Kia ora and welcome to Week 7!
You read that correctly, we are now in Week 7 of a ten week Term 4 – where has the time gone?!
As a leadership team we have been unpacking many aspects of our school philosophy and vision, as well as other systems that will continue to see our school succeed in 2016 and beyond. One discussion we’ve had, and I’ve spent some personal time reflecting on is our vision. The statement reads; “Christ-like, creative, critical thinkers…”
After contemplation I realise what a huge goal that statement is! We as parents, educators and supporters of our children would like them to learn, develop and graduate from RCS being Christ-like, creative and critical thinkers. No pressure then!
A quick online search showed that there are 49 references in the Bible to being Christ-like according to openbible.com. I’d like to focus on three readings that reinforced the importance to me of living a Christ-like life. Below is the direct Bible quote and a brief summary of what the verse means to me.
A) 1 John 2:6
“Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”
Know what Jesus did here on earth AND try to replicate that in your daily life.
B) 1 Corinthians 11:1
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”
Like Paul followed Jesus’ example we must also imitate Christ and be excellent role models so our children can copy us.
C) 1 Peter 2:22
“For to this you have been called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.”
Use the Word of God, the Bible, as a blue print on how to live your life… then do it!
Extra reading on being Christ-like can be found at Ephesians 5:1-2 and John 13:13-17.
I like our ambitious vision. My hope and prayer is that as adults and as Christians we are replicating Christ-like thoughts, words and actions in our lives. And through us our tamariki (children) pick up and imitate our reflections of Christ. Imitation is the highest form of flattery.
Lastly but equally as important, I’d like to emphasize the significance of being Christ-like for the right reason. The reason we should be Christ-like is to be closer to God, to become like Him to glorify God.
This is my last newsletter contribution for the year, so I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you very much for your continued support of RCS in whatever you have done this year. I have really appreciated the chance to communicate to you through the newsletter and look forward to 2016!