And the Winner is…

The first Global Village Maroochydore Photo Competition has come to an end! Thanks to all of you who put in your amazing photos but there can be only one 1st prize, this time going to Lukas with his shot of Sunshine Plaza at night.

An amazing photo, you would have to agree! Lukas won a trip to Rainbow Beach to feed wild dolphins, courtesy of the lovely people at Tribal Travel.

There was also a runner-up in the competition which went to Stephanie, her photo was captured at just the right moment as the sun was setting. She took home a double pass to Underwater World also thanks to Tribal Travel.

Perhaps in the future GV Maroochydore can claim it was the starting block for these professional photographers!

An Afternoon Cruise

On Friday afternoon 30 lucky students got to cruise up the Maroochy River and enjoy an on board BBQ and beers. We hired three boats to set off down the river in, thank you to Gauthier, Jonas and Julie who volunteered to captain the boats.

It was the perfect way to end a busy week and was lots of fun!

GV Sunshine Coast Is Sweet!

On Monday afternoon our school was filled with lovely sweet smells as students made two delicious summer desserts.

With Queensland producing the best mangoes and macadamia nuts in the world a summer dessert without them should be a crime! Our first dessert was a mango-macadamia ice cream cake.

With a crushed Anzac biscuit base, vanilla ice cream with macadamia nuts throughout and mango and passionfruit topping this cake was simply delicious.

The second desserts were berry parfait which were made with vanilla yoghurt, thickened cream, orange zest, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries – they were also a big hit!

Study Tips for FCE and CAE Exams

It’s that time of year when tests are just days away and I know you must be feeling nervous, so I thought a few tips could be useful to you!

When it comes to speaking and writing what you say and write is equally important as how you say and write it.


  • Answer the question! Don’t just single out the topic and discuss it randomly. Listen to the question or instruction and answer it properly.
  • Make sure you use vocaularly appropriate to the topic and your level.
  • Don’t try to impress the examiner by using vocabulary you know you can’t pronounce because you will get nervous and will probaly make a mistake.
  • Speak loudly, clearly and try not to speak too quickly.
  • Listen to the question and pay attention to the tense used. In other words, don’t use past tense if you are supposed to discuss what you will be doing next year.


  • Answer the question! Don’t get off track.
  • Think about the following; What is the purpose of the writing task? Who are you writing to? Who will read what you are writing? What style or register do you have to use?
  • Choose the vocabulary carefully, it needs to be specific to the topic.
  • Avoid repetition, try to use synonyms as an alternative.
  • Are you using the correct tense?
  • Punctuate!
  • Use signal words to help you order your ideas or to move from paragraph to paragraph.


  • Scan the questions quickly to try to get an idea about what you’ll be listening to.
  • Underline any words that you think may be important or unusual and think of an antonym or synonym.
  • Listen for signal words that may indicate a contrasting view / opinion.
  • Always write something down, never leave a question blank, that way you have some chance of getting it right.
  • Listen for words / phrases that may be similar to those written in the question.


  • Read the text to get an overall idea of what you’re reading. Write a few key words next to each paragraph to prompt your memory when you are looking for specific information.
  • Read the questions and underline key words.
  • Skim the text to identify main ideas. Remember, important information is often found in the first and last sentences of a paragraph.
  • Look for synonyms, antonyms or signal words that could be helpful.
  • Always write something down, even if you don’t know the answer.

Good luck!

Patty Thomas. (Academic Manager – GV Sunshine Coast – Maroochydore Campus) 


This Weeks Job Update

With Christmas Holidays coming up many businesses are searching for extra help during their busy season. Always keep a resume in your bag when your out and about as many businesses put up job opportunities on their windows.

You might even like to put your feet in Santa’s boots for a few weeks! 

Santa’s Wanted

$22-$30 per hour, flexible hours close to home, jolly and outgoing personality, enjoys working with kids. Call Santa’s hotline on 1800753390

Casual Sales Fashion – Sunnygirl Australia 

Casual sales person for Sunshine Plaza Maroochydore store.

You should be excited by the fashion industry and enjoy the challenge of meeting sales targets. Apply online at:

Food and Beverage

NO experience required, but must be enthusiastic and have a great attitude Exp will be a bonus, Attitude is more important. Please email resumes to:


Must be available nights and weekends. Please email resume to:

House keeper required – $ plus accom Sunshine Coast Hostel

Seeking a house keeper to work approximately 20 hrs/wk for accommodation in an ensuited four bed dorm in our hostel in Mooloolaba, on the sunshine coast, 2 blocks from the beach, and right on the canal. There is also $ for the right applicant. We are looking for someone who is female, good with kids, and doesn’t mind hard work and getting dirty. You will do laundry, make beds, vacuum, clean in general and look after animals: chickens, ducks and quails. You will work off the site of the hostel at a private residential home. It is a nice home looking over the ocean. Please send a pic and cv to

Languages other than English a bonus! Must be willing to commit for 3 months. 0424444205

Commercial Cleaner

4am start! Maroochydore, ABN required some weekend work. Call 0458149798

Casual Chef/Cook/Baristas and Bar Staff

Immediate start, beachside location. Phone 54996600

Cleaner (casual)

Experienced cleaners required for bond and house cleaning. Night and day shifts available, must be available to work throughout December and January. To apply please email

Live-in nanny needed on Sunshine Coast

Starting Feb 2010, live-in nanny needed to look after our awesome 1 year old boy. Mum, dad and bub live in huge 3 storey house in beautiful Bli Bli- you will have your own level of the house with bedroom with adjoining deck, bathroom, kitchenette and living room!  Please contact Vanessa

Take away cook/customer service

An experienced fast-food cook /customer service specialist is required for a busy take away store in Maroochydore. Must be available for one day of the weekend plus weekday shifts. Resumes can be emailed or dropped in personally to Swan Bites next to Swan Boat Hire.