Principal's Message (14 July, 2023)
Welcome back to Term 3! We are thrilled to see both familiar and new faces joining us this semester. We extend a warm welcome to all our new students and their families. We hope your transition to our College has been smooth, and we're excited about the learning opportunities that lie ahead.
For our Year 12 students, we know the final stretch can be demanding, but remember you have the support of staff, teachers and your peers. Stay focused, persevere, and embrace the challenges that will prepare you for your future endeavours. Your hard work will pay off, and we are here to help you succeed.
This evening is our annual College Ball, and we pray for all of our young men and women in Year 11 as they are presented. May tonight be successful but also another celebratory milestone in your schooling journey.
We are in the trial phase of launching Cornerstone Café, which will be available to all of our community from 7.30am to 9.00am, running out of our Senior School Café. This will be open to the public from Tuesday, 18 July, 2023. My vision for Cornerstone Café is that it is a place for connection and a convenient way to spend time at school before work.
As I have previously mentioned, in Lutheran schools we focus on nurturing the gifts of all students, whether that be academia, the arts, sport and many other areas. In the spirit of fostering a love for the arts, we encourage everyone to book your tickets for the Alice in Wonderland musical. These can be purchased through the Horsham Town Hall website. It promises to be an exciting experience filled with stunning performances, vibrant costumes, and captivating storytelling. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the delightful world of Alice's adventures!
As we embark on Semester 2, it is a perfect time to set SMART goals for academic and personal growth. A good place to begin setting goals is to reflect on the information from the Semester 1 report, parent-teacher interviews, and discussions with teachers. Remember, SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Use this opportunity to reflect on your achievements from the past semester and set goals that stretch your capabilities. By setting goals and staying committed, you can make the most out of your educational journey.
This Sunday’s Gospel reading comes from Matthew 13:1-9,18-23. This passage asks us to reflect on the Parable of the Sower, where seeds fall on different types of soil, symbolising how people receive and respond to the word of God. Let us ponder on this story and contemplate its meaning in our lives. In our College, may it remind us to be open to receiving and nurturing the seeds of faith, love, and kindness.
We look forward to an exciting and successful Term 3 together. Let us embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, supporting and inspiring one another every step of the way, with God’s guidance.
Mr James Phillips, Principal