From the Principal

I hope that you and your families had the opportunity to find time together to rest over the term break and are ready for what this term holds.

At the end of term High School assembly, I spoke of ensuring that our students understand that each day is part of a much bigger picture. The actions and decisions they take today make up a small part of a much bigger plan that has been laid out by God.

This can be viewed in two different and valid ways. Firstly, it helps us understand the importance of making wise or helpful decisions on a day to day basis. This regular, small decision making process transforms thinking and develops beneficial habits. This approach can obviously apply to learning but can equally be applied to how we spend time relating with others.  The cumulative impact of steady development in positive ways can have immense personal benefits.

Secondly, understanding that our days are part of a much bigger picture can help keep things in perspective. Term 2 is very much a time of assessment and reporting. For many this is a cause of anxiety, when they receive results that do not match their hopes. Remember, God has set down a plan for each of us, and He has demonstrated His love for the world through the death of Christ and that He is a powerful promise keeper, through Jesus’ resurrection. These events allow us to trust and follow God, if we will, knowing that He will keep His promises to save. ‘Looking up’ to God and ‘looking forward’ to the fulfilment of His promises sustains those who love God through all difficulties.

The Start of a New Term

This week we had rather an interrupted start to the term. Running our staff development days as week-long blocks in January and July provides effective use of time and enables us to make immediate starts to each term. The timing of public holidays certainly made such preparation a little awkward for Term 2.

High School Cross Country

The High School used part of the first day of term to run the house cross-country races. While not a natural runner, I still enjoyed joining my pastoral care boys for the laps of the ‘PC class challenge’.  We have some great up and coming runners. Well done to all those who joined with the spirit of the afternoon and competed.

ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day assemblies in High School and Primary reminded our students of part of Australia’s history, reflecting on examples of sacrifice made by others and giving thanks to God for the stability we enjoy in this country.

Year 4 Camp

Year 4 got a great starting taste of our school camping program with an overnight ‘camp out’ at school, combined with exploring Sydney’s Rock, Botanic Gardens and Maritime Museum. For many of our students, this is the first time away from home without their mum and dad. The students did really well and had a great time, thanks to the supervising staff and parents.

Mary Poppins Rehearsals

This term we have the ongoing routine of rehearsals for Mary Poppins.  There is so much to pull together, with many people pitching in at points along the way. The production team are really happy with how the students are working together and inform me that they are ahead of the planned rehearsal schedule.

Southwest Brickfest

The next few weeks will be busy with preparations for Southwest Brickfest. This great community event ran for the first time last year and we had a huge turn out to look at some amazing displays. Southwest Brickfest 2017 will run on Saturday, 27th May, so put it in your calendar to come in for this fun day. It will also be a great opportunity to show friends and family around parts of your school as well as enjoying all the Lego creations. At this stage, we already have the same number of exhibitors locked in for 2017, as were there on the day in 2016. So it is looking like Southwest Brickfest 2017 will be ever bigger.  If you would like to help out for some of the day, please contact our events team. We would love you to join with us and be part of the fun.

Wishing you all the best for this term of learning and growing together.

Keith McMullen,
Principal

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23