The end of Term 2 is upon us and we now look to commence the three-week mid-year break. This is a wonderful time for us to catch up with family and friends and sometimes to find some space for ourselves. While this is important, the question to ponder is, ‘why do we let ourselves get to the point that the holidays are indeed such a vital episode to our health and well-being?’. Could we not look to structure our weeks throughout the year to give us these important occasions instead of allowing the tension to build up such that we need such a release during the holidays? This is one for many of us to ponder.
The Term has been one of wonderful achievements. From sporting successes in which we won Premierships in Open Football and 12/13 Rugby, came runners-up in Year 9 Football, Intermediate Girls A and B Volleyball, Year 7 Netball, and Junior Boys Volleyball, and in addition came third in a further seven competitions, to Academic competitions in which our College again gained entry to the National Finals in the da Vinci Decathlon, won 24 trophies in the World Scholar’s Cup and now has a multitude of teams competing in Beijing against the best teams in China, to the wonderful performances in the Arts – it has certainly been a terrific Term.
We saw the release and publication of the College’s new Strategic Intent – Inspiring Hope and Leadership, 2019-2024; the launch of Australia’s first driving simulator program into a College and the development of a research partnership with Griffith University; and soon, the Opening of The Winton Centre.
The Winton Centre promises to set a new standard in educational facilities in Queensland, but most importantly, it will enable a higher level of engagement, collaborative and innovative practice than ever before. With the latest technology, this centre will surprise with its possibilities and the opportunities now available to our students.
With the completion of this Centre within days, the Year 12s will now move into their own, spacious Year 12 Centre (previously the Collaborative Learning Centre). This space will provide our Year 12 students with that special space they need as they undertake the final year of their studies.
We have a very special series of tours of The Winton Centre available for parents at the commencement of Term 3, and I hope you will join us and take the time to have a bite to eat and a coffee in our new Centre.
Until then, I wish you all a wonderful holiday and leave you with one of my favourite poems, one that has much meaning for me –
GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
By Max Ehrmann © 1927