Our Gators have been showing their school spirit as we look toward our Homecoming weekend with a week’s worth of fun themed days! Our Homecoming week theme this year took on a Disney flair, with days matching up to favorite Disney movies.
The week kicked off with “Monster’s University” Monday, with our GCA Gators wearing their favorite college gear. We saw friends, teachers, and even whole classes twinning it on Twin Tuesday (inspired by The Parent Trap) and Wednesday may have gone down as the most comfortable day at school ever as students finally got a pajama themed “Sleeping Beauty” day! The halls filled with Hawaiian shirts and flower leis for “Lilo and Stich” Hawaiian day and the week wrapped up with “Tick Tock Croc” Friday as we represent our Gator pride in Orange and Blue Gator wear!
After an exciting week, we hope to see you at our annual Homecoming Game Saturday, February 4th. Below is the schedule for the night’s activities. Go Gators!
Homecoming Schedule: Saturday, February 4, 2017
2:00pm - 1st Annual Alumni Coed Volleyball Game
3:30pm - Annual Alumni Coed Basketball Game
5:30pm - Alumni Room Opens (GCA Cafeteria)
6:45pm - 2017 Homecoming Court Announced
7:30pm - GCA v. Unite Sports Academy Tip Off
Half Time - Presentation of Homecoming Court and Announcement of 2017 Homecoming Queen
The month of October was Missions Month for 1st-6th grade students. On Wednesday morning, November 9, 2016, the Foundations and Bridge Academies met for a special Chapel to share and celebrate the mission projects completed by each grade.
Students in the Bridge Academy (grades 4-6) collected items such as puzzle books, pens, small food items, drinks and blankets to put together “Comfort Bags” to share with cancer patients in our area. Mrs. Legg shared what an encouragement it had been to receive a similar bag when she started cancer treatments this past summer.
Third grade classes packed twenty-five boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The students packed boxes filled with toys, school supplies and personal care items to bless children around the world who don’t typically receive Christmas presents. You can learn more about Operation Christmas Child here.
Second grade classes put together bags of food for children from Holland Elementary School to bless families in our own community that don’t have enough to eat. They gathered non-perishable food items and assembled over twenty-six bags of food. You can learn more about the Beach Bag food program here.
First grade classes collected shoes to donate to Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. The students were able to collect thirty-eight pairs of shoes that will help provide health, education, hope and opportunity to children in the United States and around the world. You can learn more about Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls here.
On June 8th, Bridge Academy Principal, Tracy Cox, spoke to rising 6th graders, families, and friends in a commissioning ceremony. Similar to the commissioning of a newly built ship, the ceremony served as a way to acknowledge students' readiness to move forward into the Collegiate Academy with a sense of purpose.
Two recent graduates from the GCA Class of 2016 spoke to students during the commissioning ceremony. Class of 2016 Valedictorian, Rebekah Velloney, shared thoughts with the rising 6th graders on the importance of keeping God first as they begin this new phase of their academic life. “Nothing else will satisfy you. We are like fish out of water without God,” Velloney shared. Velloney went on to encourage students to always give God the glory and to be fearless in everything they do. Garrett Jones, who received a prestigious appointment to the United States Naval Academy for this fall, shared a message on the importance of trusting in Jesus, especially during transitional times when we might become fearful of the uncertainty. Mr. Jones recalled the disciples fear during the storm and encouraged the rising 6th graders to trust Jesus no matter the whirlwind of transition going on around us.
Principal Cox shared the class verse, Isaiah 30:21, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it" and reminded students that God whispers; to hear him, we need to have a close relationship with him. Principal Cox encouraged students to move confidently forward into the Collegiate Academy, growing their relationship with God, sharing with him everything from their fears or concerns to their desires for eyes to see and ears to hear.
Each student was presented with a plaque featuring original artwork created by art teacher Mrs. Leader, inspired by the class verse. The ceremony concluded with students being joined by their families for a special prayer over the class.
Congratulations to the class of 2022! We are excited to watch you continue your walk with God at GCA!