This week brought it’s challenges, but none that we couldn’t handle together.
For Year 3 and 5 students, it was their first experience of NAPLAN, and for Year 7 and 9 students, whilst they are familiar with NAPLAN, preparing for and sitting exams are always a challenging process. In speaking with our Educators, I have been really encouraged to hear that students have been calm, focused and regularly reminded that there is a much larger picture of living a purposeful life, than their NAPLAN results.
For our Primary students, yes, Wednesday’s Athletics Carnival was cold and wet, but it was a great expression of celebrating God’s gifts and abilities, and joining together for some fun at the same time. Thank you to all those parents and carers who came to cheer on our students. I really hope you enjoyed a warm cuppa tea or hot chocolate at the end of the day.
Felicity Marlow Principal
Are you on the right bus?
Every Friday morning, a group of educators gathers at College to participate in a Teaching for Discipleship course where they reflect on a key question - How do we encourage children to respond to the call of God in their lives? This group of educators have been considering how we role model and live out the call of God in our own lives as a testimony and example to our students who are starting to embark on understanding God's calling and purpose for their life.
These reflections reminded me of a leadership training I attended a few years back where the question was raised - Are you on the right bus? The leadership training compelled us to consider not only if we are on the right bus but also if we were in the right seat on the right bus. In other words, are you living the life that God has called you to? Are you positioned in God's best for you? Are you moving towards the purpose that God has anointed or chosen for you?
As Christians we seek to respond to the call of God for us or wait to get on the right bus. I remember as a teenager ending up on the wrong bus home from school and feeling quite disoriented, lost and anxious. My surroundings were unfamiliar and I remember feeling more and more agitated and wanting to get off the bus as soon as possible. I eventually made it home but from that day on always double checked the bus number before climbing onboard.
We can often have these same feelings of being disoriented, agitated and anxious when we haven't responded to the call of God, when we choose a different path or an easier option. And then the opposite is true for when we have responded to the call of God. There is a level of comfort, assurance and flow when we are living in God's best for us. The book of Proverbs says, 'Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.' There is confidence then if we happen to miss the bus the first time, there will be another one coming!
Suzi Scott Director of Early Learning Centre and OSHC
Calling All Directions Readers
As we continue to refine and evolve our communications methods here at the College, we would love to enlist the help of our avid readers of Directions.
Below is the link to a quick online survey where you can provide us with your valuable feedback on our College newsletter.
Thank you in advance for your support with this request, as we really appreciate you taking the time to complete this online form to help us better meet the communication needs of our College community.
This term, students will be continuing the topic of ‘God’s Kids’. We’ll be looking through the Bible at all the times where God used kids to do amazing things. This term we’ll be looking at such moments as ‘God’s Kids listen to God’ in 1 Samuel 3 and ‘God looks at the heart of God's Kids’ with 1 Samuel 16. The challenge for our Primary students is to discover ways they can serve God now. If you’re looking for ways you can encourage that heart of service in your child, you can:
Encourage students to write a list of all the people who serve them and make a point of writing cards or saying thank you – the bus drivers, the soccer coaches, even their siblings.
This term, students will be continuing to explore ‘My Jesus Story’. We’ll be hearing about the Jesus stories of people in the Bible whose lives were changed, student volunteers and various visitors sharing their own journey with God. This term we’ll be hearing from Clare from Crusaders, Harry De Rooy from the Gideons, alongside learning about such people as Arthur Stace and the Woman at the well (John 4). If you are looking for ways to encourage your child, you could:
Ask them about the Jesus Stories they heard about in Chapel and who has stood out to them.
Encourage them to search for testimonies online that they feel mirror their own experience with God. Write a letter to God together where they have a chance to share what their feelings and questions are, which you can then discuss through together.
New Seed Administrator
Our Seed Administrator, Mrs Karen Storm will be leaving the College on Friday, 20 May, ahead of the birth of her third child. Please join us in wishing Mrs Storm all the best in her new adventure as a mother of three, and thanking her for her many years of service at the College.
One of Seed Academy’s own, Mrs Sarah Maleckas will be adding the role of Seed Administrator to her current tutoring load. Mrs Maleckas brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in this space and we’re looking forward to seeing the College’s extra-curricular offerings continue to grow, with her assistance.
Developing Student Study Skills
The Community Workshop that was held on Tuesday, 10 May was a constructive and enjoyable discussion. Parents actively engaged in considering how to support their children with developing positive study habits. As a result of the relationship between the College and Elevate Education some helpful resources are available to parents at no cost. If you are interested in registering for their free parent webinars, please click here. https://get.elevatecoaching.info/au/register
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.
College Communication Notes
Click here to read the Early Learning Centre Communication Notes.
Click here to read the Primary Communication Notes.