As we reach the end of the 2022 school year for the students, a lot of construction projects are about to commence. The construction of the new Sports Hall Precinct will continue over most of the holidays. Work on demolition of the C Block toilets will commence to be followed directly after by the installation of new amenities. Roofing projects will occur on Q and J block rooves. With so much construction work going on, with the exception of the Markets, the school will be closed to all visitors until Monday 16 January.
To all the families leaving PBC this year, farewell and all the best for what comes next in your lives. To returning families, have a great holiday and I look forward to seeing you again in 2023.
CRICOS Provider Name: The Queensland Department of Education trading as Education Queensland International (EQI) CRICOS Provider Number 00608A
On Monday 5 December we welcomed over 430 enrolled Year 7 (2023) students to the PBC community. Transition Day supports the Year 7s as they move from their Primary School to Secondary School. On Transition Day, students were assigned to their core classes and experienced lessons with their teachers. They were also introduced to their very first Inter-house Challenge. We thank the numerous parents who also attended Transition Day, as we understand that the key to a successful education is the relationship built between the family and the school.
Term 4 Reports
Term 4 reports will be emailed home on Friday 9 December. Please be sure to share the report with your child, so that they can receive important feedback on their work this year and set goals for 2023.
2023 Core Classes
The 2023 timetable has been constructed to provide maximum opportunities for students across PBC to study courses of choice, in our large and diverse school. Year 9 core classes are driven by electives that have been chosen and there is little flexibility. Parents should be aware that, with the exception of Academic Excellence classes, their child will be with a different group of students next year, and prepare to support them through this change. Coping with changes such as these are important for building resilience – an important quality for success in life. While there is no opportunity to swap classes due to friendships, the usual range of support will be available to all students and their parents to help them through this change.
Good Luck Year 9
Farewell to our Year 9 cohort who are transitioning to the Senior Secondary Phase of Learning. Our very best wishes for continued success! A special mention to Mr Andrew Jordan for his work with this cohort over the last two years. For senior secondary this group of students will be led by Mr Jarrod Wells.
Fight 4 Youth
During Term 4 PBC has successfully engaged in an 8 week program with a local youth centre Fight 4 Youth based at Currumbin. The program led by Leisa Logan focussed on self-regulation, life skills, respect and community service. Highlights from the student feedback included the weekly boxing, feeding the homeless and having mentor guest speakers.
Congratulations to our successful program graduates – Sari Bretagne, Oscar Fenwick, Billy Nichols, Kobi Rees, Mikey Robson and Jesse Townsend.
We look forward to continuing the partnership with Fight 4 Youth in 2023 Term 1.
Year 9 Dance News
From a Student Leader:
3 years of memories, fun, games, and a touch of the '80s was shared by staff and students at the Year 9 Dance Dinner held at Currumbin RSL on Monday 28 November. The Year 9 student leaders worked collaboratively with the organisation and running of the evening where staff and students enjoyed dinner, dancing, trivia, and various games. The '80s theme and music created a fun-filled atmosphere that was enjoyed and shared by all. Congratulations to the Year 9 students for the successful completion of your junior schooling. We wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you next year as you enter the school ground as seniors.
Year 9 Dance Certificates were handed out to:
- Jayden Locher – 2022 - 98.97% Attendance
- Julia Remington – Most likely to represent Australia in swimming
- Annabelle Harvey – Leadership and mentorship - Iris Auxilium
Year 9 Home Economics
In this, the last newsletter of the year, we would like to wish all readers a safe and happy holiday.
It’s been another successful year for Senior Secondary in 2022 with close to 400 students graduating last month. Our Year 10’s and 11’s successfully undertook their final exams for the year before we wished them well for summer break. It is at this time of year that we wish to pause and say thankyou to all of the wonderful staff who support our Senior Students, from the classroom teachers and teacher aides to the administration and support staff - thankyou.
We hope that all of our students find time to relax over the break and come back to 2023 energised and ready to learn. A gentle reminder that Year 11 and 12 start back on Monday 23rd and Year 10 on Tuesday 24th January. Any student in Year 10 undertaking a VPP subject is asked to sign in to and out of school for the relevant Year 11 period on Monday 23rd January.
We wish all of our PBC families a wonderful festive season and a very Happy New Year.
Year 10 and Year 11 reports will be finalised and emailed home from Wednesday 7 December.
A reminder that in 2023 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.
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 9:00 am on Friday 16 December. 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.
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 16 December.
Our year 9 Advanced HPE groups have done a Leadership Unit this Term. This involved the students planning Physical Activity sessions to lead to younger students. The objective of the unit was to build up their confidence and skills to plan, organise, lead and communicate. They were lucky enough to be able to lead the Year 4 & 5 students from Currumbin Primary over 4 weeks in Tennis, AFL, Touch Footy, Soccer, Oztag, Basketball, NRL, Netball and Dodgeball. The Year 9 students have done an amazing job and have received high praise from both the students and staff from Currumbin Primary. This was a great experience for both the Year 9 PBC students and the Year 4 & 5 Currumbin Students.
2 years ago, we started work on refurbishing and updating our recording studio. We worked hard at renovating and sourcing the most updated sound acoustic panels, wall features and resources to maximise learning and performance opportunities for our Music students. We were fortunate to have the support of the PBC P&C in finalising some of the works. The students are ecstatic to be rehearsing and recording in a professional recording studio.
Mark Simpson with a team of his construction students have been instrumental in the completion of a much needed renovation of our recording studio in the Arts faculty. Mark and Chris Brown used their expertise and man hours to sheet the room, and install our acoustic panels, while also guiding us on the renovation process. They gave up their time enthusiastically and were always willing to go the extra mile to have the room completed. The Arts students and staff are extremely grateful for their efforts. We wouldn’t have gotten there without them. Thank you!
GC5 Cluster Day - 2022
It was great to be able to go ahead with 4 out of the 5 GC5 cluster days this year. Here at PBC, we are lucky enough to be able to offer a wide range of sports and activities to hopefully allow everyone to have a fun, engaging and positive experience. For Inter School Sport, most teams travelled to venues around the Gold Coast and we saw some amazing school performances with engagement of students at an all time high. We came away with 9 out of 14 overall wins in the Inter School Sport Competitions which is an amazing achievement.
Other activities that we offered offsite included Ten Pin Bowling, Fitness and Lifestyle classes at a local gym, Mountain Biking, Indoor Climbing and skateboarding. Thankyou to our amazing staff for allowing us to offer these great activities to our students. Onsite we had many PBC students either taking part in school based recreational activities, enjoying arts and crafts or e-sports
It is a great opportunity for our sports excellence and creative arts excellence staff to be able to provide extra opportunities to our excellence students including drama workshops, yoga classes, musicals, travelling to other states to compete, training at High Performance Centres and learning about recovery and nutrition.
Next year Merrimac High School join our Cluster Days meaning we now become GC6 – more schools, more competition, more fun.
Student choices for sports/activities have already been selected via the online survey. There will only be one chance to change your sport in Week 2 next year. A slight change next year, is that all invoices for cluster days will need to be paid up to date prior to the first cluster day. If payments haven’t been made, then students will be asked to remain in school and join school based rec.
** incoming Year 7 students will be receiving an email with a link to a survey to complete their sport/activity choices **
Cluster Days Dates for 2023
Term 1 – Week 2 (2023)
** this will be the ONLY time to change **
If you haven’t selected, you have been placed in School Based Rec (Juniors) or Home Study (Seniors)
GC6 Round 1 – Wednesday 1 March (Term 1, Week 6)
GC6 Round 2 - Wednesday 26 April (Term 2, Week 2)
GC6 Round 3 - Wednesday 31 May (Term 2, Week 7)
GC6 Round 4 - Wednesday 19 July (Term 3, Week 2)
GC6 Round 5 - Wednesday 2 August (Term 3, Week 4)
GC6 wet weather back up - Wednesday 16 August (Term 3, Week 6)
Junior Secondary Guidance Officer – Anna Willis
Support services for the school holidays:
- Support services for the young person: https://pbc-shs.eq.edu.au/Supportandresources/Formsanddocuments/Documents/support-and-resources/help-services-2018(pdf,488kb).pdf
- eMHprac a guide to digital mental health resources: https://pbc-shs.eq.edu.au/SupportAndResources/FormsAndDocuments/Documents/support-and-resources/emhprac-resource-guide-mar2019.pdf
- Helping parents support their teenagers through everyday issues and tough times: https://parents.au.reachout.com/
- Connecting families to the right services at the right time: http://familychildconnect.org.au/
- The Gold Coast Community Directory: https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/community/community-resources-directory-2918.html
- The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/
- QLD Health Website (coronavirus (COVID-19) – everything you need to know, in language you can understand): https://www.health.qld.gov.au/
- 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84 non-urgent health advice)
- Headspace (mental health and wellbeing support for young people): https://headspace.org.au/
- Need to talk to someone (Lifeline 13 11 14, eheadspace 1800 650 890 or Kids Helpline 1800 551 800)
- New life care (providing mental health support, emergency food aid, disability and homelessness support): https://newlifecare.nu/
- Genuine Love (op shop and food relief): https://c3currumbin.org.au/genuine-love/
- If you require urgent and immediate help please call 000 or the Acute Care Team (QLD) on 1300 642 255 or Mental Health Access Line (NSW) on 1800 011 511 for 24/7 crisis assistance.
Senior Secondary Guidance Officer – Steve Jones
Read the attached article for the latest information targeted to senior students of careers and pathway information.
School Based Youth Health Nurse
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.au
Please email your student’s excellent achievements to us. We love celebrating students achieving in the Arts, sports, academics or community service. We would love to hear from you! Please email us at email@example.com or you can message us through Instagram or Facebook with details of your student’s achievement and include at least one photo, and/or any links to media articles that we can share.
Congratulations to PBC’s Isabella Brown,Taharnee Byrnes, Mila Rogers, Millah Stanley who competed in the Challenge of the Nations netball carnival for the Indigenous Aboriginal side.
Congratulations to PBC’s James Durrington, Ashleigh Adamson and Oscar Myers who have been selected in the 2022 Queensland Schools Premier League All-Star Teams.
Congratulations to Emilia Pountney, Nikki Bourke and Brittany McKinley Year 8, who competed in the Australian Cheer and Dance National Championship and Pinnacle (best of the best, bid only event).
Emilia and her team from Mega Cheer placed 2nd in Australia in Nationals, and then 1st place at Pinnicle earning her the converted title of Pinnacle champion and a beautiful bling ring (NBA style).
Brittany competed with a number of teams and these are her results: The Pink Angels team placed 1st place National Champions and Grand Champions. Code Black Open 2NT placed 2nd. Braves Junior 3 placed 3rd. Assisted Partner Stunt, 3rd place. Storm Hip Hop 2nd place. Brittany was also fortunately enough to be invited to participate in Pinnacle which is invite only. Brittany won two 1sts and a 2nd and also received a Pinnacle ring.
Recently the 2022 National Taekwondo Championships were held in regional Victoria. Tait Cushing Year 9, a third Dan blackbelt and long term member of the Currumbin based Taekwondo Club, 'Hartmann's Taekwondo', competed in the 15-17yrs junior sparring division. Winning two highly anticipated fights in a row he headed into the final, up against the current Australian World Championship representative for his division.Tait clinched the win 10-7 in the last 30 seconds. Hi team couldn't be prouder. Congratulations Tait!
The below link is an amazing tool for our youth that allows instant access to many youth contacts. Pass this website link onto your students, they can open it on their smart device then save to their homescreen for instant access, anytime.
Optima 2022 Yearbook - On SALE!
The 2022 Optima Yearbook is available to purchase! Purchase yours today for just $30 from the Uniform Shop. This year there is 150 pages of fun and colourful content! Messages from key staff, student leaders and house leaders. Photos, photos, photos and more photos of as many students as we could fit in. Enjoy stories from all departments and major events. Excellence Program reports, major events highlights, Champion House news and a Farewell to Year 12 gallery, memories and messages. There is also a PBC 50th Birthday celebration section highlighting all the fun had this year celebrating PBC's 50th Anniversary. The magazine covers all faculties, all year levels and all programs. DON'T MISS OUT!! Stock is available until sold out.
International Homestay Families Needed
Do you have a spare bedroom?
Would you like to share your love of Australian culture with students from many countries?
We are looking for homestay hosts!
Hosting international students in your home can be hugely rewarding. We offer you the opportunity to play a part in sharing your life, home, and to provide memories and cultural experiences to an international student. To form lifelong friendships.
Increasing numbers of international students are choosing to study at Palm Beach Currumbin SHS and we are looking for local families to host these students. There are short term study tours (under two weeks) as well as long term (6mths-2years) students to accommodate.
Host families receive remuneration for hosting students. Long term hosts will receive $328 a week.
Contact our International Coordinator Corinne Van Put for more information and to answer any questions. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 0438 191 637
Starting Dates for 2023
Once again, PBC will be implementing a staggered start to our school-wide starting dates in 2023.
The staggering of starting dates for our year levels will allow us the opportunity to effectively orientate our commencing Year 7’s into what is a vastly different educational landscape than they are used to, as well as commence Senior Curriculum work for our continuing Year 11 and Year 12 students.
Monday 23 January 2023
- Year 7 students – report to the Hall by 9:00am
- Year 11 students – report to CARE Class by 9:00am
- Year 12 students - report to CARE Class by 9:00am
Tuesday 24 January 2022
- Year 8 students – report to CARE Class by 9:00am
- Year 9 students – report to CARE Class by 9:00am
- Year 10 students - report to CARE Class by 9:00am
All new students to our school (excluding Year 7) are required to attend a New Student Orientation at 8:30am in the Trade Training Centre on the corresponding day to their Year Level.
All students will engage with Year Level and House Assemblies in their initial days, allowing exposure to key school messages from the outset of the year.
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 email@example.com.
Dates to Remember
Last Day of Term 4
PBC Administration Reopens
1st Day for Students in Years 7, 11 and 12
1st Day for Students in Years 8, 9 and 10
|Australian Day Public Holiday|
|PBC Excellence Programs - Selective Entry Information Night|
THANK YOU to all of our amazing local business that continue to support Palm Beach Currumbin State High each year. Our PBC Alliance has bought together an amazing number of supporters that care about the success of our young people. Their collective contribution to our school as provided enormous benefit to our students, helping them to achieve their potential.
Programs and projects that have been funded in 2022 include:
- Academic Excellence
- Sports Excellence General and Rugby League, Soccer, AFL
- Business students
- The Arts
- PBC Productions
- PBC Pathways, Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Work Placements, VET Courses
- Year 12 Graduation
- Growing Good Humans
- PBC Reds Wellbeing online learning
- Marine Studies Boat Licencing
- The Duke of Edinburgh
- Wilderness Girls Camp
- Student Welfare programs
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.htmlWould 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.Read Less
The finance window is now closed for 2022, thank you.
Exciting 2023 News! The finance window has relocated to D Block. We will be open Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8am to 12pm.
Year 7, 2023 invoices will be issued Week 1, 2023.
Years 8 to 12, 2023 SRS Fees have been issued (Please check your junk mail if you have not received).
To arrange a 2023 payment plan or to discuss payment options please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website https://pbc-shs.eq.edu.au/support-and-resources/payments.
What is QParents?
QParents is a user-friendly portal accessible via app or web browser, providing parents with secure online access to information about their child’s schooling.
What information is available in QParents?
You can access information about:
- attendance details
- timetables and upcoming events
- report cards and assessments
- invoices and payment history.
Download QParents https://qparents.qld.edu.au/#/loginRead Less