Delights & Dangers of Christian Parenting
Always pleasing God
It is sad that some Christians have the idea that when they are in church or with other Christian people, they should be pleasing God. However, the Bible teaches us that we should at all times of our lives, live to please God.

For those of us who are involved in a school community, our pleasing of God includes our time away from school and our holidays. I encourage our School community to teach the new generation that loving one another and pleasing God, should happen at all times including when we are relaxing and having an enjoyable time of leisure.

This is a further request for expressions of interest which are continuing to come to us from our various schools. By early May, Mr Orlando dos Santos will be contacting those who expressed interest as he prepares a proposal for us with the view of having Agriculture as a subject at each of our Schools.

End of Term 1
This first Term of 2018 has been a long term and has probably seemed longer with the inclusion of Easter as a break within the term. We thank God for all those He has brought into the community of Pacific Hills Christian School and New Hope School. On Friday 13 April, we held our final assembly for the term at which we were thankful to God and we entrust all our community into God’s care for the time we are apart from each other.

School Vacation
I trust that all members of our School community have a safe, enjoyable and refreshing time away from the regular responsibilities of school term.

Anzac Day
On Wednesday 25 April, I will be attending the Anzac Day Dawn service at Kellyville with a number of our staff members.

On Tuesday 1 May, the School community will have its own Anzac Day service as part of the Whole School Assembly.

Boards Retreat
This event last weekend was of great value to everyone involved. We had a great time of fellowship and completed the mandatory training, which is required of those who are in governance in Independent Schools.

Pacific Brook Christian School (PBCS)
Please continue to pray for this School at Muswellbrook and especially as we are seeking new land for the expected growth of the School.

Pacific Coast Christian School (PCCS) and Pacific Hope School (PHS)
Please continue to pray for this School at Tweed Heads. We are thankful for 10 years of the life of that School, which we celebrated on Friday 13 April with 9 series of special events. Please continue to pray for Pacific Hope School.

Pacific Valley Christian School (PVCS) and Valley Hope School (VHS)
Please pray for Pacific Valley Christian School as equipment is transferred to the new buildings in preparation for use by staff and students in Term 2. Please also pray for Mrs Liz Latham at Valley Hope School who is still recovering from her concussion.

New Hope School (NHS)
Please pray for this School as we are looking for new enrolments.

Staff Devotions
This week our staff enjoyed presentations from Mr Ray Evans, Miss Wendy Moran and a special guest speaker, Minister Laven Shunmugam from Christian Reformed Church of Sydney in Castle Hill. We were thankful to God for the privilege to pray over the Myanmar CEDP team and Outback Mission team before they left for mission.

Schools 4 Life
This organisation based in Uganda has requested that we make our community aware of the opportunities to support that ministry. In the next week, we will send further information for those who may be interested.

Band Camp
Band Camp was highly successful. We are thankful to the staff and parents for their commitment in organising this event.

Community Service Day
On Wednesday this week our Senior School went to many locations throughout the city to serve in the local communities. These activities are a wonderful way to develop the character of our students.

The Association of Independent Schools (AIS)
Mr Andrew Waters and Mr Chris Baldry attended the Learning Environment for the Future seminar hosted by The Association of Independent Schools from Wednesday to Friday.

On Tuesday 10 May, I had the privilege of another visit from Mr Johannes Tarigan, the Bishop of Pentecostal Churches of Indonesia.

Myanmar Christian Education Development Program (CEDP)
Please pray for Mr Andrew Lack and his wife Sue, Miss Bethany Francis and Mr Orlando do Santos as they serve for 2 weeks for teacher training in Northern Myanmar.

South America Christian Education Development Program (CEDP)
Please pray for Mrs Carolyn Sakoulas and her husband Bill, as they engage in Christian teacher training in Peru and Paraguay over the holiday period.

Outback Mission
Please pray for Mr Christopher Petschack and the team of 31 members, who left on 12 April to serve in various parts of the Outback.

Professional Development
All the staff of our Schools will be involved in professional development activities on Monday 30 April as part of their requirements for continuing their registration.

Start of Term 2
We look forward to some new members of our community as well as the return of the rest of us on Tuesday 1 May.

Dr E J Boyce