As we approach the end of Term 2 students and teachers are busy completing learning tasks and preparing for Mid Semester Reports. Due to the continuing social distancing restrictions for adults, we will be holding our Mid-Year Report Nights via Zoom and Office Teams at the beginning of Term 3.
Most of the school extra-curricular activities, including chapel, sport and day excursions, are returning to normal as the government has declared that there are now no social distance restrictions for school students. Overnight camps are still on hold. Please continue to support the good hygiene practices as there has been a spike in flu in school age children in the last few weeks.
Our school is a thriving, Christ-centred learning community and it is great to see the wide variety of projects and learning that students are involved in.
24 June – Micah 6:8 Mufti Day
3 July – Last day Term 2
22 July – Term 3 begins P-12
21 July – 7-11 Online teacher parent interviews
3 August – K-6 Online teacher parent interviews
4 August – Prep Online teacher parent interviews
Mrs Julia Heise
This week marked the end of online chapels for our school. As restrictions begin to ease, we are able to meet back as a larger school community for chapels next week. We have missed the atmosphere of students entering the hall, excited for what chapel would be about on that day. We have missed opening up the word of God together as a collective and each sharing what God is teaching in our lives. We have missed discovering what God's love means to us as a school family, but in everything we have missed and now grow in excitement of its soon return, we have realised how special online/in-class chapels have been.
They challenged us but in the challenge were many blessings. They allowed for families to worship together, they have allowed for grownups and students to have God conversations, they allowed for our homeroom classes to grow in community and understanding of each other, they have allowed for each student to spend time in reflection of what God's word teaches them personally and most of all they have allowed us to appreciate the moments we have in life.
Today we take a moment to reflect on what was and what will continue to be - each day is a new day to grow in relationship with the God who loves us!
"Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you" - James 4:8
Pr Hope, Pr Raul, Pr Terence
Mountain View Chaplains
A close to home thank you: Blacktown Hospital
This week I had the privilege of delivering over 100 'Thank You' letters to Blacktown Hospital. Students from Yrs 7-10 have spent the last two weeks writing notes of thanks to all our front line workers. They were received warmly and with much gratitude, a reminder that while restrictions are starting to lift many front line workers are still serving our community during this COVID 19 pandemic.
As part of our studies for Science, Kindergarten have been learning about what humans, animals and plants need to stay alive. This included building a shelter for one of our class animal toys. Students were put in groups and given a different type of building material such as playdough, paper, lego and blocks to build a shelter for their animal toy. It had to protect the animal toy from the rain and keep them warm. The students worked well in teams to design and create their shelters and were able to deliver a talk to the class about what they had created.
Year 5 and 6 PBL
Year 5 and 6 students are excited about their Project Based Learning (PBL) activity on the Gold Rush. Exploring the question, ‘How can we as historians, teach our school community about The Gold Rush and the impact it had on Colonial Australia?’ they are gaining feedback from Year 12 students. It is great to see the older students working with the younger ones!
MOUNTAIN VIEW Kindy are camping at home to give kids a break from cancer!
Kindy H and Kindy K will be joining thousands of other Australian families for their first ever ‘Camp Quality Camp In’. Students will be setting up a campsite in their living room, backyard or anywhere at home on the evening of Saturday 4th July 2020 in the hope to raise funds for children with cancer. We are excited to join this special event as part of our ‘Service to Others Project’ as we think it is important for children to learn the importance of serving others and following the example that Jesus left for us. We are hoping to raise a minimum of $200 and need your help to reach our goal, and hopefully exceed it! Give up your morning coffee or a take away meal and donate this money towards a worthy cause. Please share this link and join us in raising funds for Camp Quality.
“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them”. Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)
IT Experts Secret Talent: Spoken Word
This week, Year 5 had the absolute privilege of having Janice, our school’s IT expert, come to speak to us about writing slam poetry. Janice has an amazing talent of writing moving and powerful slam poetry pieces so Year 5 was very blessed to be taught by someone with such talent. Year 5 are in the process of writing their own piece that they will share with their peers and other teachers next week.
Thank you for giving up your time Janice to share your talent with us!