Welcome to Term Two! I hope that you enjoyed a break over the Easter weekend and holidays, if you were fortunate enough to get some time off that is. It has certainly been a unique schedule so far this week with more time off for students than actual school days! However, it has been a special week. It started off with Easter, an important time where we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the gift of forgiveness that he gives us. The Easter mega chapel at the end of last term was a powerful reminder of this sacrifice. On Wednesday
It has been a term full of highlights and activities at Mueller. There have been some excellent learning opportunities for students including the commencement of 30 new subjects in Year Eleven and students across the school learning about everything from the quadratic equations to the beginnings of the alphabet in Prep.
You are probably aware that next week is a significant week in the Mueller calendar. ‘You Belong’ week at Mueller is great week of community building and opportunities for student to serve one another. It coincides each year with the National Day Against Bullying on the 15th of March and the Leukaemia Foundation, ‘Shave for a Cure’.
A new year at school inevitably brings new things for people to learn. New processes, new people to meet, new subjects and new teachers. I am still struggling to remember to write ‘19’ and not ‘18’ when I write the date!
We have just finished celebrating the graduation of the 2018 school cohort of Year Twelve students and now the Year Eleven students are coming to terms with being the oldest students in the High School! Something that the Year Fives will shortly be doing in the Primary school as well.
I was blessed last week to spend some time at the Year Ten camp at Emu Gully. It was a well-run camp in which the students were challenged by the activities and instructors, as well as just enjoying some time away together and having fun. It also showed the spirit and team-oriented nature of this year level as they willingly pitched in and helped one another.
Most students are currently in the middle of completing assignments and exams, especially the Year Twelve students who are experiencing a particularly busy time at the moment. Whilst the important academic work is crucial to student learning, schools are about more than just exams. Some of the great memories of school, moments which people treasure are of the camps and activities undertaken with their school mates. September is certainly the month for that!
Parents send their children to school with the expectation that they will learn the core skills of literacy and numeracy. At Mueller we invest in a lot of resources in these pursuits and highly value these important skills for students. In fact, these remain a primary focus of most education systems, including the Queensland’s QCE system, however there is a growing acknowledgement that there is more to preparing students for life beyond school than reading and writing. The new QCE system acknowledges this and includes scope for students learning ‘21st century skills’.
What a great day the Mueller fete was on Saturday! The smiling faces, the music and laughter on the rides, the smell of doughnuts and pizzas cooking and the magnificent winter weather all adds up to everything we wanted the fete to be. The sense of community was palpable, and I even ran into a bunch of past students who were making the annual trip back to the Mueller Fete.
In reflecting on the many student achievements of the semester there is much to be thankful for: a wonderful musical ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, a moving ANZAC Day service and march back in April, Year level camps for Year Eight and Eleven and lots of great learning. Even this week there has been Year Six Colonial Day, The Day of the Notables for Year Eight, Primary Athletics and ‘Principal for a Day’. No wonder we need a holiday! Whilst we are very proud of our students and these achievements, we are conscious that Mueller College is made up of 1560 individuals, each of whose development is equally important.