Message from the Principal

Thought for the week:

"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."

William Shakespeare

There is a law of life that can be expressed in so many different ways. It is the old Bible message sometimes call the 'golden rule'. What it simply says is that you should do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Other expressions of this principle are 'what goes around comes around'; what you give is what you get; treat others are you would like to be treated; karma!

Sometimes people think of this principle to mean that if you want someone to like you or do something for you then you must do something for them, or perhaps that you can manipulate a situation by treating a person in a particular way so that that becomes what you get back.

It is much deeper and much simpler than that.

You always get back what you give out! But it is the intention behind your giving that will determine what you actually get back. Genuine generosity always results in you experiencing the generosity of others. Selfish giving that is designed to create a debt or carries the intention of self-aggrandisement will have the opposite effect.

The law works this way: if you are a selfless, caring and kind person, expecting nothing in return for your kindness, you will experience more kindness from others than you can imagine. If you are critical of others, situations or conditions you will find others critical of you, and any situations or conditions you create. You will always get back what you put out.

When we discover our special gift and we then spend our lives giving it to anyone and everyone, we are enriched in every moment of every day. It has been said that if you want something, give it away and you will have it!

Your purpose is to give and as you give you find that you always have more to give. Infinite abundance is never depleted.

Welcome back to what will be a wonderful second Semester.

We have already hosted exchange students and teachers from Indonesia and I am grateful to all the parents who hosted the visiting students.

We have welcomed a number of Year 11 students from Beijing into Huntingtower this semester and they will be boarding with us. If any family would like to make one or more of these students welcome in their home over the mid-term break (19, 20 and 21 August) I would be very grateful. Please let me know by calling my PA, Vicki, on 9807 8888. I thank you in advance for your kindness.

We also welcome a visiting teacher, Miss Karina Olsen, who currently lives and teaches in Connecticut, USA. Please make her welcome if you see her around the school.

Thank you for your patience with the resurfacing of Waimarie Drive by the Council. This, combined with our own buildings work, has made for a very congested entry to the school. I appreciate your understanding and the kindness you show to others on the road.

Sholto Bowen