A teacher of ours shared this joke with me: “What is blue and doesn’t weigh very much? Light blue.” A beautifully crafted dad joke. So simple yet classic. Do you ever wonder where jokes originate from? Is there some mastermind grandfather churning out copious amounts of jokes for dads around the world to torture their kids with?
The bible references the word joy over 150 times. It is in our DNA to laugh and share the laughter. God is a generous God who created us in His image therefore joy resides in Him and is a gift for us to cherish. There is an enemy though. The great thief. Satan is a joy thief and is at work robbing people of joy and laughter. As Christians we need to find the joy of the Lord to strengthen us in this time. Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. My prayer is that as we work together in community, asking God to continually fill us with joy and peace, we will have an overflowing sense of hope for a brighter future for the community here at Belmont Christian College.
12 Sep – CIS Athletics Carnival
17 & 19 Sep – Hunter Valley Zoo Excursion (Prep)
17-19 Sep – Stage 3 Camp
18 Sep – Rise Up
09 Sep – Newcastle CBD Geography Excursion (Year 9)
10 Sep – OzTag Gala Day
12 Sep – Prefect Induction Assembly
26 Sep – Year 12 Graduation Assembly
12 & 19 Sep – Play Group
10 Sep – College Tour
12 & 13 Sep – Primary School’s Seussical Jnr Musical
17 Sep – Showcase
19 Oct – Charity Golf Day
03 Dec – Presentation Night
2019 TERM DATES
TERM 1 29 January – 12 April (11 weeks)
TERM 2 29 April – 5 July (10 weeks)
TERM 3 29 July – 27 September (9 weeks)
TERM 4 14 October – 5 December (8 weeks)
Following a very positive camp program in the final week of last term, and much appreciated holidays, students have engaged in their work for the new term with real vigour and a sense of enlivened engagement. Year 11 and 12 have received their Mid-Course reports and have hopefully had an opportunity to reflect on the feedback received.
Remember, the marks and grades are only a minor aspect of a very valuable learning experience that often entails the ebbs and flows of success. Rather than losing heart, or resting on their laurels, they are encouraged to allocate time with their mentors and other teachers in order to keep achieving their personal best.
I will be interviewing each of the Year 12 students in the coming week before their Parent-Teacher Night to help them consider their coursework so far and what they have planned to further improve their results.
As we partner together I am particularly conscious of the transformative influence and eternal impact that we have on those in our care here at the College. It is a great privilege and awesome responsibility to work together to see our students feel they belong here, come to belief in Jesus here, and go on to become all they were meant to be in Christ.
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Sophie Aked 0478 843 722
Ben McCann 0411 600 942
Jared Cavaliere 0490 839 985
Denise Farthing 0411 286 303
DJ Cotton 0434 240 565
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Ian Percy 0419 235 890
David Banney 0448 522 335