But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
– Matthew 6:33-34
Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
Last Sunday I saw our Intermediate and Senior Theatresports teams at the Enmore Theatre in the State Finals. They were fabulous. The Intermediate team were pipped at the post, coming second to Newington College, while our Senior team came fifth. Making the finals is an achievement in itself: we were one of only two schools to be represented in both divisions. The highlight was our Senior’s round four offering – a narrated balletic representation of ordering coffee in a hipster café, for which the judges awarded the only perfect score of the 70 performances across the event.
This week we farewelled Mr Peter Grimes as Head of Primary. Energy, enthusiasm, care and compassion have been his hallmarks, and as a community, we will miss him dearly. We wish him well, knowing what a significant impact he will have at Mosman Prep, just as he has had here at NBCS. His ready smile, prayerful support, wise counsel, capacity building and purposeful walk are among the things I will miss.
In the coming term break, we have students travelling to Vietnam as part of our Global Opportunities program, others travelling to the Snow as part of our Snow Sports Trip, and students and staff will be working through the break as they prepare for the Trial HSC and the completion of practical submissions for various subjects. In addition, further campus refurbishment work will take place.
People are wonderful. They can, nonetheless, from time to time vex us. This is true of family members and friends. It is as true for students as for teachers. It is as true for children as for parents. My prayer for the holiday break is that we will be able to delight in those around us and not vex them. I trust that whether at home or abroad, in front of an open fire or on the open road, with a book in hand or a board under your arm, that refreshment is found in the company you keep and the things that you do.
Treat people as if they are what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming.