For those who went to Sunday school, I am sure you remember the song: My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do?
For those who missed out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq1ZIC4lsEw
This term, in our staff devotions (where we meet each morning to share and pray for our students, families and staff) we are focussing on how remembering and praising God for great grace, mercy, justice, faithfulness and love gives us the right perspective to then navigate our lives in hope and faith.
For example, there are always lots of things happening in a school community and today is no different.
Today we are very excited to announce to our community that we have decided to open up Year 7, 2024 to two classes. The organic growth of our school is not something we intentionally seek, instead our success is measured in our faithfulness to what God is calling us to; provide a Christ-centred, biblically based, academically rigorous and culturally relevant education. Growth will not compromise our ability to develop our unique culture that focuses on establishing identity, purpose and hope in our students as foundations for renewal and positive contribution.
Having said this, it is a privilege to be in a position to extend the capacity of our Middle School to provide opportunity for more people in our community who want to be a part of our culture of learning and living the RCC way.
Further to this, we are also excited to have 13 students representing our College at the State CSSA Cross Country. Run on!
Today is also the last day for Ms Emma Noakes, a valued member of our staff who God has called to serve elsewhere. We pray the very best for Emma, and are thankful for the way she has shown God’s love to every child in her class.
This past week we also launched news of our 30th Year Celebration. We are excited to celebrate God’s faithfulness to our community over this time. What a journey it has been. We are so thankful to stand on the shoulders of the faithful servants who have gone before us. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more information on upcoming events.
So much going on! So much potential!
I am reminded of the way Abraham, the father of our faith, travelled and navigated the opportunities and uncertainties of his early calling to follow God into the Promised Land. He was faced with great uncertainty and challenge. Abraham’s response to his son, Isaac, when Isaac is unsure of what will happen next, is “The Lord will Provide” (Genesis 22). Abraham’s calm conclusion powerfully and simply surmises His secret to a successful journey.
In Tauren Wells’ recent song, Joy in the Morning, he reframes and reinforces Abraham’s concept of faith, challenging us to understand that:
…it ain't even faith till your plan falls apart
But you still choose to follow,
If it doesn't make sense right now, it will when it's over
There will be joy in the morning…
This week, as we continue to grow and change, facing challenges and opportunities, I encourage you to give yourself time to sit and reflect on the role of faith in your journey; where your journey is taking you and how you are getting there.
It is our prayer that you join us, in faith, as we navigate God’s plans and our plans for RCC’s future and trust God to provide for them.
God’s blessings on your week to come.
Please read on this week for some insightful articles from our school chaplain and some links to interesting articles that shed some light on understanding and parenting in this technological age...