At a meeting of our Association staff before the start of the school year, I was asked to give an address to the administrative team members.
The subject was, “What does it mean to work in a Christian organisation, anyway?”
At one point I mentioned the following quote from the Bible: Eph 4:15-16 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ — from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
This is a verse that staff at MCC considered and discussed all through last year. It speaks directly about our interconnectedness and mutual support and reliance. It is a wonderful way to think of people working together and is predicated and culminates the concept of “speaking the truth in love” and "building up in love”. Now I don’t want to get soppy here, but the idea of caring and actively sacrificing to help others (i.e. love) is a good one.
You might be wondering where I’m going with this. For the newsletter, I was going to write a piece on how well the year had started on both campuses. Mrs Wilson mentioned something this morning that sparked what I’m writing. In the Primary Campus, with staggered intakes and other role changes some teachers had a few spare moments. They chose to volunteer that time, without being prompted, to help new teachers and teachers in new roles, rather than using it for themselves. Not only is that so gratifying to hear, it sets us apart, and contributes to why the year has begun so well. It means we are naturally living out that verse.
Primary start: I thought the welcoming assembly on Wednesday morning was so funny. Students were excited, and it was hard to get them to settle. But give me excited kids glad to be starting school, over robot obedience any time! The enthusiasm has continued and teachers are well pleased with student engagement and response. Our new students are settling well too.
Secondary start: It is significant that all the 32 places for new Year Seven students were filled (an we’re very near full for next year as well). I’ve spoken to a number of these new students and am glad to hear that they are settling well. Many comment that they love the modern venue, and when asked what they like about the new Campus - all have responded “the teachers”. You can’t get better than that.
Good schools are about good teachers… and that, quite simply, is what we’ve got (and good other folks as well ).
It is so gratifying to me that students are starting well. We hope, work and pray for a good year for all of our students and families in 2017.
Mr Rod McNeill