I have been really impressed with the start to the 2020 school year, not only in terms of all the logistics, timetables, and other administrative elements that have been sorted; but also in the way the students across the entire campus have returned and started the school year.College life is now in full swing. Already Year Eleven parents and students have engaged in an Information evening this week, staff were commissioned last Sunday, the Primary Swimming Carnival and Twilight Secondary Swimming Carnival have been run (weather permitting) and the new Health Room, Chaplains offices, lunchtime programs and sport are all up and running...
Christmas is only a matter of weeks away. For so many of us in the Mueller community, it is a time to remember the birth of Christ our saviour. Christmas is also a time to share our blessings with one another and to be surrounded by the people we love. It is a time for giving and a time for forgiving. Most importantly, it is a reminder of how much God loves us.
We are almost halfway through the final term of the 2019 school year. This may fill you with a variety of thoughts or emotions. As you take a moment to physically look at your child/ren, what are you drawn to? Have they changed? Have they grown? What has your year been like?
Things really change gears for so many at this time of year. Our Year 12’s begin their final assessments journeys, Years 4 and 6 students head off on camps and interstate tours over the next two weeks, preparations for the final few weeks of the school year start to heat up and all of this is amongst what is typically a lengthy period of the school year.
The ‘long haul’ will be different for each of us. It may be just the journey to the end of the week, or the year, or the journey to finishing high school, or getting to retirement. Whatever the length of time, if it feels like a ‘long haul’, then that is real and valid for you and God wants to partner, provide and protect you through it. This does however require action like being joyful, patient and prayerful.
“I choose you.” This is the foundation of true, lasting relationships. It is the foundation for God’s relationship with you. As Jesus declared to His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you...” Jesus chose us in the most difficult of circumstances.
Comparison and judgement are two of the most rife and debilitating snares in life and they have been with us from the minute that fateful decision was made back in the garden of Eden. You don’t have to look far to see how a lot of society almost thrives on these two concepts.
Some of you may be aware of this song ‘The Heart of Worship’ by Matt Redman, a very powerful and popular worship song from the 1990’s. It still has great resonance in many churches today.
At Mueller College our mission statement is: "...to prepare students for life in the world and eternity by applying Biblical principles through excellent education in a distinctly Christian environment."
When you feel most alone, it may be the very moment when you are truly least alone. God is there in your darkest night and coldest wind. He may be so close you cannot see him, but he is there. And perhaps he has chosen this moment to pull you closer to him than you've ever been before. As the Mueller community bids you farewell for another year, please go knowing you are valued and loved here, and our prayers for you and your family over the break are relentless.