We have reached the end of another year in the life of our College and what a wonderful year it has been. From a colour run to a semi-formal, musicals to our recent Championship wins in APS sport, public speaking to World Challenge, and the completion of The Winton Centre – it certainly has been a wonderful year.
The end of the year is also a wonderful time to reflect on the achievements of our staff and students, and there have certainly been many. Above all, however, it is the personal commitment of so many to our community that makes the difference each and every day. In fact, the song For Good from Wicked has a number of very interesting lines:
I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you...
What a beautiful sentiment; that we come into the lives of another for a reason; that we are led to those who help us most to grow; and that we are changed forever for knowing them. We have all known people who have changed our lives for the better. As we approach the Festive Season, it is appropriate that we take a few minutes to give thanks for those in our life whom we love, respect and need the most – those helping us to grow.
In a similar vein, the end of a school year is a time when we should reflect on those who have made a difference in our lives; the people we are thankful for meeting; for those who made our lives just a little brighter; and for those no longer with us. Let us slow the pace of our lives long enough to appreciate what we have and to perhaps, just perhaps, try to view our world with a little more positivity and optimism.
With only a few days to go until the end of the year, I hope we all take a moment to tell someone special that they have made a difference to us. This connects and reinforces the bonds of our very community. Humility and thankfulness – two things we cannot have too much of!
With this in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents for the trust you have afforded us in educating your child or children; to thank our students for your efforts, your commitment and good humour – you are the reason we all work in schools; and finally to thank our staff, our young people need you – schooling may be compulsory but you provide an environment of care and dedication, second to none.
We wish those who depart our community the very best for the future, and we welcome those who eagerly await joining our community in January. May I take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful holiday and a Merry Christmas. May this Festive Season bring much joy and peace to you all.