From the Principal

I hope that you and your families had the opportunity to find time together to rest over the term break and are ready for what this term holds.

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, the brand-new William Carey Christian School app has been launched this week. All families should have received an email providing basic details for accessing this smartphone app.

The app is available on both the Apple App Store for iPhones and Google Play for Android smart phones. Once downloaded you will need to provide your Edumate username and password. Don’t worry if you have lost track of this personal information. Please contact our IT support team for your login details to be reset.

Our school app is designed to complement the Edumate student management system. The app provides rapid access to much of the information available on Edumate and a wide range of relevant parent/carer information. An outstanding function is the ability to verify any absences for your children on your smart phone. Specific information regarding your children’s timetables and upcoming assessments can be accessed plus details for contacting staff should you wish to ask a question. As the year progresses the functionality for communicating between school and home will expand. Some functions (for example, changing your contact details) will still require you to log on to the desktop version of Edumate.

I have been looking forward to making this service available to the school community and have been most encouraged with the large number of people who have downloaded the app already, plus the many positive comments we have received from parents already putting it to good use.

If you haven’t installed our school app yet, do so this weekend!

Our first week of term has been a busy time already, with the High School Cross Country races being run on a beautiful Autumn afternoon. I would like to congratulate all our competitors, whether running is a strength for them or they participated to help build the overall score for their School House. We are yet to hear whether Cranmer, Schaeffer, Spurgeon or Taylor House will take the glory. Whoever takes the trophy, it will be determined by participation of many runners rather than the efforts of individuals. It will be Primary’s turn next Friday to run their Cross Country and I look forward to hearing the House chants that Primary engage in so enthusiastically to encourage their runners.

We have also had ANZAC Day assemblies for both the Primary and High Schools this week. I would like to thank the organising teachers and the students who took part in the assemblies for the outstanding quality of these assemblies. They provided time to reflect on Australia’s history in world conflict, the cost of warfare on societies and the experiences of people who have served others, particularly at the cost of their own lives.

As well as reflecting on these aspects of ANZAC Day, our assemblies also provided our students the opportunity to reflect on the concepts of justice and self-sacrifice from a Biblical perspective. Warfare often includes acts of injustice which may never be rectified by humanity. However, God who is perfect in His justice, promises to rectify all the injustices of this world. God’s justice includes righting the wrongs for those who have suffered at the hands of others and justice on those who have chosen to reject of ignore Him. The Bible states that all people are in a position of falling short of God’s standard and there is nothing we can achieve in ourselves to fix this. The result of this, is that we will all have to face God’s justice.

God is both perfectly just and loving by providing forgiveness for those who seek it. He has accomplished this through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus has fulfilled God’s justice by taking our punishment. This means God can offer forgiveness freely.

ANZAC Day is both a significant day of mourning and celebration, a day of remembrance. It is also important that we mourn injustice in all its forms and celebrate the good news of God’s great plan of perfect justice and love.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.  Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:6-8

In His service,

Keith McMullen