From the Head of Junior School
In celebrating Ash Wednesday this week, we move into a period of preparation that involves abstinence, prayer, and service. We abstain from those things that cause discord in our lives, while prayer and service are two ideals that informed Ignatius’ way of proceeding for the Society of Jesus – people who are contemplatives in action. For Ignatius, prayer and action, or service of others, was to be held in constant balance. One without the other puts our spirituality out of equilibrium. Former General of the Jesuits, Fr Pedro Arrupe, remarked that service was “… the key idea of the charism of Ignatius … service that is large-hearted and humble”.
Our Reception students are shining examples of little contemplatives in action when sharing their Lenten promises.
Lauren: “I’m going to give up playing in the afternoon at home so I can help mum grow the garden.”
Hugo: “I am going to help mum to pack up the playroom when my cousins tip out all the Duplo.”
Crusoe: “I am going to give up playing games and help my mummy to keep my brother under control.”
This week we welcomed parents of Year 3 and new families of Years 4 to 6 to our iPad forums, which were led by Apple specialist Matt Richards. It was a great opportunity to discuss how we can work together in support of educating digitally aware children for a future yet unknown.
We look forward to seeing many of our parents and friends next Thursday at our athletics carnival held at the Athelstone campus for Years 3 to 12. This carnival proves to be one of the highlights of the year for our children, and it is always wonderful seeing how well supported the event is with our parent community. A gentle reminder for you, too, that Friday 6 March is a student-free day.
Mr Nic Boys
Head of Junior School