Illalong News

  • 29th March, 2018

Thank You!

As we move towards the end of the Term, I wanted to take the time to consider the quote, Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it (William Arthur Ward).

In my humble opinion, Thank you are two words that have the power to inspire and transform relationships, work places and communities.  Have you ever stopped to consider the difference between a heartfelt thank you and an on the run thanks? 

When we express our gratitude to others we reinforce and strengthen relationships. Reflecting on what we are grateful for, and why, makes life more satisfying, this reflection allows us to relive the moment and to savour the positive feelings associated with that for which we are grateful.

Each, and every one, of us at the College, has much to be thankful for, even in our darkest of days, we are fortunate to be part of a community that supports the growth of our children, the work of our staff and the achievements of our families. 

With the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games right around the corner the Gold Coast has much to be thankful for as our beautiful city shines on the world stage.  It is an honour and a privilege for our city to host athletes of such calibre, demonstrating their talent, strength and perseverance.  The College will be in the limelight at the Commonwealth Games with Tahlia Dilkes participating in the Queen’s Baton Relay, Bayley McGuire dancing in the Opening Ceremony, and a number of other students acting as volunteers and ambassadors for, what may be, a once in a lifetime event.

Over the holidays, I would ask you to check in with your children and to reflect on the Term that was. Please ask them to consider what it is about the learning community at the College that they are most thankful for and encourage them to take the time to acknowledge this with a heartfelt thank you -  feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it - to their teachers, our learning assistants, administration staff or grounds team. 

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday period and to share my gratitude to families for choosing to work in partnership with us to educate your children.

As observed by Winnie-the-Pooh’s friend, Piglet, that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. Piglet had it right. Even though our hearts are small, we all have the capacity for a large amount of gratitude. I would encourage you to share all that you are grateful for with those around you.

Toni Kirton - Director of Positive Education & Leadership


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