Andrea pours a good champagne!

Teachers at Andy’s farewell drinks last night were delighted to be served by Andrea…

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Andrea has been working at Don’s for about 5 months now, first working in food preparation and then moving to her current waitressing job.  Andrea prefers her current role as it’s a bit less stressful than in the kitchen, and she has the added bonus of having plenty of opportunity for English practice.

Andrea found her job simply by dropping her resume in and chatting to Clyde, the owner – proving that there’s no better way to find work than getting out there and visiting lots of shops!

Thanks for looking after us, Andrea – it was a great night.

(The Don is a great little bar, by the way.  Take advantage of their $10 pizzas, grab a beer and watch the surf rolling onto Bribie Island.  Just lovely!)

Andy’s last day!

After 17 months of service above and beyond the call of duty, Andy is leaving us to travel around the world.

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So, it is with much sadness and a great deal of envy we say goodbye and ‘bon voyage’ to Andy and his lovely family. Oh, just one more thing Andy, send us a post card or two. We’ll miss you. 

Kyohei and Aki return to base

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After class on Friday I was glad to see two ex-Global students, Aki (left) and Kyohei (right), walk into my office.

Kyohei, has been working in Bundaberg for 3 months and was working 7 days a week in the peak time. He was picking capsicums and tomatoes in the hot summer sun. He stayed in a share house with Yan and Jennifer (also former Caloundra students – now picking in Stanthorpe, Queensland) and had a great time especially at the pub on Friday night  because Friday was pay day.

Aki is  living in Brisbane at the moment. Today he was in Caloundra looking for work and has been promised a job in February, so we should see more of his smiling face at the campus.

Good luck guys.

Girls and guys needed for the local soccer team.

After the success of the Tri School Shield Soccer Competition in December, we have been approached by the Caloundra Shelly Park United Football Club. Their president Chris McCormack sent me this message:

To the students at GV Caloundra,
This year we will have 1st and 2nd division teams. There will be 11 teams in the Division 1 competition and the same number in the Division 2 competition.  We have gained the talents of a coach who has had international experience in the UK and America. He will be running the seniors program.
We also run teams in a very strong Ladies competition.
We are looking for players of all ages and in particular for the 1st and 2nd Division Mens and Womens teams.
Sign-on days will be        Saturday 31st January 2009        10am to 2pm
                                     Sunday 1st February 2009           10am to 2pm
                                    Thursday 5th February 2009           5pm to 8pm
                                    Saturday 7th February 2009          10am to 2pm
                                    Sunday  8th February 2009            10am to 2pm
If any of you want to attend please bring your passport and a passport size photo of yourself. An Australian Driver’s Licence is also OK.
If you have any question I can be contacted on the following numbers:
Work    5491 1422                                   Mobile    0422824638
I look forward to meeting some of you on sign-on days.
Regards
Chris McCormack
President Caloundra Shelly Park United Football Club

Aussie Quiz this Friday

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This Friday is the last school day before Australia Day and we want to know how much you know about the country you are living in.

You will be divided into teams to play against each other for an AWESOME AUSSIE PRIZE.

We will have questions (some easy, some more difficult) in the following categories, so use the next few days to read up on everything Australian:

Australian Geography

Indigenous Animals and Plants

Famous Aussies

Australian History

Australia’s Sporting Culture

Aussie Slang

Australia’s Best Coastal City – Caloundra 

Remember there are lots of great activities happening on the Sunny Coast and Monday 26 of January is a public holiday. Classes resume Tuesday, 27 January.

Australia Day at Australia Zoo

Date: Monday 26th January 2009
Location: Australia Zoo

 If you have never been to Australia Zoo then this could be an ideal day for your first visit. 

John Williamson, the famous Aussie musician who was a friend of Steve Irwin – Crocodile Hunter, will help locals and international guests celebrate Australia Day on January 26 at 10:30am. You will also find kangaroos to pat, koalas to cuddle and of course crocodiles to stay away from.

A HOME AMONG THE GUM TREES sung by John Williamson at Australia Zoo
I’ve been around the world a couple of times, or maybe more,
I’ve seen the sights, I’ve had delights on every foreign shore,
but when my mates all ask me the place that I adore,
I tell them right away.

Give me a home among the gum trees,
with lots of plum trees, a sheep or two, a ka-kangaroo.
A clothes line out the back, verandah out the front,
and an old rocking chair.

You can see me in the kitchen cooking up a roast,
or Vegemite on toast, just you and me, a cup of tea.
And later on we’ll settle down and mull up on the porch,
and watch the possums play.

Give me a home among the gum trees,
with lots of plum trees, a sheep or two, a ka-kangaroo.
A clothes line out the back, verandah out the front,
and an old rocking chair.

There’s a Safeway up the corner, and a Woolys down the street,
a brand new place theyve opened up where they regulate the heat,
but I’d trade them all tomorrow for a simple bush retreat
where the kookaburras call.

Give me a home among the gum trees,
with lots of plum trees, a sheep or two, a ka-kangaroo.
A clothes line out the back, verandah out the front,
and an old rocking chair.

Some people like their houses with fences all around,
others live in mansions, and some beneath the ground.
But Me, I like the bush, you know with rabbits running ’round,
and a pumpkin vine out the back.

Give me a home among the gum trees,
with lots of plum trees, a sheep or two, a ka-kangaroo.
A clothes line out the back, verandah out the front,
and an old rocking chair.

Give me a home among the gum trees,
with lots of plum trees, a sheep or two, a ka-kangaroo.
A clothes line out the back, verandah out the front,
and an old rocking chair.