It seems like the world has gone crazy!
There is an old saying ‘good news never made a paper sell’ and as we look around locally, nationally or internationally, it seems there are problems and fears at every turn.
As Chaplains, we want to encourage you to spend time practising gratefulness with your children - in the car, while taking a walk, around the dinner table or while tucking them in bed at night. There is still so much beauty to be found in this old world; so much for which to be grateful.
What are you grateful for? Is it your family, friends, school, community? Where have you seen God today?
'Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for him.' Lamentations 3:22-24
'You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.' Psalm 118:28, 29
'The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.' Psalm 28:7
The Chaplaincy team are committed to practising gratefulness and continue to hold you and your families in prayer. We wish you God's peace, safety and care as we move into these school holidays.
Whole School News
A note from Mrs Streatfeild
At the end of Term 2, we would like to thank all parents for the support you have provided throughout remote learning and the return to school. These holidays will be a welcome break for parents, students and staff. We pray you and your family stay safe and return to school well rested for Term 3.
Our current procedure of no parents and visitors onsite will remain for the commencement of Term 3. There will also continue to be no inter-school sporting activities or camps. If our athletics carnivals are to take place, dates for these will be advised. Our school calendar will continue to evolve depending on the climate surrounding COVID-19.
Bags for Good
One of the challenges of COVID-19 is that food is now more expensive! Those with less are facing greater challenges. Food shortages earlier this year meant that our attempts to get food items for those less privileged were difficult. Praise the Lord that our supermarkets are now stocked with supplies. We are calling on our families to help bring a little cheer to those in need after the school holidays. Please grab a green shopping bag and fill them with goodies for ADRA Blacktown.
Below is a list of items needed at this time of year
Any other non perishable food items would also be appreciated.
Students are invited to place food items in the box at the School Office.
Junior School News
A note from Mrs Deppeler
Yeah! We have almost made it to the end of term. Even though we have only been back on site for half the term, it feels like the holidays were never going to get here. Everyone is starting to get tired and are ready for holidays. Thank you all for being patient with us as we moved from home school back to face to face learning. I hope and pray that each student and their families are able to enjoy some rest and relaxation over the next few weeks of holidays.
Semester 1 Reports
Just a reminder that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Junior School reports for Semester 1 will be sent home by the end of Week 1, Term 3. This decision was made to enable teachers to have the opportunity to complete assessments for each child once students return to school in week 5. Please keep in mind the following;
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Semester 1 reports may not be a true reflection of your child’s skills and abilities at this time but will provide you with an indication as to your child’s strengths and potential areas for future growth.”
Parent Teacher Interviews for the Junior School are scheduled for early Term 3 on Wednesday, 29 July and Thursday, 30 July. Due to the current climate and social distancing requirements, the interviews will be conducted via TEAMS. More information will be provided closer to the event.
Junior School teachers will continue to provide remote learning opportunities for students who are required to stay at home due to COVID-19, however our focus has now shifted towards face to face learning again.
For those who would like to continue with the challenges over the holidays, I will add challenges during the first week of holidays into your child’s learning journal in Seesaw. These challenges are not compulsory. Once completed please upload and post to Mrs Deppeler's Weekly Challenge folder on your child’s class homeroom page.
This week’s challenge requires you to design and make your own paper plane. Once you have made your design, take a video of how far it goes. I look forward to what you come up with. See your learning journal in Seesaw for more details.
Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective - Doe Zantamata
Is it waterproof?
A glimpse of our Kindy class investigating.
Kindergarten 2021 Information Sessions
You are welcome to join us for our Kindergarten Information Sessions which will be held on Thursday, 23 July. Due to COVID-19, we will be running two livestream sessions at 4pm and 6pm. Please see the flyer below for further details. Please register your interest by clicking the button below.
Middle & Senior School News
A note from Miss Rogers and Mr St Mart
Term 2 is over! It has been challenging but we have succeeded and are very proud of all the students for their persistence during a different Term 2. Reports for Years 9 to 11 will be published during Week 2 of the holidays. Reports for Years 5 to 8 will be published Week 1 of Term 3.
Year 11 Parent/Teacher Interviews have been scheduled for Tuesday, 21 July. Bookings will be open from Monday, 6 July and further details will be emailed to Year 11 parents.
Years 5 to 10 Parent Teacher Interviews will be held late in Term 3 - specific dates to be advised.
Year 7 Poetry
Finn M-Y, Year 7, has penned his thoughts about Lockdown.
Year 7 Carbon Dioxide Dragsters
As most parents of students in year 7 Tech Mandatory would be aware, this week we concluded our Engineering systems projects, the Carbon Dioxide Dragsters!
Racing a hand shaped Balsa Dragster down a 20m track propelled by a Carbon Dioxide Canister from one end to the other in under a second! Some serious speed!
Students learnt how force, motion and energy can be used in systems, machines and structures. A massive congratulations to all students involved in the course especially with the short turn around from being at home during the remote learning period one week, to in the workshop creating and shaping their dragster and finishing all the work required in a number of weeks. Thank you to all students involved and their positive contribution to the subject. Looking forward to racing again soon.
A special mention to the winners of the competition both with an equal time of 0.900 seconds - Naomi W and Alex M - congratulations to both of you!