Participate in a Focus Group

Dear Parents of Northside Christian College,

Our school is shaping its marketing plans for the future and as part of that process we want to hear your feedback about what we’re doing well and what we could improve at our college.

In early June we will be holding a number of independent focus group sessions with parents from across all year levels – from Kindy to Senior School – to learn about their experiences at the college.

We would like to invite you to participate in those sessions and to share your views and opinions.

If you would like to take part in this important initiative of the college, please contact Tilly Eggert, Marketing and Communications Coordinator by emailing before 29th May, as numbers for each focus group are limited. After this, further details will be sent to you.

We are looking forward to your participation.

Leighton Kuss

Junior School Sport

Cross Country Success!

The Junior School Cross Country Team has just completed one of the best seasons in recent history. It all started back in Term One, where over 60 students from Year Three to Six signed up for the Northside Cross Country Training Squad. Ably assisted by Mr Bannerman and Mr Gray the team committed to two training sessions a week to best prepare them for the three representative meets in Term Two.

The first of these meets was the Brisbane North District Championships which was held on Monday 27 April. This carnival is the first step in school sport representation. We had a number of students on the podium with Brooklyn Denton having won for the third year in a row.  In all, 7 students gained selection in the district team and will now compete at the Metropolitan North Championships on 26 May.  Northside won on overall points as well as percentage and also took home the Girls’ Division shield for the third year in a row.

Next on the calendar was the CSSA Carnival which was held on 4 April at Limestone Park, Ipswich. The team welcomed in the 9yr old competitor for their first representative carnival of the year. The competition at this carnival is always very strong as over 12 school from across South East Queensland come together to compete on a very gruelling course. Again we had some good individual results and as a team finished second overall on points as well as second on percentage.  Northside was the only school to finish in the top three in both aggregate and percentage.

The final carnival for the team was the inaugural Inter Collegiate (ICS) Cross Country Championships. In a new tradition of sporting culture, Northside competes against Westside Christian College and Citipointe across the 3 big carnivals, focussing solely on team results. The carnival allows both Junior and Secondary students to compete together as one big team, which is very exciting for the younger students. Junior School took out the 9yrs, 10yrs and 12yrs Girls’ Divisions and combined with secondary results took out the win for 2015.

Congratulations to all students who have been a part of the team for 2015 and special congratulations to the following students who go on to compete at the upcoming Metropolitan North Championships.

  • Hannah Munns – 1st Districts
  • Stella Botha – 8th Districts
  • William Harris – 6th Districts
  • Brooklyn Denton – 1st Districts, 1st CSSA
  • Samuel Dower – 2nd Districts
  • Thomas Grills – 4th Districts
  • Isabella Shuttleworth – 8th Districts

North District Sport Representative

Congratulations to Franceska Dancel-Roxas and Isabella Shuttleworth who have been selected in the North District Touch Team. The girls will compete at the Metropolitan North Carnival in early June.

Secondary Sport

The inter-house Cross Country kicked off sport for term two, as Wesley, Elliot, Booth and Graham raced around Marchant Park.  Booth took out top spot, stealing the win from Elliot house who was looking to back up its swimming carnival victory.  The age Champions were:

  • 12 Years, Jonathan Neilsen and Saskia Gunness;
  • 13 Years, Steven Bishop and Hannah Basson;
  • 14 Years, Kaleb Pascoe and Daniella Neilsen;
  • 15 Years, Izak Denton and Anna van de Weil;
  • 16 Years, Matthew Bishop and Nurim Kim;
  • Opens, Jeremy Solley and Josie Dower

Our Cross Country team then represented Northside at the North West District cross country, where we managed to win the Percentage Trophy and finish a tremendous second place overall.  Our Open Boys took out the top three places in their race – well done boys. Congratulations to all the runners and especially the following runners who were age champions: Steven Bishop, Jeremy Solley and Josie Dower.

These athletes were joined by Hannah Basson, Seth Hodges, Joel Hunter, Andrew Kim, Ethan Kuss, Zachary Lean, Brooklyn Marques-King, Jesse McRae, Matthew Mitchell, Joshua Morrison, Daniella Nielsen, Kyle Potgeiter, Taylah Rose, Emilio Smith Kyle Tye and Connr Yates to run at the Met North Cross Country.

On Tuesday 19 May, several Northside students are took in the Christian School National competition. The following students were selected to represent Queensland in either Athletics, Swimming, Soccer or Basketball: Josh Morrison (Athletics), Tiana Morrison (Athletics), Jeremy Solley (Athletics), Anna Berndt (Athletics), Jonathon Wickham (Athletics), Ajay Chungath (Athletics), Josie Dower (Athletics), Joshua Munns (Athletics), Connor Yates (Athletics), Josephine Giavon (Athletics and Soccer), Gianni Giavon (soccer), Tayla Bradley (Athletics and Basketball), Ethan Kuss (Swimming and Athletics), Gresham Kuss (Swimming), Patric Wright (Swimming). We hope these athletes have a great experience competing for their state.

Mr Tim Roberts
Secondary Sports Coordinator

Northside Music Department – Composer Spotlight

If you have seen the Northside Voice, or a Northside Musical, you would realise how fortunate we are to have so many top-rate performers at the College. But, did you know that Northside is currently home to some of the most talented student composers and song-writers in the State?

In each Newsletter for the remainder of the year, we will gain insight into the minds and work of some of our remarkable student composers – and we’ll get to hear some of their music!

Composer Spotlight, May 2015
Mr Maitlohn Drew interviews Year 11 student, Joe Kondo, about his song, Game Changer.

Joe, what is your starting point when you begin a new composing project?
Normally, it requires an important event in my life to occur. For example, this term I was inspired by something I heard at Easterfest. These important life events help me to form my musical ideas. From there, I’ll generally start with chordal movement on a keyboard, and I’ll progress by adding more specific rhythms and melodies.

Do you have a particular form or structure for your music?
My structure is generally very simple. I write an introduction, an “A” melody, a “B” Melody and as the song progresses I modify and change these original ideas.

I have noticed that your harmonic structure is quite complex and not necessarily “mainstream”. Do you know what has influenced your advanced harmonic ideas?
I like to listen to music that is perhaps a little strange and unusual – electro-swing or anime music. This has definitely had an influence on how I approach harmony.

You created the female vocals for this track using Vocaloid software. It’s incredible that you were able to program a female vocalist so flawlessly, I know that took a lot of time! For those of us who don’t understand Japanese fluently, what is the song about?
The song is called Game Changer. The term Game Changer is actually something I learnt in Chemistry this year pertaining to Science technology.  I combined this idea with something meaningful I learnt at Easterfest in April -  it is actually God who is the ultimate game changer. The three primary Japanese words I use in this song are translated to English to mean “bring back” “paying the price” and “change”. The song is about the “game changing” sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us.

Please listen’s to Joe’s composition, I guarantee you will be completely amazed by the work he is producing. Click here to listen.

Mr Maitlohn Drew
Head of Performing Arts