Newsletter 4 May 2020

Principal’s Address

Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Friends of Providence Christian College.

Term 2 has begun and many of our students have returned back to school. It’s been wonderful to see them again as they have been away learning at home and being on holidays for nearly five weeks. For those still learning at home, a special hello from all of us. I do hope you’re enjoying the Remote Learning that the College is providing for you.

It has been encouraging to see the steady decline of COVID-19 cases across Australia and particularly in WA. We are continuing to monitor the various updates from both the Federal and State governments to help us with our decision making in order to keep our community safe, and informed with what is happening at Providence. The National Cabinet will be meeting again on Friday, May 8 and we will be communicating any changes that may be required soon afterwards.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff for the great job they have been doing during these uncertain times. In particular, I’d like to recognise the work of our Heads of School, Mr Splatt and Mrs Balding, for their great leadership. They have a great team of people working with them and supporting them. Please pray for them, that they may continue to be blessed with wisdom. 

In closing, I’d like to share a thought from a message given by Pastor Bethwyn Grasso, that came from the church that I attend. Like a lot of our churches, the service was conducted online. 

Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;

    consider its ways and be wise!

It has no commander,

    no overseer or ruler,

yet it stores its provisions in summer

    and gathers its food at harvest.

Pastor Bethwyn shared the following observations about ants that we can learn from, particularly during the current situation.

  1. They rely on teamwork
  2. They need each other
  3. They effectively communicate
  4. They stand together
  5. They all have a role to play at any given time

Like Soloman, and his wise advice given in the book of Proverbs we too can learn from God’s creation.

 

God bless you.

 

Mike Kingsford

Acting Principal

General News

AHA Hospitality & Tourism COVID-19 Hygiene Course

Congratulations to the canteen staff for completing “AHA Hospitality & Tourism
COVID-19 Hygiene Course”.

The ‘Understanding COVID-19 and the WA Hospitality & Tourism Industry’ Modules are:
– Reporting of personal health issues
– Maintaining personal and work environment hygiene practices
– Contactless procedures and reducing cross-contamination
– Effective cleaning and sanitising practices

Well done! Everyone.

 

Canteen & Uniform Shop

Until further notice, no cash will be accepted at the College. This includes the Uniform Shop and the Canteen. All transactions can be conducted online.

Canteen

Canteen Menu Term 2

Primary School

It was so great to see some of our children return to school over the last few days. As a teacher, it makes you realise just how much we had missed them all. We are still at the stage where parents have the choice if they want to send their children to school. We respect the parents’ right to choose, and we are following the Government’s guidelines in making these decisions. We are feeling optimistic that in the near future we will be able to strongly recommend sending all students to school. We appreciate your community support and the many lovely messages we have received. We will continue to do all we can to provide your children with an excellent education and keep them moving forward. I would also like to thank the staff for the monumental effort they have put in to make sure everything has kept running.

ANZAC Service

Firstly I would like to acknowledge Mrs Balding and the Media/IT team for doing an excellent job in presenting a very special ANZAC service for us. I would also like to recognise the Primary School children who took part. Madison did a great job of laying the wreath, and Malavika Pradeep Pillai and Ethan Jenkyn did an excellent reading. It was great to be able to commemorate together as we went live online, despite physically being apart.

We look forward to sharing more events like this with our community.

Here is a link to the Ceremony. ANZAC Service 2020

Final Thought

Finally, I would like to encourage our school community to take the time to support one another. During our time of isolation, it can make us feel alone and insecure. Your positive message could be just the right words someone needs to hear. It is easy to become introspective, but when we look to support and serve others, it helps us to show the love of Christ.

My prayer is that you would be uplifted and encouraged during this difficult time and that in turn, you will be able to uplift and encourage one another. After all, we are told that the greatest of all the commandments is to love the Lord your God, and love others as you would yourself.

If you have any thoughts or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

God Bless

 

Matt Splatt

Head of Primary

Secondary School

May I extend to all of you a warm welcome as we commence Term Two. There has been much to challenge us in recent times.  Nevertheless, I have been impressed and proud with the capacity of our staff, students and families to adapt, cope and support one another.  I thank all of the families who have communicated with us to provide encouragement, feedback and care.  For those who have reached out when they are struggling – thank you; seeking help can be difficult but we are glad that you have. 

Whilst many things may still be still uncertain, one key thing is so important – our relationship and connection with each other (whether in person or virtual)  continues to be foremost in our minds. 

The positive way in which our College community has united in response to this new way of delivery and learning is to be commended and I have every confidence that together we will emerge “on the other side” a stronger,  a more cohesive community and the possibility of new ways of doing things.

An email was sent to all Parents and Students of the Secondary school over the weekend informing you of some changes that have been put in place commencing this Monday, Week Two.  I hope that you have had the opportunity to read and take note of the information.

We will continue to communicate with you, to provide updates on our progress back to some sense of normality. 

We have had a great start to the term with some engaging with online learning at home and while others engage with the same programme in the classrooms at school.  With our Year 11 and 12’s they are expected to be at school this week and will revert to the face-to-face teaching which will enable them to achieve all that they need to in preparation to complete their final year.

Student Wellbeing

It is always great to see our Leaders in another light!

Our Prefects (plus a few older ring-ins) had a special treat for all of the students as they commenced back on Day One.  Each had spent some time over the holidays perfecting and videoing their dancing routines, Putting together a virtual collaborative performance of “We Are All In This Together”. The idea was to connect with the students coming back to school. What a great way to brighten up the students first day back. Putting a bit of joy into their lives and inspiring all of them that the situation we are currently experiencing is only temporary. We can rise above the challenges, as we travel this road together.  They had a lot of fun and laughs, putting this together.  

If you would like to brighten up your day and have a laugh too, then click on this link.

Prefect Dance

ANZAC Service 2020

Providence goes virtual as we commemorated ANZAC Day

Our Anzac Service certainly looked a little different this year to the normal traditional service that we are used to attending, but so does every other aspect of life at the moment. It was certainly important that the College continued to commemorate in some form to recognise and honour those who served and gave their lives for us to live peacefully in a great country like ours.  It was also a time to remember all of the members of our Defence Force serving in the present while they assist in so many ways in the current situation. 

The service was live-streamed to students and staff into all of the Form Classes, and to those students and families who were at home.  It was held outside the Administration Office near the flagpole and surrounded by our beautiful gardens and birds drinking at the fountain and chirping in the background.

Our Head Girl and Head Boy, Amy Warren and Ben Freeman led the service.   Malavika Pradeep Pillai and Ethan Jenkyn, (Year 6) beautifully recited a poem entitled “Mates” by Duncan Butler. We were also honoured to have Mr Terry Healy, MLA and member for Southern River, lay a wreath on behalf of the wider community and our students Madison Reid-Rowling, Year 4,   representing the Primary School and Elizabeth Lockwood Year 9,  representing the Secondary School lay wreaths at the foot of the flagpole. The ODE was recited by Acting Principal Mr Mike Kingsford and Year 11 student Michael Bowling officiated with the raising of the flag to the sound of the Last Post and Reveille.  To conclude our service, Year 12 student,  Lerato Obadimeji and Primary teacher, Mrs Donna Harrex sang a rendition of the  Australian and New Zealand National Anthems.   Our Chaplain closed our service in prayer.  Students across the College were invited to represent any Service or Club they belong to by wearing that uniform to school or wear it at home while attending classes through the Online Learning programme. It was certainly a great way to commence the term and the many favourable comments from students, staff and parents are testimony to how important it was as a College to take time and reflect. 

Live Streaming this event was another first for the College and we must thank our IT Department, Sound and Lighting Teams for the hours spent making sure it could all come together.

If you were unable to join us for the service, I invite you to click on the link and enjoy it for yourselves.

Providence ANZAC Service 2020

                                                           Providence ANZAC Service 2020  and those who participated

                                Students watching and joining in the Service from home representing their Service organisations

Geoffrey Christian
The Hansen Family
Bethany Jensen

The importance of our Wellbeing at Providence

A message from our College Counsellor  –  Mrs Shan Tee

As we return to some ‘normality’ after the self-isolation, I understand there continue to be some mixed emotions amongst students and even teachers. Some of us have been looking forward to returning and meeting friends and colleagues. In contrast, others may have already adapted to the new situation and are uncomfortable with the frequency of change, especially as the majority of us tend to prefer the stability of repetition and a routine. Very few of us cope well with change (an uncertainty!), so it is completely normal if this causes a sense of anxiety or any negative feelings. While it’s important to recognise the seriousness of the public health challenges facing our community and be mindful that reacting from a place of panic and fear is usually unhelpful, especially in the long-term. Looking after our wellbeing in times like this can help to reduce stress, and is crucial in enabling us still to take calm and effective action during this global crisis.

All around the world, governments, schools and other authorities have acknowledged this, and have provided many ways for people to identify and seek support for their anxiety during these unprecedented and trying times. Likewise, the staff at our college and I are here to offer assistance if you feel anxious during these changes – whether you’re worried about your exams, school work, or your family situation, we are here for you; regardless if you are back at school or not. 

During this period, one of the most effective ways we can manage stress and anxiety is to focus on the actions that are in our control. Some intentional steps you can take to look after your physical and emotional well-being includes

  1. Maintain a routine that consists of some academic work, exercise (even if it’s just a walk outside), eating healthy, sleeping well, doing a feel-good activity and keeping relationships.
  2. Acknowledge your feelings (both positive and negative) daily as they can frequently change. Take time to notice and express them.
  3. Filter the news reports that you read about the virus online as not everything is accurate. If reading too much negative news creates anxiety, stop reading after one or two articles.

As I’ve mentioned, there are plenty of avenues and information widely available to help with anxiety, and I’ve found a pretty useful article from Black Dog Institute which summarises some top tips – you can click here to read it. Again, should you need any support, I am always happy to offer my time to help so please feel free to contact me on stee@providence.wa.edu.au

We look forward and I know that you must too, to returning to the joy of a vibrant campus as soon as it is safe and practicable for all to be here.

 

Mrs Helen Balding

Head of Secondary

Community