The school holiday period can be a great time to reflect before the last term, prepare for upcoming changes and new challenges in the term that lies ahead, review skills that need to be improved, do any homework that has been assigned, and hopefully enjoy some nice weather! No doubt though, there will be many students and staff looking forward to the upcoming break at the end of this week, as there are likely to be many families heading off on well-deserved holidays.
Time away from our normal day to day routines, especially if it’s 'time out' is time to take a breath, pause, and allot some time for reflection and anticipation of the things that may lie ahead. We can coast through life either celebrating every day or just taking what is handed our way but…do we actually take time to reflect, learn and renew?
Our Catholic tradition builds seasons of reflection into our liturgical calendar for this to occur, such as Lent and the forthcoming season of Advent. Without this time to reflect, we may miss out on moments to embrace ‘open doors’ or chances to renew our spirits or faith.
Recently I read an article from a Catholic Bishop in Pennsylvania, who in a pastoral letter to his diocese said, "Reflection turns experience into insight. By taking the time to pause, we allow understanding to catch up with us.” A simple message in some ways, but perhaps slightly harder to cultivate.
Our Gospels record numerous times when Jesus took time out to reflect. When we look at Jesus’ ministry, we may ask ourselves — how did he do it? Yes, Jesus was divine, yet he was also human, and we can’t deny that humanity has limitations. We all have our limits and our breaking points. With all the demands placed on Jesus, we can ask ourselves, how did he do what he did and not 'burn out'?
Jesus practiced good self-care. When Jesus needed food or water, he asked for it. When Jesus needed emotional support from his friends, he didn’t hide it. When Jesus’ heart was broken, he wept. Jesus was faithful to God, and part of that faithfulness was taking care of his real and legitimate human needs.
No one will deny that Jesus’ life included suffering and sacrifice, yet it did not include self-neglect. Jesus is a good role model for self-care and reflection. What we can learn from the Gospels is the importance of time out for reflection and to renew ourselves, so that just like Jesus, we can be attentive to those things that matter the most.
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