From the Principal
Last night was the opening night of Mamma Mia! and the audience was treated to a fabulous performance, full of energy and passion. Even though I had seen the show a number of times in rehearsal, from my seat at the keyboard in the orchestra pit, I witnessed the magical transformation that happens when students perform to a live audience. As the College Principal, I was filled with pride as the cast and crew delivered a production of such high quality. Tonight is closing night and there are a small number of tickets left for those who are quick. You will not be disappointed.
As part of the College’s improvement process, I will soon be inviting parents, staff and students to provide feedback relating to their views of the College across a wide range of areas. The research is being conducted by MMG Education and takes the form of questionnaires. At the conclusion of the research period, I be able to share highlights of the research will the College community. This is an important project for the continuous improvement of our College and your contribution to this process is highly valued. More information will be provided in the coming weeks via NEXUS.
My best wishes
From the Chaplain
‘Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you’ (Luke 11:9). One of the most frequently asked questions I get from students (and sometimes staff) is: why did you choose to be a chaplain/priest? My answer generally revolves around the idea of ‘vocation’ – a believe everyone is ‘called’ to do something in their lives, and that it should naturally be our goal to work out what it is that we are called to do. Sometimes it’s not too clear. Most of the time when I ask a student what they want to do after leaving school, they say they’re not sure, or they just want to get to uni and figure it out there. Fair enough – there are very many choices nowadays; perhaps almost too many choices.
I was asked to consider becoming a priest more than once over the years, and always turned it down. But one day, I was at the right point in life and decided to say, ‘Yes, I’ll see what this particular vocation is all about’. I really wanted to be as useful to God and to the Church as possible, serving the people I find around me, and that remains my desire every day at both TSAC Campuses. But I would be surprised if I were the only person across the whole of TSAC to feel a desire to explore what being an Anglican deacon or priest is all about.
Our Archbishop has asked all the chaplains to invite people to reflect on their own vocation, and if you think that you would like to make even a very gentle and general enquiry about working in the Church, I’d encourage you to visit www.anglicanchurchsq.org.au/vocations and see what you think. Of course, you are always welcome to have a chat with me any time about vocations or anything else. Be assured of my prayers as you reflect on what you and your students are most called to be and to do in this earthly life.
Peace in Christ,
Rev. Jonathan Kemp