From the Head of Junior School
This week we extend a very special welcome to the midyear Reception students and their families as they commence their transition program into the Junior School. We hope that they will be made to feel especially welcomed joining our community as much as we look forward to their new beginnings with us.
We had a special visit from the Turbans and Trust program, which spoke to the children about the world’s fifth largest religion, Sikhism. In looking at its origins from the Punjab region, the children were able to experience firsthand the sacred articles of this faith, including the meaning and use of the turbans Sikhs are accustomed to wearing.
Above: L-R Pam Singh, Stephen Dantalis, Reid O’Callaghan, Ruby Corso, Annie Nath, Nerissa O’Brien.
What was most enlightening was the similarities we could find between the three pillars of Sikhism and some aspects of our Ignatian spirituality. ‘Sikhi’, meaning ‘disciple’, and emphasising their sense of lifelong learning, lies in parallel to the Ignatian sense of being open to growth as a lifelong learner. Sikhism’s first pillar, Always Remember God, is akin to our own sense of Finding God in all Things.
Our preferential option for the poor is exercised through their sharing with the needy.
For our human community, our common past and future hope, we aspire that we may live not by our divisions but our shared humanity, that we may live not by our fears but by our hopes. May our children experience the joy of human life, its wonders, surprises, and diversity; for ours is an education that challenges our imaginations, prizes learning from other cultures, reconciles faith and science, advocates the marginalised, and honours in a God who is actively at work in creation.
Mr Nic Boys
Head of Junior School