Message from the Principal

Thought for the week

“It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new life”

                                                Nina Simone

It is hard to believe that this is the last bulletin of 2010. With only two weeks to go before we close things for this year, we have so much to be grateful for, so much to celebrate and so much to think about.

Every day we have a new opportunity to give thanks to God for the myriad of blessings that continuously flow to us. Good companionship and friendship; abundant supply; a safe environment and a happy joyous school. Our students seem to become more and more positive, friendly and generous with each passing day. We are truly blessed to have such divine children here; they are a gift from God – divine Love. When I see the interactions between our students at recess, lunch time and throughout the day I am so grateful for the beautiful way in which they interact, support one another and encourage each other to strive for their best.

We have so much to celebrate. Our academic, music and sporting outcomes are amongst the best that can be found at any school. Our outreach and outdoor activities programs must also provide some of the best leadership development opportunities available. The recent visit of aboriginal students from Canteen Creek in the Northern Territory was another opportunity and exposed our students to another culture which is a part of our great country. We were also able to share our particular brand of education which is based on such unique principles. If Love can ever be unique!

We have the future of the children to think about. What will they need in 10, 15 or 20 years time? We believe they will need the qualities of love, determination, patience, humility and vision. They will need the skills, talents and confidence to go forward and visualise the world that they choose to live in and institute the changes that are needed. We already have evidence of this in one of our past students who at the ripe old age of 21 has started his own charity called Big Heart Project which is establishing a school in Cambodia to help young girls escape the sex slave trade and to provide alternative opportunities for young people. To assist with this project we are holding a Carols by Candlelight evening on the grassy knoll outside the Orchestral room on Friday night 10 December at 7.30pm. Admission will be by gold coin (or paper) donation to the Big Heart Project. The evening will be over by 9.30pm. Please come along, bring your blankets and outside chairs, see a short musical play for young children and sing Christmas carols. You will also have an opportunity to hear a little about the work of the Big Heart Project.

It will be wonderful to introduce the entire school community to our new Sports, Fitness and Aquatic Centre next year. We welcome Mrs Helen (Kan) Aden as the Centre Manager/School Coach and Tony O’Donnell as the Centre Coordinator/ Performance Coach. We know they will make a great team and we look forward to seeing the Centre becoming a hive of activity with beginner’s lessons, squad swimming and class swimming taking place each day. If you would like to book your child in for beginner, continuing or advanced lessons, squad swimming or specialised coaching, please pick up an application form from the front desk.

After such a big and successful year, the children, teachers and all our community members deserve a well earned rest. Everyone does so much to provide this amazing environment. So to everyone I wish you a happy, joyous and blessed Christmas season, a fun-filled New Year and a good rest.

God bless you all.

Sholto Bowen