Blog Post: Term 4, Week 7, 2018
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)
These are, perhaps, some of the greatest words ever penned. Written some 700 years prior to the birth of Christ, we are given a glimpse that a child will be given to us and he shall be called these wonderful titles, including “Prince of Peace.” Tremendous! What hope! And how desperately we need Jesus to be our Prince of Peace today.
We are broken people. Even believers who are united with Christ still battle with sin on a regular basis. We all, believers and unbelievers, are desperate for true, lasting peace. Peace that is not just an emotional state, but a bedrock foundation for our very lives. One in which we can stare the most difficult of circumstances in the face and have peace because we know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus is Lord.
As I reflect on these words, the need to share this wonderful news with all people seems more and more urgent because our world is pretending that God doesn’t exist and the stories of Jesus are but fairy stories. Our world needs Christmas and its true meaning. Let’s celebrate Jesus’ birth and let others know why it is such a joyous occasion for us.
This week, I have some exciting news. Firstly, the Deputy Principal, Mr Stephen Babbage has been appointed to the role of Principal at Trinity College, Gladstone in Queensland and will therefore be leaving us at the end of the year. This appointment has been some weeks in the making, so I have been preparing for this change whilst awaiting the outcome. I would like to congratulate Stephen on his appointment and thank him on behalf of the school for the contribution he has made over the past four years.
The other part of this exciting news is the appointment of Mrs Melinda Sharpe as Head of Senior School. Mrs Sharpe comes to us from Broughton Anglican College where she is currently Dean of Students (Years 7 -12). She has also been a member of staff at The Illawarra Grammar School where she has held the roles of Head of Outdoor Education, Head of PDHPE and of Sport. Mrs Sharpe is a regular member of Figtree Anglican Church, a keen sportswoman and highly accredited coach of netball.
With all positions at the school now filled by an enthusiastic team of teachers I am very much looking forward to 2019 with a sense of excitement and expectation for a wonderful year ahead.
Mr Tony Horsley