Life is simple and yet so complicated! God has given us life, guided our growth, provided His son for our salvation, called us by His Word and provided opportunities for us to respond to Him out of love. Yet we often find a myriad of reasons not to respond or a myriad of ways to disappoint Him: constant reminders of the blessings that we take for granted; invite distractions into our daily life and fill up our time in various vain pursuits. These complications are of our own making and easily occur. To counteract these we need to make wiser decisions and establish life structures that will assist us to maintain a Godly focus if God is to have any chance in winning the battle for our heart! “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:20-23 NKJ).

Many people question the purpose of Heritage College. The answer is quite simple. It is hard to maintain the intensity of the focus mentioned in the previous paragraph, so why not take hold of every advantage that God may provide for us? One of these advantages is the commencement, around the ecclesial world, of Heritage Colleges. They allow the children to receive an excellent academic education centred in a spiritually focused environment. Brothers and sisters who care for their eternal well-being as well as their academic success also guide the students. In this way it is possible that the values that the child’s school counts as important are the same as those of the home.

One of the primary aims of the Australian Heritage Colleges in 2006 is for greater contact and co-operation. This is even more critical with the commencement of another Heritage in Perth. The sharing of ideas, programs and even resources will further progress the mighty work done in each of the schools. Supporting each other was a major point of discussion at the gathering of the college principals in Adelaide last November. Since then the colleges have formed a common computer base to assist with these matters. Even though the colleges differ from each other due to their size, location and clientele they share exactly the same aims and, interestingly, often the same challenges.

One action that the principals were keen to establish was a database within our community of

those who may well be able to help in the future. It would be extremely valuable if the colleges had access to the details of all qualified teachers as well as those who are currently undergoing teacher training. In this way each college would have an idea of who could possibly offer courses in the future. It was also felt that a similar list of people who work in the health and welfare areas would be of great assistance. In this way college personnel faced with a severe emergency could immediately contact people with expertise. These could include counsellors, social workers and other medical advisors. We are also keen to compile a list of people that could help if a college’s facilities were damaged (engineers and other tradespeople). If anyone is willing to be placed on any of the lists please email stuart.gilmore@heritagecollege.nsw.edu.au.

In 2006 Heritage Sydney will be considering from a Biblical perspective the following themes: Responsiveness, self-control, sensitivity, sincerity sobriety, steadfastness, strength, transcendence, transparency, trustworthiness, wisdom, accountability, approachability, authenticity, belief, bravery, compassion, courage, creativity, curiosity, determination, devotion, diligence, discipline, discretion, esteem, faithfulness, focus, forgiveness, friendship, generosity, gentleness, goodness, gratitude, honesty, humility, humour, impartiality, industry and initiative.

The primary department will be performing another of our original musicals “Noah’s Flood” in early Term 2, God willing.