‘For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us’. Romans 12:4-6
There is nothing more satisfying as a parent than to witness your child ‘find their place’ or discover a God given gift or talent and use it. I believe it is incumbent upon us as Christian parents to nurture, explore and expose our children to a range of academic, sporting and cultural experiences in order that they might discover their God given gifting or passion.
Of course, schools play a significant role in this process and at King’s we desire to work closely in partnership with parents to assist with this, in order that our children might grow, understanding who they are and how they might contribute to our world.
Over the years, I have found that such discoveries don’t always denote a clear career path or trajectory, but rather contribute to the young person’s personal/learning journey. Case in point - my passion (and training) is in saxophone playing...which has very little to do with what I do now, but everything to do with providing an adolescent Don Grimmett with the self-confidence to pursue the next thing, and the next thing after that...
This week we celebrated National Science/STEM Week across the School and managed to stage our Year6-Year 12 Musical, ‘Shrek the Musical Jr’. These activities represent a huge commitment by staff, parents and students (particularly in the case of the lengthy ‘preparation’ for Shrek) and represent wonderful opportunities for students to pursue interests, gifts and passions outside the traditional classroom.
I had/will have the pleasure of attending the Wednesday and Friday evening performances of ‘Shrek the Musical Jr’. On Wednesday evening, I took great heart and joy (during what has been a difficult week nationally and internationally) from the enthusiasm, passion and genuine sense of fun and excitement generated at the performance. The learning available to students through working as an ensemble, developing teamwork, resilience and problem solving, and to be able to experience the nerves that come with performing on stage, is exceptional.
In addition, Science Week brought us exploding watermelons in the Middle/Senior School Amphitheatre and ‘green goop’ and bubbles activities in the Early Years and Junior Schools.
I have been inspired this week!
(Incidentally, someone said that Shrek has been made into a movie - I’m really going to have to look that up!)