Thank you to all who were involved in the recent College Production. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see our students shine as they performed at the George Jenkins Theatre. I am also mindful that many contribute to the stretching and community building of the students as they prepare for their opportunities. I very much look forward to the 2018 Production.
I would also like to thank all for their attendance at the Year 7 Information Night this week. The transition to Year 7 is a significant milestone in schooling life. To assist families in this transition, we do hold a number of evenings where I hope all get more of an understanding of what Secondary School is about, and how we can work together. In the meantime, I would join with Miss Wright in encouraging our Year 6 students to finish well, to enjoy the next few months of Year 6, and continue to refine their organisation skills as they prepare for the marvellous start of their Secondary schooling.
Last weekend, I attended the first ACHEA conference in Sydney. ACHEA is a group of seven Australian Christian Higher Education institutions that are involved in professional development and research into Christian schools. In order to continue to improve, it is important that schools look to refine their practices, participate in research and be aware of the latest developments. As Christians involved in education, we want to ensure that our practices are authentic. As Christians, we are encouraged to live by the Gospel rather than anything else. To live by the Gospel, we need to understand God’s Word, live by God’s Word and carefully consider the messages that we send as we teach, while also critiquing the messages of the curriculum. Our Christian tertiary providers assist us in this.
Previously, I have written of how our teaching staff are encouraged to do further study to ensure that they grapple with what it means to teach as Christians. In fact, we have a requirement that those in educational leadership positions be able to demonstrate that they think about, and can practically apply, a Christian perspective to their teaching and learning. From my point of view, this is essential if we are to keep the word ‘Christian’ as the key part of our College name.