From Mr McMullen

SEA Games: Rayzam Shah

Have you ever wondered what the hardest race to run is? Both athletes and coaches considered the 400m hurdles one of the toughest.

One coach said, “I feel it is a demanding race that requires quickness, speed, agility, stamina, endurance and grit. Most athletes, in other events, don’t need that combination of traits.” (Dan Foes, Princeton coach)

Athletes considered these races as some of the most intense because they are effectively run at a sprint speed, but for 3 or 4 times longer. The hurdles add a further technical level of difficulty.

I’m starting with this point because Term 4 is often like a 400m hurdles event. Short, intense and technically challenging. The term is a bit shorter than the rest (8 weeks) but it is very busy for everyone. Plus, there are many ‘hurdles’ in the form of end of year assessments and events to complete. Rescheduling some events into Term 4 has meant extra hurdles this year.

While there is a great deal of work to be done in finishing this year and getting ready for next, we have much to look forward to over the coming 8 weeks.

The Library staff are very busy in the midst of the Book Fair and Book Week, with lots of decorations and activities planned for our students.

We have a series of orientation events planned for later in the term for students moving into Kindergarten and Year 7. These days provide students with a valuable ‘sneak-peak’ into school life next year. This has proven to be a most valuable step to starting the school year well.

The first week of running the additional ‘kiss and drop’ zone in the morning carpark appears have had a very positive result in moving cars in and out of the carpark. The movement of hundreds of cars twice every day is a challenging task and we are consistently reviewing options to reduce the congestion and help parents with student transport. I would like to thank parents for their support and patience.

The HSC examinations will be commencing next week, and we continue to uphold this cohort in prayer during the coming weeks. One way that everyone in the school community can assist our HSC students is through practicing COVID-Safe procedures.

To limit the risks of transmission of COVID-19 into our school community (and the disruption to such critical examinations) I ask that you continue to remember the following:

* Maintain correct physical distancing

* Limit the amount of time you need to spend at school (i.e. during drop off and pick up)

* Practice good hand hygiene

* If you or your child is unwell, please stay home and seek medical advice.

COVID-19 continues to be present in our local area and we seek your assistance in limiting its impact on the school. This is a challenge we can achieve as a community if we can maintain such effective measures.

In other Year 12 news, plans are being finalised for the Year 12 Graduation Ceremony and Formal to be held once the exams are completed. Several of our student HSC performances have also been shortlisted for showcases of outstanding work. Selection will depend on the curators and the programs they choose to create. We wait with bated breath to see if our students will be included in next year’s showcases.

Based on current advice, we are expecting to run the Year 6 Graduation Assembly and initial plans are being developed, understanding that restrictions on school may change with the changes in local conditions.

Before we know it, we will find ourselves at the end of the year and busy finalising Christmas plans. However, there is much to achieve between now and then. My encouragement to all members of our community is that we make the most of each week with the goal of finishing well.

In His service,

Keith McMullen

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

– Hebrews 12:1-3