From the Principal
My daughter has just started to smile. Even though she is now three months old, the vague rulebook guiding premature births mean that all of these milestones are measured differently and her adjusted age is only 8 weeks. There is a sense in which a greater humanity and beauty is affirmed now that she can smile when she sees us, and react to her surroundings in such a lovely way. I now find myself beyond gleeful when I get even the smallest upturn at the corner of her mouth.
It has really confirmed for me that we take our smiles for granted. We sadly know from experience that negativity can spread like an aerosol - and if you don't believe that, spend a bit of time on any social media platform. Yet, we seem to struggle with the idea that we should be responsible for consciously and intentionally spreading positivity.
In 2018, Pope Francis tweeted that, 'We need smiling Christians, not because they take things lightly, but because they are filled with the joy of God, because they believe in love and live to serve.' Pope Francis's pontificate has focussed on practical, positive ways that ordinary people can offer support, love, guidance and kindness to communities. He has tried to redirect us to the small things we can do to support others and away from being simply 'administrative' in our lives.
There are a group of year elevens who ask staff they encounter a different question every day - favourite movie, first job, that kind of thing. On Ash Wednesday, they asked me what I was giving up for Lent and I had to admit I actually hadn't thought of it! But I can tell you now that I am going to try and give up frowning, and hope it encourages others around me to smile along.
Please enjoy this newsletter. We have had a very productive four weeks with different representative sports trials, the ongoing implementation of Write that Essay and Inspire Maths, and continued building across the College. The Thrive assemblies on both campuses are hopefully promoting positive conversations about our students' wellbeing. We also celebrated Carnevale on Tuesday which was colourful and vibrant.
Thank you so much for all you do to support the mission of our wonderful College.