There is a natural dual focus to the closing weeks of school. As we come to the end of the year it is fitting for us to reflect on the year that has been and simultaneously begin to contemplate all that the new year holds. The last week at the College has afforded us opportunities to do both of those things. Secondary students have together created a "Win Wall" noting the wins that they have had across 2021 and participated in a range of experiences that prepare them for next year including Senior Summit and Year 10 Peer mentoring program. Primary students have held end of year parties and participated in a "Bump it Up" day where they were able to try out their class for the next year. ELC students have decorated my Thanksgiving Tree whilst telling me about the things they were thankful for and Preparatory students have participated in Kindy Orientation day.
This dual focus of looking back and looking forward is not only natural for us to do it is also very good for us. You see as we look back we notice all the ways in which we have already been blessed and this helps us to remember that we can confidently step into the future knowing that the God who has enabled and sustained us in the past will enable and sustain us in the future.
I am so excited as I think about all that 2022 will entail; the opening of a new building, the addition of some fabulous new staff to accommodate enrolment growth, and a return to some of the events that we all enjoy.
I am praying though, that this holiday period will be one of deep refreshment for each member of our community and one where family and friend connections are reignited. But most importantly I am praying that each of us will understand even more deeply the significance of the birth of Jesus, Immanuel, God with us.
Felicity Marlow Principal
You get to write your 2021 Report
There was a time during Term 3 with online learning where we briefly considered the value of a parent contribution to the School Report for the end of the year. We started discussions about guiding parents in considering the learning attitudes and behaviours of their children; but since we regard the Report as being “to parents”, it seemed unhelpful.
When you look back and have to make a decision about the achievement or progress of someone, including yourself, it is important to have criteria to work toward. I really hope that very few people feel like this year has been a failure for them or their children. In fact, I suggest to each parent of the College (as I hope has already been expressed to each student and staff member) that making it to this point of 2021 with a forward-looking and positive attitude means you have succeeded regardless of the journey to this point. So how do we reflect on the last year when it has been so difficult because it has been so different? What should we be feeling now? What is the appropriate emotional level right now? I think the starting point is looking back with gratitude.
A 2003 study titled ‘Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life (Emmons & McCullough, 2003)’ found that “…gratitude is effective in increasing well-being as it builds psychological, social, and spiritual resources” and I hope that this encouragement can bring these benefits for you. The College staff will be participating in an annual Thanksgiving Service in our time together after students finish for the year that will be based on Psalm 136.
Psalm 136 has been written to celebrate a time in history of the nation of Israel and God’s presence with them and it is written to bring an attitude of gratitude in the people who read it (in fact it was written to be used as a song or chant). It was written by a leader and contains reflections on God’s character, power and presence.
So here is a list of things for which I am thankful from what has been a very challenging 2021:
· Cooking new things
· Much more walking
· Answering questions from my children about learning
· Internet shopping
· A glimpse into how my children learn
· The air-fryer at home getting a workout (and the selection of frozen foods at Coles)
· A tolerant dog who received heaps of love and attention
· Good internet connection at my house
· Staying employed
· Staying healthy
· Living in a society where people follow the rules
And here is a list provided by staff on the morning of students returning:
· Cousin baptised
· Return to school
· Thriving through lockdown and children realising God is faithful despite having to go back to school
· Thanking God for providing everything we need right on time
· Continued health for myself and my family
· Rich family relationship time
· Protection from disease
· Praise God that the hospitals weren't ridiculously overwhelmed!!!!
· We prayed a lot for playgrounds to open
· Whole class staying relatively engaged in learning for the whole time of online learning period! Praise God!
· Peace and comfort for my family
· Family reunions and the vaccinations that we had access to
· Connecting with families more. I will finally be able to see my grandparents this weekend!
· Refreshing and sustaining in the flat/hard times
· Seeing new things in God as there was time to hear from him and others
· Deeper connections with my family, and my students as life became simplified
· Family reconciliation and restoring justice
· Encouraging word from student
· Seeing a friend recover from 50 days in hospital under sedation with lots of health complications. She is now awake and on the mend. Thank you, Jesus, for her healing!
· Slowing down and taking in the special moments with family
· Health of family both here and overseas and for God's providence of a new home.
Colin Wood Deputy Principal
ELC Letter - Term 4, 2021
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Primary Letter - Term 4, 2021
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Secondary Letter - Term 4, 2021
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Uniform Shop Holiday Operating Hours - January 2022
Holiday Operating Hours
Monday, 24 January 1:15-3:30pm
Thursday, 27 January 12:45-3:30pm
Friday, 28 January 12:45-3:30pm
Seed Academy - Looking to 2022
Seed Academy classes have finished up for the year. We would like to thank our tutors, parents and students for their partnership and support throughout the year! Lessons will commence again in Term 1, Week 2 - 2022!
We would specifically like to thank two of our tutors, Sam Crowe (Piano and Woodwind) and Carolyn Lovett (Flute and Piano) who will not be returning to Seed Academy in 2022. Sam and Carolyn have both had such a positive impact on their students and the College community through their music tutoring and Primary Concert Band involvement and they will be missed.
Seed Academy will be implementing a new management system in the new year which will be inclusive of a Parent Portal. Current enrolments will receive login information over the non-term break. The portal will be able to show your child/ren’s current enrolments, allow you to update your payment details, view invoices as well as enrol your children into new classes. More information and instructions will follow in the new year.
The Academy is looking at starting a new offering in 2022, Musical Theatre classes - a combination of vocal workshop and choreography. Please send your expression of interest for this class to [email protected].
Please check the College website for updated 2022 Enrolment Forms and fee information.
2022 Concert Band and String Ensemble Information
2022 will see the College Band and Strings program continue to grow with the creation of a new Beginner Band as well as an expansion to our String Ensemble.
Our 2021 Concert Band cohort will continue to work together rebranded as the Norwest Christian College Intermediate Band.
Information packs and enrolment forms for the beginner concert band, and string ensemble will be distributed to interested students this week. If you would like to proceed with an enrolment please return the forms attached to the information pack to Mr Christie or your child’s class teacher.
Click here to view the 30 minute Monday Moments with Marlow from November 22nd, where Mr Christie, Mrs Wakeford and Mrs Marlow discuss the band program for 2022.
If you have any further questions regarding band or strings, please email Mr Christie ([email protected] )
Please note places are filling fast in many of our 2023 cohorts, some already with waiting lists, so if you are considering enrolling an additional child at the College in 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.
Applications are now open for our 2023 Scholarships.
We will be offering Music, Academic and our Principal's Scholarship for entry into 2023 Year 7 and 2023 Year 11. Click here for more information.
To apply for a 2023 Scholarship or to purchase practice materials please visit the ACER website.
College Office Closed
The College Office is closed from Monday, 20 December 2021 to Friday, 7 January 2022