From the Principal
It was my birthday a few weeks ago, and my mother-in-law gave me a biography of Nick Cave, specifically focussing on his younger years. I am a devoted fan of his, and I am consistently in awe that a town as 'normal' as Wangaratta could produce such an internationally renowned artist. Cave was raised Anglican, and sang in the Wangaratta Cathedral Choir as a young man. Images of Christianity pervade - almost dominate - his work, even though he is no longer engaged with formal religion.
Recently, a fan asked him what he thought the voice of God sounded like. What an interesting question!
"I hope the voice of God would be something other than booming, authoritarian and male," Cave answered. "Wouldn't that be a pleasant surprise." He went on...
"Perhaps, God would have the combined voice of all the untold billions of collected souls, an assembly of the departed speaking as one -- without rancour, domination or division, a great, many-layered calling forth that rings from the heavens in the small, determined voice of a child, maybe; sexless, pure and uncomplicated -- that says 'Look for me. I am here.'"
Discussing faith is such a challenging and potentially overwhelming thing. How often do we think of something so simple but essential as the sound of God's voice? Are we able to let ourselves be surprised by the message?
Thank you so much for supporting our work at the College this term. We have had a lot of successes despite the enforced cancellation of a few different activities. I am ever-mindful that all of these students who work hard in class, enter Eisteddfods and play different sports have the backing of really hard working parents and other family members. Thank you so much for all you do!
There's a lot in this newsletter - but I want to draw your attention in particular to the College Fee restructure that we are looking to introduce for 2022. The proposal has been developed by the Resources team of the Parent Partnership Forum. The overall goal is to rationalise the fees so that families are paying less for attending the College.
I hope that you all have a really safe and enjoyable break with family and friends. Queensland has remained relatively safe thus far and I dearly hope it continues.
Please take care.