Joy and curiosity in young learners

01 July 2022

Joy and curiosity in young learners

Over the last two weeks I had the great privilege of reading to each of the nine Infants classes. I was welcomed on many occasions with some very creative bow tie themes – it seems I will not be allowed to wear a standard necktie ever again at this school! What struck me though, was the joy, the curiosity, and the unbridled sense of wonder in our young learners. Too often we see that spark die as children grow into adolescents. Is it society? Peer groups? The education system? Maybe all of these things.

God’s physical creation, the laws of maths and science, the seasons, the tides, and so much more are such a source of wonder and worship – as is the amazing ability of the human mind to grow, learn and adapt. As parents and teachers we need to do what we can to keep this spark from dying out in our students. A “childlike” (but not “childish”) optimism and curiosity is a foundation to life-long learning, as is the resilience to tough out the hard problems with determination and grit.

In staff news, I am pleased to announce that Mr Luke Moran will be joining us next term in the position of Christian Studies/PDHPE teacher, replacing Nathan Asher, who is heading to a leadership position at Nowra Christian School. Luke is currently teaching at Inaburra School, and has also worked as a Children’s Minister, SRE Coordinator, a Missionary in Indonesia and teacher at the International School there, and a ministry leader in the Year 13 Gap Year Program. We look forward to welcoming Luke to our staff.

As we wrap up the first half of the year, may I encourage you to reflect on Jesus – the visible image of the invisible God, through whom is reconciled all things. We exist as a school to serve our Lord and to help you raise and educate your children in Christ. May the holidays give you some precious time with your family.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.  For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. [Col 1:15-20]

Mr David Stonestreet

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