Soccer training at Kings Beach

On Monday afternoon members of the GV Caloundra soccer team said they were going to the beach to practice. I assumed that they meant that they were  for going to train for soccer by running along the beach, passing the ball, shooting for goals.

However, when I arrived all I found was students drinking Queensland beer. It seems that they were practicing their drinking not their soccer. I really hope they have something to celebrate on the 5th of December.


Has Renat become a GV Brisbane fan?


Renat is a former GV Caloundra student who now studies at GV Brisbane. He is coming to the big soccer game on the 5th of December, but who will he barrack for? Caloundra, where his old friends are, or for the GV Brisbane team? Perhaps he will even play against us.  

This is his message to us:

“Hi everyone, I’m going to visit Coloundra in 5th of December with the Brisbane soccer team so be careful coloundra)))) and see ya!!!”  RENAT

A message from Noriko

Hello Andy!
I’m Noriko Kimura from Japan☆Do you remember me?
Sorry,I send mail too late(>_<)
I ‘ll go training camp for get a driverslicense since Dec3(for 2weeks).
I’m exiciting♪
I think I’ll be able to drive around beautiful bridge in Tokyo on X’smas☆
Yes,I’m fine.Extra English?…….Mmmm(^v^;)
Do my best★
Thankyou reading
I’ll send mail again☆good bye.
                                                                      from Noriko♪

News from the Czech Republic

Well, today it is snowing……our first snow for the season.  Just thought I would let all you people in the beautiful sunshine in Australia know.
We went to Munich for the week-end as Monday was a holiday.  I will update you all on our last few weeks sometime over the week-end.  We had a fabulous time in Munich.  The BMW establishment there is amazing.  We enjoyed the beer halls of course.
Enjoy the sunshine!!
Catch you on email soon.
Mark & Karen Schebella (former Elementary teachers at GV)

Students tell of their terrifying experiences

This week students in Nicole’s Class were asked to recall some terrible experiences they had been through. The students got right into it and even took pictures to illustrate their tales of survival.   We hope you enjoy their stories



ABOVE: Eduardo relives the terror of being shot at.

When I was talking with my friends in front of the school 25th April 2000, a car almost collided with another car in front of us.

One of my friends shouted to them. “Be careful!!!”

Thereupon one guy who was inside the car shot outside through window of the car and the bullet hit me. The car went away at high speed. The gunman was never discovered. I survived fortunately.




ABOVE: Ricardo, “the Aussie man”, rescues Elly from dangerous surf.

It was a sunny day when Elly and a friend, who was visiting from the Gold Coast, went to Kings Beach in Caloundra. They were having fun swimming in the sea when Elly had a near-death experience. She was swimming when suddenly a big, strong wave pushed her over, she couldn’t touch the bottom, she felt like she would die!. She screamed for help to an Australian man who was swimming near her. He asked: “Can you swim?” And she answered, “No, I can’t”. So he pulled her out of the water.  Elly was very scared and she coughed a lot. The Australian man saved her life.




ABOVE: James and his classmates are heading for disaster

James told us of an experience that almost killed him 4months ago.

 One day, James drove a cultivation machine down a steep hill in his hometown. But he wasn’t concentrating on driving. Unfortunately, he fell to the ground, after that the cultivating machine squashed his leg for a long time. James almost died. But God didn’t throw him away.

So he is still alive today .  

My new life in Australia – Update from Yula

Hi everyone at G.V.  This is YULA.  I used to study at GV several months ago just like you guys.  I am just visiting CALOUNDRA again for a holiday from MELBOURNE.  I have been in AUSTRALIA for about 10 months now and I have done many things such as travelling,studying and working as well.

It has been quite an adventure and I have had a lot of challenges. Whatever I do ,wherever I go , I always do my best and try to enjoy myself.  Wherever I go, I always think CALOUNDRA is the best place, because it feels like my hometown in Australia and because of GV, the beautiful weather and the great memories I have from here.  That is why this is my second time to visit Caloundra since I left.

How lucky you guys are because you have decided to live here. Oneday, if you move to another city, you will know what I mean. 

Nevertheless, I am living in Melbourne at the moment for study and further travel.  Actually, I have just finished my schooling. I have done a TESOL course. The reason I decided to do this course was to study English in a different way, even though some of my friends who already had done TESOL told me it is not easy at all and not so enjoyable. Honestly,it was quite difficult. I even thought about giving it away as it was a little bit boring at the beginning of the course. But I was surprised that I get totally engaged in the class. It was really interesting and even amazing.  I learned how to organize the lesson all together with listening, writing, speaking and reading etc. It reminded me that, actually when we have a speaking class, we are listening too at the same time. When we have a reading task we are learning vocabulary even grammar and so on. They are not isolated tasks. 

When I started doing lessons in English at G.V, I didn’t know why the teacher asked me do a task, or

why I should read loudly or why I should do group work, but now I know why I should do things like that, why my teacher asked me to do things. Now I understand how a teacher organizs a lesson to include the students.

It’s pretty technical and it honestly surprised me. In my point of view, you guys are leaning many things without knowing it through the your teacher’s magic way.

If you guys get a chance, I recommend you do a TESOL course.

I hope you guys find this interestings and helpful regardness of whether or not you know me.

Enjoy your life in Australia and good luck.