Welcome back to a new term in 2018! We hope you have all had a lovely and restful holiday, and are ready to get back into the school routine. As a part of the SLC, we are excited to see how our school community grows and develops throughout this term. While we are looking forward to the future for our school, we are grateful for all the experiences that we have developed together during the year throughout events such as the Athletics Carnival, Little Night Music, KYCK Camp, Aegis Girls Night, J-Walk and the recent Europe Trip. God has blessed us greatly with such an amazing year so far. We are excited to see how he will continue to bless our School and everyone in it over the next two terms, and we truly hope that we will continue to encourage each other in the community to grow and celebrate each of our successes.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the current Year 12, who are close to facing the Trials in weeks 3 and 4. We would love for you to keep them in your prayers as they progress through this tough time of stress and work. For all Year 12 students we remind you of God’s Word. As it says in Psalm 16:8, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” As students we need to constantly remind ourselves that stress will pass, but God will not. We need to place a focus on God being at the centre as He holds everything in His control. Your relationship with God will not be damaged, no matter what occurs in your life, He is a constant God who is never failing and whose faithful love is incomparable. He loves you not because of your knowledge or good deeds, but because you are His precious creation, His loved children.
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20
After everything that Joseph had been through, all the hard times and years of imprisonment, he stated this verse to his brothers, who had unknowingly reached out to him for help. Joseph was a man who developed a godly mindset which he carried with him through the many trials he faced throughout his life. He was very poorly treated by his brothers, who plotted to kill him because of their jealousy. Yet in Genesis 50:20, Joseph’s brothers threw themselves at his feet, in fear that after their father’s death, he would plot against them in revenge of their wrongdoings towards him, Joseph forgives them. Their intended harm was planned by God, and was used for much greater purposes than what they had planned for. God has a plan, and everything in His perfect plan happens for a reason. This gives us assurance as Christians, as we know that God is in control. He will use us for great things, even in the midst of troubles and trials. We should all aim to have this same forgiveness that Joseph so mercifully portrayed in Genesis 50:20. People will always try to harm us. We will persecuted and mocked as Christians, however, God intended this harm for good. We are all a part of his amazing plan.
William Burge and Leticia Monteiro