As Term 3 comes to a close, I just want to thank all of you for your hard work and dedication that has made this term a success. Term 3 is what I call “Business Term”, as a significant amount of teaching and learning happens during this period of time. As a parent, I know from experience that you feel you have attended classes with your children as you progress through the term, and I know that I am as tired as my children are after another busy term.
Earlier this year, the College completed some research into how we communicate as a College and I thought I would share some of that research with you in this article. One of the main communication methods we use at the College is the newsletter.
Here are some statistics regarding that communication:
- Between 500-700 people read each edition of POPCORN
- The average person takes 10 minutes to read the newsletter
- All pages have a high readership and College News has the highest readership
- 82% of people are Very Satisfied or Satisfied with the standard of POPCORN content
- 69% of families use the College app
From this research, the College has identified the following outcomes to help us better communicate with families:
- Only 53% of parents use the Parent Portal to access key information. As a College we need to increase awareness of the Portal, including a systematic reminder that the password is Prince which was identified as the major barrier to more use
- POPCORN’s layout will be improved to make it more user friendly, especially on mobiles and tablets
- Further instruction is required on how to select your child’s year level on the App to make notifications more specific to your family’s needs
I wish all of our families, students and staff a well-deserved and safe holiday period, and we will see you all next term to close the year out in style. God’s blessings to you all and I leave you with a bible verse that always serves me well at the end of a term.
Psalm 119:114 “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.”
Head of College
What on Earth Should I be Doing?
A couple of weeks ago I was posed the following question by a student whom I know, who had nearly completed (with Honors) the course of their dreams.
“PD, I am just wondering. What IS my purpose?”
He had been wrestling with direction for a while, and someone had quoted him Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’”. He told me that his friend had suggested it, almost like a doctor’s prescription… “Johnny, take Jeremiah 29:11 a few times, with a full glass of water, and call me in the morning. I think you’ll feel better.”
He didn’t. He wanted to… but for him, something was still missing.
Truth be known, Jeremiah 29:11 was never addressed to an individual. The ‘you’ in ‘For I know the plans I have for you’ is plural. In reality, this passage from Jeremiah was written to an entire nation that had found itself ripped away from their homes of comfort and placed into Babylonian exile.
By the way, it is always good to look at the context of bible verses. The context of Jeremiah 29:11 is that this ‘having plans for you’ will only take place after 70 years in exile.
70 years in exile. That’s a long time to wait.
70 years waiting for that next job.
70 years waiting to have your finances turn around.
70 years before you discover your one true love…
…it’s all a bit depressing, really.
Now put into context — and that is the context of being written to a community, there is still a sense of hope… that we are all in this together – with the common hope that God himself, will turn things around, that God himself has a plan.
Ultimately we know that plan. We know that after 70 years the people were returned to Jerusalem. But more than that, they returned redeemed and whole!
So what does that say about having a sense of purpose? Purpose is best expressed in community. We are not on a path of individualistic expression, all making our own way. We are on a journey of community, working together for the common good. That is what the bible means, when it talks about having a sense of purpose. It is about everyone, through prayer and worship, discovering their collective future hope.
In that respect, our purpose is bigger than any one of us—and far better.
Pastor David Schmidt
Information for Students Leaving at the End of Term 4, 2017
If your child is leaving the College at the end of this year, please remember to notify the College prior to the first day of Term 4, 2017 (Tuesday 3 October 2017). This allows us to properly plan for our 2018 classes and also ensures that you are not charged an extra term of school fees.
All withdrawal notifications are to be sent to our Marketing and Enrolments Manager, Donna Cook, at firstname.lastname@example.org or your Head of Campus.