College News Blog

Head of College – 2018, Term 3, Week 6


Increasingly social media influenced marketing techniques are being exposed for the manipulation they have on individuals, groups and society. Influencers get paid by companies to promote products, events and campaigns. It is a sophisticated business where large social media companies are coming under the spotlight for their involvement. The Guardian News service reported (13-12-2017) that the former Facebook executive, Chamath Palihapitiya, expressed regret for his part in building tools that destroy ‘the social fabric of how society works.’

It is important to talk with your children about the influences in their lives and help them develop discernment. Working together we can strengthen the minds of our children to develop wisdom.

At Groves, our education is designed to help students discover the truth about God, themselves, people and the world. This equips and inspires our students to be better prepared to serve their families, communities, country, and the wider world, to God’s glory and for the well-being of others. That is, Groves does not exist to hide children and young people from the world, rather to equip them well to transform the world as they respond to God’s calling on their lives.

Paul (Romans 12:2), in his letter to the Christians in Rome states, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Therefore, engage in what your children are viewing, watching and reading so that you are an active parent.


Science week included a national science school competition to promote rewarding and exciting careers in science and agriculture. We congratulate Michelle Springolo, one of our secondary distance education students, for winning the Junior Science Achievement Award. The Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, The Honourable Mark Furner, stated in his media release, “This year, almost 3500 students, from years prep to 12, representing 164 schools submitted 230 high-quality science and art entries … so standing out from the crowd is a fantastic achievement.” Michelle also won the Dawn of the Drones’ Art in Agriculture Award for Year 8. 

Pray for:

  • Our senior schooling students and teachers to stay well in this critical term.
  • Our Year 7 students safe trip home tomorrow.

Plan to:

  • Invite family and friends interested in enrolling their children in the College to the Twilight Open Evening next Tuesday (28/8/18). This includes Distance Education families who have friends or family considering either day or distance education with Groves. If you have children in the primary school, particularly Year 6, and you have never toured our secondary school, please consider making this an evening to come along. (Note, there will be a special information night later in the year for families of 2019 Year 7 students.)
  • Attend our Primary School Father’s Day chapel next Friday in the MPC on Campus 1.

God bless,

Allan Weir

Head of College