For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
– John 3:16-17
I have had the privilege of meeting with many parents this week as part of our consultation for the creation of our new strategic plan. It has been lovely to hear of some of the things the school is excelling at – deep relationships, rich learning and great outcomes. In a survey of parents taken in early 2016, 100% of parents indicated that they felt the school really cared about their child. We are the only school that I am aware of that received this feedback in the survey. It made me a very proud principal indeed to hear from our current parents that this is still one of our strengths.
We have been talking too about some areas in which the College can grow and I’ve appreciated the honest and open feedback we’ve received. This feedback will be taken on board as we consult with students, parents and staff, in order to make Lakeside College the best College we can be. The educationalist Dylan Williams writes “If we create a culture where every student, staff member and parent believes they need to improve, not because they are not good enough but because they can be even better, there is no limit to what
we can achieve”. I echo his words.
Great student outcomes are built on honest, authentic, trusting and loving relationships between student, staff and parents. When we are together, the entire community reaps the benefits – particularly our students.
This week we have also been reflecting on Jesus’ famous phrase “For God so loved the world…” It is one of my favourites and carries a deep meaning. My Grade 5 Christian Studies class created their own paraphrase of the passage this week and this one is my favourite:
“God loves us. There isn’t anything that can change that. He does want us to get busy telling others that though.”
We are greatly blessed at Lakeside College – we have great students, families and staff. We don’t always get things right, but we don’t start to think that this means that God doesn’t love us or that we can’t improve. God’s love is a constant reminder that we are worthy, we are forgiven and we should keep trying.
As we go about our work, let us take on board the advice of one of our Year 5 students and “get busy telling others that they are loved.” A look at the news tells us that our world is in desperate need of this message.