The last two and half years have left us all longing for a real holiday. We have learnt over the last few years to treasure the freedom's that comes with a real holiday; the freedom to sleep when you want, the freedom to travel where you want and, the freedom to see who you want. And now, as we approach the end of Term 2, it looks as if we may once again be able to enjoy those freedoms.
I am praying that each family will richly enjoy this holiday period, whether you are resting, travelling or cleaning out the pantry.
I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful staff team that I have the privilege of serving alongside each and every day. Each staff member enthusiastically gives of themselves so that our young people grow to become people who understand their purpose and have a genuine sense of belonging as they grow within this community. Their deep desire is that young people confidently lean in to life and strive to be excellent in all that they do. My hope is that all staff, parents and students over this break they will enjoy a change of pace and the feeling of rest that this brings.
In the third week of the holidays, staff will gather for a variety of professional development opportunities, including renewing First Aid certifications and various curriculum related sessions. These opportunities are powerful in ensuring that we are actively equipping our staff in order to best teach, lead and care for all those within our community.
Have a great break, everyone.
Felicity Marlow Principal
No one is born with the ability to be grateful. Thankfulness isn't something that comes readily to us, and sometimes it doesn't always come at all. Rather, thanksgiving is a quality that needs to be developed. But how do you do it? How do we educate our children to be grateful, and how do we model thankfulness for ourselves? Even though it appears to be a simple question, it isn't easy to answer.
Counting our blessings is encouraged in a variety of ways. Examine all you have. Take inventory of what you've been given. There's value in that, but it doesn't automatically lead to gratitude because appreciation has nothing to do with riches. If there were such a correlation, we would be thankful if we were given some abundance and even more thankful if we were given more riches. But that's not how it works.
We live in a period of enormous prosperity, but that hasn't translated into greater gratitude. In fact, another defining feature of our generation is that we have a strong sense of entitlement. We have a lot, and we've concluded that we deserve everything we have, and possibly even more.
The apostle Paul's exhortation to "give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thess. 5:18) is a reminder to everyone, not simply those who are going through a difficult time and have few blessings. Those same words serve as a reminder to those of us who live in a land of plenty, where blessings are frequently overlooked. We need the reminder just as much as anyone else, if not more so. When we appear to have so little and, certainly, when we appear to have so much, we should "give thanks in all situations."
We continually prompt, coax, urge, and demand that thanks be offered. Do we put our children and ourselves through all of this only to get them to be polite? Perhaps. But we do it because we know that consistently giving thanks, whether we feel like it or not, day in and day out, in season and out of season, helps cultivate a spirit of gratitude.
Because we're so used to accepting God's gifts with calloused hands, it can start slowly. So we begin by offering thanks every day and seeking opportunities to do so in every scenario, rather than simply on one day a year or when we are prompted.
C. S. Lewis observed that grateful people are emotionally healthy people. “Praise,” he said, “almost seems to be inner health made audible.” I think Lewis would agree with this pleasant addition to his observation: thanksgiving words are like inner health made audible.
Dee Fulcher Head of Primary Years
Student Progress Meetings - Term 3, 2022
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, 2 & Wednesday, 3 August In the College Atrium. Click here to read the letter for Primary SPM's.
ELC Tuesday, 2 & Wednesday, 3 August In the College Atrium. Click here to read the letter for ELC SPM's.
ELC Letter - End of Term 2, 2022
Click here to read important information regarding the Early Learning Centre.
Primary Letter - End of Term 2, 2022
Click here to read important information regarding the Primary Years.
Secondary Letter - End of Term 2, 2022
Click here to read important information regarding the Secondary Years.
Enrol Now for 2024
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 2024 cohorts and beyond, most already with waiting lists, so if you are considering enrolling an additional child at the College in 2024 or beyond 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.
Uniform Shop July School Holiday Opening Hours
The Uniform Shop will be open during the July school holidays on:
Thursday, 21 July 11:00am-3:30pm
The Uniform Shop will then resume normal opening hours from Monday, 25 July.
Monday & Thursdays 8:30-12:00 & 12:45-3:30
The uniform shop accepts orders by email to [email protected] or over the phone by calling the office number 8889 4600. Any purchased items will be delivered to your child’s classroom.
Seed Academy - Creative Kids and Active Kids
Current Creative Kids and Active Kids vouchers are due by Monday, 4 July 2022.