Hervey Bay Independent : 25th June 2015
1995 - 2015 A message from our principal As I refl ect on the past six months, I am very proud of our students and all that they have achieved. Some have tried a new sport and others have been involved in new extracurricular activities or worked towards academic goals, all with a strong focus on effort. I would like to thank the entire College staff for their commitment, care and dedication to doing all that they can to enable our students. Over the holidays, FCAC students will be involved in some exciting opportunities for outreach and promotion of our region. Eleven students and two teachers will travel to Fiji with parishioners from St John’s Anglican Church to fulfi l a mission project that has been twelve months in the making. The Church and College communities have been fundraising throughout the year for the construction of a house in the village of Koriopita. Another group of students will accompany me on an inaugural exchange trip with Ikuno High School, in Osaka, Japan. Our students will be ambassadors for FCAC as well as the Fraser Coast region. Ikuno has been travelling to Hervey Bay for 3 years and this will be the fi rst year that College are involved in this programme of English language development. I have no doubt that the students will have a wonderful time and learn much from this cultural exchange. Principal Leisa Harper Year 12 students from the 2014 Fiji mission get stuck into some carpentry work for local villagers and help deliver much needed care packages. Foundation Day – celebrating the past, present and future The Fraser Coast Anglican College community turned out in full force in April this year to celebrate the school’s Foundation Day and 20th birthday. Foundation parents Bruce and Michelle Wilson share their family’s connection with the College. F d i B d Mi h ll Wil h h i Despite the heavens opening up, it was an extra special day for the whole community with contributions from a handful of families who had been with the school since its humble beginnings in 1995. Jo-Anne Farrell, a mother of two foundation students, iced and decorated one of her family’s famous homemade fruit cakes for the school’s Foundation Day - much to the delight of staff and students. She said the school had made her children, Christopher and Kelly-Ann, feel as though they were part of something special - a bigger family comprised of unique and inspiring people from all walks of life. “Our kids loved their experience at the school, it put them in great stead for the lives they live now,” she told the Indy. “It’s a really family-oriented school, the teachers were all lovely and the principal would walk around and speak to the students every day.” Foundation parents Michelle and Bruce Wilson sent all four sons to the school and they too agreed the community spirit fostered by Fraser Coast Anglican College was a real point of difference. “They went out of their way to make the experience as good as it could be for each of our boys,” Michelle said. “It’s the caring and the support - they don’t just do it for the children, they do it for the families.” Principal’s contribution recognised by appointment In recent news, Fraser Coast Anglican College principal Leisa Harper has just been appointed as a director on the Board of Management for Independent Schools Queensland, the state regulatory body for independent schools. Independent schools have been serving communities throughout 1 | Fraser Coast Anglican College Queensland for more than 150 years, providing quality educational services to more than 116,000 students or 15 per cent of the state’s total enrolments. Mrs Harper said it was an honour to be appointed to the Board of Management and she was looking forward to contributing to independent schools more broadly throughout her three year term. She added that the ISQ provided wonderful support for independent schools across Queensland. The independent sector provides parents from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds a choice of school based on their particular values, community and culture. Fraser Coast Anglican College celebrated its 20th birthday earlier this year, a milestone that marks a long contribution to the Fraser Coast community. Since its inception in 1995, the College’s mission has been to contribute to the education and development of young people from the community in an environment founded and shaped by the Christian faith. Mrs Harper’s appointment as a director on the Board of Management for Independent Schools Queensland acknowledges the College’s contribution to the Wide Bay community and the independent school sector as a whole.
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