Flying through Term 2, we have been coming back to school now for over three weeks and we are nearing the July holidays already!
Due to the various interruptions we have all experienced this year, Year 12 have missed out on opportunities they would have normally received. During previous years, Year 12 would dress up for events, including the Athletics and Swimming Carnivals. Unfortunately, both of these events were cancelled due to COVID-19. In order to give Year 12 a chance to grow closer as a year group, and the opportunity to dress up before they graduate, the School Captains organised a Dress Up Day for year 12 students on Friday the 12th of May. The theme for this day was “favourite movie/TV characters” as was originally planned for the carnivals. We all enjoyed seeing the great costumes they wore on the day! There was also a BBQ lunch where they were able to enjoy spending time together as a year group.
The Library has some “random acts of kindness” envelopes at the moment, which suggest some ways to care for and love one another. It has been really encouraging to see people taking these suggestions and actively looking out for each other!
Just as a reminder to all senior students, the Senior kitchen is open for use, although the sandwich press is not available. If you are using the kitchen, please keep in mind how close you are to other people, as it can get very congested in that area very quickly. Make sure that safe hygiene practices are maintained for the benefit of all students.
Life is hard right now, isn’t it? After you read the parts above, you get an understanding of a problem this, and an interruption that, and just so many restrictions. When you become overwhelmed with how life is moving (or not moving) right now, we need to remember that God is still in control, and to give our burdens and weaknesses to Him, asking Him for guidance. It reminds us of when Paul was writing to the Corinthians about his conceitedness and weakness, particularly in 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10. He wrote, “Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore,” Paul continues “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Here we can see that Paul gave his struggles to God, and God used this moment, not only to teach, but to support and guide Paul. Furthermore, Paul is joyful about the outcome, so much so that he will now boast about his weaknesses, so that God will continue to guide and support him, displaying His strength and power.
So as you find your weaknesses throughout the coming weeks, whether that may be about family, school work, or topics in the world right now, remember that God is always in control, and you can ask Him for guidance and support, and you never know, you might end up boasting about your weaknesses too!
Stephanie and Isaac