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The Value for Week 9 is:
Fairness is the quality of making judgements that are free from discrimination, favouritism or bias.
“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.”
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair,”
And so, begins Charles Dickens famous 1859 novel about Paris and London entitled ‘A Tale of Two Cities’. Set during the time of the French revolution and a reign of terror that produced massacres and public executions, a major theme of the book is resurrection. For example, someone who was thought to be dead was actually alive and eventually gets to be reunited with their family.
Comparing cities has a very long history. In Australia, there has been generations of rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney. It began prior to federation when the colonies had different approaches to economics. New South Wales was supportive of free trade and Victoria with its tariffs and protectionist policies would not agree to this approach. This led to disputes about where the capital should be located, and Canberra, built on some of the best wheat and sheep land, is the result.
Now over a 100 years later we can still write a story about Sydney and Melbourne rivalry. I might add that it could include questions such as; How is it that Sydney can accept over 50% of all international arrivals, manage the nasty Ruby Princess outbreak and yet have no state-wide or even city-wide lockdowns? Meanwhile Melbourne which has accepted only 12% of arrivals has had over 160 days of lockdown. Why is this? But I digress!
City rivalries exists all around the world: Ballarat or Bendigo, Dehli or Mumbai, Edinburgh or Glasgow, New York or Los Angeles, Tokyo or Osaka. However, there is a city rivalry that goes back thousands of years.
Two cities frequently mentioned in the Bible, first literally and later symbolically, are Jerusalem and Babylon. We are first introduced to Babylon in Genesis where we find it is the enemy of God, and throughout the Old Testament literal Babylon is a constant threat to God’s people and eventually their city and region is destroyed and the inhabitants are taken into captivity. Psalms 137 is the story of those captives by the rivers of Babylon weeping as they remember Jerusalem. For those familiar with the music of the 1970s you may recall Boney M’s version of the ‘Rivers of Babylon’.
On the other hand, Jerusalem became a symbol for the people of God. The rivalry and war between these two cities began in Genesis and continues throughout the Bible. By the time we reach Revelation we discover that both Babylon and Jerusalem are used symbolically and we read that Babylon will fall and a new Jerusalem will be established when the earth is made new again.
These two cities are a way of summarising the Bible and earth’s history. It’s a story of how good will one day overcome evil, and how justice will finally prevail. Rather than being distracted by city rivalry that may be based on sporting team allegiances, we should align ourselves with those in God’s ‘city’ and declare our membership with Him. The promises of resurrection and life will then be understood and enjoyed by all who are connected to the Creator God. It will be ‘the best of times.’
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.
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