Finding your place in the world
The transition from Primary to Secondary is an exciting and challenging time. During these years, it can feel like every aspect of life is changing.
At CalCC, our junior Secondary Learning Community (SLC) intentionally supports and empowers our early adolescent students by building and strengthening their sense of identity and self-efficacy. Our philosophy places a strong emphasis on student welfare and relationship in the pursuit of the best outcomes for each student. While still ensuring a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, our Junior Secondary program provides real-world and authentic learning in a wide range of subjects.
Our Junior Secondary program allows for a gradual transition into the rigours of Secondary learning, with the help of the following:
- Year Level Coordinators to better support specific age groups – change is rapid and we are there to support you at every stage of your student journey
- Opportunity for individualised learning in Mathematics and English – individualised learning means that you are able to learn at your own pace in order to gain a solid understanding for your future
- Extension and learning support programs – whether you want to push your learning to new heights or consolidate in areas where you need extra support, CalCC will provide the educational support for you to succeed
- Career exploration and guidance programs – we are keenly focused on your future and helping you explore your career goals; whatever you want your future to look like, we are here to help you make it happen
- Christian-based personal development programs – we offer all the care and support you need to become the best version of you
- Study Smart program to support study skills development – our Study Smart program is designed to empower you to develop the skills you need to embrace the future you want
- A wide selection of elective subjects – your study program can be as individual as you are. A broad range of subjects means you can follow your dreams and study in the areas you are passionate about pursuing
- Opportunities for community service and leadership development – we want you to develop your potential through meaningful engagement in service and community life, that’s why we help you to plug into growth opportunities that help you discover what you are made of and what you are capable of
- Weekly Christian Studies lessons where the Bible is explored – space to discover your place in the world and explore your worldview through a Biblical perspective
- Weekly Chapel services – these are times to celebrate life together
Through our academic and pastoral programs, students are challenged to become compassionate young people who demonstrate courage and integrity in their relationships both at the College and within the broader community.
Christian Living, Life Skills, Chapel, HPE / Sport / Recreation
Literacy and Numeracy
English, Mathematics, SOSE, Science
Students sample each Discovery Elective during Years 7 and 8 on a rotating basis of two subjects per term:
Music, Drama, Japanese, Visual Art, Industrial Skills, Fashion & Design (Home Economics), Computer Studies, Business Studies, Food & Nutrition (Hospitality)
The mental health and wellbeing of our students are paramount to our teaching at CalCC where we strive to make sure each and every child reaches their full potential. Our students are the reason for our educational business, making sure that they are able to cope with the normal stresses of life.
Through the Caloundra Christian College Foundations, our students will be able to speak the truth in the face of adversity, show strength when faced with challenges, and strive to be the best they can be, while discovering who they are and whose they are. A child that is unique and created in the image of God.
– Julie Lockyer, Deputy Principal.
Courage helps me to do more things outside of my comfort zone. My old school was so big that I could never do things on stage but since this is a smaller school I feel able to do things out of my comfort zone. I just love CalCC.
– Eva, Student
I like the school because it is a small close community. Everybody knows everybody’s name and you feel you can say hi to everyone because you know who they are.
– Toby, Student
Ready, Set, Launch!
This is a time of significant emotional growth and a time when a student’s identity begins to take a more defined form as they approach maturity and adulthood.
Our Senior Secondary Learning Community (SLC) is the final phase of a student’s time at CalCC. We place a distinct focus on student-driven pathways. This is the time to get future-ready.
At CalCC, we tailor-design education and training plans for each Senior student so they are equipped to achieve their individual goals. College life is not about our programs, it is about equipping students to take on the future they want.
what’s right for them
Our students have access to a wide range of general and applied curriculum offerings that are approved and supported by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).
Vocational education and training courses also equip students with nationally recognised qualifications in business, tourism, engineering pathways, health services, information communication technology, hospitality and Christian ministry. The College maintains close collaborations with trade training and tertiary institutions across the Sunshine Coast.
The College works closely with employers and training organisations to maximise long-term employment opportunities for our students.
Our students are encouraged to excel in their chosen pathways, be they academic and/or school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. Reaching for and achieving one’s personal goals is a sure foundation for a fulfilling and successful future. We encourage students to maximise the pathways they choose and we pile on the support and guidance to help them gain the most advantage possible from their schooling.
With an emphasis on developing leadership and citizenship skills, active community service, and sporting and extra-curricular opportunities, our students are supported to build strong foundations for an exciting and purposeful future after leaving College. They will take on challenges that establish confidence in their own talents, skills and abilities.
Students learn to think for themselves and extend their learning beyond the curriculum, with the knowledge that their teachers are always there for them if they need help and guidance.
Isaiah 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
The Pathways Program is designed to help students navigate their career pathways and discover their God-given purpose along the way.
For some students, there is a clear goal for them to march towards, while others have to grapple and wrestle with several options before settling on what it is they want to do.
Whatever their journey entails, we believe that every child is unique and made in God’s image and that He has a unique plan for each of their lives. We provide guidance and pathways to ensure students are able to reach their chosen goals.
Our extension program allows students with the proven academic capability to engage in our Flexi-learn Program, giving them the opportunity to choose from a wider selection of subjects including:
- Film, Television & New Media
- Legal Studies
- Modern History
EARLY UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
CalCC has partnerships with the following universities:
University of the Sunshine Coast
- Headstart Program: Students are able to complete university courses in addition to their CalCC subjects.
- UniSC Early Offer Guarantee scheme; Gain early entry to a UniSC program based on your academic potential, motivation, skills, talents and passion
Central Queensland University
- Start Uni Now (SUN): SUN is a CQUniversity initiative that provides students completing Year 10, or studying in years 11 and 12 a real university experience by combining your school study with the challenge of university level study
Queensland University of Technology
- STEM Internship Program: As an intern, students undertake collaborative, group STEM research projects, led by QUT STEM experts and linked to real-world research and industry challenges.
Students are also able to complete Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) as an entry pathway to their desired degree and to build confidence and capacity to help students succeed at university.
Traineeships, Vocational Education
As successful education is not just measured in academic grades, Caloundra Christian College supports students engaging in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. Our partnership with Mylestones Employment Agency has led to a number of successful School-based Traineeship appointments and part-time employment opportunities for students.
The College maintains close links with employers and training organisations to support students in completing a wide range of certificates to maximise long-term employment opportunities for students. Through partnerships with TAFE, Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Training Centre (SCTTTC), Kawana Waters Health Education Unit and Unity College students can complete qualifications in their chosen area of interest.
CalCC’s Work Experience Program offers real-world work experience to Year 10 students with many students securing part-time employment as a result. An increasing number of community employers approached CalCC as their preferred option to find casual and full-time employees, and/or trainees or apprentices.
Students can also be supported to commence their own small businesses.
It has really helped me to know that no matter how silly I think a question is, it has value to ask questions and it can help others too. This school makes other schools look boring.
– Judson, Student
CalCC is amazing because the teachers listen and help you when you need to ask a question. The students are friendly and make you feel comfortable when you start.
It’s fun because there are lots of fun afternoon sports you can join and create friends.
– Isaiah, Student
Being encouraged to improve has helped me to learn more. The school is great and the subjects and teachers are really great too.
– Ben, Student