Time. We always think we have so much of it until it has disappeared. It’s important not to waste it or to take it for granted. Time with loved ones. Time to achieve one’s goals. Time to oneself. Time for recreation. Time for serious thought. I can remember how, as a small boy, the summer evenings stretched ahead like an eternity. But that is the problem of being sent to bed at 6pm when the sun does not set for another 4 hours. And now? Oh the tyranny of it! Another school year is close to ending. This time next week, the students will be running around the campus buildings with their sticky hands all clutching their yearbooks seeking the significant autographs from friends and teachers in the back pages – trophies of the importance of those people in their lives, before heading off for the summer holidays.
Holidays come and pass – mostly blissfully – before the new term beckons… and the next holiday is eagerly awaited; three times a year and before you know it 25 years in the teaching profession have passed by in a flash, countless numbers of children passing before one’s eyes, all important in their unique way. And what a joy it is to be involved in this way
Carl Jung, a famous psychoanalyst of the 20th century poignantly said, “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
Anyone reading the articles from Mr West and Mr Lee will know just how much has been going on this week in school. I will not repeat it here but I want to pay tribute as we come close to drawing a veil across this year to the brilliant teachers who, like the sun, have shed their warmth for the growing ‘plants’ of our young people here. I am deeply indebted to all staff, to the administrative and support staff, and to all the teaching staff for their inspiration and care, for their passion both for their own subjects and for their keen interest in developing bilingual learners. Above all, I thank them for their time, given generously and selflessly. I am sure too that all of our community will recognise the nobility of the teaching profession and the warriors who every day go into the classroom, on to the sports’ field, on trips to share their lives, to help your children grow.
I wish you a very happy weekend before our final full week of the academic year, 2016 -2017
Mr Mark Sayer - Principal