Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of St Mary’s School,
Like most of you I awoke to a frost on Saturday morning. This was the first frost of the year and told me that Autumn was on it’s way out and we were heading, rapidly, into winter. I know
people who love all of the seasons; Summer for the warmth, the holidays and Christmas, Autumn for the beautiful colours, the harvest time and super rugby, Winter for snow, skiing, skating and winter sports, and spring for the longer days the lambs, daffodils and the beginning of summer sports. We are lucky to be able to enjoy all four seasons. People who I know that live in tropical climates say the thing that they miss the most is the seasons.
In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 we are told "for everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven". That is one of the main challenges that parents and schools face: ensuring that our children know that there is a time for all things and that they don’t need to rush, but rather to embrace the period of their youth. As the Latin quote goes "bis vivit qui bene vivit" (s/he lives twice who lives well". Not those who rush to complete a task or tick a box live well.
So remember there is a reason films and games are rated M or R. There is a reason the age to drink alcohol or drive a car are what they are and facebook is for those over 13 years old. All good things come to those who wait.
Have a great week