Why does Santa Claus come to you? Because you’ve been good; he’s been watching you and he’s coming, provided you have been good. It’s quite possible that some people might think that about God at Christmas. We go through Advent putting ourselves in order, as we wait for His coming; God comes because we are good. This would mean that God is like some Cosmic Santa Claus who watches us all the time, who knows everything we do – this is true – but, does He tell us to be good or He won’t give us anything? We’d all be in trouble if this was true.
Because we are human and live with limitations, we have great difficulty in understanding Jesus at Christmas; God gave us Jesus even though we were not good. God does not reward us for being good, because God’s love for us is unconditional, it is unexpected love, it is the love of a true father. The gift of Jesus at Christmas is difficult to understand, because God’s love for us is beyond our expectations.
Also, difficult to understand, is the manner in which God’s gift to us arrived. Jesus was born in the humblest of circumstances, in an animal shelter and placed in the animal’s feed box. You could have imagined how shocked the Magi would have been to see where the King was born. But the real story of the first Christmas is not meant to meet our expectations or desires of what the Christmas story should be like. Jesus did not come to meet our expectations or desires; He came to meet our needs.
Jesus came as He did, to make it clear that no one and no place was beneath His dignity. The first Christmas was a strange story, a story of humility, a story without royal robes, a story without even a proper bed. John Donne, the English poet, summed it up rather well when he wrote:
That we were made like God,
But that God should be made like us,
HAVE A HAPPY and JOYOUS CHRISTMAS!
RETURN IN 2022
I ask that all students returning to school on this day will have made sure that they have the full summer uniform and are present in accordance with the College uniform and grooming policy – with particular attention being paid to hairstyles and jewellery.
A reminder that:
- Years 7, 11 & 12 commence on Tuesday 1 February and
- All students then return on Wednesday 2 February.
Hopefully we will be able to recommence in the TSC with a face to face assembly.
Once again Academic Scholarships will be available to students in Year 8 – 12. The application form for these scholarships is now available on the College web page. Three scholarships will be available to each of Years 8 to 12 and may amount to up to 50% of their tuition fees. A student will need to have ranked in the top 10% of their Year level at the end of the 2021 academic year to be eligible for a scholarship. Students will also have to meet a number of other criteria in relation to attendance and following the College’s expectations of students. Applications have to be to the Principal by Monday 14 February 2022.
A reminder to all our parents ahead of the break at the end of Term 4 that school zones remain in place for the safety of our children and families. School zones operate on all gazetted school days. School zones operate as normal until (and include) Friday, 17 December 2021 and resume on Monday 31 January 2022, whether students are present or not.
FAREWELL AND GOOD LUCK
This year we have a number of long serving members of staff finishing their time at Trinity, both teaching and non-teaching staff.
The following staff have either left during the course of 2021 or will be leaving us at the end of this year: Mr. Jim Holmes, Mr. Rob Lynch, Mr. Tony Bindon, Mr. John Conomos, Mr. Pat Stace Mr. Wayne Maguire, Mrs. Nevin Foster, Mrs. Kate Ashdown, Mrs Julie Nash, Mr. Liam Bleakley, Mrs. Kathleen McLennan, Mrs. Susan Watson, Ms. Phoebe Seymour, Mrs. Joan Paddon, Ms. Annette Lee, Mrs. Deb Muir, Mrs. Delma O’Connor and Ms. Shirley Carter
I’d also like to take this chance to say farewell to those students who are leaving us at the end of the year. Some for work, some to go to other schools and some whose families are moving from the area. I wish them all the best.