It is finally here – the end of quite an unexpected year. We are sure everyone is ready for a time of relaxation and refreshment these holidays. As the year approaches the end, it is a good time to reflect on how you have gone personally in this unprecedented year. It is also a great time to reflect on new memories made, accomplishments achieved and challenges that took affect. It has been a tough year for everyone but we have persevered and made it through.
There have been many things which have taken place at the end of this term. Firstly, and most importantly, the Year 12 Graduation finally came around and they have all now officially finished their 13 years of schooling. After all of the uncertainty, they were able to celebrate with friends and family and got to top things off with a formal the next day – they all astounded us with their gorgeous dresses and handsome suits. The Year 12’s celebrated together at Panorama House and enjoyed their last evening together as a cohort.
This evening will also see another celebratory time for the Year 10’s, who will be having their ‘informal’. A time spent together as a grade to enjoy their teachers and each other’s company. This time is usually spent dressed up, arriving in fancy cars and then enjoying a meal, dancing and plenty of photos in the hall. Due to COVID, the grade with have an alternative event – an ‘informal’ on the school oval, under a pitched marquee, where we are sure there will be plenty of fun and games.
Believe it or not, but there are only 32 days until Christmas – how exciting! Christmas is a holiday long overdue in a year like this. We pray it will be a time of joy and peace, and a time of comfort with friends and family. It would be great to be extra generous in giving this year as we could all do with some love in action. However, remember to take the time this Christmas to reflect on the reason for Christmas, that this is the time our Lord and Saviour came into the world through a miraculous virgin birth to seek and save the lost.
‘She will give birth to a son and you are to name him ‘Saviour,’ for he is destined to give his life to save his people from their sins.” This happened so that what the Lord spoke through his prophet would come true: Listen! A virgin will be pregnant, she will give birth to a Son, and he will be known as “Emmanuel,” which means in Hebrew, “God became one of us.”’ – Matthew 1:21-23
We are so excited to see you all at the beginning of next year. A new year of learning, challenges, memories and fun. We are eager to get involved in more school community events and hopefully attend more camps and carnivals next year if, God willing, the COVID circumstances improve. For now, relax, have fun and get ready for an amazing year in 2021!
Becky and Thomas,
On behalf of the Student Leadership Council