NAU MAI, HAERE MAI!
A new year and a new semester begins. It is always a pleasure and honour to meet so many of our new students at Orientation, and to hear the sense of call that so may have and are responding to. We all have been called in Christ – I pray that this year, as the Carey community, that we may ALL become more assured of and committed to that call on our lives - and seek to live out that call in obedience and humility.
Relationship was mentioned a lot at Orientation and for good reason. At Carey we believe that learning is a social construct. It happens in community. Diverse communities facilitate broad learning. My ‘te kupu o te wiki’ (word of the week) is “ako”. Ako is the Māori word which implies BOTH learning AND teaching at the same time. They can’t be separated - learning and teaching together in reciprocal relationship. In relationship, as we teach we learn, and as we learn we teach. I am confident that God will continue to speak to each one of us, through each other, as we submit ourselves to His Word and experience ako together.
So, make the effort to connect with your fellow students, make friends, find a “study-buddy” and harness the power and blessing of this learning community we have here at Carey. Get to know your teachers, befriend the student support team, interact with your classmates. Be the “body” that we are designed to be. That is ako.
I look forward to getting to know each of you more during the semester.
Ngā mihi nui.