Greetings Parents and Friends,
It is a very busy time at school as we head into exams and end-of-year activities.
This week, we bid farewell to our Year 12 students at a special, formal assembly.
This formality is done at most schools but not many schools would pray daily for their students as we do. Not many schools have a connection across the whole school which displays a care for all students and a connected vibrant community responsible for encouraging and building each other up.
This was beautifully displayed in this week’s Final Year 12 Assembly where the Prep classes presented special bookmarks they made for each Year 12 student. As a whole community we prayed for them, thanked them and acknowledged their valuable input into St Andrews Christian College over the years.
The photos of each Year 12 student are displayed in the staffroom, and as a staff we pray for each student in their study and on each day of their exams.
We pray that our students will personally know our Lord Jesus Christ and have a personal relationship with Him throughout their whole lives. This is what is important and it this relationship that will help them to live full and rewarding lives.
“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3 (NIV)
I have this beautiful prayer (author unknown) that I give to parents at the Valedictory Dinner each year. It is a prayer that reminds us that our children are a gift from God and that we need to release our children for God’s purposes and for His will and not our own.
There is so much freedom in releasing our children to God, for we know that He knows all, He knows best and even loves our children more than we do (that is hard to imagine isn’t it?)
Dear Father in Heaven,
Who gave your Son to be one of us, embrace
these our sons and daughters
Reach out and touch them with your love,
So that they will stop where they are,
Sense your presence and turn to you.
Take them and make them what you created them to be, not what we wish for them.
When they wander away, draw them back to you.
Keep them from smallness of spirit.
Help them to use their gifts to serve others
As for us, help us to love them without possessiveness.
Help us to be firm and correct them when we must.
Help us to be patient as they strive to find themselves.
Help us to guide them with your wisdom.
Help us to love letting them go.
And when the work is done, and they are formed, raised and gone,
Help us to turn back to you, without our children, and to continue our own journey
Wiser and more understanding of you and your ways with us, your children,
Because we have borne children of our own, AMEN.
Blessings on your week,