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1 September 2016

Contents

Important Dates

02/09: Girls Netball and Soccer Finals
08/09: School Play
09/09: Snakes Down Under Excursion

Soccer Gala

On Friday 19th August, DCC hosted the combined schools primary Soccer Gala. Teams from Agnes Water State School and Discovery Christian College played out a series of fun 5 a-side matches during the afternoon on the school oval. It was great to see the enthusiasm and also the sense of sportsmanship between the teams from the different schools. There was certainly a lot of talent on display and this is an encouraging indication of the potential for future soccer teams to be established in Agnes Water in the years to come.

A big thanks to the P&F for providing delicious refreshments throughout the gala and also to the Agnes Water state school students and staff for their contribution, without which this occasion wouldn’t have been possible.

Message from the Principal

Damian Higgins, Principal As we head towards the end of a very busy term, I am encouraged as I look back on the achievements of Discovery students in a wide range of activities. Once again our students have excelled in the sporting arena with some terrific performances across athletics carnivals and district sporting competitions. Our girls in particular have made some serious statements on the sporting arena by qualifying for the finals in netball and soccer.

Our Grade 3, 5, 7 and 9 students have also done themselves and the school proud by producing outstanding NAPLAN results. The vast majority of class average results were significantly above the state average in Reading, Writing and Numeracy.

Our annual Festival of Light once again proved to be a wonderful evening of community celebration as our students displayed their creative flair in music, song, dance and visual arts. The school campus was packed full of people enjoying the entertainments along with some hearty winter warmer food provided by our Parents and Friends.

Preparations are well under way for 2017. A series of significant building projects are about to commence including a roof shade for our courtyard, a million dollar hardcourt sports facility next to the oval and stage one of our primary school precinct.

With all these exciting events and developments, there is a huge amount of hard work put in by our dedicated staff and without their tireless commitment to DCC, it simply couldn’t happen.

A big event I would like to give a big plug to is our first ever school play, “Cinderella and the Substitute Fairy Godmother”, which will take place at the Agnes Water Community Hall on Thursday 8th September at 6pm. Tickets are on sale now and we would love to see the whole school community come along to support our young cast and crew and watch this entertaining show.

Blessings,


Damian Higgins, Principal

Drama - Our Priceless Past

Our Priceless Past

This year DCC was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the Our Priceless Past Project, run by the Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum. The project is in its 17th year and was a huge success. A number of our Year 7 & 8 students were asked to create a series of probing questions in order to find out all about the lives of some of our local seniors. The idea was to interview them and write up the article to be published in the Gladstone Observer.

The project culminated with an exhibition and formal ceremony at the Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum. Each student was recognised for their contribution and in turn presented their senior with a hard copy of the feature article as a momento.

Our Priceless Past

Book Week

Book Week

This August, we had our second, annual book week, based around the theme of “Australia: Story Country”. The theme was maintained throughout the many activities, games and crafts provided for the students during recess times. The first day saw the fun of dress up day to promote the joy that reading and books bring to a child’s mind.

Extra special book week lessons were also carefully crafted for each primary class, where they got to relax and enjoy some Australian written books, activities and games. The students were also fortunate enough to have the privilege of hearing of one of our local authors, Kathryn Apel, come and speak to them about her books and do some fun activities with the lower primary classes.

It was a very enjoyable and fun week, which we hope helped to inspire the love of reading. A big thank you must go out to all the volunteers for all their hard work and daily commitment to make it such a successful time.

Book Week

Book Week

Free Office 365 Subscription

A Free Subscription to Office Pro Plus for DCC Students

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:

Camps

Grade 9 Camp

This term has seen DCC enter camp central mode, starting with the Year 10s going on their Bustard Heads Sea Kayak Expedition ‘Paddle On’ Camp, then two weeks later the Year 9s headed south to kayak along the Noosa Everglades and explore the Great Sandy National Park around the Cooloola section. The Cooloola Sandpatch, which isn’t just any ordinary sandpatch, it was a real highlight.

Most recently the Year 5/6 class were ferried over to Fraser Island to enjoy a wide variety of activities, including an epic game of laser skirmish, in a beautiful part of our country.

Thank you to the parents, friends and staff who spent time away with our students, encouraging them as they learned more about teamwork, leadership, and pushing their physical and mental ‘limits’.

Pictures tell many stories, like the importance of making sure your tent fly is secure. Please enjoy a few snapshots into the Year 9’s Noosa Everglades Kayak Expedition...

Grade 5/6 Camp

Grade 9 Camp

Year 10 Camp

Year 10 Camp

Beautiful vibrant coloured corals, live kauri the size of your fist, black reef tailed sharks hunting for their next meal, these are all part of the sights that the Year 10 students feasted their eyes on during the Year 10 camp. The Year 10 class every year has the enviable opportunity to go on a five-day expedition in home territory, paddling the 20km from Middle Creek, in Eurimbula, to Pancake Bay.

Our first day paddling started with a torrent of wind and rain, challenging the students right from the start, but by the end of the day the sun came out and we were treated to an incredible display of nature to rival any National Geographic show. Our time at Pancake Creek included games on the beach at Airplane Beach, a tour of Bustard Head Lighthouse and a stunning view of the 1770 Headland from the Jenny Lind Lookout. By the end of the camp, the Year 10 students were able to cook their meals, plan their days and make effective decisions as a group.

You would have been proud to see how capable they were showing themselves to be. After all of the unique experiences and amazing sights of the camp, the highlight of the trip for many students turned out to be…getting dirty while playing in the soft sand at Middle Creek…Go figure…

Music Program

Music

Luke Jones was raised in Bundaberg where he studied the Violin for the majority of his schooling career. He then went on to complete his Bachelor of Music with Classical Violin as his Major. During his University years he worked as a pit musician for musical theatre companies in Brisbane as well as participating in community orchestras. After completing his Post Graduate Diploma in Education he moved to Ayr in North Queensland to begin teaching as a classroom music teacher. During this time, he had the opportunity to act as a musical director for the school’s musical productions, training vocalists and pit musicians. While Luke was teaching in Ayr he had the opportunity to transfer to the position of Burdekin Region Instrumental teacher. This experience developed a love of conducting the school’s Concert Band and Jazz Band, taking them on music camps, competing in eisteddfods, and performing with them at other schools and community events.

Luke is excited to be involved in the growth of the music department here at Discovery Christian College. In addition to the classroom music program an instrumental music program will be starting soon. It is exciting to think Discovery Christian College will soon have their own bands performing at school functions. There are already some weird and wonderful sounds coming from the library including world percussion groups and ukulele practices. These weird and wonderful sounds are sure to grow into thriving, passionate music groups involving students of all year levels and Luke Jones is thrilled to be here to assist in the facilitation of growth.

From the Desk of the Primary Coordinator

Mr Chris PhilpotIt has been a great pleasure to take on the role of Primary Coordinator and work in a school environment with other dedicated and like-minded educators. This term has been a busy one and it has been exciting to look back and see all that has been achieved, as well as look forward to what is still to come.

Looking around the school it is exciting to see the preparations being done for new developments, and as I watch on and see the stages of their construction process it has made me think back to seven years ago, when my wife and I were building our own house. I remember watching excitedly as the block of land we had carefully chosen was cut and started to be prepared. After the block was cut, the digging of trenches, along with all the steel work and plumbing had to be completed. Soon after this, was the pouring of the concrete foundation itself. While, at this stage of the build, above the surface, there didn’t seem like much was happening, all of this initial work was absolutely crucial to having a successful end product. All this initial work was vital to having a fully functioning house for our family to be able to move into and call our home at the end. If the preparation work hadn’t been done and the house wasn’t built on a solid structural foundation, then not too long after we had moved in, we would have found ourselves having to move out again, I’m sure!

When building any structure, it is vitally important to build upon a solid foundation; this principle rings true in education as well. The primary years are so fundamental to a good whole educational experience, as they are the basis of what is to come. Here in the DCC primary school we know how important a good foundation is and we take our role in that seriously. We want to partner with you and your families to provide a good foundation in areas like reading, spelling, writing, and numeracy. These areas are so important, but we also value other important areas such as participating wholeheartedly, doing your best, following instructions, learning how to deal with conflict, using your manners, encouraging others, showing good listening skills, being respectful, orderliness and being responsible for your actions. We recognise these areas are as important a part of the curriculum as the subject areas mentioned previously.

Just as much construction and development is happening physically within our school, so too are we seeing many new developments within the children. May we always be wise in our endeavours and build our houses on solid foundations! Matt 7: 24-27

May God bless you,

Chris Philpot
Primary Coordinator

Grade 3 and 4 PE - Tennis

Grade 3 and 4 PE

This term the Year 3/4 students were fortunate enough to have tennis included in their physical education classes. Lessons took place at our local Agnes Water tennis club with Angie Draheim, who kept them on their toes with lots of fun and encouragement to build their confidence in the sport. The students have absolutely loved each lesson and we are really thankful to Angie for giving us this great opportunity.

Also thank you and credit to Nita Siggins for your weekly support and photographs.


Home Ec

Home EcMrs Saayman took over from Mrs Murphy as the Home economics (Food Techhnology) teacher. She is very experienced in this area and has taught it up to year 12 level. Included was catering for functions where the students did everything from the planning stage, working out catering amounts, cooking (preparing), serving and cleaning up. We welcome her and are looking forward as a school to learn and grow under her guidance in Food Technology.

From Chappy Beth:
Paint the Town Purple

From Chappy Beth

Recently the Student Council ran an awareness campaign supporting those in a Domestic Violence situation. Thank you to all those who contributed by donating items that could be used in the Women’s shelter in Gladstone.

From Chappy Beth

Festival of Light

Festival of Light

At the second annual Festival of Light – Path to Discovery - the night was abuzz with excitement and anticipation as the houses battled it out in the fight for the coveted title of Festival of Light Champions. Again it was a close competition, with only a point the difference. Musgrave came out on top. The night glittered with awesome talent in our Showcase as students entertained the excitable audience.

Students proudly exhibited their semester’s work in Visual Arts and Genius Hour and the food was sublime. A huge thank you to the Ukulele Club for their contribution in creating an incredible festival atmosphere.

We look forward, with anticipation, to next year’s Festival, themed Colour Me Happy.