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Principal's message

Author: Gary O'Brien
Author Role: Principal

A huge thank you to all who contributed to another very successful Open Day.

Around 1000 people passed through the College during the event, and the energy and passion of staff and students ensured visitors had the opportunity to observe the unique CHAC spirit in action.

The feedback from our guests was overwhelmingly positive, with staff and students being recognised for their warmth, connectedness and genuine love for the College. A special thanks to all those who contributed to the Homebake Morning Tea. The quality and variety of the tasty snacks provided contributed significantly to the success of the day.

To our Property Services, Catering and Support Services staff who contributed in the background, a huge thank you–your willingness to go the extra mile was greatly appreciated.

The past two weeks have seen our community spirit and service-focus clearly on show.

The Girls’ Education Committee hosted our International Women’s Day Breakfast, where current parent Kerstin Liebchen-Meades discussed her work with Zonta in supporting a school in India.

The Boys’ Education Committee hosted our annual Boys for Success Breakfast, where Peter Ellerton from the University of Queensland talked about his career and encouraged students to develop their critical thinking skills.

Our Cricketers, led by Mr Nicholas Medcalf and supported by his Year 12 Business students, have been proactively supporting the McGrath Foundation by raising funds and awareness of Breast Cancer and research. They raised $2671.80 for this very worthy charity.

Diakanos held their Shrove Tuesday pancake event and raised $550 for the Anglican Church Southern Queensland’s Archbishop’s Emergency Relief Appeal.

A huge thank you to everyone who has made these events such important features of our College calendar.


Finally, I would like to encourage all members of our community to attend our Enterprise Education Program’s inaugural CHAC Talk.  This exciting new guest lecture series aims to keep our students and the broader community abreast of cutting-edge developments in the world beyond the school gates. Our first speaker is renowned innovation expert Dr Baden U’ren, Director of Bond University’s Commercialisation Centre.

Dr U’Ren’s talk titled Success in a volatile world: what we can learn from entrepreneurs (intriguingly subtitled Arming Gen Z for the Future) will look at the so-called VUCA World of Tomorrow– volatile, unpredictable, complicated, ambiguous. Dr U’Ren will use his experience leading missions to Silicon Valley and Israel to highlight the characteristics, skills and tactics that will equip both individuals and organisations to prosper in the future. He will also shed light on the strategies used by the world’s most innovative firms, providing insight for business owners and future employees alike.