‘I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought’. 1
1 Corinthians 1:10-11
Despite being hard work at times, I love being part of a community. I love it not because it serves me, but because I serve it.
Wherever people gather and work together, it can be messy. There will inevitably be a breadth of expectation and understanding; at times there will be conflict. This even happens in the church!
Paul’s experience is case in point. His letter to the church in Corinth (the first one) outlines his response to reports that all was not well. He had heard of problems including jealousy, divisiveness, sexual immorality, and a failure to discipline members.
In the first chapter, Paul appeals to his brothers and sisters. He asks that everyone agrees about what they say, that there are no divisions and that every one is perfectly united in mind and thought – easy!
Importantly, Paul is not for a moment saying that everyone must think/believe the same way. There is a difference in having opposing viewpoints and being divisive. So, while individuals within a community will have a range of views and opinions on each issue, they can work together harmoniously if they agree on what truly matters.
I hear that parents, caregivers, grandparents and friends continue to be disappointed that they are unable to share the teaching and learning journey as closely as they once did with our younger students. As a school community, we too are disappointed and continue to do our very best to ensure a safe and flourishing learning environment for all students.
While acknowledging this, I ask that we all understand we continue to operate within the guidelines for SA Schools provided by SA Health via AISSA (Association of Independent Schools SA). The guidelines require that we:
- Continue to limit the number of parents on site, and when on site they must wear a face mask and practice physical distancing and
- Where possible, please hold parent teacher interviews online.
I understand that there are a range of views and expectations of what might/should be permitted at this time and particularly as we enjoy the (relative) freedom we have here in SA.
I ask that you respect the constraints under which the leadership and staff of King’s are expected to work so that TOGETHER we can glorify God as defined in our Purpose Statement… ‘Our Vision of Faith provides excellence in teaching and learning that empowers individuals in partnership with families’.