Well here we are once again – already in September and with more than a touch of Autumn facing us as we were battered this afternoon by wind and rain! I hope you had a good break over the summer and had an opportunity to reconnect with those that you love.
When we come to the end of something – the summer, the school year or a job that we have really cared about, sometimes we can feel that it will never be the same again. We can almost mourn the passing of the stage that we are in or look back at times with rose-tinted spectacles on what it was really like. Of course it is important to recognise when we feel like this but also to try to get the balance right.
As we come into the new academic year we have a golden opportunity for new beginnings in all we do. As a school we see students join us in Year 7, others move on to the next key stage or sixth formers leave us for the next stage of their adventure. It is such an opportunity to learn grow and flourish and I always approach it with eager anticipation as we gather for the year ahead and it’s a great joy to see the energy of students and staff as we gather enthusiastically at the start of the year with so much opportunity lying ahead of us.
We have just started to work closely with a primary school, Annecy Catholic Primary School. I once heard someone say that the art of being a Headteacher was “hanging around” and I was trying to do this in a meaningful way as I wandered around the playground. One of the boys came up to me and proudly told me butterflies were his favourite insect… we ended up talking about the different stages of metamorphosis and transformational change that the go through. As two fluttered around the playground he was entranced by their flight.
It too reminded me of how we can go through this transformational change, my children once had a book called Hermie and Wormie. In it the caterpillars didn’t realise that “God wasn’t finished with them yet” as they got frustrated before going on to soar on their wings when they had found out truly what they were meant to be. Maybe this is a familiar message to anyone working in education, or even as a parent, we are simply helping every child become the person God has “called them to be”.
I think we’ve got to learn from this sense of awe, wonder and excitement. God provides us so many opportunities for new beginnings. We can start afresh and dream new dreams. We can fix broken relationships or move on from things that have got in the way in the past. Ultimately we can grow closer to each other and to God as well.
A few questions for the week and term ahead…
- How can we grasp the opportunities provided for new beginnings?
- What can we do to build the best relationships personally and professionally in our lives?
- How can we find time for faith and to invite God to walk with us all on this journey in the year ahead?
I hope you have every happiness in the year ahead… enjoy the adventure in all that we do.