From the Principal
It has been a busy term and I would like to thank our community for its support for the College and its students. We have enjoyed some wonderful events and much success this term.
The Parents and Friends 90’s Themed Trivia Night was very well supported by our community and the Kurrajong Centre for Senior Learning was simply pumping with excitement and fun. I am grateful to our P&F for organising such a great night, and to the TSAC family businesses who donated prizes. The proceeds of the evening will go directly towards the purchase of the score boards for the new Sports Centre.
On the Primary Campus, the week started with a visit from three players from the Brisbane Lions. Our students asked the players questions and have memorabilia signed. I commend our Primary students for their conduct and the quality of the questions asked. The players commented on how they enjoyed their time with us.
During the week, Primary held its Inter-Clan Athletics Carnivals and it was great to see so many parents in attendance. I am always impressed by the way our students offer support and encouragement to each other, even to their opponents in the same event.
Our Dance ensembles have had incredible results in the recent Ipswich Junior Dance Eisteddfod and the Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge, including a number of first places and some special mentions, such as the Most Promising Group for Year 3 and under. Congratulations to all our Dance ensembles and we can all look forward to Live to Dance in August.
This week on the Secondary Campus, our Year 10 students completed their Future Focus Days, and students and parents attended our Subject Information Evening in preparation for selecting their subjects for next year. For our Class of 2022, the Year 12 Formal was a great night of celebration. The way in which our Year 12 students present and conduct themselves is a real credit to themselves, the College and their parents.
I would like to congratulate the Senior Boys Indoor Cricket Team and the Junior 2nd Netball team for their GBC Premiership wins this term. TSAC has also been recognised as the winning GBC College for Indoor Cricket, overall.
To finish off an eventful end to the term, our Primary Campus students have enjoyed a free dress day and our Secondary Campus students, their traditional Clan Picnics.
Our Musical, “Mamma Mia!” will hit the stage on the 28 and 29 July. There are only two performances, so get your tickets early when they come on sale over the coming days.
I wish all our students and College Community a very restful break.
My very best wishes
From the Chaplain
As we make our way to the end of a very full and exciting Semester One, so too has the worldwide Christian Church calendar clicked over to Trinity Sunday, the week after Pentecost. Trinity Sunday is the only Sunday in the year where Christians focus upon a doctrine, rather than something Jesus said or did – and it’s a pretty important doctrine, because it reflects what Christians decided to agree upon in answer to the question: ‘who or what is God?’ and that answer is that our God is a ‘trinity’: three Persons who are so closely entwined as to be understood as being one. The picture today is how one artist famously depicted the Trinity sitting together, focusing on an altar with roast lamb in the centre. What other symbolic connections can you spot?
Although the Bible never uses the word ‘Trinity’, the phrase ‘Father, Son and Holy Spirit’ (or ‘Holy Ghost’ in older translations) does appear a small number of times, and after decades of debate in the early church, the idea of believing in God as ‘Father’ (Creator), ‘Son’ (Redeemer) and ‘Holy Spirit’ (Sanctifier), all at the same time, gained enough acceptance to become permanent. In truth, most of us don’t worry too much about the mystery of the Trinity from day to day, but recently a Canadian priest I follow on Twitter summed it up this way: “Scripture says God is love – Love is the essence of who God is. Yet love implies a lover (who gives love), a beloved (who is loved and receives it) and the love (active energy) that binds them. A Trinity of Love. God doesn’t just desire community but is one.” That’s a great summary!
Every blessing to you and your family through the winter break and I look forward to seeing you again in Term 3.
Peace in Christ,
Rev. Jonathan Kemp