Principal's Blog

“But thanks be to God who gives us the Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”

Acknowledgement of the 2022 College Year

On Thursday, 7th December, we acknowledged the achievements of our students throughout 2022 with our Awards Services for Primary and Secondary. Congratulations to those students who received awards but I would like to congratulate all our students on their achievements this year and encourage them to continue to strive for excellence in all that they do.

I would also like to thank our College families for their amazing support throughout the year in our shared partnership.

I would like to acknowledge those from our College community who are leaving at the end of 2022 for new opportunities and adventures. We thank you for your commitment and support of Victory Lutheran College and pray that God continues to bless you and walk with you in your journey wherever it may take you.

As part of the Awards Services, I shared a short speech. This is probably the 30th time that one of our Principals at Victory has stood up towards the end of the year and acknowledged the school year with our College community. How did I come to this thought – well this year, we have celebrated our 30th Anniversary as a school community at Victory Lutheran Primary School / Victory Lutheran College. So, I would assume that if I add up the end of year speeches of Mr Smith, Mr Wiebusch, Mr McDonald and myself – we get about 30 of them.

In the past fortnight, I was fortunate to be able to witness a connection back to the commencement of the school before it was even a school and before Mr Smith stood up for the first End of Year speech. Let me share how.

On Saturday 23rd March 1991, way before any of our students were born or even probably thought of, the first significant milestone of what we know today as Victory Lutheran College occurred – the ‘turning of the sod’.

The ‘turning of the sod’ is a symbolic process that celebrates the beginning of a new project, giving thanks for all that have supported the process so far and blessing everyone to be involved in constructing the project.

For our College community, the first enrolled student, Ryan Roennfeldt had the honour of turning the first sod before other key Parish members and finally a front-end loader. From here the College has grown into what we know today, and we give thanks for the blessings we have received.

On Sunday morning, just gone, there was a new sod turned to celebrate a new project. Our Wodonga Lutheran Parish community were here at Victory, on the land just inside the main gates, as they blessed the site as construction commences for a new church building. Pastor Josh, Mrs Simboras and Mr McInnes were there with their shovels and Mr AlatAlo in the bobcat.

This is an exciting time for our Parish and College community, as the new church begins to grow out of the ground, and we look forward to watching this happen next year.

We give thanks for the Wodonga Lutheran Parish and those involved, over 30 years ago, for planting the seed that continues to grow as Victory Lutheran College.

I pray that during the coming weeks all our students, parents/carers and staff will find space and time to have a very safe, well-earned rest with family and friends. May you take the opportunity to stop and reflect on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, sharing in the joy and grace of this wonderful time.

God’s peace be with you, to enrich you and enliven you this CHRISTmas.

Take care, stay safe and thank you for everyone’s support throughout 2022.

Yours in Christ,

Mr John Thompson