Information for new families interested in Gilson College Mernda.
Information for new families interested in Gilson College Mernda.
8: Public Holiday – Labour Day
10-12: Y5 Camp – Sovereign Hill
10-12: Y9 Camp – Fryers Ranges
16: Primary Regional Swimming Carnival
17: Public Information Night
21: Working Bee
Confidence is a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.” Peter McIntyre
“I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Back in the 1990s there were a series of advertisements about a shampoo that included the memorable line: “it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.” It was designed to let the public know that sometimes things happen gradually or maybe so slowly that you don’t notice the change that is taking place.
Recently our world has changed rapidly and we’ve all noticed the big differences in our lives. We now have expressions like ‘COVID normal’ as a part of our language and questions being asked about whether we will ever get back to ‘pre-COVID’ times.
As I observe global events, sometimes I note that the language we hear doesn’t always match the situations we observe. For example, in the United States there is a lot of talk about unity and yet the country is more divided now than any time since their Civil War (1861-1865). Here in Australia, I sometimes see similar things where the language does not appear to match the reality.
In 1933 Adolf Hitler’s party known as the National Socialists were voted into power and then things began to change. Books were burned, he told the newspapers what they could print and what they could leave out, he persecuted Christians and began his horrific treatment of the Jews. He enforced a boycott against businesses owned by Jews, banned them from Government jobs and prevented them from getting health insurance. As we know from history things got far worse. But the thing that I find interesting is that it began with mocking, ridicule and sarcasm and it ended with a holocaust.
In the early 1900s, Germany was the second most industrialised country in the world and considered one of the most civilised and educated in history. And yet in 1934, 90% of voters gave Hitler his power. That tells me that education and wealth are not sufficient to stop evil; and that the majority is not always right. Something more is needed.
In the last book of the Old Testament written about 450 years before Christ, the prophet Malachi wrote that God said: “I am the Lord, I change not (Mal. 3:6); he then continued by predicting that the Messiah would come. The New Testament reveals the Messiah, and the book of Hebrews written about 65 years after Christ states, “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8). In a world that lacks stability and love – we need God.
So, what is He like?
The Good Book describes the Creator God as love (1 John 4:8) and when God met Moses on the mountain, He described Himself as: The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression (Ex. 34:6, 7a).
That’s not a bad business card! Perhaps one to hang on to and put in a safe place. Because the only predictable thing today is that our world is more unpredictable than ever before. But in the middle of our mess God is certain. If you spend time getting to know Him, your life will change.
It’s worth a thought.
Mark B Vodell
As of Monday 1st March, our pickup procedure has changed. Please note your new pickup locations. There will be no pickup outside reception.
Secondary (7-12) – ‘The Village’ Car Park
Secondary students (7-12) who do not have any primary siblings will be picked up at ‘The Village’ Car Park from the deck area at ‘The Village’.
Families (F-12 who have older siblings) – ‘The Village’ Car Park
Foundation – Year 12 students who have siblings in Year 4-12 will be collected by the oldest primary sibling and will wait at ‘The Village’ car park in front of the steps near the pedestrian crossing.
Senior Primary (4-6) – ‘The Village’ Car Park
Year 4 – Year 6 students will wait at ‘The Village’ car park in front of the steps near the pedestrian crossing.
Junior Primary (F-3) – The Visitors Top Car Park (near the Primary entry gate)
Foundation – Year 3 students will wait with their classes along the outer circle of the Drop & Go Zone where the bollards are.
From Monday 1st March students will NO longer be picked up from the front of Reception.
If you have any questions please contact Reception.
Uniform shop bookings are now open. Please visit www.schoolinterviews.com.au and enter code eksc2 to book an appointment.
Early in Term 1 selected students from Year 4-6 participated in the Gilson Swimming Trials at Splash in Craigieburn. Students who came first in the races at our Gilson Swimming Trials progressed to compete at the Bridge Inn North District Swimming Carnival.
Fourteen very excited and slightly nervous students attended the Bridge Inn North District Primary Swimming Carnival on Thursday 25th February. The top students from schools in our local Bridge Inn District competed against each other for places at the Whittlesea Division swimming event.
It was very exciting that Allegra in Year 4 came first in the 10 Year Old Girls Freestyle as well as the 10 Year Old Girls Backstroke races. Luke in Year 5 qualified to compete at the Whittlesea Division Swimming Carnival in the 11 Year Old Boys Butterfly race by coming 1st in his event.
On Tuesday 2nd March Allegra in Year 4 and Luke in Year 5 participated in the Whittlesea Division Swimming Carnival at Northcote Aquatic and Leisure Centre at Northcote. A BIG congratulations to Allegra who came first in the 10 Year Old Girls Freestyle as well as the 10 Year Old Girls Backstroke races Allegra will progress to compete at the Northern Regional Swimming Competition on Tuesday 16th March at WaterMarc in Greensborough. Well done and congratulations to Luke who came third in the 11 Year Old Boys Butterfly race.
An ENORMOUS thank you to our parent helpers for assisting with the swimming carnivals this term.
On the 22nd of February the senior students went to play SS volleyball. However, upon arrival we received the news that we were not enrolled to play. We were all disappointed that we could not play because we were looking forward to working as a team and having fun.
The rest of the day however was not as disappointing, because we still had an abundance of fun by playing badminton, volleyball or basketball independent from the volleyball event. We also went to the playground, and though we are seniors I guess at heart we still have that child in us so we very much enjoyed our time there.
We finished off with a good lunch at Subway and headed back for Chapel. Overall, though we didn’t get to play we still had an amazing day. Thank you Mr Bergman for taking us.
We have been learning about Faith in Y9 and Yash created a movie about what he learnt.
Please click the link below if you would like to see it.