“All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.” – Jim Rohn
By the time we come back from Term Break we will see great progress on the Early Learning Centre building. The frame will be up, the roof will be on and there will be plenty of tradesmen on site to complete this great facility.
I am very excited about the fact that our Early Learning Centre is close to completion. I have been involved in the vision, the planning, the design and application to Council, the teaching program and the interviews of the students who will be participating in Prep. I am heavily invested and passionate about the future of our school.
Throughout the process I have tried to reign in my enthusiasm as I realise that a large portion of our current families will not directly experience our new ELC as their children have moved beyond Prep and are now in different stages throughout the College.
As we continue to build and grow our school I am reminded of those that went before us and think of those who will come after us.
Past families have been an important part of Cedars’ story and have contributed to the College in many ways. Current families are enjoying the fruits of their labour and it is good to stop and reflect on the sacrifices those before us made.
We all have a role to play, and we all leave a legacy.
Jim Rohn speaks about legacy like this: “All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.”
We have a Site Master Plan at Cedars that we will work through over the next 15 years. Our next building project will be a Resource Centre/Library, and over time we will add new buildings and refresh current ones. Although the face of the College will change over time our Mission, Vision and Values never will.
Recently I have interviewed new students for our Prep class of 2019. It is wonderful to see that a number of students I have enrolled are children of Cedars Alumni.
In fact some of my former Science students are now bringing their children to Cedars. I’m reflecting on the reasons I believe they have chosen Cedars. Not necessarily for the great facilities or the fact that it may be their local school but rather that these students left a legacy here. They were ones that felt a part of something bigger than themselves. They felt like this was “their school” and they are somehow forever connected with it.
They also want that for their children.
Great buildings, new grounds, exciting classroom resources are all fantastic, but if you have a consumer mindset, that is all they will be, a resource you use while you are here. If you have a community mindset you will enjoy those aspects of College life but will also realise that your contribution or your legacy will be left for those who are connected with our school into the future.
To acknowledge the part our families play in the life of the College (Past, Present and Future) we have launched our Cedars ELC Pavers Fundraiser. Cedars alumni, current families, staff, parents and friends, board members and other partners of the College are being given the opportunity to purchase a paver with their name or design on it. These pavers will be used in the landscaping of the Early Learning Centre grounds and will be a physical reminder of the legacy of your contribution to Cedars. We hope to continue this new tradition with all new developments.
This is a wonderful opportunity to show your connection to the College and to Christian schooling in general. Imagine the day when you will walk your children or grandchildren through the College grounds, point out the brick your family laid and talk about how the College positively impacted your life and how you made a positive contribution to the Cedars community.
I am excited about the opening of the ELC next Term and I hope that you are too. Let’s view it as a place where we can each leave a small legacy as well as being a wonderful facility for future generations.