Each year our principals select a new theme to share with their students. We asked Mrs. McInerney and Miss McKay to share about the themes they chose for the 2023-2024 school year.
Mrs. McInerney was happy to share her vision for this year. “The elementary theme this school year is SUPER HERO! We are going to talk about how in God’s Word there are men and women who were heroes because of their faith in God. We are using the word HERO to stand for Humility, Excellence, Respect, and Obedience. I can’t wait to memorize Joshua 1:9 with the students. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord Your God is with you wherever you go.” God is always with us and gives us His Holy Spirit to allow us to not be afraid and to know that He is always there for us and that He loves us so much!
We are extremely excited to be superheroes together, as we trust in God’s power, this school year!
Students will be learning in chapel how to be humble, excellent, respectful and obedient at school, at home, and in their communities.”
The theme in middle school and high school is “Who are you following?”. Over the summer the students read the book, The Jesus I Wish I Knew in High School. The book states, “Thirty authors come together to share stories of their own high school struggles and what they wish they knew earlier: that the love, freedom, affection, and acceptance we all so desperately long for is available to us – in Jesus.” Each chapter touches on difficult themes involving: performance and acceptance, grief and empathy, pride and grace, heartbreak and God’s presence, fear and courage, and more.
When picking the book that would guide the theme, Miss McKay said, “This year I got all of my Bible teachers together and asked them for input. I reviewed the books they suggested, and thought this book would be good because it has vignettes so it’s easier for the kids to read over the summer and has relevant topics that they are dealing with on a spiritual level.”
The verse that they will be focusing on is John 10:27, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” Miss McKay wants to encourage the students to challenge themselves in their thoughts this year about who Jesus is. She said, “We want to follow not just the Jesus that we’ve made up in our minds that fits in our mold, but ask who is Jesus really according to the Bible and am I following him? Am I following the truth? This year we’re going to take some of the themes in the book and talk about them in chapel and dive deeper in discipleship groups.”
We’re looking forward to seeing our students in elementary, middle, and high school live out these themes in their day to day lives this school year.