Chaplain's Chat

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Term 1 Week 7


This week  we gathered together for our Foundation Day Chapel. We gave thanks for the vision our Founders had for a Christian College of excellence, and we celebrated the amazing way their vision has been realised and re-imagined throughout our 32 years, making it possible for us, at this time, to be blessed with such amazing facilities, excellent programs, wonderful staff and great success in every aspect of College life.

Then we went deeper, exploring our spiritual foundation and identity, which was given to us by our Founders, when they named us The College of the Good Shepherd.  In Psalm 23, David provides us with a beautiful picture of the Lord as our shepherd. We are his sheep, and he provides everything we need: food, water, peace, guidance, protection, and comfort in the sad times. He is always close to us and he loves us.


Our understanding went even deeper when we heard Jesus’ words from John 10:14:
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me... And I lay down my life for the sheep.”  The implications of this, for us as individuals and as a College, are profound, especially as we journey with Jesus through Lent, and reach the gates of Jerusalem where he will indeed lay down his life for us.

As a College that at its heart is still ‘The College of the Good Shepherd’, our challenge is to live each day trusting in the goodness and provision of the Good Shepherd, and passing on his blessings of love, care, encouragement and peace to all.

A wonderful example of this is the Junior School MasterChef Competition that was organised and run by Mrs Merrin Trewin on Shrove Tuesday.  The students had a wonderful time, and  a record $800 was raised for The Anglican Archbishop’s Flood Appeal.

Another way that we do this each year is through the Easter Egg Appeal which begins on Monday. This is a lovely opportunity to bring Easter joy to families who, otherwise, could not afford to buy Easter treats.  I’m sure we will be overwhelmed once again by your generosity.

Blessings,
Reverend Elroy Mee
College Chaplain