Welcome back to the final term of the school year. Term 4 is very busy as the academic year comes to a close and we graduate our 2017 Year 12 cohort. There are lots of events over the coming weeks for all different year levels and sections of our school community. If you are not aware, we have a school calendar that is accessible through our College App or through the Quick Links section on the College Website Home page.
As I am sure you are aware, Grandparents day was held at the College at the end of last term and I have to confess, this is one of my favourite days of the year. It was very pleasing to see the large turnout over both campuses and it has been very humbling for our College staff to receive all of the positive affirmation from our grandparents and special people.
Grandparents day is important to the College, as it is our opportunity to recognise the important role they play in the education and care of our students. There is an African proverb often used, that “it takes a village to raise a child” and I think it is really important to recognise the role older generations play in raising our young people. This is often not limited to grandparents as it can often be aunties, uncles, neighbours and many other people who are in partnership with us all to shape the character of our young people. To the significant people in our student’s lives, I thank you for all that you do.
Proverbs 22:6 “Train children to live the right way, and when they are old, they will not stray from it.”
I hope all of our families have a great term and I look forward to the many celebrations Term 4 brings.
Head of College
God Uses Cracked Pots
An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.’I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.’
The old woman smiled, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?’ ‘That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.’
For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’ – Author Unknown
Time and time again in the bible, God uses broken and flawed people to do his extraordinary work. Abraham was old. Elijah was suicidal. Joseph was abused. Job went bankrupt. Gideon was afraid. Moses had speech problems. Samson was a womanizer. Mary was an unmarried mother.
We live in a world where perfection is sort after. And even in Jesus’ day, it was obvious that the religious leaders were more interested in external perfection than the heart.
The thing is, God is less interested in where people are from, with what they wear, with what they have done, than he is interested in what he can do with and through them. In fact, as in the story of the cracked pot, God uses our weaknesses to do amazing things. This is especially encouraging when we as parents go through those moments when we wonder how effective we really are.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28, NLT)
To know that God can and still will do amazing things through us is one of the things that helps us to find renewal and hope and a belief in what is possible.
Pastor David Schmidt
When entering and exiting the private property of either College Campus, extra care is required due to the volume of traffic — in particular at pick-up and drop-off time. We remind drivers to please be mindful of the following:
- monitor your speed
- to avoid congestion of traffic and ensure safety of the students, drivers are to remain in their vehicle and not to park in the kiss and go/stop and drop zones
- give way appropriately when exiting both campuses, in particular:
- when turning right out of the Junior Campus, due to the entering line of traffic that may block the view of oncoming vehicles
- when exiting the Senior Campus, give way to all traffic from all directions, as drivers are leaving the private property of the College