Coming up this week
Saturday 12 March
A Place to Grow - Family Fun Day 11am-3:00pm
In This Issue
To work under God in partnership with parents to provide an inclusive, nurturing and high quality education for every student.
Flourishing through faith, belonging and the pursuit of excellence.
From The Principal
It is never too early to enrol
The good news is that our school is growing and placements for classes (especially Kindergarten) are filling quickly. The challenge is that current families wishing to enrol siblings will need to have their applications for 2023 submitted by 1 May 2022 to ensure placement in 2023.
Given the high demand for Kindergarten, the School Board revised the enrolment policies and procedures to reflect the following dates:
To ensure a placement in coming years, please encourage new families to enrol more than a year in advance. We are accepting applications for 2023, 2024, 2025 and beyond.
From The DEPUTY Principal
Soccer Gala Day
This week students in Years 3 and 5 have been able to participate in the Soccer Gala Day.
I joined the Y3 girls today down at the Duke of Kent oval. Sport can play such an important part in our children’s lives. Research has shown that being active and healthy really helps with students’ mental health. There is also that sense of belonging to a team and working collaboratively to support your teammates. It really does have many benefits. Our students participated enthusiastically in the event, they had fun and displayed good sporting behaviour. Congratulations to all students involved.
Last week I talked about looking parents that would like to be care coordinators for each class. This is an opportunity for you to involve yourself in the life of the school. It might involve liaising with the school in supporting a family in need from your child’s class or organising some social events with the grade’s parents to continue to build some school community spirit.
I have had several parents contact me already to volunteer their services as a Care Coordinator. If you are interested in the role please contact me via the office.
You will need to complete four tasks prior to volunteering at school. The purpose of these tasks it to ensure child safety. You can read about these tasks on the Volunteer page of our website.
Next Monday 14 March at 4pm I will be running a Parent Volunteer session in the Resource Centre for parents who have completed steps 1-3 in the parent volunteer process.
If these dates do not suit please contact the office to arrange a mutually convenient time.
Cyberbullying has become more of an issue over the last few years with students. Below are a number of signs to watch for as possible characteristics that a child could be experiencing cyberbullying.
Signs to watch for
- being upset after using the internet or their mobile phone
- changes in personality, such as becoming more withdrawn,
anxious, sad or angry
- appearing more lonely or distressed
- unexpected changes in friendship groups
- a decline in their school work
- changes in their sleep patterns
- avoidance of school or clubs
- a decline in their physical health
- becoming secretive about their online activities and
mobile phone use
Below is a link from the eSafety Commissioner website giving practical advice and some video seminars about how to deal with cyberbullying. It is well worth a read.
School clean up day
This Friday 11 March the students will participate in a ‘Clean up Lutheran School’ activity. Students will be provided with gloves and sustainable rubbish bags to clean up designated areas around the school. We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful environment for our students to learn in and it’s important we look after it.
WITNESSES TO CHRIST: PEOPLE FROM HIS PASSION.
John tells us why he wrote his Gospel: “Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:30–31). Life! When we believe that Jesus is the Christ, God gives us life—abundant life, forgiven life, and eternal life.
Historically, the Fourth Gospel is likened to an eagle—an image that suggests John soars to heights of glory and grandeur. That’s because the evangelist paints a stunning portrait of Jesus, who is the bread of life, the resurrection and the life, and the way, the truth, and the life. Life in Jesus. That’s God’s gift to you!
This Lent, our life in Christ will be strengthened as we hear the witness of those in John’s Gospel who journeyed to the cross. Along the way, we’ll meet villains, such as Barabbas and Pontius Pilate, as well as sinners, such as Peter (who denied Jesus three times), Mary Magdalene (who was possessed by seven demons), and Judas Iscariot (who betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver).
Please join us for worship at Bethlehem Lutheran Church as we hear the witness of these people in John’s Gospel:
Wednesday, 16 March at 7.30pm: Malchus, John 18:1–11
Wednesday 23 March at 7.30pm: Peter, John 18:12–27
Wednesday, 30 March at 7.30pm: Barabbas, John 18:33–40
Wednesday, 6 April at 7.30pm: Pontius Pilate, John 19:1–16
10 April Palm Sunday at 9.30am: The Disciples, John 12:12–19
14 April Maundy Thursday at 7.30pm: Judas Iscariot, John 13:21–30
15 April Good Friday at 7.30pm: John, the Gospel Writer, John 19:25–37
17 April Easter Sunday at 9.30am: Mary Magdalene, John 20:1–18
Quality—and God said ‘It is very good’
I find it very curious that everywhere we turn now we hear, ‘save the planet’ and ‘reduce emissions’, which makes sense because we want to look after the planet we live on. But when you have a deeper think about these slogans, they miss the crucial point ever so slightly. What is the point in saving the planet if humanity is not left on the planet? We can put all our resources into saving the planet, but what about ourselves? Do we put the same effort into humanity and all those who do not have quality in life? Now I’m not saying we have an answer for these questions. It’s an important thinking point moving into what I want to share with you this week: Quality. God said. ‘it is very good’.
When you look at Genesis, God creates everything but interestingly, creation is only ‘good’, creation only becomes complete when God makes Adam and Eve. After the creation of humanity, then and only then does creation have a sense of completion and greatness. The Hebrew uses a word that’s a marker of great degree or measure such as, very, great, large, most, exceedingly. The planet and the whole of creation only took on a sense of completion and greatness after human beings were made. What does any of this have to do with quality in our own community here at Lutheran School? Well, I think it has everything to do with us and how we see and appreciate our community.
Every person you see in and around the school community is part of this quality and completeness of creation. Every person who is underprivileged, who has less than you in life is part of this completion of God’s creation. So if we can take care of each other and understand this completion, we are all a part of either in Lutheran school or in God’s creation more broadly. So when you are having a tough day or feeling down, work, school, and life is a struggle. Remember that God calls you ‘very good’. You are part of the quality and completion of His creation and part of the completion of Lutheran School.
If we understand the quality we make together, that God made us as part of this creation, then we can ‘save the planet’ because we are part of this creation and make it complete together. The same goes for Lutheran School. This community is only complete because of every family that is part of it, and working together in this creation and community makes up the quality that God called ‘very good’.
In the loving service of Christ,
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
From The Sports Desk
Combined Wagga Diocesan-RAS Swimming Carnival
On Wednesday, 2 March the Combined Wagga Diocesan – RAS Swimming Carnival was held at the Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre. There were over 300 students from local Catholic and Independent Schools competing at this event. Our Swimming Team performed very well, with many recording personal best times and placings. As a result of our impressive performances, we were the second highest placed RAS school.
Special congratulations go to Victoria Palmer who won the 13 Years Girls 50m Freestyle
Congratulations also to those who placed third in their respective events:
- Georgina Palmer (9 Years 50m Freestyle),
- Rex Benecke (10 Years 50m Freestyle),
- Max Pilkington (11 Years 50m Breaststroke) and
- Ben Bull (11 Years 50m Butterfly)
Thank you to Robyn Richards and Jodie Hodgson for assisting on the day and Anthony Hood (Catholic Education Officer) and the Wagga Wagga Swimming Club officials for ensuring the carnival ran so smoothly. We wish the students who qualified for the NSWCIS Swimming Championships on Thursday, 24 March all the best.
NSWCIS AFL Trials
On Friday, 4 March Logan Robbins travelled to Sydney for the NSWCIS AFL Trials. There were 70 boys from NSW Independent Primary Schools trying out for 22 positions. The boys participated in a short skills session, followed by four 20 minute games. At the conclusion of the games, the NSWCIS AFL team was announced. Congratulations to Logan who was one of the 22 boys selected in this team. The NSWCIS AFL team will compete at the NSWPSSA AFL Championships in Coffs Harbour next term. Thank you to Baden Bowman for transporting and supporting Logan at these trials. We wish Logan all the best at the NSWPSSA AFL Championships.
Logan Robbins – ‘I enjoyed meeting new people, the skill level was high and it was lots of fun’.
PE Teacher/Sports Coordinator
Swimming Carnival Co-Convener
CANTEEN VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED
We are desperately short of volunteers in the canteen for Fridays between 9:00am-12:30pm. If you are available can you please call the office on 69 238 100 or email [email protected].