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Life-long, Life-wide and Life-deep Learning: A Process of Becoming

Life-long, Life-wide and Life-deep Learning: A Process of Becoming

Dr Robert Herschell
Dr Robert M. Herschell
College Board Chair

In recent times, the ‘journey’ metaphor has become a commonly accepted term in our language sometimes at the expense of our use of ‘destination’. As Christians, we ought to be interested in both of these as Colossians 1:27 (NIV) indicates: ‘To them (the Lord’s people) God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory‘ (emphasis added). Similar expressions can be found in Romans 5:2 and Ephesians 1:18.

Your College Board has the responsibility to lead and guide families, children, students and staff to help our individual and corporate ‘journeys’ to our earthly as well as heavenly ‘destination’. We do this by close adherence to our College’s Mission and Vision statements, by adhering to Good Governance principles and business practices, as well as detailed scrutiny of all College programs, policies and practices.

Additionally, we regularly engage in diverse and detailed consultations with our College Leaders and Management Team as well external education representatives. In recent times this has included Mr Peter Janetski (Smart Relationships), Mr David Robertson (Executive Director, Independent Schools Queensland) and Dr Lynne Doneley (Executive Director, Associated Christian Schools and Deputy Chair, Board of Directors, Independent Schools Queensland).

Our College has been experiencing evident growth both in enrolments and in the quality of the educational programs that develop learning outcomes for each student. Our 2018 National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and recent Overall Performance (OP) results, for example, are indicators of this. While academic achievements are exceptionally important in modern society, we must also not neglect the education of the social, psychomotor, emotional, physical and spiritual domains of each student. The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (December, 2008) invites us to do this. Aristotle once quoted: ‘The whole is greater than the sum of the parts’. Consequently, the College Board is committed to ensuring that our policies, resources and practices support our College Pastors, develop a vibrant Christian culture, and empower staff to ensure the overall vitality of our curriculum and community.

Let us: ‘Press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus’ (Phil 3:14 NIV).

Dr Robert M. Herschell
College Board Chair

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- December 13, 2018

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