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The Pace of Life!

Paech Michael2It might just be me, but it seems that each new school year passes quicker than the previous one. A friend of mine who is a teacher and parent was explaining her view on how quickly time seems to pass and made the following observation, ‘We step into Term 1 in January, blink a few times and then seem to find ourselves in December, preparing for Christmas’. An interesting perspective and choice of words seeking to capture the dynamic around the phenomena that is the ‘pace of life’, something that I suspect is not only true within the context of schools. 

Much has been said about the fast pace of modern life in the 20th century, our complex and very busy lifestyles, our focus on achieving outcomes and meeting goals set by ourselves and others, along with our incessant desire to ‘keep up’ with everything going on around us. 

Many Christian churches around the world are beginning celebrations for the season of Advent, which is a time when we intentionally seek to slow down to prepare for Christmas and remember the wonderful gifts that we have available to us through Jesus. During Advent many churches adopt the custom of lighting candles on Advent wreaths, symbolising the gifts that Jesus gives us of HOPE, JOY, PEACE and LOVE. 

I pray that as you move towards Christmas, in the midst of the busyness, you can find time to consider the wonderful gifts that Jesus brings to us. These gifts that Jesus freely offers to us may be just what you need to better cope with the fast pace of life! 

‘Here is how God showed his love among us. He sent his one and only Son into the world. He sent him so we could receive life through him.’ - 1 John 4:9 

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

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Year 6 Camp

The Year 6 classes made their way to Mylor Baptist Camp where they were met with challenges like the giant swing, being away from home, the challenge course, being covered in mud, and working collaboratively and cooperatively to complete group tasks. Students thoroughly enjoyed their time on camp and met these challenges head on, growing in confidence and self-belief during their time away. A good time was had by all. 

Steve Hahesy
Year 6 Teacher

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Year 1 Excursion to Mitcham Cinemas

As a part of our ‘How We Express Ourselves’ unit, the Year 1s visited Mitcham Cinemas to watch the film ‘Arctic Justice’. As we watched the film we recognised that stories can be told and communicated in many different ways. ‘Arctic Justice’ had many take-home messages, such as ‘always be yourself’ and ‘never give up’. Popcorn and juice were enjoyed by all for our morning recess.

Maddy Russell
Year 1 Teacher

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Year 2 Sleepover

On Friday, 22 November, Year 2 students came back to school at 6pm for our annual Year 2 Sleepover. The Resource Centre provided a wonderful venue for over 50 very sleepy students and teachers! Sharing a movie on the big screen from their beds was a real treat for them all!

Parents were invited earlier to view a skipping demonstration showcasing the work Ms Fielke had done in PE lessons. We then shared some learning experiences from our ‘Who We Are’ unit on Wellbeing with parents. The students shared wellbeing photos they had taken and also their Wellbeing Plan for the Sleepover. The students had inquired into the five different areas of wellbeing and then planned how they were going to balance all areas to make sure they remained happy and well during this time. They all did a remarkable job!

Jenny Kowald
Year 2 Teacher

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ELC Christmas Carols

ELC families were treated to a performance of Christmas carols and other favourite songs at the annual ELC Carols Evening. The children demonstrated their developing confidence and performed beautifully.

Kate Wood
Director, ELC

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Student Achievement

Congratulations to Harry (5S) on his outstanding exam results. His diligence and regular practice have been rewarded with an A+ High Distinction for his AMEB Grade 2 exam. Harry is also eligible for the ABODA Grade 2 Brass prize. Harry has explored a wide repertoire and is a valued member of ensembles on both campuses.



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