From the Principal

Welcome to Term 3!

Welcome back to all students and families. I trust that your holiday break was a time of family, fun and relaxation. I particularly welcome new students to our school community. This term is significant in many ways, particularly the amount of planned activities and events!

Chapel Offerings

Our offerings this term continue to support our Compassion child. Students are reminded to bring their offering along each Friday morning.

Contact Information

If any changes to contact details (home address, phones, email contacts etc.) has occurred in recent times and these have not been updated at school, please use your Parent Lounge to update and or check your contact details. This is extremely important should we need to contact you urgently regarding your child.

Routines and Expectations

Please observe the following in preparation for your child/ren’s return to school.

  • Particularly, during winter months formal jumper must be worn with formal uniform only and sports jacket is to be worn with sports uniform only. Sports jacket is not to be worn with formal uniform, please.
  • A school hat is essential. Spare hats won’t be issued meaning ‘no hat, no play’.
  • We respectfully ask that toys, games and other general personal items be left at home, please.
  • Children are to bring their own (named) water bottle, lunchbox (brain-break), fruit snack, morning-tea and lunch.
  • General Expectations – Our expectations of courtesies, manners and general behaviour remain as high as always. Our 6Rs have been designed so that the school community functions within certain standards of safety, comfort and hygiene. We would appreciate it if you could continue to reinforce our 6Rs and ensure that they are followed.
    • Respect
    • Responsibility
    • Random-Acts-of-Kindness
    • Rigour
    • Resilience
    • Relationships

The Road Not Taken

Some time ago I went bushwalking with some family. We were on a grassy trail and came to a fork in the path. We wondered which route to take, as they were both unmarked. We all reached for our devices for a resolu­tion, some hit up Google Maps, others searched for a pdf map of the area. I went straight to Google and hit up Robert Frost’s famous poem, The Road Not Taken. I hadn’t thought of it for years but the imagery from the poem matched exactly the choice before us. I attempted to read it out loud to our group, they rolled their eyes and moved on, mumbling generally how unhelpful I was being. The poem has been on my mind ever since, so I shall share it here with some reflection.

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveller, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

This is probably the most famous American poem of all time. You see bits of it reproduced on coffee mugs and wall plaques and hear it in motivational speeches, ‘I took the one less travelled by and that has made all the difference’. It is touted as being an ode to having a go, thinking out of the box, being bold and so on.

But that’s all incorrect.

The author tells us that for all intents and purposes, on that day and at that time, the two roads were essentially identical. That the choice really didn’t make much difference. Read it again and see. The clue to this poem, the key to unlocking its cleverness is in the last verse. Robert Frost recognises that he is about to make a choice that really makes no dif­ference whatsoever, but, when he reflects on his journey in the future he will brag or boast about how he did it the hard way or made the tough choice or made some visionary decision that no one else recognised and it led him to some great achievement.

How Fortunate We Are

Let us never underestimate the value of positive attitude and belief in ourselves and each other. Our world is truly great- even though we are often bombarded with portrayals of violence and despair – just look at what’s happening in the world at present. Dennis the Menace (of all people) once said, “People wait for opportunity to come along……yet it is there every morning.” Each morning that we come to St John’s we can be thankful that we do indeed come to a terrific school where people matter. St John’s encourages an environment that allows parents to feel included, valued, fully informed and knowledgeable about the school and the progress of their children. As such I encourage you to continue to speak with your child’s teachers about their academic and social development. Of course the offer also extends for you to reach out to Jocelyn and myself.

An Interview with God

Author Unknown

I dreamed I had an interview with GOD.

“So, you would like to interview me?” GOD asked.

“If you have time,” I said.

GOD smiles.

“My time is eternity… what questions do you have in mind for me?”

“What surprises you the most about humankind?”

GOD answered…

“That they get bored with childhood, they rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.”

“That they lose their health to make money…. and then lose their money to restore their health.”

“That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future.”

“That they live as if they would never die and die as though they had never lived.”

GOD’s hand took mine….. and we were silent for a while.

And then I asked, “As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?”

GOD replied…….

“To learn they cannot make anyone love them. All they can do is let themselves be loved.”

“To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.”

“To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.”

“To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those they love, and it can take many years to heal them.”

“To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most but is one who needs the least.”

“To learn that there are people who love them dearly, but simply do not yet know how to express or show their feelings.”

“To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it differently.”

“To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another but they must also forgive themselves.”

“Thank you for your time,” I said humbly.

“Is there anything else you would like your children to know?”

GOD smiled, and said…..

 “Just know that I am here. Always.”

 I don’t know about you, but all too often, I fall into the trap of the busyness of life. I’m making an effort to stop and breathe, pray more, love more and be faith-filled. A couple of weeks ago on Saturday night, as is customary in our home, we watched a movie. Which movie you ask? Kungfu Panda! Although positive messages around the plight of never giving up – keep on, keeping on – among others, one message stuck with me which I found very apt.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift which is why it is called the present. Savor each moment today. It’s God’s gift to you and me.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways. Proverbs 3:5

Thank you for working in partnership with us.

Grace and Peace

Chris Mallett