What a crazy term this has been! We spent the majority of the first four weeks cooped up at home, until we came back to school in Week 5, straight back into the busyness of the term. As we end this term, some may be rejoicing to return to the days of sleeping in, while others may be feeling anxious for what is coming up.
Some of our holidays will be filled with movies and sleep-ins, but let’s remember the Year 12s as they prepare for their trial exams coming up in Week 4 of Term 3. They have had an especially rough year, so they would appreciate prayers and encouragement during these times. While committing to their learning they have also been putting focus into enjoying their last terms, and it has been encouraging to see the grade coming together in fast-paced handball games to unbelievably creative dress-up costumes!
Despite many things being cancelled during these times, the light at the end of the tunnel is coming closer with the opening of MISA sports competitions to allow high school students to engage in fun outdoor sports.
Last week, the Year 7 and Year 10 grades got their vaccinations, and we all know the distress that it can cause, but we also want everyone to remember the blessing that it is that we live in a country where vaccinations are encouraged and provided to keep everyone safe, even if it takes a little jab.
Keep in mind Year 10 as they consider the subjects that they will be choosing for senior school. We would encourage the senior students to talk to the Year 10s and give them any advice to make the subject selection process easier and more enjoyable!
Last week Year 12, along with their parents, got to relax on the couch while meeting their teachers virtually, using MS Teams to allow parents and students to discuss their learning. This may be the new format for parent-teacher meetings, so be prepared!
Keeping up with the virtual theme, the High School End of Term Assembly was streamed online today with students watching in their PC classes.
We will be returning to school on Thursday the 23rd of July to have an extra two days of learning before Week 1 starts on the following Monday.
As we come to the end of Term 2, we can reflect on the term that has passed. It will go down as one of the strangest terms in our school history, but we can also choose to focus on the good things that God has done for us.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.
In Psalms 126:2-3, a wonderful picture is painted for us: people laughing, full of joy, and praising God for He has done for them. It may seem hard right now to be praising God for the things He has done, but when we stop focusing on the hard things and choose to focus on the blessings we have, it becomes much easier!
From the SLC, we hope that everyone has a wonderful and restful holiday!
Orlando and Grace