I first became a parent back in 1987 and again in 1989, and I remember distinctly the challenge that commenced in raising my two children.
Much of the parenting involved trial and error and I also think some of the methods and practices reflected those of my own parents. I certainly remember using some of the comments that my parents had made to me, such as, "If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all.” I think most of us can identify with doing this at some point.
Christian College students are known to leave our College with values and ethics, kind hearts and a willingness to care for and to serve others. As I meet or hear about our past students, this is often a hallmark of their lives, careers and aspirations.
The Christian College ethos and philosophy are factors which help to develop the qualities that underpin this hallmark character trait. This also reflects the values of the families who choose to entrust us with the education of their children. The partnership between parents and school is a strong factor in raising ‘good kids’ who become positive contributors to the community and world around them.
We certainly read many examples of this responsibility in the Bible. One being in Proverbs 22:6 - "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."
To support and enhance the partnership that we share in raising young people, our College has commenced offering opportunities for families to participate in a series of information sessions that provide ideas, strategies and expertise to parents in raising their children. So far these have included topics including: cyber safety, safe partying practices, use of the Device and supporting students with home learning. There have also been morning teas to bring parents together and get to know other parents at the same campus.
We aim to expand these opportunities to create closer connections in the partnership and responsibility of educating and raising our students together.
The following article and the clip below was produced by Harvard University Psychologists to outline a few tips to assist parents in the challenge of raising good kids. Please take a few moments to look at it.
I hope that you find this helpful.
Our shared task of educating Christian College students is much more than the just the important role in meeting their academic needs. It is also the privilege to share in developing their character to show kindness, respect and service to others.
What I believe to be ....an education worth having.
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