The writing of this principal’s note was accompanied by the rolling countryside between Wagga Wagga and Holbrook and the tired conversations (and occasional snores) of a 5/6 class returning from a wonderful trip to Canberra.
It has been a very busy week for the staff and students visiting Canberra. Ms Clarke made sure that no stone was left unturned and few venues were left unvisited. There were exploding science experiments at the CSIRO, a respectful visit to the War Memorial, a surprisingly amusing time at Parliament House and a very special visit to Government House and that is only to mention a few of the places we visited. It is not only the students who are tired right now!
While we happened to visit Canberra on a August night that was the coldest in the last 20 years each night we slept soundly in warm cabins.
While visits to parliament and lectures about government are not always the most engaging of topics, students were able to appreciate that we live in a democratic country where free speech is protected and valued.
We ate 3 lovely meals a day and enjoyed a variety of nutritious snacks in between. There was always far more than we could eat.
The trip to Canberra itself is testament to the willingness of school staff, especially Ms Clarke, to put in many extra hours to create such successful and enjoyable learning experiences. Ms Clarke was joined by Mr Blenkiron who has for many years donated his time to drive our students safely to Canberra and provide extra supervision. The trip was further supported by Mr Reddish who shared his infectious enthusiasm for learning about government with the students.
Amongst all this we must never forget the one from whom all blessings flow. As the Psalmist writes “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done” (105:1). While it is sometimes hard for younger people to grasp, at SCS we endeavour to ensure students continue on a journey to gratitude. We are indeed a blessed community who want for very little. As Christians, we must always remember that all the blessings that we experience as Australians come from the providence of God. A God who created the land that supported the Aboriginal people of Australia for thousands of years. A God who called people from around the globe to travel a vast distance to make a new life in a free and democratic country. A God who continues to walk with us today and will walk with the young people of Australia as they lead our nation into the future.
May the community of Sunshine Christian School never cease telling of the wonderful things he has done, and is still doing, for us.