From the Head of the Preparatory School

It is hard to believe we are already at the end of Term 1. It has been a busy and rewarding term of learning for the boys. Term 1 is always 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. I am sure they will enjoy the opportunity for some downtime in the holidays before returning refreshed and renewed to continue their learning journeys.

Yesterday 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 that has explored the Parables of Jesus. This has allowed the boys to gain a glimpse into God’s love for them, the power of his word and his desire to be in relationship with them. At this week’s Chapel the boys were reminded again of the incredible rescue plan God offers each of us through Jesus’ death and resurrection, as celebrated at Easter time. 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 Jaemin Yoo, Timmy Zhao, Daniel Jin, Aris Ferizis and Harris Yang have 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

Term 2 begins on Tuesday 20th 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.

Winter Uniform

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.

Lost Property

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 inside 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

Co-Curricular activities will begin again in Week 2 next term. Last week we sent home the registration information for Term 2 activities. Parents will be notified by the end of Week 1 of the activities their son has been accepted into.

Staffing

At the end of this term Mrs Ford and Ms Toia are both embarking on a new personal adventure as they begin their maternity leave and look forward to welcoming new little people into their families in the next few weeks. We wish them God’s blessing throughout this process.

Ms Jessica Newton will be taking over as the STEAM teacher in place of Mrs Ford. She will also be covering some of Mrs Evans’ classes as she assumes increased responsibility as the Assistant PYP Coordinator across the whole school. Mrs Catherine Devitt will be taking over from Ms Toia at the beginning of Term 2. She will then swap with Mrs Caddy mid-term to take over as the 3C Class Teacher for the remainder of the year.

Mr Hinson has taken extended leave for Term 2 with Mr Mako remaining as the 3H Class Teacher for the remainder of the year. Mr Hinson will return in a different teaching role later in the year.

Llandilo Development

As mentioned last week, the holiday period will be a busy one for the Llandilo Development. Assuming the weather is favourable, some of the landscaping works will begin during the next holiday period. Specifically, this will focus on the pathways immediately inside the Llandilo gate and outside the School Office. As a result, entrance to the School for OSHClub during the upcoming holidays will be limited to the Boulevarde gate. OSHClub will once again move to the Christian Studies room which will ensure it is easily accessible for parents from the Boulevarde gate.

During Term 2 the pathways and gates will be returned to us as per this term with the focus of the works returning to the new building.

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

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