many paths one destination
They came from the South, they came from the North, they
came from the East and they came from the West. Their journeys
brought them along many pathways to one destination, the
Adventist Alpine Village, Jindabyne. Attendees to Grey Nomads
Camp 2015 came from South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Greater
Sydney, North New South Wales, Queensland, South New South
Wales and New Zealand.
This year’s attendance was up by almost 40, and those who came
stated that it was the best Grey Nomads Camp yet. The event had
a wonderful spiritual tone and it was apparent that the Holy Spirit
was present in the lives of those who attended.
The theme for this year’s event was “Journey’s – Many Paths –
ONE Destination” which focused on the fact that each of us has
had different journeys; we have come from different walks of life.
Some of us have crossed paths; some have not, yet this year brought
us even closer together with one destination in mind, Heaven.
Each morning during the devotional time an attendee of the camp,
shared their life’s journey. These journeys were often quite emotional
when we considered the challenges that life had given to
some, yet God had brought change to those sharing with the group.
During the morning Bible study Dr. Allan Lindsay presented the
journey of the church. What a privilege to have such a historian in
our midst as he reminded us of those who had led our church in the
past and how we had arrived at the present.
Robert Hansford (Left), Dr Allan Lindsay (Middle)
Deirdre Lindsay (Right)
Each evening Pr. Andrew Kingston (President of the South Australian
Conference) shared Journeys from scripture. His presentations
were dynamic and thought provoking and it was obvious that the
Holy Spirit was leading as we saw how each of the presentations by
Dr. Lindsay and Pr. Kingston meshed together so perfectly.
Grey Nomads 2015
Sandra Entermann shared her amazing
musical gift during the week and
on the final Saturday night presented
a beautiful concert to conclude
the week’s events.
During each afternoon there were a
number of activities for the attendees
to choose from, Board Games,
Puzzles, Trivia, Music Videos,
Travelogues, Hymns of Praise, Gardening
and the construction of a
new BBQ facility.
Grey Nomads Camp is not restricted
to those that spend time on the road
post retirement, it is open to all and
if you would like to attend in 2016
please accept our invitation to join
If you missed out on this years program
and would like to hear Dr.
Lindsay’s and Pr. Kingston’s messages
you can do so by going to the
SNSW Conference website.
New outdoor dining area at the AAV
Relaxing at the new outdoor BBQ area
SNSW Grey Nomad Campers of 2015
One of the projects that the Adventist Alpine Village
Management Committee and Staff have been working
on is that of a BBQ/Outdoor Kitchen/Dining area for campers.
During winter 2015 the camping area was full to capacity and a
facility like this would have been greatly appreciated and well
used. Also with Camp Meeting just around the corner the team
felt that this would be a great project for the Grey Nomads to
take part in.
Rock wall and outdoor BBQ area complete
In 2014 the Grey Nomads planted over 200 trees in what is
now known as the “Avenue of Grace and Thanksgiving”. In
2015 they have turned their hand to completing the BBQ and
Garden area in the campground.
We believe that the new facility will be well utilized during the
winter and summer months and all those in between.
The area contains a dual stainless steal BBQ, outdoor kitchen
sink and workbench, picnic tables and surrounding gardens.
One of the main projects that the Grey Nomads worked on was
a significant rock wall and garden area. We were amazed at
the energy levels of those that worked on the project and their
determination to finish the project and have it officially opened
before the end of the camp.
The cutting of the ribbon by the AAV Manager, Stan Carter
and the SNSW Conference CFO/AAV General Manager, Gavin
Howie. (Peter Saunders, watching on)
We would like to acknowledge the support of those attending the
Grey Nomads Camp in the construction of this excellent addition
to the AAV’s facilities.
- Gavin Howie
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Construction of New Kitchen at AAV commences
Construction commencing on outdoor kitchen
After lengthy delays construction on the new self cater
kitchen at the Western end of the dormitories has finally
Significant foundation works were required to comply with
the commercial regulations. Deep pier holes were required and
then filled with steel and cement.
During the next few weeks block work will be completed and
the slab poured.
It is expected that construction will be completed early 2016.
The new facility will contain three work stations consisting of
a prep area, fridge, microwave, cooktop and oven. This will
allow for three groups of up to 30 to cater for themselves at the
Road to Bethlehem
During Christmas, many of our churches put together a special
Christmas program to celebrate the event of Jesus’
birth. It may be a special service just before Christmas day,
or perhaps a night of singing carols together. For a number
of places, however, such as Melbourne, Perth and Erina, the
church folk come together and put together the community
event, “Road to Bethlehem”.
This is an incredible experience where members of the community
are invited to share in a walkthrough drama of many
of the scenes of Jesus’ birth. From the angel’s announcement
to Mary and Joseph, to the story of the wise men and King
Herod, to the shepherds’ encounter with the angel in the field,
right up to that moment in the manger with baby Jesus - people
from various walks of life are able to witness the story unfold
in a way that challenges them and teaches them about Christ’s
incarnation on this earth.
Construction rapidly progressing
The kitchen will be fitted out with commercial grade stainless
steel work areas for ease of cleaning and maintenance.
The area will also contain an indoor and out door dining area
with views across Lake Jindabyne.
In the past, a number of smaller groups and families who have
wanted to stay at the Adventist Alpine Village have not been
able to do so as they have not been able to afford to be catered
for. This new facility will now provide an option for smaller
groups and those staying in the dormitories.
Already the AAV are receiving bookings for 2016 as a result of
this new addition to our accommodation options.
- Gavin Howie
After months of planning and preparing, Road to Bethlehem
will be held in Canberra this year. Our Adventist school in
Mawson, Canberra Christian School, will be hosting the walkthrough
tour, and there will also be live entertainment and animals,
market stalls, and much more. We are hoping that this
will be a major event during December now and in years to
come, and that people will be truly blessed by it.
This will be the first time the program is held in Canberra. Our
hope is not only that this event will be a time of sharing with
the people of Canberra, but an opportunity to work together as
the Body of Christ, serving the community and telling the story
of Jesus and his amazing love for us.
Please support the program with prayer. There is still a lot of
work and commitment involved and we need the continued
support of our church community here in South New South
- Pr Brendan Hayes
Congratulations, David Haupt!
On Friday October 2, 2015, in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra, the
award Masters of Arts in Counselling was conferred on David Haupt who is currently
serving our Conference in the capacity as Departmental Director for Health and
Wellbeing (Family Ministry), and Ministerial Care.
During his study at the University of Canberra, David was further awarded with the
Dean’s Excellence Award, as well as lifelong membership to the prestigious Golden
Key International High Achievers Award.
Well-done David! We are proud of you.
Puppet Ministry Abroad
team of SNSW puppeteers brought big smiles to the
A faces of young and old as they took the production
‘A Mouse In Solomon’s House’ up to the Greater Sydney
Conference Adventurer Camporee on the weekend of October
David with wife Constance
The production which featured in the North-Western Regional
Day at Orange earlier this year will be making its
way around the conference over the next little while! The
production has been developed as a combined effort between
the Conference Children’s Ministry department and
the puppet ministry group ‘Puppistry’. Clare Barnes, who
is the leader of this group, makes a number of her own
puppets as well as writing and performing clever biblically
themed scripts along with her team.
We are looking forward to having Marble the Mouse, an
animatronic puppet and one of the main Characters in ‘A
Mouse in Solomon’s House’, come along to Big Camp
2016 to be involved with family worship!
Solomons House Puppistry set
If you are interested in finding out more about Puppistry and possibly
having them come and visit your church, please contact the
Children’s Ministry department at the SNSW Conference Office
on 0262496822 or Hayden Petersen on 0420403631.
- Hayden Petersen
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Towards the end of each year every conference evaluates pastoral placements. During that process personnel will get called in
and out of our conferences around Australia and beyond.
Pastor Iorangi Eiao who
is presently ministering
at Narromine Church
and school has accepted a
call as full time chaplain to
the Greater Sydney Conference.
His wife Zey a much-loved
teacher at our school in
Narromine will also take up
a teaching position in the
We will miss Rangi and Zey and wish them God’s richest blessings
for their new task.
Rangi & Zey Eiao
Douglas & Sherryn Kieltyka
We also have to say goodbye
to another lovely couple.
Douglas and Sherryn Kieltyka
at present residing at Wagga
Wagga have accepted a call
to Ethiopia where Douglas
will be taking up the position
of ADRA Country Director
and Sherryn as ADRA Health
Douglas is presently working as ADRA Director for SNSW
and is also the ADRA coordinaton for emergency services in
His wife Sherryn is working as a specialist nurse educator for
the entire Murrumbidgee area. Please pray for God’s protection
and guidance as they move to Africa.
serving in his ministerial placement at Gateway SDA Church
at Avondale School.
Phil has a passion for leading people to accept Jesus Christ
as their Saviour. He is a family man who enjoys good food,
building furniture and the odd game of golf. Phil and his
family are very excited to join our ministry team in SNSW.
We am happy to inform that two new Interns will join our
pastoral team in 2016.
Phil Yates will be taking up work in South Canberra Church.
Phil is husband to Trisha and father to Poppy (7) and Banjo (5).
He was born in Melbourne and raised in Brisbane. Phil has been
a teacher for 14 years in both Australia and UK, until God called
him to ministry in 2013.
For the past two years he has been studying the Graduate
Diploma in Theology and Ministry at Avondale College and
Phil with wife Trisha, Poppy and Banjo
Jeremy Taituave will be working in the Wagga Wagga district. Jeremy is a
fourth year student at Avondale College and will graduate at the end of this year
with a Bachelor of Theology and Ministry. He and his wife Sarina have just celebrated
their third year anniversary. Jeremy was baptized into the Seventh-day
Adventist Church at eighteen years of age and has been an active member of the
Church since then.
Jeremy grew up attending the London Mission Society Church with his mother
and two siblings in Brisbane. After completing high school, Jeremy moved to
NSW to live with his father, which was when he was first introduced to the Adventist
Church. He fell in love with the theology and the way that the Church
conveys the love of Christ. Jeremy became passionate about sharing this with
others who don¹t have a relationship with God. After marrying Sarina in 2012,
they moved to Sydney in order to follow Jeremy¹s call to pastoral ministry.
Sarina received an answer to prayer and was offered a job at ADRA Australia,
where she currently works as the National Program Coordinator.
In his spare time, Jeremy loves playing touch football and going to the gym. In
the past, he has run boot camps as a way to meet community members, which
has been a great platform for creating friendships and sharing who Jesus is.
Jeremy has thoroughly enjoyed his studies at Avondale College and is looking
forward to entering full time ministry and joining the team in the South New
South Wales Conference.
Words of encouragement from Jesus
Jeremy and Sarina Taituave
John 15 (NKJV)
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the
branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless
it abides in the vine, neither can you,
unless you abide in Me.
5 I am the vine, you are the branches.
He who abides in Me, and I in him,
bears much fruit; for without Me you
can do nothing.
7 If you abide in Me, and My words
abide in you, you will ask what you desire,
and it shall be done for you. 8 By
this My Father is glorified, that you bear
much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have
loved you; abide in My love.
16 You did not choose Me, but I chose
you and appointed you that you should
go and bear fruit, and that your fruit
should remain, that whatever you ask
the Father in My name He may give
John 17 (NKJV)
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will
believe in Me through their word;
21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I
in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may
believe that You sent Me.
22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that
they may be one just as We are one:
23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in
one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and
have loved them as You have loved Me.
24 Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be
with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which
You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation
of the world.
25 O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I
have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.
26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare
it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and
I in them.”
Matthew 24 (NKJV)
18 And Jesus came and
spoke to them, saying,
“All authority has been
given to Me in heaven
and on earth.
19 Go therefore and
make disciples of all
the nations, baptizing
them in the name of the
Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to
observe all things that I
have commanded you;
and lo, I am with you
always, even to the end
of the age.” Amen.
- Pr Mike Faber
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Our partner conference
Last year we informed you about Tonga mission being our new
partner conference and that during our visit to Tonga in November
2014 we had signed a mission pledge promising to support each
other as partners in mission through prayer, communication and the
sharing of ideas, plans and resources.
Please keep our mission conference in your prayers. If your church
would like to start a partnership with one of the churches in Tonga
please let us know and we will connect you. Canberra Christian
School has been in contact with Beulah Primary School and our
students have raised funds to support a special project.
Pr. Fanueli Mataele who is at present the Youth Director
of the Tonga Mission Conference will represent Tonga at
our Big Camp in 2016. We trust that he will be able to take
many ideas and inspirations home to Tonga.
We have received a few articles from the President of
Tonga Mission Pr. Saia Vea and I trust that you will enjoy
reading the information.
- Pr. Mike Faber
A New Church at the village of Puke
“30 X 20” timber church building was opened in Puke, a small
A village west of Nuku’alofa. The new congregation is the result
of an evangelistic series held in the area by Pastor Fanueli Mataele
and the Nuku’alofa Church.
Two church elders from Nuku’alofa Church were tasked with starting
this new group, which now has almost 40 members.
New Church on Island of Puke
Tonga Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Women’s Ministries
On Friday afternoon, August 28, about 250 women of
the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Tongatapu (Main
island) gathered at the Nuku’alofa Church for a combined
prayer service to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Women’s
A member of the Royal Family, Honorable Lupepau’u
Taione was the Guest of Honour at the prayer service. The
Mission President, Pastor Saia Vaea Vea was the preacher of
the day. Elderly women aged 69 years and over were given
scarves with the WM logo and color as a souvenir of the day.
After the prayer service a special afternoon tea party was
held at the church hall where a 20th anniversary cake was
cut and enjoyed as part of the celebration. It was a joyful
and memorable day, a time of meeting old friends as well
and forming new acquaintances. Speeches and stories of
fond memories from the work of Women’s Ministries were
Prayer service commemorating 20 years of Womens Ministries
Tongan King Coronation
This year is a historical year for the Island Kingdom of Tonga.
On the 4th of July, King Tupou the Sixth was crowned King
of Tonga together with Queen Nanasipau’u. It was a time of celebration
and festivities for the country. Tongans living overseas
were flocking to the Island Kingdom to take part in the celebration.
church pastors conducted worship and gifts of Tongan mats
and tapa together with 50 home baked cakes were presented.
As part of the church’s contribution to the celebration, Sanitarium
Health Food Company together with church members
led exercise programs, and healthy breakfast were served for
3 days from the1st to the 3rd of July. Sanitarium cereals, so
good milk, and fruit salads were served in 3 different locations
in Nuku’alofa. An estimated number of 4,000 people received
As part of the celebration, the King awarded medals to some
Tongan citizens and foreigners in recognition of outstanding
achievements. Mission President, Pr Saia Vaea Vea was one of
the medal recipients.
Coronation of new King and Queen of Tonga
The usual cultural events took place in the months leading up to
the coronation. Different groups in the Tongan Society visited the
palace to pay their respect to the King. On the 18th of June, the
Seventh Day Adventist Church, led by the President, Pastor Saia
Vaea Vea, pastors and church members together with Beulah College
students and brass band paid their respect to the King at the
Royal Palace, in Nuku’alofa. The president together with
Mission President Pr Saia Vaea Vea received a medal for his
contributions within his community
First Baptism from Historic town, Braidwood
Nothing could stop her from being baptized.
Not even the cold rainy autumn day, Sabbath
18 April 2015, nor the cold waters of Googong dam
would stop Rebecca (Bec) Cassim from publicly
demonstrating her new found faith and commitment
It all started when Bec met a blind man in a pub
challenging her belief regarding the Sabbath, the
end of the world, and many other things. This
sparked her to know more, and created a deep desire
to know truth.
The transformation in Bec’s life has been phenomenal.
The change is not only recognised by people
within the church, but it’s very evident
for people who had known her in her
Rebecca has a deep desire to share
her newfound faith not only with her
family, but also with every person that
she meets on life’s way. She especially
makes use of her remedial massage therapy
practice as an opportunity to share
her faith. Her optimum goal though is
to witness in Braidwood, to the point
where one day a church group could be
Rebecca Cassim being
baptised by David Haupt
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Community Garden Happenings
Bowral Community Garden Open Day
From little things big things grow! Mid-September saw a variety of people
and organisations gathered to support the ADRA Bowral Community
Garden at its open day.
Key organiser, Michael Hyland, was grateful for the support of Wingecarribee
Shire Council, the Bundanoon and Moss Vale community gardens,
Bowral Street Childcare, ADRA Australia and many others in helping with
the open day.
Free seedlings were given away, a variety of talks on gardening were given,
smiling faces were painted, “Health Age Checks” were performed, chair
massages were enjoyed, hot vegetable soup was savoured and attendees had
the opportunity to view the plans for the how the garden will look when
Thank you to all who supported the community garden by helping out or
by your attendance. Visit www.facebook.com/livingwellbowral for more
- Douglas Kieltyka
ADRA Appeal collections have been happening across the conference
(and around the country). Great results have already been achieved and
some Churches have demonstrated innovative methods of collection whilst
other have adopted the traditional door-to-door approach.
Thanks to all those who have been involved with organising the “Knocktober”
appeal events and to those who have supported events, also to those
who have generously donated, thanks again. Your involvement, however
large or small, really does make a difference to so many in Australia and
around the globe.
- Douglas Kieltyka
Pathfinder Expedition 2015
God certainly sent blessings our way as the eighty seven
pathfinders and leaders who attended the 2015 ‘Refuge’
Pathfinder Expedition to Blue Water Holes could not
have hoped for more perfect weather conditions!
The theme of the camp was centred around finding refuge in
God in good times and in bad, that he is our constant source
of protection and revival. Two clubs, Canberra and Griffith,
sent groups on the gruelling ‘A level’ hike which was not for
the faint hearted! Whilst these groups at times found themselves
in thick bushland, they were able to path-find their
way to the end safely.
Albury, Bowral, Canberra, Griffith, Narromine and Wagga
all had groups in the ‘B level’ hikes, with all groups visiting
some cool local features including caves and huts! Back at
base camp, pathfinders participated in hikes and activities
towards achieving their ‘Cultural Diversity’ honour. A special
visit from a National Parks Ranger who shared some indigenous
culture activities with the group included boomerang
throwing, face painting and learning to make a fire from
native plant resources (something which totally engaged the
leaders!). All in all, a great weekend!
- Hayden Petersen
Level 1 Hikers exploring Blue Water Holes
Tumut Regional Youth Day
Junior Sulusi challenging the Youth
Tumut SDA church was buzzing on
the Sabbath of the 17th of November
as around 90 young people (and some
young at heart!) gathered to worship at
the Southern Regional Youth Day.
Guest speaker Junior Sulusi challenged
the Youth to “Represent”, to go and reach
their world for Jesus. Worship was lead
Shannon and her German friend
by a team of youth who accompanied Junior,
who spoke on the Friday night as well
as the Sabbath. Lucinda Epps and Josiah
Gilroy, two Master Guides from Tumut
Pathfinder Club organised the Sabbath
afternoon activity which involved a bible
Weather threatened to put a dampener on
the afternoon, and although they may have
got a little wet there was no dampening the
enthusiasm of the young people! The day
finished with closing Sabbath, led out
Closing Sabbath together
by Jamie King, then a progressive dinner
which was really fun! Overall, the day was
a fantastic success and a huge thanks goes
to Liz Fordham and her team for hosting
and organising the day. Looking forward
to more Regional Youth Days around the
conference in the next year!
If you would like to host a regional youth
day at your church, please contact the
Youth Department for more information.
- Hayden Petersen
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A joyful day for Bega Church
On September 6th, Gertrud Habel (79), was welcomed
into the Bega Seventh-day Adventist Church through
profession of faith. She was eager to be baptized through
immersion however because of her physical disability accepted
the option of profession of faith. Mrs. Habel was
raised in the Catholic Church and was christened as a child.
However over 20 years ago, when she lived in Wangaratta
VIC, she had an opportunity to attend the evangelistic
meetings which were held in Albury Seventh-day Adventist
church by Pr. John Carter and his team. On the second night
of the evangelistic meetings her husband and Mrs. Habel
were involved in a terrible car accident, resulting in Mr Habel’s
death and in Mrs Habel being paralyzed from chest
down. This accident prevented her to continue attending the
evangelistic meetings. But God had not deserted her and His
hand was still over her life.
After long years of Mrs. Habel’s bed ridden life, one night
she happened to watch a midnight program from It Is Written
Oceania. After the program she applied for the correspondence
Bible study course through the Adventist Media
After completing three Bible study courses and reading the
Great Controversy, she came to the point where she wanted
to be baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Mrs. Habel first contacted me, via the Adventist Media Centre,
over a year ago for a visitation and since then we have
kept in touch. Last week Mrs. Habel committed her life to
Jesus Christ her Lord and saviour through Profession of
Pr Jimmy Watanabe (Left) Rex Hergenen (Right),
Gertrud Habel (Centre)
“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in
your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be
saved.” (Romans 10:9)
- Pr. Jimmy Watanabe
Evangelism in Narromine
From July 26th to September 18th the town of Narromine
was blessed to have Pr James Toogood present an evangelistic
seminar entitled “ A brief history of Time.” During
his seminar - nick named by the attenders “TIME” - Pastor
Toogood shared how history intersects with the Bible.
The meetings were held at the United Services Memorial
Club (USMC) and 30-40 people attended each night, including
about 10 guests from the community.
Professional musicians like Jaime Jorge in the first week
and One Accord during the last week blessed the audience
with their talents.
The seminar is currently in its follow-up stage. Each Wednesday
night the “Secrets of Prophecy Seminar’ conducted at the Narromine
SDA church has about 10-15 people in attendance including
five visitors from the community.
As a church we feel blessed to have the opportunity to share the
good news of Jesus Christ with those around us.
- Pr. Iorangi Eiao
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Discover your health age at the Young Show
The average health age of this group was that of a 20 year
old. It was a good opportunity to discuss with them some
suggested lifestyle changes and to encourage them to make
good life choices for the future.
Of the people who completed the survey 50% were interested
in weight loss and fitness, 30% were interested in stress
and nutrition programs and 3 out of the 56 were interested
in strengthening their spiritual values. This gives us a good
indication of what our community is looking for enabling us
to run programs that meet the greatest need.
Young SDA Church Stand at the Young Stage
Though it sounds like a bit of a play on words, the results
for some who took the Discover Your Health Age test were
quite sobering. Fifty-six people from the community completed
the Discover Your Health Age survey and had their lifestyle
practices analyzed against research which has establish seven
basic health practices that are good predictors of how long people
will live. Many were surprised at how their life expectancy
was being diminished by lifestyle choices and were interested in
learning how to make changes. The people really opened up and
connected with us as we were discussing their health age. This
is a powerful way for the community to know us as Adventists;
even the Council Mayor did the health check.
When we do our best at serving others God really works in
the lives of people and connects them with us, which will
surely see eternal results.
- Pr. Ben Kosmeier
In October the Young church is conducting plant based cooking
demonstrations with Jennifer Powrie, a Queensland based chef,
and this was a good opportunity to personally invite people to
come along and learn how to cook nutritious plant based foods.
The invitations were well received and some registered straight
Church members of all ages were involved in handing out
information leaflets, processing health age assessments and
answering questions about the programs we run.
A little girl and her mother were scanning the material on the
table and when the little girl saw the Try Jesus cards she turned to
her mother and said “Look mummy that’s Jesus” and the mother
replied “yes, these people are Seventh-day Adventists and they
keep the Sabbath just like we do.”
I found that the lady was a keen studier of the bible. She has
been studying from an Adventist website for some time and believes
that the Adventist church is the church closest to the bible
teachings. She hasn’t yet visited an Adventist church but we
will continue to pray that she will along with her husband and
A group of 10, 15 year old boys asked to check their health age.
To everyone’s surprise the results were very alarming even considering
some of them were state representative athletes. All
were smokers, drank alcohol regularly, rarely ate breakfast, often
snacked on junk food and didn’t get enough sleep.
Border Christian College
A lesson in Focus
In September 2015 our local newspaper, the Newsweekly,
visited our school for a great story about “Balance Concentration
at Border Christian College for Years 2 and 3”.
Mrs Heather McNamara has swapped the traditional school
chairs for small balance discs known as ‘wiggle seats’ that
help students to focus for longer periods of time. Mrs Heather
McNamara has been a teacher at Border Christian College for
22 years and has conducted a trial this term for the new wiggle
seats, which improved successful for those children who fidgeted
and moved more than others.
The students both Year 2 and 3 are expected to benefit both
physically and mentally, as the wiggle seats keep their brain
stimulated, improve balance, and builds core muscles.
End of Year Formal Dinner
Music group “Nostalgia”
On Saturday, September 5, Border Christian College had its
formal dinner at the North Albury Sports Club. We were
privileged to have the band “Nostalgia” that travelled all the
way from Melbourne to perform on the night free of charge.
Mrs Heather McNamara has recognised the benefits of the new
concept. The children are concentrated on their movements
The original idea for this concept came from Mrs McNamara
seeing a high school in Melbourne introduce larger gym balls
as seats for its children. Due to the balls being too large to fit
in the classroom Mrs McNamara found the wobble seats just
as effective in allowing the children to be active while sitting
at their desks. The children use their own kinaesthetic energy
and need movement in a positive way, and stimulate their concentration.
“WIN News” also came to our school and showcased
Border Christian College about the Wobbly Seats for Balance
Cooking Class with Thurgoona
On Friday the 21st of August 2015, we had the pleasure
of Goodstart Childcare Centre visiting Border Christian
College for a Cooking Class held in the Secondary High school
Kitchen. 20 Goodstart Preschoolers and 21 Border Christian
College Kinder & Year 1 students attended. All had a marvellous
time cooking mini pizzas followed by yummy chocolate
Local Pre-school Visit
We would like to say a big thank you to the over 70 people
who attended to support this event, without you we would not
have raised money to go back towards marketing the school.
We also like to thank our Conference President Pr. Mike Faber
and his wife Doris Faber for coming all the way from Canberra
to support the occasion.
During the evening Border Christian College Students, Kaitlyn
& Chelsea Hawken and Ricky Lucas shared their amazing talents
by performing two special items.
On the night we also had an auction and we would like to
express our appreciation to our many sponsors: REDefined
Rooms,Inspirational Paints, Open Road Driving School, Albury
Wodonga Bandits, Officeworks, Regent Cinema, My
Changing Room, Coxtech, Brad Jones Racing, Stephanie
Hunter, Funky Cutz, Beacon Lighting, Albury Float Room,
Drivers Club, Who What Why & Bunnings.
Lavington Prescshool visiting Border Christian School
On Friday, September 4, the Kinder/Year 1 classroom came
alive with 10 extra children visiting from the Community
Kids Preschool in Lavington for “Story Time”. We had
the pleasure of enjoying a story about The Very Itchy Bear,
followed by fruit time. The Community Kids Preschool in
Lavington is looking forward to their next visit in the very near
- Melissa Smead
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