Last chance for tickets to the Gala Dinner!


The Gala Dinner is a once-off event and I encourage you to join me in this special anniversary celebration next weekend. I greatly look forward to reflecting on our visionary beginnings, and honouring all those who have contributed to the growth of the College.

Northside Christian College began with one small class in 1985. There was one teacher, just 12 students and a handful of courageous parents who moved their children to a small new Christian school to start in that first year. At that time, Christian schooling was in its infancy. Despite this, a courageous group of men and women worked hard and aimed high. They had a vision of offering a school strongly grounded in its Christian worldview, and providing a quality standard of education. This little school has grown into the vibrant, Christ-centred College of around 1300 students that we see today.

Please join me at the 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner to reflect on a wonderful 30 years and to look to a bright and promising future. Further information on the event follows. Our host for the evening, Duncan Armstrong, has recorded this video message.

Details on the 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Ticket sales close Monday 28 July at 9.00am so that we can finalise numbers for catering.

Leighton Kuss

Year 7′s Amazing Trip to Canberra

Our Year 7 students enjoyed a wonderful time visiting Canberra, hitting the slopes and learning all about our nation’s capital. The parents and teachers who accompanied the students are to be commended for making the trip so memorable and rewarding. For a full wrap up, make sure you read this Thursday’s newsletter!


UNHCR World Refugee Day Art Competition

Congratulations to Year 10 students Kathleen O’Hagan and Bella Chaseling who have been named as finalists in the UNHCR World Refugee Day 2014 Art Competition Exhibition. Students were asked to reflect on UNHCR’s World Refugee Day theme “One Family Torn Apart by War is Too Many”.  There were over 500 entries from across Australia and New Zealand, and only 12 finalists were chosen. The drawings of the finalists were displayed at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre in Canberra and will be published in the upcoming 2015 UNHCR calendar. The artworks will also be featured on the UNHCR Twitter feed and Facebook page.

Well done girls!

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Bella Chaseling, Year 10
In my artwork there is a boy who is standing, emotionless just staring into space. He can’t feel anymore, he has felt and seen too much for his young age. He has lost all hope for the future, all he knows is sadness, and he doesn’t remember a time in his life when people were happy.

Kathleen O’Hagan, Year 10
I want to tell the story of the difficult choices some families have to make to leave all they love behind. The young girl, mother and baby have to leave their famine stricken land for food while the father stays behind and looks after the family cattle, most likely passed down through his family. You can see the village in the distance and other family members left behind also saying farewell as the father runs towards them and says goodbye. I tried to capture the grief that is caused not only by the refugee but those who are left behind and how much sadness this situation brings to families who face it.

QTAC Tertiary Information Night

Years 10 and 11 Students and Parents

Coming up on Monday 21 July is a great opportunity for parents and students to gain perspective on subject choices and alternative pathways to tertiary studies. Dianne Read from Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)  has a wealth of valuable information and suggestions. During the presentation, she will provide important perspective in this critical area. At the end of the evening an opportunity is made for questions to be answered about pathways to tertiary studies and associated areas. The Information Night will run from 7.00pm to 8.30pm and is highly recommended for students and parents in Years 10 and 11 this year.

Robin Grant
Careers Officer