It seems hard to believe that we have come to the end of another year! We can look back again with gratitude for so many things. Some we take for granted
all too easily and other things that may be much more obvious. However, there are things we can look back on and wonder why these have happened to
me, or my family? Often there are no easy answers, and we should avoid falling into the trap of offering them.
There are things that are certain in life; many would say there are two…death and taxes. Not a very exciting thought. However, Christians know
that there are more certainties of which we can be sure. We know that God is real, that He is knowing, all-powerful and omnipresent. We know He loves
His creation, and He loves His children. We also know that He can always be trusted, and that He is faithful in keeping His promises.
There are stories right through Scripture of people who trusted God, in times of struggle and pain and silence. Sometimes those silences where God seemed
to be “missing in action” went for a very long time. One of those silences seemed to have gone on for 400 years. This is the gap between the time of
the Prophets and the birth of Jesus.
It was after that time, where God spoke most powerfully. It is what we celebrate at Christmas. The Old Testament is replete with promises of one who was
to come as the Saviour. He came as a little baby boy, to a humble Middle Eastern family in very humble circumstances. In His birth, life, death, resurrection,
and ascension is the ultimate turning point around which all other events in history need to be understood.
That is really good news! Let’s celebrate that good news with those around us, with those who know it, and with those who don’t.
The end of the year is also a time of farewells. We have students and their families and staff that we are farewelling. We are saying farewell to the following
staff and wish them God’s blessing in their new roles:
Peter Muddle (Deputy Princpal Curriculum 7-12)
Leslie Bennett (Secondary Education Support)
Matt Rosee (Human Resources)
Liz Van Oyen (Junior School)
Sue Lawson (Secondary Education Support)
Joel Conway (Secondary Education Support)
I am personally grateful for the ways in which each of these people have served the community here at Covenant, and pray that they will have a sense
of purpose in the new situations in which they find themselves.
On behalf of the staff, we wish you a wonderful Christmas, and a time where you can spend time with your family and friends.