From the Chaplin

Our Lenten journey, which began on Ash Wednesday (when the students took their Kindness Pledges), is now coming to an end as we approach Easter Sunday (which is celebrated on Sunday 9 April). This Sunday 2 April also known as Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of the Holy Week journey, the final week of Jesus’ life, before we celebrate the joy and hope that is found in the resurrection. On Easter Sunday the words “He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!” are proclaimed with great joy at Church services everywhere. On this day we remember Jesus’ triumph over death through the resurrection.

The Easter story has been celebrated at St Andrew’s School over the last couple of weeks through Church services, along with the Easter story being told to students in the ELC through to Year 3. Our final Easter celebration will take place at the whole School Assembly in Week 10. During this Assembly, students will show their Easter bonnets and we will have short Easter liturgy, including a bible reading and prayers. This will be a time to gather as a school community and focus on the real meaning of Easter.

The Easter story is full of surprise and mystery. It’s on Easter Sunday, at the empty tomb, that a new faith story begins. The new beginning had a life changing effect on those who were present at the time and has continued to change the lives of countless others since that very first Easter Sunday. God reaches out to us to live as resurrection people. Resurrection people who are inspired to become all that we can be and through our Kindness Pledges we have promised to show more kindness to others.

May you all have a blessed and holy Easter and may the surprise and mystery of Easter transform and inspire you to be all God has called you to be.

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

The Rev’d Rachel Chapman
School Chaplain