Life is always interesting. In the space of a day you can experience a variety of emotions. On Friday evening I was fortunate to share the excitement of our 1st V and 2nd V Basketball teams winning their Grand Finals in their club basketball seasons – each game went to the wire and resulted in close wins and wild celebrations.
During the week as I was rushing across the campus for another meeting, I briefly chatted with a teacher who was similarly busily moving across the campus. As we reached our destination, I caught myself as I was about to make a comment about how busy it was as the end of term approached and our exam period kicked in.
When we look at our world, what do we think our greatest asset is particularly in regards to our future? Two great leaders were in no doubt. John F Kennedy said, ‘Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.’ Similarly, Nelson Mandela concluded that ‘Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people.’ So why is it we don’t always prioritise the need to safeguard our future and protect this valuable resource?
Challenging tradition is not easy and at times it can be controversial when we try and suggest a change to a long-held belief. A couple of years back, in a newsletter piece I made the suggestion that I felt that the term Father sold the responsibility of being a “Dad” short.
I wonder the context of life that Plato was thinking of when he said, ‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” No matter whether you are a musician or you’re simply an appreciator of music, there is no doubt music plays an important role in our world.