Craig Fielke | Principal

At the beginning of this year, I reflected on the changes we had experienced over the previous year. Looking back over the last 12 months, I realise that we have continued to face many changes that I’m sure no one could have envisaged including lockdowns, mask wearing, travel restrictions and vaccination mandates.

We might think that change and uncertainty is a recent phenomenon, but in reality, it is a condition of our human existence, as can be reflected in this quote from the Greek Philosopher, Heraclitus, who lived between 535-475 BC, “There is nothing permanent except change.”

Change is and will be an ongoing part of our lives, good, bad and indifferent.

So how do we manage, cope, flow and grow through change?

There is plenty of advice about the means and manner you can productively respond to changing circumstances, but perhaps another Greek philosopher has a key perspective, “The secret of change is to focus your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ― Socrates

I am particularly proud of how our community has worked together to navigate the significant changes and challenges of the last two years. I also hope our families find time to rest, relax and refresh over the upcoming holidays.

I also think it is fitting that as we come to the end of 2021, we will encounter an event that changed the course of world history and continues to have a greater affect and influence than any other time in the history of the world.

We are about to enter the Advent and Festive season, and I encourage us all to take time to deeply reflect upon and celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus, and the change God can continue to make in our lives, our connections with others and the world he has placed into our care.

“Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call him Jesus.” (Luke 1:30-31)