Welcome back for another wonderful term of learning at Norwest. As the holidays were drawing to a close, I have been pondering on the words “I am.”
Each of us has within us a powerful drive to understand ourselves and to know who we are and from an early age we instinctively make statements beginning with the phrase I am. You may have observed your little girl using mum's make-up and then looking in the mirror and saying "I am beautiful". You may have noticed that when your child dresses up as a superhero they make statements like "I am strong". Or perhaps sadly, you may have heard your child say "I am dumb" when they have felt defeated in their learning.
Think about the different emotions that are stirred by those last two statements. "I am strong" vs "I am dumb". "I am" statements are powerful and how we finish them impacts our emotions, attitudes and approaches to life, and ultimately plays a significant role in identity formation. In fact "I am" are two of the most important words because what we put after them can shape our reality.
Often though, we don't finish our "I am" statements accurately, rather, we take a moment in time or isolate one part of our self to finish the sentence. For example, just because I can run doesn't mean I can lay claim to the statement "I am an athlete". And just because at a previous school I was given the title "IT Coordinator" does not mean "I am an IT whizz." The danger in finishing our "I am" statements this way is that we are coming to conclusions about who we are without realising that we only see a tiny part of the big picture of our lives. Using what we do, what we wear, the titles we have been given, the way we look or what another person says about us as a reference point for finishing "I am" statements is problematic because they do not capture the complete picture of who we are.
The good news for us and the young people that are in our care is that when we know God and enjoy a relationship with Him, we learn how to finish these "I am" statements in ways that are accurate and provide us with purpose, meaning and confidence for the whole of our life. You see God, our Maker, has the complete picture of who we are. He knows the beginning from the end. He was there in the beginning and He promises to be with us every day. He has the complete picture of who we are, where we fit in, and what our purpose is.
So, what if we chose to hold more tightly to what God says about us and used what He says about us to finish our "I am" statements? What if we challenged what others said about us, remembering that they don't have the complete picture? What if we challenged what we say about ourselves in those darker moments, remembering that we don't have the complete picture?
What if when we feel unloved, we remembered that God says "I love you" and we declared "I am loved". How would that change our perspective? What if when we were restless and anxious, we remembered that God says He will never leave us so we can claim "I am protected." What if when others treated you like you were worthless you remembered that God says "I gave my Son Jesus' life for you" and you said "I am precious."
I relish the privilege that we have at the College every day to orientate young people to what God says about them so that they can finish their "I am" statement truthfully. Because it is these identity forming statements that provide direction, meaning and purpose in life. I encourage you, in that most crucial role you play as parents to seize every opportunity available to you to point your child to what God says about them.
Felicity Marlow Principal
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.
The College Winter uniform will commence after Mothers' Day and run through until Fathers' Day.
From Monday, 9 May 2022 all students will be expected to wear the Winter uniform including, blazer, ties for male students from Year 3 and stockings for girls.
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.
P&F Meeting - Week 4, Term 2, 2022
Wednesday, 18 May at 7:30pm
The next P&F Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 18 May commencing at 7:30pm in the Atrium. Regular P&F items (events and reports) will be discussed. Additionally, Mrs Dee Fulcher and Mrs Linda Hogan will be the College representatives. They will be talking about Curriculum in both the Primary and Secondary Years.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Disco - 2022
In Week 4 of Term 2, the P&F will host discos for students from ELC – Year 12.
Click here for more information on various dates and times.
Imago Day - Term 2
Our theme for Imago Day for this year is Being part of Jesus’ Tribe as we again consider what it means to be “made in the image of God”. On Thursday, 9 June the College will be participating in the Word of Life Kick Off program.
We’re all part of at least one “tribe”, in fact it’s likely that children are part of a number of tribes (family, class, College House, sports team, dance group, church, Youth Group, etc) and knowing that you fit in is really important as children develop. We want to highlight that regardless of family situation or interest group we all fit into the big tribe where we are all “made in the image of God” and we will be invited to consider being part of Jesus’ tribe.
Students will be permitted to wear their sports uniform and House shirt for the day. Teachers will give more details as we get closer.
Staff Update - Term 2, Week 1
We are pleased to share Mrs Jessica King's baby news! Mrs King will be commencing her maternity leave at the end of Term 3.
Primary Communication Notes
Click here to read the Primary Communication Notes.