Term 4, Week 7
Coming up this week
Thursday 24 November
Kaitlin Staines Cup (stage 3) South Wagga Tennis Courts
Thursday 24-Friday 25 November
Friday 25 November
12:00pm Mastermind grand final (chapel)- all welcome
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
Wellbeing: Continuing support 2023
Looking over the parent survey, it was very clear that you have both known about and appreciated the support of Lucy Hamblin as Wellbeing Coordinator. The Wellbeing Coordinator role was new to Lutheran School in 2022 and we’re excited to be able to continue it into 2023.
Leading the Way in 2023
The past two weeks, Lucy has worked closely with Mrs Sara Durning so that there is a seamless transition of support from 2022 to 2023. Sara learned what Lucy has established this year. Together, they looked at ways in which the overall school wellbeing program can continue to more forward.
Sara met with students alongside Lucy and learned about tools that Lucy has used to support you as parents, particularly the use of SchoolTV. She also looked at ways we can expand our use of the ThinkPlus metacurriculum to support our students’ emotional regulation and positive, growth mindsets.
Like any aspect of community culture, ‘wellbeing’ can’t rely on one person. Sara will support our staff as they explicitly teach students how emotional and relational skills benefit them as learners in all areas of life and school.
But aren’t schools about academic success? you may ask. Traditionally, schools are academic places. Saying ‘schools are about academics’ is similar to saying ‘business is all about profits’. As professionals, you know that the businesses that thrive are ones that have a culture of trust and collaboration – operating according to values that ultimately support greater profits production.
Contemporary schools are no longer simply factories of academics. In the Simon Sinek video, the words he says to business leaders are true for schools as well:
If you get the environment right, every single one of us has the capacity to do these remarkable things…and more importantly, others have the capacity too.
We look forward to continuing to build on the great work of the past so that our young learners can continue to do remarkable things.
From The DEPUTY Principal
Congratulations to the top 6 girl and boy students who were nominated for the School Captaincy role by their Y5 peers for 2023. Ms Moeller and I spoke with the Year 5 group last week about student leadership. The speeches will take place on Wednesday 30 November at 9.15am in the Chapel.
The new captains for 2023 will be announced to the school on Friday 2 December after school chapel at 9.10am in the Chapel. Best wishes to all students participating in this process.
Summer Battenally Ben Bull
Pippen Cook Atticus Fang
Sophia Gooden Jock Macleod
Chloe Lieschke Archie Mercer
Eloise Richards Tasman O’Hara
Kylie Warnes Max Pilkington
(Chloe Lieschke was absent when photo was taken)
Our K-2 students started their swimming lessons this week. Thanks to Ms Stewart for her organisation of this activity. Have fun students!
Mufti day and Food Drive
The School Representative Council have been meeting regularly this term. The have decided our mufti day this term will be on Wednesday 7 December. The theme will be to wear something with Christmas colours, (red, green and white) and accessories if you have them.
The SRC have decided our fundraising effort this term will be a ‘Food Drive’ with all food being donated to the Anglicare organisation. All donations will be gratefully received. Please ensure the food items donated are non-perishable and packaged, and not out of date. The items can be placed under the Christmas tree in the office until collection by Anglicare. This is a great initiative to support the disadvantaged within the Wagga community.
Everyone was going to be punished because Adam sinned. But because of the good thing that Christ has done, God accepts us and gives us the gift of life. Adam disobeyed God and caused many others to be sinners. But Jesus obeyed him and will make many people acceptable to God.
Romans 12: 18-19 CEV
As we discussed last week, the Jesse tree is the Jesus tree, and the time will soon be upon us when we begin Advent, a time for Christians when we count down to the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
Every plant we can see on earth has a beginning at some point, right? There needs to be a seed that is planted, cultivated, cared for, and watered. All the plants at the school need to be cared for, watered, pruned, and this happens daily. The Jesse tree is no different.
The Jesse tree has a beginning a moment of planting and of life, just like every other tree we can see. There was a beginning as God created Adam from the dust of the earth, then created Eve from Adam. Things were perfect and life was pleasant, however, that soon changed.
Sin entered the world and death then came to that tree, something unnatural that wasn’t part of God’s original creation. The destruction of sin was so powerful that it could only be reversed when the Creator of the tree himself would become a Seed of new life amid death.
The Story of Jesus’ birth doesn’t begin at the beginning of the four gospels, it begins much earlier. The story of Jesus begins with Adam and Eve when sin entered the world. From that point on, God decided to send his son into the world so he could be the new seed of life. A new beginning for creation in Jesus. Death and destruction entered the world through a tree, and so it could only leave through a tree. This time with Jesus on it instead of fruit.
Pastor David Cherry
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Learning Innovation Coordinator
From The Sports Desk
National Track and Field Championships
On Wednesday 16 November Ryan Jose travelled to the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (Brisbane) for the National Track and Field Championship. Students from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT were competing at this event.
Ryan was competing in the 10 Years Boys Long Jump and the 10 Years Boys 800m Sprint Medley Relay.
Ryan performed exceptionally well at his first National Track and Field Championships. Not only did Ryan record a personal best (PB) in the 10 Years Boys Long Jump, his relay team won gold in the 10 Years Boys 800m Sprint Medley.
The 800m Sprint Medley Relay is not traditionally run at school carnivals. It consists of four runners who run a combined total of 800m. First and second run 200m, third runs 100m and fourth runs 300m. Ryan was the second runner for the NSW team. The NSW team dominated from start to finish, claiming gold in a time of 1:56.94. Their time was three seconds faster than the silver medalist, South Australia.
Ryan placed 5th in the 10 Years Boys Long Jump. He jumped 4.69m, 22cm further than his NSW PSSA Athletics Championships result and 1.09m further than his LSWW Athletics Carnival result. Amazing improvements in 6 months!
A big thank you to Agnes and Richard Jose for transporting and supporting Ryan at this event. The school is extremely proud of Ryan’s 2022 Athletics achievements and wish him all the best in 2023.
‘The National Track and Field Championships were an amazing experience and opportunity. I am grateful for the support from my family, friends and the school community. I loved representing my state and making new friends. It was lots of fun’. Ryan Jose
PE Teacher/Sports Coordinator
The program for the Christmas and New Year school holidays is now available and is already booked out on most days.
If you would like to use OSHC during these holidays please book in ASAP. Should you miss out on a space please speak to Bec at OSHC on 69 238 124 or via email [email protected] and we will add you to the wait list.
This week the children have enjoyed some painting with water colours and some special painting on cookies.
We have also decorated wooden key chains, fridge magnets and developed fine motor skills with small stickers for mosaic Australian animals.
As we head into December we will start to feel the Christmas spirit as we work together to decorate the OSHC room.
Wishing you a wonderful week.
Families leaving the school
Please note that one full term’s written notice is required if you are withdrawing your child from Lutheran School. We purchase learning materials based on projected enrolment numbers at least one term in advance. Hence, the enrolment contract you signed specifies that failure to provide a term’s notice will result in you being charged for the subsequent term.
Uniform Shop Orders
If you would like to purchase uniforms from the Uniform Shop, please email [email protected]
We will email you once the order is ready to be picked up from the office. Thank you.