This week our Gospel comes from Luke (15:1-32); Jesus gives us three parables; the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son. In each Jesus is calling us to celebrate the act of forgiveness. We know that when we are free of anger and resentment we are much more open to living a life that is joyful and fulfilling. This week at our assembly I spoke to the students of the need to ensure they think of people to whom they are grateful, gratitude is a very positive emotion and character strength and enables us all to see beyond our own small worlds. When we express gratitude and forgiveness we are acting as Jesus teaches us and we are making sure we are not consumed by the negative emotions of resentment or anger.
As the term draws to a close I also spoke to the students about the fact that so many of them are tired...we reflected on how being tired can be something to be proud of as it generally means that we have worked hard and have pushed to be the best version of ourselves. After listening to all of the wonderful conversations taking place at the student learning conversations last night I can truly say that the students at Killester are being challenged in ways that have pushed them...and at times made them weary. I hope the upcoming holiday provides most students with an opportunity for rest and relaxation. However for our Year 12 students completing VCE the upcoming break is one full of hard work as they sit their trial exams. We wish them the best of luck as they embark on this vital preparation.
Our NAPLAN results were released last week and, whilst we have yet to do a highly detailed analysis of our data, we can once again be incredibly proud of our NAPLAN results which show our achievement to be outstanding. We will look further into the data and release a more detailed report in Term Four.
As this will be the last newsletter for the term I would like to thank all of the staff, students and parents at Killester who have made me feel so welcome. I sincerely hope each and every member of our community has the opportunity for rest and rejuvenation over the September break, even our VCE students who will be undertaking practice exams need some down time over this upcoming break.
Ms Sally Buick
Principal, Killester College