In our final week, we have a string of celebrations to enjoy as a school community. The week kicked off with the Year 6 Graduation. This assembly highlighted many students’ contributions to our school and their year group, tracking their experiences in Primary and marking a significant step in their school lives. The Year 6 looked fantastic as they arrived for their social and the evening was a wonderful time enjoyed by students, staff and parents.
Year 10 have been involved in a variety of service learning activities around the school. This has involved students planning and running activities that benefit others. Not only do students experience involvement in activities that help local and global communities, it also develops skills in working as part of team, problem solving and working to a set goal.
Our last day of school will be marked with Primary and High School assemblies. Parents are more than welcome to attend these assemblies. These will not only be occasions which recognise many forms of student achievement, but also be celebrations and the opportunity to give thanks for everything that has happened in 2017 in our school.
As we mark the end of the school year, it is a time, which provides the chance to enjoy the summer weather and spend greater amounts of time with family. For some this is a relaxing time, while for others, especially in lead up to Christmas, it is a busy time of organising celebrations and checking that we have not forgotten anyone from the gifts list.
We love gifts, love the joy of opening and exploring gifts. But most of all we love giving gifts to those special to us, especially our children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces, and watching the expressions of awe, wonder and delight as they open them.
This Christmas, I invite us all to have a sense of awe, wonder and delight as we ponder God’s gift to us, the Lord Jesus. The prophet Isaiah, hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, predicted his coming. Matthew’s account of Jesus’ birth tells us how that prophesy was fulfilled.
I would like to wish all members of our school community a blessed, safe and refreshing break during the Christmas holidays, looking forward to meeting the new challenges of the 2018 school year together.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)