The Herald

27 March 2020
Issue Thirteen
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From the Principal

Let's pause to breathe.....

It seems like ages ago that I penned the thoughts for our last edition of the Herald.  Disruption would be an accurate way of describing life.   So today I want to share a thought, a prayer, a story and a devotion.

 

The thought.

As I jumped in the car to drive to work this morning, this is what I saw.  What a declaration from God that even the wind and waves, sun and the moon obey His command.

In times such as these, we can rest in the assurance that God is in control and that we can trust in Him.  The verse in Isaiah 43:19 came to mind:

“See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

 

I need to remind myself of God’s promises each day.  At school we are gathering, with appropriate physical distancing, to pray. Before we pray, we have opened God’s Word to look at the promises that God has declared to us. Here are just a few!

 

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

 

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22

“Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’”  Mark 5:36

 

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”  Romans 8:38-39

 

The Prayer

Lord, we won’t live in a perfect world until we join you in heaven. This current situation won’t be the last crisis for the world or for me. I can’t outrun, outpace, outdo, outsmart, or outlive trouble. It has a way of popping up even in the good and prosperous seasons in culture, my life, and the lives of those around me.

 

Lord, quiet my raging emotions so that I can be a beacon of healing love and peace to those in my sphere of influence who are overwhelmed by panic and fear. Use me Lord as your disciple to bring healing to a hurting world. I love you Lord, Amen.

 

The Story

I imagine if Dr. Seuss were alive today, he’d write something like this:

(Read with Dr. Seuss book rhythm)

The buildings were big and people would smile

And travel they would mile by mile.

But sick they become, in numbers it grew

Businesses worried, communities too.
Things stopped for a bit, the world slowed it’s roll

The virus had certainly taken its toll.

But what they then saw from slowing things down.

Is in fact they now had less reasons to frown.

Families now gathered, what game shall we play?

Pass me the blue crayon, give Mommy the grey.

Dad’s home guys! He’ll read us a book

Then all of us together will cook.

The lungs of the planet caught a small break

Less travel meant less pollution to make.

People did realize they’d all be OK

They don’t need so much to get through the day.

Maybe this virus that caused so much stress

Showed the whole world that more can mean less.

Written by XXXXXX

Inspired by Dr. Seuss

 

The Devotion

 

Nothing I Suffer Surprises God

Vaneetha Rendall Risner is a regular contributor for Desiring God.com and she wrote these words that I’d love to share.  In the midst of the busyness of our disrupted lives, I encourage you to pause and have a read.

 

How will this turn out? How hard will it be? How long is this trial going to last?

Those questions are often at the core of my worries. I want reassurance that this problem is a temporary blip. That my deepest worries are unfounded. That what’s happening right now is going to turn out well.

A few mornings ago, I was concerned about an unexplained new health issue, uncertain of what the underlying problem might be. This on top of the deep and chronic pain I already carry because of my post-polio. The new issue had been bothering me for weeks and was still unresolved. There were so many unknowns. I was sitting before an open Bible, reading God’s words in Scripture, but my mind was somewhere far away.

 

I grabbed my phone and put my questions into Google. I searched and searched, using different terms and queries, to figure out what my symptoms indicated. I wondered whether I should be concerned. I wanted assurance that I was going to be okay. I found a few hopeful answers but still felt vaguely unsettled. I went back to reading my Bible, wishing I hadn’t interrupted my time with God for that.

 

Information Is Not the Answer

Then I read, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way” (Psalm 46:1–2). I realized how foolish I’d been. Why was I looking elsewhere first for answers? Why did I think that my problem was a lack of information? Why did I want reassurance from Google rather than from God?

 

I’m not alone in looking to the Internet for answers. Some statistics estimate 5.5 billion searches are initiated each day, which would mean 63,000 per second. Everyone wants information, as if information were the solution to all our problems.

 

With Psalm 46 in my ears, I started journaling, reminding myself of the truth that I often write about and so desperately want to live. Whatever comes to pass has been determined by God (Isaiah 37:26). God calls into existence the things that do not exist (Romans 4:17). Not a sparrow falls to the ground apart from the Father’s will (Matthew 10:29). Nothing is too hard for him (Jeremiah 32:17).

 

God Knows About the Boats

Instinctively I wrote, “God knows all about the boats.”  I first read that phrase in Elisabeth Elliot’s book Be Still My Soul, in which she tells of Amy Carmichael’s experience. Amy, a young missionary in Japan at the time, was travelling with an older missionary couple when they were delayed by a boat that never came. They waited days for the next boat, and Amy worried about the lost time and inconvenience to others, to which the older missionary calmly responded, “God knows all about the boats.”

 

“God knows all about the boats” became a lifelong maxim to Amy, and now to me, reminding us that God is in control and knows every detail of what is happening. Even when we are waiting for answers, we need not worry.

 

What Good Can God Do?

As I sat there, praying, I confessed how often I don’t even bring God into my worries.  I may mouth a quick prayer, but practically I act as though everything depends on my wisdom. And I instinctively assume that wisdom comes from information. But when I remember that God makes foolish the wisdom of the world (1 Corinthians 1:20), and that the foolishness of God is wiser than men (1 Corinthians 1:25), I realize that more information won’t really help me, at least not in the ways I need most.

 

I can stop frantically trying to reassure myself that I’ll be fine, and that things will turn out for the best. Indeed, we who are in Christ are guaranteed that everything in our lives will turn out for the best; one day we will be grateful even for what we mourn on earth now. We are assured that God will never withhold his best from us.

 

I am not implying I shouldn’t research within reason or try to understand the perplexing realities that are happening to me or around me. There may be steps that I need to take. But regardless, I need to invite God into the process, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. And I don’t need to panic with the unexpected. Nothing that’s happening to me is a surprise to God.

 

Trading ‘What If’ for ‘Even If’

The one whom I was talking to at the outset, the God of the universe, whose very words are written on the pages of Scripture, is the only one who can change my situation and change me in it. It is his wisdom and comfort I need, not man’s collective knowledge through the Internet.

 

Years ago, I wrote an article to remind myself (and others) that even if my nightmares came true, God would be there, carrying me and comforting me. When we are obsessively searching Google, we are often wondering what we’ll do if the worst happens, or we’re trying to reassure ourselves that the worst won’t happen. We are hoping to calm our fears by others’ collective knowledge, more data, some scrap of information that will put our minds to rest.

 

The truth is, the worst might happen to any of us.

Trusting God means believing that even if the worst happens, God will be sufficient. Replacing “what if” with “even if” is one of the most liberating exchanges we can make. We trade our irrational fears of an uncertain future for the loving assurance of an unchanging God.

 

Even If the Worst Happens

As I write, the coronavirus is spreading, causing great fear, leaving many wondering how many deaths this pandemic might cause. It may be legions. Or it may not be as deadly or dangerous as predicted. But even if the worst happens, God will be there.

 

He who keeps us will not slumber. He is our keeper, and he alone keeps our life (Psalm 121:357). Regardless of what happens — even if there are no sheep in the fields and no cattle in the stalls — we can still rejoice in the God of our salvation (Habakkuk 3:17–18).

 

So, the next time I’m worried about something, turning it over in my mind as I go through the day and even when I lie awake at night, I pray that I will not keep turning to the world for reassurance. I pray that I will remember that he who tells the ocean’s waves how far they can go (Job 38:11) has the situation perfectly under control. I pray that I will not fear what is happening, will not turn to Google over God, and will rest knowing that even if the worst happens, even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, God will be there with me (Psalm 23:4).

 

Vaneetha Rendall Risner is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Desiring God.

 

Calendar

Important Events 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  All assemblies, camps, excursions and events including our New Parent Induction Course have been cancelled until further notice.  

 

 

Monday 30th March - STUDENT FREE DAY FOR ALL STUDENTS

Tuesday 31st March - Friday 3rd April:  Online learning for ALL STUDENTS
LIMITED SUPERVISION AT SCHOOL during this week will ONLY be provided for students whose household does not have a parent or guardian at home during school hours. ALL OTHER STUDENTS MUST REMAIN AT HOME.  Please see Parent Broadcast for more details and information.

Monday 6th April - Thursday 9th April:  STUDENT FREE DAYS

Friday 10th April - GOOD FRIDAY HOLIDAY & SCHOOL HOLIDAYS START

 

Winter Uniform Sale day!

Wednesday 22nd April from 2 - 7pm @ the Uniform shop

 

TERM 2 (Winter Uniform)

Monday 27th April - TERM 2 COMMENCES

ALL DATES BELOW are to be confirmed at the start of Term 2

Tuesday 28th April - P&F Meeting in the LCS Staff room @ 7.30pm

Tuesday 28th April - Playgroup starts in Kinder @ 9am

Wednesday 29th April - Year 7 - 12 Parent Interviews from 3.30pm

Wednesday 6th May - Mothers Day Stall @ LCS

Monday 18th May - Teen Challenge talks @ Riverbank Christian Church
Friday 22nd May - Junior Cross Country Carnival @ Windsor Park

Tuesday 26th May - Science & Engineering Challenge Round 1

Tuesday 26th May - P&F Meeting in the LCS staff room @ 7.30pm

Friday 29th May - Year 7 - 12 Cross Country @ Windsor Park

Monday 8th June - LONG WEEKEND HOLIDAY

Wednesday 10th June - NIJSSA Cross Country Carnival @ Windsor Park

Saturday 27th June - New Parent Induction Course in the Library @ 9am

Tuesday 30th June - NSATIS Cross Country Carnival @ Symmonds Plains

Tuesday 30th June - P&F Meeting in the LCS Staff room @ 7.30pm

Friday 3rd July - LAST DAY OF TERM 2

 

TERM 3 (Winter Uniform)

Monday 20th - Tuesday 21st July - STUDENT FREE DAY

Monday - Tuesday 21st July - CEN Teachers State Conference 

Wednesday 22nd July - TERM 3 COMMENCES

Thursday 6th August - Senior School Information Evening in PAC

Wednesday 2nd September - Father's Day Stall @ LCS
Friday 4th September - STUDENT FREE DAY

Thursday 10th September - NSATIS Athletics Carnival @ Penguin Athletics Centre

Saturday 19th September - New Parent Induction Course in the Library @ 9am

Friday 25th September - LAST DAY OF TERM 3

 

TERM 4 (Summer Uniform)

Monday 12th October - TERM 4 COMMENCES

Friday 16th October - Year 3 - 6 Athletics Carnival  @ St Leonards Athletics Centre

Friday 30th October - NIJSSA Athletics Carnival 

Monday 2nd November - LONG WEEKEND HOLIDAY

Monday 9th November - Friday 20th November - YEAR 11 & 12 EXAMS

Tuesday 10th November - Orientation Day for new students in 2021

Wednesday 11th November - Christian Schools Athletics Carnival

Saturday 14th November - New Parent Induction Course in the Library @ 9am

Monday 23rd - Thursday 26th November - Year 10 Maria Island Camp

Tuesday 1st December - Junior Celebration Assembly in Riverbank Christian Church @ 9.30am

Thursday 3rd December - Senior School Dinner @ Hotel Grand Chancellor

Monday 7th December - Year 6 Graduation Assembly in Riverbank Christian Church @ 9.30am

Tuesday 8th December - Middle School Celebration Assembly in Riverbank Christian Church @ 10am

Wednesday 9th December - Celebration Night at Door of Hope @ 7.30pm

Thursday 10th December - LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS

Friday 11th December - LAST DAY FOR STAFF

 

NEW PARENT INDUCTION DATES FOR 2020
Term 1 course is CANCELLED

Term 2 -              Saturday  27th June

Term 3 -               Saturday 19th September

Term 4 -               Saturday 14th November

 

WINDSOR PARK ENTRY GATE
Please note that the back gate from Windsor Park into the Junior School is locked daily from 9.30am to 2:45pm.

2020 Calendar 

Need a LCS 2020 calendar? Click below if you'd like to download a copy.

 

LCS Vimeo

Did you know that our school has a vimeo channel where you can see the many films our Visual Production & Design Team create about our school community?  Vimeo is a great way to show prospective families more about our school as it allows the opportunity to explore school areas and programs at leisure.  You can click on the Vimeo logo on our website, view some creations on our Facebook page or use the link below to see all of the audio visuals that have been created by our team.  Below is one sample of what you can see on our page and we'd love you to follow us!

LCS Vimeo home page - click HERE

 

 

News

Life goes on at LCS

It's been encouraging to visit classes recently and find that teachers and students are not only coping with all the media news but also that smiles, laughter and fun are still being had.  A feeling of normality has been kept in our school culture.  This is being supported and promoted by all staff at our school and we sincerely thank all our teachers who continue to present a creative education program that is engaging to our students. 

 

Thanks also to our team of wonderful aides who work in the background, supporting our teaching staff every day by providing help as needed in and out of class - they are awesome!

 

Notice from CommBank School Banking

The health, safety and well being of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the rapidly developing situation with coronavirus, School Banking has been temporarily paused from 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2.  Please don’t bring your deposit book with your weekly banking into school and we will notify you when banking will recommence.

Barrow go Back to Back - Carnival Report
Mr Ryan Bosker

Our rescheduled swimming carnival was held on Friday 13th March. While the weather was better than when we cancelled, we still had some rain later in the day. The morning session was lovely with sun breaking through on a very calm morning, and then the rain came!

 

The mix of weather didn’t dampen the spirit of the day with participation rates almost identical to 2019. A special shout out to the Yr. 7 and 8 cohorts who had the best participation out of all the Year levels and really embraced the spirit of the day.  Barrow clinched their second Swimming title in a row finishing on 2267 points. Melaleuca finished 2nd on 2148 and Tamar finished 3rd on 2013.

 

A special mention to all the staff and our volunteers, Narelle Howell, Jack Sladden and Julie Sladden who all braved the conditions to help the carnival run smoothly. In fact, we were so efficient that we ran ahead of time and were able to schedule an extra team swim as well as the big bomb competition for all grade levels and still finish ahead of time. The pack up was also done in record time, thanks to some great teamwork while the rain was probably at its heaviest.

 

 

A special shout out to Julie Sladden who had been officiating at these carnivals for as long as I can remember and now that her youngest son, Tom has competed in his last carnival it means she has finished this chapter as a parent in the school community. That being said, I have already let her know that she is more than welcome to make a guest appearance into the future!! Thanks Julie for your great contribution to LCS swimming carnivals over the years.

 

There were some outstanding individual performances on the day with 10 records tumbling. Tom Sladden was again the standout swimmer at the carnival, breaking a massive 5 records (33m Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke, Butterfly and 66m Breaststroke). Well done to Kiara Sturdy (Yr. 9 - 66m Breaststroke) and Molly Farmer (Yr. 8 - 66m Breaststroke) who were the other individual swimmers to break records. 3 records also fell in the 4 x 33m Freestyle Relay events (Yr. 7 Boys, Yr. 8 Boys, Yr. 8 Girls).

 

Congratulations to our Grade champions listed below:

2020 LCS Swimming Champions

Yr. 7 Girls

 April Strating

Yr. 7 Boys

 Briely Martin-Shepherd

Yr. 8 Girls

 Molly Farmer

Yr. 8 Boys

 Edward Palmer

Yr. 9 Girls

 Sophie Strating

Yr. 9 Boys

 Hunter Peverell

Yr. 10 Girls

 Bethany Howell

Yr. 10 Boys

 Khai Chugg

Yr. 11/12 Girls

 Jasmine Poole

Congratulations to our 2020 record breakers:

33m Freestyle Records

Year

Name

Time

Date

11&12 Boys

T. Sladden

00.16.37

2020

       
       

33m Breaststroke Records

Year

Name

Time

Date

11&12 Boys

T. Sladden

00.20.74

2020

 

66m Breaststroke Records (deep end start)

Year

Name

Time

Date

11&12 Boys

T. Sladden

00:49.19

2020

9 Girls

K. Sturdy

01.00.31

2020

8 Girls

M. Farmer

01:01.52

2020

 

33m Backstroke Records

Year

Name

Time

Date

11&12 Boys

T. Sladden

00.19.28

2020

       

33m Butterfly Records

Year

Name

Time

Date

Open Boys

T. Sladden

00.17.12

2020

 

33m Freestyle Relay Records

Year

Name

Time

Date

8 Boys

Tamar – L. Blok, J. DeSouza,           
B. Spaulding, D. Murfet

01.44.10

2020

8 Girls

Barrow – D. Chugg, E. Beeston ,   
E. Dingemanse, M. Farmer

01.42.56

2020

7 Boys

Tamar – N. Rowlands, E. Pfeffer,  
G. Turner, J. Griffiths

01.50.59

2020

 

Salubrious Sladden - thoughts from Mr Ryan Bosker
 

As I reflect on the last 6 years, it is appropriate to mention what Tom Sladden has achieved over the years at LCS Swimming carnivals. As carnival coordinator throughout these years, it has been an honour and privilege to witness this amazing swimmer rewrite the LCS swimming record books.

 

Congratulations, Tom, on your achievements. Your name is etched in the history here at LCS and you can be very proud of using your God given skills to achieve such heights. Through this success, Tom has been an outstanding example of sportsmanship and been humble in victory, never seeking the accolades or praise for his achievements. He has also been able to use these skills as he has represented LCS at the NSATIS swimming carnivals.

 

I’m a bit of a fan of statistics so I need to share just how amazing Tom’s achievements have been. He currently holds all the records in the record book, except one! That is 25 records! Interestingly the only record in the book that he doesn’t hold is the 66m Freestyle. Tom's brother, Jack, set this record back in 2017 and Tom was only .10 seconds away from the 66m Freestyle record this year!!

 

25 out of 26 records is totally amazing and certainly an achievement worth celebrating! Well done Tom! Absolutely brilliant.

 

Tom currently holds 25 Records (out of 26) in LCS Swimming Record Book

33m Freestyle Records

Grade

Name

Time

Year

11&12 Boys

T. Sladden

00.16.37

2020

10 Boys

T. Sladden

00:16.62

2018

9 Boys

T. Sladden

00.17.06

2017

8 Boys

T. Sladden

00.17.46

2016

7 Boys

T. Sladden

00.18.10

2015

       

66m Freestyle Records

Grade

Name

Time

Year

10 Boys

T. Sladden

00.36.76

2018

9 Boys

T. Sladden

00.37.87

2017

8 Boys

T. Sladden

00.41.60

2016

7 Boys

T. Sladden

00.42.95

2015

       

33m Breaststroke Records

Grade

Name

Time

Year

11&12 Boys

T. Sladden

00.20.74

2020

10 Boys

T. Sladden

00.21.09

2018

9 Boys

T. Sladden

00.21.79

2017

8 Boys

T. Sladden

00.23.29

2016

7 Boys

T. Sladden

00.24.90

2015

 

66m Breaststroke Records

Grade

Name

Time

Year

11&12 Boys

T. Sladden

00:49.19

2020

10 Boys

T. Sladden

00.49.78

2018

9 Boys

T. Sladden

00.50.31

2017

8 Boys

T. Sladden

00.55.97

2016

7 Boys

T. Sladden

00.59.79

2015

 

33m Backstroke Records

Grade

Name

Time

Year

11&12 Boys

T. Sladden

00.19.28

2020

10 Boys

T. Sladden

00:19.69

2018

9 Boys

T. Sladden

00.20.56

2017

8 Boys

T. Sladden

00.22.85

2016

7 Boys

T. Sladden

00.23.13

2015

       

33m Butterfly Records

Grade

Name

Time

Year

Open Boys

T. Sladden

00.17.12

2020

 

West Tamar Youth Strategy Road Show at LCS

It's a privilege to have Youth Development Officer, Andy Beeston from the West Tamar Council at our school last week. Andy is promoting the West Tamar Youth Strategy Road Show which focuses on the involvement of youth in decision making around the needs of the West Tamar Region. Our Student Representative Council had the opportunity to chat with Andy and more students were able to connect with him throughout the day.   What a great opportunity for our students at LCS to share their thoughts about our area and understand the many decisions that our local council has to make.   Thanks  West Tamar Council for this great opportunity! 

 

 

Crochet Hooks needed

Mrs Reid has put out a call for some crochet hooks for her class to use now and into the future.  If you have any lying around that you no longer use, or maybe you know someone who does, she would be more than happy to take them off your hands.  Donations gratefully accepted at our office.

 

Canberra Civics Education and the Compass Conference 2020

 

Recently, our SRC Executive students were given the opportunity to visit significant sights in Canberra and attend the annual

4-day Compass conference from Friday 28th February to Tuesday 3rd March.  It is important that our emerging young leaders learn how they can make a difference in civic life.  The leadership conference organisers proposed that young people may struggle to see how their faith applies to their daily lives.  According to the Compass team, it is common for students to feel unprepared to be a Christian influence because they haven’t quite learned how the Gospel can impact all aspects of our daily lives. The conference ‘aims to address this disconnect by looking at how the Bible shapes our worldviews, and by wrestling with the implications of the Gospel upon issues of culture and society.’  Compass challenged our students to live as leaders who faithfully translate the Gospel into the culture around them.  Learning more about how to engage in civic life and be a positive influence was rewarding.

 

At the conference, powerful sessions about the Biblical themes of creation, fall and redemption, encouraged us to wrestle with how our faith and life connect.  We learned from gifted teachers who ensured attendees were thoroughly immersed in great forums and discussion groups where ideas were explored with other young leaders from around Australia.  New friendships were formed and these personal connections will be important for our young people as they become the next generation of leaders, shaping the culture of our Nation.  

 

While in Canberra, we made the most of the opportunity to learn more about how people can get involved in shaping our political and civic landscape at the Museum of Australian Democracy.  We saw an excellent exhibition about how Australians have been heard through different protests, petitions and lobbying.  Students also participated in a role play to see how the Government debated and voted for conscription in the First World War. 

 

We also visited the War Memorial and had the privilege to watch the changing of the guard and witness the laying of wreaths in honour of those who died in various wars.  We spent time looking at the personal stories and heroic feats of several Tasmanians like the man often described as the ‘most decorated infantry soldier of the British Empire during the First World War’, Lieutenant Colonel Harry Murray VC—born and raised in Evandale. Also seen was the more recent recipient of a Victoria Cross, Corporal Cameron Baird, who received a medal for his actions in Afghanistan in 2013. 

 

At Parliament House we were privileged to watch Question Time and had an opportunity to meet with a Tasmanian Senator, Mrs Wendy Askew.  The Senator encouraged students to look for opportunities to help lead and serve others in our own community.  Question time was dominated by the Government’s response to the Covid-19 virus – a serious issue impacting us all.  

 

An opportunity to learn more about significant Australian people and historic milestones was experienced at the National Museum of Australia.  Some of best exhibitions showcased our Indigenous culture and we enjoyed the opportunity to watch footage of the ‘Sorry’ speech. 

 

After 5 full days in Canberra, there are many personal reflections students could share about the things learned and how they were positively impacted.  Jasmine shared how much she enjoyed the time to reflect on how great God’s love for us is.  ‘The Trinity is the complete reflection of love with the Father giving us His son to die and leaving us the Holy Spirit’.   Shedrian learned that the ‘only way to change culture is to create culture’ and therefore we can create a culture in which Jesus is honoured.  Ideas about leadership were all based on knowing our part on the Biblical narrative.  We have the ‘good news’ that the world needs!  Some compelling ideas were shared in the Q&A sessions. One poignant moment was hearing how important it is for people to base their ideas about ‘identity’ in Biblical truth.  Our ‘pop-culture’ advocates that our sense of who we are is fluid and self-directed – a distortion of the truth.    

 

The SRC Executive members are Jasmine Poole, Shedrian Buist, Tom Sladden, Esther Gbasie, James Ferguson, James Turner and Georgia Worthington.  All who attended are grateful for the opportunity to learn more about civics and citizenship and our roles as active participants and young leaders.  We acknowledge the generous support of the Australian Government who contributed $200 per student towards the cost of travel to and from Canberra. 

 

Mrs Julie Ferguson

SRC Coordinator

 

Winter Uniform Sale Day

A reminder to all parents that students need to wear Winter Uniform in Term 2 & 3 at LCS.  To help you get ready, our Uniform shop is having a sale day on Wednesday 22nd April from 2 - 7pm.  

Term 1 Update from Mrs Niebuur
Head of Junior School

This first term of 2020 has certainly not been the term we had expected, especially in this last week. However, I can report that the start to the 2020 year began well and we have been able to achieve some good progress. Our classes have settled well into their new spaces, and into the routines of the year. The work around the school continues, with a clean-up in the 2-6 play area, a rock wall that students can clamber up on, and plans to move the vegetable garden beds across as added learning opportunities. The Daily PE program each morning sees our students beginning each day with energising activities, and ready to settle into their classroom routines.

 

Thank you to all of the parents who came to the Parent Information Evening to listen to the class teachers explain their goals and expectations for the year. There was a good turnout of parents at that event, as well as the Kinder Welcome BBQ. Our partnership with parents is highly valued.

 

Congratulations to our swimming champions for 2020:

 

Girls: Josie Strating (Year 3), Sarah Beasley (Year 4), Christal Yussof  (Year 5), Henriette Lourens (Year 6)

Boys: Lewis Bosker (Year 3), Harrison Stokes  (Year 4), Samuel Strating  (Year 5), Eden Myburgh (Year 6)

 

Also, congratulations to our team who represented LCS at the Interschool Swimming Carnival on the 12th March.  LCS came in 5th place, which was a very good result.  Most importantly, they represented the school in an exemplary manner. Well done team!

 

Our Year 6 students thoroughly enjoyed their leadership training at the Grip Conference, and were challenged in their thinking about how they can contribute to the school community.  West Tamar Youth Road Trip (a West Tamar Council initiative) visited our school this week, encouraging our students to become involved in planning and ideas to develop the local area.

 

Our Junior School students have enjoyed some extra sport clinics with the Rangers Soccer Club and North Melbourne Football Club as reported in our last Hearld. Our involvement in physical activity each week at school has qualified us to receive a $500 gift voucher for additional sport gear through the Move Well Eat Well Program.

 

Unfortunately, due to the COVID19 situation, a number of our planned events for the remainder of this term have been cancelled. These include the 5/ 6 Interschool sport roster, all class excursions, the Year 4 visits to Regis Homes in Legana, Grandparents and Friends morning and Easter Assembly. Our usual fortnightly assemblies are also on hold until further notice.  LCS will not be participating in any ANZAC events this year.

 

We trust that God has this situation in His mighty hands and will bring about His purposes. We have a faithful Father and we look to Him as He guides us in the days ahead.

Position Vacant - check out our website for more info

 

Year 9 Canberra Camp Report

On Monday March 24th, our year 9 cohort travelled to Canberra for a week of exploration and appreciation regarding our National Government and history. This trip included visits to Parliament House, The Australian War Memorial and The Museum of Australian Democracy as part of our Civics and Citizenship program. Students were given the opportunity to reflect on the history of our nation, its past and present governance and their role as a citizen through the lens of a biblical world view.

 

An important aspect of any camp is the personal development of students through being away from the comfort of their families and for some, the first experience of interstate travel. This year’s introduction of The Rite Journey program contributed to the building of strong friendships and a sense of community within their year group, a theme that will continue throughout the rest of the year.

 

Other activities included The National Zoo, Questacon, the Big Splash Waterpark, tenpin bowling and of course, shopping. A huge thanks to all students for fantastic engagement and behaviour; to attending staff for leading with excellence and to LCS for the opportunity for this experience.

 

In addition, the Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist the school in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $200 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion. We would like to thank the Australian Government for their support of this programme.

 

 

LCS Vimeo

Did you know that our school has a vimeo channel where you can see the many films our Visual Production & Design Team create about our school community?  Vimeo is a great way to show prospective families more about our school as it allows the opportunity to explore school areas and programs at leisure.  You can click on the Vimeo logo on our website, view some creations on our Facebook page or use the link below to see all of the audio visuals that have been created by our team.  Below is one sample of what you can see on our page and we'd love you to follow us!

LCS Vimeo home page - click HERE

 

Parents & Friends

Agfest Cancelled

As you are aware, we have received advice from Rural Youth that Agfest has been cancelled this year.  Thank you to everyone who responded to our recent call for a Leadership Team for this event - organisation of this will now be on hold and the P & F will keep us informed of future plans!

 

 

Parents & Friends - March meeting cancelled

Apologies to all but the P&F Meeting on Tuesdsay 31st March has been cancelled.

P&F Treasurer needed in 2020

Our current Treasurer of the Parents & Friends Association, Barbara Knight, will be resigning from her role in mid 2020.  Barbara has faithfully served our school community for many years and we've been extremely grateful for her wonderful guidance and wisdom.  Thank you so much Barbara for all the time you have spent helping and supporting our school community - you have been a great blessing to us all!

 

Are you able to help fill this role?  We ask that people in our LCS School Community consider taking on this important role in our P&F as it's a vital part of our P&F team.  You will have the opportunity to be trained in this role and are greatly supported by our office staff.

 

If you'd like to know more or are interested in taking up this role in the future (mid 2020), please contact our P&F by email:   PnF@lcs.tas.edu.au

BBQ Trailer for Hire

Did you know that LCS owns a large BBQ trailer that is available for hire outside of the school?

The trailer is a 3 x 6 burner and to hire, just download our Application for Hire Form below.   Completed forms can be dropped off or emailed to our office.  For further information, please contact our office, office@lcs.tas.edu.au

 

Events 

Playgroup 2020

LCS runs a great playgroup in our Kinder classrooms for families with children under 5.    It's a valuable way for young children to learn and develop skills through play plus the added benefit of getting to know our Kinder teachers and aides at the same time.  It runs alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am - 10.30am and a donation of $3 per family helps cover the cost of materials for each session.
 

We hope to start Playgroup on Tuesday 28th April but stay tuned for an update in the coming weeks to confirm arrangements.

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