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This week has seen our Year 6 classes on tour in Canberra. All reports have been that the students had a great time discovering the sights and sounds of Canberra and heading away for a day in the snow. A special thanks to Mrs Chaplin, Rev Sarah, Mr Laisby, Ms Monaghan, Mr de Ruyter and Mr Williams who have led and accompanied this tour. I know this tour provides a series of memories that remain with our students well beyond Primary, so I particularly thank our staff for giving so willingly of their time to enable this experience.

This week also saw the talents of our Arts students on display in the Breathless event. The quality of the Art, Drama and Music, across all year levels in Secondary, was indeed breathtaking. The exceptional standards were a fitting credit to the staff and students who so obviously value the experiences available through our Arts program. The collaboration, creativity and innovation on display was an excellent reminder of the value that a quality Arts program can bring to an holistic education. To Ms Mungavin and all members of the Arts Faculty, a huge thank you for the effort that went into creating a memorable evening for all who attended.

Congratulations to Jasmin Somers (Year 12), who was recognised with a Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education. This is an extremely prestigious award; Jasmin was one of only 12 students recognised from an elite pool of over 110 applications. This is an outstanding performance and wonderful recognition of the opportunities afforded our students through Science education in the classroom and through the Exceptional Scientists’ Program. Thank you to Ms Ellyett for the work she did in guiding Jasmin through the rigorous application process for this award.

Last weekend saw our students compete in the Queensland RoboCup Junior Australia Competition. CHAC entered two teams in each of the soccer and maze rescue competitions. One of our soccer teams made the finals round, while one of our maze rescue teams placed fourth. I know these students enjoy the challenge of this competition and appreciate the wonderful support and guidance provided by Ms Grigg. A special thank you to Mr Burke who gave up his Saturday to supervise our teams at the University of Queensland.

And this is just a quick snapshot of the range and level of engagement evident daily in the life of our College. It does not include Science Week, Stampede and 40-hour famine events, nor our World Scholars' Cup teams which have headed to Melbourne for the International round. Just another busy week in the life of CHAC!

Gary O'Brien
Deputy Principal