Head of Junior School

Head of Junior School

Saying thanks is important, so important that it is one of the first words parents teach their kids.

Imagine growing up in a world where no one recognised your effort, your care, your help, your fun or your love!

Instead of ‘thank you’, it was ‘give me’. Instead of saying, ‘I appreciate who you are and what you’ve done’, it’s ‘what can I get from you?’

What kind of a world would that be? What kind of a family would that be? What kind of a school would that be?

Instead of our values being Faith, Wisdom, Compassion and Respect, they would be something like darkness, ignorance, indifference and arrogance – in other words ‘it’s all about me, and only me!’ We start our College Prayer with ‘Our Father God, we thank you…’ and that’s a good thing. It means we recognise good things come from God, that it comes from His love and grace rather than our brilliance or beauty, and we are grateful. 

I am so glad for the lesson my parents taught me of saying ‘thank you’ because it made me see the other person, and see the difference they made in my life, and to be grateful for them being alive in our world.

And so we say thanks to all who have made this year such a memorable one – to our expert teaching staff, our dedicated administration and operational staff, the College Council, to our families and especially to our students. What a year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, as we stop and thank God for the best Christmas gift ever, Jesus Christ his son, our saviour.

Mr Andrew McPhail