It’s the beginning of a new year!
New beginnings always come with a lot of mixed emotions. We are excited for the new possibilities and adventures that lie ahead but we are also a little bit nervous. What if it’s not everything I hoped it would be? What if I fall down? What if I fail?
New students may be feeling this the most. They are embarking on a whole new adventure as a part of the LCBI family. They are in a new place that will eventually start to feel like home and surrounded by new people that will eventually start to feel like family but for right now, everything is new. And that’s okay.
For our returning students the transition is a bit easier. They know how the year goes and have an idea about what to expect but they are dealing with adding 35 new members to the family and that changes dynamics. Returning students miss the familiarity of the people that they have gone to school with for the past year or two. Everything is the same and yet everything is different.
Even staff that has done this for years feels a little tension at the beginning of the year. It’s a new group of students to teach, mentor, discipline and love. And we the staff already love the students, new and old, even if we don’t know them yet.
That is the beautiful thing about family. That is the beautiful thing about LCBI.
To come to LCBI is to know that you have been loved.
Mrs. Ridgewell’s first chapel of the year was the making of our family wreath. For students that have attended LCBI in recent years, you likely recall writing your name on a coloured ribbon and tying it to a wreath that hung outside the Principal’s office.
The wreath is a symbol of our family. Each twig works to make the wreath stronger, just as each student makes the LCBI family stronger. Around the wreath is wrapped a larger branch that holds all of the smaller branches together which symbolizes God. He is the one that holds this family together. And the names of this year’s students and staff is to remind us that we are a part of this family.
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12
Mrs. Ridgewell finished the chapel with these words, “So love each other this year and let yourself be loved.” Which is a good reminder to all of us. It is not enough to simply love others. We must allow ourselves be loved.
So welcome to the family. We are excited to share a lot of fun adventures with you over the year. And know that just because you are not on campus does not mean you are not a part of this family. You are a part of this family and feel free to come visit!