From the Chaplain
FROM THE CHAPLAIN
I came across this article written by Michael Grose, a well-known Australian child educator, which I thought worth sharing with you. It resonated with me on a number of levels and I trust it does the same for you. It’s written from the perspective of a father to his daughter but the essence of the article could easily be from any parent to their son or daughter. Many of the aspects discussed in this letter relate to our lives being grounded in the values of love for others and one’s self, a hope and a purpose for life, being gracious even when others aren’t, and experiencing a contentment in life.
My dream for you is that you see life as an adventure. I hope you have the curiosity and the confidence to try new experiences, meet new people and explore new places. The world you live in is rapidly expanding and there are opportunities everywhere. I hope that you are able to make the most of the opportunities available and live a life that may be very different to the life that my generation lives.
I hope you have the confidence to speak up for what you want, but also that you are brave enough to speak up for others when their voices are ignored. I hope you make people smile when you enter a room, rather than when you leave. I hope you experience real love and know the joy of living with a loving life partner. I dream that you grow up with a strong sense of family and that you experience the comfort that comes from belonging to a tribe that truly values you.
I hope you always stay true to your values and are not easily swayed by the pettiness and small-mindedness that you’ll inevitably meet through life’s journey. More importantly, I hope that you dream big and that self-doubt and lack of self-belief won’t hold you back. I hope you learn that real beauty lies within and is not reliant on how a person looks on the outside.
I hope you judge others on their actions and not on the colour of their skin, their religion or other external factors. I hope other people afford you the same courtesy. But if they don’t I hope you are gracious enough to forgive them. That’s the mark of true character.
Most of all, I hope you experience the contentment and happiness that comes from living a life with purpose and meaning.
I know that I have many dreams for you. But you also need to know that you won’t let me down if the dreams you choose don’t match my aspirations. You need to tread your own path and live your own life. That is the task for all of us.
Here at Junior School we’re seeking to grow many of these important elements of character in partnership with you as their parents. We have a loving Creator God who wants children and adults alike to seek their full potential. I know many of these characteristics are still a ‘work in progress’ in my life, but if we seek God and place our trust in Him new opportunities come and the confidence to ‘step out’ grows.
'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ Philippians 4:13