What is really at the centre of what you hope for your child?. Speaking to parents about education on a daily basis, I am convinced that your priority above all else is that they grow into good people who lead a good life.
There is a lot that goes into that: a lot of love, guidance, example-ship, thought, decisiveness and action.
John the Baptist’s early life was described this way: So the child grew and became strong in spirit ( Luke 1:80).
Jesus early life, our best example, is described this way: And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. (Luke 2:40)
Luke, the writer of these verses; a doctor by profession who’d been instrumental at bringing people into this world and helping them at the end, had obviously realised that a good life was more than a series of actions but involved qualities and relationships:
Strong in spirit
Filled with wisdom
And the grace of God was upon him
This picture of a whole life is given to us as an example.
It is important for us to seriously consider that the heart of Christian education is to inform more than just the mind. We want to encourage students to be strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and to build such relationships and faith that the grace of God is upon them.
Every one of these concepts and hopes requires thoughtful intentions, good relationships, careful consideration and credible mentoring: from parents, students and staff working to a common goal.
I want to thank staff who have been involved in building a coherent pastoral care program at our college: from the themes of assemblies that involve honourable character traits, to the devotions and mat time discussions of primary classes, the “guys and chicks” and “rite journey” programs in the senior school linked with our camps, and the growing leadership program in both the primary and senior schools.
Together these efforts have built times where our students think about their values, build relationships, care beyond themselves, gain wisdom, and grow.