On Friday we celebrated World Teacher’s Day. Teachers have played a critical role in the shaping of young people and culture for generations. Our staff at Pacific walk alongside young people and, together with parents, are intentional in the nurturing of young people across every dimension of their lives. Deep learnings are caught more than taught. Over the years, the cultural underpinnings of who we are wash through people’s lives and grow people deeply from within. With God at our centre and as our great teacher, we shine the light of hope and possibility into the lives of our young people and their families. At Pacific this year we have seen staff focused on maintaining the richness of our culture amidst change and uncertainty. Through the work of our staff, young people and their families have had a very important centre that has provided stability and opportunities for fun, growth and purpose. We celebrate the richness that our staff bring into the lives of so many and say…Thank you!
One of the very important cultural underpinnings of our College is the opportunity for young people to grow through their Outdoor Education experiences. This year has been a particularly challenging one that has required considerable change as we have had to adapt to shifting circumstances. As our Year 3 and 4 students have completed the last of the year level experiences this week, the joyous appreciation as they returned emphasised how life changing each of these experiences has been. We are very blessed to have someone of Ms Kim Wood’s capability. Through her considerable professional capacity and generosity, we have not only been able to run all of our Outdoor Education programs this year but also enhance the connections of these experiences into our broader College culture. Thank you to all of our staff who have supported these programs and particularly to Ms Kim Wood for her outstanding leadership.
Our online orientation sessions held this week for Prep and Middle College families have provided important opportunities for families to learn more about the College. We will provide the link to these recorded sessions for families that were unable to connect at the time of each event. We look forward to coming together as a whole community in the future. Families of Year 12 students in 2021 are reminded that their information session will occur on Monday 9th November.
We thank God that we live in a country where we can come together as one people celebrating diversity. May God grant us hearts of hospitality so that we can be a place of great welcome.
Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal