Principal's Message (21 July, 2023)
Week 2 has certainly been positive and full of opportunity, a week in which I have observed the students and staff quickly settling into Term 3. I trust that your child is really optimistic about what lies ahead of us this term.
First and foremost, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the students, staff and volunteers who made the opening night of the Alice in Wonderland musical a resounding success. I was humbled to attend the opening night and see the God-given gifts on display. It was truly fantastic, and the entire production was nothing short of tremendous. We appreciate the dedication and passion that went into making this show such a high-quality production. Thank you to all of you who were able to attend and show support last night. There are still some tickets left on the Horsham Town Hall website.
I would also like to commend the Year 11 students for their remarkable effort and the excellent quality of their Presentation Ball. Such events provide an opportunity for our students to demonstrate their maturity, elegance and poise, and it is always heart-warming to witness their growth and development. It was also wonderful to have many family members and special friends of the Year 11 students travel significant distances to celebrate this significant occasion with the students.
As part of our commitment to fostering strong study habits and contemporary enterprise skills, this week I encourage us to think about critical thinking, ultimately supporting students to become independent learners and solving the problems of tomorrow. Developing strong critical thinking abilities is crucial for our students as they navigate an ever-changing world and prepare for their future endeavours. As educators, we encourage students to read widely, exposing them to different perspectives and ideas. Ways that families can support the development of critical thinking at home include engaging in meaningful conversations and encouraging their children to analyse and question the information they encounter. Further, emphasise the importance of evidence-based reasoning and support them in seeking reliable sources of information.
In this week's devotional thought, I invite you to reflect on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. In the parable of the weeds among the wheat, Jesus teaches us about the coexistence of good and evil in the Kingdom of Heaven. As Christians, we recognise that we live in a fallen yet redeemed world. This parable calls us to faithfully navigate the tension between these two realities. Instead of hastily judging and uprooting the weeds, we are called to patiently trust in God's timing and judgment. We are to bear good fruit and share Christ's love, knowing that a day will come when God will separate the righteous from the unrighteous. In this hope, we live faithfully, persevering through the challenges of a world that contains both wheat and weeds. It was wonderful to bring the Chapel message this morning alongside Year 5M. The students highlighted that as good stewards, we are called to bring care and love into our community.
Thank you once again to our incredible College community for your unwavering support and tireless efforts. Let us continue to strive for excellence, nurture our students' academic and personal growth, and create a vibrant and inclusive learning environment that draws on God’s prevailing love.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, and I do hope to see you at Alice in Wonderland!
Mr James Phillips, Principal