As the term and the year draws to a close, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all students, parents and staff for the many highlights throughout 2018. There have also been challenging and sad moments for many in our community and we remember and give thanks particularly for those family members no longer with us.
I certainly hope the Christmas break is a chance for you to have quality family time. Personally I love Christmas for the time together catching up or doing the things we often think about but can’t quite find the time.
For me it is on a wave ski at the beach. However, I do recall a moment of clarity and learning after returning from India one Christmas Eve with a group of students after we had been working with various groups in the slums of Kolkata and New Delhi. I was determined not to be too obvious about the stark gap between what was a normal and lovely Christmas Day gathering and the simplicity and poverty of the previous couple of weeks.
The message that remained was that extending something of our good fortune to those on the margins is a part of celebrating Christmas. I am always very proud of the contributions our students make to the various Christmas appeals here at CGGS.
I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable break and look forward to 2019.