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Term 2, Week 10: From the Principal’s Desk

As I write this article, we are in the middle of an extreme weather event, which in many cases has altered the landscape around us by bringing down trees and flooding rivers. I must admit that I enjoyed Wednesday evening, with no electricity, no lights, no TV, and no radio. I sat by my fire and talked with my family. Sometimes, spending time with the ones you love seems extremely hard to do.

On Thursday morning I was reflecting on these things as I listened to seven of our Year 11 students make speeches about what they can offer to the Prescott College community as student leaders for 2017. One student quoted that “the key to successful leadership is influence, not authority”. Another said: “I really love this College and when I wear its uniform, I wear it with pride”. Every candidate expressed that they felt genuinely blessed by Prescott College and they wished to serve
their community.

I believe that when students express a desire to participate in genuine servant leadership, they create something extreme – something which can change everything around us. Jesus said in the Bible, in the book of Matthew, chapter 20, verses 26 and 27, “Whoever wants to become great among you must serve the rest of you like a servant. Whoever wants to become first among you must serve the rest of you like a slave.” When Jesus said these things, he created an extreme movement, one which changed the world.
Prescott College wishes to build a learning community which mirrors the master teacher’s (Jesus’) dedication to serving others. Our student leaders of 2017 have also promised to serve our community selflessly, in hope of creating a better future for everyone.

Mr Peter Charleson (Principal and Science Teacher)

28 September, 2016

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