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  • The Newsletter of Oxley Christian College

    Dear Friends,

    Congratulations to our Year 12 students on completing their exams. We trust their results will accurately reflect the work they and their teachers have put into the year. As the year marches relentlessly forward, it is sometimes difficult to comprehend the combined achievements of students and staff. And yet the evidence is readily available as we prepare all the documentation for the College Yearbook and the programs for our closing celebrations of both school sections.

    Celebrating together as a community is very symbolic of the things that unite us. Too often, elements of our society want to fragment us and focus on our differences. But in truth, our society and humanity is only sustainable to the extent we seek the common good and have a charitable and generous association with each other. Such an approach is deeply embedded in the gospel of Christ, in that through Him, God was reconciling the world to Himself and us to each other.

    Some of those things that unite an educated person in the Christian tradition are the educational virtues held within and beyond their school days. A love of learning, humility, courage, temperance, perseverance, diligence and constancy are the character traits of a good teacher and student. Whatever is true, good and beautiful is the focus of classroom experience. Of necessity, such learning requires time for reflection and contemplation.

    Issue No 18 21 November 2019

    From the Principal The student needs time for discussion, review and meditation that contributes to an educational endpoint of wisdom and worship. The purpose and fulfilment of a Christian Education is the love for truth and worship of God.

    Getting back to operational issues, this time of the year also holds the inevitable changes in our staffing arrangements for next year. We have been blessed by our association with Rebecca Hill in the Junior School; and Judith Backholer, Elise Goodwin, Glen Gravis, Carol Oswald (on leave), Joseph Scuruchi, Fiona Bennett, Melinda de Haan, Andrew Knee and Olivia Samachetty in the Senior School. All these teachers will leave, or have already left, Oxley this year and we thank them for their unique and generous contribution to our College. Six of these teachers will take up a mix of exciting new leadership and teaching roles in schools in Australia and abroad. In a later edition of The Vine, we will announce the staff new to the College. Meanwhile, we still have some vacancies listed on the College website, about which we would appreciate your prayerful support.

    Pastor Hal Oxley, founder of our College, celebrates his 103rd birthday this month. We congratulate Pastor Oxley on the outstanding vision for education that is embedded in the College, and for an exceptional and long life granted to him by God. Happy Birthday, Pastor Hal.

    Warm regards, Douglas Peck

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    King of Kings By Jason Ingram and Brooke and Scott Ligertwood

    In the darkness, we were waiting Without hope, without light

    'Til from Heaven You came running There was mercy in Your eyes To fulfill the law and prophets

    To a virgin came the Word From a throne of endless glory

    To a cradle in the dirt.

    Praise the Father, praise the Son Praise the Spirit, three in one

    God of glory, Majesty, Praise forever to the King of Kings.

    To reveal the kingdom coming And to reconcile the lost

    To redeem the whole creation You did not despise the cross

    For even in Your suffering You saw to the other side

    Knowing this was our salvation Jesus for our sake You died.

    Praise the Father, praise the Son Praise the Spirit, three in one

    God of glory, Majesty, Praise forever to the King of Kings.

    And the morning that You rose All of Heaven held its breath

    'Til that stone was moved for good For the Lamb had conquered death And the dead rose from their tombs

    And the angels stood in awe For the souls of all who'd come

    To the Father are restored And the church of Christ was born.

    Then the Spirit lit the flame Now this gospel truth of old Shall not kneel, shall not faint By His blood and in His name

    In His freedom I am free For the love of Jesus Christ Who has resurrected me.

    God Bless!

    Matt Daly Chaplain

    Chaplain's Corner King of Kings

    Old Testament kings, Artaxerxes and Nebuchadnezzar, used the phrase King of Kings to express their absolute sovereignty over their respective realms, Persia and Babylon.

    This year, Hillsong released a new song, which I love, called King of Kings. Written by Jason Ingram and Brooke and Scott Ligertwood, the song was written to explore, through song, the theology of our Christian faith. To remind us of the important elements of the scriptural narrative that underlies our belief and to ultimately declare Jesus Christ as King of Kings.

    With each line of the song based on a specific scripture, Verse 1 reminds us that the birth of Jesus Christ was no accident, it was not a surprise, rather it was part of God’s plan. Jesus Christ came as a babe, born to a virgin, to fulfil the promises foretold by the prophets revealed to them by God Himself. To bring light into a darkened world.

    After a Chorus that encourages us to worship the God of Glory, the King of Kings, we receive the why, to His coming – To reveal what is to come, to reconcile and redeem all of creation through salvation offered and only available through and by the death of Jesus Christ. After Christ’s death and ultimate resurrection, the church of Christ was born and the Holy Spirit was released to empower His church.

    This is the gospel, ageless, unwavering, true and bold. The gospel that generations have been persecuted because of, and countless have died for. Something that happened over 2,000 years ago, but is still happening today.

    In the book of Revelation, Jesus is given the full title, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This means there is no higher authority. God raised Him from the dead and placed Him far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything for the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way (Ephesians 1:21-23).

    Isaiah 40:23–24 says that the Lord brings princes to nothing and makes earth's rulers emptiness. The writer of Hebrews speaks of the Lord Jesus: He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). In Revelation 11:15, it says, Jesus’ shall reign forever and ever.

    As we approach Christmas, let us give true honour where honour is due. Praise forever to the King of Kings!

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    Senior School It was an absolute delight to attend the Year 7 Book Launch, with a crowd of over 200 attending this prestigious event. The students crafted stories drawing on their family history and then presented these as highly creative and polished narratives. Under the tuition of two published authors, including former Oxley Vice Captain, Robert Verhagen, an exceptional compilation has been created. Snippets from the book were read by a number of the original authors to an appreciative audience, with humour, tragedy, envy and pride all featuring in the stories. The night concluded with a delightful supper and an opportunity to discuss the compendium and its individual tales with the young wordsmiths. A hearty congratulations to our Year 7s who have had their stories professionally published, with many copies of the anthology sold!

    The Year 7s celebrated another highlight with the Instrumental Concert. Every student exhibited their skills, demonstrating their mastery of woodwind, brass, strings and percussion to a mesmerised crowd of parents, peers and staff. Music instructors gave glowing reports of their protégés and the great chasm they had crossed as they progressed from novices, at the commencement of the year, to a greatly elevated state of proficiency exhibited at the Concert.

    At the more senior level of the College, Year 12s have now completed their final VCE Examinations. We trust that each student is satisfied with the efforts they have made and can eagerly look forward to the results this will yield. As a College, we continue to pray for our Year 12s, that they may experience God’s love and grace in full abundance, that they will make wise and safe decisions as they begin the next chapter in their lives, and that they boldly claim the future that God has planned for them.

    Year 11 students have also completed their examinations for the year and have taken part in the two day Head Start program designed to complete studies in subjects for 2019 and prepare for the subject choices of 2020. Teachers have prepared double lessons to ensure holiday homework is both accessible and understood. We trust this gives students an opportunity to rest, but also a time to continue to stimulate their minds, with each subject providing approximately two days of work. Additionally,

    there will be English texts to read, and it is important for each student to digest their novels to set up for great success.

    Year 7-10 students have also finished their examinations and will take time to reflect upon their results and all their marks this year. Year 10 students will have some time at school to prepare for Year 11, while Year 7 - 9 classes continue, but will be punctu