There has been quite a buzz around the school this week as we have celebrated a Week of Worship that has been student led. Not even COVID has dampened the enthusiasm of the students who spoke about their experience with God. A big thank you to the students involved and the Chaplains for their dedication.
To add to this buzz, a number of grades have been involved in real life project based learning. Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation students led younger students in activities to improve their understanding of healthy living; Year 8 boys started a rubics cube club; Year 12’s led in games; Year 3 spread the message about looking after the environment; and Year 7 and 8 students competed in a Sydney wide STEM competition coming a close second. To top it off, our first HSC Drama students made Mountain View history with their performances and submissions to NSW Education judges. As the Principal I am very proud of the efforts of staff and students in extending their learning.
On a different note, I met with Dr Kerry Chant, the NSW Chief Health Officer, via zoom this week along with other Independent School Principals. The key message from Dr Chant was to be vigilant in our health, hygiene and social distancing to reduce community transmission. She acknowledged the sacrifices that families are making and the impact on young people and is hopeful that restrictions on school events will be eased in Term 4 to allow for Year 12 celebrations. Keep safe and keep supporting each other.
Mrs Julia Heise
Thank you to the Professional Placement Teachers
Over the last eight weeks we have been blessed to have three professional experience teachers working with us in Years 7-12. Jordan Woods, Nathaniel Ropati and Tepatasi Afele are all in the final year of their education degree at Avondale university College. Both students and staff have appreciated their teaching and we wish them well in their future careers.
Perseverance ... Grit ... Dedication ... Three words that have become very apparent this past week, three words that have reflected themselves in the lives and actions of our students, three words that have been in motion within our school community and three words that continue to highlight God's relentless pursuit of using humans to showcase His light and love.
Term three's Week Of Worship is always a major highlight for our school community as our students step up to lead out and share their stories. Our school community is at its strongest and most supportive when we worship God as a collective but with last minute distancing advice it meant that this week had to go online. Instead of being overwhelmed with disappointment and thrown off balance with last minute changes, our students saw this as a new type of opportunity. NOTHING CAN GET IN THE WAY OF GOD SHINING HIS LIGHT THROUGH EACH OF US ! And God has shone through the words, stories and actions of our student body.
Seeing the students step up to the plate and lead out, encourage and persevere throughout all the changes has been an inspiration, not only to our school community but also to each of our journeys from God, as each of our stories continue to encourage others in theirs .
Pr Hope, Pr Raul, Pr Terence