As I walked around the campus this week my eye was drawn to the blossom on one of the trees. It brought a smile to my face, the thought that spring is coming. The next day that smile was tempered by defrosting my car in the minus-degree temperatures before I could begin the journey to work. Whilst I know warm weather is coming there are still a few hurdles before I need to worry about donning my shorts. While I can see the light at the end of winter’s tunnel we are not quite there yet. This is a lot like what we experience in all aspects of life. Sometimes it seems there is no light at the end of the tunnel, at other times you can see the light but it seems far away, and yet at other times we experience the euphoria of reaching the tunnel’s end.
One of the things I have always valued so much about the Grammar community is that we are there to support each other at times when the tunnel’s end seems a journey too far to contemplate, but also to celebrate at the journey’s end. I really appreciated some feedback recently expressing thanks for the support staff have given children in our care. We all know that students make mistakes, as indeed do we all. Learning occurs both with our failings, and also our successes. At times students will make poor choices and that is okay. Working together we look at what has occurred, why it occurred and what we would do differently. An important part of our pastoral care program is working with students when things go wrong in order to rebuild relationships moving forward. I sometimes visualise the role of parents and staff akin to the barriers around the old-fashioned dodgem cars at Country Fairs. As a little boy, I would ride around in the cars and when you ran off the track you were met with a soft barrier that bounced you back on track. As always, I value working with our community when things might not be going as smoothly as they should. That’s what communities do, work together.
I would also like to congratulate Lucy Barbour who was inducted into our Dance and Drama Wall of Fame this week This award recognised one of our alumni who was a successful thespian at school and has gone on to use these talents in her professional career as a National Regional Affairs reporter with the ABC. Finally, I would like to congratulate the Art Department and Art Captains on the amazing exhibition The Butterfly Effect. The title of our art exhibition is so apt for schools. When alumni talk about their journeys through school I so often hear of a small act of kindness, a redirection, or a kind word. Each of these little things, over time, has helped shape the men and women they have grown into. At the time these small moments may have seemed inconsequential but like the butterfly effect, the gentle sweeping of the wings ripples out to make an effect that is felt often many years later.
I hope you get to have a great weekend with your children and as always please reach out to any of us if we can help navigate times when we are in the tunnel and cannot see the end.