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Head of College – 2018, Term 2, Week 2

Developing hearts and minds for God

We focus on helping our students become more like the people God designed them to be. This includes helping them understand how to make the right choices in life. The Bible explains to us that it is from our inner being (in other words; heart, soul, or the principle place of our existence) that our thoughts, feelings and actions flow.

This is why our vision is to see young men and women with loving hearts and strong minds for God shine like stars as they pursue His purpose now and into eternity. One aspect of developing hearts and minds for God is looking after them. How best to teach our children and young people to look after their hearts and minds in the modern world requires wisdom. Proverbs 4:23 states; “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Over the coming weeks we will explore this verse further.

Senior Certificates: Queensland Certificate of Education QCE or Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement QCIA

Senior Phase teaching staff strive to support students to achieve their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and for some students with special needs their Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement. Over recent years we have been successful in lifting the percentage of Year 12 students completing their certificates to where it is rare that a student does not finish their certificate by the end of Year 12. Contributing to the success has been:

  • The ongoing strengthening of the partnership between families and staff working together to be there for the students through the right blend of challenge and care.
  • Sharper focus on relevant QCE pathway and subject selections.
  • Enhanced online learning resources.
  • Increased student focus on their studies.
  • Stronger tracking of individual students leading to earlier intervention.

We are very pleased with the very high percentage of Distance Education students who have completed their senior certificates in recent years. By authentically basing our work programs on the Australian Curriculum we help students develop the knowledge and skills they need to successfully achieve their senior certificates. Groves stands alone with its high achievement rate within the Queensland Independent School providers of Distance Education.

God bless,

Allan Weir
Head of College