Term 3 is almost over. The days are just starting to warm up. There is blossom on the trees. In fact this morning, I saw a family of ducks with lots of babies as I went on a little run around my local park. All of this means that Spring is here and we can hopefully shake off the colds and flu, and should enjoy wonderful family time as school stops for a few weeks.
During this term, we had many community events, including a couple of Primary camps, a reunion day, a building opening, a book week, a major production, a time of prayer, a market and a variety of sporting days. As we continue through the school year, I am mindful of the generosity of the adults of this community. I thank you for your ongoing prayers, your encouragement and your participation in community life.
As Principal, I often suggest that we as a Christian school need to be different. When I see encouragement, prayer, adults working together, and students enjoying life and learning, I see many examples of that difference. It is indeed something to be thankful for.
Have you seen our Trades Skills Centre? During the recent 35th Anniversary Reunion, many people took the opportunity to visit 97 Robinsons Rd and tour our new Trades Skills Centre (TSC). Earlier this week, we had our
official opening with the Member for Dunkley, Mr Chris Crewther MP, representing the Australian Government.
One thing that I have found peculiar about the new Trades Skills Centre is the thought that it is about the College expanding the VCAL program. Trades Skills Centres are an Australian Government initiative aimed at addressing skills shortages in communities. The two Certificate programs of our TSC, Hospitality and Agriculture, are both VET in the VCE subjects. Hospitality has a VCAA Examination at the end of the course! Both Agriculture and Hospitality can contribute to a student’s ATAR (Tertiary Entrance Rank). Both courses can also contribute to the completion of the VCAL certificate. Simply, these courses are Senior Secondary School offerings to all students that attend Bayside Christian College.
Over this holiday break, I hope to spend time with family, to read and contemplate the Christian life, to run, and enjoy being outdoors. May you enjoy some time of reflection as well.