Newsletter - Wednesday 14th June, 2017

Pastors' Corner

Often I have used the quote before, "The only constant thing in this generation, is change itself.” As we are bombarded on all forms of media platforms with world events, whether locally or internationally. It's not the world that we grew up in, and it's so hard at times to shelter our kids from the realty of a world that is fast and changing.

Though we cannot hide our kids from such troubled times we can teach our kids how to respond to it within our Christian faith.

While preparing my talk for our Middle School Chapel this week on prayer and why Christians pray, I was reminded of the 'Prayer of Peace' often referred to as the Prayer of Saint Francis.

I believe the greatest lesson we can teach our young is that we may not always be able to change others but we can change ourselves and how we respond to others as followers of Christ.

O Lord,

Make me a channel of your peace, where there is hatred let me bring your love, where there is injury, your pardon Lord, and where there is doubt true faith in You.

Make me a channel of your peace, where there is despair in life let me bring hope, where there is darkness only light, and where there's sadness ever joy.

Oh, Master grant that I may never seek, so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in giving to all man that we receive, and in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Blessings Pr Richie

School News

Quality Schools Survey and Focus Groups

Thank you to everyone who completed our Quality School Survey. The Survey is now closed.

Just a reminder we will now be holding focus group meetings to give you an opportunity to provide further feedback. If you are available to attend we would really appreciate your input. Meetings will be held in the GLA (Level 1) and are scheduled for;

  • 3.30pm - Thursday, 15th June;
  • 6.30pm - Thursday, 15th June; and
  • 2.00pm - Tuesday, 20th June

Soccer Gala Day

Selected students from Years 3 & 4 represented our school at the Stage 2 SDA Soccer Gala Day which was held at Rouse Hill. All the students played extremely well with the girls winning their competition. Well done girls!!!!!

Upcoming School Events

Healthy Harold - Life Education

The Life Education Van will be visiting our School from Monday 19th June (excluding Wednesday 21st June) to Tuesday 27th June. This will be for Prep to Year 6. Topics include:

  • Kindy: My Body Matters
  • Year 1: Ready Steady Go
  • Year 2: Safety Rules
  • Year 3: All Systems Go
  • Year 4: Cybersafety
  • Year 5: On the Case
  • Year 6: Decisions

Primary School Athletics Carnival

Our Primary School Athletics Carnival will be held on Monday 7th August, weather & ground permitting, at Bannockburn Oval, Bannockburn Rd, Pymble. It is for Prep to Year 6. Students will need to wear their sport’s uniform. Prep students who don’t have a sports uniform, can wear appropriate casual clothes. Your child will need plenty of fluids, snacks and wet weather gear.

Parent helpers will be needed in various areas, including canteen, to help the carnival run smoothly and we would appreciate your help. Buses will leave school at 8.50am SHARP and return by 2.30pm. The carnival will start at 9.15am, students will need to be at the oval BY 9.00am if they are not catching the bus from school. A note giving your child permission to catch the bus will be sent home soon.

We WILL need many helpers in the following areas and for the times noted below: If you are able to help please email Jax at  jsoffice@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au with the area and time you will be able to help. Thanking you in advance.

  • TIMEKEEPING
  • HIGH JUMP
  • MARSHALLING
  • SHOT PUT
  • LONG JUMP
  • CANTEEN

Times: 9.15—12.15pm OR 12.15—2.15pm OR Whole day

Junior School Interviews

Junior School Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held in the combined shared learning area on Level 3 on Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th June 2017. This is for Prep-Year 4. Prep will have additional times as well. Information regarding bookings will be emailed this week.

Middle School News

High School Athletics Carnival

The Age Champion and Runner Ups from the High School Athletics Carnival were announced at Chapel last week. A huge congratulations to everyone!!

  • 12 Year Boy - Champion: Dariya Amiri
  • 12 Year Boy - Runner up: Udit Dhanda
  • 12 Year Girl - Champion: Nethanya Koren
  • 12 Year Girls - Runner up: Maya Jeffrey
  • 13 Year Boy - Champion: Tyrone Randall
  • 13 Year Boys - Runner up: Hamish Treatt
  • 13 Year Girls - Champion Jessica McIlwraith
  • 13 Year Girls - Runner up: Renee Lynn
  • 14+ Year Boys - Champion: Zach Goodacre
  • 14 + Year Boys - Runner up: Billy Christy
  • 14+ Year Girls - Champion: Claudia York
  • 14+ Year Boy - Runner up: Grace Colville
  • Encouragement Award: Lia Connolly
  • Encouragement Award: Ethan Todd

CSSA Secondary State Cross Country

Friday 2nd of June saw a group of our Middle School students compete at the CSSA Cross Country carnival. The carnival took place at the Horsley Park Equestrian Centre, a challenging track. The best long distance runners from Christian schools across the entire state of NSW attend the CSSA event, making for a competitive field.

Our students did extremely well. Stand out performances came from Mason Jeffrey and Tyrone Randall, both finishing in 10th place, qualifying for the NSW CIS Cross Country event. Claudia York finished in 18th and Keeva Raftery finished in 19th, excellent achievements to finish in the top 20 at this level. Jessica McIlwraith came in 24th and Ethan Todd came through in 25th, great results!

It was good to see the hard work at Friday running training paying off for many of our students. A real highlight from the day was Jacinta Moussa improving her finishing position from last year by over 20 places! A testament to the hard work and effort that she has put in, along with many others who attend the weekly running training.

Congratulations to all our runners who competed and represented our school at this event.

CSSA State Gymnastics

Jessica McIlwraith and Tara Roberts represented the School at the CSSA State Gymnastics competition held at the Sydney Gymnastic Centre last week. The girls did incredibly well! Jessica came 1st overall for Level 6 womens artistic and Tara placed 2nd overall for Level 5 women's artistic!! Such an amazing effort, congratulations girls we are so proud of you!!!

Cafe on 3

A reminder that Cafe on 3 is open each Monday from 2pm to 3pm. Come along for a hot drink and some sweet treats, or have some of our toasted sandwiches for a late lunch!

Parent Portal

When accessing the Parent Portal please use the link below. It is important parents use the most up to date link to gain access, if you are experiencing difficulties please contact the Middle School Office.

Middle School Upcoming Events

CSSA North Met Zone Athletics Carnival

Selected High School students have been asked to represent the school at the CSSA North Met Zone Athletics Carnival being held on Tuesday 20th June at Blacktown International Sports Park.

If you are yet to return your child's permission slip can you please do so urgently.

Students need to be at school ready for a 7am departure, and are expected to return to school by approx. 3.30 - 4pm.

Year 8 Exams

Exams for our Year 8 students are scheduled to take place the last week of this term, commencing Monday 26th June. The exam timetable and notifications are available in the documents section of the student portal.

Home and School News

HOME AND SCHOOL MEETING - Our next Home and School Meeting will be held on Monday 26th June at 7pm in GLA Classroom on Level 1 of the new school building. Everyone is welcome to attend.

SOCIAL ICE SKATING NIGHT - SATURDAY 24TH JUNE

TICKETS NOW ON SALE VIA FLEXISCHOOLS

Don’t forget to get your tickets for our School Social Ice Skating Night.

It will be held on Saturday 24th June, 7:30pm until approx. 9:15pm at the Macquarie Shopping Centre, top floor.

This event is open to all students, siblings and parents. Most of all, we want to encourage our middle school students to attend, have fun and get to know each other in this fun environment. Younger kids have nothing to worry about, the next Home & School event will be timed and tailored just for you!

Tickets are now on sale for this event via your flexischools account.

The cost is very minimal and it includes skate hire! $12 per ticket which includes entry, session and skate hire.

Ticket sales will close on Thursday 22 June at 10pm.

Go to www.flexischools.com.au and type in Wahroonga Adventist School.

Non-skaters are free! Please note that adults must be on hand to supervise their kids and if your child needs assistance on the ice, an adult must purchase a ticket.

We look forward to welcoming you to the event.

Canteen News

We are starting to plan the Winter Menu for term 3. We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions on what you would like on the menu and snacks for next term. Have your say by answering a few questions from the survey link below:

Thank you to all the Mum’s, Dad’s and Grandparents who have volunteered this term. We appreciate the time and effort you take out of your busy days to help us. We still have a few spots available, where we need support this term. If you have a spare 30 mins to a couple of hours one morning we would love your help. To sign up click on the following link and we hope to see you soon.

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge:

Congratulations to William Bapty (K), Oliver Bultitude (Yr 1), Dylan Cabot (Yr 1), Archie Banks (K), Lachlan Harper (Yr 1), Ximena Sim (Yr 2), Eve Jameson (Yr 3), Neo Kim (Yr 4), Alex Jameson (Yr 5) and Billy Jameson (Yr 8) who have all finished the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Great reading!

Remember, the Premier’s Reading Challenge does not finish until August 25 so there is still plenty of time to complete it. Happy Reading!!

Last Week of Borrowing for Prep

This week is the last week of borrowing for Prep students. Please make sure all library books are returned to the Library before the school holidays. For all other classes borrowing will continue over the holidays, but if your child is still completing the Premier’s Reading Challenge and would like more PRC books for holiday reading please email me stating how many books you would like (max. 10 books) and collect them the last week of term. The library email address is: library@wahroonga.adventist.edu.au  Thank you!

Calendar of Events

Below is the link to our upcoming calendar events. Just click on the link below to access it.

Bits and Pieces

Sherpa Kids Vacation Care Program for July 2017

Vacation care will be available from Monday 03 July to Friday 21 July. Term 3 will resume on Monday 24 July. Click on the link below for the Vacation Care form . See program above.

Just a quick note below regarding additional fees for incursions.

Moving Bodies - July Holiday Fun

Beauty and the Beast – these July School Holidays

Through mist and snow, in a castle, far away there is the most beautiful rose garden. But beware the traveller who stumbles on it. Adapted by award-winning writer Wendy Blaxland, this classic tale features the talented young performers of Marian Street Theatre for Young People. Performances 10:30 and 1pm, 1 – 15th July, Knox Cultural Centre, Wahroonga. Tickets from $19. Book now at www.mstyp.org.au or call 1800 068 849.

Drama classes

Take your place on the stage with weekly drama classes for 5-18 years by Marian Street Theatre for Young People, the drama experts, taking place in the upper north shore; Gordon, Killara, Lindfield and Chatswood. Auditions for ages 12+ for the children’s theatre productions! Enrolments open for Term 3: 9411 1800 or email info@mstyp.org.au. Find out more at www.mstyp.org.au.

July Holiday Drama Workshops

Holiday drama workshops are a great introduction to drama for the longer term or just creative inspiration over the holidays. They include voice and movement skills, improvisation, character development, script work and plenty of fun, with a short performance on the last day. Places book up fast! Contact us on 9411 1800 or info@mstyp.org.au. Find out more at www.mstyp.org.au

Tennis Holiday Camps

Naidoc Week at our House - Parliament of NSW

Australian Girls Choir

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