Principal's Message (25 August, 2023)
I trust that this newsletter finds you well and that you have enjoyed another week in the life of our College. We have had a fabulous Book Week! On Monday, we have a Foundation to Year 12 assembly with a Book Week parade. It was really quite inspiring to look around and see the many costumes that students had prepared, including handmade ones. It is quite special to celebrate the gift of literacy and I hope it has encouraged both young and old to keep finding new material to read.
I would like to highlight the success of our Junior School student-led conferences that took place this week. It was truly a wonderful occasion for our students to showcase their learning journey and achievements. We believe that involving students in these conferences helps foster a sense of ownership in their education and further strengthens the bond between our teachers, parents, and students.
Effective note-taking is crucial for improving information retention and organisation. It's important to find a note-taking system that aligns with your learning style. There is a free webinar coming up on Wednesday, 30 August at 6.30pm, designed to support children to improve their note taking skills. The registration information has been posted on The Hub.
Recently, the College’s Leadership Team has been actively focusing on emergency management, and as such, we have completed necessary drills. It is of utmost importance to us that we maintain a safe and secure environment for all our students, parents and staff. These drills provide us with an opportunity to finetune our systems, review procedures, and ensure the preparedness of our College. Should your child have any concerns regarding these drills, we highly encourage them to speak with their classroom teacher and/or Wellbeing Team, who will be more than happy to provide reassurance.
Next Friday, is Footy Day and Father’s Day. Everyone will be able to dress up in their footy colours for a gold coin donation, which will support men’s health. At lunch, there will be hot dogs available for purchase. In our Junior School, there will be footy activities that the students can enjoy with their fathers from 11.20am.
Finally, let us reflect on Sunday’s Gospel reading from Matthew 16:13-20, which teaches us about the faith and foundations of our College community. In this passage, Jesus asks his disciples who they believe He is. Peter responds, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus commends Peter's faith and states, "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church." This verse calls us to recognise and declare our faith in Jesus as the foundation of our lives. It reminds us that as a Lutheran community, our faith is the core upon which we build our College, nurturing the minds, bodies, and spirits of our students, parents, staff and all members of the community who interact with us.
Thank you for your continued support and involvement in our College community. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
I pray that you have a wonderful weekend.
Mr James Phillips, College Principal