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Hospitality & Shepherding Moons

Posted by Mr David Elsing (Head of Secondary) | Found in: Leadership Blog


The most exciting thing about the commercial kitchen build commencing this week, at our Secondary Campus, is the new opportunity we will have to develop our student’s sense of Christian hospitality.

While students hope to obtain a vocational certificate in Hospitality, what we really hope they catch is the heart of hospitality. The amazing gift of welcoming the loved one, the guest, or the stranger into the life and community of our school through food and drink service. It is the simple things, like a welcoming smile or greeting, the opening of a door and the preparation that goes into tidying the place up for guests that we hope our students understand as a measure of the way we make others feel comfortable and cared for. Hospitality is a gravitational force that attracts people back again.

The Apostle Peter, following in Jesus’ teachings, instructs Christians:

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” 1 Peter 4:8-9

One of the measures of authentic Christian faith is the ability to love others and show hospitality.

I was delighted on Wednesday night to see our young teachers adopt this mindset. Well done to Mr Levi Rosolin for organising our "Keys for Life" information evening for parents and for the way you made parents feel quickly at ease.

I also want to thank all our Year 7 teachers who have been staying up late and expanding their energy reserves building fellowship and community amongst our Year 7s. Staff have commented how alert and enthusiastic students have been this week and we look forward to the amazing young adults they will become. We hope we can return them to you in one piece!

One of the things I spoke to the Year 7s about was the idea of ‘shepherding moons’. Some of Saturn’s moons actually help keep Saturn’s rings (dust and rock) so neatly in order through the combined use of their gravitational force. Moons on either side of the rings use their gravitational force to push and pull the rings into perfect alignment, much like a shepherd with a flock through a gate. My point to students was that the adults in their life, whether that be their parents or teachers, work together to help students stay aligned as they grow, develop, and take on more responsibility upon themselves.

Please continue to partner with us in helping your students thrive at school. Support us in our expectations of uniform, appearance and attitude, so that we can focus on improving educational outcomes. Let’s shepherd the flock together.

Saturn video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epZdZaEQhS0

Mr David Elsing