“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 (NASB)
Just the other day, at the Walk-a-thon, I saw a few sixth graders with Kindergartners on their backs laughing and running around, not out of any obligation, but simply for fun. I looked around and I saw high-schoolers playing soccer with teachers and younger students. I saw students talking with teachers. I saw teachers talking with parents. I saw students talking with parents. And I saw parents talking with parents. Do you know what went through my head? This is Covenant.
Afterwards, I began reflecting on all the other times I had thought that. I thought of Chessa skipping around the courtyard with books in hand heading to her next class, and I thought, "THIS is Covenant." I thought of middle-schoolers having fun, racing to clean the tables after lunch during service time, and I thought, "THIS is Covenant." I thought of the upper school guy teachers heading outside during break to pass around the football, or as they call it, “piggy time” and I thought, "THIS is Covenant." I thought of hearing classroom discussions continued by the lockers, where other grades even chime in, where the older students often answer questions or explain what they’ve learned, and I thought, "THIS is Covenant." I thought of students walking around on their birthday with their favorite candy and a very sweet card in hand from their beloved teacher, Mr. Szym and I thought, "THIS is Covenant." And finally, I thought of the grammar school students joining Mr. Corlew in his lunchtime chorus of, “Iiiiiiiiiiiitttts service time!” THIS is Covenant.
This loving, passionate, caring community is Covenant. It’s these little things in combination with the classical Christian education that make Covenant “Covenant.” We hear speeches about the impact of classical education, and it truly is impactful, but Covenant is not only a rigorous education from a truly Christian worldview. It is also a community. As I’m standing here giving my final chapel speech and as many visitors are here, both of us are thinking the same thing. What is it about this school that makes it so special? I say it’s the education, the emphasis on reasoning well, on asking questions, and ultimately, on learning not for school but for life. I say it’s the relationships, the deep and caring relationships between grammar school and upper school, between middle school and high school, between teachers and students, and between teachers and parents. I say it’s the impact, every student’s opportunity for leadership, opportunity to give input, and opportunity to look back and see that you were an essential part of this school.
All of these things make the Covenant community. Next year, when I think back on Covenant, I will look back in sorrow because I will truly miss the community here, but I will also look back with joy because I know that Covenant is a strong, dedicated school seeking after God, his wisdom, and his love. And I know that Covenant will always stay "Covenant."
As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.
This week’s presentation was given by Lydia, one of our twelfth grade students (pictured above).
Posted on February 12, 2016
by Laurie Brooks filed under