From the Desk of..
Mr Daniel Marsden - Head of Campus, Castle Hill
In October last year ABC Kids introduced Australia to ‘Bluey’, a TV show that revolves around a blue heeler, and her family. It has become the most popular Australian-made program for children, which means it is being watched more than the Wiggles or Play School.
There is an episode where Bluey’s family goes to the beach. Bluey spots a shell and asks Dad if she can show Mum, who has gone for a walk down the beach. For the first time, she is old enough to venture off on her own to catch up to Mum, who is now just a tiny speck walking in the distance. With an encouraging word from Bingo, she sets off. At this point, Bluey realises she has a lot of ground to cover and as she attempts to catch up, she encounters a few challenges along the way. They cause her to worry that she might not make it. Despite these encounters, she continues on her adventure and when the final challenge is almost too much to face, she remembers everything she has overcome to bring her to this point.
Right now, we are faced with COVID-19 and the uncertainty of how much it is going to impact our lives. For most of us, we are venturing off down the beach for the first time, as we are faced with something we have not experienced before. When you look at the year so far, we have already encountered many challenges, some that seemed too big to face. These challenges can impact our lives and can cause us to worry. With a bit of encouragement from others, we can focus on what God has already helped us overcome. He is our strength and our every present help. Jesus speaks about worrying and that we should not let it consume us and Paul encourages us not to be anxious about anything, but to present all our concerns and requests to God in prayer. This is our prayer for our school community during this time.
Lord, we feel the weight
Of raising children in turbulent times
Help us look beyond ourselves,
For our children are watching
Help us speak with compassion and dignity,
For our children are listening
Help us learn from experts and researchers,
For our children are following our lead
For our concerned children, may we help them feel safe
For our confused children, may we help them be informed
For our compromised children, may we help them stay well
We give thanks for your tenderness, mercy, and peace
May we remember we love in times of complexity and confusion
Because You first loved us
- Mr Daniel Marsden
As part of our ‘Living Things’ unit in Science Stage 1 (Year 1 & 2) from Castle Hill and Kellyville visited the new Sydney Zoo. It was an overcast day, so most of the animals were out and just before we got on the bus it started to rain- God was really good. Fun was had by all!
- Mrs Savage
Year 9 students were modelling antibiotic resistance through using marshmallows and m&n's. Marshmallows represented the normal bacterial population whereas the m&n's represented antibiotic resistant bacteria. Over several rounds of antibiotic dosing, the growth of 'antibiotic resistant bacteria' excelled and were harder to 'kill' with the toothpick
- Mrs Wilson-Polak
Year 10 students recently commenced learning about DNA and genetics. They built a model to represent the DNA double helix structure with phosphates, deoxyribose sugars and the four nitrogenous bases. A fun and engaging lesson!
- Mrs Wilson-Polak
Kindergarten at Kellyville and Castle Hill have been learning the sound 'P" and on Monday 23 March, students dressed up in their pyjamas and enjoyed a tasty pancake breakfast!