“When autumn mists gather
and leaves fall gently down.
New strength in me rises
to bear life’s waiting crown”
What a beautiful autumn festival we experienced this morning. With the mist rising in the valleys and the dew on the grass, there was a gentle hint of autumn in the warm air. With singing and playing, verses and dances and reverent contributions to the harvest table, we celebrated the changing season with our lovely school community. Autumn is the time when we move from the outward activities of the summer towards the more inward, reflective time of winter. On the way, through the autumn months, we ‘come back to ourselves’ and this can feel a little unsettling. This is the time we are called on to find the strength to work through the grumbles and inner instability to be our true ‘better selves.’ Our students showed a beautiful example of this with their participation in the festival today.
Our Year 9 students have been sailing the high seas (well the bay at least) on their camp. I have heard that they had a wonderful time and there are some very tired and happy students (and teachers) heading for home as I write this. Next week, our Year 8 students finally head out on their camp. They have been waiting patiently since the camp was postponed a couple of weeks ago due to bad weather.
Finally, I would like to apologise for the ‘absent student’ text messages which were mistakenly sent out today to many parents. We have a problem with our administration software system which is causing the text messages to be sent out. We are in contact with the software support team and are attempting to rectify the problem and ensure this doesn’t happen again. We are in the process of transferring to a new system and hopefully will have no further problems in the future.