Well, we’ve been back for nearly two weeks.
I’ve enjoyed the morning tea and welcome sessions with parents through the primary classes. They are a real insight into the positive atmosphere of support from our parents and the enthusiasm and professionalism of our teachers. I find these meetings are like reconnecting with friends and I deeply appreciate the faithfulness and continued trust of our parents as we work together for your children. It has been great to welcome new families to our primary school. I am looking forward to the initiatives of cultivating enquiry and creativity in our junior years. As we have been strategically planning for the coming year, I have been called to remember the statement of the research company contracted to do a systematic health assessment of the school (and all the schools in our association):
“Year 6 student comments are a wonderful insight into the world of a well adjusted and articulate group of children whose comments are well worth reading and being greatly encouraged by while learning from them ways to improve the College even further. We commend the student comments to Leadership.”
This is a testimony to the good work being done throughout our Primary School.
At the Secondary Campus, we have had two assemblies. The first, essentially a welcome to our growing cohort of year 7 students, a number of new students throughout the years, and to our returning students. There was quite a positive atmosphere and sense of “it's good to be back”. The second assembly was quite a celebration of opportunities for diverse activity launched across the campus: A Science/Research club, Wearable Art group, Journalism, Duke of Edinburgh Awards initiative, Sewing, Basketball extension, and Mountain Biking. I would encourage you to be involved in these initiatives, it is often the extras that we engage with that enrich our school experience. I appreciate the enthusiasm and care of the teachers who have volunteered these opportunities.
It’s time now to settle into the new year. I’ve spoken to staff that I think the characteristic word for this year is consolidation across both our campuses. That first flush has passed, and the real work begins. I love the idea of a new year bringing new opportunities and encourage this attitude to continue. If you have set goals and made commitments to change, good! Now is the time for consolidation. It is here that the real life and spirit of our College is forged.
Our prayers are for every family and staff member in the College to flourish and know God’s blessing for 2019.
Philippians 3:13 "Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
I like this. Paul is saying: I haven’t arrived, there’s more I can become, so I look up and press forward.
All the best for 2019 at MCC.
Mr Rod McNeill