Who am I?

Identity. Who am I? Who am I really??? The short answer to this question is quite simple: I am God’s child. And this should always be the starting point when we give ourselves the luxury of internal self-seeking. This needs to be the rock-solid truth that we come back to over and over again, also in…

Why do students lie?

Something that crossed my desk this week: Why do students lie? Now, the short answer is obvious. I don’t want to get in trouble, and so I tell a lie. I minimise the effect of what I did, shift the blame on others, and if push comes to shove, simply say it wasn’t me. I…

Applying the ‘holy but’

Ever listened to the way we speak? Ever thought about our conversations and how we phrase things? Have you ever considered what would happen if we turned some of our sentences around? “I really like Sam. She’s such a giving person and friendly, but…” And then we hear what we really think about her: “But she’s…

How do you know? How can you be sure?

How do you know? How can you be sure?  Let’s be honest, most parents don’t know, and most are not sure. They like to think they are, but deep down, there’s this nagging doubt: is my child safe within the ICT world? You can’t stop it, nor turn the tide. Most of us don’t want…

Take action or run?

This story is nearly 80 years old. And has been retold many times, and worth telling again: In August of 1949, fifteen men parachuted into a mountainous area of Montana to put out a growing fire. Within minutes, the fire exploded out of control, spreading at 660 feet per minute and threatening to consume the…

STOP and take stock

Today we find ourselves midterm, and with the Labour Day holiday on Monday it might be a good idea to STOP and take stock of how the year is going. Stop: we live in a fast-paced world and find ourselves moving from one thing to the next. There is always the next thing on our…

The Latest Gems – From John Calvin Christian College

Almost each week the principal of the John Calvin Christian College publishes a little message that gives parents and the school community something to ponder on. To provide more lasting value to these ‘gems’ and make them easily accessible, we are publishing them here. Please note that they may be slightly edited to make them…

Student friendships and groupings

There’s something that is hard to understand. It happens frequently in a school setting, often more than not. It’s actually something that doesn’t happen, if that makes sense. It’s got to do with relationships between students and their groupings. It’s about students reaching out to others who are not in their group. Why is it so difficult…

Application of wisdom

One of the best ways a school can work with its year theme, is to apply the same in practice. To keep sound wisdom is then a tall order for the teaching staff who are at the front line to demonstrate what that is to our students. And it remains a tall order for us…

Keep sound wisdom

“… keep sound wisdom and discernment.” (Proverbs 3:21b) The opening assembly focused on the above text which challenged both students and teachers to reflect on the critical question, How do we keep sound wisdom? In contrast to being smart and clever, Scripture strongly exhorts us to get wisdom, to chase after it, to hold it, to…

Everyone wears an invisible crown

Everyone is special… everyone wears an invisible crown. This is a message on the front of a Christmas card which came through the mail. With the celebration of Christmas, we focus on the beginning of the earthly stage of the journey of the Son of Man, as He proceeded through the cross to receive the…

Holding us close to His heart

Don’t you love the way the Lord gives us different pictures so you and I can relate to Him? The Lord holds us close to His heart. We immediately build a picture of what that means. We think of a special relationship, someone who is really close to us. Something like a parent-child relationship. We…

Building the school: a day of small beginnings

God’s faithfulness in the rebuilding of the temple: You can hear the ridicule, feel the scorn and sense the embarrassment! “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifice? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heap of rubbish- stones that are burned? Whatever…

Drifting away from holiness

“People don’t drift towards holiness. They drift towards compromise and call it tolerance, and drift towards disobedience and call it freedom” Maybe the events of this week are a reflection of the above. Australia has been drifting for a long time, and this became quite clear when God visited via a plebiscite. The unholy dancing…

Why I send my children to this school

I received an email this week, which I’m permitted to share: I’m going to tell you why I send my children to this school.  It’s not because I had such a wonderful experience here as a student. I didn’t. I wasn’t understood. I had family issues that I couldn’t talk about. No one reached out…

Talking to your neighbour about school

Your new neighbour moved in last week. Yesterday you had a ‘welcome chat’ over the fence; seems like a reasonable sort of family, not Christian but well-meaning all the same. The kids seemed polite, and the mum was really interested in the local scene; shops, parks, schools… You re-run a section of the conversation in…

Reformation 500!

Something I read this week: For you to experience God’s sufficiency in crisis, you must be learning to experience it each day. If you aren’t learning to depend on Him as your refuge, to draw on Him as your resource, and to defer to Him as your Ruler when things are going smoothly, you won’t…

Battle between two wolves inside us all

One evening an old man told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all. One is dark or evil, it is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other…