Continuous improvement was a familiar phrase in my former career as an engineer, the concept continues to be a basic given in the world of design and manufacture. We are reminded that God is the originator of renewal and growth; for it is through an ongoing process of continual development that we are able to mature and develop into the people of character, wisdom and skill who God purposed and created us to be, this is reflected in 2 Corinthians 3:18:
‘…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory…’
If our school is to continue to provide the growth opportunities and learning experiences that our students require to grow into skilled, knowledgeable and wise young men and women of the 21st century, we need to ensure that the College is suitably equipped and continually improving. This applies to the College’s staff, our resource base (buildings, spaces and places) and the processes that we adopt in providing the highest quality of education possible for each and every student.
Last Thursday we gathered for two important events in the life of the College; our second Parent Forum of the year was followed by a Master-planning Symposium. These events were designed to provide feedback to the College community regarding some of the exciting current developments planned, as well as gathering ideas and thoughts from parents, the Church Community and our staff relative to our dreams and hopes for the future design and layout of the College site.
How do we improve parking and traffic flow through the College? What types of buildings will we need in the future to provide every child with the opportunity to develop their God-given talent? How can we craft the wonderful spaces we have in and around the College? These questions and many others were considered during our master-planning workshop sessions as parents and staff came together to share their ideas. Some of the ideas included a wetland area, walking/bike track around the College, a performing arts centre, swimming pool, additional entrances to the College, extensive solar energy use and even a hydro-electric power-plant! Obviously, not all of the ideas presented will be included on the final plan and we will need to prayerfully consider all of the options in drawing up a final concept for the future plan of the College site and layout.
During the evening, I was excited to be able to share that the College’s $1.7 million Hector Costello Innovation Centre will be ready and available for students to use from the beginning of next year. This cutting-edge facility is equipped with modern industrial engineering and woodworking machinery, welding bays and a range of other machines and power/hand tools. We’ve also applied for a Government grant to add to our own funds that will, God willing, facilitate the building of a new $2 million Primary Centre.
In response to parent feedback regarding communication between parents and the College, you may have noticed that the College Newsletter is now being published on a more regular basis. From next year, the Newsletter will be sent out to parents every two weeks. I also announced the launch of our Uniform Committee, made up of staff, parents and students. From the beginning of next year, this committee will consider how we might redesign our student uniform.
I am very grateful to those parents who were able to attend the events of last week. I am very confident that the measures we have put in place for next year and the big picture developments we’ve considered for the future will empower the College to continually improve the inspirational and innovative 21st Century Christian Learning Community we are building at Freshwater Christian College. This will ensure that every child is suitable challenged to grow in their God-given gifting, talent and character.
Yours in Christ