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Newsletter

2 August 2016

Contents

Important Dates

01/08-05/08: Year 10 Camp
02/08: NED Show
09/08: Festival of Light
10/08: Gladstone Show Holiday
11/08-14/08: Marine Science Trip
12/08: Morning Tea at DCC
15/08-19/08: Year 9 Camp
19/08 Primary Soccer Gala
22/08-26/08: Book Week
24/08-26/08: Year 5/6 Camp
08/09: School Play
09/09: Snakes Down Under Excursion

Festival of Light

We are inviting you to our annual Festival of Light. This year’s theme is Path to Discovery and our students will be showcasing their art, dancing and singing skills... Everything they discovered during their time at DCC. So join us on
9 AUGUST 2016
FROM 4:30PM

Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Bring your friend, family and neighbour.

Everyone is welcome!

Prep Info Night

A special Prep Information Night for parents will take place on Monday 29th August at 5:30pm in our new library.

Message from the Principal

Damian Higgins, PrincipalAs we move into the second half of the year, you may have noticed a few changes at DCC. Firstly, a lot of earth has been moved over the holidays to make room for future buildings. We are currently working with our architects to plan how our school will look in 5 to 10 years time. There are certainly some exciting times ahead as we look towards building new facilities to accommodate our growing student community. These facilities will potentially include a commercial kitchen, a Music, Drama and Dance centre, Art studios and Senior Science laboratories.

In addition to these physical changes to the DCC landscape, you may have also noticed 3 new staff have joined us in term 3. Mrs Terri Hartung is now our Year 1/2 teacher. Mr Luke Jones is our new Music teacher and Mrs Stephanie Jones has been appointed as our Youth support worker. It is great to see such quality teachers coming on board to contribute towards our big vision for the future.

Three of our existing teachers have recently been appointed to leadership positions within the school. I am delighted to announce that Mrs Marteniekie Forsyth is now our Curriculum Coordinator, Mr Sam Pretorius has taken on the position of Student Development Coordinator and Mrs Chris Philpot has been appointed as our Primary school coordinator. I look forward to seeing our pastoral and academic programs go from strength to strength in the coming months as these three experienced leading teachers look to continually improve the quality of what we do as a school.

You can hear more from one of our new leading teachers later in this newsletter.

One last exciting development is the news that in 2017, we will be complete as a P-12 school as we launch year 12 and also our first Prep class. There will be a special Prep information night for parents on Monday 29th August at 5:30pm in our new library where there will be opportunities to find out more.

Blessings,


Damian Higgins, Principal

ARAFMI Meeting

Support group for Carers and Friends of Someone with a Mental Health Issue.

When: 1 pm every second Monday
Where:
Agnes Water Baptist Church
How: Contact Beth on 0403 222 495 or Helen on 0447 686 164

AFL Update

Edwin ChangMason Gates

Some feedback on how Edwin Chang and Mason Gates, DCC's representatives in the Wide Bay team U/15's schoolboy AFL state trials held at Moreton Bay AFC grounds in Burpengary, Brisbane.

A very tough four day event, where they played a game per day against Capricornia, Metropolitan East , Peninsula & Darling Downs. Four hard and fast games against very polished teams. The Wide Bay team played exceptionally well especially considering all the boys had not played as a team before like the Brisbane teams.

We were very proud of the boys with their final results of two wins out of the four games!

Genius Hour Show & Tell

Genius Hour projects are taking off!

At the annual Festival of Light show student's Genius Hour products will be on display. Being over half-way through the year, these "works in progress" are really starting to take form and demonstrate the impressive and diverse abilities of the students at DCC.

You can follow the progress of the students throughout their projects on their weekly blogs, found on the Student Blog page of the Genius Hour website: dccgeniushour.weebly.com/

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

From the Desk of...

Marteniekie  ForsythIt has been a fantastic start to the term! I truly hope students have enjoyed their well-deserved break over the holidays. For the remainder of the year I will be taking on a new role as Curriculum Coordinator with a major focus on teaching & learning within our middle and senior school. I look forward to working with the staff to develop effective teaching practices that will in turn develop further student learning. At DCC we encourage our students to strive for high standards and build upon their knowledge, understanding and skills in all the learning areas we offer. As a school, we endeavour to personalise learning to meet the diverse needs and capabilities of each student. It is our desire to support all our students to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and well informed citizens. Our Christian perspective underpins all aspects of learning with a focus on academic, spiritual, emotional, social and physical development.

This upcoming term will be very busy as we already have a number of activities scheduled such as Festival of Light, the School Play, Sports days in Bundaberg etc. I would like to acknowledge the great work and effort by our staff for organising these events. Please see our calendar that is available on our website for more information or call our friendly office staff.

Last week all students in middle school and senior school (Yr 7 – 11) have received an assessment calendar which outlines all assessment due dates. Students are encouraged to ensure timelines are kept and need to see classroom teachers early for any assistance. Please note that extensions for assignments can only be granted prior to the due date of the assignment – not on the due date. Any exams that are missed throughout the term will need to be completed on the day the student returns to school.

I understand that this term will be a busy time for our students and it is really important that students manage their time wisely ensuring that they attend every lesson and come to class prepared to learn.

Thank you to all parents and students who have submitted their subject selection forms. I will be working closely with Mr Higgins and Mrs Retson to finalise these and discuss the subjects that will be offered within our senior school. An update will be provided a little later this year.

I will leave you with a thought – Don’t study to earn, study to learn. What you learn today is what you will become tomorrow...

May God bless you,

Marteniekie Forsyth
Curriculum Coordinator

Pet Day

Pet Day

On Friday, 22 July, the DCC primary classes held their inaugural Pet Day. The purpose of Pet Day was to recognise that pets are an important part of our life and culture, and often play a significant role in the life of our families. The morning was a great success with over 30 animals being brought in to school for a morning of fun and activities.

The Pet Day was a culmination of in class learning where students learnt about the different roles that animals play in our communities, how to read animal body language, how animals rely on people for their physical needs such as food, water and shelter and how people rely on animals for many of their needs such as companionship, love and affection.

Atheletics Carnival

Athletics Carnival

On the 25th and 26th of July, 27 DCC athletes participated in the BDSSS Athletcis carnival, staying overnight at the Chaverim Outdoor Ed Centre.

The most positive outcome of the carnival was the excellent‘give-it-a-go’ attitude of all the athletes, all of whom were more than willing to to partake in numerous events on both the track and the field. It is this positive attitude that will will continue to encourage as the foundation of the DCC sports program.

The most outstanding results were achieved by Charlie Bradley-Tasser who won the 12 yrs Boys Discus, Alana Agostini who won the 15 yrs Girls High Jump and Ryan Chang who won the 17-19 yrs Triple Jump and Long Jump. The team also came agonising close to winning the Average Points Trophy.

Well done to all athletes; you made DCC proud!

Outstanding School Fee Payments

There are two unallocated payments. If you paid either of these amounts please email bursar@discovery.qld.edu.au:

  • Deposit of cash on 26/1/16 for $90
  • Deposit of cash on 28/1/16 for $477

Chess

Chess

DCC chess started its first inter-house chess tournament this term. Twenty two primary and secondary students are involved in this inaugural event. The tournament started with lots of enthusiasm from the participants and the opportunity to use new chess sets and chess clocks.

All participants will earn house points that contribute to the house points system and the tournament winner earning the first DCC Chess Trophy!

Don't Forget!

Festival of Light