We Are Christ-Centred
Let’s explore a couple of crucial questions: Who are we as a school community, and what holds us together?
Well, everything that happens in a school should do two things; it should both come out of, and also draw us back into school identity. The daily events of Melton Christian College, our planning, our conversations, our teaching, our nurture, in fact everything through every day, week, term, and year needs to derive from our school’s identity, and also connect us back to our school’s identity.
So, who are we, and what holds us together?
Here’s what our College Handbook says…
We exist to support parents in their God-given task of educating their children and focus on partnering with parents and guardians to nurture children in the Christian faith and fulfil our purpose, which is to provide Christian education for the children of families who desire that particular education and who are supportive of the College’s Christ-centred vision and purpose. We invite parents to enter into a partnership with the College to work together in providing a safe, caring, Christian community for students to learn and thrive and become contributing members of society, confident in who they are and in their relationship with God.
I love that identity statement of our beautiful school.
There are schools that identify themselves through technology, and sure, technology is important to education. There are schools that focus only on academic results, and yes, academic results are important to us too. There are schools that describe themselves as ‘sports academies’, and sport is a wonderful part of God’s good gifts. There are schools that identify themselves by basing their curriculum only on student interests, that’s ok for them, and yes, we like to keep it interesting too.
However, far deeper and much more meaningful than all the techniques and technologies is our core purpose which is ‘to provide Christian education for the children of families who desire that particular education and who are supportive of the College’s Christ-centred vision and purpose’.
Having Christ at the centre of our vision and purpose makes all the difference to who we are. Let me explain with just one example…
A remarkable range of families forms our College community. There is beautiful breadth of cultural and racial backgrounds among our families, and it makes our community wholesome and lovely. It is therefore precious that our students play together showing that they simultaneously ignore and embrace cultural diversity. It is mildly miraculous, and by doing this they honour and respect their shared humanity. This is Christ-centredness in action.
Christ-centredness brings to our school what Christ brings to lives: hope, vision and purpose. The shared commonality in our school community is captured in our purpose statement; ‘Christ-centred vision and purpose’. We are a Christ-centred school, Christ-centredness joins us. The children who play together, the teachers who pray together, the friendships that stay together are united by Christ’s presence among us.
Parents and staff let’s never allow anything to break the special unity of the Spirit in our beautiful school.
David Gleeson , Principal