I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. I was in Hanmer supporting friends and family who ran the Hanmer Half Marathon. I had the joy of seeing one of our students, George, coming in strongly at the end of the 5k race too. It is lovely to see that Miss Whitla’s running group is having a positive effect on the students outside of school too! Well done to George and his mum Emily for a solid effort in the run!
I had the privilege of reading an email exchange between a parent and a teacher over the school holidays that left me feeling blessed to work in a school where we openly honour and acknowledge God and His ways in the way we work through situations, challenges and successes.
One of the things that I loved in the email exchange was that the parent had made a decision to commit to praying for the teachers and the school. This is a challenge that I feel God has strongly impressed upon me lately too.
The next day I went to church and one of the points in the sermon was about the need to uphold our leaders. The speaker pushed the point that we need to pray for our leaders because it is God working through them that really makes an impact. Our teachers are your children’s leaders. Everyday they speak into your children’s lives; they guide them through challenges, celebrate their successes with them, mediate their relationship issues, shape their perceptions, all while teaching them the basic knowledge and skills they need for success later in life. We need to pray for our teachers. Pray for wisdom, insight, the fruits of the spirit and the strength of the Holy Spirit as they go about their influential work with your children.
I encourage you to also pray for your children’s classmates. At my previous school a good friend of mine started her child at the school. There was a certain child that she felt spent his day making her son’s life a misery, needless to say she wasn’t a fan of this other child. One term she came and ran a special art group for one hour a week and said child signed up to join. Week by week she grew to love this child and it helped to shape the way she coached her own child through the issues he brought home. It is hard to hate people close up, and I also find it is hard to hate people we are committing to God in prayer. Your child’s classmates can have an impact on your child, and they are all fallen image bearers of God with different challenges that they face. They each need God’s Holy Spirit to work in them. So pray.
As a staff we also pray for you and your children. So if there are things you would like us to pray for specifically then please let us know.
We are looking to organise an evening prayer meeting later this term to pray for our school community, so keep an eye out for this.