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Newsletter - Friday 20 March 2020

Pastors' News

In the midst of many changes and the unknown, God's word can be truly powerful bringing you hope, peace and comfort.

We have made a couple of changes regarding Chapel - our Chapel services will be recorded on videos and played to the students in class. The link will also be sent to isolated families.

As Chaplains, we want to journey through prayer so let us know if you have any prayer requests. Also, just know that our parent groups are praying every Thursday from 2.15pm to 2.45pm at Fox Valley Church.

As you navigate the next few days, I encourage you to claim this promise for yourselves and your loved ones from the word of God. May God continue to be close to your heart and nurture you with faith, hope and love.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Phillippians 4:6-7)

"Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." (Deuteronomy 31:8)

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." (John 14:27)

Christ is All

Pastor Landry

Whole School News

Communication

A reminder for all parents to please use Skoolbag, it is the main communication channel being used going forward.

PLEASE NOTE: The Principal will be sending out an important email in relation to COVID-19 later this afternoon.

School Opal Cards

Just a reminder for all students using public transport to ensure they carry and use their opal cards. It is important we give the transport authorities an accurate number of students using the buses so we are provided with enough bus runs. Thanks for your assistance in this matter.

Whole School Wellbeing

Exciting News!!! Wahroonga Adventist School is pleased to introduce you to a new element of our school Wellbeing strategy, SchoolTV. SchoolTV is an online wellbeing platform with resources and advice for parents on a range of critical issues facing young people, schools and families. With contributions from many of Australia’s leading experts in child and adolescent wellbeing, SchoolTV provides clear, relevant and fact-based information around raising safe, happy and resilient young people. Different resources will regularly be distributed to parents through the newsletter, highlighting elements of what students are learning about wellbeing at school and addressing some of the particular concerns of students and families as they are identified within the school.

Please see the School TV Special Report below which contains information on how to best discuss COVID-19 with your children;

Intentional discussions with students in the Middle and Senior Schools over the last week have focussed on identifying personal responses to uncertainty, clarifying facts about COVID-19 and reflecting on strategies to minimise ongoing risks of harm. These discussions highlighted the following actions that students CAN do to continue maintaining their health and wellbeing:

• Demonstrate patience, tolerance, and reassurance (this is also needed from the adults in their life!).

• Play, talk and spend time with friends at school - just keeping a little further apart than normal (or communicate and interact over the phone or internet when more appropriate).

• Maintain good sleep, eat healthy food and drink lots of water (these are the building blocks of good immunity).

• Participate in regular exercise and stretching (this is one of the strongest predictors of health and wellbeing).

• Spend time in nature (feel sunlight on your face, see Blue & Green colours in nature).

• Continuing with regular routines as much as possible (routines create an anchor of safety during uncertainty).

• Focus on your schoolwork while at school (keenly focusing on the task at hand can help with letting other worries go – even just for a moment).

• Look for ways to be helpful at school and home (considering the needs of others improves social cohesion, and helping others really makes you feel good too).

• Ask questions and talk with parents and teachers about any concerns or ideas you have for staying healthy (being curious and creative helps develop a sense of efficacy).

• Discuss and address stigma, prejudice and potential injustices occurring during the outbreak (everyone needs to consider how their actions may affect others).

• Learning more about Coronavirus (keeping up to date and informed from reliable sources, and limiting [social]media bombardment helps maintain a balanced response).

Junior School News

Information for Parents

During the current global events it is important for our children to be informed about what is happening in our world and to process and talk through their fears and anxieties. In the Junior School our teachers have talked with students and explained in language appropriate to their development level. The following document might be helpful when talking to children at home.

Upcoming Junior School Events

Primary Swimming Classes

Please be advised that the final Primary Swimming Classes that were scheduled for Tuesday the 24th of March have been cancelled. Classes will be held as usual for the students. Sorry for any inconvenience this may course.

Middle & Senior School News

Year 5 - CARES Bike Safety Excursion - Thu 12th March 2020

In Week 7 our Year 5 students had the fantastic opportunity of visiting the CARES (Community and Road Education Scheme) facility in St Ives. Students were involved in interactive activities that taught them the correct way to ride their bike on the road, as well as analysing which components of a bike to check to ensure it is safe to ride.

The afternoon was especially fun as students put their knowledge to the test! They cycled around the ‘Mini-Road’ at the CARES facility, demonstrating skills they had learnt including signalling, weaving, giving way, and stopping. They had to follow the road rules, otherwise they lost demerit points off their bike licence. The Senior Constables were very helpful at teaching students the road rules and reminding them to stop and signal correctly. Their helmets were also checked to ensure they were safe and fitting properly. What a great day out!

CSSA North Met Zone Carnival - Wed 11th March 2020

Congratulations to the students who represented Wahroonga Adventist School at the CSSA North Met Zone Swimming Carnival on Wednesday 11th of March 2020. All of our swimmers gave the best of themselves and we had some outstanding performances with Felicity S now holding the record for the 200 M Freestyle!!

The results are as follows:

  • Charlotte B: 2nd - 4 x 50m Medley (15-16 Yr Girls), 3rd - 50m Backstroke (15-16 Yr Girls).
  • Renee L: 2nd - 4 x 50m Medley (15-16 Yr Girls).
  • Amelia M: 2nd - 50 Breastroke (17 Yr Girls).
  • Eliza M: 2nd - 50m Breastroke (13 Yr Girls).
  • Felicity S: 1st - 200m Freestyle (16 Yr Girls New Record), 1st - IM (15/16 Yr Girls), 1st - 50m Freestyle (16 Yr Girls), 1st - 100m Freestyle (16 Yr Girls), 1st - 50m Backstroke (16 Yr Girls), 2nd - Yr 4 x 50m Medley (15-16 Yr Girls).
  • Nicole Z: 2nd - 4 x 50m Medley (15-16 Yr Girls).
  • William K: 3rd - 4 x 50m Medley (12-14 Yr Boys), 3rd - 50m Butterfly (14 Yr Boys), 3rd - 50m Backstroke (14 Yr Boys).
  • Cameron K: 3rd - 4 x 50m Medley (12-14 Yr Boys).
  • Alex M: 3rd - 50m Butterfly (13 Yr Boys), 3rd - 4 x 50m Medley (12-14 Yr Boys).
  • Jett O: 3rd - 4 x 50m Medley (12-14 Yr Boys).

Upcoming Middle & Senior School Events

Years 7 to 11 Art Competition

We are pleased to announce that this year we will be running an Art Competition for students in Years 7-11!

Prizes will be handed out to the winners of each category with selected students being given the opportunity to display their artwork around the School. Runner Up's works will be displayed in the School Library.

Students need to submit their artwork to Mrs Kim in Art Lab 2 by Friday 1st May 2020, a maximum of 2 entries per student is allowed.

The minimum size artwork students can submit is A3, with a maximum size of A2. Please see flyer below for further details.

Special thanks to Claudia Y for designing our art competition poster.

Food Hampers for ADRA Blacktown

Year 11 Food Technology are going to make Food Hampers as part of their study this term. The hampers will be handed over to ADRA Blacktown during the last week of term where they will be given to those less fortunate in our community. To make this project a success they need your help! If parents could possibly help in sourcing some non-perishable foods it would be greatly appreciated. Non-perishable foods include items such as;

Other items we need include:

  • Baskets or containers to hold the food
  • Cellophane
  • Tape
  • Ribbon for wrapping

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We need all the help you can give us!! Thank you for your generosity!

Term Dates for 2020

  • Term 1- Tuesday 28th January 2020 - Thursday 9th April 2020
  • Term 2 - Monday 27th April 2020 - Friday 3rd July 2020
  • Term 3 - Monday 27th July 2020 - Friday 25th September 2020
  • Term 4 - Monday 12th October 2020 - Thursday 10th December 2020

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Please click on the link below to access our calendar of upcoming events.

PLEASE NOTE: As you will see from the Calendar of Events, many of our scheduled events have been cancelled or postponed - if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the School Office at any time.

Library News

Premier's Reading Challenge

Now that your children have loads of spare time at home, why not encourage them to catch up on some reading and complete the Premier’s Reading Challenge? This challenge is achievable for all students, so encourage them to give it a go! Congratulations to Elijah V (3K), William B (KE), Imran A (3T), Jaz B (4R), Dhruv S (9A), James L (8W), Ashton K (3T), Derek W (4R), Rebecca C (5K), and Oliver X (5C) who have all completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Keep up the great reading!

If you need your child’s username and password, please email Mrs Savage (library@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au).

Kid's Lit Quiz

On Tuesday, Wahroonga Adventist School had three teams compete at the Western Sydney Heat of the Kids’ Lit Quiz via online video conferencing. Despite some technical difficulties at the moderator’s end, our students rose to the challenge with admirable fortitude and undeniable skill.

There were 27 teams participating from 12 different schools and our three teams all scored within the top 10 results. Team 1 (Oliver L, Audrey K, Noah C and Ellie L), and Team 3 (Chloe L, Addisyn L, Atticus J and Olivia B) came within half a point of each other with scores of 48.5 and 48 respectively, and much to our delight, Team 2 (Amelia R, Christian P, Finn M and Cameron P) scored 62 points, taking out second place and therefore winning a place at the National Finals which was due to take place at The State Library in May, but may not be able to proceed under current regulations for school events.

We are very proud of these students and the way they gave their best under difficult circumstances. Well done to you all!

Book Fair 2020

Our ‘Enchanted Forest – Let your Imagination Grow’ Book Fair is starting next Wednesday (March 25) and will continue until Monday (March 30) in the Wahroonga Adventist School Library. Due to the social distancing required during the current Co-Vid19 crisis, our Book Fair will operate in a different format this year. Rather than visiting the Book Fair, we are encouraging parents and grandparents to either purchase through the catalogue that is being sent home this week, or from the children’s wish lists that they will bring home after visiting the Book Fair during their normal Library classes. Purchases can be made in cash or prepaid with your credit card (details for prepaid purchases are on the back of the catalogues and wish list slips). Pictures of the display will be placed on Skoolbag so you can view the products and make choices regarding purchases with your child at home. Novelty items will still be made available but will be chosen from a display to avoid unnecessary contamination from constant touching. We have some fun competitions and activities planned which we hope will be exciting and fun for the children.

** There will be no book exchange in the Library during the Book Fair so please keep your books at home and return them the following week. Tuesday classes will be rescheduled in order for these classes to attend while the Book Fair is on.

Home and School News

I’m sure you have all been reading or hearing plenty about the Coronavirus, in fact you are probably over it being the only headline. Please be sensible during this time and follow the processes that are being recommended and implemented by the various government departments. Hopefully these measures will reduce the impact on everyone’s health.

After discussion with the Principal, the Home and School committee have decided to cancel all social events and parent master classes for Term 1. We will keep you posted on any future events that are organised.

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Canteen

There is no doubt that the current health situation is understandably one that is being spoken about and carefully considered amongst us all. As with your local grocer, many of our suppliers are out of stock, including some of our staple items. This means that we are relying on substitute products until our standard items are back in stock.

Whilst we take every precaution to remain aware of ingredients listings, it is important that if your child has a food allergy, that the canteen are made aware when placing orders or consuming from the service window. Our Flexischools online ordering system has the option at the top of our menu to make note of allergies.

May you keep well and rest assured that the WAS canteen are here to continue providing you with the best food and service we possibly can.

Bits and Pieces