The last few weeks of school each year are filled with celebrations and the busyness of planning and organising events. As Chaplain, I have the privilege of leading some of these celebrations and walking alongside our girls as they finish the year well.
Our Service celebrating Advent and Christmas will this year be a virtual one. With all the changes to COVID-19 restrictions, we made the decision some weeks back to pre-record and share our Carols service with the school community. Our choirs from across the School will be featured, along with the traditional Christmas readings and a reflection. This will be compiled in the next week and I encourage everyone to set aside an hour, under your Christmas tree, to watch this service and reflect on the year together as a family. Keep an eye on your emails and the Glennie social media accounts for when this service is shared.
Last week, our graduating class reflected on their time at Glennie with beautiful words of wisdom and insight into themselves and their journey of 13 years of schooling. Many paid tribute to their parents, the sacrifices made and the love shared was evident as each girl rose to speak.
The Valedictory Eucharist Service was this year held on the Chapel Lawn. With the Chapel as our backdrop and the jacarandas above, each Senior girl was presented with a Senior photo and graduation certificate. Photo galleries of the service and celebrations are added separately in this edition of eNews. I ended my reflection with the following words, which I think speak to our whole community this year:
Much of this week (this year) will have been a bit of blur, with all the different celebrations. But when you get a moment, take the time to think about all that you have learnt and discovered about yourself and who you are.
This year has been more challenging than anyone could ever have predicted. I’m sure there were many times when you felt that you couldn’t keep going, couldn’t do something, or that everything was just overwhelming and too difficult. But each one of you and your families and teachers have overcome each one of these difficult moments. You have all done far more than anyone would have thought possible. The current situation across the world I think has given us all the opportunity to re-examine our priorities and the things that are most important in our lives. The biggest thing I have learnt this year is to cherish every moment that we have. Cherish today, cherish the time you have with family and with friends. Think about the values that you hold and live by them.
Most of all, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. And bind all these things together with love.
God’s blessing for all our Glennie families. I pray the school holiday is a time for rest, reconnection and fun for all. I look forward to an exciting 2021.
Rev’d Sharon Mitchell