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Our young legends are not only very Warana, Wurtulla and Meridan Plains. The Unity College Motto : Unite,
clever, they are also caring of people collectors raised over $8,000, which takes Inspire, Succeed;
and the environment in which they live. the 8 year total to over $35,000.
Student population divided into 3
Further to this effort, in 2010, the students committees: Unite Committee, Inspire
SUPPORT FOR SALVATION ARMY
held a free clothes day, where, instead Committee, Succeed Committee;
of a gold coin donation, students were This vertical division of the school
encouraged to bring in cans of food, and enhances social interaction between
Caloundra Salvation Army in its annual bring in food they did. Over 1,200 cans all year levels;
Red Shield Appeal. In that year, 21 of various foods, 40 plus cans of baby
The “Buddy System” also operates
students and 2 staff were involved. The formula, and 38 packets of disposable
within the school. Year 12 students
collectors covered 16 suburban blocks nappies were donated.
“buddy up” with Prep children and
in the Wurtulla region and collected an
Students, staff and parents are to be Year 1 students, so 16 year olds
amazing $1,100. In the years that have
congratulated on their efforts which go mentor 4 and 5 year olds;
followed, the student, parent and staff
towards helping the Salvation Army to The 3 school committees also fund
enthusiasm has sky rocketed.
reach out and help families in need. raise during the year;
In 2010, over 160 students, staff and
As College is a partnership between
parents were involved in the collection UNITY COLLEGE SOCIAL
Catholic and Uniting churches,
covering the suburbs of Pelican Waters, DEVELOPMENT moneys raised are donated to Caritas
Kawana Forest, Creekside, Currimundi,
Unity College is one of our co- (Catholic) and Uniting World (Uniting)
educational colleges which is important charities;
in the education of 1,000 young people In 2011, separate fundraising activities
of Caloundra. There are many activities have occurred to raise money in aid
carried out in the College which aim
to develop in its students a practical cyclone;
awareness of the relationship between
Year 12 students are also members
each member of our society.
of Rotary Interact and learn correct
meeting procedure as well as the aims
of Rotary Club.
Many students later become members
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PACIFIC LUTHERAN COLLEGE boardwalk that is being constructed by All young volunteers must become
FORESTRY AREA the students allows visitors to access the members of Junior Night Eyes to be
very heart of the green “jungle” area. involved.
Adult Members of Night Eyes
JUNIOR NIGHT EYES
Plains is a wonderfully natural forestry accompany the Junior members to
area. This lush tropical forest is on land Some ten years ago, a small group of northern Bribie.
owned by the College, but there is an dedicated volunteers saw the need to Rubbish collected is brought back to
Environmental Protection Order (EPO) on offer some protection for Pumicestone base for disposal.
the area. This EPO prevents the college Passage. From this small group Night Eyes
Junior Night Eyes members can become
from removing any of the vegetation now boasts a membership exceeding 300
members of Night Eyes at age 18.
growing in the forest area. from all walks of life.
Junior Night Eyes members learn
To allow students and the members of the The prime task of this group is the removal much about the environment and
school community to enjoy the beauty of of all types of rubbish, but the operations protecting it.
the area, there is a master plan for the extend to seagrass, estuarine and
development of the area. mangrove monitoring of the Passage with ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS
a watchful eye kept on all local animal, AT CALOUNDRA STATE HIGH
bird and water life. SCHOOL
Night Eyes patrols the waterways with At Caloundra State High School, there are
a boat which was obtained with a many practices implemented to develop
Queensland Government Grant from the environmental awareness in the students.
Community Gambling Fund. In the course of a busy High School
year, with a very crowded curriculum, a
variety of activities have already been
introduced to develop in each student an
awareness that littering can cause great
The main point of the master plan is to
problems in the environment. The aim of
provide, over time, a wooden boardwalk
these activities encourages students to
into and through the treed area.
become more aware that NOT littering
Lush green semi-tropical vegetation helps the environment. Simply picking
grows in the area. up litter does not appeal to anyone,
Manual arts students are constructing especially people of High School age. By
a boardwalk through forest vegetation A Junior Night Eyes Club has now been showing the students the serious damage
Boardwalk meanders through formed for young people aged 4 years to that litter can cause, (eg. littered plastic
vegetation, as no vegetation may 17 years. This group meets every Saturday can eventually enter our waterways and
be removed. morning either at the Power Boat Club or cause painful death to some species of
at the jetty near Gemini Resort. The boat our wildlife), it is hoped that students will
At intervals, quite wide platform
will transport 10 passengers per trip, so take more care of the environment and
area allow class groups to utilise
members of Junior Night Eyes are ferried not destroy it by littering.
10 per trip to the northern end of Some of the approaches to create
Very attractive area for all students Bribie Island.
and community members. awareness in the students are:-
Members of Junior Night Eyes Addresses at school assemblies
Near vegetation area plans for
spend some time each Saturday
development of a wetland area. Poster competitions
Wetland area will form a pond in which Library displays
The aim is to make collecting rubbish
a fun project. Involvement in Clean Up Australia Day,
water creatures. World Environment Day
All members of Night Eyes and Junior
Wetland area will also provide water in Installing nesting box with camera
Night Eyes are volunteers.
drought for vegetation area.
There is always a game e.g. beach Developing a school garden
Having had a walk through the forestry cricket after rubbish collecting. Monitoring energy production and
area, I congratulate the school community consumption at school
A sausage sizzle is part of the
on what is quite a spectacular area
Saturday routine. Developing sustainable practices
so close to the school campus. Such a
Children learn to protect the e.g. recycling
beautiful lush green shaded area is very
refreshing for any visitors, and the great environment in a “fun” way.
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GOLDEN BEACH STATE SCHOOL Many jobs done at working skating or walking to school on National
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen bee:- Walls built, corrugated Ride2School Day. The goal was to
Garden Foundation. garden beds prepared, slab motivate more people in the school
for the chicken house laid, community to embrace riding as an
In 2010, the Golden Beach State School alternative mode of commuting to school.
landscaping done, water
Community decided to establish a school
tank connected. Research shows riding to school makes
kitchen garden, and a staff member was
appointed Garden Specialist to work with Financial support received from:-
the children in the garden club as well as Queensland Government Community Student riders arrive at school
a Kitchen Specialist. more alert.
Grants; The Australian Government Riders have higher concentration
The purpose of the club is that through
actively participating in caring for Riding provides extra exercise
a garden, children gain a greater Grant; Coles Junior Landcare for students
knowledge of food production and the School Garden, many Caloundra
Riders suffer less from obesity
All schools are encouraged to take
produced food. The underlying belief in Vegetable plots are being refurbished
part in this activity
this project is that by the introduction of after school holidays
National Ride2School Day is the
New vegetable crops being planted
largest celebration of walking and
children’s food choices in ways that may
RIDE TO SCHOOL DAY, 2011 riding to school
not have been tried before.
Sunday, 18th Students from Currimundi State School
bee held. joined more than 140,000 students
from across Australia on Wednesday,
Over 130 people attended
March 16 as they rolled into school for
national Ride2School Day. As part of the
Representatives from Caloundra government’s Travelsmart campaign for
Westpac Bank, Pelican Waters Garden 2011, it encouraged parents, students
Club, Caloundra Rotary attended and staff to leave the cars at home
working bee. and join in the fun by riding, scooting,
LIVING LIFE TO THE MACS
“You are never going to get rid of it, so you may as well
the learning. A Sunshine Coast school is trialling four iTouch
classes, in which students use their Apple iPod touch or Caloundra High School teacher.
iPhone in lessons.
Parents supply the iPod touch (about $200) and teachers
While most schools battle to suppress such devices, have sourced about 30 apps – most of them free or costing
Caloundra State High School has embraced the only a few dollars.
technology in maths, science, English and the social
The teachers adhere to standard Education Queensland
curriculum, using the iPod as a learning aid.
One Maths and Science teacher is quoted as saying
sums, construct atoms and perform interactive grammar tests.
students thought the class was “pretty cool”, which is quite a
compliment from a modern teen.
1700s or turn on the calculator. The trial has sparked
interest from other schools inspired by the children’s
improved grades and attitudes.
The idea came from the Caloundra teachers who realised
the resistance of parents and students to banning the
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LIFE SAVING AND SURF SKILLS - Adventure Education – a more physical changes in attitude and work ethic in
CURRIMUNDI SCHOOL program than is usual; the students. Students learn, among
Because of its location so near to the Crunch & Munch – activities planned
around the hospitality industry; An awareness of safety issues involving
beach, Currimundi State School offers its
students an annual course in Life Saving Kawana Companions – a program
with a focus on the elderly; The need for punctuality at work
offered to any parents interested in taking To dress appropriately when at “work”
part. The course is offered by the school’s KAWANA COMPANIONS
The need to work as a team
Physical Education Teacher, ably assisted This full day activity gives the student an The ability to use public transport
by members of the Dicky Beach Surf Life opportunity to understand and empathize
Saving Club. The Beginners’ Group is for with the elderly generation. The love
students from Prep to Year 7, while the from volunteering
and attention given by the elderly, who
other group is for children who are more are usually very lonely themselves, has a
capable swimmers and focuses on CAR-FREE CHALLENGE DAYS
mutually positive effect on the self esteem
and the happiness of both parties. As part of the program developed at
The beginners’ course covers Life The ability to empathize with another Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School
Saving Skills. human being is a skill that is usually much in Caloundra to reduce the carbon
needed by people with Autism footprint, there are held monthly “Car-Free
The beginners’ course is conducted
or Aspergers Syndrome. Challenge Days”. These challenge days
are also a great adjunct to the school’s
The advanced group is named Students undertaking this subject attend
physical education program.
a respite centre with elderly people once
a week on a regular basis. The activity is As the name suggests, on the car-free
funded by Suncoast Transport and Care days, children do not arrive at school by
conducted during school hours.
(STAC) and the “Companions” themselves. car and be set down at the “drop-off
Members of the Dicky Beach Surf Club zone” near the school. The car-free days
help in conducting both courses. Students help older volunteers with:-
call on the support of school staff and/or
Setting up the hall parents. These adults act as responsible
the Quicksilver Pro on the Gold Coast. Greeting the companions leaders of the walking group of students.
Attending the Quicksilver Pro allows Running various activities There are three “depots” where the
exposure to some of the best surfers in ‘walking buses” set off from. Adults await
Serving lunch and drinks
the world. students at Kings Beach, Moffat Beach
Farewelling the elderly
As a culminating activity to the course, and Caloundra State School. When a
the school holds its own Surf Carnival Packing up reasonable and manageable group
for its students. An hour is set aside for the use of the of students has arrived at one of these
Many students from Currimundi State library and literacy activities. Activities points, an adult sets off the “walking bus”
School are also members of the Little such as helping the elderly read in the direction of Our Lady of the Rosary
Nippers at Dicky Beach Surf Club. bingo cards, Hoy cards, and singing School.
from song books unobtrusively help
THE LIGHTHOUSE CENTRE develop literacy and numeracy skills
in students. The repetitive nature of
Because the title “Special Education Unit” the chores required to run the day
has negative overtones, the unit at The successfully help the students become
Caloundra High School is instead called” very good at their “jobs” and therefore
THE LIGHTHOUSE CENTRE”. Students a feeling of success and ownership is
with mild or moderately mental disabilities, attained. Relationships built between
aged from 13 to 17 are educated in
the unit which is part of the High
In the Lighthouse Centre the curriculum
followed is adapted to suit the abilities
and skills of the students. Three programs
which are offered in the Centre are:-
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These walking buses set off at regular
intervals and continue whilst ever there
are students waiting.
It is hoped that these car-free days
encourage awareness in the children
that we have to try to reduce our carbon
footprint, by not relying on motor vehicles
for every movement. Walking to school
together also develops social interaction The project also showed care for the be congratulated on their wonderful entry
between students who chat with each creatures in the catchment area; and their success in the state
other as they walk. The exercise of walking wide competition.
A town plan for Silvan Valley
accompanied the entry;
pupils on the walking bus. UNITY COLLEGE – LITTER
Points noted on the town plan PREVENTION
WATER SUSTAINABILITY FOR included:-
A visit to the grounds of Unity College
OUR FUTURE indicates the effectiveness of the Anti-litter
In term 2, 2010, the curriculum studied houses; policy of the College. With 1,000 students
by year 3 students of Ms K Reynolds b. there are many catchment creatures aged from 4 to 17 years, one might
featured energy conservation, while the living in the town; expect to see some litter in the grounds.
focus in term 3 was water conservation. c. there is a hydro-power station; However on a recent visit to the College
Ms Reynolds and her class attend and a walk around the campus, I must
d. farm animals have a shock collar to
Caloundra City Private School, which is admit no litter was to be seen. Because of
stop them from drinking and polluting
situated at Pelican Waters. After 2 terms the pleasant surrounds of lush lawns and
of good work on these subjects, the class lots of gardens full of Australian natives,
e. bigger farms are settled away from the there is also perhaps an external pressure
decided to combine the two terms’ of
town houses and have wind turbines to on the students to keep such a lovely
work and enter a competition run by SEQ
generate energy; area tidy. But the College must take credit
for developing in the students the need
In preparation for the project, the class 2 storeys high, with courtyards and to respect the environment with regards to
invited a speaker from SEQ Water to garden areas for relaxation; litter control.
address the class;
Children learned about how SEQ The College has as its mantra: Respect for
bins, pop-up taps and solar panels; Self, Respect for Others, Respect for the
Water catches, stores and treats
h. buses and cars run on solar energy Environment. This mantra drives the anti-
that can be stored. As a back-up, litter policy of the College. The students
Class chose topic “Urban Design” for natural gas can be purchased from are encouraged to Think Globally, but
their project; the Community Eco Shop; to Act Locally. This advice overcomes
Much brainstorming and discussion i. roads made from a mixture of cement the idea that some students often have
among classmates followed; and recycled materials and designed of setting out to save the world, and
Students designed and planned their to cause least harm to the environment; overlook a need which confronts them in
town of Silvan Valley; j. roads clearly signed so the catchment their daily life. The focus in this mantra is
Silvan Valley – a new town- built in creatures are looked after; to bring needs to the student’s immediate
a beautiful catchment that includes environment. One practical way of acting
k. there is a town pool with a cover, and
a river, bushland, mountains and locally is to keep the College surrounds
no individual pools;
small farms; tidy and attractive.
l. gardens and parks have water tanks
The town designed by Year 3 students connected to bubblers and there To encourage re-cycling, there are
is park seating made from recycled recycling bins in evidence in the college
materials; grounds. Waste paper, cartons, boxes
shops, businesses, houses, roads, are all recycled in these bins and are
sportsgrounds, and parks; The children submitted their entry with collected by the waste management
many photographs and plans and they trucks on a regular basis. Soft drinks are
Student project demonstrated how
innovative technology, excellent not sold in the college tuck-shop, nor are
was selected as the winning entry for the they allowed on campus. In this way,
planning and urban design can
Prep to Year 4 competition. They were there are no cans brought on to the
provide a sustainable water supply for
awarded $500 for their school as well as college grounds.
now and for the future.
individual prizes each. The children are to
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Vegetable waste is re-cycled by use in
the worm farms which the children in the
primary school manage. Regularly the
worm farms are drained and the waste
product is used as fertiliser for the
These ways are some of the ways in which
Unity College educates its students in
caring for the environment and removing programs for boys, 6 for girls and 6
litter from our surrounds. ‘mobility’ programs, which guarantee jobs
Coast Regional Council lifeguard is in for the participants when the course ends.
ANNUAL SURFABOUT RALLY attendance to safeguard all entrants.
In July each year, Staff of Our Lady of There are events held for individual clubhouse was used by Beyond Billabong,
the Rosary School (OLR) at Caloundra entrants aged 10 years and over. During but Caloundra’s involvement with the
organize a two-day competition named the carnival, there are team events. The program is very active. The team leader of
“Surfabout”. Other schools are invited team events are for 8 surfers from the one this group (Clint Miller) is from Caloundra
to enter individuals and teams for the school and individual team members are originally and 50% of the mentors in the
competition and in 2010, a total of 11 judged, with the winning school having program are from Caloundra and district.
schools were represented. OLR contacts the highest aggregate for team events.
Living at the clubhouse was a great
sponsors who generously donate money experience for the boys as they were able
event. This event pitches teams of 5, each
over the two-day carnival. member from a different school, with at
friendliness of the patrons as they came
least 2 girl team members, against each
In the lead-up to the Surf Carnival, all and went. In this way, they could see that
other team. The 5 surfers use the same soft
the lessons in most school subjects focus there is no real difference between black
board, with each team member riding a
on aspects of the surf - the natural and white people; all that is needed is
wave, before handing the board on to
environment of Our Lady of the Rosary respect for each other’s culture.
the next team member. The winning team is
School. In conjunction with the theme, Beyond Billabong offers a personal
the one with the highest aggregate points
for the event. development program;
beach; there is an art competition in which
This rally is a wonderful way of joining The program offers new skills
students are asked to design a T-shirt, or
many of our Sunshine Coast schools to Aboriginal youth;
culture, during which children learn of local together in friendly rivalry, using the surf The program is a 4 week
(one of our best environmental assets), as residential course;
well as promoting safe use of the surf. It 5 adult mentors accompany
is gratifying to see this school, Our Lady each intake;
In partnership with the University of the
of the Rosary, planning such a wonderful Most youths are aged 15 plus;
Sunshine Coast, children at OLR do
learning experience for students, taking
and learn about multi-media activities. Activities offered ‘romance’ youth
advantage of the local environment.
Reporters from the local newspaper visit in to training;
the school and students learn about the 1 week at the beach is an important
SURF LIFESAVING CLUB HOSTS
art of journalism with respect to surf reports part of the course;
Activities offered – horse riding,
As part of the Surfabout Rally, students In the last week of February, Dicky
leatherwork, art etc;
produce movies, writings and photos Beach Surf Life Saving Club hosted 11
which are reproduced worldwide via Aboriginal youths who were taking part in Participants at the Dicky Beach intake
the internet. a 4 week residential program offered by came from Goondiwindi, Toomelah and
Beyond Billabong. This organization was Moree;
As the culminating activity for the Rally, a
founded in Longreach 2.5 years ago Beyond Billabong aims to expose
surf carnival is held. Competitors attend,
with the prime purpose of offering youth to the wide world and convince
coming from schools from as far as Noosa
personal development programs to the youth that they deserve and have
to Caloundra. Entry monies are raised
indigenous youth. the right to everything they see;
to support Currimundi Special School.
Prizes for Individual and Team entrants are During 2011, 18 programs will be offered “Aim high and it can be yours”.
awarded during the rally and sponsors to Aboriginal youth by Beyond Billabong,
with 12 participants in each intake – 6
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DO YOUR KIDS HAVE WORMS?
Worms are really important to planet Earth.
Their castings are a great source of nutrient for the soil
My Grandma and Grandad bought me a worm farm for
Christmas and my Pop and Nana gave me the idea of
selling the castings as I had been selling pumpkins which my
My sisters and I made a stall to sell our worm castings.
It was a really successful deed.
We set up our stall at 21 Pakenham St Aroona.
On Wednesday the19th of January, 2011, my team and I, We set up this stall because we wanted to help those
Jazz and Zara commenced sales that were really successful.
Our Mum and Dad then matched the $200 that
We stayed open for 3 days. we made.
When we sent it to Woolworths they matched
castings and set up the stall, opening for 9 hours or less. our total.
Then I would do it all over again, 3 days running. We were responsible for creating $800.
Jazz was the sign writer, Zara was the treasurer and I was My worms are the quiet achievers and the heroes
the fundraising president. of the day!!!!!
My worms have worked so hard to produce all these
bottles of worm castings. I always leave them our
vegetables scraps for them to eat.