A couple of weeks ago, there was a report in the news that a five-year-old boy had been subjected to dreadful racist comments by other children in his Prep class. How could this be? Does it come from home? School? Society? There has always been a need for good role models, it just seems to me that we live at a time in which this need is truly profound. So many areas of life cause concern. International political leaders fail to inspire others to live more nobly, compassionately and humbly. So many institutions fall short of accepted ethical standards. Each Royal Commission uncovers information we wish was not true. Each Four Corners investigation reveals dodgy deals.
I think that’s why I found this year’s Speech Night providing me with some hope for our future. Scott Gordon, in his acceptance speech on behalf of his father, 2019 Carey Medallist Michael Gordon, spoke of his father’s legacy and how it has impacted his life. After working in the corporate world, he now works for a not-for-profit organisation where he is much more fulfilled. Like all parents, Michael passed on a legacy which was embraced by his son. We also heard and saw some of the achievements of our students who are committed to making a difference in the world. In many ways they were modelling the example they have seen in their parents and the impact of our school.
There is much about parenting that is mundane, such as the chores necessary to keep a home functioning, but there are also golden moments in which instruction and modelling can have a great impact. May we all be alert to those moments, for we never know the impact they can have. We need to create the opportunities for such moments and simply be present when we are needed.
God’s blessing to you and your families.
Senior School Chaplain