CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Whenever I remember Christmas as a child, I think of long summers spent camping at Sorrento by the bay. Christmas Day itself blurred into an endless holiday where every day was hot and where there was nothing to do all day but swim and play.

Nowadays, Christmas starts earlier and seems bigger, busier and glitzier than ever. The decorations and Christmas shopping specials seem to spring up as soon as the football season is over. Everyone seems to rush towards Christmas, everything needs to be done before Christmas, everything needs to be planned for Christmas. No wonder, we sometimes arrive at Christmas feeling exhausted and harried.

So, as we finish the year at Balcombe, and celebrate the achievements of our students at Celebration Evening and enjoy the energy and joy of the primary students at their Christmas pantomime, it’s worth pausing and reflecting on what we’re doing, and why. Lots has changed but some things haven’t. As it was at that original Christmas at Bethlehem, it remains a time for family and being together with those we love.

Not for everyone, though. That original story also reminds us that Christmas can be challenging as well. That was an isolated family under stress. Christmas can be a lonely time for those far from home, separated or estranged from family and friends. Christmas can be hard if you don’t fit into the standard expectations of family, bombarded with images of what Christmas should look like when you haven’t got a family to sit around and share the Christmas dinner with.

That’s why I admire people who reach out to others at this time: donating to charities, providing a Christmas meal or presents for those who can’t afford them, or inviting a stranger to their Christmas table.

For those of us lucky enough to have family and friends around us, and to live in one of the most beautiful and safest places in the world, Christmas is a good time to reflect on what we have to be grateful for, to reflect on what we have and what we might do for others.

Sometime in your life, between the sleepless excitement of lying awake, waiting for Santa as a child and adulthood, you begin to realise that the real joy of Christmas is in the giving to others.

I hope that your Christmas is restful and fulfilling. That you spend it with the people who matter most to you, that you enjoy their company mindfully and with gratitude and that you are able to look back on this time as one of giving as much as receiving.

Best wishes for a Happy Christmas.

Mr Warrick Wynne
Acting Principal

FROM THE SCHOOL CHAPLAIN

As the School year draws to a close and things quieten down at Balcombe Grammar, life on the Mornington Peninsula begins to get busier as it overflows with not only locals enjoying all things summer and beach, but also that of holiday makers visiting family and friends, or staying at one of the many ‘holiday rentals’ available. On our beaches space on the sand is at a premium, the shops are brimming with long queues for coffee, gelato, fish n chips, or essentials at the supermarket, and our little towns overflow with the joyous buzz of holiday life.

Rewind to Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago. It may not have been the holiday season that brought the crowds, but the town was at capacity. A Census requiring all people to attend in person was happening. Long before emails, social media or postage gave you other options to respond. Bethlehem was overflowing with people looking for a place to stay the night. And amongst the throngs of people was an unassuming, heavily pregnant Mary and her beloved, Joseph.

We read in the Christmas story that an ‘Innkeeper’ made time, and found some room, out back, in the animals’ quarters – we fondly call ‘a stable’, and in the midst of all the bustle of Bethlehem a baby was safely born to Mary and Joseph. God entered our earthly reality; He broke in to the overflowing, craziness of life, in the form of a baby, and they called him Jesus. Jesus showed us a new way to live. A life dedicated to loving others with unconditional love, leading through humility and service, rather than position or power, and offering fullness of life, peace and hope to all who follow Him.

In the midst of whatever you are doing this Christmas, will you as the Innkeeper did, pause and listen and make room for others? I encourage you to make some time and space, some room, to ponder the significance of this one life – Jesus – God’s gift to us in human form.

Peace and blessings to you and your family.

Reverend Cindy Waters
School Chaplain

SCHOOL UNIFORM 2019

The BGS Consultative Committee have recently approved updates to our School Uniform Policy.

From Term 1, 2019 girls will have the option to wear dark grey shorts and white blouse with logo as part of their Summer Uniform.

Primary girls in Year 5 and 6 will also have the option to wear the Secondary Skirt with their Winter uniform in Terms 2 & 3.

Our uniform is available through The Bounty Shop in Frankston. They are the only authorised supplier of the Balcombe Grammar School uniform and no substitutions should be made. For students who require alternative fabric due to skin conditions, the Bounty Shop is able to source this whilst ensuring the uniform meets school requirements.

The Balcombe Grammar School Parents and Friends Committee (PFC) are also pleased to be able to provide an online facility for school families to be able to buy and sell their second-hand uniforms, textbooks and other student resources.

For further details and to view our School Uniform Guidelines please click on the link below.

2019 School Uniform Guidelines

TERM 1 2019, WEEK 1

Monday 28 January
Australia Day Holiday

Tuesday 29 January
Staff Day

Wednesday 30 January
Term 1 Commences
 

TERM 1 2019, WEEK 2

Tuesday 5 February
Year 12 Induction Service

Thursday 7 February
Primary Information Evening

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