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- Senior Secondary Update
- Pathways Centre News
- Junior Secondary Update
- Humanities News
- Drama Excellence News
- Soccer Excellence U15s News
- News from the Wellbeing Team
- Student Achievements
- General News
- Uniform Shop Update
- Administration News
- Community Notices
- PBC Alliance News
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
We wish the Year 12 students all the best for next year and a reminder that if everything doesn’t go to plan, we will be here to assist through the new Link and Launch program that we are offering Year 12 graduates in 2021.
From the commencement of school in 2021, all Year 7 to 9 students will not be allowed to use their mobile phones from the time that they arrive at school until the time that they leave. With all Year 7 to 9 students in 2021 having their own laptop for learning, there is no longer a requirement for phones to be used in class for learning purposes or in the playground. If students are required to check their phone through the school day for messages from home/work, they will be able to do so during a lunch break only, and in a designated office area only.
CRICOS Provider Name: The Queensland Department of Education trading as Education Queensland International (EQI) CRICOS Provider Number 00608A
Farewell our Class of 2020
Last week we were privileged to farewell our graduating Class of 2020 at the Year 12 Graduation Ceremony and Formal Dinner. In what has been a year that no-one could have expected, this cohort has proven themselves determined, passionate and resilient. A huge thankyou to the families of our Year 12’s for their attendance on what was still a COVID-impacted event, as well as a huge online community enjoying the live-stream of the arrivals and ceremony from afar. A hearty congratulations must be reserved for the Year 12 Year Coordinator, Ms Amanda Stewart and Dean of Students, Mr Brad Dixon for their guidance, mentorship and leadership over the past 3 years with this cohort of gifted and vibrant individuals, as well as every teacher who has strengthened the learning and lives of this group.
To the graduating Class of 2020, congratulations, good luck and thank you for always upholding the values of our school and community in all that you have done. You’ve left a wonderful legacy on our school. We look forward to welcoming you to our alumni community and our Reds family.
Release of Year 12 results
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) will release student QCEs and Senior Statements and Statements of Results through the Student Portal on the myQCE website https://myqce.qcaa.qld.edu.au/index.html from 9:00am on Saturday 19 December 2020. Students must know their Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) and password to log in and check their results. Students have been emailed and reminded on many occasions to log into this portal to check their account details but some have chosen not to do so.
Students will be able to download hard copies of their qualifications directly from the Student Portal on the myQCE website. They will not be sent hard copies from the QCAA though they will be able to request hard copies in the Student Portal.
Please note that as Year 12 results and Levels of Achievement are calculated by the QCAA, Year 12 students will not receive an Exit Statement or Report from PBC; they will only receive published results from the QCAA via the Student Portal.
Year 10 and 11 Exams
Year 10 and 11 shutdown exams commenced on Monday 23 November and will continue until Friday 27 November. The shutdown timetable is published on the school website (https://pbc-shs.eq.edu.au/curriculum/testing-and-assessment. The last day of school for Year 10 and 11 students is Friday 27 November.
Year 10 reports will be finalised and emailed home from Wednesday 9 December.
Note that some Year 11 subjects e.g. Maths do not complete their first Unit 3 assessment item until early in 2021. Year 11 Unit 3 interim reporting will not be finalised until early in Term 1 2021; hence Year 11 students will not receive a report at the end of this academic year.
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.
Please note that in the new QCE students cannot be exempted from assessment in Unit 3 and 4 (Year 12) due to medical conditions/family circumstances.
Students must complete all assessment in Unit 3 and 4 to attain credit for the QCE. Students that miss assessment due to extenuating circumstances will have to provide documentation to apply for extensions/change of date for assessment. The school may then negotiate a more suitable time for assessment that meets QCAA deadlines. This may mean the student completes alternate assessment at the end of the year or early in 2021.
Students that have a long-standing medical condition that affects them completing certain modes of assessment should by now have applied for an Access Arrangement and Reasonable Adjustment by the QCAA with the school Guidance Officer Mr Jones.
A reminder that in 2021 all Year 10 and 12 assessment will be scheduled for the last week of each term. Year 11’s 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.
Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
ATARs are calculated by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). All ATAR eligible students should have registered with QTAC (https://www.qtac.edu.au/atar/ ) to ensure that they receive their ATAR on 19 December.
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 opportunities.
School based traineeships available
New exciting traineeship opportunities are available in the Pathways Centre Y Block for year 10’s ready to start for the Christmas holidays. Job boards will be updated regularly with new positions. Students can collect a registration form and apply now. Year 9’s are also encourage to start applying for traineeships this term, some employers will consider Year 9’s in readiness for traineeships to begin over the Christmas holidays. Get paid while gaining a qualification when doing a school based traineeship and earn up to 8 QCE points!! A variety of traineeships are on offer with a focus on business, hospitality, retail and tourism.
Village Roadshow School Based Traineeships: Working at Seaworld & Movieworld. Applications close 24 November www.themeparks.com.au/recruitment start working in the Christmas holidays.
Hospitality and Business Traineeships:
Sean Scott Galley and Boutique Burleigh Heads
Ground Café Coolangatta
Grind Me Coffee Miami
Bo’Teku Tapas Bar Coolangatta
The Pantry – Burleigh
Tugun Fruit and Flowers
Portside Coffee - Currumbin
Amberella Fine Foods Burleigh
Robina City Soccer Club
Lakeview Espresso Burleigh
Burleigh Heads Surf Club
Mermaid Beach SLSC
COWCH dessert and cocktail bar Pacific Fair
Gold Coast Wake Park - Oxenford
KFC – Palm Beach, Mermaid Beach & Robina
Plantation House Café West Burleigh - Tuesdays
Coming Home Co Robina Kitchens
Paddock Bakery Burleigh
The Parkway Café Robina
Soul Origin Robina
Active Earth Nut and Seeds – Burleigh
The Pines News and Gifts Elanora
Garden of Vegan Burleigh hospitality and cookery focused
Grind Me Coffee Miami
City Beach Robina & Surfers Paradise
Love Italy – Surfers Paradise
The Original Bakery Tugun
Guzmen Y Gomez Burleigh
Cert 3 Early Childhood – Little Scholars Burleigh and other local centres.
Cert 3 Hairdressing – Local Salons in Coolangatta to Broadbeach.
City Venue Management Head office Miami: Trainees will undertake a range of tasks and make their way through departments including administration, HR, finance, marketing, training, and operations. They will assist in working across multiple brands including, but not limited to, CVM Academy, City Venue Management, City Aquatics, and Health Clubs, Rackley Swimming, Silk Laundry, Base Active, City Sport, and Halogen Pools. https://form.jotform.co/traineeships/cvm-school-based-traineeships-certi
Reece Plumbing – Nerang and Oxenford: Two new vacancies, one at Reece Irrigation & Pools Gold Coast (Oxenford) and the other at Reece Civil Nerang. This school based traineeship position is open to current Year 10 students to partake in a Certificate II in Warehousing Operations and requires the successful student to work one school day per week along with the Saturday morning. Students are able to apply via the links below.
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://prestigestaffingsolutions.org.au/job-board/
School Leavers should check the following links for fulltime employment opportunities:
School Leaver Opportunity
Commercial Cookery opportunities: Palm Beach Surf Club, Burleigh Bears Rugby Club
Village Roadshow: Seaworld, Movieworld and Wet’n’Wild are looking for casuals for the summer holidays. Apply via their link: http://careers.villageroadshow.com.au
Year 12’s are invited to leave their details with the Pathway Centre, when potential employers are looking for staff at the end of the year, students will receive this information in text/emails. There are more opportunities on the job boards. Please come into Y Block to register. 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.
Congratulations to Gabrielle Avery who completed her traineeship Cert 3 Hospitality with Coolangatta Surf Club and Olive McCagh who completed a Cert 3 Business traineeship with Brumby’s Bakery the Pines.
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With less than three weeks to go we still have much to achieve to close out 2020 and be ready to begin the new school year. We have finalised reviews of our key programs and are now entering a consultation phase with staff on any changes for next year.
The final two weeks of school will see students finalise their assessment and gain feedback by the end of Week 9. Week 10 begins with Transition Day for incoming Year 7’s and all others will participate in an alternate program starting on this same day. There will be no normal classes in this week with current teachers; however students will work on curriculum related activities with PBC CARE teachers. Our school values collaborative professional learning and this model of staffing our last week enables this to occur. This model allows us to release our Junior Secondary teachers to prepare and plan for 2021 in teams. Absences will be tracked as normal with rolls marked each day the usual sms message for absent students will be sent. Students will need to come in school uniform and should bring lunch as although the canteen will be open it will have reduced stock being the last days.
At this time of the year, both parents and teachers can notice young people becoming tired and losing focus. We have been stressing the very small number of school days left this year, and the importance of finishing with the best possible outcomes. Attendance every day is crucial for maximising student learning and performance. Final assemblies in Week 9 will have special significance for the Year 9 students we will mark their transition to senior secondary with a special assembly awards, entertainment and a bbq.
On Monday 7 December, we will welcome close to 400 future Year 7s to PBC.
Now is the time of year for students to dig out the textbooks and novels they are no longer using in the classroom, and return them to The Book Room in B Block. Any texts required through the exam period can be returned after the tests are completed. Please encourage students to search through their bedrooms and lockers for textbooks. Returning all books now means that students will be able to hire next year’s texts in a timely manner at the start of 2021, and they will have no bill issued for missing texts!
In these final weeks, students should be cleaning out their lockers in preparation for the end of the year. Bringing home those items not used daily can save students having to transport too many things home in one trip. All lockers must be cleaned out by Friday 27 November. Lockers will be available again at the start of the school year, at which time students may go to Student Services and have a locker allocated to them. We do welcome any communication from parent/caregivers. If you do have a concern please email email@example.com.
Optima team news
The Week 7 year level assemblies began with musical entertainment provided by the very talented Music Excellence students. The Year 11 Music Excellence students performed at the Year 7 assembly and both Ilai Commerford and Reuben Mills Year 8 provided an outstanding performance for their own year level.
To recognise Term 4 student achievement each year level assembly identified students from the ‘Spinning Wheel’. Congratulations to our recipients!
Optima Awards – Sari Bretagne, Madison Crabtree, Zaria James, Jayden Locher
100% attendance - Jamey Bennedick, Chelsea Crossan, Annabelle Harvey, Maria Hlawatsch, Ebony Larman, Jackson Lawry, Bradley Munro
100% attendance - Uyiosa Usadolo, Kaden Robinson, Jaemon Turner, Alex Mitchell
92% attendance - Brock Tighe, Brianna Barrett, Danielle Mullen, Erin Gilltrap, Tahli Barends
100% Excellent Effort & Behaviour - Piper Blair, Paige Casley, Hamish McKenzie, Thomas Peachey, Emma Suttle
Today in Humanities two Year 7 classes combined to showcase a museum of what we learnt in the Term 4 Humanities unit. We all worked together to each create an Artefact, poster or PowerPoint. These were used to complement our speeches on our Ancient Egypt topics. We had special guest visitors including Mrs Wise, Mrs Cardinal, Mrs Langton, Mr Apanui and Mr Fitter. Overall, everyone tried their best and had a great time. Best of all we learnt a lot about Ancient Egypt!
Written by Minka and Azenna
Congratulations to the Year 11 Drama Excellence class on their successful production of PBC 'Scene Sessions'. This student lead production saw our Drama Excellence students work to bring snippets of contemporary Australian theatre to the stage. The scenes explored love, life and what it means to find connection within this complex and diverse country! A special thank you to Michael Lotscher for volunteering his expertise in lighting and sound, and a huge thank you to the audience who came along to celebrate this year's last performance from our talented Drama Excellence students.
Bravo and I cannot wait to see you all next year for even more theatrical works!
A huge congratulations to PBC’s Soccer Boys for winning the Schools Premier League U/15 Cup. After being down 1-0 at half time the Reds stormed home to defeat Corinda 4-1 and win their second title of 2020 after also winning the Open Boys division.
Click the links below to read the latest from PBC’s Wellbeing Team.
Senior Secondary Guidance Officer
Read the attached article for the latest information targeted to senior students of careers and pathway information.
Junior Secondary Guidance Officer
Attached is the latest article from our Junior Secondary Guidance Officer Anna Willis.
We encourage parents/caregivers to email your student’s excellent recent achievements to us. These achievements can be in The Arts, sporting, academic or community service. We would love to hear from you! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your student’s achievement and include at least one photo, and/or any links to media articles that we can share via our Parent Newsletter, internal communications and social media.
Years 9/10 Awards Night
The Year 9 and 10 Awards Night was held on 11 November 2020.
Congratulations to the following Award recipients:
2020 Highest Academic Achiever Year 9 - Alana Edwards
2020 Highest Academic Achiever Year 10 - Sesalela Ryan-Ova
PBC Lions Citizenship Award - Michelle Wykes
PBC Lioness Club Bursary - Ethan Campbell
Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership Award - Isabella Edge
Australian Defence Force Long Tan Future Innovators Award - Jed Clancy
Creative Arts Excellence
Service and Committment to the Arts
Lilly Millett - Visual Arts
Kate Mitchell - Drama
Leilani Nield - Dance
Isaac Whittle - Music
Most Outstanding in the Arts
Ky Follent - Instrumental Musician
Juliet Gjone - Musician
Ashlee Haase - Dramatist
Joseph Hayward - Dancer/Choreographer
Erin Holt - Visual Arts Product
Imogen Stewart - Dancer/Choreographer
Dylan Tapfer - Film Maker
Shona Coxsedge - Squash
Indianna Dally Watkins - Track
Kyan Falvey - Surfing
Ethan Gray - Track
Olivia Hooper - Track
Dakota Newson - Netball
Tom Whitpaine - Surfing
Matthew Boyle - Surfing
Sarah Hardwick - Kayak
Ava Lund - Kayak
Ty Richardson - Surfing
Hugh Munro - Surf League/Kayak
Junior Sportsperson of the Year
Year 9 Outstanding Academic Achievement
Layla Ahern, Jade Bayley, Nelson Beikoff-Smart, Benjamin Burgess, Kianna Cox, Hannah Daley, Alana Edwards, Grace Hately, Sean Lunney, Jett Mance, Jezebel Ratcliffe, Claudia Thorne, William Todd, Kailana Warren, Bella Withington.
Year 10 Subject Awards
Tyrell Appo - Essential English
Max Barber - Literature and Science Extension
Viva-Grace Barnes - Legal Studies
Zane Beutel - Marine Science
Ava Edmonds - General Mathematics
Gemma Edwards - Health & Psychology
Nathan Farrell - Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics
Rohan Frawley - Music Excellence
Juliet Gjone - Music
Ashlee Haase - Drama and Drama Excellence
Joseph Hayward - Dance
Stella Hughes - Philosophy & Reason
Jake Johnstone - Drama
Liam Locher - Business Studies and Digital Technology
Jake Matsushita - Legal Studies
Rito Matsuzaka - Japanese
Molly McLennan - Health & Physical Education
Lilly Millett - Art and Engineering & Design and Visual Arts Excellence
Kate Mitchell - Drama
Jade-Lee Muller - English
Lana O’Neill - Legal Studies
Piper Phelan - Technology Food
Claire Seaton - Industrial Technology Studies
Brydie Stegeman - Dance Excellence
Lily Suttle - Drama Excellence
Nell Thomas - Essential Mathematics
Hayden Topping - History
Calen Verrall - Geography
Natalia Zambelli - Science and Spanish
Jessica Zanchetta Economics
2020 Outgoing Junior Secondary Leaders
Layla Ahern, Hannah Daley, Jayden Flood, Grace Hately, Sean Lunney, Amanda Oliveira-Fiamenghi, Sam Walker, Asha Webb
Friday Flood of Positivity
Here’s what the kids said this week:
Mr Johnstone - Great Coaching
Ms Willetts - Nice, kind, caring and helpful
Ms Hyatt - Care, really nice
Ms Farrell - Help explaining math concepts
Ms Thomas - Supportive
Mrs Murdoch - ‘Noticing the little things I do’
Ms Hyatt - Bubbly
Ms Schatz - Variations to routine to make learning fun and engaging
Mr Hage - Care, involved and engaged ‘gets me doing stuff’
Ms Jones - ‘She’s a legend’ has helped me to pass maths
Ms Carney - Made transition easy
Ms McGuire - Relaxed
Mr Lane - ‘A lad’ always helping with work
Mr Jeffrey - Always helping to get work done
Mr Byron - Always explains and helps me understand class work
Mr Buchanan - Encouragement to achieve better mark
Ms Maher - Provided positive incentives for teamwork and cleaning
Ms McGlynn - Drama Ex picture frames
Mr Jesser - Helped with maths
Mr Peters - Great exam prep
Ms Bell - Always helpful and positive
Mr A Brown - ‘For being a legend’ great basketball sessions X2
Mr Mackay - Great energy and great to be around
Mr C Brown - Great care
If your student is NOT RETURNING to PBC in 2021, please complete and the attached leaving form. You will also need to:-
- Return all PBC Textbooks /novels/borrowed items
- Provide the name of destination school
- If your student will be working/apprenticed, you will need to provide a letter from the employer confirming student is working 25 + hours per week
- Forms can be emailed to email@example.com
- Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Main Reception
Spark their Future — Finding their Spark
You can assist your teen find their spark to help build their confidence and get more out of school. Hobbies can allow your teen to develop their sense of self and find their passion. Being engaged in something they enjoy can help them persevere and find meaning in learning. Watch parenting expert Maggie Dent discuss the importance of teens finding something they’re good at to help them grow their spark and build their confidence at the Spark their Future website.
Help kids cope with summer storms, floods and fires
It’s been a big year for dramatic news, and some children may feel anxious as summer storm and cyclone season approaches. The Triple P — Positive Parenting Program can help you support children’s coping skills and resilience, and free Triple P is available statewide thanks to the Queensland Government. For more information, visit the Triple P website.
Know the 4T early signs of type 1 diabetes
World Diabetes Day was a reminder to us all that diabetes can affect children too. If your child is showing the 4T early signs — going to the toilet often, is constantly thirsty, is more tired than usual or is looking thinner — they may have diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a serious condition where your child’s body no longer produces insulin, an important hormone that helps turn glucose (sugar) into energy for their body. Knowing the 4T early signs and having your child tested can avoid serious complications.
Stay in touch!
Social Media is a great way to keep in touch with PBC. If you use Instagram be sure to follow us @pbcshs and on Facebook you can follow us @PalmBeachCurrumbinStateHigh or @PBCAlliance. We regularly post helpful information for our students, parents, and community as well as many amazing achievements of our students.
Dates to Remember
23 November - Shutdown for Year 10 and Year 11 Exams
23 November - Senior Music Excellence Showcase
25 November - Year 7/8 Annual Awards Night
27 November - Last day of school for Year 10 and 11 students for 2020
7 December - Year 7, 2021 Transition Day
9 December - Last day of school for Years 7-9 for 2020
18 January - PBC Main Reception/Admin reopens for 2021
18 January - PBC Uniform Shop starts extended trading for 2021
27 January - First Day of school for 2021 - Years 7, 11 and 12
28 January - First Day of School for 2021 - Years 8, 9 and 10
Trading Times during Term times: Monday to Thursday: 8:00am – 12:15pm
2021 Sport Excellence & CAX Uniform Orders: Second orders for SPEX & CAX uniforms have opened. Samples are available to try on at the Uniform Shop. Payments can now be made at the Uniform Shop. These orders will be placed term one, 2021.
Formal Uniform: Stock is available.
Winter Uniform: Navy Jackets, fleece jumpers & track pants available.
Sports Uniforms: All sizes available.
Caps & Bucket Hats: Adjustable caps, sm/med & large bucket hats available.
Reds Socks: All sizes available.
Lost Property: The uniform shop is holding unnamed lost property including shoes, training gear and bags. If your child has lost something please have them take a look through the lost property bin located at the uniform shop. Please check at D, E & Y block for all named items. At the end of the term all unclaimed/unnamed lost property will be disposed of, so please check for your missing items before they disappear.
Student Welfare Pool
Parents/caregivers are welcome to donate PBC school uniforms back to the Uniform Shop at any time, as their children grow or they leave the school. All items of uniform clothing are welcome including shoes. These donations will be passed on to the Student Welfare pool for students in need.
If you have placed an order for your child via Flexischools, please have your student come and pick it up from the Uniform Shop.
Payment methods available:
- Flexischools Online com.au
- Credit Card
- Cheques not accepted
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Cashier Window Operating Hours
Over the counter payments can only be accepted between 8:00am and 1:00pm on Tuesday to Thursday via the Finance Office (Cashiers Window). The Finance Office is CLOSED Mondays and Fridays. Alternative payment options include BPOINT and Bank Transfer, details found here
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.: 2020 SRS8 or 2020 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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Palm Beach Soccer Club - Calling Girls!
Container Deposit Scheme
Don't forget that you can drop off your containers for recycling and help PBC raise money for various sustainability projects! Collections are held on Wednesday mornings through term time from 7:00-8:30am at the Reds Oval Gate. If you can't get to our drop off point you can still donate your earnings to PBC by using the code below when cashing in your containers at a recycling centre.
PBC Alliance Business Directory
Support our local businesses through our only Business Directory of the PBC Alliance webpage and via our Red Pages page on the school website.
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.
Become a Partner today
If you are interested in learning more about the PBC Alliance visit our website! www.pbc-alliance.com.
Woolworths, The Pines
Belinda and Stephen Phelan
If you are interested in learning more about the PBC Alliance visit our website! www.pbc-alliance.com