During the recent school holidays, my family enjoyed a trip of a lifetime to the United States. With a strong theme park focus we arrived in Los Angeles and smashed five days in a row of theme park mayhem! Disneyland, Disney Adventure Park and Knott’s Berry Farm have our footprints all over them. My children had an absolute ball and created life long memories. By the end of the fifth day in a row, poor old dad could hardly move.
Following the theme-park-fest came three nights in Hollywood. Our hotel was situated slap bang in the heart of the Sunset Strip on Sunset Blvd. It was such a thrill to see all of the sights of Hollywood and Beverly Hills that I’d only ever seen before on television and in the movies. And did I mention another theme park? Universal Studios is a must visit when in LA.
The last three nights of the whirlwind trip were spent in Hawaii. What a spiritual and majestic place Hawaii is. The lush green mountains that greet the ocean are truly spectacular.
The traditional greeting in Hawaii is ‘Aloha’. But I learned from my visit that Aloha is so much more than just a greeting. It has a meaning that is buried deep in Hawaiian culture and is of significant importance to Hawaiian people.
To Hawaiian people, Aloha represents a way of life; principles to live by. The word Aloha broken down means:
Alo – Sharing in the present
Oha – Joy
Hha – Breath of life
In essence, Aloha means the joy of sharing life. The word itself is also viewed as an anagram that outlines principles for living. It outlines a code of conduct, ethics and rules of life for Hawaiians:
A – Akahai, – Kindness & Caring
L- Lokahi, – Harmony & Unity
O- Oia’i’o, – Truthful & Agreeable
H- Ha’aha’a, – Humility & Modesty
A- Ahonui, – Patience & Perseverance
The Hawaiian Kahuna, David Bray interprets the essence of Aloha beautifully:
“Come forward, be in unity and harmony with your real self, God, and mankind. Be honest, truthful, patient, kind to all life forms, and humble.” He also stated that to the Hawaiian of old, Aloha meant “God in us.”
What a wonderful mantra to live by. As we begin another school term and continue our walk as children of God, maybe we can all greet each other by saying ‘Aloha’?
Dear TLS Community,
A warm welcome to term two of the 2018 school year. This term sees many exciting events taking place that include: Year 3-7 Electives, Platters in the Piazza, Special Person’s Day, Cross Country and numerous other SAPSASA events, year level camps and how could we forget everyone’s favourite, NAPLAN?
We officially welcome Mrs Tania Schutz to the TLS staff as she steps into the year 4/5 classroom in a full time capacity. We have enjoyed getting to know Mrs Schutz during term one and warmly welcome her to the TLS full-time staff.
We also welcome the Thacker family from Abu Dhabi. We trust that Greg, Jackie, Seth and Kyra will quickly be made to feel right at home within our wonderful TLS community and that their time with us will be a great blessing.
This coming Sunday I will be attending the biennial National Lutheran Principal’s Conference in Hobart, Tasmania. The theme of the conference this year is; ‘Leadership in Challenging Times’ and will see all Lutheran Principals from across Australia come together for three days of valuable learning.
During my absence, Mr. Lieschke will be Acting Principal
Late last term, families were provided with an information booklet that outlines the NAPLAN testing process.
Please visit https://www.nap.edu.au/ if you wish to access further information about the tests and the testing process.
During the third week of this term, all year three, five and seven students across Australia will be asked to complete four standardised tests in the fields of Literacy and Numeracy. We will receive the results later in the year (usually August) and they will be distributed to families of children who sat the tests.
During the first two weeks of term, students in years three, five and seven will have opportunities to complete sample assessment tests that will help them to familiarise with the format of the tests. Please understand that teachers at Faith – TLS Campus have not, will not and never will ‘teach to the test’.
To the teaching staff of TLS, NAPLAN data represents a useful ‘snapshot’ of student learning and progress. We use the data to track student learning and to identify areas of strength and weakness within our school’s teaching and learning approaches.
NAPLAN test data is however, only one source of information regarding student progress and achievement. We collect data from a broad range of sources and as such see NAPLAN as important, but not everything. We don’t want students to become frightened or anxious about NAPLAN testing, as it can be quite daunting, especially for year three students who have never experienced the thrill of NAPLAN testing before.
We encourage our students to stay calm and simply do their best on the day; totally free of pressure.
Have a great term,