The Catholic Learning Community of St John XXIII, made up of John XXIII Catholic Primary School and St Mark's Catholic College, is a 'new-new' learning environment where students work collaboratively, are connected and develop enterprise thinking skills.
Matthew’s Gospel 9:16-17 Jesus said, 'Do not put new wine into old wine skins; otherwise, the skins burst, the wine runs out, and the skins are lost. No; they put new wine in fresh skins and both are preserved.'
As the parable states it is not wise to put new wine into old wine skins. Wine was kept in containers made of leather. Because new wine was still fermenting and expanding it needed to be put in new leather bags which were resilient and could expand with the wine. The old bags would be already stretched and new wine would only cause them to burst. Then both the wine would be lost and the bags ruined.
The new wine parable that Jesus used involved what we would call now a paradigm shift or a re-contextualisation and has relevance in our Catholic Learning Community at St John XXIII as we adapt to a changed era.
Just as Jesus used parables to tell the Good News his message could only be received by people who opened their hearts and minds. As such, the ‘new wine in new wineskins’ parable encourages people of our Catholic Learning Community to be open to new ways of being.
Over the centuries the Church has moved its position in many areas as it reaches a deeper understanding of the faith and how it is to be lived in a changing world. Such a transformation took place with the Pope John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council. At the Catholic Learning Community of St John XXIII we are striving to recontextualising education – ‘new pedagogies for a new generation’.
Dr Peter Webster