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
Whole School News
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).