From the Dean of Christian Culture
What is it all about?
Recent events have no doubt caused all of us to stop and think. I know this is the case for me. And I would suggest that our thinking has not only focused on the global pandemic, lockdowns, restrictions and vaccinations, but also on many other difficult situations of which we are aware. Both in this nation and across the world we sadly see story after story of greed, abuse, violence, division and hatred.
But I for one refuse to give up. I refuse to become negative in the midst of these seemingly overwhelming difficulties, and although I realise that every generation and every era and every culture has experienced these same frustrations throughout history, I would still like to see a situation where today we choose to keep trying to make a positive contribution and bring about a different environment for now and for the future. I sincerely hope that we all decide to focus on helping this world, and the people in it, to be much better than what we are currently experiencing.
What is it going to take to make it much better? Change.
That sounds altogether too simplistic; offering a one-word solution to a complex and challenging global situation, but it just might be the start we need. I am sure many of us have heard the old saying – “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result!” – so perhaps it really is time to try something different. To change.
But what exactly needs to change? We do. You and Me.
There is a wonderful Scripture in Romans 12:2 which simply says this;
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
The patterns of this world are not taking us anywhere productive in a hurry. The suggestion being offered in this Scripture is that we consider stepping away from the behaviours of the world and instead line up with God’s thinking. Maybe, just maybe, this transformation could help.
What potentially could we change?
What might be some of the things which would be positively altered if we decided to live according to God’s patterns and not our own?
- Life could be much better if our focus was US not
God’s plan is definitely for a we-culture not a me-culture. Everything in Scripture relates back to connection and relationship and family and team and group and community.
Unfortunately, our default position is so often a selfish one – What do I want? What is in it for me?
I noticed this really rise to the surface when a particular banking institution released a series of television advertisements about fifteen years ago full of wonderfully tear-jerking and motivational images of good-looking families achieving their dreams, and each individual advertisement carried the same voiceover tag line at their conclusion; “For the most important person in the world. You.”
The opposite pattern of thinking is illustrated in this story from The Bible;
Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then He said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
And He told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:13-21
Reading this Scripture reminded me of a story I heard a few years ago about two brothers who owned a farm together and had worked side-by-side all their lives. One day they bumped into a rock buried in a paddock which they unearthed and discovered to be a precious gemstone. They fought and argued and could not agree who would keep it, and so decided to cut it in half. When the gemstone was valued on their behalf they were thrilled to discover that each of the two halves were worth $60,000 but devasted to hear that had they left it untouched and in one piece it would have been worth almost $2 million!
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all think more about us than me? Imagine if you will a time and place in the future where we have eliminated selfishness and created a new focus on selflessness. Beautiful.
- Life could be much better if our focus was on our RESPONSIBILITIES not only our RIGHTS.
This is related to the first point, but takes our thinking to the next step. As well as living selflessly with a focus on we not me, how about we also consider living generously; with an emphasis on giving not getting. How can I help? What can I contribute?
I recall, quite a few years ago, hearing the case of an individual who spilled coffee on themselves and then sued the café where the coffee was purchased, because the coffee was hot! Not to mention the story of the driver of the Winnebago who sued Winnebago because he crashed, after putting the vehicle on cruise control and heading into the back for a sleep!
Accepting our responsibilities alongside our rights is not always easy, but the patterns of life will flow much more smoothly if we work together as opposed to working against one other.
If we could all accept the challenge and begin to renew our thinking and transform our minds to be re-set to focus on even just those two small things to begin with, I suspect that would be a wonderful success.
- A selfless we-attitude, not a selfish me-attitude; and
- A generous ability to focus on my responsibilities not only my rights
Of course, the world has a different view of what constitutes success, so we may need to slightly adjust our perspective of success in this process as well.
Ask yourself today, “What is success?”
Here is a little thought to get you started.
“To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Essayist & Poet.
Bless you all.
Rev. Tim Edwards
Dean of Christian Culture
SURF COAST PREP – YEAR 3 TABLOID SPORTS EVENT
Parents are advised of the upcoming Tabloid Sports Event next week.
This event will provide the opportunity for our whole school to come together for a session of fun, non-competitive activity. We are also looking forward to using the new hardcourt area which is very exciting.
Date: Thursday 4th November 2021,
Time: 2:15-3:15pm (Periods 7 & 8)
Venue: Upper level and hardcourt area.
Attire: School Sport Uniform with House coloured polo shirt and runners.
All students from Prep to Year 3 will be involved in a rotation of eight activities. Teachers will be conducting the activities, including Novelty events, PE skill based activities and Minor Games.
Due to current restrictions, unfortunately parents won’t be able to attend. We look forward to having parents back on site next year to enjoy our special Tabloid Sports day.
Students will enjoy a fun and active afternoon.
Preps Investigate Movement
In Integrated Studies, the Preps have been exploring the different ways in which things move. They have been making predictions, observing, and experimenting with different objects and comparing the speed and force at which they move. The students honed in on their team work skills, by building a marble run and Gravitrax course.
The students also explored the different ways animals can move and how their natural movements relate to their body type and shape. They created animal masks and paraded around role playing their specific movements.
The Preps are currently in the process of designing a game that has a moving part. They have had to carefully plan what objects have the best suitability for their games.
Spooky Year 1′
What a week it has been diving into the spirit of Halloween! The kids have been getting their narrative writing games on with their very own Spooky Story. They have done such an amazing job planning, drafting, and now writing their pieces. Some of their ideas have been incredible. From witches, vampires and ghosts to haunted castles and dark forests. Their imaginations and creativeness are incredible. We can not wait to see how their stories play out and the incredible artwork that will go along with it!
Year 3 Outdoor Learning
How wonderful for our Year 3 children to be back together full time at school! We have had a great week of learning together and have been enjoying the little things, like getting back into reading groups and eating lunch together. We have moved our classroom outdoors and it has been terrific to be able to enjoy the sun and fresh air as we learn!
It’s Show Time!
Students and staff have been working hard this term, preparing stunning class items to feature in our Celebration Evening. The evening will be recorded on Thursday, 11th Nov. during school hours (please refer to previous EdSmart communication for details), and will be streamed to families on Thursday, 24th Nov.
The children have taken great pride in their efforts during rehearsals. They have also been involved in the creative process, assisting with clever ideas for choreography and costumes! They are collaborating with their peers on such a grand scale, and I am so proud of how things are shaping up.
It is timely to remember our students are in their prime years for developing their confidence through experience, and we are thrilled to have these opportunities available to us once again – it’s been a long time!
We cannot wait to show you the final product. Here’s a sneak peek for now…
What’s Happening at Surf Coast
Upcoming Events is an up to date list of planned activities at Surf Coast Campus that you can use for planning purposes. Please be aware that these dates are set early in the term and occasionally items may need to be cancelled or dates/times altered. This itinerary is altered each week to reflect any changes – please check this list of events EVERY WEEK carefully when you read the weekly VINE newsletter.
Wednesday November 3rd – Walking Excursion Year 1
Thursday November 4th – Tabloid Sports
Friday November 5th – BLP Clubs
Thursday November 11th – Celebration Night Filming
Monday November 15th – Prep Readiness Session for New Preps 2022
Tuesday November 16th – Prep Excursion – MoPA
Wednesday November 17th – Orientation Day
Wednesday November 17th – 2022 New Students visit 3.45pm
Friday November 19th – Beach Prep
Friday November 19th – Art Extravaganza
Friday November 19th – Year ¾ Basketball Extravaganza
Monday – Wednesday November 22nd – 24th Year 3 Camp
Tuesday November 23rd – Prep Day Camp
Tuesday November 23rd – Ballarat Wildlife Park Excursion Year 1
Wednesday November 24th – Year 2 excursion to Surf Museum
Thursday November 25th Celebration Night
Friday November 26th – BLP Clubs
Thursday December 2nd – Surf Coast Carnival Day
Friday December 3rd – Assembly & Christmas Service
Friday December 3rd – Last Day of 2021 School Year 2.30pm dismissal
Year 1 swimming Friday October 8th to November 26th except for November 12th.
Order Your East Timor Calendar Now!
The 2022 East Timor calendar is due to arrive soon! Proceeds from sales will enable funding for 16 University scholarships. Each year Christian College sponsors four new university scholarships, and we are excited this year that these students will come from our very own Uma Maun Alin volunteers.
You can pre-order and pay for your calendar now by calling any one of our campuses and paying over the phone via EFTPOS. They will be available for collection in the next two to three weeks.
A MYTERN Message for This Week
Today, as well as being aware of what road you are on, also try to focus on what road others may be on.
Acknowledging what road they are on can influence how you respond to them.
And that’s a positive for everyone 👍😊