From the Chaplain


This time of the year can be a time of remembering and celebrating some special memories. With 'Remembrance Day' celebrated last Friday, our thoughts turned to those special men and women who have served and sacrificed themselves for the freedom and protection we have today; and who continue to help preserve this freedom into the future.

Likewise, with Orientation Day held last week, it is quite natural for students, teachers and parents to look back over this year or even previous years celebrating the growth and progress that each child has made. This is very true of our Year 4 students who will be transitioning from Junior School to Middle School or other places - or even our Williams House children moving into Junior School.

Special memories are times when teachers and parents experience great joy in seeing and celebrating the development exhibited by students, either academically, socially or emotionally. Our Year 2B class focused on these themes in their recent assembly last Tuesday afternoon.

Even though my own girls are now in their mid-20’s and early 30’s, I often reminisce about recent family events and special times in the past. These occasions are great to recall and, with a little grandson now a part of the family, the memories and special times continue.

Not all memories or experiences are happy or easy to navigate through, however, and sometimes - in looking back - things can seem better than they really were. Even in difficult times, though, character and a deeper love can grow. This is where it is so helpful to be able to express our deep hurt to sympathetic family members and friends rather than keeping it to ourselves.

Please know the door is always open to families here at Junior School, and to support in times of need. This community’s generosity towards one another is a precious treasure when difficult times occur. We have a special community here at Junior School, based around sharing the love God has for us with the students and families in our care.

As well as looking back into the past, it is important to look forward and embrace all that life holds. New situations and adventures will create new memories, some good, some more difficult. However, amongst it all, we have a Heavenly Father who know us personally, who is there to celebrate life with us, and to be there in our times of deepest need.

Psalm 139: 1-3

 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.


Rowan Thurman

Junior School Chaplain


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