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Principal's Update

Author: Gary O'Brien
Author Role: Principal

Last week saw the College conduct its annual Grandparents' Morning in conjunction with our Primary Cross Country Carnival.  It is such a privilege for the College to host an event such as this, an opportunity for our students to share their educational experience with their, I suspect, much-loved grandparents. I would like to recognise the support of Mr Pavish and Mrs Chaplain in overseeing this event, Ms Hanson for her excellent organisation, Mr Govier and all the members of his Performance Music team who put together such a high quality and memorable program to entertain our grandparents, our Property Services Team, Mr Quinn, and to all members of our College community who contributed to the home-bake that provided all our guests with a very enjoyable morning tea. The level of collegiality, teamwork and problem solving on display was extremely high and contributed significantly to the success of the day. It was also a pleasure to attend this morning's Mother's Day Morning Tea. I congratulate Primary and the College's Catering Department for this wonderful event.

This week very much revolved around the production of the College’s Musical–We will Rock You. From actors, singers and dancers to musicians, make-up artists and stage and technical crews, approximately 110 of our students are involved in the production. An activity such as this provides opportunities for those with passions in this area to Pursue the Possibilities and develop many of those skills we talk about around teamwork, collaboration, problem-solving, critical and creative thinking that are seen as integral to a successful future. Having attended the opening night, I was blown away by the quality, enthusiasm and passion with which all students participated, not to mention those in the audience singing along with the performance. To Ms Mungavin and Ms Wallas, and all the staff and parents who have freely given of so much of their time to provide this opportunity, I thank you. It is these opportunities and experiences that certainly enhance the education we offer here at CHAC.


I would like to thank the members of our College community who have completed the Communications Survey. If you haven't yet completed it, the Survey is open until 19 May. This is an opportunity for our community to share their thoughts on CHAC's communication channels, platforms and publications. I encourage you to share your thoughts to help shape the College's future approach to communication. 

I would also like to recognise the efforts of Ms Berlin, our Head of Science, along with Ms Hine, one of our art teachers currently working with the QCAA on the new senior syllabus, for being accepted to present a paper at the 2019 STEAM/STEM Education Conference, which is being held in Hawaii during the first week of June. Their paper is titled “Blurring the Lines: Spotlight on Art and Science in a Subject called ‘Flight’”. The premise of the paper is around the importance of curriculum integration using inquiry learning as an approach and its positive effect on developing students’ resilience. The skills we talk so much about, such as collaboration, critical thinking, risk-taking and resilience have been highlighted in the paper, with the presentation being made to teachers, principals, teaching authorities and university lecturers from around the world. Flight is a cross-curricular subject introduced into the College three years ago with good numbers of students accepting the challenge to integrate their artistic flair and scientific curiosity into a project that lasts a full semester. I wish both Ms Berlin and Ms Hine all the best for their presentation, knowing they will be excellent ambassadors for our College.

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