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Term 4, Week 1

Coming up this week

Date

Event

October 7th

ICAS Writing

October 11th

Book Fair Sales

October 11th

K2022 Parent Information Night

MISSION STATEMENT

To work under God in partnership with parents to provide an inclusive, nurturing and high quality education for every student.

VIsion

Flourishing through faith, belonging and the pursuit of excellence.

From The Principal

What does the future hold?

If I had to choose between a time machine and an invisible cloak, I’d probably pick a time machine. I’d like to spend a month or two in 2035, looking around to see the world that our current Kindergarteners will experience. In what way will it be like their current reality? 

Schools and ‘schooling’ as we know it was created in the late 19th century, a time when students were preparing to work in an industry. In teacher-speak, we call this “The Industrial Model of Education”. Like in factories, bells signal breaks. Everyone arrives in their designated time, does tasks that are designated to them by others, then clock out. There was little room for creativity. The late Sir Ken Robinson talks about this in more detail.

Strategic Planning: A glimpse of the future

In truth, this ‘Industrial model’ doesn’t serve our current graduates well. We want our students to be thought leaders who live their values. We teach them to read and write well so that they can be critical thinkers and have a real voice in a complicated world.

One of our 2024 Strategic Plan goals is as follows:

Adopt innovative teaching practices based on sound research in education and wellbeing

Over the next 12 months, we will be talking more about what that looks like. For now, I invite you to watch the attached video to get a glimpse of where we are headed. It is an exciting journey that involves the integration of social/emotional learning, traditional knowledge, creativity and critical thinking. It begins and ends with empathy.

The video argues that the 5 most essential skills for 21st Century thinkers are the following:

  1. Curiosity
  2.  Creativity
  3.  Initiative
  4.  Multidisciplinary thinking
  5. Empathy

How might our world be different if our children learn these things alongside the regular curriculum?

We will always teach the mandated academic curriculum. What sets us apart from other schools is our belief that our students can make a real difference in the real world. And they don’t have to wait until they are adults to do that.

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.

Janet Moeller
Principal

Values Focus

Our value word focus for Term 4 is Respect

When it comes to thinking about respect it is hard to go past Jesus’ direction to ‘do unto others as we would have done to ourselves’ (Matt 7:12, Luke 6:31). In Matthew 7 Jesus tells us that every part of Jewish law is embodied in this statement. In Luke chapter 6 Jesus takes things even further. He makes the point that its easy to love people who love us and easy to be good to people who are good to us; but when it truly counts is when we honour those who we struggle with. The true value of respect is revealed when we overcome our personal prejudices and make the effort to treat each other the same way we would like to be treated.

Let’s take every opportunity this week to embody respect and show the value we see in each other, just as God sees value in us.

Luke 6:27-28 Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

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Other Information

COVID-19

Please note, children should not be sent to school if they feel unwell with cold or flu-like symptoms including:

fever
runny nose
cough, sore/itchy throat.

 

Lost Property

Please check lost property in the school office for misplaced items. Unclaimed items of clothing will be donated to the school’s second hand Uniform Shop.

Please label your child’s items. This practice helps us to return your child’s clothing, etc. Thank you.

UNIFORM SHOP

Orders are accepted via the e-form purchase request on the school app, or by phone call/text message to Tegan Peel 

0401 665 640

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