Our final 2017 school days in our Boys’ Junior School have been especially memorable and moving; our Year 6 Dinner last Wednesday night, Gingerbread decorating Wednesday morning, the Beach Day Friday, Speech Night on Monday, our Prep – Year 2 Family Christmas morning yesterday and our Prep – Year 9 Boys’ end of term Assembly Tuesday afternoon… all wonderful events shared with family and friends.
In our Prep-Year 9 end of year Assembly, I briefly told the story of Sir Francis Drake, who set sail on the 13 December 1577, to circumnavigate the globe. I asked the boys to mark their first day of holidays and also 13 December, as the start of their next voyage, whether it be reinforcing the values they already show, committing to new experiences, or deciding to ‘start afresh’ and prepare for the journey that lies ahead in 2018.
I spoke about Angus Bicknell, who joined us in Year 6, and who is currently working as a farm hand at a farm in Pleasant Hills, north of Albury. Angus, who has a passion for the outdoors, investigated avenues for him to pursue this passion, contacted a farmer, and is now spending weeks at the farm during his holidays. When I spoke to him yesterday and asked what he had done today, he replied “Harvested wheat, Moved machinery, Done vehicle maintenance, About to sample grain for protein and moisture content…”
I said to the boys, anyone can embark on a wonderful journey, but you have to take the first step and take the shot…in Assembly we used the quote attributed to Michael Jordan; “You miss 100% of the shots you never take”. I have no doubt that this journey for Angus will lead to wonderful adventures for him.
As mentioned at Speech Night, “It’s good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”
Our Prep – Year 2 Christmas morning is such a wonderful way to end the year…the boys publicly display confidence and vitality, and then the special Christmas video (below), shown just before the arrival of Santa, captures both the boys’ childhood ‘innocence’, and the many highlights from the year.
On behalf of all Boys’ Junior School Staff, I wish you and your family a safe, reflective and enjoyable Christmas and holiday and look forward to seeing you in 2018.