Friday 10 November 2017
Visiting students from Indonesia enjoyed a day of surfing at Wilsons Prom earlier this term.
Dates to Remember November Friday 10 Saturday 11 Mon 13 – Fri 17 Tuesday 14 Friday 17 Mon 20 – Fri 24 Wed 22 – Sun 26 Saturday 25 Monday 27 Tuesday 28 Tues 28 – Wed 13 Thursday 30 December Wednesday 6 Thursday 7 Friday 8 Monday 11 Wednesday 13
Prep – Year 1 Swimming Lessons Year 10 Formal Year 9 Wilsons Prom Camp 2 Prep and ELC Information Evening Prep – Year 1 Swimming Lessons Years 9–10 Exams BATS RACV Energy Breakthrough Year 12 Valedictory Dinner Report Writing Day (Student Free) Orientation Day HeadStart Program Year 4 Graduation JS Twilight Chapel MS Portfolio/Th!nk Project Evening SS Presentation Night MS Presentation Night Term 4 Concludes
Follow Chairo on Facebook facebook.com/chairo.drouin.east facebook.com/chairo.drouin Esther and April lead singing at last night’s General Meeting.
Whole School News General Meeting Report
It was pleasing to have parents and staff members from each Chairo campus in attendance at last night’s Association general meeting, which was an encouraging, informative and enjoyable event. Simon Matthews commenced the meeting with a devotion from Psalm 146 regarding how we should plan and rule rightly … praising God and placing our trust and hope in Him. Singing of a worship song was then led by several talented Drouin Senior School student musicians and vocalists. Two representatives from Flinders Christian Community College were present: Board Chairman, David Flack, and Executive Principal, Cameron Pearce. David spoke about opportunities presented unexpectedly by God, including Flinders becoming involved in Christian education in the Latrobe Valley
The Chairo and Flinders Board Chairs and Executive Principals at last night’s Association General Meeting.
about 13 years ago and now Chairo carrying on this important work. Bryan Lewis reported regarding Chairo’s current financial position and next year’s budget and development plans. We have certainly been greatly blessed by God over many years, and therefore have much to be thankful for! Two of our parents, Rob Bruce and Clinton Tepper, reported about CEN’s inaugural Nurture Conference, which they attended several months ago with their wives, Jemima and Michelle. They summarised the messages delivered by the speakers and explained how their good advice and instruction applies to us as a Christian school, and as parents raising our children in a complicated world. The annual Board election was conducted, with Rob Bruce, Chris Dean, Pete Morison and Allan Piening each elected to serve three-year terms on the Board. Praise God for willing and available parents who are prepared to serve the Chairo community in this important way. Guest speaker Darren Iselin from Christian Heritage College in Queensland highlighted the importance of sustaining vision and culture through generational transition in Christian schools. Whereas the first generation of families were called to imagine, build and cultivate, subsequent generations (especially Board members and those in senior leadership positions) need to be ‘guardians of the vision’. As part of an update regarding the Traralgon Campus, Simon Matthews introduced Keryn de Bruyn, who will serve as the Principal at Traralgon from the start of next year. Strategic Plan 2018–2022, Growing Stronger, was also launched at the meeting. This plan is guided by a model that seeks to emphasise our focus, clarify our context and identify our success factors. All families and staff members will receive copies of the Strategic Plan booklet next week.
From the Senior Chaplain Next week, each Chairo student will begin to explore what the Bible says about thanksgiving. In the Bible, thanksgiving is far more prominent, and far more important, than we may think: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6–7) But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:3–4) Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful… And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him… Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (Colossians 3:15, 17, 4:2) The bottom line: thanksgiving is central to the everyday life of the Christian. An ungrateful Christian is a contradiction in terms. Gratitude, thankfulness, thanksgiving—this is the daily habit of the Christian. When we give thanks, we remember who God is, what He has done for us in Christ, what He has done in history, and what He has in store for us. Thanksgiving is one of the ways in which we set our hearts on things above… not earthly things (Colossians 3:1–2). Tell your children what you are thankful for each day. Model thanksgiving in your prayers, and encourage them to be thankful in their own. Share the above scriptures with them, and also 1 Chronicles 16:34–35, Psalm 9:1–2, Psalm 106:1–2, Colossians 2:6–7, and 1 Timothy 3:1–2. May we all, as Chairo families, be overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:7). Medon Loupis, Senior Chaplain
Middle School Uniform Change Families with children who will be in Middle School in 2018 are reminded that the transition from light blue polo shirts to the collared, button-up Chairo shirts will commence next year. Students in Years 7 and 8 will be expected to wear the button-up shirts (no ties), while the same will apply from the start of 2019 for students in Years 5 and 6. To assist with the availability of polo shirts for Years 5 and 6 students, families (including those with children in Years 7 and 8 next year) that have spare shirts are encouraged to make these available on the school’s Facebook Buy, Swap & Sell page or donate them to the secondhand uniform shop at the Drouin East Campus.
Careers at Chairo Current Vacancies: Drum Tutor (Pakenham) chairo.vic.edu.au/careers
Drouin Campus News HeadStart
The Senior School HeadStart program will begin on Tuesday 28 November. All 2018 Years 10 to 12 students will commence their studies for next year during the final two weeks of Term 4. Please note that full summer uniform must be worn throughout this time.
Uniform Shop Opening Hours Please note the following opening hours for the uniform shop at the Drouin Campus through the remainder of the school year. January opening hours will be advised at a later date. To make an appointment, please contact Tiana on 5625 4600, ext. 178. • Tuesday 28 November (Orientation Day): 8.00 am – 12.00 pm (general sales), 12.30–3.00 pm (by appointment only) • Wednesday 29 November: 8.30 am – 2.30 pm (by appointment only) • Thursday 30 November: 9.00 am – 12.00 pm (by appointment only) and 1.00–5.00 pm (general sales) • Friday 1 December: 9.00 am – 2.30 pm (by appointment only) • Monday 4 December: 8.00 am – 12.00 pm (by appointment only) • Tuesday 5 December: 8.00 am – 12.00 pm (general sales) and 12.30–2.30 pm (by appointment only) • Wednesday 6 December: 9.00 am – 2.30 pm (by appointment only) • Thursday 7 December: 9.00 am – 12.00 pm (by appointment only) and 1.00–5.00 pm (general sales) • Monday 11 December: 8.30 am – 12.00 pm (by appointment only) • Tuesday 12 December: 8.00 am – 12.00 pm (general sales) and 12.30–2.30 pm (by appointment only) • Wednesday 13 December: 9.00 am – 1.30 pm (by appointment only)
Music Showcase Success
SPH Indonesia Visit
Throughout the past two weeks, music students from across the Drouin and Drouin East campuses have presented two showcase events that highlighted their many gifts and talents. It is fantastic that we have so many students willing and able to perform for their appreciative audiences, and share the gifts they have been blessed with. I encourage all students to take any opportunity that arises to perform, as it is such a treat to others and certainly appreciated and enjoyed by all. Music is a performance art, and I hope and pray that our students will continue to share their gifts with the wider Chairo community. Jason Ward, Head of Music
At the beginning of Term 4, Chairo had the great opportunity to host a group of students from SPH (Sekolah Pelita Harapan), our sister school in Indonesia. During the seven days that the students shared with us, they stayed with Years 9 and 10 host families and experienced various aspects of Australian culture. It was fantastic to be able to share this beautiful part of Gippsland with them, and host families even experienced some new things themselves as they became like tour guides for the curious students. While staying with their host families, the experiences of SPH students included Healesville Sanctuary, bowling, AFL football, church, Phillip Island, Bible studies, barbecues, swimming, nature walks, school life and the joy of no homework. For those who hosted students, it was a pleasure to be able to bond and get to know them personally as they became part of the family for a week. Together we went surfing and hiking at Wilsons Prom and, despite the poor weather, were able to enjoy it immensely. Few enjoyed tasting vegemite (nor the thought of dropbears!), and many expressed a desire for spicy food and warmer weather, but overall, the student exchange was an undeniable success. Many Chairo students developed strong friendships with students from Indonesia and are looking forward to the trip to Indonesian next year, hoping to reconnect with their new friends and perhaps even meet their families. Jacob York, Year 10
Xpressions Student Drama Festival The Years 9 and 10 drama classes entered this year’s Xpressions Student Drama Festival, which was held at Marist Sion College on Thursday 26 October. Xpressions has been running for over ten years and is organised by the Baw Baw Shire through the West Gippsland Arts Centre. Both classes had to write, rehearse and perform a 15-minute piece of theatre based on a recent news article. They were also responsible for running the lights and sound. All students worked hard to produce energetic, creative pieces that were appreciated by a small but supportive audience. Innocence was the title of the Year 9 contribution about teenage drug use, while the Year 10 class wrote The Emergency Button, a well-observed drama about strangers trapped in a broken-down lift.
The Year 9 class was awarded ‘Best Ensemble’ and the Year 10 class received the award for ‘Best Use of Technology’. Congratulations to both classes for pulling off a major theatrical exercise, which for some was their very first time on stage!
Community Noticeboard Summer Roundups at MVR
Mill Valley Ranch at Tynong North holds Roundups (holiday camps) during all school holiday breaks, with activities tailored to suit different age group. Roundups provide the opportunity for a wide variety of ranch adventure activities and the development of horse riding skills. There will be six separate camps this coming summer, with the first commencing on 10 December. Camps are for a number of age groups: 10–13, 10–15, 12–16 and 14–17. Most are horse camps but some are adventure camps (no horse program). For more information, or to book online, go To register your interest for Speech & Drama to mvr.org.au.
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