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PRIMARY AND SECONDARY August 7: 'Trendy-tie Day' August 14: 'Snazzy-sock Day'
The VALUE for Week 5 of Term 3 will be:
Care means to show concern or interest, and to attach importance to something. It also means to look after and provide for the needs of someone or something.
God asks as to ‘Cast all our cares upon Him because He cares for us.’ 1 Peter 5:7
Many years ago my father made his escape from communist East Germany and part of his travels took him through München (Munich). A generation later, as a young man, I travelled through München myself on my way to the little village of Oberammergau.
This little Bavarian village has about 5000 people living in it and almost everyone is involved in some aspects of the passion play. This is a dramatic presentation of the trial, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus, which is performed in the town’s theatre five times a week from May to October one season every ten years.
The Bubonic plague (also known as the Black Death) is claimed to have killed around half of Europe’s population as it swept through Eurasia and northern Africa. Estimates vary on the number of deaths, but conservative numbers range between 50 and 100 million people. The disease raged through populations from the early 1300s to the 1700s.
In 1633 the plague was wreaking havoc in Europe, however, Oberammergau had closed their village gates and had remained plague-free until one September evening. On that unfortunate occasion, a young man from the village was able to sneak back in and he brought the plague with him. People began dying and pretty soon half the village was gone.
In October the villagers prayed to God that if He were to protect them from the plague they would perform a play that depicts the life and death of Jesus. The oral tradition in the village reports that no one else died from that point onwards and so the passion play is performed every ten years for an entire summer season. The Oberammergau passion play has been performed for literally hundreds of years and this year due to current events the performance season has been moved to 2022.
It’s interesting that hundreds of years ago when faced with a plague the townsfolk did all the right things like isolation and quarantine, but it was only when they took their challenges to the Lord that the situation changed. Today we can (and should) do all the right things, however, I ask – have you taken our current challenges to the Lord?
I am reminded of 2 Chronicles 7:14 which states: If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Although this was written around 350BC it is uncanny how relevant it is for today. So let me repeat – after doing all the right things have you taken our current challenges to the Lord?
It’s worth a thought.
Mark B Vodell
Imagine, at every sunrise and sunset we started afresh a new day with new opportunities and new chances to choose who we want to be, how we want to act and what we want to impact. Sometimes life throws us days that make the sunrise and sunset hard to bare.
In the 24 hours we have in a day, so much can happen in our personal lives that we dismiss the beauty of Gods works. We get caught up in the noise around us that we forget the beauty in the sunrise and sunset.
Our gracious and loving God gives us a chance every sunrise and sunset to rest ourselves and start afresh, again. Over and over, day in and day out he provides this immaculate grace for us.
I hope that at the sunrise of a new day we set Him at the centre of everything we do and I hope at the sunset He still remains the centre of our day. The Psalmist says,
“From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.”
Chase His sunrises and sunsets College family!
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“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others,
faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
On Monday morning in our Primary Awards Assembly one student from each
class was acknowledged for demonstrating the value of Loyalty.
- FH – Evie Pursche
- FM – Eli Chocka
- FW – Anthony Colonna
- 1B – Hugo Thong, Tia Suraweera
- 1H – Samuel Recinos Figeroa
- 1W – Ira Grover
- 2C – Aryanna Cima
- 2L – Kaleb Amada
- 3H – Inesa Lopes
- 3R – Aimee McGann
- 3T – Joseph Thang
- 4H – Shayamal Ranasinghe
- 4S – Kayden Draganovic
- 5A – Aiden Fadil
- 5H – Noah Axiak
- 5M – Jade Carvahlo
- 6G – Emilia Rili
- 6H – Vihaan Chawla
- 6M – Sarron Yohannes
But the pandemic has also created opportunities. Having more flexibility during the day means kids can explore new interests and skills. Here are six ways the pandemic can help kids build strengths.
- More Time for Creativity
Telling jokes, making music, drawing, dancing, building. Creative activities let kids explore new ways to express themselves (and release some of the emotions they’re feeling). They may discover new talents and skills in the process, which can build self-esteem.
- Less Pressure When Working on Life Skills
One benefit to having less structure is being able to work on life skills with less pressure. Everything from learning self-care routines to building organization skills can happen at a slower pace or at a time when you’re not rushing around.
And it’s not just about working on skills that need improving. Your child can spend this time mastering new tasks—from sewing a button to cooking a family meal. Every skill your child gains or improves can be a self-esteem booster.
- New Ways to Improve Social Skills
Kids are more limited in how they interact because of the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean they’re not building social skills. Playing multiplayer video games or having family video calls are social situations. So are online classes. Each involves different social skills and social rules.
Socializing happens at home, too. More interaction with the family provides extra practice with social skills. And if you or another caregiver are around more, you can help your child build those skills.
- A Chance to Build Coping Skills
When kids feel ongoing anxiety, it can really take over. But finding ways to cope with emotions during tough times can let them come out of the crisis feeling stronger and more confident. They’ll know they have skills to deal with difficult situations. That’s both a relief and a strength.
You can help your child develop coping skills. One way is to model how to deal with uncertainty or handle bad news. Show how you handle the anxiety of the pandemic. And give your child ways to feel more in control.
- More Space to Try, Fail, Learn
In traditional schooling, kids can spend a lot of time on tasks they don’t think they can do or do well. That’s especially true of kids who learn or think differently. They may worry that other kids can see them struggling. And that can make them withdraw.
Learning at home can reduce that worry and give kids the room to try, fail, and learn without feeling embarrassed. They may also be more likely to recognize their weak spots and ask for help. This can help them build self-awareness, confidence, and resilience.
- New Ways to Learn Empathy
For some kids, empathy is a natural strength. For others, it’s a skill they need to learn. The pandemic creates new opportunities for kids to help others and think beyond themselves.
Checking in with an elderly neighbour, dropping off food to people who are sick, comforting friends who are feeling down. Any act of kindness your child can do builds empathy. Just knowing that this crisis impacts everyone can help kids think about how other people are struggling with it.
Shultz, J. (2020). 6 Ways the COVID Crisis Can Help Kids Build Strengths and Skills. Retrieved 28 July 2020, from https://www.understood.org/en/friends-feelings/empowering-your-child/building-on-strengths/covid-crisis-child-build-strengths?_ul=1*5v4soh*domain_userid*YW1wLW5md1BvZ000VWVnOGowNy0tZThyekE.
Remote learning has been taken to a new level with Level 4 restrictions starting this week. This has meant many more students have moved to remote learning. To support with this transition the Gilson College Learning Strategies Centre has launched a Learning Support Parent Portal Page on SEQTA. Although this is intended for parents of students with disabilities or learning difficulties, we invite all parents to check out the page and access the practical tips, resources, videos and websites. Over the coming weeks and months the page will continue to be developed to provide resources for a range of learners.
Even with the disruptions of the 2020 VCE year, our hardworking Year 12’s are staying focused on their goals for next year.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Through this week and these unprecedented times, remember to care for others. As we display our value of the week, remember to always consider the needs of the people around us. Even if it is as simple as helping a friend with their homework or messaging someone who feels sad about the state of the world, you never know what effect your good deeds will have on other people. Inspire others through your actions as we get through this, together.
Sam and Mishelle, Year 12 Secondary School Captains
All Year 10 Students and Parents will be required to attend an interview to discuss, with a Gilson College staff member, their career aspirations and the possible pathways and subject choices that are available. Students final subject selection preferences will be recorded during the interview. Online (Zoom) meeting bookings will be set up for Parents and Students in due course.
After Monday 31st August, timetabling for 2021 will commence.
After Monday 31st August, timetabling for 2021 will commence.
Stop Thief! (how to take back what COVID-19 has stolen)
by JERRY JONES on JULY 27, 2020
COVID 19 is a dirty, rotten criminal. Ironically, not even a smooth one.
It sneaked in and no one saw it coming, but it made a bunch of noise and stayed way too long. Got greedy. Got cocky. Thought it could take everything.
Got news for you COVID … you don’t get everything. Not even close.
And you’re a jerk. Nobody likes you.
Full disclosure: This post comes on the heels of weeks of self-pity and sorrow over the loss and confusion that this thief has created — head spinning and scrambling, trying to figure out what comes next. Days of feeling like all is lost.
Maybe you’re in the same boat. Like you’ve just walked in your front door and realized that your home has been ransacked.
You feel violated, vulnerable, angry, terrified.
Here are seven thoughts to help you get back what this no good, sneaky, spineless thief has taken.
- “Less than” equals more than nothing.
It has been a painful realization, but I have to settle for less this year. Less connection. Less engagement. Less quality. Less certainty. Less of the people I love and want to be spending time with.
You feel it, too.
But less is NOT nothing.
Don’t settle for the lie of “all is lost.”
Unanticipated, unchosen, undefined, homeschool is less. But it’s not nothing.
A zoom call is less. But it’s not nothing.
Social distancing, self-isolation, and even quarantine are much, much less that what I want right now. So much less than what I am used to.
But they are not nothing.
- List your losses.
Something magic happens when you get specific.
The pain gets real, but so does the beauty of what’s left.
It’s natural when you’ve been violated to focus entirely on the violation.
It demands your attention.
But taking the space to list the actual losses gives you the space to set those things aside and deal with them as they need to be dealt with.
What has actually been taken?
Connection with your people? Your job? Your graduation? Your retirement plan? Your dream wedding? An important funeral? Your summer plans? Your routine? Your plan? Your sanity?
Whatever it is. Call it out. Tag it. Set it apart from what hasn’t been taken.
Don’t give COVID credit for what it hasn’t accomplished.
- Don’t play the victim.
Thieves love a victim. That’s the whole point.
Power preys on the powerless.
The victim waits helplessly for the hero to come and rescue them.
Newsflash — this thing has impacted EVERYONE. That means that everyone needs help and everyone has the potential to help someone else.
If your ONLY focus is on seeking help then you are draining the shallow pool of resources that other people need more desperately than you.
Look around. Find a need. Meet it.
- Find your thankfuls.
Time for a full life inventory. What do you have to be thankful for? Focus your attention on that.
To be clear — finding thankfuls is NOT the same as ignoring loss. It’s not looking on the bright side. It’s not simply happy-stamping this mess and pretending like nothing bad has happened.
But a thief would love nothing more than to steal your joy — and joy is all around you.
Pick three. What are you most thankful for, even in this mess? Start your days there and see what happens.
- Box out
Sorry. Basketball reference.
Boxing out is what happens when the shot goes up and you are close to the basket. You anticipate the miss even though you have no clue what is about to happen, and you prepare yourself to grab the ball and run with it. You do everything you can to get in position for the next play.
COVID isn’t going to last forever. How are you preparing yourself for what comes next?
- Stop with the superlatives
“COVID has changed EVERYTHING!”
“NOTHING will EVER be the same!”
Stop it. Just stop it.
Focus your attention on what hasn’t changed.
Your family. Your friendships. Your people. Your places. Your values. Your routines. Your pets. The pictures on your wall. The things that make you snort laugh. Your addiction to Netflix.
Full disclosure: I caught myself on this one. COVID for me means a whole new chapter. New country, new work, new home, new school for my kids, new community, new friends, and a LOT of hard goodbyes. It was easy to say, “this changes everything”.
But that’s a lie.
A lot has changed — but not EVERYTHING.
- Find the gold
It may not feel like it at the moment, but there is very likely some beautiful bit that never would have been possible apart from this jacked-up tragedy.
Time with your family? When are you EVER going to get it like this again?
Life has come to a halt? Remember when your biggest frustration was “I’m too busy?”
Don’t minimize the loss — but don’t miss the gold nuggets.
There is no doubt that this virus has taken a lot from us. It has thrown the world into shock and the losses are huge.
Just for a moment.
Gather your bearings. Take a realistic inventory. Find the help that you need. Help someone who needs you.
And go get your stuff back.
Originally appeared on The Culture Blend
About Jerry Jones
Jerry lives in China with his beautiful blended family. He is a trainer, a speaker, an adventurer, a culture vulture and an avid people watcher. He writes about all of that at www.thecultureblend.com
- POSITIVE PARENTING
- RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS
by Michael Grose
Johan and Harry were both suspended from school for a day after willingly watching a schoolyard fight. Their school had a zero-tolerance policy toward fighting and believed that those who watched a fight were as complicit in the conflict as those engaged in the fighting.
The reactions of both sets of parents to the boys’ suspensions differed greatly. Johan’s parents supported the school’s actions and made the necessary changes to their work schedules to accommodate the suspension. Privately, they thought that the suspension may have been harsh, but as they agreed with the school’s zero tolerance approach to violence, they knew they had no option but to accept the suspension. They counselled their son against similar behaviour in future and made sure his time away from school was spent doing schoolwork.
Harry’s parents weren’t quite so supportive. Thinking that their son’s suspension was unfair, they contacted the school’s principal asking to have the suspension removed. The principal listened to their concerns however she didn’t remove the suspension. She reminded Harry’s parents of the reasons behind the school’s zero tolerance approach to fighting and urged them to support of their policy. Disappointed but obviously not deterred, Harry’s father took time off work to take his son on a fishing trip on the day of the suspension. This action showed little regard for the school’s efforts to encourage a culture of respectful relationships, as well as scant respect for the principal’s authority.
Make the most of learning moments
Both sets of parents thought that the suspension of their sons was harsh. However, only one set saw the situation as a learning experience for the son. Johan’s parents discussed with their son the place that bystanders play when violence breaks out. They reinforced the message that although it may take courage to stop a fight or bring it to the attention of teachers, it’s these sorts of actions that constitute positive leadership.
Harry’s parents couldn’t see past the injustice of the suspension and missed a great opportunity to teach their son any number of lessons. These include what he may do next time a similar incident occurs, how he might respond when he sees someone being bullied or even how to nip conflict between peers in the bud before it escalates. There are many discussions they could have had with their son due to the suspension. From an educative perspective, this was an opportunity missed.
Trust the process
Arguably, the bigger issue in this story is that just as Johan’s parents did, we parents need to trust the processes that teachers put in place at school, even when we don’t always agree. Family-school partnerships are strongest when parents stand behind the difficult decisions that teachers make, even though the wisdom behind them may not be immediately evident. Sometimes, we all have to stand back and trust a process that’s been in put in place, particularly when it’s been implemented after a great deal of thought and diligence.
Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s an award-winning speaker and the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation, and the bestselling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. Michael is a former teacher with 15 years experience, and has 30 years experience in parenting education. He also holds a Master of Educational Studies from Monash University specialising in parenting education.
Submitted by Andrea Farquharson, Wellbeing Coordinator.