How fast this term has come to an end, and soon we will be in the final term of the year. There have been many opportunities for students and staff to build on their strengths and work through limitations - our focus purpose for Semester 2. Students have had camps, excursions and learning challenges - all opportunities to discover God's creation, and learn through and from experiences. Now is a great chance to remind students to use the break to rest and come back ready for a new term of learning.
One opportunity to build an understanding that limitations are also a part of a healthy self image is the way we teach our children to cope with disappointment. For example, this week, we have had announcements regarding the cast of the 2020 production, and interviews for school leaders for 2020. In both instances, there were more applications than positions available, and about half of those who auditioned or interviewed missed out. This is an opportunity to discuss how disappointment can either be a stepping stone or a tombstone.
That is: Stepping stones are on a pathway to purpose. One can learn from the experience and choose to celebrate with those who were selected, looking to the Lord for peace and opportunities to develop in the process.
The alternative tombstone mentality is a dead-end, which might include complaining how 'hard done by' we are, that we are not loved, appreciated or understood, or perhaps refusing to serve in other areas because we did not get the role we wanted.
Finally, we must remember that God promises in Romans 8:28 that, "in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." This is a great assurance that disappointment can lead to different opportunities. For example, there are many ways students can serve in the College such as: the Primary choir; our upcoming Arts, Design & Technology Expo; Music and Performing Arts nights; serving during lunchtime groups, and many others.
I pray that families and students also enjoy the upcoming break to rest and come back ready for a new term of learning and opportunities. School finishes at 2:30pm next Friday 20 September, and students return Tuesday 8 October for the start of Term 4.
Woolworths Discovery Garden
Woolworths' new promotion is giving away mini pot plants of herbs and veggies with every $30 spend. If you are not collecting these for your home garden, the Agriculture team would be delighted if you would donate them to the College. Please have your children bring them to the office, and we will pass them on to the team.
For parents of students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, you should have received your NAPLAN results, which were sent out last week. If you have any questions about the results or your child's progress, please contact the relevant classroom or subject teacher.
As a College, we were delighted to note that, compared to the state average, we achieved above average and substantially above average growth in many core areas from Years 3-5, 5-7 and 7-9. More details will be shared at the upcoming Extraordinary General Meeting of the Association - see the Noticeboard for more info.
In our continued efforts to practise emergency safety, last Friday we conducted a fire evacuation drill.
We pray you have a blessed holiday break,