Dangers and Delights of Christian Parenting
End of Challenging Term
As we arrive at the end of Term 2 with the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic, we thank God for His protection during this time and we thank Him that we have been able to continue to serve as Christian School communities, that is being Pacific Hills Christian School and New Hope School.

We thank God for the strong and stable Government under which we live in Australia and the wonderful, expert health services that we receive. At the same time, we are saddened and prayerful for so many people in different parts of the world who are undergoing severe trials of health problems, bereavements, loss and sadness. We continue to pray for an effective vaccine to be available in the near future to alleviate the concerns of people around the world.

We are also thankful for our School community both here in Sydney and our Regional areas with our thankfulness to parents and others. We are thankful for the good health of our students and their delightfulness with their interactions with one another and our staff.

We are also extremely thankful for the staff of our Schools and the extra effort which they have provided in serving the students in their learning and serving.

Term 3
We are looking forward to the two weeks of holiday time and the pause to be refreshed and to reflect on the challenges of recent months. Term 3 commences for students on Tuesday 21 July with Monday 20 July being a day of First Aid Training for all of our staff. Any parent who needs their child or children to be at School on Monday 20 July are reminded that there will be staff available to supervise and care for them.

School Staff
Please pray for the School staff at this time, including several staff members who need prayer for improved health, including Mr Ray Evans who has recently retired, Mrs Liz Harris, after recent surgery and Miss Paula Edwards also following surgery.

Staff Devotions
This week we have been blessed enjoying Songs of Worship, hearing from Mrs Karen Kok, Pacific Group Finance Manager, Mrs Zelna van den Heever, Pacific Group Assistant Finance Manager and Mr Wayne Morrison, Property Team share Devotions with us.

School Reports
The majority of reports have been prepared for sending to parents and we will be sending them by the end of Term 2. However, some reports may not be sent out until the first few days of Term 3. Again, I am thankful for all the staff who prepared the reports and I remind parents that in our partnership within our School, parents are provided with the opportunity now and indeed whenever requested to have meetings with their child’s teacher.

Enrolments for 2020 and 2021
We continue to accept enrolments for this year and we encourage parents to know that we are open to receving applications. We are currently conducting interviews several times each week as families visit the School and are taken on tours.

For 2021, we have received many new applications and we would encourage you to make it known to family and friends that it is important for an application for their child to be received as soon as possible.

Pacific Group of Schools
We are thankful for the opportunity to serve in the areas of Tweed Heads, Maclean and Muswellbrook with our five Regional Schools. God has blessed each of these Schools in wonderful ways and it has been great to see the growth in quantity and quality of these communities and also to see God’s protection over them in recent times.

Planning for the future
Any changes to Government decisions in regards to schools provided to us over the next couple of weeks, either from Government or The Association of Independent Schools, will be provided to all parents by email.

I trust that all School families have a safe, healthy and refreshing break and I look forward to meeting together with you at the commencement of Term 3.

Dr EJ Boyce