1. Know When School Starts
It’s one thing to be prepared for the school year, but another thing to turn up to school on the wrong day. Term 1 for ALL students begins this Monday 22nd January, 2018.
2. What’s The Time, Mr Wolf?
School begins for all students at 8.30am and concludes at 3.05pm. It’s a great idea to come half an hour earlier to find yourself a park and to familiarise your child with their class and surroundings.
3. Uniformity of Uniforms
If you’ve still yet to order some items from the Uniform shop, the U-Shop is open: Thursday 18th: 8:00am - 3:30pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
4:00pm - 7:00pm DROP IN
Friday 19th: 8:00am - 3:30pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Regular Term Time Hours Resume:
Monday 22nd: CLOSED
Tuesday 23rd: 8:00am - 3:30pm
Wednesday 24th: 8:00am - 9:00am
Thursday 25th: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday 26th: CLOSED
4. Can I Have Your Number?
Before you worry about an unknown number popping up on your screen, make sure you save the following important numbers to your Phone Contacts:
5. Meet The Teachers
To help you get familiar with your child’s teacher and other students, there has been a Meet Your Teacher day organised this Friday for students from Prep-Year 6.
Drop in anytime between 9am-12pm on Friday 19th January to check out your classroom.
6. Where Can I Park?
Parking for parents is available in the Junior School Car Park (northern end of the campus) and also in front of the Trade Training Centre on the Senior end. If you need to visit the Administration building, there are short-term carparks available in front and also street parking.
If you are happy to drop your child off instead of parking, there are designated Drop-off/Pick-up zones designed for this purpose. Please ensure that you only go through these zones when your child is already there, otherwise traffic blockages will form.
7. When Do I Get My Child's Book Pack?
Primary students can collect their book packs during the Meet The Teacher time period or on the first day of school. Secondary students will receive their book packs on the first day of school.
8. Lean On Me
Sometimes beginning a new year with a new teacher and friends or a totally new school can be very unsettling for both children and their parents alike. The great thing to know about Livingstone, is that we care about your needs and we want to help.
We have support systems in Heads of Schools, Student Services, Chaplains on-site, incredible teachers and staff and also a wonderful mutual support found in other parents in your child’s class. It is a great idea to find other parents who you can buddy up with this year and help to promote a positive support system within the wider Livingstone Community.
9. Get Involved
We love to have our parents involved with all we do and to leave our communication lines open. We have an official Livingstone Christian College Facebook page to showcase our incredible school and love to celebrate our students who are flourishing.
We use our Facebook to keep you updated on all the events within the school, community notices and reminders and celebratory posts. Make sure you 'Like' our page. We also use this blog page for more in-depth content on the College's progress and event follow-ups. We are excited to launch a Livingstone Instagram page soon!
10. Want To Join Our Army?
Information on being an active community member of our Livingstone Army will be available in the undercover at Meet Your Teacher day. If you miss the information here, we will email it home for you. We love the support we get from our Livingstone community!
11. Positive Culture That Promotes Learning
Parents are students' most significant role models. Be a part of our wonderful and positive Livingstone community by actively volunteering in your child's class and help build a positive culture in our community.
12. Come and Say Hello!
Our Administration staff have now all moved into their new building located in the centre of the campus. Here you will find both our Administration Front Desk and Student Services. Come by and say hello!
Last Thursday our talented LAA Guitar and Piano students entertained a 150 strong audience to celebrate the end of year at the LAA Recital Evening.
Students performed solos, duets and some of our guitarists accompanied their playing with singing. It was a wonderful night with a celebratory feel as we listened to a wide variety of music from Christmas Carols to Green Day. Students demonstrated solid technique and it was such a joy to see students enjoying their instruments and confidently performing.
Our tutors Mrs Lawson (piano), Mr Courts (guitar) and Ms Seidemann (guitar) are to be congratulated for such an entertaining evening where the growth of each student was so clearly evident. As is now the tradition, the Dessert Table was laden with goodies which students, parents and tutors enjoyed together.
Well done students for an excellent evening of enjoyable entertainment! See you next year!
Mrs Felicity Casey
Some of our Livingstone Arts Academy students with Guildhall Trinity College Examiner, Mr Paul Mills.
Today was the first of those two days and we welcomed the esteemed Trinity College London Examiner into our College. Mr Mills lives in London and has flown here via New York (where he is currently directing a play) specifically to examine our talented students.
Throughout the day, students from both the Primary and Secondary school performed their first day of examinations and ended it with a group performance of a Shakespeare-inspired piece. Parents came to cheer on their children as they performed their roles in character, bringing a laugh and solemnity at the correct moments.
We're looking forward to seeing these talented students develop in the coming years under the experienced tutelage of Mrs Felicity Casey. Check out some of the photos below!
Between 6.30 and 9.00am this morning over a thousand staff, students and parents filled the bottom oval engaged in all things literacy and numeracy.
The smell of bacon and egg burgers permeated the air, and hot coffee from Xpresso Mobile Cafe took the chill off the 8-degree morning. Everywhere we looked we saw students reading, writing, drawing, counting, problem-solving, coding and creating.
Students engaged with Asian and Indigenous literature, visited ‘Narnia’, and enjoyed stories read by Michael Gunn (QLD Reds Rugby Union), Dr. Mark Laraghy (College Principal), Thomas Hardie (College Captain) and Paul Burt (Channel 7) in our ‘Real Men Read’ sessions.
The question of “How many Preppies can fit in a police car?” was solved, and competition abounded as the stage was set alight with the finals of our ‘SING’ song writing competition and the Spelling Bee. Congratulations to all students who competed and made the finals. Stay tuned - winners will be announced on Monday morning’s assembly.
The following are just some of the activities that students enjoyed:
• story writing
• Indigenous story telling
• Asia literacy activities
• maker space
• blackout poetry
• literacy games including boggle, balderdash, word dominoes, interactive spelling
• mask making
• numeracy activities including Sudoku, coding, calculator challenge
• exploring a police car and chatting to QLD Police officers
• Livo Live Weather – our own weather forecasting experience.
We would like to thank all staff, students and parents for making Literacy Lockdown such a great community event. We are also so grateful to the individuals and companies who gave up their time to attend this morning and encourage our students: Tricia Bawtree, Paul Burt (Channel 7), Greg Stubbs and Rebes (Ganggalah Church), staff of Juice 107.3FM, (QLD Reds Rugby Union), QLD Police Service, Scholastic Book Fair, Timezone and Training for Warriors staff. Last (but certainly not least), we acknowledge and thank our sponsors – your support is invaluable:
The photo gallery below showcases more of the highlights. Don’t forget to check back on Monday when the competition winners are announced!
We are immensely proud of our Performing Arts staff and students who have worked hard, sacrificed many lunch hours and achieved outstanding results so far this year.
Mr Sam Smith
Head of Performing Arts
We are so excited to announce that Livingstone's lambing season has begun! So far this season, we have had 3 new lambs!
Noni the ewe has given birth to a single ram lamb, weighing in at 5kg. Our other mother Molly the ewe, had a perfect birth and has had twins! She had a ewe and a ram lamb, weighing in at 4.1kg and 4kg respectively. Molly has continued to have twins each year!
This is only the beginning, so expect to hear of more little lambs gracing our College over the next few months. We love that our students can witness and experience such an incredible Agriculture program!
Last Thursday at lunchtime, one of our new inclusive lunchtime clubs was packed! Chinese Club was in its second week of existence and students all the way from Prep to Senior were packing out the room.
Under the guidance of Mrs Evelyn Morgan, our Chinese Coordinator, students can have a taste of different Chinese cultural experiences each week. The Chinese Club students were also privileged to have some international students from the Beijing No. 4 Middle School and High School mingling in the classroom with them. These students helped the younger ones with learning different colours and animals in Mandarin, and helped students with the craft and how to use chopsticks.
We are so thankful to be able to share cultures in such a fun and friendly way! Thank you to the teachers and volunteer staff from the Beijing No. 4 High School who have brought the students overseas to Livingstone and enriched our students' lives so much already!
One of the most exciting things about being a College community is celebrating each other’s success. We do this regularly at school – one example is through our fortnightly SHAPE assemblies. Secondary is commencing Term 3 with two LIFT assemblies where we will celebrate students who have achieved success in academics, application or behaviour as demonstrated by their Semester 1 reports. Our annual Awards Night and Graduation ceremonies are the ultimate culmination of this for students.
As we are a community of learners, we also believe it is important to celebrate the achievements of our staff. Many of our staff members are enrolled in study – pursuing additional degrees or building on their qualifications.
On Wednesday 21st June, staff were privileged to be able to celebrate the success of two of our members – Mr Jonathan Hardie and Mr Mark Laraghy – as we joined with their families in recognising their achievements and congratulating them on their respective graduations.
Whilst working full-time in our IT department, Jonathan has completed a Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in IT Management. This has been a major commitment as supporting the IT requirements of over 100 staff is more than a full-time job in itself.
Mark’s graduation represents another milestone in his academic career – the awarding of a Doctor of Education degree for his work on Asia Engagement and International Programs. This degree represents 8 years of hard work and commitment, and culminated in a thesis publication of 295 pages (that’s over 100,000 words!)
Please join with us as we celebrate Jonathan and Mark’s achievements. We are proud of them, and know that they will use what they have learned to honour God and contribute to Livingstone. As a community let’s continue to recognise and encourage our staff and students as we strive for excellence in everything we do.
ABC: it's as easy as 1,2,3...
Do you know what colour a Welsh poppy is? How about how many gigabytes the first iPod contained? Are you familiar with King George XVI, Helen Mirren, J. Edgar Hoover or the marital laws of Delaware? Can you identify historical events from photographs, solve complex mathematical equations or recall song lyrics on demand? Do you know the meaning of vomitorium or gahmootlick? Are you smarter than a secondary teacher, or do you compete well under pressure? If so, you would have loved our PFC trivia night.
Saturday 3rd June saw the MPC transform from a humble assembly hall into a competition-worthy venue. This was not your ordinary run-of-the-mill trivia night. Think an amalgamation of The Chase, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, Name that Tune, and Minute to Win It - and you'd be close.
The aim of the game was to build community and raise money for an intermediate playground - an overwhelming success on both counts. Over 150 people brought their game faces and their 'Crazy Heads', and battled their way through categories including: 'You and me got a whole lot of history', 'Are you smarter than a secondary teacher?' 'Circle of Life in Hollywood' and 'Sound of Silence'.
The Spartans were victorious (despite having only 6, not 300 competitors!), and the Krazy Kats brought up the rear with more lives than points. Ironically, our resident 'bogan' won a prize for best-dressed, and our quiz-masters learned that Google is not always historically reliable (students take note!).
All-in-all it was a fantastic night; one that everyone is keen to repeat next year. A massive thank you to our sponsors, the PFC organising committee, and all staff, students, parents and friends who were involved in making the night such a success.