Final Farewell message from the Principal

Posted on: 17th Jul 2020

17th July 2020

Our SMSJ family has had no shortage of hard times and struggles over the last few months.

We’ve endured the extremes of adapting suddenly to a nationwide lock down and the loss of family members, colleagues and friends without the opportunity to grieve and console each other.  Our students have lost their time in school, lost the companionship of their peers and lost the opportunity to end the academic year in the usual way.  Some in our community have lost jobs and the security which employment brings.

If we were alone, any of one of these things might have been enough to break us, but through it all we have a faith that God is working in our lives, that we can trust Him, and that His strength is enough.  We are able to draw strength from our belief that with God, all things are possible.  We are not alone and I’m hoping that I can provide some encouragement that we should not be anxious about tomorrow:

‘do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself’

Matthew 6:34 

We have chosen not to let the adversity which we have faced, break our spirit.  Some who are touched by adversity, fall and never get back up, whereas we will go through adversity and discover our true selves.

As I walked through the Atrium at our Bennett House Campus, I was reminded of how blessed I am to work with and for you all.  It is truly overwhelming that even in this time of adversity you have placed others before yourselves, quietly donating to our Food bank, ‘The Pantry’, without hope of praise or reward.  Your generosity means that families facing hardship, have one less concern over the summer break.

Whilst there has been a great deal of concern around lessons missed, I firmly believe the positive relationships we have with you and our students will facilitate a safe and productive return to school and I am confident that we will recover learning time.  I would humbly suggest that through your recent actions we have learned an important life lesson: having a generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion during times of adversity, are qualities that give genuine hope for a new tomorrow.

I would like to thank you again for your unwavering support and patience during this unprecedented time and very much look forward to welcoming you all in September.

Please take care and stay safe.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. M Serrão


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