Created for Community
Over the last few weeks we have been able to have a number of Orientations for students who are moving into the next significant phase of their schooling or joining Belmont Christian College for the first time. What a pleasure it is to welcome people into the BCC community and to help students navigate the significant changes that come with moving into the next phase of schooling.
If we have been reminded of one important thing over these last 18 months, it’s how precious community is. Not being able to be together in person for long stretches of time has been a challenge for many. So much of what happens here, both inside and outside of the classroom is made richer because of the people we share it with.
Romans 12:5 tells us that in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. This is such a beautiful picture of community. There are many of us, we are all different, with different strengths and needs, different personalities and interests, but there is something special about when we come together to learn and grow.
As a staff we have been learning about and practicing ‘collective teacher efficacy’, which is essentially the belief that teachers can more positively impact the learning of their students if they work strategically as a team. When we look at God’s original design for humanity we are not surprised to learn that we are better together. The same also goes for our students. When they support and encourage one another in their learning journey, everybody wins.
Our desire is that BCC will be a community that is marked by love, acceptance, forgiveness and growth. When others succeed we want to honour and celebrate the way they have used their God-given talents. When people make mistakes, we want to be patient and offer forgiveness that helps to restore relationships. We want to be a community that learns and grows together to help each and every member become all that God has created us to be.