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They Came Back! Let’s Celebrate!

They Came Back! Let’s Celebrate!

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How exciting it was to see the kids return to school this week! Granted, it wasn’t exactly under the circumstances that we would have hoped, but they are here! For those of us who work all year round, it gets mighty lonely when the teachers and students are not in the building.

This week, I’d like to highlight our Primary class. That’s one group of students that knows how to celebrate! I heard that they’ve been practicing how to write “thank you” notes, so their teacher, Ms. Harvey, helped them to write notes to their parents and provided them with chocolate and flowers to GIVE to their parents. If you happen to be a parent of a Primary student who insisted that the chocolate was for them, you may want to ask them about it again. 🙂

Another super fun activity that Primary enjoyed this week was celebrating our 100th day of school. They enjoyed a balloon pop party with 100 balloons that filled the cafeteria. What a wonderful way to celebrate our return to school.
I’ve been taking a free course on the book of Exodus. The professor shared that chapter 40 of Isaiah is a poem of celebration for God’s delivery of the Israelites during the exodus. What I didn’t realize before is that they were celebrating at the very beginning of the exodus because they were so confident that God was going to bring it to completion. They could trust God because He had already proven Himself faithful.

Several times in chapter 40, the phrases “Do you not know? Have you not heard?” are used. They are saying to me, “Haven’t you seen me work before? Didn’t I already tell you I would?” They are a reminder that once God begins a work, we can be assured that He will complete it.

Is there something going on in your life where you are still waiting for God to work? Celebrate today because God will keep His promises. May I suggest a big balloon release? Or maybe chocolate and flowers are the way to go. 🙂

The kids are back! Let’s celebrate!

Because of His Faithfulness,
Dr. Sharon C. Brobst, Director

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40: 28-31

Admissions Coordinator

Careers

HIRING: ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR

ICSV is currently seeking an Admissions Coordinator to join our team immediately.

The Admissions Coordinator is responsible for developing the vision of ICSV`s admissions process from enquiry stage through to admission. He/she actively recruits potential students for ICSV to help achieve budgeted enrollment. He/she is the face of the school during the admissions process.

Qualifications

  • Relevant training or qualification
  • Fluent in verbal and written English and German
  • International business experience
  • Experience using relevant software applications – spreadsheets, word processing, database management, and school specific applications
  • Proven experience in creating and producing correspondence and documents
  • Proven experience in department management or leadership

Spiritual Qualifications

  • Strong Christian, with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Committed to support ICSV’s Christian mission and faith-based education
  • Willing to honor and uphold all standards outlined in the Faculty Handbook
  • Full agreement with the ICSV Statement of Faith/Doctrinal Statement
  • Active member of a church that supports the school’s Statement of Faith

Key Competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Professional verbal and written communication skills in English and German; additional languages are a plus
  • Decision-making and problem-solving abilities
  • Attention to detail
  • Strict confidentiality
  • Ability to plan, organize, and oversee multi-level tasks
  • Customer-service orientation
  • Self-motivation and initiative
  • Reliability and flexibility
  • Ability to set priorities and achieve goals

Benefits for eligible employees

  • Health insurance
  • Company paid pension insurance
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and sick time
  • Financial support for professional development
  • Tuition discounts for staff with children
  • After-school care discount for staff with children

If you are passionate about Jesus Christ and working in an international setting excites you, we would love to get to know you.

Please forward an up-to-date copy of your CV to the HR Department at recruiting@icsv.at.

This is an exciting time to join ICSV!

Uncertainty

Uncertainty

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Welcome back to school, and happy 2021! It is good to be back together, even if we must meet online for a time. Although I have seen numerous news articles stating that there is a difference of opinion at the government level about when students can return to campus, the most up-to-date official word that we have received from the Department of Education is that all students can return on Monday, January 18. As always, we will let you know if this date changes.

Just typing this paragraph reminds me that we are living in a time of uncertainty.

One very important process that is happening behind the scenes right now is interviewing candidates for open positions for the 2021-2022 school year. Whenever I meet with a potential candidate, one thing that I usually share with them is that when one desires to work in an international setting, it is essential to be able to live with some level of uncertainty. The school cannot guarantee that they will be issued a work visa or that the Department of Education will approve them to teach at the school. Many things are outside of our control. We simply must wait patiently for the government processes to run their course.

As someone who likes to plan and to make things happen, and who especially likes to be in control, this is not easy for me. Just the normal process of living outside of one’s passport country is difficult. Add to that the whole COVID situation, and our level of uncertainty has been raised significantly. I must admit that I haven’t always handled this well. I have become impatient or frustrated. I believe that God is using this time of extreme uncertainty to teach me what it means to truly trust in Him. I lean on God’s promise that He is in charge. Nothing comes as a surprise to Him, and He is working things out for our ultimate good.

With the availability of the internet, it is easy to look up Bible verses about certain topics. Here is one website that I found helpful: https://biblereasons.com/uncertainty/ I particularly liked the first quote that says “When uncertainty keeps you up at night, then close your eyes and think of something that is certain. – God’s Love.” I have found that it is super important to cling to God’s promises and to what I know and understand of His nature during times like these. May God comfort and strengthen you during this time of uncertainty.

Because of His Faithfulness,
Dr. Sharon C. Brobst, Director

 

Homeless Jesus

Homeless Jesus

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While entering a church in Milan, Italy, I looked to my right where there was a bench and what appeared to be someone sleeping. My first thought was that it was a homeless person who had stepped away from the cold and who had found a quiet place to rest. Upon further observation, I noticed that it was not a real person, but a bronze sculpture. My husband then pointed to his feet and asked me to take a look. Sure enough. There was a piercing on each of the feet, indicating that this was a sculpture of Jesus. Upon returning home, I found online that there are at least 100 copies of this sculpture, Homeless Jesus, on display worldwide. Why has this sculpture been so widely shared? What is it about the sculpture that makes people stop and think?

Below the sculpture is the verse: Matthew 25, which is part of several verses where Jesus said the following:

“Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”

The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Those who see this sculpture cannot walk away without having some sort of emotional response. For me, it was a physical reminder of what we celebrate at Christmastime. Jesus chose to take on the form of a human man, to suffer all of the indignities and challenges that come along with that. And yet, Jesus was God! He chose to leave all the glories of Heaven to come to this earth to die in my place even though He was without sin. While on this earth, Jesus also modeled for us what it means to be a true servant. He showed respect for the outcasts of society and demonstrated true empathy and caring for them. He identified with them just as it says in the verses above. When we serve those in need, we are serving Jesus.

As we head into Christmas vacation, I encourage each of you to take time to ponder the true significance of what it meant for the God of the Universe to give up His position in Heaven to come to earth to serve us frail and needy human beings. And when we see people in need, I pray that we will be prompted to reach out to them in their need so that they can ultimately give glory to God because a child of His has obeyed His prompting to serve “the least of these,” for we are in reality serving Jesus Christ.

Because of His Faithfulness,
Dr. Sharon C. Brobst, Director

 

Uncertainty

Isolation

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I’m worried. I have a six-year-old granddaughter who has been out of school since last March. She doesn’t have any siblings, and she lives where there are many regulations about social distancing and not getting together with those outside of her immediate home. She’s in first grade. She’s doing great academically, as she’s a bright little girl, and her mom, my daughter-in-law, is doing a wonderful job of homeschooling, but…

I am thankful that the Austrian government understands the importance of allowing children to come to school as often as possible and our need to go outside to enjoy God’s creation beyond the confines of our four walls. Many schools around the world have been closed for almost a year. One of my former French and drama students, Rachel Farmer, is now a first-grade teacher. She was just awarded Teacher of the Year at her school, which is a great honor. She recently posted on Facebook her concerns for her students who she is trying to teach virtually. She wrote:

This post comes because today, which follows many others similar, I had a little student say the following, “Can I stay on here and talk to her (another little girl), and you?” “Sure,”I say, and the two little girls stayed in a meet with me for another 15 minutes. This, along with many other things that I have experienced repeatedly over the last several months, is that our children are hurting…So while we are in the middle of all this, I beg you please do the following with your kids:

  1. When school is over….turn off the tech.
  2. Go outside.
  3. Teach your child how to play and use their imagination (because. Yes. I had another child tell me this week, he didn’t know what an imagination was or how to use it!)
  4. Go to a playground!
  5. Schedule small playdates with people you know.
  6. Finally….please quit isolating these kiddos….I can see the damage every day.

~ a concerned teacher

I guess today I just wanted to remind you to consider your own and your children’s emotional health. Those of you in your immediate family may be the only ones who can speak face to face without a mask. You are the only ones who can hug and kiss each other. You need to give each other the physical affection and the emotional support that you are not getting elsewhere. We don’t want COVID to rob out kids of the ability to trust others or to relax when being close to each other. We don’t want them to fear physical touch.

One of the things that I believe we can do at school is to model what it means to live without fear, all while showing caution and abiding by the restrictions that have asked of us. We can demonstrate joy amidst trial. We can have fun together, laughing and playing even if we have to wear a mask. We will get through this pandemic together. But in the meantime, let’s do everything that we can to provide as “normal” an experience as possible. We want our children to grow up healthy – and not just physically, but emotionally, as well.

Because of His Faithfulness,
Dr. Sharon C. Brobst, Director