Head of Junior School

Head of Junior School

“Are we there yet?”

Such familiar words from anyone who is on a journey, especially kids on a long car trip. Destinations are part of being human, just as much as the journey. We have made it to the end of our school year in 2023, with some detours, repairs and hold ups along the way. Remember the constant rain and not having outdoor play for weeks at a time? Remember the unfinished ring road, now finally sealed? Remember the looming threat of another COVID outbreak, and our final week affected by this?

“Yes, we are here now!”

There should be a deep sense of satisfaction, of pride and accomplishment as our students wrap up 2023. I have read every child’s report and am deeply grateful for the staff and parents who have helped each and every on of our girls and boys make progress in reading, maths, friendships, collaboration or PE. The journey has been worth it.

“Are we there yet?” was also a theme in the K-2 Christmas musical this year, as we followed Mary, Joseph and their child Jesus to the inn at Bethlehem. It struck me as I listened to one of the many beautiful songs that our College values of wisdom, compassion and respect are relatively easy to define and experience, but faith is harder to see clearly.

The Christmas story is one for all generations, for all people, for all ages. Faith looks like this – “keep on walking, God will be holding your hand”. Faith needs us to trust and do life as best we can, Faith says that there is a God who knows us and is intimately involved in our lives. Faith says there is a journey, and there is a destination.

“Are we there yet?”, well yes, and no. and both answers are good. May you enjoy the time ahead with family and have eyes of faith through this Christmas season.

Mr Andrew McPhail