Queen’s Birthday Holiday
Last day of Term 2
14: Queen’s Birthday Holiday
22: PT Interviews (Foundation Only)
25: Last day of Term 2
12: First day of Term 3
The Value for Week 8 is:
Justice is doing what is right and in the best interests of people, especially those people who are exploited, disadvantaged, or who have no voice of their own.
“Learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:17
“If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.”
Many years ago, Hollywood produced a film about a large group of prisoners of war escaping from a German POW camp. It became famous for its scenes that involved a motorcycle chase that included a jump over barbed wire fences. It didn’t end well with most escapees being recaptured.
War and the incarceration of combatants has left us with numerous stories of heroic escapes. Many years ago, I took the opportunity to travel into communist East Germany and then to Checkpoint Charlie, the most famous crossing point between East and West Berlin. As I made my way into East Berlin, I recall feeling a strange sense of oppression that also manifested itself on the faces of people who lived and worked behind the Berlin Wall.
In my library today I have a book that documents the many and creative ways that people used to escape from behind the wall. Some were successful and others were tragically unsuccessful. Freedom – it has been for some people a rare and highly prized goal. It inspired the Strelzyk and Wetzel families to use a home-made hot air balloon to escape from East to West Germany and you can watch the heart-thumping film entitled ‘Night Crossing.’ It’s one of the few times where I recommend the movie over the book.
To be imprisoned can be a challenging thing for those who have done wrong. Imagine how much more challenging for those who have been wrongfully imprisoned. Here in Australia, we have the Lindy Chamberlain story which involved one of the most high-profile miscarriages of justice our country has known. For those of us who are familiar with the dingo – there never was any doubt, and all the local aborigines knew quite clearly the capacity of canis lupus dingo.
In the United States they have the Richard Phillips story, where he spent over 45 years in a Michigan prison for a murder that someone else committed. Phillips was finally freed in just 2017.
Then there was Colin Campbell Ross who was executed in 1922 for a murder he did not commit. Ross has the distinction of being the only person in Australian legal history to receive a pardon after execution. He was finally exonerated in 2008, which, unfortunately, was a little too late to save him from the hangman in Old Melbourne Gaol.
Freedom – it’s something that is often taken for granted, but very obvious in its absence. Two thousand years ago, Jesus stated that ‘the truth will sent you free’ (John 8:32) and a little later he claimed to be ‘the way, the truth and the life’ (John 14:6). Today we live in a sin-polluted world, where everyone does what is right in their own eyes and consequently finds themselves slaves to their ideologies or appetites. Each one of us can make the greatest of all escapes by connecting to the Man who promised freedom.
It’s worth a thought.
Mark B Vodell
From eSafety Australian parent online safety advice pdf found at https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents
1 Build an open trusting relationship around technology — keep communication open and supportive so your child knows they can come to you if something goes wrong or does not feel right online.
2 Co-view and co-play with your child online. This will help you better understand what they are doing and why they enjoy an app, game or website, as well as providing a great opportunity to start conversations about online safety.
3 Build good habits and help your child to develop digital intelligence and social and emotional skills — such as respect, empathy, critical thinking, responsible behaviour and resilience — and practice being good online citizens.
4 Empower your child — wherever possible, help them make wise decisions for themselves, rather than telling them what to do. Try to provide them with strategies for dealing with negative online experiences that will build their confidence and resilience.
5 Use devices in open areas of the home — this can help you manage and be aware of who your child interacts with online through phones, tablets, smart TVs, gaming consoles and other connected devices.
6 Set time limits that balance time spent in front of screens with offline activities — a family technology plan can help you to manage expectations around where and when technology use is allowed — you could even fill in an Early Years Family Tech Agreement.
7 Know the apps, games and social media sites your kids are using, making sure they are age-appropriate, and learn how to limit messaging or online chat and location-sharing functions within apps or games, as these can expose your child to unwanted contact and disclose their physical location. For more advice The eSafety Guide includes information to help parents and carers choose safer apps and report and block unwanted contact and sexual approaches.
8 Check the privacy settings on the games and apps your child is using and make sure their profiles are turned on to the strictest privacy setting. Restrict who can contact your child or ask them to check in with you before accepting new friends.
9 Use available technologies to set up parental controls on devices that can filter harmful content, monitor your child’s use and limit or block their time on connected devices or functions (e.g. cameras, in-app purchases).
10 Be alert to signs of distress and know where to go for more advice and support. Report harmful online content to eSafety at esafety.gov.au/report. Contact a free parent helpline or one of the other many great online counselling and support services for help. Kids, teens and young adults can contact Kids Helpline online or by phone on 1800 551 800 and the service also provides guidance for parents.
Lower Primary students joined in a Zoom cook up of “Walking Tacos” and “Apple Donuts” (Hint: Walking Tacos are an open packet of corn chips. Into the packet, add grated carrot, cheese and cucumber, plus a spoon of sour cream and some sweet chilli sauce! Apple Donuts are crossways slices of apple, cored to remove seeds, and spread with either peanut butter, cream cheese or honey, and topped with nuts, sprinkles, blueberries or coconut.)
A great effort in the kitchen with some Year 6 students on their Wednesday afternoon Zoom cookup – a no-bake recipe called “Awesome Energy Slice”!
This week’s value – Justice!
Many thanks to Michael for putting this together for his homeroom presentation on Justice.
Our Year 8 Cooking class did a mystery cook last week:
From their pantries.
Made with just four ingredients.
Using their imagination.
They only found out their info in the morning and couldn’t go shopping. We have had some amazing entries in our competition.