Dale Hoffman | Wellbeing Director

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11)

It is hard to believe we are halfway through the final term of the 2020 school year, a year that has presented many challenges and obstacles and also a year that has actively demonstrated the strength, values and thriving nature of the Cornerstone College community.

In the past couple of weeks, it has been a privilege to sit back and watch our graduating Year 12 students complete their final assessments and exams and share with them in the farewell breakfast and assembly. Conversations in the final weeks of their schooling journey ultimately move to focus on our young people’s hopes and dreams for the future as they transition from their being a student at Cornerstone College to a Cornerstone College ‘Old Scholar’.

Whilst we don’t know what life holds for our young people once they leave our College, what we do know is that every young person’s pathway and experiences will be different. However, there are some key messages that each of them and each of us can live and stay true to.

Enjoy the present moment
Life for each us is unfolding in this present moment. Often however, we look too far ahead and miss out on what is already right in front of us. Enjoy every unique and individual moment that comes your way, as you will never get the chance to live that moment again.

Celebrate your progress
Don’t wait for the end point to celebrate your achievements or to feel good about yourself. Be proud of the progress that you make every step of the way. Every small milestone that you achieve deserves recognition.
When is the last time that you celebrated your progress? What was your achievement and how did you celebrate yourself? If you can’t answer this question, it’s time to start acknowledging your accomplishments. This is an integral part of falling in love with the process.

Live your life purpose
We must all trust and believe that we are here for a reason. We are all unique and each of us has something to offer the world. Live your life with purpose and when you do this you will become the best version of yourself.

One of my favourite quotes is ‘the journey is more important than the destination’. Throughout our journey there will be celebrations, challenges, heartaches, achievements, struggles, joy and so much more. Our journey is our story and each moment that takes place along the way is simply a new chapter being written.