Easter Assembly 2016

Easter Assembly 2016

One of the most important events on the Southern Highlands Christian School calendar each year is the Easter Assembly. While Christmas is an important time to remember the birth of Jesus as God’s son, Easter is the crucial piece of the Christianity puzzle. It is the time we remember the huge sacrifice Jesus made in giving his life for us. Without the death of Jesus (and later his resurrection), we would have no connection with God in this broken world. Last Thursday parents and friends were invited to the Easter assembly; to witness a presentation of the Easter message. Students in Secondary School used drama to tell the Easter story, interwoven with an entertaining narrative by Roslyn and Beth from the Year 9/10 Drama class. Using a light behind a curtain, the students mimed the story with shadows and imagery, powerfully depicting the story of Jesus’ life and death through mime. The wonder of this story was reflected by the animated conversation between Roslyn (the narrator) and Beth (the seeker). The Southern Highlands Christian School choir followed with a beautiful three part harmony arrangement of Hallelujah (originally written by Lenard Cohan, arranged by Mr Michael Bunyan). Personally, it gave me an image of the angels singing in heaven! To finish up the assembly, Pastor Larry Mullan from The Fields Church, Bowral, gave the Easter message. He spoke about how ‘sin’ is not just about a wrong deed, it is also about us being apart from God because of Adam and Eve’s taking of the fruit against God’s instructions (this story can be read in the book of Genesis, first...
Year 11 and 12 at the Powerhouse Museum

Year 11 and 12 at the Powerhouse Museum

Last week Year 11 and 12 Design and Technology took a trip with Mr Straughan to the Powerhouse Museum. We spent the day exploring the museum and looking at many different exhibitions and displays. Later in the day we heard a seminar based on HSC design projects and contributing factors, from an Industrial Designer from NSW University. A Senior Marker also gave a talk on how to put together a Year 12 portfolio and the design process for an HSC major work submission. A highlight of the museum was the Wiggles Exhibition, which included old memorabilia, many fun activities and an exciting approach to design, with fun vibrant colours and odd shapes. Another highlight of the day was the first talk by The industrial Designer which was extremely insightful on putting the design process into practice, including real life examples of her previous projects, to help inspire the students. By Jessica Willis & Olivia...
Peace through sacrifice – Shakespeare gets it

Peace through sacrifice – Shakespeare gets it

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet conjures visions of teenagers, tortured by love, trapped within feuding families, and fuelled by an impossible passion. It’s how Shakespeare, master of tragedy, has always been interpreted. But Bell Shakespeare’s touring company – Actors at Work – presented a considerably more thoughtful view when they performed for SHCS’ 7 – 10 students on Monday. The pared and adapted production, paused at key dramatic intervals to consider the choices being made and the forces at work in the lives of these young people, touching on the innate rationality of our students, while drawing them towards the intensity of feeling between the young lovers. The focus was less on an overwrought and sensationalised sense of tragedy, than on a genuine valuing of two young lives, the importance of family, and the damage done through a loss of trust between the two generations. Perhaps surprisingly, the company fleshed out the comedy that arises when teenagers enter the world and navigate it themselves for the first time. But a peculiar sense of tragedy stalked each comic encounter. Students were invited to question the actors at the conclusion of the performance, then broke into year groups to discuss the play and the actors’ interpretation with teachers. It was encouraging to see how clearly they had grasped the action of the play and engaged with the arguments and ideas it explores. Shakespeare pronounces the ancient feud between the families buried with the death of their beloved children. Peace through sacrifice. I could not help but hear echoes of the sacrifice of God Himself in the loss of His son to reconcile...
Year 3-10 new subject ‘Strand’

Year 3-10 new subject ‘Strand’

It’s not often you hear of so many school years being involved in the same subject… but that’s just what’s intriguing about Southern Highland Christian School’s new endeavour, the Strand Program. Strand is one lesson a week that Years 3 to 10 do at the same time, giving the students a chance to choose a lesson that inspires and also gives them a chance to work with peers outside their own age group. Some of the delightful subjects on offer for Term 1 are : Bunny’s Angels (choir) Speaking no Squeaking (Public Speaking) Bowral’s Next Top Model (Model Gliders) Little Guitars for Little Stars (Ukulele Group) World of Wool Craft (Wool Craft) Williams’ House of Pain (Boot Camp run by PDHPE teacher Mr Williams) Chip Off the Old Block (Golf) Life Through a Lens (Photography and Audio Visual Club) From A to Z (Art to Zoology – Animal Drawing) Lil Readers (Volunteer Reading Program) Robertson Couch Potatoes (Running Club) So You Think You Can Dance? (Dance) May the Frosting Be With You (Cupcake Decorating)  ...
AFL and NRL stars teach students about being healthy

AFL and NRL stars teach students about being healthy

Junior School students have had the privilege of two elite sports teams visit the school recently and present them with ideas of what it means to be healthy. Current players from the the Sydney Swans AFL and the West Tigers NRL teams presented their hints and tips on not only what it means to be healthy physically, but also emotionally. Students participated in activities run by NRL and AFL representatives and were able to ask questions and have photos with current players. Student leaders prayed for these players and visitors and thanked them for their presentation. We thank the AFL and NRL for time and willingness to create awareness about health and well-being with our...