FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Blessed and Thankful
Sometimes we are prone to take things for granted – it is human nature. With the extreme heat we have been experiencing of recent times, I was given a little reality check by a prospective new student who I was interviewing yesterday who was moving across from one of the local state schools. They were looking forward to coming to a school with air conditioned classrooms, and related places, given that in their current school not only are the classrooms not air conditioned, but many of the fans don’t work either. We are very blessed to have these infinitely more comfortable learning environments for our students – particularly at this time of year – let’s count our many blessings.
Our Year 8 students have been on camp this week, and it was a privilege and pleasure to spend Wednesday with them on camp. They certainly have a great time on these camps, watching these young teenagers engaging in new and challenging experiences, many for the very first time, reinforced my view on the value of these broader educational experiences. Year 5 head off for their camp next week, followed by year 7 and then year 9 later this term.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to the vast majority of our community for your support in ensuring your children are wearing our school uniform well and with pride. It has taken a little longer than expected to ensure all students are wearing the school monogrammed socks, both with the formal and sports uniform, but we seem to be almost there which is greatly appreciated. Although this standardisation may seem a small thing, it is amazing how much of a difference this has made to the overall appearance and consistency of the uniform.
Almost all students have returned with neat and tidy haircuts in line with school expectations, which is also appreciated. I do have a strong belief in the value of a consistent school uniform that is worn appropriately and with pride, and the connection this has with overall school pride and our CCAS identity. I appreciate that uniform can be a contentious issue in some contexts, particularly as young people seek to express their individualism (though often it is just following the fashion trends) and a point of tension for both parents as well as the school, particularly with teenagers. I wanted to confirm my commitment to this area of our school, and share my appreciation for your support.
I have had a few questions this week, particularly from new parents about the role and purpose of the Haven Campus Church that operates here on campus each Saturday commencing at 10am. Haven Campus Church exists to serve this school community, and as such is open to all school families to attend. It includes a Kids Church program called JAM (Jesus and Me), which is specifically designed for Primary age children. If you are looking for a welcoming and comfortable church community where lots of our school families attend, feel free to come and check it out – you will be made to feel very welcome I am sure.
I hope you enjoy the rest of our newsletter this week.