It is hard to believe that another year has passed, the school year has finished and apart from a few loose ends, focus is starting to shift onto 2018.  I am always surprised by how quickly one year ends and before we know it, the new one has begun and away it goes again.

Expressions of Interest have gone out to our Lutheran School communities around Australia prior to advertising for my role in February of 2018. We plan to have someone in the role as soon as possible after I finish at the end of semester one next year. Sue Ellis, our new Campus Principal, is all set to move across to Geelong early in January and will begin her role on Tuesday 16th  January. She is excited about coming to St John’s and looking forward to it very much. I will meet with her in January to make sure she has everything she needs so that we will be well and truly ready for the new school year in 2018. Exciting times ahead!

May God’s blessings shine on you this Christmas as you celebrate and remember the birth of the Christ Child with friends and family. Christmas is such a special time to reflect on the wonderful blessings we have in this great land of ours – our freedom, our families, our friends and our faith. The good news that the baby Jesus came into the world at Christmas gives us the peace, joy and comfort of salvation and eternity in his arms. One of my favourite Christmas Carols is O Holy Night and I have included part of it for you:

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth;
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
‘Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Fall on your knees,
Oh hear the angel voices!
O night divine!
O night when Christ was born.
O night, O holy night, O night divine.

Gary Jewson