The Pixel Generation…
I am assuming everyone knows this guy because he is responsible for so much of what we do today! Yeah? No? No one knows RUSSELL KIRSCH: Pixel Pioneer and Father of Digital Imaging? What! Then you haven’t seen this either?
What! Then am I right to assume that you don’t know it takes more than 2M pixels to make up the screen on your average HDTV? Or, that you are looking at over half a million pixels to get this picture! What!
Isn’t it crazy that someone figured out that if they combine millions of 0s and 1s and colours that they could end up producing what you see before you!
Imagine how hard they had to study to understand that! Learning and work is important students, school is important, classes and homework are important. Welcome back to important!
What a privilege it is today to be able recognise so many students who have worked hard to achieve outstanding results in the classes in Semester One. Of course, by doing this we are also celebrating their families and teachers who have helped them succeed. We know we don’t succeed alone; we need special people around us to constantly help us do the hard things that come with striving to always be our best. Thank you and congratulations to all.
I would like to take this opportunity not just to say well done and thank you, I want to take this opportunity to challenge us today, to not just be excellent academically, but to be excellent in all we do.
Over the holidays we were reminded, all of us in different ways, that this life is wonderful and very difficult all at once. And, in amidst this wonderfully difficult life, God challenges us to be excellent in everything we do. He challenges us to do everything as if we were doing it to God. In this passage he reduces our audience to just one. Him. This passage challenges us to not worry about who we are doing it to, or for, but rather just worry about doing everything we can as if we were doing it for God who is standing right here beside us. Our very best just for him, and to him. An audience of 1.
My challenge to this awesome RCC community as we move into the second half of 2023 is to continue not just to do the hard things of life, whether that’s math, grammar or something more tragic, but to do them with our whole heart as an act of love and kindness to God and therefore to others.
How can doing my math, grammar or my homework to my best be loving others I hear you ask? How can turning up to class on time be loving others or God I hear you ask? How can playing my best in a team be loving others I hear you ask? How can saying hello how are you, or being honest and having integrity all the time be loving others I hear you ask?
These are the little things that we do that make up the big picture. Remember how I said it takes 2M pixels to make one image on the TV? We are like pixels. Where each individual pixel does its thing to then make the bigger, TV picture, it is the same for us as an RCC community. If each individual does their little bit, then when enough of these little images come together, we would get the big beautiful picture that is our RCC community? Doing these little, but hard things well, creates a community of love and kindness that ultimately helps other people do hard things.
When we turn up on time and do our homework, the whole class can learn together better. When we play our best others are encouraged to play their best and we succeed together. When we say hello how are you, when we are honest and have integrity, we lay foundations of care and respect that make others feel safe and brave to be themselves. If each person is responsible for their pixel in our community, we create a big picture, a big community that supports one another to do hard things to the best of their ability.
Thankfully, we don’t of it alone. God promises to walk with us and understands how hard this is to do and so offers to help us do this if we would just ask him.
To finish today I would like to celebrate on of our pixels who continues to rely on God for this ability and as a result continually contributes to the RCC picture so well.
Today it is my privilege to congratulate this student who is being recognised for her excellent commitment to the culture of RCC through consistently displaying the four attributes of an RCC Graduate (lifelong learner, faithful disciple, joyful individual and positive contributor). This student consistently displays these attributes through her learning, behaviour towards others and her leadership and therefore is being recognised as the first RCC student to be moved to Excellence Level.
Congratulations. Mikaela Scott.
Thank you, Mikaela, and thank you to all of our pixels at RCC who enable us to be the awesome school community we are.