From the Head of the Preparatory Schooldeveloper
It is hard to believe we are already at the end of Term 1. It is remarkable to think that we are already a quarter of the way through the year! This term has been a big one for all students, parents and staff as we have readjusted to the busyness of life as more and more activities restarted and the pace of life increased back to pre-pandemic times. I am sure that I speak on behalf of everyone in saying that we are ready for the upcoming holidays, to recharge the batteries before we do it all again next term.
Over the course of the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to reflect on the term with teachers and one of the recurring themes has been routines. Term 1 is an important term as routines are established and students set learning goals for the year. These things require sustained effort and application, and the boys have demonstrated both. Pleasingly, these routines and goals help to set the direction for the remainder of the year.
Today we concluded the term with a Pre-K to Year 6 Chapel. Over the course of this term Mr Smith has taken the boys on a journey exploring God’s promises to us, otherwise known as covenants. It has been wonderful to reflect with the students about God’s faithfulness in keeping his promises. This afternoon, we welcomed QuizWorx to our final Chapel where they performed their Easter Show which served as a reminder of God keeping his covenant of salvation through Jesus’ death and resurrection. As we take a break from school to rest over the upcoming holiday break, I trust that Easter will provide an opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ incredible sacrifice and love for us.
NSW PSSA Swimming Championships
On Wednesday and Thursday this week Daniel Jin, Aris and Athan Ferizis, Harris Yang, Owen Hoang, and Timmy Zhao competed at the NSW PSSA Swimming Championships. This is an outstanding achievement for each of the boys, we look forward to hearing their results early next term.
Term 2 begins on Wednesday 27th April. The previous day will be a Staff Professional Development Day used to prepare for the upcoming term and continuing to invest in the professional growth of our teachers.
From the beginning of Term 2 boys will wear their Winter uniform. This will include their grey jackets. Boys must ensure that they are appropriately dressed at all times in School uniform. Please endeavour to assist your son in following the requirements in this regard. Holidays are also a great time for a haircut. I encourage parents to check the Record Book before visiting the hairdresser to ensure boys return with appropriate haircuts for the new term.
As a boys’ school, lost property is a common occurrence. Many young boys (and older ones too) find it quite challenging keeping track of their belongings and clothing across the week. The holidays present an opportunity to take stock of items of clothing before they are packed away for the winter. From time to time, we have found some boys wearing items of clothing with other boys’ names on them. If you find this to be the case, it would be much appreciated if this piece of clothing could be returned to school and placed in either of the Lost Property bins which are located just outside the Llandilo building and outside the Milverton building. Likewise, if your son is missing anything, these are the best places to look. Several times a term these bins are emptied and items with names on them are returned to the owners.
Co-Curricular activities will begin again in Week 2 next term. Last week we sent home the registration information for Term 2 activities. Confirmation of co-curricular activities for Term 2 can be accessed through the Parent Portal. Further information about the timing and location of these activities will be sent to parents towards the end of the holidays.
Chris Wyatt | Head of the Preparatory School
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8