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The thing about kids

Found in: Leadership Blog

I can’t think of a better job than working with kids ……… no really.

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.

Matthew 18:3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

When you read these words of Jesus, you understand that he recognised something profound in children. He also got really upset when adults tried to keep kids from Him because he was doing what they regarded as more important.”

He regarded them as having characteristics that “wise and learned” (read “up-themselves”) people needed to have or they wouldn’t understand life correctly. He also suggested that we should become like them.

Now, I’m sure he was speaking about kids on their good days.

Things like: enthusiasm, wonder, humility, fundamental friendliness, lack of cynicism, transparency, joy, humour, creativity……… priorities like having time to play, run, shout, climb and imagine.

On balance, kids make you smile more than frown.

We work hard to respect, protect and encourage the great enthusiasms of their youthfulness.

It’s fun to be called Mr Mickmeal, to give out Principal’s Commendations and see them feeling honoured, to go on camps with them.

Last weekend I was with 50 of our Secondary students at Nanga Bush camp for our leadership camp. What an inspiring group of young people: enthusiastic, cooperative and eager to grow and support others. I’m looking forward to being with the Year 6 students on the Eastern States trip in June and to going on the Indonesia trip in October  with our Secondary students (we are getting this up and running now, so if you’re interested contact the College). Our camps and trips are great ways to build lasting relationships and profound moments.

I cannot think of anything more important: investing in the lives of young people at their beginning and foundation stages. It is hard work, but profoundly rewarding seeing the good stories of their journeys unfolding.

I’m regularly impressed and inspired by your kids. Just thought I’d let you know.

Mr Rod McNeill