Welcome back! I hope you were able to enjoy some time with your children in the last month that reminded you of how precious our time is with them and how precious they are to us.
What a wonderful week we have had already. Special congratulations to the zone athletics team who went to Coffs Harbour and performed to the best of their ability brilliantly.
Over the break the teachers had the pleasure of spending time together in professional learning dedicated to continuing to build our capacity to respond to the needs of our students. One area we have chosen to work on is that of resilience in our students in a world where things continue to not go according to plan.
Pastor and Educator Rod Thompson speaks on this idea of resilience and the uncertainty and struggle that often accompanies it. He argues that resilience comes from struggle, and it is something that we must learn to embrace as a part of life, suggesting it has the power to form and refine who we are, spiritually and within our character.
When discussing the life of Joseph (Genesis 37 - 50) he highlights how God used the events to not only save the people but to bless them and in doing so, showed how good God was. It is no different in the life of Jesus we see in the Easter story, God used the circumstances to rescue the people and again, show His love for us. The main difference being that in this story, it is God himself enduring the relentless injustice and struggle.
Rod Thompson argues that to endure the struggle we must surround ourselves with people who will help us through the struggle and to embrace the struggle, not those who are struggle avoiders or struggle solvers as this only serves to increase our sense of tension and frustration, rather than to allow it to form the good and God in us.
It is my prayer that, as educators and parents of the next generation, through rigorous education, opportunity and significant support we can enable our students to go through their struggles and not rescue them when it is ‘hard’. It is so important to remind our children that the ‘Master knows’ and encouraging this faith is critical to building their hope.
When we can do this, be struggle embracers in our children’s and friend’s lives, we will provide our students with the foundations necessary to thrive and take hold of every opportunity that comes their way; the difficult and the easy.
I hope you will enjoy all that this term has to offer. It is full of so many opportunities, from gala days to book week, culture presentations and more. It should be amazing.