The Herald

15 August 2019
Issue Two
From the Principal
Parents & Friends
Launceston Christian School
(03) 6327 2854
452A West Tamar Road
Riverside, Tasmania, 7250

From the Principal

What is Christian Education?

At every enrolment interview with prospective parents to LCS, this question sits at the heart of our conversation.  Today I’d like to put it out there again, knowing that there may be people surfing the web for a school for their children.  But it's also a good reminder to our current parents, students and teachers as to why we have a school like LCS here in our city.  I’ve taken the liberty to use some of the comments below from the Christian Education National website. 


Many people have heard of Christian schools but what does it mean to have Christian education and a Christian school?  Is the education any different?


Whether it’s learning how to run a 400m race, learning how to spell “rendezvous”, or learning to factorise a polynomial, all knowing has its ultimate meaning and purpose when framed by God’s big picture story anchored in Jesus.


All forms of education will have a particular perspective on life. It may not always be obvious or overtly stated, but it will shape how things are understood and spoken about, how things are done, and what is chosen to be taught. This might be in the form of assumptions about the nature and origins of the world, or it might be evident through suggestions about the purpose of life and indeed what it means to be fulfilled as a human. No form of education is neutral, as it will always be providing a particular lens through which the student sees the world and their place in it.


A different perspective

Christian education invites young people to see and understand the world through the perspective of God’s truth. The Bible becomes the lens in which students view what they are learning. The lens focusses their thinking on ultimate truth–a biblical vision for life where the world is created and sustained by God; where God has acted in history to deal with the distortions of creation caused by human rebellion; and where history is advancing towards a new creation in which all things are reconciled to God through Jesus who is not only the climax of the biblical story but is also the focal point of the lens.


A way of living

However, Christian education is not just about a Christian way of understanding. It is also about a Christian way of living. When Jesus said “Follow me”, he was expecting people to dedicate their whole lives to serving God. Christian education informs, invites, and inspires young people to live this way. The Christian school offering Christian education seeks to teach this way of life every day through all that is done and taught. It does this in a setting of a unified community of love and learning between parents, children, and teachers.


Partnership with parents

Parents have the ultimate responsibility to educate their children towards a biblical way of knowing and a Christian way of living. The Christian school community is a partnership with parents and the school sharing in this vision.


Here's a delightful story that I think encapsulates the real reason we are here.


Years ago, there was a very wealthy man who, with his devoted young son, shared a passion for art collecting. Together they travelled around the world, adding only the finest art treasures to their collection.

Priceless works by Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and many others adorned the walls of the family estate. The widowed elder man looked on with satisfaction as his only child became an experienced art collector. The son's trained eye and sharp business mind caused his father to beam with pride as they dealt with art collectors around the world.

As winter approached, war engulfed the nation, and the young man left to serve his country. After only a few short weeks, his father received a telegram. His beloved son was missing in action. The art collector anxiously awaited more news, fearing he would never see his son again. Within days, his fears were confirmed, the young man had died while rushing a fellow soldier to a medic.

Distraught and lonely, the old man faced the upcoming Christmas holidays with anguish and sadness. The joy of the season, that he and his son had so looked forward to, would visit his house no longer.

On Christmas morning, a knock on the door awakened the depressed, old man. As he walked to the door, the masterpieces of art on the walls only reminded him that his son was not coming home. As he opened the door, he was greeted by a soldier with a large package in his hands. He introduced himself to the man by saying, "I was a friend of your son. I was the one he was rescuing when he died. May I come in for a few moments? I have something to show you." As the two began to talk, the soldier told of how the man's son had told everyone of his, not to mention his father's, love of fine art. "I am an artist," said the soldier, "and I want to give you this."

As the old man unwrapped the package, the paper gave way to reveal a portrait of the man's son. Though the world would never consider it the work of a genius, the painting featured the young man's face in striking detail.

Overcome with emotion, the man thanked the soldier, promising to hang the picture above the fireplace. A few hours later, after the soldier had departed, the old man set about his task. True to his word, the painting went above the fireplace, pushing aside thousands of dollars worth of art. His task completed, the old man sat in his chair and spent Christmas gazing at the gift he had been given.

During the days and weeks that followed, the man realized that even though his son was no longer with him, the boy's life would live on because of those he had touched. He would soon learn that his son had rescued dozens of wounded soldiers before a bullet stilled his caring heart.

As the stories of his son's gallantry continued to reach him, fatherly pride and satisfaction began to ease his grief. The painting of his son soon became his most prized possession, far eclipsing any interest in the pieces for which museums around the world clamored. He told his neighbors it was the greatest gift he had ever received.

The following spring, the old man became ill and passed away. The art world was in anticipation, that with the collector's passing, and his only son dead, those paintings would be sold at auction. According to the will of the old man, all of the art works would be auctioned on Christmas Day, the day he had received the greatest gift.

The day soon arrived and art collectors from around the world gathered to bid on some of the world's most spectacular paintings. Dreams would be fulfilled this day; greatness would be achieved as many would hope to claim, "I have the greatest collection."

The auction began with a painting that was not on any museum's list. It was the painting of the man's son. The auctioneer asked for an opening bid, but the room was silent.

"Who will open the bidding with $100?" he asked. Minutes passed, and no one spoke. From the back of the room came a voice, "Who cares about that painting?

It's just a picture of his son." "Let's forget about it and move on to the good stuff," more voices echoed in agreement.

"No, we have to sell this one first," replied the auctioneer. "Now, who will take the son?" Finally, a neighbor of the old man spoke. "Will you take ten dollars for the painting? That's all I have. I knew the boy, so I'd like to have it."

"I have ten dollars. Will anyone go higher?" called the auctioneer. After more silence, the auctioneer said, "Going once, going twice, gone." The gavel fell.

Cheers filled the room and someone exclaimed, "Now we can get on with it and we can bid on the real treasures!"

The auctioneer looked at the audience and announced that the auction was over.

Stunned disbelief quieted the room. Someone spoke up and asked, "What do you mean, it's over? We didn't come here for a picture of some old guy's son. What about all of these paintings? There are millions of dollars worth of art here! I demand that you explain what is going on!"

The auctioneer replied, "It's very simple. According to the will of the father, whoever takes the son... gets it all."

I’m not sure that this is a true story because I don’t know its source.  But the message this story conveys comes from a source that I fully trust, God’s own Word.  
Matthew 6:33 says “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Some news regarding our Head of Middle School

After three years of faithful service at Launceston Christian School, our Head of Middle School, Mr Richard Sansom, will be leaving at the end of this year.   The decision to return to the NSW has been made for family reasons and Richard has been appointed the inaugural Head of Middle School at Pacific Valley Christian School at Maclean, on the northern New South Wales coast, from 2020.


It is always with mixed emotions that we process the hard to hear news of someone we love and respect leaving and yet we all need to hold on, with loose fingers, to the things that God gifts us with.  Richard certainly has been a gift from God to our community over these past three years.


In his time at LCS, Richard has worked tirelessly to build a culture that reflects a dynamic learning community that honours God through the vision of LCS.  Richard has been an invaluable member of the LCS Leadership Team and has brought new insights and clarity to the decision making, planning and operational processes of the school.  Our loss of Richard to Pacific Valley will be a great gain to that school community.


I’m sure you will join me in wishing God’s richest of blessings on Richard & Kim and Abel, Olive & Daisy as they make preparations for this move.  While there will be transitioning plans for both LCS and PVCS and for Richard and the family, we know Richard will finish as strongly as he started.  The reality of change requires us to make plans for the future and as such, there will be an advertisement in Saturday’s Examiner and the usual online recruiting sites of CEN, CSA, and the LCS website.   Please be prayerful as we embark on the journey to find the person of God’s choosing to replace Richard and those for the other positions that will be required at LCS due to maternity leave and growth.


Babies are coming!

Praise the Lord for the wonderful news of four of our young female staff who have announced to the world that they are having a baby.  Lianne (Year 5) & Rowan Dykman, Ally (Year 5) & Tommy Macqueen, Taryn (Secondary Music & Humanities) & Tim Brown and Ruth (Year 7 Core replacement for Bonnie Armstrong on Long Service Leave) and Michael Laws are all expecting to be first time parents early in the new year.  Each of these first time mums are doing well. 


We pray for their continued health and strength and especially that their little children will grow and develop according to God’s perfect plan for them.  The miracle of conception to birth is a stunning example of God’s creative genius and we continue to pray for God’s blessing on these families.



Adrian Bosker




H.E.L.P Film Festival - LCS wins!

Congratulations to our Year 9 Graphic Design & Year 10 Animation & Video Editing students who were awarded prizes at the H.E.L.P Film Festival in Devonport. The theme for this year was “Pay it Forward” and students were asked to make a short film exploring the concept of this phrase, relating to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness i.e. couch surfing etc and/or young people that are affected by alcohol and other drug use – themselves, family members or friends.  The focus was on exploring how small ways of assisting someone else can make changes to a person’s life.


Our talented students won three awards: First prize of $1000, second prize of $500 and the People’s Choice Award of $1000 which was judged by the audience who attended the screening. Thank you to Mr Clark, Mr Hendra, Mrs Curtis and Mr Bosker who attended and for the creative skill and expertise of LCS teacher, Mr Josh Armstrong who inspires students in this area at our school.  What an awesome effort for our school!



Curt Anderson visits LCS

It was a privilege to have US Christian music artist Curt Anderson visit our school on Monday 12th August. Our Year 10 Music students and Senior worship band had the opportunity to attend a workshop with Curt prior to an assembly for Year 7 - 12 students held at Riverbank Christian Church. At the assembly Curt shared a powerful message of using our gifts while living a life of faith, then continued working with our Year 9 Music students before flying out of Launceston. It was wonderful timing to have Curt give feedback to our students as they prepare for the upcoming Rock Challenge.  What an amazing morning for all!



NSATIS Finals Update
Junior Soccer and Senior Badminton Finals

NSATIS Junior Soccer - LCS v SPC

On Friday 9th August our NSATIS Junior boys played against St. Pats in the Semi-Final.

It was a great match and it was awesome to see the LCS crowd outnumber the SPC crowd. The final score was 4-0 to St. Pats.   A big thank you to LCS parent Adrian Gill who coached the boys this year. He asked for the following shout out to passed on: "A huge shout out to the Principal, Staff, Parents and Students for their support of tonight's game. A good turn out! Although we lost, the boys put in 100%"

NSATIS Senior Badminton - LCS v SOC

On Monday 12th August our NSATIS Senior Badminton team took on SOC @ Scotch Oakburn in the Grand Final. The week prior, our team was successful in defeating Grammar to earn a place in the Grand Final.  In only our second year in the competition, it has been a great effort to win the title last year and to back up and make the Grand Final this year.  The matches were entertaining with SOC taking out the final 9-7. Again it was so encouraging to see the support of parents and students with the visiting LCS crowd outnumbering the SOC crowd!  Thank you to everyone who attended.


Praise God for way these students have used their gifts to play well and more importantly represent Christ and LCS on the sporting field/court!



Thank you to Real Beef!

Our Science & Engineering Team students are fast approaching the National Finals where they have the privilege of representing our state of Tasmania! Helping them get to Perth for the Final Challenge is local company Real Beef, who have generously provided some sausages for our fundraising at school. Two members of our Science Challenge Team took time out this week to say a big thank you to Real Beef for partnering with our school.  We hope in turn you might also support their business.  You'll find Real Beef every Saturday at the Harvest Market in person or you can check out their website,


LCS Uniform Shop needs your secondhand uniforms

Our Uniform shop needs more second hand items to sell - so time to have a clean out at home of old uniforms! Please ensure items have been washed prior to bringing them in.  Our Uniform Shop is open and able to accept old uniforms on Monday - Friday from 8.30am to 9.30am and Wednesday's from 1.30pm - 3.30pm.


IT Wisdom for Parents



It’s a question I have heard from parents numerous times
“What is the right age for my child to start using social media?” and to be honest, there is no simple answer that works in every situation.  
I recently read an article from “Protect Young Eyes” that directly speaks to this question. Protect Young Eyes was set up to equip and encourage parents and students to use technology responsibly.
Their website is well worth a look.


The Legal Side

Every social media site and app have “terms of use” available online. These terms of use clearly spell out the legal age a person must be in order to use their services. In most cases this age is 13 in order to comply with COPPA. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is a U.S. federal law created to protect the privacy of children under 13. The big players like Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, YouTube and Twitter all adhere to this age of 13.


So, at the risk of being blunt, if your child is using social media before the age of 13, they clearly shouldn’t be. This is not a social media issue, this is a parenting issue. When you sign up to a social media account, you must agree to the terms of use and if you are doing this for a child under the age of 13, you are lying. If your child has done this themselves, they lied.


The More Important Question

Turning 13 meets the legal requirements but as a parent or guardian, I believe our responsibility goes way beyond this. I don’t believe “What is the right age?” is the right question. I think the right question goes more like this:


As a parent or guardian, knowing all you do about your child, knowing that your child is at least 13 years old, do you believe that he/she is ready to deal with the dangers, pressures, emotions and temptations of social media and use it responsibly?


Here are a few things to consider when trying to answer the right question:

  • How are your child’s friendships/social skills? One of the problems with social media is that things can be misunderstood very easily.  If there are problems in friendships in real life, social media will make them worse. Can they hold a conversation face-to-face with someone other than family? If not, then they are not ready for social media.
  • Does your child obey you? When it comes time to allowing social media, clear boundaries about its use will need to be set. If you already struggle to get your child to obey you, it will only get worse with social media. If you have to ask again and again just to get the dish washer unpacked, wait until you are trying to get them to put their screens down for the night.
  • How is their self-esteem? Do they know that they are fearfully and wonderfully made? Do they know that they are a child of God? Do they know that God so loved them that He sacrificed His one and only son for them? Do they know that God knows the number of hairs on their head? The truth is social media can be very negative. Skinny and Sexy does equal followers and likes. If they do not know how precious they are, social media will only make that worse.
  • Is your child responsible and trustworthy? If you wouldn’t leave your child home alone for a period of time, then they are probably not ready for social media. If they are not ready for the real world, they are definitely not ready for the online world.
  • Does your child understand the importance of protecting their personal information? They need to know what personal information is and they need to know why it needs protecting. Things like phone numbers, email addresses, physical addresses, photos, their school name, their sporting clubs can all be used to identify them. Privacy settings inside apps are very important. Do not accept friend requests from strangers and never use location sharing.
  • What about Cyber bullying? Chances are at some stage your child will experience or be the target of Cyber bullying. They need to know how to manage and report this behaviour.
  • Have you talked to your child about the awkward things? Pornography, sexting, sexual predators, these things will come up. You need to have these conversations. You child needs to know what these things are and what to do when confronted by them.
  • Is your child willing to let you supervise their social media activity? And, are you willing to spend the time to supervise their activity? This can be done in 2 ways. Firstly, by asking for their device frequently and scrolling through their social media feeds and secondly, become their friend and follow their social media accounts. This will enable you to observe what they are doing online and support them to make safer choices about what they share and how they share it. But be prepared to learn more than you might like about their friends and possibly about them. If the answer to either of these questions is no, then they are not ready for social media.

What makes this harder is the pressure put on our kids to have a social media presence. A lot of this pressure comes from FOMO (fear of missing out). Speaking from experience, my own kids very seldom if ever talk on the phone. Almost all communication is done via social media. Parties, movies, dinner dates, camping weekends, almost every social event is organised on social media. Hey, my kids even study with their school mates over social media.


Raising kids these days has definitely changed as has the choices parents are confronted with. What hasn’t changed is God, His wisdom and His word.   I’m constantly drawn back to Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.


The more important question is this……


As a parent or guardian, knowing all you do about your child, knowing that your child is at least 13 years old, do you believe that he/she is ready to deal with the dangers, pressures, emotions and temptations of social media and use it responsibly?


Brad Robinson
ICT Coordinator

Launceston Christian School

2020 Calendar has been updated

Our calendar for 2020 has been updated - please download the newest version below


Year 11 & 12 Subjects for 2020

Thanks to everyone who attended our recent Senior Information Evening.  It was full of great information and students are encouraged to make an appointment to choose subjects for Year 11 & 12 in 2020 as soon as possible.  This can be done via our office.  For those that aren't sure which subjects to choose and would like to hear some student wisdom - check our our two Senior Subject Bites shown on the night below.  


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



Important Events in Term 3

Mon 19th August - Junior School Book Week Assembly & Parade - PAC 9.30am

Tue 27th August - Parents & Friends Meeting in the Staffroom @ 7.30pm (Twilight Fair Focus)

Wed 28th August - Father's Day Stall

Thu 29th August - 2020 Yr 9/10 Info Evening for current Yr 8/9 students - PAC @ 7.30pm

Thu 5th September - Rock Challenge

Fri 6th September - Student Free Day

Thu 12th September - NSATIS Athletics Carnival

Wed 18th September - Year 11 & 12 Music Cafe Night

Sat 21st September - New Parent Induction @ 9am in the Library

Tue 24th September - Parents & Friends Meeting in the Staffroom @ 7.30pm

Fri 27th September - End of Term 3

Important Events in Term 4

Mon 14th October - First day of Term 4

Fri 18th October - Yr 3-6 Athletic Carnival

Tue 22nd October - Parents & Friends Meeting in the Staffroom @ 7.30pm

Thurs 24th October - Yr 10 Rural Youth Driver Awareness Day at Symmonds Plains

Fri 25th October -  National Science & Engineering Team Challenge Finals in Perth, WA

Fri 1st November - Last Official day for Yr 11/12 students

Fri 8th November - LCS Twilight Fair

Mon 11th - Thu 21st Nov - Yr 11/12 Exams

Tues 12th November - Orientation Day for new students in 2020

Wed 13th November - Christian Schools Athletic Carnival

Sat 16th November - New Parent Induction Course @ 9am in the Library

Mon 18th - Thu 21st Nov - Yr 10 Exams

Tue 3rd December - Junior Celebration Assembly 9.30am @ Riverbank Christian Church

Thu 5th December - Senior School Celebration Dinner

Mon 9th December - Yr 6 Graduation Assembly 9.30am @ Riverbank Christian Church (RCC)

Tue 10th December - Middle School Celebration Assembly 10am @ RCC

Wed 11th December - End of Year Celebration Evening 7.30pm @ DOH

Thu 12th December - Last Day of Term 4 for Students

Fri 13th December - Last Day for Staff

Updated 2020 Calendar 

Some updates have been made to our 2020 calendar, so click below if you'd like to download a copy.


Parents & Friends

Twilght Fair - Sign up to Serve!

Parents are now able to SIGN UP TO SERVE at our annual Twilight Fair which is being held on Friday 8th November from 5 - 8pm.  This is a time when we come together as a school community to help the P&F raise funds for much needed projects around the school.  This year funds will be used to construct a new Middle/Senior Outdoor Recreation Area.  Parents are reminded that as per the Parent Partnership Agreement signed upon enrolment,  we need your help and a minimum of one hour of your time to make it a success.  If you have any questions, please contact our Parents & Friends who will be happy to help: [email protected]


Twilight Fair - Stall Highlight

There are a few stalls at our Twilight Fair that need a large parent team to run successfully  and our Oliebollen & Croquette stall is the biggest.  If you're not sure where to help at this year's fair, click on this stall when you SIGN UP TO SERVE and offer your time.  It would be much appreciated!




Next P&F Meeting - Twilight Fair Focus

Tuesday 27th August at 7.30pm


The next Parents & Friends Meeting will be on Tuesday 27th August at 7.30pm in the school staff room and the main discussion point will the our upcoming Twilight Fair.  This is a huge event to organise and our Fair committee needs as much help as possible to share the workload.  Some tasks need doing a few months prior to the fair and others are needed during the week before so please contact the Parents & Friends Association by email [email protected] if you have some time to spare.  We'd also love to see you at our next meeting, so please invite your friends and come along.


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, [email protected]



Book Week Junior Assembly & Parade

Monday 19th August at 9.30am

Performing Arts Centre (PAC)


Next Monday 19th August, Book Week is celebrated in our Junior School and the theme this year is "Reading is my Secret Power".  From 9.30am - 10.30am there will be a special assembly in our Performing Arts Centre (PAC) where students from Kinder - Year 6 will have a parade of their book related costumes. Parents are able to take pictures of their children with friends in class before 9.20am.  Come and join the fun as we celebrate together the joy of reading.


The Importance of Having Fun with Picture Books for Oral Language

Parent Session - Monday 19th August 

10.30am - 11am

LCS Library


To celebrate Book week we are having a special parent session with our Speech Pathologist, Sue Brown straight after our Book Week Assembly in the Library.  Sue will talk about the importance of reading and how to use picture books in an interactive way to help children develop a variety of oral language skills.

We invite all parents to attend and hope to see you there.


Father's Day Stall - Junior School

Wednesday 28th August 


Our Parents & Friends Association are running a Father's Day stall for all Prep to Year 6 students on Wednesday 28th August in the LCS Boardroom.  Items will range from $2 - $10 and include warm woolen beanies, fishing tackle boxes, mugs with coffee, chocolate bars, leather key rings, paper airplane kits and much more.  A tray of sample items for students to check out will be taken around classrooms in the days prior to this event.  Classes will be brought to the Boardroom throughout the day and Kinder classes won't miss out as they will have a special day on the Monday/Tuesday.


Middle School Information & Subject Evening

Thursday 29th August at 7.30pm

Performing Arts Centre (PAC)


This evening is for students currently in Year 8 & 9 that will be moving to Year 9 & 10 in 2020 at our school.  Information will be shared about subjects being offered in 2020 and  the process of how to choose them.  There will also be an opportunity to speak to subject teachers about their curriculum to help students make correct choices for future pathways.  Our 2020 Middle School Handbook will be available to students on the night.






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