Acacia Room – Junior Building
Acacia Room – Junior Building
21: Working Bee
22-26: Y10 Camps
23: SSV Primary District Softball
24: Parents and Friends Committee – Annual General Meeting
26: SSV Whittlesea Y8 Volleyball
30: Cross Country Run F-12
1: Last Day of Term 1
Optimism is a mental attitude reflecting a belief or hope that the outcome of an endeavour will be positive, favourable, and desirable.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
As a young boy I had the opportunity to read a great deal and I particularly enjoyed reading the ancient Greek and Roman myths and legends. Beginning with Aesop’s Fables, followed by many others stories that have been written and handed down through the ages, I would come across interesting little gems of wisdom.
In comparing these myths with the stories found in the Bible there are a couple of distinct differences. Firstly, the Bible claims to be true and secondly, the stories from the Bible don’t sound like fables. There is an authenticity about the Bible that sets it apart. But I digress back to the legends.
One legend that fascinated me was the supposed story about the foundation of Rome. According to the legend, Romulus and Remus were two brothers who were left to die on the banks of the River Tiber. Like most myths, there is a bit of truth and a bit of error and different versions of the story exist. In one version the twins were supposedly in a cave being suckled by a she-wolf, before being adopted by a shepherd.
As a young lad, I wondered how the twins got to be left alone, and what happened to their parents. Well, because they were unwanted, they were simply left to die. This practice was in fact not unusual in Roman times, and one could argue that Rome fell because it forgot about the big important things in life.
For most of recorded history, different societies all around the world placed a high value on human life. However, there was a time in Roman history when newborns were brought before the patriarch who determined whether the child would live or be left out to die by exposure. The Twelve tables of Roman Law required any child with disabilities to have the latter outcome. Now if the story of Romulus and Remus was true, and they were left to die by their mother, but ended up being saved by wild animals, then we have a society where humans behave far worse than the animals.
When I first read this story, I wondered how could a society be so intelligent, so advanced, so educated and yet so barbaric. Today I don’t wonder any more. Our society is losing its moral compass and many seem to think that abortion, euthanasia and a low value on life is an acceptable thing. How we treat the most vulnerable in our society is a reflection on the character of us all.
It’s worth a thought.
Mark B Vodell
Monday marked our very first fire evacuation drill at Gilson College for 2021. Our Wardens, Communications Officer & Medical Assistant donned their emergency outfits to be easily noticeable.
We were impressed with all year levels as they made their way to the evacuation zone of the oval in approximately 6 minutes. At our next practice we are hoping to get the time of evacuation under 5 minutes!!
Thank you students & staff for your organisation today.
Uniform shop bookings are now open. Please visit www.schoolinterviews.com.au and enter code eksc2 to book an appointment.
What is it and what does it do?
The Parents and Friends Committee helps the school community with “extra” functions that the school requires. The committee builds strong working relationships among parents, teachers and the school. With guidance from the Gilson Staff the committee comes up with ideas for fundraising events that aids in the school’s ability to place extra funds to help with our children’s wellbeing. In the past the committee has focussed on Furniture for the High School, the new water fountains and the tree garden near the library just to name a few.
We usually have three main fundraising events. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and one other event. Unfortunately, covid put a stop to these functions however we hope that this year we can get together as a full community again.
The Annual General Meeting is Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 6pm. Please bring masks just in case. We would like a big school involvement this year and looking forward to what we can create.
What are the benefits?
Getting involved is a great way to show your children that you take an interest in their education. It also sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause. Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community. They also show their children the importance of participating in the larger community.
Working with teachers, administrators, and other parents will help you understand your child’s daily activities. You’ll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your children as they grow and change — all without intruding on their privacy or personal space. Even if you haven’t been involved in the past, it’s never too late to start. In fact, it may be more important than ever to get involved when kids reach secondary school. All these benefits and increasing your PEP hours are just a bonus!
What positions are on the committee?
If any of these positions interest you please let us know at the meeting!
Parents and Friends Gilson Mernda Facebook Page.
This facebook page helps with any quick updates about meetings and social events.
We can’t wait for the 2021 year and see you all in the Annual General Meeting.
On Wednesday we had our first Public Information Night of the year; where people in our community visited the campus to learn about our school curriculum, beliefs and meet some staff and students. Our School Captains & helpers did a fantastic job in all aspects from school tours to answering questions. Thank you!
The Year 6 students travelled to the Bundoora Bowls Club to participate in the Division Lawn Bowls competition on Thursday 11th March. Students from Gilson College Mernda played against students from other schools in our Whittlesea Division.
The day started with students practising their lawn bowls skills with some coaching tips from members of the Whittlesea Eagles Bowling Club. Students were able to learn from the coaches how to bowl using the correct technique and had fun interacting with the lawn bowls club members. Our students had a wonderful day learning new skills and interacting with people from the local community.
The students played in teams of 4 and really improved their lawn bowls skills throughout the day. Our school came 3rd on the day. Well done to our Year 6 students.
State Swimming/National Qualifier – Congratulations to Elly (Yr 8) and Taylah Watson (Yr 9)
The 2021 Victorian Age Long Course Swimming Championships were held from the 4th– 8th March at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Elly qualified to compete in the 50m, 100m 200m and 400m freestyle events, and both Elly and Taylah qualified for freestyle and medley relay teams. It was an exciting 5 days of competition with lots of great swims and plenty of PB’s. Elly dropped 5.21 seconds off her 200m freestyle time finishing in 25th place, and 1.75 seconds off the 400m freestyle finishing in 13th place.
The highlight for both girls was being the anchor for their medley relay teams. Elly brought the 12-13 year team home swimming the freestyle in 29.70 seconds, and Taylah the 12-15 year team with a time of 29.75.
Elly has now qualified to swim at the 2021 Australian Age Swimming Championships being held on the Gold Coast during the April school holidays. She joins 3 other girls from her club to compete in the Girls 13-14 years 4 x 50m freestyle relay team.
Congratulations girls….your persistence and hard work has paid off.
The e-waste skip has now arrived and is located near the Bin area in the Village carpark
The skip will be available until 02 April 2021 to give you the opportunity to recycle small household electrical appliances.
The following items are accepted in the e-waste skip: Any small household electrical items with a cord or battery, including 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: