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SNAPSHOT: Catch up on all the IAS news

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Wow! We've had an action packed Term 1, and the start of Term 2 has left us a little breathless but extremely grateful. Time sure goes fast when you're having fun...

Here's a snapshot of the highlights of our year so far at Ipswich Adventist School.

1. It’s Fun to Run Whatever the Weather

It was overcast and spitting as we set up the CUA Fun Run course on the morning of Wednesday, April 26. “Oh no!” we thought. “Could be another washout!”

Originally scheduled for the final Wednesday of Term 1, the fun run was cancelled when Tropical Cyclone Debbie began unleashing her fury across South East Queensland and Northern NSW. 

We knew it was possible we’d have to postpone again, but continued setting up anyway. A student sent up a quick prayer. Sure enough, the clouds kept us cool and the rain held off until the last event was over. 

You could have heard the cheering from Riverlink Shopping Centre! Each class and a large parent cohort held positions around the oval. Everyone cheered like crazy as each class group put in their best efforts while running 400m laps. Teachers ran sections of the course to encourage children to keep going and senior students ran with the Kindy kids. All had fun and felt loved and supported. 

The following age groups ran these distances:

  • Kindies: 400m, one lap of the oval
  • Preppies & Year 1s: 800m, two laps of the oval.
  • Year 2s & 3s: 1.6km, four laps of the oval.
  • Year 4s & 5s: 2km, five laps of the oval.
  • Year 6s: 2.4km, six laps of the oval.

This event is part of our annual sports program, designed to keep kids fit and active. Students could also fundraise with profits contributing to the purchase of new sports equipment for the school. 

Looking for ways to keep your kids fit and healthy?

Active Health Kids Australia (AKHA) reports that Australian children are among the least active children in the world. “What it means is less than 1 in 5 Australian children aged between 5 and 17 years meet the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day, despite a range of recommendations, initiatives and campaigns put in place in an attempt to improve the grade,” says Dr Natasha Schranz, lead author of the 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People.  

Not always easy to motivate children to get outside and be active, or make healthy food choices, the following tips can help:

  1. Celebrate and reward good behaviour by doing something fun and active like a visit to the beach or playing soccer in the backyard.
  2. Get the whole family moving by taking walks in the early evening, riding bikes, playing hide and seek in the park.
  3. Limit TV, video games and computer time. These habits lead to an inactive lifestyle and excessive snacking.
  4. Make dinnertime family time. When everyone sits down together, there’s less chance of eating the wrong food or snacking too much. Get kids involved in cooking and planning meals and, while you’re doing it, chat about the nutritional value of what you are making. Check out the food labels as you go.
  5. Stay involved. Be an advocate for healthier children. Insist on good lunches at school. Be a good role model so that you send a message loud and clear that good health is important in your family.
  6. Create a weekly calendar of healthy lifestyle activities, like this one:
Sunday: family bike ride with refreshing orange segments when you get back home 
Monday: afternoon sport 
Tuesday: kids make their own healthy frozen yogurt and fruit ice blocks 
Wednesday: play in the park
Thursday: involve your kids in cooking and take a walk after dinner
Friday: take your kids food shopping and let them try some new fruit or vegetable
Saturday: family trip to the beach

2. Anzac Day Dawn Service at IAS

One minute’s silence ended with the pure strains of the Last Post floating out over the crowd in the cold morning air. The School’s Anzac Day dawn service this year was another thoughtful, reflective event where over 500 school families, church and community members honoured our lost and fallen soldiers.

The Ipswich Pathfinder Club marched to the memorial site and stood guard around the flag, which was raised and lowered by Army cadets. Uniformed school students led out in the Australian anthem and the moving hymn ‘Oh God our help in Ages Past’. Church member Andrew Kolbee was master of ceremonies, school leader Kendra Hackett read the Ode, local councillor Cheryl Bromage laid a reef, and church pastor Greg Campling opened and closed with prayer.

Flying Officer Ewan Haig, also a school parent, gave the commemorative address, reminding us of past battles. He talked about the first news report about Landing Day on Gallipoli Beach 98 years earlier, quoting the terrible statistics of young men’s lives lost. He concluded with a reminder about the many men and women who continue to serve today.

After the sacred event, breakfast was hosted for community people who could stay a little longer, sharing their memories over a delicious spread of fruit, scones, sandwiches, Anzac biscuits and hot drinks. 

3. Diving Deep in Week of Worship 

We’re still enjoying the blessings from ‘diving deep’ with Pastor Daryl Groves, who took us on a spiritual journey into the Bible during Week of Worship in March.

Setting the tone for the week, underwater props, songs, activities and skits centred around the Diving Deep theme. In his daily devotion, Pr Daryl encouraged us to take a closer look at Bible stories that some of us were already familiar with, but that were brand new to others.

We dived into the experiences of the blind and crippled men who Jesus healed. We took a closer look at the story of Adam and Eve and noticed how they went ‘deep’ in their relationship and caring for each other. We plunged once more into the events of Jesus’ life and saw how much he cares for us too, and how this is demonstrated in his ultimate sacrifice on the cross.

Each morning, Pastor Francis led the students in a mini challenge and the school leadership team performed a skit about marine animals, sharing some fun, interesting facts.

After the program each morning, classes took turns to stay behind to have some fun with the chaplains. They dressed up with underwater costumes and used a shark prop in front of a green screen to show them inside the shark’s mouth! At lunch time, we had special outdoor activities and challenges for the students to participate in.

By the end of Friday’s program, students were asked to consider diving deeper into their relationship with Jesus. Many indicated they wanted a closer relationship with him, with some asking for Bible studies.

To conclude our Week of Worship, we invited the school and church community to join us in a Friday night celebration program. Family and friends enjoyed a snippet of what we had experienced throughout the week. Classes performed special items and Pr Daryl gave the concluding message. Families were invited to stay and enjoy a light supper.

“Friday night was such a highlight! It was great to showcase the students and their week to the greater community,” says Mrs Goltz, school chaplain. Helping our students recognise that a relationship with Jesus will make their lives so much more fulfilling is a core part of our mission at Ipswich Adventist School. 

4. Valuable Lessons at Camp

“My favourite activity was raft building,” said Latisha about the Year 4/5 camp in Term 1. “We totally failed at it but we tried our best.”
One of our highlights so far, the annual Year 4/5 camp was all about having fun with school friends and trying new experiences together. As Letisha says, she may have failed, but she still loved the process.
In that sentence, she captured how we want our students to approach learning and life: give new things a go, don’t be afraid of failing, don’t be afraid of trying again, encourage each other.
We call this a ‘growth mindset’. One of the world’s leading researchers in education, Carol Dweck, says that we can actually grow our brain’s capacity to learn and solve problems. We can increase our intelligence (IQ) by not being afraid to challenge ourselves, try new things, and learn from our experiences.
Our Year 4 and 5 class had a lot of fun doing just this at Camp Somerset. Situated an hour from Ipswich on 1000 acres of bushland with dam frontage, our students had three days and two nights with new experiences in the great outdoors to explore and no modern technology to distract them.
Other challenges included:

  • a low ropes 
  • canoeing
  • the pool pontoon
  • archery
  • crate climbing
  • bush cooking

“It was wonderful to see our students having fun,” says Mrs Martin, Year 4/5/ teacher. “They worked very well as a group together.”
Read what some of our other Year 4s and 5s had to say:
Samantha: “My favourite activity at Year 4/5 camp was crate climbing. I liked it the best because it was like flying when I fell. One important thing I learnt at camp was: don’t shoot the bow and arrow when someone is in front of you.”
Jayden: “My favourite activity at Year 4/5 camp was crate climbing. I liked it the best because you had to climb the crates. One important thing I learnt at camp was: be yourself.”
Tahlia: “My favourite activity on camp was pontoon. You can have lots of fun on it. A useful piece of advice about camp that I would like to share is: have lots of fun.”
Tobie: “My favourite activity was the crate climbing. I liked it because you get to climb up crates and fly when they fall down. One important thing I learnt at camp was to care about others.”
Kyla: “The pontoon was so fun because you get splashed by the teacher and fall off. One important thing I learnt at camp is to never play with fire, and fire can get very hot – up to 350 degrees.” 

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