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15 November 2023

Welcoming our Year 7s

  • From the Head of Middle School

Welcoming our new Year 7s

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 (NIV)

Our Year 7 Orientation Day was a resounding success and we couldn't be more excited to welcome our incoming students. The day was a wonderful opportunity for our future students to immerse themselves in the vibrant community here at the College.

Tuesday 7 November commenced with a warm and friendly welcome as our dedicated Team greeted the students at the front of the College. Students were then led to the EPAC (Emmaus Performing Arts Centre), where they connected with the Year 7 Team and embarked on a journey of exciting orientation activities.

During this event, we had the privilege of connecting with many parents over coffee, underscoring the vital partnership between families and the College in shaping the lives of our young students. In the book of Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV), we are reminded that "a cord of three strands is not quickly broken." This powerful imagery encapsulates the synergy between families, the College, and our relationship with our living God, creating an unbreakable bond that fosters the thriving of our young students.

The day was filled with four engaging activities, offering a glimpse of what the coming year has in store for our Year 7 students. These activities provided not only a taste of the academic experience but also invaluable opportunities to connect with our dedicated staff and future peers. 'The Amazing Race' was a fun exploration of key locations on our South Plympton campus that allowed students to become familiar with their new environment. Our Year 9 House Captains played a significant role in ensuring that incoming students felt welcomed and at home.

In the evening, our College hosted a meal for families, fostering stronger connections within our community. As Romans 12:13 (NIV) instructs us to "practice hospitality" as it strengthens the body of Christ, this gathering allowed us to do just that. Additionally, students were given a Friendship Preferences Form to complete and return to the College. This will aid our team in forming next year's classes, ensuring that students feel comfortable and supported as they transition into Year 7.

We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Mrs Debbie Ellis, our Year 7 Pastoral Coordinator, for her exceptional efforts in making this day run seamlessly. Mrs Debbie Ellis will continue to play a crucial role in the lives of these students next year.

Overall, it was a fantastic day, and we are delighted that our incoming students had the opportunity to get to know the College community better, instilling in them a sense of confidence and excitement as they prepare for their Year 7 journey.

Jonathan Carpenter

Head of Middle School

Year 7 Orientation Day