Term 1, Week 8
This week’s newsletter celebrates two successful Stage 5 camps: the Year 9 Homeless Challenge and Year 10’s Wontama.
Both camps are central to the Senior Teaching and Learning Plan, particularly to students’ becoming leaders of godly character.
The Year 10 group visited Wontama on Thursday morning, where they enjoyed meeting and entertaining the residents. Some of the residents then visited OCS the next day, for morning tea and lunch. Our students prepared and served food, and entertained their guests with music, comedy, dancing and games. The two days presented wonderful opportunities for Year 10 to develop insight, understanding and empathy from people with extensive life experience.
The Year 9 group gained a glimpse of the difficulties faced by people who live on the street each night. They were encouraged to explore what a Christian response to the predicament of homelessness should be, and how they might work together to make a difference in their community. Our students were challenged to consider what it means to be disadvantaged in an affluent society.
Please read on below for perspectives on both camps from students and staff.
Have a blessed week.
Senior Section Co-ordinator
The Year 9 Homeless Challenge
- Pay your taxes;
- Pay your rent;
- Say no to violence;
- Get involved in politics;
- Honour God with your lives.
The Year 10 Wontama Camp
On Thursday, 7th of March, Year 10 visited Wontama age care residents.
We arrived at 10:30am and were split into groups, and taken to different living areas. Each group did different activities with the residents. Some of these activities included games of pool, chess, colouring-in, fitness, karaoke and dancing.
During the day at Wontama, it was really important for us to connect and make time for conversations. We enjoyed hearing their stories; some that were quite extraordinary. A lady named Daphne, for instance, used to catch live snakes when she was young, and sell them for 5 shillings a foot! Some groups were lucky enough to be entertained with amazing yodelling!
The residents of Wontama shared some wisdom and inspiring life lessons, which we were able to take away with us. Year 10 were all surprised by different aspects of the trip, but overall thought it was a worthwhile experience. The elderly people were so welcoming and keen to talk about themselves, and asked us all what our goals and dreams for the future were (about ten times!)
Many of us remembered the faces of the same people when they visited us the next day. Year 10 was encouraged to visit the Wontama residents in our own time, and many of us are very keen to do so. It was a very worthwhile experience and we were blessed to have this opportunity.
– Jai and Sophie
On Friday, 8th of March, eight Wontama residents came to Orange Christian School to socialise and spend time with Year 10.
Year 10 was divided into three teams. The first team was in charge of decorating and serving lunch and desert. They planned ahead successfully, and designed a rustic black and white colour scheme that contributed well towards the food that was being served.
The second team was responsible for entertaining the residents, including games, songs, trivia, jokes and more. Many of the residents were willing to share their talents and hobbies, such as yodelling, singing and many other performances.
The final team was responsible for cooking lunch and dessert. They served up meals such as mini quiches, meatballs, canapés, spring rolls, scones, mini pavlovas and brownie mouse cups. These dishes were enjoyed by everyone.
Josh’s Wontama Jokes
Josh Windeyer (Year 10) delivered a stand-up comedy performance for the Wontama residents, when they visited recently.
Here are a few of the items from his show:
1. I know a lot of jokes about unemployed people, but none of them work.
2. I told my girlfriend she drew her eyebrows too high. She seemed surprised.
3. My boss told me to have a good day – so I went home.
4. Why is Peter Pan always flying? He neverlands.
5. The other day, my wife asked me to pass her lipstick but I accidentally passed her a glue stick. She still isn’t talking to me.
6. When you look really closely, all mirrors look like eyeballs.
7. My friend says to me: “What rhymes with orange?” I said, “No it doesn’t.”
8. I couldn’t figure out why the baseball kept getting larger. Then it hit me.
9. What’s orange and sounds like a parrot? A carrot.
10. Parallel lines have so much in common. It’s a shame they’ll never meet.
11. Knock, knock.
Adore is between us. Open up!
Dweck: ‘Every Student has Something to Teach Me’
We’ve been promoting growth mindset among our students for well over twelve months now. Occasionally we hear good things from our students – and know the program is making making a difference.
The following excerpt is a summary from a Carol Dweck article, ‘Every Student has Something to Teach Me’. It provides an insight into what growth mindset means to a teacher.
Someone once asked me what the essence of a growth mindset teacher was. I said it was the belief that “Every student has something to teach me.” When you are in a fixed mindset, the child who has trouble learning something is a threat, a threat to your self-concept as a good teacher. In some cases, teachers just blame the child. Similarly, when you are in a fixed mindset, an unmotivated student or a disruptive student is a threat. But in a growth mindset, those students are challenges; they’re opportunities to hone your skills, increase your understanding, and become a better teacher. In fact, some teachers tell their students, “Every time you make a mistake, become confused, or struggle, you make me a better teacher.” These students go home and boast to their parents, “I really helped my teacher today!” As you get to know your classes this year, please remember that this is the beginning of a long and rewarding journey. You have many things to learn and many people to learn from. You’re only going to get better and better. Above all, keep reminding yourself that every single student has something valuable to teach you.
CAROL S. DWECK is a professor of psychology at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., and the author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
Bible Study Program, 2019
|Bible Lessons Term 1||Mon||Tues||Wed||Thurs|
|Week 1 – Matthew||Holiday||Intro Matt||5||6|
|Week 2 – Matthew||13||19||26||28|
|Week 3 – Mark||Intro Mark and Mark 1||2||3||4|
|Week 4 – Mark||5||6||7||8|
|Week 5 – Mark||9||10||11||12|
|Week 6 – Mark||13||14||15||16|
|Week 7 – Luke||Intro Luke and Luke 1||2||10||12|
|Week 8 – Luke||15||16||18||20|
|Week 9 – Luke/John||24||Intro John||3||6|
|Week 10 – John||10||14||15||16|
|Week 11-John||17||20||Easter Crucifixion||Easter
|Bible Lessons Term 2||Mon||Tues||Wed||Thurs|
|Week 1- Acts||Intro Acts||1||2||4|
|Week 2- Acts||6||7||9||16|
|Week 3 – Acts||17||26||27||28|
|Week 4- Romans||Intro Romans||2||3||5|
|Week 5- Romans||8||12||13||14|
|Week 6- 1 Corinthians||Intro 1Corinthians + Ch1||2||13||15|
|Week 7- 2 Corinthians||Queen Birthday||Intro 2Corinthian + Ch1||4||5|
|Week 8 2Corinthians/Galations||8||9||Intro Galations + Ch1||2|
|Week 9- Galations/Ephesians||4||5||6||Intro Ephesians + Ch1|
|Bible Lessons Term 3||Mon||Tues||Wed||Thurs|
|Week 1- Philippians||Intro Philippians||1||2||3|
|Week 2- Colossians||Intro Colossians||1||2||3|
|Week 3 – 1Thessalonians||Intro/ Ch 1||3||4||5|
|Week 4 – 2 Thessalonians||Intro/ Ch 1||2||1 Timothy Ch1||4|
|Week 5 – 1 Timothy||5||6||2 Timothy Ch1||2|
|Week 6 – 2 Timothy||3||Titus/ ch1||3||Philemon
|Week 7 – Hebrews||Intro/ Ch 1||2||3||4|
|Week 8 – Hebrews||8||10||11||12|
|Week 9 – James||Intro/Ch1||2||Year 12 Assembly||4|
|Bible Lessons Term 4||Mon||Tues||Wed||Thurs|
|Week 1 – 1Peter||Intro/Ch1||2||3||4|
|Week 2 – 1/2 Peter||5||Intro/Ch1||2||3|
|Week 3 – 1 John||Intro||1||2||3|
|Week 4 -1/2/3 John||4||5||2John/ all||3John/ all|
|Week 5 – Jude/Revelations||Jude/ all||Revelations intro||1||2|
|Week 6 Revelations||3||4||5||6|
|Week 7 Revelations||8||12||13||14|
|Week 8 1 Revelations||19||21||22||Christmas- Matthew|
|Week 9 Christmas||Luke||John||Staff Worship|
|Wed 20 Mar||RYDA (Yr 11)|
|Tues-Wed 26-27 March||Parent Teacher Meetings|
|Mon, Tues 8-9 April||Senior Exams|
|Mon-Fri 10-12 April||Senior Retreat, Canberra|
|Sat 13 April – Sun 28 April||School Holidays|
|Fri 19 April||Good Friday|
|Sun 21 April||Easter Sunday|