Please remember to vote this Saturday (or earlier if you cannot vote on the day). I recommend you take time to explain the election to your children so that they begin to gain an understanding of elections within our democracy.
When voting, please consider voting for a party that supports real school choice. Governments help families have a real choice by supporting schools to:
- Teach truth and values based on the school’s beliefs and values. At Groves Christian College this means teaching from a Christian understanding of the world.
- Operate the school in a manner that reflects the beliefs and values of the school. At Groves this means being able to have systems, expectations and programs that put into practice the beliefs and teachings of the Christian faith.
- Employ staff who share the same truths and values of the school. At Groves this means having the ability to engage Christians who love Jesus and seek to live a life in a manner that reflects God’s way of love. It is important to note that Christians are not perfect people but forgiven people. People who despite their faults and failings desire to trust God and live by the principles taught by Jesus.
- Receive stable and fair funding from government each year to help pay for the running of the school.
- Rely on government to contribute at least some money towards new classrooms when they are required.
Up to now, the two main political parties, the LNP and the ALP have supported schools like Groves Christian College, but I encourage you to check out what their policies are going into this election. I know both parties are promising funding, but it is less clear how the parties are approaching the other aspects of protecting the right of families to have school choice.
A third of Australian students attend non-government schools. This means many Australians want school choice to continue, so it is important to use your vote wisely to protect school choice.
At a local member level beyond party politics
It is sometimes popular in Australia to be critical of our politicians. The Bible teaches us to honour leaders. Australians who are willing to serve us as leaders, in my experience, are dedicated community members who want to help make Australia a better place. They willingly endure long hours and continual public scrutiny in the press that impacts them as people and their family life. For example, Groves Christian College and many of our families live in the Federal Seat of Rankin. The current member is Jim Chalmers. Jim has a young family but needs to spend a lot of time away in Canberra. Jim is interested in our school, he attends our Groves Community Fair, responds to any questions we have, supports our award evenings and greets our Year 7 students each year at parliament house in Canberra when we visit. Therefore, whether you voted for or voted against the candidate who wins in your electorate on Saturday, let us be people who are thankful for our freedom to vote in Australia and for those willing to serve. Let us be people who faithfully pray for our members of government
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Saviour God wants us to live. 1 Timothy 2:1-3 (MSG)
Please remember to vote on Saturday,
Head of College
Groves Christian College