Support for LEQ’s Essential Practices has happened in person and online in these past weeks – we’ve had our dancing shoes on!
Suddenly we had our Service Learning Network gathering and Equip happening via zoom! And despite what we all know are the challenges of this, there is a great sense of blessing that we have been able to continue with these initiatives. Here are some comments from Equip participants, some of whom were able to participate in person, whilst others joined a zoom version:
The course was very informative…
especially enjoyed the content for ‘Who is God’ and the 3 big concepts…
a great job to make it all accessible online!
Thank you to both of you for adapting in these Covid times… I’m very appreciative.
very informative and interesting. Well organised with amazing resources!
it is always appreciated when PDs are run in a way that we would actually teach in the classroom…
I liked the mix of media, variety and thinking frameworks..
The breakout rooms were great!
We are super grateful that Marg Thorsborne’s Restorative Practices Training was able to happen at Redeemer, Rochedale this week. It was wonderful to see folk who hold a range of positions in our schools accessing this learning. Thank you, Jocelyn Bakker from St John’s Bundaberg, for these reflections:
I loved the three days!!!!!
The days spent with Marg allowed us to learn deeply about the restorative process and theory that underpins this. I particularly valued being able to have the practical experience of working through scenarios and practising the art of questioning through the restorative process. Learning about shame and the impact this has on relationships really interested me – ‘being shamed, is different to feeling shame’. The feeling of shame assists with understanding the harm that has been caused, and this is integral to repairing the harm, and the relationship.
The restorative process gives all involved in the breakdown of the relationship to be heard and understood, and then supported with the aim of moving forward with a plan. The skills I learnt over the three days will help me across my role as I continue to work on relationships with students, staff and parents…….. relationships, relationships, relationships.
I am filled with gratitude for all the ways in which our schools seek to grow and nurture our young people in truly holistic ways that honour individuals, community and the whole of creation, just as God has called us to. Among other practices, Service Learning, the teaching of Christian Studies and Restorative Practices are authentic ways that allow us to embody our faith life. Thank you for all you do to prioritise these endeavours!
Director – Identity & Formation