Staines Memorial College

Sports Update

Term 1, Week 4

GBC Primary

Last Saturday marked Round 1 of GBC Primary at TSAC. SMC participated with 4 teams: 2 Netball and 2 AFL. All teams displayed commendable teamwork and sportsmanship in their respective games. The 3/4 Netball team played TSAC Blue first and, working well together, emerged victorious. Despite fatigue from the first match, the team faced Sheldon White next and secured another win. Great job, Team! The 5/6 team, the last to play, showcased outstanding performance, enthusiasm, and enjoyment of the game, resulting in a victory against Sheldon Sky.

Our 3/4 and 5/6 AFL teams competed at TSAC Primary campus, both executing well-practiced skills to secure wins. The 3/4 team demonstrated determination and high motivation, securing victory against Sheldon. The 5/6 team delivered a terrific game, utilizing precise passing, massive clearance kicks, and great team spirit to finish as winners. Well done, everyone!

GBC Secondary

Last Saturday, SMC hosted Faith Lutheran College Plainlands for Round 1 of this term’s competition. In Girls’ Basketball and Boys Volleyball, SMC achieved notable results, particularly with the Girls’ Intermediate Firsts and Junior Seconds securing dominant victories. Unfortunately, the Girls’ Senior Firsts and Junior Firsts faced strong opponents and ended up losing their games.

On the Boys’ Volleyball front, it was a highly successful and encouraging round. The Junior Firsts and Intermediate Firsts both notched up 2-0 victories against Faith. Additionally, our Intermediate Seconds engaged in a friendly match, serving as a beneficial warm-up game for the Firsts. Congratulations to all the teams!

In Junior Boys AFL, despite a challenging match against Faith and a slow start, our boys demonstrated remarkable resilience and tenacity. Although they faced a loss, their improvement throughout the game was evident, outscoring Faith in the second half. Keep up the hard work, boys.

Looking ahead, our Secondary teams have internal training at SMC this weekend, starting at 8 am. We are closely monitoring the weather and will keep families informed.

Other News

Devotion – You Need God’s Help

Devotion – You Need God’s Help

Self-help books and motivational speakers are like cheerleaders standing on the sidelines shouting, ‘You can do it!’ They can be helpful, but if the ‘you can do it’ philosophy always held true, we wouldn’t need God. Paul understood this. That’s why he wrote, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). Discovering the will of God requires faith for the impossible and a childlike dependence on Him. The Bible is full of men and women who discovered their destiny in the perfect will of God by doing things that would ordinarily have been impossible to do on their own.

Devotion – Don’t Shout About It

Devotion – Don’t Shout About It

Jesus said: ‘“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. Otherwise, you have no reward with your Father in heaven. So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do … to be applauded by people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward. But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.’ (Matthew 6:1-4 CSB). Give generously and gladly but keep it to yourself. It’s nobody’s business but yours and God’s.

Devotion – Set Other Things Aside to Serve

Devotion – Set Other Things Aside to Serve

When it came to serving others, Jesus went first. He ‘… rose from supper and… laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He… poured water into a basin and… began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. … Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?”’ (John 13:4-6 NKJV). Try to imagine God incarnate with an apron on, kneeling to wash the feet of those who were unworthy. The Bible says, ‘Jesus … laid aside His garments.’ If you want to serve others, you must be willing to lay aside your image, your comfort, and your agenda. By laying aside His garments, Jesus demonstrated that God has no time for form or fashion.

Jeremy Williams
Author: Jeremy Williams

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