vision of learning

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Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
                                                                                 ~ Psalm 1:1-3

The Right Start: The Creator-Sustainer-God
As symbolised by the circle in the logo above, God is our starting point.
The heavens themselves display the glory of God (Psalm 19:1).
We cannot escape from God (Psalm 139:7-10).
In Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).
God has made us (Revelation 4:11) and requires a response from us (John 14:23).
By virtue of the fact that we exist, we bear witness to the Creator – whether we want to or not! We are fearfully and wonderfully made, intricately woven together according to a unique design (Psalm 139).
And in allowing us to take another breath, God has just given us the opportunity to acknowledge His sustaining power.
This is where our children’s education begins.

The Wrong Way
But this world is not all beauty as one could expect from an all-powerful and loving God. There is murder, hate, injustice, poverty, grief, hopelessness, war.
What went wrong?
Answering this question is an important part of our children’s education.
We need to help them find the answers to the big questions of life: Where did we come from? What went wrong? How can it be fixed? Where are we going?

The Relationship ~ Our Purpose
In John 15, Jesus explains to us that He is the true vine and we are His branches. We need to abide in Him. Apart from the vine we can do nothing.
Our lives are for a dynamic relationship with the infinite, all-knowing, all-powerful, ever-present, personal, caring, holy God.
We are called to Christ, who makes the claim; “I am the way, the truth and the life” John 14:6. We are to love, trust and obey Jesus Christ.

Revelation or Reason?
King Solomon starts his writings with the reminder that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge’ (Proverbs 1:7).
Learning facts is not education. The leading educators of our generation led us to believe in man, but this is not what God desires.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
We must honour God in everything. We must honour God in order to seek truth.
Further on in this chapter of Proverbs, which extols the benefits of doing things God’s way instead of our own, wisdom is likened to a tree – “She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed” (verse 18).
The tree in our logo reminds us of our search for wisdom, which can only be revealed by God.

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