“Community is much more than belonging to something; it’s about doing something together that makes belonging matter.” Brian Solis, analyst, speaker and author.
One of the many great things about our school, is that we are R-12. Just over 40% of the students in the Class of 2022 have been at Unity since Reception, that’s 13 years spent in the same community and a great achievement for those students and their families. As the oldest and biggest students, the Year 12s have several opportunities to contribute to developing a sense of belonging for our youngest and littlest students. A tradition and highlight early in the year are the Bible Presentations. The Year 12s share God’s word, and the story of a merciful, miracle working and loving Jesus Christ. In the past few years, they have also gifted a personalised card made by each student, extending a special welcome. Disappointingly, Covid-19 prevented combining for Easter crafts this year, but this also gives them the chance to show God’s love. At the beginning of Term 3, they head over to the Junior School Campus to help celebrate the Reception’s 100 days of school. Recently they joined them, and their Year 5 buddies, to eat their lunch and offered colourful badges. There were certainly big smiles and some pretty proud faces, from both the Receptions AND the Year 12s, especially as they continued out into the playground for more fun and games. These small events foster community and make belonging matter, regardless of how big or small we are.
Mrs Erin Eckermann
Year 11/12 Pastoral Care Leader