I would just like to take the opportunity to thank you as a community for supporting the College Fete in many different ways. I was just blown away by the support of the parent and student community to supervise all of the stalls, cook the food or help in the pure logistical exercise of moving items around the campus. It is one of the main opportunities to come together as a school community and it simply would not be possible without an army of volunteers. A special thank you to Cath Watson and her Fete Committee who did an outstanding job bringing the event together and I know that my family certainly really enjoyed the day.
After such an event, I cannot help but feel an immense amount of gratitude to be involved in a community that comes together in such a way. It felt a real blessing to watch many of our students perform on the stage and to listen to the positive feedback from people within the wider community that just enjoy attending our fete.
Relive our 2017 Winter Fete through our photo gallery here » (Parent Portal password: Prince)
Amy Morin, a Psychotherapist and lecturer at Northeastern University recently published an article that identified seven scientifically proven effects of gratitude:
- Gratitude opens doors to more relationships , a 2014 study showed that people who said ‘thank you’, on average had significantly more friends
- Gratitude improves physical health. Grateful people are significantly more likely to exercise, and visit a doctor to care for their health
- Gratitude improves emotional health. Dr Richard Emmons proved multiple times the link between gratitude and better emotional health
- Gratitude increases empathy and reduces aggression. The University of Kentucky identified through a study, that people with gratitude were in a better emotional space to help others and deal with stressful situations
- Grateful people sleep better. A 2011 study found that people that spend 10 minutes jotting down things that had made them grateful today, slept significantly better
- Gratitude improves self-esteem. A 2014 study found that athletes with gratitude outperformed their comparison athletes and had a higher self-esteem
- Gratitude increases resilience. In 2006, research proved that war veterans with a higher ability-ranking for gratitude, had significantly less post-war health problems and experienced less PTSD
After the fete, I should be the healthiest man alive with all of the gratitude I am feeling. Philippians 4:6-7 states “Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus”.
Head of College
The banners and stalls are all packed away, the last of the items have been removed and everything is gone, but the memories of the 2017 fete will hopefully remain for a few weeks yet. We could not have asked for better weather — and I think the day was great (but I may be biased). As my last fete, I could not have asked for more, and thank everyone for the support and enthusiasm seen on the day.
Thank you also to the fantastic team who put in a mammoth effort to pull the day together:
Communications Vicki Stead
Treasury Billy Govan
Site Manager Scott Hall
P&F President Maggie Mander
MC Phil Hulland, Libby Farmer, Stephanie Tannock
2nd Hand Adult Clothes Kate Robson, Paula Redford-Bell
2nd Hand Books Allison Everitt
2nd Hand Kids Clothes Sue Noon
2nd Hand Toys Julie Baker
Trash n Treasure Tara Pease, Necia Pink
Cakes Jenell Molkentin
Sweets Peta McIver, Amanda Hall
Food Court Nicole Lange
Facepainting Sarah Dixon
Glow Stall Rachel Edwards
Mystery Bottles Annette Jacobs
Side Show Alley Anne Logan, Rod Logan, Erin Houslip, Jodie Weatherall, Kellie Dearlove, Lydia Thiesfield
Silent Auction Kaye Ebbott
Plants Margy Jackson
Special thanks also to Tim Grieger and his legendary team, who helped get everything ready, and then taking everything back afterwards.
It has been an honour and privilege to co-ordinate the fete for the past few years and it is with sadness that I step aside for someone new to take the reins.
Is Anyone Up There?
A man named Jack was walking along a steep cliff one day when he accidentally got too close to the edge and fell. On the way down he grabbed a branch, which temporarily stopped his fall. He looked down and to his horror saw that the canyon fell straight down for more than a thousand feet. He couldn’t hang onto the branch forever, and there was no way for him to climb up the steep wall of the cliff. So Jack began yelling for help, hoping that someone passing by would hear him and lower a rope or something.
“HELP! HELP! Is anyone up there? HELP!
He yelled for hours, but no one heard him. He was about to give up when he heard a voice.
“Jack, Jack. Can you hear me?”
“Yes, yes! I can hear you. I’m down here!”
“I can see you, Jack. Are you all right?”
“Yes, but . . . Who are you, and where are you?”
“I am the Lord, Jack. I’m everywhere.”
“The Lord? You mean, GOD?”
“God, please help me! I promise if You’ll get me down from here, I’ll stop sinning. I’ll be a really good person. I’ll serve You for the rest of my life.”
“Easy on the promises, Jack. Let’s just get you down from there; then we can talk. Now, here’s what I want you to do. Listen carefully.”
“I’ll do anything, Lord. Just tell me what to do.”
“Okay. Let go of the branch.”
“I said, let go of the branch. Just trust Me. Let go.”
There was a long silence. Finally Jack yelled, “HELP! HELP! IS ANYONE ELSE UP THERE?”
Have you ever felt like Jack? We say that we want to know the will of God, but when we find out what it is, we can’t handle it. It sounds too scary, too difficult. We decide to look elsewhere. When He says, “Let go of the things that stand between you and Me, and trust Me with your life,” it sounds pretty scary. But when we let go, we find freedom and safety in His hands.”
Pastor David Schmidt