Easter Exchange with Redeemer Lutheran College, Biloela


In Term 1, the Year 3 classes participated in an Easter letter exchange with Redeemer Lutheran College, Biloela. The students carefully prepared a letter and Easter craft for the classes at Redeemer and posted it off. Then they eagerly awaited the exchange letters to arrive in the mail. The Year 3 students were so excited to open their individual letters and learn about the way in which children live in Biloela. It was very interesting to discuss the similarities and differences of living in a country town in Queensland. We look forward to continuing this relationship in the future. Samantha Fulcher, Teacher read more

Music news


Private Tuition Timetables Timetables have been distributed by private tutors during the holidays and lessons will be commencing in Week 1. Should you be considering terminating lessons, please be reminded of the four-week termination period, which is part of the enrolment conditions. Please note that, due to Inter-house Cross Country being held on Thursday, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion lessons will commence next week (26 April). Private Tuition Recitals All students enrolled in the Private Tuition Program are encouraged to participate in the Recitals held during May. This is a wonderful way for students to showcase their learning and progress to family and friends, in a supportive environment. These recitals will be held on Thursday 31 May, according to year levels. Information letters will be distributed to parents via private tutors during the next few weeks. Year 8 Production Our Year 8 students are working towards their Production, to be held in the first week of Term 3. In preparation for this, they were privileged to participate in a workshop with Julian Curtis during the last week of Term 1. Julian is an experienced actor and workshop facilitator, who works in Australia and overseas in live theatre and film. He is a graduate of NIDA and presents workshops throughout Australia on acting skills and scriptwriting. During his workshop students were introduced to a variety of Drama activities designed to promote focus and confidence, before focussing on the ‘how, when, where and why’ of character development and portrayal through the use of open-ended mini-scripts. During this term, students will be creating their own scripts during English lessons with Mr Wingett, and will be composing songs during Music lessons with Ms Grennan. Sally Grennan, Teacher read more

Ash Wednesday


Is it coincidence that Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent – and Valentine’s Day fall on the same day? Yes, of course, it is, because 14 February is a Wednesday this year. At first, I laughed about it. I overheard people at school suggesting, ‘Why don’t we skip Ash Wednesday this year and focus on Valentine’s Day?’ And it suddenly dawned on me that there is a message to be discovered in this shared date. The meanings of the two different celebrations are deeply interwoven: Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, a time in which we reflect on the suffering of Christ. His suffering though, was the consequence of Jesus’s conviction that God’s love is beyond our human ability. While we are often quick to exclude others, to judge and distinguish between those who belong and those who don’t, God welcomes, embraces and accepts each and every person. Jesus lived and breathed what he deeply believed – and paid the ultimate price. He was mocked and laughed at. Indeed, even today we could ask what sort of world would we have if we, like Jesus, would trust words more than weapons and power; if people would care for the environment more than accumulating wealth by exploiting its resources; if we would listen to one another, trying to understand and build a common foundation of respect and love for one another rather than mistrusting, competing with one another and judging each other; if we would build bridges rather than walls? Celebrating Valentine’s Day on Ash Wednesday may challenge us to reflect on love as a gift, a gift which allows both the lover and the beloved to blossom. We feel safe with the one who loves us, accepted, cherished. But to learn that we are loved, and to believe it, requires that we can see, grasp and feel it. In the same way, to declare your love for someone you need to do something; the one you love longs to hear that affirmation, longs to feel and see your love for them. Like Jesus who did not just declare God’s love for us but stood firm even when others mocked and laughed at him, even when their anger turned violent. He endured, declaring to the world that we are and remain God’s Valentine, even if it cost him dearly! It can still be daring to hold firm the belief that love conquers fear and death. It is certainly challenging and takes courage to live out what we believe: that God’s love calls us to withstand everything that clouds that message and to become who we are: beloved people who are called to share the love of God with all. Celebrating Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day on the same day can turn out to be a wonderful gift to us all, serving as a reminder that we are God’s Valentine, that he claims each and every one as his beloved – the truth for which Jesus risked his life!  Silke Moolman, Chaplain read more

Prep book presentation


Our 2018 Prep students received a wonderful book from Councillor Sheila Ireland on behalf of the Ipswich City Council. The book is called Best Friends Forever and encourages our young students to be responsible for their pets. Debbie West-McInnes, Head of Primary read more

Palms and crosses


This coming Sunday is observed as Palm Sunday in many churches across the world. We recall Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, welcomed and hailed by crowds like a king (Mark 11:1–11). But the shouts of ‘Hosanna’ quickly turned into ‘crucify!’ when Jesus didn’t fulfil the expectations of the crowds. They were looking for a strongman, but he came as servant, they wanted the Roman overlords to be challenged, he challenged their own religious system, they wanted glory, he came in humility. And so, by Friday he hangs on a cross, jeered by the crowd. I suppose it’s an experience we occasionally share – one day, the cool guy or girl… the next, shunned and condemned. One day, the political newcomer to change the world; next day, in a forgotten backwater or worse. Jesus’ reaction to all this is important to me: He prays from the cross: ‘Father forgive them.’ It gives me hope in my own fickleness and uncertainty. It gives me hope when things haven’t turned out as I planned or wanted them to. And I suppose it is a model for dealing with such situations, when we might be tempted to lash out or become bitter. Furthermore, this is not the end of the story. On Easter Sunday, he is alive – Christ is risen! God brings new life out of what might seem dead ends, hopeless situations. He still does and often in unexpected ways. As we near the end of Term 1, with all the stress and pressures at the present time, may you be able to look forward to Easter, and know that even in your failures and fickleness there is one who is with you always, who stands rock solid, by your side. May He fill you with hope and joy this Easter. Thomas Böhmert, College Senior Pastor read more