2019 principal blogs

The Unmasked God
  Adam Richardson  -  2019-10-9 15:27:22
 
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. (Hebrews 1:1-4)

Throughout the Old Testament, God revealed himself primarily to the Israelites through the judges and prophets. But even then, there were things that people were unsure about in terms of what was expected of us and how to execute God’s desires correctly. And then a new dawn arrived in history when Jesus began his ministry. He showed us with great clarity what God’s plan is, how he wanted us to live, that the old covenant was finished and that a new one with Jesus at the centre was now established. The Old Testament is a bit like when the Masked Singers are giving their clues: we can be guided but may not interpret things perfectly. And the New Testament is similar to when the masked singer is revealed; suddenly things are clearer, we see how the messages fit together and point to the person, and we have the chance to hear firsthand about God. How blessed we are that we live in a time when we know God as revealed through his Son, and that when we experience doubt or confusion, we can confidently go to the words of Jesus to know what God requires, expects and offers. 

In Union with the Lord
  Adam Richardson  -  2019-09-18 16:46:45
 
May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice! Show a gentle attitude toward everyone. The Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)

With our 35th anniversary Celebration Day this week, it’s worth remembering that the journey hasn’t been made alone. Christ has always been with us, remaining central to our ethos and approach to education. That doesn’t mean that everything is always perfect, though. No Christian or Christian community has ever been in that situation. After all, we are flawed individuals who suffer at the hands of sin in our world. However, knowing that Christ has walked the human journey himself, and that he continues to walk with us in our life journey, can give us much comfort and peace. When faced with troubles, call on him for strength. When filled with joy, give him praise. And for the past 35 years, we give God our thanks. 

Community Connections
  Adam Richardson  -  2019-09-11 15:56:43
 
... so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:25-27)
One thing that Jesus made clear was the importance of connection. We regularly demonstrated that including those most vulnerable in society was a key role for God’s people. The Israelites had come to disassociate with anyone who wasn’t seen as being worthy enough, and they challenged Jesus when he spoke to, ate with and healed those who were seen as unclean or unrighteous. He challenged their thinking and demonstrated that love and compassion were critical, that community connections were of high priority for everyone and that no one should be left out who wished to be in his kingdom. At the alumni launch during the Book Fair, I heard many stories about positive relationships and connections from former students, staff and families who visited on the day. As we walk through the next 35 years, it will be up to everyone at Good News to maintain that ethos, keeping it strong and living it out as Christ desires us to do. 

The Good Book
  Adam Richardson  -  2019-09-4 13:40:06
 
And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times. (Psalm 12:6)

Hot on the heels of our recent Book Week activities, today we had the Year 1 Book Launch morning, and we will round out the week with the Book Fair, now in its 10th year. Strong literacy skills are clearly important to us, as they not only strengthen academic abilities but also allow for imagination and creativity to grow. God’s book, the Bible, is a central part of Christianity because it outlines his plan of salvation. The early parts point to the coming Saviour and why he’s necessary, whilst the latter part outlines God’s new Covenant (agreement) with us which is based on love and grace (the Gospel). At Good News, we want children to enjoy a wide range of books, and studying God’s word is a key part of that enjoyment. 

Sharing The Gospel
  Adam Richardson  -  2019-08-29 10:55:13
 
For there is one God and one mediator between God and humankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.  (1 Timothy 2:5-7)

This term’s chapels have been looking at children of the Bible. This week Mrs Gillis taught us about Timothy, who was completely dedicated to learning about God. He came from a family with a strong faith and, as he grew, he never waived from wanting to learn more. Eventually he began teaching others about God and became a disciple who helped Paul to minister to the many early Christian churches that had been established. Those churches faced challenges at times, as people debated what did and did not need to take place as followers of the Messiah. Timothy’s many years of study came to the fore as he helped to keep congregations on the right path and keep the gospel pure. Luther was also strong on keeping the gospel message pure, hence the start of the Reformation 500 years ago. And we are encouraged today to be like Timothy and share the message of God’s love, grace and eternal salvation.
 

Sharing God's Word
  Adam Richardson  -  2019-08-21 15:14:11
 
Declare his glory among the nations, His wonders among all people.
(Psalm 96:3)

What a great job our Year 1 students did last Sunday in leading the 9:30am worship service. They sang well, performed the actions with joy and led the prayers and Bible readings with enthusiasm. The readings, in particular, were quite lengthy and the children spoke with clarity and confidence, even adding special emphasis on key parts of the text. The applause they received was well-deserved and I was encouraged that many of our youngest students are so ready, willing and able to lead the ministry of our community by sharing God’s word.
 

Working Together
  Adam Richardson  -  2019-08-15 13:10:50
 
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

Do you ever feel tired when you have to do lots of work yourself? I’m guessing that you do. It’s not how God intended things to be. His plan was that we work together to accomplish the necessary tasks. Of course, working in a community, whether that’s at the office, in a classroom, at home, on a sports team, in a church congregation or in any other group that needs to work together, each person needs to play their part and do it positively for the benefit of everyone. Individually, we are rarely as effective as when we work together, and through cooperation we achieve more for God’s glory. As a school community, we all need to work together for it to be the most effective and productive. By keeping Christ at our centre, we have the best opportunity for ensuring that we live as God’s children and enjoy all the plans that he has for us. 

Reacting Positively
  Adam Richardson  -  2019-08-7 13:48:01
 
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. (Philippians 2:1-2)
This week I am with our Year 6 students in Australia’s capital and witnessed the most positive reaction to a problem at last night’s dinner. One student knocked over a drink and it went all over the meal of the child next to them. Many children - and let’s be honest, many adults too – would react in protest at what had happened. They’d perhaps yell out, become angry or seek some kind of justice. But the boy whose dinner was now somewhat more drinkable, didn’t do that at all. He just came over to the teacher’s table and let us know what had happened. And even more impressive was that he didn’t have any look of anger or hurt across his face or any hint of it in his voice. He just smiled and got on with solving the issue. In my opinion he was living out what Christ meant about loving one another and having patience and kindness with one another. 

Samuel
  Adam Richardson  -  2019-07-31 15:57:32
 
The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up,
and he let none of his words fall to the ground (1 Samuel 3:19)

In this week’s Senior Chapel I spoke about Samuel, one of the final Judges over the Israelites. His mother had trouble bearing children and prayed regularly to God for a son, promising to dedicate him to service within the church if her prayers were answered. In time they were answered and so Hannah gave Samuel to Eli, the priest in Shiloh. As he grew up, Samuel proved to be a great prophet, sharing God’s words and wishes with the people. As his time of being a Judge ended, he appointed Saul as the first King of the Israelites and told him that God’s will was that the Amalekites needed to be completely destroyed. When Saul didn’t do this, Samuel had to take matters into his own hands and he killed the Amalekite king. Understanding that Saul wasn’t following God’s directives, Samuel secretly appointed David as the new King of the Israelites. It was David’s line of succession that Jesus, the King of Kings, came through. Samuel certainly played a significant part in keeping God’s plans on track to provide us with a savior so that he could bring about his New Covenant with the world; a covenant based on love and grace.
 

Celebrating Milestones
  Adam Richardson  -  2019-07-25 15:26:56
 
From him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! (Romans 11:36)

Yesterday we took our whole school 35th anniversary photo to help mark this special point in time within our school’s history. At 25 years we buried a time capsule in the garden next to the office and I wonder if there is even still a computer that can read some of the files stored within it. That’s how quickly things can change in today’s world. At 30 years we created the artwork that used to sit in the church. It contains all the staff and student names from that year and each child contributed to the artworks in some way. I look forward to it reappearing in the hall once the renovations are complete. And this year we have the photo, the launch of our Alumni and the celebration day at the end of this term to help mark the 35 years. As God’s children, he wants us to celebrate together and give thanks for the blessings we receive. Keeping our school Christ-centred has been a key part of our ethos and mission since Day 1 and will continue to be so, as it is one of our main points of difference as a Lutheran school. We are here because of God and for his service. All good that happens is because of him. To God be the glory! 

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