Over the past few years we have had whole-College themes, such as “One School – Many Nations”, “Seed Nurture Flourish” (Rehoboth 50th Anniversary) and last year, “On This We Stand” (Reformation 500th Anniversary).
This year’s theme is “Tapestry” with the overarching text from Paul’s letter to the Colossians:
“I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else. And we’ve been shown the mystery!” – Colossians 2:2-5 (MSG)
There are lots of ways of looking at the idea of threads.
For instance, have you ever compared the front and back of a tapestry? The back of a tapestry is a mess; yet, the front of a tapestry is art. We might only see the back with all the messiness of our life because of sin, but because of Jesus, God sees only the front.
The other metaphor that comes to mind is linked with the actual threads used for the tapestry. They are woven or stitched to make everything hold together and give an overall picture. We can also see that the “dark threads”, or the hard times, are just important to the overall purpose and beauty of the life we have been given as the silvery bright threads.
There are also some Key Threads (or themes) in the Bible story that can be woven through your children’s learning and “draw together” what they learn in Maths and Science and English and what they need to learn about Jesus.
The “Threads” theme will have an impact in the whole College as teachers and students investigate a number of Biblical Threads developed and published by the National Institute of Christian Education (NICE). You can view a selection of “Threads” here, and if you would like more information, or would like to delve more deeply into this as a family, please feel free to contact your Campus Principal by email.