Charles Spurgeon, the nineteenth century British preacher, wrote, “If you would sum up the whole character of Christ in reference to ourselves, it might be gathered into this one sentence, He was moved with compassion.’’ As a Christian community, Grace Primary is committed to both demonstrating compassion and encouraging our students to develop an attitude of compassion to all people, regardless of who they are and where they come from. We will be focussing on the value of ‘Compassion’ in the weeks ahead, and I encourage you to have a conversation with your children as to how they demonstrate compassion on a regular basis.At the end of next week, hundreds of millions of Christians around the world will celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, after God took compassion on his people and sent his Son to die in our place. Please join us next Wednesday (1 April) at 2.15 in the Hall, for our Closing Chapel service during which we will reflect on the message of Easter - the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as an atonement for our sins.
Reporting Conferences are being held for students, parents and staff next Tuesday evening (31) and also on Thursday (2 April). This is a special time for reflecting on the achievements of the past term, and in setting goals for the next leg of the learning journey. As some children will be attending with their siblings, they are asked to sit quietly outside the classroom during the conferences in which they are not involved. No children, including younger siblings, are to roam around the school corridors and grounds unsupervised, and no-one is to play on any of the equipment. I ask parents to be very diligent in this area as it is a very important WHS and duty of care issue.
Thanks to those families who have already demonstrated compassion for the people affected by the recent cyclone in Vanuatu by contributing to the appeal that was launched last week. The P and F Executive Committee is showing its support by donating the profits from next Wednesday’s Sausage Sizzle. Please continue to send your donations to Reception before the end of term.
Anzac Day Services
The 100th anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp at Gallipoli in 1915 will be held across the world on Saturday 25 April (the end of our first week back next term). Grace Primary will be holding its own service of remembrance at 2.15 pm on Thursday 23 April and joining in the local march and service on Saturday 25 April, where our students will be encouraged to join us as a school contingent on the day. I would like to extend to all members of the community every blessing for the coming Easter break. May the reminder of Christ’s love for us fill our hearts with all joy and assurance, as we reflect on God’s promises of forgiveness and renewal.
Mr Stephen McGrath