As our Year 6 and Year 9 students complete their final term in their school section, and our Year 12 students move through their final days at Carey, there is an inevitable pause at this time each year, reflecting on what it is that constitutes a good ending.
These acknowledged moments of change are parts of the rites of passage through school, yet there are many other moments that bring about a sense of finality. For some senior students it was their last run as part of the APS athletics team at the finals last week, for others, their final performance as a musician in a Carey orchestra at the Senior Speech night, and for a number of Year 9 students, it will be their final tour of regional Victoria as part of the Middle School Play cast on the upcoming Melbourne Cup weekend. In all these activities, the finality is often tinged with a sense of loss, due to the powerful connecting point with others that is a vital part of any shared team pursuit.
Several weeks ago, the Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour duration mark for a marathon run, after unsuccessfully attempting the feat in 2017. It could be argued that running is the most singular of pursuits, yet the prominent aspect that emerged in the minutes after his achievement was his heightened sense of team. There was a humility in respect of those who ran with him, and an awareness that there was a far bigger world beyond himself. He spoke only of collaboration and as a result, his empathy for others emerged. In a moment where personal pride could have consumed, he remained subdued.
At a recent Donvale assembly, Revd Gerry Riviere challenged the Year 6 students to leave a legacy that is filled with integrity, citing the verse from Psalm 23, ‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.’ We look forward to months of final celebrations ahead, and in the true spirit of Carey, these will be applauded with an appreciation of the collaboration that sits behind any success.
Director of Positive Education and Wellbeing