Welcome to the end of Term 1! This term has proven to be one fast-paced and action-filled start to the new school year, and it’s safe to say that this upcoming two week holiday is well deserved! Throughout this term, a number of exciting and educational school events have taken place and include the Swimming and Athletics Carnivals, Year 7 camp, and Bullying, No Way! Day, just to name a few. However, the most recent events which have occurred in Weeks 9 to 11 comprise of the Year 9 camp, Year 10’s PASS (Physical And Sports Studies) Camp, and the Term 1 J-Walk! Each of these events had a great turnout, and allowed the students involved to connect with their peers in an out-of-the-classroom environment, as well as being encouraged to place one’s faith in God.
In Week 9 of this term, the Year 9 cohort was blessed with the opportunity to go on camp to Wedderburn, where they built relationships and developed teamwork skills through various activities. On this camp, Year 9 even looked at the historical facts of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, and heard from their grade’s SLC representatives about how they became Christians and how God has been at work in their lives.
Similarly, in Week 10, the Year 10 PASS classes went on their camp which entailed a variety of physical activities, where the students of these classes also developed teamwork skills, while bonding with their peers during activities each day.
Furthermore, on Thursday of Week 10, this term’s J-Walk was held in the hall foyer during lunchtime. Students were able to worship and listen to the Word of God during this time. The guest speaker, Matt Bales, spoke about ‘Where we belong’ and also discussed the difficulty of ‘Growing up as a Christian in Pakistan’. Although Matt had faced many troubles, he was able to find where he belonged, and his faith in God grew. Listening to his story, we are encouraged to remain faithful to God, regardless of our circumstances, as well as to seek God in every situation and aspect of life, as through Him we can be saved.
On the Friday of this final week of term, an End of Term Easter Assembly was held, where the message of Easter – the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – and how Christians can find hope and solace within this message was explored.
On a separate note, it is worth noting that the Cross Country is being held on the first Tuesday back of Term 2, where all students are encouraged to have a go and dress up in their House colours in order to gain points. Which house will emerge victorious this Year – Cranmer, Schaefer, Spurgeon or Taylor? Stay motivated these holidays and start training!
During this two week holiday of recreation and rest, two important days of recognition fall in this time period – Easter, on the 21st of April, and ANZAC Day, on the 25th of April – both being days on which we are encouraged to commemorate those who endured suffering and sacrificed their lives so that we may live in security.
So in these two week holidays, we encourage you to remember and reflect.
Remember the sacrifice of our saviour, Jesus Christ, as he gave up his life on the cross so that we may have a strong and everlasting relationship with God. Remember the sacrifices of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers, who fought for our country and the freedom we have and relish today. And reflect. Reflect on what each of these sacrifices mean for us and the lives we live today. Reflect on the value of these sacrifices and how they serve as blessings in our lives.
With these things in mind, we leave you with this Bible verse:
So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
This 11 week journey was only the beginning of what will be a year filled with new opportunities and adventures.
May God bless and keep you and your family safe over these holidays.
In His service,
Valentina Muloski and Jordan Macdessi
On behalf of the Student Leadership Council