From the Headmaster

From the Headmaster

23 March 2017

I awoke in the early hours of this morning (23 March) to a thunderstorm as, I am sure many of us did. I opened my radio app and listened to the BBC World Service and was informed of the horrible attack which took place in London overnight. As the day has continued on, what has happened has become clearer, but why it happened has not and may not for several weeks, perhaps months. There are four people dead, one of whom is a police officer who lost his life stopping the offender from getting any further.

As we reflect on these happenings I hope it causes us to stop and consider that there are big ideas we need to think about. Ideas such as world view, tolerance, human rights and the answer to that question “Why?” are all a part of this. As I meet with each new family who is entering our school I talk with them about our Christian foundation and our approach to teaching it in our school. I speak with them about the necessity of being able to stand for something. I say that whilst we view things from a Christian perspective, in our Christian discovery lessons we are working with our students to help them grow and answer the big questions for themselves. They do so by exploring the big questions within a respectful context and challenging the answers to these questions with big answers of their own.

In the Book of John, Jesus says the following:

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Jesus wants us to have big lives. Lives of significant and massive impact.

Our Western society spends a lot of time suggesting we should strive for things of passing value. Your life will be great if you have the iPhone 6 plus. You will have true meaning if you have the biggest house or latest car or the nicest holiday.

The fullness of life that Jesus speaks of is the impact we have with each other.

In the Book of Matthew, Jesus answers a question in this way:

And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.  “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

As parents in today’s world, each one of us needs to work with our children on the big answers to the big questions in life. The biggest of these questions is "Why?"

As a Christian I propose that the Jesus of the bible, when truly understood in full context, is best placed to answer that question.


Craig Mansour


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