With just a week to go before the end of the Semester 1, please remember that classes resume on Thursday 20 July.
As of next year, the winter break will change a little as we shorten our Staff Days at the beginning of Terms 2 and 4, and instead have a full week as a staff without students at the start of Term 3 (a three-week student break). Why?
Ideally, we want to be able to develop educational practice that is cognizant of best practice in teaching and consistent with our biblical worldview. The integration of faith and life (everyday life), having the Bible inform our practice so our beliefs are visible in action, is important. A challenge as we aim for this is that our culture is teaching us a way to live that does not have God at the centre. In this culture, there are many messages. One message, for example, can be that we should gratify our own needs through the buying of products such as clothes, gadgets and holidays. This stands against the preaching of Jesus that instructs us to focus on God’s Kingdom rather than (earthly) possessions. Does it say that your heart will be where your treasures are?
Given the importance of this, we believe that we would benefit from two focussed times each year where we have a number of professional days. These will be before the start of the school year, and then in the middle of year. Our focus at these times will continue to be regulatory and safety training such as Child Safety, OHS and First Aid. We also will focus on the above and engage in training that helps us use the Bible as a lens to view the world. Further, they will be times to review curriculum and work on our pedagogy (teaching practice) in teams. Please note that it is just a re-sorting of Staff Days, not an increase.
Last week, Mr Sam Waldron and I fulfilled a request to go to Uganda to support Christians who are engaging in Christian schooling. I was working with some colleagues in the development of strategies to improve school cultures. Mr Waldron delivered curriculum workshops. We both were challenged and learnt much as we engaged with our Christian brothers and sisters in education. May the Lord bless Ugandan children as they learn more of what it is to follow the Lord through their education.
In the coming days, we have staff and students visiting Thailand. Please keep them in your prayers as you pray for Bayside Christian College.