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Head of College – 2018, Term 2, Week 3

Developing hearts and minds for God – Part 2

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23). In a physical sense we understand the importance of the heart as the muscular organ that keeps us alive by pumping our blood so it flows throughout our body. Likewise, the Bible explains to us that it is from our heart (that is, our inner being) that our thoughts, feelings and actions flow. The Bible provides us with wisdom to follow that will help us to guard our hearts.

Titus 1:15 explains to us that, “A person who is pure of heart sees goodness and purity in everything; but a person whose own heart is evil and untrusting finds evil in everything, for his corrupt mind and rebellious heart colour all he sees and hears.” It takes work to keep our motives noble and our patterns of thought focused on what is good, right and true. It means we have to keep check of our feelings to ensure we remain pure when saying and doing things regardless of how we feel in difficult circumstances.

Saying this is one thing but we know that in our own strength we struggle to keep pure hearts. Yet, as we open ourselves to God’s desire to transform us to be more like Jesus, our hearts are slowly renewed and strengthened over time.

Revising work at home

A powerful activity to improve learning and performance is for students to review what they have learnt in class during the day at home after school. Ideas to help students to do this include:

  • Having a conversation with parents about what they learnt in class.
  • Drawing diagrams that explain the connections between new knowledge and existing knowledge.
  • Designing step by step guides to solve mathematical problems.
  • Practising spelling key subject words.

As students enter into secondary school they need to:

  • Revise class notes and work examples.
  • Summarise the text book chapters they covered.

These activities are in addition to the regular homework and assignment work that successful students undertake on a regular basis.

God bless,

Allan Weir
Head of College