Delights and Dangers of Christian Parenting
Perseverance in love
One of the characteristics of good parenting is to be constant and unconditional in our love for our children. This is a little reflective of the love that God has for us, although God loves us much more than we love our children. That is because God is love. This love is an agape love of the New Testament of the Bible which teaches us that love is the acceptance of a person as he or she is and cares for them. This care is in the areas of support, encouragement and nurture and at the same time discipline, correction and rebuke.

In loving a person, we persevere in that relationship and that commitment to the person. The best way to teach our children persevering love, is to be an example of it ourselves.

Year 7 Camp
On Tuesday 25 February to Friday 28 February, our Year 7 camp was held at Youthworks Outdoors Site at Waterslea, Shoalhaven Conference Centre, under the leadership of Mr Gavin Neale and Mrs Katie Gillespie and staff. They enjoyed many different activities and a great time of fellowship together. The four days away was a time to encourage relationships between students and staff. I am very thankful for the staff who gave of their time away from families to attend this camp.

Year Group Meetings
Each week I enjoy speaking and sharing stories with Year groups. This week I met with Year 2, Year 8 and Year 12.

Student to USA Dance School
One of our Year 9 students, Katrise Folland has been selected to attend for five weeks, a major dance school in the USA. Katrise is a very committed student at Pacific Hills Christian School together with her family being involved here and we entrust her to God’s care at this next stage in using her gifts to please God and bless people who watch her dance.

Students as School Cleaners
One of the special characteristics of our School is that the cleaning of our Schools is done by students who have applied for these positions and are interviewed and trained to clean the School well. They do this work as an act of service but also many use the funds they receive for their various mission trips that they undertake. This program of student employment is an important part of our School culture.

Café Pacifica
I am reminded each day of the great blessing of having a cafe on our School site. The café has become a very important part in building community here with great service, with fine food and beverages and as a meeting place for visitors. At many times it is also used for our School community to meet together. We are very thankful for this provision.

Staff Devotions and Visitors
This week we have been blessed to have Pastor Kevin Cowdrey from Spalding Church, UK and Mr Matthew Hillier, Leader of Christian Mission International Aid (CMIAid) share with us. Our Fiji Mission team also shared their reflections with us from their trip in December 2019.

I had the privilege of spending time with Pastor Kevin Cowdrey and Mr Matthew Hillier after their time with us in Devotions. Matthew started CMIAid when he was a student at Pacific Hills and the ministry that he has in the community where they serve in Moldova is extraordinary. We are continuing to support that ministry with mission teams both from here and our other Schools including teams of adults who go as individuals with a common cause and common purpose.

We continue to receive applications for enrolment and we are thankful that this allows us to meet many parents who want to understand Christian education and how it can affect their family and their children. The enrolment process is an important part of our daily life and we are always ready to consider others to be part of our School community.

Review of Faculties, 2019
At present I am meeting with each Faculty Head Teacher with Mrs Belinda Nunn, our Dean of Curriculum as we review the 2019 HSC results and the general performances of the assessments of our students. Through this process we now set goals for future teaching and learning that we undertake at Pacific Hills Christian School. This is a valuable process.

Community Fellowship Activities
We have various parent fellowship and prayer groups throughout the School on a weekly and fortnightly basis. For more details in regards to these groups please feel free to make contact with Mr Bil Ghali, our Community Fellowship Coordinator.

  • Monday - Prayer for our children at 8:30-9:00am
  • Tuesday – Parents Fellowship at 9:00-10:30am
  • Tuesday – Empowering Women at 1:30-2:30pm (fortnightly)
  • Wednesday – Prayer for our children at 2:15-2:45pm
  • Thursday – Mums in prayer at 8:45-9:30am
  • Thursday – Parents in Fellowship at 1:00-2:30pm

Board Executive meeting and Board meeting
Please pray for our Board Chairman, Mr Mark McCrindle, Deputy Board Chairman, Mr Max Maddock, and Treasurer, Mr Nathan Parkin. This group met on Wednesday 26 February to prepare for the Board meeting on Thursday 27 February. Please continue to pray for our Board as the Board members engage in discussions of significant issues.

Regional Leaders Gathering
This event was held on the evening of Monday 24 February and Tuesday 25 February. It was a valuable time of learning together and also of continuing our commitment to Christian education in different locations. For us this Christian education is in teaching, learning and serving.

New Hope School
There continues to be further interest in New Hope School but we still have a small number of spaces available for new enrolments. Please pray for this ministry.

Pacific Brook Christian School
Please pray for this School as the Board of this School holds its meeting on Friday 28 February. Please pray also as they continue with their implementation of the Middle School programme.

Pacific Coast Christian School
Please continue to pray for Pacific Coast Christian School at Tweed Heads. We are thankful for the staff of the School and the School leadership under Mr Patrick Donnelly and Mr Gavin Nancarrow. Please pray for the Board of the School as it meets next week.

Pacific Hope School
This School continues to operate excellently with full enrolments and we continue to pray for future planning of the School and for the Board meeting next week.

Pacific Valley Christian School
Please continue to pray for this School as we continue developing the new masterplan for the site and as the School prepares to embark on a missions programme.

Valley Hope School
Please pray for Mr Nathan Murray and his team as they care for these Special Needs students and their families and as we continue to investigate the ways forward with regard to new facilities for the School in the future.

Dr E J Boyce