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2011 was once again a special year of growth and development for our school. The cycle of planning and implementation of ongoing school improvement characteristic of our school over the last decade saw major projects actioned.
God has certainly blessed our school in 2010. Highlights of the year stand out clearly.
What would we do to advance our school if there was nothing to stop us from doing it? This is always a great question for us to ask ourselves. We could substitute school for church, for family, for career, for marriage, for goals in life etc…
But let’s just restrict ourselves to school for now.
Reporting on the 2008 school year On the wall in my office I have a mini poster that says, ”Today’s preparation determines tomorrow’s achievement.” I like that thought and find that the task of educators is to work in the present, conscious of the past, but planning constantly for the future. In a way, that is what we do as Christians. We remember our past, are conscious of what Christ has done for us and work under his loving support to find our way to a life of everlasting brilliance in heaven.
A copy of the annual report for 2007 was distributed with the last newsletter for 2007. It is a snapshot of what has happened in 2007. It certainly was an amazing year and one in which our school has travelled far. I acknowledge the State and Commonwealth Governments for the huge contribution that they have made to transform our school facilities.
Our school clearly states our values, beliefs and standards for behaviour. As a caring Christian community, we teach and learn together developing each person, to assist them in using the gifts and talents God has given to them to the best of our ability. All this is in praise to God, for their own well-being, and for service to the wider community. This means that our choices are guided by our Christian values.
Life for all of us is a journey. We are constantly moving through a changing landscape. We make many choices along the way, based upon our values and how we view what happens to and around us. All of us are going somewhere, the journey does end, and we will all experience the journey differently. It is my prayer as a Lutheran School Principal that all who come to Bethany know that God loves them immensely and that they have been introduced to the best possible friend with whom to journey.