Hi, I'm Cheryl Costigan, Primary Coordinator at Gold Coast Christian College. Here at the college, we aim to create an environment where quality education is achieved by staff, students and parents working together as a team. Teachers provide a stimulating and challenging curriculum while valuing and encouraging children’s individual learning needs. We seek to develop the whole child which includes the spiritual, physical and academic dimensions. We are purposeful in our intention of introducing your child to God, with the hope that they will begin a life-long journey with Him. We believe children should be cared for in a safe and nurturing environment. Our motto is "Christ Centred, Service Oriented, Innovative Learning." Let us tell you a little about what that means...
"And this is the way to have eternal life—to know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the One You sent to earth.” John 17:3
In the midst of educating the citizens of tomorrow, we recognise eternal value in the opportunity we have to share the life changing, awe inspiring love of our Heavenly Father. Everything we do at our College centres firmly on the expression of His love. This means that in everything we do, we aim to give our students opportunities to grasp a true vision of who God is.
Our teaching staff are committed Christians who encourage each other their spiritual walk. Teaching staff take the time to pray for each family in our College Community throughout the year, and prayer and daily worship is also an integral part of class time. Our Adventist Encounter Curriculum provides students with the opportunity to not only learn about God, but engage in a transforming relationship with the creator of the universe. The Encounter Curriculum is based on Pr Ben Maxson’s Spiritual Formation Model.
It is a joy to show every student a true vision of Christ because we know this helps them to feel secure about who they are…and whose they are.
Christ is our beginning, our end, our who, what, where, how and when. He is writing a story in each and every life and family represented within our College Community and it is an honour to be immersed in education from this dynamic perspective.
“Do unto others as you would have them do to you…” Luke 6:31
Service Orientation is more than a tag line within our College context. We believe fundamentally that we are here to serve not just our students and staff, but our wider community as well.
During primary years, the concept of serving is woven into everything we do, as a way to view the world. We teach our students that because they are lovingly created, they are all worthy of serving, and being served. This impacts on the way we play and interact in the playground and in class, it impacts on how we treat our parents and the way we act in social environments and it impacts our world view.
Students are challenged to live a life that recognises that the world is bigger than individual selves and that what we say and do really does matter.
From Year 2 onwards, every class makes a commitment to sponsoring a Cambodian friend through International Children’s Care Australia. It is up to each class how they decide to raise the funds needed for their Cambodian friend. Students come up with many creative ways to fundraise, and have also been known to do extra chores at home to contribute! This sponsorship commitment extends all the way to the end of Secondary School, culminating in a visit to Cambodia where students meet their Cambodian friend.
Having a service orientation within our College allows us to have a positive reach into our world on a local, national and international level.
The Australian Curriculum is the foundation of our quality learning program at Gold Coast Christian College. Our staff are committed to supporting the development of student capacity to apply knowledge and skills confidently, effectively, and appropriately in all aspects of their learning. Our Primary teachers work to create a differentiated, supportive, and safe learning environment for the students in their care to maximise learning potential. Our staff know their students and how they learn, they know the content and how to teach it and they plan collaboratively to implement effective teaching and learning. Our staff actively engage in professional learning using the Quality Adventist Schools Improvement Framework. This framework directs a formal school based review process, aiming to strengthen the professional learning culture. Marzano's Art and Science of Teaching is a framework used by teachers to inform best practice.
Reporting plays a key role in developing school/family partnerships to support student learning. Semester reports are provided twice a year and are only one of a number of ways the College communicates student achievement and commitment to learning. At the end of Term 1, parents receive an interim report which is a brief overview of student progress. Frequent and varied forms of informal feedback occur throughout the year to ensure students are aware of their learning progress to help shape their learning journey. Parents are encouraged to attend Parent / Teacher Interviews to discuss the formal report.
A full range of primary subjects from the Key Learning Areas are offered from Prep to Year 6 including the following:
Technology & eLearning
Here at the College, we aim to provide the most relevant technology to enhance and enrich student experiences. We pride ourselves on a technology rich, real-world learning environment, giving each student an opportunity to experience success today and in the future. We also believe it is paramount that our teachers are inspired and equipped to teach, collaborate and innovate in the digital age.
We encourage and value support from our parent community in a voluntary capacity. For example, helping out in HeBrews Cafe, for sporting events and in our Learning Resource Centre.