There is nothing static about being a Christian. The Bible makes it really clear that when God reaches into our lives he redeems us and makes us pilgrims. We are on a journey towards a destination. As Christians that destination is in view and we are no longer wandering aimlessly, as we were before we knew Jesus.
The journey is often referred to in the Bible as a race. A race marked out before us, which we are called to run with perseverance.
Hebrews 12:1 says “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us …”
If our lives are touched by Jesus then we are involved in a race. To be a Christian means to be introduced to a life of action, a life of steady persistence. In order to run this race we need to reject those things that might impede our progress, and we are told to fix our eyes on Jesus. For he is the one who died for us and made us runners! He is the one who has gone before us, and is our saviour, Lord and king.
Opportunities at ICS in 2019
As I reflect back on the school year of 2019, it has certainly been a year full of exciting opportunities and experiences. Our school musical, national and international competitions, school camps, our Fiji mission trip, Duke of Ed program, sport and the rich teaching and learning that happens in every classroom make for a year full of events, activities and growth. All these are valuable and life-shaping experiences—but nothing is more important than being in the race for Jesus.
As we come to the end of Term 4, I am most encouraged by the growth and maturity seen in our students over the past 12 months. It is encouraging to see students growing in their faith and understanding of what it means to follow Jesus; to see students willing to give things a go and take on new learning experiences, and to persevere even when things are hard; and to see our staff, students and parents work in partnership to see positive outcomes for everybody.
Acknowledgements and farewells
Thank you to all the staff for their faithful service of Christ this year, and to parents for their support and partnership throughout 2019. We look forward to another new and exciting year in 2020.
At the end of 2019, we farewell Mr Luke Thorn, a member of our support staff, who will be working as a teacher next year, having completed his university studies.
Mrs Cathy Greaves will be moving to Cedars Christian College to take up a Head Teacher position in 2020, and we thank her for her faithful service over the past seven years.
Mrs Lynne Williams will be retiring at the end of 2019, having been a permanent member of the ICS staff since 1999.
In addition, we farewell Mrs Rhonda Story, who is retiring after 33 years of faithful service to our school community. Mrs Story was the first secondary school teacher employed by the school and has also served as coordinator, deputy principal and class teacher. We are very grateful for the part each of these staff members have played in our school community and we pray they may know God’s peace as they move into new roles or stages of life.
I trust that you have a blessed, safe and joyous Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, who came to save us so that we can run the race marked out for each one of us.