For our school, 2015 will go down as another milestone for many reasons. Firstly we welcomed a number of new students, almost 20 in all from Kindergarten to Year 10. We started the year with 206 students. We have held this number fairly consistently throughout the year despite a number of students leaving.
We also welcomed an incredible number of new staff members. The high school saw Mr Kim teaching Maths, Mr Goh teaching Maths and Science. Miss Peterson teaching PD-H-PE and Japanese and Mr Brown teaching Music and English. In the primary department we welcomed Mrs King, Mr Denmead, Mr Pepper, Mrs Wilson and Miss Barrass. These teachers have already made an impact on our school.
Another building project was completed this year. This project consisted of three general classrooms, a Science Lab with preparation and storage area and a Sports Storeroom. These rooms have relieved some of the pressure on the high school timetable and provides more flexibility for classes. An official opening will be planned for early next year. While all of these events are exciting, they are just a part of the rich tapestry that makes up 2015. The major event for our school having our first cohort of Year 12 students sit their HSC exams. While the results will not be available until Wednesday 16th December . We already have two students gain early entry into University. The main bearing on our school will be the fact that they contributed to our school becoming a Kindergarten to Year 12 school .
It is that time of the year when on one hand we are all trying to wind down for the end of the year, while on the other hand we are madly rushing around preparing for Christmas. We wouldn’t have it any other way. As I get older, and I survey the ravages of Christmas lunch, listen to the grand-children laughing and carrying on and watch my children playing with their children I am able to take in the real meaning of Christmas. The presents are nice, the food is delicious and the crowd is noisy. But still God’s message of peace to people of goodwill still breaks through it all. God’s peace is not about having it all. God’s peace is about making the most of what we do have.
On behalf of Lynne and myself, I would like to wish all of our students, families and staff a very happy, holy, peaceful and safe Christmas.