Jesus taught in parables about many things and one of his most familiar parables is the one about the sower. It goes like this:
...“Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
There is great little clip produced by Max 7 on youtube that is helpful in showing this parable to students. You may like to watch it with them at home and think about it as a family. Here is a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9IOhGPrRvY.
The best thing about the parable of the sower is that, unlike some others, Jesus actually interprets it for his disciples, and indeed for us.
“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received the seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
Now he who received the seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
Matthew 13: 18-23
I am always interested, as an educator and a parent, in defining the things that we can change and recognising the things that we cannot. When we have a clear picture of these two things we can identify the space where we have a mandate to act. We can clearly see what needs to be done to make a difference. Of course the other side of this is that we also have the reassurance that God will do the rest.
In the parable of the sower, Jesus depicts us as the ground. That means we have no control over the seed, the birds, the sun, the thorns, or the growing, but we do have control over what type of ground we are and how we are positioned.
What is Jesus teaching us here?
First, that God is always there and He will sow seed in season. I like to interpret that as living life with understanding, knowledge, wisdom and vision. Looking at others that I regard as fertile ground, I see these qualities manifested in an abundant life filled with meaning and purpose. People who allow God to work in their lives understand His leading are positioned for growth.
Second, along the way there is potential to be affected by things happening around us. There is the lure of selfish gain, there is the temptation to do it our own way. There are situations and circumstances that could stunt growth. These things are outside our control, but we can position ourselves outside of their reach.
To have ears and listen we need to position ourselves away from the things that hinder and set our hearts and minds on following Jesus. We as the ground need to be cultivated in God’s word, so the seed, can sink in and be nourished. What we do, how we act and what we say are tools that are useful for preparing the ground. When we feel the prompting of the Holy Spirit we can not afford to be hard ground, we need to be ready to act.
To conclude I want to thank you all for the wonderful tilling you have done in your homes. Over the last few weeks our students have been fertile ground, they have listened to God’s leading and have demonstrated a willingness to learn and grow. The staff have worked hard to make our school fertile ground. The classrooms have been spaces where we have pulled up thorns by addressing stumbling blocks, we have tilled the ground by covering foundational learning and Biblical truths in class and have provided nourishment through care and and understanding.
I am excited to see what wonderful fruit our ground will produce in both the near and distant future.
ANZAC Day will be in the middle of the April school holidays this year. We would like have some students represent our school at a service. Please tell Mrs Rogers if you are interested in getting involved and we will provide you with more details as the date gets closer.
There will be a special celebration assembly held at School on Thursday 29th March at 12:00. We will celebrate the greatest gift ever offered. We will remember the love that God offered us as we head into a time of reflection and as well as celebration. Parents and carers are welcome to join us for this assembly.
Cooking Up a Storm
The highschool students will be getting involved in some cooking over the next few weeks as part of their Technologies unit. Please be aware that they will need to bring along ingredients for the recipes that they choose to cook.
Reminder that full uniforms should be worn to, at and from school, including the correct shoes. Hats are to be worn when outside at break times for the rest of this term, but they do not need to be worn in term 2. Blazers should not be on in the playground, again, unless it is really cold (below 12 degrees). Remember, jumpers are available from the uniform e-store, which are recommended for cooler days and can be worn under the blazer during the coldest months. It is getting colder and the days are getting shorter, so winter will be here before we know it. It may be time to jump online and order some winter uniform items so you are ready. Winter uniforms will be compulsory from the fourth week of term 2 until the end of term 3. Again any uniform items can be purchased on the e-store using your code and login.
Change of Physical Education Days
Starting from next week Kinder Physical Education will be on a Wednesday, so Kinder students need to wear sports uniforms on Wednesdays. Junior and Upper Primary will remain on Thursdays and High School on Fridays.
Visit from Creation Ministries
On Friday the 16th of March the students were visited by Rod and Nancy Walsh from Creation Ministries. They have amazing resources and we would like to encourage you to visit their website https://austore.creation.com/ and follow them on Facebook too.
Please join the school community for a working bee. Those that attended last time had a great time of fellowship and we were able to get some jobs done. Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know others and also help our school look sharper. This time the working bee will involve preparing for some painting in the foyer and, if time permits, beginning some painting. Please come dressed in old gear and if you have any painting equipment (sanders, brushes, rollers, trays or drop sheets) bring it/them along.
We are still aiming to get the iPads up and running in the Primary classrooms this term. Please work towards your child acquiring one.
Stationary Packs & School Fees
Well done all those families that have paid for their stationary packs already. Those who haven’t yet paid are reminded to get that sorted. The prices per student are $25 for secondary and $50 for primary students.
Parents that are paying the school fees via the school office, please make sure you keep up to date with payments, the second installments are now due.
Forms have gone home to update the information we have in our database. Please ensure they have been checked and any missing information completed and returned to school as soon as possible.
We are having our school photos on the 30th of April (first day back at school for Term 2). Please make sure that students are wearing summer uniform for this day with their blazer. Order forms will be sent home shortly for photo packs.
Get on board and keep up to date. Visit our new facebook page, just search Australian Christian College Hobart and join the group.
Swimming and Water Safety
The Swimming and Water Safety programme will be starting on the 19th of March until the 23rd of March. Students will be travelling by bus to the Clarence Aquatic each afternoon. Please ensure students have proper swimming attire -one piece bathers for girls and boys are encouraged to where rash shirts and trunks. Also pack a towel to dry off and a plastic bag to store wet gear. Swimming caps will be required and are available through the school uniform estore.
Remember school banking day is each Monday. It is great to develop a saving habit at a young age, so encourage your children to participate.
Coles Sports for Schools
Feel free to support our school with your shopping and collecting the coupons from Coles. We have a collection box at Coles Eastlands and also one at school by the office. Collecting the coupons enables us to buy sports equipment for the school for the students to enjoy!
Tasmanian Premier’s Reading Challenge
ACC will be participating in the Tasmanian Premier’s Reading Challenge and we would like you to encourage your children to take part! It’s a 10 week challenge starting from Monday 9th of April until Friday 15th of June. The challenge is to read 10 books (or more) in those 10 weeks and there are prizes to be won! Check the website www.premiersreadingchallenge.tas.gov.au to find out more.
Important dates to remember:
- 19th - 23rd - Swimming & Water Safety
- 22nd - Year 7 immunisations
- 24th - Working Bee 9am-12pm
- 29th - Special Easter Celebration
- 30th - Good Friday - Public Holiday
- 1st - Easter Sunday (daylight saving ends at 2am)
- 2nd - Easter Monday - Public Holiday
- 3rd - Easter Tuesday - Public Holiday
- 13th - Last day of Term 1
- 30th - First day of Term 2
- 30th - School Photos
- 6th - Last day of Term 2
- 30th - First day of Term 3
- 28th - Last day of Term 3
- 15th - Beginning of Term 4
- 13th - Last day of Term 4
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