King's News

29 November 2019
Issue Eleven
Principal's Page
Chaplain's Corner 
College News
Announcements
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Principal's Page

Perserverance

Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets (Luke 5:5)

Sometimes our response to a request depends on who is ­asking. Simon had worked hard all night without catching anything, so going out again and expecting a different result would not have been a likely plan for success.

By the time Jesus asked, Simon’s boat was moored and the nets had been washed. It was time to call it quits. So it is easy to imagine Simon brushing Jesus’ request aside. What could a builder’s son possibly tell a fisherman about fishing?

But this was Jesus asking. Jesus had been teaching people from the boat while Simon was cleaning his nets. Perhaps Simon had heard something that made him pay attention.

So when Jesus asked him to put out into deep water and “let down the nets for a catch,” Simon said, “Because you say so, I will.”

As the year comes to an end, it can be easy to feel as if we’ve worked hard all night without catching anything. For all our efforts we still struggle with the same problems and temptations. Our children give us the same worries, and our neighbors seem no more open to Jesus than when we first befriended them. Even so, we keep on putting out our nets. Jesus has asked us to, and sometimes it all depends on who is asking. May you know Jesus calling and direction this Christmas.

Allister Rouse

Principal

Student Recognition

Students at King's College are dedicated, helpful and caring young people.  As a College we have been considering ways to recognise student achievement, participation and service. From next year, we will be introducing a Student Award Scheme in Middle and Senior School. The Student Award Scheme will seek to identify and reward students who make significant and positive contributions in classroom performance, service and leadership, and participation and representation at King's College. The aims of this program are to:

1. Reward students for sustained effort and achievement of excellence;

2. Encourage all students to do their best; and

3. Develop and maintain a cooperative and supportive atmosphere among teachers, students and parents.

Full details of this program will be presnted to students early next year.

Ararat Christian School, Uganda

There have been many highlights this year, but one in particular that stands out, is the recent visit from Gideon Kabenge from Ararat Christian School in Uganda. Gideon learnt much from us about Christian education but I think we learnt so much more from him. Our staff and students got to see experience the humility and faith Gideon displayed in the sacrifices he has made to start a school for AIDS orphans. As a College, we are excited about developing ongoing support for Ararat Christian School.

 

Chaplain's Corner 

The Truth of Imagination 

We are just about to cross the finishing line of our 2019 school year and as the year finishes with many different nights of celebrations, concerts and presentation evenings, I would like to take the opportunity to say, “Have a blessed and thoughtful time this Christmas season as we celebrate our saviour Jesus Christ’s birth.”

Within the lead-up to Christmas there is an abundance of advertising tempting children, teens and adults to buy the latest gadgets, watch the newest releases, book your holiday destinations, eat and be merry, gifts galore abound the imagination. 

Our imagination is a gift from God. We were created to imagine. God has given us the capacity to visualise things that aren’t present. We are created to imagine possibilities, opportunities, to pursue knowledge, collect information and as twentieth-century novelist, Christian apologist C.S. Lewis stated, “Reason is the natural organ of truth, imagination is the organ of meaning.” Imagination is capable of understanding and embodying truth, it informs reason and in turn is informed by reason.

We use our imagination all the time, whether we’re teachers, chefs, artists, or mathematicians, imagination is how we see, hear, taste, and smell things that make up our concrete reality, even when those things are nowhere near us. 

As parents and educators we want to encourage our kids to imagine and be creative, but we also want them to be grounded in the truth? We want them to know the difference between creativity and lying? Imagination, like any other gift, has the potential for good or for ill. We want our kids to have a healthy imagination but we also have a responsibility to teach them to always speak the truth. 

Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias says “Imagination is the organ for meaning, the faculty that gives form to thought, influencing meaning and purpose in life.” Ravi believes that our imagination is under attack in today’s society and that our young people are the most vulnerable. This is because of the amount of picture capacity that we are viewing through social media, which can inform, bombard, tantalises and desensitise our sense of reality. Today's young people are the most exposed due to how much time they spend in front of screens with pictorial information besieging their senses. God created us to see through the eye using our conscience, where modern society is inviting us to see with the eye devoid of a conscience. 

We have a duty to our children and young people to develop their imagination, to be curious and creative but to ground them in truth. Children have wonderful imaginations, and make-believe heroes and their opponents on television or in books are now much more realistic in 3D games and in movies and our discussions with them about what they see, think and feel are important. Popular Disney movies have aspects that are truthful, while others are fantasy. Talk about the things that were truthful, and the things that could only be fantasy. Teach them the difference between telling a story and telling a lie. Examine the motivation behind the imagination. 

When we read books and especially when we read from the Bible, we should bring a lively imagination to our reading of God’s word. Jesus told stories to his disciples so that he could teach the truth. God’s word from Genesis to Revelation appeals to our mind’s eye and is inviting us to paint pictures, draw parallels, make analogies as it engages us on the imaginative level. As Christians, we need a vivid imagination , for no matter what our age or how much we know, or have experienced, we worship the true, living, ever present and glorious God, who “lives in light so bright that men cannot go near it. No one has ever seen God, or can see him.”(1 Timothy 6:16 ICB).

So as we enter the Christmas season, I’d like to finish this article with some words from well known Christian author and Pastor Max Lucado,“In the mystery of Christmas, we find its majesty. The mystery of how God became flesh, why he chose to come, and how much he must love his people. Such mystery can never be solved, just as love can never be diagrammed. Christmas is best pondered, not with logic, but imagination.” 

Camilla McLeod

Chaplain

 

College News

Kinder

The Ants and Bees went on Excursion on Thursday to the Fire Station and Lake Pertobe to celebrate the end of the Kinder year.

At the Fire Station the Fire crew taught valuable fire safety lessons such as having working smoke alarms in the house, having a family meeting point outside the house and "get down low, and go go go."

Afterward the children enjoyed a squirt with the giant hose and a tour through the truck.

At lake Pertobe the Ants and Bees explored the playground, the maze and the flying. Fox, followed by a picnic lunch and a treasure hunt. So many happy memories to close out the kinder year.

 

As we explored the purpose and events of Jesus’ birth, the Ant Group have been talking about Easter, and asking questions about Jesus’ death and resurrection. They have made the connection between the two major events of Jesus’ life.

To find out more, the Ants heard the story of the origins of the traditional candy cane, and 

enjoyed a candy cane hunt outside. 

The children discovered that the unique features of the candy cane are very significant, and remind us of the characteristics and mission of Jesus:

A special staff shape, to represent Jesus as our loving shepherd... and if you turn the candy cane around, it appears like a letter J for Jesus.

The candy cane is not soft and chewy, but hard, to remind us that Jesus is our Rock. He is unchanging and a strong foundation for our lives as we follow Him.The white colour of the candy cane was chosen because Jesus is pure and without sin, and there is no darkness found in Him.The red stripes remind us of the blood He shed on the cross to pay the price of our sins. 

 

What beautiful reminders for us, each time we see or enjoy a candy cane at Christmas time!

Sian Duggan

Early Years Educator

Junior School

Thank you for your attendance and warm encouragement as we celebrated the year together at Junior School Night of Celebration.

This event generates great enthusiasm and initiative, with every student and staff member involved and invested in the program presented.

Consequently, preparation and performance provide moments of great joy and passion, as we share together and build teamwork.

 

As the school year rapidly draws to a close, we are also celebrating the year’s successes in our classrooms and focusing on Christmas. Classrooms are sparkling with tinsel and Christmas craft, gingerbread is baking, Christmas songs are playing and conversations are centred around God’s amazing gift of Jesus on the very first Christmas.

We are all excited about making gifts, enjoying holidays, family traditions and delicious food, but most of all we know that it is Christ in Christmas, who provides real and lasting joy beyond December 25.

 

There has been a special event to look forward to every week in November. Whether excursions or classroom events, on every occasion we have been wonderfully supported by the generous help of parents, many of whom have taken time from work, or ‘moved mountains’ to make it a priority. Thank you!!

 

Last Wednesday, Year 1 enjoyed breakfast at

school, before heading off for a wonderful day at Port Fairy and Tower Hill. In beautiful sunshine, students walked to the lighthouse and explored Tower Hill reserve, furthering conversations about taking care of God’s world. Putting their maths skills to work, they carefully considered how best to spend $2 at the Port Fairy lolly shop, before visiting the Historical Society to further their study of contrasting the past with the present.  Thanks to the team of parents who accompanied Mrs Burgess, Mrs Raven and Mrs Benfell on the day, and to the dedicated parents who prepared and served an early breakfast at school.

 

Year 2 enjoyed the adventure of Kangaroobie earlier in the month, beginning with a very windy visit to the Twelve Apostles on the way. Hut building, a bumpy trailer ride, feeding cows, playing ‘ga-ga’, riding billy-carts down sloping

hills, a cricket match and building the tallest towers were just some of the memorable challenges enjoyed by the group.

It was a great day, and we thank Miss Job for her planning and preparation. We are also thankful to the energetic and enthusiastic dads, including Mr Gideon Kabenge, who accompanied Miss Job and Mrs Tucker on the day. Thanks also to the team of parents who prepared and served a very welcome dinner at school, to end a long and satisfying day.

Middle School

Our Middle School students have been taking the opportunity to learn surfing this term.  With the help of funding from the Sporting Schools initiative, Mr Jellie has organised free surfing lessons. Students, and staff, braved the weather and were able to learn from a professional, then take to the waves alongside their teachers.  What a great opportunity!

 

After School Fitness

On Thursday afternoons this term a number of dedicated students, teachers and parents have been participating in after-school fitness sessions. Sarah Caruana has been motivating us to work hard during the sessions which are conducted at Momentum Fitness in Dickson Street. All participants are to be encouraged and congratulated on their dedication to this program.

 

Senior School

Year 12 Graduation Diner

This year, the graduation dinner was again a wonderful way to celebrate the end of formal schooling forever. It was a very enjoyable evening attended by all the class of 2019, their parents, relatives, friends, and some teachers.

For four of the class, Abbey Greene, Ashleigh Spencer, Reuben Gleeson and Joshua Heard, this marked the end of a schooling journey that began in Kindergarten at King’s College 14 years ago.

For five of the families, this also marked the last year they would have a child at our school. While this is sad for King College, we are always extremely thankful for the terrific support these school families have provided through their many years of involvement.

 

Year 10 & 11 Camp

This year, for the first time, Years’ 10&11 combined for a camp at Anglesea.

It was held at Camp Wilkin and the focus of the three days together was preparing for leadership from a Christian perspective. Studies that focussed on what we could learn from great leaders of Biblical times were combined with physical activities like a high ropes course that presented students with a challenge to overcome in some way.

The students were terrific in the way they interrelated and encouraged each other with every activity.

Announcements

Instrumental Music 2020

From the start of next year, the College will play more of a role in managing private instrumental music lessons. This change will see the College managing the billing and timetabling of instrumental music lessons. This change will allow instrumental teachers to focus on teaching music and reduce some of the administrative challenges for teachers. It will also enable the College to bring greater consistency to the program. Instrumental teachers will provide 16 lessons per semester at $30 per half-hour lesson.  The College will bill families upfront for these lessons. Any additional lessons required will be negotiated between the parent and the teacher and tuition for additional lessons paid directly to the teacher. A booklet outlining the changes to the Instrumental Program is attached here. Kate McNaughton will be providing administration support to the Instrumental Music program in 2020. 

 

Screentime Survey

Australian teenagers spend an average of 44 hours per week using mobile screens, and primary school-aged children spend on average 32 hours per week. The literature to date suggests that there are particular health and wellbeing concerns for children and adolescents where excessive screen use is concerned. For example, in children and adolescents screen use has been associated with poor sleep quality, low mood and high anxiety, low self-esteem, cyber-bullying, poor health/lack of exercise, and family conflict.

Given that the ‘smartphone era’ reflects unprecedented portable device usage and ownership, there is currently little known about whether there will be long term developmental implications of excessive screen usage, however there is compelling emerging evidence that more immediate issues, such as those listed above, are impacting on child and adolescent health, and parent-child relationships.

Deakin University would like to develop a deeper understanding of the issues from multiple perspectives; parents, teachers, and young people. They invite you and your child (10-15 years old) to participate in a study that involves completing an online survey, and the option to participate in follow-up surveys in 12 months time. Deakin University would love to hear your own, and your child’s, thoughts on how screen use is impacting family life and your child’s wellbeing. To participate, or to talk further about the study, please email Dr Sharon Horwood at blackscreens@deakin.edu.au

Middle and Senior School Presentation Evening

All Middle and Senior School students are required to attend this event in full school uniform, including blazers. 

 

Coming Up

29 Nov-              Year 9 & 10 Last Day

03 Dec-               King's Orientation Day

05 Dec-               MS/SS Presentation Evening

06 Dec-               End of Term 4

                               Semester 2 Reports

17 Dec-               College Office Closes

2020 Calendar

Please note that printed school calendars will be distributed to families in the first week of Term 1, 2020. Prior to this date, 2020 dates will be available in Compass by mid December, 2019.

2020 Dates

14 Jan-              College Office Opens

30 Jan-              Students Commence

04 Feb-              Student ID Photos

06 Feb-              Commencement Service

07-8 Feb-          Relay for Life

11 Feb-              Early Years Parent Info Night

12 Feb-              Year 5-12 Swimming

13 Feb-              P-12 Parent Info Night

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Instrumental Booklet 2020.pdf