A.B. PATERSON COLLEGE
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

Illalong News

  • 31st August, 2017

From the Principal's Desk

As I sit here this morning, there is much excitement surrounding our Father’s Day Stall – children all looking for that special something. On this note, I would like to thank our hard working and highly committed Parents and Friends for organising this stall and also the Father’s Day BBQ to be held this afternoon. I hope that we have many fathers attend!

With the stall and the BBQ today, I started to wonder where all of this started. A quick google later and I found the following:

According to some accounts, the first Father's Day was celebrated in Washington State on June 19, 1910. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honouring and celebrating her father while listening to a Mother's Day sermon at church in 1909.”

While it is always lovely to receive a gift, the greatest joy we ever have, in fact, is giving to others. With this in mind, perhaps Father’s Day could have a twist – when we as men consider how important it is that we are a father to a child, ask what it means to be a father, and how we could be better fathers.

Years ago, we heard statements like “a boy needs his father”, but now we realise that our girls need responsible, loving men in their lives too. Not only to assist them in the challenges they have in growing up, but to demonstrate to them – through our own relationships – how women should be treated and that they, as girls, should expect to be treated with dignity and respect at all times, and that their voice is just as important as a man’s.

I think we, as men, have much to answer for when we treat women poorly, when we discriminate either in our personal or professional lives based on gender or see such discrimination and do nothing about it. What message does this send to our girls when we do any of these? This is, in fact, our responsibility to address these issues and to stamp out such ridiculous bias. 

So as we approach Father’s Day, let us celebrate our fathers, but let us – as men – reflect on what it means to be a father, a man in today’s society, and the tremendous responsibility that we have. Regardless of the status of our marital relationship, our children are our children and will always be our children, and our responsibility to them can never diminish.

Let us think about our roles as fathers this weekend, realise that our place in our child’s life is essential and let us do all we can to be the best fathers we can be.

To all our fathers – Happy Father’s Day!!!

This week, we heard the very sad news of the passing of an Australian legend in Dean Mercer. Much has been said of his life, his commitment to his friends, his sport and the wonderful man, husband and father he was. It is a reminder to us all, that our time in this world is finite and that we should live every day and never leave something undone or fail to say something that needs to be said. We just never know… we may not get a chance to say it tomorrow. There should be no room in our daily lives to be unpleasant to another person or to fight over menial things. We, as a society, need to return to more traditional values and demonstrate a greater respect for all in our society.

Every day we have is a gift, and we should be that gift to each other.

With the Gold Coast Show holiday, I wish you all a lovely weekend, a terrific Father’s Day and hope that we will all reflect on the importance of being a gift to another person.

Brian Grimes
Principal

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