In preparation for the introduction for this edition of Directions, I went back and looked at what I had written in Week 1. Interestingly, the title line for the introduction written 9 weeks ago in Directions was "Welcome to 2022! A year full of the promise of a return to "normal"." Whilst we have been so thankful to God that we have not had to return to online learning or some of the heavy Covid restrictions of the past, I'm not sure I could say that this term has been "normal". We have together experienced the impact of flooding, staffing shortages, and high student absences due to illness.
Despite the interruptions, there is much to celebrate. I have valued the resilience and strength of this community; a community that seeks to support, include, and serve one another was recently visible in the Love Hawkesbury campaign. We can also celebrate the fabulous way in which students and staff are learning in the new building. The integration of this building into our patterns of learning has been seamless. And finally, we can celebrate the completion of an application to NESA for the commencement of Ngarra Christian College, a special school, which we are hoping to open in January 2023 that will reside on the same campus as Norwest. More details will be provided about Ngarra (pronounced Nara) in the near future.
Recalling these celebration-worthy occasions helps us to remember that God is always at work, that His work is always good and that His work cannot be interrupted. God's reminder to us in these celebration-worthy moments is "my steadfast love for you never ceases, my mercies will never come to an end" (paraphrase of Lamentations 3:22). I am praying for our community as we move towards the Easter long weekend that we will be mindful of the significance of Jesus' death and resurrection and just how much it confirms God's steadfast love for each one of us.
Felicity Marlow Principal
What we attend to grows
Year 12 students, together with Mrs Marlow and HSC teachers, spent some time considering what it takes to become, not simply proficient, but exceptional at a task whilst away on Study Camp last week. It is clear that the people who feature in these ‘awesome’ videos have carved away at their craft over many attempts – likely many years. Working towards this level of awesome would require imagination for the final product, possibly an exemplar to emulate and a criterion to judge themselves by. Fail videos confirm that success doesn’t happen overnight; there are many iterations of the attempts, feedback processed, as well as perseverance to stick with it until they could accomplish the goal, that has led to such success. The exhilaration communicated by so many people once they had conquered their attempt was palpable.
So, too, do our students have many areas of their lives where they have worked for over time, often for years, to become exceptional at a range of pursuits. Under the guise of our “Year 12’s Got Talent” event we uncovered a broad range of exceptional abilities evident with in the year group, including Caitlin’s incredible flexibility and expression as a dancer, Miles’ agility with his voice to create incredible beats, Satya’s melodic interpretation and skill as a pianist, and Lyndon’s extraordinary capacity for algorithms as he conquered a Rubiks cube, both one handed and then blind folded; it truly was awesome!
In exploring these talents amongst our students, they were reminded that this same dedication to refining their craft is what is required as they prepare for their final year of high school. Each of our students, from the ELC through to Stage 6, have the capacity to learn something extraordinary when they attend to growing that ability. Regardless of the pursuit, we know that what we attend to grows; wherever our investment of time and energy flows that’s where we will bear the fruit of our endeavours. Paul teaches us in Romans that “we have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12:6-8) In attending to these gifts we are glorifying our Lord, and thus must remember that, “… whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)
In considering the fruits of their labour, students acknowledged that the first area to attend to is our relationship with God and with others. The achievements alone do not count for eternity; it’s how we live in accordance with God’s will that is our first calling. Being awesome with the talents he has gifted us with is our next responsibility.
I am challenged to consider what I have been attending to in my own life and through that attention, what is thriving and what has been wiltering under neglect? Perhaps you, too, have areas that need some reflection and attention so you can grow the fruits of your relationships and pursuits, at whatever stage in life you are.
Director of Secondary Teaching & Learning
Secondary Years End of Term BBQ
On the last day of term, Friday, 8 April, our Year 8 students will be hosting a Secondary End of Term 1 BBQ. Proceeds from this event will go towards the College's Compassion Child.
If you would like to order a sausage sizzle for your Secondary student, it must be pre-ordered no later than this Monday, 4 April by clicking here. Please also select any dietary requirements with your order.
To view a full summary of the last day of term activities please click here.
Seed Academy would like to thank our Students and Parents for partnering with us over the last term.
A reminder that Seed Academy fees for Term 1 are very much overdue. If you have not settled your account for Term 1 fees your child will not be re enrolled for their lessons in Term 2.
Term 2 fees will be processed on Tuesday, 19 April via the payment method you have provided. If you intend to withdraw your child from Seed Academy classes, please notify [email protected] by the end of Term 1.
Term 2 lessons will commence in Week 2 of Term (starting Monday, 3 May). Some tutors have arranged make-up lessons for which you will receive separate communication.
Canteen - Winter Menu 2022
The College canteen will be operating on the Winter menu for Term 2 & 3. Please check for new selections available and for the deletion of some Summer products.
This year Term 1 will be finishing with a combined Easter Service at school. This will be followed by a House Sports Day to finish the term for Secondary School. Our Cross Country which normally falls on this day will now be held on Friday, 29 April of Week 1, Term 2.
Term Dates for 2023 are now available on the College website by clicking here.
Parent Workshop - Developing Student Study Skills
Tuesday, 10 May 2022 at 7pm
Based on positive feedback from 2021, the upcoming Parent Community Workshop by Elevate Education is an updated version of the same content as last years seminar. The presentation to parents will be about study skills with a specific focus on skills useful for the high school years. Students need guidance in these skills and while the College will deliberately present opportunities to students to introduce and develop skills, this workshop is intended to allow parents to have an understanding of how they can be involved at home using the same language and tools to benefit students.
Parents with children in later Primary and right through Secondary will receive most benefit from this content.
Please note this is a parent only event.
Primary Communication Notes
Click here to read the Primary Communication Notes.