Final payment date for Term 1 fees.
21: Working Bee
22: SSV Whittlesea Division Senior Volleyball
23-26: Y9 Buangor Camp
26: Term 1 Fees Due
26: SSV Whittlesea Division Swimming Carnival
1-3: Y8 Kyneton Camp
4: Dedication Night
The Value for Week 4 is:
Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficulties.
Resilient people have a positive mindset and can problem solve. They recognise that mistakes and disappointments happen but we can learn and grow from them.
“Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.” Mary Holloway
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Nelson Mandela
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity but of power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Currently, wearing masks indoors is mandatory for everyone over the age of 12 years. Students need to bring their own masks from home. Any student over 12 years old who does not have a mask will have to buy one from reception for 50 cents.
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.
If you are wishing to pick up your children early, please notify reception at least 15 minutes in advance so that we can have them ready for you and avoid disruptions to the class.
Some time ago I came across David J Pollay’s ‘The Law of The Garbage Truck’ where he tells of an incident where he and his taxi-driver almost had an accident on the way to the airport. Rather than giving the same type of abuse he inexplicably received from the guilty party, Pollay’s innocent taxi-driver responded with a wave and a smile.
Similarly written almost 3000 years ago, Proverbs 15:1 state that ‘a gentle answer turns away wrath’ and yet I believe it’s easier to talk or write about this, as opposed to actually doing this!
Today’s society has a way of turning our lives into ‘pressure cooker’ situations. So, what is it that you do to ensure that life is kind to yourself and those that you love? Do you stop and take stock of where you’re at with you and your family?
Some years ago, I drove into a shopping centre with my family and every ‘man and his dog’ was there shopping – consequently finding a parking spot was no easy task. Finally, we came across another family that appeared to be packing their car with their purchases and would soon leave. As we sat and waited for the car space, the father noticed our presence and then began to encourage his family members to move more quickly. Regrettably things did not move fast enough for his satisfaction and in his attempts to not keep us waiting too long, he then began to speak angrily to his family.
For us it was embarrassing.
As he drove off, he smiled and waved but I noticed there was no-one else in the car that was smiling. I remember saying to my wife, that she had my permission to kick me in the kneecap if I should ever do something like that to my family.
I have reflected on the incident and my knees are ok, but I wondered how one can show their consideration to people they don’t know and possibly will never know, and yet at the same time be so inconsiderate to one’s own family.
I think the ‘Law of the Garbage Truck’ applies to all the people that we come in contact with. Strangers, (those in the College carparks and traffic) well as our own families.
It’s worth a thought
Mark B Vodell
Mrs Jessica Beattie
Introducing Mrs Jessica Beattie who is known to our College as a previous casual relief teacher however in 2021 Mrs Beattie has joined our team as the Music and Drama teacher for Years 7 – 10, including leading our choir and chapel band. She was born at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and attended Essendon Keilor College. Following her school years she completed her Bachelor of Music (performance at Australian Catholic University (ACU).
For adventure and fun Mrs Beattie enjoys riding horses in new locations, reading good books with coffee and quiet, beach runs, freezing ocean swims and song writing until her fingers ache.
Mrs Beattie also enjoys getting deeper into Greek and Hebrew translations of the Bible. Included in her many interests are the Bible and exegesis and scientific discoveries that blow evolution of the water!
Mrs Beattie has a young family with both her daughters attending the College. She enjoys road trips and holidays with her wonderful family.
One interesting fact about Mrs Beattie is that she was on Australian Idol. We are pleased to have Mrs Beattie on our team in 2021 and welcome her to our Gilson College community.
Mrs Raelene Delvin
Introducing Mrs Raelene Delvin who is our Head of Campus, one her roles as Head of campus is also the wellbeing coordination. Mrs Delvin has been part of the Gilson College community for the past 11 years as the Head of Primary at our Taylors Hill campus.
Mrs Delvin was born in South-Africa and immigrated to Australia with her family when she was two and a half. She grew up in Newcastle NSW where she attended Hamilton Adventist School from Kindy – Year 8 for Years 9 – 12 she attended Irrawang High school before attending Avondale College (now Avondale University College) to complete a Bachelor of Education (Primary). Later Mrs Delvin furthered her study to complete a Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration through Deakin University.
Mrs Delvin has been an educator for the past 20 years; her experiences include teaching Foundation – 6 in various combinations as well as leadership positions. She commenced her career teaching 32 Year 1 students in Manchester in the UK and has also worked in schools in NSW and Victoria.
Mrs Delvin’s dream was always to work with children in some capacity, she considers it a blessing and honor to work in a Christian school sharing the story of God’s great love for each of us. As a leader and teacher to see students learn, grow and thrive is richly rewarding and to be part of the learning journey of students is a privilege.
For adventure Mrs Delvin enjoys travelling with her family and friends. Her most memorable travel destinations include going on safari in South Africa, backpacking around Italy, visiting the Grand Canyon and spending time on Kangaroo Island in South Australia.
Mrs Delvin enjoys reading, visiting botanic and private gardens, gardening and road trips around Australia. She also enjoys musicals and live theatre and spending time with her family and friends. One fun fact about Mrs Delvin is that she likes to collect antique and vintage brooches.
We welcome Mrs Delvin to our school community.
Mrs Natasha Veld
Mrs Veld is a Mental Retardation Nurse and Counsellor.
She has managed many government and non-government services within Disability services, family and youth welfare services and as a trainer in the TAFE sector, courts, prisons and non-government organisation in Intellectual disabilities and mental health.
Her passion is in wellbeing and counselling. Mrs Veld loves talking and meeting people which, as a counsellor fits her interests of helping students talk and express themselves openly in a safe environment that is free from judgement. In a world where we are constantly judged by others, it is nice for students to be listened to and understood.
Mrs Veld says “The best thing about my role is that I have the opportunity to be part of a student’s life in such a powerful way and build such strong connections, relationships and really get to know students.”
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:
- Any whitegoods – refrigerators, freezers, dish washers, washing machines, clothes dryers and microwaves.
- Solar panels
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.
Last week we were thrilled to commence our Gilson College Mernda Bus Service. The first week all ran smoothly and students did well in being ready for when the bus arrived. Our Bus Driver Gavan Murphy was more than happy to sit down for a brief ‘get to know you’ session and had the following to share:
Stop by Reception on Wednesday next week to purchase some delicious pesticide free sun ripened blueberries that have been hand picked by Marcia Christian.
Fundraising funds will go towards hurricane victims from Fiji. These cost $13 for 500g and $4 for 125g – please note that no change is available. Thank you for your support!
Fourteen very excited students participated in our Gilson College Primary Swimming Trials on Wednesday 10th February at Splash in Craigieburn. The winners in each swimming race progress to compete in the upcoming Bridge Inn North Swimming Carnival which is on Thursday 25th February at WaterMarc in Greensborough.
We wish our Primary Swimming team all the very best as they compete at the District level of competition next week.
An ENORMOUS thank you to our parent helpers for assisting at the Gilson Primary Swimming Trials.
Last week the Year 9 Learning4Life program officially kicked off for 2021 with their first outdoor experience, a day walk through Werribee Gorge and dinner and a Calling Ceremony on top of Mt Macedon.
The students departed school with excitement and enthusiasm and a small amount of nervousness. We enjoyed the spectacular terrain and scenery that the Gorge has to offer, learning about rock formations and local flora and history. The students delighted in their time through the Gorge and while the day was challenging to some it was rewarding for all.
Once at Mt Macedon, we shared a delicious meal and relaxed before taking a short walk to the memorial cross at sunset. The weather put a slight damper on our time at the cross but the students showed resilience as they listened to a short worship and ‘The Calling’. The Calling is a passage inviting the students to undertake and commit to a journey of personal growth and development this year.