From the Head of Junior School
Over the last two weeks, the children have had a chance to reflect on the story of Pentecost. It is easy to lose the significance of this event some 2000 years later, but it is considered the birth of the early Church. This event is mirrored in the journey voluntarily undertaken by students at the College through the sacrament of Confirmation each year. Inspired by the same Spirit as the disciples, our faith advocates the fruits of the Holy Spirit including love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Faith-oriented or not, it is our hope that our children enter the world as hope-filled people, bringing with them their gifts and graces, and actively changing the world for the better.
Following the Year 6s’ recent visit to Parliament House, Canberra, one of our own children in Class 6 Red shared her auntie’s experience of becoming an elected member of parliament and of making her maiden speech. A maiden speech is described as an opportunity to share what one personally stands for and wishes to work towards or achieve while actively in office. We may not all hold parliamentary office in our lifetime, but we all have the opportunity to generate a positive field of influence and change in the lives of others through actions large and small.
Contrary to the original Creation story of generating the world in six days and then leaving it unto its own, Saint Ignatius believed that God remains constantly at work in Creation. Moment by moment, every day, through the generative nature of events, places, and people, God’s compassion breaks into the world through the actions of others. It is surely an ambitious aspiration, but energised by the Holy Spirit, the world needs our children’s compassion, love, and light. The prayer of Oscar Romero, A future not our own, reads:
… This is what we are about:
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water the seeds already planted,
Knowing that one day they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities …
This is our College motto – Deo Gloria. Inspired by the Spirit, may we provide the yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities, recreating the world one moment at a time − to God the Glory.
Mr Nic Boys
Head of Junior School