The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more. The man with two bags of gold also came. Master, he said, Ëœyou entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more. His master replied, Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!Matthew 25:20-23, NIV
The parable of the bags of gold is one of my favorites. It is a great story of humans cultivating their different abilities or blessings, able to double them, which resulted in the master (God) being pleased with their actions.
In Junior High, we understand that every child is individually unique. Thus, spotting and developing the right talents of our students is crucial. Not only that we, as educators, need to instill God’s wisdom based on their ages, but to also ask these children, Are you putting in your best efforts? I do not expect all students to score perfect points, but I do expect them to do their best each according to their abilities.
A Latin motto that I hold dearly, Ora et Labora, means pray and work. It is paramount that we do both: Ask God for wisdom and cultivate abilities to the fullest. Also, as many would agree, talents and passions must go hand-in-hand for each unique individual to reach high achievements in the fields that they will enter in the future.
Furthermore, the saying: It takes a village to raise a child, holds true when it comes to educating these young minds. Consequently, we encourage parents to be our partners to develop the Christ-like characters in our students and the purpose God has designed for them.
Moreover, looking at the past eleven years I have been in Education and Management combined, I see how media nowadays have exposed our children to all the temptations that the world could persuade them into. Along with the fact that most of our students will study abroad in later years, away from parents, the temptations might even be closer to home.
Being immersed in the Canadian environment for eight years, I believe it is valuable for these young minds to retain their Asian culture, respect their parents, while at the same time seizing the positive values of Western worlds. Thus, getting the best out of both Asian and Western worlds while grounded firmly in Christian teachings is impeccable.
Lastly, it is my commitment as Junior High Principal along with my team of teachers, to continually improve the Junior High Division. May God bless our journey together!
Junior High Principal
IPEKA INTEGRATED Christian School believes in a God-centered education with the Bible as the inspired authoritative Word of God. Consequently, our goal in IPEKA INTEGRATED Junior High is to ensure that our students are cherished as God’s children and grow daily in their academic (cognitive) development while experiencing strong, safe and lasting relations with their peers, teachers and ultimately the Lord Jesus Christ.
IICS Junior High Division recognizes that the junior high years (ages 11 to 14) are very significant in the life of children. Many new things happen during these formative years, and we want to ensure that in addition to meeting the academic needs of all our students that their spiritual and social needs are also met. We also want our students to enjoy and have fun during their three years all to the glory of Jesus Christ.
While IPEKA INTEGRATED Junior High is continuously developing its curriculum (our curriculum has had and will continue to have in the foreseeable future a strong emphasis on English, Mathematics and the Sciences), we also ensure our students to be as well prepared as possible for their senior high years and meeting the challenges of the New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC).
Besides teaching the students academically, we also believe in the importance of teaching the students spiritually. Our daily morning devotion and weekly chapel program will allow the students to regularly listen to the Word of God, developing their faith even more as they grow up and become more mature. Other programs that will impact the students spiritual life include:
Weekly Student Fellowship
Pastoral Care Group
House Program, etc.
Therefore, our priority in IPEKA INTEGRATED Junior High is to educate students holistically, and to find the right educational mix which meets our students academic and unique social needs so that they could have a character of quality and be able to contribute to the world.