The quote often attributed to the USA President, Teddy Roosevelt, “If you build it, they will come”, certainly rings true for the proposed Junior Secondary Precinct at CHAC, and the associated increased enrolment numbers currently being experienced by the College in Year 7. With the building nearing completion, the ability of CHAC to offer our future Year 7s a purpose-built facility with a variety of flexible learning spaces, has been, and will continue to be, a major drawcard for the College.

With the involvement of staff and students a key feature of the design phase, the College will soon have range of spaces that truly reflect an approach to teaching and learning that is student-focused and represents our pursuit of Next Practice. With a combination of writable glass walls, small and large break-out spaces and outdoor teaching areas, the new building will allow staff and students to collaborate in new and exciting ways and will continue to act as a major attraction for students who want to join the CHAC community in 2016 and beyond.

The addition of Year 7 to Secondary enabled the College to conduct a review of its Pastoral Care Programs. The decision to move these programs to the first part of the day ensured the College continued to enhance its reputation of a ‘community, as these sessions became integral parts of each students’ day.

At a Junior Secondary level, the Year 9 Junior Secondary Leaders’ did a fantastic job leading cohort Assemblies and worship services that occurred during these sessions. Overall, the addition of Year 7s to Secondary has ensured the curricular and co-curricular programs offered are well-rounded and has provided a sense of ‘wholeness’ to the Junior Secondary.

Highlights

Welcoming over 240 students into Secondary across both Years 7 and 8.
Years 7 and 8 Orientation Camp at Kindilan.
Outstanding academic achievements in Junior Secondary, highlighted by over 30 students in Year 7 receiving Academic Excellence Awards for Semester 1.
The leadership of the Junior Secondary Mentors, who organised numerous student events, including the inaugural ‘Shake-Off’ Competition and the Junior Secondary Dance.
Fundraising efforts of over $450 from the Junior Secondary Dance donated to Diakonos.
The continued excellent performances of our Junior Secondary students in external competitions such as ICAS Mathematics, Science and English, and the inclusion of The da Vinci’s Challenge and Opti-MINDS as part of this co-curricular offering.
Excellent NAPLAN results, again between 5 and 15% above State and National Averages.
A pilot missionary and service trip for Year 8 students to Outback Queensland.
The dedication of staff to develop cross-curricular tasks for our Junior Secondary students, particularly in English and Geography, and Life and Faith and Integrated Learning.
The finalisation of design, construction and fit-out of the Junior Secondary Precinct.

Mr Chris Nastrom-Smith
Director of Junior Secondary