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31 May 2016

Contents

Important Dates

03/06: Athletics Carnival
06/06-10/06: Exam Week
11/06: Prep Info Day
13/07: Student Free Day
14/07: Term 3 Starts
Homework Club: Monday & Wednesday 2:45pm-4pm, Thursday 7:30am-8:30am

Roadworks Outside 'Aspects'

Blomfield Excavations has informed businesses along Round Hill Road that partial road closures will occur between Wednesday 1st June – Friday 3rd June. Expect delays.

Remember that school traffic will be headed to the Sport and Rec grounds on Friday morning and afternoon.

Athletics Carnival

Reminder: Friday’s Athletics Carnival is at the Sport & Rec grounds. Please drop your child there at 8:35am and pick them up at 3:15pm.

Message from the Principal

Damian Higgins, Principal It was great to see so many Grandparents and special friends visit the Discovery campus last week and be treated to an enjoyable morning in the company of our primary students. All students from years 1 to 6 delivered a special vocal performance and showcased some of their recent work from the classroom. This special morning is one of many events where we as a school invite the wider community to participate in the lives of our students. There are more of these occasions in the pipeline for the rest of 2016 as we look to continue building a strong community in which parents and students are actively engaged in their learning. The introduction of our new junior choir program has brought a new dimension to the primary school experience and we will be further developing music and the creative and performing arts throughout the entire school during semester 2.

In our secondary school, we have recently introduced a number of after school Mathematics and English tutorials and homework clubs to supplement the high quality instruction already taking place in the classroom. These tutorial sessions further increase the level of support we provide and are open to all our secondary students.

We can sometimes forget that our school has only been in existence for less than eighteen months. It takes time to develop all the plans and programs that we would like to implement but I am proud of what has been achieved so far. Plans for 2017 are already well under way and we are looking forward to establishing our very first prep class. We will be holding a special information morning on June 11th for all our future prep families and all other interested families. There will be activities and entertainment for the youngsters and a chance to find out our future plans for the primary school.

We are very excited about the opening of our brand new learning centre, which we refer to at the moment as “The Shed”. This large, 250 square metre floor space includes two new senior classrooms and a large open library and learning space for all primary and secondary students. There will be more surprises in store as we reveal some additional features of this building in the near future and we look forward to inviting parents for a special grand opening very soon.

Blessings,


Damian Higgins, Principal

Genius Hour

Genius Hour projects are taking off!

Genius Hour projects this year are taking off!

Students have now had six weeks in the production phase of the project and we are already starting to see some impressive results. Having had last year to ponder what it is that they are truly passionate about, students this year were quick to chose their project topics and get focused on the hard work of building and creating. You can follow their journeys through Genius Hour this year on their personal project blogs. Links to each student's blog will soon be available at dccgeniushour.weebly.com

Genius Hour projects are taking off!

Chappy News

Pay It Forward

As a pastoral carer, a chaplain can have quite a lot of different experiences in one day. One minute you can be reading a funny book to grade ones and then a bit later you may be listening to the heartfelt story of someone who is struggling to get through the day. Some days can be a roller coaster.

On a Tuesday I try to visit most of the classes and spend time in 2nd break in the playground. As the school community get to know me I have been getting an increased amount of foot traffic through my office. Last term I spent time each week in the 5/6 room talking to the students about being inclusive.

We ran a Pay It Forward campaign within the class which was a constant reminder to the idea of helping others.

If you have any concerns with your child/children, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am at school on Tuesdays or can be contacted by email through SEQTA.

Chappy Beth
(Beth Waghorn)

Year 1/2 Art

Year 1/2 Art

‘Wombat stew,
Wombat stew,
Gooey, brewy,
Yummy, chewy,
Wombat stew!’

Year 1/2 has been making their own Wombat stew in art. They used watercolours to create the stew and then collaged a bunch of interesting and unusual ingredients like, shoes, dogs and cushions as well as ‘slugs and bugs and creepy crawlies’ in to the stew pot.

The results might almost be good enough for Masterchef!!

Homework Club

Remember homework club is available for all students on a Monday & Wednesday afternoon from 2:45pm – 4pm and on a Thursday morning from 7:30am – 8:30am.

Robotics

Robotics

Robotics is up and running on a Thursday afternoon. Secondary students welcome.

Robotics

A Free Subscription to Office Pro Plus for DCC Students

Free Office 365 Subscription

DCC is now offering all primary and secondary students a free subscription to Office 365 Pro Plus!

Students simply need to visit the office 365 portal at https://login.microsoftonline.com and enter their username (firstname.surname@discovery.qld.edu.au) and the same password used with the school laptops.

This will give students access to a full suite of Microsoft office apps. As part of the FREE subscription students can download the following apps on up to 5 of their devices:

A Free Subscription to Office Pro Plus for DCC Students

Mr Saayman's Maths Is Fun Corner

Mr Saayman's Maths Is Fun Corner

Mr Saayman has a weekly Maths question on the Maths Classroom window that all DCC students can participate in weekly to win a prize as determine by Mr Saayman.

First student's name that will be drawn, with the correct answer, out of the "Maths Brainer Box", wins the prize.

All students need to do is take a answer sheet from outside the box (In GLA5), work out the answer of the question on the window, write their name, year and date on the answer sheet with their answer and pop the answer sheet into the "Brainer Box".

1770 Captain Cook Festival

DCC at 1770 Captain Cook Festival

On Saturday, 20th May, we had the opportunity to take part in the street parade that opened the Captain Cook 1770 Festival.

Students marched along the route from the 1770 Marina to the SES grounds, followed by the school bus driven by Mr. Higgins. It was decorated with balloons, streamers and colourful artworks done by the children along this year’s circus theme.

Also, our primary school choir performed a lively rendition of ‘Love Is Easy’ up on the main stage lead by Mrs. Terri Hartung.

Everyone did an amazing job! Well done to all involved.

Chess Club

Chess Club

The beginning of this term saw the commencement of Tuesday Chess day, where a number of primary and secondary students have enjoyed playing chess and learning skills of the game. It is held in the Grade 3/4 classroom each Tuesday during lunch break.

Last week our jumbo chess set arrived and was met with much excitement, just in time to make it’s debut at the 'Fun in the Sun’ fete day.

Jumbo Chess at DCC

We are very much looking forward to holding our first inter-house tournament next term.

Grandparents & Special Friends' Day

Grandparents & Special Friends' Day

On Wednesday, 18 May, Discovery Christian College held its inaugural Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day.

Grandparents & Special Friends' Day

The program for the morning started with a Primary Showcase in our new library, where each of the primary classes shared some of their work and performed songs to a delighted audience. After the showcase the specially invited guests were treated to a lovely morning tea before moving into the classrooms to enjoy time with the children and take part in different planned activities.

Grandparents & Special Friends' Day

The morning was a great success and a lovely time was had by all. It was great to see the different generations sharing the morning together.

Year 7 Geography

Year 7 Geography

The year 7’s have been learning about natural disasters this term, specifically focusing on droughts, cyclones, fires and floods.

They were fortunate enough to have guest speaker, Ron Barker from the local fire department, to give them a talk on his experiences of bushfires and other emergencies in the area over the last 12 years. He was able to impact the students by bringing his own real experiences to the classroom. Ron was very generous with his sharing all his stories and even brought the fire truck around for the students to have a look at.

Charlie even got a chance to try on Ron’s firefighting outfit. Hopefully we can look forward to some more inspired firefighter volunteers in the future.

A big thank you to Mr Ron Barker from the fire department for his time and effort given to us.

Year 7 Geography