Principal’s Letter

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

It is an honour to serve at Palmerston Christian School. I am delighted and eager to start the new term. I grew up in South Africa near the international airport. My father was a flight engineer for South African Airways and I spent many happy years travelling to various parts of the world. This desire to see the world is one of the reasons why I left South Africa in 1993 and have now lived and worked as an educator in five different countries. I know what it’s like to experience change and to rely on God in order to successfully live in different places and circumstances. I look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge in all that I do at Palmerston Christian School.

I have been an educator for twenty four years and have held various roles within government, independent and international schools. My first teaching experience was in a Special Education School and laid a foundation for understanding the needs of all of learners. As a high school PE and English teacher by day and hostel master of 200 boys, at night; God taught me to value relationships by trusting Him. My next teaching role was in the African bush town of Francistown, Botswana; where I taught in a mission school John Mackenzie, year 3 & 4 and was the head coach for the Botswana Northern Schools Swim Team. Our most fulfilling experience was starting a youth group and growing strong, committed teenagers. My next posting was in Zambia at Lusaka International School as Special Education teacher and Co-Curricular Co-ordinator. God gave me many opportunities to share the Gospel with the students. We then moved back to South Africa to “settle” down but God made it abundantly clear that He had other plans. I taught Grade 8 and was the Special Education teacher for a severely disabled student, at The International School of Cape Town. I was promoted to Middle School Co-ordinator at my next posting Westwood International School, Gaborone, Botswana; It was during this time that we knew that God was calling us to Australia.

It took us 6 years to receive our Australian residency but was so worth the wait! While we waited for our Australian adventure to begin, we were called as missionary teachers to a prestigious South Korean Christian School: Taejon Christian International School. We lived in South Korea for the 6 years where I was the Assistant Principal of the high school. They had 650 students and 110 teachers, during this time God gave me many opportunities to develop excellence in education and cemented my understanding of Biblical Worldview education. After a wonderful phone call from Marrara Christian College offering me the Head of Primary, I knew it was God making a way for my family to begin our calling in Australia.

Now on the cusp of a new venture at Palmerston Christian School, I can clearly see our Saviour’s hand in this journey. My favourite scripture is the sum of all things:

Ecclesiastes 3, Amplified Bible (AMP) 3 To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven: 2 A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted, 3 A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up, 4 A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 A time to get and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away,7 A time to rend and a time to sew, a time to keep silence and a time to speak,8 A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. 9 What profit remains for the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the painful labour and exertion and miserable business which God has given to the sons of men with which to exercise and busy themselves. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds, yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

I am eager to partner with PCS families and parents; as we celebrate life and the passing of time together through educating our young for eternity.

Ken McAllister