Welcome back to KCS, I’m confident that we are all ready for an exciting Term 3 learning experience. It is my hope that everyone has had a restful and rejuvenating three-week break. I’ve heard from a variety of sources that the trend was to ‘go north’, one that I also participated in. It was lovely to ‘defrost’ in the warmth and spend special time with family. We often see memes, quotes and articles about people coming into their twilight years and reflecting back on their lives and the general consensus frequently is; it’s not about how big your house is, what car you drive or how expensive your belongings are; it’s about the relationships you have and the people you have positively impacted and blessed. Spending time with family and friends is such an important thing to do. When we become a parent this fact is indeed highlighted, I remember thinking after the birth of my first child, that I never realised the great depth of my mum’s love for me, until I became a mother myself.
While driving north in the first week of the holidays I recall seeing many of the ‘RUOK’ blue painted trees. I’d like to take this opportunity to remind us all to check in with people we care about but may not have touched base with recently. Given that we are created to be social creatures, some may be struggling with reduced social opportunities or that their church has not yet reopened. A simple phone call, text or even snail mail can let them know they are not alone, and that someone cares. I took the opportunity to send a few postcards while I was on holidays, something I’ve not done for a very long time, and was surprised at how greatly received they were by the recipients.
The staff have been busy during the holidays preparing for the term of work and devising ways to engage the students in learning more about the amazing world we live in. It is our hope that the students return to us with an air of expectation and excitement so they can make the most of each and every learning opportunity that has been planned.
Monday July 27th is allocated by SCEA as pupil free, and we have scheduled our Parent and Teacher Interviews for this day. Thank you to all the staff and parents that are making good use of this time to catch up on student progress and discussing plans for the second half of the year. Please keep in mind that this is not the only opportunity for you to chat to teachers about your child’s progress, they are more than happy to meet with you at other times throughout the year. Term 3 will be a busy term, with the excitement of carnivals, Edu-Dance for the Pre-primary to Year 6 students, Book Week and more! I’m personally very excited about the Edu-Dance Performance Assembly scheduled for the last day of term, it is a highly energetic and colourful way to end a term.
To finish, and return to my encouragement to check in on others, the Bible instructs us time and time again:
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
I wish each of you a spectacular start to the school term, some great sleep over the weekend in preparation for the Tuesday rush to get kids into uniforms, lunches sorted and bags packed in an effort to be at school by 8:30am. We are all in this together, remember to reach out if you need help.
Abundant blessings to you all