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SELECT THOUGHTS FOLLOWING GLEN WAVERLEY CMT WESLEY REVIEW MEETING WITH GRAEME SAMUEL AND PETER CLARKE
(August, 1995, for the Wesley College Organisational Review)
WESLEY'S 'SAP'

I claimed at the meeting that Wesley College's essential mission (the 'sap' of the Wesley 'tree') is, in a nutshell, to nurture the goodness of all its students through education

I went on to say that the distinctive imprint that Wesley gives this mission is that the school is extroverted in professing it and in encouraging its students to further it beyond the school. 

The College has many conscious and unconscious symbols that proclaim this  --  not the least of which, although I did not say so at the time, is the inscription at the foot of John Wesley's statue in the foyer at Prahran.

I also did not mention my belief that a highly significant aspect of this essential extroversion is the environment of Wesley's Prahran Campus. 

No Wesley student who has attended that Campus since 1866 has been able to avoid the inculcation of some degree of social conscience, an awareness of the needs of others who are significantly different:  the deaf, the blind, the aged and the ill  --  amongst others.

Wesley students at Prahran are confronted constantly and inescapably with the needs of these people. 

Glen McArthur's 'opening' of the fence between Wesley and the VSDC is very significant in this context.  (Incidentally, modern-day Wesleyans might like to investigate the siting of John Wesley's Kingswood School in the late 1740s.)

ANOTHER DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PRAHRAN AND GLEN
WAVERLEY CAMPUSES

We outlined a number of valid and significant differences between these two Wesley campuses at our meeting.  I believe that the fourth, fifth and sixth paragraphs above highlight another one.  Glen Waverley students are not confronted physically and daily with these issues.

ONE SCHOOL

Whilst it is probably necessary that we go through a period of 'one school uniformity', I believe we must be ready soon to shape the vision of how our mission may serve differing communities in varying environments  --  to find the way to be one Wesley College Melbourne but three schools independently fulfilling a common mission on different fronts. 

I believe we cannot see this way yet but we must look hard for it.  Again, our educational and religious history tells us not to be too surprised that we might think like this.

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