N4L - 15 Aug 2018
Leaders of Christian Studies have now participated in three days of collaborative and generative sessions, reflecting and planning for the continued implementation of Christian Studies.
Day One – February
- Considered school initiatives and the potential to link these to Christian Studies
- Unpacked the BLEA requirements and expectations regarding Christian Studies in a Lutheran School (Christian Studies Curriculum Framework (CSCF – Appendix 1 and 2))
- Developed ideas on goals and plans to share with principals, staff and students.
Day Two – May
- Explored the pedagogical principles of CSCF (p 7-13)
- Considered how students learn best
- Refined goals from day one
Day Three – August
- Considered and explored the expectations and challenges of assessment and reporting in Christian Studies
- Investigated the what, why and how of assessment within Christian Studies
- Reviewed and further refined goals
An exciting future:
We are excited about the future for these leaders. They will work collaboratively to co-create a preferred future for Christian Studies in each learning community, by developing networks and clusters around shared goals. The Leaders are excited about working together with other Christian Studies Leaders to work on these like goals and initiatives.
Please have a conversation with your Christian Studies Leader about the work they have been doing and explore ways to support them in their important role.
Last Thursday and Friday a (large) number of Principals and Directors were able to meet at Hahndorf for a couple of days of Spiritual Retreat. We say a big thank you to everyone who played a part in contributing to that and I hope those who were able to join in came away with some new perspectives and understandings. I certainly did.
The first session last Thursday contained a ‘think tank’ on how Principals and Directors could (and should) interface with the various facets that make up LESNW, ie: the LESNW Council and Secretariat. It was a positive discussion and during that time I shared that the LESNW Council will be gathering input from Learning Site Leaders to help inform and shape the development of the next iteration of a Strategic Plan for our association.
In the coming days you will receive an invitation to participate in a survey and I really encourage you to give considered and thoughtful input into this. The questions below will form the content of the survey but they are premised on an understanding of the current constitution, which you are encouraged to become familiar with. Even though we are in a process of redefining the constitution (in terms of the makeup of the council) it’s hard to envisage that the ‘objects’ will change all that much. So, in the coming days I encourage you to read these ‘objects’ and give thought to your input. I know it’s ‘another thing to do’ but as we seek to build strength independently and interdependently it is vital that we gather as many perspectives as possible.
- What do you believe to be the three most important functions of the LESNW Secretariat?
- What do you believe to be the three most important functions of the LESNW Council?
- What do you believe to be the three most important functions of the LESNW Finance Committee?
- What do you believe to be the top three current strengths of the LESNW?
- What do you believe to be the top three current weaknesses of the LESNW?
- What t do you believe to be the top three current opportunities of the LESNW?
- What do you see are the top three current threats to the LESNW?
At the principals’ retreat on Thursday and Friday last week I heard many personal reflections on the benefit of having time to stop, to be still and sit in the presence of God. In our lives which are so full of congestion and busyness this can sometimes seem a luxury.
Over the last weekend I was in Alice Springs involved in a variety of meetings and interactions with very passionate and dedicated people involved in the extensive ministry of our Church in Central Australia. The enormity and complexity of the different ministries and human interactions was once again very evident. Amongst all of this it was a privilege to stop, listen and engage in worship with the Alice Springs Lutheran Church congregation on Sunday morning. Bishop David Altus preached and his message focused on Ephesians 5:1-2.
‘Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]; and walk continually in love [that is, value one another—practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God [slain for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.’
He shared an image of his grand daughter who was wearing her grandmother’s glasses. The granddaughter was wanting to imitate her grandmother; to be like her and see things through her eyes.
This metaphor can carry through to each of us and our relationship with God. What If we chose to imitate God and be like Him and see things through his eyes? In doing so we would reorient our focus away from our hurt, personal biases, selfishness and ulterior motives. In imitating God, we would see the worth of others and be drawn towards empathy and compassion. This love then has the power to heal hurt, to bring unity and restore brokenness.
May each of us find peace in the stillness of God’s presence and imitating Him in everything we do.
Please uphold in prayer the Lutheran Church in Central Australia and its 6500 members; the staff, students and families of Living Waters Lutheran School and Yirara College; the Finke River Mission pastoral workers; Lutheran Community Care and the Child Care Centre.
Blessings and peace,
“Though they differ widely in personality and style, genuine system leaders have a remarkably similar impact. Over time, their profound commitment to the health of the whole radiates to nurture similar commitment in others. Their ability to see reality through the eyes of people very different from themselves encourages others to be more open as well. They build relationships based on deep listening, and networks of trust and collaboration start to flourish. … As these system leaders emerge, situations previously suffering from polarization and inertia become more open, and
what were previously seen as intractable problems become perceived as opportunities for innovation. Short-term reactive problem solving becomes more balanced with long-term value creation. And organizational self-interest becomes re-contextualized, as people discover that their and their organization’s success depends on creating wellbeing within the larger systems of which they are a part.”
- The first capability is the ability to see the larger system.
- The second capability involves fostering reflection and more generative conversations.
- The third capability centres on shifting the collective focus from reactive problem solving to co-creating the future.
It was so inspiring to observe and be part of generative conversations relating to sabb
atical / personal professional learning and growing self-awareness. Throughout the sessions and indeed during break times, there was a positive, supportive professional culture evident ‘building wellbeing not only for self but for the larger systems” which we are all a part of.
___________________________________________________________________Growing Deep: Vocational Practices: Ongoing improvement and innovation: “Excellence
is pursued through a culture of reflection, collaboration, innovation and creativity.”
Educational Leadership Director
Learning Environments Australasia: SA Day Out Of The Box: Friday Sept 7th 8.30-3.30 Adelaide Zoo
For further details, please refer to the attached flyer. https://learningenvironments.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/180730b_DOTB.pdf
We are writing to encourage you to hold a student casual day in Week 10, Term 3 in support of Lutheran Community Care (LCC).
LCC is your local Lutheran community organisation across South Australia and Northern Territory. We need support and have noticed the incredible social impact young people are having in the community. We would love to have our local Lutheran school students come on board to build awareness about the wonderful work our organisation is doing. We provide over 50 programs ranging from foster care, working with children and families, homelessness, counselling, emergency relief and op shops.
On Sunday 30 September, Lutheran Church celebrates Christian Community Care Sunday. This day is an opportunity to:
- recognise and acknowledge the many people within our congregations who support others,
- remember the call of Christ to reach out to those in need,
- thank God for the privilege of living in a community and having enough to share,
- celebrate the work carried out by Lutheran Community Care with and on behalf of the Church.
It would be wonderful to integrate this celebration into schools the week preceding this. Casual days can be held with proceeds supporting LCC. Students would be able to donate a non-perishable item, if they wish. All funds and goods raised will go directly to supporting our community programs. As the majority of our programs are working with children and families, it is a great opportunity for students to learn more about other children living in challenging circumstances and the ways in which they can support them through our services.
We are more than happy to provide additional promotional materials and/or a staff member to speak at an assembly about our organisation.
We appreciate you taking the time to consider this proposal. We look forward to working with you creating strong, caring communities inspired through the love of God.
Helen Lockwood Executive Director
Tessa has been with us for seven years and in that time has established relationships with many of our learning communities as a valued member of our Finance Team. We thank her sincerely for her years of service.
Please direct all future emails that would normally go to Tessa to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are invited for the position of Finance Officer.
Applications close 13 August.
Our next PYP Leaders Day will be hosted by Immanuel Lutheran School, Gawler, Monday 3 September.
During the day we will explore together the programme enhancements as published in the Transition Guide for the Primary Years Programme, June 2018.
- How can these enhancements be embraced by our learning communities?
- What benefits will they bring for learners?