Any woman who has experienced pregnancy will be able to detail for you the strange and wonderous power of cravings. My cravings were, I think, quite normal; salt and vinegar chips, chocolate paddle pops and 100's and 1000's biscuits. My sisters craving, however, was very bizarre. For one of her pregnancies she carried a small lump of concrete in her pocket so that she could smell it at any time. Cravings have a mysterious power over us that makes us do strange things.
Did you know that your brain craves certainty? In fact, our brains are hardwired for certainty. When we encounter a familiar situation our brain is wired to conserve energy by shifting into automatic pilot and utilising previously established neural pathways to enact a response. However, when we encounter an unfamiliar situation our brains shift into overdrive which requires extra energy to carve a new neural pathway to enact a response.
So, if you're feeling a little tired, overwhelmed or exhausted right now, its no wonder. In our current context where we are receiving daily doses of uncertainty as we navigate lockdown, working from home and online learning, your brain is in overdrive trying to work through a whole range of unfamiliar situations. What you and your child's brains are craving right now is some certainty and it's really important for an overall sense of wellbeing that you feed that craving.
One really simple way to feed the certainty craving is to spend time focusing on the things that won't change. In the Bible, Matthew the apostle wrote, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:34). This statement is easy to read but so much harder to do unless we have the same perspective Matthew had. When Matthew wrote this statement, he was reflecting on all that God does every day to care for the birds, the grass and creation in general. And he concluded, that if God would provide every day for the birds of the air and take time to ensure the grass of the field was nourished then how much more would He be inclined to take care of mankind, who are the pinnacle of His creation.
You see God's love, God's care, God's provision for our needs, these are the things that won't change. His orientation towards us is fixed and if we want to satisfy the certainty craving then fixing our gaze on Him is the best way to start.
Felicity Marlow Principal
Monday Masterchef Moments with Mrs Marlow
It is with pleasure that we bring you a very exciting Monday MasterChef Moment with Mrs Marlow!
Please join Mrs Marlow and her daughter, Kaylen, as they virtually join you in your kitchen to cook spaghetti bolognaise alongside you. Given the current restrictions, there will be no cook-off or judging like we did last year, this will more be a chance for our community to join together in the preparation of a meal, given that we cannot all be together physically.
We would love for you and your family to cook along with Mrs Marlow, via Zoom. The ingredients list is:
500g beef mince 1 onion Italian herbs mix Tin of tomatoes Tin of tomato soup Spaghetti Garlic Salt/pepper Garlic bread
And any other ingredient that your family likes to add into their spaghetti bolognaise.
Now, if you’re adventurous like Mr Wood and Mr Griffiths, you may want to add some anchovies, bacon, coriander and ginger.
We will be meeting via Zoom on Monday, 26 July at 5:30pm, just in time for meal prep, and, as always, we will meet for no longer than 30 minutes.
We know it’s early, but we thought it might be a good time while most families are home together, to open up our Christmas Card Design Competition.
We have a new challenge which will involve your whole family. We would love to see what Christmas means to you. You are only limited by your collective creativity.
Some examples might be a drawing, a collage, or a sculpture. You may want to take a photo of your Christmas in July feast, or perhaps build a nativity scene out of Lego. The options are endless.
Please email your submissions through to [email protected] by the end of August and the winning family will be notified before cards are posted out to our community.
Student Progress Meetings - Term 3, 2021
Student Progress Meetings (SPMs) are an essential part of the home-school learning and well-being partnership. These meetings provide opportunities for communication and feedback about achievement and improvement strategies.
Please see below for the relevant dates.
Primary Tuesday, 3 & Wednesday, 4 August Click here to read the letter for Primary SPM's.
ELC Tuesday, 3 & Wednesday, 4 March Click here to read the letter for ELC SPM's.
P&F Meeting - August 2021
Wednesday, 11 August at 7:30pm
The next P&F Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 11 August commencing at 7:30pm on Zoom. Zoom meeting details have been sent on the College App. Regular P&F items (events and reports) will be discussed. Additionally, Mr Daryl Hinton and Mrs Tara Waller will be the College representatives. They will be talking about the Norwest Challenge.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Seed Academy - Term 3 2021
Trust the Voice Within...
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Enrol Now for 2022 and 2023
We love our College Community and its exciting when families decide to enrol additional siblings to partner in their education at the College.
Please note places are filling fast in many of our 2022 and 2023 cohorts, some already with waiting lists, so if you are considering enrolling an additional child at the College in 2022 or 2023 in our ELC, Primary or Secondary Years, don’t delay and submit your application as soon as possible to secure your place!
Click here to access the online Application for Enrolment form.
College Communication Notes
Click here to read the Early Learning Centre Communication Notes.
Click here to read the Primary Communication Notes.