Primary News 27 July 2018

Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival: Apart from huge gusts of wind which wreaked havoc on the shade tents and actually sent some flying off into the sunset, the Year 3-6 Athletics was a great success.

One of the challenges as we grow in numbers is keeping a balance between identifying the athletes who will represent the College at Districts which is the next level – and making Athletics Days an enjoyable day for students who simply want to participate and do their very best for their House Team. Every year we battle with time frames when different age groups have different numbers of students. But it was a great day and many records were broken. Our appreciation goes to all staff and parents who worked tirelessly to make the day so successful. 

You can see all the photos here: Primary Athletics Carnival

Apple Conference hosted by Glasshouse Christian College

We were privileged to host an Apple Early and Primary Years Conference at Glasshouse Christian College this week. A number of our staff joined with teachers from other schools to learn new skills for the classroom.

The ideas and potential for learning which were shared on Wednesday will engage students and provide a platform for some very interesting work in classes. The focus for us is always LEARNING – not simply playing games.

Ants Series – Part 2  “In all labour there is profit” Proverbs 14:23

“The ant never sees work as menial or beneath his dignity. Whether it’s moving dirt or carrying breadcrumbs, he merrily goes along doing his job. How unlike that are many people today! Someone has quipped, ‘If you want to keep your teenagers out of hot water, put some dirty dishes in it!’ All work can and should be done for the glory of God (see 1 Corinthians 10:31). The sum of the matter is found in this simple Bible statement: ‘In all labour there is profit’. Teach your children the old-fashioned way of getting money – working for it! The word ‘vocation’ comes from the Latin word vocare, which means ‘to call’. So every job or vocation, regardless of what it is, is a calling from God. Dr Martin Luther King Jr rightly declared, ‘Not all men are called to specialised or professional jobs; even fewer to the heights of genius in the arts and sciences; many are called to be labourers in factories, fields, and streets. But no work is insignificant.’ As a parent you are preparing your child for their work life, so prepare them well. If you don’t they’ll have a life of grief, and create a life of grief for others. Plus, they may end up back on your doorstep! Bosses don’t pay workers who don’t work. So before you give your child an allowance, give them some chores like making their bed, cleaning their room, helping around the house, taking out the rubbish, getting good grades in school, and doing their homework on time. Reward without responsibility is indulgence. And if you love your child you won’t do that!”

May we have the wisdom to be able to guide our children in their understanding that there is profit in labouring well. This truth will help them develop into fine young men and women who know the value of having a good work effort and what that will contribute them personally and to our nation.

Cheryl Bryers, Head of Primary

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