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Student collapses while VAPING in school toilets due to massive nicotine dose

This headline recently appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald after a Blue Mountains Grammar school student collapsed and had a seizure in the school toilets while vaping.  The occurrence happened as a result of inhaling a massive dose of nicotine. What is Vaping? For those who don’t know, Vaping is the term used when aerosol …

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Is your child addicted to gaming?

Parents often approach me with the problem, “My child is addicted to gaming, how do I make it stop?”  First off, what is gaming addiction? Is it a real thing? In 2018, Gaming disorder whether online or offline was included in the latest edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as a clinically significant …

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Youth Alpha

I wonder how many of you have considered questions like: why am I here, is there more to life than this, who is Jesus and what evidence is there that he really existed? These are just a few of the questions that are explored throughout the Youth Alpha series.  Over the past few weeks, the …

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Can we have hope?

It seems like we have had quite the year so far, haven’t we? It seems like just as we have been slowly emerging from ongoing COVID restrictions, there were the impacts of the floods on communities in Queensland and NSW, which led to more school closures. On top of all of this, we see the …

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Welcome back to chapel

There was much excitement in Chapel this week as we celebrated both having the ability to meet together for the first time this year and Harmony week.  Every student was given a glow stick before entering a darkened auditorium as the Chapel band played the song Let the light in.     Some of the elements incorporated …

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A message from isolation

After a couple of tours of isolation, once for flying overseas and once for contracting the virus that I tried my best to avoid for the last two years, it is easy to see why we’re designed to do life in community. I dislike shopping for food online, everything is delivered in unfamiliar brands, sizes …

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Blocks for bibles

In Book Week, the College Pastors wanted to raise the profile of the most important book of all in our College community. Partnering with our Student Voice body and the Bible Society, we raised money to fund Bibles going overseas.  We were inspired by the story of Brother Andrew, a Polish Christian who smuggled Bibles …

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2021 Ministry Trip to 1770

How do bush dancing, magic tricks, snorkelling and God bringing down city walls by trumpet blasts and people’s shouts go together?  These are just a few of the things this year’s team got to do on our recent ministry trip to 1770.  Last week, 11 of our Senior students Pastor Syd, his wife Terry, Pastor …

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Pastor Fi’s farewell

Isaiah Chapter 43 has been a bible passage I have been reading for some time. Sometimes you find a gem in God’s word that really seems to nail what you are thinking or experiencing, and this has been the case for me. In it God reminds us that no matter what we face in life …

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The power of movies!

Are you fed up with the amount of screen time your child engages with? Are they constantly on Netflix? Have you ever stopped to think about the power in some of this screen time as a powerful teaching tool? Children rarely appreciate being lectured in life lessons. But they are far more likely to absorb …

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Harmony Day 2021

Kay-od mee-leh foyle-cha!  [céad míle fáilte] Mine Croyceo y bawb! [Mae ‘na groeso i bawb] Welcome to Harmony Day! I just welcomed you here in three different languages [the first version is a phonetic version to help you pronounce it] because they all represent cultures that are part of my identity. I have an English …

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The Joy of Christmas

Have you heard the grumbling about Christmas yet? How much it costs! Whether to invite Auntie so and so to Christmas lunch or not, because last year she upset so many people! How on earth you can fit in all the extra Christmas events into your already busy schedule! I want to revisit the first Christmas …

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Christmas Chapel

This past week at GCC we had a very special Chapel centering on Jesus’ birth found in the Gospel of Matthew 1:18-2:12. The Chapel will probably be forever remembered as the ‘Camel Chapel’. You see three real-live camels and their handlers (wise men) led all Middle and Senior School students into a very special outdoor …

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Fun in Lifehouse

Friday lunchtime is usually a time allocated for our Senior students to come to the Lifehouse to explore faith.  However, last Friday the College Pastors opened the Lifehouse to the Senior students to come in for some fun and just hangout. Working alongside our Year 12 College Leaders we managed to turn the Pastors Lifehouse into …

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Pastor’s Pen 4 September 2020

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13 Imagine standing in front of about 40 Year 11 boys. They are in a different environment to their usual classes, the Pastors’ LifeHouse. The room warms up with their body heat. The ribbing jokes flow like water from a gurney. They …

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A moment we will never forget

Who loves special moments? Moments when you can’t help but smile inwardly and outwardly at what is occuring before your eyes? Shut your eyes for a moment and see if you can remember the last time you saw a newborn baby, gazed on a newborn lamb wriggle, or heard a baby chick cheep. Remember the …

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Pastors’ parenting persuasion

This semester Pastor Donna, Steph Alksne (parent volunteer) and I, have been privileged to run a parenting course for parents of High School students. We have really enjoyed sharing together and learning from each other. Although my boys are in their early 20s, we never stop learning from each other and though we did have …

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Pastor’s Pen 9 June 2017

Parenting involves wearing many hats: chef, psychologist, handyman, cleaner and nurse. I have worn all these hats and more as I raised my four children into adulthood. Yet there were times when I asked myself: Am I doing everything right? Am I doing enough? Will my child succeed in life? Psychologists at Harvard came up …

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Pastors’ Pen 12 May 2017

Do you remember the old song, “O Lord it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way?” Hopefully you have been humble lately, but I hope you haven’t told people what you have done. Maybe you ooze humility and it comes naturally to you, but I’ve been challenged lately with this godly character …

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Chappy Chatter 17 February 2017

This year has started with many of us off and running already at speeds close to Superman. Parents rushing round shops for books, pens and uniforms, Kids racing to get ready for school and staff pouring over lessons and organising meetings. And look how fast the year is going already! It’s go go go just …

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Chappy Chatter

Dealing with God There is a classic scene from the movie “The End”, where Burt Reynolds is trying to swim to shore from deep water. Convinced he is about to die, he starts making deals with God. As he approaches the shore, and he feels begins to feel safer, with the effect of him going …

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A new start

What a whirl-wind start to the school year this has been. It has been great to see all the new faces, as well as catch up with some old ones and see what they have been up to on the holidays. My holiday break was indeed a busy one; I had to prepare for my …

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Chappy Chatter 7 November 2014

In Luke 8:4-15 Jesus tells the parable (story) of the ‘Four Soils’. Essentially a farmer scatters seed, but only the seed that fell on the good soil ended up growing to maturity and producing a harvest. The danger of reading this passage is that most of us automatically assume that we are good soil. In …

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How much do we love?

I once read a quote that stated how God wouldn’t remember all the “good” things that you did but what he would remember is how much you loved others. I think that is so true. God gave us a commandment “Love your neighbor as yourself” Luke10:27. We Christians are suppose to be known by our …

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