Dear Parents and Caregivers,
We also inducted our 2020 Student Leaders on Monday night. Our outgoing leaders presented badges to our incoming leaders. Congratulations to all.
2020 School Captains
Lilli Wyatt and Connor Hartley
Scarlett Kidd, Charlotte Dawson, Hamish Munro and Andy Williams
Senior Head Prefects
Maya Van Der Werff, Brooke Swindells, Erin Woods
Jaime Pryor, Brinn Little, Eliza Flowers
Brianna Mudie, Molly Keen, Shenaya French
Maddy Crossman, Sienna De Carli, Zoe Jenner
Middle Head Prefects
Sienna Todarello, Sam Walker, Asha Webb, Sean Lunney, Jayden Flood, Layla Ahern, Hannah Daley and Grace Hately
Senior Tuckshop Renovations
The Senior School Tuckshop renovations have started. For the remainder of 2019, we will be serving the senior students out of the middle school tuckshop through the Trade Training Centre. The senior students will have a separate serving point to the middle school students so as not to interupt the usual middle school student lines.
2020 Next Step surveyThe Queensland Government will conduct its annual statewide survey of Year 12 completers in 2020. The Next Step survey is a brief, confidential survey that gains a comprehensive picture of the employment, study and life choices made by Queensland school completers in the year after they finish Year 12.
Between March and June next year, our current Year 12 students will receive a letter from the Minister for Education or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office inviting you to complete the survey. To enable them to reach you, please ensure your contact details are correct in your learning account by logging into www.studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au
Further information on Next Step and results from previous surveys are available online at www.qld.gov.au/nextstep.
Chris Capra, Executive Principal
CRICOS Provider Name: The Queensland Department of Education trading as Education Queensland International (EQI) CRICOS Provider Number 00608A
All students need to be aware that all assessment must be completed and that students need to be eligible to achieve the Queensland Certificate of Education to attend the school graduation on 13 November. The last scheduled day of school for Year 12s is Friday 15 November.
On behalf of the school community I would like to wish all Year 12 students the best as they begin their post schooling adventures.
Release of year 12 results
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) will release student QCEs, OPs and Senior Statements through student learning accounts on the Student Connect website, https://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au, from 9:00am on Saturday 14 December 2019. QCS results will be released into student’s learning accounts on Wednesday 13 November.
Students must know their Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) and password to log in and check their results. Students will be able to access their results more quickly if they have previously activated their learning account. Students have been emailed and reminded on many occasions to log into this portal to check their account details but many have chosen not to do so.
Senior Education profiles will be mailed out by the QCAA from Monday 16 December.
OP ineligible students wishing to know their Rank need to contact the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC) directly on 1300 GO QTAC (1300 467 822) or http://www.qtac.edu.au; as these are not automatically sent out to students.
Year 12 school leavers seeking employment
A reminder to register with Ms Shreeve in Y block with your contact details and expressions of interest, this will be forwarded to The Department of Employment Small Business and Training which will broadcast students with relevant vacancies and opportunitites.
Other useful information and contact details for job seekers:
Employment websites to start searching for casual, part time and full time employment – you can set up job alerts. Remember to change your resume to match the words in the job ad’s.
Apprenticeship and Traineeship providers who have employment websites.
The providers below will also sign you into an apprenticeship and traineeship when employment is found.
Apprenticeship Support Australia - http://www.apprenticeshipsupport.com.au/Home
Busy at Work - https://www.busyatwork.com.au/support-jobseekers/jobs/
MREAL Ace Apprenticeships Centre - https://www.aasn.com.au/index.php/jobseekers/apply-for-an-apprentice-or-trainee-vacancy
Additional places to look for apprentices and traineeships – again contact them and ask to be on their job alert email lists.
- Group Training Organisations (GTO) are part of the apprenticeship and traineeship system. They are the legal employers and host the apprentices or trainees. The outcome for the apprentice or trainee is exactly the same as being employed by one employer. These organisations can also have job alerts to be sent to your email.
- Principal Employer Organisations have a similar role to Group Training Organisations (GTO) https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/employers/peo/register
Queensland Skills Gateway – http://skillsgateway.training.qld.gov.au/
Find a training course, check eligibility and training providers who are funded by Queensland State Government.
Use the I want to be tab to search for career and training pathways.
Year 10 and 11 Exams
Year 10 and 11 Shutdown Exams will commence in the week of 25 to 29 November. The shutdown timetable has been published on the school website. All students may have timetabled exams up to and including the last day.
The last day of school for year 10 and 11 students is Friday 29 November.
Student should by now be well aware that they must be in full school uniform to sit exams and that it is their responsibility to ensure they are present in the correct room with all necessary equipment at least 10 minutes before the exam commences.
A reminder that all drafts and assignments are due before 9:00am on the due date and that exams cannot be given early to students because of other commitments. The school assessment policy is also published on the same link above as shutdown exam timetables.
A reminder that in 2020 all Year 10 and 12 assessment will be scheduled for the last week of each term. Year 11s will have a different schedule for Term 1 and 2 however will also have exams in the last week of school in Terms 3 and 4.
School based traineeships available
Lots of exciting traineeship opportunities are still available in the Pathway Centre Y Block for Year 10’s in Term 4. Job boards are updated regularly with new positions. Students can collect a registration form and apply now.
A variety of traineeships are on offer with a focus on business, hospitality, retail and tourism.
Hospitality and Business Traineeships:
Hairhouse Warehouse Robina and Broadbeach
Robina Soccer Club – Business and Sport and Recreation
Intersport the Pines
The Pines News and Gifts
52 Espresso Nobbys Beach
Chempro Chemist Burleigh
Neighbourhood Espresso Currumbin Waters
Rebound Indoor Sport Centre
Coffee Club Burleigh – Thursdays
Ignite Education – Business
The Original Bakery - Tugun
Lakeview Café Burleigh
KFC Palm Beach
Guzmen Y Gomez Robina and Burleigh
Cowch Dessert Bar Broadbeach
Crust Pizza Coolangatta
Garden of Vegan Burleigh
Soul Origin Robina
Goldmark the Pines
Ambarella Fine Food Burleigh
The Fresh Bar – Broadbeach
Café Biaggi Burleigh
Paperbark Café Burleigh
Wendys the Pines
Bettys Burgers Broadbeach
Subway Stocklands and James St Burleigh
Coming Home Co. Robina
Zarraffas Tugun and Palm Beach
Lava Carts Robina
Screen Printing Apprenticeship, suit school leaver. PSI Screen Printing in Currumbin. Duties include manufacturing, screen printing, warehousing. See Ms Shreeve Y Block to apply or email resume to email@example.com
Reece Plumbing: Cert II Warehousing school based traineeship Year 10’s Mermaid Beach. Click here for information.
Cert III Business with sport and recreation focus – Miami City Venue Management Pool & Rebound Indoor Sports Centre.
Aspire Hair Burleigh looking for school based apprentice, bring resume to Y Block to apply.
The Collective Palm Beach – Taking expression of interest for casual staff, they hiring before the next school holiday period and are always looking for extra staff to help us with events and catering. See Ms Shreeve.
Indigenous Traineeships – Kmart stores – Various locations including Robina
NAB National Australia Bank, various locations
Fulltime Positions with Australia Post Bundall visit the link to apply https://auspost.com.au/jobs Roles will be indoor mail sorting with an opportunity to progress to outdoor delivery on an EDV (Electric Delivery Vehicle) or EAMB (Electric Australian Mail Bike)
School based vacancies links:
Ignite Education: https://www.ignite.edu.au/job-vacancies/
Aurora Training Institute please visit their vacancy page: http://www.aurora.edu.au/schools-program/
Prestige Training Services vacancies, Please visit this link for more opportunities https://pst.edu.au/school-based-traineeships
There are more opportunities on the job boards. Please come into Y Block to register.
Year 12’s looking for employment when they leave school, are encouraged to leave an expression of interest with Ms Shreeve. Employers often contact the school to fill positions.
Love your current job? Would you like to turn it into a traineeship? Come to the Pathway centre and let’s see if we can create a traineeship for you in your current role.
The Pathway Centre is open before school and first break to apply for any of the above positions
Sonia Shreeve - Industry Liaison Officer
We are very proud of our 400 Middle School students that have reached the 95% attendance target in 2019. The P&C support this and will be rewarding those students with an opportunity to win an Event Cinema Movie ticket for 2. We will draw the prize during our final Optima assembly in Week 8. Congratulations to all students and good luck for the final draw prize.
End of Year Program
The 2019 Middle School ‘End of Year Program’ will begin on Wednesday 4 December with a House Carnival and will continue an alternative educational program until Friday 13 December. We are very pleased that students will be involved in a variety of activities including Year 7 Camp, Year 8 Camp, Year 9 Work Experience and Musical rehearsals.
Our Murri Jarjum students in Term 3 are participating in the Deadly Choices new initiative “Good Quick Tukka’ program. Students spend two weeks obtaining their food safety certificate, before spending the next five Wednesday morning creating an assortment of healthy meals together. The breakfast fruit cup was enjoyed by all students.
Community Service Program
PBC is committed to fostering a balanced, yet dynamic curriculum within a friendly community where all members may achieve their potential. PBC students have a strong sense of personal responsibility; demonstrate initiative and commitment to our school and our community. Our Community Service Program aims to engage students in community service participation and encourage reflection to promote service learning.
Current opportunities for Middle School students to engage in community service include:
- Leo’s Club
- Extracurricular opportunities offer a number of community service activities such as Cooking for the Homeless, aged care visits, the prep reader program and mentoring programs
- Recreational sport such as unpaid refereeing or game official eg: water runner or timekeeper, canteen volunteer, coach/assistant coach and clinics, maintenance work of facilities or equipment and any volunteer work at a club or community event
- Volunteering Gold Coast offers hundreds of opportunities each week
Making your Hours Count
Students are asked to submit a participation form which details the activity they did, the date/s, hours completed and a contact person who can verify their participation. These forms are available from Middle School Student Reception or can be downloaded from the PBC website.
Completed forms should be returned to Middle School Student Reception. Students who do so by the end of term will have their hours count towards the next round of OPTIMA Awards.
Year 7 Optima
Congratulations to all the Year 7 students that received awards at out Term 4 Optima Assembly. What an outstanding group of students.
STEM Cup – The Ultimate Challenge
Seven weeks. Seven challenges. Two bonus points challenges. One awesome STEM Cup.
STEM Cup is an initiative ran by Griffith University. Over seven weekly challenges, teams from all over the Gold Coast and Brisbane battled it out to see who would make it to the top ten teams going to the grand final for their division.
South Gold Coast alone saw a total of 47 teams from the primary and secondary school division competing, with three of these teams being from PBC.
Over the seven competition weeks, we competed in challenges such as code breaking, game development using only PowerPoint, designing oil tankers with a limited budget, a trivia competition and much more in the science, technology, engineering and maths fields, every Tuesday afternoon.
Then there was the nerve-wracking wait until the scores were updated every Friday.
Our team the PhysKids (Jett Mance, Cameron Thompson, and myself, Layla Ahern) managed to secure second place overall, granting us entry to the grand finals at Griffith University.
The grand finals were crazy. Unfortunately, we didn’t place in the top three going to the super finals, but it was an awesome day. The first challenge was essentially a giant board game, where we had to work together to answer trivia questions to get to the end. The only catch? The person walking on the squares that made up the board- the game piece- wasn’t allowed to speak for the entire hour. They could only mime their thoughts! This was a real challenge, especially since I was the game piece!
The second and final challenge was an engineering challenge –our design brief was to create a roller coaster for a marble with four turns and a functioning loop for bonus points. The roller coaster was required to go for 10-15 seconds. Unfortunately, none of the ten teams met the time, but there were some really innovative designs.
Both of these challenges, and this entire experience, has been a blast. I would highly recommend STEM cup as a challenging and rewarding experience for all.
Layla Ahern, Year 8
Sports Awards Night 2019
Over 270 people attended PBC’s Sports Awards Night at The Currumbin RSL to celebrate the success of teams and individuals.
State championship teams in junior boys and girls AFL, Kayaking, Surf league and the U19 Boys MR Shield (Surfing) highlighted what has been a successful year in team sport.
Individually PBC students once again performed admirably across a wide range of sports. Overall The REDS celebrated seventy seven Queensland representatives with twenty five of these students going on to either medal at an Australian title or be selected in an Australian team.
Students also got the opportunity to hear from our guest speakers Ali Day and Tom Dearden about what it takes to succeed in the tough world of professional sport.
Finally congratulations to our four sportspeople of the year.
Junior Sportsman of the Year – Jed Walter (AFL)
Junior Sportswomen of the Year – Aspen Anderson (Triathlon, X Country, Surf league and Aquathlon)
Senior Sportswomen of the Year – Chaise Richardson (Kayaking)
Senior Sportsmen of the Year – Toby Sexton (Rugby League).
Neil Mackay – HOD of Sports Excellence
Vicki Wilson Shield - Netball
Congratulations to the PBCs Junior netball team who placed 3rd in the 2019 State Championships. Vicki Wilson Shield is the premier school netball competition, endorsed by Netball Queensland, and has the highest participation with both public and private schools, for girls in Years 7, 8 and 9, in QLD.
Year 7 Technology
In Semester 2 Year 7 students were tasked with making coaster stands from start to finish, planned and evaluated. They very much enjoyed the project and were proud of their coasters. Well done 7F.
Year 8 Food Technology
In Semester 2 students were given an opportunity to develop their food hygiene and safety skills. Students learnt to prepare and cook a range of dishes, including Fried Rice, San Choy Bow, Breakfast wraps, Pizza with a homemade base as well as range of other delicious dishes. The design task for Year 8 - Let's Celebrate, tasked the students with developing a themed party invitation and small novelty cake that would be suitable for a teenager. The Year 8 Food technology teachers along with the classroom aide Miss Hill worked with the students on developing their design ideas and concepts, bring them to life, as you can see the students made some very impressive cakes and invitations, possibly some future pastry chefs in the making.
Andrew Goodman, Year 8 Food Technology Coordinator
Congratulations to PBC's Sunny Bower, our level 9 rhythmic gymnast. Sunny competed in the following Queensland, National and International events this year with the following results:
OHK CUP JAPAN (March 2019) - 10th place individual apparatus routine
QLD CHALLENGE 1 (June 2019) - 1st place overall
QLD CHALLENGE 2 (JULY 2019) - 1st place overall
QLD CUP (AUGUST 2019) - 1st place overall
QLD STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS (AUGUST 2019) - 1st place overall
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CLUBS CARNIVAL (SEPTEMBER 2019) - 1st place overall, 3 gold and 1 silver medals
Sunny is also the face of the promotional video for the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre in Carrara: she also competed in this arena where she became national champion. https://youtu.be/NoCZzgVkFX0
Sunny is now nominated as Queensland's Levels Gymnast of the Year Award.
What an incredible year Sunny has had! Well done.
2019 Optima Yearbook
The 2019 Optima Yearbooks have arrived! This fantastic Yearbook is a wonderful and colourful magazine jam packed with loads of photos and articles from PBC students in all year levels during 2019. If you have pre-ordered your copy please ask your student to collect it from Student Services. If you havent pre-ordered and would like a copy they are available from Students Services for $30. Be quick, numbers are limited.
Gold Coast Junior Council 2019
Congratulations to Hamish Munro and Jaime Pryor for representing PBC with distinction at the Gold Coast Junior Council program this year. Both students displayed great leadership skills throughout the year and devoted significant amounts of time to activities that benefit and promote the youth of our community. Hamish was elected as a member of the executive committee for the year and Jaime was always on hand to assist the committee and be an enthusiastic volunteer at key GCJC events. Congratulations and thank-you for representing PBC with pride.
International Students Visit Cook Island
Recently a group of international students from PBC had the opportunity to visit Cook Island just of the coast at Tweed Heads. The students spent several hours snorkelling in the beautiful shallow waters off the island. They saw a whale and its calf resting in the protected waters, dolphins, a variety of marine life including
Palm Beach Currumbin SHS competed for the first time in the Middle School Ethics Olympiad held at The Southport School taking out third place. Over 80 students and 16 schools from the Gold Coast and Brisbane took part in the event. Students spent the day discussing ethics, the right course of action, in a variety of scenarios.
Bronze medal winners PBC Black: Kai Kelly, Logan Manuel-McGarry, Olive McCagh, Liam Locher and Luke Pache
PBC Gold: Fletcher Pettit, Jonathan Chi, Kake Matsushita, Max Barber and Joel Behenna
Year 7 Camp
Year 7s have the opportunity to enjoy an end of year camp at Midginbil Hill. The RSVP date has been extended. If your Year 7 student would like to attend camp please let Mr Cameron Williams, Year 7 Coordinator know and submit forms to Student Services. This is sure to be a wonderful experience for all the students.
Year 8 Camp
Year 8s also have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an end of year camp at Camp Warrawee. The RSVP date has been extended. If your Year 8 student would like to attend camp please let Mr Ryan Jesser, Year 8 Coordinator know and submit forms to Student Services. This is sure to be a fun experience for all the students.
Year 9 Celebration Dance
The PBC Year 9 Celebration Dance is a fun party for our Year 9 Students to top off a great year and mark the finish of their middle school years. There will be plenty of dancing and fun to be had while reminiscing the past three years. Get you tickets from Student Services and secure your spot today!
When: Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Where: The Waterside Room, Currumbin RSL
Tickets: $25 from Student Services
Note: This event is supervised by PBC staff and only for PBC Year 9 students only.
Container Deposit Scheme
Palm Beach Currumbin State High students have many eco-projects on the go and need your help to continue their great work. You can help by bringing along your recyclable containers to PBC on any Wednesday. Staff will be at the Oval entrance on Thrower Drive from 7-9am to take your containers off your hands. PBC will then send them on for recycling and all money raised goes 100% into funding our student-driven eco-projects.
Local businesses, residents, students and staff are all welcome to donate. Containers can be received in any sort of bag/box. We have free envirobags available for you to take to collect your next load of eligible containers in.
If you can't make it to the drop off you can also still donate your containers to PBC at your local container deposit centre by using the code #C10051453. Yearbook 2019!
Be there on Day 1, 2020
Attending every day of school is important to ensure students have the very best start in life and learning. Please phone, email or visit our school before Tuesday 28 January, 2020 to let us know if your child will not be at school on Day 1 of Term 1, 2020.
If your student is leaving PBC in Term 4 or not returning in 2020, please contactAdministration - 5525 9350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then provide Leaving forms by email or your student is welcome to collect them at Front Reception
Check out Gold Coast Trades College suite of apprenticeship pathways!
If you’re wanting to kickstart your career in any of these industries, check out their programs. Gain the knowledge and practical skills to help you get job ready. This is a great course for any school leavers!
GCTC Apprentice Bootcamps include:
+ Nationally accredited qualification
+ Employability skills training
+ Complimentary resume
+ Guidance in seeking work experience
+ Introduction to potential employers
Register your interest here https://bit.ly/2ZthXJZ
*Funding available from the Queensland Government through the Certificate 3 Guarantee program.
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Dates to Remember
|14 November||8:45am||Year 8 Assembly|
|15 November||8:45am||Year 7 Assembly|
|19 November||8:00am||Leo's Club|
|8:45am||Year 10 Assembly|
|6:30pm||P&C Meeting @ Trade Training Centre|
|20 November||5:00pm||VET Information Session @ Trade Training Centre|
|21 November||All day||Year 7 2020 Academic Excellence Experience Day|
|21 November||8:45am||Year 11 Assembly|
Click the links below to hear the latest from PBC’s Wellbeing Team.
Senior School Guidance Officer
The Senior School Guidance Officer's information is found on the website under Guidance Officer. You will find all the latest career, training, and future guidance inforamtion here.
Middle School Guidance Officer
To read the latest article from Ms Anna Willis regarding dealing with your teenager's anxiety click the pdf link below.
PBC Alliance Partner Spotlight
Inspire Physiotherapy - Student Focus
So how do we manage Osgood Schlatter's syndrome? The first thing we want to do is reduce symptoms. Some simple things to do are reduce the load on the tendon are modifying the activities that you do, this might mean taking a rest from aggravating activities or just doing less of them, icing when the knee is sore, taping the patellar tendon and anti-inflammatory medication can also help. Once the symptoms have reduced to a manageable level it's important to stretch out the tight structures around the knee such as the quadriceps, calf and hamstring muscles. These stretches need to be pain free and the intensity of the stretch gradually increased over time. And finally a structured strengthening program is important to build the resilience of the tendon and bone.
- Early diagnosis and treatment plan is essential
- Most patients can manage to continue with activity of choice
- Reduce symptoms by icing, taping, massage and anit-inflammatories
- Stretch and strengthen the surrounding muscles once symptoms are manageable
- Don't stress, it will get better!
For more information about Osgood Schlatter's syndrome click on the link below to read our blog. If you or someone in your family is suffering from knee pain feel free to book an appointment at www.inspirephysiocentre.com.au. We are currently doing a $50.00 special for all PBC staff, students and their families
PBC Alliance Business Directory – support our local businesses
If you are looking to support our local businesses and local community when looking for a product or service look no further than the PBC Alliance Business Directory. All the listings are supporters of our students and local so please support those that support PBC. https://www.pbc-alliance.com/business-directory.html
Would your business like to support our students? Become a Partner today
If you are interested in learning more about the PBC Alliance visit our website! www.pbc-alliance.com
We would like to give a huge shout out to our 2019 PBC Alliance Partners! The support of these amazing businesses, for our students, is hugely appreciated.
Please note the Uniform Shop is now CLOSED for the rest of the year, reopening Monday 20 January 2020 for extended trading as per the details below.
Cashier Window Operating Hours
Over the counter payments can only be accepted between 8:00am and 1:00pm on Monday to Friday. Alternatively, you can make payments via BPOINT from your invoice or statement or Direct Deposit.
For Internet banking please use the details below:
School’s Bank Account: PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN SHS General A/C
BSB Number: 064-404 CBA Branch Burleigh Heads
Account Number: 00090303
Reference/Details: Record both Student ID AND the reference Code to ensure your payment can be recorded correctly. (Reference Code = ITEM BEING PAID FOR e.g.: 2018 SRS8 or 2018 ACEX10)
Make payments the quick and easy way using BPOINT. Visit www.bpoint.com.au/payments/dete, follow the prompts or phone BPOINT on 1300 631 073.
Parents/caregivers experiencing financial difficulty can email ParentSupport ParentSupport@pbc-shs.eq.edu.au.
Payment plan options are available including Centrepay -a service to families whereby periodic payments can be made to the school or Direct Debit via credit card (monthly). Paperwork is available from the Student Services Office to activate either of these plans.
Parents – have you registered for QParents yet?
Are you using QParents to stay in contact with our school and to access information about your child’s schooling?
If you haven’t yet registered for QParents, register now.
You can provide your 100 points of identity documents for registration online through QParents, or in person at your school.
If you have limited identity documents, or experience difficulties registering, please contact your school for help.
QParents is a great way to stay informed about what’s happening in your child’s school life
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Bring a smile to kids in care this Christmas
Christmas can be a difficult time of year for children and young people who are living in care and can’t live with their own families.
You can help by donating gifts to the Queensland Government’s Kids in Care Gift Donation Drive and make sure every child in care has an extra Christmas gift under the tree. Help bring a smile to their faces.
Donate before 6 December at donation points across Queensland.
International opportunities for students
Applications are now open for our various 2020 International Opportunities programs.
There a life-changing opportunities for your child to experience new cultures, make new friends, discover new ways to learn and improve their language skills. Check out the hype reel to see what’s on offer. Refer to the Education website for various application closing dates.
Scholarships for aspiring teachers
Do you have an aspiring teacher in your family? Applications for the Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship and Aspiring Teacher Grants are now open, and close on 13 December.