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- Pathways Centre Update
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- Murri Jarjum News
- The Wellbeing Team
- Student Achievements
- General News
- The PBC Alliance
- The Uniform Shop
- Community Notices
Dear Parents, Caregivers,
On Monday afternoon, the senior students were invited to attend a tertiary education expo held here at school. The top floor of the library was busy with many students taking the opportunity to explore their post-secondary school options. If your child missed he expo, their Head of Year will be able to assist them through providing the necessary school or university contacts.
The PBC Alliance is funding stage 1 of the creation of PBC Productions. Stage 1 is to create a mobile broadcasting system and podcasting studio that will allow students to learn the fundamentals of live broadcasting and multi-camera filming, sound production and editing. This would facilitate students producing content for the promotion of the school, while providing students with training that would help them transition to work or study in the area of film, radio or TV production.The mobile broadcasting equipment and podcasting studio will be a welcome addition to the Creative Arts faculty resources as this growth industry becomes a mainstream educational tool as well as a substantial part of the mainstream media. The Podcasting studio will supplement the Recording Studio which is in the process of being upgraded.
Vaping continues to be a problem for the school in terms of some students not following the Student Code of Conduct. Whilst each situation will be treated on its merits, as stated last year to the community, students who are using vapes at school, or in school uniform, or known to attend PBC, can expect a suspension of 10 days for a first offence and students who are supplying / sharing / distributing vapes may be suspended for 20 days with a recommendation for exclusion. Whilst the local police and Department of Health continue to work in restricting the supply of vapes, the students are finding ways to access these harmful devices.
CRICOS Provider Name: The Queensland Department of Education trading as Education Queensland International (EQI) CRICOS Provider Number 00608A
We are really encouraged by the work that we are seeing occurring in classrooms and the level of detailed feedback that students are receiving from their teachers. This feedback and responding to it is a vital step in improvement of an individual task.
Please encourage your young person to read any feedback on drafts very carefully and ask them if they understand what the teacher is telling them about their attempts.
The other challenging step for junior students is being organised enough to meet those timelines. As a parent staying connected to your young person’s deadlines and coaching them to meet these is one way we can work together in their education. Please discuss with them when their deadlines are and work with them to achieve this around their other at home commitments.
All these things will allow you to extend your support role in their learning which as a school we are grateful for and value the role you play in this as parents.
You can stay connected to your student’s deadlines by checking their assessment calendar which is on the PBC website.
We finally were able to celebrate these from Sem 2 last year and will also celebrate Term 1 for our amazing Year 7 Cohort on Wed 18 May. Here is the breakup of their rewards.
|Award||Number of Students||Percentage of Students|
|Behaviour & Effort||141||32%|
Find the list of award recipients below:
Great progress update from Term 1 report cards which we discussed at parent teacher interviews in the last fortnight.Read Less
Thankyou to all parents and senior students who attended our Careers Expo yesterday, a wonderful opportunity to speak to universities, TAFE, Defence Force and other providers who can prepare and foster our students for life after school. Hundreds of students were able to gain more information around entry requirements, scholarships and campus life and are working hard to prepare for what is to come. Well done to all - and thankyou to our Guidance Officer Mr Steve Jones for facilitating these providers and an expo such as this for our students.
As the winter weather starts to encroach, please ensure that all students are in uniform as they arrive to and from school. Students in non-school jumpers, track pants and other outer wear will receive an Afternoon Detention. All uniform items are available at the Uniform Shop - if students have any concerns regarding uniform they should report to their Head of Year in Y Block.
Year 10 school vaccinations (Meningococcal A,C,W &Y) happening soon!
The Gold Coast Public Health’s Immunisation Team will be providing vaccinations to all Year 10 students on Tuesday 7 June. These vaccinations are voluntary and a parent consent form must be completed online for your student to receive the immunisation. No consent = No vaccination.
You should have received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org to the address you have nominated with the school (please check your junk email folder).
If you haven’t received this email you can contact Gold Coast Public Health’s immunisation team on 1800 940 750 to get the information you need or to ask any questions regarding the vaccination.
Please ensure your student has breakfast of the day of the vaccination.
Your student will be given an aftercare slip which includes information on vaccinations given and what to do in the unlikely event that they experience any reactions.
If your child is absent on the day, you will be sent an email from the immunisation team regarding catch up options.
Please visit: www.goldcoast.health.qld.gov.au/our-services/immunisation for further information or email them at: admin.immuniseGC@health.qld.gov.au or call 1800 940 750.
Assessment calendars for Term 2 have been published on the school website and shutdown calendars for Year 10 and 12 will be published on the school website this week. Please note there is no shutdown for Year 11 students at the end of this term.
- Report cards will be emailed home in the week commencing 6 June to align with the end of Year 11 Unit 1.
- Year 11 students will have the opportunity to change classes at the end of Unit 1 (week beginning Monday 23 May).
- Year 12 students are now completing Unit 4 work and will only have 2 assessments left in each of their subjects. At the end of Year 12 students’ results in Unit 3 and 4 are combined to award an exit grade and for General subjects a numerical value. As such it is imperative that student do not rest on their laurels and remain focussed for the rest of 2022.
Our Assessment Policy
The school’s assessment policy is published on the school website. Note that students need to complete all assessment in a subject to be given a result. If students do not submit an assessment task by 9:00am on the due date then the teacher must use the evidence collected before that date to make a judgement. If the student did not submit a draft this means that the student will not get a result for the subject. This will affect their progress towards the QCE and also their enrolment in post compulsory education.Read Less
Dance Excellence students and teachers have had a busy two days spent at Sunshine Coast Eisteddfod recently. On 6-7 May, PBC travelled to the Events Centre, Caloundra to compete in the dance competition for the first time. Students were able to watch and learn from other schools in the district and we are thrilled to be awarded a place for every entry. The competition was tough and there were up to 25 entries in each section.
PBC entered seven dances in total and the results were as followed –
Year 7 Dance Excellence – Contemporary – 1st Place
Year 8 Dance Excellence – Jazz – 2nd Place
Year 11/12 Dance Excellence – Jazz – 4th Place
Super Team – Jazz – 2nd place
Year 9/10 Dance Excellence – Lyrical – Highly Commended
Year 11/12 Dance Excellence – Lyrical – 3rd Place
Super Team – Lyrical – 2nd Place
Year 11 and 12 Drama and Drama Excellence students will attend HOTA to see the transformational performance of the Greek Epic Drama, ‘Medea’ this week. Staff were able to see a preview of the work, which reflected the creative and textual nuances that Shock Therapy Productions developed to relate to a contemporary teenage audience that embodied both the epic historical genre, whilst marrying with a context relatable to the life of our Gold Coast students. This is particularly pertinent to the student’s assessment for Term 2.
37 students travelled to Marantha Camp to engage in the Optima Music Camp Week 3. Students thrived with the opportunities of having 2 guest conductors work with them on their performance pieces for Fanfare in Week 7. Most notably Dr Peter Morris from the Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane.
On Wednesday 4 May, the Music Excellence students had the privilege of attending “Lights, Camera, Action” at the Concert Hall, QPAC in Brisbane.
This annual educational music concert, showcases the power of an orchestra through the language of soundtracks. This year we were very lucky to celebrate with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra celebrating the 90th birthday of the master of music: John Williams.
The orchestra performed many signature tunes that have endeared John Williams to millions of filmgoers over the years. Epic fanfares of Star Wars, swirling magic of Harry Potter, adventurous Indiana Jones, celestial ET and many many more.
Artists from Schmick Creations worked with our Visual Art Excellence students to create ideas for our 50th Anniversary Mural. Students were lead through a series of activities in the workshop to create their responses to the stimulus provided. The artists were astounded at the level of creativity and talent from our students. They will return for other Cluster Days to continue to develop ideas for the mural artwork.
Creative Arts Excellence
On Wednesday 4 May, the Creative Arts Excellence students had the pleasure of attending Frozen the musical at Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre. We started our day with lunch by the river in Southbank and a lovely break in the sunshine before heading off to watch the performance.
The performance was moving, dreamy, and filled with laughter. Our students were awe struck by the visuals and the artists within the performance and their joy was felt by everyone.
To end our day, we spent some time sitting in the grass by the river, chatting and laughing. Student behaviour was exemplary and a true display of the brilliance of our Creative Arts Excellence students. Their gratitude for having this opportunity was evident in their beaming smiles and sheer happiness.Read Less
Term 2 House & Care so far…
It has been a busy but exciting start to Term 2 in House and Care.
The Care curriculum has allowed students and teachers the opportunity to get to know each other on a deeper level and they have been challenged to show vulnerability in a bid to build connections with peers. Students have explored topics such as kindness (getting to know Kath Koschel), what are our strengths and how do we learn, and who are our heroes and how have they impacted my life. In Week 2 the Care classes from each House with the highest average attendance for Term 1 were rewarded with a Pizza Party as a celebration of student success.
House Competitions have also been heating up this term with the race for the 2022 House Cup the most competitive it has been in recent years! The term started with the annual PBC Cross Country in Week 1 which showcased the many great endurance athletes we have at PBC, but also allowed all students regardless of their ability level an opportunity to get out and be physically active with their friends. Participation was excellent and when all events were run and won it was the Athenians who came out on top. Finishing positions for Cross Country were as follows – 1st Athenians, 2nd Vikings, 3rd Phoenicians, 4th Spartans.
In Week 2 the Interhouse Flip Cup Relay was held in the Hall. This was the first time in PBC history we have held a Flip Cup Relay and the buy-in from students and teachers was great to see! Each house had 15mins to find their top “Cup Flippers” before a final was held between the 4 houses. History was made as the Athenians took out the title as the first ever Flip Cup Champions. Finishing positions for Flip Cup were as follows – 1st Athenians, 2nd Spartans, 3rd Vikings, 4th Phoenicians.
Week 3 saw the first GC5 Cluster Day for the year so there were no House events held that week, however PBC students and teachers ventured all over the Gold Coast participating in both competitive and recreation based activities which saw some great opportunities and results for PBC students.
Week 4 saw the return of a crowd favourite, the PBC annual Spelling Bee. The Spelling Bee was held in the Theatre with students working their way through elimination rounds as words became increasingly more difficult. The participation and excitement from students and teachers was outstanding to see and it showcased the valuable connection that staff and students have to their respective Houses. The Phoenicians proved to be brilliant spellers with the final 5 competitors all coming from the Phoenician House! Year 12 student Jett Lindsay was crowned PBC’s Spelling Champ for 2022 and finishing positions were as follows - 1st Phoenicians, 2nd Athenians, 3rd Vikings, 4th Spartans.
Current standings for the House Cup leader board have the Phoenicians on top followed closely by the Athenians, Vikings and then the Spartans. There is still plenty more to come this term with House Assemblies, Interhouse Pictionary, Interhouse Hit the Target and GC5 Cluster Days. We look forward to seeing who will be crowned House Cup Champions for 2022!Read Less
Conversations that count – Living your best life through kindness.
Wednesday 11 May saw a group of like-minded experts come together to present to our PBC community, staff and students. Kath Koschel from the Kindness Factory mesmerised the audience with her keynote address detailing her experiences and how it shaped who she is today and also how she lived on just kindness for 2 months. Dave Shillington, ex-Australian Rugby League player and founder of Prime Effect, Alumni Ashley Thomas (The Secret Burden) and PBC’s very own Matt Ashenden rounded out our panel. It was wonderful to hear tales of vulnerability and inspirational resilience, the crowd also relished the opportunity to ask questions to the panel.
Growing Good Humans is a PBC Initiative developed by Paul Bullpitt and Anna Wyatt to support students mental fitness and well-being. Conversations that Count will continue throughout the year highlighting the importance of story-telling and genuine connections with humans.Read Less
NRL Youth Leadership Summit
One of our Year 11’s, Hayley Lyons, was selected from a large number of students from the Gold Coast to participate in the 2022 NRL Indigenous Youth Summit. In 2021 Hayley completed the Titans Deadly Futures Program, run in partnership with the Preston Campbell Foundation, and is a current participant of the NRL School to Work Program. Based on Hayley’s application, as well as her leadership, commitment to her studies and high attendance rate she has been selected to attend a 5 day camp in Sydney with other young leaders from Victoria, Queensland and NSW.
We are very proud of Hayley and wish her all the best in Sydney at the end of May.
About the NRL Summit
The Indigenous Youth Leadership Summit is an opportunity for participants to interact with other young leaders through a series of workshops, activities and discussions around leadership, culture, teamwork, positive perceptions and more.
The NRL School to Work initiative is an education an employment program supported by the Australian Government and the Gold Coast Titans. The NRL utilises the positive profile of the game of Rugby League to support young First Nations Australians with work experience, mentoring and leadership opportunities to ensure they successfully complete school and transition into further education or employment.
Photos thanks to Gold Coast Titans:
Jersey Presentation – Jayden Campbell and Will Smith presenting to Hayley Lyons.
NRL School to Work Youth Summit Titans Participants
Hayley Lyons with 2021 Representative Bailee Whitehouse and Toby Sexton
Junior Secondary Guidance Officer – Anna Willis
Podcast: Join Andrew Fuller as he chats with guest Prof Katrina Skewes McFerran on the importance of music therapy for the wellbeing of teenagers.
- How to promote the wellbeing of teenagers through positive music listening.
- Music is not directly causative but has a powerful resonance in our lives – the dangers of teenagers using music in the wrong ways.
- Using playlist construction as a tool to create optimism and change mood.
Total time: 20 mins
Senior Secondary Guidance Officer
Read the attached article for the latest information targeted to senior students of careers and pathway information.
School Based Youth Health Nurse
Hilary Wilson (Mon, Tues) email@example.com
Vanessa Bradley (Tues, Wed) firstname.lastname@example.org
School Nurse appointments SBYHN@pbc-shs.eq.edu.auRead Less
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 email@example.com with details of your student’s achievement and include at least one photo, and/or any links to media articles that we can share.
AFL U18 Allies Squad
The AFL has announced the U18 Allies squad. Congratulations to PBC alumni Jed Foggo, Will Bella, Jed Walter and Brinn Little who have all been selected. The team is poised to compete in the 2022 NAB AFL National Championships which will commence next month. To read the full article click here.
Suncorp Super Netball
Congratulations to PBC alumni and Reds Hall of Famer Jada Gafa on her Suncorp Super Netball debut last weekend with the Sunshine Coast Lightning! Player #26.What a fantastic Reds talent.
Congratulations to alumni Cassidy Mackie who made it through to the semi-finals of The Voice Australia 2022. What an incredible performer! You can follow Cassidy on her Instagram: @thisiscotta. See Cassidy’s performance here: https://youtu.be/1VKJ6k2SR3s
7A had a fabulous day exploring the mangroves behind the school. They applied and extended their Science and Geography skills while thoroughly enjoying the knowledge of the awesome presenters, working together and enjoying our beautiful backyard.
3 June - Wear your jersey - Free Dress Day
We have an upcoming Casual Dress Day being organised by the Senior Student Council on Friday Week 7. All students are asked to donate a gold coin, with proceeds going to YouChoose, a foundation who presented to the Year 12’s as part of their Growing Good Humans day earlier this year. This foundation is founded by the parents of former PBC student Jordan Hayes, who tragically passed some years ago in a motor vehicle accident and raises funds for further awareness in driver safety. The theme for this day is “jersey”, be it a sporting jersey, jumper etc.
PBC students are invited to our Thursday tutoring sessions.
Thursdays, Week 6-9 Term 2
Just turn up - all welcome
Thank you to our P&C!
Friday was P&C Day! We would love to thank our amazing P&C for their incredible support for our school and students. PBC has benefited in so many ways from their fundraising efforts and coordination of projects over the last 50 years! Thank you.
PBC is turning 50!
Our school is turning 50 in 2022 and we are celebrating with the Ultimate Reunion PBC Gala Day and Sunset Soiree. We hope you can come along with the family to enjoy a walk through time. Students will love to come and see what the PBC of the past was like and how we have stayed the same but also changed so much.
There will be food trucks, student entertainment, self-guided tours, classrooms on display as well as some amazing memorabilia from all the decades past on display. Our faculties will also give a glimps of times gone by and where we are today.
Be sure to put Saturday 11 June, 3-5pm in the diary for the Gala Day.
If you are a PBC alumni you will want to come along to our Ultimate Reunion Sunset Soiree. Alumni, past and present staff and friends and supporters are all invited to attend the part of the half century! To be held immediately after the gala day from 5-8pm in our Creekview Room in our new Library precinct. Tickets are just $30 (plus booking fee) and include canapes and a drink on arrival. Drinks can be purchased on the night.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Calling all PBC Arts loving alumni!
We are busy planning our 50 Years Arts event for September and need your help! If you can spare 5 mins to answer our quick survey, we would really appreciate it (link below). https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DF9P9BV
Keep an eye out for the Arts event details as they come.
The Dental Van is at PBC
Regular check-ups are important for maintaining good oral health.
Book your child's FREE dental check: 1300 300 850
The Gold Coast Oral Health Dental Van is at Palm Beach Currumbin State High for eligible children and adolescents. To make an appointment, phone 1300 300 850. Their friendly staff will help you make an appointment at a time convenient to you.
International Homestay Families Needed
Learn why hosting an international student is a very rewarding experience.
All existing, new or interested families are welcome to attend.
We will be holding 2 sessions on Tuesday 7 June 2022
- Session 1 - 10.00am till 11.15am (Located in International Room Level 1 in the new Library Building L Block )
- Session 2 - 5.00pm till 6.15pm (Located in Y Block Classroom at the front of the school)
If you are interested in being an International Homestay Family, please send your RSVP to Cvanp1@eq.edu.au by Thursday 2 June and advise which session you would like to attend.
Got a spare room? Ever thought of being a Homestay host? Homestay families come in all shapes and sizes... they are married couples with or without kids, singles, singles with kids and grandparents too. Everyone has an opportunity to play a part in sharing their life, home and provide memories and cultural experiences to an international high school student.
Get paid more than $320 a week caring for one of our International high school students in your home.
PBC is due to welcome International students back on campus later this year and we are looking for Homestay families. Please contact Corinne Vanput at PBC for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more http://bit.ly/eqi-homestay-host
PBC Tennis Courts – Available to hire
PBC's tennis courts are now open to the public to book. Our new lights make it a great venue for a night game. Local, inexpensive and convenient.
Follow PBC on Social Media
Our social media accounts are the best way to stay connected with the daily happenings of our school. We will upload any important messages, reminders, student achievements and general action. With posts every day this a great way to celebrate our awesome school. If you have any news about your student that you would like to share please message us via Direct Message on Instagram, Messenger on Facebook or email to email@example.com.
Dates to Remember
25 May - GC5 Cluster Day - CANCELLED due to weather
3 June - PBC Alliance Breakfast
3 June - Jersey Day - Free Dress Day Gold coin donation
7 June - Year 10 Immunisations
11 June - PBC 50 Years Celebrations - Gala Day
11 June - PBC 50 Years Celebrations - Sunset Soiree Reunion
Date: Friday 3 June 2022
Time: 6:45am - 8:15am
Location: Trade Training Centre,
Palm Beach Currumbin State High School
Thrower Drive, Palm Beach
Cost: $20.00 per person
Includes a delicious breakfast, tea and coffee.
- Anthony Ikin, Creative Director, Choreographer and Motivational Speaker, Ikin Achieve and Global Dance Pro
- Allan Merlehan, Branch Manager, Community Bank Tugun - Bendigo Bank
Attention local business people! The next PBC Alliance Business Breakfast is on Friday 3 June 2022. Everyone is welcome to come along for an interesting, entertaining and delicious breakfast.
Anothony Ikin is a PBC Alumni, global success and PBC Sports Hall of Fame recipient. Anthony is well known for his choreography flair, unique direction and for being a highly requested motivational speaker. We look forward to hearing about Anthony’s journey and success.
Allan Merlehan is the Branch Manager of our very own local Community Bank branch of the Bendigo Bank who are huge supporters of PBC students. Their long standing support for various PBC programs is well known. We look forward to hearing more about how the Community Bank Tugun supports our community and our finances!
A full seasonal breakfast is prepared and served by our senior hospitality students under the management and direction of our professional and experienced hospitality teachers. All dietary requirements can be catered for.
Thank you to our amazing community partners and members for regularly attending our breakfasts. These events are a key platform providing a great opportunity for our local business community to connect with each other as well as Palm Beach Currumbin State High student leaders and key staff members.
The popularity of our breakfasts highlight the wonderful support for our school and we are very grateful. Many business connections are regularly made between guests that result in beneficial relationships, it's win-win!
Tickets are just $20 and include all food/drink.
To find out more about the PBC Alliance visit https://www.pbc-alliance.com/
We would like to give a huge shout out to ALL our PBC Alliance Partners and Members!
These amazing businesses are supporting PBC students with their everyday education in many different ways. This support assists many PBC programs and students directly ensuring all have the opportunity to reach their potential. Please support those that support our students.
Keep an eye on this section of the newsletter each issue for a spotlight on some of our fantastic partners.
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 of our Partners and Member businesses are listed in this directory and are looking to help you whereever they can. All 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.
SRS Fees to list the instalment dates:
1st Instalment (Term 1) - Monday 24 January 2022 - OVERDUE
2nd Instalment (Term 2) - Tuesday 19 April 2022 - OVERDUE
3rd Instalment (Term 3) - Monday 11 July 2022
Are your Student Resource Scheme Fees (SRS) up to date? This is a friendly reminder to advise that the first & second instalment is now overdue. There are three preferred payment methods for paying your SRS.
Payment method 1:
BPOINT - This link can be found on the bottom left hand side of your invoice, please click on the link and follow instructions.
Payment method 2:
Qparents – Sign up or Log into your account. Locate your invoice and follow instructions to pay.
For more information - Qparents
Payment method 3:
Internet Banking via direct transfer into the school bank account.
School's Bank Account: Palm Beach Currumbin SHS General A/C
BSB: 064 404
Account Number: 00090303
Reference/details: Please record the "student name &/or Invoice reference" in the reference/details section so that your payment can be recorded correctly.
Please visit our website for further information - Payments
If you are seeking assistance regarding your account, payments plans or experiencing financial difficulty please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance Office Window Operating Hours
Over the counter payments can only be accepted between 8:00am and 1:00pm on Tuesday to Thursday. Alternatively, you can make payments via BPOINT from your invoice or statement or Direct Deposit. CLOSED Mondays & Fridays
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Queensland Day marks our state’s official separation, as an independent colony, from New South Wales on 6 June 1859. It is an opportunity to celebrate our state’s culture, heritage, people, places and industry. It also allows each one of us to reflect on what it means to be a Queenslander. In addition to local community celebrations, key landmarks and buildings will be lit up on the day. For more information and some great resources, see the Queensland Day website.Read Less