As we approach the end of the year, we take time to reflect and realise God’s faithfulness and blessings which have been abundant in the lives of our staff and students this year.  We often ask students during Assemblies and Chapels what they wish to tell God when they think about blessings. The answer is usually, “thank God for his creation”, “thank God for friends”, “thank God for healing me”, and the list continues. Through intentional thankfulness, our students are equipped to have a grateful heart which transpires into their everyday life and their attitudes towards the world.

Last Friday, October 25, we honoured all teachers for World Teachers’ Day and thanked them for their valuable work and dedication to supporting students in the community. Students also went above and beyond to celebrate the teachers in their classrooms and during break times, and demonstrated their thankful hearts through acts of kindness. I know the staff of the College were thankful for this special acknowledgement.

There are some upcoming events which will be an opportunity for students and staff to be thankful and demonstrate gratitude to others:

  • Week 6: Remembrance Day where we take a moment to remember those who suffered or died in wars.
  • Weeks 6 and 7: Phase Awards where students receive awards for their hard work over the year. Teachers and parents share this day together with the students for their endless contribution in supporting each student to reach their goals.
  • Week 8: Volunteers Afternoon Tea where all our Groves volunteers who dedicate their time to enrich the lives of all students as well as our school community, are honoured with a special afternoon tea.

Each week, we draw closer to the Christmas period where we are thankful to God for sending his son, Jesus, who came to earth to save the world and his people.

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1

Ash Milburn
Head of Foundation Phase