From the Principal's Desk....
We are at the busy end of the ‘Premiership Quarter’ as they say in AFL circles. In Aussie Rules folklore, it is the team that can consistently prevail through the third quarter of the game that demonstrates their credentials to be contenders for taking the flag in the Grand Final.
Term Three is a tremendously important learning time for students in High School. Our teachers are encouraging the best performance from their teams. But just as it is for winning sports-teams of any code or stripe, it demands sacrifice on the part of players and coaches alike. We all face choices and options about how to invest our time and talent. This stage of the year is the time for students to be concentrating on studies, and to be saying ‘no’ to other potential distractions. Social lives may need to take a back seat for a time; social networking might need to ease off for a while; ‘screen time’ certainly needs to be well down the list of activities. All the same, we do need a balance: with much work; some play; healthy exercise and eating; and importantly, good rest. Some of us are ‘lucky’ in that this balanced focus on work comes somewhat naturally; for others this demands great self-discipline and determination. Families can be a great source of support here, through their encouragement.
This weekend the Sunday scriptures also has Jesus telling his disciples that lives of worth demand much self-discipline, even self-sacrifice. Meaningful life is discovered, not in self-absorption and self-indulgence, but rather in serving the needs of others, even in the simplest of ways.
The News last week carried the story of the Northern Pride working with Meals on Wheels. Volunteers in our community organisations tell us that they receive much more than they give through their work in the community. This is the building of ‘social capital’; increasing the worth and strength of our community.
Today at school, a Year 11 class organised a ‘surprise affirmation’ lunch time event in Mary’s Place.
In one sense it was a simple affair with music and dance, a frozie or two and a generous sprinkling of affirmations, particularly directed towards our Year 12s about to sit the QCS next week.
But more significantly, their generosity raised the spirit and ‘social capi-tal’ of our school community. This sort of capital is great to have in our community bank, particularly for when times are a little tougher.
Good on you, Year 11 Business Class (and Mrs Slingo)!
Let’s put in the hard yards now in this third term, business part of the year so that we may reap the rewards of a job well done!
Mr Luke Reed