PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Reflection and gratitude helps students thrive

Over the past weeks we have had a number of opportunities to reflect and express gratitude.

At our Easter Assembly we heard again about the greatest sacrifice - that of God’s son, Jesus. Jesus took the punishment that we deserved by dying on the cross. The great news is that he rose from the dead….he defeated death, showing that God has all power...even power over death. As his most precious creation, we his people, have free access to his love and forgiveness. We can be very grateful that we have been offered forgiveness as we accept, acknowledge and invite Jesus into our lives.

The theme of the Easter Service was #Light #You are light #We are a light. Thank you to Miss Kelly and Mr Hughes for all the work you put in to the #Light video. It has been wonderful to observe students come to a greater understanding of the ways to Jesus brings light to their lives and how they can be a light to others also.

Our school was well represented at the Singleton ANZAC Day March on 25th April. It is always important to connect with community. Coming together to reflect on the lives losts and affected due to military services is always humbling. I encourage families to continue joining together for these times. They are important moments and encourage young people to consider what is of core importance in life.

My reflection is that students who grow up with the habit of respectfully pausing, reflecting, listening in the context of community, are in an ideal position to thrive in their lives. They tend to be people who seek understanding, who challenge themselves, who take responsibility and who can be relied upon.

At the centre of our relationship is your child. We work positively with them to bring about growth in them. We desire and work towards seeing them thrive in all areas of life.

Two comments:

  1. Thank you to those parents who have been able to take part in our recent Working Bee aimed at improving your child’s school environment.
  2. Remember that I will always make myself available to meet with parents to discuss any matter relating to their child and their progress. Please do reach out if you would like to discuss anything.

Memory Passage

Each term we focus on a selected section of scripture from the Bible. This term our memory passage is from Philippians 4:6-8.

Our aim is for students and staff to:

  • work on the habit of giving our worries to God
  • ask God for help and thanking him for what he has done
  • work on the habit of fixing our thoughts on good things

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Philippians 4:6-8 NLT

Welcome back to Term 2.

Tim Shields

Principal

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Fundraising and serving others

Congratulations to Lucas Williams who raised a significant amount of money during for the Leukemia Foundation, through their World’s Greatest Shave program. Lucas has a heart that cares deeply for people and is willing to do something about it. You are a champion Lucas.

Junior School

Junior School have had an exciting First Term.

Students came into the New Year with a great attitude towards learning.

We have seen Year 4 & Year 5/6 go off on excursions and Kindy had an incursion.

Imogen and her Grandma Margie visited K-2 to share all about their beekeeping! It was so informative and exciting to learn about the world of bees. Margie and Imogen gifted our college a lemon tea tree plant to add to our garden and support local bees in their honey making.

Imogen’s bee keeping

Year 4 have had such an exciting day exploring Botany Bay!

Year 5/6 visited Fort Scratchley and Newcastle foreshore On their excursion Year 5/6 investigated how settlers have utilised natural landforms to benefit society. They were treated to a gun-firing and had a great day with the Tour Guide Frank.

Senior School

Connecting with ACC Marsden Park - Kick Off event

Students had lots of fun connecting with student leaders from our sister school ACC Marsden Park during an event called Kick Off. With highly engaging challenges and a positive life-giving message, a great day was had by all.

Easter Hat Parade and Assembly

What a wonderful display of hats and God love through the Easter Assembly, with the theme of ‘Let your Light shine’.

Students and staff worked hard to bring together the assembly with Year 4 presenting a fantastic class item.

Important reminders 

Discussions with teachers at Afternoon Pickup

If you would like to discuss with the teacher any matters relating to your child please make arrangements to book a time. You can do this directly with them via email or via the College Office. The priority of teachers at the end of the school day is the safe dismissal of every child in their care.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Years 5-12

All Year 7-12 students must bring their MacBook to school each day charged and ready for use.

Students in Years 5-6 are transitioning to full BYOD model in 2020. This year, a device is optional and is best used in discussion with Mrs Thurlow.

Uniforms

We are excited to announce the uniform room will now be open before and after school on Wednesdays to allow students to try on uniforms prior to ordering. All uniforms are ordered online through the Uniform Shop and we highly recommend trying on uniforms for sizing (especially the winter sports tracksuits) to ensure the correct sizing.

If you have any questions or would like to book into the uniform room please contact the College Office on 6572 6600.

IMPORTANT DATES

Junior School Assemblies - 24th May (Yr 4), 7th June (Yr 2) & 21st June (Yr 1)

Whole-school Assemblies - Friday 31st May and Friday 28th June at 9am (Coffee available)

NAPLAN Testing - Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 (14th - 16th May)

Cross Country & Color Run - Friday 17th May

Zone Cross Country - Friday 31st May

Working BEE 13th May & 28th May -Please register your interest via an earlier email from the College

Athletics Carnival - Thursday 6th June

Public Holiday - Monday 10th June

Year 7-10 Exams - Tuesday 11th till Friday 14th June

School Photos - Thursday 13th June

Term 2: 29th April - 5th July (10 week term)

Term 3: Monday 29th July till Friday 27th September

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