All secondary students to attend.
All secondary students to attend.
4-6: Y12 Study Camp
9: Secondary House Swimming Carnival
10: Primary Swimming Trials
11: Y9 L4L Hike
12: Dedication Night
Respect is an attitude of treating others how we would like to be treated. It is always followed by action. It is more than knowing what is right. It involves doing what is right.
God’s greatest demonstration of respect is that He gives us free choice. He does not force our will but respects our decisions. He deals with us with compassion and faithfulness.
“Show respect for all people, love the brothers and sisters of God’s family, respect God, honour the king. 1 Peter 2:17c
Please note Ambulance Parking out the front of Admin is not to be parked in for any longer than 1 minute, parents must stay with the car and move promptly. Thank you for your understanding.
In the 1770s England was abuzz with talk about new lands that had been discovered in the antipodes. Of course, today we know that the discovery by the English was a fairly recent event compared to the Aborigines who lived here for thousands of years.
Nonetheless, people were excited and when there was talk of a colony being established in Botany Bay the planning began. Eventually 11 ships that became known as the First Fleet, were filled with people (convicts and officers) and supplies (food, plants, seeds and equipment).
One person on that First Fleet was neither a convict nor an officer – Richard Johnson. How Richard got to be a member of the First Fleet is an incredible story. John Newton (author of Amazing Grace) and William Wilberforce (leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade) both recommended that Richard Johnson be appointed as the first chaplain. It is here that we find the Christian roots being established in a place that was known by some as Australia del Espíritu Santo – The Southland of the Holy Spirit.
Richard Johnson was not only this country’s first chaplain he also established schools and was directly involved in social welfare. For example, when the First Fleet arrived it had a mortality rate of 5.4 per cent. However, when the Second Fleet arrived with a mortality rate of 40 per cent there is little wonder why it was called ‘The Death Fleet’. And Richard Johnson was there at the docks and the first on board to provide assistance to the sick and dying. Richard’s love for people also extended to the aborigines and they understood and respected him all the more when he gave his daughter an aboriginal name – Milbah.
Today, if you have the opportunity to stand on the corner of Hunter and Bligh streets in Sydney you will be surrounded by skyscrapers, but back on the 3rd February 1788, you would have first heard the sound of the Kookaburra in the gum trees. That same morning, Richard Johnson held the first Christian service on this continent and what did he preach on? The monument that is there today tells us that he turned to Psalms 116:12 and raised the question for the early colonists – “What shall I return to the Lord for all that He has done for me?”
It’s a great question and in this country, we have been so blessed and yet we are in danger of losing sight of our Christian roots and our moral compass. So, at the beginning of a new year I too ask – what can you give the Lord?
It’s worth a thought.
Mark B Vodell
Under the direction of Cassandra Preston and the P & F team, we have been able to raise funds to purchase and install 2 new filtered water fountains for our campus. These have been placed near the Junior building and near the Library/Middle School building. Thank you to our school families for your generous contributions to make this possible.
Our school bus service for school runs is up and running as of next week. Families within the route decided upon have already been contacted and we are excited to introduce Gavan Murphy, our bus driver, to you. Seats are limited for this service, all considerations have been made.
Apologies to those that missed out this time. This is an ongoing process and we will inform you of any changes. Thank you.
E-waste recycling made easy at Gilson College Mernda
To make recycling e-waste easy, we will be hosting an e-waste recycling skip from 12 March – 2 April 2021 to give you the opportunity to get rid of your unwanted E-waste. E-waste refers to any household appliance with a battery or cord.
When the skip arrives, you can put any small household electrical items with a cord or battery into it, such as: televisions, computers, laptops, tablets, printers, faxes, scanners, copiers, keyboards, speakers, monitors, gaming consoles, modems, set top boxes, routers, server, vacuum cleaners, toasters, hair dryers, hi-fi equipment, video and DVD players, electronic toys and other household electronic appliances.
What will NOT be accepted in the skip:
To get rid of whitegoods such as fridges, freezers and microwaves, book a free collection by phoning Kids off the Kerb on 9982 5600.
From 1 July 2019, the Victorian Government will introduce a ban on the disposal of e-waste to landfill which means e-waste can no longer be put in your bins at home. Take this opportunity to get rid of any unwanted e-waste items easily through our school.
Even the rain on our Friday couldn’t squash the first day excitement. Welcome back to 2021. We are so happy to have our students back and look forward to discovering the joys 2021 has to offer as we explore our theme of Gods Perfect Promise!
This week Mr Vodell taught our Year 6 Captains how to treat our flags with respect and how to raise them up the flagpoles. This task is part of the role of being a captain at Gilson College.
This week in Encounter, Year 3 students discussed the many gifts that God gives us. When we accept and use our gifts (activate them), they overflow to others, just as a coke bottle does when we shake it up.
A huge Thank You to all of our parents who attended this weeks Parent Information Night. The evening was very informative and outlined classroom processes and expectations. Thank you to our fabulous teachers for your dedication to sharing insights with our parent body.
This term Y9/10 STEM students are looking at structures. They spent their first class this week using spaghetti and marshmallows to complete different activities based on this topic.
Our public art collection consists of more than 90 works created by contemporary artists in a variety of formats and materials. These installations explore and respond to themes such as local history, identity and the natural environment. The Public Art Tour comprises a selection of these artworks, which include but are not limited to sculptures, murals, mosaics, art trails and street furniture, located in parks, shopping precincts, community and leisure centres throughout the municipality.
Seeking Community Feedback – Draft Waste Strategy
Council’s Waste and Recycling Team are seeking community feedback on The City of Whittlesea’s Towards Zero Waste Draft Strategy 2021-2030. The Strategy aims to guide the community towards a zero waste city in the next ten years and has been influenced by state and national waste targets and planned state-wide reforms to household recycling services. Give your feedback on the proposed action plan, overall vision and direction on waste management by completing the 5-minute survey which will remain open until Sunday, 28 February 2021.
To view the Strategy and complete our survey, please visit Have your say or on FB:https://www.facebook.com/CityOfWhittlesea/photos/a.591865880921299/3651930014914855
If you would like to receive a printed copy of the survey, complete the survey over the phone or have any queries or comments, please email Council’s Waste & Recycling team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9217 2170.