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2018 P&F Committee, Teenage Anxiety and Reminders

P&F Committee

On behalf of the College community, I would like to sincerely thank Brad Lindsay, David Tait and Tonny Hansen, who stepped down from the P&F Management Committee at the AGM on Monday 12 March. Brad, David and Tonny have given many years of hard work and enthusiastic support to the P&F. Brad fulfilled the role of Vice-President (2012 to 2015, and 2017), David as Treasurer (2014 and 2017) and Tonny as Vice-President (2011 and 2015). Their contributions to the College community will be greatly missed.

I congratulate and welcome the incoming committee and I am sure that they will continue to provide assistance to the College through both parental support and raising funds for various College activities. All parents are welcome to attend P & F meetings. The next meeting will be held in the Research Centre on Monday 23 April at 6pm.

The new committee comprises:

Office-Bearing Members

President

Vice-President 


Treasurer

Secretary

Jenni Dabelstein

Julie Odri
Shareen Forsingdal
Nathan Elmes

John Ryan

Pauline Wyatt
Carole Branton

General Members

Marie-Claire Payne
Clint Verhagen
Tracy Knight
Renae Malos
Bridget McLister
Briar Ballantyne
Bernadette Bennett
Emily Henry
Christine Heaton

It was decided at the AGM that due to the high level of interest from Primary parents, a Primary Sub-Committee should be formed. A meeting for interested parents will be called early in Term 2.

Inter-House Cross Country Carnival

The School Inter-House Cross Country Carnival will be held on Thursday 29 March. It is an important part of the school program as it fosters College and House spirit. The carnival is structured in such a way that every student is able to participate. Therefore, the College has an expectation that all students will attend on the day. Students are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Only those students who have their CHAC sports uniforms (PE shirts or House shirts and CHAC sports shorts) may wear them to school on the day.
  • Students who do not have their PE shirt, House shirt or CHAC sports shorts must come to school in normal school uniform and then change to compete.
  • No face/body paint can be worn under any circumstances.
  • All students must bring sunscreen, a hat, a water bottle and lunch to the marshalling area (the Canteen will not be open). The Environment Committee will run a sausage sizzle in the Wetlands area from 10.30am to 1.30pm. They will also sell drinks. The Canteen will be closed all day.

End of Term Reminders

A reminder to parents that the school term will finish at 3.10pm on Thursday 29 March.  The end of the school term is probably the best time to take stock of school hats. Homeroom teachers and Heads of House have been issuing slips to those students who have hats in need of attention over the holiday period. The College has arranged for hats to be cleaned and re-blocked over the holidays. For details, see the Uniform Shop news further on in this newsletter. It is also timely to remind students that only College bags or backpacks are to be brought to school and if needed, one should be purchased from the Uniform Shop.

I would like to take this opportunity once again to remind you of our policy regarding hair. Essentially haircuts should be conservative. Hair is to be kept neat and tidy at all times, and free of colour and hair products (as outlined in the Student Diary). Please ensure your child’s strict adherence to this policy.

Five steps to helping your anxious teen achieve their goals

Happiness and wellness speaker and writer Dr Jodi Richardson suggests that instead of waiting for anxiety to pass, the process of setting goals then setting out to achieve them will assist your anxious teen practise ‘goal directed action’. She sets out five steps that empower teenagers to choose behaviours that, despite their anxiety, will build in them the courage and confidence to live rich and meaningful lives. I refer you to her article which you can read by clicking here.

Alcohol Dangers for Teenagers

I also draw your attention to the following two articles: Parenting Tips on Binge Drinking; and Alcohol dangers in parent-organised, non-approved, non-official post-formal parties. Information can also be obtained from the Queensland Police Service website and the Drinkwise Australia website.

Dave Pavish
Assistant Principal