We hope you have all had a fantastic holiday and we are excited to be back for another term.
This term we are focusing on wellbeing in the High School and Pr Landry has some exciting things in store for this space. We will be having guest speakers and weekly challenges that will all be focused on student and staff wellbeing.
In our Junior School our Chapels will remain online and our theme for this term is Gods promises. Each week we will be looking at the different things the He has promised us in the Bible.
The year is flying by so fast and it has been a year like no other, but we are so blessed to be able to continue working with your children and sharing our love for Jesus with them!
Deuteronomy 31:6 reads, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I pray that as we go into this term we are all able to cling to this promise, that God will be with us through everything!
Blessings, Pr Eden
Congratulations Pastor Richie!!!
A huge congratulations to Pastor Richie and his wife Bec on the safe arrival of their beautiful baby girl! Nova was born over the school holidays and we are pleased to report that mum, bub, dad and sister are all well!! Congratulations guys - enjoy this special time together!
Whole School News
Friendships are a vital part of children’s development and significantly contribute towards a healthy learning environment at school. Free and directed play during recess and lunch, sport and PE classes, intentional group work and experiential learning opportunities, camps and excursions are all opportunities for children and adolescents to develop positive peer and social relationship skills while at school. In addition, positive relationship skills are explicitly taught and modelled in classrooms and through interactions with staff. There is though, an increasing trend among young people away from direct, physical interactions in real life (IRL), towards friendships and socialisation in a digital space.
Digital technology provides many opportunities and many threats to student wellbeing, especially as it relates to friendships and peer relationships. Young people are highly responsive to positive feelings, and many digital platforms and social media apps are intentionally designed to leverage the attractiveness of small ‘hits’ of pleasure that come with notifications, likes and the immediate response of others. In many ways, the common responses of young people to digital and social media technologies parallels addiction, in that notification, likes and other immediate responses trigger small releases of dopamine (feel-good/reward neurochemical) that promote further use or engagement with that technology. This may become risky for young people because the part of the brain that is responsible for decision-making, rational/logical thinking, planning and organising and making ‘wise’ decisions does not fully develop until the mid-late 20’s. Children and adolescents still need direction, guidance and support from their parents and other adults in their lives, including with regard to how, when and where they access and engage with digital technologies. Digital technologies do provide an efficient means to communication, entertainment and access to learning material, but we must remember that these devices are adult tools, that left unsupervised in the hands of children and young people, have the potential to cause great harm. Susan Mclean, one of Australia’s leading experts in cyber-safety and security for young people, articulates her Top Tips for parents on supporting young people’s healthy technology use in the following short video. Please take the time to review this excellent advice.
SchoolTV also has a number of excellent videos on topics related to digital technology use including:
Message from Transport NSW - Covid-19
Transport NSW have asked we please remind students to tap on and off when using buses and trains to/from School. Transport NSW will be using this information to contact families that may have been exposed to the corona virus while commuting, if need be.
Reminder: School Fees - Due 7th August 2020
In January, you would have received an email with a Fee Statement and an Option Statement which included payment dates and amounts. If you opted to pay by the term this is a friendly reminder that fees are due by the 7th August to receive the 2.5% discount.
If you choose to pay your fees by the month, you should have completed 7 months to date.
If you have any questions or need an updated statement please don’t hesitate to contact Kelly on email@example.com.
Preference will be given to new students, who may also have siblings already enrolled.
Seventh-Day Adventist Schools Scholarship Program (Prep to 12)
Seventh-day Adventist Schools (Greater Sydney) operates a Deductible Gift Fund for its Scholarship Program. Scholarships are awarded annually to students who face financial hardship, by paying their tuition fees. To be eligible for a scholarship students must meet the following criteria;
- Be enrolled or have the intention of enrolling in Years Prep to 12 at Wahroonga Adventist School for 2021.
- Hold Australian citizenship, be a permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa holder.
Please find the application form attached to this Skoolbag post, alternatively please contact Carmen Wynstra at firstname.lastname@example.org and an application form will be emailed to you.