Celebrate Hope

Ian Shaw, Principal

As we begin a new term, I would like to look back to the end of last term. Our 40th Anniversary celebrations were a high point of activity and rejoicing. I am deeply thankful for those who committed time, energy and resources to make our 40th Anniversary events so successful. I can confidently declare that people who came, particularly the Pioneers, enjoyed their time with us. The two days were a wonderful celebration of God’s goodness to this school community. God is good all the time!

At the Anniversary dinner, we were blessed by Kuyperians from all stages of our journey coming together to hear two guest speakers. Dr Paul Roe (The Outback Historian) and Mr Tim White (Former Kuyper Principal) spoke about keeping the vision of Jesus alive and central to life today as we look forwards, and backwards, into history. Tim’s presentation reminded us of the strong bonds that people form through serving at Kuyper. Passion for Christian Education was strong.

Our next big event is Seussical the Musical! This will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the gifts of our talented students. It will be an amazing spectacle and an experience that won’t be forgotten. Musicals are great moments of learning, connection and encouragement for students and preparations continue with much energy and anticipation. Purchase your tickets now before they sell out!

You may recall that last term our community experienced a great deal of sickness among staff and students alike. Term 3 will bring similar challenges. The NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, briefed principals from independent schools yesterday and warned of the expected impact of BA.4 and BA.5 COVID variants in schools. Please see the latest COVID update in this Newsletter for more information on how to protect and care for our school community. Although strong restrictions have lapsed, wise measures are still required to navigate coming weeks. I must emphasise how important it is that students and staff stay away from school if they have flu-like symptoms. The diligence of parents and staff in this area will help normal classes to run without disruption. Mask wearing indoors is strongly encouraged for all students, with either re-usable or disposable masks being acceptable. Mask wearing indoors will be essential for staff, and students who travel on public transport, including the Kuyper bus. The peak for virus activity is expected around the end of August.

You are welcome to drop in and speak with me without an appointment. You are also most welcome to make an appointment with me via the Office if you have something that requires more time. In conclusion, I leave you with a quote from Lamentations, shared today by Mrs Kae McCaull in Staff Devotions. We are reminded of the deep hope that we share in an enduring and faithful God. “Therefore, I will hope in Him.”

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:21-22

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