Our School Office will be closed for the first two weeks of the holidays and will open on the third week on Tue 18 July and Fri 21 July. We look forward to welcoming all of our families on Monday, 24 July for our first day of Term 3.
I would like to express my thanks to staff, students and families who have worked hard this Semester to achieve their best in the classroom and beyond.
This term we have been focused on our School Value: “Live with Integrity”. Our students have been challenged to ensure that they are doing the right thing, even when no-one is watching. This includes their learning, their sport, music, arts and drama and the requisite rehearsal and practice that is part of preparing for study and performance. Our long-term aim for all students is for them to be great adults. To be a great adult you need to be good at learning. Michael Fullan, educator and author of Dive into Deep Learning says “students who are good at learning, are good at life”.
This extends into our work to develop and educate our young people to be “highly capable students of Christian character.” You can see the concept of Michael Fullan’s work represented in our Student Formation Framework. We are intentionally forming our student’s skill sets in the global competencies of Critical thinking, Creativity, Citizenship, Character, Communication, Collaboration in the classroom. Our staff are orienting their work to inculcate these attributes within our young people through our Christian worldview. It is an exciting time to be a part of our school as we strive for academic and personal excellence for the sake of serving and enriching the community to the Glory of God. Well done staff and students.
Last week we gathered together as a student and staff group to take a photo to commemorate our 40th year, and to hear from past students, and long-term staff members. Our students and staff received the gift of a Heritage Christian School 40 year cap and a commemorative cookie to enjoy, and underline that this moment is cause for celebration as we consider God’s work amongst us. I am thankful to Emma Schmidt for the work she has done to help organise this and for the upcoming celebration service and gala day on Saturday, August 19. We look forward to seeing our families there.
As we enter this break I pray for rest and rejuvenation for our school community. I pray for staff and students alike that they will be well-rested and invigorated: in their walk with Jesus, with their family, and in their Church life. Each of these areas are important to engage in as we continue our work here together in the semester to come.
Earlier this week I wrote to our staff:
Thank you for your excellence this term. That we have the privilege to work out our faith within the Good work that God has prepared for us ahead of time is something to be thankful for. I count it a real blessing that God has allowed me to work alongside each of you as we prepare our students for lives of transformation and service through excellent, authentic Christ-centred education. It is your own lives of transformation, because of the Holy Spirit in your heart, that makes our Christian education authentic. Thank you for who you are and what you do; in all things we will Praise God, for it is God who has deigned us to be here in this moment!
I count it an equal privilege that we are able to partner with you, our families, to the same end. Thank you for your support as we engage in this important work.
Praying for a holiday break rich with rest, and learning