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Living and learning FOR GREATNESS

All communities, organisations and schools have their unique culture, purpose and identity. It is important in the turmoil and busyness of daily life that we do not lose focus on who we are as a school.  As such, at the start of each year I like to remind our community of the three pillars on which our school is built.

In this and over my next two newsletters, I will in turn unpack each of the pillars that frame our school’s vision – For Greatness, For Excellence, For Christ.

In living and learning For Greatness, we are developing confident servant-hearted people of strong character, purpose and attitude. In this we are inspired by the fruits of living with God’s DNA:  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)”

Striving “for greatness” is not the same as wanting to be “the greatest” by being proud or superior, seeking honour or craving admiration.

It is, however, about aspiring for OFG students to be, and feel, confident in life and to live with richness, purpose and abundance in a way which is admirable and inspiring to others. We desire for our students to be well rounded, healthy, aspirational and generous people with positive attitudes who make the most of the opportunities afforded them and in doing so, develop grateful hearts and content spirits. Living for greatness also means growing in resilience, independence and integrity. It is about being well-equipped and skilled to actively navigate life and make a positive contribution to society.

The development of robust character, strong values and belief systems and a confident identity are key in this process, which can be seen in lives which visibly demonstrate the fruits of God’s Spirit and a humble and selfless service to others.

Dr Downey