From the Principal - Term 2, Week 3, 2021

Delights and Dangers of Christian Parenting
The grace of God, Indescribable
The great delight of our lives is to experience the grace of God. We do so in the everydayness of life and in the environment in which we live, with the blessings that are bestowed upon us. Particularly, we see the grace of God in the person of Jesus. As we read in Titus 2:11, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.” The paraphrase of this, is that Jesus came. The well known Hymn, Amazing Grace, is beautiful and special and yet I believe that the word “amazing” does not do justice to the grace of God so therefore, I have the view that the right word to describe the grace of God is our English word “indescribable”.

Thanksgiving and Prayer
We remain so thankful to God for the many blessings we receive daily from His hand. We thank God for the rain and the wonders of creation. We thank God for health and the resources available to us and the everyday strength that He gives to us.

Please pray for members of the community of our Schools, especially those who are going through difficulties, struggles and grief at this time. Regularly, I have been able to interact with many of our overseas friends, whilst being very thankful for the blessings we have in Australia with regard to the pandemic. I am constantly aware of the extreme problems and difficulties facing so many people in so many parts of the world. In the media, we are reminded of the terrible happenings in India, Brazil and many places but also in Eastern Europe such as Austria, Germany and France as they are undergoing great trials of their health systems. Let us continue to pray for them.

Mrs Jo Ong, former Junior School teacher has asked for prayer, for her husband Peter and their family, currently serving in Malawi. They have asked for our support and encouragement as they plan to establish a Christian School.

We continue to receive enrolment applications and it is delightful to meet with families and share the story and vision of the School. We are blessed by so many strong, committed parents who want authentic Christian Education for their children.

Staff Devotions and Visitors
This week we were thankful to have Pastor Ian Deane, Castle Hill Baptist Church, share with our staff. We were also blessed to have Pastor Keith Baker, St Paul’s Anglican Church, Castle Hill share with us and staff member, Mr Jonathan Breeze, Pacific Group ICT Senior Systems Administrator.

On Monday 3 May, Associate Professor Fitzsimmons, Head of Education, Alphacrucis College, visited with me. His colleague Mr Stephen Brinton, Lecturer in Education, also visited the School to observe a class lesson by one of their Teacher Education students.

Our Board Chairman, Mr Mark McCrindle and I had an excellent meeting with Mr David Elliott, NSW Police and Emergency Services Minister, who is also the Local Member for the Electorate of Baulkham Hills. McCrindle and I also met with Mr Ray Williams, the State Member for Castle Hill Electorate. Both of these Members of Parliament have been supportive of the ministry of our School and the Pacific Group. Please pray for these men.

Year Group meetings
I always enjoy the time that I spend visiting with Year Groups each Term. This week I had the privilege of sharing with Year 1, Year 4, Year 6, Year 8 and Year 11.

Junior School
On Monday 3 May, our Junior School held their Mothers’ Day stall for Prep and Year 4 and on Thursday 6 May, for Years 1 to 3. Both of these days were a great success and fun for all involved. Thank you to the staff who organised and supported on these days.

On Wednesday 5 May to Friday 7 May, our Year 4 students and staff enjoyed a time of activities and learning together on Camp, located at the CRU Lake Macquarie Camp and Conference Centre. On Thursday 6 May, I had the opportunity of visiting and sharing in fellowship with them. I am thankful for the staff who gave up their time from family to support the students over these days.

School and Sporting Events
Congratulations and thank you to the staff and students who were involved in each of the following sporting events this past week.

  • Monday 3 May, Combined Independent Schools (CIS) Boys Basketball.
  • Friday 7 May, Combined Independent Schools (CIS) Primary Netball.

Fun Run
On Tuesday 4 May, our annual Fun Run was held for students. This event is to support and raise money for ‘The African Ambulance Fund’. This is a wonderful event and an encouragement and opportunity for our students to support this cause, given the ambulance has been very busy in Kayole Slum, caring for the thousands of residents struggling with Covid19.

New Hope School
We are still encouraging new enrolments particularly as we prepare for completion of the new buildings by the end of this year.

Regional Schools
We are so thankful for the wider community of Schools within the Pacific Group. Please continue to pray for our Regional Schools:

  • Pacific Coast Christian School at Tweed Heads, Mr Patrick Donnelly, Principal
  • Pacific Hope School at Tweed Heads, Mr Kyle LaMarre, Acting Director
  • Pacific Valley Christian School at Maclean, Mr Brett Sharrock, Principal
  • Valley Hope School at Maclean, Mr Nathan Murray, Director
  • Pacific Brook Christian School at Muswellbrook, Mr Damien Gainsford, Principal

After recent staff changes at Pacific Brook Christian School, we have employed two new staff members, one of whom started this term and the other who will commence on Monday 10 May. We thank God for the provision of these new teachers.

On Wednesday 5 May to Friday 7 May, Mr Craig Hingston, Pacific Group Marketing Manager and Mr Bil Ghali, Community Fellowship Coordinator, visited Pacific Valley Christian School and Pacific Coast Christian School. We are thankful for our Pacific Hills staff who spend time away from families to support our Regional School communities.

Mr Doug Zylstra, Chairman of the ICT Committee, continues to visit Pacific Hills each Wednesday and we are thankful for him.

Leadership Challenge with Brian Cox
On Tuesday 4 May, various leaders of our School met together for their continued program in leadership training. The guest speaker on this occasion was Mr Brian Cox. We are thankful for the continued leadership of Dr Tina Lamont, the administration of Mrs Kathryn Lattouf and supervision of Dr Melissa Razey for these ongoing events.

Principals’ Prayer Breakfast
On Friday 30 April, Dr Paul Roe who was the speaker at this event, highlighted the need for us to appreciate and celebrate that many of the great parts of our Australian history has been led and implemented by Christians. Therefore, in light of the current review of the National Curriculum we need to remember and celebrate the Christian culture of our nation.

Proposed National Curriculum
I encourage you to monitor the media discussion on this topic as the outcomes of this review will impact significantly on the future of Christian Education in our country.

Sister School
Mr Graeme Budler, Principal of KingsWay School, North Auckland, New Zealand has requested that KingsWay become a Sister School with Pacific Hills Christian School and we have confirmed this arrangement with them.

Dr EJ Boyce