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Remembering a Golden Oldie

Posted by Mr Rod McNeill (Principle) | Found in: Leadership Blog

So who remembers this old hippie, protest song…

You who are on the road
Must have a code that you can live by
And so become yourself
Because the past is just a good bye.

Teach your children well,
Their father's hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picked, the one you'll know by.

Good old Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Part of what they are saying is that the children of the 60’s had parents who lived through the hardship of the Second World War.

The point they make is profound: our responsibility to teach our children well.

The Bible in Deuteronomy 6 puts it this way …

"Write these commandments that I've given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night."

Parents are the first and most powerful teacher their children will have. How great is our responsibility.

At the heart of our College we understand that the education and growth of a child is a partnership with parents. It is a responsibility and a journey that we share.

Often at enrolment interviews, I discuss partnership and the communication and investment and caring responses of our staff.

Education is a process that we all develop through, it is not just the students that need education. Our staff are constantly learning and developing in our professionalism, assimilating new ideas, making sure not to forget the old ones, learning about learning and learning about understanding the individual needs of students and how to prepare them for a future unlike anything previous generations have ever experienced. Often, I mention at enrolment interviews that we are preparing kids to really be in their stride in 2045.

So, who can imagine what 2045 will look like? (For me I’m hoping it will look like heaven, he he). But for you still here on earth, it is certainly hard to imagine. What it does mean though is education must be smart, innovative, effective and forward looking. (In fact, as I’m acutely aware that each of the words I’ve just mentioned can easily be a throw away cliché). So, this is where parents education comes in. We need to communicate with you effectively. Join the learning journey with us.

I’d like to hear your responses and ideas. We’ve got parent lounge, phones and email and at the recent parent teacher interviews I got a good sense that parents felt good about the level of communication we are engaging with concerning their own students.

I’d like to hear your thoughts about areas where you would like to know more: what our current educational practice and intentions are, how to support from home without nagging your kids, how we can inform you more fully and build better communication, areas where you feel in the dark.

So hit the button below and let me know. Thanks.

Rod McNeill