One of the great privileges of being the Carey Middle School Chaplain is being involved in significant life moments of fellow staff. On the last day of Term 2, alongside their families, a number of current and former Carey staff members gathered to witness the wedding of Middle School teacher Yu Hsin Stephanie Chen and Nick Chao-An Hsueh. It was a wonderful afternoon, and the wedding cake provided by Fullard House Mentor Louise Willis was a work of art (pictured).
This term in chapel, staff and students have been reflecting on how some people are preoccupied with what others think of them. Bible writers suggest that simply being human opens us to the temptation to primarily look for our worth from other people, rather than from God. In analysing examples of this from popular music and television, those in attendance were asked to reflect on the importance of connecting with both God and our loved ones to find support and strength in times of challenge.
The story of John 21 reminds us that Jesus knew he had a valuable purpose, providing him with a sense of self-worth. He was secure in his identity and his God-given role in this world. It was suggested that people who do not require validation from others have a sense of true security in themselves. They know they are worthy. For the most part, they love and embrace who they are.
This week we had the opportunity to hear from Old Carey Grammarian and Chair of the Carey Heritage Committee, David Morgan OAM. David began at Carey in 1956 and was in Steele House. After graduating in 1961, David taught at Carey for over three decades. David spoke to us about Carey’s Headmasters and Principals over the years. Referencing the story of Matthew 18, David explained the need for all in positions of authority to be a positive influence in the lives of others.
Thank you to staff and students in Years 7 and 9 for taking part in our casual clothes day today. We are grateful for your donations for Possible Dreams International, a foundation started by former Carey Grammarian Maithri Goonetilleke.
In the coming days, may the following prayer help guide your decision making.
Let us pray.
Heavenly Father, help us to worry less about how others see us, to not be defined by our past or by bad choices and to use the time we have been given to learn more about your ideas for living well and what it means to help others. Amen.
Middle School Chaplain