Blog Post: Term 4, Week 9, 2018
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”
As 2018 draws to a close we have much for which we are thankful. There have been many wonderful celebrations in the last two weeks. The Awards ceremonies for the Junior School and the Senior School have been testimony to a job well done. I was very pleased with our Carols event held onsite and I wish to thank the many people who contributed to its success.
We are saying farewell to a number of staff who are either leaving to begin their retirement, or are moving to another school to continue their career. Firstly, I wish to acknowledge the long-term service of Mr Grahame Bertram (21 years) and Mrs Nerylee Deans (18 years) both of whom have given dedicated service to our students over such a long period. Then there are those who are going to new and exciting opportunities, Mr Stephen Babbage, our Deputy Principal (4 years) as Principal of Trinity College, Gladstone, QLD and Mr Geoff Chesher, our Year 4 teacher (5 years) to Hackbridge Primary School in the UK. Mrs Gabbi Gerritsen will return to her position at ICS after completing a sterling job as Director of Curriculum, Head of Science & TAS and teacher of Maths and Science, here at Calderwood. We thank her for taking this year out to support CCS and wish her well for 2019. Mrs Anna Dombkins will be taking on an increased role at ICS next year. We thank her for assisting CCS in her capacity as a temporary counsellor at the school for the past 6 months. I also want to acknowledge and thank Mr Phil Pratt, who at very short notice agreed to come out of retirement to teach Physics in 2018. Mrs Bell is taking 6 months maternity leave and we wish her well for the impending birth of her second child. We thank Miss Valerie O’Regan, who has been our social media officer in 2018, setting up and running the various mediums. Valerie will be concentrating on her position at Oak Flats Anglican. In 2019, we are expanding the social media role for CCS. Finally, I would like to wish Mr Jonathon Nicholls a refreshing Long Service Leave for Term 1 in 2019. He will return in Term 2 resuming his role as Director of Pastoral Care. I am confident that we have put together a very exciting team to take our school forward in 2019.
The 2018 results are pleasing with students having performed to their potential allowing majority to pursue careers of their choosing. ATARs are not yet available to students. Schools are not provided this information as it is considered private. However, based on reasonably accurate estimates through the online calculators for each student, I believe our students have done well and should be pleased with their results. The students at the school received six Band 6 and sixteen Band 5 results. These represent 8% and 21%, respectively, of the awarded bands and demonstrates that we are making good progress in lifting standards at CCS. Congratulations to the six students who received Band 6 results, two of whom are Year 11 students.
Finally, for this year I wish you all God’s richest blessings and pray that you will have a holy and wonderful Christmas and an exciting New Year.We look forward to working with you and nurturing your children in 2019.