Term 4, Week 5 - Friday 15 November 2019

Term 4, Week 5 Update

Remembrance Day
As you know, there are very few occasions when the nation stops to pause and reflect.  The 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month is one such occasion.  As we give thanks for the sacrifice of those who have served our nation, I feel a growing tinge of sadness that, despite the harsh lessons learnt about the atrocities of war last century, we are no closer to finding ways to resolve disagreements and mistrust between people of different nations.

Indeed, in the last few years it appears that our tendency towards fundamentalism, to build walls rather than bridges, is increasing along with the political rhetoric around trade wars and the like.

As an educator in the midst of such trends, I always find myself inspired by the idealism and hopefulness of each new generation of students.  Taking time out to reflect on Remembrance Day is an important part of enabling them to grapple with the tensions and misunderstandings that lead to conflict. As a society we also invest heavily in the education of each new generation in the hope that they will be better equipped to respond to the challenges of inequality, fear and prejudice.

In a Christian school, we accept that we cannot do it alone.  So, we pray that people of all faiths will be moved to strive for better ways of resolving conflict and inequality in our world.

Our special guest on Remembrance Day this year, Detective Senior Sergeant First Class, Sid Thomas, has had a long and distinguished career in the South Australian Police Force.  He also enjoys strong ties to many community and sporting groups in South Australia.  When Sid retired in October this year it was 58 years after he first walked through the gates of the Thebarton police barracks making him not only SA's longest serving police officer but also Australia's.

It was just a few years after his graduation in 1966, when Sid was called up for National Service and found himself fighting in the jungles of South Vietnam around the Australian base at Nui Dat. Snr Sgt Thomas served as a rifleman and machine gunner until 1968 when he returned home to Adelaide.  His subsequent career in the police force has been dedicated to bringing some of the nation's most notorious criminals to justice. We were honoured to have Sid as our guest during our 2019 Remembrance Day ceremony.

Twilight Fair
As I pen these thoughts for the week, I can see and hear The Valley coming to life with marquees, popcorn machines, sound equipment and all of the other components necessary for tonight's community gathering. This year we are fortunate to have the First XI T20 Cricket match against PAC being played on Big Mem.

The purpose of the Twilight Fair is to bring us together to share a meal and some fine entertainment just before we draw the year to a close in the next few weeks.  With that in mind, the thing that makes it so special are the contributions of so many people within our community of parents, students, staff and friends of the college.

Thank you once again to everyone involved in the Twilight Fair.  Finding ways to celebrate our common humanity is one of the best ways to honour the service and sacrifice of those who have gone before us.

Best wishes for the week ahead.

Brian Schumacher


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Term Dates

2019 Term Dates

Term 1: Wednesday 30 January to Friday 12 April 2019
Term 2: Tuesday 30 April to Friday 28 June 2019
Term 3: Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September 2019
Term 4:  Monday 14 October to Friday 06 December 2019

2020 Term Dates

Term 1: Wednesday 29 January to Friday 9 April 2020
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Friday 26 June 2020
Term 3: Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September 2020
Term 4:  Monday 12 October to Friday 4 December 2020