KCO dreaming

This year, Kids Camp Out (KCO) was postponed in March due to significantly lower registrations. Unfortunately, this was not unexpected as the number of campers have been noticeably declining over the past five years due to Uniting Church WA children growing up and being in high school, with some now being young adults.

KCO has been a Presbytery wide event for primary school aged children in the Uniting Church WA for around 40 years.

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New beginnings for Steve at Tranby

Rev Steve Francis, Ex-Moderator of the Uniting Church WA, is the new Chaplain of Tranby College, a Uniting Church school in Baldivis WA. Steve began the role in term 4, 2020, after he completed his role as Moderator in September.

Before serving a double, six-year term as Moderator, Steve served as the Minister of Nedlands Uniting Church, a large multicultural congregation, for twenty-three years. He has previously also worked as the State Youth Director for the Uniting Church WA. Continue Reading

Camp by the seaside with Messy Church this Summer

The Messy Church Summer Camp will be held for the third time in WA this January, and registrations are already flying in as families and friends choose to take some time together in a Messy Church way.

It will be held from Friday 1 to Monday 18 January at the Uniting Church Campsite in Busselton, and campers are invited to attend as many or as few days they like during this time. Continue Reading

Wesley College wins Boarding School of the Year

Wesley College, a Uniting Church WA school, received the prestigious Australian Education Award for Boarding School of the Year on Friday 16 August in Sydney.

The Australian Education Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the country’s top performing schools.

“It is often said, the health and heart of a school is measured by its boarding community. This award reflects the wonderful work that happens in our boarding house, but also acknowledges the innovative facilities of the College as a whole,” said Ross Barron, Headmaster of Wesley College.

“To be named as one of Australia’s best schools is a magnificent honour and a tribute to our staff and their commitment to every student.”

St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School (Brisbane) was co-winner of the Boarding School of the Year Award.

The award recognises the most outstanding boarding school in Australia based on a range of criteria including:

  • Consistently high standards of teaching and learning
  • Academic and other achievements
  • Rigorous professional learning to improve teaching and curriculum delivery
  • Strong communication links with students, parents, teachers and the wider community
  • Effective management of facilities, finances and human resources
  • Demonstrated commitment to innovation and continuous improvement
  • Provision of a supportive home environment focused on student wellbeing.

Rodney Steer, Head of Boarding at Wesley College, joined Wesley in January 2019 and said he was not surprised to see the college receive this award.

“Having worked for most of my adult life in boarding schools across the country, it is my view that Wesley boarding is the finest in Australia,” he said. “Our focus is not only academic excellence, but each boy’s personal growth and wellbeing, in a nurturing environment that understands the importance of community and relationships.”

Wesley College was also a finalist in the 2019 Australian Education Awards including Best School Strategic Plan, Department Head of the Year (Claire Leong) and Innovation in Learning Environment. And in 2018, Wesley College was named as an Innovative School by the Educator, the leading Australian resource for senior educational professionals.

Scotch students experience Church in the City

It was an unusual sight, 350 boys from Scotch College Middle School pouring into Uniting Church in the City (UCIC) Wesley Perth on a wet and blustery morning in the CBD. The Year 7 and 8 boys were experiencing ‘Church in the City’ – a special excursion to get a better understanding of the heritage and identity of Scotch College as a school of the Uniting Church in Australia.Continue Reading

Young adult leaders sharing passion for God and faith

On Thursday 17 January, 120 young adults from all across Australia, including a group of 21 from Western Australia, came together at Nunyara in Adelaide, South Australia, for the National Young Adult Leaders Conference (NYALC). The group of young, passionate, driven faith leaders from each synod, were at Nunyara for four days, coming together to grow as leaders in the Uniting Church.

I first heard about NYALC from Janine McDonald, Uniting Generations Co-ordinator for the Uniting Church WA. She is so passionate about the young people of the church in WA and motivating us to do more on a local, state and national level where possible. Continue Reading

Kids grow with KCO

This year’s theme for Uniting Generations’ annual Kids’ Camp Out (KCO) was ‘Grow’. Held from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March at Advent Park in Maida Vale, campers, junior leaders and camp  leaders came together for a weekend of fun, food, sharing and growth. Together they explored the theme, including looking back at photos from previous camps – which many of the kids had been part of.Continue Reading

Renew your passion at Passing the Baton

Passing the Baton, an annual training day and expo for people involved in children and family ministry, is coming up soon on Saturday 23 February, 9.00am to 4.00pm, at Mt Pleasant Baptist Church.

Passing the Baton is an ecumenical event organised by the Children’s Ministry Network (CMN), of which the Uniting Church in Australia is a member.Continue Reading

Going Deeper: a day of spiritual refreshment

Uniting Generations and Multicultural Ministry of the Uniting Church WA are holding a joint event designed to nurture young people in their spirituality.

Young people aged between 15 and 35 are invited to attend Going Deeper, a one-day retreat. The retreat will bring together young Uniting Church WA members from different cultural backgrounds to explore their faith and encourage each other on the journey. Continue Reading