“...And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
In Matthew 28:20 Jesus declares that he will be with us and his commitment is resolute. What a picture of the perfect father. As we approach Father’s Day it seems appropriate to reflect on what an important role fathers and father figures play in the lives of our children. It reminds me of a story about the Barcelona Olympics, held in 1992.
“... Britain's Derek Redmond dreamed all his life of winning a gold medal in the 400-metre race, and his dream was in sight as the gun sounded in the semifinals at Barcelona. He was running the race of his life and could see the finish line as he rounded the turn into the backstretch. Suddenly he felt a sharp pain go up the back of his leg. He fell face first onto the track with a torn right hamstring.
Sports Illustrated recorded the dramatic events: As the medical attendants were approaching, Redmond fought to his feet. “It was animal instinct,” he would later say. He set out hopping in a crazed attempt to finish the race. When he reached the home stretch, a large man in a T-shirt came out of the stands, hurled aside a security guard and ran to Redmond, embracing him. It was Jim Redmond, Derek’s father. “You don’t have to do this,” he told his weeping son. “Yes, I do,” said Derek. “Well, then,” said Jim, “we’re going to finish this together.”
And they did. Fighting off security men, the son’s head sometimes buried in his father’s shoulder, they stayed in Derek’s lane all the way to the end, as the crowd gaped, then rose and howled and wept.
Derek didn’t walk away with the gold medal, but he walked away with an incredible memory of a father who, when he saw his son in pain, left his seat in the stands to help him finish the race….”
Taken from “Hot Illustration for Youth” , by Wayne Rice, Youth Specialties, 1994.
Thank you to all those fathers who show steadfast love to their children. Your example is an inspiration to others and in so many ways illustrates the love that God shows us.
Remember God left the stands of heaven to walk with us everyday of our lives.
We are three weeks in and so much has happened already.We have a jam packed term ahead filled with many activities to enhance the learning of your children and provide you with opportunities to get involved in the life of the College. I thank you all so much for what has been a smooth and exciting transition period.I look forward to the second half of the year as we continue to build an environment where your children are given the very best opportunities to learn and grow in God’s kingdom.
Miss Khuand Junior Primary
As everyone will be aware Miss Khu is getting married and has finished up at the College. We would like to express our gratitude for the care and dedication with which she has taught the students in the Junior Primary class.As a College, we are praying that her new adventures bring great joy to her and her family.
Advertising for her replacement has been in progresssince the end of last term and applications for the position close on the 24th August.
Until details of Miss Khu’s replacement have been established we are delighted to inform you of the plans we have to ensure the very best educational outcomes for the Junior Primary group.
We are extending the current Literacy program format so that Miss Hurley will now take all the Kinder and Prep students, for full days on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Thursdays and Fridays, Miss Hurley will take the combined Prep to 2 class, as she is familiar with both the class and the program. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Mrs Dagmar Green will return and take a focussed Year 1 and 2 Program with the students in those year groups. On Thursday we also welcome Mrs Catherine Williams to run special programs in Physical Education, Art, Health and Chinese, mainly in the Upper Primary class.
We are excited by these new opportunities and ask that you join us in praying for the right person to fill the Year 1-2 role.
We will be running a playgroup at school each Friday, starting on the first Friday of term Four. The first session will take place on Friday 19th October. Let anyone you know who may be interested in this opportunity to come together.
Kindergarten for 2019
It's that time of year when we need to plan for next year.Enrolments are open for Kindergarten students starting 2019.Please enrol siblings now and spread the word about our fantastic school. Enrolments close on Wednesday the 24th of October - don’t miss out!
We are delightedto announce that we have filled the position of Chaplain and look forward to welcoming Miss Emily Wynhoven to our campus on the 20th of August. Emily has a Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care and comes with a wide range of experiences. She is an accomplished harpist and has been involved in ministry work both through her church and at Pilgrim Hill Ministries in Dover. She will offer vibrant support for the students at our school. We thank God in advance for the gifts she brings and pray that she will be both blessed and a blessing.
Meningococcal W Vaccination
The State Government has announced that Tasmanians aged from six weeks to 20 years will now be able to get vaccinated for free against Meningococcal W. The Government is extending its vaccination program due to a localised outbreak of the W strain and will cover those most at risk of contracting and transmitting the disease. Our students are eligible for this free vaccination. If you have any questions go to www.health.tas.gov.au or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 7389.
Junior Primary Class
The Upper Primary classroom has had a facelift as we change our theme for the rest of the year.
We are exploring the ideas in the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
We are pondering which character might best represent our personality as well as considering the deeper meanings we can uncover in the story of Willy Wonka!
In Mathematics, we are starting the term considering patterns and order and are finding these surround us everywhere.
Pop in after school one day and see our new room!
In music we have been learning about composition (creating and writing our own music). Here’s a photo from our Upper Primary class:
We have made a strong start for term 3 across all the High school year groups.We have begun units on Shakespeare in English, Rights & Freedoms in History and Australian Geography, Relationships in Health, Genetics and Forces in Science, measurement, fractions, linear and nonlinear graphs and quadratics in Mathematics, basketball in Physical Education, coding in Technology, continuing Chinese and beginning new units in Commerce and Civics.
As a group we are also leading the rest of the school in dance for morning sports. The first dance is Waka Waka and part of the dance involves students making a human bicycle.The picture below shows one of the high school students’ first attempts.
The Primary school is doing some gymnastics through Eastside Activity Centre sponsored by a Sporting School grant.The program will run for another 5 weeks and will include some trips to the Rokeby facility where students can use the specialty equipment.The program kicked off on Thursday last week with the Eastside staff visiting the school and running through a few basics.
Pyjama & Porridge Day
At our Pyjama and Porridge Day on the 20th of June we managed to raise $140.40 which has been donated to the City Mission Winter Appeal to support those people that are most vulnerable in our city. That’s awesome! Well done everybody!
Book Week starts next week, running from Monday 20th -Friday 24th August.We will kick the week off with a Book Parade on Monday the 20th. Students are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character for the parade.We look forward to seeing lots of interesting costumes and the students are reminded to bring a copy of the book from which their character comes. Parents are welcome to come and join in too!
To get the ball rolling for the School Fair, there will be a planning meeting on Wednesday the 29th of August at 7pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. Please come along with some great ideas. While the date and the details for the Fair are yet to confirmed, we are aiming for the beginning of November and would like to promote the event as a multicultural fair.
Father’s Day Breakfast
To celebrate the fathers or father figures in the lives of our students we will be cooking up a delicious breakfast! We would like to invite all Dads or those that are filling the gap, to come along with their children to share a breakfast on Friday 31st August. The food will start from 7am and we hope to finish by 8am.
Our Prep - 2 Class will be singing at the Clarence City Eisteddfod that is running from the 3rd to the 5th of September.They will perform a short choral piece. More details about the time of the performance will be communicated once the Eisteddfod program has been finalised and released.
Masterclass for Year 9-10
Year 9 and 10 students will be attending a Masterclass run by the Bible Society of Australia at Southern Christian College on Tuesday 4th of September. There is also a free evening event for parents on the same day. Please see the flyers for more information.
Yes! It’s time to roll up those sleeves and join us for a Working Bee. When? Saturday 15th of September from 9:00am till midday. We will be painting the school office as well as the Principal’s office. If you are not fond of painting there is some book covering to do and some tidying around the school grounds.
We are planning another Inter-campus event for Years 5-10. It is scheduled for the end of Term 3. The event will include, sports, technology, art, drama and dance. It will be held at the Burnie Campus, with students travelling on the Wednesday 26th September and returning on Friday 28th September.
We are currently welcoming enrolments for students from Kindergarten up to year 10 for 2019.
Invest in the future! Remember school banking day is each Monday.
School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.
The rewards available during 2018 are:
Twister Power Handball
Secret Scratch Pad
Sparkle Glitter Pens
Mighty Boom Handball
Heat Reactor Pencils
Slushie Maker Cup
Zoom Flying Disc
Important dates to remember:
- 20th-24th Book Week
- 29th - School Fair Meeting 7pm
- 31st - Father’s Day Breakfast
- 2nd - Father’s Day
- 3rd - 5th Hobart Eisteddfod
- 4th - Year 9-10 Masterclass
- 15th - Working Bee
- 26th-28th Trip to Burnie
- 28th - Last day of Term 3
- 15th - Beginning of Term 4
- 25th - Royal Hobart Show (Public Holiday)
- Student school reports
- 13th - Last day of Term 4
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