Message from the Head of Campus - Kellyville
Mr Irwin Steyn
As For Me And My House…
Columnist Ellen Goodman ("Battling Our Culture Is Parents' Task," August 18, 1993) wrote a powerful editorial on parenting. She says ‘At some point between Lamaze and PTA, it becomes clear that one of your main jobs as a parent is to counter the culture. What the media deliver to children by the masses, you are expected to rebut one at a time. Parents are expected to protect their children from an increasingly hostile environment. Are the kids being sold junk food? Just say no. Is TV bad? Turn it off. Are there messages about sex, drugs, violence all around? Counter the culture.
Mothers and fathers are expected to screen virtually every aspect of their children's lives. "Parents," she notes, "see themselves in a struggle for the hearts and minds of their own children." It isn't that they can't say no. It's that there's so much more to say no to".
The latest craze parents should be saying no to is to vapes or vaping. Culture is saying to young students that it is fun and everyone else is doing it. This is a dangerous trend that is catching on all too quickly. I know there is a lot out there to say no to, but have the conversation with your child, be aware of what is going on in their lives and on their devices. Help them to make good choices and to learn from the bad ones.
Dueteronomy 30 :19 says This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.
Joshua 24:15 says.. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Don’t stop stressing and talking to your children about your home values. It doesn’t happen by osmosis. Conversations need to be had and they need to be reminded so they can make good choices.
Pr Justin Boyd - Kellyville Campus Chaplain
The term is quickly coming to an end, and this week the Junior Week of Worship has been running as a live stream to each K-4 class in Castle Hill and Kellyville campuses. We have had so much fun with all the classes even though we couldn’t meet in person. There is so much activity as the term winds down,Year 11 exams; Year 12 farewells and final HSC projects and presentations. All being disrupted by new restrictions yet still persevering. I'm encouraged by this bible text:
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. - James 1:2-4
This text says that even through hard times we can still see joy in the things that are happening and we can build resilience, which is such an important characteristic in the world today. So even through the trials the students are experiencing in education, the trials in the community around us and even the trials that siblings and parents bring, we can know that we are always growing. I wish things could always be easy but there are so many circumstances beyond our control. So my encouragement to you today as a parent and caregiver is that persevering through trials is a moment when we can grow, and children can grow and our families can grow in endurance and resilience.
Blessings to you this week
- Pr. Justin, on behalf of the chaplaincy team.
Early Learning Centre Vacancies
Looking for a caring, nature filled experience for your 3 year old? Pre-School places open for 2021!
Our Early Learning Centre at Castle Hill Campus currently has limited vacancies in their Pre-School (3-4 years) and Prep (4-5 years) rooms. If you, or someone you know, is looking for a caring environment with an excellent school-readiness program, please enquire with our Director, Mrs Elna Hale on 9851 5100. The centre offers care from 8:00am to 5:30pm.
2020 Creative Collective
Due to the current restrictions regarding Covid 19, the 2020 Creative Collective will be in an online format. This will include photos and videos of student work, including performances that are allowed under the current restrictions and both ELC/Junior and Middle/Senior art competitions. A link to this content will be available to families in Week 3 of next term.
The online format will allow us to include more content than we usually would be able to include. We would like to offer students who sing or play a solo musical instrument the opportunity to send in a video recording of an item if they wish to be included in this year’s Creative Collective.
Please note that participation in this is voluntary, and the video performances will be available for our school community and broader community to view.
Instructions for videoing:
-Please record with a high-quality device (e.g. iPhone, etc)
-Students are to wear full school uniform
-Please do not record in bedrooms and make sure nothing of a personal nature is in the frame when filming (please follow the guidelines that we had in place for Teams meetings during the online learning period)
-Videos can be emailed to Mrs Thomson at firstname.lastname@example.org
-If your file is too big to email, please bring a USB to the front office or have your child deliver it to Mrs Thomson
-Please include your child’s name and the name of the piece and composer in your email or with the USB submission
Please submit videos by the end of Week 1 of Term 4.
Thank you for considering this and we look forward to seeing your performances.
- Miss Menzies, Head of Creative Arts & Languages
Mufti Day - Last Day of Term 3
There will be a mufti day held on Friday 25 September, to raise funds for ADRA's COVID-19 Response Campaign. Please bring a gold coin donation for coming in casual clothes. Please abide by the College values and ethos when considering clothes to wear on the day.
Just a reminder for our Castle Hill campus families that school banking has now recommenced. Please send banking books to school by Wednesday mornings.
Second Hand Uniforms for Sale
Kellyville Campus office has limited second-hand uniforms for sale:
All 2nd hand shirts girls/boys $5.00 - $10
All girls skirts $20
Sports tops and shorts – all $10 each piece
Please contact Mrs Baltzois, Kellyville Receptionist, for more information on 9851 5101.
Re-Enrolment for 2021
Once again, we are beginning to make plans and provisions for staffing and resources for next year.
Please be reminded that under the terms of the College enrolment policy, families must provide at least one full term’s notice of withdrawal. As we are now planning for 2021, it would be appreciated if you could notify Mrs Kay Reilly by emailing email@example.com as soon as possible, and prior to the end of Term 3, if your child is not returning to the College next year.
If your child is continuing their enrolment at our College in 2021, there is no need to do anything. Thank you for noting this.
Bus Applications for 2021
Please note that if you require the College Bus Service in 2021, applications are now open. Applications will close 30 October, so all students (future and current) please click on the link below to submit your application
Late Pick-Up From School
Please note that we have After School care at both Castle Hill and Kellyville Campuses. This service runs until 6:30pm. If you know you will not be able to pick up your child by the end of staff supervision time (3:35pm at Kellyville and 3:20pm at Castle Hill), please arrange with our after school care provider, Mini Miracles to obtain a casual booking with them for the day. If you know you are going to be late on a regular basis, please arrange an ongoing booking with them. Application forms for casual or ongoing bookings can be obtained from the College office, otherwise, you can contact the Mini Miracles Area Manager directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mini Miracles have very reasonable rates, and are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy.
School Car Park Reminder
As you pick up and drop off students at school, please respect the 10km/hr speed limit in our school car parks at all times, and be careful as you drive in and around the school, particularly when reversing. We thank you for helping care for our students by your careful driving habits in and around the College.
Year 9's Food for a Special Occasion
This week the Year 9 Food Technology Class completed their Food for Special Occasions unit by preparing and serving a 3 course lunch for invited guests (teachers). A lot of planning, preparing and learning about menu design, food presentation and plating, table service and styling was demonstrated in a great effort by all the students. The guests gave terrific feedback and students, even though they were tired from a full day of catering, were well rewarded for their effort. Well done year 9 Food Tech !
- Mrs Martin, Year 9 Food Technology Teacher
Year 10 Provide Fantastic Take Away Service
Each year, our Year 10 Food Technology students run food stalls at our Creative Collective night. This is an assessed part of their course, and they always work very hard to provide creative and delicious options for families to purchase, with profits going to charity.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the College was unable to run the Creative Collective night on campus (see previous article about alternative plans for this event). So, the Year 10 class needed to organise an alternative for their assessment. After much thought, it was decided to run a food take-away service instead. Students prepared over 200 serves of food and served families in a drive-by service in the school carpark. Students spent most of the day, from mid-morning until after 7:00pm preparing and serving the food. Profits raised on the night went to the Tree Foundation and the RSPCA, with surplus food being donated to a local women’s shelter.
Students were exhausted after a full day in the kitchen but learnt a lot and enjoyed the experience. The food was delicious too! Well done, Year 10!
- Miss Baxter
Cyber Safety Visit
This week we had our local youth liaison officer come and speak to the Year 9 and 10 students about cyber safety, online bullying and other things that affect students these days. Students were very interested and enjoyed the presentation. He reminded the students to be sure to stand up if they see something that is not right and to have a voice to make our community and our society a better place.
- Mr Steyn
Two More Egg-cellent Chickens!
We are egg-static to say a big thank you to Jaxon in 5A and his family for donating two more egg-squisite silky chickens; Chickeel-O-Neil and Princess Lay-a. Hopefully they will start earning their keep and producing some egg-cellent eggs! So don’t egg-nore these egg-ceptional specimens, eggs-ercise your love of nature, come by to say hello!
- Mrs McDonald