Staff and students were in the perfect place to be on a hot summers' day as team factions cheered for their champions at the 2016 Annual Austin Cove Baptist College Senior Inter-house Swimming Carnival.
Participation was great again this year as most found a way to contribute... some in more vital ways than others! Lunch was prepared, BBQ-style by Mr Casey and assistant, who cooked for the entire senior college.
As staff and students cooled off in the fantastic 50 metre pool at Mandurah's newest Aquatic facility, known locally as "The MARC", officials keep cool in the shade... or even air-conditioned comfort... as they tallied the results.
The College Radio Station - ACFM, which is soon to be expanding its' coverage from South Yunderup and Ravenswood into Pinjarra, had Year 10 reporter Claudia Bakitch on the job! (Click on the mics to hear her reports).
Much work has been taking place behind the scenes as staff and students prepare to deliver another outstanding college production.
Last year's "Bugsy-The Sequel", was lauded a huge success with sellout crowds over three nights at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and Show Director Steve Capener promises bigger and better this year.
"Neverland" will feature original music and dance produced at Austin Cove Baptist College and will again showcase the college's unique Circus Class skills, said Mr Capener.
The local community has gotten behind the annual college production with huge support from many local business including ALCOA Of Australia-Pinjarra Refinery, MDE Electrical, Satterley Property Group, Austin Lakes Estate, Avalon Earthworks, Magic Dirt Landscaping, Evolve Martial Arts, Peel Glass and Glazing, Ray White Mandurah, Muffin Break Pinjarra, and Park City Constructions.
Recess and lunch times are closely supervised and teachers will ensure that students are directed to the undercover areas or even possibly classrooms should it be determined necessary... and of course, we continue our policy of 'No Hat - No Play in the Sun'
Local Student Receives ECU Honour
Senior student Mylize Smith recently received a prestigious award issued by Western Australia's Edith Cowan University.
Principal Orlando dos Santos revealed she had won the ECU Personal Excellence Award.
The honour recognises outstanding commitment and diligence in Year 11 and comes with a $250 cash prize.
Mr dos Santos said Mylize had been an outstanding student and mentor, and was a fantastic role model for students wishing to succeed.
ECU Citizenship Award goes to ACBC Student
Austin Cove Baptist College student Masey Watson was awarded the Edith Cowan University Year 11 Citizenship Award for 2015.
Her family joined in the celebration as Principal Orlando dos Santos presented the certificate and read the citation to the beaming student at the end of her Year 11.
Mr dos Santos said he was proud of Masey and that she exemplifies the college ethos of Courage, Persistance, and Respect.
The award come with a $100 cash prize and is given in recognition of outstanding Citizenship, Leadership, and commitment to the values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry, and Personal Excellence.
AUSTIN Cove Baptist College is on the move!
After a spectacular start four years ago, the college has gone from strength to strength operating as “Two Schools – One College”, with Secondary principal Orlando dos Santos and Primary Principal Keith Newby delivering quality K-12 education from a single campus in Austin Lakes… however secondary is now poised to relocate to bigger, better facilities.
A modern, purpose-built secondary college is currently under construction in Austin Lakes and, when completed, will feature a 3000 seat auditorium, two libraries, Gymnasium, Sports Fields, Tennis and Basketball courts, seven classroom blocks, two science blocks, plus an early learning centre.
The building project will be progressive, with the college operating from the new site from 2016. Principal Orlando dos Santos says “It’s an exciting time for us as we continue to deliver excellence in education”.
The secondary college will continue to share resources with the primary college, although each will operate from standalone facilities. The College Radio Station, 87.6 ACFM, will continue to broadcast to the district from its studio at the school, and existing bus networks will expand to service the new site.
With 76 experienced staff spread over the two campuses next year, the co-educational colleges cater for 600 Kindergarten to Year 12 students, with the role expected to eventually expand to 1100 as the region grows.
Be sure to check in regularly for updated construction photos and videos as this exciting new chapter in the life of the college begins.
With core values of Courage, Persistance, and Respect students are reminded to continue to look to a positive future… to seek new vision, set new goals, dream big dreams, and never give up.
Austin Cove Baptist College in South Yunderup, a co-educational college, commenced in February 2011. Situated in the Austin Lakes development just east of Mandurah, it provides a high standard of education in a safe, caring and positive environment within a Christian context.
The College began with 351 students in February 2011 from Kindergarten to Year 8 and has quickly grown to 630 students from Kindergarten to Year 11. The College progressed to Year 12 in 2015. When fully developed we will will cater for 450 students in the Primary School and 760 students in the Secondary school.
The College Motto, "Run With Endurance", comes from a larger statement, "...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us..."(Hebrews 12:1) and relates to the journey that students have to undertake during their school years. At Austin Cove Baptist College, Parents, Teachers and Students are a dedicated team to help every student achieve success.