From the Principal

Many of you will have read the book, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. In it he tells the following story:

Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on manoeuvres in heavy weather for several days. I was serving on the lead battleship and was on watch on the bridge as night fell. The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities. Shortly after dark, the lookout on the bridge reported, “Light, bearing on the starboard bow.” “Is it steady or moving astern?” the captain called out. Lookout replied, “Steady, captain”, which meant we were on a dangerous collision course with that ship. The captain then called to the signalman, “Signal that ship: We are on a collision course, advise you change course 20 degrees”. Back came a signal, “Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees”. The captain said, “Send, I’m a captain, change course 20 degrees”. “I’m a seaman second class”, came the reply. “You had better change course 20 degrees”. By that time, the captain was furious. He spat out, “Send, I’m a battle ship. Change course 20 degree”. Back came the flashing light. “I’m a lighthouse”. We changed course.

The meaning of this story is not lost on our senior school students when it is explained that there are certain ‘lighthouse values or principles’ which are rock solid in lighting our path and that these always remain true. They are not dependent on the behaviour of others, the environment, or the current fad, for their validity. They are not here one day and gone the next.

They can’t be destroyed by fire, floods or theft.

This thought was once captured in the following statement: Some things are true whether we think so or not; some things are just whether or not they go against what we immediately want; some things are beautiful whether we happen to like them or not; some things are sacred whether we are willing to recognise them or not.

Isn’t this what we as parents and educators are trying to do in forming the young people in our care? We are endeavouring to give them “lighthouse” values and true principles which will be there to guide and give them direction as they find their own path in the world.

Taken from A Canopy of Stars by Father Chris Gleeson.

Queensland Road Safety Week

Queensland Road Safety Week is (22 – 26 August 2022) and is an opportunity for all Queenslanders to be directly involved in making our roads safer for everyone. Helping children to be safe around traffic – Road safety skills are best learnt in a real traffic environment. Children learn by experience, and adult interaction helps them to learn. You can help by talking with your child as you walk. Ask questions about roads, signs, traffic and how and where you can cross the road safely.

Road safety for children under five years

Always carefully supervise children in traffic situations.

It is important to:

  • Talk with your child about the traffic environment.
  • Hold your child’s hand when you are near cars.
  • Talk with your child about why it is important to hold hands.
  • Explain what you are doing when you cross the road together. Involve your child in deciding when it is safe to cross the road – of course, you still make the decision, but you are teaching your child to think in the traffic environment.
  • Always be a good role model for your child by wearing your own seatbelt, obeying road rules, driving courteously and crossing roads safely.
  • Make eye contact with road users, especially at intersections.
  • Involve your child in choosing safe places to play.
  • Separate play areas from driveways.

Road safety for children between five and nine years

Your child still needs adult supervision and assistance in the traffic environment.

It is important to:

  • Talk together about signs and traffic lights. Identify and discuss places where it is safe to cross the road.
  • Teach your child how to cross roads using the ‘stop, look, listen and think’ process – stop at the kerb, look and listen for traffic and then decide whether it is safe to cross. Take the trip to school together along the safest footpaths and use safe crossing places, such as pedestrian crossings and on straight sections of road.
  • Supervise your child on the way to and from school.
  • Always be a good role model for your child by wearing your own seatbelt, obeying road rules, driving courteously and crossing roads safely.

Road safety for children between 10 and 13 years

  • Children between 10 and 13 can cope more safely in traffic on their own. This will depend, however, on how much practice the child has had in the ‘real traffic environment’.

It is important to:

  • Check that your child always ‘stops, looks, listens and thinks’ when crossing the road. Ask them to explain to you what they are doing and why they are doing it.
  • Talk with your child about road laws. Go for regular rides and walks together.
  • Plan with your child safe routes to school and to places your child often visits.

Road safety is an important conversation to have with your children.

Staffing Update

It is with a heavy heart that I advise that Mrs Gillian (Gill) Croft has tendered her resignation effective Thursday this week. Gill has determined that she’d like to work lesser hours and reduce from a full load capacity in order to maintain work-life balance. She has been offered employment working a 5-day fortnight in the health field. All of that said, I thank Gill on behalf of our school community for her work and efforts over the last 6 years. Rarely, if ever, is it the case that Gill doesn’t have a smile on her face. She’s worked hard in and with our office administration team across general administrative, marketing, enrolments and communications functions and has done a terrific job. On behalf of our entire community, I wish Gill rich blessings as she leaves us and takes up her new employment opportunity. She has declared that she will be in and around our school in her continued capacity as a parent and P&F member. We will hold you to that, Gill! Please join me in warmly thanking Gill for her work at our school.

Gill, I leave you with this verse from scripture:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29.11

Thank you for working in partnership with us.

Chris Mallett