Build your life upon the rock, that is Jesus
Our students, your children, are part of Generation Z, born between 2000 and 2015. They are unique in being the first group to grow up in a ‘smartphone’ world, with a worldview largely influenced by the reality of the internet. They are true digital natives, with a very different view on truth and relationships. We, as their parents and teachers, have a huge responsibility, and job, to equip and guide them in this rapidly-changing world. In spite of being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information and pressure to be ‘liked’, our children have a heart for social justice and want to make a difference in the world. They have, in Jesus, the perfect role model to guide and inspire them, to bring calm to the storms they will meet, and show them how to ‘love their neighbour’. We are blessed to have this generation as Kingdom warriors.
As I visited Christian schools last term I was impressed that the majority of senior students that were leaving at the end of the year had a servant aspect to their plans, whether through missions, a gap year, or training for employment that had a service aspect. This was evidence that the Christian culture of the schools was impacting the students and supporting their Faith journeys. This is an area we would like to strengthen at Excellere College in the years ahead.
As usual this will be another busy term. Next week we are participating in the World Vision Kids4Kids concert, whilst later in the term different groups of students will be attending a Noho Marae in Panguru, a snow camp at Tongariro, and an OPC week on Great Barrier Island. All this, and NCEA too!
Graeme Whitehead, Principal
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.”
Matthew 7: 24-25(NASB)
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