Faithful Education

Faithful Education

Thursday, 5 March 2015  | Karissa - Assistant Principal - Secondary
When I was 4 years old I knew I was going to be a teacher. I used any opportunity I could to direct and instruct. And in those days, my dolls and teddy bears were happy to ‘listen’ and ‘learn’. 29 years on and not much has changed, I still know I am meant to be a teacher. I revel in opportunities to guide and instruct. But I have traded in the dolls and teddy bears for more ‘interactive’ models.

I believe that all of life belongs to God and everything that I do is worship to him. By using this as the lens through which I view the world, I am able to contemplate the fact that teaching and leading is not just a job for me, it is a calling. God has called me to be a teacher, and also gifted me to be a leader. I want to remain faithful to the task, for which he has called me; to teach and also to lead. And so in faith I step out of the comfort of my classroom and into my new role as Assistant Principal. As part of the process of applying for the role of Assistant Principal, I was asked to consider what my vision would be for this community.

My worldview, which is shaped by my experiences, my faith, reading of the Word, my relationship with God, being part of the MECS learning community and a passion for seeing each person come to see their own worth and value through the eyes of a God who loves them, has helped to drive my vision for the MECS Secondary School community...

Faithfulness in Education

As a Christian leader I want my vision for faithfulness in education to reflect my desire to see that in all things, despite our circumstances, we are faithful to our Lord, giving glory and honour to Him. So, despite the requirements of the National Curriculum, VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority) and other external pressures, we will remain ‘faithful’ to our calling as a school to be set apart and be a light in this world, equipping our students for service in His Kingdom. To be seeking the Kingdom of God in education. Faithfulness is more than just meeting deadlines and working at our best, it is also about how we respond to God’s calling and the values that we put into education – the way we respond to students and the community in all situations. It is not just about academic rigour.

Faithfulness includes:
Having the right values
Caring for the interests of others
Having integrity
Developing God-given gifts
Obeying God’s commands
Passing on what you learn

Faithful Learning

One area of school culture that I am excited to partner in and continue to encourage is that of a Positive Learning Community (PLC).

An aspect of developing a PLC that most excites me is the idea of the shift in focus from ‘teaching’ to ‘learning’. It is important that we don’t get too clouded by the pressures to just ‘get through curriculum’ but also remain dedicated to our desire to see students learn effectively.

A PLC is one where we are all learners - parents, teachers and students alike. It is a culture where learning is modelled by staff; we explicitly show our willingness to engage the process of learning. It will need to have a strong focus on each one of us being ‘active life-long learners’. I wish to foster an environment that encourages curiosity and openness. I am excited by the potential for extension and enrichment programs that increase student engagement, as well as continuing to increase our capacity to support and enable students who struggle. 

I strongly believe that in order for students to understand our content, we first need to understand our students.

Faithful Discipline

My vision for faithful education also includes faithful discipline.

As a Secondary Section we have, and will continue to look at what this means. We are considering how grace, boundaries and differentiation are all important elements of faithful discipline. We are growing in our capacity to offer strong boundaries, teach responsibility and guide pastorally.

This year in the Secondary School we are taking a more restorative approach to our detention system. Detentions are year level specific, with time given to pastorally guide our students. This process allows for acknowledgement, responsibility and restoration to occur.

Faithful Leadership

Whilst student leaders have been a part of the MECS culture for a long time, the vision I have for leadership is to broaden the horizons, where leaders are able to use and develop their leadership potential. Students will be given opportunities to have input into the community in a variety of ways and will be seen by their peers as an example of faithful learners.

I am excited by how God will use me in the years ahead to serve Him. My hope and prayer is that you will join with me in creating a learning culture that seeks to honour God; a learning culture that recognises the uniqueness of each student, and that you will support our Secondary School community in prayer as we strive to Seek the Kingdom of God in Education. 

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