Dear Parents and Families,
I hope you have all had a fantastic Term 3! It has been a great term so far and with many more Primary events to take us to the end of term, I am sure the weeks will fly by!
Here is a Bible Verse for us all this week:
“Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
We had an amazing week of spiritual emphasis in Week 2 of this term! Our spiritual theme and focus was ‘Operation Go’. Our guest speaker Pastor Horace shared lots of personal stories and delivered a message about how we can equip ourselves to serve others in our schools, churches and community. A big thank you to Pr Dwayne and Pr Abigail for making S.W.A.T week so special and meaningful.
Premiers Reading Challenge
The PRC is wrapping up for the year with all students needing their books entered on the website by the 25th August. That is very soon, so I encourage those of you who are almost done to finish the challenge strong!
This year National Book Week is from 16th – 22nd August. Please start thinking about a ‘Book Character costume’ that your child would like to wear on that day. It would be great if they could bring a book along with the character that they have chosen to dress up for the parade. Parents, families and friends are most welcome to attend the Book Parade on Friday 25th August at 9:35am in the hall.
Last Sunday was our annual Multi-Cultural Night and it was a huge success. Many students came in their traditional cultural dress and performed items for the many families that attended. It was great to see the number of cultures represented through items and cuisine. Thank you to all our parents and families for your support and effort to make this night a memorable occasion.
Students from Years 3 and 4 represented our school at the Adventist Schools ‘Academic Olympics’ held at Mountain View Adventist College on the 3rd August. The students worked together in groups of four to work through the various challenges at each station. They really enjoyed participating in all the activities and were very proud of their achievements. Well done to our MAC representatives!
We know that parents, families and guardians are some of the most important influences on a child’s education. When you are positively engaged in your child’s education, they are more likely to attend and perform better at school and life.
Solomon’s advice to parents is to “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Raising and training a child within the context of this proverb means that it begins with the Bible, as “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training…” (2 Timothy 3:16).
It was earlier this week that we hosted the Subject Information Evening for our current year 10’s entering into Year 11 in 2018.
It was during this evening that I made a short presentation which reflected on what can be done as parents to better engage and influence our children in their educational pursuit; parental engagement.
Parent engagement is being positively involved and active in your child’s learning. Your attitudes, values and behaviours can positively influence your child’s education outcomes.
Effective parent and family engagement in education is more than just participation in school meetings and helping with fundraising, it is actively engaging with your child’s learning, both at home and at school. When schools and families work together, children do better and stay in school longer.
You can support your child to get the most out of their schooling. The earlier you become engaged, the better it is for your children.
While it’s important to stay informed and be involved in school activities where possible, there are lots of things you can do at home which can help your child to do better at school:
• Have high yet achievable expectations of your child.
• Talk regularly about school and the value of learning.
• Encourage positive attitudes and respect for school and teachers.
• Model the behaviours you would like to see in your child.
• Talk and ask about what they are learning.
• Help them to develop strong work habits.
One of the most effective ways parents and families can help children to do better at school is to make sure they go to school every day. School attendance has a major influence on educational outcomes. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve better results at school and are more likely to complete their schooling.
Parents should have the same zeal for teaching their children that Moses did. Parents have been given the privilege of being stewards of their children’s lives for a very short time, but the teaching and training they provide is eternal. According to the promise of Proverbs, a child who is diligently trained in the “way he should go” will remain true to that way in this life and reap its rewards in the next.
On Tuesday 15th of August, the College is holding a Science Fair, starting from 3:15pm until 7:00pm. Parents, Caregivers, and members of our College community are welcome to come along to see some of our Senior students' science projects on display. A Sausage Sizzle will be held from 5:00pm - 6:00pm with food available for sale.
Library / Book Fair News
The College is currently selling a number of wood vices that have been taken from our old Wood Tech room. They are professional quality, and all proceeds will go towards funding our Year 10 Fraser Island Camp.
Irwin Record 52PD Plain Screw Woodworking Vice 7"/175mm jaw width - $49.97
IRWIN TOOLS manufactures professional grade hand tools for trade professionals who demand superior performance and durability on the job.
Retail price brand new is over $220
- Cast from grey iron.
- CNC machined for consistent reliability.
- Unbreakable S.G. ductile iron half-nut takes the load and can be replaced when worn.
- Two steel guide rods reduce wear and ensure smooth, parallel action.
- Mounts under bench tops.
- Jaw width - 175mm.
- Jaw opening - 205mm.
We have 10 of these Irwin Record 52PD Plain Screw Woodworking Vices for sale.
There are some minor cosmetic scratches or paint chips, which have no impact on the outstanding performance of this vice.