Here we are. The end of the school year. Another year has come and gone. We celebrate this. We look forward to the break. We look forward to taking some “time out”. We look forward in anticipation to less routine and structure that accompanies each day as we enter “holiday mode”. We anticipate that this will all end in several weeks and the routine will start again. Another school year. A year older. A crowded calendar and new opportunities.
And we now find ourselves commencing Advent this past weekend. Advent is an attitude of anticipation. The entire season prepares us to allow Christ into our hearts, sometimes in ways far different from other times in the year, as we prepare to celebrate the “excitement of December” and the festive season. Many people may want everything about this season to stay the same year after year- the same carols, the same schedule for giving gifts, even food prepared in the same way. Consistency does give consolation to the heart. Routine and familiarity brings comfort.
But another truth tells us that each year ought to be different. We are not the same. We are faced with different responsibilities, moved by differ¬ent insights, changed or charged by circumstances we didn’t have before as a result of experiences throughout the year, and maybe challenged by fresh opportunities and different memories. So, we never “Advent” in exactly the same way. Or do we?
Advent 2019. What will it look like for us? What are we looking forward to? What are we anticipating? Over the next four weeks, the call is to personalise Advent and to make it meaningful. The call is to make Advent “different” this year as it may have been for us in previous years.
Let us also use Advent as a time of thanksgiving. Time to reflect on the year and be aware of even the small things we have to be grateful for. Let us also use Advent as a time of prayer. A time to pray for ourselves, those near and dear to us, for our personal intentions and for a prosperous year to come.
I send you my sincerest best wishes for the festive season. I wish all our families, staff, students and those who support our college community a peaceful and joyful break.
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2020 school year.
Read an update from Acting Principal, Mrs Angela Romano
An update from our Principal, Mr Mark Brockhus, as we prepare to commence the 2019 school year.
Cricket great, Darren Lehmann, visited last week as part of our Ashes Oval Redevelopment Project and our Father's Day Breakfast