Issue 19 | 27 November 2018

Mr Graham Baird, Principal

Principal’s Briefing

It is hard to believe that November is more than half over and that we are busy thinking and planning for 2019.

Just a reminder that our Year 1-6 Awards Night Program is scheduled to begin at 6.30 pm on Monday 10 December while the Year 7-12 Awards Night Program will commence at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 11 December. It is important to be there and settled a little early so that we can start these programs on time.  This year, student reports will be available on the Parent Portal immediately following each of the Awards Night Programs.  Please note that it is important that parents supervise their students at all times on Awards Night.  As this is an official College function we expect that all students who attend are in full and correct uniform. Thank you for your support with these important requests.

Our Prep students will have their Christmas Program on Friday December 7 and they will receive their completion certificates at the end of that program.

Time has been set aside on Wednesday 12 December between the hours of 9.30 and 12.30 for parents to discuss matters of serious concern in relation to their student’s report. Please ring College Reception after 8.30am on Wednesday morning to make an appointment.

Each year we have some members of our team leave us to take up new responsibilities.  Having staff members move away is always sad but they go to their new place of employment with our blessing and best wishes for the future.  I would like to begin by acknowledging Mr Greenland who is retiring after many years of faithful service to Northpine and we would like to wish him much of God’s blessing for the future. Both Mrs Rowe and Mrs Rusterholz left on maternity leave earlier this year and were very ably replaced by Mrs Forbes and Mrs Cherry.  I would like to thank each of these ladies for their faithful service this year and wish them blessings for 2019 and beyond.  Ms Arnold, Mr Dever and Mrs Willcocks have been an important part of our team for a number of years now and all have had a positive impact on our students and our community in a variety of ways and we wish them much of God’s blessing as they move to other places to serve. Mrs Bond took maternity leave earlier this year and Mrs Philippa Graham joined us as her replacement. We wish them both much of God’s blessing as they follow His leading for the future. For many years, Mrs Borody and Mrs Green shared the responsibility of teaching our Home Economics classes.  Earlier this year Mrs Green left us and we had Mrs Tams join the team. We have been blessed by the work that each of these three ladies has done for our students. I am sure that we will see them around the College in some capacity or other in the future. Earlier this year we farewelled Mr Thorley from our IT Department. It is time to acknowledge his contribution to Northpine.

With the sadness of farewells we also have the joy of welcoming new members to the team. First I would like to welcome Mrs Doyle (Yr 3), and Mrs Martin (Yr 5) to our Primary team for 2019. It is great to be able to announce that Ms Kent (English/Science), Ms Campbell (Home Ec), Ms Murray (English/History) Mrs Westerink (Secondary NCCD Support), Mr Bastos (Maths/Science), Mr Metz (PDHPE/Outdoor ED) and Mr Richardson (PE/Bible) will all be joining us on the Secondary team for 2019.

Please note that the College Office will close for the holiday break at 3:30 pm on Friday 14 December 2018 and re-open for business at 8.30 am on Monday 7 January 2019. The office will also be closed for the morning on Thursday 13 December for our staff end of year celebrations.

Thanks for taking the time to keep up with our news.

-Mr Graham Baird, Principal

Merit Awards

Merit Awards

Congratulations to our weekly Infant and Junior School award winners! Our students continue to excel in so many areas. Week 6 awards were only for Prep and Year 1. Here are the names of our most recent Merit Award winners:

Class Week 7 Week 6
Prep A Ryan Lane
Harrison McKillop
Declan Clayton
Aayush Nair
Prep B Ava Hawken
William Dutta
Hunter Asher
Dante Jovanovic
Prep C Heidi Charters
Zari Branco
Polly de Longis
Stephen Ndlovu
1A Evanya Kumarathevan
Joseph Clifton
Emjay Mcdonagh
Alex Morrissey
1B Graciee Doherty
Jarrod Hill
Rutendo Zinyemba
Chastain Yu
1C Connor Camps
Akira Costa
Joel Dalman
Tommy Cooke
2A Hayley Hetti Arachchige
Caleb Lindsay
2B Sarah Walker
Amayla Lumsden
2C Riley Lawton
Luarona Fesolai-Toalua
3A Mollie-J Goodwin
Jake Magin
3B Archie Aitchison-Street
Callan Meighan
3C Abbey Wilson
Abigail Wren
4A April Love
Huxley Ah-Him
4B Asela Mosese
Nadia Tunufai
4C Stella Mendoza
Sienna Whiston
5A Mitchell Reid
Jared Oxford
5B Sarah Mega
Claire Meale
5C Coen Dickson
Raphael Bates
6A Angelique Calcutt
Ethan Delaney
6B Dimity Forbes
Harry Le Clercq
6C Tahliya Earnest
Kirra Davy
Music (P-2) Frank Porter Graciee Doherty
Music (3-6) Bella Camps
PE (P-2) Kiara Waterman
Byron Jennings
Tasiretta Fesolai-Toalua
Matthew Stainwall
PE (3-6) Madeline Hawes
Alfie Bullock
Digital Tech (P-3) Stephen Ndlovu Elesha Kickbush
Digital Tech (4-6) Timanu Sanggaran
Byron Hardaker
LOTE Amelia Thompson
Pierson Castle
Infants Week 6

Infants Week 6

Infants Week 7

Infants Week 7

Juniors Week 7

Juniors Week 7

Year 12 Dedication Night

On Wednesday 14 November, the Northpine Year 12 Class of 2018 gathered in the Performing Arts Centre for their Dedication. The Northpine Chaplaincy Department ran the service, saying, “As the Class of 2018 looks forward to the next phase of their lives, they will be challenged to apply the academic, spiritual and life skills they have learnt at Northpine. It is also an opportunity to dedicate these students to a life of service for others, and for God.”

The program was formal, with speeches from the Principal, Mr Graham Baird, and the Senior Coordinator, Mr Rob Wareham. Year 12 student Shayleigh Melville performed an original song for her classmates. School Captains Benjamin Holmlund and Natalia Perez both addressed their class and thanked their families and teachers for their support throughout the years. Guest speaker Chris Starrett, a former Northpine teacher who taught the Class of 2018 when they were in Year 8, spoke on the importance of setting goals for your life.

At the end of the service, each member of the class brought a lantern to the front. All lanterns were lit from the same candle, symbolising the gifts and knowledge each of the students acquired during their time at Northpine. They were challenged to take their lanterns and share them with the world. As they stood on the stage, their Year 12 teachers—Aimee Page, Colin Wilson and Christia Willcocks—read the final roll call. Northpine Christian College would like to congratulate the Class of 2018 on finishing their schooling and we all look forward to seeing where their light spreads.

Year 12 Formal

On Thursday 15 November, the Northpine Class of 2018 gathered for their Year 12 Formal at Sandstone Point Hotel. They arrived to make their red carpet entrance, cheered on by friends and family. Dinner soon followed inside the hotel.

The following morning, the Northpine Staff hosted the Year 12 Class for breakfast at the school, and the whole school sent them off with a Guard of Honour ceremony. We wish them all the best as they begin a new phase of their lives!

StormForce ADRA Pantry Donations

Throughout the school year, the Primary School has been participating in Stormforce Challenges, to serve the local community. Recently, the Stormforce leadership team wanted to challenge the students with something more physical that could show tangible results.

They contacted John Taylor, who coordinates the ADRA Pantry at Pine Rivers Church, to ask about possible donations from students. He indicated that he was always looking for more non-perishable food for the pantry. Not long after, the Primary School students began bringing non-perishable food donations to their classes.

On Tuesday, 20 November, John and his team visited the Infant and Junior Schools during their chapels to talk about where their donations were going. All of the food items were put on the stage. We are proud of all of the students’ willingness to give, as the sheer number of donations was impressive when added together. We hope that these lessons in service will continue to inspire our students to serve and give to others less fortunate.

Acts of Kindness Change the Community

Students in Year 9 at Northpine Christian College have been working hard, both behind the scenes and in the community over the last few months.

The journey commenced at the beginning of the 2018 school year when these students took part in a well-being program called, “Challenge – The Next Step”. The philosophy of this program is to develop, Respect, Resilience and Responsibility.

At the beginning of the year students were each given $20 and challenged to multiply this money. Typically, every year students are not only able to pay back their money, but they make a collective profit of approximately $2,000. This money is then put back into our local communities. This year students have been able to purchase 92 boxes for the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoebox Appeal. They have also undertaken a number of service projects, including backyard blitzes and kids programs. What an amazing experience for all those involved!

Year 9 students loved to see the smiles on faces of children who received an unexpected present. Not only were the children blown away by our students’ generosity, but all of the service project managers as well as our staff. However, maybe those who received the most out of the experience were actually the Year 9 students themselves who gained skills through running games, interacting with others and solving problems throughout construction tasks.

A special mention should go out to Ray White, Woody Point who generously donated gift vouchers for the BBQ that was purchased for one of our families and also to Dulux, Lawnton who donated many hundreds of dollars for the paint used in service projects. This would not be possible without the support of these organisations.

Well done, Year 9 students for making such a difference in our community.

Councillor Sims Library Visit

Our week began with a special visit from Councillor Denise Sims from Moreton Bay Regional Council.  She presented certificates to students, Genevieve Dennis and Amy Wiggill, who completed their Premier’s Reading Challenge earlier this year. Councillor Sims shared with the Middle and Senior school students about the value of reading and spoke of a book that changed her life.

While here, Councillor Sims also visited the teachers of our winning classes who had 100% of their students reaching their reading goals for the PRC. For their great effort, these classes each received a monetary prize donated by Councillor Sims and Moreton Bay Regional Council. Our runners-up prize went to 6C, who used their prize money to purchase food items which were donated to ADRA to help needy people in the community. She visited with some of our Infant students, finding out about their favourite books, and congratulated Faith Luck and Abigail Wong from 1A for their outstanding efforts in reading over 140 books each in the PRC.

Well done to all our students who achieved their reading goals during the Challenge, and especially those who continue to read all year round.

Mrs Carseldine and Mrs Mamata wish you all a happy, safe and blessed Christmas.

Northpine Student Becomes Karate Champion

Year 6 student, Jake Ayres, competed in the GKR International Karate ‘National Finals’ Tournament in Melbourne on Saturday and took Gold in his age group. He is now the National Kumite Champion for 2018 for his age division.

The tournament was held at the Wantirna South Sports Stadium in Victoria. Over 620 competitors from all over Australia and New Zealand were qualified to enter. Jake made it through four gruelling rounds to make it to the final and eventually win, making him the National Champion for his age group. Some of the opponents were black belts, including a first dan black belt, yet Jake still held his ground and won every fight.

Jake started karate at four years old and is a member of the Qld State Team. Jake trains at least three to four times a week in Albany Creek and Belmont. Great job Jake, your parents and school are very proud!

Primary Values Program

Throughout the year, the Primary School has been learning about a new value each week. Some examples include responsibility, integrity and respect. On Monday 26 November, each student in the Primary School was given a glow stick to remind them that “Good Character Shines Through” and to use these values in their everyday lives. It also corresponds with the themed Bible verse for the Values Program, Matthew 5:16, “Don’t hide your light! Let your light shine for all. Let your good deeds glow. That way others will praise God.”

Primary Sports

Congratulations to Stradbroke house for winning this year’s perpetual trophy at the Junior Swimming Carnival. It was great to see so many family members come out and cheer on the students. It was a wonderful day of swimming – well done students and thank you staff for making the event a memorable one.

Infant Swimming Galas – 28 November

Year 1 9:15-10:30am

Prep 11:00am-12:15pm

Year 2 1:30-2:45pm

We look forward to seeing family members come out and support their children as they showcase their swimming skills on Wednesday 28 November.

Thank you to Jasper from Queensland Cricket for coaching our students in the After School Cricket Program this term.

Thank you to Nick and Tim for visiting our college to coach golf to the Year 4&5 classes last week

Thank you to Volleyball Queensland for introducing Spike Zone (Volleyball for Kids) to year 3&6 classes at the end of Term 4

Reducing “HANGRY” Time

Danielle Savic is a paediatric dietician working for Paeds in a Pod who is writing a series for us full of information and advice to help you make informed decisions about your child’s nutritional health.

Afternoon tea can be a time when you might find your little one is “HANGRY!”. They’ve had a huge day at school or day care where they’ve burned a lot of energy and perhaps were too excited or too engrossed in what they were doing to eat all of their morning tea and lunch.

As adults, we see if we miss a meal or deprive ourselves at lunch time e.g. when you only eat a salad for lunch and by 2:30 you could eat a whole loaf of bread! Well, this is just like what children experience. Except, often, they expend or burn a lot more energy than we do.

If your little one is complaining of being ravenous at this time, try and suss out when they had morning tea/lunch and what they actually ate. If you’ve got a fussy eater and they choose NOT to eat their lunch box food because they prefer hot 2 minute noodles at home, I’d be more inclined to offer them the food they didn’t eat from their lunch box.

If they have eaten all their food during the day and are genuinely hungry, try some of these healthy afternoon snacks:

  1. 1 thick slice fruit toast with margarine +/- piece of fruit
  2. 2 wholegrain crackers with cheese + carrot sticks
  3. Homemade banana bread with peanut butter
  4. Milkshake – milk, strawberries and ice
  5. Fruit
  6. Vegetable sticks with dip or cheese

We don’t necessarily want to fill them up so much that they don’t want dinner (so no full sized meals) but a snack that has carbohydrates to replenish any used energy stores and some protein and/or healthy fats can be a great way to tide them over until dinner time.

If your little one is not achieving the amount of fruit and veggies or dairy in their day this might be the perfect time to pop in that extra serve.

As always, if you feel like you have tried the best you can and are still struggling, please book in to see me and we can create a personalized plan for you and your little one!

-Danielle Savic


OSHClub Holidays Program

You can find information on the OSHClub School Holidays program here.

MBRC Active Holidays Program

Moreton Bay Regional Council – Healthy & Active Moreton has 100s of free and low-cost recreation, sport, fitness and wellness activities available for residents to participate in through to the end of the year and start of 2019, so there is no excuse not to stay healthy & active in the festive season. Healthy & Active Moreton has activities running daily until mid-December for students and families, and Active Holidays will kick the holiday boredom from early January 2019. Bookings are required for all activities. For more information visit and

You can find more information attached here.

Positive Parenting Seminar

Brisbane Roar Holiday Clinics

The Brisbane Roar are bringing their Roar Active Holiday Clinics for ages 6-12 to the following ever-popular indoor locations. This is an ideal way to gain extra skills playing the beautiful game while having FUN with our expert team of coaches.


17th 18th 19th December- Brisbane City Indoor Sports Centre, Newmarket – 9:00am – 12:00pm

17th 18th 19th December – Brisbane City Indoor Sports Centre, Coorparoo –  9:00am – 12:00pm

20th 21st December – Morayfield Sports Centre , age 6-8 9am-12pm ages 9-12 12-30pm – 3-30pm

20th 21st December – Living Faith Indoor Sports Hall, Murrumba Downs ages 6-8 9am-12pm ages 9-12 1pm-4pm


16th 17th 18th January – Brisbane city Indoor Sports, Coorparoo 9am-12pm

16th 17th 18th January – Caloundra Indoor Stadium, Caloundra 9am-12pm

21st 22nd 23rd January –  Brisbane city Indoor Sports, Newmarket – 9am-12pm

22nd 23rd January  – Living Faith School, Murrumba Downs ages 6-8 9am-12pm ages 9-12 1pm-4pm

24th 25th January – Morayfield Sports Centre, ages 6-8 9am-12pm ages 9-12 12-30pm – 3-30pm

Wonderful clinics for children to learn new skills while having FUN playing our beautiful game in a safe environment.

To view, receive more information and register for these clinics please go to  and select Holiday Programs.

Tell your friends, places will be limited and we hope you can join us for some football fun with our Brisbane Roar Coaching Team.

  • The Brisbane Roar, Roar Active Program aims to promote the growth and development of football in Queensland by offering juniors the opportunity to experience a Hyundai A-League game. As a thank you for participating in a Roar Active Clinic, you will receive 1 Adult + 1 Child pass to the Hyundai A-League Round  at Suncorp Stadium . Your offer code will be sent out via email

Story Dogs

Do you have a well-behaved, fairly obedient dog that likes to be around children? Do you have a couple of hours free each week of the school terms?  Then you and your dog could help the children of Northpine Christian College become confident, accomplished readers. If you are keen but not sure your dog is up to it at the moment, call or email story dog coordinator.   Also check out the web page for lots of info on Story Dogs:

There is a process to go through, and all dogs need to pass an assessment, but you are supported through the process by your coordinator.

Story Dogs is a volunteer program started in 2009 in Murwillumbah, NSW; it is based on an American program called Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) which has been going for 15 years. Story Dogs improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method – reading to lovable, gentle dogs.  Why dogs? Learning to read is often less about intellectual limitation than about overcoming fears. “Fear can destroy intelligence,” says educator William Ayers. Animals are ideal reading companions because they help increase relaxation and lower blood pressure, listen attentively, do not judge, laugh or criticise, allow children to proceed at their own pace, and are less intimidating than peers or adults. (source: The targeted age group is Year 2.

Hilary Paull

Story Dog coordinator Northwest Brisbane

Ph: 32894152


Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Bookings – January 2019

Uniform Fitting Appointments for back to school requirements are now open


  • 3 & 5 December — 9:00am – 11:00am
  • 21 – 24 January — 8:30am – 3:00pm


  • 8:30 – 11:00am by appointment only
  • 1:00 – 3:00pm no appointment necessary

Book Online:

Booking code: v6a9n

There are 4 places available for each time slot, so please book siblings together in the one time slot where possible.


If you want to escape the back to school rush, online ordering is available at

Orders will be processed after closing each day from January 21st to 29th and available for pick up the next day.  Sizing guides are available on the website.


Donations of second hand uniforms are welcome and sold in the shop.

Enquiries: 3204 5972 or

Re-enrolment Forms

Thank you to those who have returned their re-enrolment forms to the office. If your forms are still outstanding please return them as soon as possible. This helps us best plan for the 2019 school year.

Northpine Alumni

Calling All Alumni!

Northpine has amassed a tremendously talented and diverse group of alumni throughout the years. Now, we want to connect with them, share news about their old school and learn about what they have been up to.

If you are a former student of Northpine Christian College, please visit this page and fill out the form. We also encourage you to share it with all of your classmates. If you have any questions or wish to share information with us, please email

Upcoming Events Photo

Upcoming Events

27 November: Yr 9 TNS Parent Evening

28 November: Prep – Yr 2 Swimming Carnival

29 November – 4 December: Year 7-9 Exams

30 November: Yrs 10 and 11 Activities

6 December: Prep Activity Day

7 December: Prep Christmas Concert

For more info please visit our School Calendar