First day of Term 3
12: CANCELLED – Pupil Free Day
12: First day of Term 3
13: PT Interviews
16: Term 3 Fees due (with 4% discount)
The Value for Week 10 is:
Acceptance means to take or receive something or someone in a favourable way.
God loves and accepts us despite our faults and failures. We should all accept and encourage each other despite our differences.
“And remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” E K Brough
“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.” Romans 15:5-7
12 JULY – PUPIL FREE DAY CANCELLED
Please note that the pupil free day scheduled for 12 July has been postponed.
Term 3 will commence on Monday 12 July. All students are expected to attend school on this day.
Semester 1 reports will be released this afternoon (Friday 25 June). Parent/Teacher Interviews will occur on Tuesday 13 July. A booking link will be sent to families next week.
According to the Guinness book of records, the loudest shout was an ear-tingling 121.7 decibel effort from an Irish teacher by the name of Miss Flanagan in 1994. Apparently, Miss Flanagan assured parents that her special skill is not used in the classroom!
The loudest outdoor scream by a crowd was recorded in 2005 by a scout group in Finland and was measured at 127.2 dBA. While the loudest sound ever created by humans is said to be the disastrous and unfortunate bomb blasts over Nagasaki and Hiroshima at around 250 dBA.
However, the loudest sound ever recorded was on August 27th 1883, when the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa exploded and sent shock waves that travelled around the globe three times! An entire island mountain that measured just under a kilometre high no longer existed and the sound of the explosion was heard in Perth, Australia (3,100 km) and Rodrigues an outer island of Mauritius (4,800km). The sound was calculated to be 310 dBA and anyone within 100 kilometres risked broken eardrums and permanent deafness. An island around 16 kilometres away with 3000 locals was later found to have no life on it all. No people, no animals, no vegetation! Tragically, the blast only left the dirt and rocks in place.
In the Bible there is the story of Elijah on Mt Carmel. This is located in northern Israel and today it overlooks the present-day city of Haifa. It was on this mountain that the stand-off between the 450 prophets of Baal and Elijah representing the one, true, creator God took place.
Following this encounter, Elijah fled south to Beersheba on the southern border of Israel, where he took refuge in a cave and became quite depressed. After some time, God visited his prophet and asked him to stand at the entrance of the cave. In 1 Kings 19:11-12, we read that God passed by and massively strong winds tore the mountain and rocks apart. But God was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but God was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire, but God was not in the fire. After the fire, there was a still, small voice and Elijah wrapped his face in the mantle and went to talk with God.
I find it interesting that the all-powerful, God of creation chooses quietness, silence and peace to connect with mankind. Today you can hear many voices – some are loud and others are not. Recently in Queensland 443 people signed a petition to have prayer removed from their state Parliament. Meanwhile, Christians quietly presented another petition with 5,355 signatures requesting that the Parliament retain prayer.
Today there are many voices all vying to be the loudest. But can I suggest that while the Christian voice does need to be heard, it should not be noisily, or with great pomp and ceremony. Rather we can simply be like our God – quiet, but unmistakably clear in amongst the confusion. ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord.’ Zechariah 4:6
It’s worth a thought.
Mark B Vodell
Hi! My name is Bussy McBusface, AKA the Gilson Mernda School Bus. This term has been a busy time serving the students at Mernda. My primary duty focused upon the daily duty of safely carrying students to and from school. Additionally, I have also been called upon to transport students to and from camp, on various excursions and to sporting events, and even during lockdown to deliver and pickup exam papers, while continuing to ferry those students whose parents were essential workers.
Like all good school buses, I am required to undergo an intensive medical each year, and after being shaken to check my suspension, and prodded and poked all over (those mechanics can be really rough, and they look in all my private places!!) I came home with a clean bill of health. What a relief! I do not need to go back for another year.
Proudly I can boast that the school pickup has now grown to 14 students this term, but I still have plenty of space, so feel free to ask to ride with me if you live in Mernda or Doreen. My current passengers are a great group, and it is amazing to see the harmony that has developed. I carry students from Year 1 to Year 11, and admire how they interact. The young ones are never overwhelmed by their seniors, and the respect from the seniors toward the younger members is heartening.
Anyway, I must away now as I need to get a new facemask (windscreen) before the end of term, as my driver (Gavan) carelessly did not avoid a stone thrown up from another car, and that left me with a fracture that needs repair.
Remember “The wheels on the bus go round and round” – See you all next term.