Quarterly Magazine | Volume 4 : 2011
2011 Twilight Markets
Blessed by good weather, the 2011 Twilight Markets cemented
their place as the premier event of its type in Greater Springfield.
Estimates put attendance close to 5,000 people who were treated to a range of rides, activities,
displays and foods. Despite the construction of The Tiny Tartan Kindergarten, the P&F led by Peter
Kortge did a wonderful job in staging the Markets so successfully.
Performances by a range of singers and dancers, including College Dance Troupes thrilled the crowd,
with the evening finishing on a high note with an entertaining fireworks display.
From the Head
Term Four at The Springfield Anglican
College was a very busy time for the
As portrayed within this edition of Horizons there was a great deal of
activity and a great deal to celebrate across the campuses. Such is the
nature of a TSAC education and while a very active student body does
present challenges, there is a great deal to be gained by students who
avail themselves of the range of opportunities on offer at the College.
Specifically those students who are active also tend to achieve well
academically according to their ability. According to research undertaken
by Sullivan “There is a myth that students should concentrate only on
their studies if they wish to do well academically. This is not the case
as experience and research tells us … Students who participate widely
in school activities tend to have higher levels of self-confidence, are
prepared to organize their time well, are self-managing and commit
fully to the areas they take up. These qualities are transferred to
academic goals. Students with a broad involvement are also those
who in the longer term demonstrate greater service commitment to
As a College we encourage our students to be active across the spectrum
of the College’s extra-curricular programme. While it may not always
be clear to the students at the time, being involved and active has a
great deal of benefits that not only support the view of Sullivan but
also assist students in their overall development and therefore in their
preparation for life beyond school. Certainly
there is also a balance to be struck, and this
is important, especially in the more senior
years. However, the benefits of being active
far outweigh the opposite.
Enjoy reading this edition of Horizons.
Head of College
From the Head
Term Four culminates with many
As a College community we come together at the Night of Celebrations
to acknowledge individual achievements for students in Years Four to
Twelve and to celebrate Christmas and the conclusion of a successful
year with the Prep to Year Three students. Students across the
College should feel very proud of their achievements last year, both
individually and as a student based community.
We entered into Term Four witnessing the much anticipated build of
The Tiny Tartan Kindergarten. The Kindergarten will provide a seamless
education from Kindy to Year Twelve. The young students, who enter
into Kindergarten in 2012, will over fourteen years, develop a strong
bond and kinship to the College and the many friends they will make
along the way. I am looking forward to getting to know all of our new
families and students and to be part of their future education.
I would like to acknowledge in this final 2011 edition of Horizons, the
hardworking and dedicated staff of the College. It is through their
expertise and professionalism that we are able to offer the students a
wide variety of exciting and challenging experiences both in and out
of the classroom. I look forward to working with you all in 2012.
Head of Primary
On Monday evening, 14 November, Year
12 students, parents and staff gathered
at The Spring Lake Hotel to celebrate the
achievements of the cohort throughout
2011. During the evening all Year 12
students were recognised for their
contribution to the College during 2011.
Subject prize winners were announced
and a range of character and leadership
award winners acknowledged.
We are always sad on the Primary Campus
to say goodbye to our Year Six cohort as
they prepare to move across to the Senior
Campus. The Year Sixes commenced their
final day with a breakfast BBQ, followed by
the final End of Year Chapel Service where
they, and the students of Prep K, came
together as the oldest and youngest
members of the Campus to conduct the
service. The Year Six students were all
awarded their Primary Campus Graduation
Certificates before being clapped out by the
Primary Campus students and teachers.
Junior School Night
The Junior School Night of Celebration held on 23 November was an evening to remember as the students
from Prep to Year Three entered through the rear doors with candles lit and singing ‘When Christmas
Comes to Town’. Each year level presented a gift of Peace, Hope, Joy and Love which was placed on the
giving train. The performance item ‘Believe’ was performed by the combined Vivace Strings, Dolce Strings
and Junior Choir, leaving audience members with happy memories of a wonderful year.
Year Four to Twelve
Night of Celebration
15 November saw a new format to the
annual Night of Celebration.
Students in Years Four to Eleven received their academic awards and the
Year Twelve students were acknowledged for both their personal and group
achievements and farewelled as they were clapped from the stage down the
centre aisle. The Highland Dancers, Animato String Ensemble, Chamber
Singers and Senior Symphonic Wind Ensemble entertained parents with
their performance items.
Year 12 Retreat and Last Day
As part of Year 12’s final week of schooling, the cohort
enthusiastically headed off to the Gold Coast for a day of
R&R among a busy and for many emotional final week.
Rev Chris Boyce and Mr Thomas McPherson led the
students in a reflection of their time at the College
and the support provided by their parents during
their journey. Games, swimming and a BBQ capped
off a most enjoyable day.
The cohort were also farewelled on both campuses
on Friday 18 November – their last day of school!
Year 12 Formal
Looking a million dollars, Year 12
students arrived in style at the Sofitel
Hotel on Sunday 18 September.
The Year 12 planning committee did a wonderful job in
preparation for this much awaited evening; with students,
parents and staff gathering for drinks and nibbles, prior to
students and staff enjoying a fine meal and dancing.
Cameras ran hot to capture this special event.
Year Five Sleepover
The annual Year Five sleepover took place
again last year, however, after a week of
impending rain, the clouds finally opened
a few hours prior to the campout.
Not to dampen the spirits of the students and teachers, the decision
was made to sleep in the classrooms and go ahead with the night
of activities and fun.
Students participated with great enthusiasm and creativity
designing their flags and performing their war cry. After a dinner
of burgers, the students commenced their evening activity -
“Finding your Way”. Warm damper cooked over the open fire for
breakfast rounded off the sleepover before the students and
tired parents packed up and headed for home.
Our Year Seven students recently undertook
an educational tour of the National Capital,
participating in a variety of educational
programmes which focussed on Australia’s
history, culture, heritage and democracy. The
four days, from October 10, were extremely
rewarding and enjoyable for students who were
given a first-hand experience at democracy in
action as the visit coincided with the Carbon Tax
Students were intrigued and challenged over
the four days by the various activities, including
the audio and visual displays and numerous names
on the Roll of Honour Board at the Australian
War Memorial. The tomb of the ‘Unknown
Soldier’ and the closing ceremony when silence
fell over the War Memorial as a single piper
played a tribute to the fallen, will be memories
that the Year Sevens will never forget.
We would like to thank the Australian Government
for their support of this programme and in
assisting us to meet the cost of this excursion.
Under the Parliament and Civics Education
Rebate (PACER) programme the Australian
Government contributed towards the travel
Thank you to Mrs Kathy McKinnon for once
again organising Operation Christmas Child.
The donations sent in by our Primary Campus families were delivered
to the Yeronga warehouse by staff who volunteered their time to help
pack the many shoe boxes that are shipped to underprivileged children
over the Christmas season. Our sincere thanks goes out to all parents
who supported this valuable cause.
On September 12 and 13 Mrs Williams, Miss Massey and
nine of the Primary Campus Extension Group students
attended the Days of Excellence Programme at Moggill
State School. The programme offered students the
opportunity to examine microbes, viruses and bacteria
exploring the micro-organisms behaviour, size,
appearance, as well as their deadly habits.
The students also discussed some of the most important
discoveries in the history of medicine, the vaccines and
antibiotics and the body’s defence immune system.
Top: Jennifer Lo, Jacob Thian
Bottom: Scott Jackson, Zoe Christofis
The 2011 Book Fair, held over one week
in October on the Primary Campus was
another great success.
Over two thousand dollars worth of books have been added to the
library’s collection as a result of the Book Fair. Books purchased
emphasised literacy development in the classroom with seven new
class sets of novels obtained, in addition to picture fiction, junior fiction
and middle school fiction. A big thank you to all families and friends
who supported the wonderful event.
It has been another very busy and successful term for the Creative
Arts Department. Many students have achieved fantastic results for
Congratulations to Ruby and Jazzy May who are
performing in The Wizard of Oz, which will be at
QPAC in February this year. “Break a leg”, girls!
In term four we had the Art Exhibition at the Senior
Campus. It was a great opportunity to showcase the
talented work of our Art and ITD students. Thank you
to all who came to support this event.
The Creative Arts Department were in full force at the
Twilight Markets. We had many games on offer and
lots of chocolate was won. Even Mr Croft had a go at
putt-putt! Thanks to everyone who came and had
some fun with us.
Congratulations to all the students who performed so
well at the Senior and Primary Nights of Celebration.
It was fantastic to hear see and hear the growth within
the Music Department.
A big ‘Thank you’ to all the parents and friends of CAST
who gave their time, efforts and support throughout
another very busy year.
On a personal note, I’d like to thank the wonderful staff
in the Creative Arts Department who have enabled our
students to grow and develop their creative skills in
2011: Ms Smith, Mrs Jurss, Mrs Thompson, Ms McLean,
Ms McGlynn, Ms Williamson, Mrs Lennon and Ms Watson.
Mrs Sherina Parker
Head of Creative Arts
2011 has been an outstanding
year of achievement in the
College sporting program.
The College won three TAS Premierships and had
81 teams competing last year. This has been due
to the dedicated efforts of many members of the
community; parents, students, teachers and
2011 saw the College sporting program move to
new heights with the launch of the TSAC Centre
of Sporting Excellence focussing on Swimming,
Tennis, Football and Athletics.
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