City Observer Newsletter 8 August 2019

Subject Information in Senior School took place on Monday night with Dr McMahon discussing the broader learning program for our students including their character development through experiential learning, such as sports, Outdoor Education and community service activities. These are significant aspects of learning in Queensland schools, under the category of learning called ‘General Capabilities’. They are divided into seven subcategories: literacy numeracy information and communication technology critical and creative thinking personal and social capability ethical behavior, and intercultural understanding.  ​It’s been fascinating to see our Alumni graduate and then to have them visit the School, at our last year’s inaugural Alumni event. Cieran Kent commented that after attending university and studying software engineering, Cieran worked for a financial tech company for a while, but found that he wasn’t fulfilling his passion for helping people. Since working at Orange Sky (a charity organisation based in Brisbane), where he designs software tools that help staff and volunteers to work more effectively, he has finally succeeded in fulfilling his need to help people in a meaningful way. Cieran remembers his years at CCPS as “hard work”, but the Teachers were outstanding in their support, always willing to help and ready to answer questions. The small classes at CCPS meant that each of his Teachers had the time to get to know the students on an individual basis, understanding their motivations, how to encourage them in their studies and helping them to find their own paths. At Subject Information Night, I detailed the new ACARA, and Qld ATAR system and the Qld Certificate of Education.  Dr McMahon focused on learning outside the classroom for which CCPS is renowned. Cieran Kent’s observations of his time at CCPS, are indicative of the quality of student knowledge our community has in caring for each person. It is intense work at times for Teachers, but it is also highly rewarding and satisfying to watch young people develop into confident and contributing members of the Caloundra community. It is the individual care and attention that supports and nurtures our young people into developing their aims, and knowing what they have to do to get there. Mr Pederson’s careers assistance for each Senior Years student is pivotal to them setting their course for the future. Principal’s Acknowledgements On Sunday we had a number of students, Teachers and parents participate in the Sunshine Coast Marathon events.  Year 12 student Tyson Kelley-Comb is acknowledged for completing his first Half Marathon in a time of 2 hours 23 minutes, placing him 8th in the 18-20 years division.  Well done also to Year 8 student Sam Tanner who shaved three minutes from his Personal Best time in the 10km with a time of 47.24, placing him 7th in the U14 category.  From Year 7, Tyson Tralau competed in the 5km sprint, placing 10th in the U14 category with a time of 20.56min. Congratulations to all competitors who ran. Dr Dirk Wellham – Principal

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