College Events

Year 9 Rite Journey Calling and Departure Ceremony

Authors: Mrs Carri Campbell and Mr Paul Krause - Year 9 Coordinators

Mr Dobson starts proceedings at Wivenhoe Dam

Mr Dobson starts proceedings at Wivenhoe Dam

What a wonderful afternoon and evening we had on Thursday the 14th of March, 2019. One hundred and forty-six young eager faces shared an enjoyable afternoon tea together and energetic conversation with their Rite Journey teachers and each other in preparation for heading out to Wivenhoe Dam. We were a touch worried about the possibility of it ‘raining on our parade’ so to speak, as our three buses drove out to the Dam, but as we neared our destination, the skies cleared as the storm parted around us. Excited students rushed to the Ceremony site where Mr Krause, Mr Dobson and Mrs Campbell provided them with many notable words of wisdom to embark on the commencement of their journey as young adults.

Students then participated in the calling ceremony where they showed gratitude for their childhood and were called on their journey to adulthood. They took part in the ritual of leaving childish behaviours behind with their Rite Journey teacher by writing them onto a piece of paper and dissolving them in flame. Then, it was back on the bus to meet their families back at the College to share in dinner together.

The final stage of the evening - the Departure - involved students and parents/carers engaging in a letter exchange which allowed students to express their gratitude to their parents/carers for all of the amazing things they have done for them over the years and the parents/carers to share some funny, significant and often emotional memories of their journey so far. The opportunity also encouraged students to look forward to their adulthood and depart from immature childish behaviours and grow.

It was a really wonderful afternoon and evening and a lovely beginning to the Rite Journey this year.

Click here for photos of the Rite Journey Calling and Departure ceremony.

Year 11 Camp Reflection

Author: Miss Chloe Yates - Year 11 Coordinator

Before leaving for Camp in week 3, Year 11 students brainstormed and voted on three virtues that would become the core focus for our Pastoral Care program within our Year Level’s Fruit of Faith - Service. Perseverance, Courage and Unity were the three virtues our Year 11 students selected. These three virtues were displayed brilliantly as they rose to the myriad challenges of camp.

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Our first day at Emu Gully was a scorcher, but we persevered through tough conditions to complete our first round of activities and were rewarded with a refreshing swim in the dam. Some students found it challenging to adjust to sleeping in tents, using bucket showers, cooking with camp stoves and eating ration packs, but their discomfort was short-lived and many soon found the fun side of going back to basics.

Many of the activities at Emu Gully are centred on significant ANZAC experiences from World War 1 and World War 2 such as The Homefront which helped students to empathise with families of the ANZACs; and Templeton’s Crossing which emulated some of the experiences of the Kokoda Track. The overwhelming favourite activity for many students was driving the buggies, but the massive water slide into the dam was a close second.

For myself and all the teachers who attended Year 11 camp, it was an honour to witness the responsibility, self-regulation and commitment with which students approached every activity on camp. Students were pushed well beyond their comfort zones both physically and socially and met the challenges with integrity. Impressively, when surveyed after camp, 90% of students had worked with or had a social conversation with someone outside of their usual social group from school. Subsequently, many students found the lessons they gleaned about teamwork and leadership on camp to be the most pertinent:

“Team-work is very important and powerful when done the right way”

Lachlan Eleison

“You have to be there for people to overcome challenges”

Kelli Greif

“Instead of always leading from the front, to look out for your mates from the back”

Nicola Turnbull

Year 11 Camp was a successful and inspiring experience for students and staff alike. Students were given the opportunity to take ownership of their experiences and build their capacity for leadership and teamwork; while staff were privileged to preview some of the amazing capabilities and powerful leadership potential the College community will undoubtedly see during the rest of this year and into 2020.

Click here to see the photos from Year 11 Camp

Senior Badging Ceremony 2019 - Mrs Anderson's Message

Author: Mrs Janelle Anderson, Principal

This message was written by Mrs Anderson and shared on her behalf at each of the Senior Badging Ceremonies (held in House Groups) by members of the College Plenary Team.

As we enter this 20th Anniversary year, we are able to reflect on the vision and inspiration needed for a brave and daunting challenge, such as building a school. We are excited that God has sustained us as an ongoing community for the duration of the planning and the 20 years of wonderful development, growth and living and thriving in this Faith Life Education Community. As a reflection on all that we have become, we have chosen under the guidance of our Year 12 Senior leaders, the following verse from Colossians for our theme this year.

Colossians 2:7 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

Plant your roots in Christ and let him be the foundation for your life. Be strong in your faith, just as you were taught. And be grateful.

We are here today to badge our Year 12 Graduating Class of 2019. As they embark on their final year which is a culmination of all they have completed, participated in, performed and executed, we see them at their pinnacle in this school setting – they are to be our inspiration and motivation to be more and achieve more. But drawing on our bible verse and our College imagery of the tree, which inspires our fruits of faith and therefore our responsibilities within this community, we gain a further clarity from the Colossians verse.

Trees and plants get their nutrition through the root system. The roots also keep a plant or tree upright. Colossians 2:6-7 teaches us to let our roots grow down into Christ Jesus and to build our lives in him. Just like the tree, what we feed on makes us who we are. If a tree is planted in the right kind of soil, it will grow properly and live a long life. If the soil becomes contaminated, the tree is likely to become poorly or die. When some trees become flooded because of a swamp, they die. If a tree thrives in acid soil, but you pile lime on the ground over its roots, the tree may die. Also, a mature tree may die if you raise the level of the soil over its roots. Just as a good horticulturist will provide the right kind of soil and nutrition for the plants and trees in his care, our Heavenly Father has provided what we need to thrive under his care. God, our Creator knows us through and through. He knows what makes us work and what will give us fulfilling lives.

Just as God encourages us, we ask each Faith community member and in particular our Year 12 leaders, to encourage others to grow. The term transformational leadership underpins what we do, but it cannot happen if we each don’t take our responsibilities for the role in which we are placed. Whether that is being a student, a player, a team member, coach, teacher, friend, sibling or child, all intertwine for the best outcomes. This style of leadership occurs when one or more persons engage with others in such a way that leaders and followers raise one another to higher levels of motivation and morality." (Bass, 1978, page 20).

Our encouragement to each Year 12 student is to fulfil their responsibilities as our seniors in the following ways:

1)     Model the way

This is the simplest, but most effective thing you can do. Represent yourself as a role model for others, living out the expectations of the College in a way that makes you and others proud. For this to have an impact and for you to have credibility, you must do this with integrity. Be true to your words, and your actions must reflect what you say. Having good relationships grows from this character trait and you can then have expectations that others will walk alongside you to plan and achieve the goals we desire for the College.

2)     Inspire a shared vision

Ensure you have discussed with your peers, staff, and students the ideas and goals you have. Whether it is a formal role or your responsibilities in Care Group, teams, classes or working in class partnerships - being able to verbally share and be active in demonstrating strategies to achieve the vision is vital. You need to be an inspiration to others and this will require each of you to show positivity to promote participation through both your and others creativity and commitment. Set goals for yourself and provide targets for others. Always looking forward and promote the best outcomes for those you lead.

3)     Challenge the process

We should all strive to embrace achieving the agreed outcomes, but the methodology to succeed can be new. It is okay to challenge or question how and why things have been done in a particular way; change is inevitable. Know your purpose, seek others’ perspectives and plan. Remember change for changes sake is not always needed, but it is okay to sometimes test the unknown.

4)     Enable others to Act

In all you do, don’t underestimate utilising others skills and knowledge. Allow their ideas and their contributions to flourish, as this will strengthen the trust needed for success. Be aware - “We become most powerful (or influential) when we give our own power away.” For this to be believed you have to build a climate of trust and facilitate relationships.

The building of trust is an organisational quality. Once trust exists it becomes the norm that sets the standard for how teachers behave toward each other and their students. (For you this is also for how you relate to other students). Once part of the culture of the school, trust works “to liberate people to be their best, to give others their best, and to take risks: All of these behaviours help schools to become better places for students”(Sergiovanni, 2005, page 90).

This will mean you may need to show others different ways to engage, build up their skills and their competencies.  This will grow both their and your confidence. Remember though too much delegation can make you look lazy and lacking in motivation.

5)     Encourage the heart.

In all you do, you want to inspire a desire in others to participate and engage. This can only happen when you capture their interest. Create links to something they believe so they will put their heart into the idea, event or activity. What happens after the engagement is vital - celebrating successes and participation as well as acknowledging their contributions builds spirit and belonging. Recognition is something we all desire and this is why we are here today. As we ask you Year 12’s to pledge your commitment to these leadership responsibilities for this year, we also ask each of you, the students in front of us to also know that their success is based on your support and allegiance to the goals and plans for 2019 that they will share and ask of you. 

In all we do, may we know that God will be there to guide us and for us to remember he has made plans for us. So when we inevitably lose course sometimes, let’s go back to our foundations in Christ. Be grateful for the community and the gifts we receive and have the patience to find the path God has called for each of us.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, grow our love for you so we will trust in You when we can’t see the path ahead clearly. Help us to trust in You, more than we trust in our own abilities. Help us not to say yes when no is the right answer. Help us balance our time to be most effective and to accomplish Your will more than the will of others.

Never allow our plans to get ahead of – or in the place of – Your plan. Remind us frequently that Your way is best and we will always be most successful when we wait for You. Allow us to forgive easily, hold no grudges or bitterness, and live in and extend to others the grace You have provided to us. Never let us get so proud or arrogant that we forget we need Your hand upon our lives. Provide us with courage and conviction to face our fears and critics and lead people to bigger realities of Your will.

Grant us wisdom to make decisions big and small and to have the conviction to follow You when it contradicts our desires or the demands of others. Give us discernment and surround us with wise people who follow You and can speak into our lives. Help us guard our heart, overcome temptation, and keep our character and reputation above reproach. Build around us people who believe in us, know us, and are willing to speak hard truths into our lives.

Give us patience with people, the pace of progress, and with things we can’t understand. Assure us continually that Your plan is always worth waiting for and will be better than anything we can produce on our own. Help us communicate with clarity, consistency, and competence. Guard our tongue and keep us from reckless words. Make us an encourager and a builder of people with the things we say.

Help us to love each other and use our influence for the good of others. Allow us to see our life’s mission as bigger than today. Help us to leave a legacy, which brings glory to You.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Opening Service - Pastor Noel's Message

Author: Pastor Noel Burton

Readings: Colossians 2:7 & Psalm 1:3

Grace and peace to you from our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Pastor Noel Burton delivering his message at Opening Service

Pastor Noel Burton delivering his message at Opening Service

I went to Tasmania for a couple weeks in January. While there, we visited a facility breeding Tasmanian Devils and Quolls near Cradle Mountain National Park, an area with temperate rainforests. In a discussion about climate changes, the ranger pointed to a beautiful big gum tree, a beautiful big dead gum tree, and said it had died because the rains have not been up to what that tree needs. It died of insufficient water.

Psalm 1 begins, “1 God blesses those people who refuse evil advice and won't follow sinners or join in sneering at God. 2 Instead, the Law of the Lord makes them happy, and they think about it day and night. 3 They are like trees growing beside a stream, trees that produce fruit in season and always have leaves. Those people succeed in everything they do.” [CEV]

Water is essential for all life to grow and prosper. And if you are a tree, you need the right soil and right water level for your optimum growth and survival. A big, beautiful, old gum tree that has survived for hundreds of years will still die if it doesn’t have sufficient water. We are no different. We need water to survive. You can last for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. Less in extremely hot weather. Water is essential.

In my yard at Plainland, we have planted heaps of trees and bushes.  Early on we planted avocados and banksias.  We soon realised that even if we gave the right amount of water for these plants, the soil wasn’t right. Banksias like sandy soil, and avocados like well-drained soil too. Our first avocado tree was flourishing — until heavy rain came and got its roots too wet.

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All of which helps us understand our text for today: “They are like trees growing beside a stream, trees that produce fruit in season and always have leaves. Those people succeed in everything they do.” Trees need their roots to be in soil that is right for them, that nourishes them, with consistent water that is sufficient for them to grow and flourish. They flourish and are successful.

Taking that image, the Psalmist says we are similar, spiritually. Each of you gathered here today needs the right environment, the right soil we might say, to nurture you, and the right water delivered continually to sustain you. The Psalm tells us the major component of what we need to flourish and succeed is to be fed on the Word of God and be grounded in Christ, to be nourished and sustained by Christ.

As I look out on this forest of trees before me today, students of Faith College, I also see trees that have been planted beside a stream. As we apply this Psalm to your student life at Faith, we see why for Faith College, the Word of God forms the foundation of all that Faith College does.

Faith College will be celebrating its 20th year, and that celebration recognises that it has flourished, and you, its students have flourished, because there is a foundation in the Word of God and in Christ Jesus. The vision for Faith College to exist grew out of people with their roots grounded in the soil and stream of the Word of God. And that vision continues today. Through this foundation, this soil and this stream of living water coming to us through the Word of God, Faith College continues to flourish and be successful.  You, students of Faith, continue to flourish and be successful.

This is both a statement of what happens, an observation by the Psalmist that life works better this way in God’s world, but also a promise from God that he will flourish and nurture you through his Word. Therefore, it is an encouragement both to each of you as individuals and to you all together as a community of Faith College to remain with that foundation of God and his Word, and of Jesus. It is an encouragement to continue personally anchoring your life in God’s Word, receiving encouragement, knowledge and hope by it, which overflows into all other areas of your life. It is a promise of God that as you do, you will flourish and succeed. And what does that flourishing and succeeding look like? Many in our world judge that by one measure — money. Others judge by fame or beauty. But these are a very poor measures of success. What is being talked about here is deeper, more fulfilling, and more rewarding. 

Success and flourishing is about relationships, about community, about joy, about peace, about fulfilling the purpose God has for you. In fact, one measure of flourishing as a person would mean they increasingly have the following attributes in their life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. In a college environment, we might include knowledge and understanding, compassion and commitment. And for the community, success might be helping students to grow and mature as well-rounded people, grounded in God’s Word and in Jesus, prepared for the world and prepared to fulfil their God-given purpose in life.

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We are experiencing a severe drought in many areas of our land. Drought strains people and communities, plants and animals. Sometimes you can come across a tree that flourishes in the dry times because its roots have gone deep, deep, down into the soil finding water underground, hidden from above. As we individually and together as a community of Faith College anchor ourselves deep in God’s Word, we become like those trees. We gain a resilience that carries us through the dry times in life, the tough times, the droughts. We continue to flourish even when times are tough. We continue to succeed even as we face trials and struggles. And this happens because God not only works this way through his Word, but he promises to nourish and sustain us as we stay grounded and anchored in Jesus. As I said before, it is both an observation of how life works, and a promise of God to you.

So, as you begin this new school year, “Plant your roots in Christ and let him be the foundation for your life. Be strong in your faith, just as you were taught. And be grateful.” (Colossians 2:7 [CEV])

And as you face the good times and the tough times, may you anchor yourselves in God’s Word. May he fulfil his promise and nourish you so that you flourish and succeed to be the young people he made you to be. Amen.

The peace of God, which is beyond all human understanding, stand guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Amen.

Year 7 Camp 2019

Authors: Mr Richard Miegel and Ms Anna Hanssen, Year 7 Coordinators

Preparing to depart for Year 7 camp

Preparing to depart for Year 7 camp

As the new school year started, our Year 7 students arrived with a sense of nerves and excitement as they commenced their time at Faith. The nerves were particularly real as they prepared to head off to Year 7 Camp at Luther Heights. The nerves quickly faded away as students began meeting new friends and their Year Level teachers. It was an exciting three days for the students whilst on camp. The students were full of energy and participated well in all of the activities. In their time at Luther Heights, students got to know one another and developed new friendships as they participated in a range of activities directed at improving teamwork and getting to know one another.

Some of the activities that students participated in included Rescue Me, Challenge Course, Flying Fox, Beach Games and Team Challenge. One of the highlights was seeing students at the Flying Fox and Challenge Course. It was great to see the support and encouragement that students gave each other as they worked together to finish the Challenge Course and to watch as some students conquered their fear of heights. In speaking with a number of students whilst on camp and at school, these activities were also the highlight for many students as well.

We believe that one of the hardest things about starting Year 7 is working out how to use the combination locks for the lockers! While on camp, the students were taught how to use their locks, timetables, and diaries which are essential skills for their transition into high school.

Year 7 students getting ready for the Flying Fox

Year 7 students getting ready for the Flying Fox

We were blessed with the weather, only experiencing a couple of brief showers that didn’t put a dampener on the activities or the students’ spirits. The Year 7 students are to be commended on their behaviour throughout the trip. All of our staff who attended were really impressed with their efforts and attitudes toward the different activities and in being inclusive of everyone. Well done Year 7!

Starting at a new school can be a daunting experience for many students. For all students and parents/carers who are new to Faith, there is some useful information and tips regarding successful transitioning into a new school on SchoolTV. School TV can be found on the Faith Lutheran College portal or by clicking on the following link: https://faithlc.qld.schooltv.me/resource

We look forward to continue getting to know the Year 7 students as they settle into their classes and involve themselves in the many opportunities offered at Faith.

Click here to view more photos from Year 7 Camp on the College Facebook page.