Sunshine Coast Grammar School https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au Independent Grammar School - Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia Wed, 29 Jul 2020 00:28:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/scgs-favicon-300x300-32x32.png Sunshine Coast Grammar School https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au 32 32 The benefits of physical activity and exercise https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/the-benefits-of-physical-activity-and-exercise/ Wed, 29 Jul 2020 00:28:27 +0000 https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/?p=56190 In the last decade, children’s participation in physical activity and exercise has been in decline. In this digital age, children are using computers and mobile devices, not only for learning, but for relaxation and recreation purposes. This sedentary lifestyle is having a detrimental effect on today’s youth. The key is finding the balance. Research shows,…

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In the last decade, children’s participation in physical activity and exercise has been in decline. In this digital age, children are using computers and mobile devices, not only for learning, but for relaxation and recreation purposes. This sedentary lifestyle is having a detrimental effect on today’s youth. The key is finding the balance.

Research shows, that regular physical activity and exercise leads to changes in the brain. It improves cognitive function, elevates mood, enhances learning and improves academic outcomes. Playing sport helps kids develop fundamental movement skills impacting positively on their confidence, self-esteem and ability to develop social skills. Parents play an important role in helping children establish positive habits that will benefit their children in the long-term.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will discover practical advice relating to the benefits of regular physical activity and exercise, as well as tips on how to get their kids motivated and moving more.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to the Physical Activity & Exercise edition of SchoolTV
https://scgs.qld.schooltv.me/newsletter/physical-activity-exercise

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Green thumbs set to make a difference https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/green-thumbs-set-to-make-a-difference/ Wed, 29 Jul 2020 00:26:50 +0000 https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/?p=56194 We first discussed starting a Garden Club when it was Week 1 Term 2. Not many students were at school at this time and we wanted to do something to make a difference. We were sitting in the eating area, then we looked at the garden beds and wondered if we could turn that area…

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We first discussed starting a Garden Club when it was Week 1 Term 2. Not many students were at school at this time and we wanted to do something to make a difference.

We were sitting in the eating area, then we looked at the garden beds and wondered if we could turn that area into something special. We asked Mr Clegg if we could start a Garden Club and he gave us loads of help. At lunch that day we went to the library and looked for books and researched about gardening.

Then we made a list of all the things we needed and made some posters. As a team we started to weed the garden beds, added compost, and planted some flowers and other seedlings that our parents kindly bought for us. There was a worm farm container in the shed and we worked out how to put it together. Indi brought in worms and then we just did little projects around the garden.

The Garden Club made us all happy at this uncertain time and the flowers brightened everyone’s day.

Written by Lauren Mackle, Year 4

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Happiness and Gratitude https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/happiness-and-gratitude/ Wed, 29 Jul 2020 00:06:26 +0000 https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/?p=56187 Happiness is a term that captures a huge variety of positive emotions such as humour, serenity, optimism, joy, pride, inspiration, love and hope. Happiness means different things, to different people and is essential to your understanding of emotional literacy. Throughout history, philosophers, religious writers and poets have pondered on the meaning of happiness and how…

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Happiness is a term that captures a huge variety of positive emotions such as humour, serenity, optimism, joy, pride, inspiration, love and hope. Happiness means different things, to different people and is essential to your understanding of emotional literacy. Throughout history, philosophers, religious writers and poets have pondered on the meaning of happiness and how it might be achieved. In the last few decades, scientists and psychologists have researched this further by studying a field of science called positive psychology.

The result of this research suggests there is a strong correlation between gratitude and greater happiness. Practising gratitude helps you shift your focus to positive memories or experiences, noticing the good in your life. Over time, this will re-wire your brain to create new neural pathways, increase your state of happiness and overall wellbeing.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents and caregivers will learn how to achieve happiness and the benefits of practising gratitude.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to the Happiness & Gratitude edition of SchoolTV
https://scgs.qld.schooltv.me/newsletter/happiness-gratitude

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Grammar unveils new Science Centre https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/grammar-unveils-new-science-centre/ Fri, 24 Jul 2020 02:58:39 +0000 https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/?p=56179 Following an increased demand in STEM education and growing interest in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning areas, Sunshine Coast Grammar is excited to announce the opening of their new Science Centre. The much-anticipated building will add an additional three high-quality Science Laboratories and General Learning Spaces to their existing Science Precinct which boasts…

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Following an increased demand in STEM education and growing interest in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning areas, Sunshine Coast Grammar is excited to announce the opening of their new Science Centre.

The much-anticipated building will add an additional three high-quality Science Laboratories and General Learning Spaces to their existing Science Precinct which boasts a further 6 newly renovated, modern laboratories.

The new Centre was completed in time for students returning to the classroom in Term 2 and the addition of this building will allow every Science lesson to be held in a custom-built laboratory space.

Head of Science at Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Mr Chris Smith is delighted with the completion of the project and says that the contemporary build certainly has a university quality feel and finish.

The new labs feature increased floor space, LED lighting for a full length 4.8m whiteboard, interactive touch 84” LED screens that connect wirelessly to any device, increased gas sensors and safety features. The labs also include industry-standard safety features such as emergency showers and eyewashes. One of the new laboratories features large windows to make learning transparent and showcase Science teaching and learning at Grammar.

The additional labs and classrooms will allow for an expected increase in demand in Science-based learning as Grammar continues to builds on the School’s reputation and results.

Prior to the new construction, the School had renovated all six existing laboratories, on a rotational basis, so that all 9 laboratories are now effectively under 6 years old – this shows in the embedded technology (wireless projection, powered sound) and the industry-standard learning spaces.

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Volunteering has health benefits https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/volunteering-has-health-benefits/ Sun, 24 May 2020 02:32:38 +0000 https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/?p=55890 As National Volunteers Week celebrations draw to a close today, we chat with our School Psychologist Dr. Allana Canty about the direct health benefits for volunteers which can include reduced stress, balanced mood, improved resilience, and a sense of purpose. Research has demonstrated a strong correlation between volunteering and mental health.  These benefits are often…

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As National Volunteers Week celebrations draw to a close today, we chat with our School Psychologist Dr. Allana Canty about the direct health benefits for volunteers which can include reduced stress, balanced mood, improved resilience, and a sense of purpose.

Research has demonstrated a strong correlation between volunteering and mental health.  These benefits are often reciprocal between those in the position to give and those receiving support.

In recent years, Allana has been fortunate to be involved with a number of international volunteering programs, one of these projects is El Hongo, “The Mushroom”, a volunteer-run restaurant, where profits go directly towards sponsoring a community art program in the “real” Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

El Hongo volunteers work at the restaurant, clean and restore unpaved roads and damaged buildings, paint murals, provide emotional and wellbeing support to local families, and educate and inspire youth through skill development programs aimed at building their confidence and self-efficacy for employment in the future.

While Allana donned the hat of a chef, the overalls of a plumber, and the paintbrush of an artist, her predominant role was that of offering wellbeing support to disadvantaged youth. She swapped the Freudian style couch for a hammock with many youths, and swung in the breeze whilst chatting through various highs and lows that coloured their history.

“Providing wellbeing support to disadvantaged communities also has clear benefits for the receiver, who would otherwise not have access to mental health services,” said Allana.

What benefits do you receive from volunteering?

Volunteering within less fortunate communities is extraordinarily grounding and enriches my practice as a clinical psychologist. The lives I have been welcomed into, and privileged to be a part of, have nurtured by humility and compassion. Further to this, I cherish the reminder of the common threads in wellbeing that connect humans globally and the heart-warming satisfaction of seeing lives prosper with a little support and direction.

What qualities do you believe are important when volunteering?

Adaptability in your personal practice. Flexibility to social, community and environmental climates and cultures. Resilience, both emotionally and physically… all through which, empathy is my guide.

What is your favourite memory through volunteering?

I think about my paint footprints that trail down an unpathed road, next to mine, are those of an 11-year-old orphan. They tell the story of a walk during which I learned of unspeakable trauma, normalised in a community which his experiences were commonplace. I remember looking into eyes full of warmth, hope and playfulness, a reminder that support is cherished, and that your history doesn’t have to be a prophecy of your future.

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Volunteers share knowledge and skills https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/volunteers-share-knowledge-and-skills/ Fri, 22 May 2020 23:29:59 +0000 https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/?p=55876 “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” – Winston Churchill As part of National Volunteers Week it is vital to acknowledge that we can all play an important part in the community in which we live. Whether it be giving up our time to help…

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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” – Winston Churchill

As part of National Volunteers Week it is vital to acknowledge that we can all play an important part in the community in which we live. Whether it be giving up our time to help those in our neighbourhood, volunteering at our local sporting or surf club or simply lending at hand for a community group, we can all make an impact in the lives of others by sharing our knowledge and skills.

Volunteers contribute to creating a close-knit community with many networks developed and strengthened through the volunteering process.

We have many unsung heroes in our Grammar community who often go out of their way to contribute to their local community. Our Dean of Primary Years 3-6, Mr Craig Angel is a long-serving active member at the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club who believes that without volunteers many services would simply not exist.

What benefits do receive from volunteering in the community?

As a volunteer, I not only get satisfaction from the service we provide on the beach and in emergency situations, but also in the friendships that we develop as part of the surf lifesaving movement. My family and I have established many friendships as a result of our involvement in surf lifesaving.

What qualities do you believe are important when volunteering?

A commitment to serve the cause you are volunteering for to the best of your ability.

What is your favourite memory created through volunteering?

My favourite memory is looking across the beach and seeing my family and I contributing to such an iconic organisation and a cause we value so much as part of our lifestyle in Queensland.

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Volunteering fosters a sense of community https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/volunteering-fosters-a-sense-of-community/ Fri, 22 May 2020 00:51:53 +0000 https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/?p=55870 The sense of community at Grammar is undeniable and we are incredibly fortunate for the support of our parent body and volunteers who help cultivate this sense of belonging which truly sets us apart. From classroom helpers to class coordinators, canteen volunteers and sporting coaches our parents take pride in their involvement.  In support of…

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The sense of community at Grammar is undeniable and we are incredibly fortunate for the support of our parent body and volunteers who help cultivate this sense of belonging which truly sets us apart.

From classroom helpers to class coordinators, canteen volunteers and sporting coaches our parents take pride in their involvement.  In support of National Volunteers Week, we took a minute to ask one of our Grammar P&F members and busy mum of 3 boys, Krissy Stapleton, a few questions about her involvement across the School over the past 12 years.

Krissy has actively volunteered across a range of activities including helping with literacy lessons, being a Class Coordinator, putting her hand up to be a manager and coach for soccer teams, cooking for Grammar Helping Hands, helping with Year 9 Mock Job Interviews, and for the last two years, being an integral member of the Grammar P&F.

Why do you believe it is important to volunteer?

Volunteering allows an institution to offer a greater range of experiences, opportunities and resources.  In the school setting in particular, it allows such things as smaller and more individually targeted literacy lessons, greater communication between the school and parents, and a bigger opportunity for activities to be planned and implemented, such as stalls, fetes and parent gatherings.  This all helps with the building a sense of community.

What benefits do receive from volunteering in the community?

The benefits of being a volunteer for me are huge.  I have over the years been able to get to know and develop friendships with a large number of the parent base at school.  It has also given me an outlet away from the home, to keep my mind active.  It also gives me a great sense of pride and enjoyment that I can help out in some small way.

What qualities do you believe are important when volunteering and what lessons have you learnt?

Being open to try your hand at anything, and just give your best are probably the best qualities to have when being a volunteer.  My favourite thing about being a volunteer in a school setting is being able to watch the children around you grow up and become young adults.  The children I sat with in literacy lessons 11 years ago, still greet me today, and I find something very special in that.  The lesson I have learnt is that, with a few of us giving a little of our time and effort, big things can happen.

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National Volunteers Week https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/national-volunteers-week/ Thu, 21 May 2020 02:14:06 +0000 https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/?p=55857 “No one can help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” This week we celebrated National Volunteers Week and took the opportunity to acknowledge the generous contribution of all the Grammar volunteers in our community. This year’s Volunteers Week theme of “Changing Communities. Changing Lives.” was a great reminder for us to look inwards at what…

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“No one can help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

This week we celebrated National Volunteers Week and took the opportunity to acknowledge the generous contribution of all the Grammar volunteers in our community. This year’s Volunteers Week theme of “Changing Communities. Changing Lives.” was a great reminder for us to look inwards at what we can all do to make a change for the better in the lives of others.  We caught up with our Coordinator of Community Services at the School, Mr Ben Princehorn to chat with him about what it takes to be a volunteer and the benefits of being a part of something bigger than ourselves.

In recent years Sunshine Coast Grammar School has partnered with the Shack Community Centre where their motto is ‘A Part of the Solution’, which Mr Princehorn believes best sums up what is most important in volunteering.  “To see that you are a part of something bigger than yourself, a part of a team and ultimately a part of making a change for the better.  Volunteering is ultimately about service above self but it’s also about enjoying that experience and taking the opportunity to try something new.”

Apart from the tremendous work, Mr Princehorn does at the School with our Grammar Helping Hands program, he also volunteers as a patrolling member of the Met Caloundra Surf Club and assists with the junior program.  “It’s been a fantastic experience being involved with such a great organisation and to enjoy the volunteering experience with the rest of my family who are also actively involved.  I have also recently been involved in supporting a couple of local youth-based charities and offering support when and how I can. I think it’s important to recognise how privileged I am to live and work in a place like this and to lend a hand where possible – however, I can.” ,” said Mr Princehorn.

Our community depends so much on the value that volunteering adds and the Sunshine Coast would be a very different place without the support that is given from the many charities and volunteers that support those in need, our environment and the animals who call it home.

“For me the most amazing thing about volunteering in the local community has been the opportunity to meet what I would regard as being some of the most brilliant, humble and unsung heroes of our community – people who selflessly put themselves out there each day to make the world a better place for others is truly inspiring.  I have had the privilege of seeing people shaping their communities and making real change in some pretty diverse settings including Timor Leste.    We can all learn so much from these people,” said Mr Princehorn.

“It’s always a great day when I hear about our Grammar students taking on volunteering opportunities beyond the school.  It’s a reminder to me that above all else we help develop caring students at Grammar.  My own children have started their volunteering journey and have made great friends, have heaps of fun, and are making helping others a part of their lives too.  I think that volunteering is the one thing that connects us all regardless of our age or background.  There is something out there for everyone.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Connect with kindness https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/connect-with-kindness/ Tue, 12 May 2020 05:45:07 +0000 https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/?p=55760 Today our School Captains launched our 2020 Connect with Kindness campaign. As our students return to the campus, it can feel as though we are starting the school year again. In some ways we are. We are hitting the reset button and working with our students to give their best to be their best. This…

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Today our School Captains launched our 2020 Connect with Kindness campaign. As our students return to the campus, it can feel as though we are starting the school year again. In some ways we are. We are hitting the reset button and working with our students to give their best to be their best.

This will be apparent in how they turn up every day from presentation to attitude; these attitudes and thoughts translate into words and behaviours and actions. These are all a reflection of our values – what comes from our hearts.

We are coming together again but must remain apart. So how do we reconnect? We have seen the very best of humanity and regrettably the most challenging. What will set us apart as a connected community? Let us lead by example in all we are.

#grammarpride #connectwithkindness #covidkindness

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Celebrating Grammar Teachers https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/celebrating-grammar-teachers/ Fri, 08 May 2020 05:13:44 +0000 https://www.scgs.qld.edu.au/?p=55746 No one should teach who is not in love with teaching. Margaret E. Sangster Grammar teachers embody where passion meets purpose at every turn, and it has never been more apparent in 2020. The profession itself has been challenged to evolve and adapt and meet the needs of learners in ways no current teacher has…

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No one should teach who is not in love with teaching. Margaret E. Sangster

Grammar teachers embody where passion meets purpose at every turn, and it has never been more apparent in 2020. The profession itself has been challenged to evolve and adapt and meet the needs of learners in ways no current teacher has experienced in their career to date.

This work in 2020 is not for the faint-hearted. Every teacher has risen to the challenge, creating, collaborating with their peers and with the students, working conscientiously to bring to life in the remote learning environment as much as possible, the great teaching practices and strategies that are part and parcel of everyday Grammar teaching.

Our students are blessed to work alongside teachers who sincerely love teaching. They generously share practice and new learning with their colleagues so that all students can benefit. Teachers look out for one another, the students and Grammar families to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community. They contribute their gifts and passions beyond the classroom and they do this to ensure Grammar students are exposed to a range of opportunities and students can pursue their talents beyond the classroom. They take their work very seriously and celebrate student success proudly.

Today, we honour the work and collegiality of Grammar teachers. Everything they have asked of our students they are modelling in action. Resilience, courage, compassion, creativity, a can-do attitude and anchoring their beliefs in hope and optimism for good days ahead.

I thank each of my colleagues. Much has been asked of them and they got on with the task in a very new landscape. We have much to celebrate; staying connected with students and families, continuing learning and adapting every day, striving to improve teaching and learning for our students, modelling risk-taking, trial and error and acting on feedback. After all, it’s about the students and their needs.

Our students know their teachers love teaching and care deeply about student effort, achievement and success. Students connect with their teachers and form important relationships that enhance student health and wellbeing. As our students return and school life resumes the familiar, teachers will focus on connectedness to students so that each child feels safe, known, valued and cared for as the individual they are.

One of our key values is celebration. Today we pay tribute and celebrate each Grammar teacher I have the privilege to know and see their love of teaching in action.

“I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks and ever thanks.”  – William Shakespeare

Mrs Maria Woods
Principal

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