Martin Luther King Jr, the Baptist minister and social activist who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968, once wrote, “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”Situations of conflict, whether between family members, school students, neighbours or nations, are usually the result of a lack of forgiveness. The phrase, “He/she started it”, is one of the most common responses from children involved in conflict at school, and letting go of the sense of ‘justice’ deep within each of us is one of the most
difficult emotions for human beings to overcome. Did you know that the word ‘justice’ comes from the Aramaic word for ‘vengeance’ ?
As we approach the celebration of Easter, we are reminded that the sins of the world were forgiven through the death and resurrection of God’s son, Jesus Christ. He gave His life so that we may live. We are forgiven because He was forsaken – that is amazing love!
We are focusing on the value of forgiveness at Grace in the coming weeks, and you might like to consider and discuss with your child what this looks like in your home and beyond.
Parents, teachers and students will be meeting in the last week of this term to reflect on each student’s learning and to set goals for the next phase of the learning journey in Term 2 and beyond. Appointment forms will be sent home shortly, inviting parents to come to school on either the afternoon/evening of Tuesday 31 April or on the day of Thursday 2 April (Student-free day), and we encourage all parents to take advantage of this special ‘reporting and planning’ opportunity.
Together With Year 4 All families are welcome to join with the Year 4 students and the congregation of Grace Lutheran Church this Sunday at 8.30 am for the ‘Together With Year 4’ service.
Extending their Learning
Ms Rosie Richardson (Year 5 teacher) and Ms Katherine Gavranich (Music Coordinator) have both been granted leave in 2016 to pursue teaching experience overseas. Such leave is granted on the basis of the impact on the teaching/learning community and the benefits that such experience will bring back to the community. Arrangements will be put in place later in the year to ensure a smooth transition for their replacements. Blessings for the week ahead, and I look forward to seeing you at the P and F Bush Dance tomorrow night.
Mr Stephen McGrath
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9