While I was writing the final newsletter for the year I began to reflect on the year we have had. I am confident that there has been a tremendous amount of learning and growth in our school not only in our students but our staff as well. We have shared our gifts and talents with each other and made friendships along the way. In faith and hope we have faced the challenges that have come our way.
We have become very confident in our approach to 21st century learning and our students are engaged and motivated to learn. The End of Year Reports go home to parents this week and I urge parents to offer words of delight in their child’s progress throughout the year and encouragement to keep focused ahead for the learning journey continues and should never be stagnant.
This week our Year 6 students graduate from their primary education and move onto the next phase in their life’s journey – secondary school. They have been worthy leaders in our school this year and have taken on the leadership roles of School Captains, House Captains, members of the student Faith Team, Sustainability Team and ICT Team. Each Year 6 student has contributed to the life of St. Brigid’s in a positive and meaningful way all throughout the years have been a part of our community.
Our St. Brigid’s community is spirit filled with a warm and generous heart. Our parent community is supportive and they contribute substantially to our school, not only in raising funds but also in the way they rally together to help one another, especially those in personal need. Through their efforts we have been able to achieve a great deal for our students. Their help in the learning centres, uniform shop, excursions, camps, providing food for functions, working bees, and the overall general way they help our school is very much appreciated and we are so grateful for their time and hard work. Above all we appreciate the positive manner in which they speak about our school and the hospitality they show to others.
As we say a fond farewell to some of our staff we are delighted to be welcoming new staff for 2015. Already they have been to visit and met their students. They have also been involved in the planning and preparation for next year.
As we dwell on the ending of the year and the promise of new beginnings next year the following poem reminds us to live today well.
Look to this day
For it is life– the very life of life
In its brief course lie all
The realities and truths of existence
The joy of growth
The glory of action
The splendour of beauty
For yesterday is already a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived makes every
Yesterday a memory of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of
Look well, therefore, to this day.
Ancient Sanskrit Poem