Another wonderful term has nearly flown by!
Building and Growth
Next term we look forward to moving into our new Performing Arts Building which will house our music and drama classes, staffroom, storerooms and instrumental teaching studios.
As we move out of the Rembrandts building (by the end of August) you will hear about arrangements for OSHC (Out of School Hours Care) and our Uniform Shop.
The building construction for the new Middle School and Science Block will also be commencing, and hopefully ready for use by Term 3 next year.
A Mindset for the Future
As I talk with educators, parents and students, I am alarmed at the stress that is put on our children to succeed. We all want results and that is good, but what is alarming is that the real point of education becomes truncated and evaluated within a narrow paradigm.
If we really want our children to ‘succeed’ and have a happy future then we must not just measure academic results as a sign of success, but as parents and educators be committed to an education that is based on Christ, brings our children to Christ and allows them to be who they are meant to be in Christ.
For this to happen we all need to daily model Christ in a school that not only teaches the ‘what’ but the ‘why’. When children understand the ‘why’ in their living and learning, this helps lead to real life-long learning and understanding.
Jesus taught his disciples by modelling life to them. He taught in parables and by asking questions, not just giving all the answers, so as his followers would think more deeply and grow in their understanding.
A mindset that our children need is one that is open to want to become more like Christ and to serve Him. We need to daily pray for our children for their hearts and minds, but this mindset is modelled to our children by us all having teachable and humble spirits.
Educationalists state that a ‘growth mindset’ rather than a ‘fixed mindset’ helps our children to be more resilient and may contribute to better outcomes in school and beyond.
I recommend the following article (2014 Transforming Education) for guidance and understanding of how to help our children develop a growth mindset in their lives.
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3
Blessings on your week everyone,
Many people have asked about my recent trip to Israel. Here is a Leadership Reflection I presented to the Board and our Leadership team.