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Springtime at CHAC

Springtime at CHAC

A day away from Spring – officially!

Unofficially, Spring has been in the air for quite some time - both the clear skies and sunny days as well as the energy and activity levels in the College. Let me share some examples over the past fortnight, and invite you to dip into more detail within this Newsletter.

Events and Activities

CHAC’s 30th Year Gala Ball – a superb, sophisticated evening when parents, staff and Year 12 guests let their hair down with all the glamour and dance moves only a Ball can bring –with high-energy encouragement from OZ Hornz. A fabulous night at Cloudland, CHAC – thank you for the wonderful celebration of our unique community in its milestone 30th year.

Last week, the Book Week Parade and the Fathers’ Day Breakfast, activities and stall kept the Primary School in high spirits – with creativity, collaboration and commitment in fine form. This week, the Year 11 Certificate 111 in Business students, aided by the Boys’ Education Committee, ran a very successful R U OK? BBQ Lunch – with a long queue of students patiently awaiting their Meal Deal in support of Mental Health awareness fundraising. Great job, young men of CHAC.

The general image gallery from the night is now available on our website. The gallery of Photo Wall images can be found here (private access only). If you'd like to purchase images, please email Elite Photographics.

Over recent weeks, our students have participated in a diverse range of competitions, with some terrific achievements added to the intrinsic value of the deep learning:

  • • World Scholars’ Cup Global Round in Melbourne – please read the great news enclosed
  • • Opti-Minds Regionals – with 3 of our 8 teams awarded Honours (2nd place) and 2 winning teams advancing to the State Final in Brisbane in October
  • • Spaghetti Bridge Building Competition at QUT during Science Week – with CHAC teams taking out first and second place and winning the Year 5-7 division
  • Izaak Taylor – 2nd place in the Bentley Art Prize
  • Ryan Warwick – 1st place in the Student Category of the Lord Mayor’s Photographic Competition
  • Hannah Hammill - race day is fast approaching for the World Championships in September. Hannah was selected into the 2018 Australian Age Group Sprint Distance Triathlon Team in the U19 Team. Hannah has now received her Australian uniform and the competitors list. She is certainly one of the youngest to compete and is currently training three times a day.

CHAC will be behind Hannah and her family all the way!

Year 12 – that time has arrived. It’s your turn for the Queensland Core Skills Test next week. You are well-prepared, by the very nature of your focus on your studies throughout your schooling. Additionally, your Exit Preparation Program has provided every opportunity for you to be test-wise. You have participated seriously in your trial tests – it simply remains for you to go into next week with your best attitude and effort, knowing too that you have the good wishes of the CHAC community going with you. Good luck and good learning!

This evening brings the annual P&F Association Trivia Night. This event has developed into one of the most fun evenings on the parent calendar – enjoy! Sincere thanks to the wonderful dedication of our P&F Management Committee and supporters – you have engendered an excellent spirit of volunteering that our students – your children – look up to with admiration and gratitude.

Projects Update

Following support from the Buildings and Grounds and Finance Committes, the College Council has approved the shade projects for Science & Enterprise, Primary Courts and Primary Kiss and Go. I am pleased to advise that good progress has been made in the design and seasonal shade modelling, with installation now scheduled for the forthcoming term break, so that the shade will be operational early in Term 4.

Traffic around the College

In parallel with the College’s internal review of the flow of traffic and related parking challenges, Brisbane City Council has reached out to us regarding the creation of School Traffic Management Plans. This is an initiative that BCC is rolling out progressively to schools within Brisbane. We have now received a draft version of the plan from Council which includes a number of initiatives they have committed to review and implement. These initiatives nicely dovetail into the draft report received from our traffic consultants.

I continue to appeal to parents and visitors to maintain full vigilance on safety as you drive and park in the precincts of the College, including for Saturday sport and other College events. Our students’ safety must be the primary objective at all times. Thank you for your efforts in this regard and for your respect for our neighbours’ safety.

CHAC Spirit

As we approach the last few weeks of term, I am uplifted by the consistent demonstration and acknowledgement of the CHAC spirit. In leadership interviews, in acts of daily kindness, it is evident that the unique sense of community connection and kindness is deeply valued by our students.

In the midst of so many opportunities and so many achievements where different lights can shine - it is important to recognise that the core values of our humanity lie in our outreach to others with a helping hand and encouraging word.

It is in that spirit, that while we may delight in the beauty of Spring in our part of the world, our thoughts and prayers and practical assistance are focused on our rural communities suffering through the devastations of prolonged drought.

May God bless.

Robyn Bell