Welcome back to Term 4!
We have a very busy term ahead with many events leading to the end of the year.
In week two the College said goodbye to our Year 12's at their Awards Dinner, where we recognised their achievements over the years of secondary school.
The keynote speech was given by Peter Lyndon-James, the founder of Shalom House for drug rehabilitation and one of the finalists for the 2017 West Australian of the Year award.
Students that have performed exceptionally well in subjects received prizes on the night.
When I pondered our outgoing Year 12 cohort there is one quote that comes to mind:
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our Year 12's have been a fine example of this quote and we wish them all the best for their upcoming ATAR exams and their future educational and workplace pursuits.
Our termly Open Parent Meeting took place on Tuesday night in the Library. We discussed the changes to the high school technology program, specifically the changes of moving away from chromebook rental to ‘Bring Your Own Device’. Karen Stewart from SCEA ICT gave a presentation on BYOD or ‘Bring Your Own Device.’ which will begin in 2018. We would like to also thank the Familyzone team who provided options to parents for Cybersecurity protection.
Our Year 9 students will soon be embarking to the Great Southern for our ‘Rite Journey’ camp. The camp is part of a yearlong program for our students to start the journey into adulthood. It is a great experience of new physical and emotional challenges in a supportive and caring environment whilst fostering a servant like attitude toward others.
Our year 11/12 students will soon depart on the Leavers 2 Leaders mission trip. This trip gives students an alternative to the traditional Australian concept of 'Leavers' revelry and instead embraces the concept of 'servant leadership' and exploring the world God has given us through acts of service and understanding. Please keep this group in your prayers and thoughts as they serve others less fortunate then ourselves.
With the end of the school term also comes our Annual Awards Nights for both Primary and Secondary in the first week of December. With this Summer will be on its way and the opportunity to spend time with family this Christmas season will be a welcome respite from the busy times that we spend at school. Let me quote our talented sports master Mr Chris Yap in closing:
“When you are on the home straight, why wait? Finish the race with confidence and receive the prize you deserve.”