Having enjoyed a sleep in one Sunday and yet woken up agitated by the relentless news cycle that seemed to say fear, fear, fear, I thought- hey it's time to go for a walk and listen to some positive music and spend some time sharing the Bible and worshipping with my family. We spoke together about how easy it is to be around each other and yet at times be fearful or alone, we need to connect, we need to talk and share!
So, it got me thinking that we need to intentionally seek out relationships, to talk, to laugh, to pray and to realise that certainly spiritually- we are never alone! Isaiah 41:10 "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
It may be that there are times we feel overwhelmed, alone, worried, unsure, and it is in these times we can pray to a God who is present and can be trusted.
Be encouraged to reach out, if you would like someone to pray with, share with or just to discuss your experience with, please know that as Chaplains we are willing to connect with you, we are willing to share learning on this journey together. May God be our strength, guide, and protector as we travel together at this time.
Strength and Encouragement In Jesus
Pr Andy, Pr Eden, Pr Nick - WAS Chaplaincy
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Whole School News
A Note from our Principal - Mrs Julia Heise
Remote learning has progressed very well and our collective experiences and insights from 2020 have helped us start at a different point this time. I would like to congratulate our students for their focus and commitment to their learning. It is heartening to see students applying themselves, engaging in lessons and remote learning tasks. Our Year 12 students have been courageous and resilient in continuing to prepare for their HSC despite the uncertainty created by COVID, and their holiday workshops were beneficial. Thank you to all our Wahroonga Adventist School families for continuing to support your children and our school through these weeks.
Staff have been creative across the school in preparing online lessons that keep students engaged. Students of all ages have enjoyed connecting with peers in MS Teams lessons and the use of breakout rooms in the older grades has provided opportunity for collaboration.
SeeSaw has been a vibrant way for our P-6 students to work at their own pace and get feedback from their teacher. PDHPE staff have produced innovative challenge videos and the theme of the Olympics has been timely. Chaplains have created spiritual online chapels and science teachers have conducted online experiments. These are just a few examples of the creative ways in which our staff are continuing to engage and stimulate students while they are learning at home. I am grateful to all our teachers and staff for their commitment to the wellbeing of students.
I hope everyone has a peaceful and relaxing weekend at home, which may even include some Australian action at the Tokyo Olympics. Take courage and comfort from Philippians 4:8, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ Stay well and God bless.
Online Learning Values
Our expectations of students in a virtual classroom are no different to our expectations of them in a physical classroom. It is vital that students demonstrate respect, responsibility, integrity and compassion online, at home and at school.
Parents and carers are partners in student learning in a unique way during remote learning. For that reason, you may find it useful to discuss and reinforce our four school values as they apply to online learning.
The Value of Responsibility
Written by Suzanne Mann, Parent of Year 8 Student
All of the current events really have made me focus more on values like responsibility.
It has led me to question in myself, those around me and even our leaders, where different responsibilities lie. Am I and are we, accountable where necessary and staying authentic and truthful in our relationships? This is not necessarily an easy question to answer.
My hope is that these definitions start a conversation both internally and with those around us. I am very aware of the need to explain where our responsibility lies to ourselves and the greater good with my children at the moment. The need to discuss how taking responsibility for our actions can have such a major effect on the lives (and possible) deaths of so many.
Parenting is hard work. Parenting during remote learning is even harder. The following strategies can help you and your family stay sane while we get through this tough time together.
1) Be realistic
Perfectionism doesn’t make things easier. It’s time to be exceedingly realistic, both at work and as a parent. Avoid burnout by setting realistic expectations and giving yourself grace if you can’t meet them. Practice forgiveness and self-compassion. Remind each other that these are unprecedented times. There’s no playbook for this. Remember you’re doing your best during a very difficult time. Cut yourself some slack.
2) Prioritise healthy choices
The colder weather and ongoing stress we’re all experiencing right now can make it easy to slip into habits that feel good in the moment but can be detrimental in the long term. Make sure you’re eating properly, try to get enough sleep, and create a routine that includes physical activity. Be thoughtful and intentional about how you’re treating yourself and your body. Small changes like making time to take a walk, doing a short exercise routine, or choosing to go to bed a little earlier than usual can reduce stress and help you feel more relaxed and resilient.
3) Set boundaries
Anxiety is everywhere. With so much worry and uncertainty around it can be easy to absorb fears and concerns without even realising it. Take a break from the constant news cycle and your devices. Schedule time for work/jobs, time for family, time for others and ensure you are getting some time alone each day – even if it’s just intentionally enjoying a quick shower.
4) Connect with things that bring you joy
Finding time to get back in touch with hobbies or activities you enjoy or making the choice to learn a new skill can be a great way to practice self-care. Maybe there’s a project that you’ve wanted to complete or try. If young children at home make solo activities unrealistic, seek out activities you can enjoy together, like baking bread, making art or throwing a ball.
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Calendar of Upcoming School Events
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Term Dates for 2021
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School News - Years P to 6
Primary School Athletics Carnival - Thursday 5th August 2021
On Thursday 5th August we are scheduled to have our Primary Athletics Carnival at Bannockburn Oval. At this stage we are waiting for confirmation from the NSW government in regards to future COVID guidelines. Once these guidelines have been revealed, further communications will be sent out. Thank you to all the parents who have indicated that they are willing to help on the day.
School News - Years 7 to 12
Year 12 - Industrial Technology (Wood) Major Works
Year 12 Industrial Technology had the privilege of coming into the school workshop for the first week of the school holidays, prior to the Greater Sydney lockdown, and what a blessing it was to have such time available to the students to spend many hours, averaging 7am – 4pm most days, working on their projects to complete their HSC. We are nearing the due date of project completion, August 5, so it is a sprint to the finish line for our Year 12's. We are very blessed to have the ability to still provisionally access the workshop and provide time for the HSC students completing their projects in a COVID safe manner, together we will get there and I’m sure these students cannot wait to show off their finished project once completed. Keep them in your thoughts as they journey through these latter stages of Yr 12.
The major work consists of a Major Project, and an accompanying Project Portfolio. Student Names and projects are listed below:
- James B – Electric Guitar
- William C – Draftsman’s Table
- Mason J – Hall Table
- Ethan M – Office Desk
- Christian J – Electric Guitar
- Thomas M – Squatters Chair