Newsletter - Wednesday 13th September, 2017

Pastors' Corner

A Word On Good Parenting - Theory Into Practice

There was a psychologist who once had six theories on rearing children and no children. He ended up with six children and no theories!

Take account of the fact that most of us have received absolutely no training in parenting. Given the state of affairs, we are doing a remarkable job.

The Bible says: "Direct your children onto the right path and when they are older, they will not leave it". Proverbs 22:6 NLT

School News

New School Building Opening & Dedication - 1st & 2nd September

On the 1st and 2nd of September we shared an exciting couple of days as a school community. On Friday afternoon, our students, teachers, parents and invited dignitaries came together to celebrate our gratitude and excitement to formally open our new building. This has been a long journey for our school and it was a special moment for many.

The ceremony opened with a heartfelt acknowledgement of our country from Pr Richard Reid followed by the National Anthem. After the welcome and prayer, our invited dignitaries addressed the audience and gave thanks to the community for investing in our school in various ways and for helping fulfil our mission of leading our students to success through this amazing facility.

To conclude our program, students and teachers came together on each level and sang ‘Cornerstone’. This song brings out the overwhelming theme of God being the centre. The certainty of our hope in Christ. It is based on Ephesians 2:19-22, “Christ alone, cornerstone, weak made strong, in the Saviour’s love, through the storm, he is Lord, Lord of all”.

On Saturday, we were joined once again by our school community and officially dedicated our new building to God. As a school, we know and understand the privilege of what we do. We feel extremely blessed and thankful to those that chose to commemorate this special occasion with us. A video of a snippet of our school song is attached - we hope you enjoy it

There can be miracles.

When you believe.

Soccer Goals

We are excited that our soccer goals have finally arrived on our oval. The students and a couple of teachers are already enjoying them!

Fees

Fees for Term 4 will be emailed out at the end of term. If you do not receive them or have any queries please email Alyssa directly on accounts@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au

If you pay your fees by term and you have not paid Term 3 fees as yet, they are now overdue and need to be paid asap!

School Uniform

Please note that that full summer uniform only is to be worn. Girls are to wear short white ankle socks (that fold over) with their uniform, not blue tights, black tights or sports ankle socks. Blazers are also to be worn to & from school not jumpers alone. As an option for extra warmth Blazers can be worn over jumpers.

If there is a cold snap/day of below 18 degrees full winter uniform can be worn during the transition period, but not a mix and match of uniforms.

Cafe on 3

Café on 3 is open on Mondays and Fridays from 2 – 3pm. Come along and sample the student’s new menu! Please sign in at the School Office before making your way to Level 3, everyone is welcome.

Musical Instrument Reminder

Just a reminder that all students must bring their instruments for their music lesson on Mondays or Wednesdays. All students also have music groups on Monday afternoon and must have their instruments for this. The exception here is for guitarists who do not require their instruments for music groups.

Woolworths Earn and Learn Promotion

The Woolworths Earn & Learn Promotion for 2017 closes Tuesday 19th September!! You can help our School earn amazing equipment by collecting the promotion stickers and passing them on to us!

We have a collection box here in the office and also one at Woolworths Thornleigh. We also have plenty of spare copies of sticker sheets here in the office if your child prefers to stick the stickers on themselves. Thanks for your support, we really appreciate it!!

Milo Cricket Cricket Gala Day

On Thursday, 31st August selected students from Years 3 and 4 travelled to Rofe Park, Hornsby to compete at the Milo T20 Cricket Day against other schools. There was 1 Boys team and 2 Girl teams and all 3 had a very successful day.The boys were very excited to have won all of their 4 matches and only one of the girls teams had 1 loss. The weather was wonderful, being neither too hot or too cold. Well done guys!!

Upcoming School Events

Primary Swimming Program

The Primary swimming program for Years 2-6 will commence on Tuesday 10th October and will run for 8 weeks, the last lesson will be Tuesday 24th November. All clothing and swimming gear will need to have your child’s name clearly written on it. If you have purchased 2nd hand clothing, please ensure the previous child’s name has been removed, so clothing can be returned if lost.

Upcoming Junior School Events

Intensive Swimming Program

Our Intensive swimming program for Prep - Yr 1 will be held over 2 weeks from Monday 13th November– Friday 24th November (Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri) excluding Tuesdays.

Please note: This is not compulsory for Prep students. A letter will be sent home for you to complete if you wish your child to participate.

We will be asking for helpers. If you are able to help we will need to have your WWC number and details. Please ensure we have a copy of this (which includes your birthdate) at the office so we can confirm your with The Office of the Children's Guardian.

Kindy Orientation

Kindy Orientation will be held on Tuesday 17th October and Wednesday 18th October 2017 for children attending Kindy in 2018. Your child will only need to attend 1 of the days and letters will be sent home shortly. There will also be a morning tea will be held for parents.

Junior School Day of Worship

Kindy & Year 1 will be attending a Day of Worship on Thursday 2nd November and Years 2-4 will be attending their Day of Worship at on Friday 3rd November both at Mountain View Adventist College. Students will be catching buses, a letter will sent home closer to the time.

This is a fun day where our students get to meet & worship with other students from Adventist schools around Sydney.

Middle School News

Year 8 Geography Field Trip

This term the students in 8W have been learning about landforms and the processes that created them in Geography. On Wednesday 6th September our Geography class visited Norah Head Beach Reserve to study coastal landforms.

The focus of the visit was to undertake a series of field work activities. The students were kept very busy measuring longshore drift, wind direction and speed and the elevation and declination of various spots around the beach.

The students got to see the Norah Head lighthouse and a seal swimming in the waves. It was also a bonus that they got to spend some time at the beach, such a beautiful part of God's creation.

Middle School Day of Worship - Thursday 14th September 2017

Middle School Day of Worship for students in Years 5 – 8 will be held at Macarthur Adventist College on Thursday, 14th September. Students will travel to/from the event by bus and need to arrive at School by 8.30am. Full Summer School Uniform is to be worn, students will need to take their lunch, snacks, and plenty of water.

Year 6 Fundraiser: Colour Run!! - Friday 15th September 2017

On Friday 15th September, Year 6 will be hosting a Colour Fun Run to raise money for their gift to the school – a media resource centre in our library.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their permission slips - entries have now closed. Those students not participating in the run will still attend to cheer on their class mates and take part in all the other activities available on the day. All information pertaining to the day will be shared on our closed Facebook page Wahroonga Adventist 2017 Colour Fun Run so sign up now.

Of course our mini carnival afternoon can’t go ahead without the help and support of parent volunteers. If you are available on the day and keen to join the fun, I am desperately looking for some volunteers to assist. Please click on the volunteer sign up link below to show your support.

Year 7 Vaccinations - Wednesday 20th September

Dose 2 of the Year 7 vaccinations is scheduled for Wednesday 20th September. If you haven't read the email sent on 31 August regarding the Year 7 vaccination schedule please do so urgently.

Year 8 PASS Excursion - Penrith Cables and Aqua Park - Wednesday 20th September

On Wednesday, 20th September Year 8 PASS Students will be visiting Penrith Cables and Aqua Park as part of their study of technology in sport.

Students will depart after Period 2 (12pm sharp) and will travel by bus, returning approx 4pm. The bus will stop at Pennant Hills Station on the way home for those students needing to catch public transport. Please refer to the Permission Note sent home earlier this month for further details.

Interrelate - Tuesday 31st October

Our annual Interrelate Program for Years 5 & 6 will be held on Tuesday evening, 31st October in the Year 5/6 shared space on Level 3.

  • Year 5 – 6.00pm – “Where did I come from?”
  • Year 6 – 7.15pm – “Preparing for Puberty”

It is recommended students attend with a parent of the same gender to facilitate post session discussion.

Parent Portal

When accessing the Parent Portal please use the link below. It is important parents use the most up to date link to gain access, if you are experiencing difficulties please contact the Middle School Office.

2017 IMAGINE & the BROTHERHOOD CONFERENCE

Adventist Women and Sydney Adventist Youth Ministries presents an exciting, interactive day conference for High School girls and boys.

When: Saturday 21 October 2017

IMAGINE Theme: 'REALITY'

Young Woman's Conference exploring 'fake' vs 'real' and what really matters!

Where: Epping Baptist Church - 1 – 5 Ray Road, Epping (Opposite Epping Station)

The BROTHERHOOD – Theme: ‘Life to the Max’

Equipping young men to be victorious in life's battles through mentorship, spiritual nurture and an intention battle plan.

Where: Conference Room Greater Sydney Conference Office - 4 Cambridge Street, Epping

TIME: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

COST: Only $30 per person (incl. morning tea, lunch and all conference resources)

REGISTRATION: Online: https://events.adventist.org.au/Registration/Event/2698

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Below is the link to our upcoming calendar events. Just click on the link below to access it.

Home and School News

Our next Home and School Meeting is Monday 23rd October 2017 at 7pm on Level 1, GLA. Everyone is welcome to attend.

DAD’S CAMP OUT EVENT - TERM 4 - Saturday 28th / Sunday 29th October

Please note: All Dads / Grandads / Uncles attending this event need to have a working with children check number. The process can take a few weeks, so for those who don’t have one or are unsure if it is current, we encourage you all to apply now for your number. You apply for this number online at:

http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check/apply

You will then need to head into a Service NSW office to confirm your identity.

SUNSET GARDEN PARTY - 5:30pm -7:30pm - Save the Date - Thursday 9 November

Parents and teachers are invited to come along for a relaxing night mingling and enjoying a shared pot luck dinner and dessert at school.

Children are most welcome too. More information to follow shortly.

Canteen News

This month year 1 have been participating in the fruit and veggie month. They have been learning about the five food groups, everyday and occasional foods http://www.fruitandvegmonth.com.au. This week the students worked in groups to create their own healthy recipes of which we are excited to announce some will appear on the term 4 canteen menu.

Next week Year 1 will be having a mini healthy food party by making their own healthy pizzas and funky fruit kebabs to celebrate all they have learnt.

‘Today I learnt about fruit and vege month and there are five fruit groups. My group made a healthy recipe for the healthy food challenge, the best recipe will become part of the canteen menu’ By Ollie Oldfield

We are looking for some volunteers to help us for the end of term, if you have a spare few hours please sign up on http://volunteersignup.org/RCYP3/

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Congratulations to Angelique Mowbray (Yr 2), Tilly Colville (Yr 4), Zachary Mendoza (Yr 4), Grace Colville (Yr 8), Hayley Reid (Yr 1), Jason Slater (Yr 1), Derek Wu (Yr 1), Jonathan Jing (Yr 2), Savannah Lowe (Yr 3), Alexandra Wegener (Yr 3), Charlotte Jing (K), Joshua Lee (K), Hayden Quick (K), Francis Gambley (Yr 1), Elias Prasad (Yr 1), Violet Williams (Yr 1), Kieran Fung (Yr 2), Rhea Kapoor (Yr 2), Jessica Lee (Yr 2), Mahir Mal (Yr 2), Rhys McLennan (Yr 2), Nathan Schroeder (Yr 2), Samuel Williams (Yr 2), Oliver Xie (Yr 2), Addisyn Lowe (Yr 3), Sophia Price (Yr 3), Kendra Gordon (Yr 4), Taylah Lowe (Yr 6), Sophie Moreau (Yr 3), Alessandra Price (Yr 3), Lilly Larsen (Yr 3), Ruvarashe Chipato (Yr 7), and Angad Mal (Yr 4) for finishing the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Well done!

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is now over for 2017 – Certificates will be handed out in Term 4.

Prep Borrowing

Borrowing for this term is finished for the Prep class. Please ensure that all library books are returned to the Library before the school holidays. Thanking you.

Bits and Pieces

Meals with love is a school community initiative that provides a frozen meal or lunchbox snack to families who may benefit from a meal at a time of need.

We welcome food donations to be dropped off to the freezer located outside the uniform shop doorway freezer, or at the school office. Please label food with ingredients so we can cater to people with allergies.

If you know of a family who may benefit from a meal please contact edwinaspooner@yahoo.com.au or contact Edwina on 0423138734

Raising Funds for STEPTEMBER

Charlie La Rosa (Yr 6) & Oliver La Rosa (Yr 3) are raising money for Cerebral Palsy through the STEPTEMBER campaign. They have taken it upon themselves to do this and their goal is to raise $500. Their Steptember fundraising page can be found with the following link https://stept.io/oDWVeR0

Sherpa Kids Wahroonga Adventist Vacation Care Program

Try Hockey

School Holidays - Tennis Camp

Marian Street Theatre - Holiday Workshops & Weekly Drama Classes

Happy Hands Art Time

University of Technology School Holiday Program

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