Dear Parents and Friends,
What a wonderful commencement we have had to the school year: valuable professional development days with staff; awesome first days of school for students; a wonderful opening ceremony of the Senior School and Innovation Centre; and, a special Dedication Service to commit everything at St Andrews Christian College to the Lord.
Our theme for the year is “Be Strong and Courageous” from Joshua 1:9.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Andrew Courtis gave a wonderful devotion to the students to encourage them that they can be strong and courageous in God, because He is with us. What we need to do is remember His promises (His Word), stand on His promises and principles and know that He is with us.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
We can commence this year boldly, knowing God is guiding us and helping us to grow more like Him (individually) and together as a school.
I am so encouraged by the way St Andrews is growing and developing. We have wonderful new staff, who have already settled into the life of the College:
- Head of Senior School – Mr John Present
- Art – Mr Tom Gibbs
- Music – Mrs Lynn Beardmore
- Maths – Miss Mardi Easton
- Chemistry – Mr Louis Fernandes
- Reception – Mrs Katelyn Grant
- Year 6 – Miss Emily Hill
We also welcome all our new families to St Andrews. May your time here be a wonderful blessing, not only for your child/children, but to you as well.
One of the special distinctives of St Andrews Christian College is our amazing community who model Christ and care for each other. Students thrive, because they know staff not only care for them but help them to discover their God-given gifts and talents. I am so thankful to God as I see a blossoming community in the context of education, where learning and teaching is exciting and growing young men and women for God’s kingdom is paramount.
One of our little Prep students for 2017 drew a picture about their very first day at school. Already they understand that God is the Head of the College and that we are here for His glory. Note “God’ on top of the picture, looking over everything.
Many blessings for the year,