Geelong Baptist College Newsletter No. 9, 26th June 2008 Principal: Trudy Knol Principal’s Patch As Term Two is rapidly coming to an end, I would just like to wish everyone a wonderful two week break. This term has been long and I think students and teachers definitely deserve a holiday. I hope everyone will have the opportunity to relax and spend some time with family and friends, or just catching up on sleep. Staff Farewell All Secondary students and their families were notified a few weeks ago of the upcoming departure of two of our secondary teach- ers. Brad Short and Anita Maclaurin (a married couple) have accepted teaching positions in Singapore. This has been their dream for a few years, and God has opened the doors for them. Selfishly, I would love for these two fantastic staff members to stay at GBC, but I know God has called them to undertake this new and exciting venture. In Singapore, the new school year begins in August, thus Brad and Anita will be leaving at the end of this term. Brad and Anita are very dedicated teachers and have contributed significantly to the life of our College. We need to cherish and celebrate the time they have had here and although I know they will be greatly missed, we need to trust that God will help them on their journey. We can also thank God that He has provided new staff for Term Three. Further details will be given at the commencement of next term. Trudy Knol This Friday, students will be dismissed at the usual finishing time of 3.15pm. It will be casual dress day with students bringing along a gold coin donation. Reports will be finalised on Friday and be sent out during the holidays. Krispy Kremes Thank you to all those families who managed to sell some of these delicious treats. The pick up date from school was today, Thursday June 26th. Please make sure your orders have made it home safely. “Nutrimetics Fundraising” Just a reminder that the “nutrimetics” fundraising also finishes at the end of this term and orders were due in by Wednesday June 25th. If you still have your order at home, please send it along on Friday June 27th otherwise we will miss out on specials!!!! PREPS The Preps enjoyed expressing their creativity this term with an in- teresting Art project. The children had to construct robots out of boxes, tubes and recycled materials. Their robots were sprayed sil- ver and then children had to attach all sorts of recycled materials to decorate their robots and make them look interesting. Mrs Ivory Year 5 Kaisercraft Excursion On Wednesday, June 18, Year 5 went to Kaisercraft. We saw the outlet factory, sales offices, design offices, the warehouse and joinery. We also saw how stamps were made there. At the end KAISERCRAFT they have us gifts. I have to say it was a great day and everyone enjoyed it. By Xuan Nguyen On Wednesday 18th June, we went to Kaisercraft. Tim the gen- eral manager was very kind and let us take a tour with Rita who guided us. Brad the joinery manager explained how MDF is made. At the end, they let us take a letter starting with our name, three sheets of paper and a sign of LOVE or Mum. By Natalie Brkic. On Wednesday the 18th of June, Grade Five went to KaiserCraft where craft products are made and sold. There are a lot of em- ployees at KariserCraft. We all had great fun. By Cassie Bromley. SECONDARY NEWS PROJECT 729: On Thursday and Friday during this last week of term, students will enjoy involvement in a 2-day intensive program targeting careers. Those students who demonstrate particular interest in the various areas explored will be invited to the inaugural ‘Technology expo’ to be held in the second week back of Term Three. The organisers of this project, Margaret Walker and Jamie McKinnon are keen to determine parent awareness of Career Education via a survey response. It would be greatly appreciated if you complete the on-line survey which is accessible via the following link: http://www.sgrllen.com.au/surveys/Display_Survey.asp?SID=Careers%20Education%20Survey (There is an underscore between the words ‘Display’ & ‘Survey’.) GOODBYE MS MACLAURIN & MR SHORT: We have been privileged to experience the wonderful teaching, friendship and pas- sion of Ms Mac and Mr Short over the past 3 ½ years. While their many special talents and qualities will be greatly missed at GBC, we are very excited for them in their new adventure. We know their passion for the Arts & English has impacted the students they have taught and will live on through those who were privileged to be in their classes. TIMETABLES: New staff appointments have necessitated changes in the timetable for Term Three. Due to this, students will receive their timetables on the first day back rather than the final week of this term. SPORT NEXT TERM: All Year 7-9 & Year 11/12 students should have received and now submitted their Semester Two sports selec- tions. (Year 10’s will receive them upon their return to school next semester). For the first four weeks of Term Three ALL students will be involved in athletics training at Goldsworthy Reserve in preparation for our Athletics Carnival on Friday 8th August. Final sports selections for the remainder of Term Two will be distributed in Week Two of Term Three. HAPPY HOLIDAYS: It’s been a long Term Two and we trust you will enjoy a restful holiday break with your children and return ready for the second half of the year. CAREERS EXPO: Students in Year 10 & 11 have been invited to attend a career expo from 6.30-9.00pm at the Geelong Waterfront Campus of Deakin University on Tues 15th July (first day back of Term 3). There will be various displays from universities, Geelong- based business and recruitment agencies which will provide information for them regarding career paths. If students and parents from other year levels wish to attend, they are more than welcome to come along and obtain information from the various stalls and seminars. There is no charge for this event and attendees may arrive and leave at their leisure. Sharlene Tattersall Secondary Coordinator TERM DATES Term 2 7 April—27 June Term 3 15 July—19 September Term 4 7 October—11 December Other Important Dates Fri 27th June Last Day of School– Casual Dress– 3:15 finish Tue 15th July First Day of Term Three Wed 23rd July GISSA Year 9/10 Soccer Competition Tue 5th August GISSA Year 9/10 Basketball Competition Wed 6th August GISSA Year 7/8 Basketball Competition Fri 8th August GBC Athletics Carnival Fri 15th August WCSSA Winter Competition in Geelong (Soccer & Basketball) Fri 22nd and Sat 23rd Family Portrait Days Tue 2nd September GISSA Athletics Carnival ** More detailed information regarding the events listed above will be sent closer to their dates. ** The 2008/2009 Geelong, Surf Coast and Ballarat Entertainment™ Books are now available... The brand new 2008/2009 Entertainment™ Book for Geelong, Surf Coast and Ballarat is now available, and is bigger and better than ever. The Entertainment™ Book is your guide to the best restaurants, hotel accommodation, attractions, sports and lei- sure activities... all with 25% to 50% off or 2-for-1 offers. Also, “My Bookings™”... compare rates, check availabil- ity and book your accommodation online. Families of GBC students can purchase their copy of the Entertainment Book from the School, for only $50, just contact the ladies in the office. Wonder School program “Wonder - the bread with Twice the fibre” - has launched a Wonder School program. Wonder School encourages families to eat healthy and to get active. GBC has registered in this program. Therefore, by families collecting Won- der bread bags, we could be eligible for some great sports equipment. Every school has a chance, as qualification is based on the number of bread bags collected per student per school. From 1st July 2008 families can start collecting specially marked empty Wonder bread bags from all supermarkets nationwide. Students are to bring the bags to school and give them to their teachers. The closing date is Friday October 3rd. So please start collecting during the holidays and also encourage friends and extended family members to save their Wonder bread bags and give them to you so that you can send even more bags to school. CONGRATULATIONS To Miss Kucic’s Grade One class for all successfully completing the ‘Alpine Junior Ranges Program’.