Friday, 18 Nov 2022

Principal's First Principles: Millimetre by Millimetre, Onwards.

Addressing College graduates can be a daunting proposition but also a great privilege. You pray you will say the right thing - the best thing. You wish you could prepare them for every eventuality but you know you cannot. You must trust that the values they've acquired in their childhood will guide them through their adulthood. If you've journeyed with them over the years of their schooling, you'll know them well. Snippets of conversations cross your mind as you glance from face to face and…

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Friday, 11 Nov 2022

Principal's First Principles: Why Family Mealtimes are so Important

Family mealtimes do more than simply nourish the body. They also feed the emotional health of individuals, and part of the reason for this is that they draw families together. Sitting down at a table together is a long-lost tradition for many, but the benefits are as substantial as ever. When informal opportunities like this for bonding mount up, your children grow up healthier and develop strong bonds with you and each other. Eight benefits of family mealtimes A handy 'temperature check':…

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Wednesday, 26 Oct 2022

Musical review: The Prodigal Clown

Exuberant and joyful, a tapping-on-the-heartstrings spectacle: such was the impact of Brisbane Adventist College's Primary production of The Prodigal Clown. This story of a father's unconditional love (Aquinnon Sanele) for his two sons and his extended circus family was heart-warming, filled with fun, dad jokes, hilarious clowns, an over-eager knife thrower (Lucy Cantrill), a hard-working but implacable older son (Arlo Purtell), and a clown with a smile that was only painted on. Daring deeds…

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Friday, 30 Sept 2022

Principal's First Principles: A place to belong

When we speak of learning at Brisbane Adventist College, we allude to two factors: influence and growth. We not only address a child’s ability to process cognitively, and problem-solve, but also devote our efforts to character development; particularly around our values of integrity and respect, the basis of strong relationships for which God created us. When relationships are strong, students feel safe, they operate in joy, and where there is joy, there is belonging. "A child’s future…

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Wednesday, 02 Mar 2022

Why being a smaller school gives our students unique benefits

Most of us wonder how our children will go when they leave the nurturing environment of home and head to school for the very first time. Most of us feel a version of this every time our kids begin a new school year, every time we move to a new place and they have to change schools, every time they experience a big transition like from Prep to 'big school,' from Year 6 to Year 7, from junior Secondary to the senior phase of learning. At school, our child is just one of 25 in their classroom…

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Sunday, 26 May 2019

Nick’s Message: As We Are

Reflection by Anna Haycock, Year 11 I was in Grade 4 when I first heard the story of Nick Vujicic. I remember how his message about his life and his love and faith in God really inspired me, and how his differences and the challenges he faced growing up helped shape him into the man that he is today. On the last day of Week of Worship, Nick came to BAC as a guest speaker. Of course, I was very eager to hear what he had to say — and I was not disappointed. Nick’s focal statement was that "God…

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Wednesday, 13 Mar 2019

Twinning Teachers Equals Happy Kids

MAKING learning fun is all in a day’s work for two Brisbane Adventist College Year 4 teachers. Rebecca Mead and Chantelle Ugljesa, who are not only colleagues but friends outside of school, do everything together to show students the benefits of working as team. At school they often wear matching outfits, which delights their students when they act like it wasn’t on purpose, and when it comes to their teaching they also show a united front. The ladies bounce new teaching ideas and practices off…

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