December 15 2016

Principal’s Message Vol.78 – Dec 2016

Dear Island Christian Academy,

Thank you very much for your support over the last term, and this year of 2016. So much has happened over this last year, and the school has grown a lot in this time, in more ways than one.

Thank you very much for supporting the students and staff in the fabulously successful whole school production of The Magical Christmas Jigsaw last week. We have received a huge amount of positive feedback about it —thank you, we are all so pleased and relieved that it was so successful. It is no easy task putting on a show that includes the whole school — all 360 students — not just the show, but all the logistics around it as well. All the staff were involved in some way; my thanks again to all the staff for going the extra mile—or two—or three! The DVD will be available in the new year, and some photos have been included further on in this newsletter.

IslandCA has started a tradition of presenting a major production every two years. The last time we did one was Christmas of 2014. We look forward to the next major production in the school year of 2018/19. We had positive feedback about this venue, so we will look at booking the same venue well in advance and we think that, although the auditorium has a capacity of about 640, we will need to present the next production twice, because this time around the auditorium was full, and there were more people who wanted to buy tickets than were available.

Thank you very much to all the parents and grandparents who supported our young carollers on Sunday in singing on Hollywood Road. Grana Fitting Room appreciated it so much they have given the IslandCA community a code to receive 10% discount until the 31st December; GranaxICS is the code.
Many students in the school went out carolling in the local parks over the last week during the lunch times. The public showed enjoyment in hearing them sing. Thank you very much to our music teachers for giving up so much of their time to make this happen. Please see photos of carollers further on in the news letter.

We farewell two families today who came through Small World to IslandCA when the school first started in 2012; the Holmes and Kanaley families. Oliver (Senior A) and his younger sister Ava (3A) are returning to England, their home country, to live. Our especial thanks to Sam (their Mum) who has been the most vocal and active supporter of IslandCA since its inception. You will be soooo missed! Scarlett (Senior B) will be returning to Australia, her home country, to live. Thank you to you all for being such an established part of our school community we will miss you all. We wish you all Godspeed and blessings on your move and
settling in to a new phase of life.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Have a wonderful celebration and holiday; keep safe and healthy!

Debbie Middleton,