Message from the Principal

Thought for the week:

"To live and let live, without clamour for distinction or recognition; to wait on divine Love; to write truth first on the tablet of one's own heart – this is the sanity and perfection of living."

Mary Baker Eddy

When the world seems to have gone mad and all that we hold dear seems threatened, we have nowhere to retreat but to God's embrace; to return to Love, to the certainty that comes from an abiding confidence in the allness of God and the understanding that anything that is not made by God is not real but illusion, nightmare, mirage or hallucination, because He is all-in-all. This great red dragon that rears its head and threatens our peace only has the power we give it. If we believe it can harm us, it can. The best protection we have is to so fill our hearts with love that evil, anger, violence and hate cannot enter or take hold.

We may ask why these things are happening when so many countries have opened their hearts to those seeking refuge and admitted them. This goodness, kindness, compassion and love threatens the very existence of the forces of evil, which are really only the ego trying to maintain its hold on us. The more love we show, the more the ego (mortal mind) will try and undermine our reliance on the power of love. It must because its very existence is threatened by every act of unconditional love and kindness.

We wrap all those involved in the tragic event in Manchester in love and in our hearts, knowing that they are ever held lovingly in the hands of the Father. Nothing can ever separate them from the love of God.

Please can I ask all those dropping children off at school, or picking them up at the end of the day, to be mindful of our emphasis on kindness and thoughtfulness. Where you stop your car, how long you remain waiting in a drop off area and your awareness of the needs of other drivers will make the pick-up and drop-off a much more harmonious experience for everyone. I realise that it can be a challenging experience sometimes and apologise for that. Unfortunately, the Monash Council have advised us all that they are about to dig up Waimarie Drive and do a complete resurface and will put in new curbing, pathways and drainage. This will tax our patience as well and I do ask everyone to please be understanding of this challenge. We have asked them to commence work after our drop-off time and to finish before pick-up time but we cannot guarantee that this will always be the case. Thank you for your understanding, patience and kindness.

Senior school parents will be aware of the "6th" period of the day which now involves numerous activities, clubs and opportunities. We are offering over 90 different period 6 and after school activities and I am so grateful to the teachers and students for their enthusiastic involvement in these.

I would also like to remind students in sports teams that we have training in period 6 and after school for many sports. These training sessions are compulsory unless you have obtained special permission to miss them.

Sholto Bowen OAM