Earlier this week a Year 12 student sat across from me, fearful and confused about his present, and unsure about his future. He is facing a whole series of changes. He, like his 160 Year 12 peers, is facing the end of the familiar – life at school – and the beginning of the unfamiliar – life after school. He was grieving the loss of day-to-day contact with friends and he was unsure what lay ahead. Some cannot wait to be out the gates while others are a little scared – both reactions are natural.
Someone once said that the only constant in life is ‘change’. We are constantly changing. Many changes are small, but some are bigger. Every now and then, we go into a period of transition or significant change from one period or position to another. When this happens, it is natural to grieve the letting go of that which we were used to, that which was familiar, that which was secure and often comfortable, and we venture out into the unknown.
This letting go involves risk and requires courage. When we do not recognise or listen to the changes within us, we can be confused by our unexpected reactions and moods. Change invites us to embrace it, to welcome it and to accept it, but change for change’s sake is of little value. I often use the analogy of a journey; life is a journey and we are pilgrims on it. No ship is ‘at home’ moored tight and secure to the harbour pier, just as no sandals worthy of the name are meant to sit in fireside comfort. No, the ship is truly itself on the open sea as the sandals carry the pilgrim to vistas of which they could only dream. As they complete assessment and head to the end of this part of their journey, our Year 12s can rest assured that they have done themselves and our community proud.
The boy who entered our gates in Year 5 or Year 8 has grown to love this place, knowing that each person they have played with or cheered for is one of them – a home grown talent. You do not cheer with passion the person whose core motivation is the sport itself – whether it is rugby, basketball, athletics or swimming – rather than the community that gives it meaning.
Our Seniors have done us proud and soon the time will come for us to let go and for them to go forth proudly, knowing that they will never, never walk alone. If we have done our job well they will know that their brothers walk with them, their family will always be at their side and their God of love will journey with them, hugging them deeply within.
Mr Steven Bremner, Acting Principal