This week our school hall was setup like a huge photo studio, with cameras, flashes and equipment filling the space. School photos give us a snapshot in time, a memory that we can reflect on as our young ones grow up.
I am sure many families look forward to this event in our calendar – there is the rush to get a haircut, find the best-looking shirt and brush off the blazer.
I reflected on our student body as they stood in their year groups for photos. We have a diverse group of young people who are all unique in many ways, yet when they stand together, they share a unity as members of our school. It is important that young people feel like they belong and that they are cared for and supported at school. It is in this situation that they are more confident to extend themselves and challenge their own learning.
We strive to build Shire Christian into a caring group of people who reflect Christ’s love. Our community will never be perfect this side of heaven, but we must seek forgiveness when we fail and keep working out our faith with fear and trembling – to learn, love and grow in Christ.
I would also like to thank our school community for their generosity toward Mrs Nicole George. Mrs George has asked me to pass on the message below to our school community:
My heart is so overwhelmed and grateful for the love, care and financial generosity from Shire Community. We certainly know we are tenderly loved as we are held in your prayers.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
This verse from 2 Corinthians has always been my absolute favourite verse but it has never meant more to me than right now. It sums up the heartbreak and struggle that we are feeling right now, and to be honest there are days when I feel crushed, despairing, destroyed but because of this Shire community, our St John’s Community and friends and family, I know we are not abandoned. Thank you. Nicole.
Mr David Stonestreet
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