From Mr McMullen

With the first two weeks of Term 3 finished, school life has settled into a good, if not adjusted rhythm. Maintaining a safe and healthy learning community continues to be a key priority for us. This means continuing to promote and practice good hand hygiene, maintaining physical distancing where appropriate and continuing with our heightened cleaning procedures. While it is disruptive, it is also essential, that if a member of the school community is unwell, they stay home and seek medical advice.

It also means that a number of our regular school activities have needed to be adjusted or postponed.

As such, many of our excursions have been adjusted to incursions with presenters visiting us. While being different, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be engaging, fun and rich learning experiences. This week, Year 3 enjoyed all sorts of adventures as part of Zoo Day. Students ‘visited’ zoos around the world, virtually investigating the diversity of God’s created animals. They also explored our grounds using augmented reality to find a variety of zoo animals roaming the school.  Using a range of digital technology and the creativity of teachers, Year 3 had a wonderful day and learned a lot about living creatures and their classification.

This week Year 10 families took part in our subject selection (for Year 11 2021) evening. This was held online with a presentation from our Dean of Students (Years 10-12) Mr Roby. This was followed by the opportunity for students and parents to ‘visit’ subject teachers to ask specific questions directly through video conferencing or through the ‘chat’ option. To support students in selecting the right subjects for the best result, the school also launched a website with teacher and current student videos outlining what to expect from each of the courses available.

This evening was well attended online, and a similar event is being prepared for Year 8 families for subject choice for Year 9 2021. This event will combine with High School Parent/Teacher evenings, which will also run through video conferencing. I would like to thank the many staff who worked hard to prepare these events so that our students have access to a wealth of information. If you would like to provide feedback on these evenings, please feel free to contact Mr Hudson or either of the Deans of Students.

Another change for Year 12 students has been an adjustment to their graduation events. Current restrictions mean that the graduation ceremony, while going ahead, with look and feel quite different. This is still a number of weeks away and how it will be run will depend on conditions at the time, although we expect that the audience size will be reduced and a video stream will be required to broadcast the event for those unable to attend in the hall.

The Year 12 formal has been postponed until after the HSC examinations, with the hope that, in the meantime, conditions will change – allowing the event to be close to how we normally celebrate the end of our students’ schooling.

Our HSC Trial examinations start in Week 4 and there are several final HSC deadlines for performing arts students and those with major works. Please join the staff in praying for our Year 12 students – that the coming weeks may be settled, and they remain in good health.

On a practical note, drivers in the carpark have adjusted their movements well for the new position of the roundabout. This change was part of a much larger sewerage work that was undertaken during the holiday break. This was the final stage of the decommission of our biocycle system and connection to the mains sewer system. I would like to acknowledge the work done by our maintenance team and Mr Mark Worsley in leading this immense task.

The carpark is obviously a very busy place at the start and end of the day, and I would like to thank parents and carers as they exercise patience and care. I would also like to suggest that a slight adjustment to the time that you arrive will help in reducing congestion. By arriving at school prior to 8:30 am and after 3:15 pm you will find that most of the traffic is moving and your children will not be late to school and not have to wait too much longer for pick up.

The carpark, along with the all other parts of the school, continues to be a focus for a current review to provide support for your children’s learning.

Yours in Christ,
Keith McMullen

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.   

2 Timothy 1:7