patient pete During weeks 1-3, the Junior School students will be focusing on the value of patience. Patience is a fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5) and something very desirable in a friend, spouse or colleague. People who demonstrate great patience are amazing to be around and it is not uncommon for these people to be chosen first when a collaborative task is required. Most people want to have a greater capacity to be patient. The difficulty with patience is it is hard to develop.

Just like building resilience, patience is something that requires practice and is best developed during difficult situations. I said to another staff member this week, “why do we pray for patience” – meaning for patience to be truly demonstrated in me, I will need to be found in difficult situations. Why would I dare to pray for this to happen? None of us really want challenges, it is much easier to have a theoretical understanding of patience. However, in a Christian community we do show God’s grace to others and be patient with one another. This week, whilst we work to focus the children on this concept, I have observed others demonstrating enormous amounts of patience and for this I am so grateful. We are also reminded of God’s unmeasurable patience with us.

These are the memory verses the children are considering and learning during the first three weeks of term.

  • Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love
  • Proverbs 14:29 A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
  • 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone else.

Middle School Orientation Days
The Year 4 students will continue with various activities and discussions this term as they prepare for the move to Middle School. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher if you have any questions about the transition from Junior School to Middle School.

Mr Scott Cousins
Head of Junior School