Week 2, Term 4 Newsletter
Seasons change . . .
Seasons . . . they happen . . . every single year . . . without fail . . .
The Lord is the perfect Creator. Make no mistake - He knew exactly what He was doing when He spoke into being the universe, this world and all that is within it. And as He did so, He made sure that there were seasons . . . and He did so on purpose . . .
Winter, summer, spring, autumn - they are all so different, yet they merge into and through each other almost seamlessly. Despite my love for summer, I know that it is vitally important that this planet has its autumn, winter and spring. Put another way, my preference does not negate the fact that seasons are 100% necessary for the good of the planet . . . and for me . . . somehow.
You see, we do not necessarily need to know WHY seasons are needed, but we do need to know that they happen for our good. The same can be said of life. Seasons happen in our lives. One moment we are soaring on the wings of the wind . . . ‘nek minit’ we are at the bottom of the ocean floor getting rolled around wondering how the heck we ended up here. Seasons change. Life happens.
Knowing this, I want to point out 2 key things:
Our foundation must be strong.
Proverbs 24:10 says, “If we falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength!”
Psalms 28 says, “The Lord is strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him”
If our foundation is not strong, we will be tossed here, there and everywhere.
Jesus said in Matthew 7 that the strong foundation and rock are both His Word and our obedience to it
If our foundation is on the Rock, then we shall be secure
We must build our foundation on the Rock
Jesus is the Rock and He is indeed the Word of the Lord
Seasons will test our foundations and they will be seen to be strong or weak.
What is your foundation built on?
We must ultimately believe and know that God is good.
Seasons come and go. This is part of His ultimate plan.
Knowing that He is perfect in all His ways, we can trust Him that He is indeed working all things for our good (Romans 8)
If we don’t believe that seasons are good for us, we will end up in places of frustration (“Sheesh, I can’t believe it’s raining again!!!”), despair (“It’s been so cold for soooooo long”), bitterness (“This spring allergy always happens to me”), depression (“This is my lot in life”), and sometimes anger (“I’m over this heat!”).
However, if we become aware of the fact that seasons are good for us, we will find ourselves in stunning vistas of gratitude, understanding, patience, perseverance, joy, and all the other fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5.
Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart - Psalm 37.
Whatever season you are in right now, know that it is but a season and ultimately, He is in charge. Trust the Lord and make sure that your belief, confession and thinking are in line with His Word, our only true and sure foundation.
New seasons for some staff
As a school we experience different seasons and at this time of the year we say farewell to some of our staff here including . . .
Mr. and Mrs. Shanks
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 2015, Miss Jess Olling-Wood submitted her CV here at school with the intention of being a reliever. Now, some 7 years on, she has changed her name and become the Acting Assistant Principal of the Primary syndicate. Earlier this year Jess married Mr. Hanz Shanks who has also been working here this year and doing a wonderful job with our kids. Now, as a married couple, they are going to be moving to Whangarei, Mr. Shanks’ turangawaewae.
I am sincerely grateful for all they have deposited into the lives of everyone here at KALS. In particular, I have always been ministered to by the Spirit of God flowing in and through Mrs. Shanks’ class. This I will never forget. Thank you.
On behalf of our school whanau, be blessed whanau. Thank you. Thank you.
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This year we also say farewell to someone who has given much to see our students rise and shine in C4 - Whaea Sarah Williams.
Sarah is infectiously positive and this has been clearly evident in the lives and smiles of her students. She has given her everything to see that her students have succeeded and shone. Thank you Sarah for being a part of our whanau this year and we pray absolute best for you and your move back to Auckland to be closer to your family. God bless.
2022 - doing life WITH God!
Verse for the week:
“This God - His way is perfect. The Word of the Lord proves true.
He is a shield to everyone who takes refuge in Him.”
Psalm 18: 30
KALS BoT Elections - Parent Rep
Kia ora Whanau,
Just a reminder that our KALS BoT Elections for our Parent Rep closes next Wednesday 2nd November at 4pm.
Please see below the personal profiles (previously shared via email) from our 2 nominees, Miss Juliet McLean and Miss Akanihi Maukau.
If you have misplaced your voting form please email me - email@example.com and I will send you another one.
Please ensure you have dropped in your voting form to the school office before 4pm on 2/11/2022.
Any questions or queries please don't hesitate to contact me.
Important Dates to Remember
- Wednesday 2nd November 4pm - BoT Parent Rep Voting Close
- Monday 7th November - Start of NCEA Exams
- Friday 25th November - MoE Teacher Only Day
- Tuesday 29th November 6pm - Senior Prizegiving Y11-13
- Friday 2nd December - Last day of NCEA Exams
- Wednesday 14th December - Junior Prizegiving Y1-Y10
- Friday 16th December - Last Day Term 4 / 2022