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Principal’s Message

Pay it Forward

“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellow-man has fulfilled the law,”
Romans 13.8

This passage suggests that we should be debt free where possible and diligent to pay our bills, loans and give credit where it is due to our fellow-man. We should be debt free, except for the debt of love.

Why should love be considered a ‘debt?’

Because Jesus, while we were unable to pay the debt for our sin, paid the debt for us. He didn’t need to do that, but did it because of his love for us. He paid it forward.

We should be like Jesus. Others are unable to pay the debt for their sin against God, and against us. We could stand in accusation against them, or we could do as Jesus did; forgive, love and pay it forward.

When you next have the opportunity to accuse someone or love someone as Jesus did, consider paying Jesus’ love forward.

When you do, you will make someone’s day and the world will shine a little brighter.

Norm Fitzgerald

Whole School

School Production

There are rumours that the 2017 school production is on its way.

It is a spin-off from last year’s production, Best Friends Forever, and set at Outpost Point Secondary College. Central characters include the notorious gangs: the Girl Gang, led by Suzy and the Bully Boys, led by Billy. You will see some new OPSC teachers and meet the new principal. The word on the ground is that she is mean to the core.

Watch out for more details early next term.

As always, it will involve the amazing acting and musical talents of students from Kinder to Year 6 and will be a night to remember.

Term 3 first days back

Taylor - School House (Red)

Hudson Taylor’s burning passion was to reach out to the Chinese people with the saving message of Jesus Christ. Through sheer hard work and absolute trust in God, he inspired thousands of men and women to leave the comforts of the West to bring the Gospel to the vast and unknown interior of China.

Hudson was born in England in 1832 to a Methodist couple fascinated with the Far East, who had prayed for their newborn, "Grant that he may work for you in China."

Years later, a teenage Hudson experienced a spiritual birth, and spent the next years in frantic preparation, studying medicine, Mandarin, and immersing himself ever deeper into the Bible and prayer.

At 21 he sailed to China, radically grew his hair and dressed as the Chinese did. Even when he could no longer be financially supported in his work, Hudson continued to pour his life out for the Chinese people.

Hudson Taylor died in 1905. Despite suffering poor health, He believed even life itself must be secondary to the work of the Gospel.


Parent/Teacher Interviews

Reports can be collected by parents when students are picked up at 2.10pm on Friday 30th June. Reports not collected will be posted that night.

Please read it carefully and commend your child on a job well done and take note of any suggestions that could improve your child’s learning in Semester Two.

Parent-Teacher interviews will be organised for early Term 3 to discuss issues raised in reports and to ensure that parents and teachers are working together to maximize their child’s learning in Second Semester.

Small Schools Cluster Cross Country at Dookie

What a way to wind up the term! The children had a great day as they joined with other small schools of the district for the annual cross country event.

Our school travelled out by bus to the CWA Park in Dookie, and there ran the course in their age groups along the historic Rail Trail. The students did us proud, with each receiving at least one ribbon.

Carey House Team - Winners

After a consistent day of running, congratulations go again to Carey House - Team Yellow, the winner of the school ‘Cup’ for their efforts in the cluster schools cross-country event.

Well done Team Carey!

Cross Country Finals

Last Wednesday 21st June, Kyle Pearce competed in the Hume Region’s Cross Country Finals with a chance to qualify for State Championships.

We are pleased to announce Kyle placed 8th in his race which means he is now off to compete in the State Finals - Well done Kyle; wishing you all the best in your next race.

Prep (Foundation)

The Foundation/Prep students have worked very hard this semester and earned a well deserved break! They have done a great job of learning to read and write their initial letters and sounds.

In Health, we have had fun making and eating simple healthy snacks and lunches. YUM. It was pleasing to see the children try different foods they had not tried before.

Suzanne Roe
Foundation Teacher

Year 1 & 2

Wow, what a huge term this has been! In Year 1/2, we are all looking forward to a well deserved break! The children have all worked so hard and I am personally so proud of how far they have come and all they have achieved so far this year.

This week, the students have enjoyed winding down the term with some maths games centered around Place Value. Understanding the value of digits in numbers and whether they represent hundreds, tens or ones is a crucial core skill for the students’ maths development and forms the solid foundation upon which they build maths skills throughout the rest of their schooling.

Leah Bosch
Year 1/2 Teacher

Senior Class

Students received their certificates for participation in the Lions Club Public Speaking Competition this year. Staff and visitors were amazed at their natural confidence in speaking before an audience. Speeches were very well prepared, rehearsed and delivered. This experience will stand them in good stead for future school endeavours and career opportunities.

Congratulations Senior Class.

Norm Fitzgerald
Senior Class Teacher

ACC Youth

Next Event

Youth will resume in Term 3 on Friday 28th July. Details in next eNews.


4 Year Old Kinder

Another fortnight has flown by quickly. The highlight has definitely been our visit to Cooinda. Once again the residents enjoyed sharing stories, helping with puzzles, drawing, playing with playdough, reading books, building with blocks and sharing morning tea together. At the end of our session we played musical instruments, sang and danced. It is lovely to see the joy that our visit brings to both the children and the residents. We are all looking forward to our next visit on Tuesday 25th July.

This fortnight has seen the introduction of our new compost bin. The children have been learning about composting, worm farming, veggie growing, recycling and what goes into the rubbish bin. They are becoming really good at looking after our environment.

Our sensory garden has finally began. We now have a very nice log that we can climb on, jump off and crawl under. The children have had a great time exploring this, making up stories and games involving the log. Thank you very much to Andrew Ham and Adrian Flett for our log. We also have a big pot of mint in our sensory garden. The children enjoyed rubbing the leaves and smelling their fingers, picking the mint and eating the mint. They were quite fascinated that the mint smelt like ‘toothpaste’.

This weeks Maths game is ‘sorting’. Collect some objects, buttons, coins, toys, cars, blocks, etc. Get the children to sort/classify these items. It can be by colour, size, shape or any other category that you can think of. The children often come up with lots of ways to classify things that we haven’t even thought of. I would love to hear what you have done and how your child has sorted things.

I hope you have a fabulous Kinder holiday and I will see you back here after the break.

Fiona Ham
4 Year Old Kinder Teacher

3 Year Old Pre-Kinder

Term 2 is over. Can you believe it? Have a great holiday and see you all next term for lots of new adventures in learning. Thanks to Claire Fitzgerald who has helped out as Assistant this semester. We look forward to Grace’s return after Maternity Leave in Term 3.

Wendy Smith
Pre Kinder Teacher


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