On Friday 30 October, we celebrated the last day of schooling for our Year 12’s with Muckeration Day. Hopefully you enjoyed some great photos in the newsletter last week as the day progressed with parades, assemblies, games and speeches.

It was my privilege to share a brief message with the Year 12 students during their final assembly. Dressed as their fairy god-mother, I wished them all the best.

I wished that they would have a happy life, that they would find a great job, and settle down with the perfect partner.

I wished that they would travel and see the world; that they would grow in their knowledge and understanding.

I wished that their life would be free from hardship and heartache...Of course, the problem with wishes, is that I can’t make them come true! Even my best fairy god-mother costume and magic wand, can’t guarantee these things. And of course, we know that life doesn’t work that way... despite our most earnest pleas on behalf of our graduating students.

However, what I did promise them is hope! Hope that is found in Christ. The dependable, faithful, ever-present love of God in all circumstances. The hope found in Christ that will see our Year 12’s through the difficult journey, the broken relationship, the period of unemployment, the challenges of illness, the heavy mantle of anxiety.

In Jeremiah 29, we read, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” In Hebrews, we are encouraged to “hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful”, and in Psalm 42, we are encouraged to find hope in God, when our souls are cast down and we are in turmoil.

The testimony and witness of each staff member present at that final assembly for our Year 12’s was that this hope is real; it has seen us through tough times, it gives us courage for the future, it consoles, it protects, it heals and it is true.

To that end, each student was presented with a book by Tim Costello, called Hope. In this collection of stories, the former leader of World Vision, shares moments of inspiration where hope and faith have seen people and communities through the most difficult of circumstances.

This year has been difficult and challenging… more than ever, our prayer and deepest desire for our ‘Class of 2020’ is that they would find hope for today, and for the future in the truth of the biblical story.