Hi, I'm Jason Smith, Head of Secondary here at Gold Coast Christian College. Our secondary environment is one where quality education occurs through the collaborative efforts of our teaching staff, students and parents. We believe in providing a safe and nurturing environment where students are always offered learning that is tailored to their specific needs. There are a wealth of learning options available to students through various curricular and co-curricular avenues. Above all, we exist to provide a place where young people can fully explore their potential through spiritual, physical, academic and creative opportunities, whilst forming character which will set them ahead in the world after they graduate. Our College motto is "Christ Centred, Service Oriented, Innovative Learning." Let us tell you how that applies in our secondary environment...
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Our students are encouraged to recognise that our College is a safe place to ask some of life’s big questions without fear of judgement. Taking their faith to a new level, students are nurtured in exploring what it means to live out a life with Christ in day-to-day settings. Our students, like all young people, face the challenges of emerging identity and are asking who they are and what that means in the bigger picture of society. In the context of Christ Centredness, we are well equipped to guide students in finding their own answers to these questions in a positive and supportive environment.
Our Adventist Encounter Curriculum sets the stage for thinking, asking, exploring and applying biblical principles, through Pr Ben Maxson’s Spiritual Formation Model. In secondary school, the Encounter Curriculum looks at the bigger picture of biblical principles and focuses on an experiential model of teaching. In addition, we have a well-equipped Chaplaincy program in place that provides many opportunities for student involvement, including bible studies, Storm-Co, and running Chapel programs. Our teachers work above and beyond and can often be found at events outside school hours, helping because they love watching our young people grow into their faith.
Our College has a unique, Christ Centred culture that is evident in all we do. We make Christ the centre by living a life not only for Him, but like Him and with Him. It is our privilege to work with young people from this perspective and we believe our education is better for it.
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35
At our College, we provide tangible experiences for secondary students to exemplify this text as we want to encourage them to live this verse out in their day to day lives. We provide students with formal ways of engaging in service through Storm Co trips, local clean ups, and their Cambodia Mission Trip (see more under Chaplaincy Program). However, we firmly believe that service orientation is a worldview and when we look at the world through service rimmed glasses we see an enormous amount that can be done to reach people and make an impact. When students see the world this way, service can be done anywhere, anytime, in all ways.
Our Year 11/12 Mission trip to Cambodia runs every second year during Schoolies, as an alternative way to celebrate the end of the school year. The trip enables students understand how other cultures live and encourages an appreciation of our blessed lives here in Australia. Students also get to meet their sponsor friend after 11 years of engagement and fundraising with International Children's Care Australia, the ultimate lesson about how what we do actually matters.
We believe that we launch our young people into wider society with a passion to serve and a willingness to go the extra mile – values which will get them far in life and colour their existence long into the future.
We embrace the notion of quality within our teaching team. There is a continuous cycle of learning that occurs for both staff and students; our staff are dedicated, lifelong learners, and this impacts on the quality of education they provide. Teachers who love to learn also love to teach and we see this clearly within our teaching team. Our teachers use Marzano's Art and Science of Teaching Framework to reflect on their delivery and to inform best practice for future teaching. Technology is used in the classroom to enhance and streamline the learning journey, and smaller class sizes give us the ability to support student learning more effectively.
ReportingReporting 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.
In Year 7 & 8, students are provided with a broad spectrum of classes which meet Australian Curriculum requirements. This enables them to explore numerous areas of interest before starting to choose more specific areas of interest in Year 9 & 10. In senior secondary, the focus is on working towards a Queensland Certificate of Education, OP and specific University / vocational pathway. Find further information on the Junior and Senior Secondary Curriculum pages.
Our classroom environment uses the best of technology enabled learning with digital textbooks, cloud based classroom collaboration, and our 1:1 Laptop Program.