This week, we have been reminded of the incredible sacrifice of our ANZACs, and of service men and women who fought in wars, or
served those who fought in the capacity as doctors, nurses, reporters, drivers, pilots and many other roles. We are reminded that service costs those who give it, and many paid the ultimate price in order that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have in Australia. In our ANZAC commemoration assembly on Monday, we reflected that service comes from a heart of love - perhaps love for family, to protect them; perhaps love for country, to guard our freedom. The Bible reminds us that we love because Christ first loved us (1 John 4:19). It is through Christ's model of sacrificial love that we are able to understand what love is, and respond in turn, by loving others. It is also through loving others that Christ is seen. Students were challenged to respond to Christ's love by serving others and making little sacrifices that share his love. Thank you to all those who served in the assembly, and to the parents and families who were able to come and share it with us.
This is a reminder that the formal NAPLAN testing will take place between 15 and 25 May. The tests comprise of Writing, Reading, Language Conventions and Numeracy. Year 3 Writing will remain a paper-based assessment, and will be completed on Tuesday 15 May, first thing in the morning. The rest of the assessments (including Writing at Years 5, 7 and 9) will be conducted using the online platform, and are scheduled to take place in the testing window.
Please make plans to ensure your children in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are at school for these government-required assessments. Students in Years 7 and 9 must ensure their Chromebooks are charged each day, and have their headphones.
If you have particular reasons you wish to have your child withdrawn from the testing, please email me to discuss further. Information about the testing program will be sent home with students this week. An email will also be sent to parents of all Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students with the information. If you have not received the paper copy, please ask your child's class teacher in Primary, or Homeroom teacher in Secondary.
Our production of "The Secret Garden" is almost upon us. Please support the efforts, and enjoy the talents of our incredible cast and crew, by purchasing your tickets. It would be wonderful to see the theatre full all three nights.
Keep Moving Forward
Some parents who frequent the drop off zone may have noticed our new signs, with the
reminder to "Keep Moving Forward". Please remember when using the zone that you are to stay in your vehicles and keep moving forward. Move forward as far as possible before collecting or alighting passengers to allow other vehicles to fit in behind you. If vehicles are already in the zone, please go to the end of the queue (around the gum tree in the staff car park, then back around and turn left into the zone). Please do not pull in front of other vehicles that have waited in the queue. If everyone keeps moving forward, it will make this safer for students, and faster for parents/drivers. We thank you for your cooperation.
Please remember that school photos are coming up on Tuesday 22 May. All students should be in full winter uniform. If students have PE on the day, they should wear the formal uniform to school and bring the PE uniform to change into for that lesson.