In my role as Executive Director I often reflect on what is my purpose and how can I personally positively contribute to LESNW. Over the past months throughout the uncertainty of COVID-19 my reality has on one level been quite challenging and, on another level, very invigorating.
I recognise that I have been largely absorbed in the present, reacting, and responding to the myriad of challenges and implications of COVID-19, often with very limited time or capacity to be deliberate and think things through. Coupled with this have been personal life matters that have required my focus and consideration. When looking back over the past period of time, I am feeling a little uneasy about the lack of ‘presence’ that I have shown to both you as part of the LESNW community and also my family and friends due to being all consumed in the present state of events connected to COVID-19.
Whilst the present has been extremely demanding, as I know it has also been for you, I have recognised the importance of looking to the horizon to gain perspective and lead and live positively towards the future.
The LESNW vision which is going to be outworked through strategic intentions expresses our collective aspiration of where we would like to see ourselves and gives meaning to our common purpose of why we do what we do.
‘Lutheran Education SA, NT & WA is a community of learning communities that is thriving, supportive and compassionate, having as common foundation, that collaborate to enable each community to achieve its vision.’
As a community of communities all sharing a common foundation as expressed through Growing deep, we have a lens that provides a way of seeing and being as members of Lutheran education in our region. This lens gives us hope and confidence about our journey to our respective horizons.
The tangible evidence of this was wonderfully expressed in the recent forums where leaders were invited to share about recent experiences within their respective communities and reflect on prioritising what is ‘really’ important, and what not to let go of as a result of the radical disruption we have all been through. From what we have heard, you have all been living examples of this vision. Your compassionate attention to the needs of your students, staff, and families has exemplified who we proclaim to be as Lutheran learning communities. Further to this, the innovative ways in which learning communities are sharing devotional messages (core to our foundation) to students, staff, and families, was inspiring.
My prayer is that as we look to the horizon and consider opportunities that lie ahead, that we continue to seek inspiration and guidance from our gracious and loving God. He knows our every need; He is our rock; He is our companion; He, as our confidant, is waiting for us to speak to Him in prayer.