Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17

As I wrote my article for the College yearbook ‘BACCHAT’ I was excited and impressed to see the breadth of activities, success and achievements of the students and staff of the College throughout 2017. When you then realise that this magazine only gives a snapshot of the activities in the College you then have a good understanding of what is so special about this place called ‘Broughton’.

Broughton is a great school and I make no apology in sharing my belief that it is the best P-12 school in the Macarthur region. It is a place where we strive for excellence in all areas of achievement, where students produce amazing work and are given opportunities to develop spiritually, morally, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially. It provides a wide range of cocurricular activities which allow students to develop and showcase the gifts and talents that God has given them. It is a place which has a sense of belonging and community where we work together, encouraging and supporting each other and where there is partnership as staff and parents work together for the benefit of our students.

Broughton is a community which focuses on ‘Connection’, Creativity’ and ‘Celebration’ — all of which are underpinned by our Christian ethos and values. It is a place in which students and staff are given the opportunities to use technology to be connected to the global community in which we live and to enhance teaching and learning. It is a place in which we value relationships with each other and which seeks to be connected to our local, national and international communities. At Broughton we are committed to be ‘servants’ to others — to support those in need through fund raising, being involved in community events and through prayer.

Broughton is also a place in which students are encouraged to develop and showcase their talents and abilities. Throughout this edition of BACCHAT you will gain a glimpse of the creativity of our students in the creative and performing arts areas and in internal and external events and competitions. Students can be proud of their work in their classrooms; the creations in Visual Arts. They have been given opportunities to showcase their talents in their performances in debating, public speaking, band and choral performance and internal and external music festivals. One of the highlights of the year was the wonderful production of ‘Mary Poppins’ — which received rave reviews from all who were privileged to see a performance.

Throughout 2017 Broughton has been a leader in giving students opportunities to show their passion and abilities and their desire to be innovative through our wide range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based activities. Students have produced outstanding projects in Technology, Design and Technology and Textiles and Design and have achieved outstanding results in competitions at a local, national and international level.

Celebration — It is my belief that at Broughton we ‘celebrate’ really well! Why — because we are very experienced at this as we have so much to celebrate. The students of Broughton are talented and committed young men and women who aim high and achieve much. As you read this magazine it is appropriate to celebrate the success of our students — to acknowledge their hard work.

It is also important that we celebrate the wonders of this world created by God for us and to givethanks for all that He has given us.

Celebrate God for all that He has provided for the College — the land it is built on, the facilities and resources we have and for the great plans He has for us in the future. Celebrate the amazing students that make up the Broughton community and the positive partnership that has developed between the College and our students’ parents and families. Celebrate the committed and caring staff that God has called to work in this place and for the manner in which they work with our students. Give thanks for the amazing boys and girls, young men and young women, who are our student body — for their friendly and caring nature, for the gifts and talents that they have and for all they have achieved this year. Most importantly, celebrate Christ — that God sent His Son to live with us — to suffer a terrible death — to be raised from the grave so that we might be saved.

Mr Don O’Connor