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From the Principal - March 2017

As we approach Easter, we have had guest speakers share the message of Christ and what He has done as we remember this key event in the Christian calendar. Within the classrooms, the children are working on a variety of Easter crafts and no doubt, they have been thinking of all things Easter related - hot cross buns, chocolates, Easter egg hunts and the many and varied ‘sweet celebrations’ that they will enjoy over the coming weeks.

This has led me to again reflect on Christian schooling and the value they have to the families who choose to attend them.

Have you asked yourself why you have chosen to send your son or daughter to a Christian school; and in particular, to this school, Kalamunda Christian? What sets us apart from the other schools? Perhaps you have asked, “What is it that we provide that you wouldn’t necessarily get from another school?” Is it the great morals and values that initially attracted you? Is it for the high academic expectations that are set? Is it the nurturing environment that a Christian school generally tends to provide? Is it the commitment of the teachers? Perhaps it’s based on the friendships that your families are making as you walk this part of your child’s journey? Perhaps, it’s all of the above …

Some parents may see Christian Schooling as an expensive exercise without any real difference from the schools in the surrounding area. Admittedly, there are many caring teachers in other systems whose desire is to pay particular attention to individuals, but Christian school teachers see their task as a calling rather than simply a job. The dedication and commitment of these teachers makes a great deal of difference in the lives of the children in their classes.

Yes, we are a Christian school, and yes we uphold biblically based morals and values but we also hold to the belief that parents have the primary responsibility for shaping and moulding their child in a way that will succeed in accomplishing true spiritual education. We believe our role is to walk alongside the families in our school, to support and nurture the children in our classrooms, to answer the questions they will invariably have as they work out their faith position in a place where they have the freedom to do so. We wish to stimulate a thoughtful and rational response when they are challenged about Jesus, who He is and what He has done for them. We aim to be consistent role models and to demonstrate the love of God in every area of life.

Yes, we absolutely seek to maintain high academic standards, however, our sole purpose is not to drive academics at the cost of all else. We recognise that we all have different God-given gifts and talents and so we strive to recognise the gifts and abilities of each of our staff and students and to use them faithfully. This will mean that students and teachers will work to the best of their ability in all areas. It means that we do not accept mediocre effort, whether it is in the classroom, on the sports field, when they interact with others or when it involves the choices they make during the day. Our school is a place where we strive to impart wisdom, wisdom that is godly and enables good life choices.

Just as a builder ensures that the house is built on a solid foundation, so the Christian School seeks to set each child on a solid foundation, so they may be in the best position to cope with the pressures of of adult life. Matthew 7:24 – 25 tells us that “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.”

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, one of the greatest celebration days coming up in the Christian calendar is Easter. As the children heard on Monday during mini-assembly, John 3:16 states, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.’

This verse sums up the Christian message of hope and life in abundance in 24 words. The word in the middle of this verse is ‘Son’. The words before this summarise what God has done – He loved us and gave us His Son. The twelve words after this promises a blessing of everlasting value.

At the centre of this verse and indeed the Gospel, is Jesus. He took the sins of the world on Himself so that we could know freedom in this life and the next. What a wonderful time to celebrate together!

May you and your family have a wonderful Easter break and we look forward to seeing you in the new term.

Michelle Cockrell
Principal