Delights and Dangers of Christian Parenting
The Story of Easter
Easter is one of the special times of the year for the great majority of people in our country and in many parts of the world. Easter is celebrated in many different ways including the giving and receiving of Easter eggs and other commercially available products. As a society, Australians celebrate Easter through public holidays.

For us as Christians Easter has a much deeper significance and value. We remember that Christ, the Son of God, who came to earth to fulfil the will of God, the Father, was crucified on a cross in order to bear the sins of the whole world. On the third day after His death, He rose from death and through that act of resurrection; He has provided new life, eternal life for those who believe in Him. Therefore, as Christians we are totally thankful for the death and resurrection of Christ.

I encourage all School Families to share this message of Easter with their families and to share with others at church services or in community groups during this Easter season.

Holidays coming
I trust that all School Families have a very special time of refreshment, relaxation and enjoyment with family and friends.

School Musical
At the end of the school holidays, we will be finalising all of the preparations for the School Musical to be presented on 4, 5 and 6 May. Please encourage your friends and neighbours to consider coming to this special event of ‘Beauty and Beast’ as we present a message of Christian beliefs and values through that presentation. Please consider going online to make your bookings for yourselves and others.

Boards Retreat
On 31 March and 1 April, the Boards of each of our six schools met together for several hours of mandatory training and for a wonderful time of reflecting on the history of God’s goodness to us and considering the ways in which we might grow in character and commitment in teaching, learning and serving.

The Excellence Centre (TEC)
TEC has published an updated version of the Strategic Directions Booklet for our School. If you are interested in receiving a copy, please contact The Excellence Centre.

TEC has also produced a brochure to encourage people to study courses for teacher accreditation that will enable from within the Christian Schools movement, and indeed, Christian teachers in public schools, to learn from a Christian perspective with full accreditation from the Government authorities. Again, if you would like a copy of that brochure please contact the TEC office.

Mrs Walker and I had the privilege of visiting our four schools in Tweed Heads and Maclean on 4 and 5 April. We were blessed visiting those communities and it was a joy to see the ways in which they are showing God’s grace and providing an increasing level of excellence in Christian education.

Joshua Komanapalli
Our Pacific Group of Schools has hosted Mr Joshua Komanapalli who is one of the leaders of a ministry of Christian Schools and Christian Churches in Southern India. That ministry has been supported for several years by St Philip’s Christian Colleges and it has been delightful to have fellowship with Joshua and to consider further ways to confirm a special relationship with those communities.

Bali Mission, Outback Mission and Chile Mission Trips
Please pray for our teams preparing for mission in the Easter holiday break. These teams are: the Bali team from 8-16 April under the leadership of Miss Ashley Crimmins; the Outback team from 13-26 April under the leadership of Mr Chris Petschack and the Chile team from 10-23 April under the leadership of Mr Paul McConnell.

Easter Service
As a whole school community, we have been blessed to celebrate the Easter message with our special guest speaker being Rev Keith Baker from St Paul’s Anglican Church, Castle Hill. The Easter message was clearly presented and it was a good way to complete Term 1 together.

Staff Devotions
This week we have had the privilege of hearing from Enosh Devanhand from India, Mr Ray Evans and the Chile Mission Team.

New Hope School
Please continue to pray for the special needs children and the families and staff of New Hope School. We are available for additional students to come into NHS so interested families should contact Mrs Dowson, Director of NHS, or our Director of Enrolments, Mrs Maddison.

Pacific Valley Christian School
Please continue to pray for this community as some of the staff and families were affected by the recent floods. Please pray for the continuing building program to accommodate the increasing enrolments of this school.

Valley Hope School
Please continue to pray for this school as it currently has full enrolment and yet we would be ready to consider additional students because of the interest in the community of this type of schooling.

Pacific Coast Christian School
Please continue to pray for PCCS and those who were significantly affected by the recent floods. The spirit in the school is strong and vibrant and the new building for Junior School is planned to be in use from the beginning of Term 2.

Please pray for the Assistant Principal, Mr Patrick Donnelly, and the Director of PHS, Mr Klaus Knobloch, as they are currently in Western Europe visiting schools in Germany, France and Austria. Already they have been seeing God’s hand at work as they arrived on the exact day in one community where the principals of a number of schools had gathered together to consider how they might provide special education in their schools.

Pacific Hope School
Please continue to pray for Mr Knobloch and the staff of Pacific Hope School. Many of the staff of that school are new to the school and yet very experienced in Christian Education.

We continue to receive ongoing applications for enrolments at a significant level at Pacific Hills including a number of sibling applications. However, please encourage those you know who are interested in enrolment here to proceed with their applications as we do have a number of grades with waiting lists.

Term 2 Start
We look forward to the beginning of Term 2 for the staff on Wednesday 26 April and the commencement for the students on the following day. On that day, 27 April, we will be having a full rehearsal for the School Musical as well as celebrating Anzac Day with a service in MPC. Please check our website for the timing of the Anzac service as you would be most welcome to attend.

Dr E J Boyce