It is good to be back face-to-face.
Despite the disruption to our commencement, I applaud the way the students have settled into their routines seemingly unphased by our lockdown, the feeling of unease portrayed in the media, and requirement to wear masks at school.
I was reflecting on the additional lengths our athletes are having to go through (on top of their usual training and preparations - demanding enough!) to just compete. It seems that if we really want to do something, there is a way - even during a pandemic.
As parents, it is important that we demonstrate to our children and young people that, although life may be a little more inconvenient, the human spirit will triumph through perseverance and prayerful application.
James sums it up nicely:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
We have a lot to celebrate as we (finally) commence Term 3, including the welcoming of new staff. We also celebrate Year 1 teacher, Abbie Watkins, on the safe arrival of Macie on Monday, 19 July...
We welcome the following member of staff to our team for the commencement of Term 3:
Donna Bowshall commenced in the ELC during the holidays in the new position of Assistant Director. Donna brings a wealth of experience and a broad understanding of Children’s Services in the Early Years. Her role will have a focus on meeting legislative and operational requirements for the ELC.
Sheree McGlone who is well known to the King’s community, comes into 2W to replace Sue Wood who retired at the end of Term 2. We will have the opportunity to farewell Miss Wood who has served the community for 33 years later in the year. Mrs McGlone comes to the Early Years team offering a wealth of experience and enthusiasm.
Karen Brodie joins our Junior School for Term 3 covering Catherine Collins who is taking leave. Karen has been undertaking relief work at King’s and we appreciate her willingness to step into this role for the term. Karen will share the 5C class with Kerry Lane.
Krystyna Cox will be assisting in two of our Reception classes as Melanie Cheel is on leave also for Term 3. Krystyna has been providing relief teaching at King’s across R-5 since February 2020.
Chantel Juett joins the Middle and Senior School team for Semester 2 covering classes in Food and Hospitality. Chantel is an Old Scholar and has most recently worked as the Home Economics teacher at Norwood Morialta and Mary Mackillop.
Lisa-Marie Draper will be teaching some Year 9 Japanese classes for Semester 2. Lisa-Marie is well known at King’s having served in numerous capacities over many years.
Patrick Latham joins our Middle School Team, as Leah Smith [Year 6] commences Maternity Leave. Patrick has just completed a Bachelor of Education at Tabor. He completed a placement at King’s in 2017 and has worked since 2019 in our OSHC and is familiar with our community.
Courtney Wood [who commenced late in Term 2] is replacing Abbie Watkin’s in Year 1. Courtney has a double degree in Education, Arts and Theology and has most recently been teaching in England, returning to Australia at the end of 2020.
Geraldine Downes has joined our Marketing and Communications Team late last term bringing experience in graphic design, photography and videography. Geraldine has a strong background in design and marketing and has worked in the education sector.
Kylie Winterfield is our Enrolments & Community Relations Coordinator for the Adelaide Hills Campus. Kylie will initially spend time at Wynn Vale but will eventually base herself at Mt Barker facilitating a smooth enrolment process for our Adelaide Hills enrolments. Kylie is a qualified teacher and has a Bachelor of Applied Science.
Christen Toft is our new 6-12 daily Organiser following the resignation of Chantelle Walker. Christen has extensive administration experience with high level organisational skills, which will ensure our daily organisational matters are covered well.
Finally, we warmly welcome Trish Butler back after her term in Cooktown.