This is my belated welcome to Term Three 2017. I have been away for the majority of the first two weeks of term visiting Christian schools in Cambodia and Indonesia. It was quite humbling to have had the opportunity to have shared things I’ve learned in my time at Pacific Hills with other schools that are not as far along in the journey of Christian Education as we are. Of course I was sorry to miss much of the start of term including Year 8 Camp, but grateful for what I learned through the experience of visiting other cultures and meeting some earnest servants of Christ. Dr Razey has done a great job in looking after everything in Middle School to start the term.

Thank you to Mr Waterhouse and the team of teachers who led the Year 8 students during their camp last week. It sounds like it was another fantastic experience – to quote a Year 8 student “best camp ever”. We’re very thankful for the coverage of snow and for the lack of injuries with everyone involved.

I’m also thankful to the Science teachers for such a fun Science Week. The students have continually communicated how much fun the special events of this week have been for them. A lot of planning has gone into the “scientific experiences” of this week.

Middle School Fathers Night, Thursday 31 August
Please note the date in your calendars. All children are invited to attend this event with their dad/carer. A flyer will be sent home next week with more details.

Pacific Hills has been involved in electronic NAPLAN trials this week. As these assessments move toward being completely online we have been asked to trial both the future assessment style and possible content to assist with planning. Feedback from these assessments will not come back from the relevant government bodies to the School or to parents, but it is useful for us as we consider the context of an entirely electronic assessment probably starting next year.

Mr Colin Wood
Head of Middle School

Dates for your Diary

31 August

Fathers Night

18-22 September

Thank You Week

21 September

Final Day for Year 12 2017

22 September  

Final Day of Term Three