From the Principal
And so we reach the end of our 'short' term. Even though students commenced late from P-10 and we have had a number of cancelled events as a result of Covid, I can see that many in our community are very weary and are very much welcoming the Easter break.
One Gospel story that has appealed to me for a long time is from Luke, when Jesus calls his first disciples. I love this because it is a story of resilience and will. The apostles had been fishing all night and caught nothing. But Jesus offered some unsolicited fishing advice (which was pretty cheeky because his trade was carpentry) and said they should 'cast out their nets again'. Even though Simon Peter resists a bit, he does as advised and there is a huge catch.
There is nothing the slightest bit extraordinary about Simon Peter and his fishing partners. They are simple fishermen, and they are simply doing what they did every day. They are minding their own business, cleaning their nets after a long, particularly discouraging night of work, when Jesus comes along, enters into their utterly normal, mundane lives and changes everything. The pivot of the change was, even though they were exhausted, the decision to listen to advice. The decision to not give up. The decision to try again.
As a College community but also as a wider community we have endured a fair bit of challenge over the past four years. In broad order - drought, fire, pandemic, flood, more pandemic... but our own challenges and duties remain. We need to keep modelling strength, resilience and great steadfastness as we move on.
I hope that all in the community do whatever they need to re-fill their tanks and come back on 20 April ready to thrive. I am fortunate to lead a really wonderful College and I thank you very much for the way you as families support that.
I hope you have a really relaxing break.
Mr Chris Gabbett