With the time for commencement of the proposed Christadelphian School in Adelaide fast approaching, the following “update report” will be of interest to all readers.

The School Name

 The name “Christadelphian School—North Eastern Incorporated”, was a name chosen to enable the school to be incorporated. A school must have a name! It was not intended that this be the permanent name for the school. It lacked any real appeal, warmth or style, nevertheless it served its purpose. So, the name Christadelphian School—North Eastern Inc., was used to incorporate the school. But now that we come to operate the school what should it be called? We invited brethren and sisters through the pages of The Lampstand to suggest a name. We wrote to all parents with children enrolled in the school for their suggestions and we received a number of replies. When the suggested names were canvassed among parents, many politely asked, “Couldn’t we do better?” It has not been an easy task. Some just did not like any of the suggestions, others quite liked one of the Hebrew names and yet there were those who were uncomfortable with the use of Hebrew words. There was no consensus until one name was suggested which received general appeal, and that name was—“Heritage”. Heritage College Inc., with the by-line, “A Christadelphian Primary School”.

 So there it is. The name of our school is now registered as Heritage College Inc.—A Christadelphian Primary School.

 Whilst it is difficult to get a name that appeals to all, “Heritage” has much in its favour. The Psalmist declared, “I have a goodly heritage” (Psalm 16:6) and surely this is the conviction of us all and that which we hope our children will share. Micah relates the “family” with our “heritage”, note the equation, “… a man and his house (Heb “family”), even a man and his heritage” (Micah 2:2). Further, and perhaps more significantly, there is the well known and lovely quotation, “children are an heritage of Yahweh” (Psalm 127:3) and as the Psalmist goes on to say, “and the fruit of the womb is His reward” thus giving us the sober reminder that although our children are given to us by God, He expects us to educate and nurture them so that we can give them back to Him as “His reward”. Hannah did this with Samuel, and it was he who we accept established the first known school in Israel at the time of the Judges, when otherwise “every man did that which is right in his own eyes”; the time that immediately preceded the appointment of a king in Israel. The parallel with today is obvious.

The prophet Micah instructed, “feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage(7:14). Yahweh’s people are described as His “heritage” needing to be fed or instructed with the rod. The prophet further describes the blessings that come to Yahweh’s heritage. “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy” (Micah 7:18). And in the New Testament we have the words of Peter, “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof… of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:2–3).

The School Uniform

 A small committee of sisters has gone to a lot of trouble to select material and choose a style for a uniform for the children. As you can appreciate a decision of this nature is a matter of compromise between personal tastes, availability, practicality and uniqueness. I am sure that most will agree, all things being considered, the committee has come up with a practical suggestion. From the photographs you can see that it is quite smart and, we hope, serviceable. I am sure the children will love it! Many items of the uniform, being generic, can be purchased at a number of stores whilst the girls’ summer uniform can be purchased ready-made or the material and pattern purchased and made-up by the sisters. The winter pinafore must be ordered.

Our Principal and Teachers

 By now many will have had the pleasure of meeting Brother Bill, Sister Pauline and their children Sister Andrea, Jeremy and Benjamin. As explained in an earlier issue of The Lampstand, to leave a secure position as Principal of a 230 student Primary school in Wellington, sell up “house and all” and move to Adelaide to take up this appointment is very much a work of faith and to be appreciated by us. With Brother Bill now on site, the practical matter of putting the concepts into operation can be finalised. In the process, Brother Bill will need all the assistance that you can give. We have a major undertaking before us and I am sure all will do their best, even though we may learn much on the way.

We are delighted to announce the following permanent full time staff for the three composite classes that Brother Bill has structured:–

Reception & Year 1:

 Teacher—Sister Rochelle Bailye

Year 2 to Year 3:

 Teacher—Brother Stuart Wilson

Year 4 to Year 7:

 Teacher—Brother Bill Lunn

As we are still receiving late enrolments, some Year 4 students may be taught by Brother Stuart Wilson. A part-time teacher is being appointed to provide relief particularly for Brother Bill.

Practical Support

 In previous reports we indicated that the school would be located initially at the Golden Grove Ecclesial Hall. It now seems possible that the school may be located at a new site only ten minutes from the city in buildings acquired specifically for school use. A more detailed report is being prepared for distribution advising brethren and sisters of the reasons for and the advantages of the proposed change and the process for getting Government approval for the move. For your information we have included two photographs of the buildings which may become home for Heritage College.

College Council

 The Council now consists of the following brethren. Rod Davidson, Russell Edgecombe, Bruce Gurd, Andrew Knowles, Brian Luke, James Mansfield and Chris Wright.

Financial Support

 A further vital means of practical support is to provide donations or interest free loans. Funding is a critical matter during this early period of the school’s development. Government funding, both Commonwealth and State, is not received by a new school until well into the first and second terms. Many young parents do not have the financial means to pay school fees in advance, and school fees, while set to recoup them are set to recoup them over several years. Yet the school, being a new school, has significant one-time costs well before the school commences operation. We have a funding problem that is very much a matter of timing, which you can solve by providing interest free loans or donations. Every dollar counts. If you are able to assist we appeal to your generosity and ask that you do not leave this matter to others. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in love… see that ye abound in this grace also” (2 Cor 8:7).

Any support you can give can be remitted to Brother Bruce Gurd, 12 Brook Street, Torrens Park 5062.

Surely Yahweh has blessed us and made the school possible. It now remains within our power to make it operational. “Children are an heritage of Yahweh and the fruit of the womb is His reward”.