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A well-known television program – the Up Series – charted the life of a group of children every seven years since they were seven years old, ‘Seven Up’ being the first in the series. The latest instalment of this longitudinal study was aired in 2013, when the participants were aged 56.

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On a smaller scale, we asked the Year 4 students of 2012 what they would like to be when they grow up. Now, four years on, we have asked the same question of these students who are now in Junior Secondary, in Year 8. On the whole, career choices have changed, except for the stalwart and passionate devotees of certain pathways to their future. In a surprising twist for these students, we invited industry representatives to a photo shoot and to speak with the students about their potential career choices.

Read the full article in the 2016 Winter Edition of Pax et Bonum.

flipped1 It was back to school for me [Ed] as I settled into a classroom – a shiny, modern Biology laboratory to be exact – to experience a flipped classroom in action. All around me, Year 12 students sat down quietly, opened their laptops and began engaging with worksheets handed out by the teacher, Paul Jennison, for the day’s Biology lesson.

I say ‘lesson’ – the students had already watched a PowerPoint and/or video presentation on the material, as their homework. The students will explain why, in their own words.

‘Mr Jennison pre-records the lesson, which we watch at home. We then focus on worksheets in the classroom,’ said Freya Hansen. ‘It is a much more efficient use of time,’ said Amelia Cant. ‘Instead of taking up a lesson with presentations, we can get a better understanding of the topic in the classroom by “doing”, instead of just listening to the teacher. By listening to the PowerPoint at home, we have time to think through the concept and to focus on specific questions or aspects that we don’t understand.’

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Roger Miyumo (seen in the background of the images) likes the freedom aspect of flipped classrooms. ‘You can work at your own pace,’ he said. ‘You can learn in a style that is specific to you and that works best for you. I watch the video and can then research independently some of the key points raised. I prefer this style of learning and enjoy coming into a flipped classroom rather than one where the teacher speaks and we all sit listening. I find I can use the classroom time efficiently. I am actively learning so it is hard to not pay attention! I think this form is teaching is more beneficial for me.’

The full article appears in the Winter 2016 Edition of Pax et Bonum.

The Primary student leaders travelled into the City with Mrs Elizabeth Chaplain and Reverend Canon Sarah Leisemann to attend the annual service for students in South East Queensland, organised by the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee (ADCC). Our students represented the College proudly, with the Primary and Spiritual Leaders laying flowers at the Eternal Flame and getting to shake the hand of the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency, Hon Paul de Jersey AC. All our students paid their respects at the memorial and found the morning moving and inspiring.

The Secondary and Primary schools were led in their ANZAC Day remembrance by the College, Primary and Spiritual Leaders. The CHAC Concert Band provided a very stirring accompaniment to the Secondary service, while the wreaths created by the Primary students were both colourful and unique.

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Congratulations to Ben Fergus (Year 11) who won the Lord Mayor’s Young Environmental Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 – High School category 2: Water for our Future.

We were privileged to welcome the Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane, and the Hon Kate Jones MP, Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, who attended our Foundation Day to celebrate the 28th year of the College and to officially open, bless and dedicate the Primary Precinct and Junior Secondary Centre.

The Hon Kate Jones and Archbishop Aspinall joined the Principal, Robyn Bell, and the 20-year Service Award recipients (Alan McCullough and Carmel Mungavin), for the cutting of the celebratory Foundation Day cake. They were joined by College Captains (L to R) Joel Bulow, Aleisha McLaren, Ailish Hallinan and William Gunning. 

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