During the Lenten season we have heard many stories of people reaching out in kindness to others. Neighbours checking in on their elderly residents in their streets. People doing shopping for someone who cannot get out. These small acts of kindness remind us in a world where we are now isolating from each other that there is HOPE.
During this Lenten season as we journey towards Easter, we need to be mindful to reach out in whatever way we can to our neighbours and those who are struggling. There will be many moments in the coming days when all of us will be in need of a kind word, a smile and a helping hand. Let us not forget the power of human contact even if it is via the phone, letter or across the internet. In the coming weeks we may have some time to reach out to loved ones and to strangers to offer our support.
During this time of uncertainty, as fear grips our country, let us choose love. During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.
I want to thank the many parents who have taken the time to write a message of support to our teachers and support staff working so hard to support our students and families. I have been buoyed by the messages during this very challenging time.
We know that the times ahead will be tough and together we will continue to support each other to stay connected and safe.
This afternoon I emailed families advising arrangments for the pupil-free week commencing Monday 30th March.
As stated in the correspondence, teachers will be preparing for Learning@Home during this week. There will be no work provided to students by our teachers during next week.
The government authorities have clearly indicated the need for people to be responsible and practise social distancing to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. I ask parents to PLEASE reiterate with their sons the requirement that they do not gather in groups and wander the streets, attend skate parks or shopping centres. All members of our community play a vital role in reducing the rate of infection at this time.
Importance of Reading
This week I visited Year 5 Black and 5 White classes to speak about the importance of reading and words. I shared with the students a short reading from author Helen Keller. I explained Helen Keller was born blind and deaf and without these two important senses lived a full and productive life.
I shared with the students the power of words to convey stories that evoke strong emotions from the reader. Words have the power to challenge and transform our thinking.
My next visit with the classes will be to read a passage from a novel written by my son. Hopefully I can enthuse these young men to read.
We keep the Bouwhuis family in our prayers and thoughts at this time following the recent death of Tyler Bouwhuis (Senior 2017) in a traffic accident. Tyler’s funeral is tentatively scheduled for 10.00am on Monday 30 March. Given current restrictions around numbers at funerals, the funeral will be live-streamed via the Facebook page of the St George Greek Orthodox Church.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen
You have made us for yourself O Lord
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You
Mr Mark Stower, Principal