Welcome to 2019!
Jon Charlton, Principal
Welcome back everyone, and a very special welcome to new students and families.
I trust you have had a great break from the routine of study, homework and home life, and that you were able to lift your eyes and see new horizons.
Some of you have mentioned that you watched the SBS Slow documentary on the Indian Pacific train trip over the holidays, and were shocked to see Mrs Charlton and my cameo performance. Yes, we did appear. By chance SBS were filming the adventure when we caught the train last April. We featured for all of 10 seconds, high five-ing each other as the train took a slow turn after completing the longest, straightest bit of track in the world - 478 kms. We were happy with our performance, however, we are still waiting for a call from Hollywood!
To me, holidays are about breathing in deeply of the world around us so that we can rejuvenate, refocus and rediscover what is meaningful to us. Over the recent holiday break, I ventured to Hawaii – the island of Oahu, Waikiki – where I met my son who flew down from New York, and we had a super few days together. I enjoyed swimming with sea turtles and surfing, and learnt more about the history of what occurred at Pearl Harbor in WW2.
I also read lots, including a book titled The Book of Joy. It is a book about two great spiritual leaders and friends who share their own hard-learnt wisdom about living with joy even in times of difficulty. Through interview, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, both winners of the Nobel Prize and known for being among the most infectiously happy people on the planet, share their thoughts on joy.
A chapter in the book is devoted to our character trait word for this semester, ‘perspective’. Both men comment on the importance of developing a healthy perspective toward life if you want to live a joyful life. Here is one quote from the book.