Practising Wisdom – God in Us

We always start the year full of promise and 2019 is no exception. As ever our three themes of Curiosity, Courage and Christ-led will be guiding principles of the college. However this year, our theme is Practising Wisdom – God in us

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7-11
Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts… James 3:13-18
Tanya Crooks

You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results, only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honour. 

What is wisdom? Wisdom is divine insight concerning how we should live and what brings success. Wisdom is God’s answers and solutions to our problems. Wisdom is God’s advice concerning how we should live and conduct our affairs. Wisdom is learning how to take the knowledge given and apply it to our lives in a workable manner, so that it benefits us, and benefits the lives of others. 

Currently our society places a great emphasis on knowledge and education and they have their place, however, it is wisdom that makes the difference. Knowledge is the accumulation of information, understanding is the grasping, comprehension and interpretation of that information, but wisdom is the application of the information which one understands. So what does that mean for us this year? How do we practice wisdom?  

Principals often wait until students are graduating to offer words of advice to students to support their success in the ‘real world’. However, in thinking about this year I wanted to tell our students school IS the real world. All the students we see each day are unique and as such, have unique learning profiles. Many have overcome challenges and obstacles just to get to this point in their education. This needs to be acknowledged. 

EACH student deserves to be recognized for all the strengths and talents that they have; they also need to be recognised for the contributions they make to our school and community. 

It is also our hope that these strengths are, in fact, passions and that moving forward students will spend their time doing something in which they are passionate about. Students, you know what you are good at… so do it! Really challenge yourself in these areas. Push yourselves and encourage each other in their areas of strength. 

When you push yourself you might actually go outside your comfort zone and take a risk. When you do this, you WILL make mistakes-please remember mistakes are made because you are pushing yourself and this is a great thing. This is how we learn and move forward in life. 

Of course, there are many teachers in this school who put in significant amounts of time to help you to learn. We have ALL taught and learned from one another, student to teacher, and teacher to student, teacher to teacher. I hope every member of our community takes some time in the coming weeks to reflect on what they have already learned and what they hope to learn this year... 

I would like to share with you lesson highlights I know will support your child’s success as they continue on their educational journey. 

Firstly, Learn from Feedback and Criticism... though difficult to hear and challenging to change direction, feedback and criticism, force you to become flexible and teach you to understand perspective. Understanding perspective will help you to become a critical thinker and peaceful problem solver.

Remember, that there is no such thing as failure… You will at some point fall and when you do, remember this… there is no such thing as failure. Failure is really life trying to move us in another direction…Learn from every mistake. 

I hope you learn the importance of developing your own internal compass... develop your moral and emotional GPS and use it to guide your day to day decisions and use it to set goals for yourself. This will help you to create your own story… a story that will be about purpose... and this is the important thing… because when situations become difficult, and they will at times, this purpose and your internal compass will get you out of difficult situations. 

Make time for face time... my hope is that you will try to have more face to face conversations with people you agree with and people you disagree with. Have the courage to look people in the eye and hear their point of view. Balance tech time with face time. 

Find your passion. What makes you come alive... The world needs interesting people. Find your passion and you will find your purpose. 

Listen... the real secret to success is your willingness to listen. Be still, focus, be open minded….listen. If you are willing to listen, you will be happy, successful, and make a difference in the world. 

Always be kind... Extend yourself in kindness whenever you can. Banish dark words and actions with positivity. Kindness never goes out of style. 

Don’t forget to show gratitude….being thankful and showing thanks for what is going well will build resiliency and resilient kids are healthy kids... so show gratitude. 

And finally, max out your humanity... be aware of what is going on around you…be aware of people in your community, country and world. Serve, lead and continue to make a difference. 

But most importantly always Pray - all wisdom comes from God. It is God in us and through God in others that true wisdom is practiced. 

And remember your young person is not here at school waiting for real life to begin. School lessons are real world lessons. Real life is now. 

God Bless,

Tanya Crooks
Principal

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