Welcome to a new term, and I pray that all members of our community have returned renewed and refreshed by the break. The beginning of a new term is a time when there is no better opportunity to leave behind the hurt and the angst of the past, and start anew. It is also a great time to focus on what attitudes we are going to adopt as the term unfolds and the reality of life hits home.
During the second week of the break, my wife and I spent seven blissful days together in Hervey Bay - no alarms, no timetables, no demands - just us and the beauty of the ocean at our front doorstep. As I reflected on God's many blessings to us (something I should be doing every day), I was reminded that it was my attitude towards life's circumstances, far more than the circumstances themselves, that determine my mood and response to life.
There is a direct correlation between a positive attitude and better relationships, superior health, and greater success. A positive attitude can boost your energy, heighten your inner strength, inspire others, and provide the fortitude to meet difficult challenges. According to research, positive thinking can increase your life span, decrease depression, reduce levels of distress, provide greater resistance to the common cold, offer better psychological and physical well-being, reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and enable you to cope better during hardships and times of stress.
I pray that as we get into the ‘nitty gritty’ of the new term, our attitude will be one of thankfulness for all that we have, and we will look for ways to 'share the love' with others that God so freely shares with us each day.
Welcome to GraceA very warm welcome is extended to Bethany Houghton (1R) and Coby Reid (6C) and their families who joined the Grace community this week. We pray that you will
experience the graciousness and warmth that are so closely associated with our special community.
Congratulations are extended to Zanda Taborsky who has been appointed as School Vice-Captain, following the departure of Joseph Armstrong, along with his family, to Melbourne at the end of last term.
The school held its ANZAC Commemorative Service this afternoon, and this Saturday, students are encouraged to join the Grace Primary contingent in the Redcliffe March on Saturday morning. Students need to wear their formal school uniform, including hat (sports uniform for Preps), and meet on the corner of ANZAC Ave and Redcliffe Pde by 9.00 am. Following the March, the formal service at the Cenotaph in Anzac Park (near the jetty) commences at 10.30, and parents should pick up their children immediately afterwards. I look forward to seeing you there.
Year 4 Camp
Our intrepid Year 4 campers left yesterday for their three-day camp at Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast, and our thanks are extended to Mr Nulley, Mrs Duncan, Mrs Hillman, Mrs Wright, Mrs Russell and Mr McRae for organising and supervising this very special experience for our students, and also to the parent helpers who are giving up the luxuries of home to assist.
In Our Thoughts
All of us have been deeply saddened by the news of Lara Baden-Powell’s passing earlier this week. Please keep the family in your prayers at this difficult time.
Blessings for the week ahead, Mr Stephen McGrath“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18