“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
One thing I enjoy as a Principal is visiting classes or College sporting events so that I can encourage our students. On Wednesday, I popped into the Year 9 Food Tech class to see their excellent baking of Italian Calzones (stuffed pizza pasties); what a joy to see students so proud of their cooking, and excitedly exclaiming, “Mr Costin, look at what I’ve cooked!” Only a few hours later, and I was at the rugby game in Maryborough watching some of those same students (both girls and boys) crashing into each other and playing with great determination and courage. Again, I was able to encourage them on the wonderful effort that they had put in.
The Bible verse above is a reflection that God sees the importance of encouragement. Often as we get busier, we find it easier to criticise each other and our children; “Do you know what a clean room looks like?” “What wrong with you?” “If you listened you would know what to do!”, “You should be more like your sister!” The word ‘yet’ is a great word to transform criticism into encouragement; “You haven’t cleaned your room yet, but I believe in you, I know you will get to it soon. You are amazing young man/women, I know you haven’t heard what I was saying yet, but let’s go over it again.” Zech 4:10 ‘Don’t despise the day of small things.’ It is incredible how a small word of encouragement can improve someone’s day, just as criticism can ruin it.
I regularly remind our staff that the words and more importantly, the tone and body language we use, can make the difference in a student’s response and their future efforts. That we are not to despise the small gains. Jim Kwik reflects that motivation has a formula; purpose times energy plus small, simple steps (Purpose X Energy + S3).
As a College, we have a clear purpose in our mission to help equip every child to find their purpose in life.
I am constantly amazed at the energy our teachers, administration and grounds staff bring to the College to make sure that the students have a great environment to learn in.
As a community, I encourage everyone to take the simple small step to encourage each other each day. It is easy to send the email to complain about something, which is needed to correct areas, but sometimes we forget to send the email to encourage someone when they have helped a situation. If the staff at Victory College encourage your child, and you encourage your child and their teachers, I know that our community will continue, in these trying times, to be a place where each child can confidently grow into the young men and women of purpose that we know they are, and who can confidently say, “We are his workmanship (fearfully and wonderfully made), created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10.