Dear PLC Sydney Community
Welcome back to Term 3. As you would be aware, Dr Burgis is currently on sabbatical leave. I will be in the Acting Principal role until his return at the end of August. Mrs Maria Halkidis is stepping into my role as Acting Deputy Principal during this time.
At the beginning of the term, in the senior school, we celebrated the installation of our new prefect body for 2018, giving thanks to God for their skills and talent and asking Him to guide and direct their path during their leadership year. They are talented young women who have been chosen by their peers to lead the PLC Sydney student body in a variety of portfolios. Please find the full list of students in this edition of Connections. The bible reading for the installation service was Romans 12:3-18 which outlines how, as members of the body of Christ, we are to live in unity yet embrace and honour our diversity. It is my prayer for the prefect body to be wholly unified in their purpose yet be able to embrace their diversity of talents and skills to serve the College in love and humility. I wish them well.
As you would also be aware, we have modified our Mobile Technology Policy which will come into effect from Monday 31 July 2017. Students in Years 5 to 9 will need to have the Family Zone application installed on their mobile phone if they want to bring it to school. While a no phone policy continues during class time, we will also be encouraging students to refrain from using their devices as they transition from one class to the next. I have encouraged the students to leave the class reflecting on what they have just learnt and start to prepare mentally for the class ahead. I have appealed to the girls to be more mindful and present in the moment which will allow them to fully capitalise on their learning rather than becoming distracted by messages and feeds on their mobile devices.
The PLC Sydney Drama Company’s production, Inheritance was extraordinary. The actors displayed such maturity and sensitivity in their performances. It was a deeply moving experience for the audience. As Co-directors, Mrs Joanna Maxwell and Mrs Maria Halkidis have successfully captured the vision of student inclusion and participation that Dr Burgis outlined for the Drama Company’s charter.
Equally impressive are the Year 12 major works in Design and Technology and Textiles and Design exhibition currently on display in the Croydon. The passion of the students is evident. The quality of the design and process work is outstanding. Collectively the body of work presented is uplifting and joyful. I commend this exhibition to you.
The Junior School celebrated Cross Bumper Day today. This is another event with community focus, joy and laughter. It is an opportunity for the junior school students to work collaboratively in a meaningful service learning project.
One of the joys of Acting Principal is to give out the birthday cards to the girls. I had a visit from the Hamilton students for birthdays this week. I enjoyed our conversation about the move to the new Hamilton building. There is definitely a mood of expectation and excitement around. My latest advice is that students will move into the new Hamilton on Tuesday 10 October 2017.
I conclude with the passage from Romans 12: 9-18. It provides guidance to us in how to live in unity while acknowledging our unique diversity. Worthy advice for us all.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Mrs Linda Chiba