Principal's Message (28 July, 2023)
We hope this newsletter finds you well and that you've had a fantastic week filled with exciting events and meaningful moments in and around our College.
Firstly, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended the Alice in Wonderland musical. The performances were truly captivating, and it was a joy to be led down the rabbit hole!
The hard work and dedication of our talented students, staff, and volunteers definitely paid off. We also want to express our appreciation to all those who booked a ticket and supported this marvellous production. As I spent some time backstage during performances, I was really honoured to see the deep sense of camaraderie built between the cast, crew and volunteers. It was inspiring to see in particular students who have grown in their confidence and risk-taking. The arts are truly captivating.
Tonight, we have something exciting in store for our students! The Glow Disco is taking place, and our Junior School students couldn't be more thrilled. Events like these are only possible because of our amazing Parents, Teachers, and Friends Association. We are truly blessed to have such a dedicated group of individuals who go above and beyond to create memorable experiences for our students. The PTFA is always welcoming to anyone looking to join its meetings and contribute to the many fantastic initiatives.
Continuing from last week's focus on contemporary enterprise skills, this week I am putting the spotlight on communication. In an increasingly connected world, effective communication skills are more important than ever. Through various activities and discussions, our students have the opportunity to enhance their ability to express themselves confidently and articulately. Some ways to strengthen communication skills include:
- Active listening: Practice listening attentively to others and show genuine interest in what they have to say. This helps you understand their perspective and respond appropriately.
- Non-verbal communication: Pay attention to your body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice. Non-verbal cues can greatly influence how your message is received. Practice using appropriate gestures, maintaining eye contact, and speaking with confidence.
- Continuous learning: Take advantage of opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills in communication. This could include reading books, attending workshops or seminars, or even taking communication courses.
In Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52, Jesus shares several parables to teach his disciples and the crowds about the Kingdom of Heaven. Through the parables of the mustard seed and the yeast, Jesus emphasises how the Kingdom of Heaven starts small but grows and permeates every aspect of our lives. Just as a tiny mustard seed can grow into a great tree, the kingdom of God starts small but eventually encompasses everything. Jesus also compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a hidden treasure and a pearl of great value, symbolising the worth and joy of discovering and fully committing to God's reign. Finally, Jesus explains that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a net that catches fish of all kinds, separating the good from the bad. In these parables, Jesus reveals the nature of God's kingdom as transformative, valuable, inclusive, and just. As we transition into this weekend, let us ponder, how can we nurture the growth of God's Kingdom in our own lives and in our College community? What does it mean to fully commit to God's reign in our lives? How can we prioritise the Kingdom of Heaven above all else?
As always, I am most grateful for your continued support and involvement in our College community. Let's keep the momentum going as we embark on another week filled with learning, growth, and connection.
Enjoy your weekend!
Mr James Phillips, College Principal