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Dear parents,

What does success look like in God’s sight? I started to think about this while proclaiming the first reading from the ambo at Mass for the Solemnity of the Birth of St John the Baptist. It read from the prophet Isaiah:


He made my mouth a sharp sword,

and hid me in the shadow of his hand.

He made me into a sharpened arrow,

and concealed me in his quiver.

He said to me, “You are my servant (Israel) in whom I shall be glorified”; while I was thinking,

“I have toiled in vain, I have exhausted myself for nothing”;

and all the while my cause was with the Lord,

my reward with my God.

I was honoured in the eyes of the Lord, my God was my strength.

Isaiah 49:2-4

While the prophet was full of woe, “I have toiled in vain”, God was honouring him. When God saw him as his chosen weapon, he was thinking, “I have exhausted myself for nothing.” How often do we see success merely through the lens of the world? God sees things quite differently.

In the past month, students have toiled on assessments, sweating over Maths results and putting the finishing touches on D&T projects, among many other tasks. They have not toiled in vain, nor exhausted themselves for nothing.

God has seen every sacrifice; each moment they have pushed on when they might have wavered; each time they smiled when they might have grimaced. They are being sharpened and polished in order to be sent.

I’ve certainly seen some polished work in the D&T room and, having read many of the academic reports that will be mailed to parents today, our students have applied themselves with persistence and skill this first semester of 2020.


I particularly want to thank parents for the extra support they gave to their children’s learning when so many were home during the Coronavirus lockdown. It was a great blessing to have the school functioning normally again so quickly; again, testament to the strength of the community.

Enjoy a revitalising break over the holidays.


Warm regards,

Ian Smith