can read more about the health implications for young people here:

What are the legal ramifications? Under the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 (Tobacco Act), electronic cigarettes are smoking products and subject to the laws in place for tobacco cigarettes.

These devices cannot be:

  • sold to children under 18 years of age
  • used in existing no-smoking indoor and outdoor places
  • advertised, promoted or displayed at retail outlets
  • provided for sale in a vending machine.


Electronic cigarettes that contain liquid nicotine are regulated under Queensland’s Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 (HDPR), on the basis that liquid nicotine is classified as a ‘Dangerous Poison’ under Schedule 7 of the federal ‘Poisons Standard’, which is published on the Therapeutic Goods Administration (‘TGA’) website. Accordingly, in Queensland, liquid nicotine is:

  • A ‘S7 poison’ and a ‘regulated poison’ under the HDPR; It is an offence for a person to manufacture, obtain, possess, prescribe, dispense, sell, advertise, use or destroy nicotine, unless the person is specifically authorised or holds an approval under the HDPR. A significant penalty applies.

Electronic cigarettes containing liquid nicotine can be safely disposed of at a community pharmacy or a local public health unit.

To report illegal sale or possession of electronic cigarettes containing liquid nicotine, call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

Please refer to the Queensland Government Health site for more information:

Calamvale Community College takes this health concern very seriously and we are addressing this at the College level by working with our students to educate them about the dangers of inhaling dangerous chemicals. We respond to any reports of students possessing vapes or students being involved in vaping in accordance with our College’s Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students (available on the website), while also providing education and support. Vapes are a prohibited item at the College, in the same category as cigarettes and other smoking paraphernalia and smoking products. Students can seek support from the College’s Guidance Officers, or make reports to their Year Level Deputy Principal if they have concerns.

We encourage you to have a conversation with your child about e-cigarettes and vaping. Please see attached for some guidelines about how you might approach this conversation. If you have any concerns about this issue and you would like to follow up further, please be in contact with your child’s Year Level Deputy Principal or Guidance Officer.

Thank you for working with us to educate our young people so they can make good decisions for themselves that promote wellbeing, health and happiness.


Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL)

Calamvale Community College is committed to providing a positive learning environment for all of its students. Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is a whole school evidenced-based approach to behaviour and includes explicit teaching of the expected behaviours needed for success at school. PBL brings together the whole-school community to contribute to developing a positive, safe and supportive learning culture. The framework assists schools to improve social, emotional, behavioural and academic outcomes for children and young people. 


CCC commenced its PBL journey in 2021. The PBL committee has begun developing and implementing procedures, including a behaviour matrix (currently in draft form) and regular lessons, to teach students expected behaviours following the four College Values. 


Our four College Values underpin the PBL expectations: 

  • RESPECT – Valuing ourselves, others and the diversity of our world. 
  • RESPONSIBILTY – Being accountable for own actions and contributing through service to the College and community. 
  • RESILIENCE – Having courage to overcome challenges by building positive connections with self and others. 
  • INITIATIVE – Identifying opportunities with a readiness to respond with innovation to achieve a positive outcome. 


What is PBL? 

When PBL is implemented well, teachers and students have more time to focus on relationships and classroom instruction. Students and staff benefit from: 

  • reduced inappropriate behaviour 
  • increased time focused on instruction 
  • improved social-emotional wellbeing 
  • positive and respectful relationships among students and staff 
  • support for teachers to teach, model and respond effectively to student need 
  • a predictable learning environment where staff and students know what is expected to deliver effective practices that can be sustained over time 


PBL can be implemented in any school setting to support students from pre-school through to Year 12. The PBL framework supports schools to identify and successfully implement evidenced-based whole-school practices that enhance learning outcomes for children and young people.  


How long does it take to implement PBL? 

PBL is a process, not a program. The length of time it takes to get start implementing well varies by school. Schools typically take between 2 to 5 years to fully implement the essential features of the whole school approach. The implementation process is ongoing and constantly modified to meet the changing needs of the school and to address current concerns. 


The goal of PBL 

The College will take a proactive, preventative approach to ensure all students receive the appropriate level of support to help them to be successful at school. Student outcomes are monitored so identified students can receive additional support when needed, and a minority of students can access intensive support to enable them to engage successfully at school. 



NSW Government. (2021). What is Positive Behaviour for Learning?. Retrieved from:,for%20children%20and%20young%20people  


Queensland Government. (2020). Positive Behaviour for Learning. Retrieved from:  

The IB Middle Years Programme at CCC

Calamvale Community College embarked on the next step in our IB journey this term, officially becoming a Candidate School. This means that our teachers and students are learning about the MYP and how its elements work together to create a world-class education for Junior Secondary students at our College.

We are holding regular parent information sessions to keep all parents informed about the MYP and what it means for their child. The next parent information sessions will be held in Week 8. Please see the email invitation which has been sent out with further information.

What are the key elements of MYP?

In the MYP, students study 8 subject groups, with a minimum of 50 teaching hours per subject group each year. The Australian Curriculum is the basis of what is taught in each subject, with the MYP Framework serving as a lens through which this curriculum is viewed. These subject groups align with subjects already taught in Junior Secondary.

Global contexts provide shared starting points for inquiry into what it means to be internationally minded, framing a curriculum that promotes multilingualism, intercultural understanding and global engagement.

Key and related concepts are big ideas, which form the basis of teaching and learning in the MYP. They ensure breadth and depth in the curriculum and promote learning within and across traditional disciplines. These extend and deepen the ley and related concepts from the Primary Years Programme (PYP).

Approaches to teaching and learning, a unifying thread throughout all MYP subject groups, are skills which help students manage their own learning. They provide a foundation for success in further education and the world beyond the classroom. The approach to teaching used at from P-12 at Calamvale is inquiry, and the Approaches to learning are used across all three IB programmes at CCC.

Action and service, essential components of the MYP, set out clear learning outcomes that grow from students’ participation in local and global communities. MYP projects are informed by respected models of service learning, and provides students with opportunities to work with members of their community in an authentic manner.

The community project is a culminating experience in which students collaboratively apply their approaches to learning skills to complete a project which identifies and addresses a need within their community.

By incorporating these elements, the IB Middle Years Programme will provide all students in Junior Secondary a strong foundation for their senior secondary pathways.

For more information about the IB Middle Years Programme, click here:

Building a strong culture of parent engagement

It’s something parents hear all the time, but it bears repeating. One of the keys to parents and teachers working together is to have good communication. Parents are vital partners in education. They influence their children’s attitudes about learning, and support learning at home. They are a vital link between home and school. And when they become involved in the life of the school, they make our schools better places to learn, grow and thrive. Educators and parents generally agree that positive, supportive and open relationships between home and school, parent and teacher are desirable. Additionally, research has shown that parent engagement and successful parent-teacher partnerships result in improved educational outcomes for studentsTeachers and parents provide a vital support system to help students flourish. Both groups are important. When parents and teachers communicate and work together effectively, it can significantly impact each student’s long-term success. 

But we cannot confuse the difference between parent involvement in schools and parent engagement. One dictionary definition of involve is “to enfold or envelope,” whereas one of the meanings of engage is “to come together and interlock.” Thus, involvement implies doing to; in contrast, engagement implies doing with. 

Parent involvement in schools includes attending events, volunteering in class or other activities, and serving on school councils and parent committees. It’s not that family involvement is bad. Almost all the research says that any kind of increased parent interest and support of students can help. But almost all the research also says that family engagement can produce even better results—for students, for families, for schools, and for their communities (Ferlazzo & Hammond, 2009) As a school we are striving for parent engagement-listening to what parents think, dream, and worry about.  

The ACT Government defines parent engagement in two parts—family-led learning and family school partnerships: 

  • Family-led learning focused on high aspirations for children, shared reading, a positive environment for homework, parent-child conversation, a cognitively stimulating home environment and support for social and emotional wellbeing; and 
  • family-school partnerships that encourage positive parent-teacher relationships, communication about children’s progress, and engagement in the school community, while equipping parents to effectively support and encourage their children’s learning and wellbeing (ACT Government, 2014). 

As Term Three draws to a close, parents in the Junior School have the opportunity to participate in our Student Led Conference event on Thursday 9 September. 

Student-Led Conferences form an important part of our Primary Years Programme (PYP) and the reporting of student learning across all learning areas. Student-Led Conferences involve the students having agency in their learning and taking responsibility for leading the conference with their parent/s, and in doing so, are responsible for sharing their learning and progress with their parent/s.  


This year, we are extending on our process to allow for greater student agency, valuing student voice, choice and ownership. These conferences are a thoroughly rewarding experience (for students and parents) and we strongly encourage all families to take advantage of this opportunity.  

Student Work Selected for District Exhibition


Showcasing the rich imagination and creativity of high school students in the region, the Logan Art Gallery annually selects high quality artworks for their art exhibition: “Artwaves”. In the 29th year of this highly regarded exhibition, Calamvale Community College is excited to have a huge range of artworks selected, from bright eye-catching year 7 portraits, through to intricate and thought-provoking year 12 works.

The exhibition will be on display and open to the public in Logan Art Gallery, Wembley Road, Logan Central, from 10 September to 16 October.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s Salute to Excellence 2021

Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s Salute to Excellence 2021

Calamvale entered the 24th Annual Salute to Excellence Awards this year. To date, QTIC has had more than 128 schools across Queensland participate in the awards including 600 finalists, and 73 winners. The Awards recognises outstanding secondary students, employers, schools and registered training organisations for their participation in and contribution to the tourism, food and beverage and cookery qualifications through VETiS, and School Based Apprenticeships or Traineeships.

We are very proud of Shaeleigh Shearer, our Year 12 Kitchen Operations’ student that was acknowledged as a Finalist. She made it through two rounds of the competition, including a skills test day at TAFE QLD, Southbank Campus. Shaeleigh has spent many hours being trained by industry specialists in preparation for this event. Special thanks to Tom Bishop – College Chef & Kitchen Operations Trainer/Assessor, Adrian Blomfield, Algester Sports Club Head Chef & Vanessa Campbell from the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre for mentoring and supporting Shaeleigh on this journey. 

Last year QTIC added the category of Teacher/Trainer of the Year. We are excited to announce that our Hospitality Excellence Program Coordinator, Leah Cremen took out the category this year. This is an outstanding achievement as the peak industry body has acknowledged the contribution she makes both in the classroom, and in industry.

Shaeleigh is now heading off to complete work experience with The Star Culinary Institute at the Brisbane Treasury Casino. We can’t wait to see her take the next steps as she commences her transition into industry.

Congratulations to both Shaeleigh & Leah!

Science Week Amazingness 

Established in 1997, National Science Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in today. What better way of portraying this by fun, and exciting Scientific experiments presented by the UQ science ambassadors to the secondary school college.

On the Friday of week 6, the UQ science ambassadors managed to showcase three experiments which included:

-Colour change through chemical dilution

-Dry Ice smoke bubble’s

-Elephant toothpaste




Furthermore, in the previous weeks, a Crystal growing competition was held to see who can form the best and most colourful crystals under the foundation knowledge discovered beforehand about saturated and unsaturated salt liquids. These crystal containers were judged by the on-lookers of the science week presentations’ – winners were awarded prizes for the admirable application skills.

These were showcased to Secondary school students during their lunchbreak, without the effort put in by helping Science teachers, and the interest from the UQ science ambassadors to promote the wealth of knowledge to the school public, none of this would have been possible.

It is without doubt that the UQ ambassadors and guiding teachers are promoting Science to everyone’s everyday life, to not only show that the place and the equipment’s used in their ongoing life are founded upon laws and theories that govern our modern day understanding, but to show that Science will always be a force to be reckoned with.

Kind Regards

Bassel Fayoumi

Calamvale Community College

Junior School Book Week

Calamvale College’s annual book week was celebrated in style this week, with over 1000 students and staff from Prep to year 6 dressing up as their favourite book character. This years theme, ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds and Other Worlds’ was reflected in the array of costumes on show. Unicorns, a class from Hogwarts’, soccer stars, a hungry caterpillar, coloured crayons and many more creative characters turned up to the entertaining parade. Much fun was had by staff and teachers as they paraded their costumes to the enthusiastic audience. Parents and caregivers enjoyed watching their children celebrate books at this exciting event.


Reading Buddies – Developing Literacy, Partnerships and a Culture of Care.

The College’s Reading Buddies program seeks to enhance a greater sense of community across P-12 in the College while promoting and valuing literacy. For young learners, it allows them to practise reading aloud in a small group or one on one situation with a mentor. At the same time our secondary students develop empathy and back in their iTime classrooms get to critically question the importance of literacy in society and the processes involved when working with small children. As well as listening to them read, students in Secondary engage in a ‘design thinking’ process as part of their iTime elective. This enables them to find out the interests of their reading buddies and create stories with important messages for them while reinforcing their understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals and Target 4.6 (Quality Education – for and through literacy).

– Pamela Curtin (Head of Global Competence)

‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’ Dr Seuss
Whilst watching our ‘big buddies’ reading, listening to, and conversing with their ‘little buddies’, the benefits are already apparent. Our Lower Junior students look up to their older mentors and look forward to their time each week. Buddy reading provides much needed one-to-one support and encouragement. Students are supported by their mentors whilst expanding their vocabulary and reading familiar texts to improve and practise fluency. This program is helping to build a deeper sense of community and provide authentic mentorship opportunities, whilst also adding up the essential ‘reading mileage’ for our younger students.

It is a well-known fact that the more minutes a child reads each day directly impacts on their future success.
– Sarah Wilson, Head of English P-2

“My Buddy helps me if I make a mistake and he asks me questions about the story. It’s good to make friends with a big kid. He is very nice.”
– Hugo, Year 1

“I love reading to my buddy. She is a great listener and very nice to me. I can’t wait for every Wednesday so I can read with my buddy.”
– Elsa, Year 1

“Watching little kids run towards you with a book in their hands, and a huge smile on their face, showed me what amazing kids we have for the future. I re-joined this year with an open mind as I wanted to help and teach kids as much as I could, I wanted them to have well-rounded knowledge, but I also just wanted to see the smile on their faces again. This year I was given a buddy with learning difficulties. I didn’t know how much he knew; I didn’t understand his problems, but I wanted him to feel safe with me. The first time we read he was so excited, he opened the book and tried reading instantaneously. Over the course of the 8-page book, I saw change in him, he got frustrated and angry that he didn’t know the words, but he kept trying and he wouldn’t give up.”
– Tara, Year 11 student


University of Southern Queensland Head start Program

Three Year 10 students have been successful in their applications to study a University Course this semester. The students have selected to further their knowledge in the STEM field, studying Lab-based Sciences. This is a huge undertaking and accomplishment and we wish them well and congratulate them on their risk-taking approach to complement their learning.



Certificate III Laboratory Skills

This week (National Science Week), 45 students in Year 10 and 12 completed their 7-month journey of this science-based course. These students, comprising of IB and ATAR bound students have been working steadily on their theory and then had the opportunity to complete their laboratory practicals under the guidance of our Trainers this week.
This qualification is particularly relevant in current times and reflects the role of workers who perform a range of laboratory techniques, including manual, semi-automated and fully automated, to collect and prepare samples in a laboratory. They conduct a wide range of basic, and limited range of specialist tests across a variety of industry sectors. Workers may be required to assist other personnel to solve technical problems and to adjust formulations and production mixes. They may also train them to collect samples and conduct basic tests reliably.

Upon their successful completion now, students have gained a nationally recognised qualification that opens up science-based employment opportunities, 6 QCE points, a guaranteed VET rank into Griffith University or University of Southern Queensland and newfound knowledge that will help them with their senior science investigations. All of which was fully VET in Schools funded. Certificates will be presented at the Term 4 Secondary School assembly – Congratulations team.

Principal’s News


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


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 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




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

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.


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.

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.

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.



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.” (

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:

Secondary School Factsheet:



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:

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:



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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:


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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:

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 –


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:


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) <> , (cc me in BULLION, Michelle (mbull13) <> ) …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 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.


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,


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.


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

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 ( 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





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

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

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, 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.