We celebrated with our Year 12 students in Year Meetings to thank them for their contribution to the school and to commend them for their achievements over the past six years. At the Year Meeting with their Pastoral Care teachers and Ms Bourke, I shared with Year 12 some advice from Julia Baird, in her recent book Phosphorescence (2019), where she wrote a chapter to her daughter with some thoughts to consider as she embarks on life as an adult.
- First – demand respect and give it. Sometimes you will feel insane or be told you are but persist.
- Use your brain. You will be praised for your sunny face and kind ways but you also must protect and stretch your fine brain.
- Find friends with true hearts and love them long and loyally. Never take your family for granted, love them unwaveringly. Practice forgiveness on all of them.
- The most important quality to look for in another human is goodness. Don’t make the mistake of dismissing decency as dullness.
- You deserve love. Real enduring love. But remember Proverbs 4.23 Above all else guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.
- Be you. Dare and don’t let the world crush your astonishing spirit.
- Know that bad times will pass. Walk tall and don’t descend to nastiness and vitriol. As Michelle Obama put it, ‘When they go low, we go high’.
- Walk lightly on the earth. Be at peace with God. Never mock another person’s beliefs. Allow yourself and others to make mistakes.
- Know that being a woman is magnificent. Your elders and ancestors give you an authority. Of being strong and certain and bold. Of being able to create and nurture life.
- Shrug off anyone who would tell you to be less than you are.
I would add one more thought: always remember that you are amazing, you are God’s work of art (Ephesians 2:10) and your future will be formed by the communities you touch, the people you listen to and dreams you dare to dream. We want you to fulfil your potential as future leaders. Go out and make a positive difference in the world – we know you can do it. We wish the Class of 2021 well with their upcoming examinations and for their future lives starting in 2022. – Ms Carnegie