I would like to welcome you back to Term 2. It is my prayer that the Easter holiday period was both a time to invest into family time together and most importantly to remember the sacrifice Christ made for us all on the cross.
It was such a blessing having so many grandparents attend the annual Emmaus Grandparents day hosted by our Junior School students during the last week of Term 1. The day included a musical and drama performance, and some time with students undertaking activities with their grandparents in their classrooms. It warmed my heart seeing the glowing faces of the children as they work with, and performed in front of their grandparents. Many grandparents have also shared the joy it has brought them spending some time with their grandchildren at their school. Events such as this highlight the relational element so central to Emmaus.
Towards the end of the holidays it was with great excitement to hang the two sided sign (pictured right) with Ben Raw on Sir Donald Bradman Drive last Friday, promoting the 2020 commencement of our new Brooklyn Park campus. Work is progressing very well on the new school with completion still on target in about 4 -5 months. Enquiries and enrolments for the new school remain strong to date. Please share news of this new Christian schooling opportunity in the heart of the western suburbs with friends and family.
Finally it was a blessing for my family and I to spend some time together over Easter at Hall’s Gap; certainly a reminder of God’s spectacular creation. Upon our return to Adelaide we were greeted with the newly erected political promotional signs adorning light posts and street signs leaving no doubt we as a nation are in election mode! As you may recall from late last year, the issue regarding religious freedom for Christian schools is a very important election matter, and central to this election. The ability for schools like Emmaus to only employ Christian teachers is at the very heart of this attack on our freedoms. In most part having all Christian teachers is the single most important aspect of the College prospective Emmaus parents are seeking when interviewed. It is this very element being attacked, and the next parliament will surely resolve this matter (one way or the other). I encourage you to carefully explore the various party’s position on religious freedom for Christian schools as a part of your prayerful election discernment process.