From the Chaplain

To love another person is to see the face of God!

I love musicals. I have always been enamoured by them since the earliest days of my childhood watching Annie with my family on our newly purchased VCR. From there, sitting and watching Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Evita, and Les Misérables and many, many more.

Les Mis, is certainly my favourite, although there are certainly close seconds.

I remember the first time I encountered Les Mis – my sister introduced me to the soundtrack. I was left speechless. Probably one of the few times in my early life where I was silent for a lengthy period! I laid myself down on the lounge floor, leaning towards the cassette player as a copy of the Original London Cast rang out from the speakers.  What was this beautiful sound that delighted my ears and stirred my soul?  Who were these intriguing people singing with such passion and desire?  As their names and stories tangled and wove within my mind, I was even more drawn to the music.

I turned to my parents and begged them to let me see this musical, only to be told I had to wait as it was not showing anywhere local. I was very disappointed, however I poured my energy into learning the story and songs. I played that cassette on repeat every single day!  I learned the story of the people of Les Mis: Jean Valjean’s crime, Javert’s pursuit, Fantine’s sickness, Cosette’s misery, Eponine’s heartbreak, Marius’ love.

Then one day my sister came to share that Geelong was showcasing Les Mis. I finally saw the show that I had longed to see.  From the opening act to the curtain call, my heart was gripped as I watched the stage turning through the years; all the scenes I had imagined were finally coming to life.  I heard the people sing!  I wanted to join in their crusade!  The end of the show is so passionate and real; it still brings tears to my eyes and turns my heart towards justice.

Before the singing of the final chorus of the musical production, three key characters proclaim in song:

“Take my hand and lead me to salvation. Take my love, for love is everlasting

And remember the truth that once was spoken: To love another person is to see the face of God”

This is a line that has lingered in my mind since the early days of sitting on the lounge room floor, drinking in the words with wonder. What does this mean, to love another person is to see the face of God? It’s a truth I’ve pondered while driving to work, drinking my morning coffee, or lying in bed at night.

When we look at another person, we have the chance to behold God’s crowning beauty. We are created in the image of God and when we truly stop to peer into another’s soul, we learn more about what God is like.

I believe that love can change our perspective. In 1 Peter 4:8 it says, “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love makes up for many of your faults.” When we look through the lens of love, we see beyond pain to behold the promise of redemption. We remember the blood that Jesus shed, that covers us and offers forgiveness. This is true and available for us all. God looks at us not with anger, but with compassion.  Holding this perspective helps us look at others the same way.

Lately, I’ve come to realise this: When we love another person, they have the opportunity to see the face of God.  God’s lavish qualities are so vast, they are sometimes hard to grasp. It is these qualities that are often best understood when they are first reflected in another person.

I know God loves me, but I feel it most vividly when I’m wrapped in a hug. I know God hears me, I but I see it most l clearly when people show up in my life meeting needs and desires, I have never vocalised outside of prayer. I know God redeems, but I saw it first when Prisoner 24601 became Jean Valjean.

What does “To love another person is to see the face of God!” mean to you?

  • What’s Happening at Junior School

    Week 3 – Monday October 18th
    Tuesday October 19th -20th – Year 3 and 4 students to attend on-site learning at Junior School
    Friday October 22nd – Junior School Virtual Assembly, 1R Class Item

    Week 4 – Monday October 25th
    Tuesday October 26th – Year 3 and 4 students return to on-site learning at Junior School
    Tuesday October 26th – Annual Book Week Celebration- Don’t forget to dress as your favourite book character

    Beach Prep

    The Prep children very excitedly jumped onto the bus Wednesday afternoon ready for a beach adventure!
    As we watched the dark clouds moving across the sky we hoped, prayed and crossed our fingers for the rain to hold off until we had an opportunity to explore the beach.
    Being out in nature is a core part of our growth and development. The children develop so many skills including an appreciation of the natural space. They develop creativity, collaboration as well as building their sensory understandings of the beach.
    Watching the children problem solve as they try to construct something in the sand is amazing. The negotiations over what they will build, how they will decorate, where they will dig and the roles they will play. This is play in a natural environment and play is learning in action.

    “Play acts as a scaffold of development, increasing neural structures and a means by which children practise skills they will need later in life.” Isenberg & Quisenberry 2002

    Reflections from some Prep children:

    I liked making tunnels and sandcastles and standing in the cold water digging my feet in the sand. – Elijah

    I enjoyed building a sandcastle, we decorated it with stuff we found on the beach like pretty shells and we put seaweed around it to protect the sandcastle. – Emilia

    I put my feet in the water and it was really cold. I really enjoyed the day. – Sterling

    I climbed up to the top of the sand dune and then I slid down on my back. – Lucas P

    We liked to dig the hole that went down to the water. – Tara

    I liked to make a city with Paige and Beatrix. – Ella

    I loved seeing a hammerhead shark way out in the ocean!! – Max M

    I liked putting my feet in the water. It felt cold and my feet got stuck in the wet sand. – Beatrix

    At Beach Prep I loved playing in the sand. I made two sandcastles. I put some shells on them. I made them with Jiaai. – Tripa

    I made a giant sandcastle all on my own. I started decorating it with shells and rocks. I made it for the crabs. – Cruz

    I had fun at Beach Prep because I made a cubby with Evie and Luna. It rained a little bit, but it didn’t matter because we were so busy building and having fun. – Zara

    We look forward to our next exploration of the beach!

    What Season is it?

    As part of our current Maths unit Year 2 have been investigating different seasons and calendars. A particular focus has been learning about the different seasonal organisation used by Australia’s First Nations People. We have discovered that using the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter is not the only way that seasons can be arranged. We have researched and have made some interesting discoveries.

    Did you know that the D’harawal people, the traditional owners of the Illawarra region of N.S.W have six seasons? So do the Kunwinjku people of Arnhem Land, but they are very different and we wondered why. The Miriwoong people who live in the far north of Western Australia have three seasons and the Ngoongar people of the far south west of Western Australia have six seasons even though they are in the same state! Then we discovered that the First Nations Peoples who form the Kulin Nation, including the Waddawurrung of Geelong, have seven seasons and we decided we needed to do some serious investigating. We discovered that First Nations Peoples of Australia use information from the environment to help them know when seasons are changing. They observe weather patterns, animal behaviour and plant life cycles to give them lots of information about the changes that happen throughout the year. This is different to the traditional calendars that we were used to seeing and using. We are learning so much and understand that observing your environment to inform you of what is happening in the world make. We can’t wait to learn more!

    Virtual Assembly Week 2

    Today we enjoyed a virtual assembly, celebrating a class item by 2G and student awards in Years Prep-2. Congratulations to 2G students on your performance and to our award recipients!

    Term 4 Week 2 Student Awards
    2G Assembly Item – David and Goliath

    Water in the World

    This term we have started to investigate natural resources, in particular the use of water. Our investigation will include examining the impact on communities and environments when there is a change to the amount of water available, water conservation at home, school and in our community and how the traditional owners of Geelong used water. This week Year 2 students attended a Teams incursion with Barwon Water on Tuesday, 12th October. The incursion investigated the journey of water. Fernando, from Barwon Water, described the water cycle and we learned about the journey of water from catchment to our taps. The session aimed to improve students’ understanding of how we capture rainwater and the process that it goes through on the way to our homes. We learned some amazing things, for example it can take up to 4 months for water from the catchment area near Forrest to our homes in Geelong. In the coming weeks we will consolidate our understanding of the water cycle, water pollution, water scarcity and equity.

    Year 4 – It’s Great to be Back!

    On Tuesday and Wednesday, Year 4 students returned to on-site learning. There was a buzz of excitement and a time of adjustment to settle back into the routines of school life.

    It was great to have an opportunity to consolidate learning that has occurred online whilst introducing our new Biological Sciences unit, ‘Friend or Foe?’

    Students enjoyed collaborating and learning together during multiplication games to revise this unit of work – something that is missed through our online platform.

    “I enjoyed seeing and talking to my friends. I also liked going to library to borrow books.” – James Trott

    “I really liked Maths because during home learning I had forgotten most of the strategies, (for multiplication). I revised them and I know I can use them back on site and at home. It was good also to see the strategies my classmates were using as they were ones I would have never thought of.” – Arabella Grills

  • Uniform, Hat and Sunscreen Reminders

    A reminder that from Week 3 (next week) the required uniform will be full summer uniform with jumpers. Please also send along a named hat to be worn at recess and lunch.
    Sunscreen will be provided for all Junior School students, we encourage parents to apply sunscreen in the morning prior to attending school also.
    For students with allergies to sunscreen, please feel free to send along personal sunscreen for your child to use.

    Celebrating our Return by Creating a Party Mask. 

    It has been wonderful to see our students back being creative in the Art room. My oh my what enthusiasm abounds as eager hands get back to making and enjoying the creative process!

    This term sees us making masks with a difference, that is, one to cover the eyes and perhaps even create a character. Plans for these are developing quickly. Students are looking forward to using all sorts of materials to really make them stand out.

    Below is a sneak peek of some of the fabulous ideas and enthusiasm.

  • Book Week

    It is with great excitement that we announce the new date for our Book Week Dress up day as Tuesday 26th October 2021. This is the first Tuesday after our entire school community is back together full time. We are so excited to share this celebration day together.

    The Theme for 2021 is Old Worlds, New Worlds and Other Worlds. Students are encouraged to arrive at school dressed as a much-loved book character. We will celebrate our love of reading and books throughout the day and celebrate the joy and excitement this day brings to our students and staff.



    Junior School is moving full steam ahead with preparations for our end of year Celebration Evening performances and recordings. Without giving away too much, our theme involves green screen recordings, solo characters and year level items. We’ve even transformed the Chapel into our very own theatre. We look forward to sharing with our families later in the term.
    To help in our preparations, Junior School Homeroom Teachers will forward any required costume items to families. Please note, these will be simple to source (e.g. white, black or coloured t-shirt). We encourage families not to be purchasing specific items. If you have difficulties obtaining the required items, please advise your child’s Homeroom Teacher who will be able to assist.

    Scholastic Book Club

    Issue 7 of Scholastic Book Club is now available, and orders should be placed online before Wednesday, 20th October.

    Our preferred payment method is via LOOP either via the mobile app or the desktop site which can be found at https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/Parent/Login.aspx

    You may also return your order form and payment by cheque to school. Cheques should be payable to Scholastic Australia.

    Please do not send cash as we are unable to process cash payments.

    Thank you for your assistance and ongoing support of Book Club.


    Anna Daley & Violet Novacevski,

    Scholastic Book Club Coordinators

    A MYTERN Thought for the Week

    Giving is a wonderful way to regain control of your steering wheel.

    To give unconditionally is a blessing for not only the person receiving, but for the giver as well.

    The best gifts are usually the ones you can’t wrap – a hug, a smile, or a kind thought/message.

    Who can you give to today? 😊