From the Principal - Term 2, Week 8, 2021

Delights and Dangers of Christian Parenting
Secret of Contentment
A common theme of our lives is the desire for contentment. In the world, many people seek contentment by possessions, power, money or personal satisfaction. This is also true of many people in the Church.

However, the Bible teaches us that true contentment is from our relationship with God. When we are at peace with God, that will lead us to be at peace with others and within ourselves.

Thankfulness and Prayer
We continue to be thankful and we need to celebrate our relationship with God in being thankful in all things. We are so blessed in our country, however, there is so much to be thankful for and I encourage you to share that concept with your children.

Please continue to pray for our community, especially for those grieving the recent loss of Mr Ron Wallis, father of Mrs Belinda Korhonen, Director of OOSH. Mr Wallis’s funeral was held on Wednesday 9 June.

Music Camp
On Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 June our staff held their Music Camp with 170 students. We are very thankful for this popular, concentrated and intensive training as we teach our children to bring glory to God through their music. I was thankful to have the opportunity to visit with them on the evening of Tuesday 8 June.

Sporting Event
Congratulations and thank you to the staff and students who were involved in the Christian Schools Sports Association (CSSA) Netball on Monday 7 June.

F1 in Schools World Finals
Three teams represented Australia at the F1 in Schools World Finals this week. Team Celestial, a collaboration of Pacific Hills Year 12 2020 students, Lachlan George, Lachlan Vos and Joshua Kan, together with Magdalene Catholic College, Narellan. The car is a combination of ideas and designs from both schools with Lachlan Vos being the lead designer engineer. Team Celestial performed extremely well in the event, which was live streamed and judged, via Zoom. They ranked 1st in Oceania Asia region and 5th overall out of 43 teams with a time of 1.033sec. Celestial was named as a finalist for the Identity Award sponsored by Scuderia Ferrari F1. We congratulate our students and are very thankful for the staff who have been involved and supported students for many hours, to achieve such wonderful results.

Devotions at Yurana House and Carinya House
I would like our School community to be aware that several staff of our School present Devotions each Saturday at these two Retirement Villages. If anybody is interested in being involved, please feel free to contact me or Mrs Judy Walker.

Staff Devotions and Visitors
This week we were blessed to have the following staff share with us; Mr Daniel Morsillo, Year 5 Teacher, Mrs Anna Crawford, Sports Administration Assistant, Dr Melissa Razey, Assistant Head of Middle School and Mr Colin Lees, Year 5 Teacher. We were also blessed to have Mr Paul McConnell, Director of Sport & Service and Miss Alyssa Smith, Faculty Head PDHPE, share their Mission Report.

On Tuesday 8 June, Mr Grahame Murphy, our Patron of Outdoor Education visited with me. He has been involved in our School for more than 10 years and is planning to move to QLD to live, where he will continue to be involved with our Regional Schools at Tweed Heads and Maclean.

Captains Morning tea and Year Group Meetings
On Tuesday 8 June, I enjoyed spending time and sharing morning tea with our Middle School Captains and Vice Captains with Mr Gavin Neale, Head of Middle School and Dr Melissa Razey, Assistant Head of Middle School. I am always reminded and thankful for the quality of Student Leaders we have here at Pacific Hills.

This week I had the wonderful privilege of visiting and sharing with Prep, Year 1 and Year 4.

Finance Committee meeting
Thank you to our Chairman, Mr Ben Seumahu and our School Treasurer, Mrs Helen McDougall who are providing an enormous blessing to the School, by their analysis and assessment that they do of our finances before they are sent to the Board for their information.

We continue to receive applications for enrolment, and we are very thankful for the continued interest and commitment to our School from so many families. The Christian community of our School in its expression of God’s grace and truth is an attraction to many, as they see the love and kindness through staff and families and particularly through our students.

New Hope School
On Wednesday 9 June, we hosted a visit by NESA for the continuing accreditation of New Hope School for Stage 1 registration of early years. This visit went really well and for that we are thankful. We are also continually thankful for those involved with the work going into the new buildings. I would encourage people to keep aware of the changes and the blessing that it is looking forward.

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

On Monday 7 June to Wednesday 9 June, Mr Brett Sharrock, Principal, Pacific Valley Christian School, Mr James van Gelderen, Assistant Principal, Pacific Coast Christian School, Mr Patrick Donnelly, Principal, Pacific Coast Christian School and Mrs Lee Hackfath, Assistant Principal, visited Pacific Hills on a day each, for the purpose of meetings, training and fellowship.

On Thursday 10 and Friday 11 June, Dr Tina Lamont, Lead Principal of Pacific Regional Schools, Mr Chris Baldry, Pacific Group Business Manager and I, visited Pacific Coast Christian School, Pacific Hope School, Pacific Valley Christian School and Valley Hope School for Board meetings and interviews. Mrs Judy Walker also visited with us, for the purpose of spending time in training and mentoring the Regional Schools’ Personal and Administration Assistants.

In recent times we have received NESA accreditation approvals for our new Aboriginal School to commence in 2022 and for further accreditation for both Pacific Hope School and Pacific Brook Christian School.

Overseas contacts
Please continue to pray for our friends in Christian schools in various parts of the world. In particular, this week my connection with Mr Fred Buyinza from Rwanda. Please pray for this country.

Dr EJ Boyce