Principal’s Message (3 March, 2023)
Throughout the start of the year, I have continued to articulate how important people and relationships are! What a wonderful Fair we had on Friday evening! It was an excellent turnout and I thank you for taking the time to come along. It was great to see members of our community connect with one another, as well as the responsibility the students demonstrated whilst volunteering time. Again, I thank our Parents, Teachers and Friends Association for making this evening a great success.
On Sunday, the Installation of our new staff, some members of senior leadership and myself took place at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. In addition, we rededicated our existing faithful staff team. This was an uplifting time, and it was special to celebrate it with many visitors. Following the service, the church returned to the College for a barbecue and tours conducted by our student leaders in each sub-school. Our students are such great ambassadors!
The learning occurring throughout the College is pleasing to see. Our students are highly engaged and genuinely excited to learn. For many of our secondary students, they are working on assessment tasks, reflecting that they are well and truly settled into the school year. I was talking to one of our secondary students this week about his assessment schedule, and I asked about his use of his diary. When he said he didn’t use it, I suggested perhaps the use of a wall calendar or planner to write what is due when. One of the responsibilities we have as a College is for students to not only graduate with head knowledge, but skills for life, in this case organisation. In this instance, I was able to present many ways to be organised to help the student take responsibility for his own organisation, and this is true for many of us. I want to encourage you as parents with this, because when students are organised and can see the assessment schedule, it helps reduce unnecessary stress and anxiety.
As a College we highly value the opportunity for students to participate in extracurricular activities, fostering the development of the whole child. Next Week, the Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) trials start, and I look forward to seeing this unfold.
I pray God’s blessings over our entire College community as we enter into the second half of Term 1 together. May God bless your weekend.
Mr James Phillips, College Principal