This term the Yirara College community has farewelled our principal of the past four years, Mr Chris England.
As we reflected in chapel on the story of Miriam who keeps watch over her baby brother Moses in the river, we recognised how Chris kept careful watch over our college through the COVID-19 crisis. Chris looked out for us, with careful thinking, and by organising support and safety for us all.
His calm leadership and wisdom enabled the college to stay open and keep our staff employed, the relationships with remote communities strong and our students healthy. In a time of challenge, we were blessed by Mr Chris.
Big sister Miriam was known for her tambourine playing. One day Chris suggested that instead of just one person playing the tambourine with the college chapel band, we organise an entire collection of tambourines to be available for any students who would like to play along. The shimmer of tambourines and shakers throughout morning chapel is now a wonderful reminder of Chris England’s journey with us at Yirara and a symbol of his care and concern for our students.
We hope and pray that he and Deborah have a wonderful retirement.
Pastor Basil Schild is Yirara College Chaplain.