Introducing the Term 2 theme of community, Mr Paul Beier paraphrased 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, to remind the cohort of their unity and diversity as a student body:

"Just as a student body, though one, has many students, but all its many parts form one cohort, so it is with Christ. For we were all brought here for a purpose, so as to form one student body.  Even so, the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Now if the maths student should say, “Because I am not an arts student, I do not belong to the cohort,” they would not for that reason stop being part of the student body.  And if the scientist should say, “Because I am not a poet, I do not belong to the student body,” they would not for that reason stop being part of the body.  If the whole body were scientists, where would the sense of poetic wonder be? If the whole body were artists, where would the safety of engineering be? 

But in fact God has placed all of you in this student body, every one of you, just as He brought you into being.  If you were all skilled in one area, where would the diversity be?  As it is, there are many students, but one student body.

The engineer cannot say to the artist, “I don’t need you!” And the historian cannot say to the dancer, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the student body that seem to be of little worth are the ones that can encourage us the most, and the students that are in difficult circumstances , we treat with special honour.  But God has put our student body together, giving greater honour to those that seem weak, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its students should have equal concern for each other. If one student suffers, every student suffers with them; if one student is honoured, every student rejoices with them.

Now you are the student body of Northside Christian College, and each one of you has an important part to play."

We are thankful for the many various God-given giftings that our students bring to each cohort and the College as a whole, and are excited to see how they grow and encourage one another in unity and diversity this term.