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Students challenge their thinking at the da Vinci Decathlon.

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Challenge

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Most people agree that we live in particularly challenging times. Others say that life has always been challenging and we just see and hear more about it today in our technologically connected world. Either way, the reality is that life does present us with challenges that stretch us and at times perhaps even 'push us to the edge'.

So how do we manage during these times? Do we just ‘dig deeper’? Where do we go to find the support, encouragement and strength to continue?

At Concordia we have a long history of seeking to prepare our young people for the future - a future that will at times be challenging, uncertain and perhaps even unfair and harsh. We also seek to equip all of our students with a sense of hope and confidence for the future.

As a Lutheran school and an IB school we promote the development of values and attributes that we believe will serve our young people well as they move into the future, attributes that will help them deal with the challenges that life will undoubtedly throw at them. Some of these values and attributes include: courage; hope; love; justice; service; humility; compassion; being open minded and inquiring; being reflective; and being positive communicators.

We also encourage consideration of Christian faith as something that can help to provide a real sense of identity, security and purpose in a world that sometimes seems intent on undermining these important foundations of life.

Being a Christian does not guarantee freedom from difficulty and adversity - what it does do is provide a foundation from where we can engage in life with a clear sense of who we are, a foundation that offers comfort, security and strength during challenging times while also maintaining a clear sense of purpose and meaning in life.

I encourage you in your journey with all of its challenges and opportunities.

“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

Taking Time to be Present

I have to admit to two things. I am a person who is constantly on the go. The second probably feeds into this, I love coffee. I have countless photos on my iPhone of various times and places I have enjoyed heaven’s brew.

One particular photo reminds me of a time when I was travelling through Italy in a rush and ordered a coffee ‘to go’. The barrister served me the coffee in a usual porcelain cup. I was furious. I wanted my coffee ‘to go’. After a few vibrant exchange of comments which neither of us really understood, I recalled an observation a colleague had made: Italians don’t drink coffee, they do coffee.

Suddenly, I realised the meaning of this observation which is that coffee is to be savored in relationship with others, rather than drank on the rush. A deeper revelation was the same with life – instead of rushing through all our responsibilities we should take time out to savor life – life with friends, life with self, life with nature, life with God.

These are the four areas of relationship God has placed us in. It would be wise of us to commit time to be in each of these quadrants.

"Be still, and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)

Stuart Traeger
Concordia Campus Chaplain