Greater than NAPLAN scores

Ein Gedi Waterfall, Israel (Photo: T Brennen)

Ein Gedi Waterfall, Israel (Photo: T Brennen)

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life..
– John 14:5-6
It is a well known fact that the earliest Christians were known as ‘followers of the way’. It almost sounds like a cult doesn’t it? It sounds like the kind of group that might end up on the television news! I like Thomas’ honesty here. He was a very straight forward kind of guy. He wasn’t afraid to ask a question when he didn’t understand. It sounds like he was a committed learner.

For some of our learners this week the focus has been the completion of NAPLAN tests. Completing these tests can be a challenging experience. I congratulate both the teachers and students for their conduct this week. It was a very smooth and focussed experience.

Some say the measure of a school is their NAPLAN scores however I am not one of those people. We have seen our students achieve some good results in NAPLAN tests in the past – in fact, 100% students who attempted the test last year were above the required national level. However, I don’t think that following the ‘way’ of thinking that high NAPLAN scores alone will lead our students to success in life.

As a school we seek to develop our students across all areas. Our mission statement reads “We commit ourselves to the best of our abilities to develop the potential of each individual; spiritually, academically, physically, creatively and personally.” This is the Sunshine Christian School ‘way’. Thus the picture below, of 4 new prep friends working together to creatively built a sand castle village brings this principal a similar, if not greater, sense of pride than what comes with high test scores.

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life – he showed us how we should conduct ourselves in this world. He demonstrated great passion for intellectual argumentation but also worship, prayer, relationships, healing, helping, supporting, teaching and challenging.

Jesus sets an example for us to follow. It is my prayer that Sunshine Christian School does not just support our students to become fully developed people, we support the staff and parents to do the same.

May God bless us all with opportunities to grow into fully developed people of God.

 

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