Growing Goodness

Growing Goodness

Thursday, 11 February 2016  | Narelle - MECS Principal
A number of years ago I read a book entitled, “He’ll Be OK: Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men”. At the time I was the mother of a ‘gorgeous boy’ and it was my deep desire that he grew into a ‘good man’. I am happy to report that, at 19, my son is well on the way!

I’m sure as we commence this school year together, this is also your desire as parents, just as it is ours; that our boys and girls grow into good men and women. But what does it mean to ‘be good’?

Apparently in this post-modern age there is no absolute good or bad – it depends on our own definition. If we think something is good, then it is! If we think a certain set of values or characteristics are good, then that’s fine. Or if we can’t decide for ourselves what is good then we let others do it for us – our politicians, our media, our idols, even our educational authorities. However, as a group of parents who have chosen to send your children to MECS, I’m sure you have your own ideas about what it means to raise up the next generation of good people.

The Bible tells us that to be good we need to follow God’s way. We need to love mercy and to walk humbly with Him. We need to be people of love and compassion. To be good, we need to see the ‘other’ – we need to be actively engaged in, and with, a hurting world. We need to be careful stewards of God’s creation. We need to see the goodness in each one of us, because we have each been created in God’s image. To be good we need to act responsibly in the world and towards each other. Our words and actions should build up and not tear down. We need to see the world through the perspective of a biblically-informed worldview. We need to follow the example of Christ in our living and thinking.

I’m not suggesting that as Christians we have a monopoly on ‘goodness’. Of course, through God’s grace, there are many people who don’t believe in God, but are still good. In fact, often their compassion, generosity and sense of justice put us to shame. However, we do believe in a God who sets the ‘absolute’ standard of goodness and it is this standard that should be the measure of all that we say and do here at MECS.

At different stages of a student’s development, they will want to push the boundaries. They will want a chance to explore new horizons, to be challenged and experience things outside of their comfort zone. They will wish to be heard and contribute to their learning. They will want choice, they will want relevance, yet I firmly believe our students also want to be good! They want to know their place in God’s world; they want to know who they are and they want to respond to the world in a meaningful way. They have a deep desire to be good people and to have the opportunities to keep on becoming good people.

Our task as educators is to provide meaningful and rich experiences so that our students can grow in goodness. It’s about offering a fresh, distinctive, Biblically-directed and God-inspired curriculum. Through challenge, encounter and choice; through times of activity and reflection; through being actively responsible for their own learning – we hope and pray that your gorgeous children will continue the journey of becoming good men and women of the future.

Your task is to always believe in your children, to think the best of them, to advocate for them and to model in your own life, what it is to be a good person!

What a privilege to be involved in the task of growing goodness! 

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